M.I.M.Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix Movement
The MIM is organized about the charism or specific Franciscan-Marian spirituality and discipline of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. This consists in promoting “the universal mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix.”
What is the M.I.M.?
The Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix Movement (MIM) is a Roman Catholic public association of the faithful, definitively approved by the Church. The MIM is the apostolate of the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FI), a Roman Catholic religious institute of pontifical rite, comprised of friars, both priests and brothers, and an affiliated religious sisterhood. The essential charism the Franciscans of the Immaculate is to live and promote unlimited consecration to Mary, the Mother of God and Immaculate Mediatrix. The MIM is a spiritual movement which shares in this spirituality and discipline.
The Mission of the Immaculae Mediatrix was the inspiration of Father Stefano Maria Manelli, Founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, on September 8, 1990 on the occasion of his pilgrimage to the Holy House of Loreto in Italy. Both the religious institute of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and the public association of the faithful, live and promote unlimited consecration to the Immaculate after the example of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Martyr of Auschwitz, and the great modern Marian aspostle. As a son of St. Francis and a spiritual child of St. Padre Pio, Father Manelli wanted to lead many in this dedication to the Immaculate Mediatrix in fidelity to the magisterium and according to a path cut by the saints.
Degrees of Membership
Members of the MIM are known as “Missionaries of the Immaculate Mediatrix,” and belong to the movement according to one of three ascending degrees:
- those who are missionaries simply on the basis of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate
- those who are missionaries on the basis of the Marian Vow of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate
- those who are missionaries on the basis of the Marian Vow of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate, together with the profession of the form of life proper to the Franciscan Tertiaries of the Immaculate.
Thus, the first two degrees incorporate the members into MIM solely on the basis of the Marian spirituality of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, while the third degree includes, in addition to the Marian spirituality, the Franciscan spirituality and profession that is proper to a tertiary.
The three degrees represent a way of belonging to the MIM according to an increasing intensity and commitment, in view of which each member must discern his or her personal call. New members enter the MIM as those preparing for the simple consecration of the first degree. After the simple consecration has been made, it is possible, if one so desires and one’s application is accepted, to go on to prepare for the Marian Vow that forms the basis of the second degree. Those who have made the Marian Vow in the second degree, if they are so inspired and their application accepted, may enter the novitiate of the third degree, namely, that of the Franciscan Tertiaries of the Immaculate.
The consecration to Mary is common to all three degrees, but the Marian Vow professed in both the second and third degrees is a particular grace lived out in the context of an approved lay association of the faithful, such as the MIM. This vow is a unique way of solemnizing one’s personal consecration to the Immaculate, and committing oneself to its discipline in a more intense fashion.
The third degree incorporates into the spirit of the consecration by vow, the Franciscan spirit, in the tradition of the great Franciscan tertiary saints, such as St. Louis IX, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo, St. Jean-Marie Vianney, St. Pius X and St. John XXIII. Those members who profess the form of life according to this third degree, live the spirit of poverty, chastity and obedience, in a structured life of prayer, mortfication and apostolic life in the great tradition of the Third Order of St. Francis.