A Word From Bro. Tom Ruhmann, O.M.I.  

Bro. Tom Ruhmann, O.M.I.Dear Friends,

As we journey through
Lent and move toward
Easter, we are reminded
that it takes a period of
preparation in order to
enter into an experience of
renewal. In a similar way the whole earth
is renewing itself as it moves from winter
to spring. (I know that this happens much
later up north than it does down here in
the St. Louis area.)

This is a good time for each chapter to
spend some time reflecting and working
on what they feel needs renewing in their
own chapter. In January, we sent out a
survey to find out what the dreams and
hopes, the needs and concerns of all the
chapters are. We hope their replies will
give the National Office a tool to focus our
energies in order to better serve all the
VM Chapters.

Once we have a chance to summarize
these replies, we will publish them and
eventually share with all the chapters what
the Advisory Board sees as potential goals
for the National office. This will also be an
opportunity for each chapter to reply to as
well as embrace these stated goals.

As Fr. John Maronic often said,
"We are an Easter People."

Bro. Tom Ruhmann, O.M.I.
VM National Director


The Legend of the First Robin

The Legend of the First RobinA small brown bird looked down from a tree and saw a Man straining beneath a heavy wooden cross. A crown of thorns encircled His head and cruelly pierced the skin. Moved by His suffering, the bird followed along with the crowd surrounding the Man, and suddenly swooped down and pulled one of the thorns from the Man's forehead. The Man lifted His eyes to the little bird and smiled a silent "thank you." As the bird flew on, a drop of blood fell from the thorn and stained his breast a bright crimson. And since that day, the humble robin wears a symbol of his mercy for the suffering Man whose name was Jesus.

Sat. June 2 & Sun., June 3
9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Shrine Conference Center

This two-day conference is targeted to those
who journey with someone suffering from mental illness,
or who have lost a loved one to suicide.

  • Keynote speakers Terry Wise and Fr. Joseph Nassal CPPS
  • Panel of professionals to answer questions on: Recognizing
    the signs of mental illness, new medicines and therapy
    options, support organizations and groups
  • Cost: One Day - $30 / $50 - Both days (lunch included)

618 397-6700, Ext. 6272

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