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PAGE 14 Here's More /lbout Need Sisters (Continued from page 13) a student, a gardener, a nurse, teacher, or a seamstress. "What- ever the work, she begins to un- derstand that it is not what she does so much as with how much love she does it that is impor- tant," says Mother Mary Susan who heads this-Benedictine fami- ly. Holy Father Salutes Benedictines The Benedictine order was founded by St. Benedict of whom Pope Pins XII said in 1947, "Lille a star in the darkness of night Benedict of Nursia brilliantly shines, a glory not only to Italy, but to the whole church." Men and women have been liv- ing his Holy Rule for fourteen unbroken centuries, and every century claims its share of Bene- dictine saints. Besides the active mission apostolate, this community puts special emphasis on liturgical divine worship. "Let nothing be preferred to the work of God" states (Chapter 43), of the rule. With prayer a Sister reaches out effectively to her own mission field and to the w h o 1 e world where the church battles for souls. Through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Divine Office and meditation the Sisters renew their strength for battle, work and suffering and for perfecting themselves in the virtues of Christ. Her life of sacrifice be- comes a loving daily ascent of Calvary. Signs of a Vocation How can you know if you have a vocation to the missions in America? 1. Do you feel attracted to la- [mr for souls in an area that has fewer Catholics~than many parts of Africa? 2. Do you have the desire? This means you will have the will to give yourself wholly to God, to do something more for Him, to bring all the sacrifices that His loving will requires in the religious life. It includes the desire to work foe others, for the church, for the reformation of your own life, to strive for holi- ness. This desire is not emotion- al or romantic, but a constant attraction or better, the firm will to fulfill the duties of this state. 3. Do you have a love of pray- er? This is another sign of seek- ing God. The Sister finds God in prayer~ in frequent reception of the Sacraments. This does not mean that she is always on her knees, but rather on her toes for the Presence of God. 4. Do you have a community spirit? A sociable disposition (which can also be cultivated), unselfishness, thoughtfulness of others, courtesy, readiness for obedience, ability to mix with everybody, friendliness, and be- ing satisfied with the common life, are indispensable charac- teristics. 5. Do you have physical, men- tal, emotional and moral fitness? 6. Do you have freedom from all outside obligations, debts or impediments ? If, for instance, parents or some close relatives need sup- port', then Church Law asks the candidate to look out for them first. 7. Do you have the acceptance of the community. The superiors will help you weigh your reasons and judge the above signs ac- cording fo the mind of St. Bene- dict. They have your welfare at heart and will decide in terms of your happiness. Girls desiring to enter an American mission novitiate and who are willing to leave all (family, home and State) to de- vote their lives in sparsely Cath- olic areas where the harvest is great, may write to: Mother Mary Susan, O.S.B, Sacred Heart Convent CuUman, Ala. The Observer, Friday, March 17, 1961. Dominican Sisters of the Third Order of St, Dominic (Adrian, Mich.) Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary Originally a pioneer band of sisters sent from a New York convent to Michigan in 1877, t h i s community grew so that it was made a separate congregation in 1923. The general end of the congregation is the glory of God and the sanctification of its members through the observance of the three simple vows of poverty, chas- tity and obedience, the Rule of St. Augustine and the Constitution. Members of this community teach, care for the sick and aged and operate social centers and catechetical instruction centers in 35 archdioceses and dioceses in the United States, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In the diocese of Rockford, they teach at St. Mary, Elgin; St. Patrick, St. Charles; St. Bridget and St. Ed- ward, Rockford--all elementary schools; and 13 i s h o p Muldoon high school, Rockford; St. Edward high school, Elgin; and Mr. St. Mary academy, St. Charles. Essential requirements of candidates are: good health, good mind, good heart and good will. Girls who are too young to enter the novitiate and who have not had a high school education may enter the preparatory school. Send inquiries to: Mother Mary Gerald, O.P Domini- can Motherhouse, Adrian, Mich. f Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Founded in America in 1833, this order was begun by five young women teachers who emigrated to Phila- delphia from Dublin, Ireland, where they met the Rev. Terrence Donahoe who was to assist them in founding an order that can now be found in 30 archdioceses and dioceses in the United States and in the d i o c e s e of Honolulu. The central government of the order, which staffs St. Mary grade school, DeKalb, is administered by t he Mother General from Dubuque, Ia. The order has over 2,200 professed sisters. Every aptitude finds development in the order, either as teachers or as vitally n e e d e d auxiliaries to t h e teachers. In two and a half years of novitiate enclosure, t h e postulant and novice study a rule which requires an externally simple but strongly fundamental spirituality modeled on Our Lady's interior life. Five years of temporary vows, spent in professional training and experience end with a two-month tertian- ship, the final probation for Perpetual Vows. Send inquiries to: Mother Mary Consolatrice, B.V.M.~ Supr. Gen St. Joseph Convent, Mount C a r m e 1, Du- buque, Ia. J Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the- Woods, Ind. The Sisters of Providence were founded in France in 1806, and in 1840 Mother Theodore came from France to a poor frontier settlement in the deep woods of Vigo county, Ind to establish the Sisters there. Crosses of every kind awaited Mother Theodore and her band of six missionary sisters; the crosses of isola- tion, poverty, misunderstandings, intolerance and physi- cal sufferings. Nevertheless she opened St. Mary-of-the-Woods, the i oldest boarding school for girls~in Indiana on July 4, 1841. The daughters of Catholic pioneers flocked to the doors of the little community and before her death in 1856 schools had been opened by her daughters in 13 localities, and the work which has continued to increase to the present time became firmly established. Close to 1,500 Sisters staff a college and junior col- lege, 23 high schools and 107 grammar schools. The es- sential requirements for a Sister of Providence a r e right intention, ordinary health, average intelligence and generosity. Besides teachers the order needs the contributions of secretarys, seamstresses, cooks or dietitians, sacristans and librarians. In the Rockford diocese the Sisters staff St. Mary school, Aurora. Send inquiries to: Mother Gertrude Clare, Supr. Gen St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. f t