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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Josephine Byrnes ...
Lisa Hensley ...
Philip Quast ...
Rob Steele ...
Senator Kearney
Syd Conabere ...
Leo Taylor ...
Bill Fitzgerald
Harold Hopkins ...
Ken Maloney
James Klein ...
Ian's Son
Caroline Olds ...
Ian's Daughter
David Whitten ...
Penny Stehli ...
Sister Patrick
Caroline Gillmer ...
Sister Clare


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1991 (Australia)  »

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Mother Superior
8 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The third episode of the mini-series is entitled "Ambrose".This introduces us to Mother Ambrose,the Mother Superior of the Catholic convent of Santo Spirito.She is known to be gentle,firm and treats everyone at the place with respect the same way she is treated by the girls and the nuns at the convent.

The year is 1966.There are numerous changes being implemented into the Catholic organizations all over the world in lieu of "Vatican II".While the Mother Superior is amenable to the said changes that especially with the clothing of the nuns which would be described as lighter,shorter and more convenient.Rome has given these permission and freedom as well for priest and nun to make some of their own choices as well.The said changes aren't acceptable to some particularly Sister Agnes and Sister Philomena.Mother Ambrose has to deal with these issues as well as personal issues as well like the death of her father as well as her growing attraction to a lay teacher Ian McGregor,who happens to be the first male employed by the school and is popular among the students.This gives her some personal conflicts especially with her ability to keep her vows as well as her faith in the Lord.What also gives her some problems is the parents of Sister Agnes who is against the said lay teacher as he happens to have political beliefs that are far from the traditional Catholic beliefs and values.

The third episode focuses on the effects of Vatican II particularly at Santo Spirito.Despite being acceptable to many of them,Mother Ambrose is definitely having some difficulties trying to cope up with the turmoil that has caused inside the convent.What's worse,her strong attraction with Mr.McGregor isn't helping either.With many parents threatening to pull out their children out if the said lay teacher isn't fired from the convent,can Mother Ambrose make a decision considering that she has strong feelings for him?Also,will she stay as a nun or join him instead? It only gets interesting as we are exposed to these interesting nuns as we watch the next episodes ahead.

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