Consecrations of new M.I Knights in Colombia
Father Stehlin came back to Colombia after almost a year since his first visit to that country. Firstly, he visited Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, on November 22nd, 2018. He celebrated Mass of Saint Cecile at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary’s Chapel, and then he gave a conference about the Militia Immaculatae there. He pointed out that through the Militia, people can truly live the sacrament of Confirmation by being instruments in the hands of the Immaculate, who is the Dispenser of all God’s graces. After the conference there was a light meal for Father Stehlin, the Priests and the community at the Priory. Many people embraced Father’s calling to be Mary’s instruments, therefore consecrations in Bogota took place on the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (November 27th), on the next Sunday (December 2nd) and finally, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th).
Additionally, Father Stehlin visited Bucaramanga on November 24th. He gave a conference at the Saint Therese Priory, at which many people felt the necessity to help the Immaculate as well; that is why on the next day (November25th) and also on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th), several more people got themselves enrolled into the Militia Immaculatae.
During all those days the Immaculate’s calling was moving a lot of Colombian hearts; therefore, 169 people consecrated themselves in Bogota and 91 people consecrated themselves in Bucaramanga. Moreover, the Prior, Father Javier Conte, the other two Priests of Bogota’s Priory, Father Bernardo Arizaga and Father Juliano de Souza as well as the Brother Antonio consecrated themselves to the M.I. As a matter of fact, the Fathers are strongly committed to this apostolate since they consecrated the new Knights in the previously mentioned dates, and days after the consecrations one of them gave a special homily about Saint Maximilian Kolbe and his work.
This was an amazing blessing for Colombia and it is expected that the M.I will keep on growing with God’s grace.