Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Alex Sayf Cummings
Ian Christopher Fletcher
This thesis examines a group of Adrian Dominican sisters – how they maintained equilibrium through life transforming change wrought by Vatican II by engaging in a process of deep, long-term discernment. They are once again facing massive change. Their average age is 80, with as many as four sisters dying every month. Few new sisters are coming in, almost all of whom are women of color and born outside of the US. The sisters see a bright future in this demographic change. Through their history, their experiences of transformation track those of our society. Yet, they have managed change much differently. Through intense work, engaging in years of reflection on values, needs and desires, relying on each other for support, they have successfully transformed their lives and congregation. What can they teach us about coping with change? What can we learn from their process and from their outcomes, productive or dislocating?
Milone, Louise, "Walking With the Whirlwind of Change: Adrian Dominican Sisters and American Society in Transition, 1960-2017." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2017.
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