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Caring for the children of God

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Three congregational sources provide a detailed insight into the daily concerns of the sisters between from 1852 until 1900. The three sources are: correspondence regarding the asylum The Providence in Leiden; Children's Notebooks, which contained notes on the children; council meetings of the superior general and her council sisters. This chapter deals with sisters as direct caregivers and sheds light on their daily reality. The three historical sources concerning direct care seem instructive. The correspondence regarding the asylum The Providence in Leiden, around 1856, show the superior general, Mother Theresia, as an assertive 'care manager' and a defender of the spiritual cause. Furthermore, the Children's Notebooks document the backgrounds of the children. Finally, every day care issues appear on the agenda of the council meetings of the superior general and her council sisters. The chapter discusses these three sources and ends with some conclusions.

Keywords: asylum; care manager; children of God; Children's Notebooks; council sisters; direct caregivers; superior general; The Providence



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