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Mary, the First Disciple

Notes for Parents

Notes for Mentors

(Adult Moderators/Advisers)

  • Register Youth before submitting award applications.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to complete all 4 chapters in the book.
  • Verify all requirements are met (review award book)
  • Ensure forms are properly filled out and signed.
  • Take completed books to the parish designate for signature.
  • Submit award applications and pay fees.

Required Adult Training

(see Adult Training page for more details)
  • Safe Haven (formerly called VIRTUS)
  • GHACCYO Mentor Training
  • GHACCYO Mary the First Disciple Training

Mary the First Disciple patchMary the First Disciple medalThe Mary, the First Disciple (Marian Medal) program is written for young Catholics, grades 6-8, to enable them to "proclaim the greatness of the Lord." This is accomplished by actively involving the participants in an understanding of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality — a woman of the church.

The adult leader guide can be purchased separately and contains the youth book for reference. Each youth needs his/her own book.

There are 4 chapters. For each chapter, there are 7-10 activities to complete.


  • My Declaration of Intent (p. 48) – filled out by youth earning the award
  • Parent/Guardian Pledge of Support for Mary, the First Disciple (p. 48) – filled out by parent
  • Application (p. 57)
  • Participant Evaluation (p. 39) – filled out by youth earning the award

Don't forget! 4 signatures are needed on the application:

 1. Youth   3. Mentor (Adult Moderator/Adviser)
 2. Parent  4. Parish Designate
Mary the First Disicple book

Age of Youth

6th - 8th Grade

Approximate Commitment

9 months
Service Project

Award Received At

Archdiocesan Ceremony
Parish Ceremony
Troop Ceremony

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