100th Anniversary of
Our Lady of Angels Association
As we celebrate our 100th Anniversary, we thought you would like to know a little history behind the inception of Our Lady of Angels Association-
Inspired by the charism of St. Vincent de Paul, Rev. Martin J. Blake, C.M. (1881-1939) founded Our Lady of Angels Novenas in April of 1918. Father Blake was the Director of Seminarians at the Seminary of Our Lady of Angels and Vice-President of Niagara University.
The purpose of the Novenas was to honor the Mother of God and to spread devotion to her under the title of Our Lady of Angels, the Patroness of the Seminary and University. It was Father Blake’s hope to have Mary better known and loved, and to inform people of her great intercessory power, and to inspire in them confidence in the Mother of God.
In early April 1918, Father Blake sent a letter to the families and friends of the priests, seminarians, and other university students asking them to contribute “to the fund we are raising to meet our mortgage and for the rebuilding of our chapel and laboratories which were destroyed by a fire a few years ago, and which we sadly need at present.”
In return for their offerings, Father Blake assured the donors of a remembrance in a Novena of Masses to be offered for their intentions. The first Mass of this initial Novena was offered on April 17, 1918.
From this initial appeal, the Novena Office began to grow. While the primary purpose of the Novenas was to promote devotion to Our Lady of Angels, funds were also used for the Catholic education of University students and for the formation and education of the seminarians attending the Seminary of Our Lady of Angels. Read more…
Mass Enrollment Cards
Our Lady of Angels Association offers enrollment cards for all occasions. Those enrolled share in the twelve Novenas of Masses offered annually for them and their intentions. Always FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING. Browse our selection.
Where are Vincentians in the World?
Excerpts from an article by Mario Garcia Isaza, C.M.
Without a doubt, the Congregation continues to be an incredible reality and there is a very significant presence of the Vincentian charism in the Church and in the world. We, as members of the Congregation of the Mission, are in 91 countries: 28 countries in Europe, 28 countries in the Americas, 21 countries in Africa, 13 countries in Asia and 5 countries in Oceania.
In comparing the numbers with those that were recorded in 2014-2016, we can state that previously there were 3,202 confreres and today there are 3,157 (45 less- not a very significant number, but one that represents the fact that we are declining in numbers).
With regard to the number of confreres, there are 10 provinces that have more than 100 confreres. They are as follows: Western USA – 158, Eastern USA – 117, Poland – 260; Spanish province of St. Vincent – 200, Colombia – 187; Southern India – 149, Italy – 146; the Philippines – 117, Indonesia – 105; Northern India – 103.
Annual Personalized Votive Lights
Our Lady of Angels Association is now offering a special way to memorialize your loved ones or offer up your intentions. Although we continue to offer our traditional (non-personalized) votive lights, we now have available lights that are inscribed with your special intention or remembrance, and are lit for one year in Our Lady of Angels Votive Light Chapel on the campus of Niagara University. A tax deductible donation of $75 per votive light is requested. You may specify a special occasion – Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding or any brief wording of your choice. Light a Vigil Candle…