The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Rockford is sponsoring summer camps and retreats at Bishop Lane Retreat Center. St Therese Camp and Retreat for young women in grade 7 thru college, June 24-27 with Sisters from different communities joining us; Jeremiah Days for boys in grades 7 thru 9, July 8-11; and First Call Retreat for young adult males entering grade 10 thru college, July 15-18. Our seminarians studying for our diocese will facilitate, along with Fr. Keith Romke. The cost is only $90.00. More information is available at www.rockforddiocese.org/vocations or at the Diocesan Vocation Office, (815) 399-4300 ext. 375.
Syria: Nuns Have Narrow Escape from Death
A religious Sister in Damascus has told how she, fellow nuns and students narrowly escaped death February 20, 2018, when the sky “turned black” on one of the deadliest days of the conflict in the Syrian capital.
Describing the situation at her convent in the Bab Touma district of Damascus’s Old City, Sister Annie Demerjian said that a rocket landed very close by and that had it exploded she and some of the university students “would have been wounded or killed”. …
5 Religious Sisters with Different Stories but a Shared Love of Christ
Sister Mary Eucharista, Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church in Spokane, Washington
Sister was once a member of the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (Congregatio Mariae Reginae Immaculate – CMRI) and lived in community at Mount St. Michael (“the Mount”) in Spokane. The CMRIs were initially founded with approval of Church authorities, but went on to embrace sedevacantism and separate from the Church. As sedevacantists, they do not accept the legitimacy of any of the popes since the close of the Second Vatican Council.
Sister and 14 others in her community left the Mount and returned to full communion with the Church. They were told in 2007 by CMRI superior, Bishop Mark Pivarunas, to leave the Mount because of their views. Most stayed in religious life; some began new communities under different Catholic bishops in the U.S. …