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)
- The Son of Mary Was Obedient Unto Death: Saturday, February 9, 2019 February 9, 2019J.M.J.“He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.” (Philippians 3:8)At a very tender age, many of us learned the sacred truth undergirding the solemn celebration of Christmas: the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity became incarnate to save us from the terrifying sin and everlasting death ushered into […]
- The Obedient Mary: Memorial of Blessed Pius IX, Pope, Thursday, February 7, 2019 February 8, 2019J.M.J.Our Blessed Mother’s constant practice of the virtue of obedience was nothing short of perfect. Her entire existence can be summed up in a simple but profound phrase: to do always the Will of God.How may we characterize Our Blessed Lady’s stellar obedience?Mary obeyed always. No one can point to a moment from her Immaculate […]
- 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 […]