Legion of Mary

History

The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland, by a group of 15 people under the guidance of Frank Duff, a young civil servant with the Department of Finance, as a new form of apostolate, paying visits to the sick and needy in twos, like the Disciples. Prayer in common, apostolic work and the weekly meeting which all the members are required to attend, have been typical features of the Legion from the beginning. Throughout its history, the Legion of Mary has always been viewed with favor and supported by the ecclesiastical authorities in the dioceses where it has developed.

Identity

Rooted in Marian spirituality and commitment to the Holy Spirit, the life of the Legion of Mary is based on Faith in the joint action of the Spirit and our Lady in the work of Redemption, and the spread of the Kingdom of God throughout the world. The priority objectives of the Association are the sanctification of its members through participating in the mission of evangelization by direct apostolate, particularly among those who are far from the Church; home visits to the sick, inmates, and needy families; teaching catechism in the parishes; religious instruction for young people; literacy courses for immigrants; supporting drug dependents and prostitutes; celebrating the liturgy of the Word and organizing prayer meetings in places without priests. In addition to the weekly study meetings, the members - encouraged to consecrate themselves to Mary following the spirituality of St Louis de Montfort - take part in annual spiritual retreats and undertake to recite every day the "Catena Legionis", the prayer to our Lady which is their bond of union.

In our Parish, The Legion of Mary is composed by 2 active Praesidiums (one in French and one in English) which apostolate consists in visiting homes bringing with them the pilgrim Virgin, and by praying the Rosary they give their Christian testimony of life.