The Militia of Mary is a group of faithful Christians consecrated to Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Militia of Mary is comprised of all ages, races, genders, and vocations. We are not perfect, but we strive diligently to become perfected. We follow the spirituality of the Militia of the Immaculata founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, using various forms of digital media to unite in prayer under the guidance and protection of the Mother of God.
We pray daily for each other, our families, our church, our leaders, the conversion of world, and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The only requirement to join the Militia of Mary is to have a sincere desire to pray with us daily for the above intentions (either here on our site, our social media pages, or in our mobile app). While it is not required, consecration to Jesus through Mary is highly recommended.
About the Consecration
The consecration to Jesus through Mary is based on the writings of St. Louis de Montfort, specifically his book “True Devotion to Mary,” which serves as a 33-day preparation for consecration. Stacy Mal has written a condensed 9-day novena consecration in the spirit of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Pope John Paul II.
Consecration is the dedication of something or someone to a special purpose or service. In this case, it is dedicating oneself to the purposes of God.
St. Louis encouraged souls to consecrate themselves to Jesus Christ… but he urged them to do it through Mary—to dedicate themselves to her service, to be a helper of the helper, so to speak. Many reputable Catholics, even other Saints, have made the consecration that St. Louis laid out in this book, St. John Paul II being one of them.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
About St. Maximilian Kolbe
Priest, Publisher, Evangelist, Martyr
Known throughout his life as the “Knight of the Immaculata,” St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, OFM Conv., was born in Poland in 1894. When he was about ten years old, the Immaculate Virgin appeared to him and offered him two symbolic crowns: the white crown of chastity and the red crown of martyrdom. He chose them both. Maximilian entered the Franciscan Order at the age of sixteen. So intent were he and his brother, Francis, on becoming religious, that they crossed secretly in a haycart from the Russian to the Austrian partition of Poland to enter the seminary. Max was sent to the Order’s International Seraphic College in Rome for his philosophical and theological studies.
To Jesus through Mary
On October 16, 1917, while still a student-friar in Rome, Maximilian founded the Militia Immaculatae (MI) Catholic evangelization movement. Its purpose was to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by encouraging each and every soul to make a total consecration of themselves to the Immaculate Virgin Mary. “Through the Immaculata to Jesus” was a lifelong motto. The immediate stimulus for this movement was Maximilian’s desire to counteract the militant naturalism of International Freemasonry that year. He had personally witnessed Masonic activists blaspheming under the windows of the Vatican. He was ordained a priest in 1918 and returned to Poland in 1919, with doctorates in philosophy and theology, and he had contracted tuberculosis. Nevertheless, he immediately began spreading the MI Catholic Evangelization and in January of 1922, began publishing the monthly magazine, Knight of the Immaculata.
Founder of the City of Mary (Immaculata)
So great and rapid was the growth of the magazine Knight, today known as Immaculata, and the community of Conventual Franciscans that formed around Kolbe, that in 1927 he founded a large apostolic center near Warsaw call Niepokalanow, the “City of the Immaculata.” Kolbe’s method of evangelization through the sponsorship of Mary was a major development of the Franciscan charism, stimulating considerable growth in the Franciscan Order itself. For instance, the City saw its original staff of eighteen friars grow to over 650 members in just twelve years.
Apostle of the Mass Media
While living in strictest religious poverty, the friars utilized the most modern printing equipment and administrative techniques available, enabling the Knight magazine to reach an incredible monthly circulation of one million and a daily newspaper to reach 230,000. In 1930, Father Maximilian took four brothers to Japan and founded another City there. Future plans called for a City in every nation with the Knight magazine published in every language. All forms of communication media, including radio, movies and even television, were to be used without limit for the work of evangelization under the mantle of Mary.
Martyr of Charity
Kolbe went back to Poland in 1936, for treatment of advanced Tuburculosis, and reassumed direction of Niepokalanow – by then the largest Catholic publishing center in Poland, possibly in the world. When the Nazis overran the country in 1939, they eventually imprisoned Kolbe in the Auschwitz death camp, where in 1941 he offered to take the place of a man condemned to die in reprisal for an escaped prisoner. His offer accepted, he died two weeks later on August 14, the vigil of Mary’s Assumption. In the process he ministered to nine others dying with him from starvation. Pope Paul VI beatified Maximilian in 1971. In 1982, St. Pope John Paul II canonized him as a “martyr of charity,” calling him “patron of our difficult century.” He is the patron saint of journalists, media communications, the family and the chemically addicted.
Fr. Maximilian was a profound theologian as well as a heroic martyr. While the Gestapo thundered toward Niepokalanow to whisk him away to the death camp, Kolbe hurried to finish his book outline on Mary’s self-title at Lourdes, France: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” For Kolbe, Mary, “full of grace,” is so united with the Holy Spirit that in a sense she is the incarnation of the Spirit. This and other insights have helped develop further the understanding of Mary as Mediatrix, or “gateway” of the graces of Jesus’ redemption, and Advocate for the people of God.
Biography from: https://kolbeshrine.org/about-saint-maximilian
About the Author
Stacy Mal is the founder of the Militia of Mary and its primary content producer. She is a Catholic author, blogger, certified health coach, public speaker, retreat director, and media executive. Most importantly, she is a wife and mother of four daughters. She has published more than a dozen books, led numerous seminars, and coached hundreds of clients in natural health. She is consecrted to Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin Mary and is an ardent student of Marian messages.