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- Sister Mary Michel Boulus oral history interview, 1993 June 28
Sister Mary Michel Boulus oral history interview, 1993 June 28
Sister Mary Michel Boulus recounts her life and her forty-five year career in Catholic education and administration. The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Sister Boulus grew up in Concord and describes the challenges the Catholic community faced there, including some of the difficulties she personally encountered as a Catholic in a majority-Protestant community. She taught math at both public and Catholic schools before joining the Sisters of Mercy in 1949 and provides a summary of the order's history and how the Sisters became affiliated with Belmont Abbey. She shares some of her experiences working at Catholic high schools around the state and discusses her experiences as the president of Sacred Heart College. Sister Boulus also reflects on the challenges that faced Catholic educational institutions at that time, including the order's declining numbers, the popularity of pastoral ministry over education for newer sisters, and the resulting financial burdens placed on these institutions as they were forced to replace aging religious staff with lay people.