A little of that feminine genius:
The [Brown] family worships at New England Chapel in Franklin, a member of the Christian Reformed Church of America, a Protestant denomination, but has developed a special relationship with an order of Cistercian Catholic nuns at Mt. St. Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham.
Many of the 48 nuns are from other countries, and Brown’s first contact was in response to their request for help on an immigration matter.
“It has turned into a beautiful friendship,’’ said Sister Katie McNamara, the monastery’s nurse.
Brown raised money to buy a special golf cart to transport elderly sisters, and, with his wife, has assisted efforts to raise $5.5 million needed to replace the order’s 50-year-old candy factory with an environmentally friendly plant, complete with solar panels and a wind turbine. The order is self-sustaining through sale of its candies and fudges.
“We pray for them every day,’’ Sister Katie said of Brown and his family.
“When you have nuns praying for you three times a day and you’re not Catholic, anything that anybody can do or say about me, it’s Teflon,’’ Brown said. “It bounces right off.’’
He's not pro-life and he may not understand Catholic teachings on many things, but with these fine women offering prayer coverage, he stands to do well. Thanks ladies!
[Rob Schenk gives more specific details on the church he attends, including the fact that: "Senator Brown’s pastor, Chris Mitchell, [is] a graduate of the evangelically renowned Gordon-Conwell Seminary, where Billy Graham once chaired the board."
That seminary may sound familiar because of it has many now-famous graduates, and an interesting history:
I knew several of the prominent Protestant ministers who converted to the Catholicism had gone to Gordon-Conwell Seminary in MA-but am amazed at the numbers: Marcus Grodi, Dr. Hahn, Steve Wood, Gerry Matatics, are there others? At one point during Steve Wood's journey home, he talks with a priest who taught at Gordon-Conwell when it was a Carmelite-run school for boys. They used to pray for vocations there before they closed shop and sold it to the seminary folks. Interesting..... "]