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'Rays of Mercy were Radiating'

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Hundreds of Divine Mercy devotees attended the fifth annual Divine Mercy Conference hosted by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception's Province in Brazil.

The conference was held at The Divine Mercy Shrine in Curitiba, from Oct. 22-24.

"The people of Brazil were receptive to the message of Divine Mercy, and I felt that many had already integrated it into their minds and hearts," says Dr. Bryan Thatcher, the founder of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), a lay outreach ministry of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

Dr. Thatcher was a featured speaker, as was Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, who serves on the Marians' General Council in Rome and as General Promoter of EADM. Also attending were Joley Billa, Diane Kardash, and Pauline DiPietro, staff and members of EADM, which is based in Tampa, Fla.

Father Joe and Dr. Thatcher spoke to a packed audience of more than 450 people. Their talks focused on how to better live the message of Divine Mercy in the home and workplace, and the great gift of the Eucharist.

"The people were so giving and loving," says Dr. Thatcher. "They were so exuberant and filled with the love of God. I felt like the rays of mercy were radiating through them and giving them strength to get through the struggles of daily life."

Father Ednilson de Jesus Dantas Da Silva, MIC, Rector of the Shrine in Curitiba, said that the conference was a tremendous spiritual success. The conference included daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, music, and personal testimonies.

At a separate talk, Dr. Thatcher spoke to a group of Brazilian Marian priests about his ministry. EADM supports spiritual formation for the laity and engages in works of mercy. EADM also offers seminars and a guided study program for prayer communities to spread Divine Mercy. Dr. Thatcher also spoke to the priests about how to better work together to spread the gift of the Eucharist and the message of Divine Mercy.

The group then visited Marian priests in Rio de Janiero and toured a hospital in the remote area of Turvo. EADM is working to fill a shipping container of donated medical supplies to ship to the Marians there for the hospital in Turvo.

In addition to raising monies to ship the medical supplies to Brazil, EADM also hopes to raise funds for an anesthesia machine for the hospital.

"I spoke with the surgeon in charge, and he said that the anesthesia machine is extremely substandard," said Dr. Thatcher. "It puts the patients at an unnecessarily higher risk during surgery. The purchase of a proper machine is his first priority. We can pay for shipping and purchase the machine for about $12,000. I am hopeful that people will hear the cries of the poor and respond to this appeal."

The Marians have been working with the poor in Brazil since the early 1960s.

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