It is our hope that this Shrine will be a place of destination and pilgrimage when you are in Boston. Come and pray here and allow Mary to gently lead you to the open arms of her Son. We priests of the Society of Mary will happily pray and celebrate with you the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick.
If you are not able to come to Boston and would like special prayers or advice, you can contact us through the email or phone number listed on the web page. You can have Masses offered for your intentions throughout the year.
May Mary watch over you and lead you to the Victory of peace in mind and heart which only Her Son, Jesus, can bring.
Sincerely in the love of Jesus and Mary,
The Parish Team
THE MARIST FATHERS AND BROTHERS
Since the 1880’s, the Society of Mary, known as the Marist Fathers and Brothers, is the religious order that has served the needs of those who come to Our Lady of Victories Parish and Shrine. We Marists who serve here want to share with you more of our spirit and our way of life, so that you (especially you who are parishioners and regular Mass goers here) can come to know some of the themes and guiding principles that are at the heart of our lives as members of the Society of Mary. Last week’s article revealed the great importance that “Bearing Mary’s Name” has to our Marist order. A brief summary: The early Marists (in 19th century France) along with their founder, Fr. Jean-Claude Colin, marveled at the deliberate choice that the Virgin Mary made to share her name with this Society that she was calling into being. Fr. Colin was clear on this point when he said: “The name of Mary that we bear was not given to us by men; it came to us from heaven.”
A second key element of the Marist Spirit can be summarized as “Mary Present at the Birth of the Church.” The Acts of the Apostles identify Mary, the mother of Jesus, as one of the disciples of Jesus who were present after the Ascension of Jesus and who gathered in prayer as a community. The Blessed Virgin, the Apostles, and others received the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost as the Church was born. The early Marists saw Mary at the heart of the early Church as a support and powerful intercessor. They also accepted the spiritual insight of their founder that Mary, the support of the Church at its beginnings, would also be the support of the Church as the end of time approached. The Marist founder, Fr. Colin, said regarding Mary: “The apostles needed her to guide them, and to be in a sense the foundress of the Church. At the end of time her protection (for the Church) will shine forth in an even greater way.”
The next theme: “Mary at Nazareth.” Fr. Colin believed that the quiet life of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus in Nazareth was a source for reflection, and also for growth in a missionary spirit. The humility, the union with God, the bond of love present in the Holy Family: All these would instruct a Marist how to look at the world and to see from there what must be done: “Let us go to Nazareth, let us imitate Mary’s life there” …. “Let us unite silence and prayer with action”…. “Marists should be missionaries of prayer and missionaries of action.”