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Title: The contribution of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) to Catholic educational practice in the late ninteenth and early twentieth centuries
Author: Williams, Maria Patricia
ISNI:       0000 0004 7660 5030
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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My thesis evaluates the educational practice of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917). Cabrini, a schoolteacher from Lombardy, founded the Institute of Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) in Codogno, Italy in 1880. When she died, a United States citizen in Chicago, USA, she had established 70 houses in Europe and the Americas. One thousand women had joined the MSC. Her priority was to work with some of the estimated thirteen million Italians who emigrated between 1880 and 1915. The literature review considers the relatively little work in the history of education on Catholic educational practice. The research addresses three questions: 1. How did Mother Cabrini understand Catholic educational practice? 2. How can Mother Cabrini's understanding of Catholic educational practice be seen in the work of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? 3. How far did Mother Cabrini develop a coherent approach to Catholic educational practice? A multiple case study approach is used, focussing on the educational practice of Cabrini and the MSC in Rome, London and New Orleans, within the transnational context of their Institute. Practice in schools and orphanages, the community and in the education and formation of sisters and lay teachers is investigated. Sources studied include Cabrini's 2054 published letters and unpublished documents in the MSC archive, including the Rule, house annals, job descriptions for teachers, memories of individual sisters and pupils and records of celebrations. In analysing data, reference is made to the work of Catholic philosophers and theologians to provide a 'lens of faith', for example, that of Servais Pinckaers OP. Cabrini's approach is shown to be a new application of ancient principles. In this way, she contributed a progressive lived tradition to Catholic educational practice.
Supervisor: McCulloch, G. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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