The Mariological Society of America is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and in the Church and in the history of salvation. Through its annual meetings and in its publications, the Society seeks to promote comprehensive and integrated study of the person and the role of the Virgin Mary so as to foster a well-informed and theologically sound devotion and spirituality.
The Mariological Society of America was founded by Fr. Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M., in October 1949. The charter members gathered for the first meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 1950. Since that time, the MSA has met annually in various cities throughout the United States. In 1954, the Society was recognized as a corporation “organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes.” Listed in the Official Catholic Directory as one of the national organizations of the United States Catholic Conference, it is recognized as a tax-exempt organization. Since 1979, the office of the executive secretary of the MSA has been located at the Marian Library of the University of Dayton.
Fr. Tom Thompson, S.M., will accept the award on behalf of the MSA at the CLA 2020 Spring Virtual Conference. Thompson is a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) and is the Secretary/Treasurer of the MSA. Since entering the Marianists, he has taught at high schools and colleges and has always been associated with the libraries at his respective institutions. He has studied at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For the last thirty years, he has been at the Marian Library of the University of Dayton, teaching in the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI). His academic interests include liturgy, Marian devotion, and ecumenism.