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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope Dismissed from the Diocese of Tulsa
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The newly ordained bishop for Tulsa--Bishop David Konderla--is dismissing from his new diocese yet another religious community devoted to the traditional Catholic religious life, known by many local faithful for also actively participating in the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

This time it is the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope, a public association of the faithful preparing for years for permanent approval, originally founded by now retired Bishop-emeritus Edward Slattery of Tulsa and Mother Miriam (a Jewish convert known for her talks on EWTN). 

From their recent Advent/Christmas 2016 Newsletter:
The new bishop of Tulsa told us earlier this month that he does not see a way forward for our community in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In a memo to Diocesan priests and staff, the bishop wrote: “After careful consideration and prayerful discernment, the Diocese of Tulsa has elected to end its affiliation with the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope and allow the community to continue their apostolic exploration in another diocese.”

This is a great sadness to us and to many families and individuals in the Diocese of Tulsa and beyond who have worked so hard and given so much to establish our Priory and renovate the guest house that was donated to us.  Yet, we are at peace...
Source: The Okie Traditionalist

Please pray for this community which remains true to Catholic Tradition.  May they - and the order of exorcists recently also dismissed by Bishop Konderla - find a new home for their important ministry.

1 comments:

del_button December 31, 2016 at 8:44 AM
Anonymous said...

To be fair, like I posted on another Catholic website, a Diocese only gives a potential new religious Order a certain amount of time to prove itself...whether it will be viable and have a well defined apostolate, or not.
This includes the intake of at least a few vocations each year (even one a year in the beginning is looked upon favorably). But this community I think has floundered from the beginning. I think it changed it's name, and then back again at least 1x, changed apostolates at least once, and moved around looking for a proper base to put down roots at least 2x. They have had some vocations, mostly all of which have quit before taking temporary or final vows. For a time, there was only 1 member...the foundress. I think they might have anywhere from 1-3 members...and none in training which is not a viable community.
Unfortunatly, neither are the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, which after at least 10 years, still have only 3-4 members. They are a wonderful traditional group. I can't understand why they are not growing.
There are some Vatican II "new" groups which probably will be suppressed as well. The Franciscan Misisonaries of the Eternal Word friars were founded around 1987, and have never gotten past 15-16 members. They usually have anywhere from 1-3 novices in training, but they have a HUGE attrition/turnover rate.They also have about among the 15 members, and have lost at least 5 priests over the last 20+ years (they quit the Order and either became diosecean priests, joined another Order, or left the priesthood entirely). There also have been rumors of problems with a few gay/gay oriented seminarians to that community who either quit or were asked to leave. The Knights of the Holy Eucharist, a lay group of brothers at the Hanceville Shrine in Alabama have only 3-4 members. Perhaps both groups will be suppressed.
So it MAY be not so much a Bishop going after traditionalist Orders....like Bergoglio does....but rather the community just doesn't look like it has what it takes (apostolate wise, numbers, finances) to survive.

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