Farewell, Blanche

Our dear friend Blanche Koprek died on Dec. 27, 2016. Blanche worked for the Marian Fathers in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for some 60 years. The following feature story on Blanche first appeared in the spring 2015 issue of Marian Helper magazine. May Blanche Koprek rest in peace.

A rosary entwined in her fingers keeps her tethered to heaven, and if not for being tethered to heaven, Blanche Koprek would have conceded victory years ago to a world that's come undone.

The Marians Celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast day of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. It is a day of great rejoicing and celebrating the patronage of our Immaculate Mother over this congregation.

The Rev. Fr. Kaz Chwalek, MIC, the provincial superior of the Marian Fathers in the United States and Argentina celebrated a Mass at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for the renewal of the Marians' vows and the consecration of Eden Hill to the Immaculate Mother of God.

National Shrine Marks the End of Jubilee Year

The Holy Doors are closed. The Church's worldwide extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy ends on Sunday, Nov. 20. Do we all need to panic? No!

Father Kaz Chwalek, MIC, said in his homily for the closing of the Jubilee Year at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, "the Holy Doors are closed, but the doors to Christ are not. For those who seek Him, the doors of the Sacraments, the doors of trust, the doors of prayer are still open and they will always be open."

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The Broken Heart Finds a Home

Each year tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Who are they, and what draws them here? The following is the latest in our "Pilgrims Progress" series. Meet Barbara Carr:

More than 50 years since marrying a man who said, "It's either God or me," Barbara Carr has made it home to the Catholic Church.


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