Religious Orders of Women in the United States: Accounts of Their Origin and of Their Most Important Institutions, Interwoven with Brief Histories of Many Famous Convents (Google eBook)
W.B. Conkey Company, 1913 - 366 pages
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Page 24 - ... Indians and negroes, and care for the sick — social service, indeed, all of this, though it was not called by that name, but simply by that all-sufficing name of "charity." As the years passed the community was joined by other Ursulines from France and native vocations multiplied. 1 "On January 8th, 1815, the nuns could see the smoke rising from the plains of Chalmette, at the battle of New Orleans, and hear the rumbling of cannon and the report of rifles. All night long they watched before...
Page 24 - ... refuge with their New Orleans sisters, to whom they rendered most important services. One of these ladies, Irish by birth, still survives (1884). From their galleries and dormer-windows the nuns could see the smoke rising from the plains of Chalmette, at the battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815, and hear the rumbling of cannon and the report of rifles. All night long they watched before the Blessed Sacrament, and besought the God of Battles to give the victory to the American army.f Over the...
Page 25 - ... his respects to them, receive, their congratulations, and thank them for their vows and prayers on his behalf. Nor did he fail to visit them when he returned to New Orleans in after years. Andrew Jackson* was the last great warrior who passed into the cloisters of the old convent in Chartres-street, and the only President of the United States that ever stood within its precincts. In 1824, the Ursulines, after having occupied this venerable mansion for ninety years, removed to a spacious monastery,...
Page 152 - ... seven hours daily in spiritual exercises and about three weeks altogether in strict retreat; the midsummer retreat proper covering eight full days, a triduum occupying the last three days of each year, and the first Sunday of every month except two being devoted in silence to a preparation for death. On the...
Page 24 - They hovered about the nuns from sunset to sunrise, never failing to leave their traces. Almost immediately our good nuns began to teach the children, to instruct the Indian and Negro races, and to care for the sick. The governor wished them to add a Magdalen Asylum to their good works; but I doubt if they were able to undertake this work of mercy for the abandoned women of the colony. They received under their protection the orphans of the Frenchmen recently massacred by the Natchez, and the Filles-a-la-Casette...
Page 321 - An important object of the charity is to look carefully to the interests of the poor, especially whenever the interests of science are held in autocratical estimation by persons of inferior judgment, as opposed to the enlightened and noble verdict of eminent physicians. Incurable cancer is now a matter of general and exhaustive study, and the poor supply the principal material used. This clause is of deepest concern to those who are really devoted to destitute misery. Reference cannot be made to...
Page 135 - Father Moreau realized that every age has its special needs, and, while inculcating the virtues of the hidden life and a sanctity based on a perfect observance of the vows and virtues of the religious state, he so ordered the governing principles of the congregation as to meet the demands of the times in presenting the best that an educational body could offer without in anywise allowing it to turn from the way of the Holy Cross.
Page 205 - ... future, she became an easy prey to typhoid fever, which she contracted while nursing a young novice. The fever at once took a firm hold, and she succumbed to the disease, after an illness of only two weeks, on September 6, 1866, at the early age of thirty- three years.
Page 314 - Institute and declare its basis, namely, prayer and apostolate, and point to the most perfect possible imitation of that retreat which is the model of all others — the Assembly in the Cenacle of Jerusalem, where all the Apostles "were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women and Mary, the Mother of Jesus...