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e Marian Helper

who illustrates this is Jeanne

Lewis of Florida (pictured above with her husband,

Chris). Jeanne’s first connection to the

Marians

came

when she heard of Divine Mercy from a group of nuns

who shared the incredible story of

St. Faustina.

Even

without reading the diary in question — the

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

from cover to cover,

th

e message of Divine Mercy

stayed with Jeanne. When

she heard powerful stories about people’s experiences

wit

h St. Faustina’s revelations,

it woke her up, she said.

She bought a

Divine Mercy Image a

nd had her whole

family sign it. It hangs in her bedroom.

Next, she bought a

CD of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

in song, and she played it as she picked up her two

youngest children from high school. “They were not

thrilled at first, but they really know their

Divine Mercy Chaplet,”

she said with a laugh.

On that same CD, Dr. Bryan Thatcher discusses his

Marian apostolate work with the

Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy

(EADM), but she had not realized

that he lived nearby, and in fact, friends of hers had

helped set up the loca

l EADM prayer cenacle! S

he was

astonished by how the connections with the Marians

kept adding up.

Next, Jeanne attended a parish retreat based on

33 Days to Morning Glory ,

written b

y Fr. Michael Gaitley

,

MIC.

The experience was transformative. “Once you

get

it, you want to share it with everyone!” she said. “I

always had a

devotion to Mary,

but I never fully under-

stood her role.”

In 2015, Fr. Mike came to her parish, St. Stephen in

Valrico, Florida. Jeanne’s husband, Chris, attended the

presentation. He was so inspired that he and Jeanne held

a

33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat

in their home. As a

result, more than 20 peopl

e consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary!

“The retreats encourage us to come

together as a true family in Christ,” Jeanne said.

Then, when Jeanne’s mother-in-law, Susan, was

dying of pancreatic cancer this past spring, her family

prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet at her bedside,

which

“gave us incredible peace and hope.”

The Lewises are also connected to the Marian semi-

narians

. Brother Tim, MIC,

a Catholic convert, now

calls St. Stephen his home parish. But his story is for

another day!

Yet another level of commitment to the

Marians, our ministries, and the faith

came when Jeanne and Chris decided to

leave a percentage of their life insurance

to the Marians.

Thanks for sharing your story, Jeanne,

and may God continue to bless our

Marian family in our collaborative

work for Christ and his Church!

I

’m still in my first year here at the Marian

Helper Center, and I have learned that the

Marian Fathers, the staff, and all the Marian

Helpers from near and far are truly a family of

faith, joined by our devotion to the

Merciful Lord

and

Our Lady

and by our

prayers

for one another. I have also come to appreciate

how many spiritual avenues bring us together,

based on how multifaceted our ministries are.

WE ARE FAMILY!

Mary Flournoy is a donor relations officer for the Marians. Contact her at: Association of

Marian Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263;

[email protected];

or (413) 298-1381. Visit our

website

: marian.org/plannedgiving.

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