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Marian Devotion 40 Years after Marialis Cultus: Retrieval or Renewal?

Viterbo University and Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, LaCrosse, WI,

Tuesday evening, May 20 through Friday morning, May 23, 2014


The Mariological Society of America invites proposals for its May 20-23, 2014 conference in LaCrosse, WI on the theme of Marian Devotion 40 Years after Marialis Cultus: Retrieval or Renewal? This conference seeks to explore the present state of Marian devotion forty years after Paul VI’s apostolic exhortation, Marialis Cultus and fifty years after Vatican II’s dogmatic constitution, Lumen Gentium. Although Vatican II encouraged Marian devotion to be “generously fostered” (LG, 67), there was a noticeable decline in traditional Marian devotions in the years immediately following the Council. Paul VI responded to this tendency with his 1974 exhortation, Marialis Cultus, which laid out the theological foundations for authentic Marian devotion and provided guidelines for this devotion “from Scripture, liturgy, ecumenism, and anthropology” (MC, 29). In the forty years since Marialis Cultus, there have been signs of both renewal and retrieval of Marian piety alongside indications of ongoing decline in certain circles. This conference hopes to study how the four criteria of Marialis Cultus have been applied and invites proposals on topics in areas such as:

  1. Foundations for Marian devotion according to Marialis Cultus and/or Catholic theology (e.g. biblical, Christological, anthropological, soteriological, etc.).
  2. Marian devotion and Catholic liturgy (e.g. Mary in the liturgy; the new Marian  Masses and collects; Mary in the liturgical year; the liturgical movement and the claim that Marian devotion must always be subordinated to the liturgy; the Rosary as a liturgical prayer; Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours, etc.).
  3. The ongoing relevance/importance of traditional expressions of Marian piety (e.g. the Rosary, the Scapular, St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary, etc.) and the fruitfulness of new initiatives in Marian devotion and/or the renewal of traditional ones (e.g. Montfortian consecrations, Rosary rallies, pilgrimages; new Marian communities and movements; Marian devotion in music, art, and film; Marian evangelization in technology, outreach to youth, etc.).
  4. Marian spirituality and Marian devotion: same or different?
  5. Marian devotion since Vatican II: reasons for decline and/or renewal (e.g the contributions of Bl. John Paul II; Marian devotion in religious life and the priesthood; Marian sodalities, movements; how the guidelines of Marialis Cultus have or have not been followed in Marian devotion).  

Please send abstracts by October 31, 2013, to Fr. Thomas Buffer (fatherbuffer@hotmail.com) and/or Dr. Robert Fastiggi (Fastiggi.Robert@shms,edu). The abstract should be about 350-500 words, include sources, and explain how the proposal relates to the theme of the conference.



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