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Mary Johnson, Patricia Wittberg, Mary Gautier, and Thu Do

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190933098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190933098.001.0001

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Intercultural Challenges

Intercultural Challenges

The Concerns of International Sisters

(p.95) 5 Intercultural Challenges
Migration for Mission

Mary Johnson

Mary L. Gautier

Patricia Wittberg

Thu T. Do

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on issues of concern to Catholic international sisters. These issues involve structural, social, and emotional concerns. Some of these relate to language. Others relate to issues of health and social connectedness. The survey questions asked for the sisters’ concerns about specific individual health issues (i.e., illness, anxiety, tiredness, depression, weight issues, overwork), or about social connectedness (e.g., loneliness, a sense of belonging, ability to participate in the life of the respondent’s own institute). Data are analyzed relative to variables including living arrangements, ethnic/cultural background, and age. These concerns varied by the ethnic backgrounds of the sisters and by their current living arrangements.

Keywords:   intercultural, challenges, concerns, health, stress, social connectedness, English fluency, language, loneliness, cultural influences

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