The Secret of Mary

by St. Louis de Montfort

With Imprimi Potest, Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1947

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The Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts

    It is not necessary to join any religious group in order to make and live St. Louis De Montfort's Consecration to Jesus through Mary. However, those who so desire may join the Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts [a religious group which the Church classifies as a "pious union" of the faithful].

   The Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts, was first established on March 25, 1899. Pope St. Pius X erected it as an Archconfraternity in Rome on April 28, 1913.

<>1. The "Confraternity of Mary Queen of All Hearts" has had its name changed to the "Association of Mary Queen of All Hearts", and at the same time has been combined with what used to be called the "Association of Priest of Mary, Queen of All Hearts". This was done by decree of the Congregation for Institutes of Religious Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on 26 April 2001.

Today there are eighty-eight branches of the Confraternity in various parts of the world: the United States, Canada, Haiti, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. There are several hundred thousand members throughout the world.


The object of the Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts, is to establish within us the
reign of Mary as a means of establishing more perfectly the reign of Jesus in our souls.


One who, after the necessary formation and preparation, pronounces the consecration to Jesus, Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom, by the hands of Mary, according to the formula of Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort, may be received into the Association.

                The incorporation is made, following the motivated request of the candidate and acceptance by the Director, at the moment when the consecration is made in the presence of the Director or his delegate and its inscription in the register of the Association.

The consecration by which a person engages himself or herself in the Association implies the commitment to live, in one's own state of life, in one's own milieu, in one's own work, the spirit and the spirituality left us by Montfort. The members will seek to make it the heart of their lives, impregnating all their activities and apostolate.

                Renewing their consecration each day, members collaborate, according to their possibilities and their own condition, in the apostolate of the Company of Mary following the directives of the Director General.



Prot. N. 65/01/I


    Ivo Libralato, Procurator General of the Montfortian Company of Mary, in the name of the Most Reverend Superior General of the same Congregation and as such Director of the Montfortian Associates of "Mary Queen of All Hearts", together with his Council, humbly petitions: Since the Congregation for Institutes of Religious Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, on 26 April last, duly recognised a new Statute for the former Associations, one clerical, the other lay, to be now reunited in one Association to be called the Association of "Mary, Queen of All Hearts", he requests that the grant of a Plenary Indulgence made by your Holiness, through a Rescript of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 12 October 1996, granted in perpetuity, might be attributed to the new Association, by which the members might rejoice and receive the fruit of charity on days of piety, consecrating themselves to Christ through Mary, his most sweet Mother, according to the spirit and admirable example of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort.

22nd Day of May 2001

    The APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY, at the behest of the Holy Father, rules that the members may acquire a Plenary Indulgence, provided that, the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Holy Communion and Prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions) having been fulfilled and any attachment to any sin being excluded, they promise or renew their promise, at least privately, to faithfully observe their own Statutes, on the following occasions:

The day of their enrollment;
Holy Thursday;
The liturgical celebrations of Christmas and the Annunciation of the Lord;
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the feast of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort;
And the first Saturday of every month.

The present rescript to be valid in perpetuity.
Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.


  The Annunciation, March 25, is the principal feast of the Confraternity, because that is the day on which Our Lord came to us through Mary and set us an example of complete dependence on her. The secondary feast is that of St. Louis De Montfort, April 28.

  Other special feasts are the Immaculate Conception, Christmas, the Visitation, the Purification, the Assumption and the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, December 27.

Correspondence regarding the Confraternity
should be sent to

Rev. Father Director
The Confraternity
Montfort Fathers
26 South Saxon Ave.
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Three External Links regarding the Confraternity and or related to Mary and the Rosary:

LINK 1: Web Site explaining about the Confraternity
LINK 2: The Legion of Mary
LINK 3: Heaven's Images, devotions to Mary, Queen of Hearts and more
LINK 4:  Explanation of the Association Mary Queen of All Hearts
on the Montfortian web site

See also the FATHERS OF THE COMPANY OF MARY for downloads for some works of St. Louis De Montfort in zip files. These include The Secret of the Rosary, short version. For the full version CLICK HERE.

The foward button below brings you to a short bio-sktech of St. Louis de Montfort.



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