International prayer group starts Utah chapter

Friday, Mar. 17, 2023
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By Laura Vallejo
Intermountain Catholic

SALT LAKE CITY — Úrsula Quintana is inviting all in Utah to participate in the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary movement.

The Flame of Love is an international movement intended to spread the grace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Participants are organized into cenacles, which are similar to discussion groups. There are thousands of cenacles in the world, but only one in Utah. The cenacles are multi-lingual to embrace and bring together all cultures.

The essence of the cenacles is “prayer, fellowship and Catholic faith formation,” Quintana said.

Quintana has been speaking about the Flame of Love since 2019. Last year, “I heard interiorly in prayer, ‘You will bring my flame of love to the desert, to Utah,’” she said.

Within three days of that she had all the resources needed to launch the movement locally, which she plans to do via Zoom on March 17. That day, the group will pray for Bishop Oscar A. Solis, the diocesan priests, vocations in the diocese and for The Joshua Project, a new program for youth in the diocese.

“It is of great importance to me to support a project that is so important to our bishop that he implemented it for our youth. ... They are the future of the Catholic Church and it is our responsibility to support them and pray for them,” Quintana said.

The movement in Utah is also a result of the Synod on Synodality, the three-year process of listening and dialogue to which Pope Francis called the worldwide Church.

As a result of the Synod, “there is also a desire to form a sense of unity,” Quintana said.

The event also will be in conjunction with the diocesan consecration to St. Joseph, and Quintana will be speaking about the saint.

March is devoted to St. Joseph, Quintana said, and “what a beautiful way to honor St. Joseph,  which I have already done on a global platform and it has resulted in many  beautiful fruits.”

Quintana said her prayer is that the Flame of Love “will be an instrument of a deepening formation which grows into a fire of love for the Catholic Church, but moreover for Jesus himself. I do confess, I also hope to bring awareness of the importance of our priests. They are the heart of the Church.”

Prayer is a weapon “that much like Jesus’ mercy is incomprehensible, but is also inexhaustible as it works in God’s time, who is outside of time,” she said, adding that “prayer transforms the soul and transports it in many levels.”

For information on the Flame of Love, visit

WHAT: Flame of Love in Utah

WHEN: Friday, March 17, 7 p.m.

WHERE: online; for the Zoom link visit


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