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Journey in Faith and Fidelity : Women Shaping Religious Life for a Renewed Church - Nadine Foley

Journey in Faith and Fidelity

Women Shaping Religious Life for a Renewed Church

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This book is a collection of related stories by members of the Adrian Dominican congregation that reflects the creative movement that has taken place in religious life as women have responded to the inspiration of Vatican Council II as well as to the impact of contemporary culture. While the impetus to renewal came directly from the Church authority, adaptation and change far exceeded what was originally envisioned by those who authorized the process, particularly when the institutes responded to the directive to "consult all the members".The contributors to this book trace the most critical influences that moved religious congregations toward a renewed religious life. They embraced a God who does not remain static but who moves in human history, a loving God who relates to us in care and compassion, a Holy Spirit who dwells within and inspires through discernment the decisions and directions that are to be taken, a sense of personal worth and empowerment as women baptized into gospel mission and ministry, a response to Church teaching that action on behalf of justice is constitutive of Gospel mission. In renewing their religious life, women have an important experience to offer the Church for ongoing renewal in the future, as reflection upon these essays and continuing dialogue will reveal.

"In reading this book, most of us in other religious communities will experience the joy of recognizing our own stories in these accounts by members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, women of faith and women of fidelity to the spirit."- M. Luke Tobin, SL, official observer representing American religious women at the second Vatican council, and former President of the Sisters of Loretto

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Abbreviations Used in This Bookp. 15
God in Search of Humanityp. 19
Shifting Paradigms: A New Realityp. 34
Meeting a God of Kenosisp. 57
Religious Life as Charismp. 66
Religious Life in Its Ecclesial Contextp. 80
Mission and Ministryp. 95
Locus of Authority in the Religous Congregationp. 124
For the Sake of the Missionp. 139
Leadership for the Common Goodp. 156
For the Sake of the Gospelp. 170
Women Religious Engage The Political Processp. 198
Women Religious Invest in Their Valuesp. 218
Religious Life and Women's Issuesp. 242
Religious Life and Cultural Inclusivenessp. 260
Theology of Religious Life: A Latin American Perspectivep. 281
The Contributorsp. 301
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ISBN: 9780826411921
ISBN-10: 0826411924
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st October 1999
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54