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PAGE 12 Here's More About (Contimted from page 11) ly some of the reasons why re- ligious congregations are beg- ging for members lie in the con- dition of the social order and arepart of what pessimists call a vicious circle. When society has been better we have better indivi:duals, and vice versa. Parents A Hindrance /~ Serra Club member recent-I ly told an audience of parents,[' "The greatest hindrance to re- ligious vocations is -- you. He went on to say this blocking of vocations is not so frequent for a boy wishing to be a priest as it is for a girl wishing t9 be a sister. Therefore, to direct vo- cation talk to fathers and moth- ers may bear more fruit than to talk to adolescents themselves. The home which is built on tim foundations of love, generosity, and self - sacrifice is preparing fertile soil for religious voca- tions. Where the church and school and charitable works are loved, where priests and Sisters are esteeme~ at home, a reli- gious vocation is deemed ~n honor, not a doom. A material- istic society necessitates that Catholic homes are islands of anti-secularism, where spiritual values receive emphatic top bill- ing. Giving Essential That we have lost our sense of gift giving is shown by pre- valent attitudes towards the Mass The same students who think religious life does not of- fer enough advantages, likewise answer they go to Mass to "get graces, have prayers answer- ed" or some other phase of re- ceiving. Yet the essence of the Mass. as of religious vocation is giving. Loving God is essential to sal- vation: yet to say "I love you, God," all day, is not enough. Talk is cheap. The true lover wants to give. But giving gifts has become so commercialized today that the meaning of a gift as an e~pression of love is largely lost. When students find a half-hour low Mass too much to give because they can only think of what they fail to get by way of newness, freshness, and interest, it is surprising that they remain Catholics at all. Too Much Noise There is too little silence to- day, too much noise, too much activity, too little contemplation, too little realization of the need for suffering of one kind or an- other. We depend too much on , ."mood music." Homes are noisy shelters for TV, radio, and rec- ord players. In all the talk that beats upon us we have lost the art of real conversation, replac-' ing it with the tedious reptitious- hess of small talk, the hackney- ed phrase that covers every situation. How can the "still, small voice" be heard in a silence; the?, don't know what to do with it. They are terrified of solitude; to them it smacks of prison and punishment. Rewards Great --~ One need have lived the. reli- giouslife but a few years to as- sess the reality of Christ's . promise of the hundredfold in this life. The religious did not seek comfort and security in re- ligion, and yet that is what he gets. No one need worry less about paying bills, and yet be- ing well nourished, clothed, ,and housed, yes, even entertained Nowhere do the sick and aged get better care than in a con- vent Nowhere is the balance among work, prayer, and re- laxation more insisted upon. The religious chose to re- nounce a family of her own, and yet that is what her religious consecration brings her---moth- er, and sisters, and children by (Cbntinh'ed : ~ ' on page 13) he Observer, Friday, March 17, 1961 Dominican Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic (Springfield, I11.) Congregation of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart From the convent of St. Catherine of Siena, Spring- field, Ky six Sisters were sent in 1373 to begin an Illi- nois foundation at the invitation of Bishop Baltes who wanted a Dominican motherhouse and novitiate in his diocese. Since that time the dSmmunity has grown and the sisters can be found in 14 archdioceses and dioceses in the United States. In the Rockford diocese the sisters st.aff the following grade schools: St. Margaret Mary: Algonquin; Ss. Peter and Paul, Cary; Holy Angels and St. Peter. Aurora; St, Thomas the Apostle. Crystal Lake'; St. Charles Borromeo, Hampshire; and St. Thomas More, Elgin. The purposes of this community are to: give glory to God, to sanctify the Sisters themselves; and to bring Christ to others through prayer; the works of mercy; teaching in grade schools and high schools, nursing in hospitals, care of orr)hans and ~ged, acting as sacristans, doing domestic work, supervising summer playgrounds and preparing children in rural neighborhoods to re- ceive the Sacraments: The only indispensable requirements are good health,- earnest good will, and an ardent desire to serve God in religion. Send inquiries to: Mother Ida Marie, O.P Mother Gen Sacred Heart convent, 1237 W. Monroe St Spring- field, Ill. f Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is of American origin, having been founded in the shadow of the Trappists' Abbey at Gethsemane, Ky. in 1866. With opportunities for the new community limited in Kentucky, the Sisters transferred to Iowa, and in 1893 took up permanent residence in Clinton, Ia. Here they have established Mt. St. Clare Motherhouse, novitiate, college, and academy. The Sisters, under the simple vows of obedience, chastity and poverty, aim to glorify God and attain personal sanctification. Members of the congregation teach grade, high school and college students, do catechetical work care forthe sick and aged and conduct homes for working girls. After two and one half years of postulancy and novi- tiate, the candidates pronounce temporary vows which they renew annually until the end of the third year when life vows are taken. Sisters of the order teach at St. Patrick school, Ro- chelle. Send inquiries to: Mother Mary Regis Cleary, Mr. St. Clare Convent, Bluff Blvd. and Springdale Dr Clinton, [a. J :ongregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross Soon after the founding of the Congregation of t h e Sisters of the Holy Cross in Le Mans, France, m 1841, a band of missioners arrived: at Notre Dame, Ind to establish a school and novitiate. The school prospered and in 1855 the mother house of the Sisters was moved to its present site, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, adjacent to the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The total congregation of professed sisters is over 1,500, and 480 are in the Province of the Midwest. Holy Cross Sisters, stationed all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to the Gulf, are dedicated to the apostolates of teaching, hospital work and home and foreign missions. Any girl of high school or college age is eligible to join Holy Cross. The average is from 18 to 30. A can- didate must be recommended by her pastor and teach- ers, and must possess zeal, generosity and a s e n s e of humor. Holy Cross Sisters staff Marian Central Catholic high school and St. Mary grade school, Woodstock, and St. Joseph school, Harvard. Send inquiries to: St. Mary Convent, South Bend 17, Ind. f