Tuesday, April 28, 2009
We need teaching religious!
Back in the 60's, I attended Holy Family Grammar School in Union City, NJ. Almost all of the teachers in our school were Franciscan Missionary Nuns, a teaching order based in Peekskill, NY. These nuns were sent to America at the turn of the century to maintain the faith of Catholic immigrants. Our nuns were dressed in full habit. You would not mistake these women as being anything but a nun. And the habit was severe. The only skin showing was face and hands. Each sister carried a wooden rosary that almost touched the floor. Let me tell you, these nuns were very close to God. Sometimes we thought THEY WERE GOD! Through the years, my friends and I have always enjoyed sharing the "nun" stories of our youth. Certainly there may have been some incidents, but mostly they were brought on by us unruly city kids. I cherish these memories. I loved those nuns.
We are now confronted with a serious problem. Our Catholic grammar schools are closing - at alarming rates. Certainly there are good reasons, high tuition, insurance costs etc. Still, we know - Catholic schools that preach sound Catholic Doctrine to our children are our greatest tool for evangelization. In my humble opinion, the answer to this problem is VOCATIONS! We need nuns (and brothers) who teach. And, we need parents who will encourage vocations!
A new order of nuns, The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist based in Ann Arbor Michigan, is exactly what the Church needs today. As stated on the Sister's website, part of their mission is to "Establish and support Catholic schools steeped in the rich culture of the Catholic faith to nourish the spiritual formation of youth, their families and society". Please keep these sisters in your prayers, and PRAY FOR VOCATIONS!
Here is a short film about this wonderful new order of Sisters, a grace for all of us.