October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary, and the Feast of the Holy Rosary falls on October 7, so let us pray throughout this month for the Blessed Mother to intercede on behalf of our nation and the world for healing from the ongoing pandemic and for all those who are heavily burdened.
The Christophers recently lost our dear friend and former director, Father Dennis Cleary, M.M., who passed away on September 24 at the age of 73. In his 44 years as a priest, Father Cleary served as a missionary in Venezuela and China and went on to become Maryknoll’s director of Missionary Education and Promotion Department and the order’s U.S. Regional Superior. In recent years, even though being retired from full-time work with The Christophers, Father Cleary continued to offer prayers and Masses for the specific intentions of our donors. When Father Cleary was ill at the end of his life, Father Dougherty assisted him in offering prayers and Masses for our donors and will continue to do so in his absence. We ask all our friends to remember Father Cleary in your prayers, and we pray for him to be in heaven and continue to intercede for us all.
October 1st is the Feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, who wrote, “The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity.” The Christophers pray that such rays from the Heart of Christ touch the lives of all those in need and of those who set out to do the good work of making this world a better place.
October 22nd is the Feast of Saint John Paul II, who once said, “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” May we all be inspired with this same fearless attitude in our efforts to share the love of Christ with a world that is so in need of an uplifting message.
The Christophers express our deepest gratitude to the many donors who have reached out to us in recent months to offer words of encouragement and to share how vital our outreach has been to their lives. Sentiments like these truly inspire us in all we do, and we are so appreciative of the financial support that enables us to continue bringing hope into the world. God bless!
Mary Ellen Robinson
Mary Ellen Robinson