Blessed Are The Poor
A Multi-Parish Mission Hosted By St. Clement of Rome
October 16-18, 2022 @ 7:00 P.M.
- Christ in the Poor
- Becoming Poor for Christ
- Suffering & Salvation of Souls
The Virgin of the Poor – Our Lady of Banneux (Click arrow at right to expand)
Venerable Father Al Schwartz: A Saint in the Making (Click arrow at right to expand)
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.
The Sisters of Mary (Click arrow at right to expand)
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.
Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children Schools (click arrow at right to expand)