International marian association symposium

September 14-15, 2018

IMA Conference

Registration Options:

Free - This option is for those attending the Symposium but not staying on campus. (Hotel options are listed below.)

Hotel Options:

We have blocked off rooms at the Hampton Inn (off of Exit 111) on Immokalee Rd for the IMA Conference at a special rate of $89 per night, from September 13-16.  So the discount will apply to rooms reserved during any of those nights.  The Hampton Inn is located just 30 minutes from the University! Each room can comfortably sleep two-four people. 

Rooms can be booked by calling: 800-426-7866, and mentioning the IMA Conference at Ave Maria University.  

This hotel rate will only be valid until September 2, 2018, and there is a 48 hour cancellation policy.  


Other Hotel Options:

-Inn at Pelican Bay (29 miles from campus):

-LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (29 miles from campus): 



Meal Options:

-Meals can be individually purchased at the cafeteria throughout the conference.

-Participants also eat at the several restaurants in town including:
          -The Avecado

          -The Pub and Grill of Ave Maria 

          -Gino's Trattoria Per Tutti

          -Tropical Smoothie Cafe



All talks will take place in the Auditorium of the Prince Building. The Prince Building is on Clancy Avenue in Ave Maria Florida. The parking lot at the end of Clancy Ave. is open parking. Event signs will lead you to the Auditorium!


Check out IMA's website below!


Meet our Speakers


Dr. Mark Miravalle

President of the International Marian Association and Master of Ceremonies.


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Cardinal Juan Sandoval

His Eminence, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Archbishop Emeritus, Guadalajara, Mexico Cardinal Sandoval has been a Marian leader on important Mariological movements throughout Latin America.

Due to health restrictions, Dr. Luis Bejar will be presenting the paper of Cardinal Sandoval, as he will not be able to attend.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, Bishop of Maiduguri, Nigeria

Bishop Doeme has been travelling throughout the world, giving testimony to the power of the rosary, particularly against the forces of Boko Haram, the ISIS movement within his diocese.

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Bishop David Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay

Bishop Ricken, a longstanding Marian leader among the United States bishops, was instrumental in the approval of the first Marian apparition in the United States.

Mother Miriam (Formerly Rosalind Moss of Catholic Answers)


Mother Miriam is an acclaimed Marian speaker who has frequently been seen on EWTN and has her own Catholic radio station, Heart to Heart. As a convert from Judaism, Mother Miriam is uniquely gifted in her understanding of Our Lady as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.


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Father Agustín Giménez González

Father Giménez (director of the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences at the Ecclesiastical University of San Dámaso) holds a doctorate from the Gregorianum in Rome, and he has written extensively on Our Lady and her relevance to the Church today.


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Dr. Carrie Gress

Author of the best-selling book, The Marian Option, Dr. Gress speaks nationally on the importance of the truth and love of Our Lady in order to affect a conversion of culture in the West.

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Father Jan Kosiar

Father Kosiar, a native of Slovakia, received his doctorate from the Marianum in Rome on the topic of Our Lady as “Co-Redemptrix”.

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Joshua Mazrin

Joshua serves as the Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Venice, Florida, while studying for his PhD in Systemic Theology at Ave Maria University; he also spends time giving talks at conferences, writing for newsletters, and teaching Theology courses, with a special emphasis on Our Lady and the Holy Spirit.

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Dr. John-Mark Miravalle

Dr. Miravalle is a professor of Mariology and moral theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has contributed to both academic and popular speaking venues on the subject of Our Lady.


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Dr. Robert Fastiggi

Dr. Robert Fastiggi is a professor of Mariology at
Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He is an
internationally recognized speaker and Vice President of the
International Marian Association.