Consecration to the Immaculate

Militia of the Immaculata (M.I.) Initiative Tour Stop #35 & 36th

Consistent with our Franciscan charism and tradition of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our province promotes 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 35th & 36th successful and rewarding stops on our Province M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries. Although halted by the pandemic in March 2020, Friar Jobe continued with the tour in August of 2021.
On Sunday, February 27, 2022, at the noon Mass, he will celebrate the final tour stop, in our Chapel at The Shrine of St. Anthony, in Ellicott City, MD. Please keep Friar Jobe and all those he has greeted throughout the May 2019 – February 2022 Militia of the Immaculata Initiative Tour in your prayers, as he continues to serves as the Province Delegate to the M.I. and the National Assistant of the Militia of the Immaculata M.I. Canada, encouraging the faithful to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate, and to enroll in the M.I.

On the weekend of February 19-20, 2022 the M.I. Initiative promoting consecration to the Immaculate and membership in the Militia of the Immaculate made its 35th and 36th stops at Our Lady of Hope Parish (Coal Township, PA – pictured at right) and St. Patrick Parish (Trevorton, PA – pictured at left) served by Our Lady of the Angels Province friars, Fr. Tim Geiger, OFM Conv. (pastor) and Fr. Tim Lyons, OFM Conv. (parochial vicar). These two friars also serve as parochial vicars at Mother Cabrini Catholic Church in nearby Shamokin, PA. (the 33rd Stop on the M.I Initiative Tour).
Very unusual snow squalls blew into the area just as Friar Jobe arrived from Canada. Although church attendance is still down due to COVID, the faithful in both parishes welcomed the Initiative and we added 100 new M.I. members as a result. In the photos are some of the new members along with Friar Jobe and Friar Tim G.

Our Lady of Hope Parish, Coal Township, PA

St. Patrick Parish, Trevorton, PA

Pilgrimage Opportunities:

Following the completion of the Militia of the Immaculata (M.I.) Initiative Tour, several of our province ministries will be participating in the
First Annual Franciscan Pilgrimage to the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
in Washington D.C., on Saturday, April 30, 2022


A pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, including the Passion Play at Oberammergau, Germany, will be directed by Friar Jobe, August 13-25, 2022. Friar James McCurry, OFM Conv. will be the Spiritual Guide. The brochure containing all the information and details must be used to register and is linked here:
 Franciscan European Marian Shrines Pilgrimage (August 13-25, 2022).
The reservation deadline is April 12, 2022.
Friar Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv. (Pilgrimage Director –
Our Lady of the Angels Province – Delegate for the Marian Apostolate

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