University of Notre Dame

Association of Contemplative Sisters Records


Extent : 36 linear feet.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Preferred Citation

Association of Contemplative Sisters Records (ACS), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Records of the Association of Contemplative Sisters: consisting of early national records (late 1960s); correspondence of national officers (1972-1979); national assembly material; subject files containing regional reports, bishops' files, LCWR files; international files; correspondence and circulars from the files of ACS leaders Betty Enoch, (1978-1979), Lilla Marie Hull (1976-1978), and Anna Mae Dannes, OCD (1986-1989); Sisters Uniting files (1970s) including files concerning interaction of Sisters Uniting and other organizations; papers and letters re Sr. Margaret Rowe; including her mimeographed book Fragments of the Spirit , published articles, and clippings; regional material; records of Western Region of ACS; correspondence and events files from New England Region, 1970-1990; ACS Eastern Region papers, including Sr. Margaret Mary, CP, Sr. Jeanne Marie Pearse, and past co-ordinators; Social Justice Committee files; records related to publication of Contemplative Review ; printed material; ACS Directory; ACS Newsletter; ACS Western Region Newsletter; other newsletters (CARA, NAWR, LCWR); issues of Contemplative Review and Living Prayer ; press coverage; mimeographed periodicals and circulars (1970s) from l'Union des Religieuses Contemplatives, the Canadian Union of Contemplative Women Religious, Unie der Vrouwelijke Contemplatieven; galleys of The Lay Contemplative Experience: Testimonies, Perspectives, Resources / edited by Mary Frohlich and Virginia Manss; foreword by Tilden Edwards (Cincinnnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2000) and 1998 drafts of it ( The Journey of the Lay Contemplative ); oversize artwork; records of ACS Music Publishing Co. (1970s-1980s), consisting of correspondence, sheet music, camera-ready copy for songbooks and album covers, public relations files, clippings, addresses, ASCAP files, financial records, copyright files, and contracts; video and audio tapes of ACS National Assemblies; Seminar for Contemplatives: seven nine-inch audio master tapes, reel-to-reel; products of ACS Music Publishing Co.: 10 record albums, audio tapes (4 reel-to-reel masters, 7 cassettes, 3 eight-tracks) produced by ACS, with related material; photos and photo albums dating since the beginnings of ACS in 1969 and documenting national assemblies; artwork and photos for music album jackets and promotional material.


An association of Roman Catholic contemplative women belonging to various religious institutes who work together to improve their understanding of appropriate adaptation of contemplative life and tradition to their present time and place. Founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1970, ACS conducts educational programs for contemplatives, publishes a journal and a newsletter, and through meetings of delegates elected by the members promotes increased understanding of contemplative religious life in modern times.


Association of Contemplative Sisters.
Sisters Uniting.
Contemplative orders.
Monastic and religious life of women.
Contemplative Review
ACS Newsletter

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