The history of womens religious communities during the past fifty years is only now being written. This book details the transformation in the 1960s of one community, the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, commonly known as the Humilities of Iowa,. After a thoroughly collaborative process led by a brilliant and courageous woman, Sister Bernadine Pieper, four hundred Humilities adopted a new mission to serve poor and disadvantaged persons, pursue justice and peace, and promote the care of the earth. To carry out this mission, they encouraged the individual sisters to determine where and how they would serve consistent with their common values. Through these reforms, considered radical at the time, the Humilities have done amazing work benefiting hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
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The Sisters of Humility of Iowa are a great testament to women from Iowa. Kathleen Mullen's book, One Among Many, gives many specific accounts of such proud women in the Sisters of Humility of Iowa who became a proud example of enacting a clear and direct reformation of their organization , something many corporations and perhaps even Congress could copy. They courageously studied and implemented the Second Vatican Council's and Pope Paul VI's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Perfectae Caritatis, Ecclesiae Sanctae,and other important decrees which called on the Church to better understand the Gospel as it had to be applied to the meanings of the times, look far ahead and to take the appropriate local actions required by the principles of their Faith in living the Gospel appropriate to their circumstances. . See pages 22 and 23 of her book. One Among Many is a great read with clear descriptions of well documented lives of these very independent and mutually supporting women using their best individual and organizational talents to do God's work well to help fellow humans. This book should be read by everyone who wants to understand change.
A deeply moving account of Sr. Bernadine Pieper, a person who changed the world, from the bottom up and from the top down. She inspired many and remains an inspiration