On August 5th Fr Ken Breen, O. de M. was interviewed by Michael O'Neill on the program "Miracle Hunter". Miracle Hunter is broadcast by Radio Maria, which can be heard in 11 states throughout the country.
In this interview, Fr.Ken, who is the Vicar Provincial of the US Vicariate, recounts the intriguing history of the Order which began in the 1200s in Spain, and involved ransoming Christian captives who were in danger of losing their faith. He also talks about how the Order's Charism applies to its mission today in such areas as helping families, working with youth, and aiding in the pro-life effort. The order is active in other parts of the world, such as Spain, Italy, South America, Africa and India, and their areas of service in those areas include jail ministry, immigrant services, and working to end human trafficking.
Fr. Ken also talks about his own journey in joining the Order of Mercy. While growing up, he liked science and math. His path of discernment led him to discover a vocation to love. He had to decide whether his vocation would involve marriage or something else. He found the beginning of his journey in this simple word from Christ: "No greater love does one have than this: to lay down one's life for one's friend." (Jn 15:13) He was also attracted to this Marian order, in part due to his mother's devotion to Our Lady.
This interview was conducted by Michael O'Neill on the program "Miracle
Hunter," and broadcast by Radio Maria.
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