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Handmaids of Mary
for Mary's Dowry
 

***A proposed charism that will begin as an active apostolate for the CAMM/CCMM Combination Division.***
 
Aylesford.
 
Walsingham.
 
Knock.
 
Thrice Our Lady has graced the United Kingdom with visions, one of which had universal influence.  In one vision--Walsingham--she asked for a house; in another--Knock--greater respect for the sacraments; in yet another--Aylesford--she bestowed one of the greatest sacramentals ever to be given to the world, the Brown Scapular.
 
However, there exists in the UK a distressing lack of faith.
 
Heeding the call of Pope St. John Paul the Great to a "new evangelization," we propose the Handmaids of Mary for Mary's Dowry.  The community would be contemplative-active, with a great prayer life from which to give the fruits of their contemplation in the Theresian Carmelite tradition--"Doing little things with great love."
 
Teaching St. Therese's Little Way, while practicing profound humility before God and great sweetness toward neighbor, the sisters will be found in any and all areas of the apostolate.

The habit would be based on that of the Carmelites, only white in honor of Our Lady of Knock, with a brown scapular to honor Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and a blue cappa to honor Our Lady of Walsingham.  A black veil will be worn by those in final profession.  A rosary with a Celtic crucifix would be suspended from a belt. 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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Aylesford

Our Lady of Walsingham
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Our Lady of Knock
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Knock, Ireland

The Handmaids of Mary for Mary's Dowry is a project of the Cloister Outreach Affiliated New Foundations (CONF). Please click here to be taken to their site.

Questions or comments? Get in touch with Gemma, CONF Admissions Secretary & Affiliate Founder, at:

conewfoundations@lycos.com