1 1883: Pope Leo XIII declared October as the month of the rosary. See document: Supremi Apostolatus Officio
3 Feast of Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd.

1954: Consecration of Germany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
2000: Beatification of Pope John XXIII, great Marian devotee, and of Pope Pius IX, who proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.


1295: The holy house of Loreto was transferred to its present location. See: Santuary of Loreto

1382: Installation of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa to Jasna Gora, Poland. See: Jasna Gora

1921: Founding of the Legion of Mary in Dublin. See: an official resource and an unofficial resource

8 Feast of Mary's Birth.

Patrozinium of Our Lady of Mariazell, Austria (see The Mary Page national patronages),

Our Lady of Schiluwa, Lithuania,

Our Lady of El Cobre, Cuba. In 1916, Pope Benedict XV proclaimed her patroness of the island. See: The Mary Page and article also in Spanish

1979: Pope John Paul II went to Loreto as a pilgrim "to ask light and assistance," from Mary for his trip to New York (October 2).

9 Feast of Our Lady of Covadonga and Aranzazu, Spain. See: The Mary Page
11 Feast of Our Lady of Coromoto, Venezuela. See:  The Mary Page and article also in Spanish

Feast of Mary's Name--recalls the historically significant event of Vienna's liberation from the Turks in 1683.

Feast of Mary, Exalted Mother of Austria.


Patrozinium of Our Lady of Quinche, Ecuador. See: The Mary Page and article also in Spanish

1917: Fifth apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.  Mary urgently requested praying the rosary for peace.


Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  Mary, the Mother of the Lord, stood under the cross.

948: Foundation of the Swiss place of pilgrimage, Maria Einsiedeln ("Dedication of the Angels").

1967: Cardinal Beran of Prague (then living in Rome) began in Fatima the "Day of the Persecuted Church."


Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

16 Feast of Our Lady "de las Lajas" (American Hispanic)
17 1569: Pius V approved the Rosary Sodality and a solemn public rosary procession in October.
18 1577: Gregory XIII approved the age and indulgences of the Carmelite Order (scapular devotion)

1846: Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette.  Authenticity confirmed by the Bishop of Grenoble in 1851.

20 Feast of Our Lady of Itati, Paraguay.

Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ransom of Captives, established 1696 in memory of the founding of the Mercedarian order, which Mary requested through an apparition.  See more at: official website in Spanish

787: In Nicea, start of the second general council regarding expressions of devotion to images of Christ, Mary, and the saints.

1518: On Haiti, the Mercedarians establish Cozumel, the first Marian shrine on the island.

Our Lady of Walsingham, had been established by JPII in 2000 (see


Feast of Our Lady of Mercy

Feast of Mary, Protector of Orphans


Feast of the Immaculate Mother of God of Alcazar, Toledo, Spain

1666: The city of Luxemburg elects Mary as patroness.

1748: Pope Benedict XIV publishes the so-called "Golden Bull" to establish Marian sodalities.  Two hundred years later Pope Pius XII published the Apostolic constitution, Bis Saeculari for Marian sodalities.


Feast of the Holy Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael.  Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary.


1979: Pope John Paul II visited Knock, Ireland, conferred the status of basilica on the new church and gave the golden rose to the shrine.

Sunday after September 8th Feast of Our Lady of Fuensanta, Murcia, Spain.

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