The Crusade of Mary Immaculate (Latin title: Militia Immaculatae) is a world-wide organisation founded on 16th October 1917 by Friar Maximilian Kolbe, our Conventual Franciscan confrere.
It is a movement of prayer and personal consecration to Mary Immaculate, the Virgin Mother of God. At the heart of this spiritual movement is the desire to love our Lord Jesus Christ with and through Mary; to offer prayer and personal sacrifices for the sanctification of souls; and by so doing to labour for the coming of the Kingdom of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The propagation of the Miraculous Medal as the sign of one's personal consecration to Mary for the sake of Christ's Kingdom remains an essential work of the Crusade.
The founder of the Crusade, Fr. Maximilian came to regard the press media as a key means for the spread of the Crusade. He established in Poland in 1927 a "City of the Immaculate" (Niepokalanow) to foster this goal. In 1930, the Crusade spread to Asia, whither Fr. Maximilian journeyed as a missionary to establish a "Garden of the Immaculata" in Nagasaki, Japan. After returning to Poland, and later being imprisoned by the Nazis, Fr. Maximilian was martyred at Auschwitz (Oswiecim) in 1941. He was beatified a Blessed of the Catholic Church in 1971, and canonised a Saint in 1982. Now known as Saint Maximiian Kolbe, the apostle of evangelisation, he assists his Conventual Franciscan confreres all over the world to explore the immense powers of the mass media as a positive means for preaching the Gospel of Christ more effectively.
In England, the printing and world-wide circulation of our magazine The Crusader of the MI is our outstanding apostolate in the area of mass media evangelisation. Each month The Crusader Magazine is distributed to more than fifty countries of the world, including several African countries; from Ethiopia to Ghana , to Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa; rom as far away as New Zealand to as close to home as Ireland; to the United States and Canada; to Brazil, Jordan and Japan, India and Sri Lanka.
Annually we sent 29,784 single copies of the magazine. Additionally, on the first Saturday of each month we distribute 18,000 copies: making a grand total of 283,844 copies of the magazine circulated every year.