Visitors poured into more than 150 convents, monasteries and motherhouses across the United States this past Sunday, Feb. 8, in a first-ever national open-house event to celebrate the Year for Consecrated Life.
According to the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), some convents received as many as 450 visitors in a single location, as sisters welcomed the public and answered questions about consecrated life.
“It was such a pleasure to work with religious sisters from across the country, opening our doors to families of the Catholic faithful and introducing them to religious life,” said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life and chairwoman of...READ MORE
The March for Life 2015 may be over, but keep praying to end abortion. One of the most powerful prayers is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
That is right from St. Maria Faustina’s experience and teaching.
It’s time to realize the circumstances for which St. Faustina received the chaplet and how they tie into our present day.
So remind Divine Mercy for America’s initiators and directors, Joan and Dave Maroney, remind us. They are the founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception based at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.
“Many are unaware that the Lord originally requested this prayer, in...READ MORE
An email from the founder of the Children’s Rosary recently explained about a gift for Christmas — a gift that can bear the kind of fruits in 2015 that only heaven can count.
This specific gift — the rosary — was going overseas, the email said.
What a perfect gift at this time: Jan. 1 is the Octave Day of Christmas on which we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.
This perfect mother — Mother Mary — who wants the best for her sons and daughters, told us simply and clearly what we must do to have peace in the world and in our hearts: Pray the Rosary.
She told that to three young children — ages 7, 8 and 10 — at Fatima.
At every apparition, she told the...READ MORE
Can you imagine the look on a fisherman’s face when he pulled in a catch that nearly 20 years later would take on an important role in devotional life at Baltimore’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary?
That’s what eventually happened when an anonymous fisherman threw his line into Loch Raven Reservoir, which is in a suburb about 20 minutes from Baltimore’s downtown. He reeled in a surprise treasure.
Baltimore’s Archbishop William Lori described the treasure and the circumstances in his homily on Corpus Christi Sunday, Nov. 23. On the feast, he was inaugurating the new Eucharistic adoration chapel in this basilica, a historical and architectural...READ MORE
The Church of St. Stephen/Our Lady of the Scapular is one of the nine Manhattan parishes that the Archdiocese of New York announced on Nov. 2 are among those to merge with other parishes and then, by Aug. 1, 2015, be used only for special occasions.
The decision is quite understandable yet sad, because this church is adorned with very significant artwork by painter Constantino Brumidi.
In fact, it has the largest number of Brumidi religious paintings done in a single church in the United States — 45 in all.
The major mural is the Crucifixion scene. It’s one of two he painted in Manhattan churches. Both Crucifixion scenes are more than 20 feet wide and 44 feet tall and among the biggest...READ MORE
UPDATE: Originally posted Oct. 16, this update contains results of the race that had an “extra” or two that made a most fitting addition.
When Austin Ruse was going to rename his Down syndrome fundraising team, he had no doubt who to honor and why. It was Brendan Kelly.
Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), shared in writing one story among many about young Brendan, the son of Frank and Maura Kelly.
It happened on Nov. 26, 2008. That day, at a major hotel in Mumbai, India, Islamic terrorists set off bombs, trapping hundreds of tourists and businessmen. Outside, the terrorists with machine guns began an assault intent on killing everyone inside....READ MORE
UPDATE: EWTN will air domestically a special Sunday Night Prime program — A Tribute to Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, CFR — on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 8:00 pm Eastern, repeated on Monday, Oct. 13, at 2:00 am and 9:00 am Eastern.
Sitting down with host Father Andrew Apostoli to honor the holy life and charitable ministry lived out by the beloved Father Groeschel with be members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Father Glenn Sudano and Brother Shawn Conrad O’Conner, and Sister Lucille Cutrone, community servant of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.
Specific details for Father Benedict Groeschel’s two-day wake and funeral Mass are now in place.
The Franciscan Friars of the...READ MORE