|Founded in Dublin
VATICAN CITY, 6 JUNE 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is the description of the
Legion of Mary which appears in the Directory of International
Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for
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Official name: 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
In addition to the weekly study meetings, the members
encouraged to consecrate themselves to Mary following the spirituality
of St. Louis de Monfort
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
Organization: The highly structured organization of the Legion of Mary
is based upon that of the Roman army, whose terminology it has adopted.
The highest authority of the Legion of Mary is the Concilium Legionis,
in Dublin. The basic unit of the Legion of Mary is the praesidium, a
group of people who work in the parishes following the instructions of
the bishops and the parish officials.
All of the praesidia in a parish or several parishes in the same area
constitute the curia. The work of the curiae and the praesidiae is
coordinated by the Comitium. The Regia and the Senatus cover territories
of large dimensions and whole countries, respectively.
People may join the Legion of Mary as active members, who attend the
weekly meetings and devote two hours a week to apostolic work; as
praetorian members who undertake the same obligations as the active
members, attend daily Mass and receive holy Communion, and recite the
prayers of the Legion daily; as auxiliary members, who support the
active members in the apostolic work with their prayers, and spread
familiarity with the Legion of Mary and devotion to Our Lady; as
adjutorian members, who undertake not only the commitments of the
auxiliaries, but also undertake to attend daily Mass and the Eucharist.
Membership: The Legion of Mary is present in a large number of countries
in every continent, and more recently has also spread to Lithuania,
Latvia, Belarus, Estonia, Ukraine, Siberia and Kazakhstan.
Publications: Maria Legionis, published quarterly in English
Web site: www.legion-of-mary.ie
Concilium Legionis Mariae
De Monfort House
Morning Star Avenue
Dublin 7 —
Tel. (353) 1.872.3153
© Copyright 2006
Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]