Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Who is a Consecrated Marian Catechist?

A Consecrated Marian Catechist is a member of the National Marian Catechist Apostolate who is a firm believer in the Catholic Faith, has completed the required doctrinal and spiritual formation, and has made the Solemn Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with the approbation of the International Director.

As Archbishop Raymond L. Burke explains, “The Consecration made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, signifies our desire to love Christ more, and our dedication to bring Christ to others.”

Why Make the Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

Union with the Heart of Jesus is found through union with the Heart of Mary.

“While it is to Christ that we give all our being in dedication to the apostolate of catechesis, it is Mary, the Mother of God, who leads and assists us in placing our hearts completely in the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Act of Consecration.

No Heart has ever loved our Lord, as did the Heart of Mary. Therefore, in our desire to love Christ more, we rightly want to unite our hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as her Immaculate Heart is perfectly united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

While it is to Christ that we give all our being in dedication to the apostolate of catechesis, it is Mary, the Mother of God, who leads and assists us in placing our hearts completely in the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Act of Consecration.

No Heart has ever loved our Lord, as did the Heart of Mary. Therefore, in our desire to love Christ more, we rightly want to unite our hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as her Immaculate Heart is perfectly united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

For us as Marian Catechists, the consecration through the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a profound expression of our Marian spirituality, for we take our inspiration from the words of our Blessed Mother to the chief wine steward at the Wedding Feast of Cana: “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5

Before the great challenge of teaching the Catholic faith in a totally secularized society, our Blessed Mother knows that we must depend totally upon the grace of Christ, if we are to carry out our mission in Him.

When she sees that our wine is running out, she goes to her Son to seek the help of His grace for us, and then she instructs us to follow Christ, to do what He teaches us. With the help of His grace we can be confident that we will accomplish our mission in a manner far beyond our ever imagining. The best wine will be served last.” Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Tilma 4/2002

By this Consecration, the Marian Catechist receives the grace which he or she will need to hand on the Catholic Faith and its practice to others.

When should the Consecration be made?

According to our Statutes, the Solemn Consecration is to be made on the day chosen each year by the International Director. Those who are unable to make or renew their consecration on the specified day must request a dispensation as part of their annual letter requesting consecration.

Members of the Marian Catechist Apostolate may request Consecration after completing all of the requirements for doctrinal formation, after making the 30-Day Ignatian Retreat through the National Office of the Apostolate, and when faithfully observing all the spiritual practices of the Marian Catechist.

  • The doctrinal requirements include completion of Father Hardon's Basic and Advanced Catholic Catechism Courses and Archbishop Burke's Commentary on the General Directory for Catechesis.
  • The Spiritual Practices of the Consecrated Marian Catechist include:
    1. Mass and Holy Communion - daily
    2. The Holy Rosary (five decades) - daily
    3. Morning Offering of the Apostleship of Prayer - daily
    4. Angelus - twice a day
    5. Way of the Cross (done in church, if possible) - daily
    6. Spiritual Reading - 15 minutes a day
    7. Meditation (may be prayerful reflection on the spiritual reading) - 15 minutes a day
    8. Examination of Conscience /Act of Contrition - each evening before retiring
    9. Sacrament of Confession - every two weeks
    10. Memorare for the intentions of our International Director - daily

What is my commitment after Consecration?

The Consecration commitment is made for a one year period. It may be renewed annually and is not binding under penalty of sin. It does not possess the canonical status of a solemn vow.

A Consecrated Marian Catechist commits to:

  • leading an exemplary life.
  • carrying out all of the Spiritual Practices listed above to the best of his or her ability according to his or her state in life.
  • deepening his or her understanding of the Catholic Faith, as contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture and Tradition, and as taught by the Church’s Magisterium under the Vicar of Christ.
  • an ongoing, individual, sharing of the true Faith with others.
  • devoting some time each week working in the apostolate of catechesis.
  • cooperating with other Marian Catechists in disseminating the revealed truths of the Catholic Faith to others, according to the catechetical and pedagogical principles and norms set forth in the General Directory for Catechesis.
  • following the directives of the International Director and his delegates.

How do I make or renew my Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

CONSECRATION CHECK LIST

  1. Are you a registered member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate?
  2. Are you a firm believer in the Catholic Faith?
  3. Do you habitually complete all of the Spiritual practices of the Marian Catechist?
  4. Are you engaged in some form of catechetical activity?
  5. Have you successfully completed the Ignatian 30-day at-home Retreat through the National Office, and according to the guidelines established by our International Director, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke?
  6. Have you successfully completed Father John A. Hardon’s Basic and Advanced courses and sent copies of the certificates of completion to the National Office?
  7. Have you studied Archbishop Burke's Commentary on the General Directory for Catechesis and submitted the answers to the study questions to the National Office for correction?

Upon completion of all of the above, you may request to make your Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

  • All persons desiring to make their consecration must receive approval from Archbishop Burke.  To obtain his approval, a formal letter indicating your desire for consecration and describing your present or future work in catechesis must be submitted to the National Office of the Marian Catechist Apostolate on or before May 1st.
  • Once approved, the Consecration is to be made in a solemn ceremony, ideally after the homily during Holy Mass, on the day chosen by the International Director. It is to be witnessed either by the International Director or by a priest approved by him.
  • Consecration certificates and pins will be distributed to those who make their First Consecration.
  • Any questions about Solemn Consecration can be directed to the National Office.

Sample letter requesting Consecration

Sample Letter—please type

Your name

Your address

Your phone number

Date

Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke

International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate

1032 Caledonia Street

La Crosse, WI 54603


Dear Archbishop Burke,

For First Consecration:

I am requesting your permission and blessing to be consecrated as (an active or a contemplative) Marian Catechist with you on (date) in La Crosse OR at (church name, priest’s name and address). I intend to continue to share and teach the Faith by (state catechetical work). (If needed, also include your request for a date change, the requested date and the reason for the change.)

For Consecration Renewal:

I am requesting your permission and blessing to renew my consecration as (an active or a contemplative) Marian Catechist on (date) in La Crosse OR at (church name, priest’s name and address). I intend to continue to share and teach the Faith by (state catechetical work). (If needed, also include your request for a date change, the requested date and the reason for the change.)

Offering a remembrance in your prayers would be a kind and thoughtful way to conclude your letter.

Yours in Christ,

Your signature

Your typed name

PLEASE NOTE: A change in the date of your consecration does not change the May 1st deadline for completing all the requirements and submitting your letter of request for consecration