Set Apart for a Mission

Every life has a beautiful destiny placed upon it by God. That destiny includes a vocation and a unique mission or purpose which not only bring the person to complete fulfillment but which also participates in a personal way in the drama of God’s saving plan in human history.

The calling to give oneself completely to Christ as a Brother or Sister is a vocation, which is irreplaceable and essential to the holiness of the Church. “The call…is an initiative coming wholly from the Father who asks those whom He has chosen to respond with complete and exclusive devotion. The experience of this gracious love of God is so powerful that the person senses the need to respond by unconditionally dedicating his or her life to God, consecrating to Him all things present and future, and placing them in His hands…through a complete self-offering.” (Vita Consecrata, 17)

This self-offering is made through the profession of the vows (a vow is a solemn promise) of poverty, chastity and obedience, a new and special consecration of the whole person which manifests in the Church a marriage effected by God, and a sign of the future life. This also explains why profession of vows is not a sacrament. ‘When God bypasses, so to speak, the sacramental economy, He is acting in a way in which He would have acted had man not fallen into sin, that is, by Himself directly infusing into the soul the graces that are needed.’ (see C. Schleck on Aquinas) This self-offering, therefore, “is an anticipation of the direct union with Christ in heaven when sacraments (and sin) shall be no more.” (Thomas Dubay, SM)  

Through the gift of the profession of vows, Brothers and Sisters are graced to begin to live this future life and make it visible to the people of God even here and now. They do this through a universal love for all of mankind which reflects the way in which the Trinity loves each human being created in His image and likeness and which will be the way we love each other in eternity.

We thank God for this beautiful vocation and rejoice to celebrate:

  • The First Profession of Brothers Uriel Lopez and David Snow on Sunday, July 9th, at Our Lady of Corpus Christi (OLCC), 1200 Lantana St., Corpus Christi
  • The Perpetual Profession of Br. Ryan Avery on Monday, July 10th at 5pm at OLCC.
  • The Perpetual Profession of Sr. Mary of Divine Love, Sr. Maria Stella Maris, Sr. Maria Lucina of the Lamb of God, Sr. Maria Mater Dei, Sr. Mary Joseph of Divine Mercy, Sr. Maria Hostia, Sr. Mary Joy of Our Father, and Sr. Maria Solanus Casey on          Tuesday, July 11 at 5pm at St. Theresa’s Church, 1302 Lantana St., Corpus Christi.
  • The First Profession of Sr. Mary Kelli Ann Lopez on Friday, July 14, at 11:30am at OLCC.

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His love endures forever!” (Ps 107)

 

Submitted by Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT

Bringing the Love of Christ to Camp

       Right now, on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and at the SOLT Mission of St. Ann’s, a fresh excitement and enthusiasm fills the air. With the school year over and summertime in full force, volunteers from all over the country have been arriving to staff and serve the 18th annual St. Ann’s Summer Camp. This six-week long enterprise brings the light of Christ and the New Evangelization to the Native American (Chippewa and Metis) children in a fresh and accessible way, with an open invite to all kids of the Reservation. The volunteers serve two weeks with 7th-9th graders, two weeks with 4th-6th graders, and two weeks with the teeny-weeny 1st-3rd graders. Every day, these children of God experience Him in Mass, prayer, skits, talks, and also in the love and grace flowing through relationships with the self-giving volunteers that have gathered to serve. The campers also learn arts and crafts. They dance and sing. They participate in games and sports sessions, and they forget for six hours a day the problems and heaviness they may experience in their home lives. They laugh and breathe.

Who are these volunteers that come to share with these campers the love and light of Christ? What drew them? How do they hope to serve? These young men and women come from eleven different states. Most of them are on their summer breaks from college. For some, this is their first time doing mission work, or their first time up at St. Ann’s. For others, this is their fifth time or third or second year returning. They have heard of our summer camp from friends, from family, from parish priests, from SOLT members, their parish youth minister, or the SOLT website. They come with their gifts, laughter and love, and with a great desire to make a difference, as St. Peter tells us, “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). Briana Villarreal from Del Rio, Texas, writes: “I want to show this community that they are loved by Christ and by me; that they have someone to lean on.” Blair Harbison from Panama City, Fla. hopes “to allow the Lord to work in me in such a way that the campers are able to see the joy that living in Christ brings.” “I am most excited to work with the amazing staff and the other counselors…to serve the wonderful children attending the camp and to be completely surrounded by Christ’s love for a month and a half” says Reygan Jagneaux from Ville Platte, La. However, not everyone serving the camp came from far away. Two of the camp counselors, Kiana Brunelle and Dusty Keplin, attended St. Ann’s Summer Camps as children, and have chosen to stay in Belcourt for the summer to serve their own people. Kiana writes, “I hope to give the kids an inspiration and someone to look up to.” And they will. They all will make a difference in how they will give of themselves.

Will you also support these counselors and our St. Ann’s Summer Camp? Please, please pray for our kids and our mission, that the love of Christ this summer will find its way into their hearts and homes and overtake them completely and forever. Thank you for your prayers and sacrifices! For more information, please visit our website at www.stannsmission.org. Ave Maria!

The 2017 Summer Volunteers at St. Ann’s

Celebrating the Consecrated Brotherhood

 

 

 

 

May 1st, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, has been designated as Religious Consecrated Brothers Day throughout the world. The Consecrated Life Office of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, in conjunction with the SOLT Regional Priests Council, celebrated this vocation in the Church.

A concelebrated Mass took place on May 1st under the blue dome at Our Lady of Corpus Christi. Fr. Samuel Medley was the Principal Celebrant. Using the readings for the day, he reflected on the life of St. Joseph and the vocation of consecrated brothers. He referred to one of our distinguished brothers in SOLT, the late Br Richard Bunch, and how he lived out his brotherhood. At the end of the celebration of the Holy Mass, Fr. Jerry Drolshagen, SOLT Regional Priest Servant shared what a brother does.

Six Consecrated Brothers serve in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. They include Br. Michael Brady, Br. Nicholas Coombs, Br. John DeMay, Br. Peter McArdle, Br. Martin McGough, Br. Danny Tozzi.

Following Holy Mass, Sr. Gloria Rodriguez from the Office for the Consecrated Life, Diocese of Corpus Christi, offered a presentation at Café Veritas at OLCC. Sr. Gloria read a letter from the Apostolic Nuncio and presented the brothers with a card and gift in appreciation for their service.

Within the American Region, five brothers are at the SOLT House of Studies in Detroit, Michigan. They include Br. Timothy Burnham, Br. David Brokke, Br. Ryan Avery, Br. Javier Ebertowski and Br. Gene Grandy. They study at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and serve at Most Holy Redeemer parish in Detroit.

We pray for more brothers in the Church! Their witness of consecrated life offers a beautiful witness to the family of God. If you feel called to this vocation, contact Fr Mark Wendling fathermark.one@gmail.com for more information.

Is God calling you to volunteer in the missions?

This May 20th, young missionaries from seven different states will set out on the adventure of a lifetime! Shortly after completing their Spring semester of studies, they will gather in Houston, TX to prepare for their mission to Belize, Central America. Serving alongside the SOLT teams already present in Belize, the missionaries will engage in many of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, bringing a jolt of enthusiasm and generosity to the stability of the service already present there.

Follow their journey at meetsolt.com

Many young people, in service to the poor, volunteer in missions every year, finding a life-giving environment to discern their vocations and share the love of Jesus Christ. Many of our volunteers have experienced a call to a deeper discipleship throughout their time and have felt themselves called to live this out through generous self-gift in marriage, family life, priesthood, consecrated life, or through friendships in their current state of life according to God’s will.

SOLT serves in dioceses throughout the world, many of which are mission territories. At this time, we have volunteer opportunities for five mission locations. Two of these are located in the English-speaking country of Belize in Central America (Benque Viejo and in Belize City), and two are located in Mexico, where proficiency in Spanish is a requirement for volunteers. The other mission site is located on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota, near the Canadian border.

 

 

Longtime SOLT Laity Member, Becky Trujillo, Remembered for Her Efforts in Evangelization

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Becky Trujillo who passed into Eternal Life this morning just before 3 am. Her fellow SOLT members were able to keep vigil through the night. Last night, Fr. John McHugh, Sr. Margaret Mary Loehr, Dorothy Lickteig and others gathered by her bedside to pray and sing. Many SOLT members continued to keep watch and pray into the night as she peacefully drifted into her eternal rest. Details regarding funeral arrangements will be made available soon.

Sister Mary of the Redemption Mansfield remembered Becky with these thoughts:

Becky Trujillo, featured second from the right, along with some early members of SOLT.

Becky Trujillo was one of the early single lay members of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). Becky came to SOLT in the latter part of the 1960s, after SOLT had moved its headquarters from Mora, New Mexico to Kansas City, Missouri. She remained a faithful member of SOLT, as a single lay person, for the rest of her life here on earth.

Becky was among the first of the great lay evangelizers of SOLT. For wherever you found Becky, you found her evangelizing. That might be in some formal setting, such as on a EFT Migrant Worker Ministry, or in a SOLT parish organization, or on a bus, or in a shopping mall, or on a street corner, or in a nursing home (Becky herself was confined in a nursing home during these last years of her life). 

We bless and thank God for choosing Becky Trujillo to be a member of the SOLT family—as our sister whom we can imitate.

SOLT Sisters Speak: Vocations

Sister Laudem Gloriae Dolan and Sister Mary Rachel Craig traveled to the Diocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul this past Saturday, Feb. 18th, to share their message about recognizing God’s call to the consecrated life.

Forty women from throughout the diocese were in attendance to listen to the testimonies of the speakers. Nine institutes of consecrated women were represented to reach out to those who might be discerning a call to dedicate their lives solely to Christ.

Please pray for these young women to respond generously to God’s call in their lives,whether it be to the consecrated life or to another vocation. It’s inspiring to see their witness to God’s love for all of us working through their lives.

Lay Member, Geriann Henry, Enters Eternal Life

UPDATE: Father Gerry Sheehan delivered the homily for Geriann Henry’s Funeral Mass on February 20, 2017. It is available here for those who would like to listen.

 

Please remember in your prayer the repose of the soul of Geraldine Ann Henry, 74, of Kansas City, MO. She passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at her home surrounded by family and loved ones. The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Vigil and Rosary: February 19, 2017 from 5 pm to 7 pm with the Rosary recited at 5pm at McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home Sunday

Funeral Mass: Monday, February 20, 2017 at 9 am at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 3934 Washington, Kansas City, MO.

Burial: Following Funeral Mass at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Geraldine’s obituary excerpted from Dignity Memorial:

Geraldine was born September 5, 1942 in Seneca, KS to Omer and Lucille (Noll) Haug. Geraldine was a homemaker and her life was her husband, children and grandchildren. She home schooled all five of her children at a time when it was not common practice. She enjoyed music and played both the piano and the organ. Geraldine was a 45+ year member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.

Geraldine is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ron; her children: Mary Lucille Ahmad (Naseer), Bernard Henry, Dominic Henry (Erin), Joseph Henry, Mary Grace Ward (Chris); two brothers, seven sisters; grandchildren: Nabil, Helen, Rose, Amira, Emilia, James, Mary and Robert.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to The Village Hospice and especially Carol, our family angel. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3846 W. 75 St, Prairie Village, KS 66208 or SOLT Development Office, P.O. Box 4116, Corpus Christi, TX 78469. Online condolences to www.mcgilleysheil.com. Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64133, 64133, 816-353-6555.

 

New Postulants Received into SOLT

Two young aspirants made the transition into postulancy on Jan 11, 2017 at St. Alphonsus Parish in Seattle, WA. Amanda Ross and Lauren Adderly were welcomed into this new step in their religious discernment at a Mass celebrated by Fr. Shane McKee. Sister Mary Aloyisius Kim, Postulant Servant, was there to receive them into their postulancy.

Each of the new postulants shared their journey that has led them to discern a vocation to SOLT.

 

Lauren Adderly

I grew up in southern New Jersey, close to Philadelphia. I don’t have siblings, but my grandparents, cousins, and stepfamily were always nearby and my family never felt small. Church always felt like home, but my faith didn’t become real to me until I attended a Catholic high school. In high school, I started thinking that Jesus might be asking me to be a sister. For college, I went to Villanova University on a scholarship to study Biology and Theology. I loved the natural world, I wanted to travel, I was curious about my faith, but I had mostly tucked away the thought of being a sister.

The summer after my sophomore year, though, I went to the SOLT mission in Belcourt, North Dakota to serve at a summer camp for kids on the Turtle Mountain reservation. My experiences of prayer, service, and friendships there brought me alive in a way that I had never experienced before. I went back to serve at summer camp for two more summers after that first one. There was a growing sense in my heart that Jesus was asking me to be “all His” as a missionary and as a sister.

After graduating college in 2012 and volunteering in Houston for a year at a women’s shelter and at a farm, I moved back home to New Jersey and worked full-time as a middle school religion teacher. In the years that I spent teaching the most fantastic kids about Jesus and His Church, Jesus was gently teaching me to fall in love with Him and with His people.  I started aspirancy with the SOLT sisters on September 8, 2016 back in North Dakota, and I arrived in Seattle on January 8, 2017 to begin postulancy. I can’t wait to see what adventures God has in store for me next!

 

Amanda Ross

I first felt called to be a missionary when I was about 8 years old in my Lutheran grade school, after having watched a documentary on missionaries in Africa. My actual call to the religious life, however, came to me after I became Catholic at age 16. I was so happy and grateful to be Catholic and to be able to receive the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. As a consequence, I asked our Lady in prayer: “What can I give back to God for all that He has given to me?” Surprisingly, I heard our Lady’s voice who responded instantaneously: “Become a Sister.” This is how my search for a religious vocation all started.

I heard about SOLT through the mother of Father Scott Braathan, SOLT, who goes to the same Parish as my sister, Linda Davis, in Detroit, Michigan. This was a little over 2 years ago. What has attracted me most about SOLT is their strong Marian spirit; their contemplative, missionary life; and their working together in ecclesial teams.

We welcome these young women as they continue to discern their God’s call for them in their lives.

Sr. Mary of the Trinity Enters Into Eternal Life

Please remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Sister Mary of the Trinity Vaughan who entered eternal life on January 10, 2017, in Hythe, England. She was comforted by the prayers of her fellow SOLT sisters and brother SOLT priests, family, and friends who kept vigil at her bedside.

Sister Mary of the Trinity Vaughan was born in Leigh, Lancashire England on August 7, 1950.  She is the daughter of Gladys and Fred Harrison (both deceased) and sister of Stephen (Ann), Christopher (deceased) and Catherine Evans, all of England.

Sister was baptized as an infant in the Anglican Church and was received into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1974.  She professed her first vows on July 16, 1979 with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in the Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri and later professed perpetual vows on December 14, 1994 while working in the Philippines.

As a founding member of the SOLT Philippine Mission, Sister served from 1979 until 2000 when she was elected as the General Sister Servant and moved to Italy. At the end of her term in 2003, Sister was sent to her beloved homeland of Great Britain.  She served in London, Wales and most recently in Hythe. Sister has offered all of her sufferings for the conversion of England.

May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Br. David Brokke Receives Ministry of Lector

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On Sept 23 in the Sacred Heart Major Seminary chapel, Br. Dave Brokke, SOLT seminarian in Year-II Theology, received the minor order of lector. Bishop Donald Hanchon, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit, celebrated the mass and installed Br. Dave along with 3 other classmates as lectors.

This step is one of several formal steps in preparation for ordination and reception of holy orders. With it Br. Dave moves deliberately forward in his vocational journey. The Church, for her part, also affirms in a particular way, her joy and willingness at receiving Br. Dave’s “yes” to the Lord.

The event was attended by the 5 brothers living and studying at the SOLT House of Studies, located at Holy Redeemer parish in Detroit. A small reception followed the mass.

Br. Dave recognized the importance of the Ministry of Lector entrusted to him by the church. The symbolic placing of the Word of God in his hands during the rite brought with it a powerful reminder of the call to interiorize the word, allowing it to actualize its transformative power in him, that he might be a true bearer of the Gospel.

Upon being asked how he felt during the ceremony, Br. Dave replied with honestly, “I hope I can be less nervous at my ordination, so that I can enjoy and absorb it more!”

Article and pictures submitted by Fr. Mark Wendling, SOLT Gray Robes Vocations Director