CAREY—The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey hosts its annual novena, nine days of prayer, in celebration of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption into heaven Aug. 6-14.
The Conventual Franciscans are celebrating 100 years of ministry at the shrine and this year’s novena preacher is a historian of the community in the United States, Conventual Franciscan Father Timothy Kulbicki. Fr. Kulbicki is associate professor of church history, dean of the School of Theology and Praeses of the Ecclesiastical Faculty at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. His Franciscan and priesthood formation was at the friars’ seminary in Granby, Mass., and the Seraphicum in Rome. He wrote his dissertation for a doctorate in Ecclesiastical History from the Gregorian University in Rome on the development of the Conventual Franciscan charism in the 19th century U.S. He is a regular presenter and preacher in adult faith formation, ministry development and continuing Franciscan formation.
The actual celebration of the feast of the Assumption is held Aug. 14 with a candlelight vigil procession beginning at 9 p.m. from the Basilica to the Shrine Park for a vigil Mass. On Aug. 14-15, Masses are in the Upper and Lower Basilica and in the Original Shrine Church in English, Italian, Chaldean and Albanian. The sacrament of reconciliation is available on the side lawn of the Basilica throughout the two days. Shrine devotions take place at 2:30 pm. Aug. 14 and on Aug. 15 are to include a procession to the shrine park at 2:30 p.m.
The novena weekday schedule includes Masses at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is offered each evening at 7 p.m. Evening novena devotions begin at 8 p.m. (excluding Sunday) with a novena prayer, outdoor rosary procession, homily and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
For more information, call the shrine at 419-396-7107 or visit www.olcshrine.com.