We’re writing you to report a real and remarkable event in the making of Philomena House. Recently a woman gifted us with an actual relic of our little martyred saint.
The relic itself is a tiny dark speck on a piece of white cloth inside a round silver case that we placed in a gold metal reliquary about four inches high. Inside the silver case is a paper tag bearing these words: Philomenae V. M. (Philomena Virgin Martyr). The case is sealed with wax embedded with the Vatican seal. Although we have no papers, the packaging seems to indicate that it is a first-class relic.
Our benefactor is Mary Henseler, a local artist who creates religious jewelry from antique finds. Mary tells us that she rarely sees relics, so she wanted to own this one. After she had held the relic for several months, she learned about Philomena House at a deanery meeting where Bernie spoke. She thought immediately that the Philomena relic should belong to us. So she publicly presented it to Bernie in May at the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. That event is how we came to be owners of this precious gift, which we truly believe to be the working of Saint Philomena. We think she has carried us to a turning point in our search for a residence we can call home. (We hope we can tell you more in our next newsletter.)
Thank you all for your generous gifts! Remember, Philomena House is a federal tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. With your tax-free contributions, you save babies’ lives from the horror of abortion. You also ensure the well being of their desperate mothers.
P.S. Find (and “Like”) Mary Henseler on Facebook, at “She Sells Sanctuary.”
P.P.S. We are available to speak to your group about our work.