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Robert P. Maloney C.M.


Former superior general James Richardson’s personal qualities and contributions to the Congregation and Daughters of Charity are discussed by one who knew him. Richardson was responsible for “implementing the documents of the Second Vatican Council” within both communities and strongly influenced the constitutions of both groups. Thanks to him, the constitutions “opened the way for significant decentralization” and maintained “a delicate balance between the rights of the individual and the well-being of the two companies.” He travelled more than any of his predecessors, visiting the provinces of the Double Family all over the world. He did this because he believed the superior general was obligated to listen to the confreres and sisters. Richardson also gave the Daughters as much control over the administration of their community as they desired. These are just some of his many accomplishments.