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Servant of God
Founder of the Legion of Mary, Frank Duff was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 7, 1889, the eldest
of seven children. He entered the Civil Service at the age of 18. At 24 he joined the Society of St. Vincent de
Paul where he was led to a deeper commitment to his Catholic faith and at the same time he acquired a great
sensitivity to the needs of the poor and underprivileged.
In 1916, at the age of 27 he published his first pamphlet "Can We Be
Saints?" In it he expressed one of the strongest convictions of his life, namely, that all without
exception are called to be saints and that through our Catholic Faith we have avaialable all the means
necessary to attain this.
Along with a group of Catholic women and Fr. Michael Toher, Dublin
Archdiocese, he formed the first praesidium of the Legion of Mary on September 7, 1921. From that date until
his death, November 7, 1980, he guided the world-wide extension of the Legion with heroic dedication. He
attended the Second Vatican Council as a lay observer.
His profound insights into the role of the Blessed Virgin in the plan of Redemption, as also into the role of the
lay faithful in the mission of the Church, are reflected in the Legion Handbook which is almost entirely his
for the Beatification of Frank Duff
God our Father, You inspired your servant Frank Duff with a
profound insight into the mystery of Your Church, the Body of Christ, and of the place of Mary the Mother of
Jesus in this mystery. In his immense desire to share this insight with others and in filial dependence on
Mary he formed her Legion to be a sign of her maternal love for the world and a means of enlisting all her
children in the Church's evangelising work.
We thank you Father for the graces conferred on him and for the
benefits accruing to the Church from his courageous and shining faith. With confidence we beg You that
through his intercession you grant the petition we lay before You . ............... We ask too that if it be
in accordance with Your will, the holiness of his life may be acknowledged by the Church for the glory of
your Name, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
with ecclesiastical approval
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