Hi Richard,

I don't know how they do it in other countries, but here in the U.S., the 
person takes on a saint's name as their FIRST name.  Whether the entire name is 
taken is dependent on how well known the saint is or if their order has others 
in the same monastery or priory who have taken the names of other saints with 
the same first name.  You can't very well call for Sr. Maria or Fr. John when 
there are other Sr. Marias or Fr. Johns in the same house and have them know 
which one you mean.  They do, however, retain their own last name, so if 
Siostry Marii just happens to have her own last name the same as St. Maria 
Goretti, then I'd say yes, you could do it the way you plan, but my guess is 
that her name is Siostry Marii Goretti (LAST NAME).  At least that's how the 
Dominicans do it.

Hope that makes sense,

Jennifer Gullickson, MLIS
Assistant Librarian
Dominican Theological Library
Dominican House of Studies
487 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 495-3822

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Subject: [RDA-L] Identifying a person of religious vocation

Hello all,

I'd appreciate any thoughts about whether I'm on the right track in dealing 
with this name.

I'm doing original cataloging of Ciasta i ciasteczka Siostry Marii (Sister 
Maria's cakes and cookies).  The author's name appears as Siostry Marii 
(genitive case) on the title page and Siostra Maria Goretti on the verso of the 
t.p.  So following and 2.2.2, Siostra Maria would be the preferred form.

I can find no biographical information on Siostra Maria, other than that she 
apparently runs an orphanage and bakery connected with a basilica in Poland.  
Luckily and to my surprise, the form I have chosen for the authorized access 
point, 100 0_ $a Maria, $c Siostra, does not conflict with any authorized or 
variant access points in the NAF.

A wrinkle in constructing the variant access point (400 1_ $a Goretti, Maria, 
$c Siostra) is that "Goretti" may not be this individual's surname; rather I 
suspect that "Maria Goretti" may be her name in religion honoring Saint Maria 
Goretti.  Am I right in supposing that I don't need to worry about this 
distinction in setting up the access point?

Thanks in advance to the Collective Wisdom for any confirmation or correction.

Richard A. Stewart
Cataloging Supervisor
Indian Trails Library District
355 Schoenbeck Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090-4499
Tel: 847-279-2214
Fax: 847-459-4760
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