How tough is raising kids Catholic?

The Mercy Saint's secret

"Must-read" gems on Divine Mercy


Faith defies adversity

We are bound for glory

Teachable moments


Father Joseph Writes

Father Joseph's Mailbox

Ask A Marian

In the News: Feature

In the News: Briefs

In the News: Shrine

Graces Received

Remembered on Eden Hill

Outstanding Helpers

Words to live by

Between Us

Marian Vocations


Father Joseph Writes
"It's all about serving you."

To you from the Director of the Association of Marian Helpers.

You now have on screen the first issue of "Marian Helper." I hope that you enjoy our new departments and the improved look of the magazine as much as I do.

We chose the name "Marian Helper" because the magazine belongs to each of you as a benefit of membership in the Association of Marian Helpers. Through the improvements that we have made, we are striving to bring you inspiring and practical articles on living the Catholic faith, as well as news about the Holy Father and our worldwide Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

One of our main goals is to foster more of a sense of family between the Marians and the Helpers. You'll notice, for instance, that most of the departments now involve both the Helpers and Marians in some way.

In fact, I want to invite you to become more involved in the magazine. Here are some of the ways you can do that.

After you read this issue, please feel free to send me a letter with your thoughts and comments. Perhaps you really enjoyed our cover story by Bert Ghezzi and would like to share your own experience of raising your kids Catholic. Or maybe you would like to comment on one of the new departments.

A selection of the letters that you send me will then appear in the magazine. (See "Father Joseph's Mailbox.")

As vice-postulator for North America for the Marian Causes of Canonization, I am always delighted to receive your correspondence about graces received through the intercession of holy Marians like the Venerable Servant of God, Fr. Stanislaus Papczynski.

I was particularly touched by one of the letters in this issue from a man in Venice, FL, who reported that he was totally free of severe lower back pain after seeking the intercession of Fr. Stanislaus. (See "Graces Received.")

Many of you may also have questions that you would like to ask a Marian. It might be a question about Divine Mercy, the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the work of our Congregation. You can now address your questions to Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, who is the Prefect of Formation for our province of the Marians. He will then answer a selection of your questions in each issue. (See "Ask a Marian.")

In the printed version of our magazine, we've set up an information page as well. So you can get to know us better, learn about our ministries, and find out how you can help us in our mission for Christ and the Church.

We are making these sorts of improvements in the magazine as ways to serve you better and encourage you to become more a part of our Marian family.

So, please let me know what you think of your magazine, "Marian Helper." And consider introducing a friend, family member, or neighbor to our Marian family by passing on your issue. God bless your reading!

"Father Joseph, MIC," is the honorary title of the Director of the Association of Marian Helpers. The current Director is Br. Andrew R. Maczynski, MIC.

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