On Tuesday, September 26, 2023, the exhibition “Women of Integrity: Celebrating 175 Years of the Immaculate Heart Community” opened in USC’s Doheny Memorial Library. It tells the remarkable story of the Immaculate Heart Community (IHC), a religious group that originated in Spain in the 1840s. The collection charts the growth of the organization from the 19th century through its many changes in the 20th century, to the present. The exhibition celebrates the impact of IHC as the global community marks its 175th anniversary.
Watch the exhibition panel discussion
At a panel discussion preceding the exhibition reception, members of the Immaculate Heart Community discussed the history of the organization, especially the factors a half century ago that led them to chart a new course separate from the Catholic Church. In addition, they talked about their ongoing struggle for social and environmental justice in historically marginalized communities.
Interim Dean of the USC Libraries Marje Schuetze-Coburn welcomed guests, followed by the USC Libraries Regional History librarian Suzanne Noruschat. IHC President Sherry Purcell moderated a panel that included fellow IHC members Ray Mattes, Lenore Dowling, and USC Dornsife Associate Professor of Religion and Gender Studies Sheila Briggs.