VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

December 9, 2008

The Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate is an offshoot of the Franciscans Tertiaries of the Immaculate founded by Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI. They are totally dedicated to Our Lady sealed by the Marian vow of total consecration to the Immaculate, after the recent example of St. Maximilian Kolbe. They live a penitential life of prayer in community; have made private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.


Starting the day with Morning Prayer, the Sisters go out to work in a variety of church related occupations centered in the parish. They also make and sell rosaries, rosary bracelets, and a variety of craft items to help support the FI missions. Spiritually united with the other Sisters, each sister prays the Angelus, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other community prayers. Living a life of love and joy in the Immaculate, the Sisters seek to make Our lady known and loved and to bring all to Christ through the Immaculate. Coming together for meals, the Sisters are spiritually renewed with readings from a variety of pious works.

The Sisters live in community, wear a traditional habit, and are in total conformity with the church magisterium. Under the guidance of the FI priests, the Sisters share the same charism and spirituality as the FI missionary friars and Sisters, and also evangelize through mission appeals to support the FI missions. The formation program consists of aspirancy, postulancy, novitiate, and profession. The Sisters accept candidates beginning with the age of 18, as well as delayed vocations. They have one retreat Sunday a month, make a variety of novenas during the year, pray the Stations of the Cross, Franciscan crown and have choir practice as well as other spiritual exercises throughout the month.

After coming together for evening prayer, the Sisters enjoy each other’s company at recreation. Closing the day with night prayers, the Sisters retire after singing a hymn to Our Lady enclosing themselves under her mantle with the knowledge that they have brought joy and solace to mission lands through their prayer and support of Our Lady’s missionaries.

If you are interested of knowing more about these sisters, please write or contact:

Franciscan Tertiary Sisters of the Immaculate
E-Mail: maryqueenofapostles@cox.net
Telephone (401) 725-8417

SOURCE: http://www.marymediatrix.com/religious-life/franciscan-tertiary-sisters-of-the-immaculate/

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How not to Raise Funds in the Catholic Church

June 19, 2008

This past weekend at the parish where I help out we had a visiting priest make an appeal for a development organization, Cross International. It raised some red flags:

  1. To Catholic audiences, Cross International presents itself as a Catholic ministry. The term “Catholic Outreach” is all over their literature complete with pictures of the pope, religious sisters, priests and bishop. But, I suspect that “Catholic Outreach” does not refer to Catholics reaching out to the poor as it may appear, but refers to that organization’s outreach to Catholics to fund their ministries. On the phone, once I had identified myself as a Catholic priest, the spokeswoman claimed that the organization was founded by Catholic lay people some 8 years ago.
  2. Their website indicates that they are a ministry of the Kielar Family Foundation. Some further research online revealed that the organization is, in fact, a Baptist organization. See this web link: http://www.crosstv.com/crossint.htm and then click on the “Statement of Faith” link. Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church

June 17, 2008

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church is a private association of the faithful approved by the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, Bishop William Skylstad. Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

May 6, 2008

A diocesan order in full union with the Holy See (Saint Benedict Center in Still River is not associated or affiliated with St. Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire! – a seperated branch not in full union with the Holy See!) they are pictured above with the Dominican Sisters of Summit NJ on their way to see the Pope in NY.


A Unique Consecration…An Urgent Work

A slave of the Immaculate Heart of Mary lives what Saint Louis Marie de Montfort called True Devotion to Mary-striving daily to “be a true disciple of Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of His poverty, humility, contempt of the world . . .” Members of the Order take vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience and live these vows in union with Mary.


Urgent Mission

Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary proclaim by their life and message the way of salvation. They do this zealously, convincingly, “in pure truth, according to the Gospel and not according to the maxims of the world,” contrary to today’s widespread errors which minimize, if they do not nullify, the teachings of Christ and His Church on the message of salvation. Our Order was established to defend the doctrine: Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus. This doctrine is comprehensive and universal. Its scope includes all Church teachings-the reverence due the Papacy, the importance of the traditional Latin liturgy for worship, the sacredness of human life in all its forms. Its message extends to all men, Catholic, non-Catholic, rich, poor, educated, un-educated.

Two-fold Means to Accomplish the Work:

1. Education-an indispensable facet of our mission.

Our religious constitution states as one of our goal “to restore Catholic ideals among the youth so as to foster religious vocations and responsible Catholic leadership in society.” To accomplish this the Order conducts a school on both elementary and high school levels, provides evening Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

April 22, 2008

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles


(Benedictines of Mary, also known as the Oblates of Mary, in Massachusetts.)
The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles is a traditional monastic community of women who desire to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary in the giving of herself to God to fulfill His Will, especially in her role of assistance by prayer and work to the Apostles, first priests of the Catholic Church. Read the rest of this entry »