The Mother and great patron of the Congregation of the Resurrection from its inception is Mary the Mother of God. As Pope Paul VI aptly stated (Marialis cultus), she was and is the "model Christian". For members of the Congregation she is the "model Relgious" as well. Mary's devotion to prayer and to her Son Jesus Christ are both inspiring and compelling for us. Her constant devotion through the centuries for the poor and the underprivileged as well as her reminders to us to be people of prayer and peace battling all injustice in society, call our members to both contemplative and active dimensions of our ministry.
Not only do we believe that Mary is a model for us, but we know that she intercedes for the Congregation of the Resurrection before the Creator of all. Her prayers for us, give us strength and the ability to live our prophetic role in the Church and to follow in the footsteps of our founders working toward the resurrection of Society.
There are many feast days honouring this greatest of Saints, but we chose the feast of the Assumption (August 15) as our annual celebration of thanksgiving to God, for the great gift that Mary is to the Resurrectionist Community.
Of special note, is the fact that we have a devotion to our Lady of Mentorella, Mother of Graces.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF MENTORELLA
Mother of Graces, we believe that you are the model for all that we are called to be and do as Resurrectionists. Our Lady of Mentorella, you brought us first recognition as a religious community in the Church. You were there to guide the chapter Fathers in defining our apostolate. You have inspired generations of seminarians to live the Pascal Mystery of your son. Help us today to be faithful to our charism and our traditions - faithful disciples of the Risen Jesus, and faithful sons of you, our God-given Mother. Amen.