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 34th 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 January 22-23, 2022, the M.I. Initiative to promote Consecration to the Immaculate and membership in the Militia of the Immaculate made its 34th stop at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Burlington, North Carolina. Despite the continuing effects of COVID, and an infrequent snowstorm in the area, Friars Paul Lininger (pastor), Vincent Rubino (associate pastor) and Peter Tremblay (campus minister at Elon University) warmly welcomed the Initiative as brothers. At the five scheduled Masses (three in English and two in Spanish), the parishioners were very appreciative and enthusiastic to make the prayer of entrustment to the Immaculate. As a result, we added 300 new members of the M.I. and are still counting. In the photos are a number of the parishioners and new M.I. members who attended the Masses at Blessed Sacrament.