from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The convent in which the mother superior of a religious community lives.
- n. The original convent of a religious community.
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- n. The monastery from which the other 'houses' of a religious order or congregation were (directly or indirectly) founded, often eponymous.
- n. The convent which is the seat (and often the above original foundation) of the superior of an order or congregation, and/or on which lower ranking houses (such as priories under an abbot) depend.
FYI: Santa Sabina is the "motherhouse" of the Dominican Order, i.e. the curia of the Order, including the Master, lives there.
The building that houses the college also houses the motherhouse of her religious order, the Sisters of Christian Charity.
As the success of the restoration depends more upon wellformed teachers than on methods, the novitiate of every motherhouse should provide for all its candidates a gradual and complete course of Chant, not on a theoretical, but on an experimental basis.
The event occurred at the Heralds 'seminary in suburban São Paulo; on the previous day the Cardinal had blessed the new chapel of the motherhouse of the Regina Virginum.
In early July, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest had its ordinations at its motherhouse in Gricigliano near Florence, Italy.
The motherhouse in Nebraska observes the traditional liturgy only.
The following year, Catherine brought Bridget's body back to Sweden for burial at Vadstena, the motherhouse of the Brigittine order.
I hope you'll also feature if you haven't already the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, whose motherhouse is here in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Perhaps people at your motherhouse or whatever you call it nowadays should be challenged on this since Rome's agenda is substantially different.
All that's missing is the final step: the brand name, the official authorization of the motherhouse.
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