Marian Helper Spring 2023

AMH Director/Publisher: Very Rev. Chris Alar, MIC — “Father Joseph, MIC” Executive Editor: Dr. Joe McAleer Designer: Andrew Leeco Writer, assistant editor: Chris Sparks AMH General Promoter: Br. Andrew R. Mączyński, MIC Vol. 80, No. 1 Spring 2023 TEAM MARIAN Mission Statement Marian Helper is intended to serve members of the Association of Marian Helpers (AMH), a spiritual benefit society of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The magazine seeks to provide spiritual nourishment, education about the Catholic faith, and information about the mission and good works of the Marians. It also provides information about Association services and presents opportunities to support the mission and good works of the Congregation. Marian Helper is published quarterly by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. It is sent free of charge to active members of the Association. Printed in the USA with ecclesiastical approval. Copyright © 2023 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. All rights reserved. Send all correspondence to: Association of Marian Helpers, Editorial Dept., Eden Hill, Stockbridge, MA 01263. Email: [email protected] Website: Consecrate your family! 18 As the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Marian Fathers’ Congregation enters its final year, it’s a good time to get reacquainted with the “star” players on “Team Marian.” While not all members are consecrated Marians, each one has nonetheless played a pivotal role in our history, and each continues to be a wellspring of inspiration and grace. 3 Father Joseph Writes 4 Marian Helpers in Action 6 Father Joseph’s Picks 7 Notes from Rome 11 New from Marian Press 31 Outstanding Helpers 33 Graces Received 36 From the Vaults Departments There’s a new Marian website in town, Dr. Joe McAleer reports, and it’s about to become your favorite destination on the internet. Introducing A new way to stream 8 Are you a parent or grandparent fighting to bring your children to Christ and teach your children Truth? Entrust your family to St. Joseph, suggests Scott L. Smith, Jr. From Kharkiv, one of the hardest-hit cities in the ongoing war, the Marian Fathers express their gratitude to Marian Helpers for their continued generosity and prayers. Thank you from Ukraine 10 ‘Let merciful love shine’ 28 As the Church and faithful pray for the repose of the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died on Dec. 31, 2022, we remember him as a Pope of Divine Mercy. 12 A blacksmith’s son is our founding saint 14 All hail the ‘Holy Pole’ 16 Enter ‘The Renovator’ 20 The great Apostle of Divine Mercy 22 ‘A priest after My own Heart’ 24 Remember the martyrs 26 The Great Mercy Pope & Mary