Mercy of God Prayer Center. Austin, Texas, USA
The Society of Prayer Centers of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Intl. was originally founded by Rev. James Wheeler, S.J. and Sr. Dympnha Murray, R.S.M. in 1983. Growth now includes thirteen (13) Centers located in Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica and United States. The 2015 Society Meeting in Puebla, Mexico will consider the application of more Centers for inclusion in the Society, increasing our number of members.
Georgina Antaya has served as founder since 1983 and Vice-President of this organization for seven years. We have participated in several 8-day Annual Directors’ Meetings and we will host the 2016 Meeting in San Antonio. As we did in 2004.
In 2013, The Society of Centers was invited by the Nuncio in Costa Rica to apply for a Vatican Decree as a Lay Catholic Faithful Organization .The Society Constitution and other requirements have been submitted. After initial investigation, permission is granted for application to pursue this status. Mercy of God Center is included in this endeavor.
The following are some of the Priests who have been support our Ministeries.
- Father James Wheeler, S.J., Apostolic Director and Originator
of School for Spiritual Growth and Inner Healing.
- Father Robert Michele and Father Charlie Davis, former chaplains.
- Monsignor George Tydlacka, donor of property .
- Father Ralph Brennan and Father Oliver Weerakkody, participants in Next Step Program (SSG).
We are a community of lay people dedicated to living the message of God’s healing mercy through works of mercy.
We recognize healing prayer as an expression of the deepest need of our human souls. Because we have experienced God’s healing and transforming presence in our lives, we are dedicated to praying with others for healing.
We are devoted to providing a listening, caring, discerning and companioning ministry to those who come seeking.
3. Programs and Ministries
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION CENACLES
Our mission is to encourage devotion to this Message of God’s Mercy which Pope Paul II said had influenced his Papacy. Cenacles of EADM have been established in many parishes. Study includes the Scriptures, The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Diary of Saint Faustina as it pertains to the Revelations to this Saint in the 1930’s.
In one parish al one, since 2001, many have participated and engaged in the Deeds of Mercy including Communion to the homebound, celebrating Bi-lingual Divine Mercy Sunday and Holy Hour, prayer for the sick and dying in Eucharistic Chapels, etc.
In addition, Mercy of God Prayer Center has hosted many Days of Reflection and retreats at parishes over the years, as well as at our Prayer Center location.
NEXT STEP PROGRAM
For those who have experienced a Renewal of Faith by participating in CHRP, ACTS, Cursillo, Charismatic Renewal, College Awakening Programs, etc.
NSP Program offers a deepening of one’s faith through the Ignatian Exercises in a 28-step format over Four Semesters paralleling the Life of Christ in the Scriptures. It provides for healing of unresolved issues in one’s life through Repentance, Forgiveness, Guilt/Regret, Anger, Grief, Judgment, Healing of Identity, Relationships, to name a few topics.
Authored by Rev. James Wheeler, S.J. and Sr.Dymphna Murray, R.S.M., Next Step includes Days of Reflection, Retreats and Inner Healing by trained Prayer Ministers by appointment. Numbers of people benefiting from Next Step is over 400 in the Diocese.
Prayer Ministers are trained through Francis McNutt’s Programs used widely by Healing Ministries and even recently by the Vatican.
MERCY OF GOD PRAYER CENTER