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mother house

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a convent housing a mother superior of a community of nuns.
a self-governing convent having authority over other houses.
Origin of mother house
1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It may be mentioned here that in 1409 the Priory of Groenendael was instituted the mother-house of a congregation of that name.

    A Mediaeval Mystic Vincent Scully
  • The Sisters had also the pleasure of visiting the mother-house of their Order in Paris.

    The Greater Love George T. McCarthy
  • Almost contemporary with the mother-house arose the normal school for infant-school teachers.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • It contains the mother-house of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

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

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • Between 1846 and 1850 more than sixty deaconesses were at work at twenty-five different stations outside of the mother-house.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • You see, Reverend Mother has given me a letter to the Superior in the mother-house, and other letters, too.

    The Guests Of Hercules C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • It has constantly thriven, and the mother-house at Tottenham is a center for various benevolent enterprises.

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

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