Happy Birthday, Mother Mary! Today we celebrate your motherhood, your example, and your devotion to our Lord, Jesus. As a gift, we offer you this community of women—The Daughters of Mary. Take us as you do all things offered to you; perfect us and present us to Him, that He may receive our love and devotion. May all our community’s endeavors glorify Him alone.
Who We Are
Our community sprang to life in 2014. Initially, the group consisted of a few women in central California coming together monthly to discuss spiritual reading. That small group blossomed into over seventy women gathering to make a consecration to Jesus through Mary using 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. On May 31, 2015, the Feast of The Visitation, women of different ages and seasons of life, all dressed in blue to honor Our Lady, surrounded the altar of a local church and recited their consecration prayer. The Daughters of Mary was born.
Since the consecration, there have been two women’s retreats and three years of Scripture study. There have also been socials and a summer book club. Moved by the Holy Spirit to grow and reach more women, we launched our website in early summer of 2018. Now our newest endeavor, The Daughters of Mary Blog, has gone live.
If you are new to The Daughters of Mary community, welcome! Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we are women seeking authentic encounters with Christ and each other. Our model is the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and their fruits.
1. The Incarnation: we strive to imitate Mary’s openness to receiving God in profound humility.
2. The Visitation: we meet each other as women, authentically, and encourage each other on the spiritual journey, expressing charity towards our neighbor.
3. The Nativity: Just as Jesus was born in extreme poverty, we strive to detach from things of this world and place God as our priority.
4. The Presentation in the Temple: in obedience, Mary presents Jesus to the Father—the perfect offering. May we be pure and faithful to the Lord’s divine will, and may our lives be an offering to Him.
5. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple: we seek to encounter Jesus and bring him into our homes and our hearts. May Mary teach us how to practice piety in our daily lives through devotion to her Son and the Sacraments.
As women who come together in community, we look to the Visitation—the Biblical moment when two women came together to celebrate the new lives they would bear and the fulfillment of God’s promises:
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste . . . (Luke 1:39 NAB)
We are ready and available for one another. We seek to anticipate each other’s needs, care for each other, and be present for each other’s trials and joys.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb . . . (Luke 1:41)
We are open to being inspired by one another through the Holy Spirit, and we seek to share our own gifts with the community for the glory of God.
And Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice, “most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb . . .” (Luke 1:41-42)
We offer encouragement, life, and truth for women of every walk of life. We celebrate the ways God calls each of us to bring Christ into the world.
“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled . . .” (Luke 1:45)
You are invited to come and believe with us as we remain open, honest, and brave about who God made us to be and what He calls each of us to do.
Whether you are joining us in person or online, Beloved, welcome to our community.