Marian Helper Spring 2024

Her devotion to the Divine Mercy intensified during the pandemic, thanks to the livestream Masses from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy and watching the Saturday “Explaining the Faith” talks by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC. Then her cousin, Rolie Natividad, gave her an audiobook of St. Faustina’s Diary. “I couldn’t get enough,” Evelyn recalls. “I stayed up through the night reading and absorbing the spiritual content of the Diary.” Pilgrimage Before long, Evelyn and Rolie decided in June 2021 to make a cross-country pilgrimage to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. They didn’t realize that not only would it be a faith-strengthening journey, but also one where they felt called to become Marian Helpers and support the mission of the Marian Fathers. Their pilgrimage is now an annual affair, and family members and friends take part. “Eden Hill is so serene,” Evelyn says. “We all have the same special feeling. Everyone we encounter are so welcoming and accommodating. We even met Fr. Chris!” While on Eden Hill, Evelyn heard about the “Together for Christ and His Church” campaign to build a muchneeded monastery and chapel. The Marians now live in five dilapidated old buildings, instead of in community as religious life dictates. “The first thing I could think of was, ‘I want to help!’” Evelyn recalls. And she has, not only making a pledge but volunteering her time to spread the news of the campaign. “Rolie and I have shared information with our immediate family relatives and friends, who pass it on,” she says. She recently held a garage sale and gave the proceeds to the Marians, and her granddaughters have redeemed bottles and cans. “In our own small way, I think every cent counts,” Evelyn says. Supporting the future Evelyn and Rolie understand the Marian community is growing fast, and believe supporting the campaign is one way to ensure the Marians thrive as a religious order and continue spreading the Divine Mercy message for years to come. “The Marians definitely need a place that’s very conducive to fulfilling their obligations and duties,” says Evelyn. Since their initial pilgrimage together, Evelyn and Rolie have returned to the National Shrine four times. They pray the Chaplet daily, practice the First Friday and First Saturday devotions, and distribute Divine Mercy prayer cards to friends, family, and colleagues. “We are enthusiastic and strongly motivated to participate in our own small ways to help the Marians achieve their goals,” Evelyn says. Please join Evelyn and Rolie and support our “Together for Christ and His Church” campaign! For more information and to make a gift, please visit TogetherForChrist.org. Evelyn Fischer, born and raised in the Philippines, migrated to the United States in 1983. With such a popular passion for the Divine Mercy message in her home country, it may come as a surprise that she first learned of the devotion when she joined a Rosary group at her previous parish, St. Michael’s in Poway, California. MINDS (AND HEARTS) THINK ALIKE Outstanding Helpers Kevin Walto is a donor relations officer for the Marian Fathers. Contact him at (413) 298-1381; [email protected]; or Association of Marian Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263. Visit giving.Marian.org to learn more. Marian Helper • Spring 2024 • Marian.org 31 Evelyn Fischer and her cousin, Rolie Natividad, plan to share information at parishes on the Marians’ capital campaign to build a new monastery and chapel.

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