There Were Only Young Sisters

Requests for Sisters came quickly after the foundresses Sister Maria Aloysia Wolbring and Sister Maria Ignatia Kühling began religious life in 1850. Between 1856 and 1872 many foundations were established at the requests of pastors who wanted teachers for kindergartens and elementary school, as well as some secondary schools for girls and needle-work schools. In 1856, for example requests came from Geldern and Goch.  Whom would the Superior General send? Geldern received a Sister professed only one year and two Novices. Goch received three Sisters whose ages did not total sixty.

Perhaps you don’t see many young sisters in your area. But there is a solution. Encourage girls and young women to consider religious life. That’s not difficult. It can be as simple as “You’d make a good Sister” or “Have you ever thought about becoming a Sister?” Try it. You’ll be surprised how receptive the person may be.

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  1. Catherine Schneider on June 19, 2024 at 7:05 am

    thanks for writing these

  2. Sr. Berneta on June 19, 2024 at 9:57 am

    I don’t think we give young women enough crredit.