• Thursday, September 3, 2009

    Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate

    Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (website)
    Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate (cmswr)

    Sisters for the Third Millennium (additional information)

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    Founded: Constitutions approved 1993; Contemplative/Active

    Associated to the Order of Friar Minor Conventuals, they belong to the great Franciscan family and to the Kolbean institutes, sharing in the ideals and activities of the Knights of the Immaculata (or Militia Immaculatae) founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe. St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, who greatly influenced St. Maximilian's spirituality, is recognized as the Institute's spiritual mother.

    Of prime importance is the contemplation and adoration of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The possibility of the apostolate is unlimited, as long as the Sisters are able to be involved as instruments of the Immaculate bringing the spirit of her maternal love. They live this instrumentality by promoting consecration of all to Jesus through the Immaculate, to bring about, "as quickly as possible, the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the greatest glory of God."

    They make use of all licit means offered by circumstances in order to foster and encourage the promotion of Truth, and to open 'new paths' for the Gospel. They bear witness that 'only truth can be, and is, the basis of happiness for both individuals and for the whole of humanity."

    A unique characteristic is our Fourth Vow by which we pledge to be at God's disposal, like Mary, without reserve, for the "greatest glory of God" through the salvation of all in Jesus Christ.

    Of late, it seems that they are doing more in the way of ministering to children, providing some excellent links to help boys and girls become familiar with Catholic prayers and devotions.  More power to you, ladies (and gentlemen).  I think I am correct in saying they work in cooperation with other congregations inspired in and through the MI.

    Picture below: A new sister!

    Spirituality: Franciscan
    Devotions: Saint Therese of Lisieux, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Militia of the Immaculata, Divine Office in community, Rosary, prayer (individual), Eucharistic adoration, others

    Locations: Connecticut and internationally (Italy, Poland, and Turkey)

    Apostolates: Youth ministry, religious education, retreats, nursing homes and health care, sacristy work, pre-school, assistance of pilgrims at Marian shrines, writing, publishing, Catholic school education, animation of MI groups and holy hours, preparation of meals in seminaries, and speaking on total consecration and related topics

    Ages upon entrance:  18-35
    Belated vocations? No
    # professed sisters: 80 (worldwide)

    "For Love of my love" - this is on their vocations page, and I thought it was very pretty. Here for your enjoyment.  I have it on good authority that it was written and sung by one of their sisters. 

    PS - Did you know St. Maximillian Kolbe was the patron saint for those addicted?  I'm going to have to write something about this.  I don't think very many people know about it.

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