- Mistress of Novices sous-fonds

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  • 1867-1967, predominant 1890-1951 (Creation)
    Sisters of St. Ann. St. Joseph's Province. Mistress of Novices

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31 cm of textual records and other material

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The Mistress of Novices was a Provincial officer who reported to the Provincial Superior and her Council. She was the head of the Novitiate, being responsible for overseeing the education of each young woman (novice) wishing to become a Sister of St. Ann. The position was officially started in December, 1889, when new nuns were needed for ministry in Alaska, but canonical examinations and investitures were performed even earlier that this for novice sisters coming from the east. The Novitiate continued at St. Ann's Academy until 1967. The position was replaced by the Formation Committee. Mistresses of Novices over the years included: Sister Mary Leocadia, December 1889-April 1891; Sister Mary Theodore, April 1891-August 1893; Sister Mary Theresa of the SAcred Heart, August 1893-August 1907, December, 1909-August-1934; Sister Mary Winifred, August 1907-August 1908; Sister Mary Didace, August 1908-December 1909; Sister Mary Carmelita, August 1934-August 1944; Sister Mary Agnes, August 1944-August 1957; Sister Mary Francella, August 1957-August 1967.

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The sous-fonds consists of six series comprising novitiate registers, registers of profession, ceremonials, reports of the official visitation of St. Ann's Novitiate, a series of photographs, and miscellaneous materials. The Mistress of Novices' activities centred on the two year preparation of prospective sisters to take their temporary vows. During this time of novitiate, the novices learned prayers, rules, scriptures, the meaning of the vows, and other aspects of their vocation.

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