Consecration to the Immaculate

The M.I. Initiative made its 28th stop at St. Paul Catholic Parish (Kensington, CT), on the weekend of October 9-10, 2021. St. Paul Church is one of the largest Franciscan parishes of our province, with a Saturday evening Vigil Mass as well as four Sunday Masses. Together with the pastor ~ Friar Joe Benicewicz, OFM Conv. ~ Friar Michael Englert, OFM Conv. (parochial vicar), Friar Peter Timko, OFM Conv. (parochial vicar), and Friar Raymond Borkowski, OFM Conv. are all actively involved in the ministries there. During Friar Jobe’s visit, the parishioners were most open to the invitation to entrust themselves to Mary, the Immaculate Conception and many enrolled in the Militia of the Immaculate. Centered in the photo above, with Friar Jobe (left) and Friar Michael (right), who is also guardian of the St. Paul Friary, are many of the new M.I. members.

St. Paul Catholic Parish, in Kensington, CT

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April 30, 2022 M.I. Pilgrimage Announcement (2)

THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
(1941 – August 14 – 2021)

Following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi over the last eight centuries, the Franciscans have promoted a constant devotion and veneration of Our Lady, especially under Her title of the Immaculate Conception. Indeed, that constant and filial promotion of Our Lady as the Immaculate Mother of God represents a golden thread that holds together and highlights our Franciscan tradition and charism.
In the line of great Franciscan saints, St. Maximilian Kolbe M. Kolbe, OFM Conv. would state that the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX in 1854 represented only a first victory for Our Lady. When St. Maximilian would form the Militia of the Immaculate (M.I.) in 1917, he would call upon Mary, the Immaculate Conception, to gain a lasting victory over evil in the world and to draw all souls, even those fallen away from the Church, to Christ and the source of all love, His Sacred Heart. When Pope St. John Paul II canonized St. Maximilian in 1982, he declared St. Maximilian to be a “saint for a difficult century.” In the twenty-first century, more than ever, St. Maximilian’s entrustment to the Immaculate for the conversion of all serves as a key to a better world for all of us.
That is why, over the last three years, Our Lady of the Angels Province has sponsored an M.I. Initiative to promote consecration to the Immaculate Conception and membership in the Militia of the Immaculate. In the next few months, this Initiative will make its final and 36th stop at our Franciscan parish sites and we are very happy to report that the response of the faithful has been most gratifying as we will have enrolled close to 5,000 new M.I. members.
However, we can’t stop there and we believe that Our Lady and St. Maximilian are now asking us to do something else as a community of Franciscan Friars Conventual along with those with and for whom we minister. As a result, Our Lady of the Angels Province is sponsoring the 1st Annual Franciscan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The Program for the day is below and we invite all friars, M.I. members, and all the faithful to join us in celebrating our devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God. If you are already enrolled, you will be receiving a letter with more instruction on registration. If you are not, but are a member of one of our pastoral ministries, check with your parish office to see if how your parish is participating.

Friar Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv.
Our Lady of the Angels Province Delegate for the Marian Apostolate

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FIRST ANNUAL FRANCISCAN PILGRIMAGE
TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
SPONSORED BY THE FRANCISCANS OF
OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS PROVINCE, USA

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022
PROGRAM

  • 11.00 a.m. – WORDS OF WELCOME from the Very Rev. James McCurry, OFM Conv., Provincial of Our Lady of the Angels Province and Rev. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv., Provincial Assistant of the Militia of the Immaculate
  • 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. – LUNCH TIME
  • 12.30 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. – Seated Overview TOUR of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Upper Basilica)
  • 1.00 p.m. – 1.30 p.m. – COMMUNAL PRAYER
  • 1.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. – EUCHARISTIC LITURGY and CLOSING
  • 3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. – FREE TIME (There is a scheduled Vigil Mass at 4.30 p.m. The Basilica closes at 6.00 p.m.)
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Consecration to the Immaculate

Over the October 2-3, 2021 weekend, the 27th stop of the M.I. Initiative to promote Consecration to the Immaculate and membership in the M.I., took Friar Jobe to St. Anne Church, in Davidsville, PA. After a fire that destroyed the rectory and church hall at Holy Family Parish in Hooversville, PA, many of the faithful followed their pastor, Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Karl Kolodziejski, OFM Conv., to join his new pastoral ministry of St. Anne Parish, where he serves as Administrator. Church attendance at this Stop was the best our Province M.I Initiative Tour has seen in these weeks of the ongoing pandemic. Many of the new M.I. members are pictured here with Friar Karl (center back) and Friar Jobe (center front).

St. Anne Church, in Davidsville, PA

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Consecration to the Immaculate

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 26th 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.

Friar Anthony Francis and Friar Jobe are some of the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Parish; new members of the Militia of the Immaculata (M.I.)

The 26th stop of the M.I. Initiative Tour, to promote Marian consecration and membership in the M.I., took place over the weekend of September 25-26, 2021, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, in Johnstown, PA. The pastor, Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Anthony Francis Spilka, OFM Conv. and the faithful at all three weekend Masses were keenly aware of the need for the Immaculate’s help and protection since they are not far from Shankesville and the Flight 93 National Memorial. In the above photo along with Friar Anthony Francis and Friar Jobe are some of the parishioners of St. Francis Parish and new members of the M.I.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, in Johnstown, PA

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Consecration to the Immaculate

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.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Chicopee, MA

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Consecration to the Immaculate

Stop 24 of the M.I. Initiative took place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, New Bedford, MA at the weekend Masses on September 11 -12. The pastor, Our Lady of the Angels Province friar – Fr. Conrad Salach, OFM Conv. and the parishioners warmly welcomed the invitation to entrust themselves to the Immaculate Mother of God and become members of the M.I. As they marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, they recalled that just as Pope St. John Paul II declared St. Maximilian a saint for a difficult century, we are perhaps more in need of St. Maximilian and the M.I. now in the 21st century.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, in New Bedford, MA

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Consecration to the Immaculate

Given the lifting of many pandemic restrictions,
the remainder of the M.I. Initiative Tour has resumed.
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 23rd 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.
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It only seemed fitting that the M.I. Initiative resume its tour of our Franciscan pastoral sites on the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 14-15, 2021). Our 23rd stop was at the National Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, New York. While the number of faithful may have seemed fewer due to the recent uptick in Covid cases, their reception of the message of entrustment to Mary and enrolment in the M.I. was enthusiastic and very appreciative. Some of our new M.I. members are pictured here with Fr. Jobe.

National Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine (Fonda, NY)

 

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Be sure to mark your calendars
and check back as more information will follow about the
First Annual Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
in Washington D.C.,
on Saturday, April 30, 2022
.

Consecration to the Immaculate

Stop #23: August 14-15, 2021
Fonda, NY (Saint Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site)

Stop #24: September 11-12, 2021
New Bedford, MA (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church)

Stop #25: September 18-19, 2021
Chicopee, MA (St. Anthony of Padua Parish)

Stop #26: September 25-16, 2021
Johnstown, PA (St. Francis of Assisi Parish)

Stop #27: October 2-3, 2021
Davidsville, PA (St. Anne Church)

Stop #28: October 9-10, 2021
Kensington, CT (St. Paul Catholic Church)

October 23-24, 2021
Cromwell, CT (St. John Catholic Church)

October 30-31, 2021
Baltimore, MD (at St. Casimir Church) with (St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church)

November 9, 2021
Chapel Hill, NC (Newman Catholic Student Center Parish)

November 13-14. 2021
Siler City, NC (St. Julia Catholic Community)

November 20-21, 2021
Shamokin, PA (Mother Cabrini Catholic Church)

November 22, 2021
Trevorton & Coal Township, PA (St. Patrick Parish & Our Lady of Hope Parish)

January 22-23, 2022
Burlington, NC (Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community)

February 27, 2022
Ellicott City, MD (The Shrine of St. Anthony)

Note: Follow the parish links for Mass time.

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in Washington D.C.,
on Saturday, April 30, 2022
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April 30, 2022 M.I. Pilgrimage Announcement

THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
(1941 – August 14 – 2021)

Dear M.I. Members,

            As the Covid-19 pandemic winds down in North America, we remember in prayer those who contracted the illness, those who continue to suffer from the virus and those, over four million persons worldwide, who have died on account of the disease. In a special way, we give thanks to the Lord for the sacrifices made by heroic front-line health care and other essential workers who risked, and even lost, their lives to protect us over these eighteen months. After the example of Christ, who laid down his life for us, these dear souls came to know and embody the love of God by laying down their lives for others (see 1 Jn 3).

This year, we commemorate the 80th anniversary of another heroic act of sacrificial love. On August 14, 1941, St. Maximilian Kolbe was martyred after he had volunteered to take the place of Franciszek Gajwoniczek, the father of a family and a prisoner condemned to die at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Even as Father Kolbe awaited a sure death with fellow prisoners in the starvation bunker, he repeated to them what might be called his axiom for life, “Hatred destroys; love alone creates.” How could he have come to know and live the depths of such love other than through his total consecration to the Immaculate Mother of God? After all, Mary is the creature most completely filled with this love, united as She is to the Holy Spirit as His Spouse. Indeed, the Mother of Jesus, who is Love, is also fittingly venerated as Our Lady of Charity. Molded as an instrument in the hands of the Immaculate, Maximilian’s consecration to Mary was not an end in itself but, rather, a means through Mary of leading all souls to the very source of love, the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The zeal with which Father Maximilian proclaimed the Kingdom of Christ’s Sacred Heart ultimately merited for him the martyr’s crown as, for the first time in the Church’s history, Pope St. John Paul II canonized St. Maximilian Kolbe for his ultimate witness as a martyr, not in defense of the faith, but in the living out of supernatural charity.

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of St. Maximilian’s martyrdom, the Militia of the Immaculate of Our Lady of the Angels Province is sponsoring the first annual pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 30, 2022. This will also be a time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of St. Maximilian’s canonization (October 10, 1982). So please organize, involve your friars and pastors, drive in groups or rent a bus and come to join us for this special Marian pilgrimage and Mass. Individual groups may plan and schedule their own activities both before and after the Saturday festivities. We look forward to seeing you!

August 14, 2021
Friar Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv.
Our Lady of the Angels Province M.I. Assistant

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New International Assistant of the Militia of the Immaculate [M.I.]

March 1, 2021: Appointed by the Minister General of the Order, Friar Gilson Miguel Nunes, OFM Conv.,  from the Province of St. Francis (Brazil) is the new International Assistant for the M.I.

Read more on our Order’s Website 
Read more about the International Militia of the Immaculate [M.I.]

As with most provinces, Our Lady of the Angels Province also has Delegate to the M.I. In addition to serving as Delegate to the M.I., the Very Reverend Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv. also serves as Provincial Delegate of our Province Delegation of St. Francis of Assisi (Canada), as our Canadian Delegation Vocation Director (vocations.ofmconv.canada@gmail.com), and as the Guardian of our International friary in Ottawa, ON ~ St. André Bessette Friary.

Read more about Friar Jobe and his province work with M.I.

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