The Militia of the Immaculata is a spiritual movement approved by the Vatican, with over four million members worldwide, and founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM, Conv. in 1917. The aim of the Militia of the Immaculata is to bring the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, Our Founder & Hero
In 1941, the Nazis imprisoned Father Maximilian in the Auschwitz death camp. There he offered his life for another prisoner and was condemned to slow death in a starvation bunker. On August 14, 1941, his impatient captors ended his life with a fatal injection. Pope John Paul II canonized Maximilian as a "martyr of charity" in 1982. St. Maximilian Kolbe is considered a patron of journalists, families, those struggling with eating disorders, the pro-life movement, prisoners, and the chemically addicted.
The Militia of the Immaculata (MI) Youth & Young Adults is committed to providing young people with Catholic formation in the Franciscan spirit and mission of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Through Total Consecration to Mary, young lives are transformed into instruments of ‘youth evangelizing youth,’ with a mission to transform their world with authentic and heroic love. MI Youth programs & retreats create a safe, interactive and faith-filled environment to:
- Proclaim the message of the Pope to young people
- Expose youth to the riches of the Sacramental Life
- Foster love for Jesus in the Eucharist
- Provide formation in the teachings of the Catholic Church
- Offer the gift of Consecration to Mary in the Franciscan spirit of St. Maximilian Kolbe
- Ignite young hearts with zeal to be heroic instruments of evangelization
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