Thursday, 05 July 2012 14:00
Sisters buy 80 acres near St. Mark Parish
The Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters are founding a House of Formation near St. Mark Church.
The sisters, who will continue working from their residence at St. Joseph Parish in Wichita, last month purchased 80 aces of land in St. Mark Parish.
Mother Mary Magdalene O’Halloran said the order bought the land after discerning that it was God’s will, for his honor and glory, as well as to increase a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
“The land, which is currently divided between farm land, pasture, and a homestead, will soon become the location of the sisters’ House of Formation,” she said. “This development will allow space, quiet, and a peaceful atmosphere for the work of formation which is vital to religious life.”
Mother Mary said the new site “will also provide the environment for a host of additional needs and for the fruition of a multitude of projects and apostolic endeavors.”
Those endeavors include discernment retreats, IHM auxiliary retreats, and days of recollection.
“We will now have adequate space and easy accessibility making it possible for both young and elderly to participate,” Mother Mary Magdalene said.
The sisters also plan to develop the site to host apostolic events such as catechetical workshops and Marian devotions.
“We are moving slowly but steadily, progressing as funds allow,” she said. “Our Lady has many friends who are inspired to help us. Like all things, we entrust this endeavor to the Heart of our Mother.”
Fr. Thomas Hoisington, St. Mark’s pastor, said the parish is blessed to have the sisters.
“The parish looks forward to learning more about the IHM community as they build over the coming years,” he said. “Our parish has a long history of young ladies entering religious life, and I hope with the witness of the IHM sisters that this trend might resume. I’m very grateful that our young parishioners will have the first opportunity in their lives to get to know women religious.”
Mother Mary said they are not planning to move away from St. Joseph Parish which “is centrally located for many good works,” including their teaching apostolate.