Militia Immaculatae (MI)

Mission de l'Immaculée
Marianische Aktion Kolbe
Milizia dell'Immacolata
Knights of the Immaculate

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1917-10-16 Rome Italy


16 Oct 1917, Rome (Italy), by St Maximilian Mary Kolbe, at Collegio Internazionale Serafico. Papal approval received 2 Jan 1922; acquired status of a pious union 'Primaria' 29 Apr 1927; formally declared an international association 18 Feb 1975, by U-XF0442 - Pontifical Council for the Laity; formally erected as an international public association, 16 Oct 1997, by the same Pontifical Council, which also approved the General Statutes. May assume various names depending on cultural and environmental exigencies but consistently keeps the abbreviation 'MI'. Versions of the name include: Crusade of Mary Immaculate -- Kreuzzug der Immakulata -- Milizia Mariana -- Rycerstwo Niepokalanej; Knights of the Immaculate; Militia of the Immaculate Conception; Militia Immaculatae.


Bring together clerical and lay believers in a life of personal holiness and evangelization with the Immaculate Conception of Mary as the focal point of spirituality, theology and apostolate.


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General Assembly, comprising International President, International Assistant, Presidential Council, National Presidents, National Assistants and delegates of the Youth Movement. Basic units: International Centre, comprising Presidential Council - President, Assistant, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 Councillors; national centres; regional centres; filial offices and local centres. National centres are erected at the discretion and on the initiative of International Centre to head local centres and other organizations in the same nation. Levels (3): 'MI-1' - a movement without formal organization, in which members act for the most part as individuals and at their own discretion; 'MI-2' - a movement organized in groups, in which members, chosen from the MI-1, formulate and work according to an organic plan aimed at realizing specific goals in well defined situations; 'MI-3' - a movement of highest degree, particularly appropriate to the administrative and residential centres (Marian houses or Marytowns).


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