From the Mundane to the Sublime

    Well, I though I shouldn’t leave the blog for long with the subject of chiggers ending the last post! So, I shall seek to speak of more sublime things in this post.

    With great joy we welcomed one of the Church’s newest priests – long-time friend from our diocese – Fr. Austin Dominic (Jared) Litke, OP (Dominican Friar of St. Joseph Province). Offering Mass for us was one of his top priorities upon his arrival home last week. What a blessing that was for us!

Pictured here with the fabulous cake made by our dear friend Larena Lawson

This is the holy image Fr. Austin used for his ordination card. Father was delighted to be able to use this picture as it is a perfect summation of his priestly ordination.

    Found at the Boston Public Library. . . This Crucifix is a small model for a part of a wall showing ‘The Dogma of Redemption’. Figures of Adam and Eve at either side of the cross collect Christ’s blood, and below his feet is a traditional symbol of the resurrection, a pelican feeding its young with its blood. Notice also the serpent wrapped around Adam’s feet and those of Jesus and that the nail going through Jesus’ feet also goes through the serpent…a very meaningful meditation.


    Speaking of new ordinands…Sr. John Mary’s brother Jeff Read is preparing to be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate for the Diocese of Evansville (Indiana) this Saturday, June 18th at 10 a.m.  Please do keep him and his co-seminarian Brian Emmick in your prayers.

Prayer for Seminarians and Priests

    O Jesus, You are the Eternal High Priest. You are the only Mediator between God and man. You have established priests as Your collaborators to perpetuate in the Holy Mass, the saving Sacrifice of Your death on the Cross and to sanctify souls through their ministry. You have chosen Your priests from among us. For so great a gift to Your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving.

   We ask You to fill Jeff Read and Brian Emmick with the fire of Your love, that his ministry may reveal Your presence in the world. Since he is an earthen vessel, we pray that Your power shine out through his human weakness. In his afflictions let him never be crushed; in his doubts, never despair; in temptation, never be destroyed; in persecution, never abandoned. Inspire him to live each day the mystery of Your dying and rising. By the power of the Holy Spirit put Your word on his lips, Your humility in his heart, Your love in his actions, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted. 

  And may the gift of Mary, Your Mother, to the disciple whom You loved (cf. John 19), be Your gift to Jeff. Grant that she who formed You in her human image may form Jeff in Your Divine Image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.


   More good news…one of Sr. Mary Andrea’s sisters, Theresa, was recently accepted to work with FOCUS, a wonderful Catholic college ministry. Please pray for her. She has just graduated from college and is heading off for FOCUS training. Thank you Theresa for saying “yes” to Jesus’ call in your life!

   This Thursday will bring us a belated Gaudeamus celebration of Mother Catherine Marie’s feastday (St. Catherine of Siena – April 29th). We hope it will be a day of joy and grace for Mother!

    And the news many of you have been waiting to hear… drum roll please… YES! Our novice, Sister Rose Marie of the Merciful Heart of Jesus, has been accepted to make her First Profession of the five Passionist Vows!  Praise the Lord!!!  Please keep her and us in your prayers. Lots of preparations must take place between now and the big day – July 1st. And most importantly…pray for Sister as Jesus prepares her to be His bride.

   Today is Pentecost!  Veni Sancte Spiritus!  Veni Per Miriam! 


10 thoughts on “From the Mundane to the Sublime

  1. Can I just crawl inside your blog and live here? I promise it has nothing to do with the fact that that is the most beautiful cake I have ever seen!!

    Blessings to you all…and thank you for your sacrifices.

  2. That is so exciting to hear about Sr. Rose Marie! Praise God! It’s so soon, and I’m sure all of you are very anxious and excited. 🙂 I will definitely be praying for her.

  3. What a coincidence: a young man from our parish here in CA was ordained to the priesthood, probably with Fr. Litke, because he is in the same province. His name is now Fr. Ezra Sullivan, o.p. We expect to see him this week.

    How wonderful for Sr. Rose Marie! Five is a lot of vows. What are they, besides poverty, chastity, and obedience?

    Our first vow – which expresses the reason our Congregation was founded: To promote devotion to and a grateful remembrance of His sacred Passion. Our fifth vow: Enclosure

  4. Wow – what a great bundle of news! So fantastic to hear people responding to God’s gentle invitations in their lives, and definitely praying for Sr Rose Marie. Please post lots of photos!

    Have you had your “Mary” week, dear Sister Blogger?

    Blessings on you all
    Sr Therese COS Cam

  5. Lovely post. So excited about Sr. Rose Marie and I will be keeping her and your whole novitiate in my prayers. When the time comes can you explain how your first vows are different from others? I believe on making them your receive a ring and leave the novitiate?

  6. Sr. Rose Marie, be assured of my prayers for your upcoming vows. May you with God’s grace continue to respond whole heartedly to His Call!

    In the Sacred Hearts and Jesus and Mary,

    Sr. Kasandra, ESEH

  7. Sr. Rose Marie! How exciting!!!! I’ll be praying for you! 🙂

    So good to hear from you Liz! We were just wondering how you were doing. God love you!

  8. What thrilling news about Sr. Rose Marie’s upcoming profession! Deo gratias! Dear Sr. Rose Marie, you are in my prayers in a very special way as you prepare for this happy, happy day! The King desires your beauty — may you give it all to Him with confidence and joy and accept His with gratitude and humility.

    United with you and all your Sisters in prayer and sacrifice,

    Alice Claire Mansfield
    Consecrated Virgin
    Archdiocese of Houston-Galveston

    P.S. I write the Vocation Corner in the weekly bulletin for our parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and I will be sure to mention your profession in it as your blessed day draws near.

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  10. Oooh! I expected that your loyal readers would simply be informed after the fact (similar to Sister Cecilia Marie’s clothing this winter). What fun to know ahead of time! Now you have a few years’ respite until we start pestering for news of Sr. Mary Andrea’s perpetual profession! 😉


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