Children of Mary Christmas Mailing – 2015
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Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe
Volunteers Help Clear Land
Seminarians from Pontifical College Josephinum help clear land on the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. They worked with youth from St. Joseph’s Sugargrove.
Vocation Day at Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School
Sisters of Children of Mary with other participants on Vocation Day at Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School – November 2015 in Cincinnati. They spoke with grades 3 through 8.
On November 21st, 2015 – the Feast of the Presentation of Mary . . .
. . . Fr. Stash Dailey celebrated the ceremonial Mass of investiture and renewal of vows. He was joined at the altar by Fr. Joseph Klee, Deacons David Loeffler and Ben Rexroat while 19 seminarians served and many of the Community’s friends and family attended.
Sr. Andrea Maria and Sr. Katerina Rose renewed their vows
Sr. Jane and Sr. Peggy were invested in the Holy Habit of Children of Mary and became Novices.
The Smith Family
The Gilmore Family
We thank everyone who attended and those who volunteered for helping to make this day so special! Thank you!
The Sisters get milk goats!
Sister Agnes Immaculae holding one of the kids.
Sister Katerina Rose loves milking the goats!
The Sisters welcome two new postulants to the community!
Sr. Peggy (on the right) from Medina, OH
and Sr. Jane (on the left) from Potomac, MD
May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament
We had a private celebration in our small chapel at the Motherhouse in Newark, OH. Fr. Luke Tancrell offered Holy Mass and witnessed the renewal of vows for two of our Sisters and then presided over the investiture of Sr. Leah.
Sr. Faustina Maria and Sr. Josepha Marie renew their vows.
The Investiture Ceremony began with Sr. Leah stating her desire to become a Sister of Children of Mary. Her long braided pony tail was cut off and was later sent to Locks for Love. Fr. Tancrell then blessed each item of the Holy Habit as Sr. Leah’s little brother Josh served.
Christmas Card – 2014:
We begin the Year of the Consecrated on November 21, . . .
. . . the Feast of the Presentation, with the first profession of Sr. Laura and Sr. Lesly.
Sr. Laura – from henceforth will be known as Sr. Katerina Rose
Sr. Lesly – from henceforth will be known as Sr. Andrea Maria
We thank Fr. Lutz, Fr. Hinterschied, Fr. Schmit, Fr. Tomson and all the servers and seminarians for their participation at the Holy Mass. We also thank Fr. Ignatius, Fr. Klee, Fr. Sullivan, Deacon Ethan, the Dominican Sisters, and the many other seminarians, family and friends who attended and who continue to support us with their love and prayers.
October 16th – Birthday of the Children of Mary Community
The Children of Mary celebrated their 14th birthday on October 16th, 2014. The chapel was decorated beautifully for this wonderful event.
August 4th through 8th – Retreat for Men and Women
The Sisters gave a retreat at Maria Stein, Ohio for men and women, whether married or religious, on healing and finding joy in your vocation.
June 7, 2014 – Lay Missionaries Meeting and Cookout
After an inspiring talk by Mother Margaret Mary – where Mother stressed the need for Lay Missionaries of the Chidren of Mary to radiate joy and peace, to have the courage to be different in words and actions, to present a dignified appearance, to show respect to everyone and forgive everyone with humility – and a beautiful Holy Hour, the Children of Mary Lay Missionaries and Sisters went down to the pond for a delicious cook-out!
May 31, 2014 – Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today the Children of Mary celebrated the Professions of Sr. Laena and Sr. Lynn
Children of Mary spread love, reverence for Eucharist
We have a new Prayer Card!
We have a new Prayer Card, called Greatest Love Story.
Sisters in Cinci
Children of Mary open their first daughter house at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Cincinnati OH. This house will be the novitiate – under the patronage of St. Therese – where the novices can dedicate themselves to prayer and study in preparation for their profession. They live in a cloistered area while helping maintain the perpetual adoration chapel and participating in educational opportunities. The professed Sisters will engage in some apostolic work but their main focus will be assisting the novices. Contact information for the Cincinnati house:
Children of Mary – 5440 Moeller Ave. – Cincinnati OH 45212 – Tel: 513-713-0432
November 22-25, 2013 – Mission Trip to Michigan
The Sisters spent four days in Michigan leading a girl’s retreat as well as a vocation talk and healing holy hour for Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar, MI. On November 24th they participated in a Respect Life presentation on “You Deserve to Know the Truth: Contraception” (the video the Sisters created) and a panel discussion at Christ the King Catholic Church in Acme, MI. On November 25th they visited 3 Schools – giving talks on vocation and Jesus in the Holy Eucharist to children in Kindergarten through High School.
November 21, 2013 – Children of Mary Investiture Ceremony
Sr. Lesly’s and Sr. Laura’s investiture ceremony was beautiful! It was held at St. Leo church in Columbus, OH. Fr. Lutz celebrated a Solemn High Mass with many priests, family and friends in attendance.
Sisters Present new Lay Missionary Program
On November 2 and November 16, the Children of Mary presented its new Lay Missionary Program to several friends of the Community. More on this new venture coming soon!
October 7 – Feast of the Holy Rosary
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to honor Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory. The Rosary, or the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the best prayers to Mary, the Mother of God.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Fatima Night At Maria Stein Retreat Center
Every year at Maria Stein Retreat Center they have Fatima Night the Friday before the Feast of the Assumption. The Sisters were invited to come to take up the gifts at Mass and to pray with the people. This year 1200 people attended.
The Sisters set up the adoration Chapel for the Marian Conference
Thank you, Lord, for sending such wonderful friends of our community . . .
. . .and providing the help we needed to restore our pond. Soon it will be stocked with fish and a donated canoe and paddle boat.
Sisters take annual mission trip in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This year to Ave Maria and Fort Myers Beach Florida
Sisters leaving the beautiful Church at Ave Maria, FL where they helped lead discussion groups at the high school retreat held at the University that weekend.
Our role is to evangelize . . . we are fishers of men . . .
. . . and catfish!!!!
We attended Mass and adoration several mornings at the Poor Clare Monastery at Fort Myers Beach, where we made friends with the Sisters there. Thank you, Mother Mary Francis and Sisters, for your love and hospitality.
Torchbearers of the Queen Retreat 2013!
We have two new Bee Hives!!
May 13, 2013 – Children of Mary Investiture Ceremony
Sr. Lynn’s and Sr. Laena’s investiture ceremony was beautiful! It was held at St. Francis de Sales church in Newark, OH. Msgr. Frank Lane was the main celebrant with Fr. Walter, Fr. Wilson, Fr. Sullivan and Fr. Harrington concelebrating, Fr. Klee, Fr. Tomsom, and Fr. Schmidt present. A few hundred of the community’s friends and family attended the ceremony and the choir sang like angels!
Baby ducks donated to the Sisters!
We have two new Sisters!
Meet our new postulants, Sr. Lynn, who arrived from Bethesda, Maryland on April 6th and Sr. Laura, who arrived from London, England on April 21st.
Donation to Children of Mary
Jim Burger won the Catholic Foundation’s FOCUS drawing at the Men’s Conference and directed his winnings to the Children of Mary. Thank you Jim and thank you Catholic Foundation!
March 19, 2013 – Solemnity of St. Joseph
Today the Children of Mary celebrated as Sister Marianne made her first profession of vows, becoming Sister Bernadette Marie….
and Sister Agnes Immaculae renewed her vows for three years.
Christmas in the Convent – 2012
The Sisters of Children of Mary wish you all a blessed Christmas!
December 15th, 2012
The Women of St. Edward’s Church graciously offered their time to help us fold, stuff, seal and stamp over 2,000 Christmas mailings! We thank them and pray that God will bless them abundantly for their generosity.
Live the Dream Retreat at Maria Stein was great – wonderful people, all-night adoration, crowning of Jesus Christ Our King, beautiful retreat center, great hospitality, excellent food for soul and body!
November 21st, 2012
Sr. Laena enters the Children of Mary on the feast of the Presentation of our Blessed Mother. Pictures are of Sr. Laena with Joanne – a resident at the assisted living facility that the Sisters visit weekly for prayer and teachings.
Fatima Day – August 10th
The Sisters were invited to attend Fatima USA and to be in Our Lady’s procession at Maria Stein on Friday August 10th. Mass was celebrated by The Most Reverend Joseph Binzer, newly ordained bishop in the diocese of Cincinnati.
After Mass there was a candle light Rosary followed by a procession around the grounds with the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. 1100 people attended Fatima USA 2012.
Summer Retreat for Girls – August 3rd – 7th
The Franciscan Brothers Minor joined us on Monday evening and gave the Torchbearers a talk on Holiness. They also shared their vocation stories and stayed for the cookout.
As I kneel before Thee – Every year the Torchbearers learn more about anchoring their lives to the Two Pillars of the Church – Our Eucharistic Lord and Our Blessed Mother. This year they learned a beautiful song to Our Lady and ended the retreat with a prayer of Consecration to Jesus through Her Immaculate Heart.
The Torchbearers also learned a song to Jesus. Every day they sang Panis Angelicus at the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.. then Melissa (one of the chaperones and also a children’s choir director) taught them harmony to perform for their parents on the last day of the retreat.
Storm Hits Children of Mary Complex – June 29th, 2012
The storm that blew through Ohio on Friday, June 29th, did a tremendous amount of damage to the trees at the Children of Mary land – many trees fell onto the lane, but the Sisters, with some help from retreatants and neighbors, were able to clear the lane so they could go to Saturday Mass. They worked very hard to get the trees off the lane, but thanks be to God, none of the buildings were damaged, and the Sisters are all okay! They will need a lot of help cleaning up the mess, though, so if you have a chain saw . . . !
Pictures from Sisters’ Trip to International Eucharistic Congress 2012
Our trip to Ireland began when we felt the Lord calling us to Ireland after reading about the suffering of the Church in Ireland, that in the upcoming International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin there would be the unveiling of the Healing Stone, a monument to the victims of sexual abuse by priests. We had a great desire to go and encourage them in their time of suffering.
We spent the week before the Eucharistic Congress in Sligo. Angela McMorrow arranged places for us to stay and together with Canon Tom Hever and Fr. Pat Lombard, from the Sligo Cathedral, arranged for us to visit and give talks at three schools, a parish council, parents’ meeting and visit a local nursing home. We also held a ComeUnity Conference in which over 100 people attended. The Lord brought many special people into our lives and into our hearts.
The Sligo Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has had a perpetual adoration chapel for about 30 years. The Chapel was beautiful, filled with grace and always full of adorers!
On Friday June 8th, the Cathedral held a special 24 hours of adoration for the success of the Eucharistic Congress in which the Sisters led three of the holy hours.
We were blessed to meet the Bishop of Elphin, the diocese where Sligo is located. Most Rev Christopher Jones was so hospitable and warm to us. He has the spirit of a true father, a true shepherd. We will continue to keep him in our prayers and ask you to as well!
We made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. We also visited the Holy Well – where Catholics attended Mass in secret at the risk of losing their lives during the penal days. We also visited a small island with the ruins of an old Church and an abandoned cemetery where St. Patrick was said to have stayed.
The first day of the Eucharistic Congress began on the Feast of Corpus Christi! There was a beautiful Mass and thousands of people who attended. After Holy Mass we were blessed to meet the new Papal Nuncio for Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown. We were very impressed with him and his loving kindness. He gave us his blessing and we assured him of our prayers. Please join us as we pray for Archbishop Charles Brown as he assists the Church of Ireland in regaining its strength and vigor.
During the week of the Eucharistic Congress, the sisters stayed with a lovely family in Balbriggan. Brian and Teresa Oates were wonderful hosts! They were so gracious and made our trip hassle-free by arranging our travel, packing our lunches, sharing their home and their lives with us. The sisters also attended Teresa’s weekly prayer group. We thank the Oates for all they did for us!
The 50th International Eucharistic Congress ended with Holy Mass, where over 80,000 people attended! We pray for the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Ireland and in every soul!
ComeUnity Congress – May 27th
The ComeUnity Congress was held at Veterans Memorial in Columbus on Pentecost Sunday, May 27th, 2012.
May 18th, 2012
Fr. David Mary and the novice class of The Franciscan Brothers Minor came for a five day retreat in preparation for their 1st profession. Please pray for them on May 21st as they vow themselves to the service of Our Lord and Our Lady.
Mary’s May Play and Pray Day 2012
Every May the Sisters take a full day of recreation to celebrate the blessing of Our Lady’s Motherhood.
May Crowning – May 6th
The Children of Mary had a May Crowning on Sunday, May 6th.
Soup Kitchen Activity – May 2nd, 2012
Before Adoration the Sisters set up a mini-theater to show Catholic videos and invite people come in to learn about the truths of the Faith and the beauty of Christ’s Holy Church.
Visit from the Community of St. John
The Community of St. John visited the Children of Mary on their way through Ohio to celebrate Mass and to share lunch.
March 26, 2012 – Solemnity of the Annunciation
Today the Children of Mary celebrated as Sister Melissa made her first profession of vows, becoming Sister Agnes Immaculae, and Sister Marianne was clothed in the Children of Mary habit.
Chapel Renovation is Complete!
Our newly renovated Chapel!
Our Eucharistic King enthroned and adored in the Chapel renovated for His greater glory!
Adoration Chapel at Holy Family Soup Kitchen
The entrance to the Adoration Chapel at Holy Family Soup Kitchen inviting ALL into the Presence of the Living God.
Inside the Adoration Chapel at Holy Family Soup Kitchen
March for Life – January 2012
Sr. Philomena Maria and Sr. Melissa traveled to Washington DC for the March for life! They began at the Basiilica Shrine of The Immaculate Conception with thousands of pilgrims to celebrate Mass!
The Sisters with some friends at the March for Life in the rain.
Thousands of pilgrims walk up the hill to the statehouse to voice their love for life and their willingness to defend it.
Our Lady was crowned at the end of the March in front of the statehouse. Our Lady of Fatima – Pray for us!
Father White, one of our frequent visitors, playing a little baseball!
Ora et Labora Day
Many people came to celebrate Mass, work and pray! We were so blessed to have all the hands that helped us to make our land more beautiful and liveable! THANK YOU!
The Layton family donated gravel and repaired our driveway!
Bishop Campbell blesses “Quid Voltis”, our outdoor Crucifix Shrine.
The sign in front of the Crucifix reads “Two were crucified with Jesus. One blasphemed Him. The other turned to Him with love. Suffering is part of each person’s life. We each have a choice: grow bitter or turn to Jesus and hear Him say, ‘You will be with Me in Paradise.'”
World Youth Day
Some of the sisters attended the week-long World Youth Day in Madrid – August 16-21.
Conference of Eucharistic Adoration
The Catholic Times recently published an article about the Conference of Eucharistic Adoration in Rome to which the Children of Mary were invited to give a workshop.
Article from Catholic Time:
The sisters of the Children of Mary community in Newark were invited to give a workshop at the International Conference of Eucharistic Adoration in Rome from June 20 to 23. The conference was hosted by Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon, France, and the new community he founded to promote perpetual adoration in his diocese, the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist.
Speaking at the conference were five cardinals and four bishops for the purpose of promoting the desire of the magisterium of the Catholic Church to see perpetual adoration spread to parishes and dioceses around the world.
Concerning the practice of adoration, Pope Benedict XVI has written, “‘No one eats of this flesh without having first adored it,’ as St Augustine writes. Adoration outside Holy Mass prolongs and intensifies what has taken place in the liturgical celebration and makes a true and profound reception of Christ possible.
“I would like to take the opportunity to warmly recommend, to pastors and to all the faithful, the practice of Eucharistic adoration. I express my appreciation to the Institutes of Consecrated Life, as well as to the associations and confraternities that are especially dedicated to this practice. They offer to everyone a reminder of ‘Christ’s centrality in our personal and ecclesial life.’”
The Children of Mary’s charism is to help people understand that Jesus loves them and remains with them in the Holy Eucharist, and that He thirsts for them to love Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament so He can pour out His love and peace into their hearts. The sisters have an adoration chapel in rural Licking County where they welcome guests to adore Our Lord with them.
The sisters have scheduled an Ora et Labora (Pray and Work) Day at the chapel complex on Saturday, Sept. 17, and invite anyone interested in helping maintain their 100 acres of wooded land to join them. There is much to be done, including clearing brush, working in the flower and vegetable gardens, cutting fallen trees, carpentry, and painting. The day will begin with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 am and Mass at 9:00 am and end after the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 pm.
The sisters ask that participants bring chainsaws and battery-pack nail guns if they have them. Wear modest attire, no shorts. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided, or you may bring a side dish or sack lunch. For more information visit www.childrenofmary.net or call (740) 323-1977.
Children of Mary Doll
A woman named Monica found our website and loved it, and wanted to help promote our community, so she made this doll and sent us a picture. She makes dolls of many communities and gives them to a private all girls Catholic school. If you would like to order a doll from her, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Torchbearers of the Queen Retreat
On July 24-26, and July 27-30, the Sisters of the Children of Mary hosted retreats for girls in grades 3-8 and high school, respectively. The focus of these retreats was to grow in love with Our Lord by learning more about Him and by spending time with Him in Mass, Adoration, Confession and Prayer and consecration to Him through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Girls in grades 3-8
High School girls at the Torchbearers of the Queen retreat with some of the sisters and Fr. Paul Hrezo, Director of Spiritual Formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum.
Sisters Return From Rome
The Adoratio 2011 International Conference on Eucharistic Adoration in Rome was the most grace-filled event we have ever attended! Everyday we heard cardinals and bishops speak about the necessity of adoring Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Each day a different Cardinal celebrated Mass, the most beautiful, reverent and prayerful Masses you can imagine. God’s presence was felt in a powerful way as about four hundred of us from around the world came together to listen, to pray, to adore and to share about Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. When we left Rome on the 24th, we felt as if we had left Mt. Tabor. This conference was a gift to the Church. A book will be published of all the talks in the upcoming months.
March 25, 2011 – Sister Melissa’s Investiture . . .
. . . in the Holy Habit of Children of Mary.
March 25, 2011 – Sisters Renew Vows
Sister Mary Teresa and Sister Philomena Maria renewed their vows for three years
March 19, 2011 – K of C Retreat
Monsignor Morris, director of liturgy at the Pontifical College Josephinum, came to Children of Mary on March 19th, Solemnity of St. Joseph, to give a retreat for the Knights of Columbus. He offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, heard confessions, and gave two great talks about fatherhood. They had a delicious chicken dinner served by the Sisters, and then we all adored Our Eucharistic Lord enthroned on the altar. We ended with the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction.
March for Life – January 2011
May Your Sacred Body in the Holy Eucharist be treated with great love and reverance and may Your precious infants be treated with great love and respect inside and outside the womb.
Sisters with their new prayer partners.
We pray, through the intercession of Blessed Mother Teresa, for a culture of life!