PISCATAWAY – The Diocese of Metuchen will host a workshop entitled, “Consecration to Jesus through Mary,” for Catholics who want to learn about St. Louis de Montfort’s method of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as Total Consecration. The event will take place on Tuesday, July 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, 146 Metlars Lane.
Workshop presenter Pam DiMartile, president of the Metuchen division of World Apostolate of Fatima, will introduce a new book entitled, “Preparation for Total Consecration According to St. Louis de Montfort,” prepared by Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM, who is a member of the Company of Mary, the religious community founded by de Montfort. The book will be available for purchase at the workshop for $6.
Often, individuals engage in de Montfort’s recommended 33-day preparation process prior to making an act of total consecration. The act may occur on any Marian Feast day, such as the upcoming Feast of the Assumption on Aug. 15 – the holy day of obligation that marks the occasion of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s assumption into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.
Those who desire to make or renew their consecration to Jesus through Mary are invited to attend an instructional video series, also prepared by Fr. Gillespie, to be held on consecutive Tuesdays, July 17 through Aug. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the diocesan center. These additional sessions are optional and are offered as a way to help direct participants to prepare for this act with 33 days of short prayers and spiritual practices. It is not necessary to attend all sessions.
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