A MARIOLOGICAL Society to be called Pueblo Amante de Maria Mariological Society of the Philippines (PAMMSPhil) will be launched on September 12, in time for the annual pilgrimage and celebration of the National Day of Prayer for Peace and Sanctification of the Clergy in honor of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace.
Mariological societies are established in many countries around the world, but not one yet is set up in the Philippines.
According to Fr. Melvin Castro, president and founder of the Confraternity of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, the choice of the name for the society manifests the Filipinos’ filial devotion to the Blessed Mother.
“Archbishop Arguelles does not want it [society] just to be called Mariological society but Pueblo de Amantewhich speaks of the Marian spirit that essentially describes us as a people and as a country,” he said.
PAMMSPhil will have theologians and Marian devotees as members. Castro said the goal is to make an in depth study of Marian devotions and provide theological foundation to guide devotees in their devotional practices.
“There is a tendency among our devotees to resort to fanaticism [in their devotional practices, so the need for] theological basis or foundation,” said Castro.
On September 11, an overnight vigil and healing mass is scheduled with Fr. Jerry Orbos as speaker.
Archbishop Ramon Arguelles will celebrate the 6 am mass on September 12 to be followed by a Marian conference at 8 am. Fr. Melvin Castro will talk on the Lipa apparitions that happened 59 years ago. In the afternoon, Archbishop Arguelles will officially launch PAMMSPhil following the talk of Jesuit theologian Fr. Catalino Arevalo, who will explain what Pueblo de Amante meant. The day will be capped with a concelebrated mass with Cardinal Ricardo Vidal as main celebrant and Archbishop Angel Lagdameo as homilist.
Pueblo Amante de Maria has Archbishop Arguelles as president and Ambassador Howard Dee as vice president. Current members are composed of theologians from the clergy and Marian groups Friends of the Mediatrix and Magniticat movements. The membership committee is headed by Fr. Melvin Castro.
Already in its fourth year, the annual pilgrimage in honor of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace has drawn thousands of Marian devotees all over the country who gather in Lipa Carmel to pay homage to our Lady.
The annual pilgrimage is spearheaded by the Archdiocese of Lipa and National Movement for Mary Mediatrix of All Grace.
The National Movement is a coalition of various Marian organizations in the country, one of which is Friends of Mary the Mediatrix. (Pinky Barrientos,FSP)
Source: CBCP Monitor, Vol. 11, No. 17. August 20 – September 2, 2007