"...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

Sr. Marie De Mandat-Grancey Foundation
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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

Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Simple Summary

Have you wondered how to simply explain Sr. Marie's mission in these times?
This might help:

During the persecution of the Christians in the first century, Our Blessed Mother Mary and St. John the Evangelist fled Jerusalem and settled in Ephesus, Turkey. The house in which they lived was purchased, restored, and preserved by Sr. Marie De Mandat-Grancey, Daughter of Charity (1837-1915) in 1892. Sr. Marie spent the first thirty-five years of her vocation devoted to charity and mercy in France and then in Turkey. Then her vocation took on an added dimension. Not only did Sr. Marie continue her responsibilities as head of the Naval Hospital in Izmir and run a local orphanage, but she also spent the next twelve years helping to find Mary’s House, Meryam Ana Evi. After funding the purchase and restoration of the entire mountain and area (Panaghia), she promoted devotion to Mary at the site of the Chapel from 1892 until her death becoming known as Panaghia's Mother. Most noteworthy is that all of Sr. Marie's work, prayers, and devotion of so long ago are highlighted in these times as something else very special indeed. Mary's House is a holy and common ground for Christians, Muslims and Orthodox where they gather to honor Mary, Mother of Jesus (as the Muslims call her). To this day, Muslims, Christians and Orthodox pilgrimage to this "home of a Jewish Mother"; certainly a sign of hope in these uncertain times of inter-religious conflict. This is the miracle that Sr. Marie's holy, driven, and pure faith never could have imagined; this is what many have come to believe is her mission in these times; Marian devotion across religious lines. Once again, as throughout history, the Mother of God, Mother of all God's children, gathers us and teaches us how to pray; if not together, at least side by side in peace. Sr. Marie leads the prayer. Her persevering work and faith has opened the door to Mary's House! Can you see her standing there, faithful Foundress and protector, opening wide the door to Mary's House, a true symbol of Mary's Heart, welcoming all God's children to enter? Surely a beacon of hope in these times. Thanks to the foresight, virtue, perseverance, and hard work of Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, Foundress of Mary’s House, Mary is again honored by God's children, under a particularly precious and timely title; Mother of Holy Hope.