From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 13, 1916

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - July 13, 1916

+ Jesus                                                                                                    13th July 1916

Darling little sister,

I’m sending you a device. Please send it back to me with the photographs via Marguerite Castel.

It’s a stereoscope that was given to us by an English lady. As we needed it to entertain our patients, I thought I would take some stereo photographs by moving my one lens (you need two, normally; they are very expensive cameras). So this doesn’t cost us anything and the only problem is that you have to pose twice for one photograph. You can see that our new novice, Sr Jeanne of the Eucharist, moved during one of the poses.

Your will find 3 photographs of the novitiate before Sr Marie-Thérèse and Sr Marie of the Holy Family left.

There’s the “bed” from the most recent ceremony.

There’s the Bl. Virgin, whose altar has been moved to the Chapel.

There’s the Angel, a votive offering from soldiers, which has been placed near the window in the infirmary where Thérèse died (we don’t put it on show because the angel is holding a portrait).

Then there are 2 photographs of us 3. The Community kept insisting that we pose together.

We took several group photos of the Community, but our Mother was afraid that the Sisters wouldn’t be pleased if they were showed to others, which is why I haven’t included them.

To work the camera, you put the picture in the runner that has a black cap. Then you close the cap, open the shutter over the mirror, and face the light. You must focus using one of the screw buttons. The other widens the two eyepieces. For most people, you only need to widen them slightly. When everyone in the Community takes a look, don’t refocus for each Sister. Those who have similar eyesight can enjoy the picture; then you can refocus and widen the eyepieces so that the other Sisters can see. We do this to avoid damaging the camera.

I’ve included two small photographs of us 3 for you, which you can keep, but don’t show too many people.

Goodbye darling little sister. Excuse my scribble. This is a terrible pen. I send you hundreds and thousands of kisses

Sr Geneviève of St Teresa 

Our Mother is sorry she didn’t know about my technique when you were here. It makes things livelier.

Don’t criticise our faces. We can’t do any better. Remember that one of us is 56 years old, another 55, and that I’m 47!