Special Religious Development
Archdiocese of Chicago
2956 S. Lowe Ave. Chicago, IL 60616
312-842-1039 fax 312-366-2907
Mamre's logo reflects
hospitality, service, refreshment, laughter,
the mystery of new life,
the tree of life,
and the Russian Icon of the Trinity,
the long trail,
the maze of access.
The name, MAMRE is taken from a scriptural story in the book of Genesis, Chapter 18. Abraham was sitting at the entrance of his tent when he saw three persons coming toward him. He ran to greet them. Bowing down, he invited them to rest under the tree of Mamre. While they were resting, he ran to his wife, Sarah, who was then up in years and he asked her to bake bread for the strangers. Then he ran to pick out a steer and to get some milk. He waited on the three as they sat under the tree. One of them said, "Next year Sarah will have a son". Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, and Sarah laughed. The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh? Is anything to marvelous for the Lord?"
In 1994 Mamre's aly board committed itself to financially support the development of Spred ministry for Spanish speaking persons with developmental disabilities.
Armando Cuaya, a Spred catechist was designated to translate Spred publications, training materials and catechetical sessions for the development of Spred centers in parishes serving spanish speaking families.
Ramiro Hernandez, works to provide training to all Spanish speaking volunteer catechists and is leader catechist for the 6-10 bi-lingual group at the Archdiocesan Spred Center.
Mamre financially supports Spred Community Religious Workers, (CRW's), Julia Hess and Elizabeth Sivek who help parishes to develop Spred groups and support them in their development.
Mamre fundraising events and donations received from appeal letters raise funds to make it possible for us to help parishes to develop Spred groups. Three more CRW's would allow us to better serve every area of the Archdiocese of Chicago and surrounding dioceses.