||The Confraternity of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace was officially launched on September 12, 2006 with the signing of the document of recognition and launching by seventeen bishops who had gathered in Lipa, Carmel for the annual celebration honoring our Blessed Mother under this tile. However, its roots extend back to continental Europe early in the twentieth century when Cardinal Desire Joseph Mercier, Archbishop of Mechelen, Belgium (one of the largest dioceses in the world at that time), a noted Church scholar, initiated a movement for the Church to dogmatically declare that Mary is Mediatrix of All Graces. The movement did not succeed in its objective, but was eventually consoled by the inclusion of the Holy See of the feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces in the Roman calendar for the Diocese of Belgium, on May 31 of each year. The roots of the confraternity pass, as well, through the reported apparition of the Blessed Virgin in the Carmel of Lipa in 1948. While disapproved by an ecclesiastical commission formed for the purpose, the supposed apparition produced a great wave of devotion to Mary under the title Mediatrix of All Grace. This devotion led eventually, by a long and winding path, to the celebration in Lipa each September 12, beginning in 2004.In the years following its formation, the Confraternity was simply an association among the faithful, devoted to promoting our Blessed Mother as Mediatrix of All Grace, without prescribed programs and activities. This began to change in the year 2011, when some Catholics active in the effort to defeat the Reproductive Health Law were inspired to take up the banner of Mary as Mediatrix of All Grace, and particularly the 33- day Preparation and Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Monfort, which had reportedly been requested by the Blessed Virgin in Lipa, and was the spirituality of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and and Pope (now St.) John Paull II. Under the guidance of its Founder and Spiritual Director, Fr. Melvin Castro, a priest and Chancellor of the Diocese of Tarlac, modules were developed for program. Mission teams have presented the Consecration to parish priests for their consideration, and where approved, assisted in preparations and conduct of the parish Consecration. The organization of the Confraternity was completed in 2013, when its statutes were promulgated by Fr. Melvin. National status and membership in Laiko came in 2014, with formal notice of recognition by the Episcopal Council of the Laity. The Confraternity has so far conducted two national Marian retreats for the clergy which were presented by members of the Philippine hierarchy and other prominent members of the clergy, and attended by priests from many of our dioceses. God willing, the retreats will continue in the years ahead, and Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will grow to become a universally accepted and widely practiced path to holiness, being, in the words of St. Louis de Monfort, the “quickest, easiest, surest and most perfect” way to grow in holiness and become a saint—to which we are all called by God.