THE LITTLE CHAPEL OF
OUR LADY HEALER OF HEARTS
DEDICATED 8 SEPTEMBER ANNO DOMINI 2018
Gregor Mussner hand carving the statue of Our Lady Healer of Hearts at his studio in Ortisei, Italy.
St. Juan Diego, a 5" x 7" watercolor on paper, hand painted by Lydia Grace Kadar-Kallen.
Laverne Schuster meticulously creates the stand that holds the statue of Our Lady Healer of Hearts.
Gregory Robertson is pictured beginning the process of creating a series of icons that are located throughout the Dannebohm Residence, including the chapel.
Father Andy Hammeke blesses the hand crafted processional crucifix used by the society for prayer services. When not in use, the crucifix stands in the chapel.
Don Merriman meticulously works on creating the stained glass window that casts a beautiful spectrum of color in the chapel.
The hand made processional Crucifix, used in prayer services conducted by the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts.
“You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips but with your heart; in fact on certain occasions you should speak to Him only with your heart.”
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
6:30 a.m. Lauds (Morning Prayer)
7:15 a.m. The Most Holy Rosary
(Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
8:00 a.m. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
(Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday at St. Mary Queen
of the Universe, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at Sacred
3:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:30 p.m. The Most Holy Rosary
(Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
6:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening Prayer)
9:00 p.m. Compline (Night Prayer)
ABOUT THE CHAPEL
The Little Chapel of Our Lady Healer of Hearts is located at Sursum Corda, the ministry's House of Prayer.
Blessed according to the rite of the Church, and in accordance with canon law, the oratory is exclusively reserved for divine worship by members of the Society of Our Lady Healer of Hearts and guests of the household.
The chapel is not a tourist attraction.
Rather, it is a sacred space set apart from the rest of the residence, where the faithful can intimately encounter God through prayer. Other than communal prayer, in order to maintain a sacred atmosphere, talking is not permitted in the chapel. Adjacent to the space is a small sitting room for quiet conversation.
Outside the entrance to the chapel is a 24" x 48" hand painted image of Christ embracing the Prodigal son, by artist, Gregory Robertson.
Upon entering the chapel, one can’t help but notice the beautiful stained glass window created by artist, Don Merriman.
Just in front of the chapels's eastern wall (considered the "main wall") is a breathtaking statue of Our Lady Healer of Hearts.
Internationally acclaimed master sculptor, Gregor Mussner of the world-renowned Mussner G. Vincenzo Art Studio was commissioned to create the statue. In his studio, located in Ortisei, in the Dolomite Mountains of northeastern Italy, Mussner hand carved the 43" tall from linden wood imported from Croatia. Mussner’s art studio, was founded in 1892. The 126-year-old studio has received numerous awards and acknowledgements of excellence. In 1998, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, commissioned Mussner to create a statue entitled, “Mary of Nazareth.” The statue, depicting a young Mary, made a worldwide Marian Pilgrimage through 50 countries.
Along the top of the north and south walls of the chapel are the Stations of the Cross. The 5” x 5” depictions are cast in bronze and imported from India. Along the middle of the north, south, and west walls are 5” x 7” depictions of: The 3 Fátima Children, St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. Juan Diego, St. Catherine Laboure, St. Dominic, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Venerable María de Jesús de Ágreda, St. Simon Stock, St. Francis de Sales, St. John Paul II, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Anna, St. Ephraim of Syria, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Faustine Kowalska, St. Maria de Mattias, St. Elizabeth the Cousin of the Virgin Mary, The Servant of God Gwen and Jerry Coniker, The Servant of God Emil Kapaun, Blessed Stanley Rother, and St. Bonaventure. Each image was hand painted in watercolor by artist, Lydia Grace Kadar-Kallen of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Each saint depicted was chosen because of their fervent devotion to, and subsequent evangelization of, the Blessed Mother.
A 24” x 48” of the Divine Mercy also adorns the oratory’s western wall. The icon has a 23 karat gold leaf background and was painted by Gregory Robertson. A small altar sits at the foot of the icon.
The statue's unique and highly symbolic base, the "vine and branches" candle stands, and the beautiful vigil candle stand were all created by father and son duo, Laverne and Brad Schuster. Each one-of-a-kind piece was welded meticulously by hand.
The processional crucifix, which will be used by the Society of Our Lady Healer of Hearts.
Handcrafted by society member, Jeff Ward, the crucifix is made of 75 year old walnut, milled from a tree that once stood at his great-grandparent’s home. Imported from a monastery in Italy, the centuries old corpus is made of bronze and is Romanesque in style. Upon closer examination, you’ll note that this particular depiction of Christ is gentle, merciful, healing. His eyes, His hands, His facial expression all suggest that His death on the cross was, indeed, the ultimate act of love.
The sacred space is a beautiful dwelling for the statue of Our Lady Healer of Hearts made possible by the dedicated artists, craftsmen, and volunteers who embrace the vision of the society and have a true devotion to Our Blessed Mother.
The Statue of Our Lady Healer of Hearts, patroness of the Servants of Our Lady Healer of Hearts.