Letter From the President, USA

Mar25

Letter From the President, USA - March 25, 2017

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Letter From the President, USA - March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017

Solemnity of the Annunciation
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Dear MI Member,

Maria! Happy 100 years to you and all of the members of the MI, founded in 1917 by our beloved St. Maximilian!

I hope that you will have local public celebrations of this event, or attend one of the three MI Centenary Celebrations scheduled around the country. We are also sponsoring an MI pilgrimage to Rome in October 2017 to visit special Kolbean sites and to attend the International MI Conference (see insert). Consider being part of this once-in-a-lifetime event!

There are several important developments in recent months to report…

In keeping with the MI General Statutes governing our international Public Association of the Faithful as approved by the Holy See, a new National Council was elected in June 2016. You may have read about that in the newsletter that was mailed to every MI member last summer.

Dec30

Important News About the MI National Center

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Dear MI Members and Friends of Our Lady: 

As the newly elected President of the MI in the USA, recently I was informed by Fr. John Grigus, Rector of Marytown, that the MI National Council must leave Marytown. He cited finances and the changing mission of Marytown to a broader, more diversified vision of apostolates and ministries. This means Marytown will no longer be the National MI Center. A very large expansion of the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown is being planned, but the plans do not include continuing as the home of the Saint’s great spiritual legacy and gift to the Church, the Militia of the Immaculata.

John Galten
MI National President

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Nov15

Letter From the President, USA - Nov. 2016

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Letter From the President, USA - Nov. 2016

FROM THE MI NATIONAL PRESIDENT - Nov. 15, 2016

“Begin doing what is necessary, then what is possible. Then suddenly you will find yourself doing the impossible!”
(Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)

Dear MI Knights of the Immaculata!

Greetings and prayers upon returning from Fatima, where I attended the MI International Congress, which marked the beginning of the 100th anniversary year observances. I will share my report on this special event in one of the upcoming MI publications.

We look forward with hearts full of gratitude to celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2017 of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima and the centenary of the MI.

As a starter, I am writing to you today to introduce our new e-publication called:

“The Mission of the Immaculata,”

a monthly newsletter which will hopefully inspire, teach, create solidarity, form and inform.Please feel free to pass it on to others and make sure the MI National office has the email address of every other MI member you know! It’s the least-cost way that we can get news and formation materials to you and your MI friends!

Jun06

Letter From the President, USA

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Letter From the President, USA

FROM THE MI NATIONAL PRESIDENT

Let us arise and be on our way

Dear MI Members,

It is with great joy that I, John Galten, newly elected National President, and the members of the National MI Council: Michael Wick (Vice President), M. Kathleen O’Brien (Secretary), Antonella Di Piazza (Coordinator) Juliann Elkinton (Council member), and Roy Samson (National Director of MI Youth and Young Adults), introduce ourselves to you and pledge our strongest efforts to prosper the work of the Immaculata. We will shortly be joined by a National Spiritual Assistant (a Franciscan Conventual Friar) and a Treasurer, both of whom are to be appointed. 

The election of this National MI Council was held June 3-5 at Marytown, during the first  National Assembly of the MI in the U.S.A., with over 30 MI representatives present, presided over by the International MI President, Fr. Raffaele Di Muro, OFM Conv. The election results were canonically confirmed by Father Di Muro.

All of us present were deeply surprised and inspired by the spiritual nature of this process in what Father Di Muro called a “historical” moment. The U.S. National MI leadership has been transferred to the hands of a lay board tasked with the Immaculata’s mission to win many souls in the shortest possible time for the Sacred Heart, that He might be all in all. Of course, that will be helped by the prayers and assistance from the Friars, especially at Marytown. 

It is most important to remember that with the advent of the new National leadership that mission of the MI has not changed nor will, in fact, we shall endeavor to advance it. To quote the General  Statutes of the MI (article 8), “The MI was defined by Father Kolbe as ‘a global vision of Catholic life in a new form, consisting in the bond with the Immaculata, our universal Mediatrix with Jesus’ (KW 1220). In fact, the MI aims to promote the extension of the Reign of Christ in the world through the action of the Immaculata, encouraging all Christians to unite themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to place themselves at her service in the mission that she has as the Mother of the Church.” St. Maximilian not only lived this mission heroically but died a martyr for it. We must resolutely follow in his footsteps and so we shall. 

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