Atlanta, Ga. 9/28/2007 4:23:03 AM
News / Religion

Six Army of Mary Nuns Excommunicated from Roman Catholic Church

Six Roman Catholic nuns from Hot Springs, Arkansas have been excommunicated from the Church after it was discovered they belonged to the Army of Mary movement, long considered a heretical group by the Vatican.


The central belief behind the Community of the Lady of All Nations, commonly referred to as the Army of Mary, is that Mary is at the same level as God and that the movement’s founder, Marie Paul Giguere, is a reincarnation of the Blessed Mother.


Giguere founded the movement in Quebec in 1971 after she reportedly had visions of Mary. The Church originally recognized the movement as embracing the teachings of Christ but by 1987 they declared the central beliefs of the organization to be heretical.


The six nuns had been given the opportunity to separate themselves from the movement’s teachings but each one refused leaving Monsignor J. Gaston Hebert to notify them of the excommunication orders delivered from Rome.


As a result of their excommunication the six nuns will no longer be allowed to call their the Good Shepard Monastery of Our Lady of Charity and Refuge or the St. Michael Catholic Church Child Care located in Hot Springs a Catholic organization.


The six nuns were identified as Sister Mary Theresa Dionne, Sister M. Gerard Lalancette, Sister Marietta Fecteau, Sister Mary Ann Lalancette, Sister Theresa Marie Lalancette and Sister Mary Thomas O’Keefe.


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