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Carmen M. Mangion

, women’s congregations expanded from their origins on the continent and in England and Ireland, to North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa. Visits like that of Mother Philomena Higgins which recounted the ‘hardships & work’ and the transformation of this ‘spirit of . . . joyful sacrifice’ conjured an image of the women religious that populated these far-flung convents. Women religious imagined the ‘deep, horizontal comradeship’ with each member of the congregation; this reinforced their corporate identity.75 They considered themselves part

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