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TheLegion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a movement of lay Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful
leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces, serve the Church and their neighbor, on a voluntary
basis, in about 190 countries. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and
Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God has over 10
million active members.
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of
God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer
and active co-operation, under ecclesiastical guidance, in
Mary’s and the Church’s work of crushing the head of the
serpent and advancing the reign of
Members of the Legion of Mary become
instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service in a family atmosphere. Works
include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, visitation of the sick or aged, Catholic education,
visiting the newly baptized, visiting families, and meeting the other spiritual needs of the parish
Legion of Mary - DVD
The “MEET THE LEGION” DVD illustrates
how in many developing countries, the Legion continues to be of great service to the
Church. The DVD
features international members of the Legion of Mary with specially shot footage from North and South
America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, the DVD gives a particular insight into the religious lives of
ordinary Legion members – they talk especially about their trust in Jesus and his mother Mary.
The "Meet the Legion" DVD is not free, and is solely the property of
Concilium Legions Mariae, Dublin,
Ireland. It's preview is solely for the purpose of the
Legion of Mary extension and growth of catholic faith.
To order a copy of the Meet the Legion DVD,
download an order form by clicking on the PDF download button
The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics
Those who desire to enroll in the
Legion of Mary, but are unable to do active work or come to the meetings, are encouraged to become auxilary,
that is, praying members, who support our Blessed Mother's work by praying the Tessera, including five decades of the Rosary daily.
The Legion of Mary was founded in Myra House, Francis Street,
Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September, 1921 by Frank Duff. The official handbook of the Legion has been published in at least 50 languages.
History of the Legion:
The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff on
September 7, 1921 in Dublin. His idea was to help Catholic laypeople fulfill their baptismal promises and be able
to live their dedication to the Church in an organised structure, supported by fraternity and prayer.
The Legion was first only open to women; the first men apart from
Duff himself joined it in 1929. The legionaries first started out by visiting hospitals, but they were soon active
among the most destitute. Frank
Duff subsequently laid down the system of the Legion in the Handbook of the Legion of Mary in 1928.
The Legion of Mary soon spread from Ireland to other countries and
continents. Pope Pius XI expressed praise for the Legion in 1931.
Most prominent for spreading the Legion was the Irish legionary
Edel Mary Quinn for her
activities in Africa during the 1930s and 40s. Her dedication to the mission of the Legion even in the face of her
ill health due to tuberculosis brought her great admiration in- and outside of the Legion. A canonization process
is currently under way for Edel
Quinn and a beatification process is currently underway for Frank Duff. The Legion spread
throughout South America in the 1950 with the work of another Irish Legionary, Alfie Lambe.
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