One Marian Helper
who illustrates this is Jeanne
Lewis of Florida (pictured above with her husband,
Chris). Jeanne’s first connection to theMarians
when she heard of Divine Mercy from a group of nuns
who shared the incredible story ofSt. Faustina.
without reading the diary in question — theDiary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska —
from cover to cover,
the message of Divine Mercy
stayed with Jeanne. When
she heard powerful stories about people’s experiences
with St. Faustina’s revelations,
it woke her up, she said.
She bought aDivine Mercy Image a
nd had her whole
family sign it. It hangs in her bedroom.
Next, she bought aCD 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 theirDivine Mercy Chaplet,”
she said with a laugh.
On that same CD, Dr. Bryan Thatcher discusses his
Marian apostolate work with theEucharistic 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 local EADM prayer cenacle! S
astonished by how the connections with the Marians
kept adding up.
Next, Jeanne attended a parish retreat based on33 Days to Morning Glory ,
written by Fr. Michael Gaitley
The experience was transformative. “Once you
it, you want to share it with everyone!” she said. “I
always had adevotion 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
a33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat
in their home. As a
result, more than 20 people 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 familyprayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet at her bedside,
“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
Yet another level of commitment to the
Marians, our ministries, and the faith
came when Jeanne and Chris decided toleave 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!
’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 theMerciful Lord
and by ourprayers
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