Mary, the First Disciple Faith Formation Program (Project Book and Awards)

Catholic Scouting Award

Mary, the First Disciple Award Program

  1. Training is required for all mentors and moderators wanting to work with the girls. A separate leader’s guide is given to the adult leaders at training. We offer many different training dates for the Mary, the First Disciple Program all throughout the year.
  2. Contact the OYM to schedule a training: 314-792-7613
  3. Please complete the "Declaration of Intent" and "Pledge of Support" in the appendix of your Mary, the First Disciple project book. Once you are finished with the program, you must attend the diocesan Day or Evening of Discipleship and then submit your "Application Form--The Marian Medal" in the very back of the project book before you purchase the award. All Mary, the First Disciple Awards are presented at Religious Awards Sunday on first Sunday in February.

Please visit to purchase the Mary, the First Disciple Book and other items.

What: Beginning in 1956 and the first award offered to Girl Scouts, this program actively involves the participants in an understanding of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality – a woman of the Church through various projects, discussions, and liturgical celebrations over a period of months. Program must be completed by November 1st of every year in order to receive the award..

Who: For youth in grades seven to twelve who are interested in completed the Mary, the First Disciple Faith Building Program.

Where: Medals are presented each year at the Cathedral Basilica 

Purpose: To enable them to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord”. It is also a unique opportunity to develop new insights into their personalities, friends, parents, and the world around them. They will grow appreciation of Mary and in understanding of themselves.

Chapters of the book include:

  1. Called and Chosen
  2. God With Us
  3. Mary Made a Difference
  4. Mary, a Woman for all Time

There are many opportunities offered by the Office of Youth Ministry that can be helpful in completing the Mary, the First Disciple Faith Building Program. 

Resources: The Office of Youth Ministry has available a DVD library available for lending. The following is a list of available DVDs:

  • "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima"
  • "The Song of Bernadette"
  • "Jesus of Nazareth" (2 copies of available)
  • "Mary of Nazareth"
  • "Mary, Mother of Jesus"
  • "Picturing Mary"
  • "Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America"


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