Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lafayette, TN

Earlier this month Glenmary's mission in Eastern, TN dedicated a new church. Our mission in Lafayette, TN, Holy Family, is not too far behind. I was able to get a tour last weekend and was told by Fr. Vic that they hope to finish and dedicate the new church at the end of June. SAVE THE DATE! I have uploaded a few pictures of their progress below.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

New Church

Glenmary is excited that we have a new mission church. Bishop Stika from the Diocese of Knoxville dedicated the new church, St. Teresa of Kolkata in Maynardville, TN. This is the first permanent church home for the Catholic Community in Union County, Tennessee. Until now they have been celebrating Mass in a rented space which was basically a converted storage unit.  
A few pictures from the dedication ceremony are included below and if you want to see some of the videos from this grand celebration you can visit St. Teresa's Facebook page.
Dedication ceremony, Feb. 2, 2019

Glenmary president, Fr. Chet Artysiewicz, Bishop Stika
and Glenmary pastor, Fr. Steve Pawelk.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Chapter Prayer

Please pray for Glenmary as we prepare for our 17th General Chapter which will take place in June of 2019. 

Loving Father, As Glenmary prepares for its 15th General Chapter, grant them vision and inspiration to better serve your people in the mission areas of the United States. 
You are the Vine Grower. In your wisdom and love, we pray that you will take away every branch that does not bear fruit and prune all other branches so that they may bear even more fruit. 
Lord Jesus Christ, You are the true vine and we are the branches. Apart from you we can do nothing. But in union with you and your love, whatever we ask for will be done. 
I humbly beg you, therefore, to allow Glenmary's General Chapter to bear fruit so that those in even the most forgotten and neglected areas of the United States might be fed at your Eucharistic table.
Holy Spirit, You open the heart and the mind to the Vine Grower's call. You make effective every impetus toward good, toward truth and toward charity. Bring to completion the joy of Jesus in these missioners so that their love may be made manifest to all. 
Father, Son and Spirit, Receive with kindness these prayers for Glenmary's Chapter. Grant its participants zeal, generosity and unity to help them remain faithful to the Gospel and the Mission in which they share.

This prayer along with many of Glenmary's other traditional prayers can be found in our Glenmary Book of Prayer. Please contact us if you would like to receive a free copy. http://www.glenmary.org/contact-us/

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Glenmary Hospitality

Recently I was asked to give a talk about "Glenmary hospitality." Glenmarian's may not be as well known for their hospitality as say the Benedictine's. The Rule of St. Benedict says, “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ…” But Glenmary priests, brothers and sisters do have a sense of hospitality in our missionary spirit. Glenmary founder Fr. Bishop wrote, "The true missioner adopts all the people in his area, regardless of creed, for his own." We are open to love and serve all those who live in our mission area. Fr. Bishop went on to say, "Whether he ever makes a convert to the Church or not, the town, the county, the lives of the people must be better because of his example, his preaching, his activities among the poor, the sick, and the sinful of all creeds and none.”
Glenmarian's welcome all who knock on our door. Fr. Vic Subb who serves in two mission counties in rural Tennessee says that "One of the joys of being a Glenmary missioner is that God sends many people into our lives. One of the blessings in my life is that each time someone knocks on the door, a new adventure begins."
In a small mission parish we are fortunate to be able to know when someone new comes to Mass on Sunday. Being a small mission, makes recognizing and welcoming them easier than if we were to be in large parish. We attempt to make our small missions welcoming places for all who come. Not welcoming in a way of "entertaining" someone as if they are a guest, we want them to feel at home and become a participating member. And not welcoming in a way that a corporation has greeters at the front door, we are not doing a public relations stunt but welcoming in the sense that we want to enter into a relationship with those we encounter.
Hospitality is of course biblical. Two passages I think of : “You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God.” From Leviticus 19:34 And “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me…” From Matthew 25:35
If you are ever traveling through some of our mission areas, please come in and worship with us and experience our hospitality. Or knock on the door of one of our missioners and see if what I wrote here is true.  I think St. Teresa of Kolkata said it best, “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.” Glenmarians genuinely care for the people in the missions and in our proclaiming the Good News and sharing the sacraments we want those with whom we meet to know that they are wanted and loved by God.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Glenmary Students

Pray for our Glenmary Students who are reporting back to school this week.  Someone once asked me why does it take so long to become a Glenmarian. Well my belief is don't the people of God living in our mission areas deserve the best trained and prepared brothers and priests. I firmly believe our formation program helps prepare our future priests and brothers in a very holistic fashion: spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and pastorally.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Church’s one foundation

The Glenmary Mission of St Teresa of Kolkata in Union County, Tennessee broke ground on the permanent church late last year.  This will be the first Catholic Church in Union County.
The new foundation was poured earlier this week! Follow more news from St. Teresa of Kolkata on their Website or Facebook page.
The Church’s one foundation, Is Jesus Christ her Lord...