Please sign our petition asking Dr. Lovell and the Marquette Board of Trustees to approve the funding and construction of a Marian Grotto on Marquette campus.
“One night, while Ignatius was praying, ‘he distinctly saw the Blessed Mother of God with the Holy Infant Jesus! And at this sight, for quite some time, he was overwhelmed with consolation. And he remained with such disgust for his whole past life, and especially for impurity, that it seemed to him as if all the impressions which had hitherto been imprinted on his soul were torn away.’ From that moment until the end of his life, ‘he never again gave the least consent to impure sin. Consequently, the experience may be considered as having been from God.’”
– From the Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius of Loyola was intensely devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was the impetus of his conversion, his lifelong devotion to Christ and his founding of the Society of Jesus. He was often referred
to as a “Soldier of Mary” and “The Holy Knight of Mary.”
Ignatius knew intimately the incomparable power of the Blessed Mother for captivating souls, protecting them from evil and leading them to Jesus Christ, her Divine Son. For this reason, he consecrated himself and his religious order to “Mary, Queen of the Society of Jesus.”
Marquette University is a Jesuit university entrusted with the formation of the minds and hearts of young men and women. Imparting this most fundamental component of Ignatian Catholic spirituality – Marian devotion – is critical to its mission. The Louis Joliet Society proposes that Marquette do so through the creation of a Marian Grotto on campus as do other Catholic universities, honoring Our Lady with beautiful spaces dedicated to her likeness where students can pray for her motherly protection, comfort and intercession.
We seek to work with Marquette University in identifying a location, designer, builder and funding for a Marian Grotto on campus. Please sign our petition asking Dr. Lovell and the Marquette Board of Trustees to approve the funding and construction of a Marian Grotto on Marquette campus.
More information about St. Ignatius’ devotion to Our Lady can be found: