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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    Fr Bill, OSM
    Hon General Secretary

    General enquiries (USA)
    Dr Virginia Kimball, Chapter President

    Membership (UK & international)



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    ESBVM is registered in the UK as a charity. No. 282748

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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Peter Sibley RIP

Posted by esbvm on January 10th, 2016

One-time ESBVM Archivist, Peter Sibley, died on December 23rd 2015. May he rest in peace.

His funeral Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday January 13th 2016 at 10am at St Elphege’s Church, Wallington, Surrey.

The coffin will be brought into the church immediately prior to the funeral and afterwards Peter will be buried at Bandon Hill Cemetery, Plough Lane, Beddington, Wallington SM6 8JQ.

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Re-Launch of the Chichester Branch of the ESBVM

Posted by esbvm on December 8th, 2015

‘The Re-Launch of the Chichester Branch of the ESBVM’
Venue: The Sherborne Room in the Bishop’s Palace, Canon Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1PY


Saturday 12th Dec 2015 at 2.00pm
Welcome by the Hon Gen Secretary of the ESBVM followed by an address on the
‘The Chichester Roundel’
by The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner MA PhD
Lord Bishop of Chichester.

The ESBVM Office of Evening Prayer will be sung in the Bishop’s Chapel at the conclusion of the meeting.
Refreshments of Tea/Coffee and cakes will be provided afterwards


The Sherborne Room comfortably accommodates 30 and the Chapel seats 40 people.
To ensure availability of places, would participants please register their interest to attend either in person at St Olav’s bookshop, North Street, Chichester
or if unable to come in person one may phone 01243 782790 / email

The Madonna and Child Sculpture: ‘Virgin and Child’ by John Skelton (1988),
presented as a gift by the ESBVM to mark the ESBVM Chichester Congress,
now in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral may be visited by participants who wish to do so.

Click HERE for a poster advertizing this event

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ESBVM USA Call for Papers for August 2016 Conference

Posted by esbvmusa on October 30th, 2015


The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA) exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study, to promote ecumenical interchange and prayer. Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE: Jan. 15, 2016.

Conference Theme: Mary in Scripture
Conference Dates: August 4, 5, and 6, 2016
Conference Location: Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY

Submission Guidelines and Requirements:
The paper proposal should be in DOC or DOCX and must include:
1. Presentation Title
2. Presenter’s name, professional affiliation (e.g., university or church name), and status (undergrad, grad. student, Ph.D. candidate, faculty, pastor, etc.)
3. Contact information (e-mail address, daytime telephone)
4. Abstract (350-500 words)
5. Equipment needs.

The overall theme for the conference is “Mary in Scripture.” As such, the ESBVM is looking for papers that discuss viewpoints on Mary, the mother of Jesus, as presented in various Christian traditions or by individual theologians. This theme may be approached through a variety of avenues such as:
 Biblical typologies of Mary
 Biblical texts used for Marian feasts in the Lectionary
 The Biblical Mariology of a particular theologian (e.g. Hans Urs von Balthasar, Luther, Calvin, John Meyendorff)
 Mary in extra-biblical sources (such as the Protoevangelium of James)
 Systematic, historical, or spiritual reflections on the narrative of Mary in scripture
 Systematic, historical, or spiritual reflections on the words of Mary in scripture
 Reflections on the use of biblical Mariology to further ecumenical or interreligious dialogue
 The relationship between Christology and Mariology as understood from scripture study.
 Biblical Mariology during certain periods of history (e.g. the Patristic Era, Reformation, or After Vatican II)
 Biblical portrayals of Mary in literature, film, hymnody, and the visual arts
 The development of Mariology and scriptural insight

Please submit proposals to the review committee at

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