New study on Mary invigorates Catholics
for the New Evangelization
HUNTINGTON, Indiana – March 31, 2014 – As Catholics take up Pope Francis’ call to New Evangelization, many are freshly inspired by the pontiff’s own devotion to Mary. In his first apostolic exhortation last year (The Joy of the Gospel), the Pope notes that women have unique gifts for the work of the Church, and said Mary’s “interplay of justice and tenderness, of contemplation and concern for others, is what makes the ecclesial community look to her as a model of evangelization.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 288).
In his new Bible study, Mary – Virgin, Mother, and Queen (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014), popular EWTN host and renowned scripture scholar, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. gives Catholics the necessary background to understand Marian doctrine in light of Sacred Scripture. Fr. Pacwa wrote this study to educate Catholics about the Mother of God, and to give them the tools needed to enable them to dialogue with those who typically reject Marian devotion.
“Marian teaching advances best,” states Pacwa, “when it is grounded in a sensitive reading of the scriptural text.” This background becomes the basis for understanding Mary’s role in salvation history, which becomes a platform for evangelization opportunities. “She is the Mother of the Church which evangelizes, and without her we could never truly understand the spirit of the new evangelization,” writes Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium (284).
The study examines Scripture passages that refer to Mary, including Old Testament women and images that prefigure Mary, and New Testament passages that give details of Mary’s life. Nine sessions are included in Mary – Virgin, Mother, and Queen, with each one including background information by Fr. Pacwa, Scripture passages to read, space for notes, and thought- provoking discussion questions. The book also includes common Marian prayers.
This is the newest book in a series of very popular Bible study guides by Fr. Pacwa, including The Eucharist and The Year of Faith.
For an interview with Fr. Pacwa, please contact Christine Valentine-Owsik at: (215) 230-8095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Our Sunday Visitor
The world’s largest English-language Catholic publisher, Our Sunday Visitor serves millions of Catholics globally through its publishing, offertory, and communication services. Established in 1912, Our Sunday Visitor publishes a wide range of books including Bibles, biographies of the saints, books by Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, children’s books, devotionals, bible studies, inspirational works, and curriculum. Our Sunday Visitor is a not-for-profit organization, returning a portion of net earnings back to the Catholic community through the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. For more information, visit www.osv.com.
About the Author
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. is a popular host of EWTN Catholic television network and Founder and President of Ignatius Productions, a Catholic media production apostolate. A respected biblical scholar, he is fluent in 12 languages and has led pilgrimages to the Holy Land over 50 times. He wrote the best-selling The Eucharist: A Bible Study for Catholics. His web site can be found at www.fathermitchpacwa.org.