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STATUTES OF THE CATHOLIC MOVEMENT "WARRIORS OF MARYA"

PREAMBLE

The Community of the Warriors of Mary - a Marian Catholic movement - was born in and for the Catholic Church. Its founder is Fr Dominic Chmielewski, a Salesian. The movement was created as a response of the praying Church to the contemporary challenges facing the community of believers and the whole world. Its aim is to form young men who, according to the vocation received from God, following the example of Mary Immaculately Conceived, should become faithful witnesses of Christ, and supported by the intercession of St Joseph, strive to be good husbands and fathers, carrying out their mission in the Church and in society.

The Marian charism of the Community of men ready to fight for the highest values and truths professed by the Catholic Church grows out of the entrustment of Jesus Christ through His Immaculate Mother, Mary. The spiritual path of the Warriors of Mary, based on Divine Revelation and the teachings of the Catholic Church, refers to the contents of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen gentium Vatican II: And while the Church in the person of the Most Holy The Virgin Mary already attains the perfection by which she exists undefiled and without blemish, Christians are still striving hard to overcome sin, grow in holiness; therefore, they raise their eyes to Mary, who shines upon the whole community chosen as a model of virtue. Reflecting on her devoutly and looking up to her in the light of the Word made man, the Church reverently penetrates more deeply into the the supreme mystery of the Incarnation and becomes more and more like her Bridegroom (No 65).

I. PENERAL PROVISIONS

§1

1 The Movement of the Warriors of Mary (hereafter referred to as the Movement), created by the Inspector of the Salesian Society of the Inspectorate of St. Adalbert in Piła, was established during the cyclical open formation meetings for men (clerical and lay), organised by the Salesians of Don Bosco at Ląd upon the Warta River.

2 The Movement - with the consent of the relevant ecclesiastical authorities and in accordance with the provisions of the law - operates in Poland and beyond its borders.

3 The Movement has no ecclesiastical legal personality.

4 The activities of the Movement are based on the provisions of canon law, the Statutes and the relevant secular laws.

§2

(1) For pastoral reasons, the Movement is subject to the Polish Bishops' Conference, which approves its Statutes and appoints one of its bishops as the KEP's delegate for the Movement, cooperating with the Inspector - the superior of the St. Adalbert Inspectorate in Piła - and the Movement's Moderator.

(2) The ecclesiastical legal entity directly supervising the proper functioning of the Movement is the Salesian Society, St. Adalbert Inspectorate in Pila, 1 St. John Bosco Street, 64-920 Pila.

3 The Movement was created and functions within the Salesian charism, therefore the Inspector of the Inspectorate of St. Adalbert in Pila appoints the Moderator of the Movement from among Salesian priests and notifies the Polish Episcopal Conference of his election.

4 The main Centre of the Movement is located in Ląd nad Warta, at the Centre for Spirituality and Culture, Ląd nad Warta 101, 62-406 Lądek.

§3

Bringing together active Catholics, the Movement is fully and unconditionally subject to the Pope, the Bishops and the Major Superiors of the Salesian Society Inspectorate of Piła in its actions.

§4

The patron saint of the Movement is St John Bosco - founder of the Salesian Society and the Salesian Family, a saint of the Catholic Church.

§5

The activities of the Movement in particular dioceses of the Catholic Church require the formal approval of the Bishop of the place.

§6

The Movement may use its own logo as its emblem (model logo in §22).

II. CCHARISMAT RUCHU

§7

1 The charism of the Movement is to imitate in daily life the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and personal total entrustment to her Immaculate Heart and protection, for the greater glory of God, the Church and the victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The main goal of the Movement is to grow its members in faith, hope and love, for the greater Glory of God and for the benefit of His Holy Church, and to form men - in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church - to be good Christians and responsible husbands and fathers. The path leading to this goal is a sacramental life combined with reverence for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practice of devotions recognised by the Church, especially those in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

3 In pursuing the mission of the Warrior Mary, the members of the Movement refer to the teachings of St John Bosco, in particular:

a) the preventive (preventive and educative) system, a method of education that is not based on coercion but on the potential for goodness, reason and religion that the young person carries within himself. The educator, fully respecting the free will of the young person, becomes close to him in order to accompany him on the path of authentic growth. The preventive system consists in anticipating the actions of the pupil so as not to lead him to do something wrong;

(b) unreserved devotion to Jesus Christ (Salus Credentium) and to the care of the Immaculate Virgin Mary (Auxilium Christianorum).

4 Members of the Movement, accepting the gift of the Redeemer from the Cross: "Behold your Mother" (Jn 19:27), they entrust themselves to and give themselves totally to the Immaculate for their own sanctification and to cooperate with her maternal mission of directing the heart of each person towards Christ. Christ himself at Calvary performed the first act of entrustment, giving the disciple to Mary and Mary to the disciple (cf. Jn 19:25-27), so that the life of the disciple is from that moment on marked by her maternal presence (cf. RM 45).

5 The intermediate objectives are:

(a) the formation of men in their responsibility for family and society;

(b) concern for the spiritual growth of men and their families;

(c) supporting couples in overcoming any difficulties;

(d) building, supporting and reinforcing the attitude of husband and father;

e) to form men in their Catholic identity so that they are ready to fight for the highest values and Truths professed and proclaimed by the Catholic Church.

6 Tasks performed by members of the Movement in the exercise of any function in the Movement fall under the category of voluntary work and are therefore performed unpaid.

§8

The Movement pursues its objectives through the formation of its members and apostolic activities.

1. Spiritual and intellectual formation

The spiritual and intellectual formation of Movement members is the responsibility of the Movement Moderator and the Spiritual Guardians of the individual groups. The formation of the members of the Movement is carried out particularly through:

(a) active and systematic participation in the sacramental life of the Church (frequent Eucharist and Confession) and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament;

(b) reading and meditating on the Word of God;

(c) other forms of personal prayer, in which prayer of the rosary has a special place;

(d) the practice of constant devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and participation in the remedial services of the first Saturdays of the month;

(e) undertaking work on mastering their own sins and weaknesses through prayer, fasting and acts of penance;

(f) a personal 33-day retreat, following the spiritual practice of St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, in preparation for the act of entrusting oneself to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary;

g) systematic participation in formation meetings (regional and national) and involvement in the preparation of events organised by the Movement;

h) expanding the knowledge contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the teachings of the Church's Magisterium and the guidance of St John Bosco.

2. Human formation

A member of the Movement is also obliged to:

(a) building the right relationships within their family;

(b) to build good relations throughout the Movement and beyond;

c) active participation in the Movement and in the life of the Catholic Church;

(d) self-discipline;

(e) giving good witness by their attitude to life;

(f) care for good mental and physical condition.

§9

(1) The main tasks of the Movement, thus carrying out apostolic activity in the broadest sense, are first of all the daily witness given to the evangelical life, combined with community and personal prayer, especially for the shepherds of the Holy Church: Pope, Bishops, priests and consecrated persons, as well as for the intentions of marriages and families, and spiritual and intellectual formation (in a spirit of service).

2 The tasks of the Movement include:

a) supporting each other both spiritually and materially (especially in difficult situations of hardship);

(b) standing up for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death;

(c) defending the sacred character of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, characterised by unity, fidelity and indissolubility;

(d) to participate in the life of their parish community and to care for its needs;

(e) care of parish churches;

(f) special care for images of the Blessed Virgin Mary in churches, chapels, homes;

(g) assisting the parish community in the organisation of services, celebrations and liturgical events (such as First Saturdays of the month, Fatima processions, Stations of the Cross);

h) organising joint family formation and integration meetings;

i) to undertake cooperation with other parish groups, ecclesiastical and secular institutions and local authorities, always respecting the charism of the Movement.

§10

Members of the Movement, through constant daily prayer, spiritual development and activities in the Movement, use the positives they have acquired to witness in their daily lives.

III. Organisational structures of the Movement

§11

1. Moderator of the Movement - A priest appointed from among the Salesian priests and presented to the Polish Bishops' Conference. If necessary, the appointment may be consulted in advance with the EPC delegate for the Movement. He directs the whole Movement in all its manifestations. The Moderator of the Movement, together with the Diocesan Guardians of the Movement, responsible for the Warriors of Mary in each diocese, and with the Council of Coordinators, prepares the formation plan of the Movement, takes care of its implementation and is responsible for the presence of the Movement in the life and mission of the Church.

2. Diocesan Coordinator of the Movement - one of the priests from the diocese, designated by the Movement Moderator.

3. Traffic coordinator - Passed Warrior of Mary, responsible for coordinating the work within the community, overseeing the regional groups and leaders and the formation process throughout the Movement. He works directly with the Movement Moderator, the Council of Coordinators and the Regional Leaders.

4. Council of Movement Coordinators - a group of the most experienced Mary Warriors, whose task is to support all initiatives and events of the Movement and the proper functioning of the Movement. The members of the Council work closely with the Movement Moderator and the Movement Coordinator.

5. Regional leader - Passed Warrior of Mary - is responsible for the proper communication of the groups in a region covering one or more dioceses. Works actively with the Movement Coordinator.

6. Group leader - Passed Warrior of Mary - directly supervises the formation of the group, works closely with the Coordinator and the Regional Leader, according to the guidelines of the Movement Moderator and the Council of Coordinators.

7. Group Spiritual Guardian - a priest who, with the approval of his Ordinary or religious superior and in close cooperation with the Diocesan Supervisor and the Movement Moderator, cares for the spiritual development of the group. He carries out this mission until his resignation or dismissal by the Ordinary or religious superior. A formal request for the appointment of a Group Spiritual Guardian, addressed to the Ordinary of the place or religious superior, is made by the Group Leader.

§12

Joining the Movement

1 Any man of full age who has a sincere intention to serve the Lord God and who wishes to entrust himself completely to Jesus Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary may join the Movement.

(2) In the case of clergy and members of institutes of consecrated life or societies of apostolic life - the consent of their own Bishop or the Major Superior for a consecrated person is required to participate in the Movement.

3 For the proper running of the Movement and its formation, the Movement Moderator works closely with the Movement Coordinator, the Council of Coordinators and the Diocesan Guardians.

4 Membership of the Council of Coordinators is decided by the Movement Moderator after consultation with the Movement Coordinator and the other members of the Council of Coordinators.

5. the Council of Coordinators is not subject to a term of office.

§13

Participation in national or regional meetings is not the same as membership of the Movement. Special responsibility for the Movement's charism lies with the passported members of the Movement.

§14

1 A full member of the Catholic Movement, a Passed Warrior of Mary, may become a man who:

(a) has completed the entire formation process according to the established rules;

(b) has received a favourable opinion from the Leader of the group in which he/she was in formation;

(c) has passed the fraternal interview (description in Appendix 2);

(d) participated in the ceremonial passing, i.e. took the Pledge of the Sword (the text of the pledge is contained in Appendix 1 to the Statutes);

2 The Warrior of Mary continues and deepens his own formation after the solemn passport ceremony, and once a year he is obliged to renew his Pledge of the Sword.

§15

1. A man may be admitted to the fold who:

a) is between the ages of 18 and 50 (this requirement does not apply to priests and consecrated persons);

(b) has undergone at least a 3-year formation period as required by the Warrior Code (see Appendix 3 for description);

(c) takes an active part in the sacramental life of the Church;

(d) prays one part of the Holy Rosary every day;

(e) made a 33-day retreat in preparation for entrusting himself to Jesus through the hands of Mary and made an act of entrustment;

(f) familiarise themselves with the formation material given at regional meetings.

§16

Title Honorary Warrior of Mary is approved by the Moderator of the Movement after recommendation by the Council of Coordinators. This is a person with special merits for the whole Movement.

§17

Method and principles for selecting coordinators and leaders

1 The Movement Coordinator, Regional Leaders and Group Leaders are elected for a term of office of three years with the possibility of extension in exceptional situations for the good of the forming group. The assessment of the situation and the decision to extend the term of office rests with the Movement Moderator.

(2) A new person shall be appointed for each new term of office.

3 The Movement Coordinator is appointed and dismissed by the Movement Moderator after prior consultation with the members of the Council of Coordinators.

4 The decision to establish a Regional Leader and a Group Leader is taken among the Council of Coordinators together with the Movement Moderator. In the absence of unanimity, the final decision rests with the Movement Moderator.

5 By decision of the Movement Moderator and the Council of Coordinators - the Movement Coordinator, Regional Leaders and Group Leaders may be dismissed from their positions before the end of their term of office.

§18

1 The specific tasks of the Group Leader include:

a) obedience to the decisions of the Movement Moderator and the priests (Spiritual Guardians of the groups);

(b) to work closely with the Regional Leader, the Movement Coordinator and the Council of Coordinators;

(c) to prepare and conduct, in close cooperation with the group's Spiritual Supervisor, the group's regular formation meetings, in accordance with the guidelines given in the Code;

(d) the formation of candidates as Warriors of Mary according to the statutes of the Movement;

(e) concern for fraternal relations within the group;

(f) to take care to observe discipline, order and to apply the established rules of the Movement.

(2) Each Movement group has a Group Council, consisting of those with the most seniority and experience, who support the Group Leader in all matters relating to the functioning of the group.

(3) Each Group Leader, together with the Group Council, shall elect from among the members of the Movement his/her deputy to assist him/her in carrying out the statutory tasks and in organising meetings. The Deputy Leader holds this position until he/she is dismissed by the Group Leader or the Movement Coordinator.

§19

Method of creating new Movement groups

(1) The process of forming a new group begins with the notification of the desire to form a new group to the Regional Leader of the diocese concerned. In the absence of a Passed Mary Warrior, the Regional Leader is entrusted with the function of interim group organiser.

2 The leader or organiser of the group, together with the Spiritual Guardian of the group, shall begin the formal process of obtaining the approval of the Bishop of the place for the formation of a new Movement group.

3 After obtaining the required approvals from the Bishop of the place, the Movement Moderator and the Movement Coordinator, the group begins the formation process as Warriors of Mary.

§20

Passport to Mary's Warrior

(1) After the required period of formation and having fulfilled all the requirements set out in §14, the men may proceed to the Passing of the Sword as Warriors of Mary. The passport is performed in a ceremony, the key elements of which are the Eucharist and the reading of the Act of Pledge of the Sword.

(2) The candidate enters the passport with his or her own sword - a symbol of the active struggle for the reign of God's order, especially the spiritual struggle against one's own sin and satanic temptations.

§21

Termination of membership of the Movement

1. Membership of the Movement shall cease as a result of:

(a) voluntary resignation notified to the group leader;

(b) removal, i.e. expulsion, for persistence in an inferior moral attitude;

(c) to undermine the teachings of the Catholic Church or to promote content contrary to those teachings ;

d) lack of active participation in the life of the Movement, in regional and national meetings.

(2) The grounds for expulsion may also be:

a) Lack of obedience to the Movement Moderator, the Spiritual Guardians of the groups and the Movement Leaders (Movement Coordinator, Council of Coordinators, Regional Leaders and Group Leaders);

(b) acting to the detriment of the Movement, which may result in the breaking up of the unity of the Movement.

3 The decision on removal shall be made ultimately by the Movement Moderator in consultation with the Movement Coordinator and the Council of Coordinators.

4 The group leader notifies the person concerned of the decision of the Movement Moderator and the Council of Coordinators, stating the date of removal from the Movement. If necessary, the information about the removal goes to:

(a) the members of the group (in agreement with the removed);

(b) Group leaders;

(c) the EPC delegate for the Movement.

(5) A person removed from the Movement is not allowed to wear any emblems of the Movement of Mary's Warriors. He/she is also not allowed to participate in regional and national meetings of the Movement.

IV. Final provisions

(1) Amendments to the Statutes may be made by the Inspector of the Salesian Society of the Inspectorate of St. Adalbert in Pila on the proposal of the Moderator of the Movement. In order to be valid, the changes additionally require the approval of the Polish Bishops' Conference.

(2) In matters not regulated by these Statutes, the relevant provisions of canonical or secular law applicable to the matter in question shall apply.

(3) The Movement of Mary's Warriors may be dissolved by a decision of the Superior of the Inspectorate of the Salesian Society of St. Adalbert in Pila, in agreement with the Polish Episcopal Commission, after prior consultation with the Moderator of the Movement and the Council of Coordinators of the Movement.

4 List of additional materials related to the activities of the Movement:

(a) Formula of the Pledge of the Sword;

(b) Mary's Warrior Code;

c) Mary's Warrior Formation Programme.

§22

Graphic sign used as an emblem in the Marian Warriors Movement

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§23

Explanation of the graphic symbol of the Mary's Warriors Movement

SWORD - a symbol of the spiritual battle against sin, Satan and one's male weaknesses, which are so destructive to marriage and the family today. Swords were held by angels in many visions of mystics and saints as attributes of the spiritual battle against evil.

In addition, they are a reference to the tradition of the ethos of medieval chivalry (defence of the weakest, special respect for women, the code of honour of chivalry). Some quotations:

"Hero, strap thy sword to thy hip, thy pride and adornment! Happily ascend your chariot in defence of faith, humility and justice, and let your right hand show you great deeds!" (Ps 45:4-5)

"And I turned to see what a voice was speaking to me; and having turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks, and in the midst of the candlesticks someone like the Son of Man, clothed [in a robe] to the feet and girded on His breast with a golden girdle. In His right hand He had seven stars, and from His mouth came forth a two-edged, sharp sword" (Rev 1:12-13.16; see also Rev 2:12).

TWO SWORDS - symbolise fraternity, community and the fact that we are not alone in this struggle, we have brothers we can count on and who accompany us in prayer and in growing in faith.

SHIELD - a symbol of defence, protection. God is our shield and defence, and we are to become a shield and defence for loved ones, family and the Christian values we represent every day.

Some quotes:

"O Lord, my refuge and fortress, my deliverer, my God, my rock on which I take refuge, my shield, the power of my salvation and my defence!" (Ps 18:3)

"Put on the full armour of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the Entities, against the Authorities, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spiritual elements of evil in the heavenly heights. Therefore take up the full armour of God, that in the evil day you may be able to resist and to stand firm, having fought against everything. Stand [for battle], having girded your loins with truth and clothed yourselves with the armour of righteousness, and having shod your feet in readiness [to proclaim] the good news of peace. In every situation take faith as a shield with which you will be able to extinguish all the glowing missiles of the Evil One. Take also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, that is, the word of God" (Eph 6:11-17).

WINOROSL - Symbol of the fruit produced, of our growth in faith and climbing towards salvation, towards Jesus. A symbol of being grafted into the Mystical Body of Christ.

STARS - A reference to the stars in the wreath of the Woman of Revelation. As the Wisdom of Sirach states: "The magnificence of the stars is the beauty of heaven, a shining ornament in the heights of the Lord. At the command of the Holy One they adhere to His judgment and do not weary themselves in serving their guards" (Sir 43:9-10).

TOTUS TUUS - I am all yours, Mary!

IMAGE OF MARYA - a young, beautiful Woman who dazzles us with her beauty, her charm, always pointing and leading us to Jesus. Full of Grace - Kecharitomene.


Annex 1
Words of the Oath of the Warrior Mary uttered during the Passing - Sword Pledge Ceremony:

In the face of Almighty God and the Most Holy Virgin Mary Help of Christians The Faithful, all Angels and Saints, especially Saint Michael Archangel and you, my brothers, I lay my hands on the Cross and on the Word of God, which is the Sword of Spirit.

Holding a sword, the symbol of my spiritual struggle for the salvation of my soul, my loved ones and every person to whom the Blessed Virgin Mary sends me Virgin, I pledge to give my whole life to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour, through the hands and Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

I pledge to fight against my sins, my vices and everything that distances me from me from the Love of God and man.

I pledge to defend the Catholic Church, the highest values of life Christianity, marriage and the Christian family.

Mary, I am all yours. My all is yours. Use me as only will, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on earth and total victory over the Satan.

Totus Tuus, Mary. Amen.

Annex 2
Fraternal conversation

Once a year, candidates wishing to be considered for Mary's Warrior Pass must successfully pass a fraternal interview.

Each year, the Movement Coordinator appoints an experienced person - a Passed Mary Warrior who is a member of the Council of Coordinators or a Regional Leader - to be responsible for preparing and conducting the fraternal interview. This person, in consultation with the Movement Moderator and the Movement Coordinator, prepares the vetting process of the candidates for the Passing.

The process of vetting candidates involves ensuring that the candidate meets all the requirements for both spiritual and human formation (§8 and §15) and that he or she is fully ready to take the Pledge of the Sword.

The form and implementation of the fraternity talks are decided on an individual basis each year.

Annex 3
Code of the Warrior Mary

Code of the Warrior Mary - document containing information on the principles of the Movement for the formation year, the current organisational chart of the Movement, organisational information, rules for the creation of new groups, the tasks and responsibilities of Leaders and priests, an explanation of who a Mary Warrior is, information on how to become a Mary Warrior, the Warrior Hymn and the Act of Entrustment.

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