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Post-war modernity and religious vocations
Carmen Mangion

religious life. From the nineteenth century, they followed Irish migrants to mission territories, meeting their spiritual needs through Catholic education, health care and social welfare. 67 The economic struggles of the 1940s and 1950s led to yet another mass migration of Irish. 68 Women were a significant constituent of this wave. Irish historian Caitriona Clear argues that women’s emigration should be understood in an additional context: ‘the coming of age of a generation of women who wanted to change their lives’. She highlights the harsh realities of married life

in Catholic nuns and sisters in a secular age