2-3 / 1992
Darko Friš

The Activities of the Congregation of the School Sistersof the Order of St. Francis of Assisi of Christ the Kingin the U.S.A

The beginning in 1909 of the activity of sisters of Maribor's St. Francis of Assisi congregation in the USA marked a new era in education of children of Slovene and Croatian immigrants. The instruction was taken over by women-teachers. The instruction was in English with a few hours per week in the Slovene and Croatian languages, which was very important from the aspect of preservation of religious and national identity and a gradual adaptation of children to the American way of life. The archival materials of the St. Francis of Assisi congregation which I used in the study are kept in the Maribor bishopric archives.

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