Posted June 16, 2006
The Militia Christi is yet another church movement. For the last few months
we have been tracking such church movements and posting their work on our
website. As the article suggests, this movement is also found in North
America. For further information on this movement, please go to the Internet
address at the bottom of this article.
Founded in 13th Century
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 14, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Here is the description of Militia
Christi which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the
Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Official name: Militia Christi
Acronym: MJC (Militia of Jesus Christ)
History: MJC was founded in 1209, influenced by St. Dominic and the
Dominican friars. Encouraged across the centuries by numerous popes, it
developed as an order of chivalry whose members, courageous faithful members
of the laity, placed themselves at the service of the Church to defend the
In 1870, the chivalrous Order of the Militia of Jesus Christ was reorganized
in Rome around a group of papal officials assisted by the master general of
the Dominicans, and with the encouragement of Pope Pius IX, to relaunch the
spirit of the ancient institution directing its members toward creating the
Kingdom of God in society.
During the period of reform between 1959 and 1973, the order was transformed
into an association of the faithful and its purposes were geared to meeting
the needs of the lay apostolate according to the teachings of the Second
On Nov. 21, 1981, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed recognition
of the Milice de Jesus Christ as an international association of the
faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: MJC is open to membership by lay men and women from all
backgrounds and states of life, who wish to commit themselves individually
and as an association to fostering the spirit of faith and Christian values
in the world.
Its members live the evangelical counsels according to their specific state
of life and in a renewed spirit of chivalry, practicing works of doctrinal
and ecumenical education, Marian piety and social justice.
In order to support these three areas of action, MJC has three departments,
each led by a director:
-- the Department of Truth, which guarantees the formation of its members
based on Thomist philosophy and theology, by teaching and guidance toward
-- the Department of the Rosary, which corresponds to the Marian vocation of
the association and fuels the interior life and the piety of the individual
members, through spiritual retreats, prayer vigils and moments of
-- the Department of Hospitality, which not only guarantees mutual
assistance among the members and organizes hospitality for them at meetings
and chapters, but more particularly to support and promote works of
solidarity and charity which are inseparable from evangelization.
Organization: MJC is governed by the master general, elected for nine years
and who may serve more than one term, assisted by an assistant general, who
has responsibility for making decisions on the life of the association.
The assistant general is assisted by the magistral council comprising the
general secretary, the provincial leaders, the departmental directors, and
members appointed pro tempore.
The ecclesiastical ordinary is the archbishop of Sens (France). Membership
of MJC is divided into affiliated members, committed members, and
The affiliated members are persons who live the spirituality of the
association without being bound to it; committed members bind themselves in
a sequence of stages to the spirit of service and militancy specific to the
chivalrous vocation and Dominican spirituality; consecrated members vow to
live the evangelical counsels of poverty and chastity in a special way
according to their specific state of life, or the demands of special
obedience to the Pope and to defend Our Lady, taking one or more temporary
vows and subsequently final vows.
The members are grouped together in houses headed by local delegates. Houses
in the same country constitute a province, which is entrusted to the
Membership: MJC has 506 members in nine countries, in Africa, Europe, the
Middle East, North America and South America.
Works: The association manages the Opere Militia Christi for solidarity
between the provinces and for the support of charitable projects; the
Parrains pour Ie Liban initiative to provide aid for young Lebanese students
from poor families; the Marie porte du Ciel initiative working in Brazil for
evangelization, the construction of a shrine, and the provision of
Publications: Militia Christi, published in French three times a year
Web site: www.militia-christi.org
Milice de Jesus-Christ
c/o Michel Quatre
22, avenue des Etats-Unis
78000 Versailles -- France
Tel. (33) 1-30213510 -- Fax 1-30211071