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Welcome! Selamat Datang! Bienvenido!
The priests of the Society of Mary (Marists) are happy to serve the OLA Community where all are welcome. I pray that your presence here will be long and happy. I also pray that your spiritual life will continue to grow as you come to know yourself in worship, education and service.
In this week’s Note from the Pastor I wrote about my vocation as a Marist.
In light of the 200th Anniversary of the Fourvière Pledge I wanted to share with you my experience in joining the Marists. My vocation story starts with my premature birth – two months early! My Aunt May said to my Mom, “God has something in store for Jimmy!”
Six years later I had an incident with a pistachio shell and it went into my lung. To make a long story short…After two attempts to remove it failed, my cousin, Father Frank Walsh, came to visit me and gave me Lourdes water to drink. The third attempt was successful! The Lourdes water was bottled in the United States by the Marists in Boston. Mary, it seems, called me before I knew it!
Another six years later, when I was in the 8th grade, a Marist priest from Boston came to our school and I signed up to enter the minor seminary. When I got there (Bedford, Mass.), I learned about the Lourdes water being bottled by the Marists!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Please pray for Vocations to the Society of Mary!
Yours in Jesus and Mary,
Reverend Jim Duffy, S.M.
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