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St. Francis Chapel Altars Find New Home

Posted on: July 7th, 2020 by Jean Merry

If the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings true, then the pictures included here will tell you that our beautiful hand-carved altars are in good hands. Christ the King Monastery, where the altars have been reconstructed, is located in Cullman, Alabama, and is staffed by Benedictine priests, brothers, and sisters. Brother Gabriel shared information about the monastery in a follow-up letter dated June 29.

Greetings Sr. Kathryn Dean,

… We (the male seminarians here and our priests) are the seminarians and priests who are taking care of the spiritual needs of the international movement of the Alliance of the Holy Family International (AHFI).

We are also commonly called the AHFI Missionaries. We also have female consecrated women (the other ones who helped in the purchase) who are also called AHFI Missionaries and who take care of the secretary, logistics and media work of the same movement. We work hand-in-hand.

This movement takes its spirituality from Our Lady of Fatima, and so we are very contemplative by nature – praying for the needs of the Church and the world, while promoting Our Lady’s message of peace, by way of the Sacraments, prayer and penance. Through seminars, house visits and other means, we try to reach out to sanctify the youth, family, clergy and media through the same means given at Fatima.

A few years ago, after the previous owners of this Monastery were reconciled with Rome, this Monastery was donated to us, because of our contemplative spirituality. Hence, the AHFI has always been Catholic.

Some generous people in our movement helped finance the altars. We live from the donations of generous people, and so rely entirely on Divine Providence as part of our charism.

We are very thankful for these altars since they really help the heart and mind be lifted upwards to the Heavenly realities – and so they inspire (we have seen already) people to look to Heaven when they come visit us at Christ the King Monastery to attend Holy Mass or visit Our Lord in an Hour of Eucharistic Adoration.

Thank you again for all your help. Your congregation and collaborators will remain in our prayers.

God bless!
In prayer,
Br. Gabriel