Sister Anne Sophie Meaney formed (The Society of the Body of Christ) to care for unwanted babies, abandoned elders — and others around Corpus Christi, Texas, considered "human inconveniences" by society at-large. 

 Sister Anne Sophie
The Society of the Body of Christ
234 Rossiter Street
Corpus Christi
TX 78411
Tel. (361) 814-7685
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Ed Sousa, Sr. said...

On March 25, 1994, Bishop Rene Gracida, now bishop emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas, erected the society as a public association of the faithful with the intention that, one day, it would be a new religious institute. Three months later, on the feast of Corpus Christi, after vowing before Bishop Gracida to live a life of poverty, chastity and obedience and to defend all human life from conception to natural death.

Sister Anne Sophie received her habit as the society first consecrated member. Bishop Gracida, who remains the societys spiritual adviser, praises Sister Anne Sophie and the society âs work of ministering to the sick and dying. "The work is almost identical, analogous to the work done by the congregation established by Mother Teresa of Calcutta," he says. "With loving, tender care and kindness," he adds, "Sister and the society offer the suffering spiritual solace either to recover from illness or to ease their passage into the next life." That example has drawn laypeople to join the Society of the Body of Christ as associate members.

So far, some 97 individuals pray and care for the weakest among them. Meanwhile approximately 230 "suffering members" are powerful instruments of intercession: Through the society work, they offer their pain and even their own dying for the glory of God and salvation of souls. No wonder that, in 2002, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, wrote to Sister Anne Sophie. "Your work and the Society of the Body of Christ," he wrote, "are incredibly important." "The charism of the Society of the Body of Christ is the compassion of Mary at the foot of the cross through St. John," she was told by her great uncle, Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, founder of the Congregation of St. John.