Millennials share their encounter with Mary

In this modern day and age, how do millennials meet Mary? Considering the Mother of Jesus died more than 2,000 years ago, some encounter her through prayers and devotions while others contemplate her through art from museums around the world.

Jun 07, 2020

By Lavinia Louis
In this modern day and age, how do millennials meet Mary? Considering the Mother of Jesus died more than 2,000 years ago, some encounter her through prayers and devotions while others contemplate her  through art from museums around the world.

“I wanted to tell the story of Mary unveiled through art and commented on by millennials all over the world – 80 of them from 42 different countries. Hence the title which came to me almost at the beginning when I started to write the book and put together the concept in my mind – Mary, Art and Millennials,” said the author of Millennials Meet Mary, Joan Foo Mahony.

Mahony, a former lawyer, had always wanted to write a biography of the historical Virgin Mary through the eyes of young men and women who  grew up in the digital age. She now divides her time between Hong Kong and KL. A parishioner of St John’s Cathedral, she belongs to St Mary’s BEC.

“I wanted the book to appeal particularly to YOUNG people – I believe very much that the future of the  Church lies in young people. We need to move them back to the Church; to be interested in the Catholic faith and what better way to do this than to reveal the life of the Virgin Mary through art – not just any art – but magnificent, wondrous and sublime art from great museums all over the  world,” she said.

“The millennials in my book are those who are close to my heart, and include children I saw grow up right in front of my very eyes. I have been fortunate to have a vast global network of wonderful friends and their families,” she added.

Millennials in the group include H.H Prince Aaryaman of Gwalior, who also happens to be Mahony’s godson, actresses Raline Shah and Karen Mok, Filipinio athletes Ricci Rivero, Pauline Lopes and JohnVic de Guzman, Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung, Amenian violinist Astrid Poghosyan, Nathalie Biancheri the film director and many more.

When Mahony started writing Millenials Meet Mary, she was planning a typical biography but as time went by, it changed, and became a tremendous learning and spiritual journey  for her.

“I am humbled and blessed. And, it has only been very recently, in the past few weeks of Lent and Easter that I really understood that Mother Mary was actually leading me to her SON! And I am filled with humility, wonderment and awe. My hope is that countless thousands, if not millions of people, will find their way to Jesus through his mother Mary – as I did,” she said.

Millennials Meet Mary is available for download at www.millennialsmeetmary.com  for free. The printed version will be published after the pandemic. Translations in Chinese, Spanish,Tagalog and Portuguese will be available soon in hope that the story of Mary will go global and renew, inspire and bring comfort to all the young people of the world.

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Noriko BarrowBarrow.noriko@gmail.com
I am impressed very much by the auther’s spiritual journey, and her wish to reach the young generation globally!