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"A CALL TO CARE: THE WOMEN WHO BUILT CATHOLIC HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA" was written in 1996 by Suzy Farren.
This 236 page, oversized soft covered book has been called a "celebration" and its text and photos tell the stories of the women who have fashioned Catholic healthcare in America.
One need not be Catholic to appreciate the legacy of these women. Their stories are more than entertainment; they are an encouragement. It should be reassuring to each of us that ordinary people still make extraordinary choices.
In this collection of stories from the history of American Catholic healthcare, Ms. Farren has provided stunning evidence of the commitment of women to Christ's mandate.
In the accounts that follow,you the reader, will discover the variety ofways in witch healthcarehas been Onthe Home Hospices and Rural In Hospitals....both primitive and modern.
You will meet young nuns who begin to nurse within days of entering their communities' novitiates and maturewho, with hardly a moment's notice, leave classrooms or other workplaces totend the sick in times of emergency.
You will find pioneer nursing educations, pharmacists, physicians and technicians. Some of them enjoyed the finest and most advanced training available, others acquired most of their eventual expertise on the job from Sister-colleagues who mentored and nurtured them as both religious and professional.
Few of the nuns whose lives are presented here are "famous". Most lived and died obscurely, their names unknown tothose they served.
As such, they typify thousands of ordinary nuns whose collective ministry has contributed to both the social and religious history of the Unites States.
Yet as the distinctive personalities you learn about in this book should remind us, these women were and are individuals, not interchangeable cogs in interchangeable caps and veils.
Some were shy; others assertive. Some incited controversy, oftenfinding themselves in hotwater.
Some of these nuns left their original religious community to found new ones; a few even left religious life!
No stereotypes!!But, together, they reflect the range of very human personalities who, as nuns, have been the mainstays both of the congregations and of their congregations' ministries.
Today, the number of women religious communities is in decline.
One reason for a book like "A CALL TO CARE" is that it has recorded a saga that appears to be approaching its end.
The work of the sisters, formingthe backbone of extensivehealthcare institutions in this country, is only part of the story that is told in this book.
"A CALL TO CARE" is profusely illustrated with hundreds of wonderful vintage photos of the Sisters. This book uses excerpts from diaries and letters of the nuns. The photos alone are worth the price of the book.
I have been told that after being published in 1996,this book almost immediately went out of print. Copies have always been
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