My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena


In My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena, award-winning author Marge Steinhage Fenelon brings you along on a pilgrimage to nine Marian shrines across the United States. Each day of this spiritual journey helps you encounter God and a deeper relationship with the Blessed Mother.

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My Queen My Mother, Marge Fenelon, Marian Pilgrimage

In My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena, award-winning author Marge Steinhage Fenelon brings you along on a pilgrimage to nine Marian shrines across the United States. Each day of this spiritual journey helps you encounter God and a deeper relationship with the Blessed Mother.

“My Queen, My Mother, I give myself entirely to you.”

The opening line to the Little Consecration sets the framework of this unique, nine-day pilgrimage, which culminates in a consecration to Mary.

This living novena is similar in style and structure to the pilgrimage Fenelon developed in the bestselling and award-winning Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. The key difference, however, is that the first living novena was framed by Pope Francis’s visit to the Holy Land. For My Queen, My Mother, Fenelon chose sacred destinations that reflect the Catholic heritage of the United States.

The nine Marian sites Fenelon visits are:

  • Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, St. Augustine, Florida
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • St. Mary’s Mission and Museum, Stevensville, Montana
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Starkenburg, Missouri
  • Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, Ohio
  • The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, Wisconsin
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, Auriesville, New York
  • House of Mary Shrine, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Our Lady of Peace Shrine, Santa Clara, California

Even if you can’t make a physical pilgrimage as Fenelon did, you can still make a spiritual one through her extended guided meditation. Each day you’ll learn about a different shrine to Mary: its history, charism, and graces. Fenelon will also guide you to visit a new “place” in your heart, to understand more about yourself and how to open your heart more fully to Mary.

You are not tied to a pilgrimage of nine consecutive days: You can complete the spiritual journey in nine weeks or even nine months. There are reflection questions at the end of each chapter.

Praise for My Queen, My Mother

“Marge Steinhage Fenelon brings the reader on a pilgrimage to shrines of Our Lady in the United States, journeying through the terrain of our country and the landscape of our own hearts. Both historical and personal, My Queen, My Mother reminds us to depend even more on the loving mother who wants to continue to shape our country and our lives.” –Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, Author of 33 Days to Morning Glory

“This beautifully written book shows how Marian shrines are special places of encounter with our merciful Mother, who leads us toward her divine Son, Jesus.” –Robert Fastiggi, Professor of systematic theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, former president of the Mariological Society of America

“While on our pilgrimage to the kingdom of heaven, there are many places for us to stop and pray here on earth. Marge Steinhage Fenelon serves as your tour guide and pilgrimage coordinator for your armchair pilgrimage. At each US shrine you will meet your heavenly mother who invites you into her home, who loves you, prays for you daily, and invites you to love her as your mother. Let this book be the beginning or deepening of your love for Mary.” –Rev. Edward Looney, Author of A Heart Like Mary’s

“Marge Steinhage Fenelon teaches us to be pilgrims through life and to stay close to Blessed Mother Mary, who always leads us to her son.” –Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Catholic author, international speaker, and EWTN host

“As a lifelong pilgrim who has known the joy and power of journeys to sacred sites, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from and pray with gifted author Marge Steinhage Fenelon. With My Queen, My Mother, Fenelon invites us along for a life-changing encounter to know our Lord through the heart and soul of his most devoted disciple, his mother. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and sent on a lifelong mission of devotion and love!” –Lisa M. Hendey, Author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms

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Weight .33125 lbs
Dimensions 4.9 × 0.5 × 6.9 in

1 review for My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena

  1. Susan Peek, Bestselling Author of “The King’s Prey: St. Dymphna of Ireland”

    As soon as I saw this book reviewed on the blog “An Open Book” (, I knew I wanted to buy it. I was looking for something to read about Our Lady for her month of May, and this sounded so unique that I couldn’t pass it up. Without knowing anything else about it, I ordered it on impulse . . . and am I ever happy I did! Wow, what a life-changing book!

    The author designed it to be a “living novena”, compiling it in such a way that the reader reads one chapter each day and thereby spiritually “visits” a new Marian shrine, for nine days in all, each time soaking in the history, flavor, and graces of that particular shrine. She kicks off with a beautiful and very old shrine on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, then travels with her reader across both time and the American continent, winding up nine days later at an equally beautiful but very new shrine on the opposite coast, by the Pacific Ocean. And my goodness, what a magnificent and consoling journey in between! I found myself eagerly looking forward every evening to the next day’s “trip” and actually prepared for it each night before bed by visiting the website of the upcoming shrine so that I could see photos of where I’d “visit” on the morrow. When the morning dawned, I’d try to spiritually place myself at that shrine for the entire day, holding onto the images of the chapel/statues/surrounding scenery/etc in my mind and “breathing in the air” of that particular spot graced by Mary. And what amazed me more than anything was that each day Our Lady’s title and message turned out to be EXACTLY related to what I was struggling with on that day, and all of it related back to my intention that made me start the novena in the first place! It was as if the book had been written just for my soul, offering me the words and meditations and consolations that I needed for that day. And by the time I finished the novena, Our Lady had fixed so many things in the situation I was praying for. I felt a great peace and knew She had everything under control.

    I ended this novena with very bittersweet feelings. I honestly didn’t want the book and the “visits” to Our Lady’s shrines to end! I came away feeling closer to Our Blessed Mother and eager to keep researching places devoted to her. I even realized, to my dismay, that I’ve been within only a couple of miles of four of the nine shrines in the last two years, yet I had no idea they were even there! Now I want to go back and visit them!

    I hope so much that the author writes another book featuring more shrines. Thank you, Mrs. Fenelon, for such a beautiful, inspiring, and magnificent book!

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