CARA Member News, March 4, 2014

Book cover for Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community

Sister Joella Cunnane, Archivist for the Sisters of Mercy, would like to announce that Fordham University Press has just released Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community by Mary Beth Fraser Connolly. This history traces more than 160 years of the Sisters of Mercy in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin from three perspectives: community, spirituality, and ministry, within three time periods.  If you have any questions regarding this endeavor feel free to contact Malachy McCarthy ( and/or Joella Cunnane (, Members of the History Editorial Committee. Women of Faith can be purchased through Amazon or Fordham University Press.

Patricia Carroll hangs a poster of St. Jerome, patron of librarians and archivists, in her new office at the Catholic Library Association.

Patricia Carroll, Vice President of CARA, has joined the staff of the Catholic Library Association in Chicago. Working with Interim Executive Director Malachy McCarthy, Patricia’s role is to provide service and support to individual members, local Chapters and Sections of the Association. Currently Patricia is working on major projects like coordinating arrangements for CLA’s Annual Convention to be held in Pittsburgh, April 22 to 24 and streamlining the distribution of CLA’s quarterly publication Catholic Library World.  Future projects include preparing for the Introductory Archives Workshop for Religious Communities which will be offered in June and designing outreach strategies for new and renewing members of the Association.

Patricia earned her MLIS at Dominican University in River Forest, IL and previously worked at the Cenacle Archives in Chicago and the McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies in River Forest.
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