The Militia of the Immaculata (MI) was established on October 16, 1917, by Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, OFM Conv., along with six confreres, during a particularly tumultuous time for the Church in the world. Over the last 100+ years, members of MI live out their baptismal consecration in the light of the Blessed Mother (the Immaculata), with the conscious decision to consecrate to the Immaculata as a dynamic commitment to follow Christ, in her example.
Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculata
…composed by Saint Maximillian M. Kolbe, OFM Conv.
Queen of Heaven and earth,
refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother,
God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you.
Although established in 1917, the Militia of the Immaculata was granted the first verbal blessing by Pope Benedict XV, on March 28, 1919. The official recognition of the Church occurred on January 2, 1922, granted by Cardinal Basilio Pompilj, Vicar of the Diocese of Rome: “With fervent desire that devotion to the Blessed Virgin may extend everywhere, with our authority we establish canonically the pious association commonly called ‘the Pious Union of the Militia of Mary Immaculate’ in the chapel of the Seraphic College of the Friars Minor Conventual in Rome and approve what was established.” On the 80th Anniversary of the founding of MI, the Pontifical Council for the Laity recognized the MI as a Public Association of the Faithful, universal and international, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law, and approved, at the same time, its General Statutes.
Militia of the Immaculata & Our Lady of the Angels Province
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, plans to visit all of our pastoral ministries, over the next four years. In working with our Director of Mission Advancement, new prayer cards and MI enrollment forms are being created. Friar Jobe will be preaching at the Masses in the parishes to encourage the faithful to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate and to enroll in the M.I. At those Masses, the congregation will be given an envelope with the consecratory prayers card and a miraculous medal. On the envelope those who wish to enroll will have to opportunity to fill out the information and apply to enroll in the M.I. Enrollment Certificates will be issued from our offices in Rensselaer, NY.
Consistent with our Franciscan charism and tradition of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Order’s Constitutions remind our friars that in St. Maximilian’s unconditional consecration to the Immaculate, we have found “a concrete form of openness to the new challenges of mission.” Our province plans to more fully tap into this devotion from our Kolbean heritage. Friar Jobe and our friars serving as pastors have mapped out a partial schedule through January 2020, to preach at the Masses to promote the consecration and enrollment in the Militia of the Immaculata.
M.I. INITIATIVE SCHEDULE THROUGH JANUARY 2020
Personal Consecration to the Immaculate
May 11-12, 2019
Ottawa, ON (St. Ignatius the Martyr Parish)
July 6-7, 2019
Point Pleasant, NJ (St. Peter Roman Catholic Church)
July 13-14, 2019
Seaside Park/Seaside Heights, NJ (St. Junipero Serra Parish)
August 17-18, 2019
Elmhurst, NY (St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church)
August 24-25, 2019
Brooklyn, NY (The Parish of Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary)
September 7-8, 2019
Toronto, ON (The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure)
September 14-15, 2019
Hamburg, NY (St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church)
September 21-22, 2019
Baltimore, MD (St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church)
October 12-13, 2019
Kingston, ON (Parish Community of St. John the Apostle)
October 19-20, 2019
Kingston, ON (Holy Family Parish)
November 9-10, 2019
Syracuse, NY (The Franciscan Church of the Assumption)
November 16-17, 2019
Chicopee, MA (The Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr)
November 23-24, 2019
Holyoke, MA (Our Lady of the Cross Parish)
November 30 – December 1, 2019
Jonesboro, GA (St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church)
December 7-8, 2019
Atlanta, GA (Holy Cross Catholic Church)
December 14-15, 2019
Vanier/Ottawa, ON (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Church)
January 18-19, 2020
Boynton Beach, FL (St. Mark Catholic Church)
January 25-26, 2020
Port St. Lucie, FL (St. Lucie Catholic Church)
Note: Follow the parish links for Mass times.