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Mantellate Sisters, Servants of Mary Founded in Italy in 1861, the Congregation of Man- tellate Sisters' first foundation in the United States was in 1916. The order spread throughout the regions of Italy and diffused itself in the far mission fields of Swazi- land, South Africa and in the United States. The Gen- eral Motherhouse of the order is in Pistoia, Italy. In the diocese of Rockford, the sisters staff the domes- tic department of St. Joseph' seminary, Elgin. Besides aiming at self-sanctification through the ob- servance of the three vows, the Congregation has the beautiful and holy m i s si o n of compassionating a n d spreading devotion to the sor?ows of Mary. Cooperating in the salvation~ of souls is done primarily t h r o u g h works of charity, the care and education of children in boarding and parochial schools, day nurseries, s o c i a 1 and catecbetical work. Candidates are received between the ages of 15 and 30. Admission of those over 30 is left to the judgment of the Superior General. Send inquir.ies to: Convent of Our Mother of Sorrows, ]Xlother M. Iride Delores, Supr 1381,1 S. Western Ave Blue Island, Ill. The Observer, Friday, March 17, 1961 & f Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of lHere's Assi (Sisters of Penance and Charity) t On May 28, 1849, a small group of Bavarian Francis- can Tertiaries presented themselves to the first Bishop of Milwaukee, )ohn Martin Henni, in answer to his plea' for aid from Europe "to help the struggling infant Church in Wisconsin". In the short span of over 100 years, this group, thriving on its early hardships and many difficulties, has grown to over 900 professed mem- bers. The works of the order include one school for the deaf; three homes for orphans; five schools for the men- tally retarded; work in various phases of special edu- cation; one school for predelinquent boys; 61 elemen- tary schools; 11 high schools, one college; domestic serv- ice in seminaries and episcopal residences. The commu- nity serves in 13 states, eight archdioceses and 14 dio- ceses in the U. S. In Rockford diocese they teach at St. John the Baptist grade school, Savanna; Ss. Peter and Paul grade school, Virgil, and St. Mary grade school, West Brooklyn. Aspirants must have completed eighth grade and are charged a nominal fee for tuition. (Aspirants spend the Christmas holidays and a month during the summer at home.) Send inquiries to: Mother Mary Madeline, O.S.F Supr. Gen St. Francis Convent, 3221 S. Lake Dr Mil- waukee 7, Wis J PAGE 13 More About Continued from page I2) the dozen, with a home open to welcome her wherever she goes. She chose obedience, but she finds that "His yoke is sweet and His burden light," espe- cially when compared to the burdens from which lay people have no escape, whereas for the religious a word to her Sw:erior may bring about desirable re- lief. Real Security On the other hand, the girl who was scared of poverty may have it forced upon her in the married state, through illness, unemployment, accident." or other cause. Widowhood, steril- ity, divorce, or illness may de- prive her of the joy of the mari- tal rights she thought she could not forego. Evidence abounds that women who could not bring themselves to accepting re]igi- ous obedience are now obeying their children or the dictates of conformity, or those of grim necessity. When we have skimmed off the surface fl-oth, we find that young people are not answering the call because they really do not want to. They are not al- together to blame for this. A society, shot through with sec- ularism and selfishness, will :leave its mark. Homelife where is not painstakingly in- ulcated will not produce self- acrificing sons and daughiers. Social life based upon the criterion of how much fun I can get instead of how much joy I can give will not be a help to a decision to give oneself for life. Boys and girls who cannot accept the disciplinary demands of ordinary school life natural- ly are repelled for a life which appears to them a continuation of the same. What is too little realized is that the same qualities as make for success in one vocation will also yield the same result in an- ether dedication, selfishness, generosity, sincerity, to name a few. Need Sisters For Missions In the South WANTED! Heroic American girls with great love for God to b r i n g the joy of the Catholic faith to southern missions in the U.S.A. Dominican Sisters of the Third Order of St, Only 3 per cent of the populao Dominic (Sinsinawa, Wis.) Congregation of tion is Catholic in this mission land! Last year 17,000 people in the Most Holy Rosary the Alabama diocese 'became Founded by the Dominican Missionary Apostolic, the Catholic. The converts would come pouring in, in even great- Rev. Samuel Charles MazzUchelli in 1849, this order now er numbers if zealous young has over 1,800 professed sisters engaged in teaching and American girls would join to "in administrative and auxiliary offices--nursing, bust-help the Sisters there in their ness and domestic--which support the work of Chris-stupendous job. tian edflcation. The Benedictine Sisters whose The sisters staff St. ,l a m e s pro-Cathedral and St. motherhouse is in Cullman. Ala Patrick parochial grade schools in Rockford as well as are issuing a special, urgent call St. Patrick, Dixon; St. Mary, East Dubuque; St. Mary to all girls to join them in the ad- venture of converting the south- and St. Thomas Aquinas, Freeport; St. Michael, Galena land, U.S.A. Scores of people in and Nativity of the B.V:M Menominee. Aquin Central this area are hungry to know Cathohc h~gh school, Freeport, ~s one of the order s 3 more about the Catholic religion high schools. . if only there were missionaries ,The aim of the Congregation is the Dominican ideal: to reach them. To contemplate and to give to others the fruit of con- Sisters Teach Non-Catholics, Too templation." Missions of the Benedictine The requirements for entrance are those recommend- Sisters include a college in which almost half of the students ed by the Church for a Congregation which combines are not Catholic! "What a field the conventual .p r a c t i c e of the contemplative-active i for the missionary zeal of young life: true piety, respectable parentage, good health, a Americans, if only they will good mind, good will and a good reputation, come to help us swell our Two years are spent in the postulancy and novitiate, ranks," says Sister Maurus, Following the novitiate, temporary vows are made for O.S.B who is the novice rots- three years, after which perpetual vows are pronounced, ress. The Benedictines also operate Send inquiries to Directress of Vocations, St. Clara 2 elementary schools, three Convent, Sinsinawa, Wis. high schools and one college. De- pending on her abilities and in- terests, a postulant may become -~" (Continued on page 14) ,