“The more we honour the Blessed Virgin, the more we honour Jesus Christ, because we honour Mary only that we may the more perfectly honour Jesus, since we go to her only as the way by which we are to find the end we are seeking, which is Jesus.”  
– St. Louis Marie de Montfort.

True Devotion to Mary Study Group Invitation

Background
Although written in 1716 St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s book True Devotion to Mary  is still considered one of the greatest ever written on the Blessed Virgin Mary and a masterpiece of Marian theology and spirituality   Highly recommended by no less than eight popes and countless saints, including Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Maxmilian Kolbe and St. Pope John Paul II, it offers the enquiring and discerning reader much to ponder, pray about and discuss.

Last year a group of fourteen adults from parishes of the Clonfert, Elphin and Tuam dioceses formed a reflective study group to undertake a shared enquiry.  Between September 2021 and April 2022 they met fortnightly (taking extended breaks at Christmas and Easter) in the Clonfert Family Centre, Ballinasloe, from 8 pm to 9.30pm. 

Prior to each session all committed to reading a pre-selected section of the book and to engaging with a handout that incorporated some questions to support discussion during group meetings.  The handouts drew on the work of an American Catechist, Anne Collins, and an eminent retired Catholic theologian, Rev. Prof. Basil Cole OP who taught in The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome and The Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC.  Both Anne and Fr. Basil have much experience in supporting adult groups explore the writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort.  

The group was also supported by Fr. Michael Kennedy, a priest of the Cashel and Emly diocese with a long association with St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s spirituality.  The group’s time together also culminated with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in honour of Our Lady on 31st May 2022.

Looking ahead
The whole experience has been so positive that participants are keen that interested others be facilitated with a similar experience.  

Consequently arrangements are being put in place to facilitate reflective study groups in Roscommon and Ballinasloe during the 2022/2023 school year.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to register their interest with  Justin Harkin (overseer) by contacting Justin on 087 6171526  / [email protected] .

Information meetings will also be held in Roscommon and Ballinasloe and via Zoom in early September.  Through these interested adults will receive a more in-depth insight into both the content and workings of this initiative.

Finally, we wish to emphasise that participation in the information meeting will be just that. A study group of this nature can only flourish when members want to participate and are committed to enjoying their interaction  with one another.   We appreciate there will be other adults for whom such an undertaking is not possible or feasible at this time but who nevertheless are likely to value the introduction to St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary that will be provided through these information meetings.  All will be welcome.

This web page will be updated with additional information c. August 15th 2022.

Thank you.

 

Posted: 01/7/2022