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Historical Books
The books listed below are authored by BVM sisters and may be purchased. For more information, contact the Office of the Secretary at or 563-588-2351.

Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1919-1943

by Ann M. Harrington
2014, 185 pp.

This book explores how the spirit of BVM Foundress Mary Frances Clarke shaped the direction of the BVM congregation in the 24 years between the first and second World Wars.

Creating Community: Mary Frances Clarke and Her Companions

by Ann Harrington
2004, 198 pp.

This book investigates BVM life and mission from its beginnings in the 19th century to the present.

Terence J. Donaghoe, Co-founder of the Sisters of Charity, BVM

by Kathryn Lawlor (ed.)
1995, 155 pp.

Four essays explore the role of Rev. Terence J. Donaghoe in the BVM congregation’s charism and mission, and in establishing the foundation of the Catholic Church in the Midwest.

My Dear Sister

by Laura Smith-Noggle (ed.).
1987, 188 pp.

This book features correspondence and notes of Mary Frances Clarke.

From There to Here: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1942-1972

by Kitty Lawlor
2010, 208 pp.

This book examines the changes of the BVM congregation before and after the Second Vatican Council, focusing on the leadership styles of Josita Baschnagel, Helen Wright, and Roberta Kuhn.

Your Affectionate: Commentary on Mary Frances Clarke's Writings

by Kathryn Lawlor
2003, 179 pp.

This book features descriptions of conversational letters by the BVM foundress to the sisters, and her formal letters to businesses—showing ideas, services and relationships between her and others.

Stations of the Cross: Reflections by Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This book offers written reflections by BVM sisters that foster personal spiritual encounters with the passion of Christ. Each reflection showcases striking mosaic artwork.

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