Opportunities for Plenary Indulgences
For Those Who Wear a Blessed Miraculous Medal
Members of the International Association of the Miraculous Medal, all who wear a Miraculous Medal that has been blessed by a priest, may gain a plenary indulgence on the day of their investiture as well as other feast days throughout the year – as explained below.
Mary’s wish, expressed in the [Miraculous Medal] apparition, is that all of her children wear her Medal. To fulfill this wish, Pope (St.) Pius X approved the purposes and statutes of the Association of the Miraculous Medal on July 8, 1909. Its purposes are to render due honor to Mary Immaculate and to sanctify members through Christian formation and involvement in works of charity, especially to the poor.
This International Association is under the authority of one Director General, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission, and of the Daughters of Charity.
Anyone can become a member of the International Association and share in its privileges. A person becomes a member by wearing a Miraculous Medal that has been blessed by a priest. It is fitting that the person wear the Medal around the neck. It is desirable, but not necessary, that a person be invested in the Medal by a priest or delegated lay person using the approved rite.
Members of the Association can enjoy a plenary indulgence on the following days:
- Day of Investiture
- Anniversary of the Establishment of the Association (July 8)
- Feast of the Queenship of Mary (Aug. 22)
- Feast of St. Vincent de Paul (Sept. 27)
- Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Nov. 27)
- Feast of St. Catherine Labouré (Nov. 28)
To receive the indulgence, the usual conditions apply: have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, sacramentally confess sins, receive the Holy Eucharist, and pray for the intentions of the Pope. These indulgences may be applied to the souls in purgatory.
The members of this Association incur no obligations. They are encouraged to pray often the words found on the Medal: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.
[Excerpt from The Perpetual Novena in Honor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, published by the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, 2017.]