Brides of Christ

Season 1 Episode 3

Ambrose

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Aired Unknown Sep 18, 1991 on ABC
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Mother Ambrose is the kind, gentle and firm but loving Mother Superior at the Catholic convent of Santo Spirito. She treats everyone with respect and gains the same in return, both from the nuns and from the girls who are students at the school.

It is 1966, and there are many changes in the wind as the aftermath from 'Vatican II' begin to seep into Catholic organisations throughout the world. While Mother Ambrose is keen to embrace these changes, including lighter, shorter and more convenient habits for the nuns to wear, and the permission granted from Rome for nuns and priests alike to start taking some matters into their own hands and making choices for themselves, others among her flock, such as Sister Agnes and Sister Philomena are not so happy.

Mother Ambrose must deal with all of these matters as well as try to come to terms with the death of her beloved father and her growing attraction to Ian McGregor, the first lay teacher (and certainly the first male) ever to ever be employed at the school.

Mr. McGregor is a big hit with the students but Mother Ambrose is caught in a strong position of conflict as she attempts to work out how she herself feels as she questions her position, her faith and her ability to keep her vows. She must also fight with parents and with Sister Agnes, all of whom wish her to get rid of the new teacher when he expresses political views which seem to contradict those of traditional Catholics.moreless

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  • Mother Ambrose has more to deal with than just the school girls under her care when a male lay teacher joins the staff and the aftermath of Vatican II causes turmoil for several of the nuns at the convent.moreless

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    In 1966, many things changed within the Catholic Church worldwide as the far-reaching effects of what became known as 'Vatican II' sent shock waves around the world.



    For Mother Ambrose, a lot of these changes are causing much turmoil within the convent of Santo Spirito, and while she is more than up to the challenge, the heavy burden of responsibility takes it toll after her beloved father dies and she is under pressure from nuns and some parents when she appoints Ian McGregor (Phillip Quast) to the position of Economics teacher.



    Ian is a divorced young father who has access visits with his children. He also has very strong views on many things, including the Church and its teachings. When Mother Ambrose realises that she is developing feelings for this intelligent and outspoken man, she begins to question everything about her entire religious life.



    As if that isn't enough to cope with, many of the older nuns are having extreme difficulties adjusting to the changes which are taking place, especially Sister Philomena (Caroline Gilmer) who is so distraught that she attempts to take her own life. A Mortal Sin in the eyes of the Church.



    Mother Ambrose feels the pressure building as Ian McGregor's political views get him into hot water and several parents threaten to withdraw their girls from the school if he is not removed. The question is, can Mother Ambrose ask him toleave the school, or does she need him too much?moreless
Rob Steele

Rob Steele

Senator Kearney

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Syd Conabare

Syd Conabare

 

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Leo Taylor

Leo Taylor

Bill Fitzgerald

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Penny Stehli

Penny Stehli

Sister Patrick

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Melissa Jaffer

Melissa Jaffer

Sister Attracta

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Caroline Gilmer

Caroline Gilmer

Sister Philomena

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