Friday, December 3, 2010

Children of Mary

Children of Mary

An article from the Columbus Dispatch.

Founded 2002; Contemplative/Active

Picture:  Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I think a good word to sum up these sisters is Eucharistic.

Their home page states: Gently, humbly, we wish to share with everyone the beauty of the Catholic faith, and the astounding reality that God is with us in the Holy Eucharist.  Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Every May the Sisters take a full day of recreation to celebrate the blessing of Our Lady's Motherhood.

Picture below left:  Three sisters made professions, receiving the black veil, in 2010. Two sisters also made their first profession. They have two aspirants as of this date; you could be the third.

Our life consists of prayer, work, and study of the Faith and the spiritual life. The community is semi-contemplative with time for silence and prayer, and also for community and welcoming guests that come to pray with us and learn more about the Faith. Our foundation is love for God, love for one another and love for His Holy Church and all the gifts He has given His Church - especially Himself in the Holy Eucharist and Our Blessed Mother.

They have made a CD of the Luminous Mysteries in Latin, Lift Jesus High. This came about when a Carmelite sister was visiting, and taught Mother Margaret Mary to chant the rosary in Latin.  This coincided with some meditations that had been on her heart for some time.  When you first go to their website, you will hear part of it, and it is beautiful.  I have never heard a recording of the Rosary that I really, really liked - this is the first one.

They are involved with youth, and the modesty movement (clothing and more), which is generally centered on girls and young women through Torchbearers.

Evangelization which reaches out to non-Catholics is a new program, called ComeUnity.    The Sisters make a pilgrimmage to a different place each year.

The Lord calls them to go to His beloved poor and share the great news with them that He loves them and He is with them in the Most Blessed Sacrament, longing for their love.  We go to a soup kitchen once a week and set up a beautiful adoration chapel there for those who come to eat the earthly bread provided them may come into the Presence of the Heavenly Bread of Life, the Bread that will satisfy their every longing!

Amen!  That's my comment, not the sisters.

Refreshingly, if you visit them, they ask that you dress modestly - no, not as though the year was 1950. Their requests are very reasonable.
Picture:  Retreat House

Yearly in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel the sisters make a pilgrimage. In 2010 they went to the The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a conference with Fr. Corapi, and stayed with various Religious "edified by the love and hospitality of our brother(s) and sister(s)."

They have a number of needs, including someone to give them organ lessons!

5:30 A.M. - As you rise from sleep: “All for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with St. Joseph!” Then private recitation of the Angelus.
- Dress, eat breakfast (oatmeal, toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee or tea)
6:30 A.M. - One hour of silent adoration and then chant Morning Prayer.
- Adoration begins by enthroning Jesus on the altar and offering Him our lives as we prostrate before Him enthroned on our altar.
7:30 A.M. - Chant Morning Prayer then leave for Mass
9:00 A.M. - Holy Mass
10:15 A.M. - Work
11:15 A.M. - Dinner listening to a reading or a tape (except Friday, which is a day of fasting)
12:00 noon - Recreation (except Friday, when we pray the outdoor Stations of the Cross together)
1:00 P.M. - Daytime Prayer
1:30 P.M. - Class
3:00 P.M. - Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:30 P.M. - Work
- There will be one hour of adoration for each sister between now and Night Prayer
6:00 P.M. - Private recitation of the Angelus
- Eat a light repast in solitude, do spiritual reading, prayer, and study
8:00 P.M. - Night Prayer (chanted with community in chapel)
9:00 P.M. - Sacred Silence and lights out by 10:00 P.M.

Location: Ohio

Spirituality: St. John Vianney, St. Therese, Bl. Mother Teresa, Bl. Pope John Paul II; Immaculate Heart of Mary

Devotions: Eucharistic Adoration (1 hour daily in community, and 1 hour daily privately), Angelus, Divine Office (chanted), Fasting (Friday and other times), Outdoor Stations of the Cross (communal, once a week), Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Prostration before Adoration, Silence (Grand), spiritual reading, private prayer, other sacred studies, Traditional Habit, yearly pilgrimage

Apostolates: Prayer (priests), catechisis, retreats for adults, also for young women, promoting love and reverence for Our Eucharistic Lord and the Church, distribution of prayer cards, spiritual and corporeal works of mercy, especially among the poor

Ages of Entrance:  there is "no set age limit; we discern with each individual if the Lord is calling them here or not."

Belated vocations? Possibly, see above. 

# of professed sisters: Seven sisters in all at this date, with three professed, two postulants, and two aspirants.

Children of Mary
8353 Pleasant Chapel Road
Newark, Ohio 43056 USA
Phone: 740-323-1977
E-mail:  ChildrenofMary
They offer vocational Retreats, and I believe this is the link you might want to go to if you'd just like to begin a conversation about Religious life.  Go to bottom of page.

Check out:

Downloadable Adoration Poster
Their Brochure
I'm sure you have seen dolls dressed in different communities habits.  Just because they are not 1000 years old doesn't mean you can't get one of theirs - someone makes them!  Email.

Many thanks to Mother Margaret Mary for her assistance in making this post more accurate. Any inaccuracies remaining are mine. Pray for them!

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