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'The Association' referred to by the Blessed Virgin in her message to Catherine Laboure
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“A remember that one day I said to Father Aladel: 'The Holy Virgin asks of you a mission. She desires that an Association be started, and you are to be its founder and director. The group will be a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. Apr 8, 2016.

Provincial Directors of the Daughters of Charity

Could anyone point me in the direction of an accessible source that describes the formal role of provincial directors and its evolution beyond that of canonical visitation?  I am particularly…Continue

Started Feb 2, 2015

Soucing DC paintings and engravings
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I am trying to source the artist and location for the painting of the four martyrs of Arras in the guillotine cart on their way to martyrdom.  Pointers welcome. Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. Apr 16, 2016.

Daughters of Charity in the Inter-War period
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Is anyone working on the history of the Daughters in the period from c1920-1950? I have a feeling that we are about to leapfrog this era in historical research and move from the 19thC to the Vatican…Continue

Tags: Code, Canon, Law, modernity., impact

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. Sep 4, 2014.

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Edward R. Udovic, C.M. commented on Susan O'Brien's blog post Publication news. History of Daughters of Charity in Britain 1847-2017
"Congratulations Susan!"
May 13
Susan O'Brien posted a blog post

Publication news. History of Daughters of Charity in Britain 1847-2017

Leaving God for God: Daughters of Charity in Britain 1847-2017Leaving God for God is a study of five generations of Catholic Sisters in Britain from 1847 to 2017 and of their wide-ranging ministries to people in poverty.Written with full access to the Daughters of Charity’s archives in London and Paris, this study assesses how…See More
May 12
Edward R. Udovic, C.M. replied to Susan O'Brien's discussion Soucing DC paintings and engravings
"Auguste Moreau-Deschanvres  (1838-1913).  The is some information about him available online......"
Apr 16, 2016
Susan O'Brien replied to Susan O'Brien's discussion Soucing DC paintings and engravings
"Many, many thanks.  So timely too as I was just doing last corrections with the graphics person.  Susan"
Apr 13, 2016
Edward R. Udovic, C.M. replied to Susan O'Brien's discussion Soucing DC paintings and engravings
"Tableau de Moreau Deschanvres......"
Apr 12, 2016
Susan O'Brien posted a status
"Agree with your conclusion re the MM association. I've just completed a chapter on the devotional mission of the DCs in Britain 1870-1950."
Apr 8, 2016
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"Delighted you may have tracked down the artist of the painting of the Sisters of Arras. Look forward to hearing more. Thanks so much."
Apr 8, 2016
Edward R. Udovic, C.M. replied to Susan O'Brien's discussion 'The Association' referred to by the Blessed Virgin in her message to Catherine Laboure
"After doing some research I think that the association was clearly the "children of Mary" which became ubiquitous at Daughters' institutions world-wide.  Now the "children of Mary" clearly drew their inspiration from…"
Apr 8, 2016
Edward R. Udovic, C.M. replied to Susan O'Brien's discussion 'The Association' referred to by the Blessed Virgin in her message to Catherine Laboure
"Hi Susan, I'll try to do a little research, but I believe the association is the children of Mary which was seemingly present everywhere the Daughters served.  I think the Miraculous Medal Associations evolved separately and later.....…"
Mar 25, 2016
Edward R. Udovic, C.M. commented on Susan O'Brien's blog post Beatification of Louise de Marillac
"Thanks for sharing Susan.  The Daughters of Charity of the old St. Louis province had two monumental paintings done for beatification one of Louise and another of the martyrs of Arras.  When the provincial house was closed the sisters…"
Mar 19, 2016
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'The Association' referred to by the Blessed Virgin in her message to Catherine Laboure

“A remember that one day I said to Father Aladel: 'The Holy Virgin asks of you a mission. She desires that an Association be started, and you are to be its founder and director. The group will be a Confraternity of Daughters of Mary, to which Holy Virgin will grant many graces. Indulgences will be given them. They will be very happy."Laurentin-Roche p.357I am confused by conflicting sources and wondered if anyone could shed some light.  Some sources seem to see the sodality - The Association of…See More
Mar 14, 2016
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Beatification of Louise de Marillac

I was thrilled to see the postcard showing the 'banners' (just caught up with it) because only last week I was reading a description of this in a British province source written by one of the Daughters who attended in Rome and I was trying to imagine it.  Here is a description of the artwork for decorating the chapel at Central House in Mill Hill for the Triduum in honour of the beatification in 1920.'We had bought yards and yards of a lovely white gauze to make banners for the Chapel with gold…See More
Mar 14, 2016
Susan O'Brien commented on Edward R. Udovic, C.M.'s blog post Vincentiana Purchase of the Week Beatification of Louise de Marillac and the Martyrs of Arras
"Thanks for that thought.  I hadn't quite put together the problematic aspect of beatifying and then canonizing the martyrs of Arras."
Feb 19, 2016
Susan O'Brien commented on Edward R. Udovic, C.M.'s blog post Vincentiana Purchase of the Week Beatification of Louise de Marillac and the Martyrs of Arras
"What a wonderful purchase.  I wonder how many of these medals were purchased.  I've been wondering about the almost simultaneous beatification of Louise de Marillac and the Martyrs of Arras with the canonization of Joan of Arc.…"
Feb 18, 2016
Susan O'Brien commented on Edward R. Udovic, C.M.'s blog post VHRN Newsnote: Vincentiana Purchase of the Week: Rue du Bac (interior photo). c. 1890
"This is fabulous.  So interesting to be able to see all this detail."
Feb 18, 2016
Edward R. Udovic, C.M. replied to Susan O'Brien's discussion Soucing DC paintings and engravings
"Hi Susan, I was at the archives of the Daughters in Paris last week, and saw the original of this painting.  Unfortunately, it was not signed..... Ed Udovic"
May 24, 2015

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Relation to the Vincentian Family? C.M., D.C., Sister of Charity, SVDP Society, Lay Vincentian, Independent scholar, other
Independent historian. Senior Member of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. Writing a history of the Daughters of Charity in Britain from 1847 to 2012.

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Publication news. History of Daughters of Charity in Britain 1847-2017

Leaving God for God: Daughters of Charity in Britain 1847-2017

Leaving God for God is a study of five generations of Catholic Sisters in Britain from 1847 to 2017 and of their wide-ranging ministries to people in poverty.

Written with full access to the Daughters of…

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Posted on May 12, 2017 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Beatification of Louise de Marillac

I was thrilled to see the postcard showing the 'banners' (just caught up with it) because only last week I was reading a description of this in a British province source written by one of the Daughters who attended in Rome and I was trying to imagine it.  Here is a description of the artwork for decorating the chapel at Central House in Mill Hill for the Triduum in honour of the beatification in 1920.

'We had bought yards and yards of a lovely white gauze to make…

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Posted on March 14, 2016 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

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