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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Community Spotlight: Missionaries of Charity (Active sisters)

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Founder

Order: Missionaries of Charity (Active sisters)
Gender: Women
Apostolate: Working with the homeless, work with children,
Eligibility: Age between 18-35, physically and mentally healthy (known for US, may be different elsewhere)
Formation: Six months pre-aspirancy, six months aspirancy, one year postulancy, two years novitiate (known for US, may be different elsewhere),  temporary vows for five years, renewed annually
Vows: Poverty, chastity, obedience, charity (serving the poorest of the poor)
Practices: Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary,
History: Founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Recommended:
Mother Teresa Center
Missionaries of Charity (CMSWR)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Events: Come and See, Colwich Benedictines

The Colwich Benedictines are having a come and see retreat from 15th-18th August. Please see this poster for more details and how to contact them.

The Community
Novitiate Blog
Abbey Website

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Saint's Corner: Gemma Galgani


Name: Gemma Galgani (Maria Gemma Umberta Pia Galgani)
Birth & Death: 12 March 1878 - 11 April 1903
Feast Day: 11 April
Country of Origin: Italy
History: Born to a poor family as the fifth of eight children, her mother died when she was a child. She was educated by the Sisters of St. Rita and was considered to be intelligent and excelled at school. She wanted to be a Passionist nun, but her poor health and her visions meant she was rejected. After her father died she took care of her siblings and worked as a housekeeper to support them, and she became a Passionist tertiary. She received the stigmata but her mysticism was viewed skeptically even by her own confessor. She died from tuberculosis at 25.

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Monday, 8 April 2013

Community Spotlight: Brothers of the Community of St John



Order: Community of St John (Brothers/Priests)
Gender: Male
Apostolate: These are just some of the things the Brothers do...
Children of Hope - A program started in 1997 by Fr. Antoine, dedicated to leading children into the mystery of the real presence in the Holy Eucharist.
Eagle Eye Institute - is a unique opportunity for young people to discover and live by the love of God for them, expressed in Christ’s Cry of Thirst.
Eligibility: Unknown (I will have to get back to you on this!)
Formation: Postulancy 3-12 months, novitiate 18-24 months, 4 years temporary vows
Vows: Chastity, Obedience, Poverty
Practices:
Typical Day at the Novitiate House:
6:00 Rising
6:15 Silent Prayer
7:00 Lauds
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 Class
10:15 Class
11:30 Sext
11:45 Mass
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Recreation, manual work
5:30 Vespers
6:00 Adoration
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Compline

History:
The Community of Saint John, founded by Fr. Marie Dominique Philippe, was given birth on December 8, 1975. They were recognized by the Bishop of Autun (Burgundy, France) as an Institute of Diocesan Right in 1986. Today there are 58 priories throughout the world. There are currently three priories in the US - the novitiate house in Princeville, IL and priories in Laredo, TX and Orange, NJ.

Recommended: 
Children of Hope
Eagle Eye Ministries
'Follow the Lamb' ('Wherever He Goes')

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Come and See

Come and See on April 20th or 21st from 9am-5pm in their convent in Chigwell.
Contact Sr Una for details.
Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Chigwell Convent, 803 Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex IG8 8AU
Telephone: 020 8506 0329 

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Saint's Corner: Benedict the Moor



Name: Benedict the Moor or Benedict of Palermo
Birth & Death: 1524 - 4 April 1589
Feast Day: 4 April
Country of Origin: Born in Italy to African parents
History: The son of slaves who had converted, he was freed before his birth but remained in the employment of his parent's master. He was noticed by a group of Franciscan hermits after remaining dignified when being insulted for his colour. He joined the group, originally working as the cook but soon became novice master and later the superior, but he later relinquished his role as superior and returned to his work as the cook.

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Monday, 1 April 2013

This is just the beginning...

At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening, along with 11 other people, I was received into the Catholic Church! Nine of us were baptised, and then there were three candidates who were received into full communion with the Church. I was told that when I was being baptised Catholic, the faces of the Brothers (we have Religious priests) lit up and all of them were smiling. We were then all confirmed together, and I took the confirmation name Therese (after St Therese of Lisieux). I was later told it was written all over me by one of the brothers who claimed it was on his top five for confirmation saints for me. LOL! We then received first communion together (I was apparently the only person who received on the tongue) and it was beautiful to be able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist after wanting this for 15 years! I am loving being in full communion with the Church and am really enjoying it. God Bless you all and Happy Easter.