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Sister Mary Alice Chineworth

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Teacher
Nun

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oregon Coast
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1917
Birth Location:
Rock Island, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Teacher
Nun

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Oregon Coast
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1917
Birth Location:
Rock Island
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Biography

Nun and teacher Sister Mary Alice Chineworth was born on July 16, 1917 in Rock Island, Illinois. Her mother, Victoria, was German-American, while her father, Alexander, was the son of a former slave. A student of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Rock Island from kindergarten through twelfth grade, Chineworth was inspired by the charity of the nuns who taught her. In 1936, after learning that her race prevented her from joining most religious orders, Chineworth took vows with the Order of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the oldest religious organization for black women in America. Chineworth went on to earn her B.A. degree in English from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1952 as well as her M.A. degree in psychology and her Ph.D. degree in higher education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Chineworth dedicated her adult life to educating young people. For over thirty years, she taught in schools administered by her order, including St. Frances Academy, the school founded by the first members of the Oblates in 1828. In 1966, she became an administrator at Mount Providence Junior College, an Oblate community college, before serving as president from 1969 until the college closed three years later. In 1973, she began to hold higher-level positions within the Oblate administration, culminating in her appointment in 1989 to the position of superior general. She was a member of the National Black Sisters Conference, an association of African American nuns. In 1996, Chineworth edited Rise ’n’ Shine: Catholic Education and the African-American Community. In 2002, Chineworth was interviewed by Camille Cosby, a former Oblate student, for the National Visionary Leadership Project. Chineworth’s story was included in the 2004 book A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak. In 2005, she accepted a $2 million donation from Camille Cosby to start a scholarship fund at the school.

Chineworth passed away on June 21, 2017 at age 99.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sister Mary Alice Chineworth's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls her maternal ancestors' emigration to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about her maternal grandparents' arranged marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls her paternal grandfather's occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about her father's education and occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her maternal grandparents' reaction to her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls her family's relocation to Rock Island, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers the industry in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about her father's business in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls her mother's homemade sauerkraut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls encountering discrimination in her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her childhood home in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth lists her siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her parents' personalities and whom she takes after
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls the black businesses in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her high school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls her experience growing up biracial
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about her studies at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls joining the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes the history of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about Mother Mary Lange
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes the mission of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers the Oblate Sisters of Providence's property
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about discrimination in the Catholic church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers her arrival at Saint Frances Church and Convent in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls the racial demographics of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers her early teaching positions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about African American religious orders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her attire as a nun
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about her experience as a teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls her teaching experience in the South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about her brother's war experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers her former students
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her brother, Joseph Chineworth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls the integration of the Catholic orders, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls the integration of the Catholic orders, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls editing the magazine for the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers the construction of the Our Lady of Mount Providence in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls her role at Mount Providence Junior College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her perspective as an African American nun
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls the National Black Sisters' Conference
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about black liberation theology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls closing Mount Providence College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers founding a child development center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls obtaining her Ph.D. degree from the Catholic University of America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth remembers her election as superior general of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth recalls editing 'Rise 'n' Shine: Catholic Education and the African American Community'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes the challenges in recruiting nuns to the Oblate Sisters of Providence, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes the challenges in recruiting nuns to the Oblate Sisters of Providence, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth shares her hopes for the future of the religious orders
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth reflects upon her Catholic faith
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth talks about ecumenism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth narrates her photographs