Uplift Summer 2018
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From the Director

The challenges we deal with now often shape what we have to share and give to others later in life. A person who has struggled will be the one who isn’t afraid to journey with others as they live with and deal with their own challenges. Those who have learned to allow others to help them and journey with them are more likely to be open to helping and journeying with their neighbor. They know from personal experience what others are dealing with – the obstacles, the fears and the temptations. They have done far more than just read a book on the topic.

This is why alcoholics trust other alcoholics as they deal with the difficulties of staying sober. This is why soldiers who have experienced combat understand and are able to help their comrades returning from war. And this is why persons with disabilities show compassion to others who are dealing with disabilities in their lives. There are many support groups that exist to help their members deal
with a variety of ordeals in life.

These are people who have been able to turn their life’s misfortunes into a loving gift to share with others. Recently, the Victorious Missionaries lost two long-time members who have journeyed with many people dealing with disabilities in their lives: Sr. Mary Alice Mannix, OP and Rosie Starke. They have “graduated,” yet
they continue to journey with us in our hearts.

Br. Tom Ruhmann, O.M.I.
National Director of the VMs
truhmann@snows.org

Save the Date, Fall Retreat - Sponsored by the Victorious Missionaries October 19-21, 2018, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Illinois.  This retreat begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday and ends with lunch at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday.  Weekend:  $175 Commuting:  $115 Sat. & Sun.:  $100, sat. only:  $70 (includes lunch & dinner); Presenter:  Dan Frachey, Program Director, Chiara Center - Springfield, Illinois.

 

Victorious Missionaries
NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS

442 S. DeMazenod Dr.        Belleville, IL 62223-1023
618-394-6281 (TDD)   FAX 618-397-1210
www.vmusa.org

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