Consistent with our Franciscan charism and tradition of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our province is promoting opportunities to more fully tap into a 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. In order to better promote M.I. among the faithful served through the ministries of our friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province, Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv., our Province MI Assistant, has completed the 25th successful and rewarding stop on our Province M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries. Friar Jobe’s revised scheduled stops on this tour will continue through February of 2022. 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.
On the weekend of September 18-19, 2021, Friar Jacek Leszczyński, OFM Conv. – pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish (Chicopee, MA), welcomed the M.I. Initiative on its 25th stop. At the English, Spanish and Polish Masses, many parishioners made their consecration to the Immaculate and enrolled in the M.I. In the picture are new M.I. members who attended the Spanish Mass together with Friar Jacek (in green vestments) and Friar Jobe.