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he more we belong to the Immaculata, the more perfectly we will understand and love the Heart of Jesus, God the Father and the whole Holy Trinity.” (St. Maximilian M. Kolbe)

The Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix (MIM) is a Roman Catholic public association of the faithful erected in accordance with the norms of the Code of Canon Law (CIC nn. 303, 312-320). It was canonically approved on January 6, 1991 by a decree of His Excellency Carlo Minchiatti, the Archbishop of Benevento, Italy.

Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli received the inspiration to found the MIM during a pilgrimage to the Holy House of Loreto on September 8, 1990. This was just three months after the canonical erection of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, of which he is the Founder and Minister General. It was clear to him that the charism of the Franciscans of the Immaculate could not be confined to the friars and sisters, but should be available to lay people, diocesan priests and all those who wish to share in their mission and spirituality.

Membership

The MIM is composed of 3 levels of membership:

  • MIM 1: in which members make a simple act of Total Consecration to Our Lady;
  • MIM 2: in which members make a formal "Promise" of Consecration;
  • MIM 3: which is the Franciscan Third Order of the Immaculate; members take a formal vow of Total Consecration to Our Lady, and pledge to live in a spirit of poverty, chastity and obedience, according to their state in life.

To enter the Third Order, one must first go through the formation program for MIM 1 (one year) and MIM 2 (another year), and then do a year of Novitiate (three years total before making first vows). Not all members are necessarily called to go on to the third level of membership. For such people, membership in MIM 1 or MIM 2 is a vocation in itself. These first two levels are also open to members of other secular fraternities (Third Order Carmelites or Dominicans, etc.) and to religious brothers and sisters belonging to other congregations (with permission from their respective superiors).

Who may attend the MIM meetings?

The meetings are open to anyone who wishes to come: members and non-members, people who are just curious about the MIM, and people who have commitments that might prevent them from formally joining. If anyone wishes to just attend Holy Mass, or just Holy Mass and the conference, that's fine.

Locations in the United States:

There are currently MIM Cenacles here at Mt. St. Francis Hermitage (in the town of Maine, NY); Griswold, CT; Bloomington, IN; New Bedford, MA; and in LaCrosse, WI.

“Our Lady Spouse of the Holy Spirit” Cenacle

Meetings are held at Mt. St. Francis Hermitage on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 9am-1:30pm (with optional pot-luck lunch at 1:30).

Schedule

  • 9am Rosary and Confessions
  • 9:30 Holy Mass & thanksgiving
  • 11:00 General Conference (plus youth track for children from 11:00 to 1:30)
  • 12:00 Angelus & break
  • 12:15 Chapter Meeting
  • 12:45 Formation Classes for different levels of membership
  • 1:30 Pot-luck lunch

The meeting at Mt. St. Francis is designed to be family-friendly, so people may want to try out the whole day, whether or not they have the intention of joining.

The programs for the children go from 11:00am (after Holy Mass) to 1:30pm (beginning of lunch). Boys go with the Brothers, and girls with the Sisters

Associate Membership

If you know that you won't be able to attend the monthly meetings, then you can apply for an Associate Membership in the MIM, which is done by correspondence. You can get details by contacting the MIM Cenacle in New Bedford, MA.