Marsha Danhoff has been named director of operations for the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, which is sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. In her new position, Marsha will be responsible for the day-to-day functions of the shrine, including overseeing the lay staff, maintenance and financial functions of the shrine, including its gift shop. She will direct long-range planning and guide efforts to attract a new generation of pilgrims to the shrine.
She has been on the shrine staff for three years, coordinating its marketing and communication efforts. “I have a passion to improve and develop this shrine so it can grow,” Marsha said. “I ask every day for the help of the Blessed Mother.”
She will work closely with Fr. Jim Seibert, C.PP.S., the shrine’s rector, who will continue to direct the shrine’s mission and ministry.
“Marsha has shown her love for this holy place, and we know she will continue to give us her best efforts,” Fr. Seibert said. “May all the saints support us as we work together to offer this special place to those who need to experience God’s healing love.”
It was the goal of the provincial council to create this position to free Fr. Seibert and other Missionaries serving at the shrine to focus on the spiritual needs of its pilgrims, said Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S., provincial director. The move was made after an in-depth study of the shrine, its history and its mission. Marsha will work with Fr. Seibert and the Missionaries in all areas, keeping them apprised and consulting with them.
Prior to her work at the shrine, Marsha was employed with Mercy Health Tiffin/Willard/Defiance for 16 years. She served as executive assistant to the president then was promoted to the role of director of marketing, communication and development.
Marsha is a member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Willard, Ohio, and serves on its pastoral council. She has also been a member of the Willard City Schools board of education for over 20 years and now serves as board president.
She and her husband, Jeff, have three children and six grandchildren.
Her work at the shrine has been a blessing, she said. “Before joining the shrine team, I often came to stroll through the woods or to sit by a grotto to reflect and pray. Like most, particularly in times of need or confusion. Those visits usually resulted in a feeling of peacefulness and hope. Being here is not a job—for me, it is a vocation.”