Casa Guadalupe is a house of prayer and discernment for women. Our first house is dedicated to discernment of religious formation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson in New Jersey. Our second house is dedicated to the formation of missionaries and is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
Thank you to all who supported our Mission to the Philippines! February 2014 see http://www.mariaminano.com for pictures of our mission!
Casa Guadalupe is a house of Catholic lay and consecrated women striving to live an authentic Franciscan spirituality in a communal life of prayer, service to the poor and the Church under the spiritual direction of Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR.
The women at Casa Guadalupe discern their vocation through prayer, healing and service. The service mission of Casa Guadalupe is work with the poor and evangelization– especially in pro-life and chastity ministries. The different ways that this comes to life are:
• Feeding the hungry and tending the homeless with the CFR’s
• Pro-life ministry in front of abortion clinics
• Work with at risk women
• Ministry of chastity education to youth and young adults through Corazon Puro and LIFENET
• Foreign missions
• Youth ministry
• Ministry of Sacred music
Casa Guadalupe strives to do this with an integral vision of human formation and the New Evangelization. An emphasis on the good, the true and the beautiful marks every step in what we hope to accomplish.
“House of discernment for women offers community life, prayer” by Cecile San Agustin, Beacon
“This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” -Psalm 118:23
The original four women met in a college Catholic Campus ministry and wanted to live together in a life of prayer and service. We had a love for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mexican food, and a desire to pray for priests, serve the Church and the poor, especially in pro-life ministries. We moved into a two bedroom apartment, named it “Casa Guadalupe,” prayed morning and evening prayer together, served with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and began to meet more and more women longing for the same life of discernment.
Under the direction of Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR, we began to gather on a monthly basis to discuss discernment of religious vocation, and Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation, “Vita Consecrata.” Several of the women in our house were specifically discerning the lay consecrated life, and asked Father Agustino to help them to live out the evangelical counsels in a more concrete way. They also mentioned needing to move into a bigger place…since women would come to visit the apartment and end up staying for days, saying they had ‘received healing’ and asking to move into “our community.” Casa Guadalupe didn’t intend to be a ‘community’ but it seemed the Lord had other plans.
Fr. Agustino spoke with Bishop Arthur Serratelli, who graciously welcomed Casa Guadalupe into the Diocese of Paterson and provided a home for us. We moved in April 2nd, the anniversary of the passing of Blessed John Paul II, a special patron of ours. The following month, two more women moved in, and by the summer we were 9 women in a 3 bedroom house. One woman has since returned to Texas for school, and another received a scholarship to Ave Maria University for hispanic women in discernment. In January, one more will be moving in.
We have finished building our chapel as we strive to live a scheduled life of prayer in the midst of work and school. (Most of the women in the house work in parish ministry; several are students). We now host the monthly “Vita Consecrata” meetings at Casa with a holy hour offered by Fr. Agustino. We continue to enjoy working with the Friars, serving the poor, receiving women for a short visit to receive healing, and serving on foreign mission trips.
We are amazed and humbled to see the Good things the Lord has planned for those who love Him, and await the good things to come, for His Will is love and mercy itself.