Father John T. Myler "Behold Your Mother" research collection
Scope and Contents
Series 1 contains Monsignor Myler's research notes and photocopies of material unrelated to work of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the national pastoral ad hoc committee, and the National Shrine implementation committee. It also contains an oral history with Father Eamon Carroll, O.Carm., conducted by Father Myler in 2003-2004. Series 2 contains papers related to the national pastoral ad hoc committee, including excerpts from the NCCB Administrative Committee minutes, correspondence regarding the pastoral letter, rough drafts and outlines of the pastoral letter, news releases, and agendas, minutes, and transcriptions of ad hoc committee meetings. Items in this series are arranged chronologically. These papers include original documents, original carbon copies, and photocopied reproductions. Series 3 contains documents related to the implementation of Behold Your Mother, primarily by the National Shrine Pastoral Implementation Committee. These papers include original documents, original carbon copies, and photocopied reproductions. Series 4 contains a draft copy of Father John T. Myler's 2005 doctoral dissertation for the International Marian Research Institute, Mary, the U.S. Bishops, and the Decade of Silence: the 1973 Pastoral Letter "Behold Your Mother Woman of Faith" (2 volumes), with comments from an IMRI faculty member. The second volume contains research notes and archival materials not found elsewhere in this collection, including an original copy of "Draft B" with Bishop Dougherty's handwritten comments.
- Creation: 1968-2005 inclusive, 1970-1975 bulk
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1970 - 1975
- Myler, John T., Monsignor (Collector, Person)
Access to Materials
This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Marian Library reading room. The materials are non-circulating.
The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.
History of the "Behold Your Mother" Pastoral Letter
Many Catholics felt that the documents of Vatican II de-emphasized the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary and devotion to her. The intent of Behold Your Mother: Woman of Faith, the pastoral letter on the Blessed Virgin Mary, is to explain chapter 8 of Lumen Gentium, which the pastoral letter reaffirms as a synthesis of Catholic teaching in terms of Mary's place "in the mystery of Christ and his Church." The introduction of Behold Your Mother: Woman of Faith speaks of Mary's "privileged position in the Church" and upheld the teachings of the popes and councils. Mary's "special role...in the mystery of the salvation of the human race" is reaffirmed, and devotion to her is encouraged in a time when "the Church seeks to adapt herself to the widespread social and cultural changes of our time."
On behalf of the executive committee of the National Shrine of the Immacule Conception, John Cardinal Carberry presented the idea of a pastoral letter on the Blessed Virgin Mary at the November 1970 meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee. Through the spring of 1971, Cardinal Carberry and Monsignor William F. McDonough consulted with various theologians and bishops, and an outline of the proposed letter was written in the summer of 1971.
The Ad Hoc Committee for the Pastoral on Our Lady first met in November 1971 in Washington, D.C. The committee was composed of Mariologists and bishops. The first draft was written by Father Eamon Carroll, O.Carm., in March 1972. In July a second draft was sent to all American bishops soliciting their feedback; a third draft was sent out for feedback in January 1973. The fourth draft was voted on at the regional meetings of U.S. bishops in April and May 1973. The final manuscript was prepared that summer; a Spanish translation was also prepared, marking the first time a NCCB document was simultaneously published in Spanish.
Behold Your Mother: Woman of Faith was promulgated at mass in the National Shrine of the Immacule Conception in Washington, D.C. on November 21, 1973. In January of 1974 a group began meeting at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to discuss the implementation of the pastoral letter. In February of that year Pope Paul VI issued Marialis Cultus.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 document cases)
Language of Materials
This collection contains original and reproduced correspondence, drafts, minutes, and other papers related to the composition of the 1973 pastoral letter Behold Your Mother: Woman of Faith published by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. These papers were collected by Father John T. Myler during his dissertation research. The collection also includes an oral history with Father Eamon Carroll, O.Carm., conducted by Father Myler.
This collection primarily retains the arrangement of Monsignor Myler. Items in Series 2 are in chronological order.
Items in this collection were collected by Father John T. Myler in the course of his research while composing the dissertation for his Doctorate of Sacred Theology at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio. Some of the materials were originally collected by Father Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm.
Donated to the Marian Library by Monsignor John T. Myler, S.T.D., V.F. circa 2006.
Location of Originals
Some materials in this collection are reproductions of original materials held in other archives, including the American Catholic History Research Center at the Catholic University of America and the Archives of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
List of Correspondents
Original and photocopied correspondence from the following individuals can be found in this collection:
- Alter, Karl J., Archbishop of Cincinnati
- Barosse, Thomas, Superior General, C.S.C.
- Baum, William Wakefield Cardinal
- Begin, Floyd Lawrence, Bishop of Oakland
- Bell, Alden J., Bishop of Sacramento
- Bernardin, Joseph Cardinal
- Bilski, Eugene G., Monsignor
- Boeddeker, Alfred, O.F.M.
- Boyle, John P., Reverend
- Breitenbeck, Joseph M., Bishop of Grand Rapids
- Brunini, Joseph B., Bishop of Jackson
- Brzana, Stanislaus J., Bishop of Ogdensburg
- Burghardt, Walter J., S.J.
- Byrne, James J., Archbishop of Dubuque
- Carberry, John Joseph Cardinal
- Carol, Juniper B., O.F.M.
- Carroll, Eamon R., O.Carm.
- Casey, James V., Archbishop of Denver
- Cermak, John
- Charest, Roger Mary, S.M.M.
- Cody, John Cardinal
- Cole, William J., S.M.
- Connolly, Thomas J., Bishop of Baker
- Cooke, Terence James Cardinal
- Cousins, William E., Archbishop of Milwaukee
- Craghan, John, C.SS.R.
- Cranny, Titus, S.A.
- Cronin, Daniel A., Archbishop of Hartford
- Cunningham, David Frederick, Bishop of Syracuse
- Dearden, John Cardinal
- DeLuca, William
- Dempsey, Michael R., Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
- De Nittis, Francesco, Archbishop of Tunes
- Depeaux, Bernard
- Dolan, Timothy Cardinal
- Dougherty, John Joseph, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
- Duff, Frank, Servant of God
- Durick, Joseph A., Bishop of Nashville
- Durst, Luanne, O.S.F.
- Eirich, Mary Helene, O.S.F.
- Elizondo, Virgilio
- Elwell, Clarence E., Bishop of Columbus
- Falls, Thomas B., Monsignor
- Flanagan, Bernard J., Bishop of Worcester
- Flanagan, Neal M., O.S.M.
- Fletcher, Albert L., Bishop of Little Rock
- Fletcher, Ralph J.
- Fox, Robert J., Father
- Freeman, James Cardinal
- Furey, Francis J., Archbishop of San Antonio
- Gallagher, Raymond J., Bishop of Lafayette in Indiana
- Green, Michael Joseph, Bishop of Reno
- Greteman, Frank Henry, Bishop of Sioux City
- Guilfoyle, Merlin J., Bishop of Stockton
- Hannan, Philip Matthew, Archbishop of New Orleans
- Hastrich, Jerome J., Bishop of Gallup
- Helmsing, Charles H., Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph
- Hennessey, R.J., O.P.
- Hickey, Daniel, C.SS.R.
- Hunthausen, Raymond G., Archbishop of Seattle
- Hurley, Francis T., Archbishop of Anchorage
- Jadot, Jean, Titular Archbishop of Zuri
- Jelly, Frederick M., O.P.
- Jost, James H.
- Kelly, Thomas C., O.P., Archbishop of Louisville
- Kirwin, George, O.M.I.
- Krol, John Joseph Cardinal
- Kugelman, Richard, C.P.
- Laurentin, René, Abbé
- Leech, George Leo, Bishop of Harrisburg
- Leven, Stephen A., Bishop of San Angelo
- López Trujillo, Alfonso Cardinal
- Lynch, George E., Auxiliary Bishop of Raleigh
- Maloney, David M., Bishop of Wichita
- Manning, Timothy Cardinal
- Marshall, John A., Bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts
- May, John L., Archbishop of St. Louis
- McBride, Alfred, O.Praem.
- McDonough, William F., Monsignor
- Medeiros, Humberto Sousa Cardinal
- Meger, Thomas, S.T.D.
- Morkovsky, John L., Bishop of Galveston-Houston
- Morry, Matthew F., O.P.
- Mueller, Joseph M., Bishop of Sioux City
- Mugavero, Francis John, Bishop of Brooklyn
- Murphy, John J., Monsignor
- Mussio, Anthony John King, Bishop of Steubenville
- Noreen, Joan, O.L.M.E.
- O'Connell, Hugh J., C.SS.R.
- O'Connor, Edward D., C.S.C.
- O'Donnell, Cletus F., Bishop of Madison
- O'Keefe, Gerald, Bishop of Davenport
- Oraze, Stephen
- Otazu, Pascual, O.S.B.
- Pelletier, Georges-Léon, Bishop of Trois-Rivières
- Perozzi, Joseph, S.D.B.
- Peyton, Patrick, C.S.C., Servant of God
- Pilson, Harriet A.
- Pulver, Charles R.
- Quinn, John R., Archbishop of San Francisco
- Raimondi, Luigi Cardinal
- Rareshide, Lanaux J., Monsignor
- Rausch, James S., Bishop of Phoenix
- Riley, Lawrence J., Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
- Rodriguez, Peter, C.M.F.
- Rotelle, John, O.S.A.
- Ryan, Mary Patrick, O.P.
- Schexnayder, Maurice, Bishop of Lafayette in Louisiana
- Schmitt, Justin, S.J.
- Shaw, Russell
- Shea, Francis R., Bishop of Evansville
- Sheen, Fulton J., Venerable
- Soete, Charles J.
- Speltz, George H., Bishop of St. Cloud
- Spence, John Selby, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington
- Stamschror, Bob, Father
- Stein, Rosemary, Sister
- Strecker, Ignatius J., Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas
- Szoka, Edmund Cardinal
- Tappe, Walter J., vicar general
- Thomas, L.M.
- Tracy, Robert E., Bishop of Baton Rouge
- Treinen, Sylvester William, Bishop of Boise
- Tschoepe, Thomas, Bishop of Dallas
- Unterkoefler, Ernest L., Bishop of Charleston
- Villot, Jean-Marie Cardinal
- Waters, Vincent S., Bishop of Raleigh
- Whealon, John F., Archbishop of Hartford
- Wright, John H., S.J.
- Wycislo, Aloysius, Bishop of Green Bay
Genre / Form
- Bernardin, Joseph, 1928-1996 -- Archives
- Carberry, John Joseph, 1904-1998 -- Archives
- Carroll, Eamon R. -- Archives
- Catholic Church -- Pastoral letters and charges
- Catholic Church. National Conference of Catholic Bishops -- Archives
- Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Devotion to
- McDonough, William F., Monsignor -- Archives
- Rausch, James S. (James Steven), 1928-1981 -- Archives
- Guide to the Father John T. Myler "Behold Your Mother" research collection, 1968-2005
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- October 2014
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