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May Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

The month of May is dedicated to our Lady. Many parishes and shrines have the custom of crowning an image of our Lady. This traditional ceremony reminds us of Mary’s most important title, Mother of God. She is also our Mother and the Queen of Angels. Raised up in the Assumption, Mary was crowned as Queen by her Son.

Just as Jesus is Head of his Body, the Church, so Mary is known as Mother of the Church and the Church’s most eminent member. From the book of Acts of the Apostles we read that Mary remained with the Apostles after Jesus ascended into heaven. They devoted themselves to prayer while waiting for the descent of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1, 10). Pope Francis recognized Mary’s motherhood by proclaiming the Monday after Pentecost the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. She is indeed our mother who continues to watch over us.

During this month of May, we should gather together as a family to recite the Rosary in her honor. Making time for family prayer is one of the best ways to assure family unity and to strengthen the faith of the members. Our Lady was the heart of the Holy Family; she will be the heart of the family that prays her Rosary. In these very difficult times we have many reasons to turn to prayer. We must pray for peace, for an end to abortion, for our friends and relatives who have stopped going to church.

As we look forward to the summer months, let’s take time for rest from our busy schedules. Shut down the computer, video games, and television. Take a family trip to the beach or to the mountains and say the Rosary in the car. When away from home check out to find the nearest parish church and the Mass schedule. It’s interesting to make visiting a different church part of your vacation. Speaking of visiting a different church this summer, you are welcome to visit me here at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I’ll be here until August 18. Just send an email ahead of time to

A blessed summer to all, and “see you in September.”

Fr. Hildebrand Garceau, O. Praem.

“Before all else, dear brothers, love God and then your neighbor, because these are the chief commandments given to us”

(Rule of St. Augustine)

Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting – Sunday, May 15
12:00 p.m. – Potluck lunch in the conference center
2:00 p.m. –  Non-professed meeting in the conference center
2:30 p.m. – Marian Consecration in the abbey church
3:00 p.m. –  Professed meeting in the conference center

For information or if you have questions, please email