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PALLOTTINE COLLEGE:  “Mater Admirabilis”


On August 14, 1932, Srs. Germana (Germain) Kroetz, Lorenza Thum, Lidwina Leberle, and Edith Baeza arrived in Milwaukee. They found the convent ready for occupancy.  Before beginning their work they took a ride to Lake Michigan. The lake was beautiful in August, and the sunset was breathtaking. In such beauty and peacefulness the sisters certainly couldn’t dream that before the year was over the temperature would drop from twenty-four to thirty degrees below zero! (F)

THE winter

The work of the sisters here was domestic work: cooking, laundry, and sewing.  This was for the benefit of the Pallottine Fathers. The students were not included in the contract, which read as follows: “Each working sister will be paid an annual salary of $300. The sisters are to receive board from the Fathers.  In return they will pay the fuel, electricity, and the ordinary small repairs of their home and premises.”

Milwaukee today

This arrangement proved to be satisfactory to both parties for thirteen years. Then in 1949, the Pallottine Fathers opened a new college in Madison, Wisconsin, and the sisters were no longer needed in Milwaukee. Those who labored in this apostolate spoke of their experiences in glowing terms.

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)



"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)



"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)



"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)



"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)