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