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St.Mary Euphrasia

Mother Mary of St. Eupresia Pelletier’s letter


                                                                            My Lord,                                                                                                        Colombo 4th Oct. 1868

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It is with sentiments of deep gratitude that we received your esteemed letter of the 30th March and hasten to reply immediately and to thank Your Lordship for the confidence with which you honour our Congregation by inviting it to your diocese. Italian correspondence is not at all inconvenient for us, and if Your Lordship preferred we could reply also in this language. It is all the easier for us to accept the offer with which Your Lordship honours us, as we always have a large number of English speaking Sisters here and the Superiors we have in mind for this new foundation speaks several languages fluently. The assurance which you give us, My Lord, that vocations to the Religious Life will be found in Ceylon, gives me much pleasure, but rather than sending them to Bangalore, the Superior, once established in Colombo will herself form them for our Institute; for if we are so happy as to succeed in Your Lordship’s diocese it would not be our intention to attach this house to the Province of Bangalore which is already complete in itself but to establish a new Province for the island of Ceylon itself. The Provincial of Bangalore is in very poor health; and over and above her already too great occupations at home, she could not be burdened with long journeys. Besides, she has not at her disposal the subjects necessary to provide for new houses. In the general interest, it will be better that the Sisters assigned to this mission be taken from the Mother House at Angers. The travelling expenses incurred by the Ceylon mission will not be any greater on that account as we are able to get free passages from the Government without any difficulty.

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