I am SO happy!!!! :)

Monday, August 18, 2008


Hello All!


I wanted to write a quick note to tell you all why I am SO very happy!! I am beginning the application process for the Daughters of St. Paul! I am ecstatic!!! Please pray for me! I will complete at least my first year of college before becoming a postulant. My first day of college is on August 26th!

Jesus has placed this desire in my heart...and now He has given me the courage to follow Him! Thank You Jesus! <3

Please know that you all are constantly in my prayers!

In Christ,

Chelsea

12 comments:

Totus Tuus Monday, August 18, 2008 at 2:02:00 PM PDT  

Praised be Jesus Christ!
I will certainly continue to pray for you, and I rejoice at this wonderful moment on your journey to your vocation.
May God bless you abundantly in all you do, now and eternally.
In Christ,
Michael

Nun2Be Monday, August 18, 2008 at 2:49:00 PM PDT  

So beautiful! How exciting! I will totally pray for you!!! +JMJD

Seminarian Matthew Monday, August 18, 2008 at 4:15:00 PM PDT  

I return to seminary on August 25. I will especially pray for you on August 26. Thank you for the update.

Anonymous,  Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 5:43:00 PM PDT  

The Daughters of Saint Paul are not the wonderful, traditional Order they were 20+ years ago, when they still wore the traditional habit and still accepted 15-20 postulants and novices a year.
Instead, over the last 10 years at least, they have become increasingly progressive. In Italy and most of Europe, they no longer wear any semblance of religious dress, but wear secular clothes. The traditional "Daughters of St. Paul habit", was discarded 20 years ago or more.
Today, in the USA they have closed several of their foundations, and only have 2-3 in formation (as compared to 15-35 in formation 20-30 years ago.)
Considering the direction they have gone over the last 20 years, especially with regards to wearing secular clothes, I would take a long, hard look at them before you leap!!_

Seminarian Matthew Friday, August 22, 2008 at 1:38:00 PM PDT  

Anonymous, I will be the first one to thank you for your words of advice. It is necessary to definitely take a long overview of a order before joining them. Good advice indeed.

St. Faustina Friday, August 22, 2008 at 4:02:00 PM PDT  

Thank you everyone!

Anonymous and Seminarian Matthew,
Thanks for the advice! I have been discerning with the Daughters of St. Paul for several years now....much thought, prayer and discernement has gone into this decision.

Anonymous, I must tell you I love the traditional floorlength habit, but I don't find it absolutely necessary. The Daughters of St. Paul work in bookenters and are constantly going to book exhibits. They also work in the printing and bindary buildings and with the press...as beautiful the traditional habits are, they would get in the way. The Daughters of St. Paul do, however, wear a distinct habit with a veil. So they are not completely "habit-less" so to speak. They still show their consecration with a habit...it's just not as traditional as Dominicans, Franciscans or Benedictines.... As I'm sure you know, the habit consists of a white collered shirt underneath a mid calf-length blue jumper with a veil the same color. They also wear a medal. This allows the sisters to wear the habit, but also to complete their duties in the apostolate.

Thank you for all of your prayers!
May Jesus fill you with grace and peace.

Anonymous,  Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 5:25:00 PM PDT  

As much as I respect your choice of a religious vocation, to brush away the discarding of the traditional Daughters of Saint Paul habit by saying basically thjat it "would be in the way", reminds me of the same kind of comments all the hundreds of other Orders and congregations of nuns and sisters made immediatly after Vatican II, when they began the disasterous updating of habits and other elements of traditional religious life...claiming that "they got in the way", or that the habit was "a barrier" between them and the people. Nothing could have been more false.
History proves it so. These several hundreds of communities and cloisters in the USA and elsewhere collapsed very soon fter they began these changes in religious habit and customs, and today are dead communities with median ages of 75+. Some cloisters which went liberal have a tiny remnant of die-hard femminist sisters pushing 90 !!
Some Orders of liberal nuns have had no vocations for 30 years, and still have their sisters 80+ working fulltime because they have no others, and to retire them all would basically shut down the entire Order!
The Daughters of Saint Paul began the liberalizing of their community rather late in comparison. In 1980, they still wore the traditional habits. They were still taking in 15-30 American novices and postulants per year. The habit wasn't "in the way" when the Order was established, and wasn't for the first 50+ years of the Orders existance.
When the Order liberalized (early 1980's), a group of USA sisters quit in protest. And very shortly thereafter, the Order stopped it's steady growth world-wide and the USA. Today, the Order has discarded the religious habit in Europe. The USA still clings to a short, modified shirt and short veil. But give it time. In a year or two, the USA sisters will discard the habit as well...just as they have discarded religious names.
I greatly respect the history of the Daughters of St. Paul up until about 1982. Fr. Albierone the founder (who established 5 Orders of nuns....all of which unfortunatly have more or less discarded the plain and simple yet traditional habits he helped design for each community) and Mother Tecla Merlo were saints. They were traditional Catholics to be admired and invoked thru pious prayers.
But I don't think they would be very happy with the state of their communities, which are rapidly declining after years of a growing progressivism and discarding of tradition.
But that's been the case of all religious Orders of sisters that thought that the traditional religious habits and other customs "were in the way".
I do wish you best of luck however, in whatever Order you choose to enter.

Hidden One Monday, August 25, 2008 at 10:43:00 PM PDT  

Best of luck? After all that, and you wish her "luck" - a thing which doesn't exist?

St. Faustina Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 7:17:00 PM PDT  

Dear Anonymous,
Thank you for your input...I do appreciate it. I agree I do wish they still wore full habits. Actually after a while of thinking about what I wrote before, I do realize that I did kind of brush it off...I'm sorry. Yes, the community did work in full habit. I do know, however, from talking to the older sisters that it did provide to be a nuisance while working in the bindery, publishing house, or moving books for an exhibit. I do agree with you, that this is NOT a legitamate reason to throw out the habit! Even so, you are wrong when you say that in 1 to 2 years and they will throw out the habit in the USA completely...it doesn't work that way! Furthermore, I know that in some countries they connot where the habit because it is very dangerous. This is not only for the Daughters of St. Paul but for all sisters and religious. In Europe, they do wear a habit, just not a veil.
Thank you for the good luck wishes?
Prayers would be nice! :) You are certainly in my prayers! :D
Jesus has called me here, and I cannot resist Him!
Thank You Annonymous!

Anonymous,  Friday, August 29, 2008 at 6:18:00 AM PDT  

As Anonymous has stated, you should really re-think this order. I have a friend who was in the Daughter's of St. Paul for 26+ yrs and had to get a dispensation from her vows due to this horrible liberal behavior. She started out in a US house and was sent to the Brazilian houses were the sisters wore t-shirts and jeans, teach Marxist Liberation Theology and worse! She was NOT going to stay in such an anti-Catholic order.

Be aware that YOU could be sent to another country like Brazil and "live in hell" - if you are a traditional and inline with Roman woman!

When she reads about young woman who are interested in the Daughters of St. Paul, she remarks that often they don't see or know the true nature of the order til they are well into their postulancy and then you are either stuck with becoming anti-catholic and anti-catholic teaching or leaving and starting your discerning all over again.

If I were you, she said, I'd run the other way and find a REAL traditional Roman Catholic order who DOES see the beauty, meaning and necessity of the full habit.

I, too, am discerning and looking at the real, traditional and full habited orders. Wearing an ugly modified, hacked up habit or worse none or even the very ugly "business suit with tiny veil on the back of the head" look or secular clothes with the "little pin" is NOT an option for me.

St. Faustina Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 10:42:00 AM PDT  

"...You are an obstacle to me. For you are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do..."
~Mt. 16:23

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