An informative and enjoyable fundraising tea was held at the SHVM convent in Detroit on February 17, featuring John J.F. Thorne as keynote speaker. John serves as Executive Director ofDetroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, a lay organization dedicated to strengthening the quality of life in the Metropolitan Detroit area by engaging members in social, moral, political, and economic issues.
The audience listened in rapt attention as Mr. Thorne shared the challenges, hopes and successes of DCPA over the years. “All things are possible” is the core of his attitude and his actions. “Hold up your corner” and then expect still more from both yourself and from others. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
DCPA’s most visible successes over the years have been its affordable housing programs began over 20 years ago, when a member donated a family house on Melbourne Street. Through the help of many friends DCPA was able to rehab the home and eventually sold it so it could be “HOME” for a family of three. Since that time the Alliance has moved its housing program to a 22 square-block area on the east side of Detroit called Gratiot Woods. Anchored by Nativity of Our Lord Church, the Alliance has invested more than $18.6 million in the Gratiot Woods Community. Click here to view DCPA’s impressive list of projects >>> DCPA Current-Future Projects.
Example of DCPA Housing
John Thorne (with genuine halo) and Sr. Elizabeth Harris
“The future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites. It is fundamentally in the hands of peoples and in their ability to organize. It is in their hands, which can guide with humility and conviction this process of change. I am with you. Each of us, let repeat from the heart: no family without lodging, no rural worker without land, no laborer without rights, no people without sovereignty, no individual without dignity, no child without childhood, no young person without a future, no elderly person without a venerable old age.” Pope Francis, Address at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, Bolivia
May Christmas deepen our walk together in Jesus. May we allow the light of the Spirit to make us missionary disciples of God’s Love.
God of infinite mercy grant us a missionary spirit and
send us forth to encounter our sisters and brothers:
to walk with them in friendship to listen to their hopes and dreams with compassion to proclaim your Word with courage.
Stay with us always as we seek to share the joy of the Gospel with people of all generations, from every race, language, culture and nation.
We ask you this with burning hearts, filled with the Holy Spirit through the loving intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
God is rich in mercy. Because of his great love for us, we have life, we have hope, we have peace in Christ, for, in Jesus, the barrier of hostility is breaking down. We are members of the same family.
With grateful hearts, Sisters Home Visitors of Mary give thanks to our dedicated family of special supporters during 2018 including our heroic fund raising committee … Beatrice Cochran, Chairperson, Vera Beauford, Melissa Belevendere, Gail Bond, Angela Boyer, Coral Lee Buckman, Esme Carson, Charlotte Davison, Ed Etim, Linda Franklin, Karen Liverman, Martha Lum, Jean Merrill, Samuel Onyene, Janet Sapanaro, James Smith, Barbara Walker, and Thelma Wilson.
On a snowy morning on November 21, 1949, Sr. Mary Schutz and Sr. Mary Agnes McInnis gave birth to the Home Visitors of Mary. May we continue to give birth to new life where we see each other as brothers and sisters loved by our Father.
The Home Visitors of Mary are grateful to all who walk with us in mission through your prayers, gifts and actions that help overcome racism in our world.
“A good Catholic meddles in politics.” Pope Francis.
Nuns on the Bus are on the road again to tell the truth about the Republican tax law and to hold elected officials accountable for their votes on this policy which hurts our communities while giving handouts to the wealthiest in our nation. The tour includes 54 events in 21 states over the course of 27 days. It launched with a rally in Los Angeles on Monday, October 8 and will end at Mar-a-Lago in Florida on Friday, November 2.
The tour stopped in Detroit on Saturday, November 20 and was attended by friends and supporters including Sisters Home Visitors of Mary.
Sisters Home Visitors of Mary were proud to host a gathering of Faith In Detroit on Saturday, October 6. Faith in Detroit is a group of Detroit-area religious women who meet periodically to discuss U.S. national issues through the lenses of social justice. Fifteen women from varied Detroit-area Catholic orders met in the great room at the SHVM convent.
As followers of Jesus, Faith in Detroit is committed to listen to the concerns of Detroiters, especially those suffering from unjust circumstances, to participate in neighborhood and citywide actions to affect positive social and environmental change, and to collaborate with other groups committed to the empowerment of people and to systemic change for the common good.
The meeting focused on “A Soul-Searching Time as a Nation” by Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM, and related writings. “We are in a precarious time as a nation. We cannot be silent.” Critical injustices cry out for attention: racial injustice, immigration & humanitarian issues, gun control, gender justice, and the shameful inequality of wealth and power.
The Sisters’ voiced not only rational analysis and study, but also heartfelt opinions and emotions, starting with lament for the present but ending with hope for the future. All agreed that “We Must Speak” is the key to piercing the callus of indifference to the plights of those who suffer. Speak up to those you know. Speak to those who you perhaps don’t know so well. Speak to those who may see things differently from you. Speak in places and on platforms that are new to you. We cannot be silent. Speak.
Join us at the beautiful St John Armenian Conference Center, Southfield, MI on Sunday, October 14, 2018, .for the 14th Annual SHVM fundraising gala. This year joyfully celebrating the graduates of Benedictine, Immaculata and Mercy High Schools.
The current U.S. administration has adopted a policy of literally ripping children from the arms of their parents and putting them in fenced enclosures at the southern U.S. border. Heartbreaking cries of Where Is “Mi mamá” and “Mi papa” are heard around the world on TV news and internet videos.
Contrary to every sense of human compassion and contrary to the expressed pleas of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Trump administration insists that this cruel practice is both acceptable and necessary. Sisters, HVM disagrees. Sisters HVM believes that a spirit of compassion should guide the actions of nations just as it should guide the actions of each of us, the individual children of God.
A rapt audience at Sisters Home Visitors of Mary convent on Sunday, April 15, listened intently to the experiences and knowledge of Mrs. Karen Liverman speaking on the topic of Foster Care and Early Childhood education in Michigan. Mrs. Liverman is a compassionate and dedicated educator with an extensive background in child welfare issues. She and her husband, Dr. William E. Liverman, are the proud parents of ten children, seven of whom are special needs, adopted after being placed in their foster care.
At the conclusion of Mrs. Liverman’s talk, Sr. Rosemarie was moved to comment how lucky the listeners were to be in the presence of a walking Saint.
Foster care identifies and places children in safe homes when they cannot remain with their families because of concerns for the safety of the child. The foster families provide these children with the consistency and critical support they need to grow.
Nearly 13,000 children are in foster care in Michigan and 300 children still need an adoptive family. Click here >>> Michigan foster care website<<< to learn more on how to become involved in foster care.
Each Sunday we are called to pause and celebrate the rising of the SON along with our own rising as sons and daughters. In the Breaking of the Bread, we enter the Mystery of the dying and rising and we open ourselves to being bonded in love to our God and to each other.
The many symbols of life that we especially touch at this Easter Season (e.g., new clothes, Easter eggs, spring flowers, the Easter candle, water from the baptismal font) bring us hope. And with hope engendered by the Spirit of love, we can go forth seeing, touching all with love – a love that welcomes and creates peace and joy for all.