Consecration of the Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
In response to numerous requests from the faithful, I will consecrate our Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
on October 7, 2017. This will coincide with the Centennial Celebrations commemorating the Apparitions of Our Lady
at Fatima. It is the same day that the Archdiocesan Annual Rosary Rally will be held, coinciding with the day of the
Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. For this act of consecration to bear fruit, we must prepare ourselves spiritually
and with catechesis for this significant day. I am confident that the Archdiocese will receive many graces through
the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary if we are spiritually prepared and properly disposed.
– Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone –
The Heart of Mary, Peterskirche, Vienna, Austria,
painting by Leopold Kupelwieser (1796-1862)
"My Immaculate Heart
will be your refuge,
and the way that will
lead you to God."
So said Mary to the three shepherd children
at Fatima a hundred years ago, inviting the
Church and the world to come to her. As an
archdiocese, we accept her invitation, and
consecrate ourselves to her. The consecration
of the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be a faith-filled and devotion-laden way of placing ourselves under her special protection. Devotion to Mary is ultimately devotion to Christ, whose grace has triumphed in Mary. Mary is, by reason of her faith and obedience to the Word of God, both a model of the Church, and its preeminent member.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, All Saints Church,
St. Peters, Missouri (stained glass)
"Jesus came into the world to learn how to be a man, and by being a man, to walk with men. He came into the world to obey, and He obeyed.... Through this obedience, this self-abnegation, this humiliation, through Jesus...the people of God walk with sure hope. Even His Mother, 'the New Eve,' in order to participate in her Son’s journey, learned, suffered, and obeyed. And thus she becomes Mother…. And this is our hope. We are not orphans; we have Mothers. Mary is Mother. And the Church is Mother; and Mother Church is anointed when she takes the same path as Jesus and Mary: the path of obedience, the path of suffering, and when she has the attitude of continually learning the path of the Lord. These two, Mary and the Church, carry on the hope that is Christ, they give us Christ, they bring forth Christ in us. Without Mary, there would be no Jesus Christ; without the Church, we cannot go forward."
- Pope Francis, homily on
the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
"In Chapter 2 of Luke's Gospel, the evangelist twice reports that Mary 'kept all these things in her heart and pondered them.' And Luke 2:35 recounts what Simeon said as he held her baby: that her son was to be 'a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and a glory to Israel,' and that her heart 'a sword would pierce, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.' The image of Mary with her heart aflame with love, but pierced by a sword of sorrow, is one of the most popular representations of her Immaculate Heart. There is an alliance between devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which overflows with love for all humanity, and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which burns with love for her Son and for all of us. Mary's role in our lives is this: through her tender love, to help us be and do what Jesus wants us to be and to do."
- Father Charles Puthota
Director, Department of Pastoral Ministry