Our Lady of Stono River – South Carolina, USA

Our journey today will be a pilgrimage with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, under her title Our Lady of Stono River. This Marian title is associated with the Stono Uprising which took place at Stono River, South Carolina in the U.S. on September 9, 1739. We will also discuss how Mary’s titles in many cultures is important for our faith, and advice on passing along our own cultural traditions to keep them alive.

On today’s journey, you will

  • Hear the story of this event in American history
  • Learn about the Marian and Catholic connections
  • Be encouraged by Our Lady of Stono River
  • And, be inspired by the relationship between faith and culture

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Deanna Villarreal, who made this podcast episode possible.

Featured Image, Our Lady of Stono River mural created for the National Black Catholic Congress by Enzo Selvaggi, used with permission.

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Guest Information

Damian Costello received his Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Dayton and specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk and the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism. Costello was born and raised in Vermont and his work is informed by five years of ethnographic work on the Navajo Nation. Costello serves the Director of Postgraduate Studies at NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, an Indigenous designed and delivered Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accredited graduate school.


Jewel for the Journey:

“Let us entrust our freedom to Mary.” – Pope St. John Paul II

Get More Out of Your Journey:

Key to reading “Our Lady of Stono,” a mural by Enzo Selvaggi

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