BACOLOD City, June 22, 2014 — In honor of Mary’s title Mediatrix of All Grace, groundbreaking ceremonies for the proposed City of Mary Mediatrix were held on May 31, 2014 in Barangay Alaguisoc, Jordan, Guimaras.
According to Marinel Magalona, President of the Movement and Apostolate for the Marian Age (MAMA), the proposed shrine will be a center of devotion to Mary under the aspect of her universal mediation. It will house facilities for retreats, pilgrimages, catechesis, and other courses of formation based pm authentic Marian spirituality grounded on the teachings of St. Louis Grignon de Montfort, author of the spiritual classic “True Devotion to Mary”.
Devotees of the Blessed Mother, Mediatrix of All-Grace, led by Magalona and Mrs. Nieves Puyod of the National Movement for Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace together with about 200 people gathered in Guimaras for this occasion.
The groundbreaking ceremonies were led by Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato.
Fr. Elijah Pantorilla, OFM Conventual, national head of the Militia Immaculata, the order founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, celebrated the holy mass.
Bagaforo, who is also convenor of the National Movement for Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace, blessed the property of the future City of Mary Mediatrix assisted by Fr. Roberto Marcelino, Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Jaro who represented Archbishop Angel Lagdameo for the occasion.
“We hope this effort will culminate in the declaration of the Church of the dogma of the universal mediation of Mary.” Magalona said. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)