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The Observer, Friday, March 17, 1961 PAGE 17 Sisters of Mercy of tile Union in the United States of America The Sisters of Mercy were founded by Mother Mary Catherine McCauley in Dublin, Ireland. 1831, when she established Mercy House where the helpless found ha- ven. Just 15 years later a band of Sisters arrived in the frontier town of Chicago to establish schools. Since that time the Sisters have increased to over a thousand and they have hospitals, schools, homes and sanatariums throughout the middlewest. They also staff St. Xavier college, Chicago. In the Rockford diocese they teach at St. Catherine, Dundee; St. Laurence. Elgin; St: Patrick, McHenry; and St. Mary, Sycamore. They also staff St. Joseph Mercy hospital and Mercyville Sanatarium, both in Aurora and St. Mary hospital, DeKalb. Although the Sisters of Mercy have a remarkabl~e record of achievement, their real worth is found in their way of life. In 1929 a union of 39 Motherhouses in the United States was formed, and since then eight more have been admitted to the union. The General Motherhouse is in Eetbseda, P.O. Washington 14, D. C. Send inquiries to: Mother M. 'Regina Cunningham, 1RS.M Mother Prov, Sister of Mercy Provincial House, 10024 S. Central Park Ave Chicago- 15, Ill. ] N~ f [Here's Felician Sisters -Congregation of Sisters of]A ,A St. Felix of Cantalicio of the Third Order of St. Francis The Felician Sisters trace their origin back to Warsaw, Poland. It was there in 1854 that the Foundress Sophio Truszkowska, moved with compassion by the plight of the destitute of the city, established a Sanctuary for her beloved poor, sick and abandoned aged. The growth of the newly founded Sisterhood was rap- id. The activity of the Community in our own United States began in 1874 when a small band of Sisters ar- rived in Polonia, Wis. Equipped with the rule of St. Francis, they set out upon their God-ordained career in charitable institutions, in secondary and elementary schools, and hospitals, seeking to pattern after Christ the souls of all who came their way. In Rockford, the Sisters staff St. Stanislaus Kostka grade school. Candidates to the postulancy generally enter after completing high school or college. Upon entering the applicant pro.vides her clothing and a dowry of $100. Send inquiries to: Mother Mary Leona, C.S.S.F, Prov. Supr Felician Sisters Convent, 3800 Peterson Ave. Chicago 45, Ill. Sisters of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Founded in ireland in 1775, the first: United States foundation was in San Francisco in 1854. There are now numerous houses of the order in the United States and Canada where the Sisters conduct boarding, paro- chial and high schools. In'1944 a group of four Sisters from the New York Community came to Oregon, Ill at the invitation of Bishop Boy]an. The work of the Presentation Sister is chiefly educa- tion, although there is need of many types of work in the young and growirig Oregon, Ill. branch of the order. Aspirants are'usually received between the ages of 16 and 30, and a health certificate is required. Candidates are expected to provide, if possible, the clothing'needed for the two and a half years of novitiate though the lack of sufficient means for this does not ex- clude worthy candidates: The rule of the order is similar to that of the Ursu- lines from'which it was adapted and secured Papal approval in 1791. The Community conducts St. Mary school Oregon in' addition to their Motherhouse there. Send inquiries to: Presentation convent, Oregon, Ill. J More About (Continued .from page 15) separation becomes less keen, and the spiritual awareness in- creases. One mother told me, "Whenever my troubles get too much for me, I just sit down and write-to my daughter. She takes them "to God when she goes to Holy Communion, and I always feel better." Three in Convent I had a letter from a mother ~'hose three daughters entered the convent. Now Widowed, she lives alone in a small apart- ment. "Of course I let them go," she wrote. "I know that they are happy. ] know that they will never be alone. I know I will never have to worry about ~ them, which is more than I can say if they were working in some other job- I have enough to J-ix, e on until I die. I go to see them at least ionce a year. I am very happy i that they are doing God's work. What greater blessing could a parent have?" Finest Example Perhaps one of the f/nest examples of love and under- standing of her duties as a par- ent came from a non-Catholic mother: "Of course I don't un- derstand why she would ~ive up an'opportunity for a college education, a career and mar- riage to enter a convent, but I feel' that if I didn't let her go and she was unhappy or made a bad choice in life, I woulc1 always feel guilty and that she would blame me. Honestly, I would be happy if she decides to come home, but I shall not try to discourage her or influ- ence her. If that is-what is go- ing to make her happy, then that is what I want her to have." How many Cal.holic mothers can say honestly that they did not try to discourage or influ- ence their daughters away from I their vocation? I had a pretty hard struggle saying yes to my Pat, and I haft six other daugh- :ters. This girl was an only daughter, and her mother's con- sent meant a great deal to her." Common Complaint "If only they didn't have such strict rules and regulations," is the common complaint of many mothers. "Why can't they come home at least once a year? Why can't they write m ore often? Why can't they eat with us? Why?"j I am not sure that I know the answers to all tbese whys. I have often thought of them myself -- but one think ] do know the answers to -- no one forces a religious vocation up- or~~ your cbild. Different orders h a v e different regulations, some stricter than others, but the girls know this before they decide. The girls do not be- come nuns over night. They have a long trial period, and ~if they should decide that it is not the life for them, they can be only the better for their con- tact with the sisters. False Impression One false impression many people have about the girls who enter the convent is that they are the "left-overs": the neu- rotics, the misfifs, the "noth- ing-else-left-to-do ones." H o w- wrong can any one get? The convent girls are really the elite, the cream of the ,crop. They are the good, the wholesome, the all around typi- cal girls who have good minds, good health, a sense of humor and the ability to make their own decisions. Any mother or father should feel honored when God says to their daughter, "Come, f~llow Me." Irene M~. ']hyd