Friday, 23 February 2018

December 2015 Year End Letter From Jim & Ruth Ann Wade

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Dear Friends,
It is that time of the year when we take a few moments to reflect and bring you up to date on the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center.

Before we do that we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry and Spiritual Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year. We do this not only from us but on behalf of Mary's Children Inc., the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge, all the volunteers both here and at Washington, IN who put together and mail the newsletter each month. Without all these different people just mentioned we would not be able to fulfill Our Lady's desire that this place be a "Haven of Peace and Prayer" to all those who come here to visit and pray.

When our Lady asked that our farm be turned into a retreat center her request was that only the true teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church be taught here. We have always tried very hard to carry out that request. As an example of attempting to do that His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke gave a week long retreat for priests in October about the priesthood. He also offered a Day of Reflection to the laity about marriage. That along with many other fine retreats was held here during 2015.

Plans are under way for some very good retreats for next year as well. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to attend at least one during 2016.

We welcomed the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge to the retreat center this year. Currently there are two sisters and a postulant ministering here. They are here at the invitation of His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Indianapolis. They are a very welcome addition to the retreat center and an excellent example for young people to be exposed to the consecrated life of sisters.

The Friary had a change in personnel this year as Fr Joachim F.I. was assigned to the friary at LaCrosse, Wisconsin; replacing him here is Fr. Ignatius F.I. Father Ignatius comes to us from the friary in Connecticut ; on your next visit to the "farm" be sure and introduce yourself and welcome Father to Indiana.

We completed the new conference hall and are using it for our retreats. It has a beautiful Divine Mercy Chapel in it where during retreats we offer Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament to the people in attendance.

Our plans for 2016 include remodeling the former retreat center building into a bookstore and space for children's retreats to be held while parents are in attendance at their retreats.

We are very aware that none of the requests of Our Lady could have been carried to fruition without the tremendous generosity from all the many benefactors who have helped us throughout these past 20+ years. With your help, we have attained the goal to be debt free… Thanks!!

In this newsletter you can find a page explaining how you can help us in this ministry.

Please know that we pray for all the benefactors of the farm every day. The First Friday Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel is offered for all the benefactors of the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center; please keep us in your prayers.

May God Bless Us All,

Jim and Ruth Ann Wade