As the foundation of Fr. Moreau grew it became necessary for workers to do the cooking, laundry and infirmary work. Since he could not get sisters from other communities to do this work, between 1838-1839 he decided to form a group of sisters. He gathered four pius girls and placed them in a house on the suburbs of Sainte-Croix. There they prayed together and were called Sisters but they still used their family name. Realizing that these and other entering novices need spiritual training he sent four of them for a few months to the Convent of the Good Shepherd under the direction of Mother Mary de Saint-Dosithée. One of them was the daughter of a physician who was eventually elected unanimously as superior with the time of Mother Mary of the Seven Dolors.

Fr. Moreau would visit his sisters every Sunday in order to give them spiritual guidance and we are indebted to Mother Mary of the Seven Dolors for writing down in a small notebook some of the advice he gave them. On one occasion he said to them, "If you wish to be genuine daughters of Our Lady of the Seven Dolors you will become humble and charitable, and you will observe silence. The daughters of our Lady of the Seven Dolors are penitent daughters, who do penance not only for themselves but for the entire world; they are mortified, humble and obedient." (Catta, Vol. 1,p.439)

On the feast of St. Michael the Archangel he lead them to realize how they could make countless acts of love of God. "A Sister who spends the her day in the sewing room and who says in the morning: 'May all the stitches I make today be so many acts of love,' would make an untold number of acts of love throughout the day. And yet it would not cost her anything to say this in the morning, even though she would not give her offering as second thought tthoughout the day ...." (Catta, Vol. 1, p.440)

Etienne and Tony Catta, the authors of our book make the following comments: "We hardly know what calls for greater admiration -- this man learned in the things of God, this preacher who had experienced genuine oratorical success and who, in the midst of this tiny community, gave up all attempts at rhetoric in order to fashion carefully the souls of his listeners, or these humble laundresses, seamstresses, or cooks who listen to him with docility, and endeavored to walk in the path he opened for them." (Catta, Vol.1, p.440)

With the addition of the Sisters there were now three branches of the Congregation and the unity and harmony of this association was a reflection of the Association and harmony of the Divine Persons in God. He further stated, "Our association is also a visible imitation of the Holy Family, wherein Jesus, Mary and Joseph, notwithstanding their difference in dignity, were one at heart by their unity of thought and uniformity of conduct." (Catta, Vol.1, p.440)

12. Restoration of Religious Life