What is the Legion of Mary?
The Legion of Mary is a large apostolic organization of lay people in the catholic church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. Frank Duff, who formed the first presidium on September 7th, 1921, founded the Legion of Mary. It has been approved by the last 6 Popes, and was endorsed by the Vatican Council II. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.
The Legion of Mary, in essence, is an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor. Members considers themselves to be instruments of the Holy Spirit, through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, prison ministry, visitation of the sick or aged, crowd contact, religion education, visiting the newly baptized, Pilgrim Virgin Statue rotations, and meeting other spiritual needs of the parish community. Legionaries work under the guidance of the parish priest.
How does it work?
The younger members in the junior presidium are assigned works like talking to a friend about the Legion and presenting them with medals and rosaries; helping their parents with household chores and saying their daily prayers along with the legion prayers.
Legionaries meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion in a family setting. Thereafter, they do two hours of definite work each week in pairs, under the guidance of their spiritual director.
What does the Legion of Mary do?
The senior legionaries are assigned weekly apostolic assignments such as:
- Moving the Pilgrim Virgin statue
- Promoting the Rosary and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
- Visiting the Altamont Nursing home, Royal Legion home and the Extendicare home in Scarborough
- Legionaries administer communion to all Catholic residents and pray with the ones who are unable to receive communion. At the request of our Pastor, Legionaries also make home visits with communion.
- Serving mass
- Making rosaries
- Assisting the parish office with inserting flyers in the church bulletin
How do I begin?
The first step is to be a guest at a meeting of the Legion of Mary. Guests are always welcome. A guest could chose to go on one of the work assignments with an experienced member.
St. Joseph's has the good fortune of having Senior and Junior Legion of Mary groups. To become a member of the Legion of Mary or if you have any questions on it you can get in touch with Nestor or Victoria.
- The Junior Legionaries meet every Tuesday at 6:30 PM
- The Senior Legionaries meet every Tuesday at 7:30 PM