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Faith Leads to Miracles at St. Mary's Parish

(Photo of Donna Ott - Parishioner and Administrative Assistant at St. Mary's Catholic Church)

By Loci B. Lenar

God is remarkable, especially when He surprises us with miracles.  “It was unexpected,” says Donna Ott, sharing her testimony about being healed of a painful arthritic condition.

Donna related her amazing story during my visit to see Fr Richard on November 17, 2010.

I came to see Fr. Richard Tartaglia to drop off a large number of prayer requests from  With Fr. Richard’s help and support, I've arranged for requests to be prayed for on Monday mornings during Holy Hour adoration, including every third Thursday of each month at the evening prayer service held at St. Mary’s Parish

While in the office, Donna showed me her hand – one can visually see that several fingers are affected by arthritis.  Two fingers on her right hand have given her a great deal of difficulty, especially when she tries to write.  “I’ve had daily arthritic pain in my fingers for nearly five years,” says Donna, a parishioner and administrative assistant at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  The church is on the corner of Myers Avenue and Route 46, Denville, New Jersey.

However, Donna relates that on September 27, 2010, “the pain unexpectedly disappeared.”  She was in the church office at her desk – listening to Radio Maria while doing paperwork; answering the telephones; and greeting visitors.  The computer was connected to the website of Radio Maria and through internet streaming, she tuned into the Catholic radio program, Sacred Treasures.  The show is broadcasted live every Monday at 3:00 PM (EST). 

What makes Donna’s story even more interesting is that she was listening to my testimony on the radio regarding God’s spiritual blessings! 

Radio host Kathie Duggan and I were discussing God’s signs that are related to our Catholic and Christian faith, including Archangel Michael and a cross which has appeared annually on my property in Mine Hill, NJ, since 2005.   We also discussed, a website I launched in 2008.  Documentation regarding my testimony is posted on the site.  While on the radio, I shared news of my healing from several medical conditions which resulted from receiving The Anointing of the Sick, a healing of the Catholic Church. Both a heart ailment and years of suffering painful headaches were healed after being anointed with the sacrament by my parish priest.

With that in mind, Donna continued and explained to me that at the end of the radio broadcast, she felt inspired to visit


While on the website, she was examining the photographs of a cross which appeared on my property including other pictures of interest.  She says that a sensation of peace came over her while looking at the web pages.  “The whole website touched me in its beauty,” says Donna.

While surfing the site Donna recalled and said, “I was holding my fingers and thinking about wanting them to feel better.”  She didn’t notice until maybe ten or fifteen minutes later that all the pain in her arthritic fingers disappeared. She described having a feeling of inner peace that came over her.

Truly touched by God’s healing grace, she shared her story immediately with Fr. Richard.  Donna said that Fr. Richard responded by saying “That’s faith!"

Without question, faith leads us to God’s gift of answered prayer. Fr. Richard agreed with me that Donna was blessed with a small miracle.

After finishing work at St. Mary's, Donna left and went home and shared the events with her husband Bob, and son Brian, including her other children.  She said they were in awe of her story.

Donna has received a spiritual gift of God's divine love which she can treasure and share with others.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has blessed St. Mary’s Church and Parish as a place where miracles happen!

The story is also posted on Catholic Online PRwire

Copyright 2010


Parishioners of St. Mary's Church discuss Miracles of Faith on Radio Maria

Listen to Loci B. Lenar, Donna Ott and Fr. Richard discuss their Catholic faith as connected to Christianity. The Podcast from January 24, 2011, includes Donna's testimony about being healed of arthritis as well as Mr. Lenar's spiritual journey of faith and miracles.  All three were interviewed live on Radio Maria by Kathie Duggan, host of Sacred Treasures. Jan 24 15;00;24 2011.mp3


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