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Please say "Yes, Sisted" to Sister Mary Felix, who came to live at St. Ann Health Center in 1985, after she suffered a broken hip in a fall. Sister Felix joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1918, at the age of 22. She spent her life teaching primary and middle grade children for 52 years. At 73 she retired from the classroom and helped with light housekeeping and secretarial work. When you talk with Sister Felix today, her face is bright and full of joy as she recalls her life as a Franciscan. She smiles and shakes her head in wonder as she tells you, "You know, I can't believe that I am 94 years old." J C There are 212 Si ter of St. Franci of who are retired and need your upport. J They had no idea that a time would come when retired Sisters would greatly out" number active Sisters, as is the case today. The salaries of our active Sisters today cannot begin to meet the enormous expenses we now face. We are pressed to provide the most basic needs of our retired Sisters -- housi !i food, medical care. At times, such expenses seem overwhelming. Without your char= Y' they will be. Your life was touched by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. Some of us taught you, challenged you, cared for you in many ways. Our aged and infirm Sisters have lived lives of generosity and simplicity. TodaY, their golden years, they deserve peace, not anxiety. They should be overwhelmed nu' with worry, but with love, affirmation, and appreciation. Your generous help will give them what they richly deserve. Our retired Sisters have given almost 6,000 years of their lives, most as teachers' to others. They would gladly give more, were they physically able. Today they can serve only by suffering. Days and weeks are spent trying to be patient with pain. They embrace the suffering Christ and make it a prayer for you.