INSIDE MADONNA HOUSE’S LAY COMMUNITY OF LOVE

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Madonna House is a lay Catholic community based in Combermere, Ontario and founded in 1947 by Russian emigré Catherine de Hueck Doherty (1896-1985).

Kathy Rodman joined the community in 1957. (Point of interest: her grandfather, Herman Rodman, was editor of The Tidings (later rebranded as today’s Angelus) in the early 1900s.

Today there are 190 community members. 61 others have died.

Kathy knew all of them except two.

Does Madonna House have a mission, a charism? She pauses. “I’d say our mission is to form a lay community of love.” Susanne Stubbs, who also came to Madonna House in the 50s, adds, “I’d say our primary purpose is to love one another and show that love to the world.”

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