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Quiet Missionaries: Catholic Nuns as Change-Agents in Colonial Singapore


Hudd, S, Quiet Missionaries: Catholic Nuns as Change-Agents in Colonial Singapore, The Mission of Development: Religion and Techno-politics in Asia, 3-4 December, National University of Singapore (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper examines the roles and contribution of Catholic religious Sisters in colonial Singapore. It does this by examining the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, established in 1854 in Victoria Street, Singapore by a French Catholic teaching order, the Charitable Mistresses of the Holy Infant Jesus, known then as the Ladies of St. Maur, and today as the Infant Jesus Sisters. The Convent was not a place of silent contemplation – it teemed with people. The Sisters established schools for girls, an orphanage for abandoned children, and a women’s refuge. In a sense, the Sisters operated as an early non-government organisation, providing services, raising funds, and responding to government requirements and goals. From within the convent walls, the Sisters actively contributed to what in today’s context we would define as the development goals of universal education for girls, reduction in child mortality, improvement of health outcomes and the empowerment of women.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Singapore, Christian missionaries
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Religious studies
Research Field:Christian studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion and society
UTAS Author:Hudd, S (Dr Sandra Hudd)
ID Code:136484
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-12-23
Last Modified:2020-01-16

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