Father Gaitley Mercy Message Comes to Benedictine and Kansas City

The end of the jubilee Year of Mercy is approaching, and Father Michael Gaitley is coming to Benedictine College to help close the year out. The Marian of the Immaculate Conception priest plans to give a talk on campus Oct. 19 at 7 pm (on-campus location to be determined).

The popular priest is author of the Marian consecration book 33 Days to Morning Glory and visited campus in 2013 to help celebrate the consecration of Benedictine College to Mary. He helped lead hundreds of students to consecrate themselves to Mary that year.

His follow up “do it yourself retreat” book for this year is called 33 Days to Merciful Love and focuses on the devotions of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Faustina.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann is recommending Father Michael’s book for the close of the Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Kansas City-Kan.

In a recent column, Archbishop Naumann reported that “busloads of pilgrims have come from both Kansas and Nebraska” to walk through holy doors in the Year of Mercy.

St. Benedict’s Abbey Church on the campus of Benedictine College is one of the designated Year of Mercy Holy Door shrines in the Archdiocese.

“Several pastors have noted an increase in confessions at their parishes during this jubilee year,” he said. “Many penitents are returning to the sacraments after being absent for many years.”

In advance of a separate visit to Kansas City from Father Gaitley, Archbishop Naumann wrote:

“I am inviting every member of the archdiocese to join me in making ‘a do-it-yourself retreat’ by pondering the daily meditations in Father Michael Gaitley’s book, 33 Days to Merciful Love,” he said. “Several parishes have ordered large quantities of 33 Days to Merciful Love, and will be making them available to their parishioners.”

He said, “I cannot think of a better way to conclude the jubilee Year of Mercy than making this do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for consecrating yourself to Divine Mercy,” wrote the Archbishop. “I hope you will join me in this prayerful conclusion to this jubilee year.”

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.