The Social Welfare History Project Articles

Mary Virginia Merrick: Catholic Social Reformer, Philanthropist (1866-1955)  by Michael Barga

Christ Child Society: 1887 - Present by Michael Barga


Catholic Standard Articles

Mary Virginia Merrick's Spirituality

February 16, 2012 Her love for the Christ Child touches many accross the country   click on link



  • In an April 25, 2011 decree, Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington announced that he is initiating the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servent of God Mary Virginia Merrick. 

April 28, 2011 Cardinal Wuerl's Announcement       click on link



  • Mary Virginia Merrick is mentioned as one of those showing Christ's hope.

November 25, 2008 Local people with disabilities offer Christ's hope to the world     click on link



  • Fifty years to the day after her death, Washingtonians gathered to celebrate the life of Mary Virgnia Merrick

January 20, 2005  Effort for Merrick's sainthood proceeds     click on link



  • Mary Virginia Merrick Youth Center

June 3, 2004 Ground broken for Merrick Youth Center   click on link



  • Christ Child Members view Mary Virginia Merrick's home.

April 22, 2004 Christ Child members view foundress's home   click on link



  • Mary Virginia Merrick's cause for canonization begins

May 1, 2003 Sainthood process for Washington native    click on link


Howard Magazine Article

  • Could Mary Merrick of Linwood become Ellicott City's Saint?

March 30, 2012 Mary Virginia Merrick's life at Linwood