God of Mercy, hear our prayers during this time of pandemic. Help those who are ill, their families, their caretakers, and all those affected by the virus. Be with those in economic uncertainty and guide the leaders of nations to act in the best interests of their people. Save those who have died that they may rest with you in eternal peace. Protect the healthy and heal us of our infirmities in soul and body. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
R/ Pray for us, Mother of Mercy, that we may experience the mercy of God.
At the end of February, the Most Reverends Douglas Lewins and William Myers met in the United Kingdom. During their time together they celebrated Holy Mass and discussed the life of the Society.
The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. And we beheld His glory as of the Only-Begotten Son of God.
May the glory of the Christ-Child ever shine upon you and may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Hoy Ghost descend upon you and remain with you always. Amen.
+Douglas Lewins, SSM, Metropolitan-Archbishop
+William Myers, SSM, Superior General
The feast of the Patroness of the Society, Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn (Mother of Mercy), occurs on November 16th. A seminarian of the Society, our brother Christopher, has created a novena to be used for the feast. We hope you will join us in honoring Our Lady and praying for the priesthood.
The Society of Mercy has begun a new publication, titled Misericordiae, which will be published quarterly. The publication will help keep members, inquirers, and supporters informed about our work. The first issue is published below with special thanks to seminarian Christopher for his hard work!
On October 7, 2019, the Old Roman Catholic Church (English Rite) and the Old Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain re-affirmed their commitment to unity and established a formal intercommunion under the title of The Old Roman Catholic Union. This is notable as both churches descend from Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew and were previously unified during the time of Archbishops Wilfred Barrington-Evans and Robert Alfred Burns. The churches lost contact circa 1974 but with the establishment of the Old Roman Catholic Union they have agreed to again partner together to build up the Body of Christ. Signing the document were Archbishops from each church which included Floyd Kortenhof, Douglas Lewins, and William Myers.
Christ is Risen!
Our Paschal joy this year is tempered by news out of Sri Lanka. There our Christian brothers and sisters were mercilessly attacked as they announced the good news of the resurrection. It is an unfortunate reminder of the presence of terrorism in our lives, even in our churches and holiest places. We pray for all persecuted persons that God will change the hearts of their persecutors and that they may live in the peace we believe all deserve. May those who died rest in peace and those who were injured recover from their injuries. This year may our focus be on our persecuted brethren and their plight.
Sincerely in Christ,
Dear Members and Supporters:
2018 was a momentous year for our Society. Over 17,000 people learned about our mission through the internet and social media. We also grew to 6 members through the ordinations of Fr. George and Fr. Hyacinth. Also, our first honorary member of the College of Consultors was appointed.
We had 3 candidates request entry by submission of application with a further 3 awaiting review. We also added 3 priest companions who are members of other religious groups.
Hopefully, 2019 will bring even greater success and more opportunities to preach the message of the Mercy of God. May Our Lady of Mercy bless our Society and its members and supporters, as well as intercede for us to Her Holy Son.
On this sacred day we celebrate Our Lord’s birth. For on this day “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11). We are profoundly grateful that over 2,000 years ago God came to us to dwell with us and to show us the way. Like the star followed by the shepherds the message of Our Lord must guide us. It must guide our thoughts, inspire our hearts, and inform our actions so that we can live in Him.
This is the true meaning of this feast. St. Paul of the Cross gave us a superb admonition about this day when he said: “Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where you will be reborn each moment in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ.”
May you be renewed by this holy day and may we all celebrate Our Lord’s birth in our thoughts, hearts, and actions. And may God bless you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Fr. Russo has an active ministry at an assisted living ministry in Saratoga Springs, NY. He celebrates the Holy Mass every week for the spiritual benefit of the residents. Recently, members of the community donated new statues to enhance the altar.
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