BY ROSE MCEACHERN
The International Lounge of the J.C. Williams Center was abounding in blue. There was azure confetti on the tables, navy streamers on the walls, sapphire Mountain Dew on ice and even cobalt cup cakes—Our Lady’s color. The event, the “Celebrate Yo Mamma” social, was an opportunity for Militia Immaculata members to mingle and share the message of this long inactive organization.
Militia Immaculata, or Knights of the Immaculata here in the U.S., is a movement that was founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917. It is a Public Association of the Faith, which is the highest association that a lay group can achieve. They advocate the conversion of sinners through the intercession of Our Lady and Marian consecration, especially focusing on the conversion of Free Masons.
St. Maximilian Kolbe once said, “The purpose of the Knights is to do all you can for the conversion of sinners, heretics, schismatics and so on, above all the Masons, and for the sanctification of all persons under the sponsorship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Mediatrix.”
Militia Immaculata are also known for their sponsorship of the brand-new international youth organization called Mary’s Crowning. This group is the first youth-directed movement to petition the Holy Father for the proclamation of the fifth Marian dogma as Mary of Coredemptrix, Midiatrix of All Graces, and Advocate. It is not sponsored by Franciscan University. The group was founded just two months ago by sophomore Andrew Juellette, senior Amelia Gallagher and graduate student Chris Plants.
“We felt a desire to start an international youth/ young adult movement to show the Holy Father that the youth are excited about Our Lady… that they’re excited about this dogma, because we believe that through this dogma her Immaculate Heart will triumph, like she said at Fatima,” said Juellette.
Juellette and Gallagher will travel to Amsterdam at the end of May to attend the National Day of Prayer for the proposed Fifth Dogma under the invitation of the Bishop there. They will be giving a presentation on the Mary’s Crowning group to all those present. Afterwards, they will be traveling to Rome to seek an audience with the Holy Father to present him with the petitions that they have collected.
Mary’s Crowning has a Facebook, a Tumbler, and a page on www.fifthmariandogma.com. Should students wish to learn more about the group from one of its members, simply keep an eye out around campus for the navy blue shirts with red hearts and the plain, powerful words, “Her Immaculate Heart will Triumph”.