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Mater ter Admirabilis, Ingolstadt, Upper Bavaria, Germany

Commemorated on April 6
Mater ter Admirabilis, Ingolstadt, Upper Bavaria, Germany On April 6, 1604, at the Jesuit College of the Catholic University in Ingolstadt, the men's devotional society Colloquium Marianum was chanting the Litany of Loreto in the chapel, before a copy (left) of the ancient icon Salus Populi Romani (Health of the Roman People). The group's founder, Father Jakob Rem, rapt in prayer, saw a vision of the Mother of God, who indicated that her favorite title from the Litany was Mater Admirabilis, Mother Most Admirable. As the cantor sung that invocation, the vision disappeared, and Father Rem asked him to repeat it twice more. When the reason for the odd repetition became known, the Colloquium began repeating that title three times whenever they sang the Litany and calling the Ingolstadt icon Mater ter Admirabilis, Mother Thrice Admirable. The Colloquium spread the devotion in Germany, but the group died out after Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Jesuits in 1773. Then in the 1900s, the Schoenstatt Movement, founded in Germany, spread devotion to Mary under this title throughout the world. In 1964, Schoenstatt Sisters in Switzerland bought a painting of Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners painted by Luigi Crosio of Turin in 1898. Renamed Mother Thrice Admirable, the image has become a widespread symbol of Schoenstatt spirituality.   

Ingolstadt Madonna, Dreimal Wunderbare Mutter (source: "SMR-140 Shrines of Mater Admirabilis," Salve Maria Regina,




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