Column: My Story

This column contains the personal testimonies of Madonna House staff and friends.

My Greatest Adventure — by Fr. Scott Whittemore, associate priest of MH. "Have you given your life to Christ? It is a real adventure!" Those are the words I needed to hear at that time of my life, at that moment when they were... (September 04, 2014)

The Blessing of Poverty — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. Blessed are you poor, for the kingdom of heaven is yours (Lk 6:20). I have learned that there is only one place where I grow in faith, one place where I encounter the living God.... (January 09, 2012)

The Story of My Vocation — by Marg Stobie. It took a long time for Marg to find her vocation. Here is what she wrote when she became an applicant (novice) at MH in June 1988 at the age of 37. When I arrived at Madonna... (April 05, 2011)

Is My Life Mine? — by Emmanuella Kim. I was born in Korea into a poor family, which was very common at that time. It was seventeen years after the war, but our country was still recovering.... (January 07, 2011)

Catherine, Merton, and Me — by Fr. Bob Wild. Not too long ago, I had the good fortune of getting a book published: Compassionate Fire, a book containing the correspondence between Catherine Doherty and Thomas Merton. It was when I began editing this correspondence that... (December 17, 2010)

Choosing to Be Third (Part 2) — by Patrick Stewart. In part 1 in our September issue, Patrick told us about his life as a highly successful officer in the U.S. Navy who was lost in the culture of death. By the time my naval service was... (October 13, 2010)

I Was First (Part 1) — by Patrick Stewart. If you ever visit Madonna House Combermere or any of houses around the world, you will likely see a small sign that says, "I Am Third." This means: God is first, my neighbor is second, and I... (September 08, 2010)

There Is a Hope in Hell — by a staff worker. Perhaps you have heard the saying, "there isn’t a hope in hell," which refers to an impossible situation or problem. That line was certainly part of my vocabulary. This past year, however, I have discovered hope... (March 15, 2010)

I Was Almost a Pagan — by Sandra Wood. God was always present and acting in my life, but it was a long time before I knew it.... (January 11, 2010)

Moments of Light — by Réjeanne George. Fifty years ago on August 15, 1957, on the Feast of the Assumption, I made my first promises and became a member of Madonna House. Strangely, I cannot recall the day.... (October 17, 2007)

A Different Kind of Life — by Melanie Murphy. “What is Madonna House?” “Well, uh, it’s sort of like a Catholic kibbutz; kind of a Christian commune.” That’s how I described it to my curious friends and family after spending a week there as a guest.... (March 13, 2006)


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