Everyday Missionaries, Sister Mary Madeline Todd, OP, STD and Sister Mary Michael, OP,
were greeted with abundant Catholic and Cajun hospitality at every stop along our 2 day journey.
We are so grateful for the warm hospitality that each church parish has shown to us. Here is an
overview of our stops.
Our two days of non-stop women’s ministry began in the beautiful historic town of Washington.
We were, as usual, warmly welcomed by Father Jared Suire and the Ladies Altar Society
members. We began the day with Confessions and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Immaculate
Conception Church. Sister Mary Madeline spoke to the 110 or so women who had registered,
on the gospel passage of Mark 5:34 and then lead us into a deeper meaning of the story and its’
location in the fifth chapter of Mark. After Sister’s talk, we moved to the hall for a delicious
freshly prepared lunch by the Altar Society. During lunch, Mary-Rose Verret gave a short talk
about how she and her husband, Ryan, came to develop Witness To Love, now a world-wide
parish ministry for marriage prep. We were so blessed to have her in Washington as she and
Ryan travel helping parishes around the world use Witness To Love. We want to say thanks
again to Mrs. Pam Landreneau and Mrs. Ethel Landreneau for all their work and coordination.
As soon as we finished in Washington, we were headed to Eunice.
Leslie and I happily jumped into the car with the Sisters and we were off! It was the first time
Everyday Missionaries had planned a women’s day of reflection in Eunice. When we arrived at
St. Thomas More, we were again warmly welcomed. Sister Mary Madeline again
gave an amazing talk and upon finishing we immediately began to pray the Chaplet of Divine
Mercy as it was 3:00 p.m. Tori Schmidt led the singing of the Chaplet acapella . After the
Chaplet, we walked over to the parish hall for some ole fashioned hospitality. The Altar Society
and Catholic Daughters at St. Thomas More provided the most beautiful and delicious sweets,
cakes and refreshments for the sixty women who had registered for the afternoon. We were so
thankful to Father Clinton Sensat for opening up his parish and to Robin Darbonne for helping to coordinate the event. This day
would not have been possible without her help and trust in us. And then we were off again, this
time to rest for the night.
We arrived Saturday morning for the all day retreat in DuPont (Diocese of Alexandria). Sister
Mary Madeline was the keynote speaker for the all day women’s retreat. Cari has written a
beautiful recap of the retreat so I am not going to elaborate on the day. I will just add that these
are the ladies that put all other talks into motion. It was their request for a retreat that brought us
the Sisters all the way from Nashville. Sister finished her talk just before lunch. We ate a
delectable lunch in DuPont and then Leslie and I, along with the Sisters, were off again. Next
stop, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria.
We arrived Saturday afternoon at Our Lady of Prompt Succor church parish. This time we were
sponsored by the CENLA ACTS Core Team. Mrs. Louise LaJaunie had worked very hard to
bring Sister Mary Madeline to the fifty women who registered in Alexandria. Again, Sister Mary
Madeline gave her talk on Mark 5:34, and then further expanded upon the Gospel teaching about
healing and holiness. As in all of our previous stops, we could feel the Holy Spirit working in
the hearts of the women present. When Sister was finished with her talk, ending just after the
Divine Mercy hour, Janet Marie led the singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Janet was a true
joy to meet and presented us with two of her recorded CD’s. She hopes to work with us again
and we hope so too. And then we were off again. This time to return the sisters home for rest
before their return to Nashville on Sunday.
Click here for a recap of Sister Mary Madeline’s talk.
Click here for a recap of the Dupont Retreat.