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41. Central Association of the Miraculous Medal

Published: December 01, 2019

This week we visit one of Changing Our World’s former clients, the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal. We visit with Mary Jo Timlin-Hoag, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Sheila McGirl, CFRE, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement. Kaitlin McTighe, Managing Director at Changing Our World, joins Jim Friend for this conversation.

Mary Jo is the first lay president and CEO in the 103-year history of the Shrine. She has held leadership roles at Aetna, GE Healthcare, General Motors, McKesson, MedScape, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She was also active through service on several charitable boards and a member of a number of professional societies. Mary Jo has a long connection to the shrine. When she was a child, her parents had a devotion to the Virgin Mary and brought Mary Jo regularly to a weekly novena. Mary Jo’s connection with CAMM has been reinforced over the years through her brother, Father John Timlin, C.M. Fr. John directs the formation at the Vincentians’ nearby De Paul Novitiate.

Sheila McGirl is a Fundraising Executive who has served the Church of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Camden since 2005. Sheila recently came to the Shrine from the Diocese of Camden, where she served as Associate Director of Development. She also served as Founder and member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Business Network of South Jersey.

About the Shrine and the Vincentians

The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal is dedicated to spreading devotion to Mary Immaculate and her Miraculous Medal. CAMM supports the promotion of this devotion in a variety of ways. 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.

The Miraculous Medal was revealed to St. Catherine Labouré in 1830. St. Catherine was a member of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. Her vision of Our Lady occurred in the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France.

St. Vincent de Paul, the “Great Apostle of Charity,” was the founder of the Vincentian Order of Priests and Brothers. It was Father Joseph Skelly, CM, a Vincentian priest, who founded the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal in 1915.

St. Vincent de Paul and his beautiful legacy of charitable giving connect to the Shrine through the Miraculous Medal.

In March of 1915, Father Joseph Skelly, CM, established the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal. The original purpose of the Central Association was to spread devotion to Mary Immaculate by encouraging devotion to Mary under her title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

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