DAC faceI belong to a new Catholic charismatic religious community which began in 1975, The Servants of God’s Love, located in Ann Arbor, MI.

Obviously, the title of this blog comes from John Paul the Great, an outstanding Witness to Hope, from whom we can all learn.  Pray for us, Saint John Paul!

Witnesses to Hope was a bi-monthly event for women, held at Christ the King Parish in Ann Arbor, MI.  Witnesses to Hope is currently not meeting.  I have moved to Flint, MI in order to head our mission house there–but there are so many wonderful resources here.  All the talks have been recorded.  Just go to the “Talks” tab.  

My other blogs are Wonder and Beauty,  Heart Arrows, and Conversations in the Convent.

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    1. Ann, if you click on the “Witnesses to Hope” tab along the top of the page, you will find out more about our Witnesses to Hope meetings. (Hope you can make it to one or more of them.)

  1. Hi there,

    I’m writing from Ireland. I just found your blog (through an image search for Rublev’s Holy Trinity Icon!) and it is beautiful work. I have just passed it on to all my women friends here in Cork. We will remember your community in our prayers and pray for vocations to such a beautiful work of God : )

    le gach dea ghuí


  2. Sarah, what a wonderful surprise! I actually have been to Cork, spent a couple of weeks there many years ago and loved the place and the people, and I would LOVE to visit again sometime . . . God willing. Many great memories. I still have a tape of a friend there reading aloud Frank O’Connor’s “First Confession” with a thick Cork accent. Wish I could stop by for a cuppa!

    Glad to have you and your friends join the Witnesses to Hope group. Thank you so much for your prayers, and stay in touch! I welcome comments.

  3. I just found your blog. It is like opening a wonderful present. I was looking for the source of a quote I’d written down a long time ago, which begins, “To be seen by Him does not mean being exposed to a merciless gaze but to be enfolded in the deepest care. … ” I found it here: it’s Romano Guardini, from his book The Living God. Thank you so much. I will keep exploring your blog. Each page is so full of hope and full of Christ. God bless you and all those you love.

  4. I have very much enjoyed visiting and connecting with your blog. A former resident of Ann Arbor, and an Oblate of the Order of Julian of Norwich, I am glad to have found you. What better place than Ann Arbor to discover your Fourth Vow!

    1. So glad to have had your visit. . . and to have discovered your own wonderful blog. I love the way God brings folks together through the internet. God bless!

  5. It is so fantastic to come across such a positive Catholic blog! Clearly, you are also concerned with ecumenism. May God Bless your ministry. I don’t know much about the charismatic renewal, but I hope to understand it more as a growing number of Latin American Catholics are charismatic.

      1. I’m from Northeast Ohio. My family is mixed ethnically – my dad from India, my mom from Iran. But I was born and raised in the US. I lived in Ann Arbor for a summer when I was doing research at Michigan, and I liked the city. Especially the art festival although I know that the locals hate the traffic. The standard of living is definitely high, but I’ve heard that it is a great place to live and work.

  6. Good Morning, Sister, and Happy May Day to you. The Months of Our Lady. Mariellen has been preparing our little garden and the yard with treats for the Orioles we hope to see arriving soon. A friend in S.Carolina mentioned the other day that she had seen her first one last week.

    I have missed seeing you.

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