Marian Center marks 20 years

The Marian Center celebrated its 20th anniversary June 25 with a Mass celebrated by the center’s spiritual director, Dominican Father Francis Ralph.

And last month, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz bestowed the rite of blessing on the Marian Center’s newly renovated Eucharistic Chapel. According to a news release from the center, Archbishop Kurtz had a prior commitment and could not attend the June 25 event in person. But he sent a letter commending the center on its work and its two decades of service.

“On behalf of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the archdiocese, I thank the Marian Center for your dedicated witness to the faith for these 20 years,” the letter said in part. “You have provided countless individuals with information and inspiration through the sale of religious books, statues and other items. You also have strengthened the prayer life of the community through your efforts to promote the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the rosary,” the letter said.

“The new evangelization calls us to share our faith joyfully with the broader culture,” the archbishop wrote. “Your faithful witness on Sears Avenue is a wonderful contribution to that effort.”

The Marian Center is a non-profit organization staffed solely by volunteers. It has a large selection of books and gifts and a lending library with more than 1,100 books, the release said. There is also a media library with DVDs and CDs available for free loan.

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