Rays of Merciful Love Summer 2023

I knew I needed to come under Church authority, and a friend suggested I speak to a Jesuit priest, now Servant of God Fr. John Hardon (8). He had given many talks on the Eucharist which I found to be spiritually rich and rewarding. I traveled to Detroit in 1997 three times and he guided me along. He suggested I consider coming under the Archdiocese of Chicago due to our work on the Eucharist. A few months later, I spoke to a priest I met while traveling and he invited me to Ghana. There, Bishop Sam welcomed me and I gave talks on Divine Mercy and the Eucharist. I met Fr. John Adade and he said to me, “I have been praying for two years on how to spread Divine Mercy and the Eucharist, and today my prayers have been answered!” Divine Mercy began spreading rapidly, and I helped Father with a trade school for the disabled. Over the next several years, we sent many containers of medical supplies, sewing machines, bicycles for the disabled (9), and religious items. There was a priest from Incarnation Church in Tampa at the time, and the Knights of Columbus from Incarnation helped us prepare and load a container for Father’s village back home (10). In 1997 I traveled to Fatima and Santarem with my daughters Andrea and Patricia. It was the 750th anniversary of the Eucharistic miracle of Santarem. Ironically, the date of the feast was also Divine Mercy Sunday. I traveled to Nigeria at the invitation of Bishop Martin (11), and spoke at a large conference in Ibadan. It was a most memorable trip, and the people were hungry to learn all they could about Divine Mercy. We continued filling the shipping containers, and our next stops were Peru and Ecuador. My best friend Jerry traveled with me to Peru, and we spoke at several churches. The photo shows us dropping off antibiotics at a hospital outside Lima (12). In early 1998 I received a call from Fr. Seraphim, and he suggested that the ministry comes under the authority and guidance of the Marians. We became an apostolate and, in the early 2000s were written in the statutes of the Order in Rome. It was only through the guidance and mentoring of Fr. Seraphim and Fr. Kaz Chwalek, MIC, that I grew in depth in my understanding of the message, and I began to see it as a spirituality and, ”A Way of Life.” We have the beautiful devotional aspects, but we must integrate the message in our hearts and live it through forgiveness of others, trust in God, carrying our cross through our trials and sufferings, and being merciful to others. Father Seraphim helped edit and correct the cenacle manuals, and I remember Father went through several red pens suggesting changes! Keep in mind that I had no theological training and did the best I could do, but the manuals required the efforts and expertise of Fr. Seraphim to make them the most accurate and free of any errors. In 1998, I made my first trip to the Philippines and met with Fr. Josefino Ramirez, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila. He wanted to learn more about EADM and, within a year or so, Fr. Seraphim, Fran Bourdon of the Association of Marian Helpers, and I traveled to the Philippines to host several conferences (13). We went on to Malaysia and spoke there. That trip bore great fruit as, several years later, the Marians established a vicariate in the Philippines and eventually moved the major headquarters from Manila to El Salvador on the island of Mindanao. I traveled to the Philippines three times to evangelize and the people were so kind and loving to me. In 1999, Pope St. John Paul II gave a special Apostolic Blessing to all Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy and for those who support our efforts, and, also in 1999, gave a special Apostolic Blessing to all those praying a Chaplet during Eucharistic Adoration for those sick and dying in that hour. In 2003, he gave us a third blessing for all those who pray a Chaplet for pro-life causes. In 1999, I began writing and conversing with an alleged visionary, 3 YEARS ANNIVERSARY 25 7 8 11 12 13 9 10