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Association of the Miraculous Medal

A few years ago, some eighth graders in Saint Louis attended a daylong retreat to prepare for Confirmation. Several parents had been asked to share their own faith journeys. One was a mom fighting cancer.

The students grew especially quiet when Julie got up to speak. One thing she said took them by complete surprise.

“I thank God for my cancer because it made me realize how much I am loved.”

The children couldn’t believe their ears. Thanking God for getting cancer?

Julie explained. As the youngest child in a very large family, she knew she was loved, but didn’t always feel loved. After her diagnosis, she was showered with countless prayers, gifts, and offers of help. The affection and support brought her so much comfort that she considered the illness a greater gift to her spirit than her previous perfect health.

Julie’s testimony tells us that sometimes the greatest healing we can offer is a loving word or a kind deed.

My name is Father Kevin McCracken, C.M. I’m a member of the Congregation of the Mission, known better as Vincentian priests and brothers. I’m writing to acquaint you with the Association of the Miraculous Medal and its work. We carry on the mission that Our Blessed Mother entrusted to Saint Catherine Labouré back in 1830.

I know you care deeply for your loved ones in need. Asking Mary’s intercession for their healing is a priceless gift, since Our Lady has promised to advocate before God’s throne to obtain grace and blessings for all who turn to her in faith.

Send a Healing Remembrance Card to someone as a gift of comfort and hope. If you know someone who is suffering in body, mind, or spirit, please present that person with this spiritual greeting as a gesture of your loving care. Also, send AMM their name to be remembered in the daily Mass and prayers here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri.

You can add a second gesture of remembrance to this gift by requesting a Votive Light to burn for your loved one. Votive Lights burning adjacent to Our Lady’s Shrine represent the petitions and spiritual presence of our members..

Any offering you send will further AMM's work to spread devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, maintain the National Shrine, and support the apostolic mission and charitable works of our Vincentian priests and brothers.

Thank you for helping us draw people closer to Jesus through his and Our Blessed Mother! May her intercession obtain for your loved ones the favors you are seeking. 

Sincerely yours in Our Lady,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, CM
Spiritual Director


P.S. To request free, blessed Miraculous Medals on an explanation card to share with others, visit our website at or call us at 1-800-264-6279. Any donation you offer will be deeply appreciated.

    Jackie from Minnesota writes another story of Mary’s comfort …

Dear Father,

     I always prayed to Our Lord, but not to Our Blessed Mother. One night, I was crying in desperation and agony – an emotional wreck and in much physical pain. Walking around my house feeling lost and hopeless, my eyes fell on a small picture of Our Blessed Mother. I cried out loudly to her to help me. I felt an incredible sense of peace come over me. The worries, fear, and pain subsided. I knew it was Our Mother Mary watching over me … I’ve never forgotten that day, and Mary has since become a constant heavenly comfort and confidant to me.