Youth Programs

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

About this activity

This activity is one of a series of religious activities that honor Mary, the Mother of God. The Church calendar for the United States includes nineteen commemorative Marian feasts. Each activity in this series examines one of the nineteen feasts and focuses on how and why the Church has honored Mary for more than 2,000 years.

The answers to the requirements can be found here.

Answers to Requirements

How to start


  • In 1830, Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure of the Daughters of Charity. Where did she appear to her? What did she look like? What did she ask her to do?
  • After an investigation of the apparitions, the "Medal of the Immaculate Conception" was made and given to the people of Paris, who were sick with cholera. What happened?
  • What are the feast days of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and St. Catherine Laboure?
  • Who was Alphonse Ratisbonne and why is he important in the history of the Miraculous Medal?
  • Several other saints have a connection to St. Catherine and the Miraculous Medal: St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Josemaria Escriva. Research at least one of them.



  • Find a picture of the Miraculous Medal and learn the meaning of the symbols on the front and back. Share this with your family and friends.
  • Memorize the words on the front of the medal, "O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." Discuss these words with your family and friends. What important Catholic teaching about Mary do these words support?
  • Wearing a Miraculous Medal is the second most popular Catholic Marian devotion. What is the most popular? Interview someone who wears a Miraculous Medal regularly and find out what it means to him or her.
  • Explore the website of the Association of the Miraculous Medal or the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal (see above). With parental permission, request a free Miraculous Medal to wear yourself. Help to promote this devotion.

Completion of the Activity

After completing the requirements, the participants will order the patch (Online).