This thesis concerns the human, faithful response to God's formation process, amidst the social and cultural unrest of the twentieth century through issues such as the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, Vatican II, and North American political influence in Latin America. The author explores the extent of the relationship between the Church and its place within culture, specifically, the processes of faith formation among the laity. This thesis or integration paper was written by Elizabeth Leone (Spencer) in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Theological Studies at Washington Theological Union. The author belonged to the first graduating class of Marian College.
This dissertation by Sr. Whalen explores her threefold research goals: the establishment of Marian College for future reference and study, an examination of the need for Catholic higher education for women as well as the institution's eventual expansion to include men, and Marian College's impact on the literature relating to Catholic higher education. Originally published at the University of Cincinnati.
Elizabeth Spencer (1917-2003) belonged to the first graduating class of Marian College in 1941. In 2000 she received the Outstanding Alumni Award: the Francis and Clare Award for Distinguished Achievement in Peace and Social Justice. Her acceptance speech is added an a supplemental file, as well as a photo of her and her husband, Fred (taken during the 1940s). Additionally, Spencer's achievements and social work advocacy was documented in the work History Makers: the people and places of Marian College. As taken from the title page, this work is "A thesis submitted to the Faculty of the School of Social Work of the Catholic University of America in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Social Work". and From the introduction: For a student of Group Work in the United States to write a thesis on the youth organization in Nazi Germany may seem, on first thought, to be a rather far-fetched and impractical study. However, given the present world crisis, and given the significance of the Nazi youth organization in this crisis, and given the to-be-presumed Allied victory with its implications of re-eduction and re-construction---a study of the Nazi youth seems bien apropos. For it may be postulated that only in proportion as the Nazi youth organization is understood---in its antecedents, its development, and in being--in that proportion will a basis be laid for constructive work with Nazi youth after the war. The writer does not presume to discover a panacea for the problems of Nazi youth; she does believe that to have made a beginning of study on the subject is a worthwhile contribution to the field of Group Work and to thought on post-war problems.