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Called to a Mission of Charity: The Sisters of St. Joseph in the Civil War

Called to a Mission of Charity: The Sisters of St. Joseph in the Civil War Called to a Mission of Charity The Sisters of St. Joseph in the Civil War BARBRA W WALL History Department University of Norre Dame *Make your meditation in the morning after your prayers and be not troubled if you can say no other prayers of the community, not even ifydu are deprived of mass on Sundays."' Anticipating the difficulties of fulfilling Catholic religious routines, Mother St. John Fournier, superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia, wrote these words to her sister-nurses at Fortress Monroe in 1862 as they were about to board hospital ships during the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War. Her letter is an example of the sisters' flexibility and readiness to accommodate themselws to 'times and circumstances," an inherent part of their spirituality since their founding in France in the 17th cent~ry.~ The sisters' spiritudiry provided a ansistem identity for them to serve diverse groups of people, including soldiers from both the North and South, Catholic and non-Catholic, during the Civil War. More important, as thcse women lived out their religious roles, they contrib- uted significantly to advances not only in nursingpracticx but also to the social acceptance of American Catholicism. This paper http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Called to a Mission of Charity: The Sisters of St. Joseph in the Civil War

Nursing History Review , Volume 6 (1): 29 – Jan 1, 1998

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1062-8061
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Called to a Mission of Charity The Sisters of St. Joseph in the Civil War BARBRA W WALL History Department University of Norre Dame *Make your meditation in the morning after your prayers and be not troubled if you can say no other prayers of the community, not even ifydu are deprived of mass on Sundays."' Anticipating the difficulties of fulfilling Catholic religious routines, Mother St. John Fournier, superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia, wrote these words to her sister-nurses at Fortress Monroe in 1862 as they were about to board hospital ships during the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War. Her letter is an example of the sisters' flexibility and readiness to accommodate themselws to 'times and circumstances," an inherent part of their spirituality since their founding in France in the 17th cent~ry.~ The sisters' spiritudiry provided a ansistem identity for them to serve diverse groups of people, including soldiers from both the North and South, Catholic and non-Catholic, during the Civil War. More important, as thcse women lived out their religious roles, they contrib- uted significantly to advances not only in nursingpracticx but also to the social acceptance of American Catholicism. This paper

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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