The Legion of Mary

Place: Sacred Heart Parish Hall
Day: Every Thursdays 
Time: 5:30 PM


What it is?

It is a world-wide organization of Catholics men and women, who offer their services to their pastor to aid him in performing spiritual works in the parish.  This is done by placing themselves under the banner of Mary so that with her help they may develop greater holiness in their own lives as well as spread a deeper devotion to her among others.

Origin and Growth

September 7, 1921 - The first meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland on this date and from this beginning has spread through every country in the world.

November 27, 2931 - The first Praesidium (Parish Unit) was formed in the United States, at Raton, new Mexico.  It was composed entirely of men.


1. The personal sanctification of its members, who, taking Mary as their model, endeavor to imitate her virtues, especially her Faith, Charity and Humility.

2. The spread of devotion to Mary, primarily by encouraging the recitation of the Rosary (Mary's request at Fatima).

3. The performance of apostolic work under the direction of the Spiritual Director of the parish unit of the Legion.

Types of Membership

Active members and Auxilliary (praying) members.

Requirements for Active Membership

Active membership is open to all Catholic men and women, those over 18 years of age in Senior Praesidia, and those under 18 in Junior Praesidia.

The only obligation being a willingness to fulfill each and every duty which membership in the Legion involves.

Duties of Active Members

1. Attendance at a weekly meeting of the Praesidium.

2. Daily recitation of the Catena (Legion Prayer).

3. The performance of a substantial assigned apostolic work weekly.

4. An obligation not to discuss with other matters learned at the meeting of in connection with the work.

Reasons for Becoming An Active Member

1. To satisfy the individual's obligation incurred through the Sacrament of Confirmation, to fulfill his duty as a soldier of Christ.

2. To follow the direction of Saint Pius X who said, "What is most necessary at this time is to have in each parish, a group of laymen at the same time, virtuous, enlightened, determined, and really apostolic."

Advantages of Being a Member

1. The assurance that one is putting forth his best effort in developing his own spiritual life.

2. The knowledge that one is furthering the cause of Christ His Blessed Mother.



For More Information call:

Helene Hutchinson





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Updated: July 7, 2024

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