Daughters of Mary Immaculate honor Willmann, 1st nat’l chaplain

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BULACAN, September 28, 2014 — The Daughters of Mary Immaculate International (DMII) of the Diocese of Malolos, Bulacan recognized and honored their first National Chaplain, Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ during their regional assembly in Malolos, Bulacan on September 27.

Vicariate of the Immaculate Conception Regent, Ma. Theresa G. Curia acknowledged their first National Chaplain, Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ, who was also known as the “Father of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines”.

Hundreds of Daughters of Mary Immaculate members attend the regional assembly on September 27, 2014 in Malolos, Bulacan.

“Fr. George J. Willmann, SJ was relevant and continue to be relevant. He established the Daughters of Isabella in 1951, in which later reorganized as Daughters of Mary Immaculate in 1977,” Curia cited.

She added that the group is currently pushing for the Cause for the beatification of Fr. Willmann and asked for the support of DMI members and other organizations he established in the country such as Catholic Youth Organization in the Philippines; Columbian Squires in the Philippines; Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, Inc (KCFAPI); Knights of Columbus Philippines Foundation, Inc; and KC Fr. George J. Willmann Charities, Inc. to raise him to the honors of the altar.

“The very first requirement for the Cause is the fama sanctitatis or the fame of sanctity. Once people are aware of Fr. Willmann and his saintly deeds, hopefully they will develop a devotion to him and possibly thru prayers, experience [a] miracle or two that are prerequisites for the Cause to raise him to the honors of the altar,” Curia added.

She encouraged the attendees to visit the Fr. Willmann Museum in Intramuros, Manila and spend some time to like his Facebook page, Father George J. WIllmann, SJ and follow his Twitter account, @FrWillmann for more updates on his Cause.

The regional assembly carried the theme “Proclaim Jesus Words, Emulate Mary’s Virtues, Make DMII A Way of Life” held at the Hiyas Convention Center, Malolos Pavilion, Malolos, Bulacan.

The Vicariate headed by, hosted the event, which was inspired by the theme of the concluded DMI National Convention held in Bohol early this year.

Curia also expressed gratitude for the opportunity she has to serve others through the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.

DMI International Chaplain Fr. Jerome Cruz and Region Chaplain Msgr. Albert Suatengco graced the event along with Sis. Mila Villanueva, DMI International Regent. (YO)

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