This book has been prepared by the Company of Mary, the religious community founded by St. Louis de Montfort himself, to serve as both an introduction to his spirituality of total consecration and as a guide for those who would prepare themselves to make his Act of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. It is also the fruit of the same Act of Total Consecration lived out in years of missionary service to Our Lord and Our Lady in the Roman Catholic Church which the Company of Mary joyfully makes available to the people of God.
Father Gillespie is the Preacher and Retreat Master at Montfort retreat houses in Litchfield, CT, and Bay Shore, NY. He is responsible for planning and presentation of weekend retreats and programs of formation in the spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort. His ministry includes itinerant preaching of parish missions, days of renewal and recollection in English and Spanish, youth retreats, and catechetical programs for youth and adults. Fr. Gillespie is Acting Director at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island; Managing Editor of Montfort Publications; National Moderator of the Association of Mary, Queen of All Hearts; and Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary Regina Cordium Praesidium.
Fr. Gillespie received his MDiv, STL in Systematic Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He was ordained in 2006 at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church, Ozone Park, NY.