Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

About the Emblem:
Mary, the First Disciple is the official religious recognition program of the Roman Catholic Church.

Program Objectives:
The Marian Medal program is written for young Catholics, grades 7-10, 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.
Through various projects, discussions, and liturgical celebrations over a period of months, the participants are provided with a unique opportunity to develop new insights into their personalities, friends, parents, and the world around them.


Girls in grades 7-12 who are enrolled in Girl Scouts.

Each Girl Scout have her own Mary, the First Disciple book.
The book is designed for the Girl Scout and her parent(s) or group leader to work together
Diocesan and Girl Scout Youth Protection policies must be followed.

Getting Started:
Emblem Books may be obtained by contacting at the Diocese of Rochester

Although the book could be completed in four to six hours, the goal of earning a religious emblem is to help the Girl Scout develop a personal relationship with God, so it is suggested that steps be spread over several weeks. This will help the Girl Scout understand that htis is a long-term commitment, not a one-time project.

Scout's Role:
Actively work on the activities with her parent(s) or group leader

Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator (Pastor, Youth Minister, or Faith Formation Director) informed of her progress.

Parent(s)/ Group Leader Role:
Activily work on the activities with their daughter. She may need your help with Bible readings and getting information.

Keep the Religous Emblems Coordinator (Pastor, Youth Minster, or Faith Formation Director) informed of their daughters progress.

The leader's guide is seperate from the youth workbook and can be obtained by contacting at the Diocese of Rochester.

Program Completion:
When a Girl Scout completes all steps, she is to present the book to her parish priest or the priet's representative and the book is reviewed with the Girl Scout.

After the pastor or his representative signs the book and the application form, only the application form, order form and check are sent to:

                                   Diocese of Rochester
                                   c/o Alison LeChase
                                   Diocesan Liaison for Catholic Scouting
                                   1150 Buffalo Road
                                   Rochester, NY 14624

Once the application is received and approved further instructions on how to obtain the religous emblem will be mailed to you with details about the emblem presentation on February 4, 2017.
2017 Celebration of Catholic Scouting Religious Emblems
February 4, 2017
Sacred Heart Cathedral