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Pizza Maker of the Immaculate – YouTube

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Ave Maria!

I must confess, I don’t even know which house of ours this is from, but I assume it is from one in Italy. Fr. Elias here at Bloomington gave me the tip. It features the acrobatic culinary talent of Fra Christophe Mary Rebbaccai who was a champion exhibition pizza maker in his former life and apparently has not lost his touch. I didn’t see him drop it once. His brother who is also a friar, Fra Simon Pier Mary Rebbaccai, also makes an appearance at the end to demonstrate some teamwork and that the talent runs in the family. I’ll take pepperoni! Mangia! And wash those habits!

Pizza Maker of the Immaculate

Ave Maria!

PHOTOS: Corpus Christi Bloomington, Indiana

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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Corpus Christi at “Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center” and friary of “Our Lady Coredemptrix” 2014


PHOTOS: Marian Day 2014 May

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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Twice a year (May & October) at Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Indiana there is a “Marian Day” that consist of a rosary procession, crowning of a statue of our Blessed Mother, Holy Mass, confessions, a Holy Hour, and the blessing of articles. Lunch as well.

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PHOTO: The Way of The Cross – Bloomington

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center – The Way of The Cross – Meditations by Pope Francis

PHOTOS: Installation of Sacred Heart Stained Glass

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Video – Timelapse – Variety 236: Star Timelapse Above Our Lady of Guadalupe

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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Ave Maria!

At Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin there is an outdoor pro-life shrine and this is the fountain statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe holding infant children.


Today’s Photo: Back Pew View

Thursday, October 10th, 2013


Just taking it all in…there’s a time to sit in the front pew and a time to sit in the last pew.

PHOTO – Crucifix on Tower Struck by Lighting

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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On July 23rd the Crucifix on the “Tower of David” was struck simultaneously by two bolts of lighting, witnessed by Fr. Elias’ mother and some construction workers. The lighting rod was not yet installed.


Vatican Insider Interview of FFI General Secretary

Friday, September 20th, 2013

“The Franciscans of the Immaculate under attack by outside lobbies”

Interview with the new secretary general Father Alfonso Bruno, accused of “treason” by some traditionalist groups

Vatican Insider

Andrea Tornielli

Controversy is yet to subside after the appointment of a Commissioner for the Franciscans of the Immaculate. In this interview, the new secretary general explains why.

Father Alfonso Bruno, is your appointment as Secretary-General by the Commissioner a choice in favor of friars critical of the founder?

“The Secretary-General, in accordance with the Constitutions of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, art. 100, ‘assists the Common Father in his personal contacts and correspondence with those outside the Institute; he redacts the acts of the Council; he takes care of the General Archives; he keeps up-to-date the records and statistics on the friars, houses and projects.’ It is a technical role and one of service for the benefit of the whole community, far removed therefore from any factionalism or partisanship. During the first weeks of his mandate, the Apostolic Commissioner spoke first personally, and then on August 30, 2013 in a recorded meeting, with all members of the former government of which I also was a part. After this meeting he insisted that I accept the appointment. His judgment was made after having prayed and thought about it, although I cannot enter into his ‘mens’. Aware of the ongoing tensions and conscious of my apostolic commitments, I did not want to assume this burden, which is challenging as regards both the time and energy required to carry it. Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, who took over the authority of the institute, told me: ‘It is the will of God, you have to help the Church … it is for the good of your religious family.’ I am a religious priest and as such in the Rule of St. Francis have professed obedience to and reverence for the Pope. I embraced my cross with the courage of faith, certain that the grace of God will support me in carrying out the mission entrusted to me.” (more…)

FiNews – PHOTOS: 2013 Friarworks

Friday, August 16th, 2013


Here are a few photos from the annual Rosary procession and fireworks in honor of the feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother. This is held each year at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat, just 4 miles west of downtown Bloomington.

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PHOTOS: After Storm

Sunday, June 30th, 2013


Mother of The Redeemer Retreat Center – Bloomington, Indiana

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Video/Photos: New Foyer on Sacred Heart Chapel

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
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Ave Maria!

It is of great importance to maintain a quite Chapel for those that wish to be in the company of Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament. The overhang on the Sacred Heart Chapel was converted into a foyer in order to give visitors a sheltered place when they wish to speak with others.


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FiNews: Stained Glass of The Miraculous Medal

Friday, June 14th, 2013


This was the final touch to the “Tower of David” here at “Mother of the Redeemer Retreat” in Bloomington, Indiana. This window was made an hour north of here in Indianapolis.


Bloomington: Marian Day May 4 2013

Sunday, May 5th, 2013


Ave Maria!

Saturday, May 4th was the semiannual Marian Day at the Mother of the Redeemer Farm in Bloomington Indiana.  About 100 people with 29 pilgrims coming from South Bend, Indiana, came to join the friars for the Marian Day which included an outdoor rosary procession and May Crowning.  Father Ignatius Manfredonia gave two conferences on Our Lady’s Faith and the Year of the Faith. (more…)

Video – Variety #229: Useless Projects?

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
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Ave Maria!

It may seem that what we are assigned to do is useless, and maybe it is, maybe this pile of rocks is now only an apartment building for chipmunks, but with the vow of obedience it becomes treasure in Heaven where neither moth nor chipmunk…

Ave Maria!