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Page Z--THE PROGRESS Friday ,ril 16. 1965 Questions frequently asked by girls consider- ing a vocation in religious life. t. HOW WOULD I KNOW IF I HAD A VOCATION TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE? If you are a normal, everyday, modern American girl who loves God enough to give yourself to the work of leading other souls to Him in the service of His universal Church, then you may well be one of those whom God is calling to the Religious Life. Ask yourself: Do I love God enough to give Him back my gift of life? Am I willing to make sacrifices to show this love? 2. IF I FEEL I HAVE A VOCATION TO BE A SISTER OF PROVIDENCE TO WHOM SHOULD I GO? Talk it over with someone who loves you; like your con- fessor, your parents, a sister who teaches you or with whom you work in the hospital or nursing home, or write for more information to the Vocation Director. 3. WHAT ARE THE USUAL REQUIREMENTS TO BE A RELIGIOUS? You should desire to work for the spread of Christ's Kingdom on earth. As a Sister of Providence you have a real desire to how Christ's compassion toward those in need. This demands good health, common sense, moral fitness and a well adjusted personality. 4. HOW SHALL I KNOW IF THIS COMMUNITY IS THE RIGHT ONE FOR ME? After you are sure that God is inviting you to His service in the Church, study your aptitudes and how best you can use them for Him. Seek a religious Community that will give you the opportunity to use your gifts. The Sisters of Providence combine prayer with the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. They strive to bring Christ's compassion to the poor, the sick and infirm as well as impart a Christian education to youth. 5. IS THERE A GREAT NEED FOR SISTERS IN THE WORKS OF MERCY? Sisters are needed as never before. The needs of Christ's poor are many. The religious is a living reminder to all the world that mankind was created for God. Perhaps no other period of history has had such need of the witness she bears. She is a sign of God in our modern world. 6. HOW ARE THE SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE INSTRUMENTS OF CHRIST IN THIS WORLD? They are to be found alleviating all kinds of misery, present to all human problems. Because of their stable organization as a Papal Institute, the Church confides to them great apostolic enterprises which surpass the limits of time and break through the barriers of civilizations. They are sister-nurses, sister-teachers, sister-office work- ers, sister-dietitians, sister-librarians . . . Sisters'doing work for Christ in just about every career. The value of the sister's apostolic action comes from her love of God which inspires it. She no longer belongs to herself but to God Whose instrument she is in this world. 7. WILL I GO TO COLLEGE? Each Sister of Providence is educated to her full potential in order that she may use her gifts from God for His serv- ice. The Sister's talents are developed to fit her for the works of Providence where she is needed by the Com- munity. 8. WILL I BE HAPPY AS A SISTER? Real happiness is found in living our lives in union with God. If God gives you a sign of a vocation--the inner knowledge of His love and the invitation to you to share His love with others, you will find a deep peace of soul. Self-giving is the final authentic deed which proves love. This is happiness. 9. IS THE LIFE OF A NOVICE DIFFICULT? Nothing is difficult when it is done for love. Life in th( novitiate is actually very pleasant; It is no more difficul than the training period for any worthwhile work. Th( rules and customs sanctioned by the Church provide necessary guide for those seeking to be Sisters of Provi dence. At the end of the novitiate period the novice pro nounces simple vows of poverty, chastity and obedience The Bishop accepts these vows for the Church and thu: proclaims to all that the newly professed sister has a tru( vocation as a Sister of Providence. 10. WHAT ABOUT RECREATION? Since a religious must have a balanced personality, a anyone else who wishes to succeed in the world, recrea tion forms a part of the daily schedule of all sisters. Fo the young sisters at Providence Heights there is swim ruing, tennis, basketball and other outdoor games. Fo the religious working in the various apostolates, recreatio is adapted to the circumstances where they live. tl. DO THE SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE HAVE MISSIONS? Religious have always been the vanguard of the Churc! for the advancement of truth and the love of Christ i distant lands. The Sisters of Providence extend from th northern missions of Canada and Alaska to Argentin and Syria. t2. COULD I DO IT? Be ready to listen: "Speak, Lord, your servant hears. Be generous: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be i , Ib done unto me according to Thy Word. ' Pray humbly- React objectively--Consult sincerely. ;,j I.: !  '" !t '' "L'x   on the Sisters of Providence write' )""- . ei'( k.i! i ' V "/' " Sister Elizabeth '" ,..'-'t,.| '. j , f.: 1.': ,;: J -' S" ,'!r \\;t / Seattle, Washington, 98122 .. ''" ' " ,i i i