MUNTINLUPA City, March 5, 2014—A Marian group dedicated to spreading the consecration to the Blessed Virgin was one of the first organizations to be officially recognized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) this year.
“This Year of the Laity, I think it is no accident that your recognition as a lay association would be one step towards recognizing [that you are] following the Lord’s will,” Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECL) chairman Bishop Jesse Mercado said during a thanksgiving dinner last February 24 for the recognition of the Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace as a new member organization of Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Council of the Laity of the Philippines).
Bishop Mercado, who also heads the Diocese of Parañaque, praised the group for being “rooted in Mary, Our Mother and in Jesus, who is the Son of Mary.”
The ECL awarded the Confraternity official status as a member of Laiko last January 24.
Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace president Brenda Padilla expressed a lot of hopes for the future.
“May the Confraternity thrive and may it live and may it spread to the whole world…May the world be consecrated to Mary, so that we can all be warriors for our Lord Jesus,” Padilla said during the dinner celebration at the Padilla residence with Bishop Mercado, Fr. Enrico Emmanuel Ayo, Fr. Melvin Castro, as well as several Confraternity members.
In closing, Bishop Mercado encouraged the group to continue with its apostolate after hearing about its having facilitated the consecration of grade school students to the Blessed Virgin earlier that day.
“I think the little miracles that you have been sharing a while are signs that you are on the right road,” he said.
Aside from promoting total consecration to the Blessed Virgin as prescribed by St. Louis de Montfort, the Confraternity also aims to spread devotion to Our Lady under the title Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]