Knights of St. Mary

"If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are.  For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained.  Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing." - Saint Augustine

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Knights of St. Mary open to women?

Yes.  In Christ there is neither male nor female; the spiritual battle is the same for each.  Nobility and valor may be possessed in equal degree by both, as attested to by the great number of women saints and spiritual mothers as well as fathers.

I don't know anything about spiritual warfare - what can I do?

Let us teach you - you can do a great deal!  Your prayers and devotions can disarm and defeat the evil one and his demons, free your loved ones from sin and addictions, lift the demonic influence from specific areas of your life and even whole cities.

By taking up the crusader's cross in the spiritual battle, you can live your Catholic faith and draw closer to God.

Is the Knights of St. Mary Catholic?

Absolutely!

The Knights of St. Mary follows the narrow path of prayer and adherence to the teachings and spiritual counsels of the holy fathers, spiritual mothers and saints of the holy Catholic Church.

"Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.  How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!" (St. Matthew 7:13-14).

Did you know that there are 27 different Catholic rites?  The Roman Catholic Church is one of five in the Western Church and the Byzantine Catholic Church is one of 22 in the Eastern part of the Catholic Church.  Although they are in union with Rome, they have their own Patriarchs and ancient traditions.  This is part of the richness and diversity of the one, holy and apostolic Catholic Church.

The Knights of St. Mary adheres strictly to traditional Catholic teaching and faith.

What prayers and teaching materials do you use?

All of our sources are drawn from Church approved books and materials from the 1950's and earlier, and having the Imprimi potest, Nihil obstat and Imprimatur.  The vast majority are more than a hundred years old and many date back centuries, some to the very earliest days of the Church.

The Knights of St. Mary seem like a more active group than most.  What sets you apart?

People join the Knights of St. Mary because they feel a special "call" and devotion to Our Lady Mary.  They desire to give the best of themselves to spread devotion to Her; to champion the things She loves, the Church and its venerable teachings and traditions; and to defend Her and the Church against Her enemies.

The Knights of St. Mary desire to be the very best, the "special forces" of knightly organizations.  We don't just get together once a month to say a few prayers.  The life of a knight is one of daily struggle and prayer.

There is special training in consecrating oneself to Mary; in learning and keeping the spiritual treasures of the Church; and in spiritual combat.  The Knights of St. Mary ask an extraordinary level of commitment from all Members. 

To become a knight of Saint Mary is something that should not be taken lightly.

How do I know if Mary is calling me to be one of Her knights?

Pray!  Pray fervently and ask for some special sign of Our Lady's favor.  Pray the Holy Ghost to give you wisdom and light.  This may come in the form of a dream, a passage in a book or from scripture, a snatch of conversation randomly overheard, any number of ways.

If Our Lady is calling you, have faith that She will make Her intention known to you, in a time and way of Her choosing.  When She does, you will know it and have no doubt.

What are the requirements and obligations of membership?

Members receive a Rule of Life, which they aspire to live according to the best of their ability.  They also receive a Rule of Prayer which they follow according to their ability and circumstances.

All members must be active in some way in the organization.

These are the basics.  For those who desire, they may make a greater level of commitment.

 

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