THE MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS
HAS EXPANDED IN A POWERFUL WAY
In practically all the countries of the world, National Head-quarters have been
established and entrusted with the task of gathering the membership and
assisting in the formation of prayer cenacles.
On the 8th of May, 1972, Father Stefano Gobbi, a priest from Milan,
Italy, was taking part in a pilgrimage to Fatima. While praying in the Chapel of
the Apparitions for some priests who, besides having given up their own
vocations, were attempting to form an association in rebellion against the
authority of the Roman Catholic Church, an interior voice urged Fr. Gobbi to
have confidence in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
What Fr. Gobbi had just experienced was an interior locution. It is not an
apparition or other communication perceived by the human senses, but a spiritual
phenomenon present in the life of the Church and described in manuals of
Catholic theology. The messages (interior locutions) are the gift by which God
wishes to make something known to humanity, in Fr. Gobbi's particular case by
means of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In July 1973, Fr. Gobbi began to write down these interior locutions which he
was receiving. The messages, dating from July 1973 to December 1997, are
published in the book, "To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons."
In a message to him on August 29, 1973, Our Lady told Fr. Gobbi:
"Whatever I communicate to you, my son, does not belong to you alone, but it is
for all my priest-sons, whom I love with predilection.
Above all it is for the priests of the Marian Movement of Priests whom I love
most tenderly and whom I want to form and lead by the hand to prepare them for
their great mission.
Therefore gather together in a booklet whatever I have told you…"
And thus, by means of these messages, Mary began to make use of Fr. Gobbi as a
humble instrument to gather all priests who would accept her invitation to
consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart, to be strongly united to the Pope
and to the Church in union with him, and to bring the faithful into the secure
refuge of her motherly Heart. Thus a powerful cohort would be formed and spread
throughout every part of the world, created not with human means of propaganda,
but with the supernatural power that emanates from silence, prayer, suffering
and constant faithfulness to one's duties.
In September of 1973, the first national gathering took place, with twenty-five
priests taking part out of the eighty already enrolled. Beginning in 1974, the
first cenacles of prayer among priests and faithful
took place. These gradually spread, and by the end of 1996, Fr. Gobbi had many
times visited the six continents.
The M.M.P. has succeeded in expanding in a powerful and extraordinary way. In
practically all the countries of Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania,
National Headquarters have been established and entrusted with the task of
gathering the membership and assisting in the formation of prayer cenacles.
The worldwide membership of the M.M.P. now numbers at least 400 cardinals and
bishops, more than 100,000 priests, and millions of religious and faithful
around the world.
IN THE UNITED STATES…
…the Marian Movement of Priests was initiated in 1975, with a temporary
Headquarters in Lewiston, Maine. In 1977, its National Headquarters was
permanently established in St. Francis, Maine, on the banks of the St. John
River that separates Canada from the United States.
Our Lady's choice of St. Francis as the home for her U.S. Headquarters is truly
a meaningful one. It was St. Francis of Assisi who was called by Jesus to go
"rebuild his Church", and Our Lady's Marian Movement of Priests has been called
by her to this same mission.
As of the year 2000, the M.M.P membership in the U.S. has reached sixty-three
thousand, including four thousand members of the clergy - bishops, priests and
deacons. Diocesan priests from all 50 states are enrolled, as well as women and
men religious from hundreds of communities.
In addition to the existing membership, thousands have since gone on to their
eternal reward. Our Lady's cohort is forever expanding in heaven as well as here
Below is the logo of the MMP in the United States.
Click on it for an explanation of its meaning.