Questions & Answers about the MI
Q. When was the Militia of the Immaculata (MI) established?
A. The MI was founded on October 16, 1917, in Rome.
Q. When was the MI first approved by the Church?
A. The MI was erected as a Pious Union on January 2, 1922, by the Vicariate of Rome. On April 23, 1927, Pope Pius XI raised the MI to a Primary Pious Union.
Q. What is the current canonical status of the MI?
A. In response to the petition presented on behalf of the MI by the Minister General of the Order of the Franciscan Conventual Friars, and in consideration of the universality of the MI membership and mission, on October 16, 1997, the Pontifical Council for the Laity erected the MI as an International Public Association of the Faithful. The MI is open to Catholics of all walks of life: laity, clerics and consecrated persons, and is governed according to the norms of Canon Law, the directives of the Catholic Church and the MI General Statutes.
Q. When have the current General Statutes been approved?
A. The current MI General Statutes were approved on March 25, 2015, by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Q. Who is the current MI International President?
A. The MI International President is Miquel Bordas Proszynski. Fr. Friar Gilson Miguel Nunes, OFMConv., serves as Delegate of the MI International Assistant, Fr. Carlos Trovarelli, OFMConv., Minister General.
Q. Who are the current MI National President and the MI Council members in the U.S.A.?
A. The MI National President is Ronald L. Rodrigues and the Council members are Michael Wick, Julie Elkinton, Donna Masek, Clifford Azize and Geoffrey Butz. They have been elected on August 6, 2022, for a four-year term. Fr. Thomas Czeck, OFMConv., serves as the MI National Assistant.
Pope St. John Paul II’s Address to the MI