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picture of Margaret Mary

In Loving Memory of
May 11, 1989 – August 16, 2001

When we remember a loved one,
we make them present among us.

Maggie dreamed of having a children's prayer group.
Here are the children that appreciated her dream and answered the call.

Olean Chapter 2001
Olean Chapter

Chicopee Chapter 2007
Chicopee Chapter

Bosnia Chapter 2008
Bosnia Chapter

Mayville Chapter 2010

Batavia Chapter 2011

Ellicott City Chapter 2013

Praying for more!

Margaret (Gosia) was full of joy and had a ready smile for everyone. She was an obedient child, a loving sister, a dedicated student and a faithful altar server. Gosia enjoyed playing the piano for nursing home residents and read many saint stories. She led a prayerful life and prayed the family rosary daily. She loved the story of Fatima and enjoyed reading about Blessed Jacinta’s spirituality. She always dreamed of having a children’s prayer group.

Morning Star held its first prayer meeting November 2001


Today bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children, and immerse them in My mercy.  These souls most closely resemble My Heart.  They strengthened Me during My bitter agony.  I saw them as earthly Angels, who would keep vigil at My altars.  I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace.  Only the humble soul is able to receive My grace.  I favor humble souls with My confidence.  Jesus Christ

It was indeed a pleasure to meet with you on Saturday, February 7 (2009) ……..Upon reviewing the information you provided me, I am very pleased to offer my blessing on your good works and your efforts to fulfill your daughter’s dream to start a children’s prayer group.  I am sure that your angel in heaven, Margaret Mary, is smiling down upon you and your family and all who are benefiting and will benefit from Morning Star Family Holy Hour. ……. May God bless you and Morning Star Family Holy Hour with an abundance of graces and blessings.  
Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec, Bishop of Buffalo

It’s already been five years since I walked together with Morning Star groups. It has been always the most inspiring experience to work with the families. We saw children who bring back parents to the faith; children teaching adults to be simple, uncomplicated and enthusiastic about Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament. We allow children to make this hour of adoration their own; they are the ones who actively participate under the care and guidance of adults. In a world that seems to be so fearful and tries to take away the most important values of a traditional family, I find Morning Star as the answer to the present challenges the family faces. We follow the dream of little Maggie, a little girl who always made her home in the heart of Jesus. So we also invite families to find a true home of love and peace in Christ.

In January 2006, I participated in our Franciscan Order’s Mission Congress in Cochin, India, and the country through which St. Maximilian Kolbe, Patron of Families, passed on his journey to Japan.  I had the opportunity to speak with one of our friars, Fr. Zdzislaw, theologian assigned to the process for the Canonization of Pope John Paul II.  In fact, the name of our prayer group, “Morning Star” was the fruit of my conversation with Fr. Zdzislaw.  Morning Star wants to be open to all families and children. The name of Morning Star refers to Our Lady who is the true Morning Star.

May the Lord give you His Peace, Father Marek, OFM Conv. (2009)

From one dream comes the love of Jesus. I realized this most when God gave a beautiful gift, my older sister. Margaret was not an ordinary girl because all she ever wanted was to be close to Jesus. Not only that, she wanted to bring little children to the love of Jesus. She dreamed of a children’s prayer group.  After the accident, my family helped me to keep Margaret in my heart with Morning Star, a children’s prayer group.  The prayer group focuses on Jesus and contemplating the mysteries of the rosary.  Every week we remember Margaret’s dream as the guitars are strumming, the catechism is being taught and little hearts are pouring out their love to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  From the gift of Morning Star, Margaret’s legacy lives on.  Each time I lead the children in prayer, song, or catechism, I am renewed.  My dear Morning Star friends, although I’m off to college, my heart will always be with you when we meet before the Blessed Sacrament together, wherever we may be.  See you during the breaks!
In Christ, Paul (2008)