Legion of Mary
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O Mary, conceived without sin.
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The Legion of Mary

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. 

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. 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 Christ.

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 community.

The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who:

  • Faithfully practise their religion; 
  • Are animated by the desire to fullfill their role in the Catholic Church's apostolate of bringing Christ to the world; 
  • Are prepared to fulfil each and every duty which active membership of the Legion involves. for more information on Legion Duties click here 

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"You are a Movement of lay people who propose to make faith the aspiration of your life up to the achievement ofpersonal sanctity."

Pope John Paul II


Legion of Mary Child Safeguarding Policy

The Legion of Mary Child Safeguarding Policy aims to do everything possible to provide a safe environment for children and young people where they are cherished and encouraged to become involved in the life of our Church. 

Legion of Mary's Child Safeguarding Policy