An Emerging New Community of Women
There is a new religious community of women in Clinton Township, Michigan. In her book, A Call to Trust, Catherine M. Lanni, Foundress and Spiritual Moderator of The Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy describes how on September 30, 1994 the Lord requested that she establish and form a religious order of women. The order will eventually be called the Sisters of Jesus’ Merciful Passion, and the women will wear a white habit with a cord of St. Joseph.
In the fall of 2012, Catherine received permission from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron to begin work on this new community of women and as time went on a clearer understanding of the process evolved. A planning committee worked fervently on the Statutes and Bylaws for this community of women, and on September 15, 2016, Archbishop Vigneron approved the Statutes which allows the women’s community to fall completely within the Private Association of Christian Faithful that is The Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy.
This new community of women will operate under the Appendix to the Statutes of The Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy. This Appendix describes the history, purpose, eligibility and commitment required for membership in the Community that will now be known as the Women of Jesus’ Merciful Passion.
On April 16, 2019, Archbishop Vigneron gave his approval and blessing for the women interested in discerning this community to begin living in the “Dwelling Place” located on the property of the Divine Mercy Center. May 13, 2019 marked the inception of the Women of Jesus’ Merciful Passion and the call from the heart of Jesus became a reality.
Mother Foundress Catherine Lanni
Catherine M. Lanni is a gifted speaker and the founder of The Servants of Jesus of The Divine Mercy, and the Divine Mercy Center in Clinton Township, Michigan.
In 1986, Catherine was miraculously healed through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary while on her deathbed, after giving birth to her youngest daughter. She made a promise that she would do something “good” for God (in return). In 1992, Jesus Christ appeared to Catherine and asked for “a total healing of every strata of the Church.”
Catherine recounts the entire story in her book, “A Call to Trust.”