By: Anne DeSantis
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith came into existence in 2015 through the Mercedarian Religious Order. Since that time, slowly and methodically and day by day, the foundation has grown year by year staying true to the mission of making pastoral outreach to families in adversity especially within the realm of keeping the faith in hard times. Here are reasons on this day for you to consider donating to SRNF so that we can continue outreach to others.
1. We are a Non-Profit 501C3 Approved by the USCCB and Our Archdiocese
When the foundation was formed, necessary steps were taken to ensure that those who formed SRNF took all the proper steps in developing a Catholic non-profit. This was a process that took time, dedication, and careful decisions to be sure that the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation would be off to a good start.
2. We were formed by the Mercedarian Order
The foundation is proud and grateful to the Mercedarian friars for developing SRNF to a point where we have now been working in active mininsry since 2015. There have been slight changes of direction along the way all for the betterment of our outreach, but the board has kept the foundation on the right track helping so many families in crisis through the Mercedarian charism.
3. We offer: Prayer, Priesly Consults, Podcast, and Programs
We call the above "the four p's" because they represent each aspect of who we are and what we do. You can be assured of our prayers if you are family or individual in crisis or anyone needing prayer. All of the other areas of ministry are ones we take very seriously. Be sure to check out our website to learn more at www.Nonnatus.org.
4. We are Dedicated to You
We have an eight-person board and a director serving us as a non-profit. When you reach out to us we are very responsive, and we will return and email or any form of outreach just as soon as we can. We will also find out the exact steps to take in order for you to find the pastoral help you need.
5. We Won't Stop Praying
Most importantly, we are praying for all of our friends and benefactors always. Be sure to send us a prayer intentions at this link. Click HERE.
Would you like to donate to us for #GivingTuesday so that we can make greater impact for families in crisis who have pastoral questions or need our care?
We would be so grateful for a donation of any size through your sacrificial gift. Click below to donate and we thank you SINCERELY for you for your prayers and your care for the work we do!
#GivingTuesdaySRNF Giving Link
Help For Families in Crisis
World Meeting of Families 2015
Back in 2015, Pope Francis came to the U.S. and made a special stop in Philadelphia. This was a monumental event not only for the United States but for the city of Philadelphia. The Mercedarian Religious Order attended the event and the Mass by the Holy Father.
After the event concluded, some of the friars felt a nudge of the Holy Spirit. That nudge was a question to them regarding what they as friars could do as an Order to help families. With that, they decide to vote together with all the other priests and brothers of the Order in the U.S. about starting a foundation. It was between two areas, either: Families in Crisis or Outreach to those Affected by Human Trafficking. The votes were cast and decided, they would create a foundation with special emphasis toward Families in Crisis. Since 2015, that is exactly what they did.
With the feast day of St. Faustina and Our Lady of the Rosary going on, it seems appropriate to think about the Rosary and Divine Mercy. For people from broken families and families in crisis, the Rosary and Divine Mercy have special importance as opportunities for facilitating conversion and reconciliation, as well as peace, among families and marriages.
All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day serve as helpful reminders of the need to aspire towards perfection and union with God. We see souls at various stages. On one hand, we see souls who have attained perfection and are in Heaven. On another hand, we see souls going through purification – the Holy Souls in Purgatory and ourselves. We see what we are aspiring to in the Saints, and we see the need to aspire towards perfection now in the Holy Souls. In addition we see that we should pray for the Holy Souls, and perhaps in a mirror-like fashion, we see that we need to pray for others who are alive now to help them to reach Heaven and sanctity.