Come to the National Seminary in Maynooth, Co Kildare! A train ride form Dublin. We have the most beautiful College Chapel in the world!
Yes, the habit was lovely to see, wonderful to sketch, and hell to wear. I wore it. I know of what I speak. It was heavy--20 lbs, and in New Orleans it never dried out, caused constant prickly heat, and I got pneumonia once just wearing all that wool. The cornette rubbed one's ears raw--caused deafness in other Sisters.
I would like to know how to make one as one of my grand daughters has a admiration for St. Catherine La-bore. She has asked me if I would make her one for All Saints Day.
I remember the Sisters wearing that habit in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. They taught at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and at the Academy of the Immaculate Conception, schools that I attended. I think it was the most beautiful habit. I have pictures of some of three of the sisters and me on the day of my graduation from 8th grade in 1962. Their names: Sr. Ines, St. Mary Rita and Sr. Margaret Mary. The other sisters were: Sr. Juliana, Sr. Isabel, Sr. Veronica. At the AIC the sisters were: Sr. Mary Joan, Sr. Louise, Sr. Ann Frances, Sr. Ignatia, Sr. Jean, Sr. Virginia, Sr. Blanche and Sr. Ernesta; they taught 9th to 12th grade. Wish I knew of their whereabouts. Bless them all!