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With the gracious permission of Bishop Thomas Doran, our Sisters, Ancillae Mariae Mediatricis (The Handmaids of Mary, Mediatrix), have taken up residence in the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois. At present this new community, devoted to the traditional Latin Liturgy, has two sisters. Our two sisters, Sister Mary Neri and Sister Mary Montfort, are both registered nurses, while the latter holds a Doctorate in Music. This new community is semi-contemplative, with a goodly portion of the day given over to liturgical prayer---Holy Mass, the entire Divine Office, Eucharistic Adoration, as well as, of course, Marian devotions in the spirit of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort and St. Maximilian Kolbe. Their one apostolic work will be the visitation of the sick each Friday in honor of Our Lords passion and death.
New Status for the Latin Mass Community in Berlin, NJ
Opus Mariae Mediatricis is pleased to announce an arrangement with the Diocese of Camden for the establishment of the first diocesan staffed full-time (daily Mass and devotions with its own chapel) traditional Latin Mass community in North America, Mater Ecclesiae Mission. This new Latin Mass apostolate will operate out of the facility in Berlin, NJ that we restored and refurbished. Many thanks to all those who have helped in the restoration of this facility. You have played an important part in paving the way for this historic development in the traditional Mass movement. The establishment of this new community sets a precedent for the future development of the role of traditional Latin Mass communities and parishes within the Church, one that we pray will be followed by other bishops throughout the world. A special thanks to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio for the establishment of this new Latin Mass community, which will have the right to offer the sacraments according to the usage of 1962. He also plans to give Mater Ecclesiae Mission the status of a full-fledged traditional parish. We ask that you keep those who are carrying out this work in your prayers, that God will bless their efforts with success.