Looking for a powerhouse of prayer? Come to the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Beginning on August 1, 1878, at least two adorers have kept vigil before the Blessed Sacrament in the Adoration Chapel. Holy moly! That’s more than 138 years—or 50,511 days—of nonstop prayer!
Nothing can stop this prayer chain, not even an inferno. On December 2, 1923, when a fire broke out and devoured the west wing of the convent, the good nuns kept on praying. Miraculously, the fire stopped within yards of the chapel and a statue of St. Michael the Archangel. Coincidence? Hardly!
The sisters have prayed through two world wars and 27 presidencies, polio epidemics and influenza outbreaks. Are the prayers working? Listen to these praise reports: “The tumor has stabilized and the doctor terms this as remarkable. But we know why, don’t we?” “A 14-year-old boy hit by lightning is home now.” “Your prayers are better than winning the lottery!”
When vocations dwindled after Vatican II (as they did in many monasteries and convents), the prayers didn’t cease. People in the pews began joining the praying nuns in the gleaming white Adoration Chapel, also aptly called the “Powerhouse.” They pray for the world; they pray for you and me.
Need a job? The Powerhouse will intercede for you. Looking for a spouse? The Powerhouse has “prayed matchmaker” a time or two. Diagnosed with an incurable disease? Take it to the Lord in prayer at the Powerhouse.
And so it goes. Hour after hour, year after year. A prayer vigil without end!
To learn more about the Powerhouse, or to submit a prayer request, visit www.fspa.org.
Copyright © 2017 Marion Amberg