A Letter from Bro. Mark

Hi Everyone,
This is Bro. Mark. I am the founder of the Hermits of St. Giles. I want to share with you a little of my life. When I was born I was diagnosed with a very rare disability/illness called Proteus Syndrome. Throughout my life I have had twenty two major surgeries. Most of these surgeries were successful attempts to help me walk. As a baby, my mom spiritually handed me over to our Blessed Mother Mary because the doctors told her that I would not live more than 24 hours. Mary then said to my mom, “you will have him for awhile but then I will take him”. My mom told this to me when I turned 26 when I had begun opening myself to God and really seeking to give my whole self to Him as a religious person, a religious brother.
I want to share my personal journey with you because I care about each of you. I also want to let you know that I founded the Hermits of St. Giles because I firmly believe the disabled and those with chronic illness can play a vital role in our Church. There are not many religious Orders in our faith Tradition that can accomodate the disabled with their medical needs. I, therefore, began this association for the disabled so we too can have the opportunity to serve our Lord Jesus in our own unique way. Please see the Hermits of St. Giles for a better understanding of our mission and spirituality.
Blessings in Christ,

About hermitsoftheholycross

The Hermits of the Holy Cross is a Contemplative Association for those who are permanently physically disabled and have become “home bound” to their local Church and are in need of continuous medical care. The Association of the Hermits of the Holy Cross is set-up in such a way that those who are ill and physically disabled can live out their monastic spirituality from their own home. We assist the Church and the world through our life of prayer and freely offering up our sufferings that stem from our disabilities. For the Hermits, our hermitage is within our heart and the Cross of Christ is life for us and for our world.
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