About 250 people from across the Diocese of Tyler attended Saturday’s Marian Conference on the campus of Bishop Gorman Schools in Tyler which focused on the Virgin Mary’s role in the family.
The day began with Solemn Mass and a Eucharistic Procession celebrated by Bishop Joseph Strickland at the Chapel of Sts. Peter & Paul.
In his homily, Bishop Strickland focused on Mary’s role as an example for families and alluded to the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, which highlights the Virgin Mary as the model for the Church. The document reads, in part:
As St. Ambrose taught, the Mother of God is a type of the Church in the order of faith, charity, and perfect union with Christ. ….And so they turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues. Devoutly meditating on her and contemplating her in the light of the Word made man, the Church reverently penetrates more deeply into the great mystery of the Incarnation and becomes more and more like her spouse. Seeking after the glory of Christ, the Church becomes more like her lofty type, and continually progresses in faith, hope and charity, seeking and doing the will of God in all things. The Church, therefore, in her apostolic work too, rightly looks to her who gave birth to Christ, who was thus conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that through the Church he could be born and increase in the hearts of the faithful. In her life the Virgin has been a model of that motherly love with which all who join in the Church’s apostolic mission for the regeneration of mankind should be animated.
Sessions at the conference included “The Holy Family of Nazareth and Our Families”, “The Blessed Virgin and God’s Plan for the Family”, and “The Blessed Virgin Present in Our Diocesan Family & Homes.”
English presenters were Deacon Jerry Besze, Fr. Justin Braun and Fr. Patrick Fenton. Presentations in Spanish were given by Fr. Luis Larrea, Fr. Ariel Cortes and Deacon Jesus Reyes.
A midday Holy Rosary was prayed in Latin, English and Spanish. The day ended with a plenary session led by Fr. Raymundo Garcia and a commissioning from Bishop Strickland.
Audio from selected presentations is available below and on the Diocese of Tyler Podcast.