Consistent with our Franciscan charism and tradition of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our province has been progressing in our efforts 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 completed the 19th successful and rewarding stop on our Province M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries. Friar Jobe’s scheduled stops on this tour will continue through October of 2020. Keep him and all those he greets in your prayers, as he continues to preach at the Masses to encourage the faithful to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate, and to enroll in the M.I.
St. Lucie Catholic Church, Port St. Lucie, FL
On the weekend of January 25-26, 2020 the M.I. Initiative promoting consecration to the Immaculate made its 19th stop at St. Lucie Catholic Church, in Port St. Lucie, Florida. At a parish mission given just a few days before, the presenter focused on three important things: prayer, the sacraments and cultivating a devotion to the Blessed Mother. We couldn’t have asked for a better introduction for our message. At the six Masses (five in English and one in Spanish), the parishioners, who already have a strong Marian devotion, embraced the ideals of consecration to the Immaculate characteristically promoted in our Franciscan tradition and Kolbean heritage. Friar Jobe was welcomed graciously by the friars of St. Lucie Friary: Fr. Curt Kreml, OFM Conv. (Friary Guardian and Parochial Vicar), Fr. Mark Szanyi, OFM Conv. (Pastor), Fr. Daniel Pal, OFM Conv. (Parochial Vicar) and Fr. Milton de Jesus, OFM Conv. (Parochial Vicar).
A sampling of St. Lucie Catholic Church Parishioners are pictured with Friar Jobe (top center in green vestments) and their pastor, Friar Mark ( to his left in habit).