An Office for Our Lady: Commemoration of Saint Casimir, Wednesday, March 4, 2020

On July 1, 2009, during the Year of Priests, the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain established the Office of the Marian Apostolate (O.M.A.) in the Diocese of Sioux Falls to increase awareness of, and appreciation and love for, the presence of Mary, the Mother of God, in the Diocese. The O.M.A. takes its inspiration from the words that Our Lady uttered during her Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Saint Luke 1:46)

The O.M.A. has been involved in a variety of activities:

*supporting the Legion of Mary, including the Annual Public Rosary, and other Marian initiatives in the Diocese, often via Parishes and the Offices of Adult Discipleship and Evangelization and of Youth Discipleship and Evangelization;

*visiting Catholic Schools and Religious Education classes;

*giving Homilies or speaking at Parishes during Mass, Holy Hours and classes;

*publishing Marian articles and essays in The Bishops Bulletin and the Ministry Forum as well as in the Catholic press throughout the United States;

*acting as a “clearinghouse” for the dissemination of Marian theology;

*answering questions and inquiries about Mariology;

*making available the Statues of Mary, including that of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, for diverse events;

*sponsoring Presentations, Days of Recollection, Retreats and Pilgrimages;

*showing videos related especially to Marian theology and spirituality;

*donating the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima that was made in Fatima, which was blessed by Bishop Swain on the eleventh anniversary of his appointment as the Bishop of Sioux Falls and which is present near the Bishop’s Office;

*offering interviews, especially via Radio and the Internet;

*producing 107 episodes of “Morning Star” on the Lamb Catholic Radio Network;

*attending to the Morning Star Blog;

*maintaining the theological, spiritual and canonical volumes found in the library on the second floor of the Diocesan Pastoral Center;

*distributing Sacramentals, including Rosaries, Brown Scapulars of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Miraculous Medals and Lourdes Water, and other theological and spiritual materials;

*inviting to our Diocese, with the permission of our Bishop, speakers about Marian themes, and coordinating various Marian icons circulating throughout the Diocese;

*reciting the Most Holy Rosary in public settings, especially in the Mother’s Garden, the Cathedral of Saint Joseph and in Saint Michael Cemetery;

*encouraging the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary, the Enrollment in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Divine Mercy Sunday Novena, the Preparation for and the Consecration Ad Iesum Per Mariam as advocated by Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, etc.;

*providing the Endowment of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, which is managed by the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota.

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