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)
- Our Blessed Lady's Living Faith: Thursday, February 28, 2019 February 28, 2019J.M.J.Our Blessed Mother possessed a “living faith,” meaning that she believed actively all the truths revealed by God on the basis of His authority. If He revealed them, then that was enough for Our Lady. Mary’s was a dynamic faith. The profundity and fervor of that faith intensified with each passing day. Passionist Father Giacomo […]
- A Worthy Companion Along the Path to Heaven: Memorial of Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, Religious, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 February 27, 2019J.M.J."I will attempt day by day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God's Holy Will, not my own!" This inspiring motto for daily living was expressed by Francesco Possenti (1838-1862), known in the religious life as "Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother." This youthful Saint, touched profoundly by the Holy Spirit, exemplified […]
- 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 […]