On Good Ground, by Hurley, Sister Helen Angela
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- ISBN: 9780816659876 | 0816659877
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 11/3/1951
In November 1851, four Sisters of St. Joseph stepped off a steamboat at the frontier landing in St. Paul, Minnesota. They were the first Catholic sisters in the new diocese of St. Paul, and their arrival marks the beginning of the provincial order whose hundred-year history is told in this book. The four, who had come from the motherhouse at Carondelet near St. Louis, established an outpost which developed into a provincial order now numbering more than a thousand nuns. They maintain numerous high schools, grade schools, hospitals, orphanages, and schools of nursing, as well as the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. The chronicle of the College of St. Catherine is particularly significant, since the college, by qualifying for accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1916, opened the way for other Catholic colleges to gain this recognition and thus stimulated high academic standards in Catholic education. Sister Helen Angela, who has been a part of the story she tells for more than a quarter-century, traces the development of many of the sisterhood's institutions in the archdiocese of St. Paul and the diocese of Fargo. Woven through much of the history is the story of the Ireland family, long dominant in the religious community. John Ireland was the first archbishop of St. Paul. His sister Ellen and their cousin Ellen Howard became outstanding members of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Besides providing a vivid yet scholarly account of a religious order, the book reflects much of the regional history of the area where the sisters have carried on their work since territorial days.