The International Marian Association (IMA) comprises theologians, bishops, clergy, religious, and lay leaders who seek to promote full Marian truth and devotion throughout the world.
With over 100 members from 25 countries spanning the 5 continents, the IMA operates in obedience to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
The International Marian Association is grounded upon the following four pillars:
1. Mariological - advancing serious mariological scholarship in the Church and in the World
2. Devotional - promoting authentic Marian devotion within its legitimate global beauty of diversity;
3. Episcopal- serving our cardinals and bishops and working in solidarity with them;
4. Evangelical - spreading the full truth and love of Our Lady as part of the Church's New Evangelization.
The IMA takes as its special patrons, St. Joseph, spouse of Our Lady and patron of the Universal Church, and Pope St. John Paul II, exemplar of the ideal integration of the “head,” or scholarship, and “heart,” or devotion, in authentic service to the Mother of God.
Three principal activities of the International Marian Association include a bi-annual symposium; the online Mariological journal, Ecce Mater Tua, with publication of the plenary presentations of the symposium along with other submissions; and the monthly IMA Newsletter, which offers Mariological excerpts and commentaries, along with announcements of international Marian events.
The Theological Commission of the International Marian Association consists of a 33 member board of theologians and bishops who provide analysis and commentary on contemporary Mariological issues and events.
Theactivities of the IMA are governed by the following 7 Guiding Principles:
1. Full obedience to the Holy Father, to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and acceptance of all the Church’s Mariological teachings
2. Advancement of serious Mariological scholarship, and appreciation for both classical and contemporary Mariological contributions, as manifest, for example, in the writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Pope St. John Paul II
3. Support for all authentic Marian devotion in its legitimate worldwide variations, with special emphasis on the classic devotions of the Rosary, the Scapular, and Marian Consecration
4. Promotion of Marian Evangelization as part of the New Evangelization and encouragement of all apostolic works that spread the full truth and love of Our Lady, within the Church, among other Christian traditions, and in non-Christian forums
5. Dialogue and support for the solemn papal definition of Our Lady’s role as Spiritual Mother of all humanity, inclusive of her maternal roles as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate
6. Respect for authentic Marian private revelation as indicated by Church authority; proper application of the norms determined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith for all reported private revelation; and the non-promotion of all false apparitions as designated by the Church
7. Solidarity among theologians, bishops, priests, clergy, religious, and lay leaders in teaching and spreading the full truth and devotion about Our Lady locally, nationally and internationally