A Brief History of the Beginning of the Brides of the Most Blessed Trinity
by Claire Rose Champagne
The Blessed Mother has been appearing and speaking to me for many years. I believed that most of my spiritual experiences would remain hidden until after my death, except for our public mission to pray for priests. I was told by Our Lady that the messages I was receiving for priests would be published. I thought they would be published without my name.
October 15, 1987 I received this message: "You will begin a new order. Your house will become a holy dwelling place where many priests even bishops will come and be healed. Be at peace. All will come to pass as I have spoken."She asked me on Dec. 8, 1987 in a message to my pastor & spiritual director at the time, to "Consecrate our parish to Her Immaculate Heart." The same night She asked that "a roadside shrine be built."
Fr. Ken Roberts was giving a Mission at my parish church, St. Eloi's here in Theriot this same week. I shared with him that we had been seeing the "Miracle of the Sun" here in Theriot since the last week-end of this past July (1987). He believed me. I showed him some photos we took that were unusual. I asked Fr. Roberts if people were seeing the miracle of the sun everywhere and he said no.
My Pastor was my Spiritual Director at this time, Fr. Roch Naquin. On Dec. 8, 1988, our new Pastor, Fr. Scott Dugas, honored Our Mother's request and Consecrated our parish to Our Mother's Immaculate Heart. I notified my Bishop by letter.
Early 1989 I offer my body to God as a living sacrifice for priests. I begin to fast for a priest. Several times in the following months a priest becomes Jesus during Holy Mass and in the Confessional. The priest totally disappears & all I see is Jesus, then I see both, I see the priest through Jesus.
July 1989 I give my free will to God after Confession, out loud to a priest. I watched in awe as his hands and arms turn to gold.
September 13, 1989 As I walk today, I feel the wounds of Jesus in my feet. "PREPARE A ROOM FOR ME--GET A ROOM READY FOR ME-- YOUR HOUSE WILL BECOME A HOLY DWELLING PLACE WHERE MANY PRIESTS, EVEN BISHOPS WILL COME AND BE HEALED--THEY WILL BE HEALED AND SAVED BY YOUR PRAYERS AND YOUR SUFFERING--THEY WILL COME TO PRAY WITH YOU--LOVE THEM ALL WITH MY LOVE AND THE LOVE OF MY MOTHER-LISTEN TO THEM--THEY WILL COME TO FIND PEACE--MY PEACE--ANOINT EACH ONE WITH A SMALL CROSS ON THE FOREHEAD AND PRAY WITH THEM. I LOVE YOU.from JESUS...DIVINE LOVE"
On the Last Saturday of Oct. 1989, although my own life was becoming a prayer for priests, Our Mother asked that the Last Saturday of the month be set aside as a Day of Prayer for priests. She said there were some who would understand the meaning of the first and the last, the Alpha and the Omega. Last Saturday of Dec. 1989 The first Priests Saturday. Two present, spent the day in prayer for priests.
December 8, 1989, following the example of St. Therese` the little flower, I gave my body to God through Our Mother's Immaculate Hands and Heart as a victim soul for priests.
In 1990, Our Blessed Mother asks us to build an outdoor Rosary.
In 1992, three of us were brought together by Our Blessed Mother, Lin from California, Shirley Ruedinger from South Carolina and myself from Theriot, Louisiana. We were blessed by Fr. Scott Dugas on Ascension Thursday, 1992, to begin this little mission for priests, Brides of the Most Blessed Trinity. We were given this name by Our Mother. Each year God has allowed us to be together to celebrate our Anniversary with one or more Masses and a renewal of our consecration with one or more priests.
In Spring of 1992, Our Mother asked me to build The Stations of The Cross and She said that a well of healing waters would be found here near my house at the 6th Station.
On April 23, 1994 at 3:19 PM. I went outside to throw some old rice to the birds. Our Lady said "Build a big cross right here, near the swing." "Do You want a laying down cross?" I asked. "No, an upright one, like the cross in Medjugorje." "How Blessed Mother, out of wood?" "No, build it out of cement, similar to the cross in Medjugorje. I love you, I love you, I love you. I will show you."I told this to Buddy, my husband, as soon as I went into the house. He looked very tired. I said, "Daddy, She doesn't mean today, and you won't have to do it by yourself. She will send some help."
In July of 1997, Our Mother began to prepare me that She would appear here and give public messages. She said She would be known as Our Lady of the Bayou, Our Lady of Theriot.
On February 8, 1998, She gave me the following message within a message to a priest at 12:03 A.M. I heard birds singing outside and I heard the call of the dove, then Our Mother appeared in my room over my bed as Queen of Divine Love. She was all in white with small touches of gold, on Her Head was a taller gold crown than the one I've seen before. She began to speak to me a message of Love for Father. "My Precious and Most Beloved Son, I love you with all My Heart. Open your heart fully to Love, to Me and to one another. Let Me Love through your heart. Your heart is almost fully open now, to My Love. I thank you for ALL you do for Me. Continue to open your heart to Me, to Love, to My Son, DIVINE LOVE. When you are fully open to My LOVE, I LOVE through your open heart. You are seeing this take place within your own heart. Your heart is becoming My Heart. You will teach others about My Love and the Love of My Son, Jesus. Thank you for coming here to bless this house, this home, this holy ground for Me, My priest, with your presence. I love you. I thank you for coming on the first Saturday. My Mission here is for priests. This began in My Heart long ago as a tiny seed. I know you felt My Presence, My Peace, My Love, My Joy, for I am present here at all times and where I am My Son is also.
My Mission here is a lifetime mission. Many will offer themselves as victim souls for priests through LOVE, by your example. Many priests and many of My children will be healed. My Mission will be known throughout the world. The last Saturday of every month is to be set aside as a Day of Prayer for My Beloved Sons, My priests. Those little seeds at the heart of My Mission of Love have made a life offering. Their very life is a constant prayer before Our Father, an offering of Love, for priests. I have called you from long ago to be at the very heart of this Mission of Love. I love you. Be open to Me, Your Mother, be open to Love, to DIVINE LOVE, My Son and be open to one another. Let Me Love through your open heart. When your heart is open, when you love one another, I LOVE through your hearts. Where I am, My Son is also. Love one another.
ENCOURAGE and SUPPORT and DEFEND one another, always in LOVE. I call you to a new level of PEACE. A deeper level of Love. Your eyes will be opened to the brokenness of souls. Just as you see the poverty of My precious children in Mexico, you will see the poverty of souls all around you. Do not be saddened or overwhelmed when you begin to see this, you will see this in your brother priests. I am guiding you, My son. I love you. I am filling your heart with DIVINE LOVE. I love you.
Yes, you will teach others about the healing power of My Love by your own experience. How can one teach another unless he has been given My Love and felt the healing Power of My Love? I take you by the hand to deepest union with My Son, Jesus; with Our Father and with My Spouse, The Holy Spirit.
THE HOLY CROSS FOR PRIESTS MUST BE BUILT. THE ROSARY MUST BE BUILT AND A WAY OF MY SON'S CROSS. A WELL WILL BE FOUND AT THE SIXTH STATION, THE WATERS WILL HEAL MANY. SOME OF MY HOLIEST PRIESTS WILL COME HERE TO HELP BUILD THIS, FOR ME. I WILL APPEAR HERE ON THE 9 LAST SATURDAYS OF THE LAST 9 MONTHS OF 1999. HELP ME, MY SON. I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART. THE TIME HAS COME. I LOVE YOU. YOUR MOTHER, MOTHER OF DIVINE LOVE"
As She spoke, She also "Spoke with Her Hands." By this I mean at times Her Hands were clasped as in prayer, at times She moved Her Hands as some people do when speaking, other times, She turned Her Hands toward me and my husband, who was sound asleep. I had been in a state of intense Grace and gratefulness to God and to Our Mother for days and especially in the last few hours because Her Words to me were being fulfilled and I was in awe of the miracle which had taken place before my eyes through a visit from a priest.
Our Mother had told me 9 years ago (In early 1989) that one day this holy priest would come here. On my birthday, August 27, 1998, Our Mother showed me the statue for the roadside shrine that She asked for on Dec. 8, 1987. She revealed to me that it was to go in front of my house. I had misunderstood Her message and thought it was supposed to be built in front of our church because it came at the same time as Her request that our parish be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart, in a message to my pastor. She is so kind and loving. I was told by Our Mother that the 9 public visits would be a 9 month novena. Blessed Mother asked me not to reveal this publicly until the last Saturday of February 1999.
She has given me many years to prepare for this, but I didn't really understand until She said the word public. Blessed Mother knew I needed a year & a half to prepare my family and myself. She always told me She would take care of us and all the details and She has. The closer it came to the time for Her public visits, the more I realized that one can never be prepared for this. She told me that once we invite Her into our hearts & homes, She comes to us as we are. She purifies us and makes our hearts & homes holy by Her Presence because Jesus comes with Her.
On the Feast of The Annunciation, March 25, 1999 the Bayouside Shrine and Way of The Cross, now a reality, was blessed by a holy priest. He also blessed our entire home and grounds. That same evening at her home in Texas, another Bride, a sister at the heart of this mission received that the 9 visits represent the 9 months that Jesus was in Our Mother's womb. Little did we know that the 9th Visit would be on Christmas Day 1999. For several years three of us have received messages from Jesus & Mary.
While on retreat at a holy Monastery, on April 1, 1999, Holy Thursday night after Holy Mass, I received a special blessing for our mission from the Holy Abbot. Soon after that, Our Lady appeared in my room. She told me that in addition to the 9 visits for this year this century, She would appear and give a message on the last Saturday of each of the first 33 months of the Jubliee Year and new century, one visit for each year of Jesus' Life on earth. In prayer, Blessed Mother revealed to me that we should begin to pray just before 2 P.M. in our chapel on the last Saturday of April. She told me that another Bride, Lin & Shirley Ruedinger would also receive a message at the same time. Neither one of them planned to be here when I received this message. I told no one.
On Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at 10 A.M., a holy priest came with a bucket of Holy Water and blessed us, our home, all our grounds, the shrines outside to St. Joseph, St. Francis, Blessed Mother, The Stations of The Cross and the Bayouside Shrine of Our Lady of The Bayou. Very unexpectedly, Blessed Mother brought both Lin & Shirley here from Texas and South Carolina for Her Visit.