"...for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples." Isaiah 56:7

"O Lord,...you have been pleased to bless this house of your servant, so that it will always remain. It is you, O Lord, who blessed it, and it will be blessed forever." 1 Chr 17: 26-27

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" I am not a priest and cannot bless them, but all that the heart of a mother can ask of God for her children, I ask of Him and will never cease to ask Him." ~ Sister Marie

“The grace of our Lord be with us forever.” ~ Sr. Marie

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Video of Closing Ceremony

Please visit http://vimeo.com/107176179 to view a short video clip of the blessed ceremony!

Vatican Receives Sainthood Cause for Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey

http://catholickey.org/2014/09/26/vatican-receives-sainthood-cause-for-sister-marie-de-mandat-grancey/


Vatican receives sainthood cause for Sister Marie de Mandat-GranceyPosted by The Catholic Key on 2:12 pm in Catholic Key, News
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Bishop Robert W. Finn and other officials sign documents proposing the canonization of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sept. 13. (Kevin Kelly/Key photo)
By Kevin Kelly
Catholic Key Associate Editor

KANSAS CITY — Erin von Uffel and Lorraine Fusaro are certain. So is Dr. Andrea Ambrosi and Bishop Robert W. Finn.

There is no doubt in their mind that Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey is a saint worthy of canonization or they wouldn’t have gone through years of work on her cause.

Bill Quatman is also certain. As are his fellow tribunal members Father Matthew Bartulica, Father Joseph Totton, and Patricia Montes. As are members of the Historical Commission that also put in more than three years of work on the cause: Dr. Claude Sasso, Msgr. William Caldwell, and Dr. Timothy Brennan. As are members of the Theological Commission: Scott McKellar and Dr. Matthew J. Ramage.

Certain as well are members of Sister Marie’s family who came from France Sept. 13 to witness the solemn Closing of the Diocesan Phase of the Cause for the Beatification/Canonization of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey at Kansas City’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The family in attendance, whose ancestral branches include popes and canonized saints, included Barons Jacques and Phillipe de Mandat-Grancey, Baroness Rosario de Mandat-Grancey, and Sister Elizabeth de Mandat-Grancey.

Equally certain and also in attendance was Archbishop Emeritus Guiseppe Bernardi of Smyrna, Turkey. It was his personal request that Bishop Finn accepted for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to complete the painstaking diocesan phase for his archdiocese which is poor in resources only.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Closing Ceremony Homily as deliverd by Bishop Finn, Sept. 13, 2014


Vigil of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Holy Mass for the Closing of the Diocesan Phase of the Cause of the Beatification and Canonization of Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey

September 13, 2014 – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Most Reverend Robert W. Finn
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Your Excellency, Archbishop Bernardini
Brother Priests and Deacons
Esteemed Religious,
Particularly Members of the Vincentian Congregation and Daughters of Charity
Postulator, Members of the Tribunal, Commissioners, and other volunteers,
Family Members of Sr. Marie
Friends in Christ all,

St. Thomas Aquinas says that if we wish to become a saint, before anything else we must “will it.” God has made each of us for heaven. Heaven is our destiny, and if we indeed will it, we can trust that the Almighty Father will extend to us the grace to reach eternal life with Him.

On September 13, 1837, 177 years ago today, Adele Louise Marie de Mandat-Grancey, was born and began her earthly journey with a heavenly goal. Sensing her God given call, 13 year old Marie wrote in prayer, “Grant me, I implore, my God, a vocation to religious life. Give me the grace, O my God, to completely detach myself from the things here below and to aspire only to heaven.” She willed to go to heaven. She desired to serve God with her life and to be a saint.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Slide Show of the Closing Ceremony

Please enjoy this Slide Show of the Closing Ceremony held on September 13, 2014 in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. http://www.caulfieldphotos.com/sister_marie_closing_of_cause/slideshow

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Cause goes to Rome!

Please visit us on Facebook for some lovely pictures and video footage of the big event yesterday until I can get home to post to this blog. Currently sitting at the gate in KC waiting to fly home....but already on cloud nine filled with joy! What a spectacular day and beautiful ceremony. We all felt as if we had one foot in heaven. Search Sister Marie De Mandat-Gracey on Facebook and share! Praise God. Amen and Allelulia!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HISTORIC MOMENT APPROACHING IN THE CAUSE FOR SISTER MARIE SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Please visit this link to an article in The Catholic Key, Bishop's Column. Please keep this pivotal moment in your prayers. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sister Marie Series by Dan Murr - Segments 11-20

This post contains segments 11-20 gathered in one post. Please find this post and all other segments listed singularly (including one choice of segments 1-10 gathered in one post) in the left tool bar. Thank you! Please share.

Sister Marie Series by Dan Murr - Segment 20

Sister Marie believes the Blessed Mother had selected her for this special mission. It was decided to start the excavations and more surprises were unearthed by workers and hoped to find the burial place for Mary.
As an aristocratic young lady, Sister Marie knew manners and courtesies. She was comfortable around the very wealthy, the highly educated, the finely polished and determined. Most of all, she was very compassionate with the needy and the suffering. She had observed and assisted her mother, the Countess, in the preparations for entertaining officials of church and state. She gained further lessons of etiquette at Rue du Bac for handling crowds of pilgrims from all parts of the world as well as for those dearly beloved bashful needy noble people who stood in want of compassion.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Diocese To Conclude First Phase of Sr. Marie's Cause

Please read the exciting details on Bishop Finn's blog at The Catholic Key Online! Sr. Marie, pray for us.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sister Marie Series by Dan Murr - Segment 19

At first, it seemed the purchase had been lost, but Mr. Binson’s works it out to finish it. Then the property on Nightingale Mountain is put in Sister Marie’s name and she uses her own resources to restore the area.
Now they were all waiting for completion of the lawsuit made by The Bey against his nephew. On 20 October, they learned the transactions were under way.
However, some days later when all seemed to be concluded, an obstacle appeared. Despite Mr. Binson’s coolness and ability, he thought, “We have lost.” But he regained his optimism and started the proceedings again. He paid some money and then was back in control of the situation.

Monday, July 28, 2014

123 Anniversary of the Finding of Mary's House

July 29, 1891. Mary's House in Ephesus is found.

Please join us in prayers of gratitude for the charity, perseverance, courage, and fortitude of Sr. Marie in her inspired mission 123 years ago to find, acquire, and restore Mary's House for all God's children for all time.

In Mary's House we see a sign of true hope for peace between Muslims and Christians who by the thousands each year make long journeys and pilgrimages to pray there. Each day pilgrims of both faiths pray inside Mary's House, side by side, in silence and in peace, to honor Mary. Is there any more critical and timely cause in our world today? Please take a moment of silence to spiritually enter Mary's House, bring your petitions for this troubled world to Mary's heart, and thank God for this gift of Mary's House, a model and true beacon of hope for peace in these times...and for its Foundress, Servant of God, Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, D.C. May the peace of Mary's Heart and Home triumph over all evil through the intercession of Sister Marie.

We thank God for giving us the privilege of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey. Through her great generosity she acquired the property at Ephesus, the home of Mary and Saint John the Evangelist. We ask God and Sister Marie to continue to bless the cornerstone given to her, "Around this cornerstone we build our faith and the powers of darkness will not prevail." We pray for God's will to be completely fulfilled through the intercession of Sister Marie. Amen.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sister Marie Series by Dan Murr - Segment 18

Sister Marie makes a deposit in the bank for the purchase of Panaghia while everyone waited for Mr. Binson to learn the results of The Bey’s suit; and Father Louis Duchesne disputes the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich. Doubt still clouded the discovery of Mary’s Home on Nightingale Mountain. This was evidenced by a letter sent from Father Duchesne to Rev. Fiat, Superior General of the Lazarists, on 5 February 1892. Father Duchesne wrote:
“It is my duty, I believe, to call your attention to the recent discoveries which took place close to Ephesus and to the incredible state of mind in which your brothers there seem to find themselves. One of them, Fr. Poulin (if I read correctly his signature), is consulting me on this matter. I am answering him in unfavorable, but general terms.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sister Marie Series - by Dan Murr, Segment 17


A young man with a fez, Mr. Binson, joins Fathers Poulin and Jung on the train to Ephesus and he provides the answer to a major question, who owns the property they want to purchase on Nightingale Mountain.

It was not an easy task to purchase land in Turkey, especially at that time. Plus, they had no idea who owned the property on Nightingale Mountain. And a Catholic in a Turkish country? A nun, as they say, buying from a Muslim? Most agreed that she’d need divine intervention for help, or at least assistance from the Blessed Virgin Mary, to do that. But with Sister Marie, it seemed like supernatural intervention, indeed, came upon her request.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sister Marie Series by Dan Murr - Segment 16

Priests determine that they must have Panaghia and Sister Marie agreed and said, “Let’s buy it!”The purchase also would be put in her name. Father Poulin believed that the Lord placed Sister Marie in position to buy the site.

Sister Marie listened to the reports that agreed with the revelations of Sister Anne Catherine and her heart burst with excitement. Her prayers had been answered. She quickly and quietly wrote to Father Fiat, the Superior General of the Daughters of Charity, in Rome to request permission to purchase, with her own personal funds, the property on which Mary’s Home was located. In his letter dated 28 October 1891, he gave Sister Marie permission to buy Panaghia.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Sister Marie Series by Dan Murr - Segment 15

Father Jung’s archaeological team relaxed for two weeks, scheduled another trip and then returned to obtain scientific proof of their finding of Mary’s house. On the third day Father Jung celebrated the first Mass at Panaghia Capouli.
Gregory of Tours (538-594) in The Book of Miracles, a work in which history and legend are sometimes intimately mixed, was the first ecclesiastical writer to speak of a chapel situated on a mountain near Ephesus. He stated, “On the summit of a mountain near Ephesus there are four walls without a roof. John lived within these walls.”
The people of Kirkince (now Sirince), a village about 17 kilometers from Meryem Ana, traditionally believed there had been a house on Bulbul-Dagi (Nightingale Hill) where Mary had lived. Every year on Assumption Day they made a pilgrimage to Panaya Kapulu (Chapel of the All Holy), now Meryem Ana Evi. They believed that Mary was raised up to heaven from this place. This may have seemed strange that a group of Orthodox villagers should believe this when the rest of their church had believed since the Middle Ages that she spent her last days in Jerusalem.