2019 to Present
In February 2019, we welcomed Father Richard Rasch, OdeM as pastor of St. Mary Mother of Mercy and Father Michael Donovan, OdeM as pastor of St. Edwards in Starke. Both Father Richard and Father Michael live in residence at the rectory in Macclenny. In the few short months that Father Richard has been with us, we have installed church bells that joyfully ring out daily, a sign that we are a vibrant and active community. Additionally, Father Richard also rescued a beautiful statue of St. Mary, Mother of Mercy from a decommissioned church in Connecticut, coincidentally also named St. Mary Mother of Mercy. The statue is life size, originated in Spain and is one hundred years old – a treasure!
The Order of The Blessed Virgin Mary was invited by Bishop Estevez to come to the Diocese of St. Augustine to minister in the many state prisons in the area and Florida State Hospital as well.