Mgr. Palud corrects me, and he's looking for vocations


Monsignor Michael Palud - a knowledgeable priest whose many titles includes doctor of canon law, Vicar General of the Diocese of Mandeville, and Prior General of the Missionary Society of Mandeville - has gently corrected my earlier comments about how the society was founded out of the ashes of the Fils de Marie, which were based upon media reports I had read. (And before I forget, please check out the related Journey of a Young Priest blog - well worth reading for those following the LC situation). I apologize for the inaccuracies in my initial report, and appreciate Mgr. Palud taking time to correct the record (which I have bolded and italicized) and give CL readers a first-hand account of how his institute was founded - an experience that gives hope to those currently in LC/RC:

Dear Pete,

Interesting comment, although not totally accurate. Allow me to expand. Before the Fils de Marie saga broke out, indeed a few years before that, the officials of the Propagation of the Faith advised Bishop Boyle, former Superior General of the Passionists and First Bishop of Mandeville, that he might consider founding a missionary group of men dedicated especially for mission work in the Caribbean and to sustain the missionary works of the Diocese. I was his Vicar General at the time (and still am the Vicar General of the Diocese). I encouraged Bishop Boyle to go forward. He was touched by my enthusiasm, but said to me, "Mike, I am too old to begin something new, and then again, I would need a group of men to begin this."

When the Fils de Marie became manifestly heretical, the Superior General--after the Doctrinal Note of 2000 bearing Cardinal Ratzinger's signature was published--ordered all the Sons of Mary "back home" to Canada. Five Sons of Mary, including myself, left the institute and remained in the Diocese of Mandeville. We were just interested in continuing our lives as missionaries, under the guidance of our Bishop like all the other missionaries in the Diocese.

It was then that the BISHOP approached us and proposed to us the project which the authorities in Rome had nudged him to do a few years earlier. He first convoked me and asked me if I remembered what he had told me about this project. "Of course, I remember Your Excellency, I even pushed your Excellency to go forward with it."

He replied, "Yes, that is correct. I was thinking of giving that project to you and your men [who left the Sons of Mary]."

I said to him, "If that is your intention, Your Excellency, you will have to speak with the men yourself."

So, a few days later, he convoked us all to his office, thanked us for remaining faithful to the Church and the People of God then he sat us together and gave to all present what was to be our initial legislation [remember, Paul Boyle was an excellent canonist]. One of our members asked if we could reflect on this before embarking on this new venture he was proposing to us.Indeed, the separation from our Institute had been painful. Naturally he said yes and we took time to pray and discern. Then we said yes to this project.

Our charism of course is Passionist, Marian and Missionary. We have an excellent relationship with the Passionist General and of course with our new Bishop who is a Passionist. Indeed we are considered a "branch" of the Passionists (like there are many branches in the Franciscan family).

We are configured as a Diocesan Society of Apostolic Life. After our consent to his project, Bishop Boyle formally founded and established the Mission Society of Mandeville by episcopal Decree. He received the perpetual incorporation of the first members. He then appointed a Passionist as our first Master of Novices as vocations started coming to join us. The rest is history.

We run a high school, a home for abandoned children, two parishes, a mission station and we staff the Passionist Retreat House and do retreat work..A number of us occupy curial positions. As for me, I am still the Vicar General of the Diocese, another member is the Diocesan M.C. and Liturgy Director. Another member occupied the Office of Youth Ministry for a number of years. We are also involved in tertiary education within the Catholic College of Mandeville. Our life is totally "poured out" for the sake of he missions in this developing country.

Indeed, we would welcome anyone who is serious, hard-working, has a genuine love for the Eucharist, the Blessed Mother and the Magisterium (a good sensus Ecclesiae!), has a genuine sense of mission and being with the People of God, and ready to lay down his life in the Mission Lands forever by proclaiming the memory of the Passion to our People.

We have more work than we have men. We were asked to open in other areas of the Caribbean. So, anyone interested can petition, and we will help them in the process.

I just wanted to set the record straight that we did not intend to begin something new. We did not approach our Bishop. He approached us with this project, founded our Institute, guided us, presided the first General Chapter and obtained a first grant from the Propagation of the Faith to help us begin the Mission Society of Mandeville. He has left this world, but has left us a legacy intimately tied to mission life, passionist and marian spirituality.

Out of a terrible experience of death came new life. And I am grateful for it.

Monsignor Michael Palud, JCD
Vicar general of the Diocese
Prior General of the Mission Society

Again, thank-you Monsignor for correcting the record, fpr doing so with charity, and for giving hope to others now going through what you went through a decade ago. Now let's see if we can net you some vocations!


Dear Director,
Greetings of love, joy and peace to you from Fr.Bharath, how are you? I hope that you are safe and secure by the grace of God. Here it is same with me. I pray that may Good Lord bless you and keep you in good health of mind and body.

At the out set let me introduce myself to you that I am Fr.Bharath ordained on may 14th in 2009,and now I am doing my ministry of the Lord, at present I am incharge of the parish called St. Francis Xavier Church, at a time incharge of the poor children and at present I am having ninghty six(96) poor children with what I have of my little amount I am sparing for them. The children are very poor. They cannot able to afford themselves for their food,clothes,and for their education. I always feel to do something for them,but I am not able to do. because of lack of financial support. When I see them I get tears in my eyes. The little I am doing for them gives me a lot of internal happiness. I also adopted orphan children and also looking after their expenses and for their education. Here I am in need of your help both by prayers and financial support, really here I am struggling a lot to meet my expenses as well as the parish’ expenses and children expenses. Here I ask you to support me, the way that you want, it is like the forest to go to one substation, to be frank with you, I have no proper vehicle and near by places we come across the wild elephants . mostly the Holy masses are celebrated during nigh time usually at 7 pm hours and by the time I reach back to the parish it is around 10pm hours. In doing ministry I have no problems but to reach each village is the problem no proper transportation, one more thing no proper vestments and no proper mass kit what to do here I am in helpless condition, first of all I have no proper food from where can I bring money and purchase these things. Really I am in helpless condition, I hope so that you would do something, for my mission work. I could get no sources from any one. At least help me in providing me some clothes for the poor children, and some rosaries to develop the faith in the Lord and give some mass intentions,mass vestments and mass kit. if you support children and also for me I am the most happiest person in this world. I hope that I could get the positive reply from you, let me also become good missionary with your help. some times I feel to go away from this life what to do I get some temptations what can I do. I know it is very difficult to live like missionary in this mission country. Most often I cry myself. Please do continue to pray for me so that I may faithful to my vocation and my mission. Seeking your prayers here I remain in God’s love and keeping in my prayers that may good Lord bless you and keeping you in good health of mind and body

Yours Faithfully,



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I have to add here, as I reread myself that the above is, of course, in a condensed form. It is true that all happened after the 2000 decree. However the steps in which this happened were more detailed, actually too detailed to be put in this Blog. Some people might, through this simplification, think that I am lying, or hiding the truth, far from it.In rereading myself it would seem that the Superior General ordered the Sons of Mary home immediately. A good number of months passed by before this happened.

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