Milwaukee, Wisconsin

by Fr. Nabil Mouannes

The Trinity is Mystery. God is so clear, light from light, so close to the heart of man in good will.

Mysterious is the work of St. Sharbel. He is present. He is still performing his “Opus Dei” all over the world. Here, in Wisconsin, is St. Sharbel’s little flock. They keep the faith that can move mountains. They are planting the mustard seed that will grow and will become a tree full of fruit which will nourish all people from all nations who are hungry for true spiritual food. Wisconsin is the only place in North America which hosted an apparition of our Mother Mary, which received the seal of authenticity from Rome. Our community and I, under the protection of St. Sharbel, are happy to build our Mission under her grace and through the gift of her Immaculate Heart. Our Mission has already received the support and is under the protection of our Bishop Elias Zaidan, almost since the dawn of his installation.

Now we are celebrating the feast of St. Sharbel with Monsignor Sharbel Maroun, who was entrusted by Bishop Zaidan to take care of our Mission. Many priests helped him, and now, after four years, it is my turn, through the mystery of the Divine Heart, at the age of sixty, to work with zeal and devotion in the field of the Lord. I was nominated to be administrator of St. Sharbel to serve as the first local priest. This is my first celebration of the feast of St. Sharbel with my parishioners and their friends. I was also blessed to be asked to share parish responsibilities as the Associate Pastor of St. Lucy and St. Sebastian with Fr. Javier Guativa as pastor, thanks to Archbishop Jerome Listecki and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

The heart of God is like the heart of a mother. He is close to his little children until they are grown. Wherever you live, whoever you are, think about St. Sharbel Mission in Wisconsin and try to be the hand of St. Sharbel helping us to build his hermitage in Wisconsin. Come visit us. Be our miracle.

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