The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM) exists to advance the study at various levels of the place of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Church, under Christ and of related theological questions; and in the light of such study to promote ecumenical devotion. Its aim is to show that, in the Blessed Virgin Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.
    Prayer for the Society God our Father, through the Blessed Virgin Mary you gave your Son to be our Redeemer; send your blessing on the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary; so that strengthened by your grace, enlivended by by your Spirit, and renewed in the One whom Mary bore, your Church may grow in the unity You desire. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.
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ESBVM Dublin – A reflection on Mary in the writings of Martin Luther, Dr Mary McCaughey (The Priory Institute, Dublin)

Posted by esbvm on September 13th, 2016

Venue: Methodist Church, Abbey Street Dublin 1
Time: 2pm, Saturday, October 1st, 2016

For more information, contact Dr Mary Frances McKenna using the contact form below, or on 086-8786517. Also, see the Dublin branch ESBVM Facebook page.

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Dublin branch of the ESBVM launches Facebook page

Posted by esbvm on September 13th, 2016

The Dublin branch of ESBVM has launched a Facebook page, which can be visited here.

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Honour of Dame of St Gregory to be conferred on Dr Mary Remnant, September 15th 2016, 6.30pm, The Church of Our Lady of Dolours, London

Posted by esbvm on September 5th, 2016

Dr Mary Remnant is to receive the honour of becoming a Dame of St Gregory for a range of services to the wide Christian community including significant service to the ESBVM in a range of recitals at our ESBVM Congresses and other events and as part of the Confraternity of The Knights and Dames of Our Lady.

The Prior of the Servite Friars has arranged for one of the Auxiliary Bishops of Westminster, Bishop John Sherrington, to preside at the occasion, which will be during the evening celebration of Holy Mass @ 18.30. on 15th Sept 2016, which is the patronal feast of the Servite Church of our Lady of Dolours, St Mary’s Priory, 264 Fulham Road, Kensington, London SW10 9EL [Opposite Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and is reached by the Red Bus No 211 or No 414]. It will be followed by a Reception.

The Hon General Secretary very much hopes to be there and it is hoped that many of the ESBVM will also manage to be present.

A hoped-for guest at the occasion will be Pat O’Sullivan of the society, who has made remarkable recovery which has been a wonderful grace and this is a great deal due to the care of him by Miss Anna Crowley to whom ESBVM is indebted.

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ESBVM Dublin – ‘Mary in Martin Luther’s writings’, Dr Mary McCaughey – October 1st 2016

Posted by esbvm on July 28th, 2016

The next ESBVM Dublin Branch event 2016 is a talk on ‘Mary in Martin Luther’s writings’ presented by Dr Mary McCaughey, lecturer at the Pontifical University Maynooth, at 2pm on Saturday the 1st of October 2016 at the Methodist Church, Abbey Street, Dublin 1 (beside the tram stop).

Following the talk a Lectio Divina will be held based on a Marian passage from the Gospels.

We look forward to meeting all Dublin ESBVM members and welcoming others who are interested!

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Prominent Catholic journalist to address Chichester branch of ESBVM – August 6th 2016

Posted by esbvm on July 19th, 2016

The next ESBVM Chichester Branch event is a talk by the prominent Catholic journalist, writer, blogger & broadcaster with EWTN, Joanna Bogle, who will be addressing the 2nd meeting of the Chichester Branch of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM) on 6th August at 2pm at the Bishop’s Palace, Canon Lane, Chichester, PO19 1PY.

The topic for discussion will be: ‘St John Paul, Mary and the Church. The Church’s Marian profile – a fresh approach’.

The talk will be followed by the ESBVM Office of Evening Prayer and then afterwards a chance to meet and chat over Tea/Coffee.

Members and all interested are welcome to attend. RSVP for a free place either in person at the St Olav bookshop on North Street, Chichester in person or via telephone on ‘ 01243 782790 or email.

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ESBVM USA Presents: “Mary in Scripture” – Our 3rd Annual Weekend Conference – August 4-6, 2016 in Newburgh, New York

Posted by esbvmusa on June 11th, 2016

ESBVM USA is pleased to present our

3rd Annual Weekend Conference

“Mary in Scripture”

August 4-6, 2016

Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York, USA

Contact for Conference Information Packet and Registration form:

This year’s conference presents the theme “Mary in Scripture.” In the ecumenical discussions on Mary at conferences both in the U.S.A. and in England, presenters and participants have consistently referred to scripture as the foundational grounds for productive interchange and discussion. This year’s conference focuses on scripture, and includes presentations that are stimulating, deeply thought-provoking, and scholarly. We will hear about Mary and her son Jesus at Cana; perspectives on biblical approaches to Mary; a consideration of Mary’s conception of Jesus and her pregnancy in relation to the Law and the Ark; Mary in the Messianic Psalms; Mary in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, John of Damascus, and Gregory of Palamas; Marian texts in relation to literary criticism and history; Marian texts using biblical anthropology; and a unique session on Mary in film. Presentations will be followed by a question and discussion panel. Also, there will be a panel discussion by local Protestant ministers, and a special choral presentation by a Lutheran church in Newburgh. Each day there will be ESBVM ecumenical prayer and the opportunity to relax and socialize with others who are dedicated to ecumenical thought on Mary, the mother of Jesus.

We invite anyone who is interested to come. ESBVM is uniquely formed to include those actively involved in ministry, those who are scholars, and anyone who is genuinely interested. We publish and hope to promote the presentations in the scholarly environment, knowing that it is the life of the faithful who ultimately have the greatest impact on theology and ecumenical understanding in particular.

The following list contains the names of our speakers and the titles of their presentations:

Dr. Adam DeVille (Keynote Speaker) is associate professor and chairman of the Department of Theology at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN, USA. His long list of publications includes Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unim Sint and the prospects of East-West Unity. Dr. DeVille will be delivering our keynote address: East-West Agreement on the Ecclesiological and Ecumenical Impact of the Dogmatic Definition of the Immaculate Conception.

Robert P. Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY, will present: Jesus and Mary at Cana: What did Jesus Really Say?

Fr. Sebastien Abalodo, SM, STD, is a religious, member of the Society of Mary, and Professor, IMRI (International Marian Research Institute). He will present: Mary, Mother of our Savior: A Biblical Approach.

Andrew Brookes, OP, Blackfriars, Oxford, England will present: The Virgin, the Pregnancy, the Law and the Ark: a fresh look at the accounts of Mary’s Conception of Jesus and Pregnancy in Luke and Matthew.

Dr. Mary Frances McKenna is Chair, Dublin Branch, of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Dr. McKenna holds a PhD in Theology and an MA and a BA in History. Her book, Innovation within Tradition: Joseph Ratzinger and the Reading of the Women of Scripture, was published by Fortress Press (Minneapolis) in 2015. She will present: Mary in the Gospels, the figure of history and faith.

Mr. Jonathan Lincoln, a Graduate Student (M.Div.) at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, will present: Mary in the Messianic Psalms: Prophecy and Typology in Genesis 3:15 and Psalms 44 and 131.

Fr. Michael Pacella III is studying with The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (Cambridge Theological Federation), Cambridge, UK, and will present: Considering the thoughts on Mary by Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Gregory Palamas, and Saint John of Damascus as grounds for ecumenical discussion. 

Mr. Michael Duricy, Professor at the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton in Ohio, specializes in Mary in film, and will present: Biblical Portrayals of Mary in Film.

Virginia M. Kimball, MA, STL, STD, is president of the ESBVM USA and former president of the Mariological Society of America, and member of the Orthodox Theological Society of America. She is co-author with Dr. Maura Hearden of Mary: Godbearer to a World in Need. Dr. Kimball will present: New Insights on Mary, employing Hebrew biblical anthropology…Ruah, Nefesh, and Leb. 

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


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ESBVM AGM, London, June 4th 2016

Posted by esbvm on February 20th, 2016

The 2016 ESBVM AGM will take place at the Carmelite Priory, 41 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BB on Saturday June 4th 2016 at 1.45pm, with Tea at 3.30pm.

The title and speaker for the AGM Lecture will be confirmed in due course.

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ESBVM Council Meeting, Oxford, March 16th 2016

Posted by esbvm on February 20th, 2016

There will be a meeting of the ESBVM Council at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy on Wednesday March 16th 2016 2.00pm-15.30 approx. AOB items to the ESBVM Hon Gen Sec in advance of the meeting, please.

Lunch at Christ Church, Oxford precedes the Council meeting (Drinks in the Buttery Bar From 12.00 noon; Lunch 12.45pm). Please will all Council members who intend to have lunch at Christ Church notify the ESBVM Hon Gen Sec by Tuesday 1st March, indicating any vegetarian or other dietary requirements.

There will be Tea at the end of the Council meeting, 15.30pm approx.

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Birthday greetings

Posted by admin on February 12th, 2016

It is a time of significant milestone birthdays. Some pass unnoticed without a reminder but Members of ESBVM would all wish to send a greeting on her 80th Birthday on 12th February to our great member, Jill Pinnock who has served the Society so well and generously over so many years.

On behalf of the ESBVM we send love and best wishes to Jill. We remember Jill and her loved ones in prayer and wish her the greatest happiness on what we hope will be one of her most happy days.

Ad multos annos!

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ESBVM USA Announces Its 3rd Annual Conference – “Mary in Scripture”

Posted by esbvmusa on February 5th, 2016

ESBVM USA is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Conference:

“Mary in Scripture”

to be held on Thursday, August 4  through Saturday, August 6, 2016.

The conference will be held at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, just one hour from New York City, on a beautiful campus that overlooks the western banks of the Hudson River. The campus is easily accessible. Please see their website for more information on the campus, including a virtual tour, and its location and ease of access:

Details on our speakers and the program for the conference will be posted here soon. If you have any questions, please contact ESBVM USA at the following email address:

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