May 24 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Highways (Our Lady of the Cedars): Patron Saint of Arizona

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Highways (Our Lady of the Cedars), Patron Saint of Arizona (Feast Dates: May 24)

Extract from:  History of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Highway:  “On Sunday, June 28, 1936, Father John Joseph McLaughlin, a recently ordained priest from St. Francis Church in New York, assisted Father Giles with the morning Masses. That evening the two priests set out for St. Joseph’s Seminary in Callicoon, New York, to begin their annual retreat. On the way their car was struck by another car. Father John Joseph was killed instantly; Father Giles, however, escaped serious injury. Father Giles was convinced that he owed his life to the intercession of the Blessed
Virgin. Just two months previous to the accident he had begun the Miraculous Medal Novena in the parish. In gratitude to Our Lady, Father Giles built a shrine in Mary’s honor in the field across from the original church. It would seem that the original shrine was intended to be a Lourdes Grotto. However, the idea of a Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Highway gradually evolved. Father Giles obtained permission from Bishop McLoughlin of Paterson to name the shrine in honor of Our Lady of the Highway. As devotion grew at the little shrine, many persons asked Father to have a special medal struck honoring Our Lady under this title. With the Bishop’s permission a medal was prepared in September 1937, bearing an image of Our Lady and the inscription: ‘Our Lady of the Highway, be with us on our journey; for all thy ways are beautiful and all thy paths are peace.’”  See PICTURE of Our Lady of the Cedars. Shrine of Our Lady of the Cedars (Wiki). Our Lady of the Highways, Our Lady of the Highways Shrine, Nuestra Señora del Camino (Madonna della Strada), Italia ( 24 de mayo (SP,) Nuestra Señora del Pino – Caminito de Teror (SP), Perchè gli esercizi spirituali e la Madonna della strada (IT), Notre-Dame du Chemin (FR). VIDEOS: Day 32 of 40 Days of Catholic Media: Our Lady of the Highway, Notre-Dame du chemin. PRAYER to Our Lady of the Highways.


  For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.

We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Highway (Our Lady of the Cedars) on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Public Shootingin Arizona, U.S.A. (January 8, 2011) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 17 – January 30, 2011.

See WMR Intentions – January 17-30,2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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