ELLENBURG CENTER —
“It used to be his family home when he was younger,” Hanley said. “He started the House of Prayer based on the idea of laypeople coming to live in communities to pray and work. It was based on Catherine Doherty’s community in Ontario, which was laypeople coming to live together to live a vocation of prayer and work.”
The House of Prayer is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, though it does not receive any diocesan funding.
“Our mission is to evangelize and to offer a place for people to come for solitude and quiet. Anyone can come here. It is a Catholic house,” she said.
Hanley is the only layperson at the moment.
“There was a woman who lived here for 20-some years, and she passed away a couple of years ago. I have been here four and a half years. I went off and lived off in some religious communities for a number of years. I ended up here. I was looking for a lay-community, and someone sent me the information on this one. I came to visit, and I ended up moving here six months later.”
Before leaving Massena in 2000, Hanley was a business owner.
“It’s like a calling,” she said. “Really, it is a life of poverty. It’s like any religious life like the priesthood or religious women. It takes a lot of discernment and prayer. We’re looking for a few good people to live here.”
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