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Bishop to consecrate diocese to Immaculate Heart of Mary

By on Thursday, 10 October 2013

Bishop Mark Davies (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Mark Davies (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The Bishop of Shrewsbury will consecrate his diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday.

Bishop Mark Davies’s act of consecration will mirror Pope Francis’s, the Pope will consecrate the world to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart on Sunday.

Bishop Davies said: “I see this act of entrustment to Mary’s Immaculate Heart as an antidote to the rapid process of secularisation and de-Christianisation in societies like our own.

“It points to the often overlooked priority in the leadership of Pope Francis which constantly calls for our interior conversion, a change at heart.”

Bishop Davies will say the prayer consecrating the Diocese of Shrewsbury to Mary’s Immaculate Heart following 10:45am Mass at Shrewsbury cathedral.

Bishop Davies said: “Mary is the model of a life totally consecrated to God, her pure heart (Mt.5:8) completely open to the call and grace of God.

“By this prayer of entrustment we each seek to associate ourselves with her heart, to embrace her words ‘let it be to me according to your word’ (Lk.1:38) and so to live fully our baptismal consecration.”

The bishop added: “At Fatima, amid an era marked by wars, destruction and persecutions on a scale unprecedented in human history, Our Lady pointed us to the indispensable means of prayer and penance so that our hearts may be purified, so that peace may be received by humanity. In this way we will surely witness the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.”

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is scheduled to travel to Rome on Saturday. It will be welcomed at an evening prayer service with the Pope and pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.

The statue has not been taken to the Vatican since 1984 when Blessed Pope John Paul II consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary a year after he was shot in St Peter’s Square.

The statue will then be taken to the Shrine of Divine Love, where the Diocese of Rome plans to hold an all-night vigil.

The statue and the pilgrims will return to St Peter’s Square on Sunday for the recitation of the rosary and Mass with Pope Francis. Pope Francis will then consecrate the world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

  • paul

    If only all the dioceses of E&W (and Scotland) did the same….

  • Meggles

    God Bless our +Bishop Mark. Looking forward to attending this at the Cathedral in Shrewsbury on Sunday.

  • Mike Carroll

    Bishop Mark is the main celebrant at the annual Youth 2000 Walsingham pilgrimage. In the times that I have seen him there he has been truly inspirational. He doesn’t pay lip service to his work there. He doesn’t just attend for the final Mass. He stays for the whole three days and is totally focused on the work in hand.

    In his homilies, I am sure that these are the first times that many of the younger Catholics had ever heard the truth being powerfully proclaimed.

    Why can’t we have have more like him?

  • teigitur

    If only there were more Bishops like him.

  • imperator augustus

    Pope francis must consecrate Russia separately not the world. This is disobedience.
    As decadence increases, the annihilation of nations is coming.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    Actually, Sister Lucia later stated that the whole World should be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with special mention for Russia, though I most certainly agree that the Consecration of Russia should be very explicit and Universal.

  • Atilla The Possum

    This is brilliant news. Bishop Mark not only walks the walk … he talks the talk!

  • Imperator Caesar

    Julian, Lucia did not. Here is proof:
    The world is decadent in 2013.

    [Just Google for porn - not. Or look at Miley Cyrus or Beyonce videos.

    Check abortion stats. Buy a tabloid. Observe 'gay pride'...]

    Therefore the Immaculate heart has not triumphed.

    Therefore, the ‘end’ of the prophecies of Fatima are not reached.

    But Russia will be Consecrated at this ‘end’.

    Therefore, Russia has not been consecrated.
    Quod Est Demonstrandum.

  • Andrew Young

    Monkey see…monkey do; if the Holy Father has consecrated the world to the IHM, then why the need to do a ‘local job’? Empty gesture.

  • ALEXANDER VI

    Uh, Oh, the Fatima brigade are on the loose again…..

  • James1

    Tut, tut – a consecration can only bring no matter how many times it is said – you should know better!