Formed Miraculously


Sr. Linda led Bishop Bob down the long hall back to the office where Sr. Charlie was working that morning. Sr. Charlie welcomed the bishop into the nuns’ office where the two of them discussed Herman’s formation as a Cathedral mouse.


The work had already begun. It was in process when Herman glided by Bishop Bob on an aromatic cloud of Gouda goodness that fateful night (see “Gouda Goodness” … the story of how Herman was commissioned as the Cathedral mouse). Who knows, it might even have begun when Monsignor purchased the dreaded Acme 1517 mousetrap and loaded it with irresistible Gouda delights.

What we know for sure is at least two things. First, God works in ways that are mysterious to both mice and men (Isa 55:8-9). And second, when He does begin a good work, He always completes it (Phil 1:6).


Sr. Charlie agreed to help Bishop Bob with Herman’s formation. We don’t know how they will help bring this impossible task about, but we know it’s going to happen. And it will be interesting!

For nearly two centuries, Catholics in America had endured the indignity of mice in their parishes. Tradition has it that, in the early years in America, the faithful actually embraced the presence of these mice. In fact, St. Martin de Porres is often credited with establishing the office of “Cathedral Mouse” in Peru in the 17th century.

Now, finally, the Diocese of Charleston would help revitalize this all-but-forgotten, old tradition. As Bishop Bob talked, Sr. Charlie was reminded of St. Martin de Porres. She knew that, somehow, this amazing Saint would be part of the team that tackled this impossible task.

St. Martin de Porres, pray for us.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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