We thank Almighty God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day for the great blessings and many graces received from your Apostolic leadership.
It is with great joy that we come to you today to announce the formation of a lay apostolate in Beaumont, a unit of The Militia of the Immaculata. The Militia of the Immaculata (MI) is a worldwide evangelization movement founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917 that encourages total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a means of spiritual renewal for individuals and society. The MI's mission is "To Lead All Men and Every Individual Through Mary to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus."
The Militia of the Immaculata began on October 16, 1917, around a table at the Conventual Franciscan seminary in Rome. Maximilian Kolbe gathered together six like-minded young friars before a statue of the Blessed Virgin and drafted a charter that would establish one of the most influential Marian apostolates ever. The charter still serves as a blueprint of spiritual progress for MI members today.
The Militia of the Immaculata of Beaumont seeks to continue the vision of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. We are a group of young men from around the Diocese consecrated to Jesus through Mary who have felt a call to increase our own holiness, to turn away from our sins, and to embrace the Cross of Christ fully and completely. We have also felt called to Evangelization in Southeast Texas and beyond, and we are committing ourselves to the success of the New Evangelization. We feel a great desire to perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy for our neighbors as a group, especially for the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned. We feel it is necessary to do whatever we can to help increase and strengthen the belief in the True Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. We have felt a call to help promote more reverence before, during, and after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Sanctuaries of God the Almighty Father. We seek to help bring the Faith to all people through authentic ecumenism and social media, in the hope that everyone can share in the joy of being in full communion with the Catholic Church.
Unworthy as we are, we offer ourselves entirely to Jesus through the Immaculata, trusting Mary and asking her to make us her instruments for bringing about the conversion of the whole world into the One Body of Christ, all for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We vow to be completely faithful to the Authentic Teachings of the Catholic Church, the Holy Father, and The Magisterium.
With the approval by the Pontifical Council for the Laity on October 16, 1997, of the MI's updated International Governing Statutes, the MI was given the privilege of status as an "international public association" - a status shared by only three other Catholic organizations.
We thank our Father in Heaven for bringing us together in this place, in this time, to join together and become part of the most important action of our lives, the participation in the Divine Life of Jesus. We are excited and filled with great hope for the future and its possibilities, and we humbly ask for your prayers and want to assure you of our prayers as you continue your great ministry to the faithful in the Diocese of Beaumont. Please count on us to be there to help with the works of mercy needed in Southeast Texas.
Yours in Christ, through Mary, with Peter,
The Militia Immaculata of Beaumont