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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

THE KNIGHTS OF ST. MICHAEL FOR MARY'S ARK OF SALVATION!

(Through the Pilgrimage of the Two Hearts)

The Knights of St. Michael for Mary's Ark of Salvation is a spiritual movement composed of men and women who dedicate their lives to works of charity and mercy in the pursuit of holiness as a way of life. Under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and their commander St. Michael the Archangel, members strive for holiness so they can model their lives in Christian perfection founded on the Beatitudes.

This spiritual movement promotes the attainment of holiness through a life of virtues based on the salutations of the nine choirs of angels found in the Chaplet of St. Michael. The Knights of St. Michael is open to anyone who desires to live a deeper spiritual life, is loyal and faithful to the Teachings of the Catholic Faith and actively supports our Church leaders in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

HISTORY

"For who is like God?" – St. Michael the Archangel


The spiritual movement comprises of many faithful members of the Catholic community associated with the St. Michael Center for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Catholic lay apostolate based in Honolulu Hawaii, along with other representative chapters throughout the country. The apostolate since 1994 has actively promoted the Catholic Faith through various evangelization efforts including broadcasting, direct mail, publishing, prayer and parish events, conferences and teaching seminars. Throughout the 10 years of work, and after much prayer and discernment, the most faithful and active members of the St Michael Center formed the initial core group of the Knights of St. Michael. Members must have the basic understanding of the Catholic faith and their fervent practice of it, forms a spirituality that is deeply rooted in a life of holiness. This practice of holiness is the greatest fruit of all virtues because it is the source of all good works and leads to higher forms of contemplation such as a deeper devotional life. To live a holy life and to receive spiritual formation are core requirements of those who are called to the spiritual army of St Michael. All Catholics are invited and encouraged to become a member of this spiritual movement so they can become holy witnesses to the Truths of the Catholic Faith. They shall bring the Gospel to their own communities and become the light of the world amidst a world filled with untruths, errors and moral disorder.

All members of the Knights of St. Michael movement honors Mary with the title "Mary's Ark of Salvation". This title is inspired by the famous vision of St. John Bosco, when in 1862, he saw a great flagship representing the Catholic Church with the Holy Father at the helm. Besieged by enemy fire and in the midst of a great sea battle, victory was obtained when the ship anchored onto two great pillars on the ocean: on top of the left pillar, was the Holy Eucharist and on the other pillar, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady also frequently mentions "Mary's Ark of Salvation" in the on-going apparitions in Naju Korea where she has delivered profound and important messages of urgency to the Church and to the world concerning the present world crisis.

The Knights of St. Michael, therefore, seek to win souls for God by first, living a life of holiness and second, by being on board Mary's Ark of Salvation anchoring onto the great pillars of the Catholic Faith: the Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bearing the shield and sword of St. Michael, the Knights are soldiers whose battle cry is to fight evil with holiness and to become the Army of Light, through devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, encouraging all Catholic to embrace the Cross of Jesus Christ. The spiritual movement is closely associated, in their spiritual formation, with the lay community of Pilgrimage of the Two Hearts, a Catholic lay association of the Missionaries of Love and Peace of the Most Blessed Trinity headquartered in the Archdiocese of Melbourne Australia.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

"Put on the armor of God"


As a Knight of St. Michael, one strives to understand and live a life of holiness based on the nine salutations of the choir of angels. The salutations call upon each Knight to progress toward a higher nature of Christian perfection by embracing many important holy virtues and rejecting evil and sin. Each choir of angels helps us attain that degree of perfection, as if they were leading us up a ladder toward Heaven. The practice of this Holy virtues echoes the nine salutations, honoring the nine choirs of angels. Thus, to become a Knight of Saint Michael is to follow the ancient battle cry. "Put on the Armor of God" (Ephesians 6:10-17)

A Great Knight of God

St. George Patron of England, Portugal & Soldiers George was a soldier under the Roman Emperor Diocletian. In 298, when the emperor required all soldiers to worship Roman gods, George left the army. Later, Diocletian outlawed Christianity, and George confronted the emperor to plead for his fellow Christians. For his defiance, George was brutally tortured and finally beheaded

CATHOLICS ARE ALL CALLED BE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD THROUGH HOLINESS!

`We are all called to be Knights of St. Michael!

William Huckestein, San Diego, CA

"Being a Knight of St Michael is best defined by the words: "Be Not Afraid." By echoing the Holy Father's call to be not afraid, we proclaim the Gospel by living It in an ever secular world. Holiness is what is needed today to save souls ..... "

Dennis Aguirre, Daly City, CA

"A Knight of St Michael lives a life of holiness and it is the reason for our existence in this world, for this is the pefect witnessing of Christ to others."

Loretta Crowder Honolulu, HI

I look to our Holy father Pope John Paul II who said, "Be Not Afraid". Holiness originates with God. As Christians, we are called to live a holy life - a life like God wants us to live. I am not afraid to put on the armor of St Michael, a nd hold up the sword and shield of God's holy and protective light.

Mary Klipp, St Louis MO

"To be a great Knight of St Michael we rely on holiness to have the courage to stand firm in our Catholic faith in the midst of opposition and complacency, and humbly admitting that it is not our strength that keeps us firm, but Jesus' strength."

Robert Matsumoto Honolulu, HI

"To be a St. Michael knight, one must love God above else, to obey his commandments and to do His good works for the love of Him."


SALVATION AND HOLINESS IN MASS AND CONFESSION

The liturgy is a school of holiness, because it helps to transform life into a prayer, both private as well as communal.... The Eucharist gives a real face to Christian holiness and is where the source of holiness and the New Evangelization are. In the life and mystery of the humble Capuchin St Pio (Padre Pio) everything speaks of the connection that exists between the liturgy and especially the sacraments of the Eucharist and penance and holiness.....the secret of St. Pio's total adherence to Christ was the daily celebration of the Eucharist and the constant ministry of the confessional. - Cardinal Sodano

OUR PATRON KNIGHTS
Blessed Nuno Santa
Maria of Portugal

The Holy Constable of Portugal and Precursor of Fatima


Blessed Nuno Santa Maria was born 1360, and invoke Our Lady to win a great battle against invading forces becoming the champion of Portuguese independence. He was noted for his prayer, his practice of penance and his filial devotion to the Mother of God.

ST JOAN OF ARC
Defender of the Faith

St. Joan of Arc was born in 1412 and at the age of thirteen, the Maid of Lorraine led the French troops to victory of the French during the Hundred Years War. In 1430 St Joan was found guilty of heresy by the English Inquisitors and on May 30, 1431 she was burned at the stake as a heretic. The fire consummed all of her body except her heart, it was miraculously spared. Her ashes and heart were thrown into the Seine River. In 1460, the decision on St. Joan was overturned and her innocents was proclaimed. She was Canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

MAY 1
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint. Read More »

MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS

St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly.. Read More »

MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES

Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus'.. Read More »

MAY 4
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS

Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840. Read More »

MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Read More »

MAY 6
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL

Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town.. Read More »

MAY 7
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI

Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months. Read More »

MAY 8
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day. Read More »

MAY 9
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI

Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law. Read More »

MAY 10
ST. ANTONINUS

St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power. Read More »

MAY 11
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI

St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701. Read More »

MAY 12
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS

Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them. Read More »

MAY 13
ST. ANDREW FOURNET

St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were.. Read More »

MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples. Read More »

MAY 15
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER

Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of.. Read More »

MAY 16
ST. UBALD

St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education. Read More »

MAY 17
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON

St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school. Read More »

MAY 18
ST. JOHN I

St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, heodoric the Goth.. Read More »

MAY 19
ST. CELESTINE V

Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small. Read More »

MAY 20
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA

St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor. Read More »

MAY 21
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered..Read More »

MAY 22
ST. RITA OF CASCIA

St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well. Read More »

MAY 23
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them. Read More »

MAY 24
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND

St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom. Read More »

MAY 25
VENERABLE BEDE

Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673. Read More »

MAY 26
ST. PHILIP NERI

St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him. Read More »

MAY 27
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission.. Read More »

MAY 28
BLESSED MARGARET POLE

Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole. Read More »

MAY 29
ST. MAXIMINIUS

St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul. Read More »

MAY 30
ST. JOAN OF ARC

St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer. Read More »

MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby. Read More »

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