During the recent Chapter meeting at the Motherhouse in Gricigliano, Italy, the Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, has made new appointments for the leadership of the Institute’s American province. After fifteen years as provincial superior in the United States, Monsignor Michael Schmitz has been assigned to increased duties in the Institute’s European provinces. Thus, the Prior General has appointed Canon Matthew Talarico, who has served as vice-provincial for the past five years, as the new provincial of the American Province. Monsignor Schmitz remains as Vicar General of the Institute worldwide and is now the Delegate of the Prior General for the United States and the Provincial of France. Monsignor Schmitz will continue to visit the American Province, as he will do this October, and will assist Canon Talarico to guide the work of the Institute in the United States. Asking for your prayers, the superiors, canons, and oblates thank you wholeheartedly for your support and assistance of the Institute’s mission at the service of the Church.
On Tuesday, the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is one of only three births celebrated in the liturgical year – the other two being the births of Jesus and John the Baptist, at both of which the Blessed Virgin Mary is present. The Birth of Mary is the birth of a new light into the world, a new holiness, which shines forth in the radiant humility and joy of the daughter of Zion.
It is reported in the extra-biblical literature about the Blessed Virgin Mary that she was so marvelously full of life and joy that everyone wanted to be around her all the time. According to the mystics, anyone who came into contact with her was filled with an inexpressible delight and immediately began to smile and feel deep serenity. Her personality and presence were like a cool breeze on a bright day filled with the aroma of new flowers, the air fresh and clean from recently fallen rain. She was springtime itself from the earliest age, such that when the time came for her marriage she had many suitors (and the one chosen for her miraculously by Almighty God was the only one humble enough to consider himself unworthy of her).
Once in a while, we get requests for posting of various announcements and such. Here is one that’s looking for a nanny-share arrangement. If you know someone who’s interested, please note of the contact info below:
If you’re seeking a Mary Poppins clone, congratulations, you just found her! I’ve had the pleasure of helping to raise 28 wonderful kids over the last 18 years. My work history also includes:
– over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, including 2 years as professional chef
– 12 years’ personal assistant/professional organizer/administrative experience
– 5 years’ housekeeping experience
– 3 years’ teaching experience, including 2 years in the classroom
– 2.5 years’ professional dressmaking/seamstress experience
I crochet, I embroider, and I speak intermediate-level German. I have written 4 screenplays, one of which was recently made into a short film. I graduated with honors from Mills College with a B.A. in English, minors in Psychology & History, and extensive coursework in Chemistry & Biology. I have a long list of superb references, a recent negative TB test, and have passed the comprehensive background check conducted by the private school where I volunteered. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, I am profoundly passionate about raising children to be happy, healthy, and strong.
I currently have a position with a family in Oakland starting 11/1; we are seeking a second family for a nanny-share situation. The hours I will be available will be Tuesday through Friday, 7:30am – 6:30pm. If you think our needs may be a match, please email firstname.lastname@example.org