Marcus Lyle Prophet (December 24, 1918 - February 26, 1973) was an American born in Chippewa
Mark was a mystic, a Messenger for the ascended masters and the late husband of Elizabeth Clare Prophet.
When Mark was about 17, he was contacted by the Ascended Master El Morya. Because of his fundamentalist Christian upbringing,
Mark sent the master away. Years later, Mark decided to pursue El Morya and the master resumed his contact with him. Between
1952 and 1958 Mark wrote down a series of letters from El Morya called Ashram Notes. These letters contain profound teaching
and a series of rituals designed to help people raise their consciousness and reduce suffering throughout the world.
August 7th 1957, Mark founded The Summit Lighthouse under El Morya's direction to publish the teachings
of the ascended masters. He soon began publishing a weekly newsletter from the ascended masters called Pearls of Wisdom, which
are still published today.
In 1961, Mark met Elizabeth Clare Wulf. Through Mark, El Morya began training her to be a Messenger.
They were married in 1963 and had four children. (Earlier he was married to Phyllis and they gave birth to five children)
The legacy of Mark Prophet's work is vast. He worked tirelessly to publish the teachings of the Ascended
Masters and to lay the foundation for the continuation of this work by his wife. Starting in 1960, he held quarterly conferences
to give messages, called dictations — Addresses or Messages from the Ascended Masters — , from the Ascended
Masters and to explain their teachings. In 1961, he founded the Keepers of the Flame Fraternity under the direction of the
Ascended Master Saint Germain.
Between 1958 and 1973, Mark L. Prophet gave more than 1,000 Dictations from various Ascended Masters,
Archangels and Cosmic Beings. On February 26, 1973, Mark Prophet made his transition. He reunited with God in the Ascension
and is now known as the Ascended Master Lanello.
In 1965, the fledgling organization relocated to Fairfax, Virginia, and in 1966 to Colorado Springs,
In 1970, the Prophets founded Montessori International, a school based on the principles of the acclaimed
educator Dr. Maria Montessori. The name "Montessori International" was used by the Prophets for their church/community school,
which at various times offered classes for students ranging from preschool age to high school. Although their preschool teachers
were trained at official Montessori organizations such as the Association Montessori Internationale and the Pan-American Montessori
Society, they were not officially associated with the Montessori umbrella organizations. And, in the elementary and high school
levels, teachers were not Montessori certified.
Also in 1970, Mark and Elizabeth mounted a pilgrimage to India with several dozen church members. They
toured the country and met with Indira Gandhi as well as the Dalai Lama.
In July 1972, the Prophets travelled to Ghana to meet with and address the large CUT congregation there
(several thousand), which was led by Herbert Krakue. In September-October 1972, the Prophets again conducted a pilgrimage,
this time to holy sites in the Middle East.
In 1972, the first volume of Climb the Highest Mountain was published, a projected five-volume work,
which the Prophets intended to become their central scripture.
On February 26, 1973, Mark Prophet died in Colorado Springs of a stroke. He reunited with God in the ritual
of the ascension and is now known as the Ascended Master Lanello.