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.

The activities 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

Board of Advisors

His Eminence, Telesphore Cardinal Toppo

Archdiocese of Ranchi, India

His Eminence, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal

Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines (Emeritus)

His Eminence, Cardinal Sandoval-Iñiguez

Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico

Archbishop Tarcisius Ziyaye

Archdiocese of Lilongwe, Malawi

Archbishop Malayappan Chinnappa, S.B.D.

Archdiocese of Madras, India (Emeritus)

Archbishop Ramon Argüelles

Archdiocese of Lipa, Philippines

Bishop Jaime Fuentes Martín

Diocese of Minas, Uruguay

Bishop David Ricken

Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin USA

Bishop Joseph Bagobiri

Bishop of Kafanchan, Nigeria

Bishop Sydney Charles

Diocese of St. George, Granada

Bishop Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, O.P.

Diocese of Ilorin, Nigeria

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme

Diocese of Maiduguri, Nigeria

Msgr. Florian Kolfhaus, S.T.D.

Vatican Secretariat of State

Ambassador Howard Dee

Former Vatican Ambassador

Ambassador Mercedes Tuason

Former Vatican Ambassador

Dr. Scott Hahn, Ph.D.

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio USA

Fr. Jan Kosiar, S.T.D.


Dr. Mark Miravalle, S.T.D.

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio USA

Dr. Mark Miravalle, President of the IMA, presenting hard bound volume of Ecce Mater Tua to Pope Francis

Dr. Mark Miravalle, President of the IMA, presenting hard bound volume of Ecce Mater Tua to Pope Francis.