On the 25th of February Mother Mary Rachel of the Divine Paraclete (Khater) celebrated her silver jubilee of profession. The actual anniversary was on the 22nd. Most Rev. Bishop Steve Lowe celebrated the Holy Mass which was attended by many friends of the community as well as by some of Mother Rachel's family. Mother renewed her vows and sang the traditional Suscipe (Uphold me Lord according to your promise and I shall live. Let my hope inyou not be in vain.)which is part of the Monastic Profession ceremony. Mother Rachel is Lebanese born, but is now an Australian citizen, having moved there after the war. She has lived in New Zealand for about 21 years now, most of that time in our Monastery at Bombay in Auckland. It was a happy occasion and we wish Mother Rachel many more blessed years of monastic life!
For many years, we and the friends of our congregation have prayed for the canonisation of Mother Marie Adèle Garnier. Our respective canonisation prayer can be found here.
In late 2016, we were excited to learn that the Vatican has now decided to open the respective cause, at the same time officially honouring Marie Adèle Garnier with the title Servant of God.
The 3rd of December was the day of the celebration in France for the opening of the Cause for Canonization of our Mother Foundress. On this day our Mothers who were present learned that the house where Mother Foundress was born in Grancey was up for sale!
After negotiations, the local council agreed to sell this house to us. Many donations quickly arrived to help with this purchase, so it was clear that the Lord meant us to go ahead with plans to turn her house into a place of pilgrimage and information about Mother Marie Adele Garnier. Thanks be to God for this surprising development!