Members of the MIM are known as “Missionaries of the Immaculate Mediatrix,” and belong to the movement according to one of three ascending degrees:
- those who are missionaries simply on the basis of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate
- those who are missionaries on the basis of the Marian Vow of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate
- those who are missionaries on the basis of the Marian Vow of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate, together with the profession of the form of life proper to the Franciscan Tertiaries of the Immaculate.
Thus, the first two degrees incorporate the members into MIM solely on the basis of the Marian spirituality of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, while the third degree includes in addition to the Marian spirituality the Franciscan spirituality and profession that is proper to a tertiary.
The three degrees represent a way of belonging to the MIM according to an increasing intensity and commitment, in view of which each member must discern his or her personal call. New members enter the MIM as those preparing for the simple consecration of the first degree. After the simple consecration has been made, it is possible, if one so desires and one’s application is accepted, to go onto to prepare for the MarianVow that forms the basis of the second degree. For those who have made the Marian Vow in the second degree, if they are so inspired and their application accepted, they may enter the novitiate of the third degree, namely, that of the Franciscan Tertiaries of the Immaculate.
The consecration to Mary is the common to all three degrees, but the Marian Vow professed in both the second and third degrees is a particular grace for faithful available in the context of an approved lay association of the faithful exclusively through membership in the MIM. This vow is a unique way of solemnizing one’s personal consecration to the Immaculate, and committing oneself to its discipline in the most intense fashion.
The third degree incorporates into the spirit of the consecration by vow, the Franciscan spirit, in the tradition of the great Franciscan saints, beginning with St. Francis himself, and ending with St. Maximilian and St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Those members who profess the form of life according to this third degree, live the spirit of poverty, chastity and obedience, in structured life of prayer, mortfication and apostolic life in the great tradition of the Third Order of St. Francis.
In addition to the basic three degrees, there are also specific focus groups that may exist within the local cenacle. The Day With Mary is a specific apostolate of the MIM to which individual members may be attracted. The Day With Mary is a Marian prayer day that incorporates the message of Fatima and the First Saturday requests of Our Lady at Fatima according to the life and discipline of the MIM. This Marian day is organized by the MIM members and made available on the widest scale possible from Saturday to Saturday in local parishes. There is also a specific focus group of the MIM for men only called the Knights of Lepanto, which specifies the life of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate according to an active and dynamic spirit of Marian Chivalry. For women there is the focus group called the Other Marys that specifies the Marian consecration according to what might be called Feminine Gentility and Maternal Charity. (These gender specific focus groups are open to all, but there is no obligation to participate, unless one so chooses. The main body of each MIM cenacle is mixed gender.) Membership in these in any of these focus groups is optional to MIM members and in addition to the commitment required by the basic standards of the three degrees.