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Framed laser art prints and video discussions by Catholic religious sisters from East-Central Europe regarding their spiritual captivity (1945-1989) and reawakening during and after Communism. Daley created the artwork from etchings, paintings, and photo collages, and used videotaped discussions to formulate the theme, "New Spring, New Spirit." Several prints use Easter and floral imagery

Gift from Joeann Daley, O.P., February 12, 2015, and processed by Mark G. Thiel, C.A., 2016.

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Biographical Note

Sister Joeann Daley (1940-), O.P., is a Sinsinawa Dominican religious sister from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

In April 1992, she accompanied Sister Mary Ewens, O.P., Executive Director of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, who held a series of 10 meetings in East-Central Europe for representatives of Catholic communities of women religious regarding available funds for community development. 250 representatives from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, and Ukraine attended, which were held in Udine (Italy), Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Cracow, and Lviv (Ukraine).

In conjunction with those meetings, Sister Joeann Daley videotaped group discussions regarding the suffering and spiritual captivity of religious sisters. They reveal widespread poverty; that Communist authorities forced religious sisters out of their homes; and that they forced religious sisters and all local people to work in labor camps, which forged strong mutual bonds of solidarity.

Scope and Content

Report: A trip report by Sister Mary Ewens, O.P., Executive Director of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, summarized the ten meetings held in 1992. Copy from the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters Records.

Video Recordings: Four one-hour recordings. Videos 1-3 contain discussions in Udine (Italy), Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Cracow, and Lviv (Ukraine) during April 1992. Video 1 includes a passion play, "Holy War," presented in Udine by deaf actors. Videos 2-3 also include visits/ tours of the art studio of Sister Palabio, St. Matthias Cathedral with Mass, and St. Stephen's Church, all in Budapest, and the President's Office, St. George Church, and Golden Street in Prague. Video 4 p resents an exhibition of "New Spring, New Spirit" in Warsaw plus visits/ tours of an orphanage, Carmelite Monastery, Zakopane, and Wadowice, the birthplace of St. Pope John Paul II, in Poland.

Artwork: Two oversize boxes of framed laser art prints, which depict the religious sisters' spiritual captivity and reemergence with motifs of Wisconsin flowers and Easter under the theme, "New Spring, New Spirit."

Sister Joeann Daley, O.P., Collection, 1992-1993, undated (Series 1)

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