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Association of the Miraculous Medal

The Association of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri, brings the world to Jesus through devotion to our Blessed Mother and her Miraculous Medal. The story of our Lady’s gift to the world is truly miraculous, and with the support of members like you, Mary’s medal continues bringing God’s grace to all who seek our Lady’s maternal intercession.

It was November 27, 1830, when our Blessed Mother appeared to Sister Catherine Labouré in Paris, France. Catherine was a devout country girl, who because of her interest in serving the poor, became a novice in the Daughters of Charity.

Sister Catherine was at prayer with the other sisters in the chapel when she heard the rustling of a garment. As she looked toward the sound, Catherine saw Mary standing on a globe, holding a golden ball that she seemed to be offering to God. Rays of light streamed from Mary’s ringed fingers as the ball disappeared and Mary’s hands swept to her side - the vision that was to become the face of the Miraculous Medal.

Mary asked Catherine to have a medal made in the likeness of her vision. Catherine endured many trials before the medal was finally struck, but the first order for 20,000 medals was quickly distributed. Soon all the engravers in Paris were making the medals and could not keep up with demand. So many miracles happened for those wearing Mary’s medal that people began calling it the Miraculous Medal. By 1840, only ten years later, tens of millions of medals had been distributed around the world.

In the years since, Mary has touched the lives of hundreds of millions who have worn her medal and trusted in her intercession.

Do you need our Blessed Mother’s holy intercession? Come to her altar. Pray with confidence. Pray for your special needs now. Our Lady is waiting to hear your prayers and has promised to intercede for you if only you will trust in her loving care.

Send your petitions today to our Lady’s Shrine for remembrance in our annual Miraculous Medal Novena, November 18-26, and at the Mass of the Miraculous Medal on November 27.

I also invite you to burn a Votive Light for your intentions. Your candle will remain lit here at our Lady’s National Shrine as a symbol of your prayers.

When Sister Catherine saw the vision of Mary with brilliant lights streaming from the rings on her fingers, she noticed that light did not flow from some rings. Mary told Catherine, "These gems from which rays do not fall represent graces for which people forget to ask."

To help you remember to ask our Lady for God’s graces, I am offering you our Miraculous Medal Planner for a gift of $3.00 each. It lists Association spiritual benefits and gives the dates of feasts, novenas, and octaves here at our Lady’s Shrine. It will remind you, as you write your own scheduled dates and events, that Mary brings Jesus to you every day of your life.

Finally, I encourage you to offer the prayer that Mary herself gave to Sister, now Saint Catherine Labouré, “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

I thank you for your membership in our Lady’s Association, and I look forward to remembering your special intentions during this year’s Miraculous Medal Novena. May our Lady obtain for you and your loved ones the eternal grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Sincerely yours in Mary,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.
Spiritual Director