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Blessed Are The Poor

A Multi-Parish Mission Hosted By St. Clement of Rome

October 16-18, 2022 @ 7:00 P.M.

Fr. Dan Leary - Parish Mission
Mission Topics:
  • Christ in the Poor
  • Becoming Poor for Christ
  • Suffering & Salvation of Souls
Please join us to learn more about Our Blessed Mother, the Virgin of the Poor, her hope, healing, and connection to Venerable Fr. Al Schwartz and the Sisters of Mary. 
Virgin Mary
The apparitions at Banneux, Belgium appeared between January 15 and March 2, 1933. On January 15, 1933 in Banneux, Belgium, 11-year-old Mariette Beco witnessed the first apparition of the Virgin of the Poor, also known as Our Lady of Banneux. It was the first of 8 apparitions in which Mary revealed herself as the Virgin of the Poor. Her messages included: Coming to relieve suffering for all Nations and to pray fervently. Our Lady has brought incredible hope and healing to those who have asked for her intercession.
Venerable Fr. Al Schwartz
From 1957 to 1992, Fr. Al Schwartz, who grew up in a poor neighborhood in Washington, D.C., built one of the broadest; non-government-funded service for poor children in history. He was a giant, another Mother Teresa. His is one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century.

Shortly after being ordained, Fr. Al went to Banneux, Belgium where he consecrated his priesthood to the Virgin of the Poor. Discerning the messages of Mary’s apparitions, he went on to not only serve the poor, but saved generations of souls. Fr. Al founded the Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children in 1964.

Fr. Al died peacefully in 1992 from ALS, a muscular disorder, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Despite his debilitating condition and constant pain, he continued to thank Mary for anything good accomplished in his life. He was declared Venerable by Pope Francis in 2015.
"Serving the Lord with JOY" - motto of the Sisters of Mary
Sisters of Mary

The Sisters of Mary owe their name to the Banneux pilgrimage site in Belgium, where the Mother of God is honored as the benefactress of the poor. The Sisters of Mary consist of more than 400 Sisters who operate our World Villages for Children schools. The Sisters practice charity to the poor by serving the children in the name of Jesus Christ and helping them break free from a life of poverty.  They have rescued and transformed more than 170,000 of the world's poorest children from the most desperate situations.
World Villages for Children Schools
The Sisters of Mary are in charge of 18 World Villages for Children schools in 6 countries, including the Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Honduras, and Tanzania. The Sisters currently give 21,000 children a safe place to live, food, healthcare, faith formation, an education, vocational training, and HOPE for a brighter future.  After graduation, the students receive scholarships to universities or find jobs – the graduates are the success stories.

Mission Speaker:

Father Dan Leary
Chaplain, Sisters of Mary
World Villages for Children

Join Fr. Dan Leary, missionary priest, as he draws us deep into the first Beatitude: Blessed are the Poor, and how we are being called to live out this beatitude in our service of the poor, the lowly, the little ones, the sick, and the suffering. He'll explain how "The Virgin of the Poor" inspired Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, and subsequently the Sisters of Mary, to create and operate one of the largest Catholic programs for the poor in our world.