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Welcome Father Clay!

The Association of the Miraculous Medal welcomes Reverend Clayton Kilburn, C.M., as Spiritual Director beginning September 1. Father Clay succeeds Father Kevin McCracken, C.M., who served in the role for seven years and will be undertaking a new ministry for the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers).

Father Clay was ordained as a priest of the Congregation of the Mission in 1979. His prior assignments included pastoral and missionary posts in remote regions of the United States as well as overseas. He is the author of Living Faith Faithfully and Why We Do It, a compilation of previously published reflections on faith and Catholic teachings.

“I look forward to continuing to build on my predecessors’ holy work at the Association of the Miraculous Medal,” Father Clay stated. “I am convinced that Our Lady needs the faithful members of AMM to bring her message to our sinful world. Desiring redemption for all souls, Our Blessed Mother appeals to us to walk in Christ’s light. By modeling her way of living, we can all become disciples who are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.” Read letters from both Father Kevin and Father Clay.

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As members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal, we embrace the call to encourage others to live in complete trust and humble surrender to Jesus as Mary did. We appeal to Our Lady for all the graces needed in our lives.

How can you follow the example of Saint Catherine Labouré in practical, simple ways?

You can find opportunities to tell others the joyous story of her faith-filled life and her encounter with Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. You can request free, blessed Miraculous Medals attached to an explanation card to carry with you and to share with others. In additon, for a suggested offering, you may order our beautiful double bookmark as a gift to anyone seeking the graces Mary promised to all who turn to her in complete confidence.

It is through gifts great and small that AMM is able to mail millions of free, blessed Miraculous Medals each year. Will you support AMM’s ministry
with a special contribution today? Your generosity will help ensure that Mary’s mission to share the Miraculous Medal continues for generations to come. And with your gift of $29 or more, you can request a copy of The Illustrated Book of Mary, a special hardback volume exploring Mary’s many devotional titles, prayers, information about feast days, and more.
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Order your holy water here. Or, call 1-800-264-6279, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CT.
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When a friend or relative is grieving the loss of a loved one or the anniversary of a death is drawing near, your kindness can be of great comfort. Share the consoling gift of prayer by sending this beautiful Memorial Remembrance Card to the bereaved. It offers the deceased loved one a remembrance in the daily Mass and prayers at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal for one year.  

You may also burn a Votive Light inside the Shrine’s beautiful Votive Light Sanctuary for your departed loved ones.  

Read Fr. Kevin’s letter here. It shares more about how the Memorial Remembrance Card can bring hope to someone in their time of need.  

Recently we heard from an AMM member who received condolences from Fr. Kevin: “I was deeply touched that you remembered my husband and prayed for him, and for me, on the anniversary of his death. When I received your card, my spirit was lifted up to God, and I thanked him for all the years we had together.”
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“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”   Revelation 12:1  

 Tuesday, August 15, marks a joyous feast in the liturgical year. Our Lady’s Assumption into heaven was affirmed by the Second Vatican Council in one of its principal documents called Lumen gentium. Its declaration is now part of the Catholic Catechism: “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.” (Catholic Catechism, Article 9, Paragraph 6, 966)  

Join with members of the Association of the Miraculous Medal in praying this prayer throughout the month of August and especially during the nine days of the Novena of Masses being held August 6-14, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and on the Solemnity of the Assumption, August 15.  

 You may also burn a Votive Light, confident that the Queen of Heaven will not delay in presenting your special intentions to our sovereign King and Lord of all, Jesus Christ.
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