I am on a pilgrimage this week-a pilgrimage visiting Schoenstatt Shrines in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and meeting the religious and laity who are the Schoenstatt Family. Sister Candice Fier is a Schoenstatt Movement Religious Sister. I was surprised to know of their large numbers and the variety of their ministries. Sister lives at the Sleepy Eye MN Shrine and Retreat Center, and serves the Diocese of New Ulm as Family Life Director. She is a Registered Nurse and Fertility Care Practitioner with an MS in Marriage and Family Life from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in WDC.
Today we will learn about Sr Candice-her origins, call to religious life, and the three prongs of her ministry:
Promotion of NFP and Natural Procreative Technology for healthy marriages and healthy women,
Marriage and Family Life projects in a large rural Midwestern diocese, and the
Schoenstatt movement mission and charisma based on a deep love of Mary.
Today, we complete the two-part series on the Diocese of Phoenix, with Mike Phelan, Director of Marriage and Family Life. Last week at this time, I was in Phoenix and you heard my interview of Dr Clint Leonard, an NFP-Only Ob/Gyn who practices in a Phoenix suburb. He is a great witness to the beauty and efficacy of authentic Catholic health care. If you missed the program, you can listen to the recording at radiomaria.us/questforlife by going to our archives for 11 December.
Mike has a great personal story of following God’s plan for his life by moving his family to Washington DC to attend the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. He took a leap of faith–“be not afraid”–and great things happened, in his family and in the Diocese of Phoenix.
Mike will tell us “his story” and how the Diocese of Phoenix has come to be recognized as having one of the most progressive marriage preparation programs in the the country–envied and emulated by many other dioceses.