Joining Our Hearts to Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Thank you to all who were able to attend the 4th Annual Marian Congress! It was a beautiful celebration! If you could not be with us, we missed you! In addition to learning insights on how to Listen Like Mary, we prayed the Rosary and renewed our consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. We also unveiled a new logo (above) and new vision for the Marian Congress.

We are pleased to share with each of you the videos of our speakers and the Mass to Renew Our Consecration.

What Does It Mean To Be A Synodal Church 

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Father Ralph D’Elia III, Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, speaks on “What does it mean to be a synodal Church?” during the 4th Annual Marian Congress on May 14, 2022.


What Can Mary Teach Us About Being A Synodal Person 

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Father Carlos Rojas speaks on “What can Mary teach us about being a synodal person?” during the 4th Annual Marian Congress on May 14, 2022.


New Vision for the Diocesan Marian Congress

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Celina Okpaleke speaks about the new vision and direction of the Diocesan Marian Congress during the 4th Annual Marian Congress on May 14, 2022. Celina is President of the International Consecrated Marian Society, a Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute Graduate, and parishioner of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Riverview.


Mass to Renew Our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Vigil Mass from the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg on May 14, 2022. During the Mass, participants renewed their consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This was the closing Mass for the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Marian Congress. 


About the Theme

Listen Like Mary is rooted in Luke 2:19.

After the birth of Jesus, shepherds came to worship him in the manger. The shepherds told Mary how the angels had proclaimed that a savior had been born who is Messiah and Lord. Then, “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Mary’s way of listening is what we are called to do as disciples. We will explore how to Listen Like Mary with engaging speakers, prayer and faith sharing. You will experience many blessings from a special bond with Mary and her son Jesus Christ.

The Catholic Church is focused on learning to listen better – to one another and to the Holy Spirit. We are responding to our Holy Father’s call for a Synod on how to listen better – to God and to one another. The Synod on Synodality is the fruit of the Spirit and the discernment of our Holy Father reading the signs of the times. Pope Francis states, “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.”


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Consecrating to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the First Time

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Renewing Our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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