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mother house

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noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a convent housing a mother superior of a community of nuns.
  2. a self-governing convent having authority over other houses.
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Origin of mother house

First recorded in 1665–75
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Historical Examples

  • The mother-house at Strasburg is one of the oldest ones, dating from 1842.

    Deaconesses in Europe

    Jane M. Bancroft

  • The Sisters had also the pleasure of visiting the mother-house of their Order in Paris.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy

  • It contains the mother-house of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

  • Already it had spread from the mother-house of San Giovanni in Fiore, and numbered several other monasteries.

  • Almost contemporary with the mother-house arose the normal school for infant-school teachers.

    Deaconesses in Europe

    Jane M. Bancroft