Marian brother ready for the diaconate

This Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Br. Stephen Castellano, MIC, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculste Conception.

The ultimate conversion: St. Augustine of Hippo

One of the world’s best-known sinners turned saint is St. Augustine of Hippo, whose feast we celebrate on Aug. 28. Famously, his mother, St. Monica, prayed for him for 17 years before his conversion, and his is the famous prayer, “Lord, give me chastity and continence, but not yet!”

'In the Middle of Her Wounds': Our Lady of Czestochowa

Theresa Bonopartis helped develop a ministry for women healing from abortion called "Entering Canaan." Learn about the inexplicable details that led her to call Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna (feast day: Aug. 26), the patroness of her ministry.

A merciful monarch: St. Louis IX of France

St. Louis IX (feast day: Aug. 25) is the only French king to be declared a saint, a model Christian monarch. With boundless energy and deep piety, he brought peace and prosperity to his kingdom, with a keen determination to administer justice at all levels of society, especially among the poor.

Catholic Common Sense: Turn to Prayer

We tend to treat prayer as a last resort, as a desperate measure, as though it were not the most powerful means of causing change in ourselves and in the world available to us. Why is that?

Welcome to Marian Week 2023!

Marian Week 2023 runs from Tuesday, Aug. 15 to Tuesday, Aug. 22. Each day features a Rosary procession, confessions, Mass, and praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.

Assumed to be the Queen of Heaven

Eight days after the liturgical feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Church celebrates the Queenship of Mary (the octave day, Aug. 22). There is an integral connection between Mary’s Assumption and Queenship, writes Br. Eliot, MIC.

Pope St. Pius X and the Marians

On Aug. 21, the feast of Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914), we recall the Holy Father's special role in the Marian Congregation and its renovation by Bl. George Matulaitis.

“Doctor Mellifluous": St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Known as “Doctor Mellifluous,” as praise of Jesus “flowed like honey” from his lips, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (feast day: Aug. 20) was a strong defender of the faith even during trying times with not one but two popes: the antipope Anacletus II, and the true Holy Father, Pope Innocent II. 

The White Habit returns

Who we are and what we do is “tinted” by the Immaculate Conception. The main fruit of the Immaculate Conception for the Blessed Virgin Mary is total purity, which is fittingly represented by the color white.

The Artist and the Stone: St. Maximilian Kolbe

If we look at the lives of the saints, we discover a powerful reality — those who are in love with God are always at peace, no matter the hardship, resting in the innermost heart in the will and providence of God. Consider the miracle that is the life of the priest and martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast we celebrate on Aug. 14.

On the Assumption, taking ourselves "lightly" with Mary

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, Aug. 15, Dr. Robert Stackpole shares a witticism: The reason Mary was assumed, body and soul, into Heaven was because she always took herself so lightly.