Military Council of Catholic Women

European Region 2016-2017

​  MCCW Europe

Sister Philip Marie co-authored the "You Will Receive Power" program, which integrates the healing forces of Catholic tradition, scripture, sacraments, and both personal and communal prayer. This program has been enthusiastically endorsed by Pope John Paul II, several Cardinals, many Bishops, and clergy all over the world.

Sister Philip Marie has also authored:•Praying the Scriptures of the Rosary and Way of the Cross, which has been distributed worldwide and translated into Spanish, Italian, and Korean. Blessed Mother Teresa, M.C., had distributed over 70,000 of the Rosary books to encourage prayer for the healing of the family. This is also available on CD (English only).

•Praying the Scriptures of the Rosary of the Mysteries of Light and Parallel Sacraments. This is also translated into Spanish and Korean, and available on CD (English only).
• My Special Coloring / Activity Book – Praying the Scriptures of the Rosary and Way of the Cross for My Family.
• Following Jesus on Pilgrimage in the Holy Land: Guide and Journal.

She has traveled to six continents to speak at retreats and major conferences; including over 62 locales such as St. Louis, California, Jerusalem, Korea, Australia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, and Zambia. She has taught in the Retreats International Program at Notre Dame University and has been featured on television in the United States, on Mother Angelica LIVE with ETWN in Birmingham AL and at various Archdioceses. She has appeared on Women of Grace Talk Radio, Radio Maria (Toronto Canada), Caritas Radio (the Philippines), and on The Armed Forces Worldwide Network.

Sister Philip Marie Burle, C.PP.S., is a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Community in O’Fallon MO. She holds a B.A. from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, an M.E. in Counseling and Guidance from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from FIC University in California. She holds a certificate from the Institute of Religious Formation Program for Facilitators in Spiritual Direction, Formation, and Renewal from St. Louis University. She also received training in the program for Spiritual Directors and Retreat Masters at the Jesuit Guelph Center of Spirituality in Canada.

Sister Deidre Byrne, MD

​Sister Deidre Byrne, MD Ten years prior to the medical branch becoming an official branch of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts, I had been discerning with the help of Sr. Philip Marie Burle, C.PP.S (who was my spiritual director at the time) my own religious call. I felt the need to be a part of a community that would be living the traditional religious life; that is sisters living in community, having a strong spiritual foundation including daily mass, praying the liturgy of the hours and daily Eucharistic Adoration. I also desired to use my medical training. (I am a Family Practitioner who was in the middle of a general surgical residency in 1994) to serve the poor as a religious sister. I felt the need to be a part of a community that would be living the traditional religious life;

 I believed this is what God wanted. I was having difficulty in finding a medical missionary community that fulfilled all these needs that I had yearned for: a medical community that was staying true to the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church.

 Through some miraculous events I was able to spend some time with Mother Teresa of Calcutta here in Washington and in Calcutta. I even proposed beginning a branch with the Missionaries of Charity, though the urgings of Sr. Philip Marie. This was in 1994 and again in 1996, and I was beginning my Chief year of General Surgery at Georgetown University. During this year His Eminence James Cardinal Hickey was in need of open heart surgery and I was the chief resident who happened to be on the cardiac surgery service at the time (nothing is ever by accident) and thus assisted on his coronary artery bypass surgery as well as caring for him postoperatively. He was our Cardinal here in Washington, DC. After his recovery I met with him several times to discuss my spiritual calling and the difficulty in finding a medical missionary community with a good spiritual life much like the Missionaries of Charity. He understood my dilemma and felt concerned that a “feminist virus” had infected many religious communities in the United States and Europe. He became a very good spiritual friend and even supported the idea of beginning a new community if this is what God was calling me to. I did not feel this was His call for me, but rather I felt the need to begin a branch of a good, holy community to enhance the medical aspects of an already existing community.

Although Mother Teresa died before a definite decision could be made regarding a medical branch of their community, the MC sisters in Washington “took me in” for almost 2 years as per the wish of Cardinal Hickey, i.e. upon completion of my surgical boards to spend a day in prayer and a day in service to the poor. I did this medical service in Africa, Middle East, Caribbean through the incredible support of the volunteer coordinator of the Catholic Medical Mission Board, Ms Rosemary DeCostanzo. She is the medical missionary “guardian angel”. She helped me to find hospitals that could use short-term surgeons, and even assisted is emergency healthcare support, medicines and more.

On the Feast of the Sacred Hearts in May 2001, Sr. Licia Lupinacci, POSC Piccole Operaie dei Sacri Cuori Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts after learning that I had been desiring a small house to begin what Cardinal Hickey first called “the Medical Missionaries of the Poor”, she graciously gave us a beautiful home next to their Little Worker convent. When I was not overseas doing missionary work I would be home, sharing in the prayer life of the POSC sisters. They were not only contemplatives in action, living the rich spiritual life that I had yearned for but they were Italian sisters with the greatest gift of hospitality I had ever experienced. Sr. Licia would share the life of the founder of her community, Msgr. Francesco Maria Greco who was to be beatified in 2005... his life, his work, his holiness, his love for the poor, and for the Holy Catholic Church. He had felt the need to catechize a faithless people in southern Italy. And now the community has grown to India, Albania, Argentina and the United States. We both felt the calling and desire to explore the possibility of beginning a medical branch of the Little Workers and thus spoke to Mother General, Mother Alma Franco. She and the council members accepted the concept and presented it to the Vatican.

In November 21, 2002 the Vatican accepted the Medical Missionary branch. I then began writing a ‘Holy rule’ for medical sisters of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts and I began formation as the first medical missionary religious. I made first vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, (and a private vow of free, loving medical care of the poor and uninsured) on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sept 15th 2004 by the grace of God, great support of my parents and family (especially my brother Fr. Bill ) friends and the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts. I invite you to “come and see” Gods sweetness here with us if you feel God is calling you to a consecrated life as a medial missionary.

In The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Frances Hogan

Very Reverend Redmond Raux

VF Appointed AMS Dean


European Vicariate

Very Reverend Redmond Raux, VF Appointed AMS Dean for European Vicariate

Will serve as point of reference for Catholic U.S. military personnel, families and chaplains based in Europe

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, has appointed the Very Reverend Redmond Raux, Ch, LtCol, USAF, as Dean for the European Vicariate.  In the new position, Father Raux will be able to respond to certain pastoral and canonical needs of Catholics in the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) who live and work in Europe.

Primarily, Father Raux will serve as a point of reference for the chaplains in the area and foster a spirit of collaboration with them.  He is currently assigned to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

The appointment responds to a desire expressed by Bishop F. Richard Spencer, the Archbishop’s Vicar for Europe and Asia, whose responsibilities require that he travel much of the year.   Father Raux’s more stable location at Ramstein will offer a source of information and ecclesial communion for priests and faithful in Europe.

The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers. 

AMS-endorsed chaplains serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation's only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.
The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population. 
Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.
For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M. 

Bishop F. Richard Spencer was born in Sylacauga, Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement, a Master of Education Degree in Counseling, a Master of Divinity Degree, a STB Degree and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. His military education includes: Military Police Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Chaplain Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Command and General Staff Officer Course and Clinical Pastoral Education, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.; and selected to attend the Resident National War College, Class 2010. He was Ordained a Roman Catholic Bishop 08 September 2010 and currently serves as the Vicar for all military Chapels (and U.S. State Department Embassies) in Europe and in Asia for the Archdiocese, Military Services, USA.

Bishop Spencer was commissioned an Army Officer in 1973 and began serving active duty 1974. Following his years as a Military Police Officer, he was released from active duty in 1978 to pursue ministerial studies. Ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Baltimore 14 May 1988 and also began serving with the USAR and ARNG Units in Maryland. Chaplain Spencer returned to active duty ministry, January, 1999, and served in Korea, Bosnia, Egypt, Pentagon (during 9/11) and Germany in capacities to include Brigade and Division positions. He has deployed into Iraq on five occasions and returned Jan 2012 from a deployment in Afghanistan. Bishop Spencer retired from the US Armed Forces as a Chaplain, Colonel, February, 2014. 

Bishop Spencer’s awards include: The Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (6 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Iraq Combat Medals and the Korean Service Medal. He was awarded the Combat Action Badge for specific combat actions in Iraq, 2004. 

Bishop Spencer shares the joys of Priesthood with his younger brother, Father Robert Spencer, U.S. Navy Chaplain, and along with the members of his immediate family, Frank S. Spencer, his father, and brothers Jim Spencer (a Methodist Minister) and Bill Spencer and sister, Peggy Spencer Fetyko.

Rev. Richard Spencer

Episcopal Vicar for Europe and Asia 

Frances continues to give Missions in parishes, as well as Retreats and Seminars to people mainly in the English-speaking world. She also continues to give Scripture classes, spiritual direction, and guidance on the spiritual life in her home parish.​


Frances comes from a family of nine children, all living. Her parents, now deceased, were called Mary and Joseph, which she considers significant! Her father was the main influence in her life, teaching her the scriptures from her infancy. She never knew a time when the scriptures were not her daily fare. Her father encouraged the habit of daily Mass since early childhood, and he, himself, was a man of prayer, especially in the latter years of his life. The family Rosary was a daily event in youth. God was a big part of the equation in everyday life.

From the age of 10, Frances was taught scripture by her parish priest, who was a scripture scholar of note in the diocese of Dublin. He was the professor of oriental languages in UCD, and translated the New Testament by himself. His library of 10,000 books was donated to the University after his death. Another priest acted as spiritual director to her in these difficult teenage years. It was during this time Frances decided to follow the Irish tradition of 'exile for Christ', and became a missionary. This was not unusual for she had promised the Lord to 'take the gospel to the ends of the Earth' at the tender age of 3, when she experienced God personally for the first time.

Like St. Paul, Frances has a sense of "woe is me if I do not preach the gospel; it is a burden that has been laid upon me" (1 Corinthians 9:16). She agrees with Paul that it is not a matter of boasting or claiming to be better than anyone else. It is her duty given by God.

Frances Hogan is a lay missionary and educator working in the Catholic Church since the late 60's. She worked as a missionary in West Africa for some years. She has taught in schools in Africa and Ireland. From the mid-80's she lectured in the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Dublin, and served four years on the Theological Commission of the Bishops. She is also trained as a Spiritual Director and Retreat giver.

Since the '80s Frances has written ten books, now out of print. Over the years, Frances has made many teachings on Scripture and the Spiritual Life available for sale on hundreds of cassettes. The current list is available on cd and dvd.