Message from Msgr. Schwanger
Monday, September 7, 2020
My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,
You may or may not know that over the years I have reached out to several religious orders to invite them to send sisters to work and live with us here at Our Lady of Lourdes. Of course, they all must discern where and when to answer the call based on the mission of their order and the resources available to them, but no one has accepted my invitation. I have been dumbfounded as I have always felt that the Our Lady of Lourdes family should include either a community of religious women or men living and serving among us. I truly believe it would enrich in the Spirit both the religious community and greater parish family.
As I was praying the other day, it occurred to me that perhaps we don’t have a religious community of women or men here at Our Lady of Lourdes because the Lord wants us to found the order! What do you think of an order of religious women and / or men under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes and with the vocation to live the mission of Lourdes? Living the mission of Lourdes would mean to serve the sick and suffering both in support of the Sanctuary of Lourdes and the pilgrimage to Lourdes and in caring for the homebound, the sick, and the dying of the parish as well as their families.
What about you? If anyone has ever felt the call to dedicate their lives more overtly and completely to the grace of Lourdes and the care of those who are sick, please let me know!
If you know anyone who might have felt such a stirring in their heart, please let them know to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am very serious about this invitation. Every great endeavor begins with small and consistent steps forward. If this is the Lord’s will for us, and we cooperate, nothing is impossible. I hope to hear from you.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
St. Bernadette, pray for us.