¡Feliz Día de las Madres! Nuestra Señora de Fátima, Ora Por Nosotros…

Dear Friends in Christ,

Happy Mothers Day!  As we celebrate motherhood and the Blessed Virgin Mary, we love the tradition of crowning the Queen of Heaven and showering her with roses.  This Mothers’ Day coincides with the Solemnity of Our Lord’s Ascension into Heaven and the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.  As our Mother, she intercedes for our sanctity and salvation.  Let us approach her with trust and confidence, consoled by her Immaculate Heart.

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International Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Tempe.

Since Easter Sunday, God has blessed me abundantly as a spiritual mother.

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Sophia Maria Davis, daughter of Carrie Davis, admires the Mercy Cross.

On April 2nd, I made a special trip to the Diocese of Gallup, NM to give a retreat to the Sisters of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Joseph (Las Hermanas de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San José) to help them prepare for their first official General Chapter of Elections and Chapter of Affairs.  The Holy Spirit directed all the conferences, prayers and proceedings.  It was a truly blessed time.  God’s magnificent love embraced me in every sunrise and sunset of each day.  The beauty and the precious experience I had with the Sisters will always be cherished.  What touched me most was that all 9 Sisters called me their madrina or Godmother.

El grupo de Hermanas con Obispo Wall

Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup with Las Hermanas de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San José & Sr. René Backe, CSA (right).

En el comedor con las Hermanas

We enjoyed our meals together each day of the 5-day retreat.

En la Capilla con las Hermanas

We prayed morning and evening prayers (Liturgy of the Hours) together with Eucharistic Adoration during the evening Holy Hour.

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Perpetual Adoration Chapel of Las Hermanas at Casa Reina Convent.

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Front of Casa Reina, the new Convent of Las Hermanas.

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Three parakeets greeted me as I entered the Convent, Casa Reina.

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The sunset over Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Gallup, NM.

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Mini, a very affectionate cat, became my friend.

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The Hermitage at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Gallup.

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Saint Clare Hogan

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Main Chapel of Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Gallup, NM.

Meal with Bishop Wall

It was a time of blessings and communion with Las Hermanas.

Your Sister in Christ,

Sister Anthony Mary, RSM

Director of the Office of Consecrated Life

 

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