Biography of Bro. Ignatius Mary
Official Biography ofBro. Ignatius Mary, OMSM(r), L.Th.
Bro. Ignatius Mary (also known as Couer de Lion — the ”Lionhearted“ and ”The Doctor“) is an Apologist, Catechist, theologian, lay Counselor & Spiritual Director, and writer. He is also an occult expert and Deliverance Counselor.
Brother is a former Baptist preacher/evangelist who was received into full communion into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 1993. The lectures of Scott Hahn on the faith and an intense study of the Bible convinced Brother that he must become Catholic. Later that year he met Scott and Kimberly Hahn who invited him to join, and did later join, a new organization that was forming at the time, the Coming Home Network.
Brother received permission from his priestly spiritual director and pastor to found, with eight other co-founders, a new and experimental association called the Order of the Legion of St. Michael (OLSM), and to a conduct deliverance counseling apostolate. The OLSM was founded on December 12, 1993.
Since then the mission of OLSM has evolved. To reflect that evolution the OLSM name was changed on August 1, 2010 to the Oblates and Missioners of St. Michael [OMSM] with Bro. Ignatius Mary as its Provost.
In 1994 Brother received permission from his priestly spiritual director and the members of OLSM to begin formation for the celibate brotherhood as a Hermit. In 1995 Brother’s spiritual director was given the “go ahead” by the Vicar General of the Diocese to receive the private vows of First Profession from Brother Ignatius during a Mass, and to vest him in the habit. He offered his perpetual vows in 1998.
Overall, Brother is experienced in a variety of disciplines that equip him for the apostolates of OMSM, including apologetics, catechesis, evangelism, teaching, spiritual direction, lay counseling, deliverance counseling, moral theology, ethics, philosophy, praxeology, and the Divine Office. His undergraduate work was in Psychology, Philosophy, Literature, and Writing. He holds a diploma in Paralegal Studies from Blackstone Institute and a Licentiate in Theology Schola Sancti Anthonii Domusque Studiorum Bibliorum in Montana.
Bro. Ignatius is a member several religious, counseling, artistic, and Internet professional organizations. His active membership in associations requiring yearly dues varies from year to year depending upon his ability to pay yearly dues. As a brother he takes a vow of poverty and thus cannot always afford the luxury of association dues; and OMSM is equally as poor.
Religious organization memberships include Catholic Society of Evangelists, Institute on Religious Life, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Adoremus: Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, Confraternity of the Brown Scapular, and Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts (Montfort Fathers), among others.
Professional Counseling association memberships include the American Counseling Association, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, the International Society for Mental Health Online, and the former National Psychiatric Association. Web Design Professional association memberships include the HTML Writers Guild, the International Webmasters Association, and the Good News Web Designers Association.
On the other side of the professional tracks in brother’s life, he is a professional and published poet and writer, and an editor and publisher. In this life-track Bro. Ignatius is a member of the Academy of American Poets, the Association of Authors and Publishers, and is listed as Editor and Publisher of St. Michael House Press and Writers House Press in the International Directory of Small Presses and Little Magazines and the WritersNet Online Directory.
In the 1980’s Brother was awarded with the honor of induction the Who’s Who in American Poets, Writers, and Editors located in the United States, and the International Authors and Poets Who’s Who located in London. He was nominated, but did not make the final cut in the Who’s Who of North American Authors.
In addition, Bro. Ignatius was a recipient of the prestigious Kaltenborn Foundation Grant for his work on Beginning Magazine (a magazine that specialized in new talent). [Note: Kaltenborn was a contemporary of Edward R. Murrow. Murrow was at CBS and Kaltenborn at NBC].
Bro. Ignatius was among the top four or five activists in the late 1970’s working against the plague of pornography along side the late Father Morton Hill, S.J. who was a member of the Presidential Commission on Pornography and Obscenity and Founder-Director of Morality in Media. Bro. Ignatius still remains active in the cause against pornography. He currently runs the Catholic Support Group for Sexual Addiction Recovery, the first online Catholic support group for those addicted to pornography and sexual sins – one of the most hideous problems of Spiritual Warfare.
For the story of his own struggles with sexual addiction, and for the true details of Brother’s past concerning conviction of the sex offense of possession of child pornography, click here
Brother lives in residence at St. Michael House Hermitage in Iowa.
Regula Sanctus Michaelis (The Rule of St. Michael)
Three Secret Strategies of Satan and Other Essays
St. Michael‘s Spiritual Warfare Prayer Catalog
Hope, Help, Victory: A Spiritual Warfare Workshop
St. Michael’s Deliverance Counseling Manual
Poetry and Non-Fiction Books:
Only Silence is Shame (book of poetry) [pdf file]
The Wilder Letters (book of essays) [out-of-print]