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April 12, 2014

Body & Soul in Brief: 04/12/2014

Volunteer orientation

TRAVERSE CITY — Peace Ranch will hold a volunteer orientation day on April 19.

The event will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the ranch, 2570 Hoosier Valley Road. Potential volunteers or individuals interested in learning more about Peace Ranch are welcome. Attendees will receive information about training dates and have the chance to see programs for 2014. For details or if planning to attend, email

Divine Mercy Novena

TRAVERSE CITY — A pilgrimage will travel from Traverse City to St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord on April 27, to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, and devotees are reminded that Divine Mercy Novenas should be started on Good Friday, April 18.

Divine Mercy Sunday is a day of thanksgiving for God’s goodness in the Easter mystery. Sister Maria Faustina Kowalski, a sister of Our Lady of Mercy at a convent in Plock, Poland, received a vision of Jesus on Feb. 22, 1931. In the vision, he directed her to have the appearance of himself as the Merciful Savior painted and then venerated publicly and solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday was named a feast day by Pope John Paul II at the canonization of St. Faustina in 2000. Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII both will be canonized as saints on Divine Mercy Sunday at the Vatican.

Novena pamphlets are available in local churches. A bus will leave at 1 p.m. April 27 from the St. Francis Church parking lot on South Union Street for Gaylord. It will return by 6 p.m. There is no charge, but donations for gas and the driver are appreciated. For details or to reserve a seat, call Anna Couturier, 941-8410. To learn more about Divine Mercy, visit

Critical Care symposium

TRAVERSE CITY — Margie Murray-Wright, a professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, is the keynote speaker at the April 26, Twin Bays Chapter, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, spring symposium.

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