Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sister Briege McKenna

June 15, 2010. As thousands of priests came to Rome to celebrate the end of Year for Priests, a nun with the gift of healing came to speak and minister at a retreat for priests and bishops in St. John Lateran Basilica.

For the past 35 years, Sister Briege McKenna has traveled more than 1 million miles to more than 100 countries to minister to priests.
Sister Briege McKenna
St. Clare Sisters Retreat Ministry

“Yesterday I met a priest here who was in Miami who was a happy engineer with a great life ahead of him and he heard me speak in Miami. He left it all and went to be a priest after he heard me speak.”

She feels she received her call from God to speak on the priesthood years after she was miraculously cured of arthritis during the celebration of the Eucharist. She says God told her there was going to be a great shortage of priests and that many would reject the priesthood.
Sister Briege McKenna
St. Clare Sisters Retreat Ministry

"And I said to the Lord there is no way, Lord. I'm a first grade teacher. I can't do that. And I got this most extraordinary love for the priesthood, and the Lord said in a voice I could almost hear, you don't do it, just be obedient, just listen and I'll do it through you."

Although she said she was scared, she put her trust in God. Even when He told her their would be a great crisis in the priesthood.
Sister Briege McKenna
St. Clare Sisters Retreat Ministry

“Of course Satan likes them as his prime target. Because once a priest is attacked we are all affected by it. So when I'm giving retreats I affirm them, encourage them, warn them and challenge them.”

Sister Briege says the priesthood is under a terrible attack, but she has never lost respect for priests. She will continue to help them and encourage others to join the vocation.

BOOK- MIRACLES DO HAPPEN by Sister Briege McKenna

Some people believe in the theory of miracles. Sister Briege McKenna believes in the reality of miracles because she sees them happen. Since 1970, when she was healed of crippling arthritis, Sister Briege has experienced more of the extraordinary ways of the Spirit than most Christians ever imagine. Today her healing ministry takes her all over the world - from huge rallies in Latin America to retreats in Korea.

Miracles Do Happen tells the story of Sister Briege's encounter with the healing power of God. It shares her insights about faith for healing, the power of the Eucharist in healing, the vital importance of prayer, and the ministry of the priesthood. Most of all, it points the way to closer fellowship with Christ, greater knowledge of his love, and deeper faith in his power to do the impossible.
UPDATE 10/10/2010 -
Sr. Briege McKenna, O.S.C.was born in Ireland and entered the Sisters of St. Clare at the age of fifteen. After coming to Tampa, Florida as a teacher, she became crippled by the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. At the age of twenty-four, she was miraculously and instantaneously healed during the celebration of the Eucharist and some time later received, in prayer, the gift of healing for which she has become so widely known. Her book, "Miracles Do Happen" has been translated into many languages through out the world.

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