Together in Spirit

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

From the Desk of Fr. Mike

First Part of My Journey

Posted by Anne Serwe on 5/11/21

It seemed to me that the best way to get my luggage from Lino Lakes to Downington was to drive. I would have preferred to take the train, but there was one segment of that trip that did not allow large luggage. I started on a Friday and drove ... Read More »

Saint John Vianney Center

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/26/21

Saint John Vianney Center is located in Downington Pennsylvania. The town is a suburb of Philadelphia and situated about 30 miles from that city center. Due to COVID the institution kept itself locked tight. I was entirely “grounded” for the entire length of my stay. When I arrived I ... Read More »

Starting the Journey toward Health

Posted by Anne Serwe on 4/14/21

On last year’s July 4th weekend, I found myself having difficulty breathing. Although I have a CPAP machine that provides pressurized air for me to breath it was not enough. I had been wheezing for several weeks prior to this moment but I just attributed that to a growing ... Read More »

Send Fr. Mike a Card

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/26/20

We heard from Fr. Mike earlier this week and he sent his well wishes for everyone. If you would like to send him a note or card, please feel free to do so at:

St. John Vianney Center

Attn: Fr. Mike Anderson

151 Woodbine Road,

Downingtown PA 19335 


On Sabbatical and Prayers for You All at this Time

Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/04/20

I have been given an opportunity to go on a health and wellness sabbatical and I welcome this opportunity. I will be going to the St. John Vianney Center in Downington, PA where I will be participating in a weight loss and wellness program. I also will be working ... Read More »

The Struggle of Saying "Yes"

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/28/20

Growing up I found it easier to say yes to what my parents asked of me than to argue with them. However, this does not mean I immediately acted on what they asked of me! A request to cut the grass often led to a three-day period in which ... Read More »

Pre-Synod Prayer

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/14/20

A few weeks ago I gave an update of the Archdiocesan synod process. I gave you the basic outline of the points that will be covered in the synod.  I also told you that the synod would take place on Pentecost of 2021. A day after this was published ... Read More »

Understanding Jesus' Message

Posted by Anne Serwe on 9/01/20

St. Peter finally gets it when asked by Jesus: “who do you say that I am”. His answer is a definite and definitive: “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.” Yet this week as Jesus continues his teaching, Peter finds it all too much as Jesus ... Read More »

Update on Our Archdiocesan Synod

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/24/20

As we have been living through the pandemic precautions the Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening sessions tended to fade into the background. However, Archbishop Hebda and his team continued to process what they heard and just recently articulated the focus areas of the 2022 Archdiocesan Synod.  These will be three ... Read More »

We Need Give and Take

Posted by Anne Serwe on 8/17/20

I am part of this country as you are too. I believe in this country and it’s people. I believe in the divine principals of justice and freedom for which these people fought which will grow up as the nation grows. I believe no petty evil can harm the ... Read More »


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