Friday, 19 January 2018

The Franciscan Friars Arrival

MC Friars 01bMC Friars 02bFebruary 18, 2005—Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate arrived at the Mother of the Redeemer Farm to begin their ministry in Bloomington Indiana. The Friary has Priests and Brothers to accomodate the needs of the Retreat Center Pilgrims. There were18 Friars present for their first Mass, celebrated on February 19th. The Friary phone number is —1-812-825-4742. Check this website ( in the next few weeks for answers to many questions that you may have about the Friars and their mission. You may contact the “Farm” by phone or through the Website.

We are very grateful to Archbishop Daniel Buechlein O.S. B. and to the founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, Father Stefano Manelli F.I., for allowing the Friars to establish a Friary at the “Farm.” .

A Day with Mary

Each May and October on the first Saturday of those months, we offer a Marian Day of Prayer. In cooperation with the Friars, we will continue to offer special devotions to Our Lady on those days. The services held on May 7, 2005 were called “A Day With Mary.”

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- Procession of Our Lady
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- Crowning of Our Lady in the Sacred Heart Chapel

The Friars have a team of Friars and volunteers who jointly put these days of worship together as requested, throughout the United States. The most important part of the day’s activities, of course, is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Mass was held at the regularly scheduled Saturday time of 12:00 noon.

The Blessed Mother has shared with Ruth Ann how very pleased she is with everyone who has had a part in preparing this Haven of Peace and Prayer for the Friars, or as she refers to them as her “Sons.” She also has said on several occasions to Ruth Ann, “Now that the Friars are here, all is in place.” Ruth Ann continues to be in isolation and is told that she ontinues to be prepared for the final phase of her spiritual journey here upon the earth. She continues to request your prayers. I assure you she prays for all who helped bring this about.

- Jim Wade