Migration for Mission: International Catholic Sisters in the United States (Hardcover)
Patterns of migration for the purpose of religious mission are an unexamined dimension of the immigration narrative. Catholic sisters from many countries around the world come to the United States to minister and to study. Sociologists from Trinity Washington University and CARA at Georgetown
University combined forces to document and understand this contemporary and historical phenomenon. Together, they located more than 4,000 international sisters who are currently in the United States for formation, studies, or ministry, from 83 countries spread over six continents. Through surveys,
focus groups, and interviews, they heard the stories of these sisters and learned of their joys and satisfactions as well as their struggles and challenges.
This book examines the experience of these sisters in depth and offers valuable suggestions for religious institutes, Catholic dioceses and parishes, and others who benefit from their contributions. More broadly, this book also raises awareness of immigration issues at a time of great contention in
the public policy debate in the United States. Illustrated with instructive graphics and tables, it is an accessible and inviting resource for academics and the media, as well as bishops, and leaders of Catholic health care, social service, education, pastoral, and philanthropic institutions.
About the Author
Mary Johnson, S.N.D. de N. is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Trinity Washington University in Washington D.C. Previously she was on the faculty of Emmanuel College in Boston. Mary L. Gautier is Senior Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. Patricia Wittberg, S.C. is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. Thu T. Do, L.H.C. is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.