Slam the Gavel welcomes Anne DeSantis, wife and mother, who just celebrated her 32nd wedding anniversary, on to the show. She is the Director of St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family and Faith. A Philadelphia native, Anne is also a book author, 55+ model and podcaster/host.
Anne has been the Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation since 2018. The foundation is a Catholic 501C3 non-profit faith-based organization located in the Philadelphia area that exists to bring pastoral accompaniment to families in crisis.
Though Catholic, the foundation welcomes all faiths that are suffering through crisis and divorce. Saint Raymond Nonnatus Foundation was founded by the Mercedarian order that was founded in 1218, well over 800 years old. It is a group of brothers, priests and friars now located in four different cities in the United States, Philadelphia being one of them. In September of 2015, they attended the World Meeting of Families when Pope Frances came to the United States. After they attended, they came together in prayer because they wanted to do something to help families who are affected by adversity, divorce and separation. Since that time they made the outreach to Catholics who are affected by divorce. They have helped hundreds with a free service to Catholics and other faiths.
Anne talked about handling crisis calls, giving support to parents, grandparents, relatives and neighbors as well. Also, the foundation helps adult children of divorce. The foundation offers one-on-one with a Mercedarian friar for a call or on-line meeting. They offer podcasts that addresses issues with children of divorce.
There is a wealth of information on the website to help people in adversity and divorce. We discussed Rose Sweet in California and she is also an excellent resource.
The church also recognizes annulments and Anne explained that they recognize divorce because it is a civil union, therefore children are legitimate.
In her latest faith-based book that took her two months to write, "Love and Care for the Marginalized," Anne wrote 40 meditations for reflection. This book is on Amazon and Kindle and between September 8th through the 15th , Kindle will offer the book for .99 cents.
To reach Anne: mailto:%E2%80%[email protected]
Anne's Book: Love and Care for the Marginalized is available on Amazon and Kindle
To reach the foundation: http://www.nonnatus.org/
The foundation is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am EST to 5:00 pm and listeners can call 215-870-9913
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