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Rome, February 13, 2012
Prot. No. 22/2012

Rev. Fr. Mariusz Janiszewski, MIC
Divine Mercy Hills, PSB – Ulaliman
El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental,
Mindanao
PHILIPPINES

DECREE

The formation is one of the key elements of the religious life: although it is achieved above all through God’s action and one’s cooperation with His grace (cf. C 150), yet human actions are also of great importance so that the talents endowed upon us, as a Congregation, may be developed for the glory of Christ and the benefit of the Church. Therefore, there is no doubt that we must extend particular care to the Marians’ formation communities.

The Church in Asia needs assistance and coordination in formation of new vocations in view of the energetic and dynamic growth of faith of individual nations, which sometimes undergo cruel persecutions for the sake of Christ.

Undoubtedly, your experience in formation work can contribute to a greater quality of the Marian formation presently conducted in India and the Philippines.

By the present decree, acting in accordance with C 259 and D 280, 5, in consultation with interested parties and upon obtaining the consent of the General Council in its session on February 13, 2012,

I name you the Prefect of Formation for the Asian Vicariate of
the Congregation of Marian Fathers.

I would like to remind you that the duty of the Prefect of Formation is to promote and coordinate, in close cooperation with the Vicariate Superior and persons responsible for individual stages of formation, all formation actions in the Asian Vicariate, which is directly subordinated to the General Superior.

I ask you, as the Prefect of Formation, to prepare an annual report on the formation activity entrusted to you. I also ask you to get to know well the directives contained in the Ration Formationis Marianorum, approved by the General Chapter in Rome in 2005, as well as other Church documents regarding the basic and ongoing formation not only to become proficient in the field but also to work out a formation program, adjusted to the local conditions, with consideration for its individual stages.

May Blessed Stanislaus, the Founder of our Congregation, guide the formation work for the glory of God and the benefit of the Church.

May the Immaculate Mary give you her support in this responsible work.

Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, MIC
Secretary General

Very Rev. Fr. Andrzej Pakuła, MIC
Superior General

CC:

Fr. Jan Migacz, MIC, Superior of the Asian Vicariate
Fr. Anthony Raja, Rector of the Congregation of Marian Fathers’ Mission in India


Rome, February 13, 2012
Prot. No. 18/2012

DECREE
ESTABLISHING THE COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTIONS AND DIRECTORY

A true vitality of a religious community is conveyed, on the one hand, in the authenticity of its evangelical spirit, and on the other hand, in its pursuance of expressing its particular charism trough lawmaking. As our Founder wrote: “Since no community can exist except under the guidance of laws, nor would it be possible for one to live without law in this earthly existence: because of this you (…) will strive to observe these very few Statutes (…) for your inner peace an security of your conscience (NV I, 1).

Also in the modern times, still carried on by the post-conciliar renewal, the Church calls all institutes of religious life to show “a creative initiative” both in “following the saintliness of their founders,” and to reflecting on their own laws. Emphasizing that “the quest for ever greater conformity to the Lord is the guarantee of any renewal which seeks to remain faithful to an Institute's original inspiration,” the Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata points out: “In this spirit there is a pressing need today for every Institute to return to the Rule, since the Rule and Constitutions provide a map for the whole journey of discipleship, in accordance with a specific charism confirmed by the Church” (VC, 37).

Inspired by these ideas, the General Chapter celebrated in Rome in February 4-19, 2011, by its Decree No. 3 placed an obligation on the General Superior to establish a Committee on Constitutions and Directory. In fulfilling the will of the Chapter’s members, by the present decree I establish the Committee on Constitutions and Directory and with the General Council’s consent having obtained on February 13, 2012, I name the following members of this Committee:

Fr. Marian Pisarzak, MIC, the Chair;
Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, Deputy Chair;
Fr. Antoni Skwierczyński, MIC, Secretary.

In addition, I appoint the following confreres as the Committee’s consultants:

Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC
Fr. Jair Batista de Souza, MIC
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, MIC
Fr. Paweł Naumowicz, MIC
Fr. Jan M. Rokosz, MIC
Fr. Janusz Kumala, MIC
Fr. Kazimierz Pek, MIC
Fr. Vytautas Brilius, MIC
Br. Andrzej Mączyński MIC
Fr. Basileu Pires dos Anjos, MIC.

According to the Chapter’s decree, the goal of this committee is to review and propose possible changes, as well as to edit the standing Congregation of Marian Fathers’ Constitutions and Directory and to submit the results of its work to the next General Chapter.

The three people on the Committee should discuss all possible changes with the consultants whose duty it is to respond to the proposals; they also have a right to propose their own suggestions of changes but the Committee is not obligated to follow their solutions.

At least twice under the present General Government in the year 2012 and 2015, the Committee’s Chairman shall call a general meeting of the entire Committee that is of all its members and consultants. The goal of these meetings will be to discuss the proposed changes on a larger forum.

I wish the entire Committee the help of the Holy Spirit, the protection of the Mother of God, Blessed Father Founder, and all other Blessed Marians and our Patrons. May they support and guide you in your fruitful work and rich spiritual and theological reflections for the good of Christ and the Church.


Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, MIC
Secretary General

Very Rev. Fr. Andrzej Pakuła, MIC
Superior General

CC:

1. Provincial Superiors
2. All parties named in this Decree


Rome, December 30, 2011
Prot. No. 241/2011

DECREE
erecting the Religious House in El Salvador
under the title of Blessed Father Stanislaus Papczyński

“The Church in Asia sings the praises of the "God of salvation" (Ps 68:20) for choosing to initiate his saving plan on Asian soil, through men and women of that continent. It was in fact in Asia that God revealed and fulfilled his saving purpose from the beginning. He guided the patriarchs (cf. Gen 12) and called Moses to lead his people to freedom (cf. Ex 3:10). He spoke to his chosen people through many prophets, judges, kings and valiant women of faith. In "the fullness of time" (Gal 4:4), he sent his only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Savior, who took flesh as an Asian! Exulting in the goodness of the continent's peoples, cultures, and religious vitality, and conscious at the same time of the unique gift of faith which she has received for the good of all, the Church in Asia cannot cease to proclaim: "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love endures for ever" (Ps 118:1)” (John Paul II, Ecclesia in Asia).

The Congregation of Marian Fathers’ mission in the Philippines, which is a part of the cause of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Asia, was conceived as our entire Congregation’s vote of thanksgiving for the beatification of our Founder, Fr. Stanislaus Papczyński. A first community was established there in El Salvador, Mindanao, in 2008. Soon after, candidates applied to our Congregation and the novitiate house was set up. Although we still do not have our own seminary house, the formation work is flourishing. Our mission grew so successfully that in 2010 it has been transformed into a General Vicariate under the direct jurisdiction of the General Superior.

Six Marian priests are presently working in El Salvador. Our religious house serves also as the postulancy and the novitiate, while our seminarian commutes to study at the Diocesan Seminary in Cagayan de Oro. The community is independent, stable, and flourishing. Therefore, it is possible to hope for its further successful growth and spreading of the Marian charism within the local Church.

Bearing in mind all of the above and having consulted with members of the Asian Vicariate under the title of the Visitation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, upon receiving from His Excellency Anothony J. Ledesma, S.J., the Ordinary of the Cagayan de Oro Diocese a written permission dated October 12, 2011, for the erection of a religious house, with the consent of the General Council given in its session on December 29, 2011, on the basis of the Canon 609 §1, as well as C 209, by the present decree

I erect the Religious House under
the title of Blessed Father Stanislaus Papczyński
in El Salvador, the Philippines, starting with January 1, 2012.

I also declare that this house is entitled to all the rights and privileges defined by the Code of Canon Law and the Constitutions of the Congregation of Marian Fathers.

May the Immaculately Conceived Mary and our Blessed Fathers, especially Fr. Stanislaus Papczyński, this house’s patron, implore many God’s blessings for the community residing therein and serving Pro Christo et Ecclesia.

Given in Rome, on December 30, 2011.


Very Rev. Fr. Andrzej Pakuła, MIC

Very Rev. Fr. Andrzej Pakuła, MIC
Superior General

Fr. Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, MIC
Secretary General


Rome, November 3, 2009
Prot. No. 210/2009

DECREE RATIFYING THE COAT OF ARMS
OF THE CONGREGATION OF MARIAN FATHERS

The first Marian crest from the time of Blessed Father Founder depicted a dove carrying an olive branch. Then, in 1722, the Congregation's seal was changed to an image of the Immaculate Mother of God holding a lily flower in her right hand and crushing the head of a serpent with her foot. A radiating aureole surrounded her figure. Following the Congregation's renovation in 1909, its old symbol continued to be used, though in various graphic renditions.

In recent years — with the onset of global mass media — the necessity immerged for creating a uniform iconographic symbol that would allow for easier identification of our Congregation worldwide. This symbol would be a concise and clear sign of our community.

The General Chapter of 1999 introduced for the use of the entire Congregation a uniform emblem in the shape of a coat of arms with the image of the Immaculate Mary placed on the shield. The Congregation's offical motto, Pro Christo et Ecclesia, which was given to it by Blessed George Matulatis-Matulewicz and which synthesizes the essence of our charism, was placed on a scarf under the shield. However, the Chapter did not approve any of the proposed graphic renditions.

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the Renewal and Reform of our Congregation, a new graphic rendition was created through the initiative of Fr. Krzysztof Trojan, MIC, and the effort of Br. Andrew Mączyński, MIC. It was shaped as a coat of arms in accordance with the description provided by the Declaration of the General Chapter of 1999. Mr. Tomasz Steifer from Poland, an artist, historian, and founding member of the Polish Heraldic Society, completed the project, following the standing rules of heraldry.

After consulting with many of the confreres and having obtained the consent of the General Council in its session on October 2, 2009, I ratify the coat of arms as the official and legally binding graphic sign of the Congregation of Marian Fathers (the sample is attached to this decree). Furthermore, I direct that from now on this coat of arms be used on seals, letterheads and our publications in accordance with proper law.

I trust that this new graphic symbol representing our community, which combines the elements of the origianl Marian crest, used by the Institute throughout first centuries of its existence, with the motto given by Blessed George Matulatis-Matulewicz to the renewed Congregation, will foster a greater unity within the Congregation.


Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General

Attachments that are an integral part of this Decree:
1. Sample of the coat of arms of the Congregation of Marian Fathers by Mr. Tomasz Steifer;
2. Heraldic Commentary by Mr. Tomasz Steifer.


First Feast of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Chennai, India, May 18, 2008
Prot. No. 152/2008

Fr. Mariusz Jarząbek, MIC
4 Prospect Hill Road, Eden Hill
Stockbridge, MA 01262
U.S.A.

DECREE

The mission that Christ the Redeemer entrusted to His Church still stands, and the Church encourages us, religious order members, to give all our strength to the works of evangelization.

Prompted by this call, and bearing in mind the great needs of the Church in the Philippines, in response to your wish to be sent to missionary work in this country, after hearing all interested parties and obtaining the General Council's consent in its session on May 10, 2008, in accordance with our C 259 and D 279/3,

I hereby transfer you, as of June 2, 2008
from the Stockbridge Religious House in Massachusetts, U.S.A.
to the Marian Residence in El Salvador, Mindanao, Philippines,
which is under the direct jurisdiction of the Superior General.

While being legally a member of the El Salvador Residence, you will reside in Manila, where you will assist Msgr. Josefino S. Ramirez at the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy and at the Divine Mercy Center of Formation and Spirituality for Asia and Oceania, as well as to collaborate with the Divine Mercy Apostolate of the Philippines (DMAP).

I give you my thanks for your generous response, for undertaking the missionary call, and for your desire to evangelize. May the words of St. Paul, the missionary of all times, be your guidance and strength on this road: "If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!" (1 Cor 9:16). Until a more stable Marian structure is formed in the Philippines, you shall remain a member of the Mother of Mercy Province with all obligations and privileges.

May our Immaculately Conceived Mother, Mary, and our Father Founder be with you in every moment of your missionary labors.


Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General

CC:
His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Manila.
H.E. Most Reverend Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.
Msgr. Josefino S. Ramirez, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Fr. Daniel Cambra M.I.C., Provincial of the B.V.M, Mother of Mercy Province.
Br. Andrew Maczynski M.I.C., Stockbridge House Superior, U.S.A.
Fr. Jan Migacz, M.I.C., Rector of the Residence in El Salvador, Mindanao, Philippines.


First Feast of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Chennai, India, May 18, 2008
Prot. No. 151/2008

Fr. Walerian Poźniak, MIC
3885 Harewood Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
U.S.A.

DECREE

The mission that Christ the Redeemer entrusted to His Church still stands, and the Church encourages us, religious order members, to give all our strength to the works of evangelization.

Prompted by this call and bearing in mind the great needs of the Church in the Philippines, in response to your wish to be sent to missionary work in this country, after hearing all interested parties and obtaining the General Council's consent in its session on May 10, 2008, in accordance with our C 259 and D 279/3,

I hereby transfer you, as of June 2, 2008
from the Bl. George Matulewicz Religious House in Washington
to the Marian Residence in El Salvador, Mindanao, Philippines,
which is under the direct jurisdiction of the Superior General.

I give you my thanks for your generous response, for undertaking the missionary call, and for your desire to evangelize. May the words of St. Paul, the missionary of all times, be your guidance and strength on this road: "If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!" (1 Cor 9:16).

Until a more stable Marian structure is formed in the Philippines, you shall remain a member of the Mother of Mercy Province with all obligations and privileges.

May our Immaculately Conceived Mother, Mary, and our Father Founder be with you in every moment of your missionary labors.


Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General

CC:
H.E. Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
Fr. Daniel Cambra M.I.C., Provincial of the B.V.M, Mother of Mercy Province
Fr. Mark Baron M.I.C., Washington House Superior, U.S.A.
Fr. Jan Migacz, M.I.C., Rector of the Residence in El Salvador, Mindanao, Philippines


First Feast of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Chennai, India, May 18, 2008
Prot. No. 150/2008

Fr. Jan Migacz, MIC
3885 Harewood Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
U.S.A.

DECREE

The mission that Christ the Redeemer entrusted to His Church still stands, and the Church encourages us, religious order members, to give all our strength to the works of evangelization.

Prompted by this call, and bearing in mind the great needs of the Church in the Philippines, in response to your wish to be sent to missionary work in this country, after hearing all interested parties and obtaining the General Council's consent in its session on May 10, 2008, in accordance with our C 259 and D 279/3,

I hereby transfer you, as of June 2, 2008,
from the Bl. George Matulewicz Religious House in Washington
to the Marian Residence in El Salvador, Mindanao, Philippines,
which is under the direct jurisdiction of the Superior General,
and name you the Rector and Econome of this Residence for three years.

I give you my thanks for your generous response, for undertaking the missionary call, and the desire to evangelize. May the words of St. Paul, the missionary of all times, be your guidance and strength on this road: "If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!" (1 Cor 9:16).

Until a more stable Marian structure is formed in the Philippines, you shall remain a member of the Mother of Mercy Province with all obligations and privileges.

May our Immaculately Conceived Mother, Mary, and our Father Founder be with you in every moment of your missionary labors.


Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General

CC:
H.E. Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
Fr. Daniel Cambra M.I.C., Provincial of the B.V.M, Mother of Mercy Province
Fr. Mark Baron M.I.C., Washington House Superior, U.S.A.


First Feast of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński
Chennai, India, May 18, 2008
Prot. No. 149/2008

DECREE

Recognizing the signs of the Holy Spirit's actions, as well as responding to the needs of the Church as expressed in the letter of Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., (from 6 February 2008), and acting on behalf of our Congregation's good and its future growth, taking into consideration the mission of embracing all nations with apostolic care in the spirit of our charism, after consulting the Province and Vicariate Superiors in Rome on March 8-10, 2007, in accordance with our C 259 and D 181 and having obtained the General Council's consent in its session of May 10, 2008,

I hereby found the Residence of the Congregation of Marian Fathers in El Salvador, Mindanao, Philippines,

to give thanks to God on behalf of the Marian Community for the gift of Father Stanislaus Papczyński's Beatification and in light of the 100th Anniversary of the Renewal of the Congregation by calling to life a new mission.

Until a new formal Religious House can be erected according to Canon Law and our Constitutions, the new Residence shall be ruled by the following principles:

  1. The confreres residing at El Salvador will be regarded as an autonomous community after the example of a Religious House, under the direct jurisdiction of the Superior General;
  2. A Rector, fulfilling the duties of the Local Superior, shall be the head of this Residence;
  3. The confreres, belonging to this Residence, shall have their own schedule of religious practices and exercises defined by the Rector of the Residence;
  4. The Residence shall have an autonomous financial status and keep its own financial accounts;
  5. Once a year, the Rector shall provide the Superior General with a report on the Residence activities, including its financial report and preliminary budget for the following year.

I entrust the new mission to the Divine Mercy which we believe is calling us to the Philippines to spread the good news of His love. I ask for the protection of Immaculate Mary, the greatest fruit of the Divine Mercy, and the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński and Blessed George Matulaitis-Matulewicz, our Renovator.


Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Rome, February 2, 2007
Prot. No. 32/2007

DECREE
appointing the Government of the St. George Vicariate in Lithuania

Acting in accordance with No. 259 of our Constitutions, having conducted consultations with confreres concerned, and upon receiving the consent of the General Council in its session on February 2, 2007,

I hereby appoint the Government of the Lithuania Vicariate that will serve until June of 2008. The body of the Government shall include:

Vicariate Superior:  
I Councilor:
II Councilor:

Fr. Vytautas Brilius, M.I.C.
Fr. Tomas Miliauskas, M.I.C.
Fr. Andrius Sidlauskas, M.I.C.

I commend the entire Vicariate Government to God Almighty, the intercession of our Lady, Immaculately Conceived, and to Bl. George Matulaitis. I also assure them of my prayerful remembrance for the intention of the Vicariate’s growth in numbers and merits for the glory of God and His Church.

Given in Rome, on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, February 2, 2007

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Rome, February 2, 2007
Prot. No. 31/2007

DECREE
suppressing the Lithuanian Province of St. George
and establishing instead the Vicariate of St. George

Saint George Province in Lithuania was erected in 1930. At that time the Province had 142 members, which included 29 novices and 19 postulants. As a result of the Communist persecutions of the Church, the Marians in Lithuania were working singly in parishes and residing outside of the community life, while keeping in touch with their Superiors and zealously serving the Church. In spite of their heroic efforts, the long years spent living and working in the times of persecution, caused the Lithuanian Marians to be unable to renew the religious life in their Province, so that it could withstand the test of time. Today’s Province has 15 confreres vested with full rights, half of whom are elderly.

After consultations with all of the confreres of the Province, which took place during the General Visitation on May 25 – June 2 of 2006, and upon receiving the unanimous consent of the General Council in its session on February 2, 2007, acting in accordance with NN. 204 and 206 of our Constitutions and NN. 262,8 and 262,9 of our Directory

I hereby suppress the Lithuanian Province of St. George and establish instead the Lithuanian Vicariate of St. George directly subordinated to the Superior General.
This decision becomes valid on February 2, 2007.

According to the Indult of the Holy See granted on June 5, 2006, (Prot. No. 49696/2006), the new Vicariate has the right to use the title of the former Province, while its Superior is entitled to the title of the Provincial. This privilege is valid for the period of time defined by the Superior General in the Statutes of the Vicariate.

The Vicariate will be comprised of: St. Michael the Archangel Religious House in Mariampole, St. George the Martyr Religious House in Kaunas, and Our Lady, Mother of Mercy Religious House in Vilnius.

The Vicariate headquarters are located in the Mariampole House. The Vicariate shall be governed by the Statutes given by the Superior General with the consent of the General Council.

I trust that the establishing the Vicariate, in place of the Province, will contribute to the renewal of the Lithuanian Marians’ religious life, by freeing many confreres from administrative duties, in order to deepen their involvement in parish ministry.

I entrust all the confreres belonging to the Lithuanian Vicariate and serving with great dedication to the Church and our Congregation, into the care of Our Blessed Mother, the Advocate of our Congregation, and to Bl. George Matulaitis, M.I.C., who extends his special protection over the Vicariate in Lithuania.

Given in Rome, on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, February 2, 2007

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General

NB: The above decree was promulgated in Polish and Lithuanian.


Prot. n. 98/2006

DECREE OF ERECTION OF A PROVINCE

The first Marians officially came to the United States from Lithuania in 1913, along with Blessed George Matulaitis, to minister to Lithuanian immigrants. In 1922, Marians from Poland also came to work among Polish immigrants. An American Province with its headquarters in Chicago, IL, was erected in 1930 by the Superior General, His Excellency, Peter Francis Bucys. In 1948, the same Superior General installed another Province with its headquarters in Stockbridge, MA. The first Province was placed under the patronage of St. Casimir and the second was placed under the patronage of St. Stanislaus Kostka. The confreres of the St. Casimir Province extended the Marian community to Argentina in 1939.

Through the years, the confreres ministered to the faithful of various national backgrounds and carried out different apostolic works of great importance for the Church and the Congregation. In particular, in collaboration with the laity, they distinguished themselves by zealous pastoral ministry in parishes, in Catholic education, in the apostolate of the Catholic press, in the promotion of the message of The Divine Mercy, and in fostering devotion to the Immaculate Virgin Mary.

For a number of years now, there has been discussion about the two American Provinces becoming one in the belief that unity and consolidation of efforts would produce better conditions for the religious life and the apostolate. This topic was brought up also during the Provincial and General Chapters of 2005 and then, after the closing of the General Chapter, it was debated by the General Government, which concluded that the time had come to unite both American Provinces.

Upon the Holy See’s agreement, the mandates of these Provinces’ governments were prolonged until the time when the Chapter of the joined Provinces would take place. Next, a Unification Committee was appointed, composed of members of both Provinces. This Committee has labored diligently to work out the various exigencies which needed to be put into place to facilitate this unification.

Therefore, with all this before us, after having received on June 24, 2006, the unanimous approval of my Council, in accord with our Constitutions No. 204 and Directory No. 262/8, the Provinces of St. Casimir and St. Stanislaus Kostka will be suppressed and in their stead

I erect the American Province under the title of the B.V.M., Mother of Mercy with its headquarters in Stockbridge, MA.
This decision takes force on October 24, 2006.
The new Province will initially consist of nine Religious Houses: Chicago, IL; Thompson, CT; Kenosha, WI; Plano, IL; Stockbridge, MA; Washington, DC; Steubenville, OH; Avellaneda, Buenos Aires; Rosario, Santa Fe; and of three Residences: Darien, IL; Yorkville, IL; and Portland, ME.

I commend the new Province, its members, and their apostolic works, to the wise guidance of Divine Providence. Under the patronage of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Mercy, I have every hope that the new Province will develop and flourish and fulfill the mission foreseen by God for the Marians in the Americas.

Given in Rome, on this 9th day of July, 2006.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, MIC
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Rev. Zbigniew Piłat, MIC
General Secretary

The First Provincial Council of the Mother of Mercy Province, elected on October 25, 2006:

Provincial Superior:  
Vicar Provincial:
Second Councilor:
Third Councilor:
Fourth Councilor:

Very Rev. Mark Garrow, MIC
Very Rev. Daniel Cambra, MIC
Rev. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC
Rev. Timothy Roth, MIC
Rev. Donald Calloway, MIC


Rome, March 3, 2006
Prot. No 30/2006

INSTALLATION DECREE
of the Institute of Marian History and Spirituality

Tradition and identity play an important role in the life of a congregation. In spite of always changing historical and cultural environment, they ensure the historical and spiritual perpetuity of a religious community. Pondering the pathway already covered by our community, where the Divine Providence guided us, is an irrevocable source that enlivens our presence and inspires our future.

In following the Church’s instructions (cf. Perfectae caritatis, 2b) and being deeply concerned about the faithful adherence to our Congregation’s spiritual heritage left by our Father Founder, carefully preserved and developed by consecutive generations of the Marians, and Bl. George Matulaitis-Matulewicz in particular, by the present decree, and having previously obtained the General Council’s agreement in its session on December 5, 2005, acting upon the authority of the Canon 578 of the Code of Canon Law and No 211 of our Constitutions, I hereby transform the Marian Historical Institute (called to life on April 29, 1995, Prot. No 34/95) into

Institute of Marian History and Spirituality,

as one of the works of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most B.V.M.
The body of the above named Institute will comprise:

Fr. Janusz Kumala, M.I.C., STD, SEOL (Poland) – Chairman
Fr. Jan Bukowicz M.I.C., ICD, (Poland),
Fr. Marek Ciebien, M.I.C., STM (Rwanda),
Fr. Pawel Chudzik, M.I.C., STM, HEL (Lithuania)
Tadeusz Gorski, M.I.C., Hist. M (Poland)
Fr. Casimir Krzyzanowski, M.I.C., BA, STD (U.S.A.)
Fr. Waclaw Makos, M.I.C., STL (Poland)
Fr. Basileo Pires, M.I.C., STL (Portugal)
Fr. Marian Pisarzak, M.I.C., STD (Poland)
Fr. Tadeusz Rogalewski, M.I.C., STD hab. (Poland)
Fr. Jonas Silva, M.I.C., PhB, STL (Brazil)
Fr. Krzysztof Trojan, M.I.C., STM (Poland).

The main task of this Institute shall be the academic research, popularization, and promotion through publishing of the Marian history and spirituality. The aims of this Institute as well as means of their accomplishing shall be defined by the Statute approved by the Superior General. Father Janusz Kumala, M.I.C. is charged with preparation of this Statute.

To my Confreres appointed to serve on this Institute I wish a most fruitful outcome of their work on deepening the Marian heritage and bringing it closer to all members of the Congregation of Marian Fathers.

Given in Rome, on March 3, 2006 A.D.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Rome, February 25, 2006
Prot. No 22/2006

To all priests and deacons of the Congregation of Marian Fathers

DECREE

Permission to invest the faithful with the Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

Upon the power of the Superior General of the Congregation of Clerics Regular Teatines’ letter addressed to the Superior General of the Congregation of Marians on March 19, 2005, having a great concern for spreading the devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Mother of God and in response to many requests from our confreres and the fervent wish of the lay faithful, I hereby give permission to all priests and deacons of the Congregation of Marian Fathers to invest the faithful with the Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, in accordance with canons 1169-1171 of the Code of Canon Law and the Marian Ritual.

Immaculata Virginis Maria Conceptio sit nobis salus et protectio.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

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Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Rome, December 31, 2005
Prot. No 246/05

DECREE

Our Congregation is presently awaiting the coming of two important events: the beatification of Father
Founder and the 100th Anniversary of the Renovation of our Community. These events create a wonderful
occasion, impelling us to further intensify our deliberations over our Congregation’s charism and its mean-
ing for the modern world.

In conformance to Recommendation No 3 of the General Chapter of 2005 in Rome, and having heard
the General Council’s opinion in its session on December 5, 2005, by this decree I hereby convoke

the Committee for the Charism of the Congregation of Marian Fathers,
with the following membership:
Fr. Janusz Kumala, MIC, Poland, Chairman;
Fr. Mark Garrow, MIC, U.S.A.;
Fr. Marian Pisarzak, MIC, Poland;
Fr. Basileu Pires dos Anjos, MIC, Portugal;
Fr. Eduardo Alvarez, MIC, Argentina;
Fr. Jair Batista de Souza, MIC, Brazil.

The above named Committee shall have the following aims:

  1. Reflection over the development of the Marian charism from the Congregation’s beginnings through its renovation and until the present day, leading to establishing practical implications for our modern life.
  2. Promotion of deliberations on our charism’s timeliness and importance for the modern world.
  3. Creative involvement in preparations and celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the renovation of our community.
  4. Composing a draft of an instumentum laboris on the topic: “Charism of the Congregation of Marian Fathers and its meaning for the modern world,” which should be presented to the General Government before the end of March 2010.

I shall support with my prayer and blessing the works of the above named Committee and I commend them to the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, trusting that the beatification of our Father Founder and the 100th Anniversary of the Renovation of our Congregation will greatly contribute to the spiritual renewal of every member and of the entire Community.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General

Copies of this Decree shall be delivered to:

All members of the Committee,
All Provincial and Vicariate Superiors.


Rome, 29 June 2005
Prot. No. 145/05

DECREE
establishing the Liturgical Committee of the Congregation of Marian Fathers

In consideration of the decree no. 1 of the last General Chapter which convened in Rome in 2005, having obtained the acceptance of the General Council during its session on 27 June 2005, and acting according to the no. 259 of our Constitutions and no. 261 of our Directorium I institute

Liturgical Committee of the Congregation of Marian Fathers,

appointing to it the following members: Fr. Marian Pisarzak, M.I.C., chairman; Fr. Mark Garrow, M.I.C., vice-chairman; Fr. Maciej Zachara, M.I.C.; Br. Andrew Maczynski, M.I.C.; Fr. Mieczyslaw Jastrzebski, M.I.C.

I entrust the committee with the following tasks:

Preparation for publication of Marian Ritual accepted by the last Chapter (Rome 2005), in two language versions, i.e. English and Polish which would be the basis for other language translations.

Implementation into the text of all the corrections, suggestions and editorial remarks brought up during the works of the General Council or handed to the members of the Liturgical Committee or the General Council in the form of proposals, yet without interference into the core content of Marian Ritual.

May the Almighty God, through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, bless all of you in your work.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Appendix 1 to the Decree n. 123/05

Tasks of the General Promoter
of the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy

Having consulted the issue with the members of the General Council during the session of June 27, 2005, I assign the following tasks to the General Promoter of the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy:

General Promoter:

Acts as a liaison between the Director of the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy (EADM) and the Superior General of the Marians in all the issues concerning EADM;

In close cooperation with the Director of EADM, and under the direction of the Superior General and his Council, inspires and coordinates the development of EADM throughout the entire Congregation;

In performing his mission in the Congregation, works as an adviser and coordinator; he relies on the opinion and adjusts all the issues with Provincial Superiors who are in charge of and perform jurisdiction within their provinces;

Serves as an official link on the part of the Superior General in all the interprovincial matters concerning the program of EADM or other foreign projects undertaken by EADM;

Together with the Director of EADM, creates the program of formation for EADM members, especially supervising its theological correctness and faithfulness to the Marian charism. The program of formation for EADM should be approved by the Superior General and his Council.

In close unity with diocesan bishops, supports the Director of EADM in promoting and developing EADM all over the world, including the countries where Marians are not present;

Coordinates the formulation of the EADM Statutes. The Superior General and his Council have the responsibility of accepting these Statutes.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Rome, 21 June 2005
Prot. N. 123/05

Rev. Father Joseph Roesch, M.I.C.
Via Corsica, 1
Rome

NOMINATION

Considering the previous good fruits of the cooperation between the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy (further EADM) and Marian Fathers and acting in accordance with can. 148 of the CIC/1983, number 259 of our Constitutions, § IX n. 5 of the Statutes of the Association of Marian Helpers, after consultation with the General Council in the 6E session on 11th of June 2005, I hereby confirm the nomination of Fr. Joseph Roesch to

the Office of the General Promoter of the Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy

for the next six years with all the faculties belongings to this Office in virtue of the Common Law, our Constitutions and Directory as well as the tasks for General Promoter of EADM given by Father General after consulting with the members of the General Council which is an integral part of this decree (appendix 1).

I believe that the cooperation between the EADM and Marian Fathers will contribute to the Glory of God and the goods of the faithful entrusted to our spiritual care, and also in promulgation the devotion of the Divine Mercy.

I pray that Father Joseph Roesch will receive the assistance of Almighty God and of the Virgin Mary in order that he can truly fulfill his new mission.

Given in Rome, 21 June 2005

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Rome, 28 May 2005
Prot. N. 99/05

Very Rev. Fr. Stanislaus-Seraphim Michalenko, MIC
4 Prospect Hill Rd., Eden Hill
Stockbridge
MA 01262, U.S.A.

CONFIRMATION OF ELECTION

In accordance with can. 625 §3 of the CIC/1983 and nr. 263 of our Constitutions, I hereby confirm the election of Fr. Seraphim Michalenko MIC, to the Office of the Vicar-Provincial of the American Province of St. Stanislaus Kostka. The provision of the Office of the Vicar-Provincial has been done for an determinate time, in reference with the Dispensation obtained from the Holy See in order to prorogate the mandates of the Provincial Governments and to Unite both Provinces (the Indult from 26 April 2005, Prot. n. 49170/2005).

The election of Fr. Seraphim Michalenko took place on the 19th of May 2005 at the meeting of the Provincial Council.

The present document contains what was notified by telephone to the newly elected Vicar-Provincial.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Prot. 78/05

DECREE

for the better preparation of the unification of the St. Casimir Province and the St. Stanislaus Kostka Province and after the prolongation of the mandates of both current Provincial Governments (decree on the day of the 18th of May, 2005 N. 77/05), and after the assent of the General Council, given on the 10th of May, 2005

I establish
the Commission of Unification of the St. Casimir Province and the St. Stanislaus Kostka Province:

  1. The main goal of the Commission is to help the General Government and the Provincial Governments in the spiritual, organizational, and legal preparation of the Provinces mentioned above, in the unification of those Provinces, including among other things: the determination of the name of the new Province, the location of its headquarters, the draft of the Statutes of the united Province and the preparation of the Chapter of the united Province.
  2. The Commission consists of 8 persons (4 from each Province), 2 will be ex officio, and 6 will be elected.
  3. The ex officio members are the Provincials of the Provinces: Very Rev. Donald Petraitis and Very Rev. Walter Dziordz.
  4. The other members, 3 from each Province, will be elected by the Provincial Chapters. If in some Province there is no second session of a Provincial Chapter, the members from that Province will be elected during a vote of all the members of that Province.
  5. The Commission will work on the basis of its own regulations which shall include among other things: a description of the work and the schedule of the work.
  6. The Commission will choose from amongst its members: a president, a vice president, and a secretary.
  7. The date for the first meeting of the Commission will be set by the Superior General, in consultation with the Provincial Superiors.
  8. A representative of the General Government can participate in the sessions of the Commission as an observer.
  9. At any meeting, if it would be helpful, the President of the Commission can invite other persons with special knowledge and experience; the other persons may be members of the Congregation or laymen.
  10. The authority of the Commission is advisory in those matters which pertain to the authority of the General Government and the authority of the Provincial Governments.

I ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the members of the Commission and I entrust the work of the Commission to the Immaculate Mother of God, patroness of the Congregation, and to the Marian Blesseds George, Anthony and George.

Written in Rome, on the 18th of May, 2005, on the anniversary of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński's birthday.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General


Prot. 77/05

DECREE
Prolongation of the Mandates of the Provincial and Local Governments
of the St. Casimir Province and the St. Stanislaus Kostka Province
of the Marians in the United States

Taking into consideration the plan to unite the St. Casimir Province and the St. Stanislaus Kostka Province of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, in reference to canon 581 of Canon Law, and to n. 204 of our Constitutions and to n. 262 of our Directory, acting also on the basis of the dispensation of the Holy See (confer letter of the Congregation for Religious Life on given on the 26th of April, 2005 Prot N. 49179/2005) from numbers 218, 251, and 252 of our Constitutions, after consultation with the governments of both Provinces, and after having received the consent of the General Council given on the 10th of May, 2005,

I decree the following:

  1. I extend the mandates of the current Provincial Government of the St. Casimir Province and of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Province until the 24th of October, 2006. On this day shall begin the Chapter of the united Province during which shall be held the election of the government of the newly united Province.
  2. The mandates of the Local Governments in both Provinces may be be extended until the 31st of December, 2006.
  3. The second session of the Provincial Chapters in both Provinces may be omitted.

I announce that by another decree I will establish a Commission of unification of both Provinces. The main goal of that Commission will be the spiritual, organizational, and legal preparation of the above-mentioned Provinces in view of their unification.

I would like to thank the current Provincial Governments for their willingness to continue their work. I would also like to thank the Provinces for their willingness to work together in the unification process. I ask all the confreres from both Provinces for their heartfelt cooperation in this work. I pray that God may bless you in your efforts. May our Immaculate Mother, patroness of the Congregation, ask God to give you the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially the gifts of brotherly unity and love.

Written in Rome, on the 18th of May, 2005, on the anniversary of Blessed Stanislaus Papczyński’s birthday.

Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.

___________________________
Very Rev. Jan M. Rokosz, M.I.C.
Superior General

Zbigniew Pilat, M.I.C.

_____________________
Fr. Zbigniew Piłat, M.I.C.
Secretary General