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After 400 years the virtues lived and recommended by Vincent are still a dynamic force today.


The Miraculous Medal Shrine expects thousands once again for its Annual Nine-Day Solemn Novena, November 13 – 21. Rev. Thomas Sendlein, CM, Associate Director at the Miraculous Medal Shrine, will celebrate multiple services daily during the nine-day Novena. Then, on Wednesday, November 22, Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will celebrate the Shrine’s Feast Day Mass, honoring Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, at10am. The Shrine is located at 500 E. Chelten Ave. in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.


This year’s Solemn Novena theme, “400 Years of Vincentian Charism – Dynamic Virtues for Today,” coincides with the 400th Anniversary of the Vincentians. The founding priest of the local Germantown Shrine, Fr. Joseph Skelly, CM, was a Vincentian priest.


Fr. Thomas Sendlein, the preacher for all Novena services and Masses, will delve into Vincentian values – such as simplicity, humility, and self-discipline, among many others – relating these virtues to today’s world and everyday life.


Daily Novena Topics


Monday 11-13 — Vincentian Prayer
Tuesday 11-14 — Are you HONEST?  Virtue of SIMPLICITY (Importance of TRUTH)
Wednesday 11-15 — Are you APPROACHABLE?  Virtue of MEEKNESS (Importance of a SMILE)
Thursday 11/16 — Are you SELF-DISCIPLINED?  Virtue of MORTIFICATION (Importance of being balanced)
Friday 11-17 — Are you REALISTIC?  Virtue of HUMILITY (Example of St. Catherine Labouré)
Saturday 11-18 — Are you HARD WORKING for the KINGDOM?  Virtue of ZEAL FOR SOULS
Sunday 11-19 — Do you really LOVE?  CHARITY (Protection of LIFE and HUMAN RIGHTS)
Monday 11-20 — Mary — Example of the Dynamic Vincentian Virtues
Tuesday 11-21 — Sharing the Faith through the Vincentian Virtues TODAY


“Our Solemn Novena is the most powerful and uplifting period of prayer here at Mary’s Shrine,” says Rev. William O’Brien, CM, Miraculous Medal Shrine Director and Central Association of the Miraculous Medal Spiritual Director. “We look forward to welcoming people in our community, pilgrims, and visitors to this nine-day celebration of Mary’s love and compassion.”


More information, including a detailed Novena schedule with specific topics and Novena prayers, may be found at To share intentions to be placed at Mary’s Altar during the Solemn Novena, please visit The Shrine will stream LIVE each day at 9am, and all sermons will be posted online at and on Mary’s Miraculous Medal Facebook page (


For more information about upcoming events at The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal and the Miraculous Medal Shrine, please visit


The Miraculous Medal Shrine, home of the Miraculous Medal Monday Novena, welcomes all visitors to our beautiful Shrine, located in the heart of Philadelphia. The Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal provides a sanctuary for prayer, meditation, and pilgrimage to God and to The Blessed Virgin Mary. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy our Museum’s historical collection of Marian and religious artwork. The Shrine and Museum are run under the auspices of the Vincentian Community and The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.


For more than 100 years, The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal has been dedicated to spreading devotion to Mary Immaculate and her Miraculous Medal, supporting the promotion of this devotion, helping the formation and education of seminarians, providing care to the aged and infirm Priests and Brothers of the Eastern Province, and supporting programs that provide assistance to the poor.


Address of Shrine:
Philadelphia, PA 19144