Two Updates, February 8th & February 14th, 2018

Fr. Deschatelets and Mary, Missionary and Unifier
Our eighth superior general, Very Rev. Leo Deschatelets OMI, wrote his circular letter "Our Vocation and Our Life of Intimate Union with Mary Immaculate" in 1951, well before the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). But I find that he anticipated in many ways Mary as the best evangelizer and ecumenist of Christ. See especially pp. 64-65 of the circular. Click here for the entire circular.

Although our leading USA Oblate Mariologist, Father George Kirwin, OMI, wrote this item "Mary, Evangelizer and Ecumenist," back in 1986, it is, in my opinion, more relevant than ever, click here.

100 Years of Mary at Fatima; Eamon Carrol Rosary Story,  click here.

"Mary (Stands) Under the Cross" (Ron Rolheiser), click here.

Mary ponders, Please click here
Please click here for official page Our Lady of The Snow  Belleville IL

Please click here for the Official Page of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pontmain                      

Mary, Evangelist and Ecumenist

When one looks at the New Testament, St. Paul is the outstanding missionary.  But a story told by Cardinal Leo Suenens (1904-96) shows that Mary has a vital role too.  Suenens reminds us that the Three Wise Men found Jesus in the arms of His Mother.  Then Suenens asks "Who are the Three Wise Men Today?"  He responded:  "Let one be the Bishop of Rome, another the Patriarch of Constantinople, and the third, the Archbishop of Canterbury, representing the Anglican and Protestant Churches. Where will they find the Christ whom they seek together?  Still in the arms of His Mother."

On this page we will do two things. First is a message of Mary at one of the many places she has appeared.  This will change about every six months.

Second are ongoing developments in Mary's role in Evangelization and Ecumenism.

Click here for the video which explains how our lady of the snows journeyed from Rome to Belleville Illinois.

The message of Mary at Pontmain, France, on Jan. 17, 1871, is that of Hope as she shows a blood-red crucifix.  Oblates of Mary are especially interested in this apparition because one of the children to whom Mary appeared, Joseph Barbedette, OMI, (1860-1930), became an Oblate. The Oblates administered the shrine for many years. We still have a retreat center next to the shrine. 

The website of Our Lady of Pontmain (  has a very developed section in English because English Catholics discovered the shrine, which is close to the English channel, and now visit it in large numbers. Click here for the website.

There are two very interesting signs that Mary is bringing Christians together, to make us better evangelists.  First is the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the second, the statement of "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" on Mary.

Founded in 1967, the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA (there is also one in the United Kingdom) has done much to bring main-line Protestant Churches, and the Catholic Church closer together on Mary's place in Christian Unity.  See the website

The movement "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" has done more in the area of joint evangelization with Evangelical Protestants. Their statement "Do Whatever He Tells You" (2009) agrees that Mary is "the first to give faith's assent" to Jesus, and that she "is powerfully pertinent to our time."  The entire statement may be googled.