Comforter of the Afflicted Support Program

Providing assistance during times of great need

Dear Parishioners:

“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored,

every part rejoices with it”.     1 Corinthians 12:26


As a parish family, we are called to come together to share the joy and happiness as well as the challenges that life brings.  It is often the strength and support we receive from our faith family during times of medical illness that helps us most. Our parish offers the Comforter of the Afflicted Support Program that provides assistance during times of great need.  Our Parish Office will work with families to determine help most needed, to coordinate with interested volunteers to launch these initiatives, and to communicate the need to the parish via email and the parish website. 

Most recently, Dolly Donahue, a long time parishioner of our parish, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and has begun cancer treatment.  For many years, Dolly has served our community by opening her home and her heart to many foster children as well as adults in crisis.  Please take a moment to read about Dolly’s ministry to the community.  Dolly’s family would welcome support for her in the following ways:

  1. Prayers:  Keep Dolly and her family in your personal prayers.  Feel free to attend a morning Mass (8:15am) or Eucharistic Adoration (7:00 – 8:00am Monday – Friday, and 3:30 – 5:00pm Saturdays). 
  1. Meals: There are currently 8 adults residing at Dolly’s home under the supervision of a caregiver while Dolly undergoes treatments.  Meals (twice a week) will help give the caregiver the ability to focus on other household duties.     Please visit the following website to sign up to prepare and deliver a meal to the home.  Questions can be directed to the parish office.
  1. Financial Assistance:  Dolly does not have any medical insurance and is incurring significant medical bills.  Financial contributions can be made to the Queen of Peace Conference of St. Vincent dePaul to help offset the cost of her medical care.  Any donation made for Dolly will only be used for the direct benefit of her medical bills. All contributions can be made payable to St. Vincent dePaul (simply write Dolly’s name in the memo line) and should be dropped off at the Parish Office.  All donations are tax deductible.

Should any additional needs arise, they will be posted on the parish website  Under the ministries tab, you will find the link to the Comforter of the Afflicted Support Program.  On behalf of Queen of Peace Parish and the Donahue family, thank you for all of your support.

A Short History of Dolly’s House

Ruthanne Donahue, known by her family and friends as “Dolly,” has been a lifelong resident of Osceola, Indiana. For virtually all of her adult life, she has opened her home on Ireland Road in Osceola to accommodate persons in need. This ministry began in 1967, when Dolly took in a young boy named Donny Bean who was abandoned after his mother passed away.  In this most unexpected way, Dolly began a lifelong series of fiats to serve the needy.

Shortly after assuming guardianship of Donny Bean, Dolly’s marriage disintegrated and her husband left her and the four children.  She resorted to a variety of jobs that enabled her to stay at home and care for the children. Soon thereafter, Dolly discerned her prayer call to become a licensed foster parent. In 1978, the first of a long series of foster children, Laurie, was brought to her. For some twenty years thereafter (late 1970- late 1990s), Dolly operated a very large, active foster home that was of special value because of her willingness to accept sibling groups on short notice and for long periods of time. Dolly has served over 75 foster children many of which had special needs.  Eventually, she adopted six of these children as her own.

In the 1990s, Dolly began to make room in her house available to young women in crisis pregnancy situations. At Later, Dolly began to take into her house homeless persons who could not find a place in area shelters.  “Dolly’s House,” as it came to be known, had an advantage that other shelters in the area could not offer: a flexibility to take in a person on a moment’s notice without questions being asked, without paperwork being presented, and in a few instances even without an identity being known. Elderly persons without family, persons with debilitating mental and emotional issues and even immigrants found refuge in Dolly’s house. The number of people served by Dolly is estimated to be in the hundreds. Dolly added onto her house several times so that she could accommodate growing numbers of people, and the stories of how those expansions happened are themselves marvels of faith.

In opening her home to the extent that she did, Dolly made herself vulnerable to being misunderstood, misrepresented or even taken advantage of by the unscrupulous and ungrateful. However, Dolly was always willing to accept that risk, finding the good much greater than any malice she might suffer.

Christ calls on us to show love to the least of our brothers and sisters.  Matthew 25:4 says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”  The Church encourages her members at all times but even more during the Year of Mercy to carry out corporal and spiritual works of mercy. 

All of her life, Dolly has lived out these works in feeding the hungry, bringing drink to the thirsty, and sheltering the homeless.  As a family of faith, we are challenged to carry this on from here and continue to be the keeper of our brother or sister.  Prayerfully consider what your family can do in the Year of Mercy to help support Dolly and her family.


Fr. John Eze