Item description for Becoming Human: A Story of Transformation through Conflict and Healing by Godelieve Prove...
Behind the stories of war, plagues, and natural disasters are the unsung heroes. BecomingHuman tells the compelling story of one such group: the Society of Medical Mission Sisters. Godelieve Prov, a Flemish doctor and longtime sister of the Society, chronicles how the Sisters overcame the barriers within the patriarchal Roman Catholic Church to establish themselves as an organization of medical professionals committed to bringing relief to the suffering. Becoming Human recounts the courageous work of the women as they worked long hours at medical facilities around the world and struggled with the conflicts among their personal experiences, internal doubts, and the patriarchal church. The book is a captivating stoy of the tireless and invaluable work of the Medical Mission Sisters throughout the turbulent twentieth century.
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Studio: Eburon Publishers, Delft
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.29" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.63" Weight: 1.01 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2005
Publisher Eburon Publishers, Delft
ISBN 9059720377 ISBN13 9789059720374
Availability 0 units.
More About Godelieve Prove
Godelieve Prove joined the Society of Medical Mission Sisters in 1956 and served as the superior general of the Society for twelve years after being elected in 1973. She currently lives and works in the Netherlands.
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Healing Wisdom Sep 27, 2007
This is a moving personal and institutional story covering a time of great change in church society and the worlds of religious and mission by a woman of extraordinary depth and sensitivity who was drawn away from the practice of medicine - a love she inherited from her father - into leadership roles which demanded and extended all her skills of empathy and wisdom.
Her own story, her questioning, doubt, love of life and the story of her order, including the difficulties the foundress, never mind the hierarchy, had in accepting the vision of a post-Vatican II generation, are both profoundly human and deeply spiritual.
The sacrifice of leaving a healing ministry to others because your own role is facilitating and empowering their ministry, is woven into both the life of Godelieve, and that of her order. The way in which church and order failed a young girl with spiritual experience she could not explain and questions she continued to ask, yet in the process made another, larger, adventure possible is ironic, yet a sign of grace.
The pained tension between the level of thought and responsibility expected of her as a doctor, and the blind obedience of a religious, is not unique to religious institutions, but it does not always lead to the growth which Godelieve unselfconsciously shares with her readers.