The School of Mary
(A Kindergarten of the Divine Will)
We are pleased to announce a new program on Radio Maria, The School of Mary (A Kindergarten of The Divine Will). This program will be hosted by Mr. Peter DePalma, and joined each week by Mother Gabrielle Marie and The Benedictine Daughters of Divine Will, coming to us live from Italy!
Peter was born and raised in New Jersey. He is the former co-host of Crisis of Truth Shield of Faith on Holy Spirit Radio, a Benedictine Oblate of Divine Will (Third Order), and custodian of Mary’s Hill Divine Will Cloister and The School of Mary at Mary’s Hill. He is also the current host of The School of Mary at Mary’s Hill Contemplative Divine Will Cenacle, broadcasting into over 20 countries. Peter resides in Kunkletown, Pennsylvania.
Mother Gabrielle Marie, Mother Superior and foundress of the Benedictine Daughters of Divine Will, began her religious life as a Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration in the United States. For thirty-three years, she learned much under the holy guidance of her late Abbess Mother Angelica, foundress of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network). Despite meeting many well-known and even saintly religious figures through her monastery’s connection with the highly successful Catholic television network, the most significant moment in Mother Gabrielle Marie’s life came in 1998 through the hands of a young postulant under her care. Through a simple request for permission to read a book given to the sister by her grandmother, Mother discovered began reading and instantly fell in love with the Divine Will writings of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta.
Moving ahead to 2009, after nine years as Vicar and sixteen years as Novice Mistress, Mother Gabrielle Marie received a sabbatical. Needing some time to adjust to life away from the cloister, she decided to make a retreat at a Benedictine monastery with her long-time friend and spiritual director, Fr. Jacques Daley, OSB. After much time in prayerful discernment with him and Fr. Elijah – a Benedictine monk also under Fr. Jacques’ direction and enamored with “little” Luisa’s works – the Holy Spirit placed something surprising on each of their hearts. With Fr. Jacques’ encouragement, both Mother Gabrielle Marie and Fr. Elijah felt a clear call by God to found a new monastic community in Italy dedicated to Eucharistic adoration and Luisa Piccarreta’s writings on how to live in God’s Most Holy and Divine Will. Composed of brothers, sisters, and laity, the community would strive to unite the Benedictine spirit of prayer, work, and hospitality to the life of the Holy Family, turning their respective monasteries and homes into little Nazareth’s.