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Join Monthly Telephone Rosary for Missions

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Join us in a monthly rosary for Renewal Ministries’ mission work! Renewal Ministries’ supporters Mike and Kathleen O’Donnell have offered to lead a rosary over the phone on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. ET. We will pray for Renewal Ministries’ international mission trips for that month, and the outreach being done by Ralph Martin, Sr. Ann Shields, Peter Herbeck, Pete Burak, Dr. Mary Healy, and Debbie Herbeck. The first rosary will take place on June 6. The rosary for July will take place on the second Tuesday, July 11.

Kathleen said the Holy Spirit inspired her with the idea after hearing country coordinators discuss mission trips at the 2017 Gathering.

“While praying the rosary in my room, I thought about all the people that can’t go on a mission trip for various reasons. I was especially thinking about the missions to areas in which there is danger involved, and all the challenges faced by those trying to bring Christ or further the kingdom in these distant lands,” Kathleen said. “Since Mary is the vessel that brought and brings Jesus to others, I thought that, once a month, we could have a special conference call rosary to pray for the success and safety of the upcoming trips. I thought dedicated prayer for these trips would be helpful, because the enemy hates them, and I’m sure tries to lay plans to divert their success.”

The couple has been leading similar conference-call rosaries for individual’s intentions weekly for two-and-a-half years. Because of the nature of a conference call, and the time delays that can happen when people talk, Kathleen leads the prayer and others join in silently or by muting their phone so that they can pray out loud. Before each rosary, Kathleen shares different meditations on the mysteries being prayed that month. Participants are welcome to stay on the line for the entire rosary, or for as many decades as they have time for.

“A lot of people can’t go into the mission field, but everyone can pray,” Kathleen added. “When people join, they feel connected. That is a beautiful part of the fruit.”

To join in, simply make a phone call. Dial 712-775-7031 and enter code 665-735-271 #. If you call before the line is open, you will hear music playing. Please stay on the line until the rosary begins! The line usually opens at 7:25 p.m. ET.

You may join us for a decade or the entire rosary! It usually takes about twenty-five minutes to pray the whole rosary.

(This call is long distance, unless you are using a plan with unlimited long distance or a cell phone.)

Thank you to Kathleen and to all who pray for Renewal Ministries and our mission work! Your prayers bear untold fruit!

(If you are interested in the rosary Kathleen leads every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, simply follow the directions above to join in! If you would like her to include your intentions, please email them to her by noon on Wednesday, at kodonnell613@comcast.net.)

Uganda Missions Renew Parish Leaders

We want to share with you a beautiful testimony by Rose Kiefer, from Uganda, about the power of your support of Renewal Ministries’ mission work: “The leaders here have been renewed. I really believe this is a rebirth, especially for the leaders. We were really affirmed in our identity as the children of God.” We originally shared this testimony at the 2017 Gathering.

Thank you, and God bless you!

Peter Herbeck Honors Fr. Michael Scanlan

(L-R) Fr. Michael Scanlan, Sr. Ann Shields, Ralph Martin, and Peter Herbeck did three FIRE Rallies in Slovakia in 1995.

President Emeritus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, passed away Jan. 7. According to the university, “His leadership as president transformed Franciscan University from a struggling regional college into a world-renowned leader in Catholic higher education and helped to inspire a restoration of faithful Catholic education in the United States and the world.” Fr. Scanlan played an influential role in the lives of Sr. Ann Shields, Ralph Martin, and Peter Herbeck. He also helped lead FIRE Rallies around the world and served on Renewal Ministries’ Board of Trustees. Below, Peter pays tribute to Fr. Scanlan.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon him. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


I will always be grateful for the encouragement and inspiration I received from Fr. Michael. At an important turning point in my life and ministry, he invited me to join the FIRE Team after Fr. John Bertolucci retired. That led to some great quality time with Fr. Michael over the years, all of which was a gift. I remember well our trips to Eastern Europe and Africa, and how the Lord used Fr. Michael powerfully in both words and deeds. He was faithful and fearless in preaching the Word of God, and had great expectation that God would confirm his preaching with signs and wonders, and He did! I remember one woman who was deaf was healed—her hearing was restored as Fr. Michael prayed for her.

I am grateful to be able to join my voice with the chorus of witnesses who are paying tribute and offering prayers for this great priest, leader, brother, and friend. May perpetual light shine upon him.

Peter Herbeck, Ralph Martin, and Fr. Michael Scanlan celebrate the twentieth anniversary of “The Choices We Face” in 2004.