The MI is a universal and international public Association of the faithful, erected by the Holy See. The MI was founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFMConv., in 1917, is open to Catholics, of all walks of life, and encourages all people of good will to develop a trusting relationship with Our Lady. The aim of the MI is to win the whole world for Christ through the Immaculata, Mother of God and of the Church.
“The MI is a global vision of Catholic life under a new form, consisting in the bond with the Immaculata, our universal Mediatrix before Jesus.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe, KW 1220)
The MI is committed to providing its members with Catholic formation in the spirituality and mission of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Through total consecration to Mary, the Mother of the Lord, who is the most perfect follower of Jesus, individuals respond with her to the universal call to holiness and are transformed into generous disciples of Christ and instruments in Our Lady’s hands, with a mission to give witness to the Gospel and transform the world with authentic love.
The MI offers programs that:
- Provide formation in the teachings of the Catholic Church
- Foster love for Jesus in the Eucharist and for the Sacramental life
- Promote a deep understanding of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role in the plan of Salvation and of the gift of consecration to her in the spirit of St. Maximilian Kolbe
- Ignite with the zeal to become generous instruments of evangelization in one’s own environment, giving witness to the Truth and promoting the sacredness of human life.
MI members, mindful of their call to evangelize, strive to give witness to the Faith everywhere. They seek to reach out to their own families, friends, co-workers, fellow parishioners, the sick and elderly, youth, adults, and whomever they meet, in order to lead every individual through Mary to Christ, Our Savior and Our Hope.