The Militia of the Immaculata will hold its Midwest Conference Sept. 6-7, at Savior Pastoral Center, 12601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. The conference will feature Conventual Franciscan Father Stephen McKinley, rector of Marytown, the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, in Libertyville, Ill.; author Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, host of EWTN’s “G. K. Chesterton: the Apostle of Common Sense,” and publisher of Gilbert Magazine, and St. Thomas More parishioner Michael McGlinn, founder of “Face of Mercy,” a family spiritual movement whose mission is to lead youth and families into a loving, trusting relationship with God, through the mercy of Jesus under the protection of the Blessed Mother.
The Militia of the Immaculata is a world-wide evangelization movement that encourages total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a way to achieve spiritual renewal. The movement was founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe and six companions in 1917 as a means of “converting sinners, heretics and schismatics, particularly freemasons, and bringing all men to love Mary Immaculate.”
The prayer group was granted full canonical approval by Pope Pius XI in 1926. In 1927, Father Kolbe founded the friary called Niepokalanow, City of the Immaculate. Individual prayer chapters are called villages in relation to the larger Niepokalanow. The Kansas City area prayer group, Ave Maria Village, was started in 2004 by Holy Trinity Lenexa parishioner Christine Rossi.
Maximilian Kolbe was executed at Auschwitz concentration camp in 1941 and canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. Today there are more than 4 million members of the Militia worldwide, with more than 27,000 in the United States. The Militia’s U.S. headquarters is at Marytown.
McGlinn, a former Notre Dame University football star, musician and producer who recorded with the Allman Brothers, Genesis and Gloria Estefan, is now dedicated to the Divine Mercy message and works to spread that message through the U.S., through concert-talks, retreats and instructional workshops. He will kick off the conference Sept. 6 with a concert that will segue into Vigil Prayer and renewals of consecration to Mary. Talks by Ahlquist and Father McKinley will be on Sept. 7, and the conference will conclude with Benediction and the Divine Mercy Chaplet with McGlinn.
Overnight accommodations, breakfast and lunch are available. Conference fees: $55/person, $65/married couples, $60/seniors; overnight $38/person double or $50/person single; $6/breakfast, $8/lunch (food tickets will be sent to you). Send check, payable to Militia of the Immaculata, for total amount due to Christine Rossi, 7811 Monrovia Street, Lenexa, Kan., 66216. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.