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25 Apr 2015

100th Anniversary Celebration, Central Association of the Miraculous Medal

100 Years Promoting Devotion to Our Blessed Mother and her Miraculous Medal

For 100 years, The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal has been promoting devotion to our Blessed Mother and spreading the word about the Miraculous Medal, a gift she gave to us through Saint Catherine Labouré.

The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary
Promoting Devotion to Our Blessed Mother and her Miraculous Medal

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Fr. Michael J. Callaghan, CM, opened his homily at the Centennial Celebration Mass with this question: “In what kind of world did Fr. Joseph A. Skelly, CM, [founder of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal] live and work as a priest?” He then played a recording of “The Charleston,” a song from circa 1915, the year of CAMM’s founding, to demonstrate the time period when The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal first came into existence.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal (CAMM) celebrated the 100th Anniversary of its founding. The evening began with a special Mass  at 4 pm in the Miraculous Medal Shrine. The principal celebrant of the DSC_0715Mass was Rev. Michael J. Callaghan, CM, Pilgrimage Director at the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal; concelebrants were: Rev. Michael J. Kennedy, CM; Rev. Louis P. Trotta, CM; Rev. Carl L. Pieber, CM; Rev. Rev. John Gabage (Diocese of Wilmington, DE); Rev. Thomas J. Hynes, CM; Rev. Richard J. Kehoe, CM; Rev. William  J. O’Brien, CM; Rev. Charles P. Strollo, CM; and Rev. Joseph Lukose, CM.  They were assisted by Deacon Homer Panganiban.

“This celebration recognized and celebrated CAMM’s 100 years of spreading devotion to the Blessed Mother and her Miraculous Medal, and also set the stage for our next 100 years,” said AJ Quay, Senior Executive Director of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.  “It was a wonderful evening.  We were delighted that so many people came to help us celebrate our 100th Anniversary! We received rave reviews—I am thankful to everyone who helped make this event such a huge success – especially our dedicated employees and volunteers, as well as the generous our donors who provided the prizes.”
Proceeds from the event will be used to assist in CAMM’s missions: to spread the devotion to Our Lady and make known her Medal; to help care for the aged and infirm Priests and Brothers of St. Vincent de Paul; to educate seminarians, and to provide financial support to the Priests and Brothers of St. Vincent de Paul serving the poor.

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Fr. John Gabage, of the Diocese of Wilmington, was on hand to point out some of the many interesting features of the artwork found in our Museum.

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The Silent Auction and Raffle Items were a big hit at the Reception
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Fr. Michael Callaghan, CM, celebrated Mass for the closing of the 100th Anniversary Celebration. Click here to view information.

Watch for information about other upcoming events to celebrate CAMM’s Centennial. More information will be available on our website as well as our Weekly Reflections, Facebook and Twitter.

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