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

Posted by esbvmusa on 5th February 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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ESBVM USA 2015 Weekend Conference – “The Virgin Mary in Christian Dialogue: Controversy, Convergence, and Vision”

Posted by esbvmusa on 9th April 2015

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA presents its 2015 Annual Weekend Conference on the theme of: “The Virgin Mary in Christian Dialogue: Controversy, Convergence, and Vision.” The conference will be held on the campus of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania on the weekend of August 7-9, 2015.

The mother of Jesus has stood at the heart of Christianity’s most profound truths, passionate devotions, and fiery controversies. For centuries after the Protestant Reformation, the mere mention of Mary’s name in certain contexts could ignite hot-tempered disagreements.

By the twentieth century, Christians began trying to repair divisions by coming together in formal dialogues. Marian topics were cautiously included in the later of these dialogues, and joint statements that described new appreciation for each other’s Marian traditions – while still noting important areas of disagreement – were signed.

While great progress was made during these dialogues, very few people are aware of them, and the way forward is not clear. The purpose of this conference is to continue the important work of Marian dialogues, assessing their relevance to contemporary religious thought and practice within the various Christian traditions and providing some discussion regarding future possibilities.

The cost for the entire weekend is $75.00. Fees for Friday only and Saturday only vary. Please click on the link below for the Conference Information and Registration Packet for detailed information. The packet contains the program for the weekend; speaker biographies, along with the title of each speaker’s presentation; a complete list of fees; information on accommodations and transportation; and on the final page, the registration form. Please share the packet and registration form with interested friends and colleagues. There is also a link to a poster that may be printed and distributed freely.

Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating and enlightening weekend of conversation about the mother of our Lord!

2015 ESBVM Weekend Conference Info and Registration Packet

Poster Final

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ESBVM USA Call For Papers

Posted by esbvmusa on 22nd November 2014


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.


CONFERENCE THEME: The Virgin Mary in Christian Dialogue: Controversy, Convergence, and Vision

CONFERENCE DATES: 7-9 August 2015

CONFERENCE LOCATION: Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania, USA (near Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)


ESBVM USA is looking for perspectives on the progress and implications of previously published dialogues about the Virgin Mary from a variety of Christian denominations. We ask that you present on developments within your own particular tradition. So, for example, an Evangelical Christian could present on the findings of the Evangelical dialogue partners written in Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life, A Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together.

Additional published dialogues include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The One Mediator, Mary, and the Saints (1991, American Lutherans and Catholics)
  • Mary, Sign of Grace, Faith, and Holiness: Towards a Shared Understanding (1995, British Methodist-Roman Catholic Committee)
  • Common Declaration: Pope John Paul II and Catholicos Aram I Keshishian, Rome, 1997
  • Mary in the Plan of God and in the Communion of Saints (1999, Groupe des Dombes: French Reformed, Lutheran, and Catholic)
  • Pastoral Agreement between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa, Cairo, Egypt 2001
  • Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ (2004, Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission)

The following are possible considerations for your presentation:

  • What, according to your tradition, are the key biblical passages considered in the dialogue that you are analyzing and why?
  • What does your tradition consider the most difficult theological issues that have been broached in dialogue, and what progress has been made?
  • How do conclusions drawn by the dialogue partners that you are considering compare with the cultural and devotional practices in your tradition?

Please submit proposals consisting of a 350 to 500-word abstract and your contact information to the review committee at



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Announcement of the Next Meeting of the ESBVM USA – October 8, 2011

Posted by esbvmusa on 18th August 2011

The next meeting of the ESBVM USA will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.  Details will follow. If you have any questions, please contact ESBVM USA president, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball at or the secretary, Susan L. Fall, at

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ESBVM 2008 International Congress Papers published by ESBVM USA

Posted by esbvmusa on 13th August 2011

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Mary for the Love and Glory of God, a collection of ecumenical essays by scholars representing various Christian denominations that were presented at the International Congress of the ESBVM in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, in 2008, has recently been published in the United States by ESBVM USA through AuthorHouse. The contributors to this book focus their attention on Mary, the Mother of Christ, the biblical disciple whose life brings us to the love and glory of God. Contributing authors are Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant, and include: Very Rev. John Behr, Dean of Vladimir’s Seminary in New York; Dr. Robert L. Fastiggi, Professor of Sacred Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit; Sr. Nonna Verna Harrison, an Eastern Orthodox nun and specialist in Patristics and Orthodox Theology; Dr. Maura Hearden, a Roman Catholic scholar and professor at DeSales University in PA; Rev. Jennifer Mary Kimball, pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC in Walton, NY; Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, an Eastern Orthodox theologian and president of the ESBVM USA; Rev. Dr. Donald Charles Lacy, United Methodist Pastor and well-known ecumenical author and lecturer; Sr. Barbara Jean Mihalchick OSBM, a Byzantine Catholic sister and vocation director for the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil in Uniontown, PA; Sr. Mary Catherine Nolan, a Roman Catholic Dominican sister and Marian theologian; Rev. Dr. Edward J. Ondrako, OFM Conv, scholar in residence at the Franciscan International Study Center in Canterbury, Kent, England; and Rev. Dr. Paul Snowden Russell III, an Anglican priest, noted Syriac scholar, and Dean of the St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College, in Berkeley, CA.

In the United States, Mary for the Love and Glory of God is available for $25 through AuthorHouse at, as well as other online booksellers.

The book is easily available to those living in the United Kingdom because the publisher, AuthorHouse, has a location in England. This means that there are no overseas shipping costs. Go to to order. On the website go to BOOKSHOP and search at the top of the screen by title, or author, or ISBN 978-1-4567-5667-3. The cost is £15.95.

Mary for the Love and Glory of God has received good reviews from readers in the U.S.  We would welcome reviews from ESBVM members in the UK on this website under COMMENTS! 

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ESBVM USA Meeting Announcement

Posted by esbvmusa on 23rd March 2011


The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary – USA will hold its next meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Holy Rosary Italian Catholic Church,  595 Third Street NW, Washington, DC 20001-2703

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ESBVM), an international society, 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.

The meeting will begin at 9:00am, with presentations and discussion in the morning, followed by lunch and a privately-led guided tour of Marian art at the National Gallery of Art at 1:00pm (until 2:30pm).

Speakers will include Dr. Ramzy Labib, a Coptic Christian, who will speak on “St. Mary’s Importance in Coptic Orthodox Theology.” The Rev. Karen Curry will speak on “Baptist Views on Mary.”

For details, please contact ESBVM USA at or


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October 2009 Meeting of the ESBVM-USA

Posted by esbvmusa on 31st August 2009

Greetings from the ESBVM in the USA! This is to announce our October 2009 meeting which will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane,  in York, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, 10 October, 2009! (Registration, presentations and lunch, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm / business meeting 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.)  Rev. Janyce Jorgensen, pastor at Zion Church, will  host the meeting.

Our schedule will include presentations by Dr. Carl Winderl, Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, who will recount his spiritual journey and share his Marian poetry; Dr. Frank Romance, Vice-President of the ESBVM-USA, who will speak on “Mary and the Knights of Columbus”;  and a presentation by Sr. Regina Vieyra MGSpS of Immaculate Conception Church / Old St. Mary’s in York, Pennsylvania, on “Blessed Virgin Mary in the Latino tradition.”

The meeting is open to the public and there is no entry fee. Lunceon will be served. A business meeting will follow and all are welcome to attend.

Please contact ESBVM-USA Chapter President Virginia M. Kimball at for further information.

The meeting is reached via Harrisburg Internationall Airport (25 minutes away  by car) or Baltimore Washington International Airport (one hour and 15 minutes away by car.) Lodging will be available at Comfort Inn Corporate Gateway (PA 257), 2250 North George Street, York, Pennsylvania 17406 ( Phone 717-699-1919 / Fax 717-864-7209) or Homewood Suites by Hilton, 200 Masonic Drive, York, Pennsylvania, United States 17406 (Tel: 1-717-434-1800   Fax: 1-717-434-1848.)

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A new unified web site for the ESBVM

Posted by esbvm on 15th June 2009

The new international web site of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been launched and is in the process of being built and populated with information from the previously existing ESBVM separate sites before the URLs are transferred. The content and URLs of the previous sites – run from the UK and the USA – are in the process of being transferred to this new site hosted on WordPress, and WordPress being a blog platform, the new content will be more timely and will allow interaction between all those who are devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to the Unity of the Church, one flock and one shepherd, resonating with our aim to show that, in the Blessed Virgin Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.

This step was taken after the discussions between the Hon Gen Secretary and the USA Branch [traditionally referred to in the ESBVM as a Chapter] at the PAMI Congress in Lourdes in August 2008, which managed to clarify and resolve a number of misunderstandings that had arisen and which had perhaps inadvertently suggested the existence of two parallel societies on the opposite sides of the Atlantic. The ESBVM Council is very pleased that this united website is now being put in place and deeply grateful to Revd Giles Pinnock our ESBVM Website Master and Dr.Virginia Kimball Chair of the USA Chapter who have devoted much time to the resolution of this matter. We are sure that it will serve the promotion and work of the ESBVM internationally in a most helpful and fresh way.

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ESBVM USA held meeting in upstate New York

Posted by esbvmusa on 30th May 2009

The May 2009 ESBVM USA meeting was held in Walton, New York, a small mountain village in the Catskill mountains. We met at a lovely, historic UCC church. The topic of the day was a discussion on the merits of developing a model for a “Day of reflection and prayer on Mary” in any church who would be interested including Protestant churches. Such days were held at this church in Walton the Fall 2007 and 2008.

At the May ESBVM USA meeting, a panel discussion was held with representatives of the church and ESBVM USA board members. The discussion was taped. It is included here in an audio podcast, with many thanks to audio engineer Pat Gohn who volunteered her time and efforts to make this possible. We invite anyone who listens to provide a comment. Would this be a worthy endeavor for ESBVM USA to do – to develop a model for a day of prayer and reflection for churches to use?

An audio podcast of this forum can be accessed here.

BE PATIENT … it may take five to ten minutes on some computers to load this audiopod.

Member Pat Gohn, who now coordinates a Catholic radio program for women, Among Women graciously volunteered to record and produce this audio podcast. [Be sure to click on image.] We thank her for her many efforts.

ESBVM USA members who participated were Rev. Jennifer Juliano (pastor of the Walton UCC church), Rev. Donald Lacy (Methodist minister and author), Dr. Maura Hearden (Roman Catholic mariologist at DeSales University), Dr. Janyce Jorgensen (Lutheran pastor and professor of ecumenical theology at St. Mary’s Catholic Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland), and Dr. Virginia M. Kimball (Eastern Orthodox.)

If you listen to the audiopod, please comment on the ideas presented. We are most interested in what ESBVM members have to say.

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