Latest Missionary News From Around the World, March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Dear Patti Melvin,

I have just come back from native village KHABE. Being the New Parish, the villagers are preparing (leveling) the ground for the Church, the Clergy House as well as the Boarding House. Here, sending you some photos while leveling the ground for the above-mentioned buildings.

Thank you and pray for you all.

Fr. Paul Maproi
Monday, March 28, 2011
Dear Director Melvin,

Greetings from the ULRA Leyte!

We have just received intact two forex boxes coming from you last February. Thank you so much for the beatiful rosaries and other materials for the mission. We will send you as soon as possible the other registration forms comimg from the different arch/dioceses of the Philippines. I keep on giving talks and other inputs about St. Philomena to our promoters especially our new members of the association. Until now we don’t have yet an Archdbishop in our Archdiocese since Pope Benedict named Archbishop Jose S. Palma, DD., a new Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu. We have our new Archdiocesan Administrator named Rt. Reverend Msgr. Jaimie S. Villanueva, H.P. We will have also to plan activities for the coming feast of our Patron Saint Philomena. Many of our devotees requesting for the Holy Chord and OIL of St. Philomena, I hope you can give us little of it for us especially for the sick members.

Archdiocese of Palo - B. Gelson D. Abecia. MMC
Archdiocese of Jaro - S. Monica Pisuena
Diocese of Naval - S. Bonifacia Sevilla
Diocese of Novaliches - S. Mariette Hererra
Diocese of Malolos - S. Elsa Manalili
Diocese of Calbayog - S. Gloria Balaga

This are the Arch/Dioceses having ULRA devotions through the combined efforts of our active volunteer promoters. Thank you so much to Our LORD, Blessed Mother MARY, St. Philomena and Blessed Marie Jaricot.

In St. Philomena,

Dearest Mamma Patti

I take these photos during my preaching of the Living Rosary in the school of Jbeil in Lebanon, it is a poor school, they were very encouraged to take the scapular Brown, the Miraculous Medal, and to enroll in the Living Rosary and the scapular Brown.

Your son, slave of the Immaculata
John Kayrouz
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Dearest Patti,

Please here comes a TESTIMONY from one of our Leaders, MRS. PAULINA AGYAPONG, The Headmistress of ATEBUBU SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, P. O. BOX 123, ATEBUBU - B/A., GHANA, and I quote:-

My daughter got some strange swelling on her leg. The pain from the swelling increased almost every minute. Everyone believed the sickness could only be cured by Native Doctors because the pain increased so severely. Though she received series of medical treatment, the pain and swelling persisted. I applied St. Philomena Holy Oil on the swollen spot while my daughter was still receiving treatment at the hospital on admission, by invoking St. Philomena.

One midnight in a vision, my daughter said, a very young beautiful Lady visited her bed, picked the Holy Oil on her locker and anointed the swollen spot. The young Lady then moved from bed to bed and anointed all the other patients in the ward. The Lady put the container back on the locker, and then picked my daughter's Rosary lying by her side and placed it on my daughter's Chest and finally disappeared from the ward.

In the morning total healing was experienced by all the Sick in the ward and wonderfully all of them were discharged from the hospital the same day. Even the Doctors and the Nurses in charge were taken by surprise. Yes, the swelling which people thought could only be cured by Native Doctors alone got completely healed. The young Lady, we believe is ST. PHILOMENA. Thanks to GOD!!!

Anthony Foster Oduro
Dear Patti Melvin,

With heartfelt gratitude I acknowledge the packet of 22nd.February 2011. I am really overwhelmed by the spiritual treasures that came out from this packet. It contains two DVDs, Rosaries, Scapulars, Oils of St. Philomena, Pray the Rosary Daily ,St. Philomena Booklets, Daily Duty, Sheltering the Divine Outcast, nice pictures of St. Philomena, Holy Cards etc, and above all the love you have for us cannot really be expressed. Thanks so much for your love, and for praying for me. I do feel the power of it daily. Rest assured that I am praying for you.

Since I got the DVDs I have watch it five times, and I feel as to watch it every day because it is really spiritually refreshing and enriching. It has made a great impart in my spiritual life. It has deepened my faith in the Eucharist. Some of my Sisters have watched it and more will still watch it especially the young people. I have given one to a priest to watch and to show his parishioners. I will send one to the College so that the Students can also watch and be spiritually enriched; there is a lot there to be learned. I had never heard of the miracle of Lanciano until now. Thanks be to God for the gift of St. Philomena to the Church, and for the gift of Ven. Marie Pauline Jaricot of Jesus Christ, and for the gift of you Dearest Patti Melvin to us, for continuing with this great mission of the propagation of the Catholic Faith. Our immense thanks to you and the producer. May God bless and continue to inspire you of new ways of drawing souls to Jesus and the Mother Mary.

It is a pity on our own part that we are not able to contribute financially due to poverty and unemployment that is in our Country. There are families who are not able to sponsor their children in Schools. So, I continue to pray for those men and women of good will who are contributing financially on our behalf. May God bless and reward them.

Sr. Mary Florence Angwe
St. Joseph's Convent Shisong
North West Region
West Africa
I am happy to inform that we held a St. Philomena's novena on 21/03/2011 at Bandirippuwa, Sri Lanka. This was the first novena held here with the association of 10 Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) members. we have 45 members at Bandirippuwa and rapidly growing. I should thank to Fr. Andrew Udayadas for assisting us. He does such a great job to promote living rosary in Sri Lanka. God Bless.

Ranja Fernando.
Sri Lanka
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Dear All,

I have been reading about the miracles attributed to the Miraculous Medal and would like to share my own wonderful experience with you.

I am a mother of three, current ages 23, 22, 16, from London, England.

My parents were lapsed Catholics who had me Christened and then apart from family weddings didn’t attend church at all. I married a Catholic man and although we both held deep belief and faith in Catholicism we were not practising.

Like my own parents, we had our children baptised but were otherwise completely lacking in our attendance to Mass. When our two eldest children reached the age for first Holy Communion we began to regret our negligence to their spiritual welfare and approached our local church for them to attend classes to prepare them. They were welcomed with open arms by the Catechist who gave all five of us a medal on a thread of blue cotton.

We had no idea of the history of the medals but we put them around our necks anyway.
One night my 8 year old son was unwell with a cold and a mild temperature. He climbed into our bed so my husband went off into our son’s room. I awoke in the early hours of the morning to go to the bathroom and returned to my room. As I climbed back onto my bed I was astonished to see a beam of white light, about the width of a pencil and about 4 feet in length, radiate from the medal around my little boys neck. At the end of the light, appearing to be almost suspended from the light was a perfect, miniature hand. This tiny hand was approximately the size of a babies hand but had the appearance of an adult hand. Draped over the hand was a miniature red rosary.

I knelt on my bed, afraid to blink or move and just stared until the vision disappeared in about 30 seconds.

At that point in my life I had never before said the rosary, I had been given one once when I was a teenager, but I had no idea how to pray with it and I had lost it.

This was a turning point in all our lives and all of us have such faith that I cannot describe.

I wanted to share this with you because I know the truth of The Miraculous Medal and hope that you will keep up the work you doing by distributing them.

God Bless
Steve Menozzi
United Kingdom
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Dearest Patti,

I ask my son to write this short news to thank you, your Staffs, and benefactors for the Sacramentals you sent many months ago.

I also would like to let you know that I'm still alive and the spreading of the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) is going on well in Timor. Priests and lay people do need more the holy Oil, MM, rosaries, scapular, and if possible some Agnus Dei.

I'd also like to let you know that last week I got the worst stroke of my right hand and now I'm still being treated at the hospital. Please pray for me for my speedy recovery. I've asked some priests to pray for me in celebrating The HOLY Mass .One of them came to hospital and blessed me. I used Saint Philomena Oil and I do thank to St Philomena for her kind intercession I'm still alive.

Please send us some more small and big bottles of our lovely Saint Philomena Oil as now it is out of stock here. If possible, could I and family ask you for some financial help? The medicine for stroke is very expensive. I and family will be very thankful for your kind help. That is all for now, all the best to you, staffs and all benefactors of ULRA.

Lots love and prayers,

Melikior Kari and Family
Dear Patti,

Thank you very much for your email. I have sent you a list of new devotees especially from our new places like Pallisa with our promoter, Bruno and others....a picture on Pallisa is attached to this note. The other box i got the contents went off very quickly as many of the new devotees had been the Sacramentals you’ve promised will be very welcome.

I am doing very well. And glad to hear the Dedicated Decades magazine is ready, meaning also our sister Patricia could now look into the pending tray of ateso translations. Indeed i am blind as to what is received? Could dear Patricia Frances update me...particularly i am waiting for way of the cross...erot emusalaba, garment of grace, (anapito nak ajokusio), miraculous medal (emidalit lok aumonokinata) and Litany To Immaculate Heart Of Mary (etau lo meduk...) A scan for this is attached here.

I had asked for enlightenment on world happenings, and requesting for old newspapers if available. You see dear Patti, apart from radio ESP b.b.c. Am blank....thank you for the books you have been sending. Our members depend on our centre for clarification

Lawrence Esiangu
Living Rosary Centre
East Africa

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Mrs. Patti Melvin

Your Reverence;

Ave Maria !

Thank you so much !

We are very, very glad to receive the FOREX box that you sent us. I had just informed Fr. John about it and he is very glad. I asked him to continue recruiting for ULRA and send some pictures to you as soon as he can.

Sancta Maria,

Sem. Jose Enrique (Bro. Jose Maria) Gauzon

Makati City
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Dear Patti;

Greetings to you in the name of the Lord Jesus, whose suffering and death on the cross we are remembering during this Lenten session may he, grant us the grace to persevere in the work he has entrusted in our care.

I wish to very much appreciate your dedication and total self giving to serving the people of God and drawing them closure to him through the provision of the Sacramental especially Lira people who have been traumatized by the attacks of the Lords Resistant Army (LRA). I have received the Parcel and have given them, they send their appreciations and prayers of thanks giving to you, and promised to keep you and the entire association in prayer.

May the good Lord bless you abundantly.

I wish you a blessed Lenten season.

Yours in Christ and Mary.

From Sr.Celestine Lindrio
Missionary Sisters of Mary
Mother of the Church
Dear Patti;

Greetings to you in the name of the Lord Jesus, whose suffering and death on the cross we are remembering during this Lenten session may he, grant us the grace to persevere in the work he has entrusted in our care.

I wish to very much appreciate your dedication and total self giving to serving the people of God and drawing them closure to him through the provision of the Sacramental especially Lira people who have been traumatized by the attacks of the Lords Resistant Army (LRA). I have received the Parcel and have given them, they send their appreciations and prayers of thanks giving to you, and promised to keep you and the entire association in prayer.

May the good Lord bless you abundantly.

I wish you a blessed Lenten season.

Yours in Christ and Mary.

From Sr.Celestine Lindrio
Missionary Sisters of Mary
Mother of the Church
Good lord bless you mum, Patti! I sent many names and photos today! Bravo!! Viva!

I am just back from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) mission in eldoret and it was wonderful! I preached the whole Saturday night on Santa Filomena and enrolled them and prayed with them and some of them are from Uganda and were happy!

I am going to Gilgil to the soldiers for consecration to the Immaculata 25th march1!!!

Send us more prayer books and rosaries!

Forward ever and backward never! Viva Patti! Viva UlRA! Viva Santa Filomena!! Viva Pauline jaricot! Am back again, i was so busy but now free for Immaculata! Send me Santa Filomena and Immaculata anywhere!!

Ave Maria

Fr Patrick Mary Filomena
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The story of Saint Philomena in Urdu, the official Pakistan language, translated and produced here for your information by Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena director, Afzaal Khokhar, for download-
Dear Mrs. Melvin,

Greetings! I just mailed some forms to you today for registration and I hope the other ones I sent before have reached you.

Just some good news to share with you, on the occasion of the Ruby Jubilee our Archdiocese the Holy Father through our Archbishop conferred the title of "MONSIGNOR" ON FIVE OF OUR PRIESTS in recognition and gratitude for their many years of generous priestly service in the Local Church and pleases God I am one of them. Kindly join me to thank God and thanks immensely for your prayers and kindness and support always, I appreciate very much.
Many thanks once more for the last parcel you sent everything is gone and I need devotional materials, Rosaries, holy oils etc.

Many thanks in anticipation. Kindly remember me on the 5th of April which is the 47th anniversary of my priestly ordination. With prayerful best wishes for a happy Easter.

Mgr. Joseph Ayeah.
Catholic Mission Bambui,
West Africa
Teusday, March 15, 2011
Dear Sr. Patti,

Greetings from Fr Arun.

I'm very happy to inform you that I'm appointed a director of the prenovitiate and vocation promoter in Bangalore. I will be in charge of 30 adolescents age ranging from 16-18years. They have to be formed, sent to college so requires lot of spiritual, psychological and physical energy. Besides I will be visiting many parishes in 5 dioceses to recruit vocations every month on weekends.

So it’s a perfect place for me to promote our Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) mission along with vocations. Given this reality I would like to request your feedback on the following:

1. As they (pre-novices) join officially in the month of May, i would like to prepare a ceremony where rosaries are blessed and offered very symbolically by the parents to the sons and I would like to offer to the parents as a priest.

2. The different pictures/Cards of the saints will be displayed and they will choose any one favorite saint for life and imitate his/her virtue lifelong which also enables them to have a lasting devotion. (Which many have abandoned). I strongly feel that these devotions need to be encouraged since saints and their values of lived life are so important.

3. Organize youth and parents and give a talk ULRA during vocational tour and encourage the practice of the rosary.

4. Take Br Roche to some of the parishes (like I did before) and spread the mission of ULRA.
I would be happy if you are able to send some ROSARIES, CARDS/PICTURES OF DIFFERENT SAINTS, MORNING OFFERING PRAYER CARDS and the booklets. Just as I prepared a little library for college students I can easily prepare the library with space and furniture. If you feel the above vision and mission is good, kindly do the needful.

Fr. Arun Kumar SJ
Victoria Layout
Karnataka State
Monday, March 14, 2011
Dear Patti,

I have this good news to share and feed you back with; Yesterday I had four people, three Catholics and one non Catholic from Ntcheu. They came to thank me for the bodily healing they had through the power of the holy oils, medals and those other holy Sacramentals. Their names are; Mr. James Thengo, Miss Janet Kamba, Margaret Banda and Thereza Ganizani (non Catholic). The first one comes from St Peter Claver Parish, and the rest from Nzama Parish.

Thereza has convinced her husband and children to join Catholicism and are all currently undergoing catechumenate. They are all very well and happy. They are becoming so strong Catholics. In two places down South in Blantyre, they are also asking me to go and see the wonders St. Philomena has done to three young people who, for a long time, have been very sick. I don’t know when I will see them because for long now we don’t have money in our Diocese for our Pastoral work. This explains my inability to send you new Lists, Feedbacks and photos. My Office has nothing so far. I will let you know of new developments as soon as I manage to get some money for this purpose. Good day!

Rev. Fr Remigius Lazarus Kasawa, DP
Bishop's House
C. Africa
Friday, March 11, 2011
Dear Mother Patti,

Glad to inform you that some lists went off this morning and a photo from St. Benedict College Mvolye-Yaounde.

Last Friday I went to deliver enrolled students with their cards through Rev. Sr. Philomène Zing who was to share the material to the perspective students. It was about 300 students. The lists are on its way to you.

They plead that it appears in one of the Dedicated Decades magazines.

Please mum, could you ask Fr. David if he would like to participate in the International Congress organized by the International Catholic Pastoral Prison Ministry that shall take place in Cameroon from August 27 through September 1st, 2011. The duration of the Congress will cost each participant the sum of $300.00 payable on arrival in Cameroon. This amount includes lodging and feeding.

Prayers are continuing.

Paul E. Ekpe
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Dear Patti,

I am very sorry for the delay due to net work problems here.

Thanks immensely for your letter of 26Th January 2011. Thanks for the love, the prayers, the Novena of Holy Masses offered for me. May God reward you abundantly for me.

With immense gratitude I acknowledge the receipt of the DVD, Novena Cards, copies of Pray the Rosary Daily, leaflets and a copy of To Jesus through Mary in French. This will go to one of my Sisters who are in the French speaking part of Cameroon. She too is a great promoter of Devotion to St. Philomena in that part of the Country.

Thanks for sending me this DVD. I was so anxious to watch it. It is so wonderful, educative, faith strengthening, so wonderful for ones meditation. The pictures, music so beautiful. I will show it to the Community and also copy it and send to some Priests. It is indeed nice. I want to confirm what Anne Curren said about you " You are a Perfect Continuation of the Work of Pauline Marie Jaricot". Courage! May God grant you more Wisdom and Strength to carry out His work.

The story of the Pilgrimage of David Eaves and Co. to Lyon, is so touching, after reading, I felt like making a pilgrimage to Lyon too. Well, I have done it in spirit. Thanks so much for sending me the leaflet.

I started with the Novena to Ven. Pauline Jaricot on the 2ND. Of March 2011 for the healing of David and Steve. I shall make a pilgrimage of about 36km. trekking on the 19Th of April 2011 and one of the intentions will be for the healing of our Dear Friends David and Steve. We are united in prayer for their healing. We entrust all to Jesus and Mary, and wait patiently for God's Will to be done.

Thanks very much for all. I am praying for you and all your collaborators, friends, all men and women of Good Will who are collaborating with you in this Great Ministry entrusted to you by Christ Jesus.

Sr. Mary Florence Angwe
St. Joseph's Convent
North West Region
West Africa
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Dear Patti,

May the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

Hopefully you are fine in all your activities in spreading the word of God in the whole world through your association of the Universal Living Rosary Association of St. Philomena (ULRA). May Our Mother Mary protect you and grant you all your heart's desires.

Thanks God I am fine in this beautiful place of mission with the Kipsigis tribe. I have been meeting all the small Christians communities of the Parish, sharing with them our faith, and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus together with the powerful intercession of Our Mother Mary and making them to enroll. My last mail to you was more than 400 hundred devotees enrolled to the ULRA. This coming year I have committed my myself to visit all school that the Parish is sponsoring and I am facing some difficulties because many students would like to get items about spiritual life. For that reason kindly I request you once more to assist me in providing some items from your association. Be sure that the only way I can pay you is through prayer and more commitment to work hard with these students.

Yours sincerely

Sr. Socorro Garcia
East Africa
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Dearest Patti,

This is to inform you that we have today posted to you the lists of 855 New Members who are to begin their Assigned Decades on March 19th, 2011, The Feast of St. Joseph, and Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary.

The packages of devotional Items to all these new members were also posted to them at the same time today through their respective Leaders in various Parishes by Special Express Mails as we normal do. Let us continue to pray without ceasing for "with God all things are possible" May the Infant Jesus of Prague heal all the Sick, the suffering and the sorrowful!!!! Amen and Amen.

Patti, ever since my poor health, the following Prayer to the Infant Jesus of Prague has become one of my regular Prayers: O Merciful Infant Jesus! I know of Thy Miraculous deeds for the Sick... in view of the innumerable graces and the cures granted.... through the veneration of Thy Holy Infancy, particularly in the Statue of Prague. I exclaim with the greatest assurance: O Most loving.... Infant Jesus, Thou canst cure me if Thou wilt! Extend Thy Holy Hands and by Thy Power take away all pain and infirmity. Amen.

Patti, after saying the above prayer, I do become so much encouraged and consoled. I do also pray this for the sick and suffering. So we should invoke The Infant Jesus in all aspects. Thank you very much for you advice, support and your prayers for me and the work here at the St. Philomena's House. Kindly Remember Me To All!!! Peace Be To You Patti!!! Pax Te Cum Patti!!!

Yours in Jesus and Mary,

Anthony Foster Oduro













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