About the Legion of Mary
We are currently developing (2018) Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Family Legion of Mary.
The Legion of Mary is an international association of practicing Catholics who serve as volunteers in numerous ways, especially in outreach and religious formation. It was founded in September 7, 1921 by the layman Frank Duff in Dublin, Ireland. The organization makes a delineation between Active and Auxiliary (praying) members. As a Marian association of ten million plus members, it is the largest Catholic “apostolic organization” in the world. The Active members serve God under the banner of Mary by practicing the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy, although their gravity is with the latter. As true “missionary disciples” they often pursue “door-to-door” ministries, seeking to bring home lapsed Catholics and to invite the unchurched or non-Catholics to join the faith. They focus upon prayer, participation at Mass and religious formation.
The Legion wants to actualize or make real one’s baptismal faith. It takes its inspiration from Louis de Montfort’s book, True Devotion to Mary. What do the legionaries do? They have visited the sick in hospitals, the infirm and elderly in nursing homes and inmates in prisons. They assist with parish census. They evangelize door-to-door. They work as parish catechists. They assist with the parish liturgies. The list goes on and on.
A baptized Catholic in good standing is eligible to join a praesidium as a probational member (a period that lasts 90 days or three months). After this probational “learning” period, one may take the oath of “Legion Promise,” a pledge of fidelity to the Holy Spirit and Mary, becoming a permanent Active member.
If you would like to join, please contact the rectory.