Our History

The Divine Mercy House Ministry was established in 1996 to raise money to renovate a private home that would be a refuge for unwed mothers and break the cycle of crisis pregnancies. Located in Fruit Cove, just south of Jacksonville, the house was provided on a temporary basis for a three year period, pending the owner’s retirement to Florida. Their generosity helped eight young women between the ages of 16 and 23 give birth to their babies in an environment surrounded by unconditional love. The house had accommodations for three women at a time, plus a live-in Resident Director.

Sister Esther Flanagan served as the home’s Resident Director, and Kathy Shane served as Executive Director. Together they coordinated the medical and educational needs of the women in the safe, spiritual-directed home. During their stay, some of the young women earned a GED, while others completed coursework for medical assistant and hairstylist careers.

The success of the Divine Mercy House ministry inspired its leadership to pursue the establishment of a permanent setting. With the blessing of Bishop Victor Galeone, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Florida, donated land on its campus for the construction of a 4,000-square-foot home and assisted with funding.

The home opened in 2007 with Sister Anne Marie Lennon serving as Executive Director and Cynthia Kelly as Resident Director.

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

6654 Main Street
Wonderland, AK 45202
(513) 555-7856