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The Memorare Army in California

The Memorare Army in California

by Eileen Wittig

Last week Benedictine College’s president Stephen D. Minnis recruited members for the Memorare Army in Napa, Cal.

President Minnis was in California attending the Fifth Annual Napa Institute Conference. The Napa Institute was founded to “equip Catholic leaders to defend and advance the Catholic Faith in ‘the next America’ – today’s emerging secular society,” taking Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, as their patron.

On Saturday, President Minnis gave a presentation on Benedictine College. During the presentation he spoke about the Gregorian Institute, and specifically mentioned the Memorare Army, hoping to gather new members in the fight for religious liberty. As Minnis said, “At Napa on Saturday morning, we passed out a sign-up sheet to the 400 participants.  At my presentation I mentioned the Memorare Army and how we have over 3,000 participants — over 3 million Memorares being prayed for Religious Liberty.  I asked each of them to join and asked them all to pray a Memorare with me. The group was very receptive.”

Recent Benedictine College alumna Brianna Sluder, who also attended the Conference, said that “it was great to see the excitement for the Memorare Army at the Napa Institute last week. Folks were excited to learn about this opportunity to be united in prayer for religious liberty in our country.” She distributed a prayer tracker for those interested in joining.

The Memorare Army was started in 2012 with a petition for prayers for religious liberty in America following the H.H.S. mandate. Now the Army is looking for people to pray for religious liberty especially in regards to the protection of the exercise of religion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. Every new member adds 1,000 Memorares to the total. With every new member, the number of prayers storming heaven increases expotentially.

The U.S. Catholic bishops have urgently called for prayers for religious liberty. To join the Memorare Army, click here. You will find a prayer tracker to help count your memorares.

The Gregorian Institute is Benedictine College’s initiative to promote Catholic identity in public life by equipping leaders (the Gregorian speech digest), training leaders (the Gregorian Fellows), defending the faith (the Memorare Army for Religious Freedom), and celebrating Catholic identity (the Catholic Hall of Fame).

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.