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Association of the Miraculous Medal

One family will never forget the last days of April 2020, as the initial pandemic wave swept across the country. 

With hospital visitors banned, Bill and Pat Olwig’s seven children and 20 grandchildren joined a very emotional live-feed Zoom video. They watched with heavy hearts — yet hope born of faith — as a priest administered the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick to the gravely ill husband and wife.

One week later, the journey for this couple with COVID-19 was over. In separate hospital rooms, Bill and Pat died peacefully, within an hour of each other.

Many things came to an end that day, but the prayerful support they had long enjoyed as devoted members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal wasn’t one of them. 

The prayers of fellow members and remembrance in the daily Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal benefit them, even now.

It is faith that saves us. Not only our own, but the faith of others, too! The anointing Father Schroeder conferred on the Olwigs was a sign of the faith of all who loved them and believed in God’s saving action. And we know that even right now, we have the power to spiritually “be with” our departed loved ones— and even hasten their journey toward heaven.

Our faith assures us that death does not have the last word.

On November 2, Catholics around the world celebrate All Souls Day. This feast enables us to intercede for those who have passed from this life, but may not yet know the joy of living fully in the presence of God. 

Your prayers transcend time, place, even death. What does this mean? It means that through Mary, the prayers you offer can be spiritually “applied toward” helping a loved one at the moment of death. What a powerful gift this is! 

Please join with thousands of AMM members who are turning in faith to Jesus through Mary on All Souls Day.

At the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, we would be honored to celebrate Mass for your deceased loved ones on November 2 and to remember them in prayer throughout the month. 

Simply click here and fill in the "Remembrance List." The names of your loved ones will rest at the foot of the altar in Mary’s National Shrine during our All Souls Day Liturgy. We’ll remember them here at the Shrine in November, and also during the anniversary month of their passing.

Another beautiful gesture of your love and hope is to burn a Votive Light for your departed loved ones — an enduring symbol of Christ illuminating the way to eternal life, where we will finally see God face to face.

We welcome any other special intentions you’d like us to pray for      throughout November.

Your All Souls Day offering will help others draw closer to Jesus through devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. It will also support Vincentian priests and brothers in their ministries to serve all who are in material and spiritual need.

By prayer for both the living and the faithful departed, we strengthen the communion of saints and hasten God’s kingdom to come!  

Let us continue to lift one another up through Our Blessed Mother. I thank you sincerely for your continuing support of our growing AMM family of faith.

In the love of Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.
Spiritual Director