Guiding God's People
To Healing, Freedom & Purpose in Christ
Pray for Priests Calendar
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Daily Prayer for Clergy and Religious
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer for the spiritual renewal of bishops, priests, deacons, brother, sisters, lay ministers and seminarians of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. We praise You for giving their ministry to the Church. In these days, renew them with the gifts of Your Spirit.
You once opened the Holy Scriptures to Your disciples when You walked on this earth. Now renew Your ordained and chosen ones with the truth and power of Your Word.
In Eucharist, You gave Your disciples renewed life and hope. Nourish Your consecrated ones with Your own Body and Blood. Help them to imitate in their lives the death and resurrection they celebrate around Your altar.
Give them enthusiasm for the Gospel, zeal for the salvation of all people, courage in leadership and humility in service.
Give them Your love for one another and for all their brothers and sisters in You. For You love them, Lord Jesus, and we love and pray for them in Your Holy Name, today especially for ______________. Amen
The MARIAN SERVANTS® of the WORD was formed in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in July 1996. Our community is one of several Marian Servant communities across the United States beginning with the Marian Servants of Divine Providence® in Clearwater, FL in 1982. The mission statement of the Marian Servants is Guiding God’s People to Healing, Freedom, and Purpose in Christ.
Our community fosters that mission with a unique focus on spiritual direction, inner healing prayer, intercessory prayer and daily prayer for our priests, religious, deacons, and seminarians. By embracing the Marian Servants® Rule of Life of Holiness, Obedience, and Humble Servanthood, the Marian Servants® of the Word pray and grow together with the shared mission of becoming like Mary, in openness to the Holy Spirit and bringing Jesus to the world.
Our Marian Servant community meets every Thursday from 10am – 12pm. We have a time of prayer with Eucharistic Adoration after which we transition into a time of Praise and Worship opening our hearts to hear God speak. From there we enter into a teaching or presentation based on our Rule of Life or one of the many charisms of our community: Devotion to the Holy Spirit and to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, authentic Catholic teaching and loyalty to the Magisterium of the Church. As a community we celebrate Holy Mass once a month in our House of Prayer Chapel.
We welcome anyone who is seeking a deeper spiritual journey and a desire to live and grow in community with others. Marian Servants® of the Word is a Public Association of the Christian faithful and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Here is what some of our members have said regarding their call to community life with the Marian Servants® of the Word.
“I actively attend every Thursday community meeting to keep my heart rested in the Word of Jesus and the womb of Mary.” ~ Kritty Chouest
“My journey going deeper into the heart of Mary has brought me closer to Jesus: to serve Him, adore Him and praise Him more fervently. Coming together as a Marian community helps me to see the face Christ in others and bring Him to those in need in my own community where I live. Praise be to Jesus! ✝️”~ Melanie Babin
“I love my Marian Servants® community. They give me a place to safely be vulnerable and grow in my faith, to fully experience God’s love for me.” ~ Mary Thibodaux
“I was seeking an authentic community, a spiritual family, where I felt safe to share my faith in Christ and grow in holiness. What I received was so much more…the magis. I found healing, freedom and purpose in Christ, which I realized was the mission statement of the Marian Servants®. The moment I walked into the House of Prayer I had a feeling of belonging. Our Lady led me home…” ~ Sadie Bonvillain
Our House of Prayer
Our Marian Servant community has a House of Prayer which opened its doors in February 2000. We have a small house where we minister from, have our weekly meetings and celebrate Holy Mass once a month. Since that day, God’s people come seeking the healing of Christ: mind, body, soul and spirit. They become strengthened by his grace through Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Spiritual Direction and Inner Healing Prayer.
Spiritual Direction is recommended for people who are actively seeking God’s will in the midst of their daily life and a desire to deepen their relationship with Christ. In spiritual direction there is a one-on-one conversation about one’s experience of prayer. Our directors follow a prayer model inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatian prayer uses the imagination in praying with scripture and has one pray for a particular grace. A directee is encouraged to spend time daily with the Lord praying with holy scripture, bringing their day- to-day experiences into prayer. This is a time for dialogue and silence between the directee and God; sharing the deepest desires and struggles of their hearts while listening to the voice of God in the stillness of their hearts. The director acts as a compassionate listener, while the Holy Spirit is the active spiritual director. Our spiritual directors are trained by the Cenacle of our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction in Clearwater, Florida and certified through Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.
Private Inner Healing Prayer:
Marian Servants® of the Word have a trained and experienced inner healing prayer team. They have been trained through John Paul II Healing Center and Heart of the Father Ministries (Unbound).
Days of Reflection and Ignatian Silent Retreat:
Marian Servants® of the Word are available to offer Days of Reflection at its House of Prayer.
We offer a Silent Ignatian 5-day retreat yearly which is held at Lumen Christi Retreat Center in Schriever, LA the first week in November. The retreatants meet daily with a trained and certified spiritual director. Mass, Praying with Scripture, and Adoration are part of the daily schedule along with the sacrament of reconciliation.
Abide in Me
A group program created to deepen your relationship with the Lord using the eight themes of prayer developed by Fr. John Wickham S.J. This program is a grace-filled prelude to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
19th Annotation of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
This version of the Exercises is extended over several months so as to allow individuals to experience the exercises amidst their daily lives with weekly prayer practices, readings, and meditations. The individual will meet once a week to share their prayer experiences with a spiritual director.