Consistent with our Franciscan charism and tradition of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our province plans to more fully tap into this devotion from our Kolbean heritage, through the example of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, OFM Conv. and the continued efforts of his Militia of the Immaculata’s (M.I.) unconditional consecration to the Immaculate. With a view to promoting consecration to the Immaculate among the faithful served through the ministries of our friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province, Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv., who serves as our Province MI Assistant, has begun an M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries. Over the next few years, Friar Jobe will preach at the Masses to encourage the faithful to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate and to enroll in the M.I. So far, Friar Jobe and our friars serving as pastors have mapped out a partial schedule through January 2020.
On the weekend of May 11-12, 2019, Fr. Sebastian Karamvelil, OFM Conv. welcomed Friar Jobe to St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, (Ottawa, Ontario) for the first stop on our M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries. Mother’s Day weekend was made all the more special by honoring Our Blessed Mother, in this way. The response of the faithful at the Masses was excellent and many more have promised to entrust themselves to Mary in the days and weeks to come. Pictured above is a sampling of the parishioners who have already made a Personal Consecration to the Immaculate.