EWTN TV and radio host announces formation of new religious community
Raised a conservative Jew, Moss spent 18 years as an evangelical Protestant before becoming a Catholic in 1995.
The new group will be called the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope, she told an audience of more than 200 at the Catholic Breakfast Club of Sacramento.
Moss, 65, said she hopes to move to St. Louis within a few months, intends to fulfill as many of her scheduled speaking engagements in the coming year as possible, and plans to continue her radio program from St. Louis.
She is working now on designing a floor-length habit, along with a basket to hold religious articles which sisters will distribute both in the poorest areas of the city and the richest.
"The purpose of this religious community is to flood the world with holy habits as signs to God," said Moss, who is also a staff apologist with Catholic Answers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the Catholic faith through all forms of media.
She said she intends to go into the streets with a team of joy-filled sisters and share the good news.
"I want to tell the world that God hasn't left. He is still here. We are loved by the God who made us for himself. I want to show there is no such thing as secular and religious. There is no division. All is from God," she said.
Moss said her group will be an evangelistic, teaching community following in the spiritual tradition of St. Francis de Sales, whose writings and sermons inspired many to convert to Catholicism. She already has a few women who plan to join her, she added.
"I'll come back to Sacramento one day in a habit," said Moss. "Hold nothing back from God."
Quoting Father Stan Fortuna, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal known for his music and preaching, she said that "if we keep what God has given us, we are thieves. There is no true, lasting happiness apart from giving our lives to God."
Raised a conservative Jew, Moss spent 18 years as an evangelical Protestant before becoming a Catholic in 1995. She detailed her journey of faith to the Catholic Breakfast Club. In closing she said the group was the first to hear of the new community.
Copyright (c) 2007 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
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