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  our beloved St. Joseph The Sisters are indebted to St. Joseph for numerous favors, both spiritual and temporal.

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Spring 2013

Dear Friends,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

The quietest things in life that are so often taken for granted, and this is true even in the spiritual life. Every Catholic who tries to understand and live his faith, knows and loves the Blessed Virgin, prays to her simply and honors her lovingly. Yet, how do we know Mary? Sacred Scripture tells us very little about her life, and we find that we know her soul and her spirit more than her actions. What we do know is that her unfathomable holiness is but a reflection of the infinite goodness of her Creator, and that He was the center of every moment of her life. We cannot think of Mary without thinking of God.

An even quieter presence in Scripture’s account of the life of Christ is that of His foster father, St. Joseph, to whom God entrusted the two most precious treasures ever created, His Virgin Mother and His own Son made man. What manner of man was this in whom the Almighty put such confidence? Described in the Gospels simply as a just man, Joseph proved himself to be a man of faith and integrity, pure in soul and chaste in body, equal by the grace of God to the task set before him.

Troubles crowd in upon him from the outset of his divine vocation. He finds his betrothed to be with child from an unknown father and wrestles with his obligation to the law. Reassured by an angel on that point, he must next take his wife on a toilsome journey at the very time when her delivery is imminent, and at its end no decent place is to be found in the crowded town for the birth of the Divine Babe. Before long the life of the Child is in danger and he must take the small family and flee to the safety of a foreign land. What fears, not for himself, but for the Child and his mother, must have beset the heart of Joseph! After the return of the Holy Family to Nazareth though the sweetness of life in such blessed company must have had its consolations, certainly toils and cares of the less dramatic, but just as wearing sort filled his days. Death was to him a parting from the society of just those very persons who will be our joy to meet in Paradise.

another favor from St. Joseph  
St. Joseph’s latest favors: Sr. Maria Kazimiera asked St. Joseph to help St. Michael’s fledgling archery team when she took them to the state competition on March 16. Amy Drahman won first place among the fourth graders, and freshman Sam Welp won second place in the high school category, setting a record in the process. But that wasn’t all: two bows were being raffled off at the tournament, and Sister asked St. Joseph to win one for St. Michael’s Academy — and he did!

Dear St. Joseph has always had a special place in the hearts of religious Sisters. He who was the guardian of the Virgin watches over these consecrated virgins as well. It was the great St. Teresa of Avila who said that other saints have particular areas in which they assist us but St. Joseph assists us in every need. Closer to our own times and in our own country, we have many examples of Sisters’ reliance on St. Joseph. One witness which still stands is the miraculous staircase in the chapel of the Loreto Sisters in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Needing a staircase to the choir loft in a chapel that had little room for the construction, the Sisters prayed to St. Joseph. The man who came to help left behind him an amazing spiral staircase, built of no local wood and with no nails and no supports. If the carpenter was not St. Joseph himself, as most believe, he surely had miraculous assistance from the Saint to accomplish such a feat. The Little Sisters of the Poor also confidently presented their needs to St. Joseph and their trust was always rewarded, whether it was with food for their poor folks, a one-armed handyman, or a truckload of cigars for the old men in their care.

In our own Congregation there have been numerous examples of the intercession of St. Joseph for our material needs: food, building supplies, resolution of water problems, buying or selling property, establishing missions (our mission and school in Olathe, Colorado, are due all to him!) — the list goes on and on. And even more countless because invisible to the eye are the many spiritual favors he has gained for those who have invoked him. Please join us in thanking our dear St. Joseph for all he has done for us!

The Apostolate of Catholic Education

The Sisters praying during the 40 Hours Devotion

Our Apostolate of Prayer

Are you worried about a loved one? Is there a problem that is weighing heavily upon your heart? Send in your intentions, and the Sisters will commend them in their prayers and Masses, especially during our upcoming Novenas:

Our Lady of Good Counsel
   (Feast: April 26)
Queenship BVM
   (Feast: May 31)

As we explained in our last issue of the Anima Maria, the primary apostolate of our fledgling Congregation was spreading the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

But with modernism taking its toll in Catholic schools, the need of providing a traditional Catholic education became a priority. Parents began to pressure the Sisters to teach their young ones.
The Sisters were reluctant at first to take on a duty that would interfere with their main apostolate, but when it became evident that this need was just as critical, they relented and took up the challenge of setting up the proverbial little red school house... A small house on the shores of Hayden Lake served as a one-room school for some 20 students in 1968. And then the word got out: traditional Catholic Sisters are teaching school in northern Idaho!

  A Sister teaching high school students Sr. Marie Vianney leads a discussion with her journalism class.

The numbers exploded the following year as numerous families from all over the country began to move into the area, eager for their children to benefit from a Catholic education. The second year found the school set up in two basements to accommodate the increased enrollment. It had grown to four classrooms. But the number of students kept growing.

Plans were discussed for an actual school building on the church property. A simple Quonset hut design was adopted, and soon construction began. The new school opened its doors on the first day of the third school year. But, alas, as the students arrived the very next day, they were shocked to see flames shooting out from the brand new edifice. Everything went up in smoke — except for determination. Back to the basement classroom they went. A scramble to find new teaching material ensued. Undaunted, the teachers made every effort to make things work. And they did.

Incidentally, the burned-down school was rebuilt (with a safer design). Many changes have taken place over the years as the needs arose. In spite of many ups and downs, the Academy marches on, now with many of her alumni on the teaching staff.

A Sister teaching young students Sr. Louise Marie works with her third graders on a science group reading project.


Our goal today continues to be to form upright Catholic citizens for society and future saints for heaven. Teaching, then, is one of the ways the Sisters work to preserve and spread our holy Faith and teach souls to love and serve our Blessed Mother by living her Fatima message.

“Go teach all nations,” Christ commanded His disciples. Through this apostolate, the Marian Sisters take part in the missionary work of the Church by helping to spread the Catholic Faith far and wide.

As the patron saint of the Catholic press, St. Anthony Mary Claret, so aptly said, “Since we cannot send missionaries everywhere, let us send good books, which can do as much as the missionaries themselves.” Souls who would not otherwise be reached learn about our holy Faith through materials published and distributed by the Sisters, who are well aware that it is by sacrifice, obedience and a fervent prayer life that they earn graces to win souls to Christ and repair for the sins of men.

Convent Trivia

Did you know that the three pins which fasten a Sister’s veil represent the three nails that fastened Our Lord to the Cross? They also represent the three vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience which bind the Sister to her Divine Spouse.


March 4
  Sr. Maria Kazimiera’s feastday
Vocations Weekend
Mother Mary Dominica’s feastday
Feast of St. Joseph; Sr. Mary Josephine’s feastday
Easter Sunday
April 6
  Sr. Mary Julianna’s feastday
Feast of Mother of Good Counsel
Feast of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Spiritual Father of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI);
Sr. Louise Marie’s feastday
May 12
  Sr. Mary Imelda’s feastday
Sr. Mary Gemma’s feastday
Sr. Bernardine Marie’s feastday
Sr. Madeleine Marie’s feastday
Sr. Marie Janae’s feastday
Queenship BVM; Sr. Maria Regina’s feastday
June 7

  Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sr. Corinne Marie’s feastday
Sr. Mary Antoinette’s feastday
Sisters’ Annual Retreat
Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help: Sisters’ Vows Ceremonies
Sr. Mary Petra’s feastday
Sr. Mary Paula’s feastday

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