Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons is an extraordinarily complete and rich tool for coming to a deeper knowledge of the teaching of the Church on the Blessed Virgin Mary, for growing in Marian devotion and for developing the means of communicating knowledge and love of the Mother of God to others,” writes St. Louis Archbishop Raymond L. Burke in the foreword to the text.

The text is a Mariology course unto itself, providing a thorough treatment on Mary in the Scripture and early Church, and Marian dogma, doctrine, and devotion. Dr. Mark Miravalle, editor of the anthology, has brought together 15 of the very best contemporary Marian theologians for the compilation of Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons. “A Marian work of this scale hasn’t been done since Juniper Carol’s work in the ’50s before the Council,” Miravalle says.

“The specific thrust of this anthology,” Miravalle writes in the Editor’s Introduction, “is to provide a guide in classical and current Mariology for ongoing clergy and religious education and formation, seminary instruction, and the edification of consecrated persons, all of who possess a special call to benefit fully from a greater knowledge and love of the Mother of the Lord.”

The anthology features 17 chapters divided among four major sections: 1) Mary in Scripture and the Early Church; 2) Marian Dogma; 3) Marian Doctrine; and 4) Marian Liturgy and Devotion. Each chapter of Mariology offers answers to many of the questions that come up in ministry, with a thorough treatment of the Church’s long-standing teaching on the Mother of God.

Dr. Scott Hahn, international Catholic authority, enthusiastically praised Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons, saying “Buy this book and make a present of it to your parish priest, the religious sister you know, the seminarian from your diocese, or the consecrated person or educated layperson at your parish. It’s a Mariological ‘must read’ especially for our priests and seminarians.”

The cover itself merits contemplation, featuring the image of the San Marco Altarpiece by Fra Angelico (†1455). The Blessed Virgin Mother of God always points to Christ, and she longs to gather her priests and religious at her side that she may present her Son to them.

At the heart of the exploration in this text is a search for the person of Christ, but at the same time “a dynamic investigation into the revealed truth about Our Lady,” Miravalle says. And who better to bring us to Christ than the Mother who bore him, who raised him, and who offered him to the Eternal Father for our salvation? In this anthology, we “behold” our Mother, Mary of Nazareth, the woman of Calvary who is a most beautiful gift from the Crucified.

Mother of All Peoples subscribers have already encountered the excellent chapter on “The Predestination of the Virgin Mother and Her Immaculate Conception” by Fr. Peter M. Fehlner, F.I. In this issue, we also present one of Msgr. Arthur Burton Calkins’ contributions: “Mary Co-redemptrix: The Beloved Associate of Christ.” The articles speak for themselves, not only through deeply in-depth content and analysis, but also reflecting a superior methodology.

Archbishop Burke writes that the text will assist the reader in attaining three goals of Marian formation: “the integral knowledge of Marian doctrine, growth in authentic and heartfelt Marian devotion, and the development in the capacity to introduce others to Marian teaching and devotion by the way of the various communications media.”

In terms of impact, the scope of Mariology is yet to be seen. But its depth is unparalleled in contemporary Marian theology. This anthology is perfect for not only those in the priesthood and religious life, but also for those laypersons who wish to challenge themselves to deepen their encounter with the person of the Blessed Mother, the Theotókos.

Mariology: A Guide for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Persons is available from Queenship Publishing at 1-800-647-9882, www.queenship.org., or P.O. Box 220, Goleta, California, 93116, U.S.A.