It is my great pleasure to introduce myself and the Maryland Flame of Love. The first Flame of Love prayer cenacle in Maryland formed in 2012 as a result of a Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary by the Legion of Mary in our area. While planning a county-wide Consecration preparation, we discovered MyConsecration.org, Director Ray Mooney and Tony Mullen, Flame of Love National Director. In one of his e-mails, Ray included a link to an online draft of the Flame of Love Diary. Several of us were so enchanted by Elizabeth Kindelmann and the Flame of Love devotion that we started a prayer cenacle on July 20, 2012.
We ordered boxes of cards and small booklets from the Canadian website and began to spread the devotion throughout our area. After attending the first Regional Conference in the Philadelphia area, I met members of the National Team and began to attend their meetings monthly. The joy shared by the members was unlike anything I had ever experienced. In early 2017, Tony asked us to start our own state Flame of Love team in Maryland and our first leaders meeting was held on February 26, 2017. The Flame of Love has since spread throughout the state of Maryland and into Washington, DC. There are also cenacles in Virginia and North Carolina, all of which comprise the Lower Mid-Atlantic Region.
Sharing this devotion and meeting others who have embraced this grace has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I feel my role is to grow in love for my brothers and sisters, no matter where they are in their spiritual journeys, and to help them discover God’s unconditional love for each of them.
I grew up in Northern Ohio, a cradle Catholic, and was blessed to be a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Tiffin, Ohio, now a home of a Flame of Love cenacle! My mother was Byzantine Catholic and I was influenced from an early age by the Marian women in her family. Through them and their faithful prayers and sufferings, Our Blessed Mother has continually shown us her never-ending love for us as we all journey together toward a deeper love for her Son through our own personal growth in holiness. I try to imitate Our Lady’s “yes” by being available to my parish and others by serving on our Parish Council, in Bereavement Ministry as a Grief Group facilitator, as a catechist, and an RCIA sponsor. I am married to Norman, a convert to Catholicism in 2000, and we have a grown son, Nick