From the Editor: May 2024

Cover of the May 2024 issue of The Catholic Echo

In case you need a gentle reminder, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12. 

This issue of The Catholic Echo is replete with content dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Our God, who said, “let it be done” to the archangel Gabriel and bore Jesus into this world. What would our world look like today, if not for her “fiat?”

In the Church, May is a traditional time to honor Mary, just as in secular life it is the time to honor our own mother figures. If you are fortunate enough to still have your mother in your life, you know what to do on May 12—take her to Mass, send her flowers or a card, take her to brunch, shower her with gifts. 

But let’s not forget the people in our lives who step into maternal roles, even if the relationship is not biological. These could be teachers, mentors, adoptive parents, aunts, grandparents and even great-grandparents. Think about the women in your life who have taken you under their wing and remember to thank them.

If your mother has gone on to her eternal reward, Mother’s Day may be a challenging time for you. You can still honor her with flowers or a Mass intention—but please remember to take care of yourself as well.

In addition to the Marian content in this issue—a feature on the mysteries of the Rosary, reading materials and the Faith Fact—you’ll also find a feature story on the diocese’s Mission’s Office, an overview of the Voice of Hope winners and much more besides!

We hope you enjoy this issue. And to my own mother, Lynn, and my “gram,” Dolores: “Happy Mother’s Day! I love you both.”

Until next month,

Katie Wagner 

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Katie Wagner

Katie Wagner is the Editor In Chief of The Catholic Echo magazine and Associate Communications Director for the Diocese of Youngstown. Originally from Indiana, PA, Katie graduated from Mercyhurst University, where she studied Strategic Communication and Voice Performance. She has been working in the communications, marketing and journalism fields ever since, including six years at Mt. Lebanon Municipality, where she served as the Senior Online Editor for Mt. Lebanon Magazine and earned two Golden Quill Awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Katie cantors at her parish in her spare time, and she also enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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