Marian Days 2022 begins at Carthage, Mo. tens of thousand expected

The 4-day festival began Thursday and will run through Sunday
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As Marian Days 2022 set up begins the Our Lady of Refugees statue is bathed in green lights. The statue was added to the CRM Garden in 1983. It depicts the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child on her right arm and reaching out her left arm to a Vietnamese refugee. The sculptor was a Vietnamese refugee himself. Image Shannon Becker, KOAM. Inset 2019 Marian Days, courtesy Quy Pham.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Due to COVID it’s been two years since the Marian Days Festival has been held in Carthage. The last count estimated 120,0000 attended the 4-day festival. This year crowds could be larger, August 4 – 7.

Carthage Police Dept state, “we’re expecting a big crowd for this year.”

Marian Days is a festival and a pilgrimage for Vietnamese American Roman Catholics celebrated since 1978 on a 28-acre campus of the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix in Carthage, Missouri. The event is organized by Vietnamese Catholic Americans with a Vietnamese theme in mind.

It is open to the public. Many locals visit shops and restaurants during the week that are set up on the east side of the campus. The Carthage Knights of Columbus set up a restaurant each year as a tradition and fundraiser.

HISTORY OF MARIAN DAYS AND CRM

“On April 30, 1975, 185 clergy – about half of the Congregation – left Vietnam as boat people just before the Fall of Saigon. They arrived in the United States and were placed in refugee camps.”

They came to Carthage because of Cardinal Bernard Law, who is most remembered today for the cover up of the sexual abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. Before Boston, however, he was bishop of the Diocese of Springfield–Cape Girardeau.

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Cardinal Law invited them to rent a vacant seminary, Our Lady of the Ozarks College. Between June 30 and September 3, 1975, nine priests, 154 brothers arrived in Carthage. Courtesy American Catholic Historical Association.

Cardinal Law invited them to rent a vacant seminary, Our Lady of the Ozarks College. Between June 30 and September 3, 1975, nine priests, 154 brothers arrived in Carthage.

  • ROAD CLOSURES
  • Grand from Highland south to Fairview
  • Fairview and Wynwood
  • Glenstone
  • Highland and Clinton

As of now the roads around the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer have been blocked. They will remain closed until Sunday morning, August 7th.

There will be large amounts of foot traffic near the grounds. Please be cautious in the area. We’re excited for Marian Days to be back and are planning on a safe event.” — Carthage Police Dept

Map

Map outlines campus, camping locations, food, vendors etc.

 

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On the campus of CRM in 1983 a massive statue called Our Lady of Refugees was added to the Garden. It depicts the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child on her right arm and reaching out her left arm to a Vietnamese refugee. The sculptor was a Vietnamese refugee himself. Courtesy American Catholic Historical Association.

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