Rays of Merciful Love Summer 2023

4 Sr. Anna Ali, who was having visions of Jesus during Eucharistic Adoration (14). She added to her name, “Sister Anna Ali of the Most Holy Eucharist.” It has been reported that she began crying tears of blood the last month of her life in 2012. The process towards her possible canonization is in process. I traveled to Kenya in 2001 at her invitation. I met Bishop Korir of the Diocese of Eldoret and spoke and traveled across the country. Because of the generosity of my friend Oscar, we set up a chapel where Adorers would pray the Chaplet during Adoration. I have a funny memory of the trip — Sister wanted me to meet her mother, and we traveled some distance to her home. As a gift she gave me a live chicken. Obviously, I couldn’t take it on the plane, so I gave it to Bishop Korir! In the early 2000s I visited Poland and Ukraine with Br. Albin, MIC. I stayed with his family, and while in Ukraine I met Fr. Wanags, MIC. He told me of how he built many churches while Ukraine was under Russian occupation. The people were so kind, and I think it was one of my favorite trips. Ukraine has very fertile soil, and produces much of the world’s wheat (15). We must continue to pray for an end to the war! We were still doing container work, and in early 2001, we shipped an 18-foot, two-ton statue to Kibeho, Rwanda, to Fr. Leszek Czelusniak, MIC (16). In the next year or so, I traveled to Kibeho with Fr. Seraphim and met Fr. Leszek and the visionary Alphonsine. I learned much about the terrible genocide and Our Lady’s warnings given ten years earlier that the people must change their ways or there would be much bloodshed. The photo shown is of Fr. Seraphim, Fr. Leszek, and Fr. Bogusz in the original chapel where the apparitions took place (17). I was able to travel to Lichen, Poland several more times, the last in 2007 to be at the beatification of the Founder of the Marians, now St. Stanislaus Papczynski. I was also able to visit St. Faustina’s birthplace. In 2018, I traveled to the Solomon Islands, located near Papua New Guinea, just north of Australia. Archbishop Christopher Cardone, OP, welcomed me. The people there gave me a lovely tribal welcome (18). I gave a four-day mission on the message of Divine Mercy, the Eucharist, Our Lady, the gift of life, and cenacle formation. Divine Mercy groups will be forming in nearly all of the churches in the three dioceses there. It was a most memorable trip, and I thank the people of the islands for their kindness and hospitality. Our container work continued until 2020 when, due to increasing world corruption as well as the COVID pandemic, we discontinued those efforts. Over the years, we have shipped more than 150 containers worldwide of donated supplies. It has been a great source of joy for me, and I want to thank all the volunteers who would help load one container after another to get them to ports for shipping. Since COVID shut down conferences and church missions, I decided to do interviews with priests, nuns, scientists, health care professionals, and laity with great stories. The purpose is to educate people on the gifts of our faith and bring hope to a hurting world. You can view more than 125 interviews or listen to the podcasts at DrBryanThatcher.com Since COVID has abated, my hopes and plans are to travel to South Sudan in August to speak on Divine Mercy and the Eucharist. I would be remiss if I did not thank Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, now Superior General of the Marians, for his nearly 20 years of guidance and advising me whenever I needed help. Please pray for him in his new role. People ask me if I miss being a doctor. I still see myself in a healing ministry, but a spiritual one. As you hopefully can glean from the above, I wouldn’t change anything. I will close with the words of the great American poet, Robert Frost: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. YEARS ANNIVERSARY 25 14 15 16 17 18