In order that the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen fulfill its mission to preserve the doctrines and traditions of the one true Faith, it must have priests to defend these teachings, dispense the life-giving Sacraments of the Church and be everywhere the “good odor of Jesus Christ.” It is the goal of this Congregation to form truly Marian priests, the apostles of the latter days for whom St. Louis Marie de Montfort prayed two centuries ago: “True servants of the Blessed Virgin, who, like other St. Dominics, would go everywhere with the bright and burning torch of the holy Gospels in their mouth and the Holy Rosary in their hand….”
Within the Congregation there is a custom which symbolizes the mission of the Marian priests and their dedication to Our Lady. Immediately after the ordination ceremony, the newly-ordained kneels with his brother-priests before the image of Our Lady as all renew their religious vows and allegience to uphold and defend the doctrines and traditions of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. This is coupled with an oath never to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in any other manner than that prescribed by Pope St. Pius V and the holy Council of Trent.
The Marian priests engage in an active apostolate which includes teaching, parish work, editing and publishing Catholic literature, and traveling in order to make the Mass and the sacraments available to Catholics who have no priest of their own. The priests are responsible for parishes and Mass centers in 21 states, as well as Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands.
For more information about the spirituality and apostolate of the Marian priests, visit www.cmri.org.