Monday was the liturgical celebration of the Queenship of Mary, a memorial instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1954, celebrated on the octave of the Assumption, “so that all may clearly recognise and more zealously venerate the kind and maternal rule of the Mother of God” (Ad Caeli Regnam).  

Queenship of Mary Community with Fr Ben St. Croix

The feast has a new meaning for me after coming to Ottawa, as it is the patronal feast of a new religious community that I mentioned here.  I joined with three other priests to celebrate Mass for the feast on Monday with the Queenship of Mary Community at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Convent where they are currently making a novitiate year.  Fr Matthew Wertin, a fellow canon law student and priest of Pueblo, Colorado, was the principal celebrant and preached a stirring homily reflecting on the question, “When did Mary become Queen?”  The other concelebrants were Fr Ben St Croix and Fr Tim Devine, both members of the Companions of the Cross (another Ottawa-founded religious community).

Mass was followed by a festive lunch.

My association with the Queenship of Mary Community will be one of the happy memories I take with me when I finish in Ottawa.  And, you never know: the Queenship one day will have so many vocations, that they might consider sending a foundation to Australia!

May the Lord bless the Queenship of Mary Community in these formative years.  Please God, it won’t be too long before they will be able to make profession and take the habit!

Our Lady, Queen and Mother, PRAY FOR US!