Mary, Mother of Priests Chapel
Highlighting 1000 Holy Priests
Help us bring the chapel to life!
Coming to Fort Wayne, IN in 2022 - 2023 God willing!
Is there a priest who has helped and encouraged you? Say thank you with a plaque sponsorship!
Names of priests will be displayed in our chapel, and on this website, to be prayed for daily.
Not only is this a way for us to honor the spiritual fathers who have helped us along the way, but it will also serve to encourage vocations through the example of these holy men.
Each plaque sponsorship is $180. Funds will go towards the renovation of Guadalupe Men's Vocation Discernment House, where the chapel will be built.
Guadalupe House is a men's discernment house in Fort Wayne, IN. It's a place where men who are struggling to hear God's voice can set aside time for the Lord, while living in community with other men on the same mission. To learn more about this mission, and about Annunciation Women's Discernment House, see www.FranciscanVocationHouse.com
Vocation Discernment Houses are operated by the Confraternity of Penitents with the support of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN. Father Dan Koehl, pictured with Bishop Kevin Rhoades, is spiritual advisor to the houses.
Mary, Mother of Priests Chapel is dedicated to Dom Julian Stead, OSB. His memorabilia will be one of the chapel’s features. Fr. Julian supported the Confraternity of Penitents through its refounding in 2003. In his over sixty years as a priest and as a teacher at Portsmouth Abbey School, Fr. Julian had significant positive influence over a huge number of people, from the least of the students to great civic and church leaders. May he rest in peace, as he was God’s faithful servant.
Mary, Mother of Priests Chapel will be built inside Guadalupe Men's Vocation Discernment House. The chapel will feature the names of 1000 holy, Catholic priests who are honored by those who sponsor their names on the chapel walls.
The Chapel will be used daily by men discerning a priestly, religious, or other vocation. Primary daily prayer will be the Divine Office (Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer) and private, contemplative prayer. On occasion, Holy Mass will be offered in the Chapel.
All Chapel benefactors and sponsored priests will be remembered during prayer times and Masses.
Visitors will be welcome, by appointment, to visit Mary, Mother of Priests Chapel. Benefactors will have the opportunity to locate the name of their special priest on its walls (also by appointment).
Guadalupe House, Fort Wayne, IN (Click photo to view slideshow.)
Guadalupe House was vacant when a burst water pipe in the second floor bathroom severely damaged much of the house. The greatest devastation occurred in the first and second floor bathrooms, and in the room that will become Mary, Mother of Priests Chapel.