Nadine Brown, founder of the Intercessors of the Lamb group that was closed down by Omaha Archbishop George Lucas last year, and her supporters are hoping that they will be able to continue as a non-denominational group.
The Intercessors have linked up with an evangelical Christian group from eastern Iowa, the IHOPE House of Prayer, to host a prayer meeting, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
The Intercessors also are promoting their annual conference for July, saying theyâ€™ve booked the Qwest Center Omaha. The conference had grown to attract thousands of people from the United States and abroad. This summerâ€™s will be the first since the Intercessors ran afoul of the Catholic Church.
â€œThere is life after suppression,â€ said Judith Sellers, treasurer of Intercessors of the Lamb Inc. â€œItâ€™s a new beginning.â€
The Intercessors had aspired to become a Catholic religious order, the World-Herald says. Led by Brown, who was known to many as Mother Nadine, they had grown into what the Catholic Church calls a public association of the faithful.
More than 50 members came to live on the Ponca Hills campus and, to neighborsâ€™ chagrin, in houses the Intercessors bought nearby. The men and women took vows, called themselves hermits and wore teal and white robes. Brown said she had 3,000 followers around the world, and that they were known as Companions of the Lamb.
With the approval of the Omaha Archdiocese they built a chapel and conducted retreats on their campus, which they call Bellwether. Their specialty was intercessory prayer and spiritual direction. They began converting a former factory into a massive retreat center.
New life for Intercessors of Lamb (Omaha World-Herald)