Last December my wife Anne-Marie and I were invited to San Francisco to witness the Consecration of fifty members of the Pilgrims of St. Michael as "Slaves of Jesus Through Mary", according to St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. This Consecration was organized by our good friends Elysa Cortez and Connie Arnaldo, both ardent distributers of our leaflets in the San Francisco area. Connie has been a member of the Pilgrims of St. Michael for over 10 years. Every day she takes the train to and from work and brings with her a bundle of leaflets to distribute all along her route. She also takes many subscriptions to the "Michael" Journal. Many of those who were making their Consecration that day were there as a result of those leaflets and now help in the apostolate work themselves. We had very good meetings with the people of San Francisco who were eager to learn about our work. We also visited many of our subscribers and left bundles of our leaflets all over the Bay area. The Pilgrims there are now preparing to receive 100,000 leaflets in Spanish and in English to be distributed at the Pro-Life March in San Francisco on January 24th.
At the end of our week of apostolate Anne-Marie returned home to our family in Massachusetts and I continued on to Los Angeles where I was met by our devoted Pilgrim, Virginia Ahumada. She had organized in advance many meetings for us and in our visits we delivered almost 100,000 leaflets to various prayer groups and organizations. A Catholic station with over 100,000 listeners, Radio Guadalupe, gave us an interview where we explained the work of the Pilgrims of St. Michael and Social Credit. Fr. Juan Rivas, the radio announcer, was extremely interested in our work and invited us to return again in the future. Virginia plans on continuing devoting all her free time to the apostolate. She ordered two more pallets of leaflets in English and Spanish and is in the process of organizing a "Total Consecration" according to St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort in the Los Angeles area for 2009.
I felt at every moment the gentle hand of our Blessed Mother guiding us in our apostolate and that is why this work in California was such a great success. To the Pilgrims of St. Michael and all the other groups in California that worked in cooperation with us and which are too numerous to mention, I thank you all!