Feast of Our Lady of the Way

Santa Maria della Strada

Icon of Mary in the Gesu Church

Madonna Della Strada or Santa Maria Della Strada — the Italian for Our Lady of the Way, or Our Lady of the Road — is the name of a late 15th or 16th century image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, enshrined at the Church of the Gesu in Rome, mother-church of the Society of Jesus.

The Madonna Della Strada is the patroness of the Society of Jesus. St Ignatius of Loyola, was said to have been protected by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary during battle in his service as a soldier.

The name goes back to a shrine established in Rome in the 5th century by the Astalli family, originally known as the Madonna degli Astalli. In 1568, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese erected the Gesu Church of Rome, the mother church of the Jesuits, in place of the former church of Santa Maria della Strada. The icon is located between two altars, the first dedicated to St. Ignatius, the second, the main altar of the Church, dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus.

On this feast-day, I am happy to create a blog for the Kohima Jesuit Region – a place for communication and sharing. I commend this venture to the intercession of Our Mother. May it truly be a means for us to grow as friends in the Lord.

On this blog you will find news of the various Jesuit centers in North-East India, links to other interesting information, photos, newsletters, and other useful resources.

Feel free to post your comments or give suggestions and feedback to help make this blog relevant and useful.




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