The Archdiocese of Washington grants temporary recognition of Mother of God but lays out conditions for final approval, including a change of leadership.
The archdiocese undertakes an in-depth review of Mother of God's structure and operations.
The nun leading the archdiocese's review of Mother of God invites people to meet with her. Many express reservations about the community's practices.
At Joseph Difato's request, other Orange Systems owners agree to pay $1.3 million to buy out his share of the company.
May 21, 1995
The dissent spills into the open when one of Mother of God's founders, Judith Tydings, reads a critical letter aloud in a prayer meeting.
Sept. 23, 1995
Cardinal James Hickey visits the community, outlines problems, asks the Difatos to step down and insists on reform.
Feb. 1, 1996
The Difato family formally leaves Mother of God after winning promises that they will be protected against lawsuits and that financial records will be sealed.
Feb. 14, 1997
The Mother of God community, much smaller and operating under new procedures and democratic leadership, wins formal approval from the Archdiocese of Washington.