Mary Virginia Merrick was known for her direct service to children, a service born of, and constantly inspired by, her love and devotion to the Incarnation, for love of the Christ Child. She saw each child as the Christ Child and took seriously the Gospel call, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Father Ted Hesburgh, Notre Dame President Emeritus (featured below in the video filmed just before his death in 2015) said “her life is an example to men and women everywhere that together we can positively influence social change.”
We encourage all chapter members who come together for a meeting, to recite the Christ Child Society prayer and to offer members opportunities for personal spiritual growth. Some of these opportunities may include celebrating Founder’s Day on or around March 25th (the Annunciation of our Lord), Retreats or Days of Reflection during Lent or Advent, Commitment Rituals for members, or attending Mass together periodically.
Several spiritual resources are included here, but please contact the office if you are looking for more information and we will help.
- Christ Child Society Prayer
- SAMPLE – Commitment Ritual by NCCS’ Spiritual Advisor
- Canonization Prayer Card
- Quotes of Mary Virginia Merrick—Our perpetual calendar is available in the Shop
- Mary Virginia Merrick biography—Available in the Shop
Visit our Videos and Webinars page to find an inspiring video presentation on The Life & Legacy of Mary Virginia Merrick.