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The Dove and Rose is a devotion to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux based on my personal reflections and spiritual journey through the Catholic Church.

If you desire to follow the The Dove and Rose devotion, read the Summary of the Dove and Rose along with the four Pedagogies. Then review The Knights of the of the Dove and Rose, which has The Promise of the Knights of the Dove and Rose and the Consecration prayer to Sts. Joan of Arc and Thérèse of Lisieux. Feel free to use what I have here or simply create your own reflections and prayers. The only requirement for the Dove and Rose devotion is a heartfelt love for Sts. Joan and Thérèse, for the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for Our Lord, particularly in His Eucharist. My presentation of the Dove and Rose here is for your use or inspiration as you see fit.

I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. I make my living as a business consultant and university level business instructor.

I am married and the father of one child. We live in the Chicago metro area. Raised a Methodist in the Bible Belt and surrounded with evangelicalism as a youth, I converted to the Catholic Church prior to my marriage in 1985.

Touched deeply by the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and imbued with a filial love for Mary, I set out on a life-long spiritual journey to “seek first” Christ’s Kingdom with Thérèse as my guide.

Eventually led to confront my inner most being on that lonely, mystical hill of Calvary, I discovered through Mary’s maternal guidance and Thérèse’s sisterly care that Jesus had called another mighty saint to walk with me and to protect me through that dark and awful night of self-confrontation that leads us in Christ to true freedom. That saint, a spiritual sister to Thérèse, was Joan of Arc.

This devotion and these meditations reflect my desire to seek that Kingdom in union with Mary and with those whom I like to call my “saintly sisters,” Joan and Thérèse, that is, to be a “Knight of the Dove and Rose.” It is my further desire to bring together a multitude of like-minded people to share in the Vision and Mission of the Knights of the Dove and Rose. Through personal renewal in the Catholic Faith, our local parishes and dioceses will be renewed. Eventually, the Church Universal will be renewed. From there, the Church will renew the world!

Walter April 2018
~ Walter Adams
joanandtherese@gmail.com