Pilgrims of Saint Michael
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2012)|
Social Credit movement
The Pilgims of St. Michael were founded in Canada in 1939 by Louis Even and Gilberte Côté-Mercier to "promote the development of a better world, a more Christian society, through the diffusion and the implementation of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, in every sector of society, especially the economic field."
The Pilgrims of St. Michael wear white berets in their apostolate work, which consists of holding meetings, distributing leaflets, visiting families to pray with them a decade of the Rosary, and present to them social credit-based "solutions to the present economic injustices".
The organization publishes the Michael Journal five times a year in English (Michael), French (Vers Demain), Polish (Michael) and Spanish (San Miguel).
Michael is "a journal of Catholic patriots for the Social Credit monetary reform through the education of the population and not through political parties".
The organization claims that it has thousands of part-time apostles who give their spare time to visit families to make the Michael Journal known, and a core of full-time apostles who reside at the organization's headquarters in Rougemont, Quebec. Full-time apostles are mostly continuously on the road in different regions of Canada and other countries. The organization is volunteer-run, and it millions of free leaflets are financed by the donations of benefactors.
The French publication, Vers Demain, has been published since 1939, while the English version began in 1953, the Polish version in 1999, and the Spanish version in 2003. The Pilgrims print and distribute every year in every continent the equivalent of 30 million free 4-page offprints, translated into more than eight languages.