Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a world-wide association of Catholic lay men, woman and youth who serve the Church joyfully on a voluntary basis in almost every country of the world. It has over 3 million Active members and an estimated 12 million Auxiliary members (Catholics who support the Legion through prayer).

Founded in Ireland by Frank Duff and some other lay Catholics who were all deeply inspired by St. Louis Marie de Montfort`s work “True Devotion”, and desired earnestly to live out their baptismal consecration, they gathered on September 7, 1921, around the image of the Immaculate Conception, invoked the help of the Holy Spirit, prayed the rosary and discussed how best they could lead others to Christ. This was the first meeting and became the pattern of our meetings world-wide!

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the sanctification of its members accomplished through daily prayer and the performance of spiritual works of mercy under the guidance of the Church. The spirit of the Legion is that of Mary herself, her total faith and trust in God, her profound humility, perfect obedience, heavenly wisdom, spotless purity, angelic sweetness and heroic patience.

The Legion serves as an extension of the priest and is at his disposal to carry out the spiritual works entrusted. Following Pope Paul’s Exhortation on Evangelization and the US bishops’ pastoral letter, the Legion of Mary has established the following priority for possible assignments: 1. Works toward conversion, 2. works toward conservation and 3. works toward consolation.

Members of the Legion of Mary gather weekly in groups of up to 20 people (called ‘Praesidium’) for prayer, discussion, reporting of the work done and spiritual formation. Every legionary is required to carry out weekly two hours of apostolic work, done in pairs on a person to person basis and “in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary, so that the person of our Lord is once again seen and served by Mary”.

Work done by the Legion may include: teaching the faith (CCE, RCIA), bringing Holy Communion to shut-ins in their homes, nursing homes, hospitals; bring the priest to those in danger of death; visit prisoners; encouraging Catholics to return to the sacraments, couples to have their marriage blessed, their children baptized, regularly attend Sunday mass, children to attend CCE; visitation of homes from door to door; welcoming newcomers, encourage family prayer, the daily rosary through the Pilgrim Virgin, organize Block Rosary Groups, House Blessings, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart of Mary, distribute rosaries, Miraculous Medals, Scapulars, catholic literature; invite to Parish Missions, assist with parish census.

Membership is open to all baptized Catholics of any nationality.

Qualifications required: love for God and the salvation of priceless souls, and a willingness to serve

Time and place of meeting: Every Tuesday at 5:00 PM at St. John Neumann Parish Building, Legion of Mary Room.

Need in our Parish lots of new members….! Will you join us?

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“Would that they may be convinced that they are called and chosen for this office by an altogether special grace of God: for Catholic Action is nothing else but the Apostleship of the faithful who, under the leadership of the Bishops, lend a helping hand to the Church and in a measure complete its Pastoral ministry.” Pius XI