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A New Look

March 17, 2011

At a community forum for the sisters on the twelfth of March, it was announced that we will be getting a new habit for our community:

Sr. Judith Ann noted that it was a year in which we would seek to return to the roots of our community. Hence, the habit is more reminiscent of that worn by our pioneer sisters. The habit is very “Franciscan” in nature in regards to the simplicity of it. The sisters veils will also be longer, as well.

It will take a brief period of transition to this new style as we are waiting for the material to arrive. Then, new habits will be sewn for each of our sisters.

I am very excited about this upcoming change! It makes looking forward to reception of the habit seem so much more special.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Birgitta permalink
    March 17, 2011 8:24 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh! They’re awesome! Congrats on the new habits. Can’t wait to see them in person.

  2. Ann Creech permalink
    March 18, 2011 9:25 am

    Hi Sisters,

    It will take time for everyone to get adjusted to something for everyone . For me it is nice to see a sister to wear a habit of some sort and realize that she is a sister that has been called by God. Don’t be shocked by the looks on the faces of people until they get used to it . Ann

  3. Connie permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:00 am

    This is wonderful news Sisters! Deo gratias!

  4. March 18, 2011 11:22 am

    This looks nice! Yeah! I can’t wait to see how you all look dressed like this!

  5. Christine permalink
    March 18, 2011 1:17 pm

    Praise God! A recognizable religious habit is a powerful (and much-needed) witness in today’s secularized world. Thank you for having the courage to make this change!
    May many new vocations soon “knock” at your door…

    • Postulant Elisabeth permalink
      March 18, 2011 2:20 pm

      Our community has always worn the habit. It is a nessary part of our evangelization. I have not recieved the habit yet because I am new to the community and am just a postulant. I will recieve the habit in August when I am accepted into the novitiate. The change is merely a change in style. I am looking forward to it, though.

      • Christine permalink
        March 19, 2011 12:53 pm

        Elisabeth–My prayers are with you as you step closer to novitiate!

  6. Birgitta permalink
    March 18, 2011 1:58 pm

    Ok, we’ve been looking and debating. What color is it? Black? Dark Brown? My vote is dark brown. And is there a scapular or not? First I thought there was, but now as I look closer I don’t think there is.

    Just curious. Can’t wait to see them in person! They’re beautiful. Birgitta

    • Postulant Elisabeth permalink
      March 18, 2011 2:15 pm

      They are dark brown. There is not a scapular, but there is a simple belt around it. We are very blessed to be able to wear the Franciscan crown with it, as well.

      • Birgitta permalink
        March 21, 2011 11:37 am

        Ok, I’ll bite, can you explain what the Franciscan crown is?

      • Postulant Elisabeth permalink
        March 21, 2011 8:48 pm

        The Franciscan Crown is a rosary with seven decades. As Franciscans, we say it every Saturday to commemorate the seven joys of Mary: Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity of Jesus, Adoration of the Magi, Finding in the Temple, Resurrection of Jesus, and the Assumption and Coronation of Mary.

      • Moni permalink
        October 17, 2011 4:33 pm

        I thought I saw, and read, on your web page that the new style of habit would include a scapular, Franciscan Crown rosary, rope cincture, long dress, and longer veil.

      • Sr. John Paul permalink
        October 19, 2011 3:16 pm

        The first version did not have a scapular. The final one does!

  7. Birgitta permalink
    March 22, 2011 9:54 am

    Ah, ok. I wasn’t familiar with the term. Thanks for explaining! I learn something new everyday! Birgitta

  8. March 25, 2011 8:52 am

    It is very nice to see orders returning to their original habits…God bless you all.

  9. March 29, 2011 5:30 pm

    Very nice, Sister. If you are looking for good veiling material, has some nice stuff and the price is good!
    It’s called pongee. We all got new veils for Christmas that are much longer and the traditional “2 points” in the back style. It was fun making them and even nicer to see them on the Sisters! We found this material very easy to work with.

    God bless you as you prepare for your reception into the novitiate!

  10. Tridenteen permalink
    March 30, 2011 9:54 am

    God bless you, Sisters! Our family had a vote, and we love the new habit. It looks very on fire of the Holy Ghost!

  11. Yahna Kateri Greyeagle permalink
    April 1, 2011 1:59 pm

    Those are so nice looking…and just think Elisabeth, weren’t we talking about the longer habit and veil before you left? God is so amazing!!!

  12. milesperhour permalink
    April 25, 2011 10:47 am

    I love them! If i were in charge , I would have made make them longer ages ago so i wouldn’t have to wear panty- hose! There is enough suffering in the world. Seriously, it looks professional and attractive and in some cases, I’ll bet it is more practical, as well. Congratulations.

  13. Moni permalink
    October 17, 2011 4:36 pm

    Congradulations on your going back to the more traditional style of habit, ie: ankle length, scapular, rosary, and long veil. You will see the benefits in many ways!
    God bless.

    • Sr. John Paul permalink
      October 19, 2011 3:14 pm

      We are very excited about it! I love our Franciscan Crowns, especially (the rosary with seven decades). They were all handmade by one of the Poor Clare nuns in Rockford, IL.

  14. November 21, 2012 3:20 am

    Well done sisters! I can guarantee that this change will attract more interest in your community from young women. Everything in the Church that survived the asteroid of the 60s is re-embracing the traditions of the Faith.


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