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New Generations of Catholic SistersThe Challenge of Diversity$
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Mary Johnson, Patricia Wittberg, and Mary L. Gautier

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199316847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316847.001.0001

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Generations and Their Cultures

Generations and Their Cultures

Challenges and Possibilities

(p.60) Chapter 4 Generations and Their Cultures
New Generations of Catholic Sisters

Mary Johnson

Patricia Wittberg

Mary L. Gautier

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the theories of Karl Mannheim on generational change and outlines the characteristics of different generational cohorts of Catholics in the United States. The implications of different generational cultures for Catholic religious institutes are explored: how generational cultures influence the reasons for entering a religious institute; the types of prayer, ministry, and communal living desired; and the aspects of their religious vocation that each generation of sisters finds to be the most challenging.

Keywords:   Karl Mannheim, generations, Catholicism, Catholic sisters, prayer, ministry, communal living

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