Today, 20 years after Maria Teresa Porcile Santiso spoke at the 1997 Contemplative General Assembly, we publish excerpts from her keynote address:
Mary Magdalen, Contemplative Women
Text by Sr. Edith Olaguer Contemplative Province of New York-Toronto
“Where are you going? I suppose to the church to mumble your prayers before the statues; and then you will be highly pleased with yourselves thinking you are very devout. You would do better if you would build a house for these poor girls who will be lost for want of direction and resources.” It was these words, spoken by Madeleine Lamy to St. John Eudes, which led to the establishment of the Order of Our Lady of Charity on November 25, 1641, in Caen.