Catholic Vitamin I: Illumination Blog Show Notes

UTM-coverFather Donald H. Calloway, MIC is our guest for this most special Catholic Vitamins. The majority of our time and questions answered have to do with Fr.’s new book: UNDER THE MANTLE: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest. WHAT A BOOK!!!

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a convert to Catholicism, is a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice and thrown in jail multiple times. After his radical conversion he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, M.Div. and S.T.B. degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and an S.T.L. in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.

Fr. Calloway has written many academic articles and is the editor of two books: The Immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church (Marian Press, 2004) and The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body (Marian Press, 2005). He is also the author of Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina (Marian Press, 2008) and the Catholic bestseller No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy (Marian Press, 2010).

As mentioned, Fr. Calloway’s latest book is titled Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest

(Marian Press, 2013).

What is this new book about? Well, the title and subtitle convey that this is about Fr. Don’s favorite saint, the Blessed Virgin Mary. From the back of the book: “One of the biggest challenges facing Catholics today is the risk of becoming jaded, lukewarm, disillusioned or unenthused about the Catholic Faith… not being madly in love with Jesus, Mary and the Church is an increasing threat in the lives of many today. For this reason, this book could not have come at a better time….” Words from Derry Connolly, Ph.D., President of the John Paul The Great Catholic University in San Diego.

And while I’m not in a position to make promise promises… I almost promise that if you purchase this book, it will turn your mind from any problems you have considering Marian devotion. It will help set your heart (more) on fire for the Catholic Faith and the Sacraments. It will demonstrate what 365 saints, venerables, blesseds, popes, bishops and a host of others have had to say about our beloved Blessed Virgin Mary.

A Marian Gem from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen: Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Mary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord himself gave ten times as much of his life to her as he gave to his apostles!

There are 364 others of these kinds of thoughts about Mary. You’ll love reading these and marking the pages to return to time and again.


imagesHere’s some information purloined from the website of Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC  (  

Date of Birth: June 29, 1972
Place of Birth: Dearborn, Michigan
Religious Community: Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary
Priesthood Ordination: May 31, 2003 at The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA


B.A. (Franciscan University of Steubenville)

M.Div. (Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC)

S.T.B. (Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC)

S.T.L. (International Marian Research Institute, Dayton)

Favorite Saints: Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, Guardian Angel, St. Michael the Archangel
Favorite Devotions: Rosary, Divine Mercy
Favorite Books: True Devotion to Mary (St. Louis de Montfort),
The World’s First Love (Fulton J. Sheen), Diary of St. Faustina
Favorite Sacred Places: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, Shrine of Our Lady of Lichen in Poland
Favorite Secular Places: San Diego, New Zealand, Scotland, Canadian Rockies, Glacier National Park (Montana),
Grand Cayman Island
Favorite Hobby: Surfing!


Our dear friend and previous guest is composer and singer Donna Cori Gibson. We played her own composition: A 3 Oclock Prayer from her album Divine Mercy Prayers. You can find all of her music and information at


Our correspondent Justin Stroh is looking to come visit your parish or chancery office and give a talk, a mission or a retreat. Music and testimony included. Contact Justin at his website: 

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