My brother Scott has lived with the pain of schizophrenia for over 40 years,
almost all of my entire life. I remember the years before his diagnosis, when he would carry me on his
shoulders with our dog, taking me for a walk to throw rocks into the water. I adored him, my oldest brother,
and I shared in my family's pain as we watched him enter the throes of mental illness, in and out of hospitals
in Massachusetts and New York. My wife and I visit him frequently, bringing him his favorite milkshake,
candies and iced tea. We always remember to pray a Hail Mary with him before we leave. No matter how difficult
the visit, no matter how upset Scott might be, we always experience a moment of peace when we join hands with
him and pray. During these moments he is the most lucid, often smiling and, always hugging us when we
journey to support my brother and my family, I searched for spiritual support for those persons with mental illness
and their family members. I found none. I watched him become hospitalized year after year and he progressively became worse;
he never became well.
experienced the pain and grief of seeing a loved one suffer immensely from mental illness and only felt
helpless. Not to mention, the stigma and other people's attitude towards our family because of this disease. I felt
compelled to do something.
prayer to the Blessed Mother, I felt inspired by Her to begin this apostolate for Her most suffering children
through Her special son whose name is Saint Benedict Joseph Labre.
To date, our members number close to four thousand families
from some 40 countries. Some of our distinguished spiritual support members who are our friends include:
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, CFR, Mother Angelica and all of her sisters
and many, many others. The stories and the letters we receive on a daily basis are truly
heart-wrenching. We extend love and compassion to all of our
members. Will you join us?
Timothy Duff-, STM
NACC and ERD Certified Chaplain
For over twenty-five years I felt so alone in my sorrow from the
pain and mental anguish of my son's illness.
I wanted and needed the "healing
love" of my Church and the spiritual support of my brothers and sisters in Christ. But where was I to find
Now! I will never cry alone
And because of the Guild of St.
Benedict Joseph Labre, may no mother or anyone suffering from mental illness cry alone. We will hold you in our
heart, remember you in our loving prayers and cry with you; together, we will experience the love, comfort and hope
of the Merciful Mother of the Mentally Ill and St. Benedict Joseph Labre.
God brought us to Father Benedict J. Grosechel, CFR who has been there from the beginning to
advise and support us with his love and presence.
May this Guild bring you great
comfort and joy!
mother of Scott
Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, C.F.R. and Mrs. Mildred
It is an honor to be on pilgrimage with you.
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