Office of the Marian Apostolate
Established on July 1, 2009 during the Year for Priests by His Excellency the Most Reverend Paul Joseph Swain, D.D., the Bishop of Sioux Falls, the Office of the Marian Apostolate is to increase awareness of and appreciation and love for the presence of Mary the Mother of God in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior." (Saint Luke 1:46)
- A Distinctly Marian Season: Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle, Friday, November 30, 2018 December 1, 2018J.M.J.The Church’s extraordinary wisdom is illustrated in numerous ways, one being the very existence of Advent. We are granted several weeks to make ready for the Solemnity of the Birth of Christ. Such a period of prayerful preparation if sincerely “entered into” ensures that December 25th will not be just another day but instead a […]
- Our Lady of Sorrows through the Eyes of Saint Robert Bellarmine: Sunday, September 2, 2018 September 2, 2018J.M.J.This remarkable Jesuit Bishop and Doctor of the Church (+1621), whose Memorial is September 17th, wrote about Our Lady under this glorious title of hers (September 15th) in his De Septem Verbis Domini (c. 11):Have no doubts about it, the Blessed Virgin suffered extremely when she beheld her Son hanging on the gibbet of the […]
- Our Blessed Lady and Humanae Vitae: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 August 14, 2018J.M.J.A few months ago, someone who has long labored in promoting respect for human life and for marriage asked me why there was no reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as is customary at the conclusion of an encyclical, at the end of Humanae Vitae, the most famous—and last—encyclical of Blessed Paul VI.I did not […]
- Mother, Queen, Model: Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Saturday, June 9, 2018 June 9, 2018J.M.J.Saint Mary Teresa of Calcutta, the twentieth century's version of Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), founded the Missionaries of Charity.Several times each day, those Sisters, while assembled in the Chapels of their various convents, sing a brief hymn to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It goes like this: "O most pure and loving Heart of […]