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The Observer, Friday, March 17, 196 I Franciscan Poor Clare ] uns, Order of St.[ Clare ] The community of Poor Clares, Corpus Christi Monas- I tery, Rockford, was founded in the Spring of 1916. The I monastery of St. Clare, Assist, Italy, founded in 1212,1 is called the Motherhouse of the Order, but the Abbess of the monastery has no jurisdiction over other com- munities of Poor Clares. The Poor Clares (The Second Order of St. Francis) make four vows; poverty, chastity, obedience and en- closure and in their life of poverty, prayer and self- denial they strive to imitate the hidden humble life of the Holy Family at Nazareth. The Rule of Poverty requires the Poor Clares to de- pend entirely on Divine Providence--they own no prop- erty and live on the alms of the faithful. They never eat meat and all who are strong and well fast every day except Sundays and Christmas. Extern Sisters," also of the Second Order of St. Fran- cis, attend to the business of the monastery and care for the public chapel. They do not make the vow of en- closure but reside in their own convent at the entrance of the monastery and receive all who come seeking: favors from God through the prayers and sacrifices of the cloistered Nuns. Send inquiries to: Abbess, Corpus Christi Monastery, 2111 S. Main St Rockford, Ill. J Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immacu- late Conception Founded in the United States in 1873 in Belle Prairie, Minn the Motherhouse of this order was later moved to Rome. In addition to teaching at St. Anthony of Padua school in Rockford, the sisters staff three academies, 31 gram- mar schools, two orphanages and three catechetical cen- ters. Another work of the Sisters is parish-visiting--- bringing back hundreds of lax and negligent Catholics to,a sense of duty, as well as instructing those who wish to enter the Catholic Church. Aspirants from 16 to 30 years of age are admitted to the Novitiate. All applicants must furnish evidence of their mental, physical, and spiritual fitness for the reli- gious life. A high school education, although desirable, is not essential, fis professional training is an integral part of the second year of noviceship and is continued after holy profession. The term of probation of postulants is six months, after which they are clothed in the religious habit of St. Francis. The noviate lasts two years, at the comple- tion of which the sisters are admitted to temporary vows. After five years the vows are made in perpetuity. Send inquiries to: Immaculate Conception Convent, 20 Manet Road, Chestnut Hill 67, Newton, Mass. f Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart Founded in the shadow of the Black Forest, Germany, in 1866 to care for the sick, the aged and the children, this order was driven out of Germany and took refuge in Avilla, Ind in 1876. The Motherhouse anal Novitiate of the order were la- ter moved to Joliet Ill. The Community conducts hos- pitals, schools and homes for the aged and. the orphans in-nine archdioceses and dioceses in the U. S. The Sisters desire to accomplish in their lives the two-fold purpose of the Incarnation, namely the honor and glory of God and the salvation of souls. By the ob- servance of the simple vows of poverty, chastit.y and obedience, and in unselfish wholehearted service to their neighbor in need, the Sisters sanctify their own souls. Young women of good character, between the ages of 16 and 30 years, who wish to devote their lives to the education of youth or to the care of suffering hu- manity, are welcomed as members. In the diocese of Rockford the Sisters staff St. Charles hospital, Aurora; St. Joseph hospital, Elgin; St. Francis hospital, Freeport; St. Vincent Home for Children, Free- port; and St. Joseph Home for the Aged, also in Free- port. Send inquiries to: Mother M. Adeline Mazure, Supr. Gen 372 N. Broadway, Joliet, Ill. J PAGE 11 tS to Sister M. Henrita, SSND Never before in our country have parishes shown such an urge to build, or enlarge, or equip their parochial schools. Pastors are exhorting promises from religious superiors for a corps of sisters 5, 10 or 15 years from now. In places, new Catholic schools stand empty for want of sisters to teach in them. Most congregations could use several hundred applicants and have openings in which to put them to work immediately. Yet these great needs at home, not to mention the foreign mis- sion fields, go unfilled. Not Good Reasons Now almost every one of the reasons and explanatioms high school students could give for not entering the religious life: lack of fun and pleasure; not enough courage; too much train- ing and discipline; too much giving up; could als6 be used against following a profession or entering the married state, yet it does not operate to keep aspirants out. The prospect of hard work doesn't deter hundreds from seeking entry into show busi- ness, though many top stars have assured us hard work is the secret of their success. Long years of preparatory study prove a challenge, not" an ob- stacle, to medical students and other careerists of good intel- lect. The divorce rate should scare young people away from marriage, but it doesn't, even though chances of success in it can be given a pretty dark out- look. Actually, many girls who went to the convent with every thought of renouncing these things have realized more ma- terial advantages than their sis- ters who married, particularly in the way of education, travel, and security. ~ Stress "Giving Up" Quite discernible in many ob- jections is the stress on what must be given up, remarks high- ly reminiscent of Peter's "We have left all to follow Thee," when he meant a few boats and ragged fishing tackle. So, too. a list of what they are giving up may yield such items as "nice clothes, good times, my own home, a car." Now the world over, there are many people, in addition to re- ligious, who do not possess these things because the-opportunity is never presented; and others, because it was a choice between them and professional advance- ment, the rewards, even in ma- terial form, coming long, long after the choice had to be made. The young person who counts too heavily on material goods or his own will may find himself doing what he never willed or intended and doing without what he thought were essentials to life. Lack of Realism There is the wistful note in many answers of 'lest having Him, I might have naught be- side," a lack of realism all too prevalent in those who talk as if they had a right to all this of earth and heaven, too, in the bargain. The student who said "I think the scarcity of religious voca- tions ,is due to decline in in- bdividuality," was probing deep* er. A ~onformist society has a strong grip on adolescents, who always were gregarious by na- ture. It takes a strong person- ality and a determined will to break away from the crowd, to "dare to be different." Certain- ~Co~tinued on paoe 12).