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The Observer, Friday, March 17, 1961 PAGE 15 School Sisters of Notre Dame Founded in Germany in 1833, the first United States foundation of this community was in 1847. There are more than 2,000 professed Sisters in this order which staffs the following Rockford d i o c e s a n grade schools: St. Bernadette, Rockford; St. Mary, Ga- lena; St. Anne, Amboy and St. James, Belvidere. The Congregation has as its objective the glory of God and the sanctification of its members through the instruction and training of youth. The sisters t e a c h schools of all levels and care for children' in the spirit of Mary, their Heavenly Mother, through whom they seek to bring souls closer to the Heart of their Lover, Jesus Christ. Training of a School Sister: Aspiranture for t h o s e who have not completed high school; candidature 18 months; postularfcy, six months; novitiate, one y e a r. Temporary vows are then taken for a period of three years and renewed for another three years. These are followed by perpetual vows. Both aspirants and candidates provide t h e i i" o w n clothes. Board and tuition for aspirants is $200 for each year; for candidates, $200 for the first year only. Send Inquiries to: Mother Mary Antonice Murawski, Prov. Supt. NOtre D a m e of the Lake, Mequon P. 0 Thienville, Wis. ', f Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus of Hihrup Founded in Germany in 1899 to help the Missionary Fathers of the Sacred Heart in bringing the faith to pagan lands, this order came to the United States in 1908 because of the "need for teaching sisters. Its aims are to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to strive for p e r s o n a 1 sanctification; to co- operate in the extension of the Kingdom of Christ by various activities such as teaching, nursing, mothering the orphans, caring for the aged, domestic work and the foreign missions. Candidates must be 17 to 30 years of age, have. a good family background, good physical and m e n t a 1 health, right intention and moral fitness, willingness and generosity. There are no fix e d educational re- quisites. Any talent or form of education--professional, business, nursing domesticTis useful. In the Rockford diocese the order has a convent at Geneva. After a three month probation p ~. r i o d, candidates serve a six months postulancy and a two year novitiate. First profession is made after the first year of novi- tiate and final profession after five years of temporary profession. Send inquiries to: Mother M: Elizabeth, M.S.C Prov. St. Michael convent, Seminary Ave Reading, Pa. J Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immacu. late Conception of the Mother of God In the Rockford diocese the, Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, also known as the Immaculata Sisters, staff the domestic department of the Bishop's residence and teach at St. Peter school, Spring Grove. The congregation was founded in Brazil in 1910, and in the United States in 1922. The Immaeutata Sisters serve as teachers in colleges and elementary schools, and work in hospitals, orphanages, homes for the aged, How does a mother really feel when her dat~ghter comes to her with the statement, "Mot.h- er, I want to go to the con- vent"? This probably is no real surprise, flor the mother no doubt has heard these words many times during her daugh- ter's grade school years; but now the words are no longer just words--but a decision. And the mother lets herself think, perhaps for the first time, just what the words really mean. The first time is one of blessed- ness that God should call her daughter to Himself -- t h e n shock sets in, as she realizes that she may be separated Irom her, perhaps, forever. Seems Young If she is very young -- just out of grammar school -- the first impulse is to say, "Wait! You are too young to know what you want. You must at least finish high school. How can you know what you want, unless you have had some con- tact with other things? In high school you will grow up, have a m o r e balanced life. Along with your lessons, you will have a social side of life. with dates, parties, pretty clothes; and in these years of study and social activities you will be more fit- ted to decide. Then, if you still feel the same way after grad- uation, well. all right." Testing Ground But again the mother real- izes that in the whirl of such activities, a vocation is often lost. Isn't there, she wonders, some sort of testing ground for these young girls? Yes, there is. Most religious orders now have a Juniorate--an aspiring school for young girls, who think they want to be nuns. It is some- what like 'a private boarding school. The girls wear attrac- tive uniforms, attend regular high school c 1 a s s e s, enjoy sports and other activities, and at the same time learn more about the duties and responsi- bilities of the religious life in which they are interested. It is perhaps, one of the best testing grounds for a vocation. ,ttere the sisters in charge learn to know the girls; learn to know whether or not they have the making of good sisters. Never do they try to force a vocation upon a girl, for they realize that not every girl is" called to a "religious life -- else where would we get our good parents? ]Ready to Choose But if a girl has'already pass- ed the Juniorate s t a g e, has graduated f r o m high school, and now stands ready to choose --career, marriage or convent -- then what does a mother say? Many mothers will still say, "You are too young. First, you must go to college, then {f you still want to go . . . Back in the back of her mind domestic departments, kindergartens, Indian and Negro is the thought that once in col- missions both here and abroad. ~ [lege her daughter will forget until'l all about having a vocation. The congregation had several missions in China The conscientious mother who they were confiscated by the Communists during the years 1945 to 1951. The Superior Genera], Sister M a r y Veneranda, S.M.I.C taught for five years in the Spring Grove school. She was elected Superior in August 1958. The oi'der is represented in South America in Brazil, in the Far East in Formosa, and in Europe in Germany. The general Motherhouse and novitiate are in New Jersey. send Sister Mary Veneranda, Superior General, Convent of the Immaculate Conception, New St P.O. Box 1858, Paterson 18, N. J. knows she must say yes, has known it for a long long time, still-must pray for the cour- age to "let. go." Daughter's Happiness When a daughter comes all starry-eyed and says she wants to get married, a mother still feels a few pangs -- but they tre lost in the whirl of the wedding, in the thought of her daughter's happiness, in the idea of grandchildren to ]ore, and a reasonably happy rela- tionship with her daughter's new family in the years to come. But when a daughter (Continued on page 16)