Both Communities to Hold Joint Discernment Retreat in October
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN – Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has offered his support and encouragement for the formation of two new communities of men and women religious in southeast Michigan.
The women’s community, known as The Sisters of Jesus’ Merciful Passion, already has two women in formation and more discerning. The community is a contemplative-active congregation and has a great devotion to Jesus The Divine Mercy, The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, and St. Joseph. The apostolic works of the Community are rooted in healing, both spiritual and physical; primarily serving the most vulnerable members of society through intercessory prayer and spiritual and corporal works of Mercy.
The men’s community is called The Littlest Sons of The Sweetest Heart of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary. This community is based on the authentic religious life of true contemplatives in action. Their spirituality is Marian based with charisms focused on being devoted to The Sweetest Heart of Our Lady and the willingness to sacrifice for others who have been wounded by the trials of life; to be always available to those in need of God’s merciful presence with the willingness to pray and sacrifice in reparation for the conversion of sinners in the hopes of bring the lost and forsaken back into the fold of His Church, while making constant intercession for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Although the two communities are canonically separate entities, both communities serve The Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy, a growing lay community dedicated to prayer and apostolic works of mercy in the archdiocese and beyond. The community was founded by Catherine M. Lanni and was made a Private Association of the Christian Faithful by Cardinal Adam Maida on Easter Sunday, 2003.
Discernment Retreat in October
Both communities are offering a discernment “come and see” retreat for men and women who want to learn more. The retreat will be Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19.
Requirements, information, and registration can be found at http://www.sjdivinemercy.org/retreat/.
Sleeping arrangements, food, and rides to and from Detroit Metro Airport are also available. Sunday Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Reiss, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
There is no cost for participants for the retreat: free-will donations accepted.