PIO's 40 YEAR Connection to the
LIFESONG HEALING MINISTRY in Sherman Mills, Maine
1963, the Church's most newly recognized (June 16, 2002)
Saint, Padre Pio, described a spot of land that would have vast
hayfields, trees and a pond with a farmhouse extending into a
huge barn including a small hermitage overlooking beautiful mountain
views. This land would be the site of a special Ministry
where the Christian LOVE that Jesus so desired would be lived.
He stressed that this location would be a place of prayer and
healing and should be open to all God's children.
The land would be gifted to Lorraine Louvat, a Catholic native
of Maine, born with the gifts of healing and of miracles.
the time that this was revealed to her, Lorraine Louvat was a
Novice in France. She had never heard of Padre Pio, this Holy
Priest who carried the wounds of Christ on his body.
to spiritual matters concerning this young American Novice, the
Bishop and her Spiritual Director Priest made an appointment for
the three of them to meet with Padre Pio who would assist in her
Spiritual Journey. Permission was granted by the Reverend
Mother Superior General and plans were made to travel to Italy.
that meeting Padre Pio spoke in English but explained to Lorraine
that this was one of his gifts. He was really speaking in
Italian and she was hearing him in English, while the Bishop and
Priest were hearing him in French.
hands were hidden by the brown sleeves of his habit and proceeded
to explain that he had the wounds of Jesus on his hands.
At one point Padre Pio told her that God was making him know that
He wanted Lorraine to place her left thumb and middle finger into
the stigmata of his hand which she did and promptly wiped the
blood from her hand onto a clean handkerchief.
scent of what smelled like flowers of an aroma she had never
experienced led her to inquire about this exquisite fragrance.
He simply and humbly explained that this was another of
his gifts Later she washed the handkerchief not realizing
that it would have been a first class relic of this most Holy
Saint who was just Canonized on June 16th.
one point in the conversation, Padre Pio, asked Lorraine if she
would like to receive confession. She was delighted to do
so in English as her confessor only spoke French. She had
not heard English for two years and was not proficient in speaking
the French language. Padre Pio explained that he had yet
another gift of READING SOULS but told her that if she felt more
comfortable in doing so he would hear her confession in the normal
manner. Lorraine was overjoyed to have this great grace
of a General Confession through his giftedness. She felt
the deep grace of this most precious Sacrament.
were explained to the Bishop, Priest and Lorraine. Other
things were just for Lorraine's ears and not heard by them.
Personal things that she would be facing and how to surmount obstacles
of various types were clearly described. Having had such
vast experience Padre Pio knew the answers to the 19 questions
posed by the Bishop as well as how to deal with the road ahead.
felt very blessed in the presence of this kindly man. It
was a feeling of overwhelming peace and such deep joy to realize
that this Monk actually knew her thoroughly without ever having
met her before. He knew that she was born with the gift
of healing and miracles and the purpose for this gift which would
manifest itself in its fullness at a time later in life.
She had not revealed to anyone but her Spiritual Director the
gifts that God had given her although throughout her life she
made use of them as she prayed for people.
made it known to Lorraine that she was born with the gift when
she was four years old. He also made her know that she was
not to approach people until He would make it known to her that
it was time for her to do His Work in public. She knew that
her vocation was love and the desire to bring all people to Jesus
burned in her heart. To let them know that He loves them
so much was her soul's desire. And the gift of healing would
prove to be a very powerful tool from heaven as it would capture
the attention of the individual being healed as well as the onlooker.
No one would mistake the source of the healing gift as all focus
would be on Jesus. It would powerfully serve as an
awakening of God's children and speak loudly about His mercy and
the Bishop and Priest listened as Padre Pio expanded upon that
which would come in the future. She didn't know how this
would all come to pass as she was about to make her first vows
and from there would become a Missionary in Africa. It all
sounded very mysterious. Lorraine found the deeper mystery
to be that she felt a profound clarity and peace through the spiritual
direction of Padre Pio. He exclaimed that it was refreshing
for him to meet someone who had never heard of him as he had the
world constantly knocking at his door.
was then that he described the spot of land that had already been
chosen by our Heavenly Father. All those who would be part of
the Ministry or Religious Community or even help in some way had
already been hand-picked by God to do His work. People would
come to the land in pilgrimage to be touched by the healing Power
of Jesus. He told of an extraordinary number of healings
that would take place in the Ministry when God would choose to
get Lorraine out into the public eye for the purpose of bringing
His Love into the spotlight. And it has happened and continues
to happen wherever she goes. All this would give great glory
to God. Lorraine explains that she does not heal, has no
powers, no energies and no abilities to heal. She repeats to every
audience that the ONLY HEALER at LIFESONG is Jesus. She
goes on to tell people that her payment is a hug and to thank
God in their own way. It's all about LOVE and is very humbling
for her to watch as He instantly heals His people over and over
mentioned by Padre Pio, Lorraine did return to the United States.
This is another story which leads into a deeper understanding
of how God moves people in ways of His Holy Will and His Perfect
Plan, but due to its length, it is not included here.
the United States, she spent much of her life as being what she
calls a "prayer hermit" until 5 years ago when God let her know
that it was now time to go out in the public. Lorraine is
consistent in saying that we must listen to the whispers of God
as He speaks to us in many ways but we oftentimes miss the message
because people are waiting to hear His voice or looking for some
miraculous manifestation by way of a vision or locution or other
form of phenomena. In reality God speaks to us clearly and
very simply, as when her Pastor requested that she offer the gift
every month in her Parish church. She then went to Bishop
Joseph Gerry who allowed her to go forward with this Ministry
of Healing, as well as in view of founding a Religious Community.
tells us that this is how God most often speaks to His People
and it is for us to be very attentive to His whispers, to clearly
discern His Will and then to move through obedience. The
Ministry and Community is now in its infancy and open to
lay people, married or single and does not exclude Priests or
Religious. However every person accepted must exhibit the
spiritual charisms of LIFESONG which are love, humility and simplicity.
The Eucharist, Divine Mercy and Our Lady are the main devotions.
Saints Joseph, Teresa of Avila, Therese de Lisieux, Padre Pio
and the Infant Jesus of Prague are looked at with great trust
and guidance for the firmness of a deep spiritual foundation and
balance so necessary in the journey at LIFESONG. Lorraine
of Jesus moves ahead, always in total obedience to her Bishop.
land was given to her in a twenty minute telephone conversation
with Mr. Ken Pianko who explained that he had attended one of
her healing services in the local church. Not long after
that conversation he purchased the land one morning and handed
Lorraine the key that afternoon. Ken had been searching for years
to enter a religious community but nothing appealed to him until
he heard of LIFESONG. Here he experienced something very
different. Ken knew that this is where he belonged as Lorraine
described the Community as being a place where the Gospel would
be lived according to the Love of Jesus. He believed that
LIFESONG was the place for him. His earthly
journey was fascinating and inspiring, in itself, a great story
for another time. Ken died of cancer on Divine Mercy
Sunday. Just days before his death he told Lorraine, "I
will be your first Community Member in eternity." Ken was
52 years old.
generous gift for God's Work was a blessing and a mystery.
How would she ever pay for the upkeep, the lights, the taxes and
all that entails that which is necessary to start and maintain
these huge buildings and 100 acres of property? Being a
"prayer hermit" Lorraine did not and still does not have any type
of income as prayer and healing is always free. Somehow
for the last three years God has provided. She calls this
found it quite astounding to see the layout of the land and buildings
just as Padre Pio had described even to the tiny touch of her
very own "hermitage" nestled in the adjacent hayfield. There
was however one missing piece to the puzzle. The Beautiful
mountains of Baxter State Park were the backdrop of this hilltop
acreage, but water was nowhere to be seen. She wondered
about this as the words of Padre Pio were as crystal clear as
they had been 40 years ago. He specifically said that there
would be water. Nevertheless, she continued her LIFESONG
HEALING MINISTRY and named the land LIFESONG. This name
holds a story of its own and carries a deeper underlying meaning.
day as she was walking across the field, she literally fell waist
deep in water. It was a natural spring fed pond which was
not recognizable as it was full of vegetation. She laughed
delightedly and praised God for now she knew that Padre Pio had
not made a mistake. Last fall, a local firm excavated (gratis)
the bottom, resulting in a beautiful pond which is now forty feet
in diameter. The unusual aspect of the pond is that there
is no sand, clay or earth. It is naturally bottomed with shale
and the water has been blessed by a Priest. It reflects
the beautiful trees, skies and sunsets.
of Jesus stays at the church or location of the healing service
for as long as there are people to be served.
She always says, "In the name of Jesus be healed." Some
are immediately healed of physical ailments. In her Ministry
the healing gift is as intense for 3 days and nights following
that initial touch of her hand. Therefore, people have claimed
that Jesus healed them driving home, that night or three days
later. Others are healed over a period of time as they return
to have her touch them in prayer again and again. She encourages
people to be perseverant in prayer as is told to us in Scripture.
experience physical healings, emotional healing, spiritual healing,
receive jobs, relationship healing, relief from financial difficulties.
Others are not healed as she explains that God does not choose
to heal every single person. There are reasons for this
and one of them is Redemptive Suffering. The intensity of
her gift is very profound and people who attend the LIFESONG healing
services experience seeing one miracle after the other. Lorraine
repeats over and over again in various ways that it is all about
God's Love and our Love response back to Him. This is what is
most important to God. She goes on to say that everything
in the manner in which Jesus chooses to heal or not to heal people
is very mysterious. All we can do is to come to Him as little
children and know that whatever He does is done in love.
All people present receive a special grace from God as they personally
witness the manifestation of His Love for them, their family and
friends through His Compassionate Hand.
knows that this gift of healing serves as a tool to bring many
back to the Father through the unmistakable touch of Jesus.
She says that in her Ministry people can see, feel and experience
the LOVE of God through the manifestation of healings. If
the healing happens to an individual while she is singing and
playing the guitar, reading Scripture of touching them in prayer,
there is a deeper healing taking place on the spiritual level.
Many who are not healed but experience seeing instant healings
of their friends and relatives are awakened to the reality of
God's Love. It allows Jesus to touch them with His Grace
and it becomes a personal journey between that individual and
God. The type of healing service matches Lorraine's personality
which is of a contemplative nature, therefore this very low keyed
service allows God to speak an provides the silence necessary
for people to hear His whispers.
Maine Catholics, we are indeed fortunate to have been blessed
with a holy site. Many who come to LIFESONG attest to being
cured after walking on the land. It is a common thing to
have strangers drop into the chapel or prayer room where Lorraine
touches them in prayer and off they go healed and praising God.
She just asks fo a "hug" and for them to "thank
God in their own way". A beautiful bronzed corpus of the
crucified Lord graces the property as does a centuries old St.
Joseph and Child statue. The 24 foot illuminated Cross of Dozule,
France is magnificient.
was chosen as the first US Shrine of the Miraculous Infant Jesus
of Prague. While there are many Shrines to the Infant Jesus
of Prague throughout the U.S. this was told to be specifically
chosen by Jesus Himself through a special ministry initiated at
the Shrine in Prague. It is documented in the Archives of
Prague as being in the Diocese of Portland, Maine at LIFESONG
and this unique, exact replica statue made just for LIFESONG was
a gift to Lorraine by the head Carmelite Monk at the Shrine in
Prague. For this, Lorraine had to acquire permission from
her Bishop Joseph Gerry.
to what was related to us it is the 9th Shrine established through
that special ministry which began at the request of Jesus two
years ago. The statue of the Miraculous Infant Jesus
of Prague was enshrined at LIFESONG. It was hand carried
all the way from Prague by the appointed bearer of the Infant
Jesus of Prague. Those who do not have funds to make a Pilgrimage
to Prague may now come to LIFESONG as this replica carries the
same special miraculous blessings from HOLY MOTHER CHURCH as the
one in Prague.
is in need of your time and talent. If you can give a helping
hand at any time during the year please contact Lorraine by e-mail
Mail: Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to
LIFESONG HEALING MINISTRY and COMMUNITY
737 GOLDEN RIDGE ROAD
SHERMAN, MAINE 04776
Telephone: Lorraine of Jesus 207-365-7527