CAREY—The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation holds its annual novena, nine days of prayer, in celebration of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption into heaven, Aug. 6-14.
The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation holds its annual novena in celebration of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption into heaven Aug. 6-14. (Chronicle file photo)
This celebration is the shrine’s largest event of the year, with parishioners and pilgrims from all over visiting to seek peace, to pray together and to find consolation in their lives and the lives of those in need.
“Mary’s assumption to heaven reminds us that we are all called to share in the life of the Risen Christ,” says Conventual Franciscan Father John Stowe, rector of the shrine.
Each weekday evening and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday the novena preacher is to speak. This year, the novena features Conventual Franciscan Father John Raphael Hadnagy, previous rector of the shrine.
Fr. Hadnagy is a native of Woodbridge, Va., and entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1981. He completed undergraduate studies at St. Louis University in St. Louis and graduate studies at the Washington Theological Union in Silver Spring, Md. He made solemn vows as a Conventual Franciscan Friar in July of 1988 and was ordained to the priesthood in October of 1990. Since then, Fr. Hadnagy has ministered in parishes in Lorain and Carey, Ohio, Grand Rapids, Mich. and Sellersburg, Ind.
He has had the privilege of serving as chaplain for pilgrimages to shrines including Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje, Knock (Ireland), Garabandal (Spain), Czestochowa (Poland), Loreto (Italy), Rue du Bac (Chapel of the Miraculous Medal-Paris), St. Faustina’s Convent in Poland, San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio’s tomb in Italy), Lanciano (site of first Eucharistic miracle in Italy) Santarem (site of another Eucharistic miracle in Portugal), the basilicas of SS. Francis and Clare in Assisi, Italy, the basilicas of SS. Peter and Paul, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Basilica of St. Mary Major (all in Rome), and the catacombs of St. Callistus and St. Priscilla.
Fr. Hadnagy has been involved in a ministry of healing for more than 20 years. He continues to offer this ministry to parishioners and pilgrims in order to help people become more aware of the love and mercy of God in their lives.
The actual celebration of the feast of the Assumption is Aug. 14 with a candlelight vigil procession beginning at 9 p.m. from the basilica to the Shrine Park, where the Bishop Leonard P. Blair presides at Mass.
On Aug. 14 and 15, Masses are in the upper and lower basilica and in the original shrine church in English, Italian, Chaldean and in the Syro-Malabar Rite from India. The sacrament of reconciliation is to be held on the side lawn of the basilica throughout the two days. On these two days there are also devotions with processions to the Shrine Park beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The novena weekday schedule includes Masses at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is each evening at 7 p.m. Evening novena devotions begin at 8 p.m. (excluding Sunday at 2:30 p.m.) 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, contact the shrine at 419-396-7107 or visit www.olcshrine.com.