Religion: Beatified Madame

Aristocrats among the 123,304 U. S. Roman Catholic nuns are those who belong to the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Called "Mothers" and "Madames," they run many a swank day and boarding school, teach French and other polite subjects to good little Protestants as well as Catholic girls. Their order was founded in 1800 by Madeleine Sophie Barat, who was canonized by her Church in 1925. To qualify as a Madame, a girl of respectable parentage and unblemished reputation must take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, study and teach for...

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