Having lived at our provincial house for a time (where one of our Sisters wore white), and being familiar with our directives, I knew that there was an option for our Sisters to wear all white rather than black and white as I am accustomed to now.
However, the reality of this being done never hit me before like it did this past week.
I have been going through old photo albums and scanning in pictures to make a video for our 65th anniversary celebration at St. Anne’s.
One of my co-workers noticed, in the old pictures, that some Sisters were wearing black and others white. She asked me why that was. I told her that Sisters who engaged in certain works may wear white.
I wasn’t sure which apostolates traditionally called for this apparel, and discussed it with Sr. Elaine, who was around “back in the day.” I was informed that those Sisters in dietary even wore white, along with the nurses and care aides.
I find this history so interesting. This photo project, although it is a lot of work, is fascinating and informative as well.
This discussion made me think to myself: Should I be wearing white?
I do a fair amount of aide duties and dietary-related work. (Maybe, I should have hung on to my white veil from novitiate!)
If I were living back in the early days of St. Anne’s, would I be one of the “white” Sisters?
Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF
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