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Publications on BVM History

These books on BVM history are available for purchase. Contact the Secretary's office at secretary@bvmcong.org for more information.

 

Harrington, Ann M. Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1919-1943. 2014. 185 pp. Explores how the spirit of BVM foundress Mary Frances Clarke shaped the direction of the congregation in the 24 years between the first and second World Wars. BVM mission and ministry are reflected in the leadership of Isabelle Kane and Gervase Tuffy.

Lawlor, Kitty. From There to Here: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1942-1972. 2010. 208 pp. Explores the changes of the BVM Congregation before and after the Second Vatican Council, focusing on the leadership styles of Josita Baschnagel, Helen Wright and Roberta Kuhn.

Community: Mary Frances Clarke and Her Companions Book Harrington, Ann. Creating Community: Mary Frances Clarke and Her Companions. 2004, 198 pp. BVM life and mission from its beginnings in the 19th century to the present.

Your Affectionate: Commentary on Mary Frances Clarke's Writings. Book Lawlor, Kathryn. Your Affectionate: Commentary on Mary Frances Clarke's Writings. 2003, 179 pp. Descriptions of conversational letters by the BVM founder to the sisters and formal letters to businesses show "purposes" ideas, services and relationships between her and others.

Terence J. Donaghoe, Co-founder of the Sisters of Charity, BVM Lawlor, Kathryn (ed.). Terence J. Donaghoe, Co-founder of the Sisters of Charity, BVM. 1995, 155 pp. Four essays about the role of Rev. Terence J. Donaghoe in the congregation's charism and mission, and in laying the foundation of the Catholic Church in the Midwest.

Lauranne Lifka (ed.). Charting BVM History, 1984-2008. 36 pp. Significant events in the life of the BVM communityin the past 25 years, juxtaposed with highlights of Church and U.S. history for the same period.

Charting BVM History Book McDonnell, Jane (ed.). Charting BVM History, 1833-1983. 64 pp. Significant events in the life of the BVM community during its first 150 years, juxtaposed with highlights of Church and U.S. history for the same period. Available in CD-ROM format only.

Fragments of the Wisdom of Mary Frances Clarke Book Reis, Mary Frances. Fragments of the Wisdom of Mary Frances Clarke. 2002, 56 pp. Excerpts from the Rule and letters, edited for meditation and reflection.

Meeting Mary Frances Clarke Book McDonnell, Jane (ed.). Meeting Mary Frances Clarke. 2002, 35 pp. Poems by BVMs through the years in honor of Mary Frances Clarke.

My Dear Sister Book Smith-Noggle, Laura (ed.). My Dear Sister. 1987, 188 pp. Correspondence and notes of Mary Frances Clarke.

Counterpoint Melodies: Mary Gertrude Regan, BVM and Cecilia Dougherty, BVM Book McDonnell, Jane. Counterpoint Melodies: Mary Gertrude Regan, BVM and Cecilia Dougherty, BVM. 1991, 115 pp. Story of Gertrude, mother general "in a hurry to create a new world," and Cecilia, mother general "ready quietly to support the people in that new world."