2021 Theme: Mary Welcomes You with Open Arms

The Marian Congress is held in cooperation with the International Consecrated Marian Society.

Please mark your calendars to join us for the 3rd Annual Marian Congress with Bishop Gregory Parkes on Saturday, May 8, 2021. We hope you will share in our excitement about this virtual, multicultural and faith-filled event that draws us closer to the Heart of Jesus through Mary!

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a perfect model of evangelization. She leads us to her son Jesus Christ, and she welcomes each of us with open arms as her beloved children.

This is who she is!

In fact, after hearing that her cousin Elizabeth was to have a baby, Mary set out “in haste” (Luke 1:39-40) to visit her and comfort her. She warmly greeted her cousin and spent three months with her, being attentive to her needs.

This blessed encounter has been depicted in stained-glass windows and paintings around the world, including right here, at our very own Mary, Mother of God Chapel in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Last year’s Marian Congress was held in this chapel during the COVID-19 lock-down, when we could only leave our houses for essential work and responsibilities. Sadly, even our churches were closed for public worship. However, with the aid of our Blessed Mother, our annual Marian Congress was carried forward virtually.

This year, our committee has decided once again on a virtual gathering. We will join together for prayer and faith-sharing, as well as to reflect on Mary’s generous hospitality. We will learn from the Blessed Virgin Mary how to lead others to Christ, to the Mass and to heaven, imitating the heart of our Blessed Mother.

Join us as “Mary Welcomes You with Open Arms” on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Format:  Our committee has decided once again on a virtual gathering.  
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Keynote Speaker

Father Chris Alar, MIC, National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
Topic: Critical Role of Mary in our Faith and the Essential Nature of Marian Consecration


9:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation Part 1 “Mary Welcomes You with Open Arms” by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC.

10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation Part 2 “Mary Welcomes You with Open Arms” by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC.

11:00 a.m. Praying of the Rosary in Multiple Languages

11:30 a.m. Celebration of Mass with Bishop Gregory Parkes, which includes Consecration Renewal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Crowning of Mary

12:30 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m. Presentation “Reference Materials and Marian Groups in our Diocese” by Fr. Carlos Rojas

1:40 p.m. Presentation “General Way to Live the Consecration” by Rachel Dutilly


Click here to register. There is no cost to participate. However, when you register we will email you the links for participation. Also, we will send you a Marian Congress prayer card as a keepsake. Registration is now open.

Preparation for Consecration

If you have never been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, this is your opportunity! The date to begin 33 Days of Morning Glory, which involves prayer and preparation for consecration, is Monday, April 5, 2021. Then your consecration date will be May 8th! Click here to learn more.

Renewal of Consecration

At 11:30 a.m., Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate Mass and lead participants in a renewal of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Each year, we are invited to renew our consecration personally and as a Diocese. Click here to learn more.

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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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This ministry is supported by the Annual Pastoral Appeal.