Manhattan, New York -- On May 18, 2013, in Manhattan,
New York, the third annual “One World One Mother” Marian
procession in Times Square took place, organized by Regnum Christi
members Mario, Adele, Pia and Sonali Bruschi. More
than 350 people participated. Mario and Adele discuss the event
in the following interview. (http://www.oneworldonemother.com/) (Click here for a YouTube video
of the event, and here to download the video.)
did you come up with the idea of “One World
One Mother” procession?
Mario Bruschi: During our family trip
to the Holy Land in 2009, we visited the Basilica
of the Annunciation in Nazareth. At the Basilica,
there are many images of Our Lady, donated by various
countries. I was amazed to see how these
countries have their own interpretation of the Blessed Mother. I thought how great it would be to have
an exhibit of these images in New York City. In 2010, Fr. Luis Rebollo LC (at the time,
Brother Luis Rebollo), contacted me about doing a rosary procession
in October 2010 for Our Lady. When I
heard about his idea, I told him about my idea
to display these images I saw of Our Lady from
Nazareth. Together, we came up with the idea
of doing a rosary procession in New York City for
Our Lady, and displaying these images in procession.
|Our Lady of the Basilica of the Annunciation|
task was to find a church who would agree to
be the starting point of this procession. During
that same time, Fr. Thomas Vendetti LC was doing parish
work at the Church of the Holy Innocents on West
37th in Manhattan.
So we approached the pastor, Fr. Thomas Kallumady, and presented
our idea of having a Mass at his parish, followed
by a rosary procession in Times Square. Fr
Kallumady was very enthusiastic about the idea and agreed to
be the host of this event. We then
decided that Mother’s Day 2010 would be the date of
our first “One World One Mother” event.
What did this procession consist of? Why Times Square?
Mario Bruschi: The procession is not a typical
Marian procession, where we carry the statue of the Blessed
Mother. Instead, we are using images of Our
Lady that show many interpretations of her from various countries. We want to show people that we are
many nationalities, and come from many diverse cultures…but we are
united because we have one God, and we also have
one mother, who just so happens to be the Mother
of Jesus Christ. She looks over us as
any mother would for her children. When people
see these beautiful images, we want them to first have
pride in their country, and second, to have pride in
their devotion to Mary.
I am amazed
that many people come to me and asked why they
don’t see the image of Mary from their country. I tell them if they have such an image,
then send it to me so I can have a
banner made for them. But they take such
pride in their own national devotion to Mary, that they
really get upset if they don’t see their image in
procession. I guess people want Mary’s attention, and they want
to show her that they love her just as much
(if not more!) than other countries.
you share some stories and experiences from One World One
Adele Bruschi: We did have some amazing stories. We
usually have cops there to stop traffic and three loud
speakers for everyone to hear. For some reason,
this time we had no police and only one loud
speaker, plus cloudy skies -- a recipe for pandemonium. But that day, our Blessed Mother took over the
role of the police, loud speaker and weather.
We had two volunteers who stopped the cars at the
intersections. Surprisingly, the cars waited patiently, for the
most part, while our volunteers passed our prayer cards to
the people in those cars. Despite the fact
we had only one working loud speaker, everyone managed to
hear Brother Patrick as he lead the procession.
We all managed to stay together and pray together. The rain -- well it just never fell during
Also, I met a woman with tears in
her eyes when we returned from the procession.
She told me that she found a “One World One
Mother” card on the floor of her parish.
She had been going through a difficult time and when
she saw this card, she felt the Blessed Mother was
calling her to come to the event. She
was incredibly moved by the procession through Times Square and
the way everything went smoothly despite the fact that we
had no police to guide us and only one working
speaker. She said the experience changed her life
and gave her peace.
|Sonali, Adele, Pia, and Mario Bruschi in the Holy Land|
Another story comes from one of
our banner carriers, who just happened to volunteer through his
parish group. He had no idea what to
expect, and was nearly speechless as we made our way
through Times Square. He told me he could
not wait to get back to his youth group and
show them photos of us in the procession.
He promised to bring a group of 20 next year.
One guy yelled out during the procession, “Man, you guys
are serious!” Another tourist kept following our procession
taking photos. Many people took the cards that
our volunteers were passing out, read them and followed us
to Times Square. Once in Times Square, many
tourists came and took photos and recited the rosary with
us. Many made the sign of the cross as we
In fact, all the banner carriers came back
with their own stories to tell. Two of
them were carrying banners in honor of their mothers who
recently died. One carried it in honor of
his wife who passed away. Others came with
their own crosses in their lives and felt that carrying
a banner of Our Lady was like having her help
them carry their crosses.
Overall, the dichotomy
of seeing the images of Mary marching through the secularism
of Times Square with song and prayer was a miracle
in itself. For some reason, this year seemed
more special than last year due to the sheer miracle of
how everything fell into place through the intercession of Our