JS: Volunteers pray round-the-clock for 30 years straight

While you're snug in bed, there's someone praying at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Mary's Visitation Parish in Elm Grove.

When the weather is cold and snowy, there's someone at the chapel. When terrifying world events paralyze us with shock, there's someone praying harder still.

Even during Packers games, a volunteer sits quietly in the presence of the consecrated host, the Blessed Sacrament, the very presence of Jesus, as Catholics believe.

As of Wednesday, the adoration has been going on for 30 years, 24 hours every day, a marvel of round-the-clock commitment and coordination. The church is celebrating with three special Masses this week.

"Over 260,000 hours for the past 30 years, there's been someone there praying, for their own needs and parish needs and the world," St. Mary's pastor, Rev. Peter Berger, told me when I visited the parish this week. "Some people pray rosaries. Some bring a spiritual book they want to read. Some people just sit and think and pray."

Bottom line: "There always needs to be at least one person in there. Always," Berger said.
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  1. Not to be Mr. Negative, but I was exceedingly disappointed at the Facebook comments on this story via JS Online's feed. Another great story with trolls trying to destroy it.

    1. That's too bad, I'm certain there is a special punishment in the afterlife where trolls follow earthly trollers around and rip on every thought they can muster.

  2. First of all, thanks for posting this, though it makes me as an "active contributor" look pretty inactive since you beat me to the post despite the fact that I work there!

    Secondly, I too was disappointed by the posters on the JS page, but was actually quite curious about what their background was. I was curious to know if they were indeed trolls (some were obvious), or if they were people who genuinely felt that the most important thing that Catholics and the Church should do is social service. This information would have big in trying to continue to spread the Gospel, especially the WHOLE Gospel in the Metro Milwaukee area.


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