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Plant A Rosebush and Educate A Priest!
The Missionary Rosebushes of Saint Therese of Lisieux
The Missionary Rosebushes are one of the most extraordinary ministries offered by the Sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery in Manchester NH USA. Saint Therese of Lisieux a Carmelite nun, was born Françoise' Therese Martin, who at twenty-four years old suffered unto death of tuberculosis in the year 1897...She was attributed with extraordinary accounts of supplications answered through her intercession and was canonized "Saint Theresa" in 1925. Irene Farley, learned of Saint Therese of Lisieux in 1915 after moving to Manchester, New Hampshire from Canada. She corresponded with the Lisieux Convent... Later Irene worked to circulate leaflets, religious articles, and petition signatures for canonization to be presented to the Vatican... Finally free of her large French-Canadian/Irish family responsibilities, She entered the convent...Unfortunately as a novitiate Irene became ill after only 18 months and left the convent to die of the same illness as St Therese...Through novenas and meditation, she asked for a cure if it was God's will and gradually the improvements began... However, the order's regulations prevented her readmission despite her incredible recovery... Irene Farley began a new challenge, "If I cannot go to the missions myself," Irene wrote, "I can work to send others".
The Rosebush Movement was established by Irene Farley of Saint Cyrille, Quebec Canada on Nov. 19, 1922 and founded to honor the memory and work of Saint Therese of Lisieux... This movement uses donations collected from around the world, to encourage men living in needy third world countries to enter the priesthood...Donations are called "seed money" and in the beginning were as modest as a quarter. Currently, donations begin at one dollar, and rosebush scholarships require $1,500 to complete...Through these spiritual and financial rosebushes, many perpetual scholarships have been instituted that allow young men from poor families to pursue religious vocations...After ordination, these new priests return to their homelands as missionaries, spreading Christ's word.
In the 76 years since the rosebush ministry began, more than 1,130 scholarships have been established, 640 priests have been ordained, 1600 seminarians have received or are receiving financial assistance...The cloistered sisters of the Adorers of the Precious Blood, assumed responsibility for the work of the Missionary Rosebushes of Saint Therese of Lisieux...The Consolers of the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary Lay Apostolate completed a Missionary Rosebush in 1999...Within months, another Rosebush was established for the United Hearts Prayer Line...The newly ordained seminarian is obliged to pray for his sponsor during his priestly life...Anyone wishing to assist The United Hearts Prayer Line in completing this Rosebush will have their names sent to this priest for prayers...For more information e-mail the webmaster, noted at the bottom of this page.
If any individual, prayer group, or church organization would like to establish a Missionary Rosebush, please contact The Precious Blood Monastery, 700 Bridge St, Manchester, NH. 03104, c/o Sr. Mary Agnes, or e-mail the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Consolers of the United Hearts is a Roman Catholic Lay Apostolate based in Manchester NH, USA
The United Hearts Prayer Line is part of the Consoler family
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