Seventy-thousand Miraculous Medals are now hanging near the hearts of 70,000 Catholic school students in Southern California.

The blessings they’ll bring this Christmas season are thanks to a one-of-a-kind gift for students in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and a dream come true for the anonymous donor who bought them. The medals, which carry a sacred promise from Mary, were blessed and handed out in most schools on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. 

Perhaps none were more excited than the students at St. Catherine Labouré School in Torrance, whose namesake originally created the medals in Mary’s honor. The commotion was so loud, it reverberated throughout the campus.

“We were in the office and all of a sudden we heard a roar of student noise. They were just so excited to have them,” said Tricia Holmquist, Ed.D., principal of St. Catherine’s. “It became a day of celebration.”

That celebration was repeated at every Catholic school from Los Angeles County to Santa Barbara County. 

The benefactor explained that they were on a 10-year “mission” of gifting medals and had already done so in other cities, such as San Francisco and Sacramento. The motivation stemmed from the medal’s origin story, and the belief that “the Blessed Mother promised to provide special graces and protection to anyone wearing the medal around the neck.” 

Full story at Angelus News.