On an unseasonably warm day in November of 1982, AT&T executive Jim Cash led a caravan of 12 men from northern New Jersey to Granby, Massachusetts about an hour west of Boston. Our destination was a Franciscan Friary where we would encounter the irrepressible Fr. James McCurry O.F.M. Father James led us on our first retreat, introducing us to the heroic life and mission of St. Maximilian Kolbe along the way.
We were mesmerized by the zeal of this “stupendous” saint as Pope Paul VI called him and who is more popularly known today as the “Martyr of Auschwitz.” At the conclusion of the retreat, Fr. James led us in a personal consecration of our lives, families and work to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We 12 returned home as official Knights of the Immaculate. The Mid-Atlantic MI was born.
In November of 2012, 30 years later, 143 Knights from five states journeyed to St. Joseph’s in the Hills in Malvern about 45 minutes west of Philadelphia for our annual retreat. Jim Cash was not among us, having entered eternity in 1990. He will forever be commemorated as the man who gathered, nurtured and formed us as a band of brothers.
The Kolbean mission is the conversion and sanctification of all men through the peerless intercession of the Mother of God. Today, there are believed to be over 3,000,000 Knights around the world.
Kolbe himself predicted almost 100 years ago that the mission of making the Immaculate more present in the affairs of men would become “more urgent than ever before” in our day.
Indeed it has. And, as we have discovered, it is a mission that arrests the hearts of men young and old, rich or poor, married or unmarried.
We invite you to join us.