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Selfless: The Story of Sr. Theophane's Missionary Life in the Jungles of Papua New Guinea Hardcover – December 1, 2012

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Sister Theophane's story is a breathtaking tale that will inspire a new generation of Catholics to heed the call of service to Christ and to others. Relive the events of this humble nun's remarkable life, including: 
- Convincing her father to let her enter the convent
- Strengthening her relationship with God through her early struggles as a novice
- Finally achieving her life-long dream to be a foreign missionary 
- Taking on the unique and exotic challenges of the jungles of Papua New Guinea
- Offering the ultimate sacrifice in the midst of her selfless service to God and the people she served
Set against the wild, untamed, and beautiful backdrop of Papua New Guinea, Selfless is an exciting, joyful, and inspiring glimpse into the heart of a true missionary - and a true servant of God. 

About the Author

Sister Immolata Reida was born Lillian Marie Reida in 1916. She entered the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters postulancy in Techny, Illinois on October 15, 1934. From the beginning, like Sister Theophane, she showed a great desire to join the missionary ranks of her sisters. She served as an educator, writer, and editor for the Sisters, from 1944 to 1959, during which time she wrote this biography of Sister Theophane. In September of 1959, Sister Immolata finally realized her dream of becoming a missionary, and set sail for Japan. There she served as a missionary, educator, and principal of various schools until poor health forced her to return to the United States in 1987. She died in 1993. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1618901206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618901200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This time-capsule, written in 1946 and published for the first time in 2013, transports the reader to the first half of the twentieth century. The author recreates the language, values and simplicity common to that time. The reader observes as the "Greatest Generation Ever," grows to maturity.

Inez Maier, born in 1906, the baby of the family, although innocence personified, loved mischief. She viewed each boundary as a challenge, whether it was the fence around her family's property or the Pacific Ocean. Her parents, often the last to find out, struggled with her early explorations. The focus of her life sharpened when a missionary sister visited Saint Michael's School. Inez decided that she too would become a missionary sister. In preparation she collected money for the missions (including the pot from her father's weekly poker game). Inez strengthened her soul, body and mind through prayer, especially a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament; exhausting manual labor and diligent study, especially geography.

As a young girl, she favored horses, dogs, turtles and snakes over dolls. She cared little for fashions, but socialized, engaged in pranks, plays, practical jokes and proved an effective matchmaker. Never one to remain silent she challenged adults when she observed injustice or impropriety. Her academic and parish achievements earned her a New York State Regents Scholarship and an unsolicited Diocesan offer of a full scholarship to the Catholic University of America in hopes that she would later work for the Rochester Diocese. Instead, she completed a year of nursing school as she waited for admission to the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gilamara on August 13, 2013
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I bought this book on the life a missionary nun for my aunt who is also a nun. I decide to give it a quick read before I gave it to her (she didn't mind). An incredable life of self sacrifice to the mission fields and the hardships experienced during WW11 ( American-Japanees war). And, although this is mainly the life (and ultitately the death of Sr. Theophane),it is also about the courage and faith of many people whose life are affected by politics and war. It was nice to see the Church when there was no scandle and our religious Sisters and Priests were willing to give their lives for sake of others.Well worth reading by anyone regardless of religious beliefs(or not).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melrod on August 27, 2013
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I loved the story of her life..so many accounts from her childhood..children CAN recognize their vocation to religious life at a young age! She was a lively person and brought joy wherever she went, she is a model of perseverence and patience...in today's culture we want everything as soon as possible and when we pray we want God to answer us right away too.. But God doesn't work like that. He gives us what we need at the moment we need it.. Inez had to wait a long time for her hopes to be realized...but God WAS listening to her and was preparing her to do great things for Him!
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