The Immaculate Heart Servants of Mary of The Gnostic Order of Christ evolved over a number of years. This order first had its beginnings in a revelation from Mary, through Father Paul Blighton, the founder and Director General of The Holy Order of MANS, on Christmas Day, 1972, when he received the direction to found The Immaculate Heart Sisters of Mary for women and the Brown Brothers of the Holy Light for men, as sub-orders for those men and women who felt a specific calling to devotion and work with Mary in healing ministries.
The message indicated that both Mother Ruth Blighton, the Mother of the Order and Master M Marian Linda Carter (right) would direct the training of the sisters and that Master M would act as the sub-order's first Sister Superior. Master M eventually came to be called Mother Marian (below left).
The mission of the IHSM and BBHL members was to develop a selfless attitude through devotion to Mary and through service work with healing ministries. The orders passed out of existence when the Holy Order of MANS converted to orthodoxy in 1988.
In the interim, in 1976, I first met Mother Marian when she was the Mother Superior of the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Mary in Chicago when I was a member of the Christian Community of Chicago (right). I requested a healing blessing from her. After a time, she became my teacher. Following, I spent a week at The Mary House in Chicago where I was initiated into self-realization by Mother Marian.
At the end of that year, Mother Marian left The Holy Order of MANS and entered secular life. A year later, we resumed our teacher-student relationship and over a number of years also became long-distance friends. I lived in California and she in Oregon. On occasion we visited with one another.
During this time, in 1977, just prior to moving from Chicago to San Jose, CA, I had a vision of Mary in a dream in which Mary called me by the name Jessika. In1978, in San Jose after a year or so of reflection, I requested privately that a priest administer to me life vows to God and change my name to Jessika. He kindly assented in a private communion. I continued to live a secular life, raised my family, worked, went to college, and continued in my spiritual studies and devotion and in my relationship with Mother Marian. She authorized me to begin serving communion and my training as a priest began.
Six years later, I went to visit Mother Marian and after lengthy conversations concerning my spiritual work and life, on January 11, 1984, Mother Marian, through a specific blessing of The Holy Spirit and the laying on of hands, blessed me with a Mantle for my Work and a Mantle of the Sisterhood of The Immaculate Heart Sisters of Mary. In the same year, I was ordained as an independent Bishop.
In the following year, Mother Marian, tragically passed from this life. I mourned her loss for many years. On occasion while performing mass the Mary Blessing I had received, passed through me unto others, but I really did not think much about it even though with each passing it seems in reflection that it became stronger.
In June of 1998, I attended a Devi Bhava ceremony given by Ammachi (Mata Amritanandamayi-left) who is believed to be an embodiment of the Divine Mother. She is sometimes called the hugging saint. People stand in line to be hugged by her and as she hugs people individually, she chants in the ear and blesses the forehead. When my time came, when she hugged me and chanted in my ear, the vowel sounds of her voice evoked strongly a vivid memory of the Mantle of the Sisterhood I had received some years before and I re-experienced it in a fullness I had not felt before.
The intensity of the blessing evoked through Ammachi motivated a series of meditations with Mary. Following, at the time of the First Convocation of The Gnostic Order of Christ in January of 1999, M. Mary Elizabeth attended and shared with me her experiences of Mother Mary. The unfoldment of my meditations was further enhanced through our interactions and prayer together. We expressed our desires to focus our lives in service to Mary, however questions arose.
Were we to do this separately or together. Was it to be one order or two? For men and or women? What was the form to be? What was the name or names to be?
The confusion was cleared away when Mary Elizabeth and I meditating separately. On April 15, 1999, I received that the blessing I had received, of The Immaculate Heart Sisters of Mary, was to be carried on through revising the term Sisters to Servants so that both men and women might share in the blessing, and so, the name for the order and lineage became The Immaculate Heart Servants of Mary. The blessing is given to those who are called to specific missions with Mary or who have special callings for devotion to Mary. M.Mary Elizabeth received to begin an order of her own as her special mission called The Marian Order of Mary's Way.
I received that the Order was to be not only for those engaged in quiet personal devotion and for those engaged in healing ministries, but was to be as well, for those engaged in active service in the community in the social and legal arenas, towards the gaining of equal rights for women and children, and humanitarian rights for people of all races and for those engaged in any way with healing for the earth and its people.
The IHSM blessing is passed spontaneously through the Holy Spirit after or during communion. Afterwards, it is recommended that IHSM Mary meditations be incorporated into one's spiritual practice.