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Extension Projects in Ireland in 2016
February 2016

EXTENSION PROJECTS IN IRELAND IN 2016

A team will visit Moate, Co. Meath on Saturday13th February and Sunday 14th February, when the legionaries will speak at all the Masses in three Churches and do home to home visitation.

A project is planned for Ballyhea, Charleville, Co. Cork from Monday 25th April to Saturday 30th April to visit homes and promote the Parish Mission, which will take place from 1st to 7th May.

A team will visit the Killybegs region of Donegal and do home visitation from Sunday 12th June until Saturday 18th June, also promoting the Parish Mission, which will take place from 18th to 25th June.



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Allocutio at January 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
February 2016

The Legion and the Miraculous Medal (2)
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At our last meeting we introduced the topic of the place of the Miraculous Medal in the spirituality and apostolate of the Legion. We recalled the words of Our Lady to St. Catherine Laboure: ‘Have a medal struck according to this pattern. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around their necks. There will be abundant graces for those who have confidence.’ It is good for us to remember the simple fact that it is Mary herself who designed the medal in all its detail and encourages us to engage in the promotion of it as one of our apostolates. It is a sacramental that gives us a constant and lovely reminder of the deep bond that we have with Our Lady as our Mother and all that it implies.

We earnestly suggested that the legionary not only distribute the medal and encourage people to wear it, but also we must communicate the biblical messages given by the medal in simple symbolic language. So we considered three fundamental truths about Mary found in Sacred Scripture. First we pointed to Mary as the Woman of Genesis. It is important for us legionaries to be steeped in this image of Mary, the reality of the spiritual warfare and the conviction that victory comes through Mary. Secondly, we spoke of the image of Mary as the Mediatrix of all graces. We need to be able to explain in simple terms to those we contact the place of Mary in the salvation of each one of us and of all mankind. Thirdly, we spoke about the wonderful power of Mary’s intercession expressed in the prayer she gives us on the medal; ‘O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee.’ Perhaps when trying to explain this prayer encircled around the medal and which is so much part of the prayer life of the legionary, we might introduce the prayer we call the Memorare. So often as we do our weekly visitation of homes and in our other contact work we meet individuals and families too that seem to have insoluble problems that we have no answer for. It is a golden opportunity to give them the Memorare and explain the all-powerful intercession of Mary.

But today I want to pick out three major themes expressed symbolically on the reverse side of the medal. The first thing that strikes us is the large ‘M’. This signifies Mary as Mother and Mediatrix of all graces. At the moment when Mary said to the Archangel Gabriel: ‘Let it be done to me according to thy word,’ her whole identity and mission changed for all eternity. She became a mother at that instant: the Mother of God and the Mother of each one of us and of all mankind. This is not some kind of pious effusion or human projection, or some kind of mythology, this is radical reality. This is a sublime truth. Everything that we can find or think of in a good mother is found in Mary in a super eminent and super abundant way. One of the most compelling reasons for hope in a Christian and especially a legionary is the Assumption of Our Lady. The dogma of our faith means that we have a Mother in heaven who is also the Mother of God, who pleads for us and does everything that a good mother would do for her child. We legionaries really need to communicate the truth about Mary as Mother both of God and us. It would be a great sadness to deprive those who do not really know these truths about Mary because of a lack of interest or apostolic zeal on our part.

We have already treated of Mary as Mediatrix of all graces on many other occasions, but let me just reiterate the basic truth that every grace that each one of us needs on our journey towards heaven can be obtained through Mary our Mother.

The next thing we see on the reverse side of the medal is the Cross. This of course is the centre of our faith and the source of every grace that Mary distributes according to God’s will. Every Christian seeks to say with Paul: ‘May I never boast except in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.’ (Gal.6:14). On the Cross together with the Resurrection the whole work of our redemption is accomplished. Mary leads us to this great mystery of our faith. This gives us the opportunity in our apostolate of the Miraculous Medal to speak about the Eucharist since it is the paschal mystery made really present among us. The Mass matters absolutely and there is no greater apostolate than to lead someone to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion. The Eucharist is a major teaching of the Miraculous Medal as signified by the Cross atop an altar table.

Lastly, we see the symbols of the two Hearts of Jesus and Mary. We all know from the Handbook and the example of Frank Duff our Founder of the fundamental importance of these two Hearts in the personal interior life of every legionary and in all our apostolic work. But why are they so important? Well, because the heart is the symbol that tells us the most important thing about God and Our Lady. First let us speak about the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The heart is the symbol of the truth that is the essence of the joy of the Gospel, namely God is love and loves us infinitely, personally and passionately and in fact it is metaphysically impossible for God not to love us. Many of us may sometimes find it very hard to believe in this unconditional love of God, a love radically undeserved and totally unmerited. But it is the absolute truth and we must continuously try to live our lives in its ambience. It was manifested in the pierced Heart of Christ on the Cross and in many private revelations throughout the history of the Church lest we forget it. Mercy is another name for love especially for those of us most mired in misery and recent Popes have stressed this truth about the mercy of God. As Pope Francis continuously says: ‘Mercy is the name of God.’ We too must make the truth of the Sacred Heart the fundamental source of all our apostolic and pastoral outreach. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a mirror image of the Heart of Jesus in so many ways. We will have to defer this topic for another Allocutio. I only hope these two Allocutios will renew our love for the Miraculous Medal and encourage us to open all its treasures to others. Amen.



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Concilium Bulletin January 2016
February 2016

AFRICA
IVORY COAST
Senatus of Abidjan: Three praesidia and eight Comitia reported during this period. Their combined membership is: 7,424 active, of whom 1,108 are Praetorian; 2,507 Auxiliaries, of whom 256 are Adjutorian and 2,582 probationers. They made 101,290 visits to a variety of locations; 726,928 contacts of whom 297,082 were Catholic; the remainder were of other beliefs and people of no religion. The fruits of their work included: families reconciled 212; marriages regularised 158; returns to Mass 259; Baptisms 361; Confirmations 532; Sacrament of Reconciliation 98; Sacrament of the Sick 217; Catechumens recruited 1,415, bringing the total under instruction to 8,535. The number of legionaries teaching the Catechism is 38, Extension work: one new Comitium, 3 senior Curiae and one junior Curia were established. Contact was re-established with the Legion in the neighbouring country, Mali.

CONGO
Senatus of Brazzaville: During the period of August to November 2015, the apostolic work of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Regia resulted in 30,000 contacts (11,000 Catholics, 4,000 Protestants and 2,000 members of sects), resulting in 134 people agreeing to take on instruction in the catechism, 5 marriages regularised, 63 couples reconciled and 23 returns to the Sacraments. The Regia Officers organised a 3-day Seminar of formation for officers with the theme ‘The Government of the Legion’. The works of four directly attached praesidia, with an active membership of 11, 12, 24 and 26 plus 11 probationers, include teaching catechism, preparing the liturgy, visiting homes, the sick and elderly, prisoners, the poor, orphans and widows. Over the course of the year, they reported 13 people agreeing to receive instruction in the catechism, 16 couples reconciled and 3 returns to the Sacraments. Two new praesidia and one new Curia were set up in the Dioceses of Imfondo and Gamboma. In November, the Senatus held a day Retreat on the theme, ‘With Mary let us welcome the Divine Mercy’. Approximately 900 legionaries, including juniors who were given instruction on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, attended. A legionary from the Senatus, while in Gabon, visited several praesidia in Franceville and encouraged the legionaries in Handbook formation.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Malabo Regia: A Comitium officer from Bata on the mainland attends the Regia meeting every month which indicates the positive integration of Bata with the new Regia. New members are encouraged to study and know the Handbook. A member of a praesidium was encouraged by the other members to pursue his vocation and enter the Seminary. One praesidium recruited 6 new members while another divided when numbers got too numerous. The Regia is taking steps to visit isolated parts of the country; recently they visited the island of Annobón, where they had set up a praesidium some time ago.

CAMEROON
Douala Senatus: Many new senior and junior praesidia have been set up. Works include visitation of prisons (where four prisoners made their Legion promise), visits to orphanages, homes, hospitals, contacting homeless as well as Exploratio Dominicalis. In Bamenda a new praesidium was formed in a University complex. The Senatus congratulated Bertoua Regia for having the Legion of Mary in every parish in its area.

TOGO
Senatus of Lome was invited by Abidjan Senatus to participate at the celebrations of 65 years of the Legion of Mary in Ivory Coast on the 30th and 31st January 2016. Two legionaries will be going. Two other legionaries will be going to Burkina-Faso to prepare for the PPC to Ouagadougou. A PPC to Abor in Ghana took place from 28th August – 8th September 2015. Many reports mention Exploratio Dominicalis. Two junior Curia are in the process of being set-up and most councils mention the junior movement.

SENEGAL
Dakar Comitium: Great efforts are being made to follow the advice from the Togolese extension workers. Works include home, hospital, prison, auxiliary visitation and contacts with people of other beliefs. Some reports mention juniors. A Congress was held in Thies, which had a great attendance. Bishop Andre Gueye gave the legionaries his blessing.

BURKINA FASO
Ouagadougou Comitium: A meeting of Diocesan Spiritual Directors was held at Koudougou and a praesidium of Civil Servants has been set up in Fada Diocese. The Comitium of Bobo-Dioulasso was restarted by Sr. Odette Die, former President of Abidjan Senatus, Ivory Coast, at the request of the Bishop.

CENTRAL AMERICA

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: 2 praesidia, 5 Curiae 4 Comitia and 2 Regia reported during this period. An auxiliary organised students and their parents to clean gardens and grounds of the school and nearby areas as a True Devotion to the Nation project. A praesidium of 10 members which meets at 7 am on Saturday morning has an apostolate which includes contact with young people with drink addiction. 45 prisoners attended a Retreat organised by legionaries; one prisoner joined the local praesidium when he was released. A new Comitium was set up in the Acapulco Regia area. There were 650 legionaries at the 25th Legion Congress in Acapulco.

Mérida Senatus: The Comitium in Cancún, which is in a recently-developed tourist area, is very active. 25,000 homes were visited, among them 4,000 members of the different sects. 10 adults were prepared for Baptism. A young man with AIDS was baptised and received the Sacrament of the Sick. He asked to have his daughter baptised before he died. His family are now Church goers.

Monterrey Regia: Small groups have been organised to study De Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary. Legionaries carried out a census in the parish, which provided valuable information for future Legion work. Legionaries did a type of PPC project outside their parishes in preparation for the centenary of the Legion. They visited homes, commercial businesses, colleges and markets. The Regia is encouraging all praesidia to do an Exploratio Dominicalis project particularly in areas where there is no Legion presence or needs support.

Durango Regia: The Regia is giving more attention to the directly attached praesidia and helping those with problems. Recent reports indicate that the legionaries are preparing for the visit of Pope Francis in February. The Regia has difficulty communicating with distant councils but the correspondence with the Concilium is up to date.

Guadalajara Regia: 4 praesidia, 3 Curiae and 1 Comitium reported during this period. There are two praesidia in formation. Legionaries invited contacts to help with cleaning the Church and grounds. A new Curia was set up recently in an attached Comitium which already has 4 Curiae.

Hermosillo Regia: A Congress entitled “The legionary and the Eucharist” was held recently with a big attendance especially from legionaries in the Provinces.

HONDURAS
Senatus of Tegucigalpa: The Senatus is working well under the guidance of their Spiritual Director Fr. Humberto. A special meeting with the officers of the council attached to the Senatus was held recently to plan for the future. They are encouraging the officers of the directly attached praesidia and the Curiae in the capital to attend and participate more in the Senatus meetings. They are also recruiting new correspondents.

El SALVADOR
San Salvador Senatus: Mons. Luis Morao, Bishop of Chalatenango visited the Senatus meeting in November as part of the Episcopal Conference visitation. As well as the usual works they report Prayer Groups organised in families and in hospital with patients’ families. They pray the Rosary in areas of prostitution where they also make contact with the street girls. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is organised and Confession is encouraged. They participated in a Peregrinacio Pro Christo project in Guatemala resulting in the formation of 3 senior and 2 junior praesidia.

NICARAGUA
Regia of Managua: There are 2 Comitia 4 senior Curiae, 1 junior Curia and 17 praesidia affiliated to the Regia. The Comitium of Leon is setting up a new Curia. The Comitium of Granada set up a new praesidium. A legionary worked for 15 days in a rural isolated area to the north of the country visiting parishes with a view to starting the Legion in that area. The junior Curia affiliated to the Regia of Managua set up two new praesidia.

PANAMA
Panama Regia has 5 Curiae, 3 Comitia and 13 praesidia, attached. An attached Curia held its 2nd Congress recently with good participation. A Curia leads a public Rosary in different sectors for the residents with a good response. Another Curia organises Retreats for families and friends.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
DromoreComitium: The works of the Warrenpoint praesidium include home visitation with Our Lady’s statue and visitation to schools in Warrenpoint and Newry. A praesidium in Newry undertakes hospital visitation and held a Retreat attended by12 men. A Mass to commemorate Frank Duff was held in Rostrevor.

Navan Comitium: A praesidium with 10 members and 50 auxiliaries does weekly home visitation and 3 members are on the Parish Baptism Team. Another praesidium with 5 members and 45 auxiliaries encouraged family prayer and urged the lapsed to come back to Mass while visiting about 400 homes. A large number of children accompanied by their parents attended an All Saints party at Halloween. Trim Curia: A praesidium of 8 members and 22 auxiliaries gained 3 active members during the year; they visited 7 Protestant homes during Church Unity week. A lady was received into the Church as a result of the praesidium contacting her. Another praesidium undertakes regular home visitation and street contact. Mullingar Curia has 7 senior praesidia and one junior praesidium. One praesidium organises a Sacramental Preparation Course in the parish to help children prepare for their First Holy Communion.

Derry Comitium: This council has four Curiae attached. The Comitium plans to hold a Youth Conference on Saturday 14th May. The work of a reporting praesidium includes home visitation, Pilgrim statue work and recitation of Rosaries in schools. Our Lady of Zion Curia has 6 praesidia and a total of 37 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians. A statue of Our Lady was brought into Primary and Secondary Schools in May.

Raphoe Comitium has 8 Senior, one junior, one intermediate praesidium and one Curia directly attached. A praesidium in Letterkenny with 11 members does home visitation and operates a book barrow during July and August in the Market Square. The intermediate praesidium meets in the Loretto Convent Secondary School during school term. The junior praesidium in Creeslough has 7 members aged 8 to 15 years. Both parents and children are very committed and the parents take the children to and from meetings.

CURIAE
Leitrim Curia: The works of the reporting praesidia in Annaduff and Leitrim Village include home, hospital and nursing home visitation. Extension to Bornacoola resulted in one prospective member; any others who expressed interest were asked to join local praesidia in the short term. Recruiting efforts resulted in 5 new members between 3 praesidia.

Clogher Curia: As there was no report due at the October meeting a discussion on Confession took place. The Curia got a supply of the Joy of Confession leaflets. Enniskillen praesidium has 6 members who visit a number of nursing homes. In two of these they conduct Eucharistic Prayer Services each Sunday. In another nursing home, weekly Rosary and visits are carried out at the request of staff members. A praesidium reported one new member.

Kilmore:Curia: Cavan praesidium has 10 members whose works include visiting people who live alone and reciting the Rosary in 2 local nursing homes. Sr. Teresa Barr, Vice President, was invited to write a short piece on the Legion in Kilmore Diocese for a parish booklet.

Clonmacnoise Curia has 3 praesidia attached, totalling 23 members. Their main works are visiting homes and the local hospital; they also visit the elderly in their homes. Recruiting took place after the 10 a.m. Mass in Ferbane where some very good contacts were made. The Parish Priest, Fr. Tom Cox gave the Legion a great boost during the Mass.

Armagh Curia: Two buses booked by the Curia for the Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, County Mayo were filled to capacity. Dungannon praesidium celebrated its 4000th meeting.

Drogheda Curia: The works of a praesidium with 6 members and 21 auxiliaries consists of house to house visitation and contacts with many different groups in the community. During the summer they had a weekly Rosary in Ozenam House and met visitors from all over the country. In addition to home and nursing home visitation another praesidium with 7 members and 25 auxiliaries visited the Confirmation class in a school. The work of another praesidium is giving support to the community in Stamullen and Julianstown Parish. Members pray the Rosary with some of the children in Mosney (refugee) Centre. The times of Masses are given to residents at the same Centre. Thirteen people gave their names for active membership during a recruiting drive in Armagh. A book barrow was operated at the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre in Drogheda on 3rd October.

Dundalk Curia: Strabannon praesidium has 5 members and 10 auxiliaries. At the end-of-year school Mass each pupil was given a Miraculous Medal. Another reporting praesidium with 5 members left a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Primary School and spoke to the children about Our Lady, the Rosary and the Mass.

Immaculata Curia, Belfast has 7 praesidia attached. The reporting praesidia have 4, 8 and 7 members and a total of 192 auxiliaries. The works of 2 of these praesidia include door to door visitation with the Fatima Statue; one praesidium also runs a children’s Rosary group in the local Primary School. The main work of the third praesidium is care of the residents in the Regina Coeli Hosel and they also organise a weekly Rosary for the residents in Divis Tower. This initiative has brought great graces to all involved.

Down Curia: As a result of the Fatima Statue visitation a mother and her children have returned to Sunday Mass, a family brought their child for Baptism and one lady went to Confession and returned to Mass. As an attempt to reach out to the lapsed their Spiritual Director asked the Legionaries to deliver Rosary explanatory cards and Rosary beads to the homes. Street contact was made with the local young footballers who were happy to accept the Rosary beads and the relevant card. Three legionaries are involved in the Catechist programme. A commemorative Mass for Frank Duff was celebrated in November.

North and Mid Antrim Curia: Reporting praesidia have 7, 9, 3, 6 and 5 members and a total of 176 auxiliaries. Works include home, Fatima statue and nursing home visitation. One praesidium organised Mass for the youth of the parish at Examination time and prepared children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. In another praesidium the headmaster of the local school invited the Legion to meet the First Holy Communion and Confirmation children. Sr. Sheila Conway of Portstewart praesidium was recently presented with the Benemerenti Medal by Bishop Anthony Farquhar.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE
Bethlehem Curia: 15 attended the latest Frank Duff Prayer Group while the Edel Quinn Promoters Meeting had 18 present. A Polish praesidium gained 4 members during the past year; they now have 8 active and 20 auxiliary members. Apostolates to their Polish compatriots include visiting them at home and in hospital, giving them weekly English classes, minding their children during a married couples Retreat, assisting the Polish Scouts on outings and cleaning a local Church. A Public Rosary is recited monthly at the Spire in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Another Public Rosary is recited for the unborn while walking around Parnell Square. A 7-member praesidium recruited one new member; they visited 800 homes last year. 22 families accepted the Pilgrim Statue; some families went on to buy their own statue while many addresses were passed on to the priest for home blessings. Public Rosaries during May in a flat complex had up to 20 children in attendance.

Porta Coeli Curia: A praesidium of 7 members celebrated its 80th anniversary on Sept 7th. Home visitation is done using Pilgrim statues. In appreciation for Legion visits, a young woman invited the legionaries in for coffee on the 2nd anniversary of the death of her husband. A member is on Pioneer duty every month in the Church; some parishioners took the temporary pledge while 8 confirmation students became Pioneers. The First Holy Communion children of a non-Catholic school were given Rosary beads. Another praesidium visit a person with mental health issues and a Lithuanian lady who lives alone; both enjoy the Maria Legionis. A visit to a Settled Traveller site shortly after the Carrickmines tragedy was much appreciated. The St. Vincent de Paul Society was notified of the plight of one family at the site, while the poor health of another resident was brought to the attention of the district nurse. The praesidium helped to promote the Barman’s Retreat by visiting 25 bars.

Veneranda Curia: The new praesidium of An Réalt organised bilingual talks by an author of books in the Irish language; the attendance was 18 in November and 24 in December despite the terrible weather; almost half the attendees were non-legionaries. The talks focussed on the influence of Catholicism on Irish heritage and the need for faith in contemporary Irish society. The praesidium which manages the payments for the Maria Legionis announced that the current circulation is almost 20,200 copies, 3,000 of which are sent worldwide to the Church hierarchy.

Consolata Curia: 9 patricians and 3 legionaries attended a Patrician meeting. A praesidium of 6 full and 2 probationary, including 2 Praetorian members recites a weekly Rosary in the Church for their 52 auxiliary members, many of whom attend; they also bring these members on an annual outing to the Papal Cross. Miraculous Medals were given to all sixth class children in May. Their annual supermarket Mass was well-attended by staff and customers after closing time.

Presentata Curia: Four legionaries promoted the Legion at a Shopping Centre. As well as their many duties in the Morning Star Hostel, the 13 members of the Stella Maris praesidium give language classes to Brazilians and are helping to establish the hostel’s Men’s Shed; they gained 2 new members during the year. Another Morning Star Hostel praesidium also has 13 members and gained 2 during the year. Weekly activities outside the hostel include visiting former residents and reciting a public Rosary. A Regina Coeli Hostel praesidium of 13 full members and 1 probationer holds a weekly Coffee Morning and weekly Catechism Study; their Patrician meeting usually has 4 legionaries and 8 residents in attendance.

Exaltata Curia: In an effort to attract new members, one praesidium delivered the Legion brochure and a cover letter to all homes in the parish. The main work is the Housing Estate Rosary whereby an altar is set up in a different part of an Estate each week and nearby residents invited to attend; attendance has been between 6 and 14, most of them children. They also organise a monthly parish evening comprising the Rosary, Mass and Blessed Sacrament Adoration. A praesidium with 8 members visits patients in St. Mary’s Hospital. During weekly home visitation, a Catholic Romanian lady became emotional; she had asked for a sign that morning during prayer and took the Legionaries visit as that sign. A new work was the visitation of a Primary School where a DVD on Fatima was shown to the three First Holy Communion classes; the initiative was considered a great success.


ASIA
LEBANON
The Legion has a presence in 21 Parishes. In Beirut there are 6 senior praesidia. Metn South has 7 senior, 5 intermediate and 3 junior praesidia. Metn North has 4 senior and 4 junior praesidia and in Kesenwan there are 6 senior and 3 junior praesidia. They work in shelters serving food, distribute Bibles and prayer leaflets and also help children to prepare for First Communion.

HOLY LAND
Due to troubles in Jerusalem and the West Bank a Conference for Spiritual Directors and officers had to be postponed. Praesidia in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerico reported. Works include visiting the sick, bringing the Madonna to homes, teaching catechism to children and adults at Sunday school. The extension committee is very active.

ARMENIA
Our Lady of Mercy praesidium Gyumri founded one year ago has 8 members. Legionaries are very happy that the newly built Cathedral has opened. They hold spiritual formation and catechism classes for newcomers and encouraging lapsed to return to the faith. With the Missionaries of Charity they visit a village 60 kilometres from Gyumri to teach catechism to children in need. The president of the praesidium has been ordained a Deacon and will become a Spiritual Director.

THAILAND
Rae Comitium has 13 senior Curiae and 1 junior Curia. Catechism is taught to adults and students. In Bangkok college legionaries share the Good News with fellow students and friends. Another praesidium is teaching Thai to an order of Spanish nuns.

MYANMAR (Burma)
They printed the Frank Duff prayer leaflet in Burmese and need to reprint their Handbook.

PAKISTAN
Three praesidia reported in this period. One gave its 33rd annual report having 21 active and 40 auxiliaries along with 9 members in a junior praesidium. They are bridging the gap between the Urdu and English-speaking communities. A second praesidium gave its 4th annual report with 24 active and 5 auxiliary members. A third praesidium gave its 3rd annual report with 16 active members and 14 auxiliaries. Homes, hospital and institutions are visited, catechism is taught, and various devotions are conducted.

INDIA
Mumbai Senatus has produced its own Confession leaflet and held an Edel Quinn day. Family Days organised by legionaries have proved very successful, 117 attending one of these. Audits of all councils have been submitted.

Karnataka Senatus is working very well with every aspect of Legion apostolate undertaken. Prisoners and orphans are visited and encouraged in the faith. 280 undertook a walking Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Church at which the Parish Priest gave an inspiring address on Legion principles and the Legion’s contribution to the Universal Church.

Visakhapatnam Comitium: Three new praesidia were set up with 11, 39 and 21 members. Their Spiritual Director is very supportive.
Port Blair Comitium: Visits are made to attached praesidia and Curiae, in some cases involving long bus journeys and travel by boat. Night Vigils are attended. A number of praesidia were reopened and weaker praesidia helped. People of all beliefs are met and encouraged in the faith.

Calcutta Comitium: Efforts are being made to build up the Legion in the 13 States it cares for. Many legionaries have died after much good service in the Legion, and illness of members has hampered visitation and extension. The Comitium keeps in touch with legionaries in Bangladesh.

Thoothukudi Comitium: This council consists of 9 Curiae and 6 praesidia. Much visitation of the sick and the lapsed is undertaken. Contact is made with Hindus, and people of other beliefs. Extension is undertaken.

VIETNAM
One Regia reports good training of members. The extension of the Legion is hampered in some areas by not having knowledge of the languages of the ethnic tribes. One Comitium cares for the Legion in 7 suffragen Dioceses, the Legion being in 98 of the 142 parishes. A praesidium giving its report has 13 active members, 6 Praetorians and 16 auxiliaries. They live in an area of small commerce, and even though the members are elderly they continue to work to make a living. Saigon Comitium 3 has 9 senior Curiae, 1 junior Curia, 1,821 seniors of which 447 are Praetorians, 352 junior members and 4284 auxiliaries. All reports thank the ecclesiastical authorities for the great support given to the Legion. They say there is a lot of scope for extension and a need for younger members to complement the older ones. Most of the young people move to cities to work. Much poverty is encountered in the rural areas.


EUROPE

BELGIUM
Brussels Senatus: In Beaurange a statue of Our Lady of Beauraing was brought on a journey by car, train and boat on full public view. A praesidium of 13 members has 5 Praetorians. A day of evangelisation was carried out at the Pukkelpop Festival and many useful contacts were made.
Antwerp Regia: Beringen Curia has 5 praesidia with 23 members.

DENMARK
Legionaries in a praesidium with 8 members visit the sick and lead the Rosary in Church before daily Mass.

FRANCE
Valence Regia: The junior praesidium in St. Bonnet de Galaure has restarted with 8 members; 2 senior legionaries spoke to students during a school Retreat.

The Regia has responded very positively to the Concilium’s proposal for a Senatus in Paris; Paris Regia unanimously agreed to this proposal and Aire et Dax also gave their consent The auxiliary Bishop, Monsignor de Moulins celebrated the Mass for Frank Duff. One praesidium caters for legionaries whose College praesidium closes during July and August. 7 new praesidia were started in 2015, including 1 in Versailles, 1 in Britany, 1 in Paris and 1 each among the Congolese and Filipino communities. The biography of Frank Duff by Finola Kennedy and the DVD on his life are being translated into French.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus held a training weekend for legionaries which included a Patrician meeting, crowd contact and Night Fever at which many young people were invited to come and light a candle in Church; the results were amazing and many aged in their 20’s came. One girl who had an abortion accepted a Miraculous Medal and a prayer leaflet. Reports show 2 returns to the Sacraments and one lapsed Catholic who asked to be taken to Mass. In West Birmingham Curia area contact work a distance from an abortion clinic saved 8 babies. Bristol Curia had a training day with very positive feedback. A new junior praesidium has been established and a day Retreat was held for the junior legionaries. Northampton Comitium and Leicester Curia (in the caretakership of the Senatus) reported a new praesidium in Northampton.

Liverpool Senatus: Rev. Fr. Unsworth is the new Spiritual Director of the Senatus. Fr. Ferns has retired. A former legionary, Fr. Kevin Deakin, was recently ordained to the priesthood. Wirral has junior legionaries, and operates a Legion stall at Birkenhead Market. The new praesidium in Leeds Curia is working well; contact work with refugees was mentioned by Middlesbrough Comitium, St. Helen’s Curia reported the death of Sr. Barbara Palmer, the Curia Secretary. RIP. One praesidium gave an account of praying at a prison and great results following a Night Fever initiative. Very good contacts were made at the book barrows in Rochdale and Heywood Town Centres. In Warrington legionaries lead a Eucharistic Service in a nursing home.

Southwark Comitium: The area covers 4 Dioceses, and this includes the Isles of Wight and Guernsey. The Isle of Wight praesidium has been visited by the Comitium representatives. Guernsey has 8 members and one probationer; a parish census is being carried out and the Legion’s three candidates for Beatification are well promoted. In Cornwall details of Mass times are distributed in camp sites, and one man met on home visitation received the Sacrament of the Sick before he died. A Korean praesidium attached to the Andong Regia in Korea has proposed a joint visitation and this is being tried with one local praesidium.

Brentwood Comitium: Extension and recruiting are on-going with good results. During holiday time a junior praesidium works with the seniors on home visitation. Miraculous Medals are given to First Holy Communicants.

Central London Curia: In the 3 month period from September to December five new members were recruited. Two legionaries are catechists and prepare children for the Sacraments; prison visitation is carried out by 2 praesidia; the Holy Eucharist is brought to people who are house-bound; one praesidium helps to serve tea and sandwiches to the homeless (not funded by the Legion). Functions were held for auxiliary members. The praesidium in Soho has 5 full members and 4 probationers. Works includes visitation in the red light district.

NORWAY
Tonsberg praesidium has 10 active member and 2 probationers, supported by 18 auxiliary members. They use the phone a lot for contact with auxiliaries, are very involved in parish activities, and celebrated the Legion’s anniversary on 8th September. Drammen praesidium has 6 members and 25 auxiliaries. House Rosaries and Bible studies featured in the report. During Advent Norwegian and Filipino families were visited.

SCOTLAND
Glasgow Senatus: The council held an Officers’ Conference and a Peregrinatio Pro Christo Conference and are preparing for their next PPC venture to Finland. Ayrshire Curia report 3 praesidia busily engaged with the Rosary in 5 schools and in visiting nursing homes and sheltered accommodation. Our Lady of the Wayside praesidium has an international flavour with legionaries from as far away as Brazil. Legionaries attended the funeral of a Club patron, taught another to make the Sign of the Cross. One man offers his painful suffering to honour the crucified Christ. Annunciata Curia report good contacts at the lunchtime club, the baptism of five children in one family, and a warm welcome to the African community. A legionary in Edinburgh Curia retired to a nursing home and brought the praesidium with her to the venue.

SWEDEN (in the caretakership of Liverpool Senatus)
A new praesidium was established in Gavel. Another praesidium reports great response to the Pilgrim Statue. Work is progressing well since the printing of the Swedish Handbook.

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia is making progress on setting up a website The praesidium in Duivendrecht, established by Sr. Sally Chan, now has 9 members and 4 officers. Legionaries from Rotterdam visited the Portuguese praesidium which they set up 10 years ago in Amiens.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium has12 praesidia attached. The report mentions an Exploratio Dominicalis project in Estfeld.

SIBERIA
One praesidium is on the parish website and has taken part in extension work in Abakan.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus and 2 Regia held a joint planning meeting and the Senatus, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee this January printed a new recruiting leaflet and one on Confession. Of the 10 praesidia attached, 4 are in Frankfurt. The Korean Curia in Essen started a new praesidium in Istanbul. The programme of works in Freiburg Comitum includes a camping apostolate, Patricians, visiting schools and book barrow apostolate. In Cologne Regia 8 legionaries in the Leverkusen praesidium took their promise. Munich Regia established a new praesidium in Pechbrunn.

GIBRALTAR
The Gibraltar Curia (in the care of Scotland) has 5 praesidia. Legionaries visit St. Bernard’s Hospital and a psychiatric unit. The Three Kings Cavalcade on the eve of the Epiphany goes through the main street to the Cathedral. They held an ecumenical outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday with a great attendance. School children are prepared for Holy Communian and legionaries help with the children’s Liturgy.

WALES
Cardiff Comitium: Legionaries in Gwent responded swiftly to the request to bring the Rosary to school children. Wrexham Curia (in the care of Liverpool) is busy following up contacts made by the Peregrinatio Pro Christo team. Swansea Curia (under the caretakership of Birmingham Senatus), report 3 Exploratio Dominicalis projects undertaken. Extension here is on-going.



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Angola Comitium Raised to Regia Status
January 2016

ANGOLA COMITIUM RAISED TO REGIA STATUS

A proposal to raise the Comitium, ‘Nossa Senhora Rainha do Mundo’ in Lobito, Angola to Regia status was approved by Concilium. This Comitium was founded in 1987. It has 17 praesidia directly attached and 12 Curiae and has a total of 112 praesidia in the area.
Seven Comitia will be attached to the new Regia: (1) Balombo (2). Njinga. (3) Bocoio (Mission) (4) Bocoio (Parish). (5) Lobito North. (6) Catumbela. (7) Lobito (Parish of S. Joao do Lobito).



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Visit to Democratic Republic of Congo
January 2016

VISIT TO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Pia Makengo, President of the Senatus of Brussels, and Henri Kaite of the same Senatus carried out a visitation of some Legion Councils in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 29th September to 18th October 2015.

The main purpose of their visit was to represent Concilium at the ceremony by which the Regia of Kisangani in the Orientale Province was raised to the status of Senatus as had been requested by the former Archbishop, now Cardinal Archbishop of Kinshasa, and by the present Archbishop of Kisangani, Mgr. Utembi Tapa. Recommended by its superior Council therefore, the Senatus of Kinshasa, this step had been approved by Concilium.

Next day, Pia Makengo and Henri Kaite flew to Kisangani with the representatives of Kinshasa Senatus. Here they got a great reception, and had formation meetings during the following days with the Regia Officers. In these sessions they were helped by the presence of officers of other Senatus, namely, Butembo and Bukavu. They had an audience with the Archbishop, who thanked all concerned. On Saturday 10th October, following a 3-hour procession to the Cathedral, at a High Mass presided by the Archbishop, and honoured by the presence of the civil and military dignitaries of the province, the officers of the Regia renewed their pledges of loyal service of the Legion, led by Abbe Gabriel Songe, their Spiritual Director, and the Concilium’s message raising the Regia to Senatus level was read. The Archbishop’s sermon was carried on loudspeakers to the huge crowd outside.



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Allocutio at December 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
January 2016

THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL AND THE LEGION
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The Miraculous Medal played a prominent place in the origin and indeed in the immediate pre-history of the Legion. The appendix 6 of the Handbook and an article by our Founder, Frank Duff in his book ‘Virgo Praedicanda’ give us a very helpful treatment of the history and message of the Medal in relationship to the Legion. Seeing that the Medal has a significant role in the Legion apostolate throughout the world it would be good to reread these sources from time to time. We do not just distribute the Medal, but we also try to communicate its message and explain the role of the sacramental in the life of the Church.

In this Allocutio we shall reflect on the message of the front side of the Medal and at another time we will meditate on the reverse side of the Medal. First, we remember that sacramentals are signs or symbols that point beyond themselves to truths of our faith. Just like all private revelations they add nothing to the public revelation given to us in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, but get all their value from pointing to some revealed truth that we may be neglecting or that needs to be urgently stressed at a particular time in the history of the Church. This is particularly true of the teaching of Our Lady in her various and many apparitions.

In the Miraculous Medal Our Lady teaches us through images and with only one written sentence and as you might expect she roots us in Sacred Scripture. It has been often said that Mary is a living Bible. She is immersed in the Word of God, not only in the sense that she always acted in accordance with the Word of God, but also as scripture tells us in two different places: ‘she kept all these words pondering them in her heart.’ She never forgot any word that Jesus spoke, or indeed any action He carried out. She lived and loved and treasured the whole Gospel. One of the sure signs of the authenticity of the presence of Mary in an apparition is that it points us to Jesus and roots us in the Sacred Scripture. And that is precisely what she does through the Miraculous Medal. It is good to keep in mind that the Medal has been designed in all its detail by Mary herself. It is her special teaching aid.

So, the Medal is not simply a religious object, but a sign pointing us to important truths of our faith.

First we see an image of Mary treading underfoot a serpent, which is the symbol of Satan who is encircling the globe. This brings us back to the Book of Genesis and God’s reaction to the catastrophe that is caused by original sin. God does not abandon mankind, but immediately makes a promise full of hope for humanity in general but also for each one of us without exception in particular. The first word of hope and joy after the fall is a Woman and Mother. That is the first thing we learn about Mary in Scripture: She is the Woman and Mother of hope and joy because she is to give birth to a Son who will be the Saviour of the world. She will be the instrument of bringing God so close to us and among us.

The words of Genesis (3:15) are so precious to the Legion apostolate. We are called by Mary individually to give her message of hope and Gospel joy to everyone we meet. Is a pessimistic and unduly negative legionary really a legionary at all? We must be steeped in Genesis 3:15, which is the first preaching of the Gospel, the photo-evangelium. Two things are clear in this image of Genesis on the Medal: First, there is a fierce battle between Mary and the Devil and all that he signifies and instigates and this battle is taking place not only in the world outside of us but in varying ways and degrees within each one of us. We must not be naïve about the reality of what the Scriptures call ‘spiritual warfare.’ However, we must be utterly convinced that victory will come through Mary as St John Paul 11 said to our Founder on a memorable occasion in Rome and as Our Lady proclaimed in Fatima: ‘In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.’ That is a key message of the Medal and the message at the core of the Legion identity and apostolate. It is not by accident that this text surrounds the border of the Tessera: ‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, between her seed and yours and she shall crush your head.’

Next the image of Mary on the Medal shows us Mary as one through whom the graces of Redemption, that have their source in Our Lord’s work of Redemption, flow to us in superabundance. This image brings us back to the Gospel of Luke and the words of Gabriel: ‘Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you.’ We treasure those words because they insert us into the heart of the mystery of Mary and her role in our life and destiny. For us legionaries as we all know and firmly believe, Mary is indeed the Mediatrix of all graces. Our whole apostolate is rooted in that truth: Mary is by God’s design the instrument of all graces.

Of course, the Woman of Genesis and the Mediatrix of all graces presuppose the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the original name of the Medal was the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, but because of the sheer number of graces and indeed extraordinary ones that flowed from the wearing of the Medal it has universally been called the Miraculous Medal. This leads us to the last point of the Allocutio: The power of intercessory prayer. St. Catherine Laboure noticed that grace flowed in streams from jewels on Our Lady’s fingers, but no grace seemed to flow from some of the jewels. Our Lady explained the reason for this is because no one was asking for these graces that she was so anxious to give. So, intercessory prayer must be an integral part of all Christian prayer, but especially the prayer life of the legionary. We must habitually pray for the people we hope to influence in terms of salvation. Let us then conclude with the prayer we pray every day as legionaries: ‘Oh, Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee.’ Amen



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Concilium Bulletin December 2015
January 2016

EUROPE
SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: A young man from Madrid who worked in the Morning Star Hostel, Dublin for 3 months joined a young adult praesidium on his return to Spain. A legionary who studied in Dublin for 2 years and worked with 2 praesidia is continuing his studies in Granada and, with an Argentinian legionary, is trying to set up a young adult praesidium. It was suggested that elderly legionaries and those with difficulty in walking could sit in the plaza and contact those who use the parks. Classes in reading, writing, sewing, and cooking are organised for immigrants. Street contact is directed towards youth.
Barcelona Senatus: A praesidium in an old folks’ home in Palma de Mallorca has 18 active members and 20 auxiliaries. The Curia in Valencia has l8 probationers, a large number of Adjutorians, mainly nuns and l4 attending a Patrician meeting. Street contacts are made and the house-bound visited.
Bilbao Senatus: A new praesidium was set up in Mungia. The praesidium in Portugalete is involved in parish work and does home visitation. A praesidium in Pretoria has 9 members who visit the sick and lonely. The praesidium in Baracaldo has some new members. They helped with extension in another parish, distributing a great number of Miraculous Medals.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: Works include Pilgrim Statue visitation, street contact, Advent and Lenten reflections, birthday cards for auxiliaries, psychological and technical support for those completing insolvency processes. A praesidium of 9 has two probationers and 6 Praetorians. They visit the housebound, help to serve food; provide a nursing service and prepare many to receive the Sacraments. In Massama, hygiene and other services are provided for the sick and children are prepared for Baptism and Confirmation. The Bishop, 7 Spiritual Directors and 200 legionaries attended a Congress in Braga. Two representatives of the Senatus on a visit to Madeira were warmly received by the Bishop. A junior praesidium was set up and plans made to form an extension group. The Azores has an apostolate to drug addicts and the homeless. Two junior praesidia were set up. Councils are actively extending.

ITALY
Rome Senatus: Rome has 8 Curiae with 87 praesidia; Sardinia, a Comitium with 5 Curiae and 46 praesidia; Sicily, a Comitium, 4 Curiae with 48 praesidia; Reggio Calabria, a Comitium with 2 Curiae and 22 praesidia; the Adriatic coast, a Comitium with 4 Curiae centred on Rimini. There are 8 other widely separated Curiae (including Florence) with 43 praesidia and finally 5 other directly affiliated praesidia in various locations. That makes a total of 283 praesidia for all southern Italy. Only 3 junior praesidia are recorded.
Milan Regia: A praesidium in Pavia gave a presentation on the Legion to the Bishop’s Pastoral Council and presented the Bishop with a Legion Handbook. Genoa reports on visitation and discussions on the faith with young married couples. In Padova Comitium a new Nigerian junior praesidium with 17 members and 2 Senior Officers hold prayer meetings with children and recite the Rosary before Mass. In Lana Curia legionaries gave 5 talks on the Faith and on the Legion to 4th class students. They also engage in street apostolate, book barrow work, and Pilgrim Statue visitation.

CYPRUS
Members of the three praesidia in Nicosia helped out at Holycross Church on Confirmation day. At a following lunch they provided entertainment for the Patriarch of Jerusalem and other visiting bishops who were there for a Conference. The Vice President of one of the praesidia has entered a convent.

MALTA
Malta Regia: PPC projects were undertaken in Rome, Sicily and Birmingham. One new member was gained following two Columban Drives and another following a Retreat for auxiliaries. The consecration of homes to the Sacred Heart is promoted. One praesidium secured the consecration of one family and the renewal of consecration of three more. The Italian-speaking praesidium celebrated its 25th anniversary with a Mass of thanksgiving to which its auxiliary members were invited. During a week of apostolate legionaries in one Curia visited 190 families; 27 new auxiliary members were enrolled and two families agreed to have their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Another Curia reported the reconciliation of a married couple, an entire family returned to the Sacraments, and a Jehovah Witness helped back to practice of the faith. Follow-up visits to a family who were recently received into the Church were reported by Queen of Peace Curia. A praesidium in this Curia visits Merchant ships. Mass attendance and Confessions were organised. The activities of the young legionaries in the 10 praesidia of a Junior Curia included a Columban Drive, visits to Nursing Homes for the elderly and disabled, a three-day Retreat with 50 in attendance, a BBQ, water games and other activities.
Gozo Comitium: Contact is made with Tourists of various beliefs. A group of 17 legionaries visited 134 families in Kilkara Parish on the Island of Malta where two people asked to see the Parish Priest. Nine new Auxiliaries were recruited and two of the seven persons who were encouraged to join the Legion are attending the praesidium meeting.

COUNTRIES UNDER CARETAKERSHIP OF MALTA REGIA

GREECE: The praesidium in the Filipino Community meets each Sunday. In Rhodes a prayer group organised by the Legion holds meetings in Kos.

TURKEY: The Malta Regia President and another legionary visited Turkey in October. The praesidium in Izmir has 10 members and 2 nuns. In Istanbul the Legion is doing well but needs more help, they met with the Spiritual Director and the officers and members of the 4 praesidia there. A Korean praesidium is attached to a Curia in Korea. Another visit is planned for March 2016.

ALBANIA
Shkoder Comitium: Works include helping people back to the Sacraments, visiting the sick in their homes, and helping with Church functions. The praesidium in Stubbla, Kosovo has about 25 members and is functioning well. Efforts are being made to start a new praesidium in Velezhe.

NORTH AMERICA
Boston Senatus: Works include Enthronement of Sacred Heart in 12 homes and 2 nursing homes. A Curia arranges Confession for the seriously ill. In Merrimack Valley, with 9 praesidia, home visitation and crowd contact focuses on Faith and Mass attendance. Providence Comitium comprises 13 praesidia and 4 Curiae. They teach CCD and help couples remarry in Church. New Haven Comitium, CT, with 168 members started 4 new praesidia, and report many contacts at a weekly book barrow. Bayview Curia started a new praesidium. The Vietnamese Curia has 8 praesidia with 137 members who visit apartments, nursing homes and prisons where Scripture is studied. A Portuguese Curia with 121 members contacted non-Catholics and new immigrants.
New York Senatus plans restructuring its councils to improve administration.

Staten Island Curia has 13 praesidia with 100 active and 353 auxiliary legionaries attached. Two weekend Exploratio Dominicalis projects were held on a local boardwalk. Morris County Curia gained 3 new praesidia. On home visitation, one person returned to the Church after 20 years away. Another was introduced to the RCIA programme. 455 contacts were made at a book barrow parish coffee morning location. This council also lists crowd contact, and prepared 248 for the Sacraments. South Bronx Curia visited 3,500 homes.

Philadelphia Senatus: A book barrow outside a downtown Church was the Legion’s Information Centre for contacts and greeting to the many visitors to Pope Francis’ World Meeting of Families. Trenton Comitium, NJ, with 7 senior and 2 junior praesidia, has a total membership of 160 active and 280 auxiliary members. Among their works is a Prison and Rehab Center. The attached Curia, Monmouth/Ocean Co. participated in contacts at various Shopping Malls. Wilmington Curia report Pilgrim Statue visits, and visits to the County Prison. Regina Pacis Hispanic Curia reports 13 returns, 2 marriages regularised and 2 joined the RCIA programme. In Metuchen Comitium, NJ, their Hispanic Curia had 19 adults baptised, 17 confirmed and 4 couples received the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Maria Legionis subscriptions increased greatly since May.

Arlington Regia, VA held a Congress entitled “The Charism of Frank Duff”. Arlington Junior Curia has 85 members visiting nursing homes, making Rosary beads, visiting auxiliaries and recruiting PTAA Pioneers. 997 contacts were met at Fairfax Fair. 47 teenagers, 25 senior volunteers and 4 priests attended a Retreat. 1 praesidium reported 43 lapsed returned to the Church.

Chicago Senatus celebrated its 50th anniversary in September with a Mass and a reception afterwards. The Korean Comitium held a recruiting drive, resulting in 2 new active and 7 auxiliary members. Also 7 returned to practice and 12 joined CCD class. Mankato Curia, MN, had a Booth at the Steele Co. Fair; many contacts were made and literature distributed. Mary, Woman of Revelation Curia, Joliet, IL, had 33 legionaries staffing a Booth at the Du Page Co. Fair and at Mary Fest 2015. A new Hispanic Comitium was set up. 11 legionaries do crowd contact in Millennium Park and also at the local train station, distributing Miraculous Medals and literature. Rockford Curia gained 16 new members, also reported 6 conversions and 5 returns to practice. Sioux Falls Curia organised a Rosary Rally in a public square.

Houston Senatus report many pastors looking for praesidia in Louisiana due to parish missions on True Devotion to Mary given by their Spiritual Director, Deacon Millar. Holy Spirit Conference in Anderson, TX, had the theme, ‘Wake up the World!’ In Lafayette Comitium, Louisiana, all-night vigils and Patrician meetings had an average of 35 attendees.

St. Louis Senatus recruited 20 new active members and they have a high numbers of auxiliaries. Enthronements to the Sacred Heart and blessing of homes were arranged. 21 non-practicing Catholics returned, including a family. Legionaries manned a Booth at the Colorado State Fair for 11 days making good contacts. Juniors write to soldiers serving abroad, encouraging them in the Faith. Many legionaries are teaching Catechism.

Cincinnati Senatus report that the Detroit Archdiocese recommends the Legion to its parishioners as a means of doing New Evangelisation. East Cleveland Curia has 8 praesidia. They visit nursing homes, jails, and housebound. Prayer services and the Rosary are led at these facilities. Sacramentals are passed out to the residents and 3,460 Miraculous Medals were given out. 100 people attended the Acies. Nashville Comitium: They have 2 junior. praesidia. One praesidium staffs a book barrow. Madison Curia: Two Legion family members attended the closing Mass for the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, IN. 24,000 Young Catholics. 42 youths from their parish in North Vernon attended.

Miami Regia: Praesidia report memberships of 10 to 15 and 80-180 auxiliary memberships. Orlando Comitium directs 18 praesidia and 4 Curiae. Alabama continues to grow with 7 praesidia under Mobile Curia, 6 under Birmingham Curia and 20 under South Carolina Curia.
San Francisco Senatus: Seattle Comitium held a Congress, started 3 new praesidia, a new Spanish Curia in Toppenish and a new Curia in Redmond, Oregon. Salinas started a new praesidium. Anchorage Curia legionaries teach Natural Family Planning, visit homeless, new parish members and assist with Baptism preparation. San Mateo Comitium promotes True Devotion to Mary.

Los Angeles Senatus report a Junior Curia with 7 praesidia. Senior praesidia and councils engage in home and hospital visitation, Sacred Heart Enthronement, catechesis, Pilgrim statue visitation, book barrow/crowd contact and prison visits. A praesidium of 8 members supervises a junior praesidium. A Chinese praesidium of 9 members has 115 auxiliaries and does mainly sick/elderly visitation. A praesidium of 20, including 4 probationers, supports all Senatus functions and undertakes a wide variety of works. The attached councils report the full range of Legion apostolates.

CANADA
In Toronto Senatus their Spiritual Director influenced the setting up of a praesidium in a Seminary. Bishop McGrattan wants more praesidia in his Diocese. Seat of Wisdom junior praesidium has 14 members who work with seniors. The Korean Comitium had huge numbers at their Reunion and Acies while works include teaching Korean refugee children. A converts’ testimony featured in a Retreat for lapsed and non-Catholics, with 19 participating. Regina Mundi Comitium organised a Congress which was well attended. A Retreat for the lapsed and non-Catholics had 19 participants. Regia of Ottawa had a two-day project in August, involving 8 praesidia and 20 members in the city centre, sharing their Faith. Winnipeg Curia, Manitoba, does prison ministry in a Rehab Centre. The Correctional Facility was visited 85 times during the year, 16 praesidia taking part. One Curia reports new members in 4 of their 7 praesidia. They organised parish Marian Retreats, lasting from 6 to 10 weeks on True Devotion to Mary with Fr. Gaitley’s DVD on “33 Days of Morning Glory.”
Montreal Senatus started a new praesidium in the parish of St. Simon the Apostle. A praesidium of 8 members does a variety of works with youth, the elderly and the sick. The 14 members of another praesidium do mostly works of consolation, such as, consoling the dying, visiting nursing homes, and Pilgrim Statue visitation. The Senatus visited Quebec Comitium and Moncton Curia. A new praesidium in Quebec evangelises youth and has monthly recitation of the Rosary at a Nursing home. Moncton Curia, with 5 praesidia organise Consecration of newly baptised to Our Lady of Miraculous Medal. The English-speaking Curia report on works of Faith consolidation and organise Pilgrimages to local shrines. Sherbrook Curia has 4 praesidia.

Vancouver Comitium: One Curia uses Skype to start new praesidia. Recruitment is done through the parish bulletin. Works include, evangelisation, assistance to the pastors in the parishes and Pilgrim statue. They held a Retreat and an Annual Rosary Walk. 28 members of Mother of Apostle Curia attended the Legion education seminar at St. Andrew Kim Parish. Fr. Paul Goo, a former active legionary, was recently ordained to the Priesthood. The celebration in the Parish of Surrey was shared by more than 1,300 parishioners and guests.

Edmonton Comitium: Bishop Terrio circulated his 26 parishes with information on the Legion of Mary. Home visitation, a Retreat for 20 juniors, a request by a nursing home resident to set up a praesidium and bringing a priest to a dying man in hospital were reported.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo: Works include, visiting homes, hospitals and local jails. A youth leading a wild life was baptised and joined a praesidium. A Protestant woman was converted and is now a legionary. 5 un-baptised, unmarried couples were prepared and received the Sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony. Of 3 young drug addicts approached, two are now receiving the Sacraments. Works of service include, help for an invalid, successful medical treatment for a suicidal woman, helping to fill in immigration forms. A cancer cure through the intercession of the Frank Duff was reported.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: Two persons possessed by unclean spirits received help from an exorcist priest, with one receiving Holy Communion. Attached councils report Baptism for Haitian immigrants and 12 Patrician groups. A Curia did three-day visitation projects in its parishes. A long resistant contact sought help from legionaries and received the Sacraments before he died. Two persons who had been enemies were publicly reconciled.
Trinidad and Tobago Regia report new junior praesidia in 2 schools in Tobago. A praesidium with 9 active members does home and hospital visitation, public Rosaries, conducts Eucharistic Adoration twice weekly and prepares families for the Baptism of their children. An attached Curia has 7 senior and 4 junior praesidia with a membership of 76 active, 4 probationers and 430 auxiliaries. Works are home, hospital, nursing home visitation. Bereaved families are visited. 3 lapsed Catholics returned to the practice of the faith.

Haiti Senatus took reports from 5 Comitia, 2 Curiae and 2 Seminary praesidia; one of the latter was founded by the late Archbishop of Port au Prince, Msgr. Miot, while the late Msgr. Benoit, V.G, and Senatus Spiritual Director, helped start one of the Curiae. Both men were lost during the earthquake 5 years ago, RIP. A number of councils celebrated anniversaries, including one which marked the 60th Anniversary of the Patricians. Works include visiting homes, tents, hospitals, prisons, the market, orphans, bereaved families, cohabiting couples, the sick, elderly and infirm in their homes and bringing them Holy Communion, accompanying the priest on sick calls and doing works of service. They also do youth work, organise catechism courses, prayer meetings and contact people of different Faiths and none, including those practicing Voodoo. Very large numbers were prepared for the Sacraments.

Puerto Rico Senatus has 8 comitia, 5 Curiae and 10 praesidia. Three Columban Drives resulted in 2l active and 11 auxiliaries. Contact is maintained with prisoners; one ex-prisoner with learning disability, is now reading the Bible.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Cloyne Comitium: Midleton praesidium visits people living alone, the Day Centre and two nursing homes. Holy Communion is taken weekly to an invalid man. Bishop Crean suggested an Maria Et Patria be carried out in Cobh during the year. East Cloyne Curia was represented at all 3 Comitia meetings. Praesidia reporting had 11, 4 and 7 members. Works undertaken were teaching prayers to school children, Fatima Statue visitation, distribution of Miraculous Medals and Rosary Beads, giving religious packs to First Holy Communicants in Primary and Secondary Schools.

Cork Comitium: Curiae and praesidia reported works of home, hospital and Fatima Statue visitation, also street contact work which is undertaken by many of the praesidia. A praesidium in one Curia runs an Old Folks Club, which involves many enjoyable activities. Another praesidium brought the Fatima Statue to the homes of First Holy Communion children and promoted the Rosary. They visited local schools and distributed Miraculous Medals. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima was also brought to Confirmation classes and other students promised to say one decade of the Rosary each day. Eucharistic Adoration, promoting the Rosary and religious videos feature in reports. An Edel Quinn Prayer Group for young people is run by legionaries.

Kerry Comitium: Three officers of this council and another legionary represented the Dioceses at the conferring of the Pallium on Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly; they were honoured to be invited by Bishop Brown to this magnificent event in Thurles Cathedral. A recruiting drive was held in Milltown in November along with extensive home visitation. A follow-up meeting was held with 4 attending. 35 transition year students have volunteered to work with legionaries on nursing home visitation accompanied by experienced legionaries. The students are divided into teams and each team do a minimum of 6 visits, to continue until May. Some of the students indicated that they would like to do more and they were informed that the legionaries would like to start a praesidium from this at the end of the term. Miraculous Medals and leaflets on the Legion are given to each student. The Comitium will host a Maria et Patria project on the 31st March – 1st April 2016.

Mid Clare Comitium: West Clare Curia presented its annual report. There are 6 praesidia attached with a total of 23 members. Works include nursing home and hospital visitation, plus crowd contact during the Willie Clancy Music Festival. A recruitment drive is proposed for Kilmihil as the parish priest is anxious that the Legion be restarted.

Thurles Comitium: Legionaries in Littleton praesidium visit the sick and elderly and undertake Pilgrim Statue visitation. Holycross praesidium does home and nursing home visitation and help to care for the Abbey. Templemore praesidium visits the Travelling community, organises Eucharistic Adoration, a Patrician group and undertake home and Pilgrim Statue visitation. Murroe Curia: The praesidium in Doon has been re-established with 4 members. Cashel Curia heard reports from Clonmel, Killenaule and Dranganan. The report mentioned promotion of the Cause of Venerable Edel Quinn. Tipperary Curia organised a very successful Maria Et Patria project to Waterford with Frs. Michael Kennedy and Robbie Coffey as Spiritual Directors.

CURIAE
Birr/Roscrea Curia: A reporting praesidium in Roscrea has 12 members and one probationer. They visit nursing homes and people in their homes and organise Church events. Birr praesidium has 6 members whose works include promoting Eucharistic Adoration and sale of Catholic literature. Each year they organise a Rosary Rally in the Church and the teachers and children from the Primary Schools participate. The Curia filled 2 buses to Knock Shrine for the Legion Annual Pilgrimage in September.

Limerick Curia: Works for the reporting praesidium include assisting the Parish Priest with various works in the parish, visiting elderly patients in their homes and visiting 5 nursing homes. They handed out pictures of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at a Shopping Centre and engaged with shoppers, distributed Miraculous Medals and explanatory leaflets for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. They also do door to door visitation.

Lismore Curia: The reporting praesidium engages in a variety of apostolic works: home and hospital visitation: calling on the house-bound: parish activities such as Eucharistic Adoration: distribution of Church envelopes and other literature on behalf of the parish.

Ross Curia: This council has 9 senior praesidia, two of which reported gaining one new member each. 4 members took the Promise in one praesidium and some members helped with a recruiting drive in Bantry. One praesidium commenced home visitation. A Patrician meeting took place with an attendance of 10, all being legionaries. Leap praesidium has 5 members who sell Catholic papers, help with Church cleaning and undertake hospital and home visitation. They compile and distribute an annual parish newsletter. Miraculous Medals were presented to First Holy Communion classes in local schools. Courtmacsherry praesidium visits the elderly and those living alone. They presented Miraculous Medals to Holy Communicants in the local school.

Waterford Curia: The attendance was up this year in the September Rosary Procession. Their bus to Knock Shrine for the Legion Pilgrimage had 37 people. A report was given on the Maria et Patria Project which took place in St. Paul’s Parish on 10/11 August. 1,701 homes were visited. 47 non-Catholics and 9 prospective active members were encountered. Glenmore praesidium has 5 members who visit people in their homes and nursing homes.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE
(Oct & Nov 2015)
Immaculata Curia: 43 legionaries and 56 patricians attended 10 meetings. A Peregrinatio Pro Christo Prayer Meeting included reports from 3 peregrini and hymns; one priest, one nun and 9 legionaries were in attendance. A new Children’s Group in one parish has 4 legionaries and around 12 children fortnightly, for games and recitation of the Rosary. In another parish, 3 of the 6 full Legion members are Praetorians; they report 95 auxiliary members. Their works are home and school visitation, street contact and a monthly Patrician meeting.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia organised a meeting on Children’s Eucharistic Adoration; 2 priests and 30 others attended; the national representative for Children’s Adoration gave a talk at the meeting. A praesidium with 7 full and 2 probationary members each week, together with Blackrock College teachers and students contact drug addicts and alcoholics in the city centre, offering them sacramentals and advice on the Camino Detox Centre in Enfield. Other praesidium works include the Parish Repository, Parish Friendship Club, assisting with Meals on Wheels and Church cleaning. Their Patrician meeting attendance ranged from 16 to 27. A legionary is parish organiser for Eucharistic Adoration; a weekend project recruited 37 new adorers.

Benedicta Curia: During home visitation one praesidium promotes daily Eucharistic Adoration. A Chinese man of no religion was delighted to receive a Miraculous Medal and requested some for his friends. Confession was arranged for a partially-sighted lady. Other works include visitation of St. James’s Hospital, Lectio Divina and street contact.

Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: A Recruitment Drive in Greystones resulted in 4 new auxiliary members. The praesidium in Arklow receives a warm welcome in a Traveller Halting Site; all 5 members attended the funeral of a Traveller. Families of those baptised in recent years were visited. A book barrow was used over a festival weekend in August. 70 parishioners attended a talk on Frank Duff by Finola Kennedy.

Assumpta Curia: 4 Patrician meetings had 74 patricians and 16 legionaries in attendance; one meeting attracted 32 people, 4 of them legionaries. The organising praesidium in one Parish has 6 active members. Their main work is running the Parish Bookshop, where contact is developed with the customers, one of whom, a young Indian nurse, wanted a religious emblem to attach to her uniform. A local bar was visited prior to the Barmen’s Retreat.

Ancilla Domini Curia: 11 attended the November meeting of the Pauline Circle (dialogue between Catholics and those of other Christian faiths), two of them Protestants; the paper was on the Papal Encyclical entitled, “Laudatio Si”. In December there were 8 Catholics and 1 Protestant present. One praesidium asked 53 people to join the Legion over a period of 6 months. They visit homes and distribute 76 Maria Legionis. An average of 7 attended their patrician meeting.

Annunciata Curia: 74 patricians and 13 legionaries attended 6 meetings; a meeting on Dorothy Day had 35 patricians and 3 legionaries in attendance. One praesidium has 97 auxiliary members. During home visitation, 2 young Chinese students of no religion were surprised to hear that there was no charge to visit the parish Church and gladly accepted Miraculous Medals. Legionaries recite the Rosary and Legion prayers at the funeral of auxiliaries; one man was so impressed he asked to be enrolled as an auxiliary member of the Legion.

Gloriosa Curia: Celbridge and Leixlip praesidia held a joint Exploratio Dominicalis project, visiting two Housing Estates; 12 auxiliary members were recruited. One praesidium had 13 visitors during the year. A concerted effort to contact the 39 auxiliary members and 45 auxiliary probationers was made using the new auxiliary leaflet. Legionaries helped to instruct a Chinese family in the faith and a legionary became a godparent to their child. The Parish Priest was given a copy of Hilde Firtel’s book on ‘Alfie Lambe: Legion Envoy’ and gave a wonderful homily on the Tullamore man at Mass on 24th June with a large picture of Alfie decorated with flowers beside the altar; each of the 32 Mass-goers were given a copy of the book. A legionary helped to organise a talk on Men’s Sheds in the Curia house and the subsequent setting up of a Shed in a Resource Centre. The National University of Ireland, Maynooth praesidium has 19 active members, 5 of them Seminarians, 2 of whom were assigned to the Legion by the Seminary as part of their Pastoral Work training. Stands were mounted to undertake various apostolates including offering palm for Palm Sunday, scriptural quotations on love on Valentine’s Day and St. Bridget’s Crosses on February 1st. 15 attended a Patrician-style Prayer and Pizza meeting to discuss “Faith and Science”, 7 of them non-legionaries, while 3 Muslims and 7 Catholics attended an inter-faith meeting.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: 7 attended an Edel Quinn Prayer Meeting. A praesidium of 5 full and 1 probationary members visit homes and nursing homes; in one such home up to 30 residents now attend a Mass organised by the Legion. Three residents of another home are brought to the Parish Mass and afterwards to the Parish Centre for refreshments and a singsong.


AFRICA
KENYA
Senatus of Kenya: The work of a Seminary praesidium, with 30 members includes visiting homes, hospitals and a children’s home. The Senatus gives great care to young legionaries and a very successful Youth Rally was held for members from 20 Secondary Schools in Nairobi. The basics of the Legion were explained in detail and the importance of heroic work and of the Faith in one’s life were part of the day’s programme. Works undertaken by praesidia and councils include home, hospital and prison visitation resulting in returns to the Sacraments, marriages regularised and promoting catechism classes.

SUDAN
The Legion in Sudan has been out of touch for a long time due to unrest in the country. A priest from Torit Diocese has requested Handbooks from the Senatus of Kenya to start a praesidium. Prayers are asked for the legionaries in Sudan.

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: The former Senatus Secretary visited Concilium in December. All attached councils have submitted a programme of work to Senatus for 2016. There is a good group of correspondents, who are in touch with their councils and report regularly to Senatus.
Maula Senatus: The Senatus set up in January 2015 and is functioning well.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: Two Comitia, a Curia and a praesidium located in prisons and a University praesidium reported. The varied activities in the Comitia have resulted in many conversions, preparations for the Sacraments, and lapsed returned to the faith. The Senatus is most supportive of the activities in the prisons, where people of many different religions are met and a good mixture of conversion and consolation works take place such as: sharing the good news of the Gospel: preparing people for the Sacraments: promoting devotion to Mary: visiting sick and elderly inmates and doing acts of service for them. The officers, other prison staff and Chaplains were thanked for their help and encouragement to the legionaries. Members in the University and their Spiritual Director were also thanked for starting and encouraging youth praesidia and undertaking Exploratio Dominicalis.

NIGERIA
Ibadan Senatus: 105 attended a workshop for officers organised by one Regia, while in another Regia area 6 new senior and 4 junior praesidia were formed.

Abuja Senatus: A Regia reported having 10,013 full and 3,520 probationary members. They recorded 6,479 conversions in the year. Lagos Regia: One Comitium is hoping to create a junior Curia in a school. The works of another Comitium include homes and hospital visitation, teaching catechism, marriage instruction and counselling while a third Comitium reported a man brought back to the Church after 12 years visitation.

Enugu Senatus: All attached praesidia and councils report many being prepared for the Sacraments. A Comitium with almost 4,500 seniors and 17 junior Curiae with almost 4,400 members, had12 members ordained to the priesthood. 3 of the 14 praesidia attached to one Curia are in a Major Seminary and there are 5 intermediate praesidia in another Seminary. All praesidia reports include reference to Exploratio Dominicalis. Jos Regia: One Comitium prepared 384 for First Holy Communion, 686 for Confirmation and 406 for Baptism. 920 attended the Frank Mass. Ikot Ekpene Regia: A Comitium prepared over 600 for Holy Communion. 9 cohabiting couples married in the Catholic Church. A Congress was very well attended.

TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Regia: There has been very good follow up to this year’s promotion of the Legion at Masses in the various parishes by members from a Seminary with back up from other legionaries; this apostolate takes place each February and the new praesidia set up as a result are doing well. Training Seminars have taken place in most council areas. A praesidium which was revived reported many sick people receiving the Sacraments and 2 were baptised in hospital. 2 marriages were reconciled. Mtwara Comitium: A Diocesan Seminar on the Family was very informative and the legionaries are using the knowledge gained in their visitation of small Christian communities where they recite the Rosary and promote family prayer. The next stage in their work for families is Enthronement of the homes to the Sacred Heart and they also want to reach out to students living away from home. Rombo Comitium: Activities include home, hospital and schools visitation. Hai Moshi Comitium: Works reported on include home and hospital visitation, contact with drug and alcohol addicts, encouraging couples to marry in Church and preparing adults and children for the Sacraments.

SIERRA LEONE: Fr. Carew, Curia Spiritual Director said the Bi-Annual Congress was very successful although the Ebola disease has had its effect on meetings and membership for more than a year and it also affected attendance at the Congress with 57 present. It commenced with Concelebrated Mass at which the Assistant Parish Priest gave a beautiful homily. 3 talks were given by Fr. Carew the Vice-President and President and each was followed by discussion. There were also reports from some praesidia. Fr. Carew seems very appreciative of the e-mails from Concilium and read extracts to the gathering. The Congress ended with Eucharistic Adoration and the Legion prayers.

 



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Deus et Patria 2015
December 2015

DEUS ET PATRIA

Planning for the year started in January 2015. Several social functions were held during the year. Fr. Harris OP gave a talk on the Legion and hostel work at one such function.  A youth’s Retreat was held in March, with 40 present.  A Holy Hour, attended by 250 people was organised for Dominic Street Church, Dublin. In April/May, young adults enjoyed day Retreats in Sligo and Roscommon, described as ‘grace-filled occasions full of prayer.’ Ten young adult went from Dublin to help and encourage these events.  A function for young adults was held at the Chocolate Factory.

On 29th and 30th August a very successful Catholic Young Adults Conference with the theme ‘Mary Went in Haste,’ was held in All Hallows College, Dublin, with an attendance of over 250 enthusiastic and motivated young adults.

Some other Legion councils have indicated their interest in organising events for young people in other parts of Ireland.



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Chennai Comitium Raised to Regia Status
December 2015

CHENNAI COMITIUM RAISED TO REGIA STATUS

A proposal to raise the Comitium of Chennai to Regia Status was approved by Concilium. This council comprises 13 directly affiliated praesidia and 19 Curiae in the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore. To it would be added the Legion in the four suffragen Dioceses of Chinglepet, Coimbatore, Oootacamund and Vellore, as well as other territory for which permission is being sought.



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Visit to Bogota and Medellin, Colombia
December 2015

VISIT TO BOGOTA AND MEDELLIN – COLOMBIA

In September, Maria Keaveney and Diane Nichol visited the Colombian cities of Bogota and Medellin on behalf of Concilium.

The visits to Bogota and Medellin included: attending the Senatus meetings: attending a meeting with youth leaders and a Spiritual Director’s meeting: taking part in Park Apostolate, which included guitar, a tambourine and songs before reciting a public Rosary (with loudspeaker) and walking slowly through the park making contact with young/old and families while promoting family prayer.  On their travels and on the streets, they spoke to taxi drivers and police officers about the Catholic faith.

Maria and Diane also visited five praesidia in the early days of their trip, including a praesidium in Bogota University, encountering young, vibrant legionaries and a very good atmosphere. 

One of the highlights of the mission was meeting up with the two Contreras brothers and a sister in their home. Jose Antonio Contreras spoke of Legion Envoy, Joaquinna Lucas and Alfie Lambe and how in 1947, Fr. Jose Antonio Jimenez and himself started the Legion of Mary in Colombia.

During the following weeks the two visitors attended a Work Shop and multiple meetings including: Villavicencio Regia; a correspondents meeting, several other council meetings, plus a visit to legionaries in Acacais (part of Villavicention Regia).  Songs were sung, prayers recited and testimonies given in what was described as ‘a lovely gathering.’

The visit overall was deemed most enjoyable and enlightening.
The two legionaries were thanked for giving so generously of their time to undertake a very worthwhile visit.



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Allocutio at November 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
December 2015

The Mystical Body of Christ and the Souls in Purgatory
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The opening lines of the prayer for the beatification of the Servant of God Frank Duff, our founder, go as follows: ‘God Our Father, You inspired your servant Frank Duff with a profound insight into the mystery of the Church, the Body of Christ, and the place of Mary, the Mother of Jesus in this Mystery.’

There can be no doubt that the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ along with the role of Mary in this mystery is the basic key to understanding the inner life of Frank Duff. In fact, without the doctrine there would be a very deep wound in the heart and spirit of the Legion. In truth, I think you could say that without this doctrine understood, loved, and lived the Legion would make no sense at all. Indeed, one of the greatest gifts that the Legion offers to every legionary and praesidium is a profound and very practical experience of what it means to be a member of the Body of Christ and child and intimate friend of Mary the Mother of the Mystical Body of Christ.

But what does it mean to be a member of the Body of Christ? It means that we are virtually united to Christ and we are virtually united to each other in Christ. We are interdependent on each other and in spiritual solidarity with each other in Christ. We belong to each other in the deepest bonds of life itself. We belong to Christ and everything in Christ belongs to us because He is our head and we his Body. He is the vine and we are the branches. The implications of this membership are infinite. We have intimate access to everything that Christ, who is God has to offer mankind through the merits of his death and Resurrection.

The month of November is a special opportunity for becoming more aware of all the members of the Mystical Body of Christ and to interact with them all. First of all we celebrated the feast of all the Saints, canonized or non-canonized and rejoiced in their support and companionship and continue throughout the year to remember how close they are to us, closer than the parts of the body are to each other. The Communion of Saints is one of the most beautiful and grace-filled truths of our faith and perhaps we should ask ourselves if we give the saints their proper place in our life of prayer. They are such precious friends that God has given us in and through the Church, his Body. Brother Duff had a special devotion to the saints and on their feast days he prayed to them throughout that day before each new task he undertook because he saw them as his special friends and God-given support.

Next we think of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. We seek to reconnect with them for they are precious members of the Body of Christ and therefore very close to us indeed. The Scriptures tell us that it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead and we legionaries take this exhortation very seriously. I think it would be a good thing to read, discuss and internalise the whole of chapter seventeen in the Handbook ‘On the Souls of our Departed Legionaries’ during the month of November. They don’t cease to be legionaries after their death. As we know, the holy souls in Purgatory can no longer help themselves since the time for meriting is over for them. But we are still their brothers and sisters in the Legion and can certainly help them. This is why the Handbook spells out the many ways we can help them especially by offering the Holy Mass on their behalf and saying all the Legion prayers, particularly the Rosary for them. It is one of the greatest consolations of membership of the Legion that after our death there will always be literally be millions of fellow-legionaries praying for us every day and especially in the month of November. In the concluding prayers of every meeting of the Legion we pray: ‘May the souls of our departed legionaries and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.’ Our departed legionaries are treasured members are members of the Mystical Body of Christ and very valuable members of the Legion. While they cannot help themselves they can certainly help us who are still on the journey through time and on earth.

Of course, when they enter Heaven they will be an even greater source of care and help for the Legion throughout the world. Bro Duff, our Founder used to say that when he gets to heaven he won’t be hanging around doing nothing. In other words he won’t lose his love and interest in his fellow-legionaries when he is in heaven. He will give us preferential treatment when we ask his intercession in times of need and in all our difficulties in all parts of the Legion world. He is still the animating and dynamic inspiration and guide to all of us.

In conclusion let me recall what so many of the saints have taught us and whose names and teaching are found in the Handbook, namely, Mary is the Queen of Purgatory and we as legionaries are called to share in her maternal love of the Holy Souls. Devotion to the Holy Souls is an important part of our Legion spirituality and apostolate. We belong to each other as members of the Mystical Body of Christ and the Legion of Mary. Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin November 2015
December 2015

ASIA
PHILIPPINES
Bicolandia Senatus: The Regia of Lagaspi reported they have 38 Curia, 115 senior and 90 junior praesidia. Main works: Home visitation; visits to sick and aged; a campaign for Mass attendance on Sundays and Holy days; preparation for the Sacrament of Penance. Juniors invite family and friends to visit the Blessed Sacrament, recite the Rosary and make personal contact with classmates. Other works reported include visitation to Store and Stall holders, encouraging them to pray before opening for business. A Rosary is recited in the Jail every First Friday. Parents are encouraged to baptise their babies early. Catechism is taught in the Elementary School. Visitation to councils is done to encourage them in the performance of their duties.

Western Visayas Senatus: The Biennial Conference was held in May and was also attended by the officers from Manila with their Spiritual Director, Msgr. Ditan, who spoke on the challenges facing the Legion apostolate in the coming year. Capiz Comitium reported on the validation of 11 marriages. A woman who wished to have an abortion was brought to Confession and she kept her baby. Nabas Curia reported the conversion of a Jehovah Witness family. Five children were baptised and all attend Mass every Sunday. A praesidium made up of Seminarian’s visit a home for the aged and Institutions run by the Missionaries of Charity. Other visitation reports included returns to Church after the value of the Mass was explained. Arrangements are made for Mass once a month in a Prison. 18 homes were enthroned to the Sacred Heart. As a result of an Exploratio Dominicalis project, a former legionary who became a Born-Again Christian, returned to the Catholic Church.

Senatus of Northern Philippines: 7 Comitia, 1 Regia, praesidia and a junior Curia reported. 9 juniors joined the senior ranks. A bar-worker and two drug addicts were helped to reform their lives and now have employment. 547 prisoners were visited, 67 were catechised and 17 released through their efforts at rehabilitation. San Pedro Comitium supervises 2 affiliated senior Curia, 17 directly attached senior praesidia and a junior Curia. A Holiday Apostolate project was undertaken. Papua New Guinea: Rabaul Regia covers the New Guinea islands. They have 67 parishes and 43 are without the Legion. The Regia supervises 15 Comitia, 15 directly attached senior Curiae, 6 directly attached senior praesidia and a junior Curia; three of the junior praesidia are situated in an Institution. Mount Hagen Regia awaits the appointment of a Spiritual Director.

Mindanao Senatus: Several reports feature marriage validations followed by Baptism of the couple’s children. Praesidia in one Regia conduct catechism classes in the Elementary and High Schools, also pre-marriage courses and pre-Baptism classes for parents. A Curia organised a Mass for sick and elderly people with an attendance of 132. Legionaries from the Senatus had 25 students at a Legion-Orientation course in Xavier University. A praesidium of 15 members, all City Hall employees meet at 1p.m. during their lunch hour.

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus: Parish praesidia report on excellent apostolate: Distribution of Holy Communion in nursing homes: Providing Rosary beads: Arranging anointing of the sick and promoting the Sacrament of Reconciliation, with many returns to the practice of the Faith. Praesidia work very closely with the priests. Members of the Vietnamese Comitium visit a Detention Centre, assist the catechumens and help with the preparation for Baptism. Lapsed Catholics are encouraged to return to the Sacraments and scripture is taught to children from the Youth Movement. Families are consecrated to the Sacred Heart. The Frank Duff Cause is promoted.

Melbourne Senatus: The Senatus reports the setting up of new praesidia. Adelaide Comitium, with 3 attached Curia set up 3 new praesidia. The Vietnamese Curia has 8 senior praesidia and l junior praesidium. Flemington Comitium has 16 attached praesidia and 3 Curiae. A new praesidium for young adults was set up. As a result of catechism classes, 11 people were baptised. Patrician meetings and Retreats were held. A fun day for juniors had an attendance of 70 juniors and 40 adults. Prayer for vocations is encouraged in schools. Sr. Jenny Davis was appointed as an extension worker for one year to the Wilcannia Forbes Diocese.

Brisbane Comitium: A successful Retreat was held and a new praesidium set up on 8th.Sept. Two praesidia presented their 1st.Annual Reports. Home visitation featured. The praesidia work closely with the priests of the parish. Other works include catechism classes, teaching the Rosary and Angelus to school children. One praesidium helps out in a Soup Kitchen run by the Missionary Sister of Charity; this involves preparing and serving meals and the legionaries make a special effort to talk to those who attend.
In Tasmania the Detention Centre and prison are visited. Rosary beads and brown Scapulars are distributed at the Seamen’s Mission.

NEW ZEALAND
Aukland Senatus: In Hillsborough 2 prisons are visited monthly; prayer and Scripture reading take place. One new praesidium and one Patrician group were set up. Works include, encouraging the lapsed to return to the Sacraments, showing a religious DVD (which resulted in two new Legion members), praying at wakes and visiting bereaved families. Junior members help to run the Piety Stall and do nursing home visitation with their seniors. A Curia with 11 senior praesidia and l junior praesidium promotes auxiliary, Praetorian and Adjutorian membership. Extension is on-going. Masses to commemorate Frank Duff and Venerable Edel Quinn are offered.

SOUTH AMERICA
ECUADOR
Senatus of Quito: The Senatus Extension Committee is working well. Extension also features in lower councils. In Quinche a new praesidium was formed and another revived which now has 10 members. In Portviejo, 3 new praesidia were formed, 2 of them as a result of a Mission during Holy Week in a parish where 4 legionaries are on the Parish Council. The Comitium of Santo Domingo reported 4 Exploratio Dominicalis projects.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: A new Senatus Vice President has been elected. The Chaplain of the Military Hospital asked for male legionaries to visit it. On the request of the Bishop of Minas, a new Curia in that Diocese is being considered. Significant extension work is underway. The 7 Senatus Officers met with the Archbishop, Cardinal Daniel Sturla and thanked him for attending various Legion functions; he in turn complimented the Legion on its work on the streets. Separately, he visited their Stand at the National Youth Day where many young people were contacted.

VENEZUELA
Senatus of Caracas: There are several reports of Exploratio Dominicalis and Columban Drive Projects. The Extension Committee of the Curia of Machiques report new adult and junior praesidia. A mini-PPC was held in Puerto Fijo and a Junior Congress was held in Carúpano. In Baraquisimeto the Legion utilises a book barrow and evangelises in Liquor Stores.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: The legionaries of Coquimbo and Copiapo, where the tsunami hit, are helping those who have lost everything. The Comitium of Rancagua visits not only city, but outlying areas. They report setting up a junior praesidium. Contact is made in a local soup kitchen. The Regia of Temuco reaches out to the Mapuche Indians, partaking in their New Year celebrated in June. Other works include music classes for children, Bible Study groups and recruiting for Adoration. While visiting a prisoner in hospital, the guard, who was handcuffed to the prisoner, joined in the prayers.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: Many references are made to promoting Alfie Lambe’s Cause. Two Senatus officers will spend a few days visiting praesidia in Riberalta and working with local legionaries. The Comitium of Oruro, where Alfie Lambe set up praesidia with the miners, held their Annual Retreat. In Tarija the members of a prayer group have started a junior praesidium. Pope Francis’ words from his recent visit are warmly remembered; he encouraged Bolivians who have immigrated to spread their faith. Legionaries evangelise amongst pilgrims who travel for miles to take part in the Annual Novenas.

PERU
Senatus of Lima: 5 Comitia, 10 Curiae and 3 praesidia reported in this period. A number of Curiae visit the prison in their area. One Curia is setting up a praesidium in the local prison. Two prisoners (an Evangelist and a Mormon) were received into the Catholic Church. A new praesidium has been set up in a Curia attached to the Senatus. 17 new members were recruited and 12 made their promise. Reports mention promotion of the Causes. In the north of the country there is only one Regia, which leaves the Senatus with a large number of attached councils. This issue is being addressed.

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asunción: One Juvenile Comitium with 16 Curiae and 16 praesidia attached has 2,545 active members, 2,000 auxiliares and six Patrician groups. A new Comitium was set up in the Diocese of Neembuck, 320km from Asuncion. A new Curia has also been set up in Ybycui, a remote region in the south-west of Paraguay. Works mentioned include home and hospital visitation, catechesis, recruiting of catechists, praying with residents in Institutions, reconciling marriage partners and looking after the many prison praesidia. Auxiliaries are visited and invited to the Acies.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Carlow Comitium: Efforts to establish the Legion in Tynock are on-going; visitation is taking place. The Comitium (including Laois and Kildare Curiae) were responsible for the Legion Stand during the National Ploughing Championships. In excess of 4,000 Miraculous Medals, also many leaflets were distributed. Booklets and DVDs were sold. Names were taken of those who expressed an interest in active or auxiliary membership.
Kildare Curia: Legionaries distributed leaflets promoting the parish Mission. Laois Curia: Members of the praesidium in the Sue Ryder Complex visit the adjoining nursing home and pray for vocations to the Religious life.

Elphin Comitium: Praesidia reports received at Comitium were from Ballyleague with 5 members and Ballymoe with 7 members. Both praesidia visit local nursing homes and a hospital in addition to home visitation. Ballymoe legionaries visited a 107 year old parishioner shortly before he died. North Elphin Curia: At their August meeting a lively discussion took place on recruiting new members. One idea mentioned was the printing of recruiting cards. It was stressed that the best method of recruiting is personal contact. Sligo legionaries did contact work at the Fleadh Ceoil during 10th-16th August and many good contacts were made. The legionaries were accompanied by Fr. Colm Mannion, O.P. who happened to be doing relief work in Sligo Dominican Priory. Dressed in his Dominican robes Fr. Colm was described as being “like a magnet” with people coming from everywhere to speak to him and receive his blessing.

Tuam Comitium: Kilken/Clonbern praesidium has 7 members who on their home visitation recruit for Eucharistic Adorers. Dunmore praesidium has 6 members. In addition to Fatima statue visitation they organise weekly Eucharistic Adoration and recite the Rosary at the local cemetery every Sunday during May and November. They took the Fatima statue to the local school in May, prayed with the children and told them the story of Fatima. They gave 30 Miraculous Medals and First Communion prayer cards to the children who received their First Holy Communion. Mountbellew praesidium members visit the local nursing home and bring Holy Communion to the residents.

CURIAE

Achonry Curia: An Anniversary Mass in honour of Frank Duff was held in Ballaghaderreen on 8th September with 3 priests concelebrating. It was well attended by legionaries, past and present from the Diocese as well as the local community. Fr. Kivlehan gave a talk on Frank Duff. The new praesidium in Colloney has 4 members.

Clonfert Curia: Three officers of the Curia attended the August Concilium meeting which they found most enlightening. A praesidium of 8 members in Ballinasloe has 70 auxiliaries. Two members are doing home visitation. Five nursing homes are visited as well as Fatima statue visitation. A second praesidium in Ballinasloe, also with 8 members, has 19 auxiliaries. Their apostolate includes hospital and nursing home visitation. Legionaries in this praesidium are doing home visitation with help from other legionaries.

Ferns Curia: Oulart senior praesidium has an attached junior praesidium with 5 members. They undertake Church works and sell Catholic newspapers. The juniors assist the seniors in this work and they also prepare the Church for Baptisms. Mass readings and a small section of the Handbook are discussed at the junior meeting. Owing to family commitments and lack of transport the praesidium is limited as to the work it can undertake. Carnew praesidium visited Rathvilly and carried out home visitation in six Estates. Two busloads of pilgrims participated in the Legion Pilgrimage to Knock. It was mentioned at the Curia meeting that in some hospital/school visitation legionaries are being asked for ID as proof of their Garda Vetting.

Killala Curia: The Curia celebrated its 900th meeting in October. Knockmore praesidium has 5 members, one of whom is a Praetorian; they have 100 auxiliaries. They visit with the Pilgrim statue and distribute Miraculous Medals while recruiting auxiliaries. Cooneal praesidium also visits with the Pilgrim statue and they undertake many and various works. The Morning Star praesidium assisted on the Heritage Stall in Ballina and carry out Pilgrim statue and nursing home visitation. A Patrician meeting on “The Power of Prayer – Acceptance” had an attendance of 12.

Kilkenny Curia: Fr. Harney, Curia Spiritual Director, gave the Allocutio at September meeting on the Year of Mercy and the importance of Confession. 23 people took part in the Curia-organised Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island on 19th August.

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DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

A talk on the Rosary Confraternity was given by Fr. John Walsh O.P. on October 9th in Nazareth Hall with 70 people in attendance.

Exaltata Curia: A Regina Coeli Hostel praesidium of 7 full members and 1 probationer had 7 visitors during the year. A young resident on drugs since she was 12 years old, taught herself to say the Rosary from the leaflet given her and she now wants to become a Catholic. Another resident has made great efforts to reform, even asking a legionary sister to pray with her one night.

Bethlehem Curia: Posters in city-centre Churches resulted in 3 visitors. A group of 20 attended the quarterly Edel Quinn Promoters meeting while 2 Patrician meetings had 24 patricians and 4 legionaries in attendance. A praesidium which visits homes, a hospital and sheltered homes of the Phoenix Centre (formerly St. Brendans Psychiatric Hospital), start their work with 30 minutes of street contact. They had 500 Recruitment cards printed and gave a talk to the Brazilian Community of Church Street, which resulted in 2 girls visiting the meeting; they also had 4 other visitors during the year. A praesidium of 6 members runs the De Montfort Men’s Club on two evenings every week; 28 men attended during the year, 7 of them new. Many of the men attend a monthly Mass and Lectio Divina Sessions.

Porta Coeli Curia: A praesidium of 6 members has two Pilgrim Statues in circulation. During Easter Week street contact was done outside a Shopping Centre; the times of the ceremonies were distributed along with a booklet on the Passion of Our Lord. To help recruit new members, at the suggestion of the new Parish Priest they erect the Legion altar at the front of the Church every Wednesday. As well as home and hospital visitation they are a Pioneer Council and set up a table in the Church every month to enrol new members.

Veneranda Curia: A praesidium with 7 members, 2 of them probationers, has 4 Praetorians. The Dochas Women’s Prison is visited twice a week. Many former inmates are visited in their homes, including one who is bedridden and suffers from M.S. She has recently agreed to see a priest. During Park contact, a young man left his drinking colleagues and said he wanted to know about God and live a good life; he accepted holy water and a Miraculous Medal. Another praesidium does weekly home and nursing home visitation. A lapsed Catholic resolved, after a 20 minute discussion, to resume practice of the faith. 90 Maria Legionis are distributed. First Holy Communion children were given Miraculous Medals and had the Medal explained. 200 Miraculous Medals were distributed to students, including a Japanese girl of no religion and 2 Lutherans from Finland, in St. Patrick’s College on Clubs Day. The College President said he was delighted that the Legion had a Stand at the College.

Consolata Curia: 30 people attended a talk by Deacon Cody Millar on True Devotion to Mary in Portmarnock Parish Centre on Sat 19th Sept. A weekend Recruitment Drive included home visitation during which Eucharistic Adoration took place in the Church. A new praesidium in its second Annual Report, related an increase in membership from 3 to 9; there are 5 full and 4 probationary members; one of the priests of the parish has become their Spiritual Director. Legionaries pray the Rosary weekly in both the boys and girls Primary Schools. Weekly Eucharistic Adoration, started by the praesidium during Lent 2014 has continued. On May 13th the praesidium organised a Prayer Service at which a statue of Our Lady of Fatima was blessed; afterwards a woman requested it for her home and since then it has been on the move from home to home. Since February they have held a monthly Faith Discussion Group on Monday mornings which has attracted many young parents. On the feast of St. Blaise, legionaries brought blessed candles to two local schools and with the help of the teachers, blessed the children’s throats. Another praesidium does home and nursing home visitation and organises Stations of the Cross in a Housing Estate, acted out by local children. A young woman recently visited a legionary to thank the praesidium for giving her religious instruction and teaching her English some years ago; she subsequently went to Secondary School, then Trinity College and said she owes her success to the help and support she received from the legionaries.

Presentata Curia: A praesidium promoted Frank Duff’s Cause outside the Pro-Cathedral. Around 50 legionaries, from as far away as Arklow and Maynooth, took part in the half-day project in one Parish on Oct 3rd. All 4,000 homes had a religious pack delivered advertising a Parish Mission. A praesidium of 7 full and 2 probationary members pray and sing during visits to a nursing home; the staff members are amazed at how the residents calm down when the Rosary is being recited. The praesidium helped organise and publicise the blessing of the Frank Duff Room attached to Phibsboro Church by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. This was done in conjunction with another praesidium in the Parish, which has 5 full members and 1 probationer; they organise the monthly African Mass, do street contact and set up a Stand outside the Church to promote Frank Duff. The praesidium instructed a Down-Syndrome boy last year prior to his First Holy Communion; this year they prepared him for his Confirmation. The praesidium outing included a picnic and football in the Phoenix Park. Another praesidium of 6 members held Recruitment Drives in June which resulted in 4 young women attending meetings. One of their members died during the year and his mother was very appreciative of the legionaries for helping her son through a very difficult time. They regularly visit their 30 auxiliary members, do street contact and frequently visit Cuan Mhuire and the Camino Centre (for drug addict’s rehabilitation).  A homeless man was helped to find accommodation.
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AFRICA
GHANA
Accra Senatus: Consolata Orwa, President of the Senatus of Kenya and the Concilium Correspondent for Ghana, Janet Lowthe attended the 75th Anniversary celebrations, visited Accra Senatus, Kumasi and Sunyani Regiae, Cape Coast Comitium and Tamale Curia. They were warmly welcomed and had fruitful meetings with the officers of these councils and were very privileged to meet a number of the hierarchy, who all had great praise for the Legion in Ghana.

EGYPT
Senatus of Egypt: This council held a general 3 day Conference in Cairo for junior legionaries from the different councils of Egypt. The Conference was opened by his Beatitude, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Ishak and included daily Mass, workshops, lectures, games, Holy Hour and hymns.
Cape Verde Regia: The Regia is planning to set up a Curia on the small distant Salt Island. Each of the 9 islands will have at least one Curia. There are 11 Comitia in Cape Verde. A praesidium on the main island of Santiago carried out 3 Exploratio projects during the year.
Guinea-Bissau: Situated on the African mainland, this area also has a Comitium. Some of its members take part in PPC on Cape Verde. Visitation of immigrants is also reported. In the island of Santo Antao the Curia reports the preparation of 50 youths for Confirmation and 275 for First Holy Communions. Since presenting three monthly rather than annual council reports more details are provided.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: A new Senatus President was elected in September. A Curia was raised to Comitium in August. Another Comitium announced the setting up of a new Curia that same month. A praesidium with 21 active members and ten auxiliaries visited 380 people in hospital and 250 on home visitation. They visited also 192 people in a home for the elderly and 169 prisoners and taught catechism to 25 children, 30 youths and 25 adults. Another praesidium of 24 active members and 8 auxiliaries did home visitation and visitation of the sick at home and in hospital. They recruited six adults and six youths for catechism class and encouraged ten people to attend Mass. Several legionaries were appointed to represent the Legion at the Second National Congress of Catholic Laity in Luanda 15-21 June. Conclusions and recommendations from this Congress were read and distributed at the July meeting of the Senatus.

Benguela Senatus: A Curia with 21 praesidia set up three new praesidia. Another Curia has as its principal works visits to the sick in hospital and to prisoners. The Lubango Regia has 14 praesidia directly affiliated, 27 Curiae and 17 Comitia, one of which is a junior Comitium. A new Comitium and a new Curia were set up. The Regia has 35,366 members. The Huambo Regia has 15,301 members. Their works included preparation of 148 catechumens for Baptism, 474 persons for First Holy Communion and 37 couples for marriage. Prison visitation is carried out. A new Comitium was set up. The Regia of Kwito-Bié has 11,843 active members and 3,008 auxiliaries. They also established a new Comitium.


MOZMBIQUE
Maputo Regia: Reports indicate that the Legion of Mary is working very well. Five new Curiae have been set up, including three in 2014. The Comitium in the neighbouring Diocese of Xai-Xai presented reports in January and June. This council has 32 catechists. In his Allocutio at the June meeting, the Spiritual Director said “we are going to revitalise our Legion.” One Curia reported 15 adults baptised and nine confirmed. Another had ten adult Baptisms. Two Curiae reported 24 and 36 visits to a prison.

ZIMBABWE
Harare Curia: Praesidia get good notice from the Curia to present their reports.

Cape Town Senatus: The Senatus is making a big effort to visit attached praesidia and councils and correspondents are encouraged to write a monthly letter and to receive Minutes from their councils. Their annual reunion had the theme “Walk Down Memory Lane.” One praesidium utilises a book barrow.

Johannesburg Senatus: Membership at praesidia level is good and members undertake home, hospital, prison visitation. They also contact homeless people in the Parks and some people are referred to the Rehabilitation Centre for addicts.

Esigodini Comitium: A young man who was badly injured in a car accident is reading the Legion Handbook. He believes that by praying the Legion prayers he will walk again. A lady who had a tumour on her leg and wasn’t responding to medical treatment was cured after a legionary supplied her with Holy water. The lady and her family are now baptised Catholics.

Durban Comitium: There are 4 praesidia and one Curia attached to this Comitium. The annual Retreat was planned for September. Matatiele Curia has 14 attached praesidia.

NAMIBIA
The Legion in Namibia is under caretakership of Cape Town Senatus. 3 legionaries from the Senatus visited Namibia in August. There are 13 praesidia with 187 active members. 88 attended a meeting with the visitors on the theme “Back to basics.” The language is mainly Afrikaans but there are a few English-speaking legionaries. A visit to other areas of Namibia is planned for 2016.
Lesotho Senatus: The new Lesotho Handbook has been published and a copy sent to Concilium for its archive of Handbooks in different languages.

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Death of Former Envoy
November 2015

Sympathies are extended to the family of Joseph Pilendiram, Legion Envoy in East Africa from 1059 to 1962. Born in Sri Lanka, he was educated by Irish Missionaries at St Patrick’s College in Jaffa and regarded his faith as having its source in St. Patrick’s mission to Ireland in the 5th century.

He joined the Legion of Mary at an early age before going to London to complete his education. As Envoy he worked in Kenya, Uganda and parts of Tanzania, then known as Tanganika. May he rest in peace.
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Visit to Ghana Celebrations August 2015
November 2015

On the invitation of the Senatus of Accra, Ghana, 2 legionaries represented the Concilium for their 75th anniversary celebrations. They were Janet Lowthe (Concilium Correspondent for Ghana) and Consolata Orwa (President of the Senatus of Nairobi, Kenya). The visit took place from 20th August to 1st September. The theme chosen for the year-long celebration is “Glory to God, Honour to Mary”.

The highlight of the celebrations was the Mass in Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra chief celebrant being Most Reverend Thomas Mensah, Archbishop Emeritus of Accra. The 2 visitors also took the opportunity to meet with the Senatus officers, officers and clergy of Cape Coast, Kumasi, Sunyani and Tamale.



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Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Ireland September 2015
November 2015

A wonderful day was enjoyed by all for the annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock on Sunday 27th September. This year the Legion Pilgrimage coincided with the National Eucharistic Congress. The beautifully refurbished Basilica was packed to overflowing for the occasion.

The Chief Celebrant was Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam. In his homily on the theme of the Congress “Christ Our Hope” he referred to the dynamism of movements in Ireland, including the Legion of Mary as a sign of hope. Bishop Kevin Doran from Elphin led the Procession, which featured Legion banners from all over the country.
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Election of Assistant Secretary of Concilium
November 2015

An election took place for Assistant Secretary of Concilium. Nominations were taken and Maureen McManus was proposed and seconded for this office. As there were no other nominations,
Maureen McManus was declared elected for a second three year term.



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Allocutio at October 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
November 2015

The Gift Of The Rosary To The Legion
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The Legion Handbook is like a good jeweler’s shop that is full of precious gems. Sometimes these gems are hidden in simple sentences that can be easily passed over. One such sentence is as follows: ‘What breathing is to the human body, the Rosary is to the Legion meetings.’ To mine the riches of this sentence we have to go back to the day of Pentecost as described in the Acts of the Apostles. There we see the infant Church praying with Mary and waiting with her for a fresh coming of the Holy Spirit. That is the secret of every authentic ecclesial movement or apostolic gathering.

Pope Benedict explains it this way: ‘If we are to understand the mission of the Church, we must go back to the Upper Room where the disciples remained together, praying with Mary, the ‘Mother’, awaiting the Spirit that had been promised. This icon of the nascent Church should be the constant source of inspiration for every Christian community. Apostolic and missionary fruitfulness is not principally due to programmes and pastoral methods that are cleverly drawn up and ‘efficient,’ but is the result of the community’s constant prayer.’ Then he adds something that reflects the teaching of St. Louis Marie de Montfort and the Handbook: ‘Where Mary is, there is the archetype of total self-giving and Christian discipleship. Where Mary is, there is the Pentecostal breath of the Holy Spirit; there is new beginning and authentic renewal.’

Let us go back to the very first meeting of the Legion of Mary on the evening of the 7th of September 1921. The first legionaries prayed together with Mary and invoked the Holy Spirit. The prayers they prayed that night were the same as those of the St. Vincent de Paul, except that the Legion spontaneously and without premeditation added the Rosary. This was to be profoundly significant for the whole spiritual life of the Legion. As Frank Duff was later to say: ‘The Rosary is irreplaceable in the life of the Legion.’ Why is that so? Because the Rosary is praying with Mary and like her focusing our whole attention on the fruit of her womb, Jesus. The Rosary is the humble but effective way of putting Jesus at the very center of everything about the Legion, at the center of her prayer life and all her apostolic work. The Rosary is Mary’s way of making the Legion absolutely Christocentric.
St. John puts it this way: ‘The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at the heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sit at the school of Mary and are led to contemplate the face of Christ and experience the depth of His love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.’ So the Rosary enables the Legion to become an authentic school of Mary that puts us in living communion with Jesus in all the mysteries and under the guidance of his Mother.

Let me give just one more reason why the Rosary is irreplaceable in Legion meetings and in her whole spirituality. It concerns the role of the Holy Spirit in the Legion. Just as the Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church, so must he be the very soul of the Legion. He must have a place of primacy in the Legion as he has in the life of Jesus and His Mother. This is especially true because the Legion is totally committed to the work of evangelization and evangelization will not be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit. He is the primary agent in all evangelization in all its forms and down to the last detail. It is him who teaches us everything about Jesus and the Gospel and He enables us to preach that Gospel. As Blessed Pope John the sixth says: ‘The Holy Spirit puts on his lips the words that he could not find himself and at the same time the Holy Spirit disposes the soul of the hearer to be open and receptive to the Good News and to the Kingdom being proclaimed.’ Let me add as an aside that after many years of reading nearly all the published and unpublished works of Frank Duff our founder, nothing is clearer to me than his profound understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church and the Legion and his extraordinary devotion to the person of the Holy Spirit. But what has all this talk of the Holy Spirit to do with the Rosary?

Let me just quote some lines from the Handbook: ‘The appreciation of the Holy Spirit will not be maintained except there be a reasonably frequent returning of the mind to him. By including just that glance in his direction, every devotion to the Blessed Virgin can be made a wide open way to the Holy Spirit. Especially can legionaries so utilise the Rosary. Not only does the Rosary form a prime devotion to the Holy Spirit by reason of it being the chief prayer of Our Lady, but as well, its contents, the twenty mysteries, celebrate the principal interventions of the Holy Spirit in the drama of Redemption.’ What I think Frank Duff is saying is that in the school of Mary one thing we must surely learn is the primacy of a true devotion to the Holy Spirit. We will try to unpack the meaning of that assertion in another Allocutio.

Let me conclude by suggesting that we must not keep the gift of the Rosary to ourselves and our meetings. We must engage in a Rosary apostolate. If we truly have the spirit of Mary we will encourage all those we meet to pray the Rosary. I think of Our Lady of Fatima exhorting the three little seers and through them all of us to pray the Rosary every day. I also love the image of Mary praying the Rosary with Bernadette at Lourdes and remember that whenever we pray the Rosary she prays it with us. Let us frequently thank Our Lady for giving the gift of her Rosary to the Legion. Amen

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Concilium Bulletin October 2015
November 2015

ASIA

Kuala Lumpor Regia:  Rev. Fr. Frederick Joseph is the new Spiritual Director.
A Filipino praesidium with 17 active members, 5 probationers and 20 auxiliaries held an outdoor function. A Tamil praesidium organised prayers and attended Marian devotions in homes. Penang and Ipoh Comitia reported visitation of homes, auxiliary members, the sick and elderly, visits to hospitals, a HIV Aids Shelter, a prison, an Orphanage, a Leprosarium, a H

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AUSTRIA AND CARETAKER COUNTRIES
The 21 Austrian legionaries who visited Dublin were delighted with their Summer School. One praesidium in Vienne visited a hostel of 800 students. Korean Curia: 9 adults received Baptism after 6 months instruction. The Croation Curia started a new junior praesidium. They visited Sarajeva when Pope Francis was there and did an interview with Radio Medjugorje. Bregenz Curia organised a Mass for the Cause of Alfie Lambe in Schwarzach. Zwetti Comitium: A former member was ordained to the priesthood. Ybbs had 60 at a Day of Reflection.

UKRAINE
A student African Curia was set up on 7th March with 9 praesidia based in 8 different cities. Kiev Curia: Officers met with Archbishop Petro. The 20th Anniversary of the Legion in Kemenets Podolski was marked by Mass celebrated by the Bishop. Sr. Kriss and Sr. Steiner spent 2 weeks in Ukraine.

MOLDOVA
Over 100 legionaries from 8 praesidia attended the Acies of Chisinau Curia. Bishop Anton Casa is very supportive of the Legion.

BULGARIA: The 6 praesidia were visited in June by the Austrian Senatus.

SLOVAKIA
Trnava Curia: Two men in Pezinok came back to Confession and a 55 year old Downs Syndrome man made his First Holy Communion. Zseliz Comitium conducts a ‘Pilgrim Gospel’ visitation where a Bible, Rosary beads and candle are left with families. Hungarian and Slovakian-speaking legionaries worked together in Leirce.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague Comitium started 3 new praesidia. Olmutz Comitium is responsible for the Legion website and Czech edition of the Regina Legionis. Their Spiritual Director, Fr. Dobes contacted his fellow priests regarding Frank Duff’s Cause and many Churches now have Frank Duff prayer leaflets.

BELARUS
The annual Retreat took place in Baranovichi from 13-15 August. At the Comitium meeting held on conclusion of the Retreat, the attached Curiae reported. Solid apostolate is undertaken in all cases. Works include preparing parishioners for Confession, visitation of homes, hospitals and an Orphan Asylum, census of Catholics, speaking with young people in parks and evangelising at Railway Stations. Lida Curia made extension efforts in 3 towns. Two legionaries from Minsk went to Grodno to do recruiting. They spoke at 4 Sunday Masses. One lady showed some interest. Two Parish Priests in Minsk have requested the formation of the Legion in their parishes. A new Curia was formed in Smorgan in September. This brings the composition of the Comitium to 12 Curiae and 10 directly attached praesidia.

CROATIA AND COUNCILS UNDER CARETAKERSHIP
Fr. Ivan Cindori, S.J. is the newly appointed Spiritual Director of the Regia. In April the monthly Radio Maria programme of the Legion was a presentation of ‘The Theology of the Apostolate’ by Cardinal Suenans. Fruits of extension efforts were the setting up by Curiae of 2 senior and 2 junior praesidia. A new apostolate in Comitium Osijek is recital of the Rosary with veterans of the War of Indepenence. This Comitium organised a presentation of the Legion in Holy Cross Parish, Ruma, in the Republic of Serbia.

SLOVENIA: A meeting was held with the Archbishop of Ljubljana to discuss extension of the Legion in Slovenia.

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia: A regular apostolate is carried out to a Home for children who are without parental care. Hospitals and care homes are also visited. The legionaries also help the blind to go to Mass on Sundays.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia has 24 praesidia, 5 Comitia and 10 Curiae attached. They have 5 Correspondents. The Handbook has been reprinted incorporating the 2014 amendments. All councils visit the sick and elderly and help them to receive the Sacraments. One praesidium holds Bible classes for children, giving out Rosary beads and Miraculous Medals. Rosary beads donated from Austria were given to the children in Summer Camps. Legionaries in Ujpest Curia took part in street apostolate. Bishop Istvan Katona attended Eger Curia Acies.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium: In June 47 legionaries attended the Annual Comitium Retreat conducted by Fr. Uldis Cesiniets, the new Spiritual Director of Jelgava. Our Lady Refuge of Sinners praesidium with 7 members celebrated their 20th anniversary with Mass and a social evening with 23 of their Auxiliary members. A new praesidium was started in Saulkrastos Riga with 4 members. Jelgava Curia, with 3 praesidia discussed the Legion Promise at their July meeting. Rev. Fr. Cesiniets, their new Spiritual Director encouraged them to build up the Curia by daily recruiting and not to be afraid to ask people to join the Legion.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium: In Vilnius Archdiocese, Mother of Mercy Curia set up a new praesidium with 5 members. Srauliai Diocese: Immaculate Conception Curia set up 4 new praesidia bringing to 9 the number of praesidia attached to Curia. Vilkaviskis Diocese: In Marijampole Curia a praesidium of 7 members held a monthly Patrician meeting with an average attendance of 15-20 parishioners. They also hold monthly prayer and adoration for young people with an average attendance of 10-14.

Telsiai Comitium: This council has 12 praesidia and 2 Curiae affiliated. Extension efforts continue with approaches to new parishes. The main works of the legionaries is visitation of families, hospitals and auxiliaries. A youth praesidium of 5 members organises children’s adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the last Friday of each month at which 10-20 children are in attendance. Some fruits of their visitation were: A 34 year old mother and her two children prepared for Baptism and, her husband for Confession after a long absence: One couple received the Sacrament of Matrimony. During hospital visitation 44 people were encouraged to go to Confession. Resulting from visits to persons with alcohol problems, 2 went to Confession after 5 and 10 years. Three children were baptised.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: The Regia continues to extend, now numbering 621 praesidia.
In addition to the usual apostolic work, religious leaflets were distributed and contacts with parishioners made near businesses trading on Sundays.

Praga Comitium (Warsaw): Legionaries do a lot visitation, caring for the sick in their homes and in nursing homes. On street apostolate they distribute Miraculous Medals and speak with, among others, lapsed Catholics. Wolomin Curia, with 15 praesidia is the biggest in the Comitium. Some of their works are helping those in Hospice care, in Hostels for homeless and spiritual adoption of the unborn. The Comitium has a new Spiritual Director, Fr. Kosiorowske, a Marian Father, who advised that prayer for Poland is most important.

ROMANIA
Satu Mere Regia: The Regia reported good attendance of active and auxiliary members at the Acies in April. 2 praesidia organised Faith groups for young people. Other works undertaken are organising Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and helping with Radio Maria. Bucharest Curia: It is hoped that the 2 German legionaries who visited in April will soon make a return visit.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT
COMITIA

Dromore Comitium: The council has 1 junior, 6 senior praesidia and one Curia attached. Works of a praesidium in Newry include hospital and nursing home visitation and they help other praesidia in Newry with school visitation. The Pilgrimage to Knock was advertised in each Parish in the Comitium area.

Navan Comitium: The works of a praesidium with 6 members, 5 of whom are Praetorians, include visitation of 150 homes in the parish, organising Parish Group Rosaries; 10 homes hosted same. They promote the Pioneers to young people, enrolling eight Pioneers. They also assist with children’s Blessed Sacrament Adoration, contact non-Catholics during Church Unity Week and teach prayers to children of mixed marriages. Another praesidium visited 600 homes. A praesidium of 5 members does home, hospital and nursing home visitation and promote the three Legion Causes. Trim Curia: Works of the 2 reporting praesidia include home visitation and street contact. 80 emigrant Newsletters are sent 3 times a year. Mullingar Curia: The reporting praesidium with 5 members is involved in the Alfie Lambe Committee in Tullamore.

Derry Comitium: The main works of a praesidium with 6 members and 40 auxiliaries are home visitation and street contact where people are drinking and often homeless. They have an “open house” every Friday where tea is provided and casual conversation is followed by the Rosary. The works of another praesidium with 8 members include home and Pilgrim Statue visitation and recital of the Rosary with school children. Long Tower praesidium has 6 members who undertake home and Pilgrim Statue visitation and they keep in touch with their 20 auxiliaries. Inishowen Curia has 55 members in its 9 praesidia. Among the works carried out are Pilgrim Statue home visitation plus condolence visits to bereaved families.

Raphoe Comitium: Creeslough praesidium has 42 auxiliaries and a junior praesidium attached with 7 members. At the request of the Parish Priest they helped to organise the Corpus Christi Procession. The praesidium keeps in close touch with the priests of the parish and is given special tasks by them. A praesidium in Letterkenny has 48 auxiliaries. Their main work is the visitation of an Acute Psychiatric Unit where they pray the Rosary every week with the patients. They visited Letterkenny Information Technology College on 4 occasions during the year, also people feeling lonely and bereaved families. As a result of their visits one lady has joined the Catholic Church. The praesidium in Killybegs does crowd contact when Cruise ships come into port.

CURIAE

Leitrim Curia: The works of a junior praesidium include making Rosary beads and filling Holy Water bottles for the senior legionaries to distribute on visitation. They also prepare topic-papers for the Patricians. Recently one person after attending such a meeting was moved to go to Confession after a long absence. Longford senior praesidium has 8 members. Consecration of families to the Sacred Heart is promoted on home visitation. One man was baptised last year and a legionary was Godmother and then maid-of-honour when his marriage was regularised. Carrick-on-Shannon praesidium has 6 members. They recite a public Rosary at the Clock tower with about 10 people attending.

Clogher Curia: The reporting praesidia have 7 members in Lisknaskea, 5 in Scotstown and 9 in Edernay. Works common to all include visitation of the elderly and housebound, hospital and nursing home visitation. Legionaries speak to parishioners about the importance of the Mass.

Kilmore Curia: Cavan praesidium has 10 members and 25 auxiliaries. Legionaries visit nursing homes and elderly people living alone. The Rosary is recited during May at the Post Office Square with about 15 people attending. They helped the Adoration group to organise the Corpus Christi Procession. Schools were visited and the First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes invited along with their teachers and parents to take part in the Procession.

Clonmacnoise Curia: The 3 praesidia have a total of 23 members. This year on Pattern Day which is celebrated on the Monastic Site of St. Ciaran at Clonmacnoise every September, 7 members of the Curia undertook crowd contact work. They met a lot of American visitors including a bus load from Chicago who were delighted to receive Miraculous Medals. They also met families and distributed over 200 Miraculous Medals and leaflets for the three Causes of Frank Duff, Venerable Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe.

Drogheda Curia: There was an attendance of 28 at a Child Safeguarding Training Day in Ardee on 20 June. Patrician meetings in Ardee in June and July had attendances of 15 and 32 respectively. There was a commemoration at the grave of the late Sr. Kathleen Allen, Legion Envoy, before the July Curia meeting. Extension is on-going in Tinure.

Dundalk Curia: The works of a reporting praesidium include, visitation of the elderly and sick at home and in 4 nursing homes and hospitals, recitation of the Rosary at wakes and funerals, promoting the Holy Hour, First Friday Devotions and Enthronement of homes to the Sacred Heart.

Down Curia (Diocese of Down & Connor): Legionaries who had just returned from a PPC project in Glasgow gave a superb report on their contacts. Their Spiritual Director was also on the team and said it was a wonderful experience.

North and Mid Antrim Curia: There are 9 senior and 2 junior praesidia attached. Members of one reporting praesidium, which has 40 auxiliary members, take the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to homes in the parish. The family of a man who had not been practicing the faith and had major heart surgery prior to a visit by the legionaries requested the Pilgrim Statue; he now has now returned to the Sacraments. They also visited the homes of new parishioners including those from Eastern Europe and presented Confirmation packs to school children.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE

A meeting of the Dublin Curia Spiritual Directors on 3rd September had 10 priests in attendance; the topics of discussion were the Synod on the Family and the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: Venerable Edel Quinn was spoken about at the Sunday Masses of September 13th in one parish. A praesidium reported home visitation, preparing a Shopping Centre Oratory for Mass every Friday and visitation of bars to publicise the Barman’s Retreat. The Curia, along with Immaculata Curia, had a stand at the Tallafest Festival on August 15th. 800 Miraculous Medals were distributed, also religious literature.

Immaculata Curia: A team of 7 legionaries undertook school visitation during the year. The pupils of a Secondary School assembled for a talk on the Rosary. The Sacrament classes of 8 Primary Schools were spoken to and 500 religious packs distributed. 27 legionaries and 33 patricians attended 6 Patrician meetings. A praesidium organised 4 talks during the 33 days leading up to August 15th on which date 80 parishioners made the True Devotion to Mary consecration, led by the Parish Priest. 30 attended a talk on the same subject. The works of a praesidium with 7 full members and 1 probationer include home and nursing home visitation, street contact, a monthly Patrician meeting, and promoting a Rosary Confraternity of 150 members.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: 40 legionaries and as many guests, 10 of them wheelchair-bound, attended the Annual Retreat for the Disabled; three priests heard Confessions. A Recruitment Drive was held in one parish on 6th Sept. 10 were present at the Quinn Family grave on 13th September, including Edel’s nephew. One praesidium gained 4 members during the year, now having 10, 5 men and 5 women. As well as home visitation and a weekly public Rosary, Saint Michael’s Hospital and 3 nursing homes are visited where song and music feature, plus recital of the Rosary.

Benedicta Curia: Members of one praesidium perform various roles including Sacristan, Minister of the Word and Minister of the Eucharist. Other works include home visitation and street contact. A young atheist accepted a Miraculous Medal. A visit by a priest to a woman suffering from agoraphobia, who rarely leaves her home, was arranged.

Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The praesidium of 5 members in Kilmacanogue has 75 auxiliary members. Works include Pilgrim Statue and school visitation, plus administering the Curia website. All members of a Bray praesidium are Praetorians. Four nursing homes are visited every week. Over 50 homes accepted the Pilgrim Statue during the year. Two members are Eucharistic Ministers and help to co-ordinate Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. Legionaries are also on the Baptism and Funeral Teams and on the Council for the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association for which 8 children were enrolled.

Assumpta Curia: 6 legionaries and 19 patricians attended two meetings. Members of one praesidium visit the Royal Hospital every week. Parishioners are visited in 5 nursing homes and legionaries take the opportunity to speak with other residents as well. They became aware of the Barman’s Retreat this year and visited all pubs and hotels in the area to publicise it, and were very cordially greeted. Another praesidium with 21 auxiliary members and 9 Adjutorians run a monthly Frank Duff Prayer Group, which is in its 16th year.

Ancilla Domini Curia: Over 100 people visited Myra House on Culture Night, (held annually in September). 10 Catholics and 3 Protestants attended the August Pauline Circle; in September Canon Deverill presented a visual display of Christchurch Cathedral to the 17 attendees, which included one priest, a Marist brother and 7 Protestants. The Pauline Circle is co-ordinated by the Joy of Israel praesidium, which has 7 members and 2 probationers. The Inner City Project recruited 23 probationary auxiliaries bringing the praesidium’s total to 128 auxiliaries. One praesidium reported visiting a man who made several attempts at suicide due to the breakup of his marriage; he accepted a Miraculous Medal, made a recovery and is now reunited with his wife.

Annunciata Curia: A praesidium of 6 active and 100 auxiliary members, does home and nursing home visitation and street contact in Temple Bar. 33 patricians and 11 legionaries attended 4 meetings.

Gloriosa Curia: Several praesidia undertook a joint Exploratio Dominicalis on 13th September. In Cloverhill Prison the Segregated Wing was visited; the inmates appreciated the visit; one had been to Medjugorje, another had the Divine Mercy image in his cigarette box. In conjunction with Immaculata Curia, a True Devotion to the Nation Project was carried out in a school in August; 5 legionaries from each Curia and 7 parishioners and staff, painted the lobby and a corridor; the School Principal and the Parish Priest were very appreciative. A Children’s Retreat in the Curia House on 5th Sept had 19 children in attendance, 11 of them from the Indian Community. A visiting priest offered Mass and heard Confessions. The Retreat also included prayer, football and Arts & Crafts.

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AFRICA
BURUNDI
Gitega Senatus: Former Envoy, Sr. Adriana Nahimana, was welcomed to the April meeting. Each Senatus meeting receives a report from one directly attached praesidium, a condensed report from the affiliated Curiae and reports from 4 to 7 Comitia revealing a huge variety of faith-focused works and also projects of a True Devotion to the Nation nature such as tidying up graveyards, cultivating land and fetching water and wood for invalided people. A building to house the Senatus has been constructed and is ready for fitting out.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui Senatus: The Senatus, which was temporarily unable to meet during the revolution is meeting regularly again. Curiae are busy trying to get praesidia back on track after the flight of many people from their homes. The Senatus Spiritual Director, Abbe Benjamin Titi-Soya, had to follow parishioners who fled to the safety of the Airport and was still saying Mass for them there two years later. Reports indicate that many legionaries and Christians lost their lives but that acts of heroic witness to the faith were also in evidence, resulting in lives being spared in several instances. The Senatus noted with appreciation that their sufferings were reported in Maria Legionis and the French Bulletin and legionaries worldwide were asked to pray for them.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Kisangani Senatus: Sr. Pia Makengo and Br. Henri Kaite of Brussels Senatus represented the Concilium at the raising of Kisangani Regia to Senatus status on Saturday 11th October in the presence of Archbishop Marcel Utembi-Tapa. Most of the major councils of the country sent representatives.

Kananga Senatus: This council, otherwise known as the Senatus of Kasai governs the Legion in West and East Kasai. Reports indicate visitation of attached Curiae (with 7 visited plus one junior) and Comitia (with 4 visited including the junior Comitium) in the four month period. The affiliated Regia of Mbuji-Mayi reported the formation of 9 praesidia. The Spiritual Director of the Senatus, Abbé Pierre Tchinbombo Mudiba celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his priesthood on 5th July at St’s. Peter & Paul Church, Biancky.

Kinshasa Senatus: 2 of the 3 Concilium representatives attended their meeting prior to going to Kisangani to attend the raising of the Regia there to Senatus. The visa for the third visitor arrived too late for him to travel. Other possibilities are being explored to enable better and more regular communication between it and the Concilium.

Lubumbashi Senatus: Thirty three members attended the meeting which covers 11 Comitia, 10 Curia and 6 attached praesidia. Bikira Wa Heshima Curia members visited a prison, starting with prayers at 8.00 am, Mass at 9.00 attended by 800 prisoners of various faiths. Afterwards contacts were made and food was distributed. The visit ended at 2.00 pm with the concluding Legion prayers.
The Comitium of Katanga Diocese has 12 Curiae with 120 praesidia and an average of 20 members in each praesidium. They also have junior praesidia. In June 380 young legionaries wanted to visit the main prison in Lubumbashi but only 100 were allowed to visit. In July two legionaries were ordained to the priesthood and one became a deacon. All Curiae organised Exploratio Dominicalis projects.

Butembo Senatus: The Senatus celebrated its 25th anniversary on 14 August. Due to officers from Bukavu, Goma and Kisangani attending the Jubilee celebrations, there were 182 present at the August Senatus meeting. High Mass was celebrated in Butembo Cathedral by His Excellency Archbishop Sikuli Paluku Melchisdech with 53 priests and 2 deacons present. A message of congratulations from the Concilium was read on the development of the Legion and their fidelity to the Legion System. Reports from affiliated Regia, Comitia and praesidia were given at Senatus meetings for June to September. New Comitia were set up in two Dioceses in June. Several cohabitating couples got married and had their children baptised. 41 people returned to Sunday Mass. The sick, poor and widows were visited and couples reconciled, prisoners visited and prepared for Confession. A woman was dissuaded from having an abortion. Conversions from other Christian Churches and sects were reported; 26 alcoholics gave up the drink and 30 people became catechists.

RWANDA
Kigali Senatus: Reports mention home, prison and auxiliary visitation as well as the holding of Auxiliary Rallies and Exploratio Dominicalis. Kanyanza Comitium, with over 2,300 active members reported having over 2,000 junior legionaries. Nyundo Comitium has over 5,200 active senior members. Many councils have praesidia in Secondary Schools. Contact work in the Red Light district is also undertaken to both adults and street children.

Mauritius Regia (Rodrigues): Two Concilium representatives were present by invitation on Sunday 6th of September to join in the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Legion by Edel Quinn in 1940. It was a most joyful occasion with Holy Mass in the open air at Thabor concelebrated by Monsignor Maurice Piat with many priests. The junior legionaries contributed greatly with wonderful choirs, dancing, mime, ballet and drama. A beautiful magazine was printed for the occasion which included a letter of congratulations from the Concilium.

Réunion (Madagascar) This council celebrated its 70th anniversary on 11th of October. Two French legionaries attended as Concilium representatives. The celebrations were very joyful. The large island of Madagascar was visited by Réunion legionaries from the 14th July to the 8th August, during which distances of between 400 to 900 km. per day were covered by car.

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SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: Many councils are now holding Youth Conferences. The procession through the streets of Buenos Aires to Alfie Lambe’s grave each year attracts great crowds, mostly youth. When Pope Francis was in Bolivia he asked that special attention be given to the many immigrants from that country. In the Senatus area many Bolivian immigrants are active legionaries.

Salta Senatus: The members hope many children, whose parents are active legionaries, will join junior praesidia. In the central square of Salta City the Legion altar is set up. It is a great centre for promoting the apostolate and a huge success for recruiting and promoting the Alfie’s Cause. On street contact legionaries in the Regia of Jujuy seek out the street people, youths who have drug and alcohol problems. Corrientes Regia: A praesidium reported that during Advent they brought a statue of the Child Jesus on home visitation. Once a week they join the priest for a Eucharistic Procession, providing music. The Comitium in Paso de los Libres visits Bolivian and Paraguayan immigrants in a new suburb. In another suburb a priest with young legionaries does Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. Rosario Regia: A celebration of the life of Alfie Lambe was held in the Basilica highlighting the work of Alfie and the Legion of Mary in Argentina. An elderly lady was baptised and received First Holy Communion before she died.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: An Exploratio Dominicalis was directed to those living on a river bank in this Amazonian region. Street people were also contacted with some convinced to return to their homes. There is close involvement with the Church’s pastoral projects, one legionary being the coordinator of the Baptism Pastoral Project with talks given to a total of 300 parents and godparents.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: 557 patients were visited in a hospital, with 54 going to Confession, 179 receiving Holy Communion and 27 being anointed. For people infected with HIV a monthly reflection takes place on the Gospel; prayers are said and songs sung. A beautiful coronation of Our Lady took place with meditations on her virtues. After praying to Edel Quinn a legionary received news from her son who had been out of contact for more than a year.

Fortaleza Senatus: The Senatus divided the Comitium of Crato to form another Comitium in Juazeiro do Norte and are preparing to set up three more Comitia. The Curia in Iguatu recorded 26 First Holy Communions, 39 Confirmations, five marriages and six Baptisms with the preparation done by the legionaries. Ponta Grossa Senatus: In July the sixth National Conference for young legionaries was held in Curitiba with an attendance of 160. Reports show recruitment of 146 new active legionaries and 46 auxiliaries. Three praesidia for young people and a praesidium for adults were set up. Ten adults received Baptism. Two families returned to the Church.

Recife Senatus: Three praesidia were set up in the Senatus. A suburban Comitium has over 1,500 active members. In a Recife suburb juniors have been presenting a radio programme for the past 15 years. The Regia of João Pessoa report 11,000 visits to families, also the baptism of eight adults and the preparation of 100 youths for Confirmation.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: The Regia in São João e Meriti reports almost 3,000 visits to homes and over 2,000 to the sick. In the Amazonian town of Labrea 450 children and 60 adults received catechesis. The Rosary is recited in public squares and at a Metro Station. It was reported that there were three cures through the intercession of Frank Duff. In the general Rio area senior and junior praesidia were set up and a Curia was established in Niteroi Regia.

Salvador Senatus: This council arranged for two Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects, one held in September and one to take place in November. Reports from one Curia show legionaries advising one man to give up drugs and another not to commit murder. Drug addicts in a Recovery House were visited. A Comitium held a Congress.

Santa Maria Senatus: Legionaries accompany the priest administering the Sacrament of the Sick and lead a Rosary each day in May in a local Chapel dedicated to Our Lady. Six Curiae with 62 paesidia have an average of 15 members in each praesidium.

São Luis Senatus: Works such as preparation people for Holy Communion, Confirmation and Marriage, an apostolate to prostitutes and drug addicts, plus visitation of families in poor areas are done with great zeal. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is undertaken to homes.

São Paulo Senatus: The Regia of Cuiabá in Mato Grosso State reported over 3,000 visits and almost 2,000 return visits. They made 1,710 visits to hospitals with the image of Our Lady and reported the conversion of a Muslim couple.

Brasilia Regia: A Comitum in a suburb of Brasilia reports one thousand hours spent in contacting almost three thousand people. A special effort is made to encourage all to take an active part in the Church’s pastoral programmes. The need for home visitation was highlighted when it was reported that a Comitium in a southern suburb of Brasilia in its visitation met families where there were 130 children without Baptism.

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75th Anniversary Celebration in Manila July 2015
October 2015

75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN MANILA

On behalf of Concilium, Maura and Michael McGauran reported on a very enjoyable and edifying visit to Manila 15th to 24th July on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the start of the Legion in the Philippines (21st July 1940, by Fr. Manuel Gracia, Fr.Michael Doherty, Sr. Joaquina Lucas, President and Sr. Pacita Santos).
Legionaries from different parts of the country and abroad took part in the ceremonies, including Senatus officers from - Mindanao, Western Visayas, Cebu, Bicolandia, Papua New Guinea, Middle East and Guam.
The Ceremony, which took place in an Arena commenced with a procession of the statue of Our Lady of Antipolo, Patroness of Peace and Good Voyage. Young legionaries from the directly attached Junior Curia of the Senatus carried 10 banners of red and white. Approximately 12,000 legionaries attended.
The Legion prayers commenced at 8 a.m., led by Msgr. Celso Ditan, Spiritual Director of the Senatus of Northern Philippines. A welcome address given by Senatus President, Sr. Olivia Gellangarin, was followed by messages from the visiting Senatus, Foreign Councils and Concilium representatives.
Five Bishops and 32 priests attended. The main Mass celebrant was Most Rev. Broderick S Pabillo DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila. The event was deemed an unqualified success, with great credit due to the organisers.



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Culture Night - Dublin September 2015
October 2015

CULTURE NIGHT - DUBLIN

De Montfort House and Frank Duff House were open to visitors on Friday 18th September from 5.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. for Culture Night. The first visitor was a lady who spent her 12 of her childhood years as a resident of Regina Coeli Hostel. She had very happy memories of her time there and was anxious to see Frank Duff House. In total over 100 visitors came and they showed interest in different aspects of the Legion. A large group of students who are studying English in the Divine Word House in Maynooth came and were very interested in the Legion. Many of them were priests from China, Venezeula, Indonesia, Mozambique and Rwanda. A follow up meeting with them is planned for Open Day in Maynooth on 30th September. Two American students on their way to Rome were given a contact no for an Irish priest.
Apart from the guided tours there was great music and craic and the tea and barmbrack went down a treat.
Myra House also enjoyed a steady stream of visitors.
Many thanks to all the legionaries who helped prepare for the event and assisted on the night, also to those who came on Saturday to restore the original lay-out to the Concilium Office and Nazareth Hall.



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Allocutio at September 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
October 2015

The Recruitment of New Members:
An Invitation to a Many Splendid Grace
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There is a simple sentence in the Handbook that requires a great deal of reflection. It reads: ‘Part of the duty of every legionary shall be the winning of members.’ Elsewhere the Handbook says the same thing but with an additional exhortation: ‘Therefore these important subjects of extension and recruiting should frequently be brought to the notice of the members so that each one be made acutely conscious of his duties in those directions.’ But why recruit? Unless we have clear and convincing reasons for acting we would probably end up doing very little or nothing at all. Motivation is pivotal for any form of action, but especially apostolic action. We recruit not simply so that we can boast of an increase in the number of members, but because we firmly believe the Legion is a source of great graces, not only for the legionary himself but for all those he works for. Recruitment is simply offering an invitation to receive an endless source of graces and an instrument for a fuller living of the Christian life.

Let us examine some of the reasons for recruitment given in various parts of the Handbook. First there is the motive of fraternal charity. To love someone is to effectively will good for that person and we cannot offer anything greater than grace. The Handbook puts it this way: ‘We are commanded to love our neighbour as ourselves; hence if the Legion is a blessing to oneself, shall not one seek to bring that blessing to others? If one sees souls uplifted by ones work, should one not aspire to extend that work?

A beautiful reason for recruiting concerns Our Lady. The Legion enables one and gradually forms one to having a true and authentic devotion to Mary. This is truly a tremendous gift to offer another person. The Handbook puts it succinctly: ‘Can any legionary not strive to gather in new members, if he reflects that the Legion cannot but advance them in the love and service of Mary? This, after Jesus Himself, is the greatest blessing which can enter a life. For God has made her - in dependence on Christ and inseparably from Him – the root and the growth and the flowering of the supernatural life.’ I think that recruitment can be a true indicator of what we really think about Mary and the place she has in God’s plan for ourselves and every one we are called to meet and serve.

I cannot within the compass of a short Allocutio give all the reasons suggested in the Handbook for the grace filled apostolate of recruiting, but let me give one more reason that I think has special significance in the Church today. It is found in a long quotation from Mgr. Alfred O’Rahilly. His opening sentence expresses one of the most important and urgent tasks of the Church in the light of the Second Vatican Council: ‘The great function of the Legion of Mary is to develop the sense of a lay vocation.’ There has been praiseworthy progress in the understanding and implementation of the mission of the laity in the Church and the world in the last 50 years since the Council. The flourishing of so many new ecclesiastical movements and the setting up of the Pontifical Council of the Laity are a praiseworthy step forward. However, can we say that the specific vocation of the laity as taught in the Conciliar and post-Conciliar documents has really been appropriated by the whole Church, especially outside the new ecclesial movements? I think the Legion inculcates a profound and authentic sense of the lay vocation especially at parish and diocesan level. This is a compelling reason why recruitment to the Legion is such an urgent and indispensable apostolate. It gives the lay person a true and experienced sense of his dignity and role in God’s plan and the mission of the Church.

Let me quote extensively from the Handbook for the sake of those readers of this Allocutio who may not be legionaries: ‘We forget that Our Lord calls his own sheep by name (John 10:3); that in the words of Saint Paul (Gal 2:20), who, like us, was not physically present on Calvary – ‘the Son of God loved me and gave Himself up for me.’ Each of us, even if he be only a village carpenter as was Jesus himself, or a humble housekeeper like his mother, has a vocation, is called individually by God to give him his or her love and service, to do a particular work which others may indeed surpass but cannot replace. No one but myself can give my heart to God or do my work. It is precisely this personal sense of religion which the Legion fosters. A member is no longer content to be passive or perfunctory; she or he has something to be and do for God; religion is no longer a side issue; it becomes the inspiration of one’s life, however humanly commonplace. And this conviction of personal vocation inevitably creates an apostolic spirit, the desire to carry on Christ’s work, to be another Christ, to serve Him in the least of his brethren. Thus the Legion is the lay substitute for a Religious Order, the translation of the Christian idea of perfection into the lives of lay folk, the extension of Christ’s kingdom into the social world of today.’

Those words of Mgr. O’Rahilly as quoted in the Handbook are worth pondering again and again because they represent a truly profound insight into the nature and vocation of the Legion. But let me finish by saying we must feel the need to recruit new members and extend the Legion as an act of thanksgiving for our own membership. The apostolate of recruiting is a true indicator of my appreciation of what Jesus and Mary have done for me through the instrumentality of the Legion.
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Concilium Bulletin September 2015
October 2015

ASIA

PAKISTAN
The Curia in Karachi is working towards progression to Comitium status. Visiting homes, hospitals and institutions are mentioned in reports. Youth ministry and apostolate to the ghetto areas feature. Most praesidia have in excess of 20 members and much support is given to the various parishes.

BANGLADESH
Training sessions were held for junior praesidia and found to be helpful.

INDIA
Kottar Regia engages in counselling alcoholics, teaching catechism, promotion of the Rosary and extension work.
Calcutta Comitium: A six-monthly reports was received in Belgali from Dhaka Curia.

Mumbai Senatus: Visitation of praesidia and councils is undertaken. Sunday catechism, RCIA classes, visitation of Catholics and non-Catholics is carried out. 47 legionaries attended a Legion Camp. The 4 praesidia in Nepal were visited from 13 – 19 April and a training day for officers was held. 55 legionaries attended the Acies. The Bishop was very appreciative of the Legion work. The visit was found to be a fruitful and enriching experience.
Visakhapatnam Comitium: The reporting Curia has 11 praesidia with 165 active and 225 auxiliary members. 8 praesidia were visited. A wide variety of works are undertaken, including helping the dying, sick, deaf and dumb. Legionaries also helped areas affected by cyclone damage, cleaning up main roads. Three new praesidia were started, each with 15 members.

Kerala Senatus: This council has 16 Comitia, 11 Curiae and 32 praesidia. The foundation praesidium in Pala celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Karnataka Senatus: Legionaries travel long distances to visit remote Outstations. Home/family visitation is done with outreach to all religions. Returns to the Sacraments after many years were reported. The three Causes are promoted.
Thoothukudi Comitium: 24 legionaries visited 48 prisoners; 12 were encouraged to go to Confession. 78 patients in the Leprosy Hospital were visited, also physically and mentally challenged patients. Extension is on-going.
Chennai Comitium: This council has 18 Curiae and a total of 212 senior and 39 junior praesidia. Over 1,000 people attended the annual gathering at Our Lady of Vellankani shrine. People of various faiths are visited and families reconciled. Catechism is taught and hospitals visited.

Pondicherry Senatus: Their annual planning meeting was held in August.

THAILAND
People of all religions and none are met through home and hospital visitation. Catholic children are taught catechism in state schools. A Curia which prayed to Frank Duff for new members reported good success. An atheist contacted by a Korean praesidium is now attending religious classes. A Junior Curia with 40 members work among fellow-students at Secondary School and University. The Good News newspaper and Miraculous Medals are distributed. Laos has two Curia with 300 members being helped by Bangkok Senatus at the request of the Bishop. Two legionaries have been assigned as coordinators to help with training. The Handbook and Tessera have been translated into Laos.

SRI LANKA
Over a period of three months three praesidia reported; one gave its membership as 11 active and 70 auxiliary. Homes in all areas and hospitals are visited. Three Comitia gave reports on their work. Lanka Comitium has 13 senior Curiae, 3 junior and 9 senior praesidia. Much home visitation is carried out. Adults and children are prepared for the Sacraments. 150 were enrolled in the Sacred Heart Confraternity. Galle Comitium: Galle suffered great damage during and after the tsunami. Legionaries are making valiant efforts to build up the Legion.

MYANMAR:
The Concilium Bulletin and other correspondence are received through the Archbishop’s House. They say that stocks of the 2012 Legion Handbook are depleted and need to be reprinted. Every praesidium has copies of the Frank Duff prayer in Burmese. Venerable Edel Quinn is also promoted. They held a two- day workshop on Child Protection; 30 legionaries attended.

MIDDLE EAST
HOLY LAND: Praesidia and Curia officers are to study Chapter 28 of the Handbook on Government of the Legion prior to a Conference to take place on 8th October 2015. Efforts are being made to start a praesidium in Bethlehem University. The parish praesidium encouraged 138 people to receive the Sacraments at Christmas. 12 families were prayed with at funerals; families on bad terms with each other were reconciled. In Jerusalem 700 sick persons at home and in hospital were visited.

LEBANON
Lebanon Comitium: Emphasis is placed on Legion Summer schools, two days for junior and one week for seniors. Assistance to refugees is continuing.

EUROPE

BELGIUM
Brussels Senatus: This council recently had a PPC project to Chimay. One praesidium organised processions for the Tridium of the Assumption and Way of the Cross for Good Friday. Our Lady of the Angels praesidium has 20 active members and 1 probationer. Five new members were recruited during the year. One Moslem lady was delighted to receive the St. Michael prayer card. “Awaken Hope” prayers for vocations are promoted. Antwerp Regia was visited by correspondent Eddy Evers and Renate Seber (Frankfurt Senatus). The 94th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion was celebrated and an afternoon of evangelisation took place near Antwerp Cathedral.

FRANCE
Paris Regia: This council has 3 Curiae and 29 praesidia, some a good distance away. A new praesidium has started in the Diocese of Meux. Members of another new praesidium in Versailles attend the Regia meeting. A praesidium of 12 Haitian members is attached to the Regia. The newly refurbished Permanence in Lourdes has opened for the summer; more legionaries are needed to staff it. The Regia is planning to celebrate the Tercentenary of the death of St. Louis Marie de Montfort on 28th April 2016. The Legion, which started in Chateauneuf de Galaure in 1951, has two praesidia. The Vietnamese Curia legionaries in Lyon visit their own community, attend funerals, and promote the Annual Pilgrimage to Ars in memory of the Vietnamese martyrs.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: In the Solihull parish good contacts are reported on street contact at the Bull Ring and elsewhere in the city. It was reported that due to contact with legionaries seven ladies had a change of heart regarding abortion. Blessing of homes, promoting the RCIA course and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart also figure in reports. One person returned to the Church after being lapsed for 71 years. In Bristol a “welcome home” Mass at Easter had lapsed and non-Catholics present. Junior legionaries promote the use of Holy Water in Birmingham Curia. In Coventry the ordination of Fr. Mark Higgins was a cause for great celebration.

Northampton Comitium: The Comitium has 63 active and 179 auxiliary members. In a joint effort, members of the St. Vincent de Paul and the Legion organise a monthly Mass for the elderly and housebound.

Liverpool Senatus: The good news from Liverpool is the printing of the Legion Handbook in Swedish. On their visit to Dublin Bro. and Sr. Kirstein presented copies of the Handbook to Concilium.

Newcastle Comitium: The 70 auxiliaries and Apostleship of Prayer group are a prayerful support for the practical work of praesidia. Promoting the Venerable Edel Quinn Cause, book barrow apostolate, running the Church Repository and Patricians featured in the report from Leigh Curia.

Brentwood Comitium: A reporting praesidium holds House Rosaries in May and October with an attendance of 10-20 people.  These are advertised in the parish newsletter and find that they have a queue of people wanting them.  Some items of interest reported by praesidia were - as a result of visiting a residential home a patient expressed a desire to become a Catholic; a function was held for auxiliary members; gifts of Miraculous Medals were distributed to Confirmation candidates and as a result of a recruiting drive 32 gave their names, 16 of them being auxiliaries.  A Rosary Club work, resulted in the Rosary being said every First Friday of a month in the school.

Southwark Comitium: This council has 4 Curiae, 10 senior praesidia with 186 active members, and 3 junior praesidia with 45 active members. On street contact a leaflet entitled “7 reasons you should be a Catholic” is shared with people of other denominations. Crowd contact at railway stations, children’s liturgy, RCIA courses and Patrician meetings were mentioned. Juniors are encouraged to say the Frank Duff prayer every day. Extension is on-going.

Hammersmith Curia: Legionaries engage with parishioners while serving breakfast in the Parish Hall after the 8 a.m. Mass.
West Middlesex Curia: The praesidium in Greenford has 12 members and a Spiritual Director. Trojan work is being done by legionaries in Hayes despite small numbers. The praesidium in Northfield had a surprise visit from a priest from Nigeria who was very supportive and told them that their apostolate is a hidden one but very important. He advised the members that they should never feel discouraged. Southall praesidium has 21 active members and 39 auxiliaries, plus a junior praesidium attached. Extension is undertaken.

WALES
Swansea Curia established a new praesidium and has held its first Congress.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus will celebrate its Golden Jubilee in January 2016. The Legion DVD was shown in Frankfurt High School. PPC projects are planned for Leipzig and Erfurt
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Munich Regia: This council has 2 Comitia, 9 Curia and 8 praesidia attached. Legionaries manned a stand at the Munich Festival.

Cologne Regia has 2 Comitia, 2 Curia and 5 praesidia attached; they have new members. 30 legionaries took part in a World Prayer Day.

Berlin Comitium has 8 praesidia and one Curia attached which has 4 praesidia. Works include visitation and encouraging lapsed Catholics to return to the faith.
Freiburg Comitium has 3 Curia and 3 praesidia attached. The Frank Duff Cause is promoted. Daamstadt Curia has 6 praesidia attached and carried out extension during the year. The Frankfurt Korean Curia has 14 praesidia and works among the Korean/Chinese people.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium has 1 Curia and 14 praesidia attached. Legionaries regularly participate in Swiss Radio Maria programmes.

SIBERIA
Huge distances are involved for members attending meetings. The Curia has 5 praesidia. Sr. Metzler and Bro. Seber plan to visit the country in October.

KAZAKHSTAN
The Curia there has 6 praesidia. Works include visiting the sick, the old and lapsed Catholics.

NORWAY
Members of Zurich Comitium (Switzerland) visited praesidia in Drammen and Tonsberg and the two Filipino praesidia in Bergin. In Tonsberg, the praesidium has 10 active and 17 auxiliary members. In a wide-ranging apostolate they teach catechism to children, visit the sick and lonely. One adult from Cuba was recently baptised following a course of instruction given by legionaries. In Dramen 6 members visit nursing homes where they pray the Rosary with residents. Religious instruction was given to a visiting youth from Portugal during the summer months.

NETHERLANDS:
Amsterdam Regia: This council has a Curia at Heerlem and extension efforts continue in Amsterdam. The Cape Verde Curia in Rotterdam has 8 praesidia with 60 active and 45 auxiliary members. Efforts are being made to recruit among the Portuguese-speaking community.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Cloyne Comitium: Midleton praesidium, with 12 members has 4 members on continuous home visitation of the Estates and 2 members visiting in surrounding areas. On Saturdays in May they set up a May Altar outside the supermarket and engaged in contact work during which they distributed prayer cards and Miraculous Medals. Members did visitation projects in Shanagarry and Cloyne at the request of Fr. Joe Rohan, Comitium Spiritual Director. Carrigtuohill legionaries, helped by other praesidia did visitation of a Housing Estate in preparation for an outdoor Mass. Cobh legionaries are doing good contact work with people from the many Liners visiting Cobh. Officers of East and West Cloyne Curiae attended and presented reports at the July Comitium meeting.

Cork Comitium: A praesidium with 9 members takes the Fatima statue to a new Estate and recites a public Rosary. This brings out the children and the children bring out the parents. In this way they also get parents who welcome the Fatima statue into their homes. Another praesidium promotes Mass and the Rosary on home visitation and also visits a Halting Site for Travellers. Glounthaune praesidium has 5 members with 10 auxiliaries. Three praesidia reported at Muire na Gras Curia. Annunciata Curia has 6 praesidia. Their works are hospital, nursing home and housebound visitation.

Kerry Comitium: Posters for the Youth Conference were displayed in every parish in the Diocese of Kerry. On behalf of the priest one praesidium was asked to recruit in the schools for altar servers and they got a response of 20. Legionaries organised the training for them. The procession of Our Lady through Killarney continues to take place on the 13th of each month until October. Contact work is done at each procession. Two Chinese boys were prepared for Baptism and one legionary was Godmother to one of the boys. Legionaries keep in touch with 5 Chinese children who were recently baptised. Prior to a recruiting drive in the Diocese the Comitium held a Novena to Venerable Edel Quinn and finished the Novena with a visit to her birth place.

Mid Clare Comitium: Ballyea praesidium visits homes where Miraculous Medals, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe leaflets are distributed. The local Primary School was visited and Miraculous Medals and leaflets given to the First Holy Communion children. West Clare Curia: An MEP (extension) project took place in Kilrush on 15/16 June. There were 28 volunteers from Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick, Louth and Clare. Frs. Michael Kennedy and Derek O’Connell were the Spiritual Directors. 1,183 homes were visited. There were 10 special cases, 111 lapsed Catholics and 24 non-Catholics encountered. 14 prospective new members were contacted. Fr. Kennedy heard Confessions. East Clare Curia: Four legionaries attended the annual Charismatic Conference in Fanore and were involved in the music ministry at the event.

Thurles Comitium: 26 legionaries volunteered for the MEP project to St. Paul’s Parish in Waterford. An MEP project for Thurles was given the go-ahead by Fr. Martin Hayes. Fr. Michael Kennedy and 3 legionaries from Tipperary took part in the PPC project to Oulu, Finland, organised by the Senatus of Scotland. Tipperary Curia report the erection of May Altars in the Co-Op and Supervalue stores. In Templemore the praesidium is reported to be “very visible” in the parish and local Church. Works include Pilgrim statue visitation, public Rosaries, Eucharistic Adoration, Pioneers, erection of the Crib in the Town Hall and visiting the schools. Child Safeguarding was also mentioned. Murroe Curia reported Child Safeguarding, plus a variety of works, including extension and recruiting.

CURIAE
Birr/Roscrea Curia: The works of a reporting praesidium with 7 members include hospital and nursing home visitation. They also run Patrician meetings. A junior praesidium has 5 girls, 3 boys and 2 senior officers. Their works include Mass serving and visitation of a nursing home where they entertain the residents with music and singing. Dunkerrin has an all-male praesidium. One of their active members is 90 years old. They visit the elderly in their homes and in nursing homes and were involved with the Youth 2000 Conference in Mount Saint Joseph’s Monastery, Roscrea.

Limerick Curia: A Patrician meeting with the title “Christianity, a Love Affair with God” was held. A new praesidium has started in Caherdavin. The works of a reporting praesidium with 7 members and 48 auxiliaries includes home visitation to parishioners and University students living in the parish. They addressed the Confirmation classes in 2 schools and promoted the three Causes. Two members were delegates to the Diocesan Synod. Another reporting praesidium has 10 members and 50 auxiliaries. Works include home and nursing home visitation and members assist the new praesidia in Caherdavin and Mary Immaculate College. The Correspondent and Concilium Officer in charge of Ireland attended the July Curia meeting.

Lismore Curia: Some of the works undertaken by the 4 praesidia include Pilgrim statue visitation, organising attendees at Eucharistic Adoration, plus distributing Miraculous Medals and leaflets at various events.

Ross Curia: This council has 9 praesidia. The Curia is trying to establish Patricians. A meeting took place in July which was regarded as very successful. Praesidia were reminded to ensure that all members are Child Protection Garda vetted. Timpleague praesidium has 6 members. Miraculous Medals are given to the First Holy Communion classes. The Rosary is recited publicly at Our Lady’s Well in the month of May and at a statue in the Church grounds during October.

Waterford Curia: Bishop Alphonsus Culinan took part in the Rosary Procession in May, which had a good attendance. 27 legionaries took part in the MEP project on 10/11 November 2014.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE

Presentata Curia: A Regina Coeli hostel praesidium, with a special responsibility to mothers and children, has 7 full and 1 probationary member; two took their promise in March. Two long-serving members retired. Two children were baptised, one of them 9 years old; this afforded the legionaries a chance to help the mothers in their spiritual life. On Shrove Tuesday, pancakes were given to the children, which provided an opportunity to tell them about the importance of Lent. The mothers were brought to the RDS for the Divine Mercy Conference in February and a former resident joined them with her 3 young children. Other activities include a Holy Hour every Thursday and piano lessons. The praesidium is looking forward to new challenges. In another praesidium, 2 of the 6 members are Praetorians. They have 60 auxiliary members and distribute 60 copies of the Maria Legionis. More than 100 Frank Duff leaflets were handed out during street contact outside local shops.

Exaltata Curia: A second praesidium in the Regina Coeli Hostel gained 2 members, now having 11. In order to care for the spiritual needs of the residents, they run a Bible Study Morning every Monday and a Holy Hour on 3 days of the week. The praesidium organised trips to Multyfarnham (with 8 residents), Glencree (with 9 residents) and Knock. One former resident is currently in the Cenaclo Community in Italy. Temporal care is provided by means of helping with doctor and hospital visits, hygiene and laundry. 6 residents were brought to the Dublin Zoo in May and arrangements were made for 3 of them to go on a St. Vincent de Paul holiday to Naas.
A praesidium with an African Spiritual Director has 9 active members from Ireland, Nigeria and Togo, plus 2 auxiliary members. Every week pairs of legionaries do street contact advertising the African Masses and devotions. Home visitation is done to specific cases such as a Nigerian Anglican lady whose husband died. Various duties within several Churches are undertaken by members such as Minister of the Eucharist duties.

Bethlehem Curia: 20 patricians and 5 legionaries attended 2 meetings. A praesidium of 6 members invited 166 people to join during the year and devised a Church poster to attract new members. A 102 year-old resident of a nursing home, visited weekly, who was always glad to see the legionaries, passed away during the year. A book barrow is operated at the Garden of Remembrance during the summer months. In June an afternoon of prayer was organised to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life; 16 attended including a Chinese chaplain and a reverend sister. The Curia also held a Public Rosary; blessed Rosary beads were given to all 40 people who came, half of them children; the customary Legion cup of tea was enjoyed afterwards in the Curia house. Another praesidium uses a book barrow at the GPO and makes many good contacts at the taxi rank on O’Connell Street. Their 104 recruitment efforts resulted in 14 visitors to the paresidium. A Frank Duff Prayer Meeting is held every quarter.

Porta Coeli Curia: One praesidium’s main works are (1) the delivery of 82 copies of Maria Legionis. (2) Visiting the sick and elderly (3) Promoting and monitoring of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. During the year they organised seven Patrician meetings and a number of Frank Duff prayer group meetings. On behalf of the parish they were involved in the enrolment of associate members for the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Another praesidium gained 3 new members during the year, now having 8. The main work is home visitation.

Veneranda Curia: A praesidium of An Réalt (for the promotion of Irish culture)was formed recently with 4 legionaries from 4 different Curiae and 1 probationer. A praesidium of 3 full and 2 probationary members runs a Lending Library of books and DVDs. Sacramentals and free literature are also available. Miraculous Medals were given to the Sacrament classes of the local Primary School while the Secondary School was invited to visit the Legion Hostels and Concilium; they plan to speak to the Transition Year students.

Consolata Curia: A praesidium of 6 members organised an Exploratio Dominicalis in an area of their parish suggested by the Parish Priest, who asked them to express a heartfelt and warm welcome on his behalf. Twelve legionaries took part. Legionaries make tea once a month after the Polish Mass, which is very much appreciated. During their weekly nursing home visitation they provide 2 hours of song, dance and hymns for residents. Some residents are brought to the Chapel to pray. Home visitation is also done and a Pilgrim statue is circulated to homes. Another praesidium sets up the Legion altar in the local Church each month; 8 auxiliary members were recruited on the first occasion.
As well as home and nursing home visitation Confirmation class children were spoken to and given religious packs.

AFRICA

IVORY COAST
Abidjan Senatus: One Regia, four Comitia, two Curiae and seven praesidia gave their Annual Reports to the Senatus over the last 3 months. They have over 13,000 active members of whom 2,029 are Praetorians, 2,122 auxiliaries of whom 1,071 are Adjutorians and there are 2,219 probationers. They made over 130,000 visits to homes and many other locations and contacted Catholics other Christians, members of sects and people of no religion. They also visited sick people in their homes and in hospitals. The fruits of their work include: Returns to Mass 995; Baptisms 18; Sacrament of Reconciliation 18; Sacrament of the Sick 679; Marriages regularised 895; Families reconciled 454; Catechumens recruited 12,148. They have 1,626 legionaries teaching Catechism. The Senatus established one new adult Comitium and three Curiae during this period and they are planning the establishment of five Junior Curiae.

CONGO
Senatus of Brazzaville: The inauguration of the Senatus of Our Lady of the Congo took place in Brazzaville on Sunday May 24th, the Solemnity of Pentecost. Thousands of legionaries from all over the Congo attended the Mass for the inauguration in St. Anne’s Basilica, which was celebrated by Fr. Kizaboulu, Regia Spiritual Director. The Concilium was represented by a delegation of officers from the Senatus of Lomé, who officially inaugurated the Senatus on their behalf, to the applause, singing, dancing and joy of the legionaries present. 27 probationary members of one Curia took their Legion Promise on the 8th December 2014. Works include teaching Catechism, Eucharistic ministry, preparing the liturgy, hospital and prison visitation. Many contacts were also made with members of sects and atheists. A praesidium of 9 members contacted 7,500 people in the course of the year. 23 couples were reconciled and 27 people returned to the Sacraments. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Regia reported 15,000 contacts over two months, resulting in 58 people undertaking catechesis, 2 marriages validated, 49 couples reconciled, 9 returns to the Sacraments and 16 requests for Baptism. During visitation of a Curia by two delegates of the Regia, it was established that the weak point of the Curia was its efforts at extension. An Exploratio Dominicalis project was recommended. The Bishop of Ouesso, 20 Spiritual Directors and over 500 legionaries took part in a Pilgrimage and days of formation for legionaries in the lead up to the annual Acies ceremony. A new Curia has been set up recently. As heavy flooding threatened the cancellation of a Retreat organised by the Regia on “The Family – place and witness of evangelisation”, the 1000-plus legionaries in attendance were reminded of the Handbook where it says ‘The legionary must always hold fast and obstinately refuse to lose courage’.

Malabo Regia: The affiliation of the Bata Comitium is developing very well. The new Bishop requested a meeting with the officers and asked for a detailed report of the Legion in the Diocese. Legionaries are now doing jail visitation. They visit families who have been recruited by the sects; a large number have returned to the faith. They prepare parents for the Baptism and First Communion of their children. Of 60 people invited to the Legion, 22 attended, 9 persevered and made their promise. Two couples received the Sacrament of Marriage after dialogue and prayer with legionaries.

TOGO
Lome Senatus: Officers visited Brazzaville for their council’s elevation to Senatus status. Two Congresses, patrician meetings, a Conference on the True Devotion, conversions and a praesidium based in a prison were reported on. Many new praesidia were started, including some in Secondary Schools.

CAMEROON
Douala Senatus: Mbanga has a prison praesidium with 41 members; 40 of these prisoners are catechumens. A new praesidium in Eseka has 18 members. Most councils report on having junior praesidia. Buea mentions 25 conversions in the first 6 months of this year. Limbe and Yaounde Regia recorded 86 and 103 conversions respectively.

TCHAD
Moundou Comitium has 6 Curiae and 14 attached praesidia. The Acies was held in March. They visit people who have lapsed from the faith, the sick and elderly and also encourage the Sacrament of Confirmation.

BENIN REPUBLIC: The average membership of the senior praesidia reporting was 17 and of the junior praesidia reporting to junior Curia, 26. Persons and families of all religions and none are included in the Legion’s outreach with good results in conversions, returns to the Sacraments and marriages regularised. From 30th May onwards, a programme of events to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Legion in the country has been in progress. The Spiritual Director of Lomé Comitium asked that council meetings accommodate the local language (in this case “Fon”) as well as French.

CENTRAL AMERICA
MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: This council has two Regia, two Comitia and 7 Curiae. Two praesidia gave their reports during this period. A Curia reported organising Holy Hours in homes at the behest of the Parish Priest and with the help of Eucharistic Ministers. In Perote, the Puebla Regia area, 5 praesidia were set up recently. Street Rosaries are organised, 5 families are selected to mount a little altar outside their home and a Mystery of the Rosary is recited at each altar as legionaries and parishioners process along the street. During the Senatus meeting the Handbook was quoted regarding every active legionary doing substantial active legionary work.

Merida Senatus: All reports indicate good numbers of auxiliaries. A mother and her family who had joined the Jehovah Witnesses returned to the practice of the faith and she (the mother) joined the local praesidium. In another case the father of a family returned to practice and arranged for the Baptism of his child. A Curia reported that 4 of the 17 attached praesidia were set up in the past year. The Miraculous Medal is widely distributed, always with an explanation. Most councils report that a good number of legionaries are catechists.

Durango Regia: Following a recent Pastoral Council meeting it was proposed at the Regia meeting that they should “evangelise house to house and speak to everyone without fear.”

Monterrey Regia: The attached Comitium of Saltillo organised Masses and Prayer Groups in areas of high vandalism. A new Curia with one junior and 4 senior praesidia was set up in a rural area. A very successful Retreat was organised in an area where practice of the faith is poor and it is hoped to set up a praesidium in that area. One praesidium organises prayers and Masses for bereaved families, resulting in many of them returning to the practice of the faith. A Curia promotes “True Devotion to Jesus through Mary.”

Guadalajara Regia: A new praesidium was recently set up. All praesidia and councils report auxiliaries, but numbers are low. A junior praesidium promotes the Miraculous Medal and helps with the Children’s Mass. They also organised a Retreat for young people.

Hermosillo Regia: The officers of the Regia plan to visit the new Spiritual Director of an attached Comitium to discuss with him Legion administration.

EL SALVADOR
San Salvador Senatus: In the Chalatenango area, where 19 praesidia were set up following a very successful PPC project, the local councils are taking care of the training and formation of the new legionaries. They also obtained approval from the local Vicar to do contact work in the vicinity of the Cathedral. Legionaries visiting the Mariona prison gave instruction to 40 prisoners; three received the Sacrament of Baptism, 10 made their First Holy Communion and 5 received Confirmation. 25 young people, children of non-Catholic parents were converted as well as 16 adults, two of whom are now legionaries.

HONDURAS
Senatus of Tegucigalpa: There are plans to raise an attached Comitium to Regia status and attach a number of councils which are not visited, nor do they have a correspondent present. The Spiritual Director of the Senatus is encouraging unity, training and extension.

NICARAGUA
Managua Regia: Attached councils are actively extending. The Comitium of Leon set up two new praesidia. A junior praesidium attached to the Regia now has 30 members and plans to divide. They target sports competitions and events to recruit young people. A senior praesidium attached to the Regia recruited 9 new members and the praesidium is now in a position to be very active in the parish. One member gives talks on True Devotion to Mary. The Regia has been in touch with the Senatus of Mexico about purchasing new Handbooks.

COSTA RICA
Senatus of San José: The Senatus appears to be working well, visiting distant councils and trying to appoint dedicated correspondents. The visit of the Concilium visitors in February was a great help to them.



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Legion of Mary - CULTURE NIGHT - 18 September 2015
September 2015

You are invited to visit us for
guided tours, tea and music
at the Legion Headquarters and Frank Duff’s House,
Morning Star Avenue, Brunswick Street.

Myra House, 100 Francis Street
will also welcome visitors

Friday 18th September between 5 and 11 pm.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, SO PLEASE VISIT US



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Legion of Mary - CULTURE NIGHT - 18 September 2015
September 2015

You are invited to visit us for
guided tours, tea and music
at the Legion Headquarters and Frank Duff’s House,
Morning Star Avenue, Brunswick Street.

Myra House, 100 Francis Street
will also welcome visitors

Friday 18th September between 5 and 11 pm.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, SO PLEASE VISIT US



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Peregrinatio Pro Christo - Ireland 2015
August 2015

PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO – IRELAND

The 2015 Peregrinatio Pro Christo season is drawing to a close with some U.K. projects, a project to Erfurt, Germany and one to Holland still remaining.
To date, 15 projects to the U.K., one to Venlo, Holland and one to Finland have been undertaken.
The Peregrinatio Pro Christo Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, 7th November in All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin, commencing at 10.30 a.m. and concluding in the evening with Holy Mass
The event will coincide with the anniversary of the death of Frank Duff. Legionaries are urged to promote the Conference by advising the date and venue to their local clergy and legion councils.
The Peregrinatio Pro Christo Committee would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all those who took part in the various projects throughout 2015 and who helped in anyway.



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Peregrinatio Pro Christo - Ireland 2015
August 2015

PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO – IRELAND

The 2015 Peregrinatio Pro Christo season is drawing to a close with some U.K. projects, a project to Erfurt, Germany and one to Holland still remaining.
To date, 15 projects to the U.K., one to Venlo, Holland and one to Finland have been undertaken.
The Peregrinatio Pro Christo Annual Conference will take place on Saturday, 7th November in All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin, commencing at 10.30 a.m. and concluding in the evening with Holy Mass
The event will coincide with the anniversary of the death of Frank Duff. Legionaries are urged to promote the Conference by advising the date and venue to their local clergy and legion councils.
The Peregrinatio Pro Christo Committee would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all those who took part in the various projects throughout 2015 and who helped in anyway.



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Allocutio at August 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
August 2015

Mary: Mother of Mercy

As we continue to prepare for the great Jubilee of Mercy, the Legion instinctively turns to Mary the Mother of Mercy. She is the God given guide and companion to all of us into the heart of divine mercy made incarnate in her Divine Son. Without her we would miss many of the most tender and beautiful fruits of the great Jubilee of Mercy.

Today I would like to reflect on the place of mercy in the mystery of Mary and her mission in the world as manifested in the Legion prayers found in the Tessera.

In the Salve Regina we greet Mary as ‘Hail holy Queen of Mercy’ because she is the mother of God, who is the source of all mercy and so she is totally immersed in God’s mercy and becomes the sublime instrument of God’s mercy and so the mediatrix of all graces. Then we pray: ‘Turn then most gracious Advocate your eyes of mercy towards us.’ That sentence underlines a basic dimension of all our prayer to Mary.

So we move to the Sub Tuum, the oldest recorded prayer to Mary in the history of Christian devotion to her. Cardinal Schonborn along with many other scholars points out that the oldest manuscripts and versions of this prayer begin: ‘We fly to your mercy O Holy Mother of God’ and not ‘We fly to your patronage O Holy Mother of God.’ Certainly mercy reflects the spirit of Christian prayer to Mary more than that of the later theme of patronage.

Of course, we must point to the Hail Mary, the most popular and universal prayer to Mary in the Church. In many ways this prayer has shaped the very heart of the Church and of the Legion. It is the first way we all learn to speak to Our Lady and it would be difficult to find a more beautiful way. Because of her deep love and understanding of Mary as Mother of Mercy it is not surprising that in the 15th Century the Church added a second part of the Hail Mary: ‘Holy Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Those words surely express the deepest sentiments of every legionary heart and indeed of every true Christian.
Reflection on the Hail Mary leads us on to the Rosary which Frank Duff our Founder considered irreplaceable in the spirituality of the Legion. And the Rosary is nothing else but a dwelling with mind and heart on the Person of Our Lord from His birth to His passion, His Resurrection and Ascension and finally the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Church. In other words, the Rosary opens to us the whole history of salvation and the graces of the mysteries of Christ and our redemption. And the History of salvation is the history of God’s mercy to mankind. The mercy of God provides the deepest ambience for the praying of the Rosary.

Now we come to the Magnificat that St. John Paul 11 calls ‘Mary’s hymn to the divine mercy.’ We call it the Catena, the precious link that binds all legionaries to Mary and each other in a joyful and grace-filled family. We take great delight, both active and auxiliary members, in praying Mary’s hymn every day.

Mary begins her song by telling us that her spirit, what is deepest in her, rejoices in God her Saviour. In other words she acknowledges that everything about her, both in nature and grace is a gift of God’s mercy. She knows that she has been redeemed in a unique and special way. The Immaculate Conception is the sublime manifestation of God’s redemptive mercy, not only for Mary but for the whole world. Mary is God’s absolute gratuitous gift of mercy to the world. In her very conception, and indeed through her whole life, Mary is a sign that sin does not have the last word and that ultimately God’s mercy will infallibly triumph. It is no wonder that Mary sings; ‘The Almighty works marvels for me, Holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.’ Yes indeed, the mercy of God is infinitely greater than our sinfulness. It is boundless and timeless; that is the message of the Immaculate Conception, the feast that is so dear to the Legion since its very inception. Mary concludes her hymn to God’s mercy by reminding us that mercy is at the source of all salvation history. She sings: ‘He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy, the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons forever.’

The last prayer of the Tessera also centres us on God’s mercy. Whatever the ups and downs of our life with its quota of grace and sin we confidently entrust our departed legionaries and all the faithful departed to the mercy of God. We are called as legionaries along with all the faithful to trust absolutely in God’s mercy knowing that it is impossible for that trust to be misplaced. And moreover, as legionaries we have entrusted ourselves in a special way to Mary, the Mother of Mercy all our lives so we can be certain that she will be there at the end to lead us to the heart of God.

Let me conclude with a quotation from a German theologian who was praised by Pope Francis for what he had to say on Divine Mercy. It sums up much of what I was trying to read into the prayers of the Tessera. He writes: ‘Mary says to us and shows us: the Good News of God’s mercy in Jesus Christ is the best thing that can ever be said to us and the best thing we can ever hear. At the same time, it is the most beautiful thing there can be because it can transform us and our world by means of God’s glory, expressed in His gracious mercy. This mercy is God’s gift and, simultaneously, our task as Christians. We are supposed to enact mercy. We should live it in word and deed and give witness to it. In this way, our often dark and cold world can become somewhat warmer, lighter, more endearing, and more worth living because of a ray of mercy. Mercy is the reflection of God’s glory in this world and the epitome of the message of Jesus Christ, which was given to us as a gift and which we are called to bestow on others.”

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Allocutio at August 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
August 2015

Mary: Mother of Mercy

As we continue to prepare for the great Jubilee of Mercy, the Legion instinctively turns to Mary the Mother of Mercy. She is the God given guide and companion to all of us into the heart of divine mercy made incarnate in her Divine Son. Without her we would miss many of the most tender and beautiful fruits of the great Jubilee of Mercy.

Today I would like to reflect on the place of mercy in the mystery of Mary and her mission in the world as manifested in the Legion prayers found in the Tessera.

In the Salve Regina we greet Mary as ‘Hail holy Queen of Mercy’ because she is the mother of God, who is the source of all mercy and so she is totally immersed in God’s mercy and becomes the sublime instrument of God’s mercy and so the mediatrix of all graces. Then we pray: ‘Turn then most gracious Advocate your eyes of mercy towards us.’ That sentence underlines a basic dimension of all our prayer to Mary.

So we move to the Sub Tuum, the oldest recorded prayer to Mary in the history of Christian devotion to her. Cardinal Schonborn along with many other scholars points out that the oldest manuscripts and versions of this prayer begin: ‘We fly to your mercy O Holy Mother of God’ and not ‘We fly to your patronage O Holy Mother of God.’ Certainly mercy reflects the spirit of Christian prayer to Mary more than that of the later theme of patronage.

Of course, we must point to the Hail Mary, the most popular and universal prayer to Mary in the Church. In many ways this prayer has shaped the very heart of the Church and of the Legion. It is the first way we all learn to speak to Our Lady and it would be difficult to find a more beautiful way. Because of her deep love and understanding of Mary as Mother of Mercy it is not surprising that in the 15th Century the Church added a second part of the Hail Mary: ‘Holy Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Those words surely express the deepest sentiments of every legionary heart and indeed of every true Christian.
Reflection on the Hail Mary leads us on to the Rosary which Frank Duff our Founder considered irreplaceable in the spirituality of the Legion. And the Rosary is nothing else but a dwelling with mind and heart on the Person of Our Lord from His birth to His passion, His Resurrection and Ascension and finally the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Church. In other words, the Rosary opens to us the whole history of salvation and the graces of the mysteries of Christ and our redemption. And the History of salvation is the history of God’s mercy to mankind. The mercy of God provides the deepest ambience for the praying of the Rosary.

Now we come to the Magnificat that St. John Paul 11 calls ‘Mary’s hymn to the divine mercy.’ We call it the Catena, the precious link that binds all legionaries to Mary and each other in a joyful and grace-filled family. We take great delight, both active and auxiliary members, in praying Mary’s hymn every day.

Mary begins her song by telling us that her spirit, what is deepest in her, rejoices in God her Saviour. In other words she acknowledges that everything about her, both in nature and grace is a gift of God’s mercy. She knows that she has been redeemed in a unique and special way. The Immaculate Conception is the sublime manifestation of God’s redemptive mercy, not only for Mary but for the whole world. Mary is God’s absolute gratuitous gift of mercy to the world. In her very conception, and indeed through her whole life, Mary is a sign that sin does not have the last word and that ultimately God’s mercy will infallibly triumph. It is no wonder that Mary sings; ‘The Almighty works marvels for me, Holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.’ Yes indeed, the mercy of God is infinitely greater than our sinfulness. It is boundless and timeless; that is the message of the Immaculate Conception, the feast that is so dear to the Legion since its very inception. Mary concludes her hymn to God’s mercy by reminding us that mercy is at the source of all salvation history. She sings: ‘He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy, the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons forever.’

The last prayer of the Tessera also centres us on God’s mercy. Whatever the ups and downs of our life with its quota of grace and sin we confidently entrust our departed legionaries and all the faithful departed to the mercy of God. We are called as legionaries along with all the faithful to trust absolutely in God’s mercy knowing that it is impossible for that trust to be misplaced. And moreover, as legionaries we have entrusted ourselves in a special way to Mary, the Mother of Mercy all our lives so we can be certain that she will be there at the end to lead us to the heart of God.

Let me conclude with a quotation from a German theologian who was praised by Pope Francis for what he had to say on Divine Mercy. It sums up much of what I was trying to read into the prayers of the Tessera. He writes: ‘Mary says to us and shows us: the Good News of God’s mercy in Jesus Christ is the best thing that can ever be said to us and the best thing we can ever hear. At the same time, it is the most beautiful thing there can be because it can transform us and our world by means of God’s glory, expressed in His gracious mercy. This mercy is God’s gift and, simultaneously, our task as Christians. We are supposed to enact mercy. We should live it in word and deed and give witness to it. In this way, our often dark and cold world can become somewhat warmer, lighter, more endearing, and more worth living because of a ray of mercy. Mercy is the reflection of God’s glory in this world and the epitome of the message of Jesus Christ, which was given to us as a gift and which we are called to bestow on others.”

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Allocutio at August 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
August 2015

Mary: Mother of Mercy

As we continue to prepare for the great Jubilee of Mercy, the Legion instinctively turns to Mary the Mother of Mercy. She is the God given guide and companion to all of us into the heart of divine mercy made incarnate in her Divine Son. Without her we would miss many of the most tender and beautiful fruits of the great Jubilee of Mercy.

Today I would like to reflect on the place of mercy in the mystery of Mary and her mission in the world as manifested in the Legion prayers found in the Tessera.

In the Salve Regina we greet Mary as ‘Hail holy Queen of Mercy’ because she is the mother of God, who is the source of all mercy and so she is totally immersed in God’s mercy and becomes the sublime instrument of God’s mercy and so the mediatrix of all graces. Then we pray: ‘Turn then most gracious Advocate your eyes of mercy towards us.’ That sentence underlines a basic dimension of all our prayer to Mary.

So we move to the Sub Tuum, the oldest recorded prayer to Mary in the history of Christian devotion to her. Cardinal Schonborn along with many other scholars points out that the oldest manuscripts and versions of this prayer begin: ‘We fly to your mercy O Holy Mother of God’ and not ‘We fly to your patronage O Holy Mother of God.’ Certainly mercy reflects the spirit of Christian prayer to Mary more than that of the later theme of patronage.

Of course, we must point to the Hail Mary, the most popular and universal prayer to Mary in the Church. In many ways this prayer has shaped the very heart of the Church and of the Legion. It is the first way we all learn to speak to Our Lady and it would be difficult to find a more beautiful way. Because of her deep love and understanding of Mary as Mother of Mercy it is not surprising that in the 15th Century the Church added a second part of the Hail Mary: ‘Holy Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Those words surely express the deepest sentiments of every legionary heart and indeed of every true Christian.

Reflection on the Hail Mary leads us on to the Rosary which Frank Duff our Founder considered irreplaceable in the spirituality of the Legion. And the Rosary is nothing else but a dwelling with mind and heart on the Person of Our Lord from His birth to His passion, His Resurrection and Ascension and finally the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Church. In other words, the Rosary opens to us the whole history of salvation and the graces of the mysteries of Christ and our redemption. And the History of salvation is the history of God’s mercy to mankind. The mercy of God provides the deepest ambience for the praying of the Rosary.

Now we come to the Magnificat that St. John Paul 11 calls ‘Mary’s hymn to the divine mercy.’ We call it the Catena, the precious link that binds all legionaries to Mary and each other in a joyful and grace-filled family. We take great delight, both active and auxiliary members, in praying Mary’s hymn every day.

Mary begins her song by telling us that her spirit, what is deepest in her, rejoices in God her Saviour. In other words she acknowledges that everything about her, both in nature and grace is a gift of God’s mercy. She knows that she has been redeemed in a unique and special way. The Immaculate Conception is the sublime manifestation of God’s redemptive mercy, not only for Mary but for the whole world. Mary is God’s absolute gratuitous gift of mercy to the world. In her very conception, and indeed through her whole life, Mary is a sign that sin does not have the last word and that ultimately God’s mercy will infallibly triumph. It is no wonder that Mary sings; ‘The Almighty works marvels for me, Holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.’ Yes indeed, the mercy of God is infinitely greater than our sinfulness. It is boundless and timeless; that is the message of the Immaculate Conception, the feast that is so dear to the Legion since its very inception. Mary concludes her hymn to God’s mercy by reminding us that mercy is at the source of all salvation history. She sings: ‘He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy, the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons forever.’

The last prayer of the Tessera also centers us on God’s mercy. Whatever the ups and downs of our life with its quota of grace and sin we confidently entrust our departed legionaries and all the faithful departed to the mercy of God. We are called as legionaries along with all the faithful to trust absolutely in God’s mercy knowing that it is impossible for that trust to be misplaced. And moreover, as legionaries we have entrusted ourselves in a special way to Mary, the Mother of Mercy all our lives so we can be certain that she will be there at the end to lead us to the heart of God.

Let me conclude with a quotation from a German theologian who was praised by Pope Francis for what he had to say on Divine Mercy. It sums up much of what I was trying to read into the prayers of the Tessera. He writes: ‘Mary says to us and shows us: the Good News of God’s mercy in Jesus Christ is the best thing that can ever be said to us and the best thing we can ever hear. At the same time, it is the most beautiful thing there can be because it can transform us and our world by means of God’s glory, expressed in His gracious mercy. This mercy is God’s gift and, simultaneously, our task as Christians. We are supposed to enact mercy. We should live it in word and deed and give witness to it. In this way, our often dark and cold world can become somewhat warmer, lighter, more endearing, and more worth living because of a ray of mercy. Mercy is the reflection of God’s glory in this world and the epitome of the message of Jesus Christ, which was given to us as a gift and which we are called to bestow on others.”

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Concilium Bulletin - August 2015
August 2015

USA, CANADA AND WEST INDIES

Boston Senatus: The Sancta Maria Hostel has been gifted to the Archdiocese enabling the Senatus to focus on extension of the Legion. Rutland praesidium organise the Adoration schedule and have prison apostolate; they plan to speak at Masses to promote the Legion. In Providence Comitium, RI, conversion works brought about Baptism and First Communion of 4 children with parents returning to practice. Also a Muslim lady was received into the Church. They started one new praesidium. The Korean Curia visit families of newly baptised infants. Confession was arranged for 6 nursing home residents. Hartford Comitium, CT, held an Acies Ceremony in a prison for 2 praesidia.

Philadelphia Senatus: Archbishop Chaput was chief concelebrant at a Mass on the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Legion in Philadelphia. In Camden Comitium, the Ocean City boardwalk summertime book barrow is in its 33rd year. Three praesidia visit a prison monthly. Pittsburgh Regia has an outreach to a Correctional Facility and has a praesidium in a local prison. Altoona-Johnstown Curia organised three Marian Days; one had 550 attending. A ‘Conservation’ Day in Bucks County Curia had 26 legionaries visiting 200 homes with 160 contacts. A praesidium in Andorra, PA, conducts a Frank Duff prayer group on First Fridays. Allentown Curia reports the validation of a marriage and the couple’s child baptised on the same occasion. An Extension Day in June had 55 legionaries and parishioners going door to door and contacting 518 persons in 410 homes, mostly Hispanic
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Arlington Regia, VA: The Legion is present in all Dioceses and involved in a variety of evangelising apostolates. Crowd contact at Arlington County Fair had Literature and sacramentals passed out to passers-by. The Regia had a workshop on Liturgy of the Hours for Praetorian and Adjutorian members. Washington Comitium had a Workshop in Mary on the role of Evangelisation. A Recruitment drive was held at St. Mary’s Alexandria, VA.

Chicago Senatus: The highlight of the May Gathering this year was the presence of Fr. Bede McGregor and Fr. Liam O’Cuiv, Concilium delegates, to the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Senatus. Over 100 legionaries came from 5 States, many travelling great distances, to be present at the weekend Conference and Senatus meeting. A Legion stand at an Ethnic Fair had 17 legionaries making contact and distributing over 600 Rosary beads and Miraculous Medals to the participants. South Juliet, IL, has organised a vigil to support priests for the past 25 years. The local pastor credits the Legion with the increase of attendance at Masses in his parish. In East Chicago Curia, Crowd Contact is done at a train station, offering Miraculous Medals and Catholic literature to passers-by. Legionaries in Chinatown had a Legion booth at the Summer Fair, making contact and distributing Miraculous Medals and Catholic literature.

St. Louis Senatus: 17 new works were undertaken in the 12 praesidia since last year. They include; Enthronements to the Sacred Heart, prison visits, and welcoming new parishioners. Known results include 33 lapsed returning to practice and 2 conversions to the faith. Within the Senatus, they report two new praesidia, including a junior group.

Cincinnati Senatus: Detroit Regia has 1 Comitium and 9 Curiae with 760 members. Catechism and door to door evangelisation feature here. Dayton Curia, Ohio, host Legion booths at fairs and did a four-day street apostolate in Cincinnati. 62 Legionaries participated in PPC to Munchie, Indiana, in June.

San Francisco Senatus: A new Spanish Curia was affiliated in Santa Rosa with its 4 elected officers ratified. Their Spiritual Director, Fr. Juan Carlos Chiarinoti and 12 legionaries attended the June meeting. The praesidium in St. Agnes Church makes recruiting a priority. To encourage their 158 auxiliaries and 14 Adjutorians they held a special luncheon afternoon with stories of their Legion history and some worldwide news for them.
New York Senatus: This council is planning an upgrade of administration of councils to respond to present needs, due to expansion of the Legion in their territory, e.g., Chelsea Curia gained 34 and the Korean Comitium 17 new members respectively, since last year. Many councils report annual Retreats are well attended. Catechism is being taught to First Communion children.

Houston Senatus: Officers attended the ordination ceremony of the new Bishop of Victoria, TX, their former Spiritual Director, Bishop Cahill. Many praesidia have more than one Pilgrim Statue in use, which are having positive results, uniting families. Prisoners are visited and prayed with and religious literature shared. One adult and two youths were converted. The Regia of New Orleans had 200 at their Acies ceremony.

Miami Regia: This Council governs the Legion in five States – South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi and, in addition, on a caretaker basis, Jamaica and the Bahamas, each with a Curia and 12 praesidia. An extension worker, Sr. Amber Rose, assigned to introduce the Legion at the new Ave Maria School of Law at Naples, Florida, has now extended her efforts to the Florida Gulf Coast University at Fort Myers. Dade/Broward junior Curia reported that the Curia had been strengthened by the resurrection of one praesidium which had ceased functioning over a year ago.

CANADA
Toronto Senatus: Newfoundland Curia had a 6-week parish Retreat, based on the 33 Day preparation for True Devotion to Mary. A praesidium of 6 juniors, ranging from 14 to 16 years of age do door to door and nursing home visits with seniors. Their two Adjutorians have recently been ordained to the Diaconate.16 juniors attended a Retreat organised by their senior praesidium. The seniors conducted the programme and cooked the food.

Vancouver Comitium: Six members made 75 contacts with prostitutes and drug addicts, distributing Rosary beads and Miraculous Medals. Legionaries engaged in street contact encountered 379 people. Many were from different countries, cultures and faiths, including some lapsed Catholics. 292 other contacts were made at the Sky Train, Bus Depot, bus stops and apartment hallways. One Curia reported ministry to children and youth, teaching catechism and assisting families at funerals.

Montreal Senatus: 3000 Frank Duff prayer cards were printed for distributing to parishioners. Two African praesidia report 8 and 15 active members respectively, including 9 probationers. Some fruits of their contact apostolate included; 1 conversion, a couple reconciled in marriage and a suicide prevented; also, hospital and housebound visitation, including the doing of house chores for elderly people. Moncton Curia has a telephone apostolate for the distressed. Several praesidia telephone the lone-dwellers to encourage them in the faith. All have catechism for Baptism and Marriage preparation. 9 members of a Hispanic praesidium do Pilgrim Statue apostolate in addition to other works.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo: 45 legionaries participated in the annual Holy Week project organised by the Senatus. Legionaries, at the invitation of the priest, go to areas he cannot reach and conduct the Easter Triduum, with the washing of feet, celebration of the Word, the Way of the Cross, Adoration of the Cross, the Easter Vigil. This year they appointed one or two pairs to work in each of the 16 communities selected. 1,140 homes were visited to encourage attendance at the Triduum, 446 young people were contacted, 470 children catechised, 243 sick visited. There were total attendances of 640 to 1,000 at each of the Paschal Ceremonies. These communities have no catechists, and are visited by a priest every one or two months.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: All praesidia visit homes, the sick in hospitals and at home, and many visit the local jails. The Comitium Madre del Divino Niño, with 400 members reported the case of a youth dying from terminal hepatitis. The doctors stated that he had little time left, and following a campaign of prayer conducted by legionaries he was miraculously cured. The Comitium Reina De Las Vírgenes de Cristo Rey has 6 Curiae, one of which is entirely of men. They report on 13 men in prison being prepared for Holy Communion and who are now preparing other prisoners to receive the Sacraments. A youth dying of leukaemia was supported by the prayers of legionaries and to the great surprise of the doctors was cured.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
One praesidium has increased from 7 to 12 members. Among the works are visiting hospitals and counselling of 30 persons, which resulted in two families returning to the Sacraments. Another praesidium has a membership of 9 and 62 auxiliaries and works of home and hospital visitation. 15 lapsed Catholics returned to Mass. The Comitium in Dominica has a membership of 106 active members, 14 probationers, 95 auxiliaries and 5 junior praesidia with a total of 57 members. Among the works carried out were home, hospital and prison visitation. 8 lapsed Catholics returned to practice. 2 adults and 3 children were baptised.

HAITI
Works include visitation of homes and hospitals meeting people of many creeds and none, visiting the sick and aged at home and bringing Holy Communion to them and doing works of service. They organise formation sessions on the Legion and preparation for the Sacraments. Prayers are requested for the Haitian people and the troubled situation in their country.


EUROPE

SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: A praesidium of 22 recruited young people whose parents are active legionaries. A praesidium in a University Faculty of Law does contact work on Campus. Madrid praesidia visit hotels, contacting staff and clients, offering leaflets with Masses times. The officers of the three Senatus of Madrid, Barcelona, and Bilbao met over three days in Barcelona. Topics discussed included preparing for the 2021 Legion Centenary Celebrations, extension and recruiting, particularly of youth.

Bilbao Senatus: One member, on holidays in Torreviega helped to set up a praesidium there. Perpetual Adoration and Night Adoration feature in one report. In Burgos the Dawn Rosary attracted a big crowd. The Leon Curia with eleven praesidia, 38 Pretorians and l4l Adjutorians, held two Retreats, one each for active and auxiliary members. Algorta Curia has two groups of nuns as Adjutorians. Two praesidia report good results from the book barrow.

Barcelona Senatus: The Spiritual Director works every week with one praesidium. A praesidium gained 2 active members and a retired priest is visited regularly. The Archbishop and l8 priests were present at the Curia of Reus 50th Anniversary Celebration. They have 7 praesidia. A blind woman is taken to Sunday Mass and door duty is undertaken in two Churches.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: A new praesidium has been set up. Members of a praesidium of 25 active and 25 auxiliary members accompany the priest and parish sister on visits to the sick, do street contact, and care for children while the parents go to work. Another praesidium brings the elderly to the doctor, bank and chemist. A weekly Rosary in a home for the elderly has an attendance of 10. A full catechism course is given to 23 children. The Torres Novas Curia reported on prison visitation. Oporto Regia closed 2 praesidia and opened 2 new ones. Coimbra Regia reports Legion extension in one parish. 100 attended a Congress in the Braga Comitium, where a new junior Curia was established.

ITALY
Rome Senatus: Br. Renzo Tarter, Senatus Secretary, and his wife, also a member of Senatus, attended the ceremony in Buenos Aires presided over by Cardinal Poli at which the documents for the Cause of the Servant of God, Alphonsus Lambe were sealed for despatch to the Holy See. They also represented the Legion at the recent Conference convened by the Pontifical Council for the Laity at which the President of the Pontifical Council, Mons. Stanislaw Rylko, stressed that movements are called to adhere closely to the spirit and methods of their founders. Reports of good work were presented. One praesidium engages Seminarians from distant lands in Legion work.

Milan Regia: A praesidium in Pavia made a presentation on the Legion at the Bishop’s Pastoral meeting and presented him with a Legion Handbook. Cardinal Scola’s appraisal of the life of Alfie Lambe was published in the San Paulo Parish Bulletin and is being used to promote extension. Praetorian membership and new active and auxiliary members feature in reports. 10 members of an enclosed order of nuns became Adjutorians. Padova Comitium: Extension was carried out in Mandria and Voltabrusegana. The Nigerian praesidium has 17 active and 7 auxiliary members. They report marriage validations, returns to the Sacraments, religious instruction for Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation, hospital visitation, and visits to the mothers of newly born babies to encourage Baptism. Lana Curia reported Retreats for active and auxiliary members, street apostolate, auxiliary rallies, book barrow work, and talks on the Legion and the faith given to 4th class students.

CYPRUS
Nicosia legionaries visited a clinic for the aged, speaking to many residents who rarely receive visitors and giving them Miraculous Medals. They also did crowd contact and met many Buddhists, telling them of God’s love and Mary’s Motherhood and showing them where to find the local Catholic Church. Many of them are now going there to pray.

MALTA
Malta Regia: The 75th anniversary of the Legion in Malta was celebrated with a Marian Pilgrimage. There are 856 active members on the Island of Malta and 427 on the island of Gozo. A talk on the True Devotion on Radio Maria resulted in one new member. Praesidia reports include home visitation, teaching catechism to children, a public Rosary on a Housing Estate during May, visits to Detention Centres, apostolate to seafarers, and Pilgrim Statue visitation. Two families had their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Two half-day Retreats for auxiliaries each had an attendance of 55. An Italian-speaking praesidium with 9 members has an apostolate to Italian residents. Mother of the Maltese Nation Curia conducts an outreach to unmarried mothers who meet weekly during the school year. They are given continuous support and help and some have returned to the Sacraments after lapses of some years. Hope of the World Curia reported numerous returns to the Sacraments. Their attached junior Curia with 10 praesidia help at Sunday Mass, explaining the homily to children; they also visit retired priests in nursing homes and visit a nursing home where they chat with the residents.

Gozo Comitium: All parishes have the Legion. 15 Spiritual Directors attended a meeting to discuss their role and its importance. Contact was made with 1,300 tourists of all faiths and none. A person invited to become a Catholic accepted the invitation and was later received into the Church. Two returns to the Sacraments were reported. 17 legionaries and 2 Spiritual Directors spent a day on extension work in a Parish in Malta where they spoke to 124 families, recruited 6 auxiliaries, met 3 prospective active members, and had a request for a visit from the Parish Priest.

COUNTRIES UNDER CARETAKERSHIP OF MALTA REGIA

Syria: A new praesidium was established in Lattakia. Four senior and three junior annual reports were presented. Works include Pilgrim Statue visitation, visits to shelters, help with reconciliation of troubled families, securing a wheelchair for a handicapped person and sewing vestments for priests. Juniors are carrying out many good works of service. Prayers for the legionaries in this territory would be appreciated.

Albania: A visit was made to Albania from the 21st May to 1st June by two legionaries and a Spiritual Director from Malta Regia. A meeting was held with the Shkoder Comitium Officers. The Comitium has 27 praesidia and three attached Curiae. Works include the teaching of catechism, visitation of hospitals and clinics and works of service. A meeting was held with the Officers of Bajza Curia, which has ten praesidia, the majority of whose members are farmers and villagers. A Congress was organised with 200 legionaries in attendance. A Congress was also organised for Lezhe and Sape Curiae with an attendance of 300 legionaries. The praesidium set up last year in Stubla, Kosovo was visited. Supplies of Miraculous Medals were left with the Comitium, each of the three Curiae, and the Kosovo praesidium.

AUSTRIA AND COUNTRIES UNDER ITS CARETAKERSHIP

An update was given at the August Concilium meeting on the Legion of Mary in Austria and countries under its caretakership by visiting Austrian legionaries, who had just completed a Summer-School in Dublin.
Austria has about 300 senior and 10 junior praesidia. The Senatus is also responsible for the Legion in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Moldovia (with a praesidium in every Catholic parish), and Bulgaria (with 8praesidia). The theme for their apostolate this year is “The Legion of Mary as a Family and our care for Families.” 50,000 copies of a card with Pope Francis’ prayer for families were distributed. During the summer they sent 5 PPC teams to Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia. Two teams were busy with the apostolate in Lourdes. A group of 4 legionaries did extension work in Slovakia.
Despite difficulties in Ukraine the Legion is still growing. Because of the war a lot of African students lost their University places, but in their new residences they founded new praesidia and so it was possible to establish an African students Curia with 10 praesidia.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Carlow Comitium: This council has 8 senior praesidia, one junior praesidium and 2 Curiae attached. Tinryland praesidium is very active in the parish and members helped with Comitium recruiting efforts. Two hospitals and a nursing home are visited. All auxiliary members take the Maria Legionis. There is one Patrician group in Carlow town, but the attendance is made up mainly legionaries. The Comitium will be responsible for the Legion stand at the Ploughing Championships, which will take place from September 22nd to 24th in County Laois. Laois Curia: Extension efforts are being concentrated in one parish at the moment. The praesidium in the Sue Ryder Home (senior citizens) has 5 members whose works mainly are visiting other residents in the Home.

Tuam Comitium has 12 praesidia and 2 Curiae attached. A mini Vigil was held in Knock Shrine on April 19th and was very inspiring. An intermediate praesidium in Tuam has 7 members whose works include visiting a nursing home where they chat, listen to and sing for residents. They helped to prepare children for the annual school Confessions and assisted at Vigils in Knock. They also promoted the Rosary and the Miraculous Medal to junior classes and showed a short religious video. Lackagh praesidium has 5 members and 35 auxiliaries Works include Pilgrim Statue and home visitation and distribution of Holy Communion to residents in a nursing home. Claremorris Curia: The works of their 6 senior and 5 junior praesidia include home and Pilgrim Statue visitation, plus visitation of the sick and nursing homes. Patrician meetings and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are also organised.

CURIAE

Achonry Curia: Kiltimagh praesidium has 5 members whose works include home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady and visitation of a hospital and a nursing home. Ballymote praesidium, which was established in 1932 has 7 members. Homes in the parish are visited with the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. They organised a day of prayer for peace in the Church from 10.30am to 3.30pm on 21st May. They also visited Collooney on several occasions to help establish a new praesidium in that parish.

Clonfert Curia: The Acies which included Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Conroy, Curia Spiritual Director, was held on March 22nd followed by the Curia meeting. The works of a praesidium of 5 members and 10 auxiliaries in Taghmaconnel include Eucharistic Adoration, nursing home and hospital visitation, distribution of Miraculous Medals and leaflets. Holy Water bottles are filled and left in the Church porch for collection by parishioners. The apostolate of a praesidium with 10 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians in Cappataggle include hospital, nursing home and visitation to the housebound. They have 20 auxiliaries. Two members hold a weekly get-together for residents in a nursing home where the Rosary and Legion prayers are recited. Visits are made to former legionaries who can no longer do active work.

Ferns Curia: Bunclody praesidium has 7 members who do works of consolation and home visitation. Public Rosaries are recited in May and October and Eucharistic Adoration is organised. They visit the schools to promote Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary. The setting up of a website and Face Book is planned in the hope of making more contact with young people.

Galway Curia: One praesidium encounters people of various religious groups on home visitation. The Acies took place in the Cathedral on 22nd March with an attendance of about 80. A discussion took place on Our Lady of Fatima and Her message in May and in June on extension and recruiting. An Anniversary Mass for Venerable Edel Quinn took place in the Cathedral. The Curia officers met with Bishop Martin Drennan on 11th May. He said the work being undertaken by the Legion was very good and to continue to spread the faith as there is a great need for this in today’s world. An Exploratio Dominicalis project took place in Claregalway on 17th May with 12 legionnaires taking part. As a result the local praesidium got one new member.

Killala Curia: The Curia had a stall at Heritage Day in Ballina on 8th July. Many useful contacts were made. Patrician meetings with themes, “Why Marriage is Permanent”, “Can We be Saints?” and “Prayer” were held in Belmullet. Knockmore praesidium celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 6th. They have a junior praesidium attached. One lady visited with the Pilgrim Statue by the senior legionaries reported that she is now free from cancer. Cornboy praesidium has 8 members, 4 of whom are Praetorians and they have 35 auxiliaries. They visit homes with the Pilgrim Statue as well as a nursing home and a hospital. They also called to all 5 schools in their area, praying the Rosary with the children as well as distributing Miraculous Medals and Rosary Beads. At least 8 members of the Curia will have participated in PPC projects to Britain by the end of this year’s campaign.

Kilkenny Curia: The Curia hopes to operate a book barrow during the summer. The Annual Outing is planned to St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford. Pilgrimages are being organised to Our Lady’s Island and Knock for Legion Sunday.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE

Six legionaries from Dublin Southside Curiae completed the Legion’s 3-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg in July.
Gloriosa Curia: This council celebrated its 50th anniversary in the Curia house with an Open Day on Sat 13th June, followed by Mass and a BBQ on Sunday 14th June. One praesidium does street contact and home visitation as its main works; 8 homes accepted the Pilgrim Statue and 2 homes were consecrated to the Sacred Heart. The Leixlip praesidium gave its third annual report; it is supported by legionaries from a neighbouring praesidium. The curate is their Spiritual Director. They enrolled 50 parishioners to the Brown Scapular on July 16th and went on Exploratio Dominicalis to Celbridge last August.
Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: One praesidium reported 6 active members and 70 auxiliary members. They organised two successful parish Retreats during the year and also visit a nursing home and distribute 70 Maria Legionis.

Immaculata Curia: 41 legionaries and 34 patricians attended 9 meetings. Representatives from 9 Congregations gave testimonies at the event in July to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life; in total over 60 people were in attendance. One praesidium gave its second annual report. Four probationers took the promise during the year, giving a total of 7 full members. Monthly crowd contact is done at a local Shopping Centre or at the Luas stop. The First Communion children were given a presentation on the Miraculous Medal and religious gift packs. During home visitation statues of Our Lady of Fatima and of St. Joseph are on offer. The 33 day preparation for True Devotion to Mary was promoted in two parishes over four weekends recently with 60 people signing up; consecration is due to take place on August 15th. In another praesidium, 6 of the 10 legionaries are Praetorians. Improved publicity for their Patrician meeting saw the average attendance increase from 7 to 15. A lady contacted at a Shopping Centre subsequently returned to Mass. An American made contact asking the legionaries to visit her relative in a Dublin nursing home; the relative was soon befriended and enjoys the visits very much.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: This Curia held a successful annual Retreat for people with mobility difficulties. A praesidium with 7 active members, 4 women and 3 men, has 65 auxiliary members. As well as weekly home, hospital and nursing home visitation, they coordinate four hours of Eucharistic Adoration daily in the Oratory of a shopping centre. A monthly Holy Hour is conducted to promote Frank Duff’s Cause. A praesidium with 4 full and 4 probationary members is represented on the Baptism Team and visit family homes before and after the Baptisms. At the request of the Parish Priest, they sell Christmas cards in the Repository and take part in the collection for the Lourdes Invalid Fund. The praesidium also coordinates the more than 100 Eucharistic adorers in a neighbouring parish.

Benedicta Curia: Members of one praesidium offer Miraculous Medals during street contact outside a Supermarket and in the Waiting Room of the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital; in the latter a priest from the country who was visiting a parishioner, showed interest in the Legion and is to consider starting a praesidium in his own parish.

Our Lady of Fatima, Wicklow Curia: The Greystones praesidium has 5 members. Holy Communion is distributed to over 50 nursing home residents daily. Religious packs were given to schoolchildren receiving the Sacraments. A new work is that of preparing sandwiches for the Outreach group to distribute.

Assumpta Curia: 38 patricians and 14 legionaries attended 4 meetings. One praesidium arranged for the Parish Priest to visit a lady in a nursing home and anoint her; the lady since passed away. R.I.P.

Ancilla Domini Curia: 11 Catholics and 4 non-Catholics discussed Catholic Emancipation at the July Pauline Circle meeting. A cumulative 54 pairs of legionaries took part during the week-long Inner City Project. One probationer and many auxiliaries were recruited. Members of the Filipino praesidium visit their compatriots and also Irish nationals at home and in the Hospice. A non-Catholic lady from Thailand is brought to pray in a Church and she is a regular pilgrim to Our Lady’s Knock Shrine. Some contacts returned to Temple Bar to thank the legionaries for bringing them back to their faith.

Annunciata Curia: 38 patricians and 18 legionaries attended 6 meetings. The Legion’s second oldest praesidium reaches out to current and former street girls across Dublin; 10 of the 12 members are Praetorians; they have 5 Adjutorians.

AFRICA

KENYA
Senatus of Kenya: A youth rally in Nairobi had a very good attendance and 12 schools were represented. It is planned to make it an annual event. The first praesidium set up by Venerable Edel Quinn on 8th December 1936 gave its annual report. It has 10 active, 2 probationers and 104 auxiliary members. Works include home and hospital visitation and park crowd contact work. Many lapsed and non -Catholics and 8 Moslems were met. They have a junior praesidium with 38 members. Reports to Senatus tell of many recruited for catechism classes, returns to the Sacraments and marriages validated. His Holiness Pope Francis is due to visit Kenya in November.

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus. Retreats were held in some areas before the Acies and more Retreats are being arranged by the Senatus Spiritual Director. The report covers 13 Comitia, a Curia and 3 praesidia in Blantyre Archdiocese. Active membership is high. Works include teaching Catechumens, encouraging lapsed to return to the Sacraments, visiting and praying with the sick at home and in hospital and leading the Rosary in small Christian Communities. Good use is made of the Concilium Bulletin and especially Fr. Bede McGregor’s Allocutios.

Maula Senatus: The first meeting of this Senatus took place on 3rd January 2015. Explanations were given about Legion functions and the question of appointing praesidium and Curia Officers.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: The 71st anniversary of the death of Venerable Edel Quinn was celebrated throughout Uganda and 46 legionaries, plus 4 Spiritual Directors took part in a pilgrimage to Nairobi for the annual Mass. A student in one of the first praesidia in Uganda, now in her 90’s wrote a testimony on Edel, which has been sent to Concilium. A praesidium, Curia, Comitium and the Regia of Western Uganda reported in May. Youth and juniors make up over 75% of the latter’s huge membership. Their work has resulted in many receiving the Sacraments, the conversion of a student, lapsed returning to the Church, including one after 40 years and marriages rectified. Following counselling, 50 drug addicts had HIV tests done and gave up drugs. More than 100 legionaries entered Seminaries or Convents. A Congress for the members of a prison Curia had 200 present and afterwards the members from the Senatus and the Spiritual Director met with the Prison Officer in charge who is very pleased with the legionaries’ work.

NIGERIA
Ibadan Senatus: Three week-long Extension Projects in the Warri Regia area had 781, 733 and 234 participants and 49 were converted. Only one of a 14-member praesidium is over 40! The Archbishop of Benin City made a donation towards the Legion House.

Abuja Senatus: Two officers of one Curia had 100% attendances at praesidium, Curia and Senatus meetings. They reported 89 marriages rectified, 144 lapsed Catholics returned, one conversion and three praesidia formed. Lagos Regia: Membership of a Comitium increased by 250 to 1401. Works include, brothel visitation and marriage instruction/counselling while another Comitium reported that an elderly Free-Thinker was converted, baptised and died a Catholic. Many reports show a small number of auxiliaries.

Kaduna Regia: The Hausa Handbook is now available. Works include home and hospital visitation. Many visits to homes are made during PPC projects. The names of those contacted, who are in poverty are passed on to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Many lapsed and those in polygamous marriages are met during these projects and the children in these families are often not baptised. The Archbishop of Kaduna has instructed that such children be baptised. Catechism classes have been set up. 20 people were recruited to start the first praesidium in Kaduna State University.
Enugu Senatus: One Regia has 13 Comitia, 10 Senior Curia and 9 senior praesidia, with over 23,000 seniors, of whom over 5,000 are probationers and there are almost 14,000 juniors.

Onitsha Regia: A Comitium which prepared many adults and children for the Sacraments recruited 396 prospective legionaries, leading to the start of 12 senior and 4 junior praesidia.

Jos Regia: One Curia established a new praesidium at the University of Jos, while a Comitium with over 1,500 members prepared 406 for Baptism, 384 for Holy Communion and 668 for Confirmation.

Ikot Ekpene Regia: A Comitium with 1,538 members and 688 probationers reported many prepared for the Sacraments and converts to the Church.

TANZANIA
Rombo Comitium: Reports include works of home and hospital visitation and visiting schools to try and establish praesidia.
Hai Moshi Comitium: Works include home and hospital visitation, contact with drug and alcohol addicts, encouraging couples to marry in Church and preparing adults and children for the Sacraments. 7 praesidia were set up.
Mtwara Comitium: Works include home and hospital visitation, youth work such as supervising juniors, and helping with an Organisation for the Aged, which they helped to establish. A Hindu studying Catholicism for 8 years has now requested Baptism. Legionaries have started reciting the Rosary in a farming community during the harvest season. Prayer cards for the Causes have been printed in Swahili. This council has enquired about sending minutes in Swahili for translation. Language is one of the difficulties in Songea Archdiocese i.e. Comitia of Songea, Mbeya, Mbinga and Njombe.
Mango Comitium: The 400 members are very active. Transport is a problem; legionaries have to walk long distances to meetings.
Kahama Comitium: The Acies Ceremony was held in May, with an attendance of 243 Legionaries from 8 Curiae. The ceremony was preceded by a day Retreat which included four periods of Confession.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: Great work is being done with juniors, who are being helped to understand the Handbook. Catechism is taught. Legionaries were encouraged to join in a Novena in preparation for the Acies.



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Two Comitia in Brazil Raised to Regia Status
August 2015

TWO COMITIA IN BRAZIL RAISED TO REGIA STATUS

(1) A proposal to raise the Comitium, ‘Mater Dei’ in the city of Juiz da For a, in the Archdiocese of Juiz da Fora in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil to Regia status and affiliate the Legion in some neighbouring Dioceses in the south eastern part of the state of Minas Gerais and in the south eastern part of the Belo Horizonte Senatus was approved by Concilium.

(2) A proposal to raise the Comitium, ‘Queen of Apostles,’ in Carnaiba to Regia status and attach the Legion in its own Diocese, Afogados da Ingazeira, a second Comitium and in the three Dioceses of Floresta, Petrolina and Salgueiro, as well as the other Comitium in that Diocese was approved by Concilium.
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Two Comitia in Brazil Raised to Regia Status
August 2015

TWO COMITIA IN BRAZIL RAISED TO REGIA STATUS

(1) A proposal to raise the Comitium, ‘Mater Dei’ in the city of Juiz da For a, in the Archdiocese of Juiz da Fora in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil to Regia status and affiliate the Legion in some neighbouring Dioceses in the south eastern part of the state of Minas Gerais and in the south eastern part of the Belo Horizonte Senatus was approved by Concilium.

(2) A proposal to raise the Comitium, ‘Queen of Apostles,’ in Carnaiba to Regia status and attach the Legion in its own Diocese, Afogados da Ingazeira, a second Comitium and in the three Dioceses of Floresta, Petrolina and Salgueiro, as well as the other Comitium in that Diocese was approved by Concilium.
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Opening of New Wing of Morning Star Hostel for Men, Dublin
August 2015

OPENING OF NEW WING OF MORNING STAR HOSTEL- DUBLIN

Following extensive preparations by both legionaries and residents it was all systems go on Saturday 4th July for the re-opening ceremony of the Morning Star Hostel, with legionaries manning allocated positions throughout the event.
At 10.30 am Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was welcomed to the hostel by Fr. Paul Churchill and escorted to the Oratory where Holy Mass commenced at 11 am.  Before Mass, Sr. Sile Ni Chochlain, Concilium President, gave an address to welcome all present.

Six priests, each with strong Legion connections concelebrated Mass with His Grace. The Oratory was full to capacity. Music was provided by the men of the C.I.E. choir. The overflow of 150 people was accommodated in the Holy Family dining room.
Following the Mass, His Grace performed the Blessing Ceremony throughout the hostel, pausing to speak with guests and residents during this time.

Refreshments provided by the Brothers were first class and an added bonus was the presence of an Ice Cream van.
Visitors were in awe not only of the internal improvements to the hostel, but also with the beautiful new grotto and landscaping throughout the exterior, which stands as a testimony to the industry of the Brothers and residents who designed and completed these works.
The days’ celebrations concluded with Mass at 4pm celebrated by Fr. Michael Ross S.D.B., Spiritual Director of the Morning Star Hostel.

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Opening of New Wing of Morning Star Hostel for Men, Dublin
August 2015

OPENING OF NEW WING OF MORNING STAR HOSTEL- DUBLIN

Following extensive preparations by both legionaries and residents it was all systems go on Saturday 4th July for the re-opening ceremony of the Morning Star Hostel, with legionaries manning allocated positions throughout the event.
At 10.30 am Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was welcomed to the hostel by Fr. Paul Churchill and escorted to the Oratory where Holy Mass commenced at 11 am.  Before Mass, Sr. Sile Ni Chochlain, Concilium President, gave an address to welcome all present.

Six priests, each with strong Legion connections concelebrated Mass with His Grace. The Oratory was full to capacity. Music was provided by the men of the C.I.E. choir. The overflow of 150 people was accommodated in the Holy Family dining room.
Following the Mass, His Grace performed the Blessing Ceremony throughout the hostel, pausing to speak with guests and residents during this time.

Refreshments provided by the Brothers were first class and an added bonus was the presence of an Ice Cream van.
Visitors were in awe not only of the internal improvements to the hostel, but also with the beautiful new grotto and landscaping throughout the exterior, which stands as a testimony to the industry of the Brothers and residents who designed and completed these works.
The days’ celebrations concluded with Mass at 4pm celebrated by Fr. Michael Ross S.D.B., Spiritual Director of the Morning Star Hostel.

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Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Ireland
August 2015

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY’S SHRINE, KNOCK - IRELAND

The Legion of Mary is privileged this year to have its annual Pilgrimage coincide with the National Eucharistic Congress for Ireland on 27th September 2015. This is likely to add interest and draw more crowds than usual to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock and especially to the refurbished Basilica.
Most Rev. Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, has kindly agreed to lead the Pilgrimage.
Legionaries are encouraged to participate as enthusiastically as ever in the promotion of the Pilgrimage.

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Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Ireland
August 2015

LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY’S SHRINE, KNOCK - IRELAND

The Legion of Mary is privileged this year to have its annual Pilgrimage coincide with the National Eucharistic Congress for Ireland on 27th September 2015. This is likely to add interest and draw more crowds than usual to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock and especially to the refurbished Basilica.
Most Rev. Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, has kindly agreed to lead the Pilgrimage.
Legionaries are encouraged to participate as enthusiastically as ever in the promotion of the Pilgrimage.

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Catholic Young Adults Conference 29th and 30th August 2015
August 2015

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS CONFERENCE

The theme for this year’s Catholic Young Adults Conference, to be held in All Hallows College Dublin on 29th and 30th August 2015 is: “Mary Went in Haste.”
The purpose of the Conference is to gather together young Catholics in an event that is edifying, sociable and informative. The event has grown in numbers and quality since its inception 14 years ago and has become an important annual event in Ireland for young Catholic adults.
The Conference will include talks, social activities, liturgies, holy hours and Catholic Workshops covering a variety of themes.
His Grace Archbishop Eamon Martin hopes to attend.
Fr. John Harris will act as M.C.
It is hoped that all Irish Curiae will send at least two young people from their area (in the relevant age bracket of 18-40).
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Catholic Young Adults Conference 29th and 30th August 2015
August 2015

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS CONFERENCE

The theme for this year’s Catholic Young Adults Conference, to be held in All Hallows College Dublin on 29th and 30th August 2015 is: “Mary Went in Haste.”
The purpose of the Conference is to gather together young Catholics in an event that is edifying, sociable and informative. The event has grown in numbers and quality since its inception 14 years ago and has become an important annual event in Ireland for young Catholic adults.
The Conference will include talks, social activities, liturgies, holy hours and Catholic Workshops covering a variety of themes.
His Grace Archbishop Eamon Martin hopes to attend.
Fr. John Harris will act as M.C.
It is hoped that all Irish Curiae will send at least two young people from their area (in the relevant age bracket of 18-40).
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Allocutio at July 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
August 2015

The Sacrament of Mercy

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At our last meeting I offered a preliminary reflection as remote preparation for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mary announced by Pope Francis. I expressed the deep conviction that the Jubilee should be a source of immense grace and joy for the whole Church and particularly for the Legion. Let me summarise the words of Pope Benedict XV1: ‘Mercy is the central nucleus of the Gospel message. In our own time humanity needs a strong proclamation and witness of God’s mercy. Go forth and be witnesses of God’s mercy, a source of hope for every person and for the whole world.’ The Legion too must put the Mercy of God at the very centre of its inner life and all its apostolates.

Today I want to speak about the Sacrament of Mercy and its place in the Jubilee of Mercy. Pope Francis writes: ‘Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.’ And I think what Pope Francis says to Confessors can only be helpfully said to legionaries: In short, Confessors are called to be a sign of the primacy of mercy always, and in every situation, no matter what. Legionaries too are called to be signs of God’s mercy always and everywhere and they must be specialists in proclaiming the good news of this sacrament and experts in leading people back to the welcoming presence of the forgiving Christ in this sacrament of peace. Pope Francis also says to confessors: ‘We become good confessors when above all we allow ourselves to be penitents in search of His mercy.’ It is true for us legionaries too. We will be able to speak more convincingly of the joy and peace of this sacrament to people who are profoundly ill at ease with this sacrament and may have long since abandoned it altogether if we have developed through practice a grace filled habit of meeting the forgiving Christ in this magnificent sacrament.

We remember the words of Our Lord Himself; ‘Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.’ This joy has not been confined to heaven. I recall so many instances when legionaries have been overjoyed when under God and as instruments of Mary they have led someone back to the sacraments, especially the sacrament of mercy. Perhaps, if a praesidium or indeed a higher council gets bogged down in routine, or simply loses some of its apostolic enthusiasm, could it be that we are neglecting one of the great traditional works of the Legion, namely, seeking to bring people back to the sacraments as a central aim and task of the Legion? It would be good to ask when was the last time we spoke to anyone about confession or is promoting this sacrament a genuine focus of our praesidium? The Jubilee would be a providential time for the Legion at all levels and all over the world to reignite the tradition within the Legion of saving souls by putting them in contact with our Lord in the Sacraments.

Why is the Sacrament of Reconciliation so sublimely special? Put very simply, it is because in this sacrament we meet really, truly and personally the Person of the forgiving Christ. It is the place where infinite mercy meets every possible misery of the human person caused by sin and heals us. We hear personally the words of Christ first spoken on the Cross: ‘Father forgive them.’ The full merits of Christ’s passion are applied to us, our sins are forgiven and even more importantly we are once more united to Our Lord in true friendship. But fruitfulness of the Sacrament requires faith and this is the area where difficulties often arise. It has been truly said that one of the worst effects of sin is to make us think that God stops loving us. Or that we have committed every sin in the book and cumulatively over many years they add up to being beyond God’s mercy. We need to say gently, but with absolute clarity the teaching of the Church on this matter. Pope Francis is simply repeating the constant teaching when he writes: ‘When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive.’ Or, as Blessed Columba Marmion puts it: ‘God’s mercy is infinitely greater than our sinfulness.’

But sometimes it will be said: what about the unforgiveable sin that Our Lord talks about, the sin against the Holy Spirit? For the moment let me quote St Catherine of Siena who, followed St. Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas argues that the only unforgiveable sin is the offence that considers one’s sin to be greater than the mercy of God. Let me just quote one paragraph out of many from the Dialogue of St. Catherine: ‘This is the sin that is never forgiven, now or ever; the refusal, the scorning of my mercy. For this offends me more than all the other sins they have committed. So the despair of Judas displeased me more and was a greater insult to my Son than his betrayal had been. Therefore, such as these are reproved for this false judgement of considering their sins to be greater than my mercy, and for this they are punished with the demons and tortured eternally with them.

I will have to come back to this theme of Confession another time. But let me leave you with one last quotation from Pope Francis on the mystery of the mercy of God: ‘The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. She knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ. The Church is called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of God’s mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people approach it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it because the mercy of God never ends.’ What Pope Francis says about the Church in that paragraph I think can be applied for the most part to the Legion too.

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Allocutio at July 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
August 2015

The Sacrament of Mercy

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At our last meeting I offered a preliminary reflection as remote preparation for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mary announced by Pope Francis. I expressed the deep conviction that the Jubilee should be a source of immense grace and joy for the whole Church and particularly for the Legion. Let me summarise the words of Pope Benedict XV1: ‘Mercy is the central nucleus of the Gospel message. In our own time humanity needs a strong proclamation and witness of God’s mercy. Go forth and be witnesses of God’s mercy, a source of hope for every person and for the whole world.’ The Legion too must put the Mercy of God at the very centre of its inner life and all its apostolates.

Today I want to speak about the Sacrament of Mercy and its place in the Jubilee of Mercy. Pope Francis writes: ‘Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.’ And I think what Pope Francis says to Confessors can only be helpfully said to legionaries: In short, Confessors are called to be a sign of the primacy of mercy always, and in every situation, no matter what. Legionaries too are called to be signs of God’s mercy always and everywhere and they must be specialists in proclaiming the good news of this sacrament and experts in leading people back to the welcoming presence of the forgiving Christ in this sacrament of peace. Pope Francis also says to confessors: ‘We become good confessors when above all we allow ourselves to be penitents in search of His mercy.’ It is true for us legionaries too. We will be able to speak more convincingly of the joy and peace of this sacrament to people who are profoundly ill at ease with this sacrament and may have long since abandoned it altogether if we have developed through practice a grace filled habit of meeting the forgiving Christ in this magnificent sacrament.

We remember the words of Our Lord Himself; ‘Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.’ This joy has not been confined to heaven. I recall so many instances when legionaries have been overjoyed when under God and as instruments of Mary they have led someone back to the sacraments, especially the sacrament of mercy. Perhaps, if a praesidium or indeed a higher council gets bogged down in routine, or simply loses some of its apostolic enthusiasm, could it be that we are neglecting one of the great traditional works of the Legion, namely, seeking to bring people back to the sacraments as a central aim and task of the Legion? It would be good to ask when was the last time we spoke to anyone about confession or is promoting this sacrament a genuine focus of our praesidium? The Jubilee would be a providential time for the Legion at all levels and all over the world to reignite the tradition within the Legion of saving souls by putting them in contact with our Lord in the Sacraments.

Why is the Sacrament of Reconciliation so sublimely special? Put very simply, it is because in this sacrament we meet really, truly and personally the Person of the forgiving Christ. It is the place where infinite mercy meets every possible misery of the human person caused by sin and heals us. We hear personally the words of Christ first spoken on the Cross: ‘Father forgive them.’ The full merits of Christ’s passion are applied to us, our sins are forgiven and even more importantly we are once more united to Our Lord in true friendship. But fruitfulness of the Sacrament requires faith and this is the area where difficulties often arise. It has been truly said that one of the worst effects of sin is to make us think that God stops loving us. Or that we have committed every sin in the book and cumulatively over many years they add up to being beyond God’s mercy. We need to say gently, but with absolute clarity the teaching of the Church on this matter. Pope Francis is simply repeating the constant teaching when he writes: ‘When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive.’ Or, as Blessed Columba Marmion puts it: ‘God’s mercy is infinitely greater than our sinfulness.’

But sometimes it will be said: what about the unforgiveable sin that Our Lord talks about, the sin against the Holy Spirit? For the moment let me quote St Catherine of Siena who, followed St. Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas argues that the only unforgiveable sin is the offence that considers one’s sin to be greater than the mercy of God. Let me just quote one paragraph out of many from the Dialogue of St. Catherine: ‘This is the sin that is never forgiven, now or ever; the refusal, the scorning of my mercy. For this offends me more than all the other sins they have committed. So the despair of Judas displeased me more and was a greater insult to my Son than his betrayal had been. Therefore, such as these are reproved for this false judgement of considering their sins to be greater than my mercy, and for this they are punished with the demons and tortured eternally with them.

I will have to come back to this theme of Confession another time. But let me leave you with one last quotation from Pope Francis on the mystery of the mercy of God: ‘The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. She knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ. The Church is called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of God’s mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people approach it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it because the mercy of God never ends.’ What Pope Francis says about the Church in that paragraph I think can be applied for the most part to the Legion too.

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Concilium Bulletin July 2015
August 2015

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Dromore Comitium: Mayobridge praesidium has 6 members. Works include visitation with a Statue of Our Lady to homes on a weekly basis. They organised a Retreat in the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross. The Angel of Fatima leaflet was given to each child making their First Holy Communion in a local school. Members of each praesidium attended a Mass celebrating the life of Venerable Edel Quinn in their Parish Churches. A Grammer School in Newry was visited; a Rosary Beads, Miraculous Medal and leaflets for the three Causes were given to each child. The teachers were given a DVD on the Miraculous Medal for use in class.

Navan Comitium: A praesidium of 5 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians, visit homes and at the request of a nursing home owner conducted an hour of prayer with the residents. A praesidium with 13 members and 61 auxiliaries visited 1,500 homes and undertook Pilgrim Statue visitation to 75 homes. They visited Settled Travelers at a halting site with a Statue of Our Lady and recited the Rosary with the families. The legionaries distributed the Motorist Prayer in car parks. Recently they set up a Facebook page for Navan Legion of Mary. A May Procession was organised through Navan town and was well attended. Mullingar Curia: During Lent members of a praesidium of 5 visited homes in the parish accompanied by one of their local priests who was impressed with the work. Members of a praesidium of 11 in Tullamore promote Eucharistic Adoration in parish schools. They also foster the Alfie Lambe Cause and look after Alfie Lambe House.

Derry Comitium: Creggan praesidium members do home visitation. Following a request from teachers in a local school, the Rosary is recited in the school when the children are making their First Confession. The works of another praesidium include home visitation, Rosaries recited in schools and Pilgrim Statue home visitation. A Child Protection training session took place in Strabane on 21st May. 20 members from the Comitium and 20 from Mater Dei Curia attended. Mater Dei Curia: The main works are visiting nursing homes and hospitals.

Raphoe Comitium: The work of one praesidium includes instruction of children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Each year religious packs containing a Miraculous Medal and explanatory leaflet, plus prayers for the three Causes are distributed to children throughout the schools. The members of another praesidium visit the housebound and those living alone. The Irish-speaking praesidium in Cnoc Fola is getting a Pilgrim Statue to take to homes. The Parish Priest attends all their meetings. South West Raphoe Curia: Works of the two reporting praesidia include nursing home and hospital visitation, plus organising Eucharistic Adoration and a Holy Hour each Sunday.

CURIAE
Leitrim Curia: Granard praesidium has 5 members and 10 auxiliaries. On Good Friday they held Stations of the Cross through the town. They also organised a Corpus Christi Procession. The Slovakian praesidium in Longford has 11 members. Their work mainly consists of home visits to Slovakian families, making Rosary Beads and delivering Catholic newspapers. For the monthly Slovakian Mass they prepare Catholic hymns and Mass leaflets in Slovakian. Confessions were organised and 40 attended the Sacrament. A three- year old Czech girl was baptised in March. Another praesidium in Longford has 13 members, 5 of whom are Praetorians; they have 50 auxiliaries. Works include home and hospital visitation and running a Patrician group. They visit a Secondary School on occasions and pray the Rosary with 20 to 30 senior girls. They have a junior praesidium attached. They help to make Rosary Beads, 1,000 of which were given to a visiting priest from Granada.

West Clogher Curia: Dromore praesidium members visited homes with the Statue of Our Lady during May and June. Irvinestown praesidium has 7 members and 4 members are Praetorians. They visit a number of nursing homes and run a religious book shop each day after Mass. In May students from two local schools recited the Rosary on Monday and Wednesday evenings and on Mondays in October. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Miraculous Medals were blessed at Mass and distributed afterwards in the parish.

Kilmore Curia: There was a good attendance at the Acies in Cavan on 26th March.

Clonmacnoise Curia: There are 3 praesidia attached. On home visitation the Pilgrim Statue is well received.

Down Curia: This council has 8 praesidia. Castlewellan praesidium has 7 members, 4 of whom are Praetorians; they have 129 auxiliaries and 2 Adjutorians. Homes are visited with a Fatima Statue and to date Enthronement of the Sacred Heart has been carried out in 60 homes. Schools were visited and DVD’s on Fatima and the Miraculous Medal were shown to the pupils. The Curia annual Retreat was attended by 21 members. An Annual Mass to commemorate Venerable Edel Quinn was held in Killough in May.

North and Mid Antrim Curia: This Curia has 9 Senior and 1 junior praesidia. Portstewart praesidium has 8 members and 140 auxiliaries. Two Fatima Statues are circulated with visits carried out on a street to street basis. A junior praesidium is attached. Primary School children were given packs of Rosary Beads and Miraculous Medals. Legionaries in Cloughmills praesidium visit homes; some parishioners are taken to Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.

Armagh Curia: This council has three attached praesidia.

Drogheda Curia: A praesidium which meets in Mellifont Abbey gave their first report. They have 7 members and do a variety of works. Ballsgrove praesidium has 6 members. Recruiting drives took place in Tenure and at Scotch Hall Shopping Centre. The Spiritual Director of the Curia and Vice President took part in the Maria et Patria Project in Limerick. A Mass was celebrated with True Devotion Consecration on 25th March following a period of preparation. The Curia Retreat was very well attended.

Dundalk Curia: The Curia had three representatives at Women’s World Day of Prayer in St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Church in March. Kilsaran praesidium has 9 members. On 30th May they celebrated their 80th anniversary. Sr. Roe, who has been a member since 1942 was recently presented with a Bene Merenti medal for her contribution to all facets of parish life, including her Legion work.


DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

The results of a census in March show that there are 914 senior legionaries in the Archdiocese of Dublin in 146 praesidia. Since the last census in November 2013, 178 legionaries, some because of ill-health and others for age-related reasons were unable to continue membership. 137 new members joined.

Consolata Curia: One praesidium has a junior praesidium attached. The annual Children’s Project in August includes games, hymns, adoration and a short talk by the Parish Priest; 15 children attended in 2014. The praesidium organised a candlelight Rosary Procession on 14th October in which the choir and 9 altar servers took part; it was followed by Mass and the blessing of the Pilgrim Statue used by the legionaries during the year. The legionaries provide refreshments for the Polish community after their monthly Mass. The main work of another praesidium with 5 full members, 1 probationer and 43 auxiliaries is home visitation using 3 Fatima Statues. Four legionaries and two priests took part in Parish Outreach to homes. 110 pupils of the Confirmation classes in two schools were shown the Miraculous Medal DVD and given a religious pack.

Presentata Curia: A praesidium with 9 members gained one new member recently. The main work is a weekly social for residents of hostels in the vicinity of Presentata House; up to 25 residents enjoy song and dance intermingled with prayer and hymns. This year Pilgrim Statue visitation has commenced; a lady whose son began treatment for his drug addiction thought this development to be miraculous and requested the Pilgrim Statue for a second week. Other works include care of the garden at Presentata House and occasional visitation of the new Phoenix Hospital. The Morning Star hostel praesidium has 18 full and 3 probationary members; 3 members took the promise during the year; four members transferred to start a new praesidium in a nearby Parish. As well as the temporal care given by legionaries, residents are encouraged to seek help with their addictions; two residents moved to Detox Centres during the year. The praesidium also help residents with their spiritual lives; 3 attended Confession on Divine Mercy Sunday after many years away and confided that a great weight had been lifted off them. With the help of sponsorship, 3 men travelled to Our Lady’s Shrine in Medugorje and 4 to Knock Shrine. A new fundraising Committee has helped with the latest phase of refurbishment bringing the capacity of the hostel to 68 residents. The praesidium also does home visitation and street contact in Dublin’s city centre.

Exaltata Curia: Four members of a praesidium with 7 active members and one probationer visit St. Mary’s Hospital every week; at the request of the hospital authorities they distribute Holy Communion; this is in addition to their usual Legion duties. Two pairs do home visitation most weeks. They also visit the homes of children receiving the Sacraments, which has resulted in improved attendance and participation in Sunday Mass. Four members went on an Exploratio Dominicalis project, where the Parish Priest was very welcoming.

Bethlehem Curia: Nine people attended the Frank Duff Prayer Meeting. A praesidium of 10 active members gained two during the year. Circus visitation resulted in a Mass in the Big Top attended by people of various religions. Every week members of the Latino Community are visited in an attempt to protect them from the sects. Many Latino families were helped to prepare for the Sacraments, including a mother and child who were baptised together. The monthly Patrician meeting has an average attendance of 12. Staff and residents in two Hostels for the Homeless are contacted; most residents are addicts of some description; they readily accept sacramentals such as Miraculous Medals. One man who admitted being involved in breaking into a Church was brought to meet a priest and later went to Confession. Home visitation and street contact are the regularly done. During the latter, a person from Pakistan asked for information on the Catholic Church. Another praesidium visits homes and businesses in its Parish; tasks are carried out for a wheelchair-bound lady and it was arranged that she go to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage. Miraculous Medals were distributed and explained to children and teachers in 5 classes in a school. Up to 24 people have attended their quarterly Venerable Edel Quinn Promoter’s meeting.

Porta Coeli Curia: A praesidium of 6 members meeting in a Retirement Home has an apostolate to residents there. Two wheelchair-bound nuns are accompanied to pray at Our Lady’s Grotto in the grounds. Home visitation is done in a neighbouring parish, with two Pilgrim Statues in circulation. Two members are Praetorians and they have 8 Adjutorians.

Veneranda Curia: The five Evangelii Gaudium talks in May were considered very successful. One praesidium helps in the Parish Church Bookshop, which is open daily. A person contacted returned to the Sacraments. Home visitation is done by two legionaries each week. Up to 21 residents of a nursing home participate in the weekly Rosary and social evening organised by legionaries. During a school visit, Rosary Beads and religious leaflets were given to the First Holy Communion children.
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SOUTH AMERICA

COLOMBIA
Bogota Senatus: An attached Regia with 4,000 members has 192 between the ages of 18 and 40; this Regia set up 7 new praesidia. All reports indicate good auxiliary membership. Some councils have intensified promotion of the Frank Duff Cause. As agreed at Concilium, the Senatus is raising the Comitium of Villavicencio to Regia status, and is guiding the officers with administration, particularly the appointment of correspondents for distant councils.

Medellin Senatus: Two attached Comitia reported prison visitation and prisoners returning to Confession after being lapsed for many years. A number of legionaries are trained catechists and prepare children for the Sacraments. Parents and godparents are prepared for Baptism ceremonies. A public Rosary at a Grotto of Our Lady organised by legionaries has a large attendance each year during the months of May and October. Work with drug addicts is mentioned. The priest in charge of Lay Movements in the Archdiocese of Medellín has asked for a quarterly report of the Legion’s apostolates.

ECUADOR
Senatus of Quito: Legionaries worked with Radio Maria to prepare for Pope Francis’ visit. The Comitium of Loja report 4 new praesidia. At the Bishop’s request, legionaries in Riobamba help to serve a monthly lunch for indigenous people. Children are taken to 40 Hour Adoration in Milagro.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: There are 1,061 active legionaries in Uruguay in 143 praesidia. The Senatus extends warm thanks to Sr. Joan Barry for her help and guidance during her time as correspondent. A new praesidium in a small town means the Legion now exists in all 10 Dioceses in Uruguay; the legionaries helping out this new praesidium travel a round-journey of 4 hours. The Senatus Spiritual Director helped to set up a praesidium in his new parish. A Youth Conference was held in February in the National Sacred Heart Sanctuary resulting in 3 new praesidia, 2 made up of young adults. A new book on Alfie Lambe containing previously unpublished testimonies and documentation is ready for publishing.

VENEZUELA
Senatus of Caracas:. The Senatus’ Extension Committee reports 5 new senior praesidia and 2 junior praesidia in formation. In Punto Fijo, a Extension Drive during Holy Week resulted in 4 new praesidia. The Curia in Maturin also report extension with 2 new senior praesidia and 1 new junior praesidium. Reported conversions include that of a Jehovah Witness, a Mormon family and another family away from the Sacraments for 20 years.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: Attendance at councils meetings is very good, even in councils where officers have to travel long distances. The Senatus encourages the delegating of responsibilities in order to train future officers. Weak praesidia are given a “loan” of two experienced legionaries to help them get back on their feet. A feature of the Senatus is its Family Prayer meeting whereby each month legionaries pray in the home of a fellow legionary and get to know other family members. The aim is to encourage them to understand the Legion and eventually join the ranks.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: Bolivian legionaries saw the visit of Pope Frances as a great opportunity to encourage all, especially those who have left their Catholic faith. Many praesidia have the privilege to accompany the priest on home visitation. Some missionaries do not speak the native language and use the legionaries as interpreters. Sister Susana Maciel, an Argentinean legionary, who was formerly a Concilium extension worker in Bolivia, has been invited to do extension work by Bolivian legionaries she worked with a few years ago.

PERU
Senatus of Lima: Attached councils are actively extending. As well as reports of new praesidia being set up, two Curiae have divided, each having more than 20 praesidia. There are a large number of Patrician meetings in the Senatus area. One attached Comitium reported 9 Patrician groups. An attached Curia holds periodic Auxiliary Rallies, at which, in addition to prayers and refreshments, a talk by a professional is given on care and nutrition. In a Juvenile Correction Centre scripture study is facilitated by legionaries.

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asunción: This Council is made up of 6 Comitia (two juvenile), 30 Curiae and 19 praesidia. Filling of officerships is treated with urgency, resulting in few vacant posts. One Comitium with over 5,000 active members and 6,000 auxiliaries has 4 Patrician groups and 96 Legion groups of very young legionaries. Exploratio Dominicalis is encouraged and regular visitation of praesidia is undertaken, also the visitation of auxiliaries. Councils in urban areas conduct street apostolate, with emphasis on helping people suffering from drug and alcohol addictions. Catechesis is widely undertaken for people of all ages. A Comitium with 9 senior praesidia, 11 senior and 3 junior Curiae has 900 active senior and 141 juvenile members, plus 861 auxiliaries. Works include visitation of homes, Sanatoriums, general hospitals and prisons. In the latter prisoners are instructed in the faith. Some prisons have more than one praesidium and the members carry out an apostolate to their fellow detainees.

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ASIA

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus:.Contacting non-Catholics resulted in 13 joining a catechism class and 6 were baptised. 38 Catholics were encouraged to return to the Church. Crowd contact is carried out in the Parks, train and bus stations. Book barrow apostolate outside the Church had many good contacts. Mass times leaflets are distributed to Hotels and B/B’s.
Solomon Islands Comitium: This council has 3 Curia and 8 praesidia attached. Works include the circulation of the Pilgrim Statue, visiting and encouraging unmarried couples to marry and visitation of the prisons.

Melbourne Senatus: Comitia reporting from the Pacific Islands of Kiribati, New Caledonia and Vanuatu have from 2 to 10 attached Curiae. It is not yet known how the Legion has survived the cyclone which hit Vanuatu some months ago. Congresses have been held in 2 areas in Kiribati with goods attendances. The 80thAnniversary of the Legion in Tasmania was celebrated with a Mass led by Archbishop Porteous. Five members of Preston Curia gave an all-day presentation to 500 pupils promoting Devotion to Mary and teaching the Rosary. A legionary from Flemington Comitium, which has many Vietnamese praesidia has entered a Seminary.
Brisbane Comitium: This council has 54 members in 14 praeidia. Distribution of Holy Communion in nursing homes and teaching Religious Education in schools is among the works reported. Three Muslims and two Indians wish to know more about the Catholic faith. The Korean Curia gave its 9th.Annual Report. The Curia has 45 members in 9 praesidia. Contact is made with non-Catholics and the lapsed.

AUCKLAND
New Zealand Senatus: The Legion operated a stand at the Eucharistic Convention. 40 junior legionaries attended a week-end Silent Retreat. 180 legionaries of all ages attended the 25th.year of Pilgrimage to Motuti. Fr. Leo Doyle, former Spiritual Director of the Senatus celebrated the 60th.anniversary of his priesthood. A praesidium of 10 members presented its 6th.annual report. Teaching the Sacramental Programme to 14 to 17 year old Maori students resulted in 17 receiving Baptism. Confirmation and Holy Communion Masses were celebrated by Bishop Patrick Dunn. 100 received Confession. The month of August is dedicated specifically to recruiting and extension.

PHILIPPINES
Cebu Senatus: In the junior Curia legionaries brought 30 children to Confession. One Regia brought 120 to Mass. 165 children and adults received Baptism. 49 prisoners were visited. Home and hospital visitation is carried out. Marriage validations and teaching catechism is reported.

Bicolandia Senatus: Block Rosaries were undertaken to 154 households. Catechism was taught to 600 Elementary and 760 Secondary Students. Parents of the 1st Communion children were taught catechism.

Senatus of Northern Philippines: Makati Comitium reported Exploratio Dominicalis and two Extension Projects. Home visitations resulted in many Baptisms and Confirmations, lapsed returning to the Sacraments and conversions. Apostolates to bar-workers, alcoholics, drug addicts, prisoners and crowd contact were reported. In one Comitium area the journey to the Senatus meeting takes 12 hours by bus. Promotion of the Causes is on-going. An appeal was made to each President to promote the sale of the Maria Legionis.

Western Visayas Senatus: 10 Comitia reported many adults and children prepared for Baptism, marriage validations, prisoners inspired by the legionaries to attend Mass and recite the Rosary. A Morman became a Catholic and received the Sacraments before he died. A Jehovah Witness family was converted to the Catholic faith and a couple living together for 25 years held their marriage in a Catholic Church. A convert became a legionary. Exploratio Dominicalis reported 5 conversions and a Comitium gained 15 new members.

Mindanao Senatus:.It was noted that the Curiae with the best attendance were particularly successful in gaining conversions to the Catholic Church. A praesidium reported 13 marriage validations and another praesidum brought 3 Seven Day Adventist couples into the Church. A Curia with 9 praesidia has 82 members and 52 are Praetorians.

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AFRICA
GHANA
Accra Senatus .Following Street rescue work, one of the ladies quit the streets. She attended weekly Adult Catechism classes at the Parish, received her First Holy Communion on Christmas Day and is now an active legionary. An Edel Quinn function was held at the St. Paul’s Major Seminary, Sowutuom. A very good talk was given on the theme, “Legionary Commitment in the Era of New Evangelisation – The Example of Edel Quinn.” A three day project was undertaken at Adarkwa – Jachie by Legionaries from Kumasi Regia. The project led to the establishment of a new Church there with 28 new members. The membership of the Church has since increased to 40.

EGYPT
The Senatus of Egypt: A general three- day Conference for junior legionaries from the different councils of Egypt is being organised by Egypt Senatus in Cairo, the Conference titled: “Bringing Mary to the World” will be opened by his Beatitude, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch, Ibrahim Ishak.
Lesotho Senatus: One Comitium reported 8 young mothers given baptismal instruction before having their babies baptised. A new praesidium was set up in Lesotho College of Education and 14 members took their Promise in May.

GUINEA BISSAU
Guinea Bissau: A Comitium on the African mainland has 8 attached Curiae and reports constant efforts to strengthen many weak praesidia. The founding of the Legion in Guinea Bissau was celebrated with special celebration of the Eucharist and festivities beneath the fruit trees.
Cape Verde Regia: All attached councils are now presenting reports every three months where previously they were presented annually. May minutes report the setting up of a Comitium and two Curiae. Part of the Exploratio apostolate is to encourage Catholics, young and old to get actively involved in the parish. A praesidium of 20 members with 10 Praetorians on Sal Island reports the Baptism of 9 youths and Confirmation of 80 people. On the most distant island, Santo Antao 180 members took part in the Acies, which began with the celebration of the Eucharist. The Comitium of Sao Domingo’s, one of several on the main island has 500 members with 200 Praetorians. The Regia has invited two Portuguese-speaking legionaries from Ireland to take part in Peregrinatio pro Cristo in the first week of September.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: The Senatus sent visitors to the Island of Sao Tome Principe in January and they set up 3 new praesidia. A correspondent has been appointed. Two Senatus correspondents organised a Programme of Formation in the Diocese of Uige and 96 legionaries attended. 115 legionaries took part in a week-end Evangelisation Project organised by a Comitium in Luanda.

Benguela Senatus: The council is very happy with the new Regia for Namibe. As a follow up to the National Congress of the Legion of Mary in Angola, in September 2014, the Senatus organised a Conference for officers of attached councils in Namibe in May this year. This involved a week of study of the Legion Handbook. Also in May, the 3rd Conference of Young Legionaries was held in Luanda in conjunction with the Luanda Senatus.

MOZAMBIQUE
Maputo Regia: A Religious Sister, who was helping the Legion in Beira, but who now has been transferred to the south of the country, kindly replied to an email. She says the Legion is working well in Beira. She is still in contact with some of the legionaries there and reported that the Spiritual Director, Fr. Bernardo, who was disabled, following an accident, and did wonderful work for the Legion in Beira, died on 15th May this year, R.I.P. A legionary in Quelimane, who helped to restore the Legion there, also replied to an e-mail saying the Legion is working very well also in Quelimane.

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg Senatus: Home, hospital and prison visitation is undertaken and many people have returned to the Sacraments, some after a long absence. Four parishes in one area want to start the Legion. A praesidium in Soweto is arranging two Recruiting Drives.
Cape Town Senatus: New officers have been elected and they are working very hard to improve attendance at the Senatus meeting. Visitation of attached praesidia and councils is being undertaken. It is hoped that a new Comitium and a Curia will be established in the next few months.
Esigodeni Comitium: Works undertaken include home, hospital, hospice and prison visitation. They organised a public Rosary in May. Matatiele Curia has resumed correspondence.
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Concilium Bulletin July 2015
August 2015

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Dromore Comitium: Mayobridge praesidium has 6 members. Works include visitation with a Statue of Our Lady to homes on a weekly basis. They organised a Retreat in the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross. The Angel of Fatima leaflet was given to each child making their First Holy Communion in a local school. Members of each praesidium attended a Mass celebrating the life of Venerable Edel Quinn in their Parish Churches. A Grammer School in Newry was visited; a Rosary Beads, Miraculous Medal and leaflets for the three Causes were given to each child. The teachers were given a DVD on the Miraculous Medal for use in class.

Navan Comitium: A praesidium of 5 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians, visit homes and at the request of a nursing home owner conducted an hour of prayer with the residents. A praesidium with 13 members and 61 auxiliaries visited 1,500 homes and undertook Pilgrim Statue visitation to 75 homes. They visited Settled Travelers at a halting site with a Statue of Our Lady and recited the Rosary with the families. The legionaries distributed the Motorist Prayer in car parks. Recently they set up a Facebook page for Navan Legion of Mary. A May Procession was organised through Navan town and was well attended. Mullingar Curia: During Lent members of a praesidium of 5 visited homes in the parish accompanied by one of their local priests who was impressed with the work. Members of a praesidium of 11 in Tullamore promote Eucharistic Adoration in parish schools. They also foster the Alfie Lambe Cause and look after Alfie Lambe House.

Derry Comitium: Creggan praesidium members do home visitation. Following a request from teachers in a local school, the Rosary is recited in the school when the children are making their First Confession. The works of another praesidium include home visitation, Rosaries recited in schools and Pilgrim Statue home visitation. A Child Protection training session took place in Strabane on 21st May. 20 members from the Comitium and 20 from Mater Dei Curia attended. Mater Dei Curia: The main works are visiting nursing homes and hospitals.

Raphoe Comitium: The work of one praesidium includes instruction of children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Each year religious packs containing a Miraculous Medal and explanatory leaflet, plus prayers for the three Causes are distributed to children throughout the schools. The members of another praesidium visit the housebound and those living alone. The Irish-speaking praesidium in Cnoc Fola is getting a Pilgrim Statue to take to homes. The Parish Priest attends all their meetings. South West Raphoe Curia: Works of the two reporting praesidia include nursing home and hospital visitation, plus organising Eucharistic Adoration and a Holy Hour each Sunday.

CURIAE
Leitrim Curia: Granard praesidium has 5 members and 10 auxiliaries. On Good Friday they held Stations of the Cross through the town. They also organised a Corpus Christi Procession. The Slovakian praesidium in Longford has 11 members. Their work mainly consists of home visits to Slovakian families, making Rosary Beads and delivering Catholic newspapers. For the monthly Slovakian Mass they prepare Catholic hymns and Mass leaflets in Slovakian. Confessions were organised and 40 attended the Sacrament. A three- year old Czech girl was baptised in March. Another praesidium in Longford has 13 members, 5 of whom are Praetorians; they have 50 auxiliaries. Works include home and hospital visitation and running a Patrician group. They visit a Secondary School on occasions and pray the Rosary with 20 to 30 senior girls. They have a junior praesidium attached. They help to make Rosary Beads, 1,000 of which were given to a visiting priest from Granada.

West Clogher Curia: Dromore praesidium members visited homes with the Statue of Our Lady during May and June. Irvinestown praesidium has 7 members and 4 members are Praetorians. They visit a number of nursing homes and run a religious book shop each day after Mass. In May students from two local schools recited the Rosary on Monday and Wednesday evenings and on Mondays in October. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Miraculous Medals were blessed at Mass and distributed afterwards in the parish.

Kilmore Curia: There was a good attendance at the Acies in Cavan on 26th March.

Clonmacnoise Curia: There are 3 praesidia attached. On home visitation the Pilgrim Statue is well received.

Down Curia: This council has 8 praesidia. Castlewellan praesidium has 7 members, 4 of whom are Praetorians; they have 129 auxiliaries and 2 Adjutorians. Homes are visited with a Fatima Statue and to date Enthronement of the Sacred Heart has been carried out in 60 homes. Schools were visited and DVD’s on Fatima and the Miraculous Medal were shown to the pupils. The Curia annual Retreat was attended by 21 members. An Annual Mass to commemorate Venerable Edel Quinn was held in Killough in May.

North and Mid Antrim Curia: This Curia has 9 Senior and 1 junior praesidia. Portstewart praesidium has 8 members and 140 auxiliaries. Two Fatima Statues are circulated with visits carried out on a street to street basis. A junior praesidium is attached. Primary School children were given packs of Rosary Beads and Miraculous Medals. Legionaries in Cloughmills praesidium visit homes; some parishioners are taken to Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.

Armagh Curia: This council has three attached praesidia.

Drogheda Curia: A praesidium which meets in Mellifont Abbey gave their first report. They have 7 members and do a variety of works. Ballsgrove praesidium has 6 members. Recruiting drives took place in Tenure and at Scotch Hall Shopping Centre. The Spiritual Director of the Curia and Vice President took part in the Maria et Patria Project in Limerick. A Mass was celebrated with True Devotion Consecration on 25th March following a period of preparation. The Curia Retreat was very well attended.

Dundalk Curia: The Curia had three representatives at Women’s World Day of Prayer in St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Church in March. Kilsaran praesidium has 9 members. On 30th May they celebrated their 80th anniversary. Sr. Roe, who has been a member since 1942 was recently presented with a Bene Merenti medal for her contribution to all facets of parish life, including her Legion work.


DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

The results of a census in March show that there are 914 senior legionaries in the Archdiocese of Dublin in 146 praesidia. Since the last census in November 2013, 178 legionaries, some because of ill-health and others for age-related reasons were unable to continue membership. 137 new members joined.

Consolata Curia: One praesidium has a junior praesidium attached. The annual Children’s Project in August includes games, hymns, adoration and a short talk by the Parish Priest; 15 children attended in 2014. The praesidium organised a candlelight Rosary Procession on 14th October in which the choir and 9 altar servers took part; it was followed by Mass and the blessing of the Pilgrim Statue used by the legionaries during the year. The legionaries provide refreshments for the Polish community after their monthly Mass. The main work of another praesidium with 5 full members, 1 probationer and 43 auxiliaries is home visitation using 3 Fatima Statues. Four legionaries and two priests took part in Parish Outreach to homes. 110 pupils of the Confirmation classes in two schools were shown the Miraculous Medal DVD and given a religious pack.

Presentata Curia: A praesidium with 9 members gained one new member recently. The main work is a weekly social for residents of hostels in the vicinity of Presentata House; up to 25 residents enjoy song and dance intermingled with prayer and hymns. This year Pilgrim Statue visitation has commenced; a lady whose son began treatment for his drug addiction thought this development to be miraculous and requested the Pilgrim Statue for a second week. Other works include care of the garden at Presentata House and occasional visitation of the new Phoenix Hospital. The Morning Star hostel praesidium has 18 full and 3 probationary members; 3 members took the promise during the year; four members transferred to start a new praesidium in a nearby Parish. As well as the temporal care given by legionaries, residents are encouraged to seek help with their addictions; two residents moved to Detox Centres during the year. The praesidium also help residents with their spiritual lives; 3 attended Confession on Divine Mercy Sunday after many years away and confided that a great weight had been lifted off them. With the help of sponsorship, 3 men travelled to Our Lady’s Shrine in Medugorje and 4 to Knock Shrine. A new fundraising Committee has helped with the latest phase of refurbishment bringing the capacity of the hostel to 68 residents. The praesidium also does home visitation and street contact in Dublin’s city centre.

Exaltata Curia: Four members of a praesidium with 7 active members and one probationer visit St. Mary’s Hospital every week; at the request of the hospital authorities they distribute Holy Communion; this is in addition to their usual Legion duties. Two pairs do home visitation most weeks. They also visit the homes of children receiving the Sacraments, which has resulted in improved attendance and participation in Sunday Mass. Four members went on an Exploratio Dominicalis project, where the Parish Priest was very welcoming.

Bethlehem Curia: Nine people attended the Frank Duff Prayer Meeting. A praesidium of 10 active members gained two during the year. Circus visitation resulted in a Mass in the Big Top attended by people of various religions. Every week members of the Latino Community are visited in an attempt to protect them from the sects. Many Latino families were helped to prepare for the Sacraments, including a mother and child who were baptised together. The monthly Patrician meeting has an average attendance of 12. Staff and residents in two Hostels for the Homeless are contacted; most residents are addicts of some description; they readily accept sacramentals such as Miraculous Medals. One man who admitted being involved in breaking into a Church was brought to meet a priest and later went to Confession. Home visitation and street contact are the regularly done. During the latter, a person from Pakistan asked for information on the Catholic Church. Another praesidium visits homes and businesses in its Parish; tasks are carried out for a wheelchair-bound lady and it was arranged that she go to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage. Miraculous Medals were distributed and explained to children and teachers in 5 classes in a school. Up to 24 people have attended their quarterly Venerable Edel Quinn Promoter’s meeting.

Porta Coeli Curia: A praesidium of 6 members meeting in a Retirement Home has an apostolate to residents there. Two wheelchair-bound nuns are accompanied to pray at Our Lady’s Grotto in the grounds. Home visitation is done in a neighbouring parish, with two Pilgrim Statues in circulation. Two members are Praetorians and they have 8 Adjutorians.

Veneranda Curia: The five Evangelii Gaudium talks in May were considered very successful. One praesidium helps in the Parish Church Bookshop, which is open daily. A person contacted returned to the Sacraments. Home visitation is done by two legionaries each week. Up to 21 residents of a nursing home participate in the weekly Rosary and social evening organised by legionaries. During a school visit, Rosary Beads and religious leaflets were given to the First Holy Communion children.
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SOUTH AMERICA

COLOMBIA
Bogota Senatus: An attached Regia with 4,000 members has 192 between the ages of 18 and 40; this Regia set up 7 new praesidia. All reports indicate good auxiliary membership. Some councils have intensified promotion of the Frank Duff Cause. As agreed at Concilium, the Senatus is raising the Comitium of Villavicencio to Regia status, and is guiding the officers with administration, particularly the appointment of correspondents for distant councils.

Medellin Senatus: Two attached Comitia reported prison visitation and prisoners returning to Confession after being lapsed for many years. A number of legionaries are trained catechists and prepare children for the Sacraments. Parents and godparents are prepared for Baptism ceremonies. A public Rosary at a Grotto of Our Lady organised by legionaries has a large attendance each year during the months of May and October. Work with drug addicts is mentioned. The priest in charge of Lay Movements in the Archdiocese of Medellín has asked for a quarterly report of the Legion’s apostolates.

ECUADOR
Senatus of Quito: Legionaries worked with Radio Maria to prepare for Pope Francis’ visit. The Comitium of Loja report 4 new praesidia. At the Bishop’s request, legionaries in Riobamba help to serve a monthly lunch for indigenous people. Children are taken to 40 Hour Adoration in Milagro.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: There are 1,061 active legionaries in Uruguay in 143 praesidia. The Senatus extends warm thanks to Sr. Joan Barry for her help and guidance during her time as correspondent. A new praesidium in a small town means the Legion now exists in all 10 Dioceses in Uruguay; the legionaries helping out this new praesidium travel a round-journey of 4 hours. The Senatus Spiritual Director helped to set up a praesidium in his new parish. A Youth Conference was held in February in the National Sacred Heart Sanctuary resulting in 3 new praesidia, 2 made up of young adults. A new book on Alfie Lambe containing previously unpublished testimonies and documentation is ready for publishing.

VENEZUELA
Senatus of Caracas:. The Senatus’ Extension Committee reports 5 new senior praesidia and 2 junior praesidia in formation. In Punto Fijo, a Extension Drive during Holy Week resulted in 4 new praesidia. The Curia in Maturin also report extension with 2 new senior praesidia and 1 new junior praesidium. Reported conversions include that of a Jehovah Witness, a Mormon family and another family away from the Sacraments for 20 years.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: Attendance at councils meetings is very good, even in councils where officers have to travel long distances. The Senatus encourages the delegating of responsibilities in order to train future officers. Weak praesidia are given a “loan” of two experienced legionaries to help them get back on their feet. A feature of the Senatus is its Family Prayer meeting whereby each month legionaries pray in the home of a fellow legionary and get to know other family members. The aim is to encourage them to understand the Legion and eventually join the ranks.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: Bolivian legionaries saw the visit of Pope Frances as a great opportunity to encourage all, especially those who have left their Catholic faith. Many praesidia have the privilege to accompany the priest on home visitation. Some missionaries do not speak the native language and use the legionaries as interpreters. Sister Susana Maciel, an Argentinean legionary, who was formerly a Concilium extension worker in Bolivia, has been invited to do extension work by Bolivian legionaries she worked with a few years ago.

PERU
Senatus of Lima: Attached councils are actively extending. As well as reports of new praesidia being set up, two Curiae have divided, each having more than 20 praesidia. There are a large number of Patrician meetings in the Senatus area. One attached Comitium reported 9 Patrician groups. An attached Curia holds periodic Auxiliary Rallies, at which, in addition to prayers and refreshments, a talk by a professional is given on care and nutrition. In a Juvenile Correction Centre scripture study is facilitated by legionaries.

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asunción: This Council is made up of 6 Comitia (two juvenile), 30 Curiae and 19 praesidia. Filling of officerships is treated with urgency, resulting in few vacant posts. One Comitium with over 5,000 active members and 6,000 auxiliaries has 4 Patrician groups and 96 Legion groups of very young legionaries. Exploratio Dominicalis is encouraged and regular visitation of praesidia is undertaken, also the visitation of auxiliaries. Councils in urban areas conduct street apostolate, with emphasis on helping people suffering from drug and alcohol addictions. Catechesis is widely undertaken for people of all ages. A Comitium with 9 senior praesidia, 11 senior and 3 junior Curiae has 900 active senior and 141 juvenile members, plus 861 auxiliaries. Works include visitation of homes, Sanatoriums, general hospitals and prisons. In the latter prisoners are instructed in the faith. Some prisons have more than one praesidium and the members carry out an apostolate to their fellow detainees.

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AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus:.Contacting non-Catholics resulted in 13 joining a catechism class and 6 were baptised. 38 Catholics were encouraged to return to the Church. Crowd contact is carried out in the Parks, train and bus stations. Book barrow apostolate outside the Church had many good contacts. Mass times leaflets are distributed to Hotels and B/B’s.
Solomon Islands Comitium: This council has 3 Curia and 8 praesidia attached. Works include the circulation of the Pilgrim Statue, visiting and encouraging unmarried couples to marry and visitation of the prisons.

Melbourne Senatus: Comitia reporting from the Pacific Islands of Kiribati, New Caledonia and Vanuatu have from 2 to 10 attached Curiae. It is not yet known how the Legion has survived the cyclone which hit Vanuatu some months ago. Congresses have been held in 2 areas in Kiribati with goods attendances. The 80thAnniversary of the Legion in Tasmania was celebrated with a Mass led by Archbishop Porteous. Five members of Preston Curia gave an all-day presentation to 500 pupils promoting Devotion to Mary and teaching the Rosary. A legionary from Flemington Comitium, which has many Vietnamese praesidia has entered a Seminary.
Brisbane Comitium: This council has 54 members in 14 praeidia. Distribution of Holy Communion in nursing homes and teaching Religious Education in schools is among the works reported. Three Muslims and two Indians wish to know more about the Catholic faith. The Korean Curia gave its 9th.Annual Report. The Curia has 45 members in 9 praesidia. Contact is made with non-Catholics and the lapsed.

AUCKLAND
New Zealand Senatus: The Legion operated a stand at the Eucharistic Convention. 40 junior legionaries attended a week-end Silent Retreat. 180 legionaries of all ages attended the 25th.year of Pilgrimage to Motuti. Fr. Leo Doyle, former Spiritual Director of the Senatus celebrated the 60th.anniversary of his priesthood. A praesidium of 10 members presented its 6th.annual report. Teaching the Sacramental Programme to 14 to 17 year old Maori students resulted in 17 receiving Baptism. Confirmation and Holy Communion Masses were celebrated by Bishop Patrick Dunn. 100 received Confession. The month of August is dedicated specifically to recruiting and extension.

PHILIPPINES
Cebu Senatus: In the junior Curia legionaries brought 30 children to Confession. One Regia brought 120 to Mass. 165 children and adults received Baptism. 49 prisoners were visited. Home and hospital visitation is carried out. Marriage validations and teaching catechism is reported.

Bicolandia Senatus: Block Rosaries were undertaken to 154 households. Catechism was taught to 600 Elementary and 760 Secondary Students. Parents of the 1st Communion children were taught catechism.

Senatus of Northern Philippines: Makati Comitium reported Exploratio Dominicalis and two Extension Projects. Home visitations resulted in many Baptisms and Confirmations, lapsed returning to the Sacraments and conversions. Apostolates to bar-workers, alcoholics, drug addicts, prisoners and crowd contact were reported. In one Comitium area the journey to the Senatus meeting takes 12 hours by bus. Promotion of the Causes is on-going. An appeal was made to each President to promote the sale of the Maria Legionis.

Western Visayas Senatus: 10 Comitia reported many adults and children prepared for Baptism, marriage validations, prisoners inspired by the legionaries to attend Mass and recite the Rosary. A Morman became a Catholic and received the Sacraments before he died. A Jehovah Witness family was converted to the Catholic faith and a couple living together for 25 years held their marriage in a Catholic Church. A convert became a legionary. Exploratio Dominicalis reported 5 conversions and a Comitium gained 15 new members.

Mindanao Senatus:.It was noted that the Curiae with the best attendance were particularly successful in gaining conversions to the Catholic Church. A praesidium reported 13 marriage validations and another praesidum brought 3 Seven Day Adventist couples into the Church. A Curia with 9 praesidia has 82 members and 52 are Praetorians.

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AFRICA
GHANA
Accra Senatus .Following Street rescue work, one of the ladies quit the streets. She attended weekly Adult Catechism classes at the Parish, received her First Holy Communion on Christmas Day and is now an active legionary. An Edel Quinn function was held at the St. Paul’s Major Seminary, Sowutuom. A very good talk was given on the theme, “Legionary Commitment in the Era of New Evangelisation – The Example of Edel Quinn.” A three day project was undertaken at Adarkwa – Jachie by Legionaries from Kumasi Regia. The project led to the establishment of a new Church there with 28 new members. The membership of the Church has since increased to 40.

EGYPT
The Senatus of Egypt: A general three- day Conference for junior legionaries from the different councils of Egypt is being organised by Egypt Senatus in Cairo, the Conference titled: “Bringing Mary to the World” will be opened by his Beatitude, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch, Ibrahim Ishak.
Lesotho Senatus: One Comitium reported 8 young mothers given baptismal instruction before having their babies baptised. A new praesidium was set up in Lesotho College of Education and 14 members took their Promise in May.

GUINEA BISSAU
Guinea Bissau: A Comitium on the African mainland has 8 attached Curiae and reports constant efforts to strengthen many weak praesidia. The founding of the Legion in Guinea Bissau was celebrated with special celebration of the Eucharist and festivities beneath the fruit trees.
Cape Verde Regia: All attached councils are now presenting reports every three months where previously they were presented annually. May minutes report the setting up of a Comitium and two Curiae. Part of the Exploratio apostolate is to encourage Catholics, young and old to get actively involved in the parish. A praesidium of 20 members with 10 Praetorians on Sal Island reports the Baptism of 9 youths and Confirmation of 80 people. On the most distant island, Santo Antao 180 members took part in the Acies, which began with the celebration of the Eucharist. The Comitium of Sao Domingo’s, one of several on the main island has 500 members with 200 Praetorians. The Regia has invited two Portuguese-speaking legionaries from Ireland to take part in Peregrinatio pro Cristo in the first week of September.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: The Senatus sent visitors to the Island of Sao Tome Principe in January and they set up 3 new praesidia. A correspondent has been appointed. Two Senatus correspondents organised a Programme of Formation in the Diocese of Uige and 96 legionaries attended. 115 legionaries took part in a week-end Evangelisation Project organised by a Comitium in Luanda.

Benguela Senatus: The council is very happy with the new Regia for Namibe. As a follow up to the National Congress of the Legion of Mary in Angola, in September 2014, the Senatus organised a Conference for officers of attached councils in Namibe in May this year. This involved a week of study of the Legion Handbook. Also in May, the 3rd Conference of Young Legionaries was held in Luanda in conjunction with the Luanda Senatus.

MOZAMBIQUE
Maputo Regia: A Religious Sister, who was helping the Legion in Beira, but who now has been transferred to the south of the country, kindly replied to an email. She says the Legion is working well in Beira. She is still in contact with some of the legionaries there and reported that the Spiritual Director, Fr. Bernardo, who was disabled, following an accident, and did wonderful work for the Legion in Beira, died on 15th May this year, R.I.P. A legionary in Quelimane, who helped to restore the Legion there, also replied to an e-mail saying the Legion is working very well also in Quelimane.

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg Senatus: Home, hospital and prison visitation is undertaken and many people have returned to the Sacraments, some after a long absence. Four parishes in one area want to start the Legion. A praesidium in Soweto is arranging two Recruiting Drives.
Cape Town Senatus: New officers have been elected and they are working very hard to improve attendance at the Senatus meeting. Visitation of attached praesidia and councils is being undertaken. It is hoped that a new Comitium and a Curia will be established in the next few months.
Esigodeni Comitium: Works undertaken include home, hospital, hospice and prison visitation. They organised a public Rosary in May. Matatiele Curia has resumed correspondence.
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True Devotion to Mary
July 2015

TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY

It is desirable that the practice of the legionary devotion to Mary should be rounded off and given the distinctive character which has been taught by St. Louis-Marie de Montfort under the titles of “The True Devotion” or the “Slavery of Mary”, and which is enshrined in his two books, “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” and the “Secret of Mary.” (Legion Handbook, Chap. 6. 5)

“Furthermore, Marian spirituality, like its corresponding devotion, finds a very rich source in the historical experience of individuals and of the various Christian communities present among the different peoples and nations of the world. In this regard, I would like to recall, among the many witnesses and teachers of this spirituality, the figure of St Louis Marie de Montfort, who proposes consecration to Christ through the hands of Mary, as an effective means for Christians to live faithfully their baptismal commitments. I am pleased to note that in our time too new manifestations of this spirituality and devotion are not lacking.” (Pope John Paul 11: Redemptoris Mater, 48)

It is intriguing that the Legion should start immediately after what I might call a ‘Patrician discussion’ on the subject of the True Devotion, as if the minds of the future members had to be fully acclimatised to Mary before they were fit for membership; before they could become the Legion of Mary.” (Frank Duff: Virgo Praedicanda, 21)

“The fact is that one cannot emphasise too much the value of the True Devotion as a supplement to the Handbook and entire Legion system. St Louis Marie’s words of fire uplift Our Lady from the level of pure doctrine and give her substance as a person, our Mother with intimate charge of our lives, utterly indispensable to us, our Queen, our leader, the very thought of whom inspires courage and stimulates one to undertake the impossible.” (Frank Duff: Victory through Mary. 39)

The following books on the True Devotion to Mary are available from Concilium: Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. (St. Louis Marie de Montfort. The Secret of Mary. (St. Louis Marie de Montfort) The De Montfort Way. (Frank Duff) True Devotion to Mary. (Rev. Michael Kennedy, CC)



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Allocutio at June 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
July 2015

The Face of Mercy

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On reading the letter of Pope Francis, ‘The Face of Mercy,’ announcing the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy from 8th December 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, to the 20th November 2016, the feast of Christ the King, my immediate reaction was the conviction that this letter is of immense significance for the Legion of Mary throughout the whole world.

As we know, the original name of the Legion was for a time, ‘The Association of Our Lady of Mercy.’ Later the name was changed but the reality signified by the name has never changed. Mercy must be at the heart of the Legion as it is in the heart of Mary and in the heart of the Church. The Handbook reminds us: ‘The very first praesidium of the Legion was given the title Our Lady of Mercy. This was done because the first work undertaken was the visitation of a hospital under the care of the Sisters of Mercy. The legionaries thought they were choosing the name, but who can doubt that in reality it was conferred by the sweet Virgin herself, who thereby indicated the quality which must ever distinguish the legionary soul.’

Of course, the great source and the face of mercy are seen primarily and essentially in Jesus. Pope Francis reiterates the simple truth that Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions and his entire person reveals the mercy of God. Especially we see the face of mercy in the figure of Christ on the Cross. We hear him cry out the infinitely precious words: ‘Father, forgive them.’ Mercy identifies the very nature of God in relationship with the whole created order. We simply do not know God if we do not know his mercy. It is the quintessential Gospel. We have not yet truly heard or lived the Gospel if we have not opened our hearts and our lives to the mercy of God. Neither will we ever really know Mary if we do not see in some fashion that mercy defines her very being too. She stood at the cross and she heard those words of her Son. They pierced her heart and she became the Mother of Mercy. No one has ever understood as much as Mary that mercy is the key to understanding the very identity and mission of Jesus. She knows what her Son meant when he said so often: ‘I came to save sinners.’ And the Legion like the Church, with the Church and in the Church stands by Mary at the foot of the Cross to hear and appropriate this primordial truth of the Gospel which is Divine Mercy.

Pope Francis quotes Saint John Paul 11: ‘The Church lives an authentic life when she professes and proclaims mercy – the most stupendous attribute of the Creator and Redeemer – and when she brings people close to the sources of the Saviour’s mercy, od which she is the trustee and dispenser.’ Much of what the recent Popes say of the place of mercy in the mission of the Church can and must be applied to the Legion too.

So, let me get back to Pope Francis. He writes: ‘The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and the mind of every person. The Spouse of Christ must pattern her behaviour after the Son of God who went out to everyone without exception… It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy. Her language and her gestures must transmit mercy, so as to touch the hearts of all people and inspire them once more to find the road that leads to the Father.

‘The Church’s first truth is the love of Christ. The Church makes herself a servant of this love and mediates it to all people: a love that forgives and expresses itself in the gift one’s self. Consequently, wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be present. In our parishes, communities, associations, and movements, in a word wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis in mercy.’

I hope and pray that the Legion will be an oasis of mercy on all five continents, in every Diocese and parish where she is present and indeed wherever legionaries are to be found. We are called by Mary to be an oasis of mercy, especially for those brothers and sisters of ours who are most in need of God’s mercy. One of the truly wonderful aspects of the Church in the modern world is the inspiring and profound social teaching of the Church; the application of the Gospel to the social, economic and cultural realities of the world. Especially we must underline her teaching and defence concerning the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death and in all other situations. Also noteworthy is the option for the poor which is so deeply rooted in the Gospels and we must never let it be obscured or neglected. Thankfully there are many groups who are committed to the corporal works of mercy and social justice and indeed every Christian must be involved at least to the extent open to them in the particular context of their state of life and circumstances such as health, age, work, children etc.

But the special focus of the Legion is on the spiritual works of mercy and especially the most fundamental option in the Gospels: the salvation of souls.. Jesus came first and foremost to save sinners. One may have every other good and necessary thing in life, but if one is deprived in one’s very soul then that is an eternal tragedy. Pope Francis has some truly illuminating things to say about the relationship between justice and mercy, but they will have to wait for another Allocutio. In the meanwhile may I recommend that we all read and constantly reread chapter 39 of the Handbook: the words may be different from the letter of Pope Francis, but it has the same sublime music.

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Allocutio at June 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
July 2015

The Face of Mercy

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On reading the letter of Pope Francis, ‘The Face of Mercy,’ announcing the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy from 8th December 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, to the 20th November 2016, the feast of Christ the King, my immediate reaction was the conviction that this letter is of immense significance for the Legion of Mary throughout the whole world.

As we know, the original name of the Legion was for a time, ‘The Association of Our Lady of Mercy.’ Later the name was changed but the reality signified by the name has never changed. Mercy must be at the heart of the Legion as it is in the heart of Mary and in the heart of the Church. The Handbook reminds us: ‘The very first praesidium of the Legion was given the title Our Lady of Mercy. This was done because the first work undertaken was the visitation of a hospital under the care of the Sisters of Mercy. The legionaries thought they were choosing the name, but who can doubt that in reality it was conferred by the sweet Virgin herself, who thereby indicated the quality which must ever distinguish the legionary soul.’

Of course, the great source and the face of mercy are seen primarily and essentially in Jesus. Pope Francis reiterates the simple truth that Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions and his entire person reveals the mercy of God. Especially we see the face of mercy in the figure of Christ on the Cross. We hear him cry out the infinitely precious words: ‘Father, forgive them.’ Mercy identifies the very nature of God in relationship with the whole created order. We simply do not know God if we do not know his mercy. It is the quintessential Gospel. We have not yet truly heard or lived the Gospel if we have not opened our hearts and our lives to the mercy of God. Neither will we ever really know Mary if we do not see in some fashion that mercy defines her very being too. She stood at the cross and she heard those words of her Son. They pierced her heart and she became the Mother of Mercy. No one has ever understood as much as Mary that mercy is the key to understanding the very identity and mission of Jesus. She knows what her Son meant when he said so often: ‘I came to save sinners.’ And the Legion like the Church, with the Church and in the Church stands by Mary at the foot of the Cross to hear and appropriate this primordial truth of the Gospel which is Divine Mercy.

Pope Francis quotes Saint John Paul 11: ‘The Church lives an authentic life when she professes and proclaims mercy – the most stupendous attribute of the Creator and Redeemer – and when she brings people close to the sources of the Saviour’s mercy, od which she is the trustee and dispenser.’ Much of what the recent Popes say of the place of mercy in the mission of the Church can and must be applied to the Legion too.

So, let me get back to Pope Francis. He writes: ‘The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and the mind of every person. The Spouse of Christ must pattern her behaviour after the Son of God who went out to everyone without exception… It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy. Her language and her gestures must transmit mercy, so as to touch the hearts of all people and inspire them once more to find the road that leads to the Father.

‘The Church’s first truth is the love of Christ. The Church makes herself a servant of this love and mediates it to all people: a love that forgives and expresses itself in the gift one’s self. Consequently, wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be present. In our parishes, communities, associations, and movements, in a word wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis in mercy.’

I hope and pray that the Legion will be an oasis of mercy on all five continents, in every Diocese and parish where she is present and indeed wherever legionaries are to be found. We are called by Mary to be an oasis of mercy, especially for those brothers and sisters of ours who are most in need of God’s mercy. One of the truly wonderful aspects of the Church in the modern world is the inspiring and profound social teaching of the Church; the application of the Gospel to the social, economic and cultural realities of the world. Especially we must underline her teaching and defence concerning the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death and in all other situations. Also noteworthy is the option for the poor which is so deeply rooted in the Gospels and we must never let it be obscured or neglected. Thankfully there are many groups who are committed to the corporal works of mercy and social justice and indeed every Christian must be involved at least to the extent open to them in the particular context of their state of life and circumstances such as health, age, work, children etc.

But the special focus of the Legion is on the spiritual works of mercy and especially the most fundamental option in the Gospels: the salvation of souls.. Jesus came first and foremost to save sinners. One may have every other good and necessary thing in life, but if one is deprived in one’s very soul then that is an eternal tragedy. Pope Francis has some truly illuminating things to say about the relationship between justice and mercy, but they will have to wait for another Allocutio. In the meanwhile may I recommend that we all read and constantly reread chapter 39 of the Handbook: the words may be different from the letter of Pope Francis, but it has the same sublime music.

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Concilium Bulletin June 2015
July 2015

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: The Regia of San Miguel taught 800 schoolchildren St. Louis Marie’s True Devotion and all made the Consecration. As a boost for junior praesidia, groups of Velites are being set up in which small children and their parents take part. All Argentina’s legionaries are praying to Alfie for the cure of Tullamore man Declan Kelly.

Cordoba Senatus: Leaflets were handed out at Masses celebrated for Alfie Lambe’s Cause in four Churches. Over 100 legionaries attended a Congress held by the Dean Funes Comitium.

Salta Senatus: In a small rural town the legionaries built a chapel with the help of the local people. While building the chapel the local people were told about the sacraments and prepared for their reception. Many valuable contacts are made with pilgrims and tourists who come to the city. New and timid members take an active part along with older legionaries in the Senatus meeting. In minutes and letters much space is dedicated to Alfie Lambe’s Cause.

Corrientes Regia: A junior Curia reported works undertaken include involvement in a radio programme, lots of street contact, visiting prisoners and the sick in hospitals and elderly in nursing homes. In the town of Goya a single Curia was divided into three in 2012 and one of the Curiae was raised to Comitium on 31 May this year. A new Comitium was set up also in the Basilica town of Itatí.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: The Regia of Castanhal reports almost 2,000 homes visited. A Curia reports 68 returns to participation in the Eucharist. 122 youths and adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confession and solemnisation of the Sacrament of Marriage were brought to a couple, one being 89 the other 94. Since the change of officerships visitation of interior councils is taking place.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: Sister Eleusa was applauded when she told the Senatus about the grace she received through the Servant of God Frank Duff, relating to her health. A praesidium instructed mothers of un-baptised children on the importance of the Sacrament and got them inscribed in the parish catechism. 20 Bible Circles were held in some houses. A legionary promised a lady that she would look for her drug-addicted son; he was found under a viaduct and the legionary brought him home.

Fortaleza Senatus: A Curia reported 118 visits to homes bringing Holy Communion; and visits to 48 prisoners. A Comitium in Quixadá had 1,153 visits to homes, and 123 visits with Holy Communion to sick people. The Senatus is undertaking extension in Cascavel.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: Reports from the Regia of Guarapuava and three Comitia showed a total of more than 17,000 home visits made. These included over 5,000 visits to non-Catholic families. Over 1,400 hospital visits were made and over 7,000 visits to sick people in their homes. A person away from the Church for many years returned to the Sacraments and received the Sacrament of the Sick soon before his death.

Recife Senatus: To facilitate active involvement in the parishes, the Senatus meetings are held at 8.30 a.m. on Saturdays. Eight new praesidia were set up as a result of a Peregrinatio Pro Christo involving volunteers from all over Brazil. Several praesidia report on Exploratio Dominicialis. Through street contact a youth living on the streets was rehabilitated. Many places are asking for the Legion. João Pessoa Regia reports setting up a Comitium. Also 363 children were prepared for First Holy Communion.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Street contact is made with addicts who are guided to seek rehabilitation. Niteroi Regia, with 17 Comitia recruited 474 active members. After six months of prayer to Frank Duff a mother saw her son reconciled with his wife. A 72 year old made her First Communion and then the Legion promise. Five of the six Senatus Officers were re-elected for a second term, President and Vice President being over ninety. In the west Amazonian region one Comitium with 14 Curiae attached set up a new Curia and two praesidia.

Salvador Senatus: A city praesidum coordinates parish catechesis for 600 children. Another praesidium visits centres for mentally disturbed young people. Home visitation is done by juniors accompanied by seniors. Legionary catechists prepare children and youth for First Holy Communion and Confirmation as well as parents and god parents in baptism catechesis.

Santa Maria Senatus: A Comitium with 70 praesidia has 1,230 active members. Several praesidia report increases in membership as a result of Exploratio Dominicalis. Many challenges face this recently established Senatus. In the town of Passo Fundo special attention is given to promotion of the celebration of the Eucharist in the prisons and a Youth Detention Centre.

São Luis Senatus: This council reports the recovery of four young addicts. Among the results of the main apostolate were the recruitment of 16 active members and 19 auxiliaries; 87 youths and adults were prepared for Confirmation while 283 children and adults made their First Holy Communion. The main apostolate is to families, 34,000 visits being made, including visits to families of prisoners.

São Paulo Senatus: One Comitium reported 188 visits with Holy Communion to the sick at home. Another Comitium called on 945 families and brought a statue of Our Lady to 373 of these, with recitation of the Rosary. A Retreat for young legionaries had an attendance of 120. Our congratulations and thanks go to Rev. Fr. Ivan Danhoni, who recently celebrated 25 years as Spiritual Director of the São Paulo Senatus.

Brasilia Regia: A Comitium reported 1,500 Bible readings on home visitation. Home visitation is given priority in reports from seven Comitia and two Curiae with over 6,000 contacts made by one Comitium. On request, over 2,000 Rosaries were recited with families. A Curia reports organising monthly the 1,000 Hail Mary’s Devotion with the special intention of the prison apostolate.

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ASIA

MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur Regia: A new praesidium was set up in November 2014 and a new Curia in January 2015. A praesidium attached to the Regia is to join with 5 other praesidia to form a new Curia. A praesidium with 13 members reported visitation of the aged the lonely, lapsed and newly baptised. They also visit an Orphanage. A sick Muslim was consoled and a former Spiritual Director visited in a nursing home. A Rosary Rally took place in a stadium where the Rosary was recited in 20 languages. Another praesidium visits a lapsed Catholic and sick people. They also help to sort medicines at a Dispensary. Council reports include contact with lapsed Catholics and people with mental health issues; they also operate a Book Barrow, visit and pray with prisoners and refugees.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Reference is made to visitation of councils and praesidia. Home visitation to the sick, the elderly and preparing people for the Sacraments feature in reports. Kupang Regia held a Regional Congress. Two praesidia in a Boarding School were visited. Attention is given to juniors and a Conference for juniors is to take place in October 2015.

Jakarta Senatus: Imaichi Church conducts Para-Liturgical Ceremonies on Sundays where no priest is available. They also run a Recycle-Shop as a service to the community. In a joint prayer initiative with Korean-speaking communities they recite the Rosary for peace in Asia. They also care for blood donors. The main works of Hanshin Curia are caring for the handicapped at Mass, bringing Holy Communion with the priest to the sick, helping in nursing homes at meal times, visiting lapsed Catholics; one such person returned to the Church.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: One Regia recorded an increase in auxiliary members; they now have 9,608 auxiliaries. In their outreach they enrolled 3,332 in catechism classes and visited many sick or infirm people. Chenju Regia had an increase of 18 senior praesidia and a decrease of two junior praesidia; they enrolled 2,882 people into catechism classes.

Gwanju Senatus: Masan Regia reported 31,817 persons initiated as catechumens and 3,518 baptised. Numerous visits were made to sick people in their homes. Je-Ju Regia had 1,004 people baptised and 1,590 returns to the Sacraments. 108 joined the Legion. A Comitium in Geumdang reported 135 people baptised and 127 returns to the Sacraments. A Comitium in Wondong made numerous home visits and 352 people were baptised.

Daegu Senatus: Most reports show recruitment of catechumens, baptisms, returns to the Sacraments, visitation of hospitals, Welfare Institutions and recruitment of legionaries. In one month, Andong Regia reported recruitment of 30 catechumens, 7 baptisms, 48 returns to the Sacraments, over 1,000 visits to hospitals and Welfare Institutions, plus recruitment of 64 new legionaries.

TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: From June 2014 to date nine new praesidia have been set up, with six more being developed. A praesidium discovered in an outlying island is being helped by the Legion on the mainland. Fr. Bradshaw’s book (on his work in Russia and Iceland) has been translated into Chinese and is now in print.

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: Councils and praesidia are visited. Kota Kinabalu Comitium reported the formation of a Curia and a praesidium. Kuching Comitium has formed a number of new praesidia. The annual New Year visit to the Archbishop took place.

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: The December 2014 Minutes recorded the invitation for Sr. Sally Chan to help with extension work in Macau Curia as an Incola Maria, ending in July 2015. The Spiritual Director of Macau Curia has asked that Sr. Sally continue with her Legion service for another six months. This was approved by Hong Kong Comitium. A summary report from Sr. Sally has been forwarded to correspondent, Bro. Paddy McCann; also a report has been received from the Hong Kong Comitium. It is evident that Sr. Sally has put much effort into her time in Macau; she has given valuable guidance to implementation of the Legion Handbook at all levels, at Curia and praesidium meetings; she also made many visits to parishes and schools in Macau.

Mother of the Church Curia: This council, which covers eastern Hong Kong, recorded works of evangelisation, catechumen classes, visitation of prisons and nursing homes, help at funerals, volunteer works in hospitals and parish works. Two praesidia reported on Sunday School work, visits to the elderly and Rehabilitation Centres, plus prison visitation.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Cloyne Comitium: Two reporting praesidia have a total of 16 members. Works include home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue. Prayer packs were given to the First Holy Communion children. A book barrow is operated during local festivals. The Comitium and the 2 attached Curiae held a joint officers meeting in February. 66 attended their joint Retreat. Reports were received from East and West Cloyne Curiae. The Comitium hosted the regional Peregrinatio Pro Christo Conference in Mallow on Sunday 12th May.

Cork Comitium: Ballyvolane praesidium has 9 members and 14 new auxiliaries. They visit homes weekly, circulate 2 Fatima Statues and visit a Hospice Care Centre. In May, October and November Statues of Our Lady were taken to two Estates with young families. Glenville praesidium has 7 members; 3 are Praetorians. They have 70 auxiliaries. Each Christmas 400 copies of a newsletter are prepared and 60 are sent to emigrants. Mayfield praesidium has 9 members and 23 auxiliaries. The First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes in local schools were visited and given Rosary Beads and Miraculous Medals. About 60 legionaries from Cork, Cloyne and Ross councils attended the Annual Peregrinatio Pro Christo Conference in Blackrock in January. Muire na Gras Curia: Two praesidia have one Praetorian each and the 4 praesidia record a total of 501 auxiliaries. Works include home, Fatima Statue and hospital visitation. One praesidium visits the First Holy Communion classes. Coronata Curia: Works of the two reporting praesidia include hospital and nursing home visitation. Annunciata Curia: The reporting praesidia have 8 and 6 members. A Mass to commemorate Venerable Edel Quinn was celebrated in Cork city in May.

Kerry Comitium: Recruiting Drives were held in Millstreet, Rathmore and Glenflesk and 8 new members joined the Legion as a result. Two new members joined praesidia attached to Tralee Curia after seeing the Legion advertised in a newsletter. Many schools were visited where the Miraculous Medal was distributed. The Pioneers were promoted in the 5th and 6th classes. In one school a slide show on the Miraculous Medal was shown to 90 students and Miraculous Medals were distributed. Two Pilgrim Statues are circulated to homes by a praesidium with 11 members, 4 of whom joined the Legion as a result of a recruiting drive. Two Chinese children were prepared for Baptism. The Fatima Statue is displayed on Procession on the 13th of each month from May to October in Killarney and contact work is done.

Mid-Clare Comitium: Lissycasey praesidium has 6 members and 67 auxiliaries. Works include visiting old people and distributing Catholic literature. Corofin praesidium has 7 members who visit a Day Care Centre for the elderly; they also do Pilgrim Statue visitation. Shannon praesidium has 8 members, including 3 Praetorians; they have 19 auxiliaries. Works include nursing home visitation and 46 homes were visited with 2 Fatima Statues. The 6 members of Clarecastle praesidium visit hospitals and a Day Care Centre weekly. They coordinate 13 Advent and Lenten home prayer groups. The three Causes are promoted. East Clare Curia legionaries actively promote Echaristic Adoration. West Clare Curia: Reporting praesidia do hospital and nursing home visitation, organise Eucharistic Adoration weekly and did crowd contact at the Legion Caravan during the Willie Clancy Music Festival in Miltown Malbay.

Thurles Comitium: Ballycahill legionaries are busy in the parish and in the Community Hospital. Legionaries in Leugh praesidium held an officers meeting to discuss improving the praesidium. A Holy Hour for the success of PPC was held in April. Four members of a junior praesidium attended the Comitium meeting in April. The parents of the juniors attend their meetings along with 2 senior legionaries. 14 juniors recruited 5 auxiliaries. Tipperary Curia led the special Easter Home Visitation Project in Limerick in which 1,190 homes were called on, 103 lapsed contacted and a Patrician meeting held on both evenings. Eight new members turned up for a meeting. Templebraden junior praesidium has 10 members.

CURIAE
Birr/Roscrea Curia: Borrisokane praesidium has 5 members, including two Praetorians; they have 14 auxiliaries. Their works include bringing the Fatima Statue to homes, holding Patrician meetings and organising Eucharistic Adoration. Shinrone legionaries engage in home and nursing home visitation. The praesidium in Citeaux Hall, Roscrea has 7 members; 4 are Praetorians and they have 28 auxiliaries. They visit the old and infirm. Clonlisk legionaries visit the infirm and promote Catholic literature. The Curia Retreat had an attendance of 52. Some members worked on a Home Visitation Project in Caherdavin led by Fr. Michael Kennedy.

Limerick Curia: Curia delegates have been attending preparation Diocesan Synod meetings. A reporting praesidium with 9 members and 23 auxiliaries has an average of 10 at Patricians each month. Another praesidium with 5 members mails an emigrants newsletter to Abbeyfeale emigrants 8 or 9 times per year. The 8 members of another reporting praesidium undertake hospital visitation and where possible attend funerals of patients.

Lismore Curia: Dungarvan praesidium has 11 members; works include visitation with the Pilgrim Statue, hospital and nursing home visitation. First year students were enrolled in the Miraculous Medal and the ceremony was conducted by Fr. John Harris.

Ross Curia: The April meeting was attended by the Correspondent and 2 Concilium Officers. The Frank Duff talk given by Fr. Eamon McCarthy on March 11th in Clonakilty was very successful. Three praesidia reports featured with 4 members in Barryroe, 17 in Skibbereen and 8 in Darrara. Works include Church cleaning and preparation for various ceremonies, sale of Catholic newspapers, hospital and nursing home visitation. Skibbereen legionaries publish a quarterly newsletter which is sent to 500 addresses.

Waterford Curia: A copy of the annual audit was received with the March minutes. A Concilium Officer and representatives of both Waterford and Lismore Curiae attended the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan on Sunday 12th April.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE

Assumpta Curia: 25 patricians and 4 legionaries attended 2 Patrician meetings. One praesidium has 9 full members and 1 probationer; they had 4 visitors during the year. All 40 auxiliary members subscribe to the Maria Legionis. As well as the Church bookshop each weekend and home and nursing home visitation, they run monthly Patrician and Frank Duff Prayer meetings with average attendances of 14 and 5 respectively. A nursing home is visited. One resident of the home, who had lost contact with the Catholic Church, now receives Holy Communion on First Fridays. The Miraculous Medal DVD was shown to 3rd and 6th classes in both Primary Schools and Miraculous Medals were distributed.

Gloriosa Curia: Cordial encounters were had in May with the Liaison Officer and Chaplain of Cloverhill Prison, both of whom thanked the legionaries for their work; inmates are given copies of the Bible. Three members of the Maynooth parish praesidium of four women and four men are Praetorians and 13 of their 130 auxiliary members are Adjutorians. A lady from Slovenia was baptised at Easter after being contacted by legionaries and encouraged to take instruction. During weekly home visitation a Muslim man invited legionaries in for tea. Four nursing homes are visited, two of them weekly. A junior praesidium paved the way for senior legionaries to visit a school, teaching the Rosary to students; 6 classes have been visited to date. The monthly Patrician meeting, which had ceased, has been resurrected; 4 patricians and 7 legionaries attended in May.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: Over 90 people attended the annual Edel Quinn Mass in Tallaght where Fr. Luuk Jansen O.P. a former legionary, was chief celebrant and homilist. One praesidium delivers 30 copies of the Pioneer Magazine. Another praesidium has 6 active and 50 auxiliary members. Parishioners are visited in Tallaght Hospital and various nursing homes; staff from Kerala are pleasantly surprised to receive the Frank Duff prayer in their native Malayalam language. 350 Rosary leaflets were given to 2 parishioners who were teaching schoolchildren how to say the Rosary. Permission was received in one parish to distribute Frank Duff leaflets at all Masses over a weekend in November and those contacted were invited to the Pro-Cathedral Annual Frank Duff Mass.

Immaculata Curia: 7 of the Curia’s 11 praesidia held Patrician meetings in April and May with a cumulative attendance of 52 legionaries and 73 patricians. 7 Primary Schools have been visited using the Miraculous Medal as part of an outreach to schools. In May, two praesidia visited 350 homes during an Exploratio Dominicalis in Fettercairn, an area previously unvisited.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: The annual Edel Quinn Mass in one parish had an attendance of 100. One praesidium doubles as a Pioneer Council. On eight occasions during the year a legionary was at all weekend Masses to promote the Pioneers. A praesidium with 6 members distributes 135 Maria Legionis. They have 8 Adjutorian members in a local monastery. Up to 10 people join the legionaries for a Frank Duff Holy Hour. 60 personalised baptismal packs were distributed by the praesidium.

Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The main work of the Johnstown praesidium, which has 9 members, is home visitation. At the request of the Parish Council the two Primary Schools were visited. Each week 2 members visit Shelton Abbey Prison where, at a prayer service for deceased prisoners, they were introduced to the new Chaplain, the Governor and some senior officers, all of whom were very appreciative of their work. The praesidium asked a retired teacher to give English classes to a young man from Albania who was struggling to fill in Immigration papers. A Bray praesidium of 6 members is also a Pioneer Council and recruited 2 senior and 2 junior Pioneers last year.

Ancilla Domini Curia: 13 attended the April Pauline Circle, including 4 non-Catholics. One praesidium held 93 recruiting efforts during the year. Home visitation is done. They also conduct a weekly Holy Hour. Another praesidium delivers 76 copies of Maria Legionis, visit homes and organise two hours of adoration weekly with a cumulative attendance of around 30. Their monthly Patrician meeting usually has 8 patricians and 2 legionaries present.

Annunciata Curia:.Six Patrician meetings held by one praesidium were attended by 21 legionaries and 47 patricians. The Frank Duff Day in one parish to coincide with the Parish Centenary celebrations was a great success with many visitors to the exhibition and up to 50 in attendance at the afternoon talk by Finola Kennedy, with Fr. John Harris acting as Master of Ceremonies.

EUROPE

Austrian Senatus: This council covers 3 directly attached praesidia, 19 Curiae and 9 Comitia. The Senatus is seeking to put Frank Duff prayer leaflets into every parish in Austria. 5 PPC projects and 2 projects to Lourdes are planned. 21 legionaries will attend the Summer School in Dublin in August. Praesidia reported membership of 9, 7 and 8. Works included visiting former street girls, contact work in a University Campus, and holding “Mercy Nights” where people are invited back to the Church. West Vienna Curia visited priests in their area. Maria Treu Curia held their first Congress; 30 attended. The Northeast Curia did Train Station apostolate resulting in a Muslim teenager being baptised. The Croatian Curia (4 praesidia) distributed 2,000 Frank Duff prayer leaflets and did visitation using 16 Pilgrim Statues. The Korean Curia looked after a dementia patient until her death, organised a Mass and brought her ashes back to her non-Catholic family in Korea. The Filipino Curia (3 paesidia) encouraged couples to have their unions blessed in a Church marriage. Ancilla Domini Curia (4praesidia) with 20 active members has 2 Patrician Groups, 9 Prayer Groups and 9 Pilgrim Statues. South and East Vienna Curia started a new praesidium.
Curia Brengenz did extension in Bludenz, Ludesch and Bregenz.
Innsbruck Comitium did extension in Matrei, Achensee and Weissenbach. Salzburg Curia did street contact work. 12 legionaries from Linz Comitium attended the Senatus Winter School. They promoted De Montfort’s True Devotion. Extension was done by the Curiae of Zell, Steyr, Gmunden and Ried.
Muehlviertel Comitium: Curiae Putzleindorf, Sandl and Tragwein all undertook extension projects. North Burgenland Curia promoted Patricians, Nazareth Groups and held a Congress entitled, “Renewing the Church through Mary”. Middle Burgenland Curia did extension and held events at which 40 and 80 people attended Confession. Croatian Burgenland Curia visited First Holy Communicants.
Graz Comitiuim: This council did extension in Gleisdorf and among the Croatian Community. 30 auxiliaries attended an afternoon Retreat. Leoben Curia appointed officers to the new praesidium in Aflenz. Oststeiermark Curia held a men’s Retreat and organised an Exploratio Dominicalis project.
Ybbs Comitium: Works included recruiting in Petzenkirchen and Purgstall. St. Poelten Curia started a youth praesidium and Amstetten Curia members spoke at a Priest’s Conference.
Zwettl Comitium held a Congress; 3 priests and 27 legionaries attended. Hohenreich Curia did extension in the Czech Republic. Gars Curia brought a long lapsed man to see a priest; this person died soon afterwards.
Vienna Wood Comitium had 200 at an afternoon reflection with 3 priests hearing Confessions.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Olmuetz Comitium: 69 attended its Winter School. A hostel for homeless women organised Christian burials, Baptisms, and directed drug addicts to Cenacolo. 50 attend their Patrician meetings.
Prague Comitium: Their Spiritual Director Bishop Karol Herbst celebrates Mass before each meeting. Bro. Ivan Dietrich’s attributed his healing through the intercession of Frank Duff.

SLOVAKIA
SLOVAKIA Zseliz Comitium: This council has 32 praesidia, 196 active and 1921 auxiliary members. They held a meeting for auxiliaries. Curia Trnava brought a priest to 28 sick people and produced a pamphlet for young people entitled: “10 Reasons why I came back to the Catholic Church.”

MOLDOVA
The Curia has 9 praesidia, 61 active and 84 auxiliary members. They visit alcoholics and promote Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes.
BULGARIA: The Curia has 8 praesidia. Extension is taking place in Rakovski. Permission was granted to start the Legion in the southern Diocese.

UKRAINE
Sr. Kriss and Bro. Hager reported on their visit: Kamanets Curia helped the new praesidium in Lemberg, 19 attended the Tscherniwtsi Curia Retreat. Extension was done in Kiev.
Schitomir Comitium: There are new praesidia in Komsomolsk and Wolotschisk. The meetings in Donetsk have restarted since November 2014. Despite the war there was no cancellation of meetings in Gorlowka. The Greek praesidium in Weliki Mosti is working well and there are African student praesidia in Kiev, Winnitsa, and Ternopol.

BELARUS
The Comitium governs 10 directly attached praesidia and 10 Curiae. Works include hospital visitation with both Catholic and Orthodox priests, prayers during funerals, household help to priests, formation of Prayer Groups and catechesis of families preparing for Baptism. In Borovlyany there was testimony of a cure attributed to the intercession of Frank Duff.

CROATIA
Zagreb Regia suffered the great loss of its Spiritual Director, who died suddenly having served 44 years as a priest. 90 legionaries attended the Winter School, the main theme “The Joy in the Service of Mary.” From reports of Comitia, Curiae and praesidia numerous returns to the Sacraments were recorded, two after 60 years, one after 50 years and one after 30 years. A praesidium of 8 members recorded 62 people returning to the Sacraments.

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia: Their apostolate includes visitation of 4 hospitals, a Care Home for children and a Gerontology Centre where legionaries prepare residents for Confession and escort blind people to Sunday Mass.

HUNGARY: Extension is on-going. 70 legionaries attended the Winter School. Reports show numerous returns to the Church.

LATVIA: Promotion of the 3 Causes featured in all reports. Jelgava Curia has three praesidia and Leipijie has two praesidia.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium: With two attaches Curiae, this council gives much attention to recruiting, resulting in 7 new active members and 15 auxiliaries. Legionaries pray the Rosary daily in a local Day Centre where many of those met have no religion, or are lapsed for years. They arrange a monthly Mass in a Night Shelter for the homeless.
Telsiai Comitium: The Diocese has 153 parishes and the Legion is in 30 of them. Two people who went to Confession after an absence of 50 years, died soon afterwards.

POLAND
Warsaw-Metro Comitium: Recent reports show that praesidia are working faithfully. There was a notable presence of legionaries in Plock Cathedral on 11th June for the Episcopal Jubilee of Bishop Marcinkowsky, Bishop Protector of the Legion in Poland.
Comitium Warsaw-Prague: Two praesidia have each 10 full members. Among works reported are home visitation, teaching the Rosary to young children, spiritual care of residents in two nursing homes, plus organising prayers in Church and on Catholic Radio.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia held its annual Retreat in February with 170 legionaries in attendance. Among the works are helping people to prepare for the Sacraments. 42 homes were consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Bro. and Sr. Calice visited Bucharest Curia, which has 8 praesidia and 60 active members.

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AFRICA

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui Senatus reports that life is still far from normalised following the invasion of last year.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Kinshasa Senatus: Following the death of Bro. Joseph Mbeka in April after his visit to Kisangani at the request of Archbishop Utempo Tapi to prepare the Regia Officers for the raising of the Regia to Senatus status, a message was received from Bro. Amissi, the new Senatus President to say that all were grieved by Bro. Joseph’s death. RIP.

Katanga Senatus: This council recently sent visitors to Mbuji-Mayi Regia, which governs the Legion in East Kasai and was happy with the outcome.

Lubumbashi Senatus: Three new officers were elected. The secretary Bro. Jaques Mwambila was elected for a second term. The directive for March was to visit the poor in their areas, the parishes and the hospices for the elderly. The president is hoping to visit Concilium later this year.

Butembo Senatus: All their councils from the Dioceses of Bunia, Wamba, Butembo, Lubero have given their reports to Senatus during this period. There are 8 Youth Curiae in total. All these Councils have large memberships. They have one praesidium for 19 mothers. A new Comitium in parish of Lyambo is planned for June 2015. A new Comitium for parish of Mavoya is also planned for June 2015.Large numbers of infants and some adults were baptised. Couples were blessed and reconciled as were families. Prisoners, orphans, elderly, sick and poor, soldiers, victims of war in Beni were also visited. Children were taught their prayers, how to say the Rosary and taken to Mass. Large numbers of people of other religions were visited. Alcoholics and smokers of cannabis or hemp gave up the habit. Large numbers of young people joined the Legion as did catechists. Protestants, Adventists and members of sects became Catholics. Churches and cemeteries were maintained. Rosaries were said on home visitation. An appeal from Spiritual Director Pere Molondy called on all to live together in peace and to reject conflict, war and massacre and urged that refugees and displaced people be treated with respect and that adoration of Blessed Sacrament be done as often as possible. He asked everyone to learn the Litany of the Blessed Virgin for the Jubilee year of Senatus (25 years) and to motivate the young and men to join the Legion of Mary. The May meeting was marked by all the participants attending a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop and 5 Bishops from the ecclesiastical zone of Eastern Congo to pray for peace and an end to massacre in the 4 territories. All delegates attended the Mass. Legionaries travelled long distances to the Dioceses of Mahagi and Bunia on visitation at the end of May and early June. The sad news came that Fr. Jean Pierre Ndulani the Assumptionist priest in detention in the hands of local armed groups, died due to harsh conditions and his poor health, as he had severe diabetes. The other 2 priests were handed over to the Adf/MDI in exchange for other prisoners. Frs. Anselme Wasukundi and Edmond Bamtupe were beheaded because they would not convert to Islam.

RWANDA
Kigali Senatus: Home, hospital, orphanage, auxiliary and prison visitation are mentioned among the works as well as Auxiliary Rallies. One Curia has problems because of illiteracy.
Comitium Kigarama, which has 22 and Curiae, 11 attached praesidia, 116 junior praesidia with over 1800 juniors, 14 praesidia in Secondary Schools with over 690 members, over 3,000 seniors and 683 auxiliaries.
Comitium Kabgayi is equally impressive. The correspondent advised on setting up of a junior Curia. The 4 other Comitia and lower councils reporting are also very active with juniors and intermediates. The Senatus web-site is visited a lot. The Frank Duff prayer is translated into the national language.

MAURITUS
(Rodrigues): Reports show that the Regia is functioning well, organising Pilgrimages, Exploratio Dominicalis, Junior Rallies, and Retreats for Legionaries. Reports include parish activities, bringing Holy Communion to sick and elderly, teaching catechism to the young, organising Adoration and Rosaries in Churches and Stations of the Cross in Lent. They held a day of foundation for officers recently. Acies held in all regions from 22 to 29 March had good attendance, 200 in one area. They are planning celebration of 75 years of Legion for 6th September at Mt. Thabor.

REUNION
They are planning celebration of 70th. Jubilee on Sunday 11th. October. Works include visitation, home to home, and of the sick and elderly, catechetics, family reconciliations with prayer, accompanying priests on visits for Confessions and Holy Communions to the ill. They plan to visit Madagascar from 14th of July to 8th of August with the permission of Fr. Adriano, National Director, visiting the Curiae there, principally in Morondava. At Toamasina they hope to found a new Curia in the Diocese of Ambanze. A Bishop has requested that the Legion be founded in his Diocese and they ask for prayers for this project. They mention with love, Eva McGorish, RIP, who was with them in 1985.
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Concilium Bulletin June 2015
July 2015

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: The Regia of San Miguel taught 800 schoolchildren St. Louis Marie’s True Devotion and all made the Consecration. As a boost for junior praesidia, groups of Velites are being set up in which small children and their parents take part. All Argentina’s legionaries are praying to Alfie for the cure of Tullamore man Declan Kelly.

Cordoba Senatus: Leaflets were handed out at Masses celebrated for Alfie Lambe’s Cause in four Churches. Over 100 legionaries attended a Congress held by the Dean Funes Comitium.

Salta Senatus: In a small rural town the legionaries built a chapel with the help of the local people. While building the chapel the local people were told about the sacraments and prepared for their reception. Many valuable contacts are made with pilgrims and tourists who come to the city. New and timid members take an active part along with older legionaries in the Senatus meeting. In minutes and letters much space is dedicated to Alfie Lambe’s Cause.

Corrientes Regia: A junior Curia reported works undertaken include involvement in a radio programme, lots of street contact, visiting prisoners and the sick in hospitals and elderly in nursing homes. In the town of Goya a single Curia was divided into three in 2012 and one of the Curiae was raised to Comitium on 31 May this year. A new Comitium was set up also in the Basilica town of Itatí.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: The Regia of Castanhal reports almost 2,000 homes visited. A Curia reports 68 returns to participation in the Eucharist. 122 youths and adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confession and solemnisation of the Sacrament of Marriage were brought to a couple, one being 89 the other 94. Since the change of officerships visitation of interior councils is taking place.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: Sister Eleusa was applauded when she told the Senatus about the grace she received through the Servant of God Frank Duff, relating to her health. A praesidium instructed mothers of un-baptised children on the importance of the Sacrament and got them inscribed in the parish catechism. 20 Bible Circles were held in some houses. A legionary promised a lady that she would look for her drug-addicted son; he was found under a viaduct and the legionary brought him home.

Fortaleza Senatus: A Curia reported 118 visits to homes bringing Holy Communion; and visits to 48 prisoners. A Comitium in Quixadá had 1,153 visits to homes, and 123 visits with Holy Communion to sick people. The Senatus is undertaking extension in Cascavel.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: Reports from the Regia of Guarapuava and three Comitia showed a total of more than 17,000 home visits made. These included over 5,000 visits to non-Catholic families. Over 1,400 hospital visits were made and over 7,000 visits to sick people in their homes. A person away from the Church for many years returned to the Sacraments and received the Sacrament of the Sick soon before his death.

Recife Senatus: To facilitate active involvement in the parishes, the Senatus meetings are held at 8.30 a.m. on Saturdays. Eight new praesidia were set up as a result of a Peregrinatio Pro Christo involving volunteers from all over Brazil. Several praesidia report on Exploratio Dominicialis. Through street contact a youth living on the streets was rehabilitated. Many places are asking for the Legion. João Pessoa Regia reports setting up a Comitium. Also 363 children were prepared for First Holy Communion.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Street contact is made with addicts who are guided to seek rehabilitation. Niteroi Regia, with 17 Comitia recruited 474 active members. After six months of prayer to Frank Duff a mother saw her son reconciled with his wife. A 72 year old made her First Communion and then the Legion promise. Five of the six Senatus Officers were re-elected for a second term, President and Vice President being over ninety. In the west Amazonian region one Comitium with 14 Curiae attached set up a new Curia and two praesidia.

Salvador Senatus: A city praesidum coordinates parish catechesis for 600 children. Another praesidium visits centres for mentally disturbed young people. Home visitation is done by juniors accompanied by seniors. Legionary catechists prepare children and youth for First Holy Communion and Confirmation as well as parents and god parents in baptism catechesis.

Santa Maria Senatus: A Comitium with 70 praesidia has 1,230 active members. Several praesidia report increases in membership as a result of Exploratio Dominicalis. Many challenges face this recently established Senatus. In the town of Passo Fundo special attention is given to promotion of the celebration of the Eucharist in the prisons and a Youth Detention Centre.

São Luis Senatus: This council reports the recovery of four young addicts. Among the results of the main apostolate were the recruitment of 16 active members and 19 auxiliaries; 87 youths and adults were prepared for Confirmation while 283 children and adults made their First Holy Communion. The main apostolate is to families, 34,000 visits being made, including visits to families of prisoners.

São Paulo Senatus: One Comitium reported 188 visits with Holy Communion to the sick at home. Another Comitium called on 945 families and brought a statue of Our Lady to 373 of these, with recitation of the Rosary. A Retreat for young legionaries had an attendance of 120. Our congratulations and thanks go to Rev. Fr. Ivan Danhoni, who recently celebrated 25 years as Spiritual Director of the São Paulo Senatus.

Brasilia Regia: A Comitium reported 1,500 Bible readings on home visitation. Home visitation is given priority in reports from seven Comitia and two Curiae with over 6,000 contacts made by one Comitium. On request, over 2,000 Rosaries were recited with families. A Curia reports organising monthly the 1,000 Hail Mary’s Devotion with the special intention of the prison apostolate.

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ASIA

MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur Regia: A new praesidium was set up in November 2014 and a new Curia in January 2015. A praesidium attached to the Regia is to join with 5 other praesidia to form a new Curia. A praesidium with 13 members reported visitation of the aged the lonely, lapsed and newly baptised. They also visit an Orphanage. A sick Muslim was consoled and a former Spiritual Director visited in a nursing home. A Rosary Rally took place in a stadium where the Rosary was recited in 20 languages. Another praesidium visits a lapsed Catholic and sick people. They also help to sort medicines at a Dispensary. Council reports include contact with lapsed Catholics and people with mental health issues; they also operate a Book Barrow, visit and pray with prisoners and refugees.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Reference is made to visitation of councils and praesidia. Home visitation to the sick, the elderly and preparing people for the Sacraments feature in reports. Kupang Regia held a Regional Congress. Two praesidia in a Boarding School were visited. Attention is given to juniors and a Conference for juniors is to take place in October 2015.

Jakarta Senatus: Imaichi Church conducts Para-Liturgical Ceremonies on Sundays where no priest is available. They also run a Recycle-Shop as a service to the community. In a joint prayer initiative with Korean-speaking communities they recite the Rosary for peace in Asia. They also care for blood donors. The main works of Hanshin Curia are caring for the handicapped at Mass, bringing Holy Communion with the priest to the sick, helping in nursing homes at meal times, visiting lapsed Catholics; one such person returned to the Church.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: One Regia recorded an increase in auxiliary members; they now have 9,608 auxiliaries. In their outreach they enrolled 3,332 in catechism classes and visited many sick or infirm people. Chenju Regia had an increase of 18 senior praesidia and a decrease of two junior praesidia; they enrolled 2,882 people into catechism classes.

Gwanju Senatus: Masan Regia reported 31,817 persons initiated as catechumens and 3,518 baptised. Numerous visits were made to sick people in their homes. Je-Ju Regia had 1,004 people baptised and 1,590 returns to the Sacraments. 108 joined the Legion. A Comitium in Geumdang reported 135 people baptised and 127 returns to the Sacraments. A Comitium in Wondong made numerous home visits and 352 people were baptised.

Daegu Senatus: Most reports show recruitment of catechumens, baptisms, returns to the Sacraments, visitation of hospitals, Welfare Institutions and recruitment of legionaries. In one month, Andong Regia reported recruitment of 30 catechumens, 7 baptisms, 48 returns to the Sacraments, over 1,000 visits to hospitals and Welfare Institutions, plus recruitment of 64 new legionaries.

TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: From June 2014 to date nine new praesidia have been set up, with six more being developed. A praesidium discovered in an outlying island is being helped by the Legion on the mainland. Fr. Bradshaw’s book (on his work in Russia and Iceland) has been translated into Chinese and is now in print.

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: Councils and praesidia are visited. Kota Kinabalu Comitium reported the formation of a Curia and a praesidium. Kuching Comitium has formed a number of new praesidia. The annual New Year visit to the Archbishop took place.

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: The December 2014 Minutes recorded the invitation for Sr. Sally Chan to help with extension work in Macau Curia as an Incola Maria, ending in July 2015. The Spiritual Director of Macau Curia has asked that Sr. Sally continue with her Legion service for another six months. This was approved by Hong Kong Comitium. A summary report from Sr. Sally has been forwarded to correspondent, Bro. Paddy McCann; also a report has been received from the Hong Kong Comitium. It is evident that Sr. Sally has put much effort into her time in Macau; she has given valuable guidance to implementation of the Legion Handbook at all levels, at Curia and praesidium meetings; she also made many visits to parishes and schools in Macau.

Mother of the Church Curia: This council, which covers eastern Hong Kong, recorded works of evangelisation, catechumen classes, visitation of prisons and nursing homes, help at funerals, volunteer works in hospitals and parish works. Two praesidia reported on Sunday School work, visits to the elderly and Rehabilitation Centres, plus prison visitation.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Cloyne Comitium: Two reporting praesidia have a total of 16 members. Works include home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue. Prayer packs were given to the First Holy Communion children. A book barrow is operated during local festivals. The Comitium and the 2 attached Curiae held a joint officers meeting in February. 66 attended their joint Retreat. Reports were received from East and West Cloyne Curiae. The Comitium hosted the regional Peregrinatio Pro Christo Conference in Mallow on Sunday 12th May.

Cork Comitium: Ballyvolane praesidium has 9 members and 14 new auxiliaries. They visit homes weekly, circulate 2 Fatima Statues and visit a Hospice Care Centre. In May, October and November Statues of Our Lady were taken to two Estates with young families. Glenville praesidium has 7 members; 3 are Praetorians. They have 70 auxiliaries. Each Christmas 400 copies of a newsletter are prepared and 60 are sent to emigrants. Mayfield praesidium has 9 members and 23 auxiliaries. The First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes in local schools were visited and given Rosary Beads and Miraculous Medals. About 60 legionaries from Cork, Cloyne and Ross councils attended the Annual Peregrinatio Pro Christo Conference in Blackrock in January. Muire na Gras Curia: Two praesidia have one Praetorian each and the 4 praesidia record a total of 501 auxiliaries. Works include home, Fatima Statue and hospital visitation. One praesidium visits the First Holy Communion classes. Coronata Curia: Works of the two reporting praesidia include hospital and nursing home visitation. Annunciata Curia: The reporting praesidia have 8 and 6 members. A Mass to commemorate Venerable Edel Quinn was celebrated in Cork city in May.

Kerry Comitium: Recruiting Drives were held in Millstreet, Rathmore and Glenflesk and 8 new members joined the Legion as a result. Two new members joined praesidia attached to Tralee Curia after seeing the Legion advertised in a newsletter. Many schools were visited where the Miraculous Medal was distributed. The Pioneers were promoted in the 5th and 6th classes. In one school a slide show on the Miraculous Medal was shown to 90 students and Miraculous Medals were distributed. Two Pilgrim Statues are circulated to homes by a praesidium with 11 members, 4 of whom joined the Legion as a result of a recruiting drive. Two Chinese children were prepared for Baptism. The Fatima Statue is displayed on Procession on the 13th of each month from May to October in Killarney and contact work is done.

Mid-Clare Comitium: Lissycasey praesidium has 6 members and 67 auxiliaries. Works include visiting old people and distributing Catholic literature. Corofin praesidium has 7 members who visit a Day Care Centre for the elderly; they also do Pilgrim Statue visitation. Shannon praesidium has 8 members, including 3 Praetorians; they have 19 auxiliaries. Works include nursing home visitation and 46 homes were visited with 2 Fatima Statues. The 6 members of Clarecastle praesidium visit hospitals and a Day Care Centre weekly. They coordinate 13 Advent and Lenten home prayer groups. The three Causes are promoted. East Clare Curia legionaries actively promote Echaristic Adoration. West Clare Curia: Reporting praesidia do hospital and nursing home visitation, organise Eucharistic Adoration weekly and did crowd contact at the Legion Caravan during the Willie Clancy Music Festival in Miltown Malbay.

Thurles Comitium: Ballycahill legionaries are busy in the parish and in the Community Hospital. Legionaries in Leugh praesidium held an officers meeting to discuss improving the praesidium. A Holy Hour for the success of PPC was held in April. Four members of a junior praesidium attended the Comitium meeting in April. The parents of the juniors attend their meetings along with 2 senior legionaries. 14 juniors recruited 5 auxiliaries. Tipperary Curia led the special Easter Home Visitation Project in Limerick in which 1,190 homes were called on, 103 lapsed contacted and a Patrician meeting held on both evenings. Eight new members turned up for a meeting. Templebraden junior praesidium has 10 members.

CURIAE
Birr/Roscrea Curia: Borrisokane praesidium has 5 members, including two Praetorians; they have 14 auxiliaries. Their works include bringing the Fatima Statue to homes, holding Patrician meetings and organising Eucharistic Adoration. Shinrone legionaries engage in home and nursing home visitation. The praesidium in Citeaux Hall, Roscrea has 7 members; 4 are Praetorians and they have 28 auxiliaries. They visit the old and infirm. Clonlisk legionaries visit the infirm and promote Catholic literature. The Curia Retreat had an attendance of 52. Some members worked on a Home Visitation Project in Caherdavin led by Fr. Michael Kennedy.

Limerick Curia: Curia delegates have been attending preparation Diocesan Synod meetings. A reporting praesidium with 9 members and 23 auxiliaries has an average of 10 at Patricians each month. Another praesidium with 5 members mails an emigrants newsletter to Abbeyfeale emigrants 8 or 9 times per year. The 8 members of another reporting praesidium undertake hospital visitation and where possible attend funerals of patients.

Lismore Curia: Dungarvan praesidium has 11 members; works include visitation with the Pilgrim Statue, hospital and nursing home visitation. First year students were enrolled in the Miraculous Medal and the ceremony was conducted by Fr. John Harris.

Ross Curia: The April meeting was attended by the Correspondent and 2 Concilium Officers. The Frank Duff talk given by Fr. Eamon McCarthy on March 11th in Clonakilty was very successful. Three praesidia reports featured with 4 members in Barryroe, 17 in Skibbereen and 8 in Darrara. Works include Church cleaning and preparation for various ceremonies, sale of Catholic newspapers, hospital and nursing home visitation. Skibbereen legionaries publish a quarterly newsletter which is sent to 500 addresses.

Waterford Curia: A copy of the annual audit was received with the March minutes. A Concilium Officer and representatives of both Waterford and Lismore Curiae attended the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan on Sunday 12th April.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE

Assumpta Curia: 25 patricians and 4 legionaries attended 2 Patrician meetings. One praesidium has 9 full members and 1 probationer; they had 4 visitors during the year. All 40 auxiliary members subscribe to the Maria Legionis. As well as the Church bookshop each weekend and home and nursing home visitation, they run monthly Patrician and Frank Duff Prayer meetings with average attendances of 14 and 5 respectively. A nursing home is visited. One resident of the home, who had lost contact with the Catholic Church, now receives Holy Communion on First Fridays. The Miraculous Medal DVD was shown to 3rd and 6th classes in both Primary Schools and Miraculous Medals were distributed.

Gloriosa Curia: Cordial encounters were had in May with the Liaison Officer and Chaplain of Cloverhill Prison, both of whom thanked the legionaries for their work; inmates are given copies of the Bible. Three members of the Maynooth parish praesidium of four women and four men are Praetorians and 13 of their 130 auxiliary members are Adjutorians. A lady from Slovenia was baptised at Easter after being contacted by legionaries and encouraged to take instruction. During weekly home visitation a Muslim man invited legionaries in for tea. Four nursing homes are visited, two of them weekly. A junior praesidium paved the way for senior legionaries to visit a school, teaching the Rosary to students; 6 classes have been visited to date. The monthly Patrician meeting, which had ceased, has been resurrected; 4 patricians and 7 legionaries attended in May.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: Over 90 people attended the annual Edel Quinn Mass in Tallaght where Fr. Luuk Jansen O.P. a former legionary, was chief celebrant and homilist. One praesidium delivers 30 copies of the Pioneer Magazine. Another praesidium has 6 active and 50 auxiliary members. Parishioners are visited in Tallaght Hospital and various nursing homes; staff from Kerala are pleasantly surprised to receive the Frank Duff prayer in their native Malayalam language. 350 Rosary leaflets were given to 2 parishioners who were teaching schoolchildren how to say the Rosary. Permission was received in one parish to distribute Frank Duff leaflets at all Masses over a weekend in November and those contacted were invited to the Pro-Cathedral Annual Frank Duff Mass.

Immaculata Curia: 7 of the Curia’s 11 praesidia held Patrician meetings in April and May with a cumulative attendance of 52 legionaries and 73 patricians. 7 Primary Schools have been visited using the Miraculous Medal as part of an outreach to schools. In May, two praesidia visited 350 homes during an Exploratio Dominicalis in Fettercairn, an area previously unvisited.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: The annual Edel Quinn Mass in one parish had an attendance of 100. One praesidium doubles as a Pioneer Council. On eight occasions during the year a legionary was at all weekend Masses to promote the Pioneers. A praesidium with 6 members distributes 135 Maria Legionis. They have 8 Adjutorian members in a local monastery. Up to 10 people join the legionaries for a Frank Duff Holy Hour. 60 personalised baptismal packs were distributed by the praesidium.

Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The main work of the Johnstown praesidium, which has 9 members, is home visitation. At the request of the Parish Council the two Primary Schools were visited. Each week 2 members visit Shelton Abbey Prison where, at a prayer service for deceased prisoners, they were introduced to the new Chaplain, the Governor and some senior officers, all of whom were very appreciative of their work. The praesidium asked a retired teacher to give English classes to a young man from Albania who was struggling to fill in Immigration papers. A Bray praesidium of 6 members is also a Pioneer Council and recruited 2 senior and 2 junior Pioneers last year.

Ancilla Domini Curia: 13 attended the April Pauline Circle, including 4 non-Catholics. One praesidium held 93 recruiting efforts during the year. Home visitation is done. They also conduct a weekly Holy Hour. Another praesidium delivers 76 copies of Maria Legionis, visit homes and organise two hours of adoration weekly with a cumulative attendance of around 30. Their monthly Patrician meeting usually has 8 patricians and 2 legionaries present.

Annunciata Curia:.Six Patrician meetings held by one praesidium were attended by 21 legionaries and 47 patricians. The Frank Duff Day in one parish to coincide with the Parish Centenary celebrations was a great success with many visitors to the exhibition and up to 50 in attendance at the afternoon talk by Finola Kennedy, with Fr. John Harris acting as Master of Ceremonies.

EUROPE

Austrian Senatus: This council covers 3 directly attached praesidia, 19 Curiae and 9 Comitia. The Senatus is seeking to put Frank Duff prayer leaflets into every parish in Austria. 5 PPC projects and 2 projects to Lourdes are planned. 21 legionaries will attend the Summer School in Dublin in August. Praesidia reported membership of 9, 7 and 8. Works included visiting former street girls, contact work in a University Campus, and holding “Mercy Nights” where people are invited back to the Church. West Vienna Curia visited priests in their area. Maria Treu Curia held their first Congress; 30 attended. The Northeast Curia did Train Station apostolate resulting in a Muslim teenager being baptised. The Croatian Curia (4 praesidia) distributed 2,000 Frank Duff prayer leaflets and did visitation using 16 Pilgrim Statues. The Korean Curia looked after a dementia patient until her death, organised a Mass and brought her ashes back to her non-Catholic family in Korea. The Filipino Curia (3 paesidia) encouraged couples to have their unions blessed in a Church marriage. Ancilla Domini Curia (4praesidia) with 20 active members has 2 Patrician Groups, 9 Prayer Groups and 9 Pilgrim Statues. South and East Vienna Curia started a new praesidium.
Curia Brengenz did extension in Bludenz, Ludesch and Bregenz.
Innsbruck Comitium did extension in Matrei, Achensee and Weissenbach. Salzburg Curia did street contact work. 12 legionaries from Linz Comitium attended the Senatus Winter School. They promoted De Montfort’s True Devotion. Extension was done by the Curiae of Zell, Steyr, Gmunden and Ried.
Muehlviertel Comitium: Curiae Putzleindorf, Sandl and Tragwein all undertook extension projects. North Burgenland Curia promoted Patricians, Nazareth Groups and held a Congress entitled, “Renewing the Church through Mary”. Middle Burgenland Curia did extension and held events at which 40 and 80 people attended Confession. Croatian Burgenland Curia visited First Holy Communicants.
Graz Comitiuim: This council did extension in Gleisdorf and among the Croatian Community. 30 auxiliaries attended an afternoon Retreat. Leoben Curia appointed officers to the new praesidium in Aflenz. Oststeiermark Curia held a men’s Retreat and organised an Exploratio Dominicalis project.
Ybbs Comitium: Works included recruiting in Petzenkirchen and Purgstall. St. Poelten Curia started a youth praesidium and Amstetten Curia members spoke at a Priest’s Conference.
Zwettl Comitium held a Congress; 3 priests and 27 legionaries attended. Hohenreich Curia did extension in the Czech Republic. Gars Curia brought a long lapsed man to see a priest; this person died soon afterwards.
Vienna Wood Comitium had 200 at an afternoon reflection with 3 priests hearing Confessions.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Olmuetz Comitium: 69 attended its Winter School. A hostel for homeless women organised Christian burials, Baptisms, and directed drug addicts to Cenacolo. 50 attend their Patrician meetings.
Prague Comitium: Their Spiritual Director Bishop Karol Herbst celebrates Mass before each meeting. Bro. Ivan Dietrich’s attributed his healing through the intercession of Frank Duff.

SLOVAKIA
SLOVAKIA Zseliz Comitium: This council has 32 praesidia, 196 active and 1921 auxiliary members. They held a meeting for auxiliaries. Curia Trnava brought a priest to 28 sick people and produced a pamphlet for young people entitled: “10 Reasons why I came back to the Catholic Church.”

MOLDOVA
The Curia has 9 praesidia, 61 active and 84 auxiliary members. They visit alcoholics and promote Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes.
BULGARIA: The Curia has 8 praesidia. Extension is taking place in Rakovski. Permission was granted to start the Legion in the southern Diocese.

UKRAINE
Sr. Kriss and Bro. Hager reported on their visit: Kamanets Curia helped the new praesidium in Lemberg, 19 attended the Tscherniwtsi Curia Retreat. Extension was done in Kiev.
Schitomir Comitium: There are new praesidia in Komsomolsk and Wolotschisk. The meetings in Donetsk have restarted since November 2014. Despite the war there was no cancellation of meetings in Gorlowka. The Greek praesidium in Weliki Mosti is working well and there are African student praesidia in Kiev, Winnitsa, and Ternopol.

BELARUS
The Comitium governs 10 directly attached praesidia and 10 Curiae. Works include hospital visitation with both Catholic and Orthodox priests, prayers during funerals, household help to priests, formation of Prayer Groups and catechesis of families preparing for Baptism. In Borovlyany there was testimony of a cure attributed to the intercession of Frank Duff.

CROATIA
Zagreb Regia suffered the great loss of its Spiritual Director, who died suddenly having served 44 years as a priest. 90 legionaries attended the Winter School, the main theme “The Joy in the Service of Mary.” From reports of Comitia, Curiae and praesidia numerous returns to the Sacraments were recorded, two after 60 years, one after 50 years and one after 30 years. A praesidium of 8 members recorded 62 people returning to the Sacraments.

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia: Their apostolate includes visitation of 4 hospitals, a Care Home for children and a Gerontology Centre where legionaries prepare residents for Confession and escort blind people to Sunday Mass.

HUNGARY: Extension is on-going. 70 legionaries attended the Winter School. Reports show numerous returns to the Church.

LATVIA: Promotion of the 3 Causes featured in all reports. Jelgava Curia has three praesidia and Leipijie has two praesidia.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium: With two attaches Curiae, this council gives much attention to recruiting, resulting in 7 new active members and 15 auxiliaries. Legionaries pray the Rosary daily in a local Day Centre where many of those met have no religion, or are lapsed for years. They arrange a monthly Mass in a Night Shelter for the homeless.
Telsiai Comitium: The Diocese has 153 parishes and the Legion is in 30 of them. Two people who went to Confession after an absence of 50 years, died soon afterwards.

POLAND
Warsaw-Metro Comitium: Recent reports show that praesidia are working faithfully. There was a notable presence of legionaries in Plock Cathedral on 11th June for the Episcopal Jubilee of Bishop Marcinkowsky, Bishop Protector of the Legion in Poland.
Comitium Warsaw-Prague: Two praesidia have each 10 full members. Among works reported are home visitation, teaching the Rosary to young children, spiritual care of residents in two nursing homes, plus organising prayers in Church and on Catholic Radio.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia held its annual Retreat in February with 170 legionaries in attendance. Among the works are helping people to prepare for the Sacraments. 42 homes were consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Bro. and Sr. Calice visited Bucharest Curia, which has 8 praesidia and 60 active members.

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AFRICA

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui Senatus reports that life is still far from normalised following the invasion of last year.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Kinshasa Senatus: Following the death of Bro. Joseph Mbeka in April after his visit to Kisangani at the request of Archbishop Utempo Tapi to prepare the Regia Officers for the raising of the Regia to Senatus status, a message was received from Bro. Amissi, the new Senatus President to say that all were grieved by Bro. Joseph’s death. RIP.

Katanga Senatus: This council recently sent visitors to Mbuji-Mayi Regia, which governs the Legion in East Kasai and was happy with the outcome.

Lubumbashi Senatus: Three new officers were elected. The secretary Bro. Jaques Mwambila was elected for a second term. The directive for March was to visit the poor in their areas, the parishes and the hospices for the elderly. The president is hoping to visit Concilium later this year.

Butembo Senatus: All their councils from the Dioceses of Bunia, Wamba, Butembo, Lubero have given their reports to Senatus during this period. There are 8 Youth Curiae in total. All these Councils have large memberships. They have one praesidium for 19 mothers. A new Comitium in parish of Lyambo is planned for June 2015. A new Comitium for parish of Mavoya is also planned for June 2015.Large numbers of infants and some adults were baptised. Couples were blessed and reconciled as were families. Prisoners, orphans, elderly, sick and poor, soldiers, victims of war in Beni were also visited. Children were taught their prayers, how to say the Rosary and taken to Mass. Large numbers of people of other religions were visited. Alcoholics and smokers of cannabis or hemp gave up the habit. Large numbers of young people joined the Legion as did catechists. Protestants, Adventists and members of sects became Catholics. Churches and cemeteries were maintained. Rosaries were said on home visitation. An appeal from Spiritual Director Pere Molondy called on all to live together in peace and to reject conflict, war and massacre and urged that refugees and displaced people be treated with respect and that adoration of Blessed Sacrament be done as often as possible. He asked everyone to learn the Litany of the Blessed Virgin for the Jubilee year of Senatus (25 years) and to motivate the young and men to join the Legion of Mary. The May meeting was marked by all the participants attending a Mass celebrated by the Archbishop and 5 Bishops from the ecclesiastical zone of Eastern Congo to pray for peace and an end to massacre in the 4 territories. All delegates attended the Mass. Legionaries travelled long distances to the Dioceses of Mahagi and Bunia on visitation at the end of May and early June. The sad news came that Fr. Jean Pierre Ndulani the Assumptionist priest in detention in the hands of local armed groups, died due to harsh conditions and his poor health, as he had severe diabetes. The other 2 priests were handed over to the Adf/MDI in exchange for other prisoners. Frs. Anselme Wasukundi and Edmond Bamtupe were beheaded because they would not convert to Islam.

RWANDA
Kigali Senatus: Home, hospital, orphanage, auxiliary and prison visitation are mentioned among the works as well as Auxiliary Rallies. One Curia has problems because of illiteracy.
Comitium Kigarama, which has 22 and Curiae, 11 attached praesidia, 116 junior praesidia with over 1800 juniors, 14 praesidia in Secondary Schools with over 690 members, over 3,000 seniors and 683 auxiliaries.
Comitium Kabgayi is equally impressive. The correspondent advised on setting up of a junior Curia. The 4 other Comitia and lower councils reporting are also very active with juniors and intermediates. The Senatus web-site is visited a lot. The Frank Duff prayer is translated into the national language.

MAURITUS
(Rodrigues): Reports show that the Regia is functioning well, organising Pilgrimages, Exploratio Dominicalis, Junior Rallies, and Retreats for Legionaries. Reports include parish activities, bringing Holy Communion to sick and elderly, teaching catechism to the young, organising Adoration and Rosaries in Churches and Stations of the Cross in Lent. They held a day of foundation for officers recently. Acies held in all regions from 22 to 29 March had good attendance, 200 in one area. They are planning celebration of 75 years of Legion for 6th September at Mt. Thabor.

REUNION
They are planning celebration of 70th. Jubilee on Sunday 11th. October. Works include visitation, home to home, and of the sick and elderly, catechetics, family reconciliations with prayer, accompanying priests on visits for Confessions and Holy Communions to the ill. They plan to visit Madagascar from 14th of July to 8th of August with the permission of Fr. Adriano, National Director, visiting the Curiae there, principally in Morondava. At Toamasina they hope to found a new Curia in the Diocese of Ambanze. A Bishop has requested that the Legion be founded in his Diocese and they ask for prayers for this project. They mention with love, Eva McGorish, RIP, who was with them in 1985.
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EXPLORATIO DOMINICALIS
May 2015

EXPLORATIO DOMINICALIS

“Exploratio Dominicalis is the term by which is known what might be called a mini Peregrinatio Pro Christo and which might be translated as the Sunday search for souls.

Every praesidium in the world is urged, if possible as a body, to devote at least one Sunday in the year to an expedition to some place – possibly a problem area – at a little distance away, but at the same time not so far as to absorb undue time in travelling. The Exploratio need not be limited to one day; two or three days might be found possible. Exploratio Dominicalis enables the majority (in many cases all) of the members of a praesidium to undertake such a venture. It is recognised that even with the best of will, the Peregrinatio Pro Christo itself is not a possibility for the majority of legionaries.

Experience shows that it is necessary to stress, what the Concilium has repeatedly emphasised:  that Exploratio Dominicalis is essentially a praesidium project. Councils and praesidia are asked to keep this point in mind when Exploratio Dominicalis is being organised.” (Handbook 40:9)

It is strongly recommended that Exploration Dominicalis should be one of the items to be considered when a praesidium is planning is planning for the year ahead. If all the members are to take part, something which is very much to be desired, the choice of date, well in advance, will be of great importance. If a date is not agreed on at an early stage, it is likely that the Exploratio may be deferred, perhaps several times, and possibly omitted altogether.

The praesidium will obviously require permission from the Parish Priest and the Legion council, which is responsible for the parish in which it is proposed to carry out the Exploratio. It seems desirable, therefore, that the praesidium should work through its own Curia (or other council to which it is directly affiliated) when planning the Exploratio. If the Exploratio is being carried out in another council area, then the praesidium’s own council should liaise with the other council. It is important that such council’s area of jurisdiction should be respected. It should not be necessary to add that if the Exploratio is planned for a parish in which the praesidium already exists, then of course the permission of that praesidium, also, should be obtained.

While new members may be recruited or even the nucleus for a new praesidium obtained in the course of an Exploratio, extension is not its main purpose. The Handbook describes it as “the Sunday search for souls.” It is evident therefore, that the Exploratio should reach out to people with the aim of “bringing the full riches of the Church to every person.” (Handbook 39:9) As the carrying out of an Exploratio calls for self-sacrifice and a valuable contribution of time and effort on the part of the legionaries it is desirable that it should be directed as far as possible to areas of greatest need. The Exploratio can be a valuable asset to Legion councils in having an intensive apostolate carried out in areas which, otherwise, might be partially or totally untouched.

As a praesidium may succeed in having only one Exploratio during the year, it is desirable that a full day, at least should be devoted to it and that a substantial portion of that day, after attendance at Mass and the recitation of the Legion prayers and Rosary, should be spent on the actual work of visitation or contact.
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EXPLORATIO DOMINICALIS
May 2015

EXPLORATIO DOMINICALIS

“Exploratio Dominicalis is the term by which is known what might be called a mini Peregrinatio Pro Christo and which might be translated as the Sunday search for souls.

Every praesidium in the world is urged, if possible as a body, to devote at least one Sunday in the year to an expedition to some place – possibly a problem area – at a little distance away, but at the same time not so far as to absorb undue time in travelling. The Exploratio need not be limited to one day; two or three days might be found possible. Exploratio Dominicalis enables the majority (in many cases all) of the members of a praesidium to undertake such a venture. It is recognised that even with the best of will, the Peregrinatio Pro Christo itself is not a possibility for the majority of legionaries.

Experience shows that it is necessary to stress, what the Concilium has repeatedly emphasised:  that Exploratio Dominicalis is essentially a praesidium project. Councils and praesidia are asked to keep this point in mind when Exploratio Dominicalis is being organised.” (Handbook 40:9)

It is strongly recommended that Exploration Dominicalis should be one of the items to be considered when a praesidium is planning is planning for the year ahead. If all the members are to take part, something which is very much to be desired, the choice of date, well in advance, will be of great importance. If a date is not agreed on at an early stage, it is likely that the Exploratio may be deferred, perhaps several times, and possibly omitted altogether.

The praesidium will obviously require permission from the Parish Priest and the Legion council, which is responsible for the parish in which it is proposed to carry out the Exploratio. It seems desirable, therefore, that the praesidium should work through its own Curia (or other council to which it is directly affiliated) when planning the Exploratio. If the Exploratio is being carried out in another council area, then the praesidium’s own council should liaise with the other council. It is important that such council’s area of jurisdiction should be respected. It should not be necessary to add that if the Exploratio is planned for a parish in which the praesidium already exists, then of course the permission of that praesidium, also, should be obtained.

While new members may be recruited or even the nucleus for a new praesidium obtained in the course of an Exploratio, extension is not its main purpose. The Handbook describes it as “the Sunday search for souls.” It is evident therefore, that the Exploratio should reach out to people with the aim of “bringing the full riches of the Church to every person.” (Handbook 39:9) As the carrying out of an Exploratio calls for self-sacrifice and a valuable contribution of time and effort on the part of the legionaries it is desirable that it should be directed as far as possible to areas of greatest need. The Exploratio can be a valuable asset to Legion councils in having an intensive apostolate carried out in areas which, otherwise, might be partially or totally untouched.

As a praesidium may succeed in having only one Exploratio during the year, it is desirable that a full day, at least should be devoted to it and that a substantial portion of that day, after attendance at Mass and the recitation of the Legion prayers and Rosary, should be spent on the actual work of visitation or contact.
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TRIBUTE TO BRO. JOSEPH MBEKA-BAKWA
May 2015

TRIBUTE TO BRO. JOSEPH MBEKA-BAKWA
The death has taken place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo of Bro. Joseph Mbeka, former president of the Kinshasa Senatus, who served two double-terms in that post, one many years ago when the Senatus was in crisis and he helped to restore confidence, and more recently when under his jurisdiction Legion membership reached 180,000. Sympathy is extended to his wife and family and his close associates in the Legion. May he rest in peace.
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TRIBUTE TO BRO. JOSEPH MBEKA-BAKWA
May 2015

TRIBUTE TO BRO. JOSEPH MBEKA-BAKWA
The death has taken place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo of Bro. Joseph Mbeka, former president of the Kinshasa Senatus, who served two double-terms in that post, one many years ago when the Senatus was in crisis and he helped to restore confidence, and more recently when under his jurisdiction Legion membership reached 180,000. Sympathy is extended to his wife and family and his close associates in the Legion. May he rest in peace.
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Proposals to raise Comitia to Regiae in Colombia and Honduras
May 2015

PROPOSAL TO RAISE COMITIUM IN COLOMBIA TO REGIA STATUS
A proposal to raise the Comitium “Maria Madre Excelsa del Llano” in the city of Villavicencio in Colombia to Regia status and affiliate the rest of the Legion in the Archdiocese as well as the Legion in the Diocese of San Jose del Guaviare, the Apostolic Vicariates of Acacias, Mita and Leticia, was approved by Concilium.
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PROPOSAL TO RAISE A COMITIUM TO REGIA STATUS IN HONDURAS
A proposal to raise a Comitium to Regia status in Honduras was approved by Concilium. At present the Senatus of Tegucigalpa has responsibility for the whole country. It was agreed that raising a Comitium to Regia status in the provinces (about a 3 hour journey from the capital) was advisable. This Regia could be given responsibility for the Legion in certain Dioceses and the move could bring about a little better understanding of Legion government, with both the Senatus and new Regia supporting each other.
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Proposals to raise Comitia to Regiae in Colombia and Honduras
May 2015

PROPOSAL TO RAISE COMITIUM IN COLOMBIA TO REGIA STATUS
A proposal to raise the Comitium “Maria Madre Excelsa del Llano” in the city of Villavicencio in Colombia to Regia status and affiliate the rest of the Legion in the Archdiocese as well as the Legion in the Diocese of San Jose del Guaviare, the Apostolic Vicariates of Acacias, Mita and Leticia, was approved by Concilium.
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PROPOSAL TO RAISE A COMITIUM TO REGIA STATUS IN HONDURAS
A proposal to raise a Comitium to Regia status in Honduras was approved by Concilium. At present the Senatus of Tegucigalpa has responsibility for the whole country. It was agreed that raising a Comitium to Regia status in the provinces (about a 3 hour journey from the capital) was advisable. This Regia could be given responsibility for the Legion in certain Dioceses and the move could bring about a little better understanding of Legion government, with both the Senatus and new Regia supporting each other.
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VISIT TO LOURDES FOR REOPENING OF PERMANENCE
May 2015

VISIT TO LOURDES FOR REOPENING OF PERMANENCE

Bros. Declan Lawlor and Tommy McCabe represented the Concilium at the re-opening ceremony of the Permanence in Lourdes on 2/3 May.
The Bishop of Tarbes-Lourdes, Mgr. Nicolas Browet, with 4 priests celebrated Mass and the blessing of the house took place, followed by a tour of the premises. 60 legionaries from all over France were present.

Talks were given on Frank Duff and Fr. Emile Neubert by Pere Jean Louis Barré; ‘The Legion’s Mission of Evangelisation’ by Abbé Claude André; and ‘Eternal Life’ by Abbé Emmanuel Cazenave. Three priests also gave talks.

One of the Nice legionaries, Bro. Henry Dione led the Procession with the Legion Vexillum. There was an opportunity to speak with the officers of Aire et Dax Regia. This council has 5 praesidia and 2 Curiae with a total of 5 praesidia.

A suggestion was made to the legionaries of Lourdes to consider organising a Youth Conference similar to the ones which have taken place in Ireland.
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VISIT TO LOURDES FOR REOPENING OF PERMANENCE
May 2015

VISIT TO LOURDES FOR REOPENING OF PERMANENCE

Bros. Declan Lawlor and Tommy McCabe represented the Concilium at the re-opening ceremony of the Permanence in Lourdes on 2/3 May.
The Bishop of Tarbes-Lourdes, Mgr. Nicolas Browet, with 4 priests celebrated Mass and the blessing of the house took place, followed by a tour of the premises. 60 legionaries from all over France were present.

Talks were given on Frank Duff and Fr. Emile Neubert by Pere Jean Louis Barré; ‘The Legion’s Mission of Evangelisation’ by Abbé Claude André; and ‘Eternal Life’ by Abbé Emmanuel Cazenave. Three priests also gave talks.

One of the Nice legionaries, Bro. Henry Dione led the Procession with the Legion Vexillum. There was an opportunity to speak with the officers of Aire et Dax Regia. This council has 5 praesidia and 2 Curiae with a total of 5 praesidia.

A suggestion was made to the legionaries of Lourdes to consider organising a Youth Conference similar to the ones which have taken place in Ireland.
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CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE –ROSCOMMON, IRELAND
May 2015

CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE – ROSCOMMON, IRELAND

A very successful Youth Conference was held in Roscommon on Saturday April 25th. 2015 Fr. Brendan Murphy gave the first talk on - Mary’s “Yes” – The Virtue of Docility. A good discussion followed on this topic.

Personal Testimonies were given by Maria Keaveney, who spoke about “Evangelisation.”
Marian Carroll gave a talk on her own personal relationship with Mary and how she was cured at Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock.
Maria Fogarty and Timothy O’Sullivan also gave personal Testimonies. Both spoke about how prayer and Our Blessed Lady became so important in their lives.
The closing address was given by Fr. Irek Kuzmicki C.C. Roscommon.

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Allocutio at May Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
May 2015

The Gift of the Will of God

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Pope Francis said recently that as Catholics prepare to celebrate the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy they should pick up Dante’s work and allow it to be a spiritual guide. Perhaps, some legionaries in many parts of our very extensive Legion world might not have access to this great Italian poet, but let me take just one famous quotation from him that will give me the theme for this Allocutio: ‘In the Will of God is our Peace.’

Of course this theme is not only central to the poetry of Dante; it is the dynamic centre of the life of Jesus and Mary. And if one reads the Handbook prayerfully one would see that the overwhelming theme is ultimately seeking and doing the Will of God. The Legion is all about God’s plan for creation, His plan of Redemption and cooperating with His loving providence for the salvation of all souls. It must be obvious that the Legion and every individual legionary want to do nothing else but the will of God. Why is that? Well, God is infinitely good and loving and He cannot will anything except what is the very best for us. Sometimes due to our very limited human powers we cannot see the will of God in circumstances and events that seem to be incomprehensible, totally negative, painful and irrational, nevertheless what God wills or permits can only be in the final analysis for our utmost benefit. This is our faith in the truth that God is nothing else but love. God doesn’t just have love; God is love.

Jesus explains that He came on earth only to do the will of the Father and in his agony in the Garden He cries out: ‘Thy will be done’ despite the dreadful suffering this will involve. It was precisely through this obedience to the will of God to the very end on the Cross that the salvation of mankind was achieved. Thus the best possible good is now offered to mankind. And when Our Lord teaches us how to pray, the heart of his prayer is, Thy will be done. There can never be more sublime prayer than those four little words. It will not always be easy to pray this ejaculatory prayer. There may be times when it may require a great deal of grace and heroism. At times when understanding ceases to be operative, when we are in total darkness and still pray this sublime prayer, then the benefits to ourselves and to the whole Church and beyond will be incalculable. Perhaps we will learn to pray this prayer at less dramatic times in our lives so that when more difficult situations arise, a profound habit of devotion to the Will of God will be a great help.

But let us now turn to Mary. As you might expect, the most resolute prayer of Mary is also, Thy will be done. Her great ‘Yes’ to God’s invitation to be the Mother of God also included a ‘Yes’ to the total plan of God for herself and for all of us too. She also teaches us the same truth at Cana: ‘Do whatever He tells you to do.’ Of course she also stands by the Cross of Jesus consenting to and cooperating with his great desire for the salvation of the world. It was not easy for her, nor was it easy for her Son to pray, Thy will be done… We turn to Mary to help us share her total commitment to the will of God in every possible circumstance.

In the month of May we think a great deal about the great legionary, the Venerable Edel Quinn. Recently I have been re-reading the Spiritual Notebook of Edel and I find she puts much more simply everything I have been trying to say in this Allocutio. She writes: ‘All that He permits is good. In all things know what God wants us to do. Do his Will.’ And again: ‘If Our Lord spent thirty years in obedience and dependence on Mary, doing his Father’s will, what better example have we? Unite ourselves to Him, and ask Mary to teach us how to love perfectly, how to fulfil daily God’s Will in all things.’ To put it mildly, it wasn’t always easy for her to pray that prayer with her perpetual ill health and the difficulties of a lay missionary in Africa at that time. In her prayer she did not seek to bend God’s Will to her will and desires but rather to bend her will to His Will and desires. It was surely her tenacious faith in the sheer goodness of the Will of God that was the secret of Edel’s well-known habitual cheerfulness and serenity. We thank God for giving us legionaries such a great example from within the ranks of the Legion itself on this crucial principle of the interior life.

Let me conclude by quoting the prayer of Blessed Charles de Foucald that might help us in our efforts to appreciate ever more deeply the Gift of the Will of God:
Abba Father, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me what You will. Whatever You may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your Will be done in me and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul. I offer it to You with all the love of my heart, for I love You, Lord and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve and with boundless confidence, for You are my Father.
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Concilium Bulletin - May 2015
May 2015

CENTRAL AMERICA

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: Five legionaries undertook a PPC project to Cuba in February. While home visitation and street contact was carried out, most of the project was dedicated to extension. They visited the Comitium meeting, one Curia meeting and 18 praesidia. After Mass recruiting efforts were made at 5 Churches, resulting in 3 new praesidia and 2 more in formation. Valuable contacts were made on nursing home visitation and street contact and legionaries were free to offer Miraculous Medals and Scapulars. In Cuernavaca the legionaries helped to accommodate 60 Seminarians and in turn the Seminarians did home visitation with the legionaries. A Comitium reported getting volunteers to sweep the streets as True Devotion to the Nation. The Auxiliary Bishop of Mexico City visited the Comitium in Jalapa. He admires the home visitation and encouraged the legionaries to highlight the community spirit of their parish and give the contact details of parish activities.

Merida Senatus: A Comitium reported closing one praesidium and setting up three. The attached Regia at Tuxla Gutierrez set up two new Curiae and one Curia was raised to Comitium status. There is a Legion presence in the neighbouring Diocese where the Legion has been absent for a long time. Members of the different sects are very surprised that Catholics are visiting homes. Six families returned to the faith and some received Our Lady’s Statue in their homes. In 2014 28,000 recruiting contacts were made and 500 people joined the Legion.

Guadlajara Regia: A Comitium with 6 Curiae and 16 praesidia attached in a rural area reported an apostolate to farm labourers who work on big ranches. Legionaries take the special-needs children to Mass. Corpus Christi and May processions are organised for farm workers. A Curia reported that teaching catechism is a priority in its area.

Durango Regia: The attached Mazatlan Comitium, with 14 praesidia and 5 Curiae teaches catechism to young people and adults. 16 teenagers, 14 adults and 20 children were baptised. 37 marriages were regularised and 6 of those couples are involved in parish activities. There is a noticeable increase in Mass attendance.

Monterrey Regia: Experienced legionaries are engaged in extension in new areas; they are also helping weak Curiae. Teaching catechism figures in many reports. The True Devotion to Mary is encouraged. Each Curia has a commitment to set up junior praesidia this year.

Heremosillo Regia: A change of venue for the Regia meetings has improved attendance.
Nicaragua

Regia of Managua: There is a gradual growth in numbers, particularly with junior and young adults. There are 4 junior Curiae. Most of the juniors become senior legionaries. The young adult members visit jails and help the drug addicts. Legionaries organise the May procession at the request of the Archdiocese.

The following countries had visits from the two Madrid legionaries, Maribel Guzman and Marie Teresa Horajo in January and February. The visitors were very well received in all four countries. They made a few helpful general points for future correspondence. While the countries are small, travelling is very difficult due to bad roads and poor transport. They met either the Archbishop or his representative in each country. They all favoured the Legion and encouraged more involvement in evangelisation and working with other organisations.

El Salvador
San Salvador Senatus: This council has two Regia, 4 Comitia, 6Curiae, plus 19 senior and 3 junior praesidia. A PPC project was organised in Chalatenango, in the north of the country. Legionaries from Guatamala joined in the project, which had a total of 115 legionaries. They divided into small groups in the different villages and towns. As well as visiting homes, they set up 19 new praesidia. The legionaries were very well received and reported a great spirit of enthusiasm and commitment.

Panama Regia: This council has 2 Comitia, 10 Curiae and 19 praesidia affiliated. There are 3 Dioceses without the Legion. In Panama the visiting legionaries had the opportunity to do Legion work with local legionaries who were anxious to learn about new works. Sr. Marie Teresa, one of the visiting legionaries, is the correspondent for Panama. The local legionaries were very pleased to meet her; she will continue to encourage extension and growth.

Costa Rica
Senatus of San Jose: In San Jose the legionaries are very numerous, particularly in the outskirts of the city. The president and correspondent are making a journey to a distant Curia to encourage more dialogue with the Senatus.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Carlow Comitium: This council has 2 Curiae, 8 senior praesidia and one junior group attached. Efforts at recruiting for a new praesidium are on-going. There is one Patrician group in Carlow; attendance is made up mainly of legionaries.

Elphin Comitium: The praesidium in Elphin has 7 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians; they have 50 auxiliaries. Members are involved in every facet of parish life, acting as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, facilitating daily Eucharistic for the sick, Adoration and Evening Prayer. They undertook home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue in a rural area of the parish and were very well received. The Brazilian praesidium in Roscommon has 18 members and 8 auxiliaries. They organise a Brazilian Mass twice monthly, several Novenas and travel to other towns and counties to visit community members who are ill or have other problems. Four girls aged 11-16 are in training for a junior praesidium. North Elphin Curia: Sligo Cathedral praesidium has 7 members and 33 auxiliaries. They run a Club for elderly people who work for the Missions and pray for vocations. They do home visitation promoting the Consecration to the Sacred Heart; 33 families were consecrated last year. They did street contact during the Fleadh Ceoil (Festival of Irish music) in August. St. Anne’s parish praesidium has 11 members, including 2 Praetorians. During home visitation they stress the importance of the Sacraments. They operate a Legion Stand twice monthly in Sligo Information Technology College during term time. Approximately 100 Miraculous Medals are distributed on each occasion. About 40 people attended the Youth Conference hosted by the Curia on Saturday 21st March.

Ferns Comitium: The reporting praesidium has 7 members, including 3 Praetorians; they have 27 auxiliaries. Works include visitation of homes and hospitals and the operating of the Parish Shop. Helped by other praesidia, the praesidium carried out extension work in July. The Acies took place on 24th March after which the 89th birthday celebrations of their Spiritual Director, Rev. Canon SS. De Val took place. The Canon has been a life-long friend of the Legion and will celebrate the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in June.

Tuam Comitium: This council has one intermediate, 11 senior praesidia and 2 Curiae attached. The reporting praesidia have 7, 11 and 8 members and a total of 49 auxiliaries and 2 Praetorians. Works include home visitation with a Statue of Our Lady and nursing home and hospital visitation. Legionaries recite the Rosary weekly in parish cemeteries and at a local Grotto in Tuam. Archbishop Neary celebrated a Mass, which was organised and attended by legionaries, many neighbours and children. One praesidium reported that they get a great reception on home visitation, especially from young couples. Westport Curia has 7 senior and 2 junior praesidia consisting of 47 seniors, 15 juniors, 12 Adjutorians and 170 auxiliaries. Praesidia have been visited by Curia. Their apostolate includes works of consolation, promotion of the Rosary and Consecration to the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary in homes and schools.

CURIAE
Achonry Curia: The Acies took place in Swinford. Foxford praesidium is being helped by Swinford legionaries. Efforts are being made to re-start the praesidium in Ballaghaderreen.

Clonfert Curia: The annual Retreat was held on February 18th and was followed by the Curia meeting on the same day. The praesidium in Killoran has 29 auxiliary members. Works include visiting 2 nursing homes where Miraculous Medals, prayer leaflets, and religious magazines are distributed. The legionaries also visit bereaved families and parishioners who are housebound. Galway Curia: In the absence of a praesidium report a topic is chosen for discussion. Claregalway praesidium organises Blessed Sacrament Adoration and recites the Rosary at Our Lady’s Grotto for the months of May and October, with a good attendance. In February 7 members of the Curia joined with Tuam Comitium for the Annual Retreat.

Killala Curia: The subject for Patricians in March was “Jesus of Nazareth.” There were 9 present, including 2 legionaries. A women’s praesidium of 8 members, plus 20 auxiliaries in Ballina continues with works of service in the parish and 3 Pilgrim Statues on visitation. As Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist they bring Holy Communion to the housebound. Another women’s praesidium of 6 members in Templeboy also does works of service in the parish and visits nursing homes. A junior praesidium in Knockmore visit grandmothers and aunts besides helping more at home and at school. Two senior members help with the parish choir and folk group.

Kilkenny Curia: Works undertaken by the reporting praesidium include home visitation and visitation of 5 hostels, a Psychiatric Centre and 2 nursing homes. The Rosary is recited each day during May and October at a Halting Site. (Settled Travelers Complex)

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE

Veneranda Curia: A series of 6 discussions on Evangelii Gaudium is on-going in the Curia house with good attendances. A Recruitment Drive resulted in one visitor to a praesidium and one probationer. This praesidium has 5 full members, 3 of whom are Praetorians. Their weekly works are home visitation and running a Club for around 10 intellectually disabled young adults. Another praesidium has 5 full members and 2 probationers, who were recruited at outside a Church during the Novena of Grace. Each week 42 Catholic newspapers are sold. Occasional home visitation is carried out and legionaries are on the Baptism Team. 150 Brown Scapulars were given out on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Assistance is given to a priest with the running of a Youth Group.

Consolata Curia: 8 patricians and 3 legionaries attended a Patrician meeting. A praesidium with 5 members has 200 auxiliaries. Home visitation is the main work. A man who lives in Belgium is delighted that the legionaries visit his grandmother as she has no family living nearby. Legionaries are Godparents to the children of a family recently received into the Church. A man who went to Knock Shrine for the first time on the Legion Pilgrimage last September was so impressed that he organised a bus himself for this year. A praesidium outing was to the Botanic Gardens. One praesidium recruited 2 new members and now has a total of 11. Three members are Praetorians. The main works are weekly Pilgrim Statue visitation, visiting the sick and housebound and running the Parish Shop; as a result of a contact in the shop the priest met with the person who experienced a moment of deep healing. Two members are on the Parish Council. Miraculous Medals and Rosary Beads were given to the Confirmation Class children. Two members set up a new praesidium and continue to attend each week and carry out home visitation in the parish.

Presentata Curia: 19 legionaries attended a talk on the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary on 6th March in Nazareth Hall by Fr. John Walshe O.P., the priest with responsibility for the Confraternity in Ireland. 8 residents and 6 legionaries attended a Regina Coeli hostel Patrician meeting. The mother praesidium of the Regina Coeli hostel has 15 members, 4 of whom are indoor sisters and 5 are Praetorians. 3 members took their promise during the year. A monthly staff and residents meeting works well. 34 single women are accommodated; this is full capacity; a total of 111 women were admitted during the year. While most residents avoid educational opportunities, some engage in craft classes in the Hostel and others have joined evening classes locally. Social events and Retreats are held throughout the year. For a number of months, weekly music and song sessions were held and were well attended. A Children’s Rosary Group is on-going. Two additional mothers and three children were admitted to the Hostel. Regina Pacis praesidium had 4 members take the promise during the past year; they now have 12 full and 3 probationers. A member transferred to take up officership in another praesidium and another to take on Presidency of a Curia. As well as hostel duties, the members put residents in contact with various Detox Centres, promote the Pioneers, fund-raise for the hostel and are involved with Deus & Patria; one member is catechising a resident for her Baptism. A Lecturer in Mariology was invited to give a talk to residents and legionaries while a mini-bus was organised to bring residents to a healing Mass in Sean McDermott Street.

Exaltata Curia: A praesidium in the Morning Star Hostel has 21 members; during the year 4 joined and 2 visited the praesidium. Apart from the many duties in the hostel, brothers do Temple Bar (City Centre) crowd contact, fundraising and home visitation. A praesidium with 6 active and 7 auxiliary members visits units of Connolly Hospital each week; home visitation is also done. All members enjoyed a praesidium outing to Mellifont Abbey and Dalgan Park.

Bethlehem Curia: As a result of their Curia review two members transferred to another praesidium. The members of another praesidium transferred to the 6-member praesidium based in the Pro-Cathedral. 325 recruitment efforts were made during the year. A lady who took the Pilgrim Statue for a week was given a framed picture of Our Lady of Grace. 26 auxiliary members were recruited at the Pro-Cathedral, mostly from other parishes and their names were passed to Concilium. A French girl attributed her father’s recovery from cancer to a green scapular given by legionaries; she returned to thank them. 22 auxiliary members attended an Afternoon of Reflection while 7 Bars were visited regarding the Good Friday Retreat. On Alfie Lambe’s anniversary his prayer was distributed to taxi-drivers. Up to 15 legionaries carried out home visitation each week in the lead-up to a 3-day Mission/Retreat in March; many asked for their homes to be blessed while a young man asked to be confirmed. 9 attended the Edel Quinn Promoters Meeting.

Porta Coeli Curia: One praesidium looks after the Church Repository, visit homes and distribute Maria Legionis. Another praesidium has 8 full members and a probationer. During the summer they join with other praesidia for crowd- contact in Howth. Other works include hospital and nursing home visitation. For over 30 years a member has co-ordinated sung evening Mass each Sunday in the Capuchin Friary.

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ASIA

PAKISTAN
The Curia in Karachi consists of 26 praesidia, their aim being to split with a view to forming a Comitium. Due to prevailing conditions they can only evangelise among the Christian community. 6 praesidia reported in this period with memberships of 27, 10, 30, 27, 22, 22 active and a total of 108 auxiliary members. Homes, hospitals and bereaved families are visited. They also organise many Church functions.

INDIA
Visakhapatnam Comitium: Four praesidia reported with 24, 12, 21 and 22 members and a total of 47 auxiliary members. They visit the sick, patients with Aids, leprosy and cancer, prepare children and adults for the Sacraments, and visit bereaved families. Three new praesidia started up and 4 are in preparation. Kottar Regia reports progress on extension, visiting of councils and carrying out of Exploratio Dominicalis projects. The newly printed Tamil Handbook was launched on 8 February. Two new Curiae are in formation.
Calcutta Comitium: This council is keen to undertake a visitation of the 13 areas which forms their territory.
Tiruchy Comitium: Visitation of praesidia and Curiae are undertaken. The Legion is in 34 of the 81 parishes in the Diocese of Coimbatore.
Port Blair Comitium: Based around islands in the India Ocean, this council consists of 22 praesidia and 5 Curiae. The legionaries organise monthly Night Vigils, which are open to all with the permission of the Bishop and support of the priests, starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 4.30 a.m. 2 new praesidia started with 10 and 16 members doing home visitation, encouraging family prayer and teaching catechism. It takes 2 days by boat to reach Campbell Bay where they hope to extend. They meet people of many religions and encouraged the lapsed to return to the faith.

Pondicherry Senatus has established a new Comitium at Lalgudi with 16 praesidia and 5 Curiae with ecclesiastical permission.
Chennai Comitium: Much good work is done with families, Catholics, Hindus and Muslims. Enthronements of homes to the Sacred Heart are carried out, and Frank Duff’s Cause is promoted. One Hindu became a Catholic.

Karnataka Senatus: Among the works of juniors is the distribution of Catholic literature in schools. Patricians are well attended. Protestant and Muslim families are visited. 3 people were saved from suicide including a Muslim man. A couple were reunited after 17 years apart and are grateful to Our Blessed Lady. 600 attended a Rosary Rally and in total 2,400 were brought back to practice of the faith.

THAILAND
The Catholic population is just 1% and widely spread throughout the country. Legionaries work in close co-operation with priests, particularly in the remoter areas, and collaborate also with hospitals to treat the sick. Lapsed Catholics are invited to return to the Sacraments. One adult convert was reported and a person lapsed for 30 years returned to practice.

SRI LANKA
The junior Curia has 10 praesidia, 4 in schools, 4 in parishes and 2 in Seminaries. Sick and elderly, funeral homes and orphanages are visited. Book-Barrow apostolate is on-going. Sr. Cassina from Mumbai Senatus had returned from Nepal just a week before the first earthquake. Prayers are asked for the victims and their families.

LEBANON
The Comitium in Lebanon comprises 3 Curiae, with a total of 17 senior and 13 junior praesidia. This Council has 6 directly affiliated praesidia in Beirut. Acies ceremonies were held in March and April.

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BELGIUM
The PPC Conference was attended by Concilium representatives after which they held meetings with officers. Sr. Marie-Benoit, one of the first legionaries in Belgium, now in her 90s and still clear-minded was interviewed.

FRANCE
Paris Regia plans a Conference on Frank Duff. New praesidia were set up in the Dioceses of Evry & Versaille. Two Congolese praesida with 20 and 22 members, visit among their communities. Guadaloupe and Martinique under the care of Paris will be visited later in the year.
Valance Regia: Work among Portuguese families, arrange Prayer Vigils, Rosary and Adoration.  The Vietnamese Curia in Lyon is active in preparing adults for the Sacraments.
Strasbourg Comitium: The youth praesidium is organising a weekend Evangelisation Project and find recruitment after major religious events fruitful.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: 12 contacts are undergoing the RCIA programme. A junior praesidium studies YouCat. The Rosary is recited in 3 Primary Schools. Extension is on-going in Northampton.

Liverpool Senatus: A new praesidium started in Leeds.

Middlesborough Comitium: Two new praesidia were set up. Book barrow work is found to be interesting for new members in Ashton Curia.
Brentwood Comitium: The Curia attached to this Comitium has 9 senior praesidia with 53 active, 219 auxiliaries and 35 probationers; it also has 3 junior praesidia. The juniors are accompanied by seniors on work.
Southwark Comitium: This council has 10 senior and 1 junior praesidia with 86 active, 15 probationers, 3 Praetorians, 2 Adjutorians and 115 auxiliary members. As a result of a Patrician meeting on the Sacred Heart 4 persons had their homes consecrated. The praesidium in Cornwall has 11 members covering 3 parishes.
Central London Curia: One praesidium teaches catechism to children with disabilities and special needs. Other works include parish census and home visitation. The 5 reporting praesidia have a total of 30 members.
Hammersmith Curia: The Brook Green praesidium has 9 members, 3 probationers, 65 auxiliaries and 1 Adjutorian. They visit homes and hospitals and also run tea parties for seniors and weekly coffee mornings.
West Middlesex Curia: Legionaries visit 7 residential nursing homes.

WALES
Swansea Curia carry out street rescue work and crowd contact at train stations as well as an apostolate to homosexual persons.

SCOTLAND
Visitation of schools features in many reports and a meeting with heads of Secondary Schools is planned. In Stirling a talk on True Devotion to Mary was given by a de Montfort father at a Marian Evening which included an all-night vigil. 18 legionaries in Ayrshire visit 5 nursing homes, 3 hospitals, and 5 Primary Schools.

NETHERLANDS
A Legion website is planned. Patrician meetings are well attended. Legionaries in one praesidium sang Christmas carols in the red light district in December.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: The report from Erfurt mentions Night Fever apostolate and prison visitation. Munich Regia has 10 book stands in the inner city and they run the German Legion website. Cologne has 2 new praesidia in Leverkusen and Hamburg. Frank Duff is promoted in Berlin parishes and the Korean Curia in Frankfurt held a De Montfort Day of Recollection.

SWEDEN
A visit to the newly formed Curia in Stockholm by Br. Tony Kirstein and his wife is planned. The praesidium in Vaxjo reports a steady increase in membership.

NORWAY
The praesidia in Tonsberg with 12 members and in Drammen with 6 members continue to do well. Between them they have 32 auxiliary members. Home visitation, teaching catechism to children and adults and visiting the sick and lonely are part of their apostolate. The praesidium in Bergen (set up by legionaries from Zurich, Switzerland) has split twice since last year and a Curia is planned there. The Zurich Comitium had 16 taking part in an Exploratio Dominicalis project.

FINLAND
Finland is under the care of Scottish legionaries since 1969 and they continue to visit there having built up many valuable contacts over the years. They will return this year with a PPC project in July.
KAZAKHSTAN: The Curia, (under the care of Germany) has 5 praesidia. It is planned to visit this council and the Curia in Siberia later this year.

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CAMEROON
Douala Senatus: While the Legion exists in all Dioceses in the Cameroon, the junior Legion is in 18 Dioceses, and is composed of 140 praesidia with over 1,800 juniors. During 2014 over 1500 new members were recruited, mainly through Exploratio Dominicalis. The majority of the new members have made their promise, which accounted for the setting up of new Curiae and new praesidia in parishes and in prisons. Despite illiteracy in some areas, many legionaries are getting spiritual formation in their parishes, one of the main topics being: The Legion Meeting and its Members. The report also mentions 275 conversions during the year.

IVORY COAST
Senatus of Abidjan: One Regia, five Comitia, one Curia and three praesidia made their Annual Reports during this period. They have a combined membership of 13,164 active members, of whom 980 are Praetorians; 1,560 auxiliaries of whom 379 are Adjutorians and 3,582 probationers. They made over 288,000 visits and had over 1,657,086 contacts including 53,500 with Catholics and the remainder with people of other religions or no religion; they visited 201,753 sick people in their homes and 428,715 in hospitals. This resulted in 953families reconciled, 370 marriages regularised, 1,016 returns to Mass, 2,516 Baptisms, 1,455 Confirmations, 2,706 Sacrament of the Sick, 32 Sacrament of Reconciliation and 3,128 Catechumens enrolled. The total of Catechumens under instruction is 9,323. 524 legionaries are teaching the Catechism. The Senatus had a visit from a diocesan priest from Mali and from a Comitium legionary in Burkina-Faso at the January 2015 meeting. These are the two neighbouring French-speaking countries with which the Senatus in Abidjan maintains contact. They undertook a special Mission to Mali in October 2013 to try to encourage and strengthen the Legion there. A similar Mission may soon take place to Burkina-Faso. A new Comitium was established in the parish of Saint Andre, Bouake, in November 2014. Bishop Boniface Ziri presided at the ceremony. Four new Curiae were established in various locations.

TOGO
Lome Senatus: On the 27th February this year, Togo celebrated 65 years of the Legion of Mary and all Councils were asked to celebrate this by organising a Mass in every Parish. New Curiae, praesidia, both senior and junior were set-up. The reports mention many returns to the faith, conversions, marriages regularised and abortions prevented. Congresses, Exploratio Dominicalis and a PPC project to Abor in Ghana this year were also reported.

SENEGAL
Dakar Comitium: Thanks to Togo, up to date minutes (till March 2015) from Dakar Comitium have been received. Preparations for the Acies ceremonies were in full swing. Visitation is being done to the homes, hospitals, prisons and to the sick. Many Muslims were also met. One Curia, which was set up in April last year, has 7 praesidia attached, plus one adult and 1 junior praesidium on probation. Many conversions are being reported, mainly from the traditional and fetish religions. Extension is widely promoted and new praesidia are being set up in many areas.
Malabo Regia: The new Regia was set up in March and the Bata Comitium was affiliated to the new Regia. Bata Comitium has 12 Curiae. Bro. Policarpo, Secretary of the Regia has been appointed as new correspondent. The officers of the Bata Comitium travelled to the inaugural meeting of the Regia. All are very happy with the new arrangement. Legionaries are teaching catechism and preparing children for First Holy Communion; they also give a preparation course to the children’s parents. Contact is made with people who have been persuaded by the sects to embrace their beliefs with a view to convincing them to return to the Catholic faith.

BURKINA FASO:
A National Legion Gathering was held in November for the rejuvenation of the Legion in the different Dioceses and a further meeting of the same kind was held on 29/30th April.

BENIN REPUBLIC:
The Legion is working well at junior level with several junior Curiae and at senior level with several Patrician groups and Frank Duff Youth Clubs functioning. Good contact is maintained with up-country Curiae and Comitia. One weakness common to all councils in this area is the number of Auxiliaries per praesidium, sometimes as low as 20 or 30. All three Comitia in their caretaker country Gabon have been visited and re-organised.

BRAZZAVILLE:
Fr. Kizaboula has been appointed National Spiritual Director of the Legion in the Congo. Reports from two directly attached praesidia of 11 and 15 active members respectively include works of home and hospital visitation, teaching catechism, preparing the liturgy, as well as contact with prisoners, widows, orphans and the poor. In the course of their year’s apostolate, there were 10 returns to the Sacraments, 5 requests for Confession and 21 agreed to undertake catechesis. Our Lady of Grace Curia has 23 directly attached praesidia (including 2 junior). Quarterly reports were received from 3 praesidia where legionaries contacted approximately 5,000 people, many being of other religions. Three were couples reconciled. 15 people agreed to undertake catechesis and 6 returned to the Sacraments. The Regia President attended a weekend Conference on ‘The Role and Mission of Spiritual Directors of Lay Apostolic Movements’, organised by the National Council for Lay Apostolic Organisations. The news of the approval by Concilium to raise Our Lady of Brazzaville Regia to Senatus status was received ‘by all the legionaries of the Congo with acclamations of great joy and gratitude to Concilium for this acknowledgement.’
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LEGION PROJECT IN ARKLOW, CO. WICKLOW
May 2015

ARKLOW PROJECT
A very successful extension project took place in Arklow, County Wicklow from 13th to 18th April with 40 Legionaries participating on various days. About 4,000 homes were visited. Information leaflets prepared by the parish were given to all met and Miraculous Medals given to parishioners. The legionaries were pleased to receive a warm welcome and were full in their praise of the Parish Pastoral Council organisers and also the Hospitality Team of local parishioners who looked after them so well during the week.

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PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE
May 2015

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE
This year’s Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday 27th September. Most Rev. Kevin Doran has agreed to lead the Pilgrimage, which coincides with the National Eucharistic Congress at Knock on the week-end of 26-27 September.

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Child Safeguarding
May 2015

CHILD SAFEGUARDING
A successful training day was held in Strabane on 21st March, the first to be held in the Six Counties. 36 attended. The Legion’s Policy Document, which is in place since 2008 is currently being revised to bring it in line with Church and other authority guidelines. Further revision may be necessary after June.

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Election of Assistant Treasurer - April 2015
May 2015

ELECTION OF ASSISTANT TREASURER

An election took place for Assistant Treasurer of Concilium. Nominations were taken and Enda Dunleavy was proposed and seconded for the office. As there were no further nominations, Enda Dunleavy was declared elected for a second three-year term.

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Election of Assistant Treasurer - April 2015
May 2015

ELECTION OF ASSISTANT TREASURER

An election took place for Assistant Treasurer of Concilium. Nominations were taken and Enda Dunleavy was proposed and seconded for the office. As there were no further nominations, Enda Dunleavy was declared elected for a second three-year term.

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Allocutio at April 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
May 2015

Let Spirit of Easter be the Spirit the Legion

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At its most authentic the Legion seeks to live at the heart of the Church. She seeks to live at the contemplative heart of the Church: that is together with Mary to be totally focused on Jesus, to abide in Him, to make our home in Him, the place in which we are most at ease, secure and utterly loved. She seeks to live at the apostolic heart of the Church totally committed to the salvation of all souls without any exceptions. The best way to be at the heart of the Church in every way is by appropriating as deeply as possible the graces of the Paschal Mystery, to let the graces of Easter radically transform our interior life.

The spirit of Easter and indeed the whole Christian life can be summed up in the one word. A word that has a long history in the Old Testament and takes on a whole new meaning in the New Testament and that word is “Alleluia” – which translated into English means “Praised be God” which includes a strong note of joy and thanksgiving and absolute hope.

St. Augustine, the fourth century Bishop of Hippo, told the people of his Diocese that: ‘We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song.’ And this is true of the people of every Christian gathering, in every parish, in every Diocese and indeed in every praesidium throughout the Legion world and every one of its councils. But why is Alleluia the great acclamation of Eastertide and the prayer of every mature Christian? Well, we arrive at the empty tomb and the crucified Christ is not there. He has risen as he said. That is the central truth of our Catholic faith. Let us listen to St. Paul: ‘If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching has been in vain and your faith is in vain… then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men the most to be pitied.’ (1Cor:15). To be a Christian means to be called to bear witness to the risen Christ and to be a legionary is to be a specialist in bearing witness to the presence of the risen Lord.

One of the most precious truths of our faith accentuated so much in the Legion spirituality and strongly asserted in the Standing Instruction goes as follows: ‘the performance of a substantial active legionary work, in a spirit of faith, and in union with Mary, in such fashion that in those worked for and in one’s fellow members, the person of Our Lord is once again seen and served by Mary, His Mother.’ It was one of the outstanding characteristics of the spiritual portrait of Frank Duff that he developed the gift of habitually seeing the Risen Lord in all those he met, especially where the Lord seemed to be heavily disguised. It is also one of the goals that every good legionary seeks to attain with the special help of Mary. But we are called not only to see Christ in our neighbour but also in ourselves. As St. Paul says: ‘I live now not I but Christ lives in me.’ To sum up what I have been trying to say so far: the spirit of Easter and therefore the spirit of the Legion is the spirit and life of the Mystical Body of the Risen Lord. Easter did not only take place 2,000 years ago, Jesus is still risen and is present among us and in us and for us here and now today. This is the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ, so dear and indispensable to the spirit and life of the Legion.

But what precisely does the Resurrection of Jesus say to us today and why does it give birth to a never ending Alleluia? Well, it is good to remember that our Christian faith has its beginnings in a cemetery, a place that seems to shout out that everything is dead and buried and there is no future for mankind that things have come to a final and irrevocable end. So that life is ultimately meaningless. But the resurrection of Jesus is God’s revelation to us that death does not have the last word. There is life beyond death, eternal life and a place of eternal Alleluia. This is the ultimate reason for our Christian joy and our absolute hope. The risen Lord is alive and accompanies us on our journey to heaven if we allow him to live in us and for us in His Mystical Body of the Church. This is the main theme of the Acts of the Apostles that we read in our celebration of the Eucharist throughout Eastertide. We legionaries must try and enter ever more deeply into the truth and reality of the paschal mystery that brings to birth the Mystical Body of Christ.

In this Allocutio I am stressing the supreme importance that all apostolate of every kind must ultimately be a witness to the Resurrection of Christ, but the Paschal Mystery of course must include the passion and death of Christ on the Cross. Those two truths of our faith are inseparable; you cannot have one without the other. Sometimes our non-Christian brothers and sisters, especially our Muslim friends ask why we pick out the horrific and brutal death of Christ on the Cross and wear its symbol as a badge of honour? There are several reasons but the main one is that the figure on the crucifix is God made man and He is demonstrating that God loves us poor sinners infinitely, passionately and personally and there is absolutely nothing that He would not do for us and has not in fact already done for us. The truth is found in so many places in the Handbook. Let me just quote a few lines from the section entitled: ‘The mark of the Cross is a sign of hope.’ ‘It must always be remembered that the work of the Lord will bear the Lord’s own mark, the mark of the Cross.’ Without that imprint, the supernatural character of the work may be doubted: true results not be forthcoming. Let us proclaim our Easter Faith; Christ died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again. Alleluia, Alleluia. Amen.



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Concilium Bulletin April 2015
May 2015

AFRICA
MALAWI
Maula Senatus: This new Senatus in Lilongwe Archdiocese was inaugurated on 29th November, 2014 with the approval of the Concilium and the relevant Diocesan authorities. A Mass to mark the occasion celebrated by Archbishop Tarcisius Ziyaya of Lilongwe and 10 priests drew an attendance of 5,000 legionaries. The Senatus governs 19 Comitia, 6 Curia and 15 attached praesidia in Lilongwe Archdiocese and 2 Regia covering the suffragen Dioceses of Dedza, Mzuzu and Karonga.

Blantyre Senatus: Great credit is due to this council for all the work leading to the setting up of Maula Senatus. The councils now under Blantyre Senatus include 18 Comitia, 3 Curiae and 12 attached praesidia in Blantyre Archdiocese and a Regia with 9 Comitia in Mangochi Diocese and a total of 9 Comitia in the other suffragen Dioceses of Zomba and Chikwawa. The Senatus reunion in December had a large attendance. It started with Mass celebrated by the Spiritual Director and following entertainment, concluded with Mass led by Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa, who was impressed with the strong Legion membership in each parish.

SENATUS OF KENYA: Plans are advanced for the 71st Anniversary Mass to mark the death of venerable Edel in Nairobi on 10th May. A new Curia was inaugurated on 15th November at the Catholic University of East Africa with 5 attached praesidia. Kisumu Regia report 1,442 catechumens prepared for Baptism, 614 marriages regularised, and 1,575 lapsed returned. 116 traditional brewers were contacted. Of three witchdoctors encountered, one is under instruction in the faith. Prayers are asked for the people of Kenya following the massacre of Christians at Garissa University.

SENATUS OF UGANDA: Frank Duff’s Anniversary was well celebrated throughout the Senatus with Masses and talks. The 13 reports presented gave details of a great variety of work resulting in many receiving the Sacraments, lapsed returning to the Church and conversions including some Muslims and all included work with youth. One Comitium reported 2 people stopped satanic practices and began attending Mass. A Spiritual Director who started a Tertiary Institution Curia advised members in the Seminary that their continued Legion involvement as priests would help them and their parishioners. A recently deceased legionary used to walk long distances with her sister to attend council meetings and though illiterate, they tried to retain what they learned to share it, subsequently setting up 17 new praesidia.

NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: Some months ago one Comitium reported that 3 Curiae and 4 praesidia were unable to hold meetings because of communal unrest. Despite the problems, that Comitium formed 17 new praesidia and had 30 conversions.

Ibadan Senatus: 99 praesidia were formed in the Senatus in the past year. 180 took part in an Evangelisation Project, making 3,384 contacts and leaving many cases for follow-up, which is being done by local praesidia under the direction of the Parish Priest. 8 of the 16 praesidia in one Curia have monthly Patricians.
Lagos Regia: One Comitium plans to establish more praesidia in government-owned schools and public Secondary Schools. In another Comitium 27 intermediates moved to senior ranks. All three Comitia reporting in November have quite a young membership.

Enugu Senatus: A Comitium with over 3,000 seniors and 15 junior Curiae and almost 5,000 members, established10 senior praesidia in parishes and a senior and a junior praesidium started in a Police Barracks.
Onitsha Regia: One Comitium prepared 236 people for Holy Communion, 640 Catechumens for Baptism. One Muslim was received into the Church.
Jos Regia: The legionaries are continuing to hold meetings and carry out their apostolate despite unrest in the area. The Annual Reunion had to be cancelled due to bomb blasts the previous day.
Ikot Ekpene Regia: A Comitium with 2,092 members had 61 couples married in Church. 46 lapsed returned to the faith and many other people were prepared for the Sacraments.

TANZANIA
Dar-es-Salaam Regia: All councils and most praesidia have conducted Seminars on family matters as requested for the Year of the Family. 18 members participated in a successful PPC to Zanzibar. Reports from 2 senior and 1 junior Curiae and a praesidium reported visitation of homes and basic Christian Communities, the sick and elderly at home and in hospital and recruiting, resulting in children receiving the Sacraments and marriages blessed in Church. One new praesidium was started and another revived.
Mtwara Comitium: A talk on the Legion in a Nurses Training College, led a student to agree to help start a praesidium in the College. To strengthen the Comitium, members prayed the Divine Mercy Novena. Weak Curiae are being visited. To promote The Year of the Family, it was decided that legionaries would visit Small Christian Communities in pairs to speak about the Legion, recite the Rosary and encourage families to pray it together.
Rombo Comitium: Reports include home and hospital visitation and visits to schools, trying to establish praesidia in them.
Hai Moshi Comitium: Works reported on include home and hospital visitation, contact with drug and alcohol addicts, encouraging couples to marry in Church and preparing adults and children for the Sacraments.
Mbinga Comitium: An e-mail from a priest working in a Seminary, expressed a need for Legion literature to help him spread the Legion in Secondary Schools. This literature is being supplied. Four schools have praesidia.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: A good amount of praesidium and council visitation was reported. Works include home visitation, visits to the sick at home and in hospital, to orphanages, police cells, prisons, visits of condolence, preparing people for the Sacraments and other works requested by the priests. In one parish a workshop for juniors was held, while in another, legionaries having undertaken the 33 day preparation, made the True Devotion Consecration.

SIERRA LEONE: The latest news from the Curia was an e-mail from Fr. Carew dated 20th March.  He was happy to learn that photographs he sent were able to be downloaded after much difficulty and hopefully can be included in Maria Legionis. They have a great need of literature and equipment, but previous parcels did not arrive; other postal routes are being sought.

LIBERIA: Please continue to pray for all those in Ebola affected areas.

EUROPE
SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: About 100 legionaries, representing every attached council, and 3 Spiritual Directors attended the Senatus Congress. There were 5 talks followed by a discussion. The subjects were: ‘Legion Spirituality:’ ‘Frank Duff:’’ The Legion Apostolate Today:’ ‘Legionary Formation and Youth.’ A video on the life of Frank Duff was shown. Bros. John Alonso and Noel Lynch had ample opportunity to speak with most of the officers present. All the Legionaries are anxious to work with youth and the many South American immigrants. Many of the legionaries who participated are married couples. There were also a big number of male legionaries. The Senatus is seeking extension workers for Andalucia.

Senatus of Bilbao: Three active members were recruited in January. They enquired if Orthodox Christians could be legionaries, the answer being, yes. The majority of the work is of ‘Consolation.’ Basauri Curia has two book barrows; they hold a monthly Holy Hour for vocations. Algorta reported having a good Rosary Group for non-practicing people.

Barcelona Senatus: Two praesidia amalgamated. School entry was obtained for the children of prostitutes. Holy Communion was distributed in prisons and prisoners families helped. A talk was given on the late Sister Pacita Santos and the setting up of the Legion in Barcelona in 1955. They had a three-day Retreat. The death was reported of Sr. Monserrat Prats, a former Senatus president and life-long legionary.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: All 7 members of one praesidium are Praetorians and 27 of their auxiliaries are Adjutorians. Another praesidium distributed Miraculous Medals to over 1,000 street contacts. Legal support is given to elderly people with Social Welfare problems and in making their Wills. One praesidium teaches catechesis to children. In the Setubal district a Prayer Group for vocations is organised. 84 of their active legionaries and 34 auxiliaries participated in the Annual Legion Pilgrimage to Fatima. Three priests were approached regarding Legion extension. Coimbra Regia made contact with 5 priests and it is hoped to form 2 new praesidia. At Beja Curia catechesis is taught to 33 children. Cascais Comitium reported Pilgrim Statue visits to homes. Transport is provided to bring special needs persons to Mass. Visits are made to schools to enroll children in Catechism classes.

ITALY
Senatus of Rome: There are 7 Curiae in the city of Rome, one of which, with 13 praesidia is of Filipinos. The Senatus Secretary, Bro. Renzo Tartar and his wife Martha Cubas, had the privilege of representing the Senatus at the ceremony in Buenos Aires pertaining to the Cause of Alfie Lambe.
Milan Regia: A new praesidium has been set up in Acqui Terme Curia, Ovada. The Filipino praesidia are organising Rosary Crusades among Peruvian, Spanish and Filipino families. Polish legionaries were contacted through the internet. The Papal Encyclical ‘Gaudium Evangelii’ was discussed at a Patrician meeting.
Padova Comitium: Catechesis and home visitation feature in the reports of the Nigerian praesidia in Padova and Verona. The Lana Curia held Retreats and Auxiliary Rallies. Extension is continuing in Busa di Vigenza and Volta Brusegana.

CYPRUS: The Limassol praesidium hosted the Acies, also attended by the three praesidia from Nicosia. Limassol legionaries visited a local jail where they assisted a Nepalese national to defend her freedom and innocence from cruel treatment by her employer. She now has a satisfactory new employer.

MALTA
Malta Regia: A new praesidium was set up in Valetta. Two half-day Retreats for auxiliaries had attendances of 23 and 30. A praesidium with 5 members contacted tourists, visited homes and hospitals and prepared two school classes of children for Confirmation. A praesidium of 8 members reported on contacts with non-Catholics. One Curia is in contact with 5 Muslim families. A 35 year old person was prepared for and received Confirmation. Two returns to the Sacraments were reported. Another Curia has an outreach to those on drugs and with other addictions. One Curia set up a new praesidium of 7 members in Safi. A Curia had Exploratio Dominicalis projects to two parishes, following which two families had their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Two people were recruited by Queen of Peace Curia as a result of Pilgrim Statue visitation. The Statue was accepted in some non-Catholic homes. The husband in a mixed marriage is being instructed in the faith. Another Curia reported 5 homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart and returns to the Sacraments after many years.
Gozo Comitium: The 75th Anniversary of the Legion in Gozo was celebrated with a Mass, which was televised on TV 2. Their apostolate includes contact with tourists. A Retreat was organised for male auxiliary members.

GREECE: The praesidium in Rhodes has 17 active and 15 auxiliary members. Works include home visitation, visiting the sick and helping families with problems. Some Legion literature was sent to the English-speaking praesidium in Thessalonica, which is made up of non-Greek members.

ALBANIA: Two members of Malta Regia are to visit Albania in May; they hope to organise a Congress for the Comitium and the three attached Curiae.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Dromore Comitium: A Day of Payer had a very good attendance. 260 pupils from 3 schools received Rosary Beads and Miraculous Medals and were shown a video on the Medal. The works of the juniors in Burren praesidium include Mass serving. They wear the Miraculous Medal and promote it when they can. They study the Children’s Bible during part of their meeting. Their senior praesidium has 6 members and 60 auxiliaries. They arrange Eucharistic Adoration twice weekly, sell Catholic newspapers and are involved in most Church activities. Prayers are offered for more priestly vocations in homes. They recite the Rosary at Wakes (prayers for the recently deceased) and show a DVD on the Miraculous Medal to school children.
Navan Comitium: In the course of home visitation members of one praesidium spoke to approximately 200 people. The lapsed were encouraged to go to Confession and return to Mass. A number of Polish people encountered said they don’t go to Mass as they don’t know sufficient English. They were told that the Mass is celebrated in their language once a month. Settled Travelers are visited and the Rosary recited with them. The praesidium in Drumconrath helped to organise the Corpus Christi Procession in their parish and promoted the Legion during the local Harvest Festival; they also do home and hospital visitation. Mullingar Curia has 7 senior praesidia and one junior praesidium. Clara praesidium erected a picture of Edel Quinn in the Church and displayed the prayer leaflet for Edel’s beatification. Trim Curia has 7 praesidia. Trim praesidium members visit homes and hospitals and post an emigrant newsletter to Trim emigrants three times per year. Rathoath praesidium visits homes and hospitals and helped with a Recruitment Drive in Dunboyne. The annual Alfie Lambe Mass was celebrated in Coole, Co. Westmeath. Dublin based South American legionaries were in attendance.
Derry Comitium: One praesidium has two pairs on home visitation most weeks. A praesidium which has 29 auxiliaries visits homes and residential homes. Queen of Peace Curia has 27 members in 5 praesidia and about 371 auxiliaries. Works include hospital, nursing home and Pilgrim Statue visitation. Inishowen Curia has 44 members. Moville praesidium has reopened with 3 new members.
Raphoe Comitium has 8 senior, 3 junior praesidia and one Curia attached. Stranolar praesidium has 7 members and 138 auxiliaries. On the first Sunday of every month a local hospital is visited. On home visitation bottles of Holy Water, Miraculous Medals and Catholic literature are distributed. They visit the country area in the summer and town area in the winter. Their attached junior praesidium has 7 members aged from 5 to 12 years. Falcarragh praesidium has 75 auxiliaries. Works include visitation to Falcarragh Community Hospital and parishioners in 2 nursing homes. During Lent they promoted Divine Mercy and Confession. The first meeting of an Irish speaking praesidium in Cnoc Fola on 9 March had 10 in attendance.

CURIAE

Leitrim Curia: Mohill praesidium has 8 members and 20 auxiliaries. The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady is brought to homes and the Rosary prayed with the families who accept it. Catholic literature and Rosary Beads are utilised to open contact with those met in the Housing Estates. The Rosary is recited every Saturday at the town clock in Carrick-on-Shannon with an average attendance of 15 people. A disabled parishioner who became seriously ill and had no relatives in Ireland was given practical help; assistance was also given with details of his funeral. Mohill praesidium started a praesidium in Carrick-on-Shannon which now has 5 members.
Mid Clogher Curia: One praesidium has gained two new members.
West Clogher Curia: This council has 9 praesidia attached. Two praesidia did displays on the Legion in their Churches on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Derrygonnelly praesidium sells the Irish Catholic and a number of religious magazines. When delivering literature the legionaries spend some time with the housebound and if necessary do works of service for them. They provide transport to Mass for the elderly and also for medical appointments.
Clonmacnoise Curia: The works of the 3 praesidia attached include home and hospital visitation. Six Primary Schools in the area and a special school were visited before Confirmation.
Immaculata Curia: (Diocese of Down & Connor). This council has 6 praesidia. The reporting praesidia have 4 and 8 members and a total of 261 auxiliaries. Works include Pilgrim Statue visitation and visits to five nursing homes. One praesidium leads a children’s Rosary Group. The new praesidium in St. Theresa’s parish is doing well.
Down Curia: This council has 8 praesidia. The two reporting praesidia have a total of 11 members and 71 auxiliaries. They circulate 10 Fatima Statues. One praesidium visited the First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes in two schools.
Armagh Curia: (Archdiocese of Armagh). This council held its 700th meeting on 25th February. Two members of Drogheda Curia were also present to learn of the continued progress of the new praesidium in Keady. Thanks were expressed to Drogheda Curia for its help with extension.
Drogheda Curia: Preparation for the True Devotion to Mary Consecration was arranged from 26 February to 25 March. An Afternoon of Prayer in Sienna Convent had an attendance of 36. The 8 members of Ardee praesidium do home and nursing home visitation and organise Patricians. Two members started a new praesidium in Collon and both praesidia are helping the new praesidium in Keady, Armagh Curia. The 3 reporting praesidia in Drogheda have a total of 20 members. Works include home, nursing home and Pilgrim Statue visitation, plus street contact. Two members of one of these praesidia attend the praesidium in Mosney every week.
Dundalk Curia: At the January meeting some members drew attention to the importance of legionaries working in pairs. The Correspondent and Concilium Officer in charge of Ireland attended the February meeting having met the Curia Officers beforehand. The Curia plans to sell their House in Quay Street.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE
(February & March 2015)

Annunciata Curia: 14 legionaries and 30 patricians attended 5 meetings. One praesidium distributes 70 copies of Maria Legionis; a copy is left in the library, music school, swimming pool and each of the parish’s 24 religious houses. 13 of their 36 auxiliary members are Adjutorians. 34 Bars were visited to recruit for the Good Friday Retreat. Permission was sought and obtained to promote the Rosary Confraternity in a parish. In another parish, 19 blind or partially sighted people attended the Annual Retreat. 17 blind people were accompanied to Knock (National Shrine of Our Lady). 10 new patricians were recruited for their monthly meeting which attracts up to 14 people.
Assumpta Curia: 25 legionaries and 49 patricians attended 4 meetings. A praesidium with 6 active members, 4 of them Praetorians held a recruiting drive which yielded 3 new members. During street contact a Hindu girl told of going to Mass every Sunday with her father. At Christmas a portable crib was popular with people of various faiths. A monthly DVD night has an average attendance of 20. Some school visitation is done. A praesidium has re-opened with 3 former members and one probationer and 3 outside legionaries helping out.
Gloriosa Curia: An extension drive was held in March. A new praesidium was set up. Another praesidium does home and nursing home visitation, plus hostel duties. The praesidium in Celbridge had 5 visitors during the year; one took the promise. Around 100 auxiliaries attended a Rally in May, most of whom take the Maria Legionis. As well as supporting the Leixlip praesidium each week, the members do home and nursing home visitation. Street contact was done at Easter and Christmas, inviting people to Mass and Confession. An African woman was instructed in the faith in order to have a Catholic marriage. An Exploratio Dominicalis resulted in 145 homes being visited.
Benedicta Curia: This council has re-opened a praesidium with some former members returning and with the help of other Curia members. Another praesidium does home visitation and visits a hospital. Students in two classes of the Loreto School were enrolled in the Miraculous Medal on 8th December.
Spouse of the Holy Spirit and Immaculata Curiae: In a joint initiative, 13 legionaries manned a stall at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Tallaght Stadium; the Legion altar attracted much attention and 800 specially produced leaflets were distributed to passers-by as well as 500 Miraculous Medals.
Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: Two praesidia amalgamated; work will continue in both parishes; their works are home and hospital visitation, a weekly Church bookstand and monthly Patrician and Frank Duff Prayer meetings.
Immaculata Curia: 42 legionaries and 57 patricians attended 13 meetings. In their, “Ask 800 Campaign.” 505 people were asked to join the Legion in March and April. A talk by Fr. Michael Ross on True Devotion to Mary drew an attendance of 70. The evening praesidium has 4 full members and 1 probationer. A Pilgrim Picture of the Holy Family is used during Advent. Legionaries put an unemployed man in contact with someone working in his area of expertise. Another man who accepted a Miraculous Medal told legionaries 8 months later that Our Lady had helped him to survive cancer. An average of 9 attended their Patrician meeting, mostly non-legionaries. 5 children attend a Club on First Fridays. A new member in one praesidium brings the total to 5; they have 6 Adjutorians amongst their 33 auxiliary members. The main works are home and school visitation, the Church Repository (for sale of religious items), a Patrician meeting and organising a monthly Fatima Prayer Group.
Mater Ecclesiae Curia: 20 people attended an evening of prayer and adoration for PPC. One praesidium visits the Chesire Home, accompany residents to Mass and stay for a chat and a cup of tea. On Saturday afternoons legionaries join with locals to recite a public Rosary at the local Grotto. Following the annual Edel Quinn Mass the Parish Priest suggested that a more suitable shrine be built to honour Our Lady. One praesidium had 4 visitors during the year; they have 130 auxiliaries. Works include weekly recital of the Rosary followed by hymns, songs and chat with residents in two nursing homes.
Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The Newcastle praesidium has seven active members. They visit the hospital each Sunday with Holy Communion and each Wednesday to recite the Rosary in the Alzheimers Unit. In the Edel Quinn Prayer Group they focus on a different African country each month; a Nigerian family regularly attends and they had a talk from a Nigerian sister who works with the destitute of that country. A legionary is on the Parish Council and chaired the group which set up the parish website.
Ancilla Domini Curia: A good number of Protestants were amongst the 26 who attended the Pauline Circle in February with a topical paper entitled, “The unique and precious nature of marriage,” well researched and delivered by retired journalist Bruce Arnold. 12 were present in March for a paper by Professor Ray Kinsella on the same topic. The Pauline Circle is organised by the Joy of Israel praesidium of 9 active members, having recruited 2 in the last year; one of them (with other adults) helps run the Homework Club in Myra House. The praesidium also organises the Pillar of Fire discussion group with Jews; the last meeting in March had an attendance of 6; the paper was prepared by a Jew, the sole Irish survivor of the Holocaust. Temple Bar (in the city centre) street contact, a monthly Holy Hour and home visitation complete their works.

NORTH AMERICA CANADA AND WEST INDIES

Boston Senatus: Mystic Valley Curia started a new praesidium, with 19 members and has a junior praesidium attached. The Vietnamese Curia has 142 active and 179 auxiliary members; most praesidia have about 15 members. Apostolic works for 3 praesidia in Worchester Curia include visitation of 2 prisons and promoting the Legion at Church Fairs. Providence Comitium has 4 Curia attached and 109 active members in its 13 attached praesidia. One man attributed cancer healing to prayers of legionaries. 10 people returned to the Church and Sacraments, due to efforts of a praesidium. 3 recruitment drives resulted in 2 new praesidia. 90 homes in a parish were visited. Bayview Curia has 56 active members in 4 praesidia. Recruiting attempts yielded a new praesidium and some extra auxiliary members.

Philadelphia Senatus: Our Lady of Mercy, a downtown praesidium in Philadelphia, arranged the funeral of one of their very faithful members, who died suddenly and without family in the U.S.A. They had difficulty locating and informing the next-of-kin of his death. The works of this praesidium range from visiting nursing homes and hospitals, to a book barrow on the busy pavement outside the Church. The members of a prison praesidium in Scranton Curia called, ‘Our Lady of Lost Souls’, are very apostolic among their fellow inmates. Norristown Comitium, covering Montgomery & Chester Counties, PA, has a varied range of works including; Sacred Heart enthronements, staffing a book barrow and conducting 2 Patrician groups. A specialised praesidium caters for street people twice a week at their premises. Another group visits the state hospital for long-stay residents. Eastern Montgomery Co. Curia operates a Book Stand at their local train station where they make useful contacts. Holy Family Curia has recently started a senior and a junior praesidium. The Curia members provided staff for the Maria Legionis office and participate in Extension Days. Harrisburg Comitium has Curiae attached in Lebanon, Lancaster, and Northern and Gettysburg, PA. 1,236 contacts with people of many faiths were made at the York Fair, 54 legionaries distributing 1,783 sacramentals.

Chicago Senatus: Duluth Curia, Minnesota, has 20 members in a praesidium in the Federal Prison. The legionaries had arranged adoration in their first week and 3 of their members have since been confirmed. Another prison has a 15 member praesidium and arranges Mass in the prison on two occasions in the month. In the prison there have been ten conversions since 1991. A praesidium in Aloysius, Chicago, visits a Correctional centre for women inmates and arranges a tri-lingual service once a week with a legionary, escorted by the prison chaplain, leading the service. Our Lady of Grace annual report tells of 3 families returning to practice of the faith. They also had an introductory Legion event in their parish, distributing literature and sacramentals. The Korean Comitium reports 27 active and 30 auxiliaries enrolled at a recruiting drive. 17 returns to the Sacraments and 10 prepared for Baptism at Easter.

St. Louis Senatus: Two new praesidia were formed. Legionaries call on new parishioners to make them welcome.11 conversions to the Church were reported by two praesidia. Due to the legionary apostolate, two Baptisms, one Confirmation and two interested in the RCIA programme (non-Catholic Instruction programme) were listed. Prison praesidia are working well, improving the lives of the inmates.

San Francisco Senatus: A praesidium of 8, in its 41st year, makes contacts at Farmers’ Markets. They conduct RCIA, patricians and enlist the help of auxiliary residents to bring the Pilgrim Statue into a Senior Citizens Complex which is not accessible to active legionaries. A Patrician Group has 9 – 25 attending. Bishop Vasa was pleased with improved Mass attendances following PPC in Santa Rosa. Another praesidium arranges Confession and Sacrament of Sick for housebound. A Columban drive had 22 names for follow up. A Curia in Stockton enlisted non-Catholics to pray the Rosary. Idaho report high attendance at meetings. Visitation of Korean Comitium show 5 Curiae, with 52 senior and 4 junior praesidia.

New York Senatus: One Curia reports 35 returns to the Sacraments. A praesidium organised a Retreat for parents of Confirmation classes, resulting in a father being reunited with his family. Other works reported were, CCD classes (catechetics), Pilgrim Statues brought to residents of new districts and street contacts giving Mass-times and other useful parish information.

Houston Senatus: Two new Curiae were set up in the north east & west of the city. Many problem families request the Pilgrim Statue to be brought back a second time due to the unifying affect it had in their households. The homeless ministry each Sunday morning continues at Fatima House in downtown Houston, where the street people are able to use the facilities and join in refreshments, prayer and Bible study. Many attached councils do prison visitation. Two PPC Projects took place and more are planned for this year.

Miami Regia: In Atlanta, Georgia, there are now two Korean Curiae at work in addition to the other two Curiae. Regina Pacis Hispanic Comitium, Miami, has 9 praesidia and 3 Curiae with a total of 46 praesidia. Our Lady of Grace, Haitian Curia, Miami, has 18 praesidia plus one under construction. Their work includes door to door visits and crowd contact. At the Focus Conference of Catholic students, over 300 participants expressed interest in the Legion. The Regia hopes to follow up these contacts and enlist volunteers for the Youth Fair 2015.

CANADA
Senatus of Toronto: The Spiritual Director, Msgr. Sheehy organised, with the help of the legionaries, a luncheon for the Spiritual Directors from the attached praesidia, which was well attended and enjoyed. Scarborough Comitium started two new praesidia. A Day of Recollection had 150 attending and 224 legionaries at their Reunion in December. 50 officers attended the Day for Officers. London/Windsor Curia had 64 at their Reunion. A praesidium in Hamilton Comitium, on the point of closure, revived with the influx of 4 new members. Winnipeg Curia gained 16 active and 26 auxiliary members, establishing two new groups, adding to 22 existing praesidia attached. Queen of Martyrs Korean Comitium had 455 members at their Reunion. The Regia of Ottawa, with 15 attached praesidia, does works ranging from door to door & Pilgrim Statue visitation, and work for the handicapped. Mississauga Comitium has 24 senior & 5 junior praesidia, with 264 senior and 57 junior members. A praesidium at St. John XXIII Parish, does crowd contact at a Mall.
Vancouver Comitium: Our Lady of Hungary praesidium Vancouver in their 11th Annual Report has 6 active and 59 Auxiliaries. Legionaries visited 31 families during the year with the Pilgrim Statue, 4 were first time. The legionaries teach some families, especially children who are not attending Catholic Schools how to pray the Rosary. The Immaculate Heart of Mary praesidium gave their 31st Annual Report. They have 11 active members, 41 Auxiliaries, 4 Praetorians & 1 Adjutorian. During the year they introduced a 3rd Pilgrim Statue to meet the demands for Our Lady in the homes. One family with a daughter suffering from cancer requested the statue many times. Their daughter made a full recovery and the family give the credit to the intercession of Our Lady and to the faith, devotion and support of the legionaries.

Montreal Senatus: Extension resulted in a new praesidium at St. Geneviève. Three praesidia reports include consolation work, patricians, organising pilgrimages, and assisting at funerals. Moncton Curia has 5 praesidia; they promote consecration of newly baptised to Our Lady of Miraculous Medal. Quebec Comitium reported visiting the L’Arche de Jean Vanier Centre and the housebound. The English-speaking Curia organised Pilgrimages and had a Legion Stand at a Diocesan event in a few parishes to promote their work. Edmonton Comitium: A praesidium visits the elderly, teaches Catechism and does Pilgrim Statue visitation. Another praesidium of 9 members visited 78 homes with the Pilgrim Statue, conducts a Marian hour on 1st Saturdays, organised Mass for Frank Duff’s Cause, attended a Rosary Rally and encourages families to pray the Rosary. A Curia with 132 members in 16 praesidia does a wide variety of work; Pilgrim Statue and nursing home visitation; they also promote vocations and youth ministry. Our Lady of Lourdes Curia celebrated its silver jubilee with 200 attending a Mass. 18 attended a patrician group and the priest requested that the patricians be continued. An extension to 2 new parishes is being considered and a Seminarian is interested in having a praesidium in his College.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo: All praesidia visit nursing homes, and the sick in hospitals and at home; many visit the local jails. The praesidium Estrella de la Mañana prepared 35 children for Holy Communion and has formed a new praesidium of 19 members in a neighbouring community. The Comitium Reina de la Paz, with 200 members and 30 Praetorians, has 2 junior praesidia with another in formation. El Comitium La Natividad with 4 Curiae, 360 members, and 140 Praetorians helped with the regularisation of 8 undocumented immigrants. They had 35 youth and adult Baptisms plus 11 Confirmations and officiated at 358 Wakes (prayers for recently deceased). Many members are training to be Ministers of the Eucharist. The praesidium Nuestra Señora del Carmen helped 5 immigrants regularise their situation and their children have been enrolled in school.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: The Comitium Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia with 9 attached Curiae, 14 senior and 8 junior praesidia and 1,200 members, plans to start a new Comitium. The Comitium Nuestra Señora del Pilar reported 2 adults converted. Curia Dulce Corazón de Maro report a youth who was involved in drugs and prostitution has changed his ways and is now an active legionary. The praesidium Reyna de los Pecadores has 4 married couples among its 14 members. It reports two marriages regularised. Youths of 14 and 15 years were baptised and received First Communion and Confirmation. The Regia Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, La Vega has 10 Comitia with over 4,000 members. An evangelical woman was received into the Church on her deathbed, and died in peace.

HAITI
The January and February 2015 minutes include reports from one Comitium, 2 Curiae and one praesidium. Among the works undertaken are home visitation, visits to the ill and elderly and accompanying priests with the Sacrament of the Sick; visitation of hospitals, l’Arche, prisons and markets; visits of condolence and contact with the bereaved at Mortuaries; organising Catechism Courses, preparing people for the Sacraments, training juniors and doing street contact resulting in many receiving the Sacraments, some returns to the Church and resolution of family conflicts. Prayers were asked for peace in Haiti as they are undergoing political turbulence.

PUERTO RICO
The Senatus has 5,297 active members, l8 junior praesidia and l2,922 auxiliaries. There are 20 Comitia, l0 senior praesidia and junior Curiae attached. They report taking children and old people to Mass and to the doctor. Help is also given with translations. Weekly visits are made to the jails. They organise l0 Patricians and a book barrow. The son of evangelists was brought to the Sacraments; the old are helped to cook; a married man was helped to get a liver transplant. New works include; promotion of Adoration and of Divine Mercy for youths. A lady of 96 returned to the Sacraments months before death. Two autistic children were prepared for First Holy Communion. One legionary was asked to give two talks to candidates for the Deaconate.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
A reporting praesidium has 8 active members and 118 auxiliaries. Works undertaken include street contact which resulted in 7 lapsed Catholics returning to Mass. In Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Curia, among their works are home and hospital visitation and street contact work. Religious Instruction was given to 94 students in three non-Catholic schools, with six being prepared for Confirmation. A new junior praesidium started in a Catholic school with an initial membership of 14. The Curia of San Fernando has seven senior and three junior praesidia attached. During home visitation eleven lapsed Catholics returned to the practice of their faith.

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NEW REGIA FOR SOUTHERN MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES

The Concilium has raised Mary the Mediatrix Comitium in Pagadian City to Regia with 5 Comitia attached and 6 directly attached praesidia. The total active membership is 2,572.
Mary the Mediatrix Comitium in Pagadian City is presently attached to the Regia of Aurora which in turn is governed by the Senatus of Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
The new Regia will govern the Legion in the Southern Mindanao area and has been advised to increase the number of directly attached praesidia in the short term and increase general extension efforts.

NEW REGIA FOR NAMIBE DIOCESE, ANGOLA

The Concilium has raised the Comitium Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Namibe Diocese, Angola, to Regia to govern the Legion in the Namibe Diocese. The Comitium has seven directly-attached senior praesidia, two junior praesidia and four attached Curiae with a total of 40 praesidia. Three other Comitia in the Diocese, with a total of 17 attached Curiae, will be affiliated to the new Regia, which will be attached to the Senatus of Benguela. The Comitium which has been raised to Regia is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its foundation in May. They were advised to increase the number of directly affiliated praesidia to the new Regia and to increase extension efforts generally.

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Concilium Bulletin April 2015
May 2015

AFRICA
MALAWI
Maula Senatus: This new Senatus in Lilongwe Archdiocese was inaugurated on 29th November, 2014 with the approval of the Concilium and the relevant Diocesan authorities. A Mass to mark the occasion celebrated by Archbishop Tarcisius Ziyaya of Lilongwe and 10 priests drew an attendance of 5,000 legionaries. The Senatus governs 19 Comitia, 6 Curia and 15 attached praesidia in Lilongwe Archdiocese and 2 Regia covering the suffragen Dioceses of Dedza, Mzuzu and Karonga.

Blantyre Senatus: Great credit is due to this council for all the work leading to the setting up of Maula Senatus. The councils now under Blantyre Senatus include 18 Comitia, 3 Curiae and 12 attached praesidia in Blantyre Archdiocese and a Regia with 9 Comitia in Mangochi Diocese and a total of 9 Comitia in the other suffragen Dioceses of Zomba and Chikwawa. The Senatus reunion in December had a large attendance. It started with Mass celebrated by the Spiritual Director and following entertainment, concluded with Mass led by Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa, who was impressed with the strong Legion membership in each parish.

SENATUS OF KENYA: Plans are advanced for the 71st Anniversary Mass to mark the death of venerable Edel in Nairobi on 10th May. A new Curia was inaugurated on 15th November at the Catholic University of East Africa with 5 attached praesidia. Kisumu Regia report 1,442 catechumens prepared for Baptism, 614 marriages regularised, and 1,575 lapsed returned. 116 traditional brewers were contacted. Of three witchdoctors encountered, one is under instruction in the faith. Prayers are asked for the people of Kenya following the massacre of Christians at Garissa University.

SENATUS OF UGANDA: Frank Duff’s Anniversary was well celebrated throughout the Senatus with Masses and talks. The 13 reports presented gave details of a great variety of work resulting in many receiving the Sacraments, lapsed returning to the Church and conversions including some Muslims and all included work with youth. One Comitium reported 2 people stopped satanic practices and began attending Mass. A Spiritual Director who started a Tertiary Institution Curia advised members in the Seminary that their continued Legion involvement as priests would help them and their parishioners. A recently deceased legionary used to walk long distances with her sister to attend council meetings and though illiterate, they tried to retain what they learned to share it, subsequently setting up 17 new praesidia.

NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: Some months ago one Comitium reported that 3 Curiae and 4 praesidia were unable to hold meetings because of communal unrest. Despite the problems, that Comitium formed 17 new praesidia and had 30 conversions.

Ibadan Senatus: 99 praesidia were formed in the Senatus in the past year. 180 took part in an Evangelisation Project, making 3,384 contacts and leaving many cases for follow-up, which is being done by local praesidia under the direction of the Parish Priest. 8 of the 16 praesidia in one Curia have monthly Patricians.
Lagos Regia: One Comitium plans to establish more praesidia in government-owned schools and public Secondary Schools. In another Comitium 27 intermediates moved to senior ranks. All three Comitia reporting in November have quite a young membership.

Enugu Senatus: A Comitium with over 3,000 seniors and 15 junior Curiae and almost 5,000 members, established10 senior praesidia in parishes and a senior and a junior praesidium started in a Police Barracks.
Onitsha Regia: One Comitium prepared 236 people for Holy Communion, 640 Catechumens for Baptism. One Muslim was received into the Church.
Jos Regia: The legionaries are continuing to hold meetings and carry out their apostolate despite unrest in the area. The Annual Reunion had to be cancelled due to bomb blasts the previous day.
Ikot Ekpene Regia: A Comitium with 2,092 members had 61 couples married in Church. 46 lapsed returned to the faith and many other people were prepared for the Sacraments.

TANZANIA
Dar-es-Salaam Regia: All councils and most praesidia have conducted Seminars on family matters as requested for the Year of the Family. 18 members participated in a successful PPC to Zanzibar. Reports from 2 senior and 1 junior Curiae and a praesidium reported visitation of homes and basic Christian Communities, the sick and elderly at home and in hospital and recruiting, resulting in children receiving the Sacraments and marriages blessed in Church. One new praesidium was started and another revived.
Mtwara Comitium: A talk on the Legion in a Nurses Training College, led a student to agree to help start a praesidium in the College. To strengthen the Comitium, members prayed the Divine Mercy Novena. Weak Curiae are being visited. To promote The Year of the Family, it was decided that legionaries would visit Small Christian Communities in pairs to speak about the Legion, recite the Rosary and encourage families to pray it together.
Rombo Comitium: Reports include home and hospital visitation and visits to schools, trying to establish praesidia in them.
Hai Moshi Comitium: Works reported on include home and hospital visitation, contact with drug and alcohol addicts, encouraging couples to marry in Church and preparing adults and children for the Sacraments.
Mbinga Comitium: An e-mail from a priest working in a Seminary, expressed a need for Legion literature to help him spread the Legion in Secondary Schools. This literature is being supplied. Four schools have praesidia.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: A good amount of praesidium and council visitation was reported. Works include home visitation, visits to the sick at home and in hospital, to orphanages, police cells, prisons, visits of condolence, preparing people for the Sacraments and other works requested by the priests. In one parish a workshop for juniors was held, while in another, legionaries having undertaken the 33 day preparation, made the True Devotion Consecration.

SIERRA LEONE: The latest news from the Curia was an e-mail from Fr. Carew dated 20th March.  He was happy to learn that photographs he sent were able to be downloaded after much difficulty and hopefully can be included in Maria Legionis. They have a great need of literature and equipment, but previous parcels did not arrive; other postal routes are being sought.

LIBERIA: Please continue to pray for all those in Ebola affected areas.

EUROPE
SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: About 100 legionaries, representing every attached council, and 3 Spiritual Directors attended the Senatus Congress. There were 5 talks followed by a discussion. The subjects were: ‘Legion Spirituality:’ ‘Frank Duff:’’ The Legion Apostolate Today:’ ‘Legionary Formation and Youth.’ A video on the life of Frank Duff was shown. Bros. John Alonso and Noel Lynch had ample opportunity to speak with most of the officers present. All the Legionaries are anxious to work with youth and the many South American immigrants. Many of the legionaries who participated are married couples. There were also a big number of male legionaries. The Senatus is seeking extension workers for Andalucia.

Senatus of Bilbao: Three active members were recruited in January. They enquired if Orthodox Christians could be legionaries, the answer being, yes. The majority of the work is of ‘Consolation.’ Basauri Curia has two book barrows; they hold a monthly Holy Hour for vocations. Algorta reported having a good Rosary Group for non-practicing people.

Barcelona Senatus: Two praesidia amalgamated. School entry was obtained for the children of prostitutes. Holy Communion was distributed in prisons and prisoners families helped. A talk was given on the late Sister Pacita Santos and the setting up of the Legion in Barcelona in 1955. They had a three-day Retreat. The death was reported of Sr. Monserrat Prats, a former Senatus president and life-long legionary.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: All 7 members of one praesidium are Praetorians and 27 of their auxiliaries are Adjutorians. Another praesidium distributed Miraculous Medals to over 1,000 street contacts. Legal support is given to elderly people with Social Welfare problems and in making their Wills. One praesidium teaches catechesis to children. In the Setubal district a Prayer Group for vocations is organised. 84 of their active legionaries and 34 auxiliaries participated in the Annual Legion Pilgrimage to Fatima. Three priests were approached regarding Legion extension. Coimbra Regia made contact with 5 priests and it is hoped to form 2 new praesidia. At Beja Curia catechesis is taught to 33 children. Cascais Comitium reported Pilgrim Statue visits to homes. Transport is provided to bring special needs persons to Mass. Visits are made to schools to enroll children in Catechism classes.

ITALY
Senatus of Rome: There are 7 Curiae in the city of Rome, one of which, with 13 praesidia is of Filipinos. The Senatus Secretary, Bro. Renzo Tartar and his wife Martha Cubas, had the privilege of representing the Senatus at the ceremony in Buenos Aires pertaining to the Cause of Alfie Lambe.
Milan Regia: A new praesidium has been set up in Acqui Terme Curia, Ovada. The Filipino praesidia are organising Rosary Crusades among Peruvian, Spanish and Filipino families. Polish legionaries were contacted through the internet. The Papal Encyclical ‘Gaudium Evangelii’ was discussed at a Patrician meeting.
Padova Comitium: Catechesis and home visitation feature in the reports of the Nigerian praesidia in Padova and Verona. The Lana Curia held Retreats and Auxiliary Rallies. Extension is continuing in Busa di Vigenza and Volta Brusegana.

CYPRUS: The Limassol praesidium hosted the Acies, also attended by the three praesidia from Nicosia. Limassol legionaries visited a local jail where they assisted a Nepalese national to defend her freedom and innocence from cruel treatment by her employer. She now has a satisfactory new employer.

MALTA
Malta Regia: A new praesidium was set up in Valetta. Two half-day Retreats for auxiliaries had attendances of 23 and 30. A praesidium with 5 members contacted tourists, visited homes and hospitals and prepared two school classes of children for Confirmation. A praesidium of 8 members reported on contacts with non-Catholics. One Curia is in contact with 5 Muslim families. A 35 year old person was prepared for and received Confirmation. Two returns to the Sacraments were reported. Another Curia has an outreach to those on drugs and with other addictions. One Curia set up a new praesidium of 7 members in Safi. A Curia had Exploratio Dominicalis projects to two parishes, following which two families had their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Two people were recruited by Queen of Peace Curia as a result of Pilgrim Statue visitation. The Statue was accepted in some non-Catholic homes. The husband in a mixed marriage is being instructed in the faith. Another Curia reported 5 homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart and returns to the Sacraments after many years.
Gozo Comitium: The 75th Anniversary of the Legion in Gozo was celebrated with a Mass, which was televised on TV 2. Their apostolate includes contact with tourists. A Retreat was organised for male auxiliary members.

GREECE: The praesidium in Rhodes has 17 active and 15 auxiliary members. Works include home visitation, visiting the sick and helping families with problems. Some Legion literature was sent to the English-speaking praesidium in Thessalonica, which is made up of non-Greek members.

ALBANIA: Two members of Malta Regia are to visit Albania in May; they hope to organise a Congress for the Comitium and the three attached Curiae.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Dromore Comitium: A Day of Payer had a very good attendance. 260 pupils from 3 schools received Rosary Beads and Miraculous Medals and were shown a video on the Medal. The works of the juniors in Burren praesidium include Mass serving. They wear the Miraculous Medal and promote it when they can. They study the Children’s Bible during part of their meeting. Their senior praesidium has 6 members and 60 auxiliaries. They arrange Eucharistic Adoration twice weekly, sell Catholic newspapers and are involved in most Church activities. Prayers are offered for more priestly vocations in homes. They recite the Rosary at Wakes (prayers for the recently deceased) and show a DVD on the Miraculous Medal to school children.
Navan Comitium: In the course of home visitation members of one praesidium spoke to approximately 200 people. The lapsed were encouraged to go to Confession and return to Mass. A number of Polish people encountered said they don’t go to Mass as they don’t know sufficient English. They were told that the Mass is celebrated in their language once a month. Settled Travelers are visited and the Rosary recited with them. The praesidium in Drumconrath helped to organise the Corpus Christi Procession in their parish and promoted the Legion during the local Harvest Festival; they also do home and hospital visitation. Mullingar Curia has 7 senior praesidia and one junior praesidium. Clara praesidium erected a picture of Edel Quinn in the Church and displayed the prayer leaflet for Edel’s beatification. Trim Curia has 7 praesidia. Trim praesidium members visit homes and hospitals and post an emigrant newsletter to Trim emigrants three times per year. Rathoath praesidium visits homes and hospitals and helped with a Recruitment Drive in Dunboyne. The annual Alfie Lambe Mass was celebrated in Coole, Co. Westmeath. Dublin based South American legionaries were in attendance.
Derry Comitium: One praesidium has two pairs on home visitation most weeks. A praesidium which has 29 auxiliaries visits homes and residential homes. Queen of Peace Curia has 27 members in 5 praesidia and about 371 auxiliaries. Works include hospital, nursing home and Pilgrim Statue visitation. Inishowen Curia has 44 members. Moville praesidium has reopened with 3 new members.
Raphoe Comitium has 8 senior, 3 junior praesidia and one Curia attached. Stranolar praesidium has 7 members and 138 auxiliaries. On the first Sunday of every month a local hospital is visited. On home visitation bottles of Holy Water, Miraculous Medals and Catholic literature are distributed. They visit the country area in the summer and town area in the winter. Their attached junior praesidium has 7 members aged from 5 to 12 years. Falcarragh praesidium has 75 auxiliaries. Works include visitation to Falcarragh Community Hospital and parishioners in 2 nursing homes. During Lent they promoted Divine Mercy and Confession. The first meeting of an Irish speaking praesidium in Cnoc Fola on 9 March had 10 in attendance.

CURIAE

Leitrim Curia: Mohill praesidium has 8 members and 20 auxiliaries. The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady is brought to homes and the Rosary prayed with the families who accept it. Catholic literature and Rosary Beads are utilised to open contact with those met in the Housing Estates. The Rosary is recited every Saturday at the town clock in Carrick-on-Shannon with an average attendance of 15 people. A disabled parishioner who became seriously ill and had no relatives in Ireland was given practical help; assistance was also given with details of his funeral. Mohill praesidium started a praesidium in Carrick-on-Shannon which now has 5 members.
Mid Clogher Curia: One praesidium has gained two new members.
West Clogher Curia: This council has 9 praesidia attached. Two praesidia did displays on the Legion in their Churches on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Derrygonnelly praesidium sells the Irish Catholic and a number of religious magazines. When delivering literature the legionaries spend some time with the housebound and if necessary do works of service for them. They provide transport to Mass for the elderly and also for medical appointments.
Clonmacnoise Curia: The works of the 3 praesidia attached include home and hospital visitation. Six Primary Schools in the area and a special school were visited before Confirmation.
Immaculata Curia: (Diocese of Down & Connor). This council has 6 praesidia. The reporting praesidia have 4 and 8 members and a total of 261 auxiliaries. Works include Pilgrim Statue visitation and visits to five nursing homes. One praesidium leads a children’s Rosary Group. The new praesidium in St. Theresa’s parish is doing well.
Down Curia: This council has 8 praesidia. The two reporting praesidia have a total of 11 members and 71 auxiliaries. They circulate 10 Fatima Statues. One praesidium visited the First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes in two schools.
Armagh Curia: (Archdiocese of Armagh). This council held its 700th meeting on 25th February. Two members of Drogheda Curia were also present to learn of the continued progress of the new praesidium in Keady. Thanks were expressed to Drogheda Curia for its help with extension.
Drogheda Curia: Preparation for the True Devotion to Mary Consecration was arranged from 26 February to 25 March. An Afternoon of Prayer in Sienna Convent had an attendance of 36. The 8 members of Ardee praesidium do home and nursing home visitation and organise Patricians. Two members started a new praesidium in Collon and both praesidia are helping the new praesidium in Keady, Armagh Curia. The 3 reporting praesidia in Drogheda have a total of 20 members. Works include home, nursing home and Pilgrim Statue visitation, plus street contact. Two members of one of these praesidia attend the praesidium in Mosney every week.
Dundalk Curia: At the January meeting some members drew attention to the importance of legionaries working in pairs. The Correspondent and Concilium Officer in charge of Ireland attended the February meeting having met the Curia Officers beforehand. The Curia plans to sell their House in Quay Street.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE
(February & March 2015)

Annunciata Curia: 14 legionaries and 30 patricians attended 5 meetings. One praesidium distributes 70 copies of Maria Legionis; a copy is left in the library, music school, swimming pool and each of the parish’s 24 religious houses. 13 of their 36 auxiliary members are Adjutorians. 34 Bars were visited to recruit for the Good Friday Retreat. Permission was sought and obtained to promote the Rosary Confraternity in a parish. In another parish, 19 blind or partially sighted people attended the Annual Retreat. 17 blind people were accompanied to Knock (National Shrine of Our Lady). 10 new patricians were recruited for their monthly meeting which attracts up to 14 people.
Assumpta Curia: 25 legionaries and 49 patricians attended 4 meetings. A praesidium with 6 active members, 4 of them Praetorians held a recruiting drive which yielded 3 new members. During street contact a Hindu girl told of going to Mass every Sunday with her father. At Christmas a portable crib was popular with people of various faiths. A monthly DVD night has an average attendance of 20. Some school visitation is done. A praesidium has re-opened with 3 former members and one probationer and 3 outside legionaries helping out.
Gloriosa Curia: An extension drive was held in March. A new praesidium was set up. Another praesidium does home and nursing home visitation, plus hostel duties. The praesidium in Celbridge had 5 visitors during the year; one took the promise. Around 100 auxiliaries attended a Rally in May, most of whom take the Maria Legionis. As well as supporting the Leixlip praesidium each week, the members do home and nursing home visitation. Street contact was done at Easter and Christmas, inviting people to Mass and Confession. An African woman was instructed in the faith in order to have a Catholic marriage. An Exploratio Dominicalis resulted in 145 homes being visited.
Benedicta Curia: This council has re-opened a praesidium with some former members returning and with the help of other Curia members. Another praesidium does home visitation and visits a hospital. Students in two classes of the Loreto School were enrolled in the Miraculous Medal on 8th December.
Spouse of the Holy Spirit and Immaculata Curiae: In a joint initiative, 13 legionaries manned a stall at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Tallaght Stadium; the Legion altar attracted much attention and 800 specially produced leaflets were distributed to passers-by as well as 500 Miraculous Medals.
Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: Two praesidia amalgamated; work will continue in both parishes; their works are home and hospital visitation, a weekly Church bookstand and monthly Patrician and Frank Duff Prayer meetings.
Immaculata Curia: 42 legionaries and 57 patricians attended 13 meetings. In their, “Ask 800 Campaign.” 505 people were asked to join the Legion in March and April. A talk by Fr. Michael Ross on True Devotion to Mary drew an attendance of 70. The evening praesidium has 4 full members and 1 probationer. A Pilgrim Picture of the Holy Family is used during Advent. Legionaries put an unemployed man in contact with someone working in his area of expertise. Another man who accepted a Miraculous Medal told legionaries 8 months later that Our Lady had helped him to survive cancer. An average of 9 attended their Patrician meeting, mostly non-legionaries. 5 children attend a Club on First Fridays. A new member in one praesidium brings the total to 5; they have 6 Adjutorians amongst their 33 auxiliary members. The main works are home and school visitation, the Church Repository (for sale of religious items), a Patrician meeting and organising a monthly Fatima Prayer Group.
Mater Ecclesiae Curia: 20 people attended an evening of prayer and adoration for PPC. One praesidium visits the Chesire Home, accompany residents to Mass and stay for a chat and a cup of tea. On Saturday afternoons legionaries join with locals to recite a public Rosary at the local Grotto. Following the annual Edel Quinn Mass the Parish Priest suggested that a more suitable shrine be built to honour Our Lady. One praesidium had 4 visitors during the year; they have 130 auxiliaries. Works include weekly recital of the Rosary followed by hymns, songs and chat with residents in two nursing homes.
Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The Newcastle praesidium has seven active members. They visit the hospital each Sunday with Holy Communion and each Wednesday to recite the Rosary in the Alzheimers Unit. In the Edel Quinn Prayer Group they focus on a different African country each month; a Nigerian family regularly attends and they had a talk from a Nigerian sister who works with the destitute of that country. A legionary is on the Parish Council and chaired the group which set up the parish website.
Ancilla Domini Curia: A good number of Protestants were amongst the 26 who attended the Pauline Circle in February with a topical paper entitled, “The unique and precious nature of marriage,” well researched and delivered by retired journalist Bruce Arnold. 12 were present in March for a paper by Professor Ray Kinsella on the same topic. The Pauline Circle is organised by the Joy of Israel praesidium of 9 active members, having recruited 2 in the last year; one of them (with other adults) helps run the Homework Club in Myra House. The praesidium also organises the Pillar of Fire discussion group with Jews; the last meeting in March had an attendance of 6; the paper was prepared by a Jew, the sole Irish survivor of the Holocaust. Temple Bar (in the city centre) street contact, a monthly Holy Hour and home visitation complete their works.

NORTH AMERICA CANADA AND WEST INDIES

Boston Senatus: Mystic Valley Curia started a new praesidium, with 19 members and has a junior praesidium attached. The Vietnamese Curia has 142 active and 179 auxiliary members; most praesidia have about 15 members. Apostolic works for 3 praesidia in Worchester Curia include visitation of 2 prisons and promoting the Legion at Church Fairs. Providence Comitium has 4 Curia attached and 109 active members in its 13 attached praesidia. One man attributed cancer healing to prayers of legionaries. 10 people returned to the Church and Sacraments, due to efforts of a praesidium. 3 recruitment drives resulted in 2 new praesidia. 90 homes in a parish were visited. Bayview Curia has 56 active members in 4 praesidia. Recruiting attempts yielded a new praesidium and some extra auxiliary members.

Philadelphia Senatus: Our Lady of Mercy, a downtown praesidium in Philadelphia, arranged the funeral of one of their very faithful members, who died suddenly and without family in the U.S.A. They had difficulty locating and informing the next-of-kin of his death. The works of this praesidium range from visiting nursing homes and hospitals, to a book barrow on the busy pavement outside the Church. The members of a prison praesidium in Scranton Curia called, ‘Our Lady of Lost Souls’, are very apostolic among their fellow inmates. Norristown Comitium, covering Montgomery & Chester Counties, PA, has a varied range of works including; Sacred Heart enthronements, staffing a book barrow and conducting 2 Patrician groups. A specialised praesidium caters for street people twice a week at their premises. Another group visits the state hospital for long-stay residents. Eastern Montgomery Co. Curia operates a Book Stand at their local train station where they make useful contacts. Holy Family Curia has recently started a senior and a junior praesidium. The Curia members provided staff for the Maria Legionis office and participate in Extension Days. Harrisburg Comitium has Curiae attached in Lebanon, Lancaster, and Northern and Gettysburg, PA. 1,236 contacts with people of many faiths were made at the York Fair, 54 legionaries distributing 1,783 sacramentals.

Chicago Senatus: Duluth Curia, Minnesota, has 20 members in a praesidium in the Federal Prison. The legionaries had arranged adoration in their first week and 3 of their members have since been confirmed. Another prison has a 15 member praesidium and arranges Mass in the prison on two occasions in the month. In the prison there have been ten conversions since 1991. A praesidium in Aloysius, Chicago, visits a Correctional centre for women inmates and arranges a tri-lingual service once a week with a legionary, escorted by the prison chaplain, leading the service. Our Lady of Grace annual report tells of 3 families returning to practice of the faith. They also had an introductory Legion event in their parish, distributing literature and sacramentals. The Korean Comitium reports 27 active and 30 auxiliaries enrolled at a recruiting drive. 17 returns to the Sacraments and 10 prepared for Baptism at Easter.

St. Louis Senatus: Two new praesidia were formed. Legionaries call on new parishioners to make them welcome.11 conversions to the Church were reported by two praesidia. Due to the legionary apostolate, two Baptisms, one Confirmation and two interested in the RCIA programme (non-Catholic Instruction programme) were listed. Prison praesidia are working well, improving the lives of the inmates.

San Francisco Senatus: A praesidium of 8, in its 41st year, makes contacts at Farmers’ Markets. They conduct RCIA, patricians and enlist the help of auxiliary residents to bring the Pilgrim Statue into a Senior Citizens Complex which is not accessible to active legionaries. A Patrician Group has 9 – 25 attending. Bishop Vasa was pleased with improved Mass attendances following PPC in Santa Rosa. Another praesidium arranges Confession and Sacrament of Sick for housebound. A Columban drive had 22 names for follow up. A Curia in Stockton enlisted non-Catholics to pray the Rosary. Idaho report high attendance at meetings. Visitation of Korean Comitium show 5 Curiae, with 52 senior and 4 junior praesidia.

New York Senatus: One Curia reports 35 returns to the Sacraments. A praesidium organised a Retreat for parents of Confirmation classes, resulting in a father being reunited with his family. Other works reported were, CCD classes (catechetics), Pilgrim Statues brought to residents of new districts and street contacts giving Mass-times and other useful parish information.

Houston Senatus: Two new Curiae were set up in the north east & west of the city. Many problem families request the Pilgrim Statue to be brought back a second time due to the unifying affect it had in their households. The homeless ministry each Sunday morning continues at Fatima House in downtown Houston, where the street people are able to use the facilities and join in refreshments, prayer and Bible study. Many attached councils do prison visitation. Two PPC Projects took place and more are planned for this year.

Miami Regia: In Atlanta, Georgia, there are now two Korean Curiae at work in addition to the other two Curiae. Regina Pacis Hispanic Comitium, Miami, has 9 praesidia and 3 Curiae with a total of 46 praesidia. Our Lady of Grace, Haitian Curia, Miami, has 18 praesidia plus one under construction. Their work includes door to door visits and crowd contact. At the Focus Conference of Catholic students, over 300 participants expressed interest in the Legion. The Regia hopes to follow up these contacts and enlist volunteers for the Youth Fair 2015.

CANADA
Senatus of Toronto: The Spiritual Director, Msgr. Sheehy organised, with the help of the legionaries, a luncheon for the Spiritual Directors from the attached praesidia, which was well attended and enjoyed. Scarborough Comitium started two new praesidia. A Day of Recollection had 150 attending and 224 legionaries at their Reunion in December. 50 officers attended the Day for Officers. London/Windsor Curia had 64 at their Reunion. A praesidium in Hamilton Comitium, on the point of closure, revived with the influx of 4 new members. Winnipeg Curia gained 16 active and 26 auxiliary members, establishing two new groups, adding to 22 existing praesidia attached. Queen of Martyrs Korean Comitium had 455 members at their Reunion. The Regia of Ottawa, with 15 attached praesidia, does works ranging from door to door & Pilgrim Statue visitation, and work for the handicapped. Mississauga Comitium has 24 senior & 5 junior praesidia, with 264 senior and 57 junior members. A praesidium at St. John XXIII Parish, does crowd contact at a Mall.
Vancouver Comitium: Our Lady of Hungary praesidium Vancouver in their 11th Annual Report has 6 active and 59 Auxiliaries. Legionaries visited 31 families during the year with the Pilgrim Statue, 4 were first time. The legionaries teach some families, especially children who are not attending Catholic Schools how to pray the Rosary. The Immaculate Heart of Mary praesidium gave their 31st Annual Report. They have 11 active members, 41 Auxiliaries, 4 Praetorians & 1 Adjutorian. During the year they introduced a 3rd Pilgrim Statue to meet the demands for Our Lady in the homes. One family with a daughter suffering from cancer requested the statue many times. Their daughter made a full recovery and the family give the credit to the intercession of Our Lady and to the faith, devotion and support of the legionaries.

Montreal Senatus: Extension resulted in a new praesidium at St. Geneviève. Three praesidia reports include consolation work, patricians, organising pilgrimages, and assisting at funerals. Moncton Curia has 5 praesidia; they promote consecration of newly baptised to Our Lady of Miraculous Medal. Quebec Comitium reported visiting the L’Arche de Jean Vanier Centre and the housebound. The English-speaking Curia organised Pilgrimages and had a Legion Stand at a Diocesan event in a few parishes to promote their work. Edmonton Comitium: A praesidium visits the elderly, teaches Catechism and does Pilgrim Statue visitation. Another praesidium of 9 members visited 78 homes with the Pilgrim Statue, conducts a Marian hour on 1st Saturdays, organised Mass for Frank Duff’s Cause, attended a Rosary Rally and encourages families to pray the Rosary. A Curia with 132 members in 16 praesidia does a wide variety of work; Pilgrim Statue and nursing home visitation; they also promote vocations and youth ministry. Our Lady of Lourdes Curia celebrated its silver jubilee with 200 attending a Mass. 18 attended a patrician group and the priest requested that the patricians be continued. An extension to 2 new parishes is being considered and a Seminarian is interested in having a praesidium in his College.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo: All praesidia visit nursing homes, and the sick in hospitals and at home; many visit the local jails. The praesidium Estrella de la Mañana prepared 35 children for Holy Communion and has formed a new praesidium of 19 members in a neighbouring community. The Comitium Reina de la Paz, with 200 members and 30 Praetorians, has 2 junior praesidia with another in formation. El Comitium La Natividad with 4 Curiae, 360 members, and 140 Praetorians helped with the regularisation of 8 undocumented immigrants. They had 35 youth and adult Baptisms plus 11 Confirmations and officiated at 358 Wakes (prayers for recently deceased). Many members are training to be Ministers of the Eucharist. The praesidium Nuestra Señora del Carmen helped 5 immigrants regularise their situation and their children have been enrolled in school.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: The Comitium Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia with 9 attached Curiae, 14 senior and 8 junior praesidia and 1,200 members, plans to start a new Comitium. The Comitium Nuestra Señora del Pilar reported 2 adults converted. Curia Dulce Corazón de Maro report a youth who was involved in drugs and prostitution has changed his ways and is now an active legionary. The praesidium Reyna de los Pecadores has 4 married couples among its 14 members. It reports two marriages regularised. Youths of 14 and 15 years were baptised and received First Communion and Confirmation. The Regia Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, La Vega has 10 Comitia with over 4,000 members. An evangelical woman was received into the Church on her deathbed, and died in peace.

HAITI
The January and February 2015 minutes include reports from one Comitium, 2 Curiae and one praesidium. Among the works undertaken are home visitation, visits to the ill and elderly and accompanying priests with the Sacrament of the Sick; visitation of hospitals, l’Arche, prisons and markets; visits of condolence and contact with the bereaved at Mortuaries; organising Catechism Courses, preparing people for the Sacraments, training juniors and doing street contact resulting in many receiving the Sacraments, some returns to the Church and resolution of family conflicts. Prayers were asked for peace in Haiti as they are undergoing political turbulence.

PUERTO RICO
The Senatus has 5,297 active members, l8 junior praesidia and l2,922 auxiliaries. There are 20 Comitia, l0 senior praesidia and junior Curiae attached. They report taking children and old people to Mass and to the doctor. Help is also given with translations. Weekly visits are made to the jails. They organise l0 Patricians and a book barrow. The son of evangelists was brought to the Sacraments; the old are helped to cook; a married man was helped to get a liver transplant. New works include; promotion of Adoration and of Divine Mercy for youths. A lady of 96 returned to the Sacraments months before death. Two autistic children were prepared for First Holy Communion. One legionary was asked to give two talks to candidates for the Deaconate.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
A reporting praesidium has 8 active members and 118 auxiliaries. Works undertaken include street contact which resulted in 7 lapsed Catholics returning to Mass. In Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Curia, among their works are home and hospital visitation and street contact work. Religious Instruction was given to 94 students in three non-Catholic schools, with six being prepared for Confirmation. A new junior praesidium started in a Catholic school with an initial membership of 14. The Curia of San Fernando has seven senior and three junior praesidia attached. During home visitation eleven lapsed Catholics returned to the practice of their faith.

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NEW REGIA FOR SOUTHERN MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES

The Concilium has raised Mary the Mediatrix Comitium in Pagadian City to Regia with 5 Comitia attached and 6 directly attached praesidia. The total active membership is 2,572.
Mary the Mediatrix Comitium in Pagadian City is presently attached to the Regia of Aurora which in turn is governed by the Senatus of Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
The new Regia will govern the Legion in the Southern Mindanao area and has been advised to increase the number of directly attached praesidia in the short term and increase general extension efforts.

NEW REGIA FOR NAMIBE DIOCESE, ANGOLA

The Concilium has raised the Comitium Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Namibe Diocese, Angola, to Regia to govern the Legion in the Namibe Diocese. The Comitium has seven directly-attached senior praesidia, two junior praesidia and four attached Curiae with a total of 40 praesidia. Three other Comitia in the Diocese, with a total of 17 attached Curiae, will be affiliated to the new Regia, which will be attached to the Senatus of Benguela. The Comitium which has been raised to Regia is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its foundation in May. They were advised to increase the number of directly affiliated praesidia to the new Regia and to increase extension efforts generally.

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Concilium Bulletin April 2015
May 2015

AFRICA
MALAWI
Maula Senatus: This new Senatus in Lilongwe Archdiocese was inaugurated on 29th November, 2014 with the approval of the Concilium and the relevant Diocesan authorities. A Mass to mark the occasion celebrated by Archbishop Tarcisius Ziyaya of Lilongwe and 10 priests drew an attendance of 5,000 legionaries. The Senatus governs 19 Comitia, 6 Curia and 15 attached praesidia in Lilongwe Archdiocese and 2 Regia covering the suffragen Dioceses of Dedza, Mzuzu and Karonga.

Blantyre Senatus: Great credit is due to this council for all the work leading to the setting up of Maula Senatus. The councils now under Blantyre Senatus include 18 Comitia, 3 Curiae and 12 attached praesidia in Blantyre Archdiocese and a Regia with 9 Comitia in Mangochi Diocese and a total of 9 Comitia in the other suffragen Dioceses of Zomba and Chikwawa. The Senatus reunion in December had a large attendance. It started with Mass celebrated by the Spiritual Director and following entertainment, concluded with Mass led by Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa, who was impressed with the strong Legion membership in each parish.

SENATUS OF KENYA: Plans are advanced for the 71st Anniversary Mass to mark the death of venerable Edel in Nairobi on 10th May. A new Curia was inaugurated on 15th November at the Catholic University of East Africa with 5 attached praesidia. Kisumu Regia report 1,442 catechumens prepared for Baptism, 614 marriages regularised, and 1,575 lapsed returned. 116 traditional brewers were contacted. Of three witchdoctors encountered, one is under instruction in the faith. Prayers are asked for the people of Kenya following the massacre of Christians at Garissa University.

SENATUS OF UGANDA: Frank Duff’s Anniversary was well celebrated throughout the Senatus with Masses and talks. The 13 reports presented gave details of a great variety of work resulting in many receiving the Sacraments, lapsed returning to the Church and conversions including some Muslims and all included work with youth. One Comitium reported 2 people stopped satanic practices and began attending Mass. A Spiritual Director who started a Tertiary Institution Curia advised members in the Seminary that their continued Legion involvement as priests would help them and their parishioners. A recently deceased legionary used to walk long distances with her sister to attend council meetings and though illiterate, they tried to retain what they learned to share it, subsequently setting up 17 new praesidia.

NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: Some months ago one Comitium reported that 3 Curiae and 4 praesidia were unable to hold meetings because of communal unrest. Despite the problems, that Comitium formed 17 new praesidia and had 30 conversions.

Ibadan Senatus: 99 praesidia were formed in the Senatus in the past year. 180 took part in an Evangelisation Project, making 3,384 contacts and leaving many cases for follow-up, which is being done by local praesidia under the direction of the Parish Priest. 8 of the 16 praesidia in one Curia have monthly Patricians.
Lagos Regia: One Comitium plans to establish more praesidia in government-owned schools and public Secondary Schools. In another Comitium 27 intermediates moved to senior ranks. All three Comitia reporting in November have quite a young membership.

Enugu Senatus: A Comitium with over 3,000 seniors and 15 junior Curiae and almost 5,000 members, established10 senior praesidia in parishes and a senior and a junior praesidium started in a Police Barracks.
Onitsha Regia: One Comitium prepared 236 people for Holy Communion, 640 Catechumens for Baptism. One Muslim was received into the Church.
Jos Regia: The legionaries are continuing to hold meetings and carry out their apostolate despite unrest in the area. The Annual Reunion had to be cancelled due to bomb blasts the previous day.
Ikot Ekpene Regia: A Comitium with 2,092 members had 61 couples married in Church. 46 lapsed returned to the faith and many other people were prepared for the Sacraments.

TANZANIA
Dar-es-Salaam Regia: All councils and most praesidia have conducted Seminars on family matters as requested for the Year of the Family. 18 members participated in a successful PPC to Zanzibar. Reports from 2 senior and 1 junior Curiae and a praesidium reported visitation of homes and basic Christian Communities, the sick and elderly at home and in hospital and recruiting, resulting in children receiving the Sacraments and marriages blessed in Church. One new praesidium was started and another revived.
Mtwara Comitium: A talk on the Legion in a Nurses Training College, led a student to agree to help start a praesidium in the College. To strengthen the Comitium, members prayed the Divine Mercy Novena. Weak Curiae are being visited. To promote The Year of the Family, it was decided that legionaries would visit Small Christian Communities in pairs to speak about the Legion, recite the Rosary and encourage families to pray it together.
Rombo Comitium: Reports include home and hospital visitation and visits to schools, trying to establish praesidia in them.
Hai Moshi Comitium: Works reported on include home and hospital visitation, contact with drug and alcohol addicts, encouraging couples to marry in Church and preparing adults and children for the Sacraments.
Mbinga Comitium: An e-mail from a priest working in a Seminary, expressed a need for Legion literature to help him spread the Legion in Secondary Schools. This literature is being supplied. Four schools have praesidia.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: A good amount of praesidium and council visitation was reported. Works include home visitation, visits to the sick at home and in hospital, to orphanages, police cells, prisons, visits of condolence, preparing people for the Sacraments and other works requested by the priests. In one parish a workshop for juniors was held, while in another, legionaries having undertaken the 33 day preparation, made the True Devotion Consecration.

SIERRA LEONE: The latest news from the Curia was an e-mail from Fr. Carew dated 20th March.  He was happy to learn that photographs he sent were able to be downloaded after much difficulty and hopefully can be included in Maria Legionis. They have a great need of literature and equipment, but previous parcels did not arrive; other postal routes are being sought.

LIBERIA: Please continue to pray for all those in Ebola affected areas.

EUROPE
SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: About 100 legionaries, representing every attached council, and 3 Spiritual Directors attended the Senatus Congress. There were 5 talks followed by a discussion. The subjects were: ‘Legion Spirituality:’ ‘Frank Duff:’’ The Legion Apostolate Today:’ ‘Legionary Formation and Youth.’ A video on the life of Frank Duff was shown. Bros. John Alonso and Noel Lynch had ample opportunity to speak with most of the officers present. All the Legionaries are anxious to work with youth and the many South American immigrants. Many of the legionaries who participated are married couples. There were also a big number of male legionaries. The Senatus is seeking extension workers for Andalucia.

Senatus of Bilbao: Three active members were recruited in January. They enquired if Orthodox Christians could be legionaries, the answer being, yes. The majority of the work is of ‘Consolation.’ Basauri Curia has two book barrows; they hold a monthly Holy Hour for vocations. Algorta reported having a good Rosary Group for non-practicing people.

Barcelona Senatus: Two praesidia amalgamated. School entry was obtained for the children of prostitutes. Holy Communion was distributed in prisons and prisoners families helped. A talk was given on the late Sister Pacita Santos and the setting up of the Legion in Barcelona in 1955. They had a three-day Retreat. The death was reported of Sr. Monserrat Prats, a former Senatus president and life-long legionary.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: All 7 members of one praesidium are Praetorians and 27 of their auxiliaries are Adjutorians. Another praesidium distributed Miraculous Medals to over 1,000 street contacts. Legal support is given to elderly people with Social Welfare problems and in making their Wills. One praesidium teaches catechesis to children. In the Setubal district a Prayer Group for vocations is organised. 84 of their active legionaries and 34 auxiliaries participated in the Annual Legion Pilgrimage to Fatima. Three priests were approached regarding Legion extension. Coimbra Regia made contact with 5 priests and it is hoped to form 2 new praesidia. At Beja Curia catechesis is taught to 33 children. Cascais Comitium reported Pilgrim Statue visits to homes. Transport is provided to bring special needs persons to Mass. Visits are made to schools to enroll children in Catechism classes.

ITALY
Senatus of Rome: There are 7 Curiae in the city of Rome, one of which, with 13 praesidia is of Filipinos. The Senatus Secretary, Bro. Renzo Tartar and his wife Martha Cubas, had the privilege of representing the Senatus at the ceremony in Buenos Aires pertaining to the Cause of Alfie Lambe.
Milan Regia: A new praesidium has been set up in Acqui Terme Curia, Ovada. The Filipino praesidia are organising Rosary Crusades among Peruvian, Spanish and Filipino families. Polish legionaries were contacted through the internet. The Papal Encyclical ‘Gaudium Evangelii’ was discussed at a Patrician meeting.
Padova Comitium: Catechesis and home visitation feature in the reports of the Nigerian praesidia in Padova and Verona. The Lana Curia held Retreats and Auxiliary Rallies. Extension is continuing in Busa di Vigenza and Volta Brusegana.

CYPRUS: The Limassol praesidium hosted the Acies, also attended by the three praesidia from Nicosia. Limassol legionaries visited a local jail where they assisted a Nepalese national to defend her freedom and innocence from cruel treatment by her employer. She now has a satisfactory new employer.

MALTA
Malta Regia: A new praesidium was set up in Valetta. Two half-day Retreats for auxiliaries had attendances of 23 and 30. A praesidium with 5 members contacted tourists, visited homes and hospitals and prepared two school classes of children for Confirmation. A praesidium of 8 members reported on contacts with non-Catholics. One Curia is in contact with 5 Muslim families. A 35 year old person was prepared for and received Confirmation. Two returns to the Sacraments were reported. Another Curia has an outreach to those on drugs and with other addictions. One Curia set up a new praesidium of 7 members in Safi. A Curia had Exploratio Dominicalis projects to two parishes, following which two families had their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Two people were recruited by Queen of Peace Curia as a result of Pilgrim Statue visitation. The Statue was accepted in some non-Catholic homes. The husband in a mixed marriage is being instructed in the faith. Another Curia reported 5 homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart and returns to the Sacraments after many years.
Gozo Comitium: The 75th Anniversary of the Legion in Gozo was celebrated with a Mass, which was televised on TV 2. Their apostolate includes contact with tourists. A Retreat was organised for male auxiliary members.

GREECE: The praesidium in Rhodes has 17 active and 15 auxiliary members. Works include home visitation, visiting the sick and helping families with problems. Some Legion literature was sent to the English-speaking praesidium in Thessalonica, which is made up of non-Greek members.

ALBANIA: Two members of Malta Regia are to visit Albania in May; they hope to organise a Congress for the Comitium and the three attached Curiae.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Dromore Comitium: A Day of Payer had a very good attendance. 260 pupils from 3 schools received Rosary Beads and Miraculous Medals and were shown a video on the Medal. The works of the juniors in Burren praesidium include Mass serving. They wear the Miraculous Medal and promote it when they can. They study the Children’s Bible during part of their meeting. Their senior praesidium has 6 members and 60 auxiliaries. They arrange Eucharistic Adoration twice weekly, sell Catholic newspapers and are involved in most Church activities. Prayers are offered for more priestly vocations in homes. They recite the Rosary at Wakes (prayers for the recently deceased) and show a DVD on the Miraculous Medal to school children.
Navan Comitium: In the course of home visitation members of one praesidium spoke to approximately 200 people. The lapsed were encouraged to go to Confession and return to Mass. A number of Polish people encountered said they don’t go to Mass as they don’t know sufficient English. They were told that the Mass is celebrated in their language once a month. Settled Travelers are visited and the Rosary recited with them. The praesidium in Drumconrath helped to organise the Corpus Christi Procession in their parish and promoted the Legion during the local Harvest Festival; they also do home and hospital visitation. Mullingar Curia has 7 senior praesidia and one junior praesidium. Clara praesidium erected a picture of Edel Quinn in the Church and displayed the prayer leaflet for Edel’s beatification. Trim Curia has 7 praesidia. Trim praesidium members visit homes and hospitals and post an emigrant newsletter to Trim emigrants three times per year. Rathoath praesidium visits homes and hospitals and helped with a Recruitment Drive in Dunboyne. The annual Alfie Lambe Mass was celebrated in Coole, Co. Westmeath. Dublin based South American legionaries were in attendance.
Derry Comitium: One praesidium has two pairs on home visitation most weeks. A praesidium which has 29 auxiliaries visits homes and residential homes. Queen of Peace Curia has 27 members in 5 praesidia and about 371 auxiliaries. Works include hospital, nursing home and Pilgrim Statue visitation. Inishowen Curia has 44 members. Moville praesidium has reopened with 3 new members.
Raphoe Comitium has 8 senior, 3 junior praesidia and one Curia attached. Stranolar praesidium has 7 members and 138 auxiliaries. On the first Sunday of every month a local hospital is visited. On home visitation bottles of Holy Water, Miraculous Medals and Catholic literature are distributed. They visit the country area in the summer and town area in the winter. Their attached junior praesidium has 7 members aged from 5 to 12 years. Falcarragh praesidium has 75 auxiliaries. Works include visitation to Falcarragh Community Hospital and parishioners in 2 nursing homes. During Lent they promoted Divine Mercy and Confession. The first meeting of an Irish speaking praesidium in Cnoc Fola on 9 March had 10 in attendance.

CURIAE

Leitrim Curia: Mohill praesidium has 8 members and 20 auxiliaries. The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady is brought to homes and the Rosary prayed with the families who accept it. Catholic literature and Rosary Beads are utilised to open contact with those met in the Housing Estates. The Rosary is recited every Saturday at the town clock in Carrick-on-Shannon with an average attendance of 15 people. A disabled parishioner who became seriously ill and had no relatives in Ireland was given practical help; assistance was also given with details of his funeral. Mohill praesidium started a praesidium in Carrick-on-Shannon which now has 5 members.
Mid Clogher Curia: One praesidium has gained two new members.
West Clogher Curia: This council has 9 praesidia attached. Two praesidia did displays on the Legion in their Churches on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Derrygonnelly praesidium sells the Irish Catholic and a number of religious magazines. When delivering literature the legionaries spend some time with the housebound and if necessary do works of service for them. They provide transport to Mass for the elderly and also for medical appointments.
Clonmacnoise Curia: The works of the 3 praesidia attached include home and hospital visitation. Six Primary Schools in the area and a special school were visited before Confirmation.
Immaculata Curia: (Diocese of Down & Connor). This council has 6 praesidia. The reporting praesidia have 4 and 8 members and a total of 261 auxiliaries. Works include Pilgrim Statue visitation and visits to five nursing homes. One praesidium leads a children’s Rosary Group. The new praesidium in St. Theresa’s parish is doing well.
Down Curia: This council has 8 praesidia. The two reporting praesidia have a total of 11 members and 71 auxiliaries. They circulate 10 Fatima Statues. One praesidium visited the First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes in two schools.
Armagh Curia: (Archdiocese of Armagh). This council held its 700th meeting on 25th February. Two members of Drogheda Curia were also present to learn of the continued progress of the new praesidium in Keady. Thanks were expressed to Drogheda Curia for its help with extension.
Drogheda Curia: Preparation for the True Devotion to Mary Consecration was arranged from 26 February to 25 March. An Afternoon of Prayer in Sienna Convent had an attendance of 36. The 8 members of Ardee praesidium do home and nursing home visitation and organise Patricians. Two members started a new praesidium in Collon and both praesidia are helping the new praesidium in Keady, Armagh Curia. The 3 reporting praesidia in Drogheda have a total of 20 members. Works include home, nursing home and Pilgrim Statue visitation, plus street contact. Two members of one of these praesidia attend the praesidium in Mosney every week.
Dundalk Curia: At the January meeting some members drew attention to the importance of legionaries working in pairs. The Correspondent and Concilium Officer in charge of Ireland attended the February meeting having met the Curia Officers beforehand. The Curia plans to sell their House in Quay Street.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE
(February & March 2015)

Annunciata Curia: 14 legionaries and 30 patricians attended 5 meetings. One praesidium distributes 70 copies of Maria Legionis; a copy is left in the library, music school, swimming pool and each of the parish’s 24 religious houses. 13 of their 36 auxiliary members are Adjutorians. 34 Bars were visited to recruit for the Good Friday Retreat. Permission was sought and obtained to promote the Rosary Confraternity in a parish. In another parish, 19 blind or partially sighted people attended the Annual Retreat. 17 blind people were accompanied to Knock (National Shrine of Our Lady). 10 new patricians were recruited for their monthly meeting which attracts up to 14 people.
Assumpta Curia: 25 legionaries and 49 patricians attended 4 meetings. A praesidium with 6 active members, 4 of them Praetorians held a recruiting drive which yielded 3 new members. During street contact a Hindu girl told of going to Mass every Sunday with her father. At Christmas a portable crib was popular with people of various faiths. A monthly DVD night has an average attendance of 20. Some school visitation is done. A praesidium has re-opened with 3 former members and one probationer and 3 outside legionaries helping out.
Gloriosa Curia: An extension drive was held in March. A new praesidium was set up. Another praesidium does home and nursing home visitation, plus hostel duties. The praesidium in Celbridge had 5 visitors during the year; one took the promise. Around 100 auxiliaries attended a Rally in May, most of whom take the Maria Legionis. As well as supporting the Leixlip praesidium each week, the members do home and nursing home visitation. Street contact was done at Easter and Christmas, inviting people to Mass and Confession. An African woman was instructed in the faith in order to have a Catholic marriage. An Exploratio Dominicalis resulted in 145 homes being visited.
Benedicta Curia: This council has re-opened a praesidium with some former members returning and with the help of other Curia members. Another praesidium does home visitation and visits a hospital. Students in two classes of the Loreto School were enrolled in the Miraculous Medal on 8th December.
Spouse of the Holy Spirit and Immaculata Curiae: In a joint initiative, 13 legionaries manned a stall at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Tallaght Stadium; the Legion altar attracted much attention and 800 specially produced leaflets were distributed to passers-by as well as 500 Miraculous Medals.
Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: Two praesidia amalgamated; work will continue in both parishes; their works are home and hospital visitation, a weekly Church bookstand and monthly Patrician and Frank Duff Prayer meetings.
Immaculata Curia: 42 legionaries and 57 patricians attended 13 meetings. In their, “Ask 800 Campaign.” 505 people were asked to join the Legion in March and April. A talk by Fr. Michael Ross on True Devotion to Mary drew an attendance of 70. The evening praesidium has 4 full members and 1 probationer. A Pilgrim Picture of the Holy Family is used during Advent. Legionaries put an unemployed man in contact with someone working in his area of expertise. Another man who accepted a Miraculous Medal told legionaries 8 months later that Our Lady had helped him to survive cancer. An average of 9 attended their Patrician meeting, mostly non-legionaries. 5 children attend a Club on First Fridays. A new member in one praesidium brings the total to 5; they have 6 Adjutorians amongst their 33 auxiliary members. The main works are home and school visitation, the Church Repository (for sale of religious items), a Patrician meeting and organising a monthly Fatima Prayer Group.
Mater Ecclesiae Curia: 20 people attended an evening of prayer and adoration for PPC. One praesidium visits the Chesire Home, accompany residents to Mass and stay for a chat and a cup of tea. On Saturday afternoons legionaries join with locals to recite a public Rosary at the local Grotto. Following the annual Edel Quinn Mass the Parish Priest suggested that a more suitable shrine be built to honour Our Lady. One praesidium had 4 visitors during the year; they have 130 auxiliaries. Works include weekly recital of the Rosary followed by hymns, songs and chat with residents in two nursing homes.
Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The Newcastle praesidium has seven active members. They visit the hospital each Sunday with Holy Communion and each Wednesday to recite the Rosary in the Alzheimers Unit. In the Edel Quinn Prayer Group they focus on a different African country each month; a Nigerian family regularly attends and they had a talk from a Nigerian sister who works with the destitute of that country. A legionary is on the Parish Council and chaired the group which set up the parish website.
Ancilla Domini Curia: A good number of Protestants were amongst the 26 who attended the Pauline Circle in February with a topical paper entitled, “The unique and precious nature of marriage,” well researched and delivered by retired journalist Bruce Arnold. 12 were present in March for a paper by Professor Ray Kinsella on the same topic. The Pauline Circle is organised by the Joy of Israel praesidium of 9 active members, having recruited 2 in the last year; one of them (with other adults) helps run the Homework Club in Myra House. The praesidium also organises the Pillar of Fire discussion group with Jews; the last meeting in March had an attendance of 6; the paper was prepared by a Jew, the sole Irish survivor of the Holocaust. Temple Bar (in the city centre) street contact, a monthly Holy Hour and home visitation complete their works.

NORTH AMERICA CANADA AND WEST INDIES

Boston Senatus: Mystic Valley Curia started a new praesidium, with 19 members and has a junior praesidium attached. The Vietnamese Curia has 142 active and 179 auxiliary members; most praesidia have about 15 members. Apostolic works for 3 praesidia in Worchester Curia include visitation of 2 prisons and promoting the Legion at Church Fairs. Providence Comitium has 4 Curia attached and 109 active members in its 13 attached praesidia. One man attributed cancer healing to prayers of legionaries. 10 people returned to the Church and Sacraments, due to efforts of a praesidium. 3 recruitment drives resulted in 2 new praesidia. 90 homes in a parish were visited. Bayview Curia has 56 active members in 4 praesidia. Recruiting attempts yielded a new praesidium and some extra auxiliary members.

Philadelphia Senatus: Our Lady of Mercy, a downtown praesidium in Philadelphia, arranged the funeral of one of their very faithful members, who died suddenly and without family in the U.S.A. They had difficulty locating and informing the next-of-kin of his death. The works of this praesidium range from visiting nursing homes and hospitals, to a book barrow on the busy pavement outside the Church. The members of a prison praesidium in Scranton Curia called, ‘Our Lady of Lost Souls’, are very apostolic among their fellow inmates. Norristown Comitium, covering Montgomery & Chester Counties, PA, has a varied range of works including; Sacred Heart enthronements, staffing a book barrow and conducting 2 Patrician groups. A specialised praesidium caters for street people twice a week at their premises. Another group visits the state hospital for long-stay residents. Eastern Montgomery Co. Curia operates a Book Stand at their local train station where they make useful contacts. Holy Family Curia has recently started a senior and a junior praesidium. The Curia members provided staff for the Maria Legionis office and participate in Extension Days. Harrisburg Comitium has Curiae attached in Lebanon, Lancaster, and Northern and Gettysburg, PA. 1,236 contacts with people of many faiths were made at the York Fair, 54 legionaries distributing 1,783 sacramentals.

Chicago Senatus: Duluth Curia, Minnesota, has 20 members in a praesidium in the Federal Prison. The legionaries had arranged adoration in their first week and 3 of their members have since been confirmed. Another prison has a 15 member praesidium and arranges Mass in the prison on two occasions in the month. In the prison there have been ten conversions since 1991. A praesidium in Aloysius, Chicago, visits a Correctional centre for women inmates and arranges a tri-lingual service once a week with a legionary, escorted by the prison chaplain, leading the service. Our Lady of Grace annual report tells of 3 families returning to practice of the faith. They also had an introductory Legion event in their parish, distributing literature and sacramentals. The Korean Comitium reports 27 active and 30 auxiliaries enrolled at a recruiting drive. 17 returns to the Sacraments and 10 prepared for Baptism at Easter.

St. Louis Senatus: Two new praesidia were formed. Legionaries call on new parishioners to make them welcome.11 conversions to the Church were reported by two praesidia. Due to the legionary apostolate, two Baptisms, one Confirmation and two interested in the RCIA programme (non-Catholic Instruction programme) were listed. Prison praesidia are working well, improving the lives of the inmates.

San Francisco Senatus: A praesidium of 8, in its 41st year, makes contacts at Farmers’ Markets. They conduct RCIA, patricians and enlist the help of auxiliary residents to bring the Pilgrim Statue into a Senior Citizens Complex which is not accessible to active legionaries. A Patrician Group has 9 – 25 attending. Bishop Vasa was pleased with improved Mass attendances following PPC in Santa Rosa. Another praesidium arranges Confession and Sacrament of Sick for housebound. A Columban drive had 22 names for follow up. A Curia in Stockton enlisted non-Catholics to pray the Rosary. Idaho report high attendance at meetings. Visitation of Korean Comitium show 5 Curiae, with 52 senior and 4 junior praesidia.

New York Senatus: One Curia reports 35 returns to the Sacraments. A praesidium organised a Retreat for parents of Confirmation classes, resulting in a father being reunited with his family. Other works reported were, CCD classes (catechetics), Pilgrim Statues brought to residents of new districts and street contacts giving Mass-times and other useful parish information.

Houston Senatus: Two new Curiae were set up in the north east & west of the city. Many problem families request the Pilgrim Statue to be brought back a second time due to the unifying affect it had in their households. The homeless ministry each Sunday morning continues at Fatima House in downtown Houston, where the street people are able to use the facilities and join in refreshments, prayer and Bible study. Many attached councils do prison visitation. Two PPC Projects took place and more are planned for this year.

Miami Regia: In Atlanta, Georgia, there are now two Korean Curiae at work in addition to the other two Curiae. Regina Pacis Hispanic Comitium, Miami, has 9 praesidia and 3 Curiae with a total of 46 praesidia. Our Lady of Grace, Haitian Curia, Miami, has 18 praesidia plus one under construction. Their work includes door to door visits and crowd contact. At the Focus Conference of Catholic students, over 300 participants expressed interest in the Legion. The Regia hopes to follow up these contacts and enlist volunteers for the Youth Fair 2015.

CANADA
Senatus of Toronto: The Spiritual Director, Msgr. Sheehy organised, with the help of the legionaries, a luncheon for the Spiritual Directors from the attached praesidia, which was well attended and enjoyed. Scarborough Comitium started two new praesidia. A Day of Recollection had 150 attending and 224 legionaries at their Reunion in December. 50 officers attended the Day for Officers. London/Windsor Curia had 64 at their Reunion. A praesidium in Hamilton Comitium, on the point of closure, revived with the influx of 4 new members. Winnipeg Curia gained 16 active and 26 auxiliary members, establishing two new groups, adding to 22 existing praesidia attached. Queen of Martyrs Korean Comitium had 455 members at their Reunion. The Regia of Ottawa, with 15 attached praesidia, does works ranging from door to door & Pilgrim Statue visitation, and work for the handicapped. Mississauga Comitium has 24 senior & 5 junior praesidia, with 264 senior and 57 junior members. A praesidium at St. John XXIII Parish, does crowd contact at a Mall.
Vancouver Comitium: Our Lady of Hungary praesidium Vancouver in their 11th Annual Report has 6 active and 59 Auxiliaries. Legionaries visited 31 families during the year with the Pilgrim Statue, 4 were first time. The legionaries teach some families, especially children who are not attending Catholic Schools how to pray the Rosary. The Immaculate Heart of Mary praesidium gave their 31st Annual Report. They have 11 active members, 41 Auxiliaries, 4 Praetorians & 1 Adjutorian. During the year they introduced a 3rd Pilgrim Statue to meet the demands for Our Lady in the homes. One family with a daughter suffering from cancer requested the statue many times. Their daughter made a full recovery and the family give the credit to the intercession of Our Lady and to the faith, devotion and support of the legionaries.

Montreal Senatus: Extension resulted in a new praesidium at St. Geneviève. Three praesidia reports include consolation work, patricians, organising pilgrimages, and assisting at funerals. Moncton Curia has 5 praesidia; they promote consecration of newly baptised to Our Lady of Miraculous Medal. Quebec Comitium reported visiting the L’Arche de Jean Vanier Centre and the housebound. The English-speaking Curia organised Pilgrimages and had a Legion Stand at a Diocesan event in a few parishes to promote their work. Edmonton Comitium: A praesidium visits the elderly, teaches Catechism and does Pilgrim Statue visitation. Another praesidium of 9 members visited 78 homes with the Pilgrim Statue, conducts a Marian hour on 1st Saturdays, organised Mass for Frank Duff’s Cause, attended a Rosary Rally and encourages families to pray the Rosary. A Curia with 132 members in 16 praesidia does a wide variety of work; Pilgrim Statue and nursing home visitation; they also promote vocations and youth ministry. Our Lady of Lourdes Curia celebrated its silver jubilee with 200 attending a Mass. 18 attended a patrician group and the priest requested that the patricians be continued. An extension to 2 new parishes is being considered and a Seminarian is interested in having a praesidium in his College.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo: All praesidia visit nursing homes, and the sick in hospitals and at home; many visit the local jails. The praesidium Estrella de la Mañana prepared 35 children for Holy Communion and has formed a new praesidium of 19 members in a neighbouring community. The Comitium Reina de la Paz, with 200 members and 30 Praetorians, has 2 junior praesidia with another in formation. El Comitium La Natividad with 4 Curiae, 360 members, and 140 Praetorians helped with the regularisation of 8 undocumented immigrants. They had 35 youth and adult Baptisms plus 11 Confirmations and officiated at 358 Wakes (prayers for recently deceased). Many members are training to be Ministers of the Eucharist. The praesidium Nuestra Señora del Carmen helped 5 immigrants regularise their situation and their children have been enrolled in school.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: The Comitium Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia with 9 attached Curiae, 14 senior and 8 junior praesidia and 1,200 members, plans to start a new Comitium. The Comitium Nuestra Señora del Pilar reported 2 adults converted. Curia Dulce Corazón de Maro report a youth who was involved in drugs and prostitution has changed his ways and is now an active legionary. The praesidium Reyna de los Pecadores has 4 married couples among its 14 members. It reports two marriages regularised. Youths of 14 and 15 years were baptised and received First Communion and Confirmation. The Regia Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, La Vega has 10 Comitia with over 4,000 members. An evangelical woman was received into the Church on her deathbed, and died in peace.

HAITI
The January and February 2015 minutes include reports from one Comitium, 2 Curiae and one praesidium. Among the works undertaken are home visitation, visits to the ill and elderly and accompanying priests with the Sacrament of the Sick; visitation of hospitals, l’Arche, prisons and markets; visits of condolence and contact with the bereaved at Mortuaries; organising Catechism Courses, preparing people for the Sacraments, training juniors and doing street contact resulting in many receiving the Sacraments, some returns to the Church and resolution of family conflicts. Prayers were asked for peace in Haiti as they are undergoing political turbulence.

PUERTO RICO
The Senatus has 5,297 active members, l8 junior praesidia and l2,922 auxiliaries. There are 20 Comitia, l0 senior praesidia and junior Curiae attached. They report taking children and old people to Mass and to the doctor. Help is also given with translations. Weekly visits are made to the jails. They organise l0 Patricians and a book barrow. The son of evangelists was brought to the Sacraments; the old are helped to cook; a married man was helped to get a liver transplant. New works include; promotion of Adoration and of Divine Mercy for youths. A lady of 96 returned to the Sacraments months before death. Two autistic children were prepared for First Holy Communion. One legionary was asked to give two talks to candidates for the Deaconate.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
A reporting praesidium has 8 active members and 118 auxiliaries. Works undertaken include street contact which resulted in 7 lapsed Catholics returning to Mass. In Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Curia, among their works are home and hospital visitation and street contact work. Religious Instruction was given to 94 students in three non-Catholic schools, with six being prepared for Confirmation. A new junior praesidium started in a Catholic school with an initial membership of 14. The Curia of San Fernando has seven senior and three junior praesidia attached. During home visitation eleven lapsed Catholics returned to the practice of their faith.

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NEW REGIA FOR SOUTHERN MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES

The Concilium has raised Mary the Mediatrix Comitium in Pagadian City to Regia with 5 Comitia attached and 6 directly attached praesidia. The total active membership is 2,572.
Mary the Mediatrix Comitium in Pagadian City is presently attached to the Regia of Aurora which in turn is governed by the Senatus of Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
The new Regia will govern the Legion in the Southern Mindanao area and has been advised to increase the number of directly attached praesidia in the short term and increase general extension efforts.

NEW REGIA FOR NAMIBE DIOCESE, ANGOLA

The Concilium has raised the Comitium Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Namibe Diocese, Angola, to Regia to govern the Legion in the Namibe Diocese. The Comitium has seven directly-attached senior praesidia, two junior praesidia and four attached Curiae with a total of 40 praesidia. Three other Comitia in the Diocese, with a total of 17 attached Curiae, will be affiliated to the new Regia, which will be attached to the Senatus of Benguela. The Comitium which has been raised to Regia is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its foundation in May. They were advised to increase the number of directly affiliated praesidia to the new Regia and to increase extension efforts generally.

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Allocutio at March 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
March 2015

The Gift of Humility
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In chapter 30 of the Handbook on the Functions of the Legion, the first function listed is the annual Acies. We read; ‘Bearing in mind the importance of the devotion to Mary in the Legion system, each year there shall be a consecration of legionaries to Our Lady. The consecration – which shall comprise both an individual and a collective consecration – will take place on 25th March, or a day close thereto, and it shall be known as the Acies.’ So it seems to me a good time to review and renew our relationship to Mary and to consider some aspect of what it means to be consecrated to her because it would not be possible to treat all aspects of what it means for a legionary to be truly consecrated to Mary in one relatively brief allocution.

It has often been noted that Chapter 3 on the Spirit of the Legion of Mary is the shortest one in the whole Handbook, but its opening line sums up magnificently and simply the whole spirit of the Legion spirituality. We all know it well: ‘The spirit of the Legion of Mary is the spirit of Mary herself.’ Then follows the line: ‘Especially does the Legion aspire after her profound humility.’ Let us consider humility as one of the essential elements of every type of consecration to Mary.

Let us start with a Pauline description of the nature of humility. ‘What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why then do you boast as if it were not a gift?’ (Cor. 4:7). Everything that we are and that we possess is sheer gift. We do not make ourselves to exist; we are loved into existence by God and continue to exist by His creative providence. St. Catherine of Siena put it this way: ‘God is he who is, I am she who is not.’ Of course no one had more insight into this primordial truth than Mary who fully understood the infinite gap between the absolute being of God and the absolute nothingness of her creaturely being. It is clear that Mary never for a moment forgets that everything that she is and possesses is sheer gift of God and so her prayer life is essentially one of thanksgiving and praise for the merciful and infinite generosity of God. Thus she sings: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; he looks on his servant in her lowliness, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.’ Humility is recognising the absolute origin of all that is good and grace filled in us and giving the thanks and praise where it is due. It does not attract attention to itself as the source of any apostolic success or holiness. No wonder the Magnificat of Mary is the great prayer that binds all legionaries, active and auxiliary together in mind and heart. The Magnificat is the great antidote to all forms of pride, especially the more subtle types that could destroy the spirit of the Legion.

May I recommend as part of our Lenten spiritual reading the whole section 2 of chapter 6: The imitation of Mary’s humility is both the root and the instrument of legionary action.’ I cannot cover or even summarise all its tremendous teaching but will give you one quotation that tells us a great deal about Legion spirituality: ‘She was humble because she was likewise aware that she was more perfectly redeemed than any of the children of men. She owed every gleam of her inconceivable sanctity to the merits of her son, and that thought was ever vivid in her mind. Her peerless intellect was full of the realization that as she had received more, so no other creature stood as much in God’s debt as she. Hence her attitude of exquisite and graceful humility was effortless and constant.

Studying her, therefore, the legionary will learn that the essence of true humility
is the recognition and unaffected acknowledgment of what one really is before God; the understanding that one’s worthlessness alone is one’s own. Everything else is God’s free gift to the soul: his to increase, diminish, or withdraw completely, just as he alone gave it.

Of course no one has ever been a more intimate witness of the infinite humility of God than Mary. She experienced the sublime courtesy of God during the momentous conversation of the Annunciation that changed the whole history of mankind. She daily witnessed how God gave Himself to her maternal guidance during the long years of the hidden life at Nazareth. She could never forget the staggering image of God washing the feet of his disciples; God the Creator at the feet of his own creatures in humble service. Finally, there is the incredible humility of God on Calvary. These experiences of Mary steeped her soul in humility. When Our Lord said: ‘Learn of me for I am gentle and humble of heart,’ no one has learned more than Our Lady and this is what she teaches in her turn to the Legion. So the Handbook states: ‘Especially, does the Legion aspire after her profound humility.’ So there is an immense Gospel wisdom behind the simple Legion assertions: ‘without humility there can be no holiness,’ and ‘without humility there can be no effective legionary action.’ We approach every person in the spirit of Mary and that means with the utmost respect and humility. Any kind of superiority complex is utterly foreign to everything the Legion stands for. So if strains should ever arise as they must surely do at times even in the best praesidium, the first step towards a resolution of the difficulties must be a review and renewal of our consecration to Mary and especially to her humility.

Let me give the last words to St. Francis de Sales, one of the gentlest of all saints who writes: ‘True humility makes no pretence of being humble, and scarcely ever utters words of humility.’ Amen.

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Peregrinatio Pro Christo, Ireland
March 2015

The first pre-Departure meeting this year took place on Saturday 7th March at which there was an attendance of 13 legionaries including 8 volunteers 3 of whom were first-timers.  There was a very good discussion which focused mainly on the approach. 

The first team went out yesterday for the St. Patrick’s Week project on which there is a team of 8 going to St. Joseph’s Parish in Birmingham.  The project for Holy Week with a team of 12 is going to Middlesbourgh and the Easter Week team of 8 legionaries is destined for Westminster Cathedral parish. 

The closing date for the May projects starting the 16th May is the 21st March.  The next closing date is the 4th April.

The two Regional Conferences will take place in the Westville Hotel, Enniskillen hosted by West Clogher Curia and The Hibernia Hotel, Mallow hosted by South Cloyne Comitium; both scheduled for Sunday 10th May starting at 2.00 p.m. and finishing at 4.15 pm. 

The PP of the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish, Venlo in Holland is asking for a team of 6 to 10 persons from 18 to 27 May (10 days).  Accommodation will be in a convent at a cost of €15/day for B&B. The work will be home to home visitation in this parish.  Volunteers urgently needed.

The Finland project for 2015 is in the Holy Family Parish Oulo Monday 6th July - Monday 20th July at a cost of £700.00 (this is subsidised by the Senatus of Scotland) closing date is the 10th April.  The project is Crowd Contact work, volunteers must have previously participated in a British project
The project for Canada is in the planning stages.  The proposed dates are the 8th to 18th September.  We hope to have more details next month.

Volunteers needed for all projects during the year and please keep them all in your prayers - thank you.

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Proposal to raise Brazzaville Regia to Senatus Status
March 2015

The existing Regia in Brazzaville, the capital of the Congo Republic, has governed the Legion in the country for the past 25 years. There are 17 praesidia, 9 Curiae and 8 Comitia. The north of the country is sparsely populated, while the south is densely populated. As the Legion has grown, it is necessary to raise higher councils:
The proposal to raise the Regia of Brazzaville to Senatus status and to raise two Comitia in the south of the country to Regia status was approved by Concilium. The new Senatus will govern the Legion in the whole of the country, incorporating 17 directly attached praesidia, 9 Curiae, 6 Comitia and 2 Regia.
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Allocutio at March 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
March 2015

The Gift of Humility
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In chapter 30 of the Handbook on the Functions of the Legion, the first function listed is the annual Acies. We read; ‘Bearing in mind the importance of the devotion to Mary in the Legion system, each year there shall be a consecration of legionaries to Our Lady. The consecration – which shall comprise both an individual and a collective consecration – will take place on 25th March, or a day close thereto, and it shall be known as the Acies.’ So it seems to me a good time to review and renew our relationship to Mary and to consider some aspect of what it means to be consecrated to her because it would not be possible to treat all aspects of what it means for a legionary to be truly consecrated to Mary in one relatively brief allocution.

It has often been noted that Chapter 3 on the Spirit of the Legion of Mary is the shortest one in the whole Handbook, but its opening line sums up magnificently and simply the whole spirit of the Legion spirituality. We all know it well: ‘The spirit of the Legion of Mary is the spirit of Mary herself.’ Then follows the line: ‘Especially does the Legion aspire after her profound humility.’ Let us consider humility as one of the essential elements of every type of consecration to Mary.

Let us start with a Pauline description of the nature of humility. ‘What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why then do you boast as if it were not a gift?’ (Cor. 4:7). Everything that we are and that we possess is sheer gift. We do not make ourselves to exist; we are loved into existence by God and continue to exist by His creative providence. St. Catherine of Siena put it this way: ‘God is he who is, I am she who is not.’ Of course no one had more insight into this primordial truth than Mary who fully understood the infinite gap between the absolute being of God and the absolute nothingness of her creaturely being. It is clear that Mary never for a moment forgets that everything that she is and possesses is sheer gift of God and so her prayer life is essentially one of thanksgiving and praise for the merciful and infinite generosity of God. Thus she sings: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; he looks on his servant in her lowliness, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.’ Humility is recognising the absolute origin of all that is good and grace filled in us and giving the thanks and praise where it is due. It does not attract attention to itself as the source of any apostolic success or holiness. No wonder the Magnificat of Mary is the great prayer that binds all legionaries, active and auxiliary together in mind and heart. The Magnificat is the great antidote to all forms of pride, especially the more subtle types that could destroy the spirit of the Legion.

May I recommend as part of our Lenten spiritual reading the whole section 2 of chapter 6: The imitation of Mary’s humility is both the root and the instrument of legionary action.’ I cannot cover or even summarise all its tremendous teaching but will give you one quotation that tells us a great deal about Legion spirituality: ‘She was humble because she was likewise aware that she was more perfectly redeemed than any of the children of men. She owed every gleam of her inconceivable sanctity to the merits of her son, and that thought was ever vivid in her mind. Her peerless intellect was full of the realization that as she had received more, so no other creature stood as much in God’s debt as she. Hence her attitude of exquisite and graceful humility was effortless and constant.

Studying her, therefore, the legionary will learn that the essence of true humility
is the recognition and unaffected acknowledgment of what one really is before God; the understanding that one’s worthlessness alone is one’s own. Everything else is God’s free gift to the soul: his to increase, diminish, or withdraw completely, just as he alone gave it.

Of course no one has ever been a more intimate witness of the infinite humility of God than Mary. She experienced the sublime courtesy of God during the momentous conversation of the Annunciation that changed the whole history of mankind. She daily witnessed how God gave Himself to her maternal guidance during the long years of the hidden life at Nazareth. She could never forget the staggering image of God washing the feet of his disciples; God the Creator at the feet of his own creatures in humble service. Finally, there is the incredible humility of God on Calvary. These experiences of Mary steeped her soul in humility. When Our Lord said: ‘Learn of me for I am gentle and humble of heart,’ no one has learned more than Our Lady and this is what she teaches in her turn to the Legion. So the Handbook states: ‘Especially, does the Legion aspire after her profound humility.’ So there is an immense Gospel wisdom behind the simple Legion assertions: ‘without humility there can be no holiness,’ and ‘without humility there can be no effective legionary action.’ We approach every person in the spirit of Mary and that means with the utmost respect and humility. Any kind of superiority complex is utterly foreign to everything the Legion stands for. So if strains should ever arise as they must surely do at times even in the best praesidium, the first step towards a resolution of the difficulties must be a review and renewal of our consecration to Mary and especially to her humility.

Let me give the last words to St. Francis de Sales, one of the gentlest of all saints who writes: ‘True humility makes no pretence of being humble, and scarcely ever utters words of humility.’ Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin, March 2015
March 2015

AFRICA

GHANA
Accra Senatus: The council officers had a very fruitful meeting with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Monsignor Jean Marie Speich. Legionaries engaged in clean up exercises in various hospitals/clinics throughout Ghana during December .A Triduum was organised for the Cause of the Servant of God Frank Duff in November. Great efforts were made to promote the True Devotion and Total Consecration to Our Lady.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: The Senatus had a Retreat which was considered excellent. A praesidium with 28 active members, including three on the probation roll, has 14 Auxiliaries. Legionaries visit the sick at home and in hospital, do some home visitation and carry out an apostolate to street children. The Senatus was planning a visit to São Tomé and Principe 15th – 22nd January. These are islands off the west coast of Africa and form an independent country, but are part of the Bishops’ Conference of Angola and Sao Tomé.

Benguela Senatus: As a follow up to the National Congress of the Legion of Mary in Angola, in September 2014, the Senatus is organising a more intense study of the Legion Handbook and would like to form two new Regiae, one in the Diocese of Namibe, where there has been great growth in the Legion and another in the Diocese of Lobito. Several Curiae and Comitia have been divided to form new councils. On 16 August 2014, 2,236 legionaries from the Senatus area went on Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption in Kakundja, about 75 miles from Benguela. The minutes each month show visits made to attached praesidia and councils.

ZIMBABWE
Hwange Comitium: The Legion is now functioning well in Hwange.

CAPE VERDE
Regia, Comitia Curiae and praesidia report that from 10% up to 30% of legionaries are Praetorian members. A Comitium, undeterred by loss of members through e.g. emigration old age, reports plans to revive several praesidia and Curiae. Visitation in which members talk of the true Church of Christ leads to conversions from several sects. Cape Verde has over 8,000 active members in a population of half a million. About 10 Auxiliaries who regained their health became active members. A PPC in the small island of Brava resulted in increase in Legion membership. Many besides the Regia officers do visitation of Curiae and praesidia.


LESOTHO
Lesotho Senatus: 133 visitors attended the December Senatus meeting as it was held during the three day annual re-union. One Comitium reported 28 children were prepared for Baptism by legionaries and 11 marriages were regularised through the encouragement of legionaries.

Johannesburg Senatus: Home and prison visitation is undertaken and teaching catechism. Many non- Catholics and lapsed Catholics are met. An 80 year old lady who was lapsed for 10 years asked for the Sacraments. Esogodeni Comitium: Visitation of home, hospitals and prisons is undertaken resulting in many returns to the Sacraments.

Cape Town Senatus: The praesidia directly attached to Senatus are doing well; one asked for prayers for peace as there is a lot of shooting in their area, another operates a weekly book barrow and a third is starting a junior praesidium. The Archbishop of Cape Town will attend their Acies. The Senatus has a good team of correspondents who keep in touch with attached councils.
NAMIBIA: A visit to Namibia is planned for August.by the Cape Town Legionaries.
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ASIA

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Comitium: The Legion is in all 5 Dioceses. The council has 23 attached praesidia, including 3 Vietnamese and 8 situated a long distance away. The praesidium in Cairns is two hours flying time from Brisbane. The Korean Curia has 6 praesidia in the city and 3 on the Gold Coast. Extension is undertaken and praesidia are visited. There is one Patrician Group. The Annual Audit was received for June 2013 to 2014. Works reported include, home visitation, praying Rosaries before funerals, providing transport to Mass, giving Religious Instruction in State Schools, visiting nursing homes and bringing Holy Communion to the sick.

Sydney Senatus: All directly attached praesidia carry out home visitation which includes evangelisation to non-Catholics and promoting family prayer. Families of newly-baptised children are visited and Rosary Beads given to the parents. Statues of Our Lady are distributed to homes.

Melbourne Senatus:.Eleven attached Curiae reported. Two of the larger ones have praesidia engaged in an apostolate to the Korean Community, and to refugee children. A Comitium comprising 15 directly attached praesidia and 3 Curiae of Vietnamese members has set up a new praesidium comprising mainly overseas students.

Pacific Ocean: There are several Comitia in the Kiribati group as well as in Fiji, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna. In Vanuatu, 29 people were prepared for Baptism; 17 were received into the Church and 4 returned to the Sacraments. Noumea Comitium is based in New Caledonia. A new junior Curia was affiliated to this council in 2014. Regular contact is maintained with the Islands through correspondence.

NEW ZEALAND

Aukland Senatus:.Two junior Curiae with approximately 90 members in each. are attached to this council. An intermediate praesdium helps seniors on some works. The island of Tonga has one praesidium on the North Island and a Curia with 4 praesidia in Nuku’alofa. American Samoa has two praesidia, Western Samoa has 2 Comitia with 20 Curia and many junior praesidia. Villages are visited with Our Lady’s Statue. Legionaries teach catechism, assist in the running of Youth Clubs, visit sick people and prisons; they also operate a Video Lending Library. The Handbook, Tesserae and Causes leaflets are translated into Tongan and Samoan.

PHILIPPINES

Mindanao Senatus: Several cases of cancer cures through the intercession of Frank Duff were reported, also many marriage validations. A praesidium with 13 members includes a couple with 5 grown up children who have all received the Sacrament of Baptism and are being prepared for Confirmation. A praesidium of 15 members based in the Civic Offices evangelises among their fellow workers and do crowd contact on the street. Work allocation for some juniors is to bring their parents and grandparents to Mass.

Bicolandia Senatus: Works include home and hospital visitation, plus teaching catechism to Elementary and High School students. 78 parents and sponsors of young children are to be Baptised and Confirmed. Jails are visited where legionaries pray the Rosary with the inmates.

Senatus of Northern Philippines:.14 legionaries from a Curia in Mount Hagen PNG visited this council with their Spiritual Director Fr. Felino. Sr.Rolita has been appointed as extension worker to the San Pablo Comitium for one year. Many Regia and Comitia reported the setting up of new praesidia, conversions to the faith and juniors entering senior ranks. Home and jail visitation is carried out. In one jail legionaries helped prisoners to do the Stations of the Cross and many inmates received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Western Visayas Senatus: 7 Comitia, 6 Curia and 3 praesidia reported many conversions of born-again Christians. One woman became a Catholic and married her Catholic partner, who subsequently became a Lay Minister of the Eucharist. A 93 year old was converted and a lapsed Catholic returned to the faith and became a legionary. A junior praesidium visited a sick child in hospital; this child, was baptised before he died; his older sister was taught how to pray the Rosary. Many Exploratio Dominicalis projects were reported, plus visitation to homes, hospitals and prisons, teaching catechism and preparing persons for the Sacraments.

Cebu Senatus: Various councils and praesidia are being either re-established or revived. A number of reports show people under instruction with 19 adults and 25 children preparing for Baptism. Two legionaries successfully comforted a person intent on committing suicide. One Curia promotes daily recitation of the Rosary. A person contacted went to Confession after 20 years absence. A Recollection Service was conducted in a women’s Correction Centre. A Columban Drive helped to recruit a number of active members. Juniors organised a very successful, Kids Rosary Crusade in October and accompanied seniors when teaching catechism in Public Schools.
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COMITIA

Cloyne Comitium: Carrigtowhill praesidium is engaged in home and hospital visitation and contact work at Cobh Cathedral. A Legion altar was erected at the local car boot sale on two occasions where Miraculous Medals and Rosary beads were distributed. Cobh praesidium is helping the parish priest with preparation for the parish Mission, to be given by Sr. Breege McKenna in March. Fr. Joe Rohan, Comitium Spiritual Director, has written to every Parish Priest in the Diocese asking their support for the Legion. He also made this appeal at the Priests Conference. 65 legionaries have booked in for the combined Retreat of the Comitium and attached Curiae.

Cork Comitium: Glanmire praesidium has 6 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians; they have 70 auxiliaries. Home visitation with the Fatima Statue is undertaken. The Governor and Chaplain in Cork prison have been contacted about the possibility of doing visitation to the prison. The Comitium organised a Mass to commemorate the Servant of God Frank Duff in November. Three officers of the Comitium attended a meeting of Ross Curia at which ideas were exchanged. Muire na Gras Curia: Three reporting praesidia have a combined membership of 17 and a total of 172 auxiliaries. Home, hospital and nursing home visitation are among the works done. A Fatima Statue was brought to Confirmation classes; each student was given a Miraculous Medal and leaflets on the Medal and the Rosary. Annunciata Curia: The reporting praesidium sells Catholic newspapers and helps with Church cleaning. Queen of Peace Curia: The 3 reporting praesidia have a total of 60 auxiliaries, 2 Praetorians and one Adjutorian. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation, street contact, Patricians and organising religious video shows followed by a discussion. 13 legionaries participated in an Extension Drive in the SMA parish in Blackrock. Coronata Curia: Reports were taken from 3 praesidia with a combined membership of 21, including 1 Praetorian and 4 Adjutorians; they have a total of 42 auxiliaries. Works include sale of Catholic newspapers. Home visitation is carried on by one praesidium.

Mid Clare Comitium presented an annual report at the January meeting. The Council has 5 praesidia with a total of 27 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians; they have a total of 86 auxiliaries. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation. East Clare Curia presented its annual report at the December meeting. There are 3 praesidia with a total of 12 members, 5 of whom are Praetorians and they have 51 auxiliaries. Fatima Statue, hospital and nursing home visitation are carried out, plus a music ministry to Limerick Prison.

Thurles Comitium: Holycross praesidium has 11 members who take part in events at Holycross Abbey and the parish, visiting homes with the Pilgrim Virgin, also nursing homes and hospitals. Templemore praesidium has started a Patrician group. A praesidium with 12 members and an attached junior praesidium undertakes home and hospital visitation. Cashel Curia has care of the Legion in Clonmel, where great strides are being made to extend the Legion in the town. Murroe Curia organised instruction on the use of the Breviary.

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CURIAE

Limerick Curia: A reporting praesidium has 6 members and 14 auxiliaries. Home and hospital visitation are done and they distributed pictures of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at a Shopping Centre. Members attended a nine- week course on catechesis. They prayed at the death beds of a number of elderly people. There is a new praesidium with 6 members in Mary Immaculate College, which is progressing well. A member has volunteered to represent the Legion at the first meeting of the Diocesan Synod in Limerick.

Lismore Curia: The works of the reporting praesidium include visitation with Our Lady’s Statue. Miraculous Medals and explanatory leaflets are distributed at the annual Mass at St. Declan’s Well.

Ross Curia: Three praesidia reported recruiting a total of 4 new members. The Curia plans to start Patricians in April.

Waterford Curia: This council now has 5 praesidia. One praesidium reported on house blessings and so far 5 homes have been blessed. The praesidium in St. John’s Parish has 5 members. On home visitation weekly family prayer and Sunday Mass attendance are promoted. About 300 Miraculous Medals and 150 Rosary beads were given out on home visitation. Pilgrim Virgin Statue visitation commenced in May and so far 25 homes have welcomed the Statue. One family attributed prayer through the intercession of Our Lady to their son getting a job after three years of trying. Windgap praesidium gave Miraculous Medals to Church-goers on 8th December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception and to the First Holy Communion and Confirmation children.

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DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE
(for the months of January & February 2015)

Porta Coeli Curia: Legionaries in one praesidium visit a nursing home and help in a Repository. Another praesidium with 6 active members and 3 probationers the visit of a hospital, where as well as visiting patients they recite the Rosary each Tuesday with attendances ranging from six to twenty six. A man who thought himself unworthy to receive Communion was reminded of Pope Francis’ words that “the Eucharist is not a reward for good behaviour but a free gift from God.” Later after receiving Communion, he said his soul was “replenished”. A lady alienated from the Church for many years was initially hostile but after many weeks and having heard her story she surprised the legionaries when she announced having been to Mass and having received Communion; she then accepted a Miraculous Medal and scapular. Contact is maintained with some patients after they leave hospital; one person continues to travel a long distance for the Rosary each Tuesday and his Christmas card to the Legion said “thank you for saving my life”. One praesidium member who instructed a person in the faith was invited to the baptism of her child. A monthly guided Holy Hour organised by the Legion has up to 80 in attendance. A member spoke to the Active Retirement Group on Frank Duff and they plan to visit his house later in the year.

Veneranda Curia: The main work of one praesidium is street contact in various locations of the city centre where many interesting contacts are made; some home visitation is also done. A praesidium which visits Mountjoy Prison every Saturday and Sunday has grown to 11 members and 1 probationer; 6 are Praetorians. They encourage inmates to avail of the Sacraments, play football and board games with them. The staff greatly appreciate the visits.

Consolata Curia: A junior praesidium has seven active and 10 auxiliary members. All officerships are filled, two of them with senior legionaries. Works include folding newsletters, collecting stamps, filling and distributing Holy Water bottles, May and October processions and weekly evangelisation, using the Miraculous Medal. 17 children attended their Summer Camp. A senior praesidium gained two new members to bring the total to six, 3 of whom are Praetorians and 3 are officers; they have 47 auxiliary members. Two members conducted Bible Classes during the winter. Eucharistic Adoration is organised every First Friday. As well as home visitation, a nursing home which caters largely for young accident victims is visited fortnightly. The Rosary is recited, accompanied by song and guitar playing. The legionaries have been asked to make this a weekly event as the residents greatly enjoy the occasion.

Presentata Curia: 14 attended a Patrician Meeting in Regina Coeli Hostel on the topic of Christmas. One praesidium reported an attendance of 54 at their last Good Friday Retreat. Another praesidium offered a house blessing to every house in the area assigned to them and accompanied the priest during the blessings. With the help of Bethlehem Curia the praesidium visited the entire parish offering a Catholic literature gift pack. They organise a Healing Mass every First Friday of the month. During street contact they meet many with addictions. A praesidium which meets in the Morning Star Hostel has 15 full and 2 probationary members. Their main work is street contact, usually on Moore Street. In addition they help in the hostel, visit Cuan Mhuire in Athy occasionally and hold Patrician meetings. Each year they organise a very popular guided Holy Hour on St. Patrick’s Day in Dominic Street Church. A novel Frank Duff Seminar in Thomas Street attracted over 100 attendees and was followed by a walk to Myra House on nearby Francis Street.

Exaltata Curia: In their second annual report, a praesidium reported having 49 auxiliary members. Home visitation is done every week; a man whose daughter committed suicide and whose wife is in a wheelchair took to drinking and lost his job; he has given up on God; however he promised to start praying again. A public Rosary each Friday in May typically had 10 in attendance. In October they joined another praesidium for an Exploratio Dominicalis project. On 8th December the Parish Priest asked legionaries to distribute Miraculous Medals after all the Masses. A praesidium with 10 members, including 3 Praetorians, plus 70 auxiliary members organises Adoration and does Pilgrim Statue and nursing home visitation. Five members took part in an Exploratio Dominicalis project to another parish had many good contacts in the 300 homes visited.

Bethlehem Curia: On Alfie Lambe’s anniversary 4 legionaries from one praesidium did street contact promoting his Cause; some of the contacts were made at a taxi rank. 18 patricians, 4 legionaries and a Spiritual Director attended a Patrician meeting. Two legionaries from another praesidium visited a Primary School on the feast of the Miraculous Medal and the Secondary School during Catholic School Week; on both occasions Miraculous Medals were distributed. One praesidium runs a Girl’s Club, where prayer is added to the arts and crafts, knitting, dancing and other activities. The other works of the praesidium are home visitation, selling Catholic newspapers and conducting a Public Rosary.

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SOUTH AMERICA

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asuncion: Exploratio Dominicalis and PPC projects figure prominently in reports. Prevalent works include home, hospital and prison visitation, Pilgrim Statue visitation, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, an outreach to those living alone and to couples with marital difficulties. In Homeless Shelters rosaries are recited with residents. Catechesis is done on a grand scale. Many Curiae have more than two junior praesidia attached and there are several junior Curiae in the Senatus of Asuncion.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: The “Maria Legionis” in English is received from Philadelphia. A National meeting of junior legionaries was scheduled for l4th February. 84 year old Sr. Maria Reina, who knew Alfie Lambe, was visited recently and gave another testimony for Alfie’s Cause. A Commission was set up in January to consider extending the Legion to the Las Malvinas Islands (also known as the Falklands Islands); the Senatus last visited the Islands in l966.

VENEZUALA
Senatus of Caracas: The Senatus ask for prayers for the ‘terrible’ economic situation there. They held great celebrations for the setting up of the Regia in Merida. A committee has been established to manage the sale of Casa Sancta Hostel and its furniture. Contact is made with people practising witchcraft, many of whom are non-practising Catholics; one session was interrupted by the legionaries who recited the Creed. There were two reports of one million Rosaries said in schools by the children. This council held Columban Drives which gained some active and auxiliary members. The Curia in Maturin uses a book barrow; they also reported 3 vocations, an abortion prevented and little “theatre productions” by the junior praesidium. Several new groups of pre-juniors were set up. The Regia of Barquisimeto has 2 new adult praesidia, l new junior praesidium and 7 adult praesidia in formation. 5 youths including a Jehovah Witness and an evangelical were converted; 2 youths entered a Seminary.

EQUADOR
Senatus of Quito: Legionaries were delighted with Sr. Maribel’s visit from Madrid. Bro. Tim Lane is back in Ireland and gave a report of very active extension there. The raffle for funds to repair the Legion house was very successful. Reports include teaching of catechism, acquiring wheelchairs for the sick, a return from one of the sects and a sick person brought to the Sacraments 4 days before death. They help the police with the homeless and get them back to their families. One family was saved from addiction to drink and drugs. In Loja, a praesidium was revived; its members dress in native attire and speak the Quechua language.

COLUMBIA
Senatus of Bogota: A new junior Curia was set up recently and affiliated to the Senatus. A new Regia in Villavicenco in the Amazonian area has been suggested by the Senatus; the city is ideally situated to govern the Legion in all the Amazonian area of Columbia. However in the 122 parishes of the city there are only 18 praesidia affiliated to 6 Curiae while the Comitium has just 5 directly attached praesidia. It has been suggested to the Senatus to try to strengthen the Legion in the city as a first step.
Senatus of Medellin: 3 Regia, 2 Comitia, 2 Curiae and 2 praesidia reported during this period. The members of a praesidium made the Consecration to Our Lady on the 15th August, having completed the 33 day preparation. A new senior Curia was set up. Legionaries visit and pray with people affected by AIDS, some of whom are now auxiliaries. A Lectio Divino group is guided by the legionaries.

PERU
Senatus of Lima:  During this period 1 praesidium, 5 Curiae and 2 Comitia reported. The Legion in Lima in particular is extending and there is a need to raise higher councils. An average of 150 officers attends the Senatus meeting. An attached Curia in the provinces set up a praesidium in the men’s prison and there are plans to set one up in the women’s prison. The legionaries in Lima visit the Santa Monica prison at a time agreed with the authorities. The young legionaries in the Sullana Comitium work with drug addicts. On occasions they have encountered the drug addicts in a suicidal state on the bank of the river. There is an increase in junior praesidia in almost all the councils.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: Bolivia is going through a very difficult political time and the legionaries ask prayers for peaceful solutions to the present difficulties. One legionary married couple have set up a praesidium for married couples, whose apostolate is to the family, especially those who are experiencing difficulties. Some couples, on the verge of divorce or separation, have been helped to reunite. The Senatus has just held its third National Legion Congress, where a special message from the Concilium was read out.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: The Regia of La Serena does a variety of works including a living Rosary whereby adults and children pray in an open space, each legionary being a bead in a huge Rosary. Legionaries help and teach children prayers in a kindergarten. The Regia has a Legion choir for special Masses. Columban Drives are used very frequently. An apostolate to taxi drivers is also done. The praesidium of the President of the Senatus has a very active junior Patrician group. May devotions last year resulted in the formation of a Prayer Group. Not only the councils but many praesidia had Masses and events to mark Alfie Lambe’s anniversary.

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Concilium Bulletin, March 2015
March 2015

AFRICA

GHANA
Accra Senatus: The council officers had a very fruitful meeting with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Monsignor Jean Marie Speich. Legionaries engaged in clean up exercises in various hospitals/clinics throughout Ghana during December .A Triduum was organised for the Cause of the Servant of God Frank Duff in November. Great efforts were made to promote the True Devotion and Total Consecration to Our Lady.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: The Senatus had a Retreat which was considered excellent. A praesidium with 28 active members, including three on the probation roll, has 14 Auxiliaries. Legionaries visit the sick at home and in hospital, do some home visitation and carry out an apostolate to street children. The Senatus was planning a visit to São Tomé and Principe 15th – 22nd January. These are islands off the west coast of Africa and form an independent country, but are part of the Bishops’ Conference of Angola and Sao Tomé.

Benguela Senatus: As a follow up to the National Congress of the Legion of Mary in Angola, in September 2014, the Senatus is organising a more intense study of the Legion Handbook and would like to form two new Regiae, one in the Diocese of Namibe, where there has been great growth in the Legion and another in the Diocese of Lobito. Several Curiae and Comitia have been divided to form new councils. On 16 August 2014, 2,236 legionaries from the Senatus area went on Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption in Kakundja, about 75 miles from Benguela. The minutes each month show visits made to attached praesidia and councils.

ZIMBABWE
Hwange Comitium: The Legion is now functioning well in Hwange.

CAPE VERDE
Regia, Comitia Curiae and praesidia report that from 10% up to 30% of legionaries are Praetorian members. A Comitium, undeterred by loss of members through e.g. emigration old age, reports plans to revive several praesidia and Curiae. Visitation in which members talk of the true Church of Christ leads to conversions from several sects. Cape Verde has over 8,000 active members in a population of half a million. About 10 Auxiliaries who regained their health became active members. A PPC in the small island of Brava resulted in increase in Legion membership. Many besides the Regia officers do visitation of Curiae and praesidia.


LESOTHO
Lesotho Senatus: 133 visitors attended the December Senatus meeting as it was held during the three day annual re-union. One Comitium reported 28 children were prepared for Baptism by legionaries and 11 marriages were regularised through the encouragement of legionaries.

Johannesburg Senatus: Home and prison visitation is undertaken and teaching catechism. Many non- Catholics and lapsed Catholics are met. An 80 year old lady who was lapsed for 10 years asked for the Sacraments. Esogodeni Comitium: Visitation of home, hospitals and prisons is undertaken resulting in many returns to the Sacraments.

Cape Town Senatus: The praesidia directly attached to Senatus are doing well; one asked for prayers for peace as there is a lot of shooting in their area, another operates a weekly book barrow and a third is starting a junior praesidium. The Archbishop of Cape Town will attend their Acies. The Senatus has a good team of correspondents who keep in touch with attached councils.
NAMIBIA: A visit to Namibia is planned for August.by the Cape Town Legionaries.
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ASIA

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Comitium: The Legion is in all 5 Dioceses. The council has 23 attached praesidia, including 3 Vietnamese and 8 situated a long distance away. The praesidium in Cairns is two hours flying time from Brisbane. The Korean Curia has 6 praesidia in the city and 3 on the Gold Coast. Extension is undertaken and praesidia are visited. There is one Patrician Group. The Annual Audit was received for June 2013 to 2014. Works reported include, home visitation, praying Rosaries before funerals, providing transport to Mass, giving Religious Instruction in State Schools, visiting nursing homes and bringing Holy Communion to the sick.

Sydney Senatus: All directly attached praesidia carry out home visitation which includes evangelisation to non-Catholics and promoting family prayer. Families of newly-baptised children are visited and Rosary Beads given to the parents. Statues of Our Lady are distributed to homes.

Melbourne Senatus:.Eleven attached Curiae reported. Two of the larger ones have praesidia engaged in an apostolate to the Korean Community, and to refugee children. A Comitium comprising 15 directly attached praesidia and 3 Curiae of Vietnamese members has set up a new praesidium comprising mainly overseas students.

Pacific Ocean: There are several Comitia in the Kiribati group as well as in Fiji, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna. In Vanuatu, 29 people were prepared for Baptism; 17 were received into the Church and 4 returned to the Sacraments. Noumea Comitium is based in New Caledonia. A new junior Curia was affiliated to this council in 2014. Regular contact is maintained with the Islands through correspondence.

NEW ZEALAND

Aukland Senatus:.Two junior Curiae with approximately 90 members in each. are attached to this council. An intermediate praesdium helps seniors on some works. The island of Tonga has one praesidium on the North Island and a Curia with 4 praesidia in Nuku’alofa. American Samoa has two praesidia, Western Samoa has 2 Comitia with 20 Curia and many junior praesidia. Villages are visited with Our Lady’s Statue. Legionaries teach catechism, assist in the running of Youth Clubs, visit sick people and prisons; they also operate a Video Lending Library. The Handbook, Tesserae and Causes leaflets are translated into Tongan and Samoan.

PHILIPPINES

Mindanao Senatus: Several cases of cancer cures through the intercession of Frank Duff were reported, also many marriage validations. A praesidium with 13 members includes a couple with 5 grown up children who have all received the Sacrament of Baptism and are being prepared for Confirmation. A praesidium of 15 members based in the Civic Offices evangelises among their fellow workers and do crowd contact on the street. Work allocation for some juniors is to bring their parents and grandparents to Mass.

Bicolandia Senatus: Works include home and hospital visitation, plus teaching catechism to Elementary and High School students. 78 parents and sponsors of young children are to be Baptised and Confirmed. Jails are visited where legionaries pray the Rosary with the inmates.

Senatus of Northern Philippines:.14 legionaries from a Curia in Mount Hagen PNG visited this council with their Spiritual Director Fr. Felino. Sr.Rolita has been appointed as extension worker to the San Pablo Comitium for one year. Many Regia and Comitia reported the setting up of new praesidia, conversions to the faith and juniors entering senior ranks. Home and jail visitation is carried out. In one jail legionaries helped prisoners to do the Stations of the Cross and many inmates received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Western Visayas Senatus: 7 Comitia, 6 Curia and 3 praesidia reported many conversions of born-again Christians. One woman became a Catholic and married her Catholic partner, who subsequently became a Lay Minister of the Eucharist. A 93 year old was converted and a lapsed Catholic returned to the faith and became a legionary. A junior praesidium visited a sick child in hospital; this child, was baptised before he died; his older sister was taught how to pray the Rosary. Many Exploratio Dominicalis projects were reported, plus visitation to homes, hospitals and prisons, teaching catechism and preparing persons for the Sacraments.

Cebu Senatus: Various councils and praesidia are being either re-established or revived. A number of reports show people under instruction with 19 adults and 25 children preparing for Baptism. Two legionaries successfully comforted a person intent on committing suicide. One Curia promotes daily recitation of the Rosary. A person contacted went to Confession after 20 years absence. A Recollection Service was conducted in a women’s Correction Centre. A Columban Drive helped to recruit a number of active members. Juniors organised a very successful, Kids Rosary Crusade in October and accompanied seniors when teaching catechism in Public Schools.
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IRISH PROVINCIAL COUNCILS

COMITIA

Cloyne Comitium: Carrigtowhill praesidium is engaged in home and hospital visitation and contact work at Cobh Cathedral. A Legion altar was erected at the local car boot sale on two occasions where Miraculous Medals and Rosary beads were distributed. Cobh praesidium is helping the parish priest with preparation for the parish Mission, to be given by Sr. Breege McKenna in March. Fr. Joe Rohan, Comitium Spiritual Director, has written to every Parish Priest in the Diocese asking their support for the Legion. He also made this appeal at the Priests Conference. 65 legionaries have booked in for the combined Retreat of the Comitium and attached Curiae.

Cork Comitium: Glanmire praesidium has 6 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians; they have 70 auxiliaries. Home visitation with the Fatima Statue is undertaken. The Governor and Chaplain in Cork prison have been contacted about the possibility of doing visitation to the prison. The Comitium organised a Mass to commemorate the Servant of God Frank Duff in November. Three officers of the Comitium attended a meeting of Ross Curia at which ideas were exchanged. Muire na Gras Curia: Three reporting praesidia have a combined membership of 17 and a total of 172 auxiliaries. Home, hospital and nursing home visitation are among the works done. A Fatima Statue was brought to Confirmation classes; each student was given a Miraculous Medal and leaflets on the Medal and the Rosary. Annunciata Curia: The reporting praesidium sells Catholic newspapers and helps with Church cleaning. Queen of Peace Curia: The 3 reporting praesidia have a total of 60 auxiliaries, 2 Praetorians and one Adjutorian. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation, street contact, Patricians and organising religious video shows followed by a discussion. 13 legionaries participated in an Extension Drive in the SMA parish in Blackrock. Coronata Curia: Reports were taken from 3 praesidia with a combined membership of 21, including 1 Praetorian and 4 Adjutorians; they have a total of 42 auxiliaries. Works include sale of Catholic newspapers. Home visitation is carried on by one praesidium.

Mid Clare Comitium presented an annual report at the January meeting. The Council has 5 praesidia with a total of 27 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians; they have a total of 86 auxiliaries. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation. East Clare Curia presented its annual report at the December meeting. There are 3 praesidia with a total of 12 members, 5 of whom are Praetorians and they have 51 auxiliaries. Fatima Statue, hospital and nursing home visitation are carried out, plus a music ministry to Limerick Prison.

Thurles Comitium: Holycross praesidium has 11 members who take part in events at Holycross Abbey and the parish, visiting homes with the Pilgrim Virgin, also nursing homes and hospitals. Templemore praesidium has started a Patrician group. A praesidium with 12 members and an attached junior praesidium undertakes home and hospital visitation. Cashel Curia has care of the Legion in Clonmel, where great strides are being made to extend the Legion in the town. Murroe Curia organised instruction on the use of the Breviary.

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CURIAE

Limerick Curia: A reporting praesidium has 6 members and 14 auxiliaries. Home and hospital visitation are done and they distributed pictures of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at a Shopping Centre. Members attended a nine- week course on catechesis. They prayed at the death beds of a number of elderly people. There is a new praesidium with 6 members in Mary Immaculate College, which is progressing well. A member has volunteered to represent the Legion at the first meeting of the Diocesan Synod in Limerick.

Lismore Curia: The works of the reporting praesidium include visitation with Our Lady’s Statue. Miraculous Medals and explanatory leaflets are distributed at the annual Mass at St. Declan’s Well.

Ross Curia: Three praesidia reported recruiting a total of 4 new members. The Curia plans to start Patricians in April.

Waterford Curia: This council now has 5 praesidia. One praesidium reported on house blessings and so far 5 homes have been blessed. The praesidium in St. John’s Parish has 5 members. On home visitation weekly family prayer and Sunday Mass attendance are promoted. About 300 Miraculous Medals and 150 Rosary beads were given out on home visitation. Pilgrim Virgin Statue visitation commenced in May and so far 25 homes have welcomed the Statue. One family attributed prayer through the intercession of Our Lady to their son getting a job after three years of trying. Windgap praesidium gave Miraculous Medals to Church-goers on 8th December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception and to the First Holy Communion and Confirmation children.

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DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE
(for the months of January & February 2015)

Porta Coeli Curia: Legionaries in one praesidium visit a nursing home and help in a Repository. Another praesidium with 6 active members and 3 probationers the visit of a hospital, where as well as visiting patients they recite the Rosary each Tuesday with attendances ranging from six to twenty six. A man who thought himself unworthy to receive Communion was reminded of Pope Francis’ words that “the Eucharist is not a reward for good behaviour but a free gift from God.” Later after receiving Communion, he said his soul was “replenished”. A lady alienated from the Church for many years was initially hostile but after many weeks and having heard her story she surprised the legionaries when she announced having been to Mass and having received Communion; she then accepted a Miraculous Medal and scapular. Contact is maintained with some patients after they leave hospital; one person continues to travel a long distance for the Rosary each Tuesday and his Christmas card to the Legion said “thank you for saving my life”. One praesidium member who instructed a person in the faith was invited to the baptism of her child. A monthly guided Holy Hour organised by the Legion has up to 80 in attendance. A member spoke to the Active Retirement Group on Frank Duff and they plan to visit his house later in the year.

Veneranda Curia: The main work of one praesidium is street contact in various locations of the city centre where many interesting contacts are made; some home visitation is also done. A praesidium which visits Mountjoy Prison every Saturday and Sunday has grown to 11 members and 1 probationer; 6 are Praetorians. They encourage inmates to avail of the Sacraments, play football and board games with them. The staff greatly appreciate the visits.

Consolata Curia: A junior praesidium has seven active and 10 auxiliary members. All officerships are filled, two of them with senior legionaries. Works include folding newsletters, collecting stamps, filling and distributing Holy Water bottles, May and October processions and weekly evangelisation, using the Miraculous Medal. 17 children attended their Summer Camp. A senior praesidium gained two new members to bring the total to six, 3 of whom are Praetorians and 3 are officers; they have 47 auxiliary members. Two members conducted Bible Classes during the winter. Eucharistic Adoration is organised every First Friday. As well as home visitation, a nursing home which caters largely for young accident victims is visited fortnightly. The Rosary is recited, accompanied by song and guitar playing. The legionaries have been asked to make this a weekly event as the residents greatly enjoy the occasion.

Presentata Curia: 14 attended a Patrician Meeting in Regina Coeli Hostel on the topic of Christmas. One praesidium reported an attendance of 54 at their last Good Friday Retreat. Another praesidium offered a house blessing to every house in the area assigned to them and accompanied the priest during the blessings. With the help of Bethlehem Curia the praesidium visited the entire parish offering a Catholic literature gift pack. They organise a Healing Mass every First Friday of the month. During street contact they meet many with addictions. A praesidium which meets in the Morning Star Hostel has 15 full and 2 probationary members. Their main work is street contact, usually on Moore Street. In addition they help in the hostel, visit Cuan Mhuire in Athy occasionally and hold Patrician meetings. Each year they organise a very popular guided Holy Hour on St. Patrick’s Day in Dominic Street Church. A novel Frank Duff Seminar in Thomas Street attracted over 100 attendees and was followed by a walk to Myra House on nearby Francis Street.

Exaltata Curia: In their second annual report, a praesidium reported having 49 auxiliary members. Home visitation is done every week; a man whose daughter committed suicide and whose wife is in a wheelchair took to drinking and lost his job; he has given up on God; however he promised to start praying again. A public Rosary each Friday in May typically had 10 in attendance. In October they joined another praesidium for an Exploratio Dominicalis project. On 8th December the Parish Priest asked legionaries to distribute Miraculous Medals after all the Masses. A praesidium with 10 members, including 3 Praetorians, plus 70 auxiliary members organises Adoration and does Pilgrim Statue and nursing home visitation. Five members took part in an Exploratio Dominicalis project to another parish had many good contacts in the 300 homes visited.

Bethlehem Curia: On Alfie Lambe’s anniversary 4 legionaries from one praesidium did street contact promoting his Cause; some of the contacts were made at a taxi rank. 18 patricians, 4 legionaries and a Spiritual Director attended a Patrician meeting. Two legionaries from another praesidium visited a Primary School on the feast of the Miraculous Medal and the Secondary School during Catholic School Week; on both occasions Miraculous Medals were distributed. One praesidium runs a Girl’s Club, where prayer is added to the arts and crafts, knitting, dancing and other activities. The other works of the praesidium are home visitation, selling Catholic newspapers and conducting a Public Rosary.

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SOUTH AMERICA

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asuncion: Exploratio Dominicalis and PPC projects figure prominently in reports. Prevalent works include home, hospital and prison visitation, Pilgrim Statue visitation, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, an outreach to those living alone and to couples with marital difficulties. In Homeless Shelters rosaries are recited with residents. Catechesis is done on a grand scale. Many Curiae have more than two junior praesidia attached and there are several junior Curiae in the Senatus of Asuncion.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: The “Maria Legionis” in English is received from Philadelphia. A National meeting of junior legionaries was scheduled for l4th February. 84 year old Sr. Maria Reina, who knew Alfie Lambe, was visited recently and gave another testimony for Alfie’s Cause. A Commission was set up in January to consider extending the Legion to the Las Malvinas Islands (also known as the Falklands Islands); the Senatus last visited the Islands in l966.

VENEZUALA
Senatus of Caracas: The Senatus ask for prayers for the ‘terrible’ economic situation there. They held great celebrations for the setting up of the Regia in Merida. A committee has been established to manage the sale of Casa Sancta Hostel and its furniture. Contact is made with people practising witchcraft, many of whom are non-practising Catholics; one session was interrupted by the legionaries who recited the Creed. There were two reports of one million Rosaries said in schools by the children. This council held Columban Drives which gained some active and auxiliary members. The Curia in Maturin uses a book barrow; they also reported 3 vocations, an abortion prevented and little “theatre productions” by the junior praesidium. Several new groups of pre-juniors were set up. The Regia of Barquisimeto has 2 new adult praesidia, l new junior praesidium and 7 adult praesidia in formation. 5 youths including a Jehovah Witness and an evangelical were converted; 2 youths entered a Seminary.

EQUADOR
Senatus of Quito: Legionaries were delighted with Sr. Maribel’s visit from Madrid. Bro. Tim Lane is back in Ireland and gave a report of very active extension there. The raffle for funds to repair the Legion house was very successful. Reports include teaching of catechism, acquiring wheelchairs for the sick, a return from one of the sects and a sick person brought to the Sacraments 4 days before death. They help the police with the homeless and get them back to their families. One family was saved from addiction to drink and drugs. In Loja, a praesidium was revived; its members dress in native attire and speak the Quechua language.

COLUMBIA
Senatus of Bogota: A new junior Curia was set up recently and affiliated to the Senatus. A new Regia in Villavicenco in the Amazonian area has been suggested by the Senatus; the city is ideally situated to govern the Legion in all the Amazonian area of Columbia. However in the 122 parishes of the city there are only 18 praesidia affiliated to 6 Curiae while the Comitium has just 5 directly attached praesidia. It has been suggested to the Senatus to try to strengthen the Legion in the city as a first step.
Senatus of Medellin: 3 Regia, 2 Comitia, 2 Curiae and 2 praesidia reported during this period. The members of a praesidium made the Consecration to Our Lady on the 15th August, having completed the 33 day preparation. A new senior Curia was set up. Legionaries visit and pray with people affected by AIDS, some of whom are now auxiliaries. A Lectio Divino group is guided by the legionaries.

PERU
Senatus of Lima:  During this period 1 praesidium, 5 Curiae and 2 Comitia reported. The Legion in Lima in particular is extending and there is a need to raise higher councils. An average of 150 officers attends the Senatus meeting. An attached Curia in the provinces set up a praesidium in the men’s prison and there are plans to set one up in the women’s prison. The legionaries in Lima visit the Santa Monica prison at a time agreed with the authorities. The young legionaries in the Sullana Comitium work with drug addicts. On occasions they have encountered the drug addicts in a suicidal state on the bank of the river. There is an increase in junior praesidia in almost all the councils.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: Bolivia is going through a very difficult political time and the legionaries ask prayers for peaceful solutions to the present difficulties. One legionary married couple have set up a praesidium for married couples, whose apostolate is to the family, especially those who are experiencing difficulties. Some couples, on the verge of divorce or separation, have been helped to reunite. The Senatus has just held its third National Legion Congress, where a special message from the Concilium was read out.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: The Regia of La Serena does a variety of works including a living Rosary whereby adults and children pray in an open space, each legionary being a bead in a huge Rosary. Legionaries help and teach children prayers in a kindergarten. The Regia has a Legion choir for special Masses. Columban Drives are used very frequently. An apostolate to taxi drivers is also done. The praesidium of the President of the Senatus has a very active junior Patrician group. May devotions last year resulted in the formation of a Prayer Group. Not only the councils but many praesidia had Masses and events to mark Alfie Lambe’s anniversary.

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Peregrinatio Pro Christo
February 2015

PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO –IRELAND

A team of 8 will take part in the St. Patrick’s week project to St. Joseph’s Parish Birmingham. A second project with a team of 12 will take place during Holy Week. The Parish Priest of Venlo (Holland) has requested a team of 6 from 18th to 27th May
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All Councils and praesidia are urged to promote Peregrinatio Pro Christo and pray for the success of projects.

The Annual PPC Conference will be held this year on Saturday 7th November at All Hallows College.
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Peregrinatio Pro Christo
February 2015

PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO –IRELAND

A team of 8 will take part in the St. Patrick’s week project to St. Joseph’s Parish Birmingham. A second project with a team of 12 will take place during Holy Week. The Parish Priest of Venlo (Holland) has requested a team of 6 from 18th to 27th May
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All Councils and praesidia are urged to promote Peregrinatio Pro Christo and pray for the success of projects.

The Annual PPC Conference will be held this year on Saturday 7th November at All Hallows College.
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Allocutio at February 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor. OP
February 2015

The Legion of Mary and Islam
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Statisticians tell us that the Muslim population is 1.6 billion or roughly 23% of the population of the world. That is a formidable force in the world today; they are seldom out of the news and because of some extreme movements within Islam there is an ever growing hostility towards it in the rest of the world. We cannot just sit back and ignore these facts as though Islam was totally irrelevant to us. We need to know what the attitude and teaching of the Catholic Church is concerning Islam. This must always be the starting point for the Legion’s approach to Islam.

Let me quote from the declaration of the Vatican 11 Council on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions: ‘The Church therefore has this exhortation for her members; prudently and lovingly, through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, and in witness of Christian faith and life, acknowledge, preserve, and promote the spiritual and moral goods found among these people, as well as the values in their society and culture.’ These words express the basic attitude of the Catholic Church to all non –Christian religions. Then the Council goes on to address specific words about Islam: ‘Upon the Muslims too, the Church looks with esteem. They adore one God, living and enduring, merciful and all-powerful, Maker of heaven and earth and Speaker to people. They strive to submit wholeheartedly even to His inscrutable decrees, just as did Abraham, and with whom the Islamic faith is pleased to associate itself. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honour Mary, His Virgin Mother; at times they call upon her too, with devotion. In addition they await the day of Judgement when God will give each one his due after raising him up. Consequently, they prize the moral life, and give worship to God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.’ These words express the areas of convergence between the two faiths without watering down the profound differences. It is worth noting that at many International Meetings the Islamic world has supported the Vatican on key moral issues despite the hostile attitudes of many secularised countries.

I have cited the teaching of the Church with regard to Islam, but what is the record of the Legion towards Islam? Two important sources are the Handbook and an article by Frank Duff written before the Council Document entitled, ‘Jesus and Mary in the Koran.’ Rather than just quoting long sections from these sources let me put in my own words what I think are the principle convictions contained in them.

First, the profound interest of Frank Duff in Islam has its context in the command of the risen Lord: ‘Go preach the Gospel to every creature.’ This mandate of the Lord defines the apostolate as understood by Frank Duff. It is also the DNA of Legion spirituality. It is also the ultimate reason why the Church itself is called Catholic. It must include all the peoples of the whole world in its outreach. So it is unthinkable that the Legion should neglect to offer the Gospel to 1.6 billion Muslims.

Secondly, it really must be the Gospel that we offer them. It must be truly Good News, the best possible news that any person can hear. So we go back to the Book of Genesis and tell them that they have been made in the image and likeness of God. They were chosen by God to exist; they were loved into existence and God cannot withdraw that love even though we may withdraw from Him in our human freedom. Then we go on to explain the work of redemption. We realise of course that the idea of a Crucified Saviour is abhorrent to the Muslim, but we have to try to explain the Cross is the great sign that the Muslim as indeed every person of whatever faith or circumstance, is infinitely important to God. Surely no one can object for long to being told the truth that they are infinitely lovable to God, no matter how insignificant or unworthy they might think themselves to be. And that’s the Good News.

Thirdly, Frank Duff in his article points out how sacred the Koran is to the Muslim. There is no human instrumentality in its composition and so it demands absolute reverence precisely as God’s word and revelation. So there is a profound providence in the fact that Jesus and Mary have a very prominent place in the Koran. The Muslim already has a great reverence for Jesus and Mary so we are given a great starting point in our contact with our Muslim friends. But the conversion of Islam to the fullness of Christian faith will not take place of itself. Always, human cooperation forms a necessary condition. This is where the Legion comes in and what Mary asks of us with regard to her Muslim children. Not surprisingly, Frank Duff writes: ‘In what follows I try to present a mode of approach to them based more particularly on Our Blessed Lady, whose position in Islam is considerable and extraordinary. She does seem to represent common ground capable of fruitful development both in the order of grace and psychology.’ He points out that Muslims believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary and the Virgin Birth and have a genuine affection for her.

In the Islamic tradition we read: ‘Every child of Adam is touched by Satan at the moment of birth except the Son of Mary and His Mother.’ So Mary gives us a wonderful entrance into the heart of Islam. However, the question must always be put to ourselves: what are we doing about it in practice?

What triggered this Allocutio for me was the constant thought of our fellow legionaries living in predominantly Islamic countries. In some places Christians and Muslims live in neighbourly harmony and mutual sharing, but in other places there is indescribable suffering and persecution and many legionaries live heroic lives. I ask the whole Legion world to support our legionaries in these dire situations by our prayers, especially the Mass, and in whatever other way we can. St. Gabriel, the Archangel intercede for our Muslim brothers and sisters and all our legionaries who live and work among them, Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin - February 2015
February 2015

AFRICA
BURUNDI
The Senatus of Gitega reports that on 7th June last year, to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of Frank Duff and to make our founder known to the rising generation, a youth Acies was celebrated in Gitega for all the young legionaries of Primary and Secondary level. Those who came from remote areas were accommodated by local legionaries. The Senatus has asked all adult praesidia to make a point of having a junior one attached. In response to the Bishops’ pastoral on “The Family as Church”, with the help of the present and previous Spiritual Directors, Frs. Simon Nziginabarya and Venant Mpozako, the Senatus held sessions at Diocesan and Comitium level, to stress the importance of working to strengthen families, the regularization of marriages being an important objective. In August, the Senatus will celebrate the 100-year Jubilee of the birth of Fr. Achille Denis, who founded the Legion in Burundi.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Members will be aware that this Council was grievously affected by the civil war conditions an account of the sufferings of the legionaries in which an unknown number lost their lives and their efforts to regroup and continue was published in Maria Legionis.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OFCONGO
Lubumbashi Regia: The president of the council was in Brussels and had a good conversation with 2 Congolese legionaries, both officers of the Brussels’ Senatus. Both had visited the Democratic Republic of Congo a few years ago on behalf of Concilium. New elections were held. There was recent contact with the new president while he was in Brussels.

Senatus of Butembo: Attendance is good given the hostilities in certain regions. Elections took place in October and 3 new officers were elected, two of them being women. The new President Bro. Honore Kamale is their correspondent with Concilium. Reports were received in November from one Regia and two Comitia in Mahangi Diocese. Works include: Children baptised and taught their prayers, mentally handicapped helped, conversions, recruitment of auxiliaries, people encouraged to go to Confession and catechism taught. In December 7 Comitia and 1 praesidium reported works such as: Reconciliation of couples, Rosaries recited in houses visited, conversions from sects, lapsed return to practice. Abortions were averted and PPC projects carried out. Senatus statistics indicate a total of 479,018 active legionaries. Details were given of a barbaric genocide in 4 villages in Beni City and outskirts, where children, women and men were massacred, refugees had to flee for safety and schools, houses and Churches were destroyed. Many families fled the area permanently and as a result the community is suffering from this massive departure. A public funeral for victims with a Solemn Mass, took place in the town square of Beni City attended by the Papal Nuncio, priests religious, parish councils, the Governor, the Mayor, armed forces, international and national delegations, and all involved with peace process in Beni region. Prayers were said, pleas were made for non-retaliation, forgiveness and reconciliation in order to give priority to dialogue and works of justice. The Concilium is asked to unite with them in praying for peace.

Senatus of Bukavu: The Senatus has a small number of praesidia directly affiliated. Extension and the creation of new Curiae and Comitia are ongoing.

Kinshasa Senatus: Bro. Amisi has been elected Senatus President. To overcome any difficulty the Senatus may have in sending minutes to Concilium, it is proposed to ask the Vatican Diplomatic service if they would facilitate the Senatus by transmitting their minutes to Dublin.
Katanga Senatus: This council incorporates the provinces of West and East Kasai, with an affiliated Regia for East Kasai at Mbuji-Mayi and another Regia to the west at Tshipaka. Last year they held a central Acies with Archbishop Madila Basanguka in attendance to greet the 8,250 participants, which included Religious Sisters, Seminarians and legionaries. The event included a seven- kilometer procession with prayers and hymns from the Parish Church of St. Laurence to Our Lady’s Shrine, where the Senatus Spiritual Director was Chief Celebrant of the Acies Mass.

RWANDA
Senatus of Kigali: The Senatus president verified that all legionaries have the Frank Duff prayer and his Cause is widely promoted. The junior and intermediate groups are mentioned in all of the reports and seem very strong. A lot of emphasis is made on recruiting. One elderly mother was received in the Catholic Church at Christmas. Prison visitation and auxiliary rallies are reported. One Curia has 26 adult, 14 junior and 1 university praesidium as well as 5 new praesidia in the process of being set up. There are not enough rooms in the Legion house to cater for all the praesidia; some meetings are taking place in legionaries’ homes. It is suggested to split the Curia. Exploratio Dominicalis was carried out. A Mass of thanksgiving was held in September to mark 74th Anniversary of the founding of the Legion in Kigali.

REUNION
Reports were given of very solid work by 3 Curiae with 16 attached praesidia: Conversions, family members reconciled through prayer and Masses, a special mission to alcoholics as well as many works of consolation. Plans are afoot to celebrate 70 years of the founding of the Legion, by Edel Quinn, in October next. They plan a visit to Madagascar, where Msgr. Lacointe has resumed visiting and where a new praesidium has been established.

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ASIA
MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur Regia: This Regia consists of the Archdiocese and two Suffragan Dioceses of Melaka, Johor in the south and Panang in the north. Languages include English, Tamil, Filipino and Chinese. Annual reports were taken from 4 directly attached praesidia, 2 with 10 members and one with 6; they have a total of 56 auxiliaries. Quarterly reports covered 71 senior and 3 junior praesidia with a total of 673 active, 921 auxiliary members and 8 probationers. Works reported included hospital visitation, home visits to the sick, the lonely and house-bound. After a member prayed for a lapsed Catholic for 2 years, the man returned to the Church, indicating he was touched by God’s grace. Visits are made to former long-serving legionaries, one who has lost sight and two former Regia Spiritual Directors in nursing homes.

JAPAN
Tokyo Regia: Fr. Son introduced the Legion to Saporo Diocese. A new praesidium with 11 members has been established. A Retreat directed by Bishop Kohda took place in a Convent with an attendance of 72.
Nagasaki Regia: Extension in Hirado district is going well. Legionaries accompany a priest in visitation of the aged and sick with the Holy Eucharist. In Hanshin Curia a dormant praesidium is going to re-start. A number of Filipinos working in a Home for the Aged help patients to attend Holy Mass.

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: Tambunan Curia in Kota Kinabalu Comitium has divided; the new Curia will have 13 praesidia. A new praesidium has been formed in Miri Diocese. A Tamil praesidium is in the pipeline in West Curia. Nursing homes are visited.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: The Central Seoul Regia has 12,644 active members, including 269 juniors; they have 23,048 auxiliaries. 3,190 catechumens were baptised and 3,564 returns to the Sacraments were reported. Daejeon Regia has 16,190 active members, including 384 juniors; they have 13,280 auxiliaries. 3,571 catechumens were baptised and 3,961 people returned to the Sacraments. All councils report home visitation and visits to the sick and those in mourning. Many parish works are undertaken, including Sunday School.

Gwangju Senatus: The attached Busan Curia reported 50,157 persons initiated as catechumens; 4,055 were baptised. 143,893 visits were made to Catholics who are sick and 59,150 visits were made to sick people of other faiths and non-believers. 46, visits were made to hospitals and 82,209 to Welfare Facilities.

Jeonju Regia initiated 29,114 persons as catechumens and 1,945 were baptised. There were 3,402 returns to the Sacraments. Visits were made to sick people.

Daegu Senatus: Most councils reported on returns to the Sacraments and the number of catechumens recruited. Taejon Comitium reported 27 Baptisms and 43 returns to the Sacraments. Susung Comitium set up two new Curiae and 7 praesidia. Andong Regia recorded a total of 267 catechumens recruited and 44 baptisms, 179 returns to the Sacraments and 3,351 visits to hospitals and Welfare Institutions.

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: The Comitium has appointed Sr. Sally Chan as an Incola Mariae to Macau, starting on 8th January 2015.  Pat O’Donoghue and Michael Walsh visited Hong Kong for the 65th Anniversary celebrations, in September 2014. During that visit they travelled to Macau accompanied by Hong Kong Comitium Officers and Sally Chan, who had just returned from her stay in Ireland. A fruitful meeting took place with Bishop Lai and members of the Legion in Macau, where Envoy Teresa Su, a native of Hong Kong had started the Legion in 1952.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Reports mention visitation of councils and praesidia. Works include visitation of the sick, conversions and helping victims of natural disasters. A prison in Medang was visited with a priest; prisoners availed of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A junior praesidium was set up in a non-Catholic school. One new Curia was set up in Nganuk. Old people were helped; three of them were baptised. Maria Assumpta Curia holds Patrician meetings and Bible study classes. One new senior and one junior praesidium were set up. Some lapsed Catholics returned to the faith. Legionaries in Makassar (Sulawesi Island) visit a prison, a Centre for Drug Addicts, a Psychiatric Centre. They also prepare children for the Sacraments.

Jakarta Senatus: The Senatus President and Correspondent visited councils in Kalimantan (Borneo). A Jakarta praesidium organised Bible Study, a Catechesis Programme and conducted a Bible Quiz for junior praesidia at a Catholic Orphanage. A Curia reported the weekly visitation of auxiliaries and helping to prepare another Curia for ratification. Morning Star Comitium in Bognor organised Eucharistic Liturgy for the Senatus Annual Reunion attended by over 2,000 active and auxiliary members. Queen of All Saints Curia, Jakarta organised catechesis and Bible Study for children and teenagers. The Senatus had a three-day Legion of Mary Youth Event in September with an attendance of 120. Talks were given by a priest. A Drug Rehabilitation Centre, a Home for the Elderly and an Orphanage were visited.

TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: Since June 2014 nine new praesidia, including one junior have been set up; six more are being developed. There is one praesidium on Pen Hu Island. Through the efforts and prayers of the legionaries some lapsed Catholics have returned to the Church and a patient in hospital was baptised before he died. Recently baptised adults were introduced to Church services and contact is kept with them. An e-mail was received saying that the book on Frank Duff by Fr. Bradshaw has finally been translated into Chinese and is now in print. A Prayer Service conducted by the Archbishop of Taipei for the victims of the recent air crash was attended by around 200 people, mostly legionaries.
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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Carlow Comitium: Efforts at setting up a new praesidium in Rathvilly are on-going. A report was taken from those who participated in the work at the Legion Stand during the Ploughing Championships last September and all agreed that it was a great experience. Paulstown praesidium promotes Eucharistic Adoration and is in charge of a book stand in the Church. On the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, 15th September, Marian Devotions were organised at the newly- decorated Grotto of Our Lady. A men’s praesidium in Carlow town has 100 auxiliaries. A Patrician meeting was organised, but most of those attending were legionaries. A Frank Duff Prayer Group is held weekly. Mass time details were distributed in all hotels and guesthouses.

Elphin Comitium: Ballinaheglish praesidium undertakes numerous parish duties and in the last year have focused on home visitation. Fr. Leahy, S.P.C., their Spiritual Director, does home visitation with a legionary. Reception is generally good. Those visited are sometimes prayed with and gladly accept Father’s blessing. At the request of the Deus et Patria Committee the Comitium is planning to organise a Youth Conference in Roscommon on 25th April. They have invited the Franciscan Missionaries of the Renewal to speak and guide the day .North Elphin Curia: Bishop Kevin Doran, at his request, attended the January Curia meeting and addressed the legionaries on the recent Church Synod on the Family. He explained where the emphasis of the Synod was as distinct from the issues receiving most coverage in the media. All Church organisations have been asked to contribute and he requested feedback from the legionaries by end of March. The Curia is busy organising a first Youth Conference in Sligo for 21st March. Bishop Doran will be one of the speakers. Ferns Curia: A praesidium of 5 members carry out home to home visitation and visit a hospital where the Rosary is recited with the patients; legionaries recite public Rosaries weekly during May and November. This praesidium also arranges for the celebration of Masses for the beatification of Frank Duff, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe close to their anniversaries. South Ferns Curia reported that legionaries visited 3 National Schools during the year. An explanation of the Rosary was given to the pupils and Rosaries distributed. The “Language Timothy” bands were offered in some schools, in an effort to discourage swearing, the motto being “Jesus is a prayer, not a swear.” 900-1000 bands were distributed. Tuam Curia has 54 members in 11 senior praesidia. The one intermediate praesidium has 12 members. Westport Curia has 45 members in their 7 senior praesidia and 14 members in 2 junior praesidia. Claremorris Curia has 7 senior praesidia with 44 members and 136 juniors in their 5 junior praesidia; they have a total of 660 auxiliaries, 18 Praetorians and 12 Adjutorians. A recruiting drive was held in Corofin on October 18th. Efforts to establish a praesidium in Kilconly and to increase membership in Caherlistrane were undertaken. A mini Vigil held in Knock in October was well attended. 8 members went on PPC last year. Glenamaddy praesidium has 2 Praetorians and 20 auxiliaries. Caherlistrane praesidium has 20 auxiliaries. Both praesidia use 2 Fatima Statues on home visitation. The Statue was taken to a Primary School in May and November. They promote devotion to the Rosary and organise weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. They also promote active and auxiliary membership, the 3 Causes and Consecration of families to the Sacred Heart. A lady from the Czech Republic had her 2 children baptised; she now also wishes to be baptised.

CURIAE

Achonry Curia: Swinford legionaries visit the local Geriatric Hospital and undertake Pilgrim Statue visitation. Two members have been helping the praesidium in Foxford. The theme of December Patricians was The Beatitudes. They have 35 auxiliaries.

Clonfert Curia: A very enjoyable Curia Reunion was held in November with an attendance of 65 at which a talk was given by a legionary on her memories of meeting Alfie Lambe as a young legionary in Castlebar in 1952. Visitation of praesidia is mentioned in the minutes. Looscaun legionaries bring the Pilgrim Statue from home to home. Hospital, nursing home and house-bound visitation are amongst the works of Our Lady of Clonfert praesidium. Tynagh praesidium celebrated its 50th anniversary with a concelebrated Mass. Four of their 7 members are Praetorians and they have 10 auxiliaries.

Galway Curia: The reporting praesidium has 6 members and 83 auxiliaries. Works include home and nursing home visitation. They visit residents in the Simon Community house where they are well received by the staff and residents. On street contact many students, Muslims and atheists are met.

Killala Curia: The praesidium in Dromore West has 6 members and 30 auxiliaries. Their main works are home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue and visitation to homes of the bereaved. Ardagh praesidium has 6 members and 24 auxiliaries. They undertake hospital and nursing home visitation. On Heritage Day in Ballina 2 members did contact work and had some good conversations whilst promoting the Causes. The new praesidium in Cornboy is progressing well. A President has been appointed and it is hoped to fill the other officerships soon. Ballina Patricians had an attendance of 10 in December on “Putting Christ back into Christmas.”

Kilkenny Curia: Castlecomer praesidium has 7 members and 25 auxiliaries. Works include visitation to a district hospital and nursing homes and promoting Eucharistic Adoration.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE
(December 2014 & January 2015)

In December the Legion Headquarters and the hostels were toured by teachers and 15 students from St. Pauls CBS Brunswick Street, 9 students from Leeson Street Institute of Education and 4 student members of the Laurentian Society in Trinity College Dublin. In January, 30 boys visited from St. Declan’s of Cabra.

Ancilla Domini Curia: A total of 15 Catholics and 4 Protestants attended the two Pauline Circle Meetings. One praesidium does street contact in Temple Bar. Some home visitation is also done.

Annunciata Curia: 30 patricians and 11 legionaries attended 5 Patrician meetings. One praesidium promoted the University College Dublin Exam Holy Hour in May. As well as some home visitation, the praesidium visits patients in Donnybrook Royal Hospital each Saturday and establishes a friendship with them by shopping and doing chores. The family of a lady who subscribes to the Maria Legionis invited legionaries to her 100th birthday, acknowledging that the quarterly visits are part of what allows their mother to continue to live alone.

Assumpta Curia: The main works of one praesidium are manning the Repository at weekends; contacts included a non-Catholic lady who requested Miraculous Medals to give to sick friends. Attendance at their Patrician meeting varied between 12 and 32, not including legionaries. In June Fr. Kevin Doran attended the meeting as Spiritual Director, prior to his appointment as Bishop.

Benedicta Curia: A praesidium with 7 active members, one a Praetorian is very involved with the Curia house, maintaining it and its gardens, holding a fortnightly Lectio Divina there and opening the house as a Drop-in Centre each Wednesday from 5.30 to 7.30pm; they publicise the Centre during home visitation. A trader spoke highly of the legionaries. Three wards of St. James Hospital are visited; on one occasion a doctor accepted a Miraculous Medal and leaflet. The praesidium has 48 auxiliary members and 1 Adjutorian.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: 11 attended an Edel Quinn Prayer Meeting. A praesidium with 5 active members has 20 auxiliaries. 2 visitors attended during the year. Up to 30 people attend weekly Adoration organised by the Legion; other works include home and hospital visitation, a Literature Stand, a Frank Duff Prayer Group and a Patrician Meeting. Another praesidium does home visitation. Up to 12 attend a monthly Edel Quinn Prayer Meeting of music, meditation and extracts from her life while over 100 attended a Mass in her honour last May.

Immaculata Curia: One person joined as a result of their new First Saturday recruiting outside the Curia house. As they approach their 800th meeting in September they are launching the “8000 Campaign” to recruit 5 people per week per legionary and report to Curia each month. 33 legionaries and 36 patricians attended 10 Patrician meetings. The first report was given by a praesidium established in October 2013. The main work is home visitation. Public Rosaries were held in May and October. Another praesidium gained a new member during the year. They have 5 full members, 3 of whom are Praetorians. During home visitation they regularly visit a lady suffering from anorexia and a family whose special needs son has great faith. In recognition of their work in the parish the legionaries were invited to the Parish Christmas Function.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: Weekly contact work with drug addicts in one area is a new Curia initiative. The Curia promoted the Church Unity Octave series of talks by representatives of various Christian groups.
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SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: To mark Alfie Lambe’s anniversary in January, large crowds attended the graveside ceremony and Mass in the local Church. The legionaries set up a stall at the entrance to the cemetery and very many contacts were made, mostly with tourists. All the cemetery guides know of Alfie and include him in their tours. One of the Senatus officers has been helping out in the office for Alfie’s Cause, finalising papers before they are sent to Rome. Many novel works were reported at the Senatus meeting including Missions which are held in a large Circus tent in barrios where there is no Chapel or Church
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Cordoba Senatus: A praesidium reported visiting businesses and hospitals where they recite the Rosary and distribute Miraculous Medals and leaflets. Contact was made with students outside their college and prayers said with them in front of an image of Our Lady. Small bags of blessed salt are distributed amongst the sick.

Salta Senatus: A praesidium with members in the older age bracket includes two legionaries, one aged 86 and the other 103, who attend their weekly meetings and do home visitation. A junior praesidium of 10 to 12 year olds do home visitation with their President. While she talks to the parents, the junior legionaries talk to the children. Gratitude was expressed for the Concilium visit of last November. Topics discussed on that visit have appeared in reports and are being put into practice.

Corrientes Regia: In November all 57 Curia Officers were present for the Concilium visit. A congress was held by a Comitium in the Diocese of San Tomé. Iguazu Comitium, with 58 praesidia has 50 probation members.

Rosario Regia: The Concilium visitors were surprised at the number of young legionaries in the Regia. The legionaries have prepared attractive literature for recruiting and as a result of great efforts many young people have joined. The Regia is considering the possibility of extending the Legion to the Falklands.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: The junior movement is growing with five new junior praesidia. A special youth Legion Conference was held in October with Bishop Edson, the representative of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference present.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: As a result of hospital visitation several patients decided to become actively involved in their parishes. Two young addicts were directed to a Rehabilitation Centre. 111 young people in one town were recruited for reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist. Uberlandia Regia reports setting up new praesidia.

Fortaleza Senatus: Reports show visitation of homes and bringing Holy Communion to the aged and sick in their homes. They also accompany elderly people for medical consultations and treatment. A Comitium in Crato reported making 4,774 visits to homes and 2,537 revisits.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: Reports show many children and young people prepared for Holy Communion and Confirmation. An apostolate is carried out to a group of prostitutes. Assistance is given to Religious Sisters in a Convent, bringing them to the doctor, dentist and hospital and helping them with shopping. Two married couples who were separated were reunited. Employment was arranged for three people.

Recife Senatus: Four praesidia were set up as an indirect result of a Peregrinatio pro Christo project carried out in the rural town of Araripina, in which seventy members from three Senatus took part. A city praesidium in Recife reports an apostolate in streets, shops and restaurants; another report tells of 156 homes visited on an Exploratio Dominicalis project and 26 couples prepared for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: In the Rio suburb of Tijuca, eleven women were enabled to earn a living through receiving a course in dress making from legionaries. Home visitation continues to be given priority in Rio and over five thousand visits were reported at one Senatus meeting. Results included the Baptism of 172 persons, and 50 youths prepared for First Holy Communion.

Salvador Senatus: In one town more than a thousand families were visited during three months. In a difficult district of Salvador the legionary apostolate is directed to all sectors of society including those estranged from the Church and people involved with drugs. Stress is laid on the Sacrament and meaning of Baptism as well as on reading and reflecting on the Word of God.

Santa Maria Senatus: The Senatus has made a good start in strengthening the central Curia with the setting up of a new praesidium. The Senatus officers are committed to mobilising all the members to engage in extension. The Comitium in the State capital, Porto Alegre, reports the recitation of public Rosaries as a way of evangelisation; and has an intensive apostolate in the women’s prison. This prison apostolate is integrated with the Baptism team.

São Luis Senatus: Almost sixty thousand families were visited at least once during the past four months. Accommodation was arranged for 206 patients coming to the state capital for medical treatment. 188 unmarried couples were prepared for the Sacrament of Matrimony. 26,000 Rosaries were recited in families and 295 in public squares; 2,500 Bible circles were held.

São Paulo Senatus: The Senatus celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and the 93rd anniversary of the Legion with Mass on 7th September 2014 at which there was a large attendance of legionaries. A special meeting is to be held to discuss the visit of five Senatus officers to the Concilium in September. The Senatus agreed to the formation of a National Communication Group. Visits to homes, the sick and elderly feature in most reports.

Brasilia Regia: Dom Waldir Mamede, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Brasilia, was the chief celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration on the 7th of September, to mark the Legion’s anniversary, with a congregation of 5,000. Results of legionary work included 11 adults prepared to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
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EUROPE

COUNCILS UNDER CARETAKERSHIP OF AUSTRIA

AUSTRIA
Senatus of Austria: The Legion is in every Diocese and is present in about 10% of the estimated total of 2,814 parishes. The Senatus has asked all Councils to seek permission to leave the Frank Duff Prayer leaflet in all parish Churches in Austria and plans a Summer School in Dublin in August.
Vienna Archdiocese: The Legion gave a presentation to the Youth Council of the Archdiocese. Croatian Curia: A Muslim couple were taught how to pray the Rosary. The Viennese Curia reported 2 people receiving the Sacraments after a 10 year absence. Korean Curia invited non-believers to Mass.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague Comitium is to extend into Budweis Diocese.

SLOVAKIA
Trnava Curia Officers met the Archbishop who appointed an interim Spiritual Director. Zseliz Comitium: The Bishop appointed 2 Curiae Spiritual Directors.

UKRAINE
Elizabeth Kriss and Bro. Helmit Hager visited Western Ukraine and discussed the establishment of an African Curia.

BULGARIA
The Austrian Senatus plan to send visitors to Bulgaria over the coming months.

BELARUS
Archbishop Kondratsevich appointed Fr. Roman Susha as the new Spiritual Director of Comitium. At the November meeting Sr. Teresa Varavka was elected Vice President. Two senior and two junior praesidia were set up during this reporting period and 5 areas for extension were agreed. Some of the works undertaken are 1st Friday visitation, contact work with alcoholics and drug abusers, contact work in parks and shopping malls, speaking with youth about the faith, distributing leaflets with basic prayers and leaflets against abortion; they also do home visitation in new parishes.

CROATIA (and Councils under Caretakership)
Zagreb Regia: Officers expressed great appreciation for the hospitality shown them on their visit to Concilium last November. The theme of the Radio Maria broadcast in September was “Reflections of the Concilium Spiritual Director, Fr. Bede McGregor”. Five praesidia reported during the period. Some visible results of the apostolate included, a married couple reconciled, two persons received the Sacrament of Penance after more than 40 years and one person learned to pray the Rosary. In the Caritas Hostel legionaries conduct a weekly Prayer Group for women and children most of whom are non-Catholic. Throughout the attached reporting Comitia and Curiae very many returns to the Sacraments were recorded, one after 50 years. A praesidium in Queen of Martyrs Curia holds monthly Patricians with attendance of 30-40 parishioners. A junior legionary in Petrinja Curia was instrumental in his father joining the senior praesidium and his Muslim mother started attending the praesidium. She was later Baptised and Confirmed on Holy Saturday.

BOSNIA HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 praesidia with 44 active members, 9 Praetorians and 230 Auxiliaries. Many returns to the Sacraments resulted from home visitation. In a Gerontology Centre patients were prepared for reception of the Sacraments.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia: This Council has 22 praesidia, 10 Curiae and 5 Comitia affiliated, which are spread over 4 Dioceses. Works include many Church duties, visitation of sick and elderly in hospitals and Welfare Homes, organising Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament, Night Vigils, Pilgrimages and recitation of the Rosary on Radio Maria. Curia Csikszereda, which is based in Romania among the Hungarian-speaking people, gives religious classes to children in kindergartens. Kistarisa Curia: Legionaries lead 2 Youth Clubs and bring a statue of The Holy Family to homes.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium governs 12 attached praesidia and 3 Comitia. Members of one praesidiu visit the local Community Centre for people suffering from addiction; they arranged for 15 persons to receive Confession. Another praesidium organises Youth Days once a month. They invite young people to a social day at which they discuss the Catholic Faith. The young people are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any problems they may have with the Faith. A Recruiting Drive organised by Rezekne Curia resulted in an increase in membership of a praesidium from six to ten.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium has 118 directly attached praesidia and 7 Curiae. A praesidium of 8 members promotes the Causes of Frank Duff and Edel Quinn on homes visitation. Two Recruiting Drives were held resulting in a gain of 4 new active members and 7 auxiliaries. It was decided to hold a Congress in November 2015. Panevezys Curia started a new praesidium with 7 members in Krekenava. Vilkavisks Curia set up a new junior praesidium in Miroslava with 6 members. Telesiai Comitium: Very good efforts to extend Legion to new parishes were reported. Three praesidia feature with membership of 8, 9, and 11. Seventeen members are Praetorians. They have 388 Auxiliaries. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation. Some fruits of their apostolate were returns to the Sacraments after 10, 12 and 45 years. During the Christmas period legionaries accompanied the Priest 40 times on visitation to families. Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Curia: visited 467 families on an outreach to 3 small towns and 13 villages where good contacts were made.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: Extension Drives continue. In Roden 16 persons were present at a formation meeting. In Tarnobrzeg three new praesidia have been set up. Results of work include, three people instructed for 1st Holy Communion and 15 brought to Confession. The 35th Anniversary of the Legion of Mary in Poland was celebrated. Fr. Mieshwav recommended legionaries to carry in their hearts these words, “Obedience and Humility is the Strength of the Legion.”

Warsaw. Praga Comitium: Nine new active members were gained since last report. Membership of praesidia reporting was 7, 13 and 18. Volomin Curia distributed 3,500 Miraculous Medal at the promotion of a book on the Miraculous Medal; 200 were distributed on crowd contact work.
Metro Comitium: This council which is in existence for 26 years governs 10 directly attached praesidia, one Curia, on the city’s West Bank, 3 Curiae in other Dioceses and isolated praesidia in Gdansk, Poznan and Głowiec, with a total of 500 active and 800 auxiliary members. Localised extension efforts are reported on monthly. The Miraculous Medal is promoted in the course of visiting the sick, crowd contact in parks, public places and at Festivals.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia has 14 directly attached praesidia; 2 Curiae and 2 Comitia. 11 of the 671 active members are Praetorians. One of the praesidia organises two parish discussion groups on the faith, one for young people and one for men.
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SENATUS OF SCOTLAND REPORT ON FINLAND 2001-2014

There are seven parishes in Finland with 12,000 Catholics, 6,000 of whom are Finns. Since 2001 Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects have taken place to six parishes. Over the years legionaries from Scotland have grown in their understanding of the nature of the Finnish people and in awareness of the difficulties facing the Church in Finland.

Priests have given a wholehearted welcome to the teams working in their parishes and have stressed the necessity for the PPC apostolate.
Four of the parishes in Finland are in the pastoral care of the Sacred Heart Fathers who are currently priests from Poland. The other three parishes are in the care of priests who are members of the Neo-Catechumenate Movement.

At the request of the Parish Priest in Oulu a Rosary Prayer Group incorporating all the Legion prayers was set up in Tornio, a town with only about 40 Catholics; the only opportunity they have to pray together is at the Sunday Mass, which is monthly in that town and monthly in another town reasonably near. In both towns, Mass is celebrated in the Orthodox Church and Rosary groups meet before Mass.

The Catholic parishes in Finland cover vast areas, e.g. Tampere Parish is the same area as Belgium. Some Catholics live so far from a Church that they are in a Diaspora situation for attending Mass.

There is a Carmelite Foundation in Espoo where the prayers of the Sisters support the work of Peregrinatio Pro Christo. When possible, legionaries on PPC projects visit the Sisters, who are extremely interested in this work.

Bishop Sippo would welcome praesidia in his Diocese.

During the Council of Priest’s Meeting the Bishop welcomed the Legion visitors and later commented: “The Legion of Mary is a blessing to Finland.”
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Concilium Bulletin - February 2015
February 2015

AFRICA
BURUNDI
The Senatus of Gitega reports that on 7th June last year, to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of Frank Duff and to make our founder known to the rising generation, a youth Acies was celebrated in Gitega for all the young legionaries of Primary and Secondary level. Those who came from remote areas were accommodated by local legionaries. The Senatus has asked all adult praesidia to make a point of having a junior one attached. In response to the Bishops’ pastoral on “The Family as Church”, with the help of the present and previous Spiritual Directors, Frs. Simon Nziginabarya and Venant Mpozako, the Senatus held sessions at Diocesan and Comitium level, to stress the importance of working to strengthen families, the regularization of marriages being an important objective. In August, the Senatus will celebrate the 100-year Jubilee of the birth of Fr. Achille Denis, who founded the Legion in Burundi.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Members will be aware that this Council was grievously affected by the civil war conditions an account of the sufferings of the legionaries in which an unknown number lost their lives and their efforts to regroup and continue was published in Maria Legionis.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OFCONGO
Lubumbashi Regia: The president of the council was in Brussels and had a good conversation with 2 Congolese legionaries, both officers of the Brussels’ Senatus. Both had visited the Democratic Republic of Congo a few years ago on behalf of Concilium. New elections were held. There was recent contact with the new president while he was in Brussels.

Senatus of Butembo: Attendance is good given the hostilities in certain regions. Elections took place in October and 3 new officers were elected, two of them being women. The new President Bro. Honore Kamale is their correspondent with Concilium. Reports were received in November from one Regia and two Comitia in Mahangi Diocese. Works include: Children baptised and taught their prayers, mentally handicapped helped, conversions, recruitment of auxiliaries, people encouraged to go to Confession and catechism taught. In December 7 Comitia and 1 praesidium reported works such as: Reconciliation of couples, Rosaries recited in houses visited, conversions from sects, lapsed return to practice. Abortions were averted and PPC projects carried out. Senatus statistics indicate a total of 479,018 active legionaries. Details were given of a barbaric genocide in 4 villages in Beni City and outskirts, where children, women and men were massacred, refugees had to flee for safety and schools, houses and Churches were destroyed. Many families fled the area permanently and as a result the community is suffering from this massive departure. A public funeral for victims with a Solemn Mass, took place in the town square of Beni City attended by the Papal Nuncio, priests religious, parish councils, the Governor, the Mayor, armed forces, international and national delegations, and all involved with peace process in Beni region. Prayers were said, pleas were made for non-retaliation, forgiveness and reconciliation in order to give priority to dialogue and works of justice. The Concilium is asked to unite with them in praying for peace.

Senatus of Bukavu: The Senatus has a small number of praesidia directly affiliated. Extension and the creation of new Curiae and Comitia are ongoing.

Kinshasa Senatus: Bro. Amisi has been elected Senatus President. To overcome any difficulty the Senatus may have in sending minutes to Concilium, it is proposed to ask the Vatican Diplomatic service if they would facilitate the Senatus by transmitting their minutes to Dublin.
Katanga Senatus: This council incorporates the provinces of West and East Kasai, with an affiliated Regia for East Kasai at Mbuji-Mayi and another Regia to the west at Tshipaka. Last year they held a central Acies with Archbishop Madila Basanguka in attendance to greet the 8,250 participants, which included Religious Sisters, Seminarians and legionaries. The event included a seven- kilometer procession with prayers and hymns from the Parish Church of St. Laurence to Our Lady’s Shrine, where the Senatus Spiritual Director was Chief Celebrant of the Acies Mass.

RWANDA
Senatus of Kigali: The Senatus president verified that all legionaries have the Frank Duff prayer and his Cause is widely promoted. The junior and intermediate groups are mentioned in all of the reports and seem very strong. A lot of emphasis is made on recruiting. One elderly mother was received in the Catholic Church at Christmas. Prison visitation and auxiliary rallies are reported. One Curia has 26 adult, 14 junior and 1 university praesidium as well as 5 new praesidia in the process of being set up. There are not enough rooms in the Legion house to cater for all the praesidia; some meetings are taking place in legionaries’ homes. It is suggested to split the Curia. Exploratio Dominicalis was carried out. A Mass of thanksgiving was held in September to mark 74th Anniversary of the founding of the Legion in Kigali.

REUNION
Reports were given of very solid work by 3 Curiae with 16 attached praesidia: Conversions, family members reconciled through prayer and Masses, a special mission to alcoholics as well as many works of consolation. Plans are afoot to celebrate 70 years of the founding of the Legion, by Edel Quinn, in October next. They plan a visit to Madagascar, where Msgr. Lacointe has resumed visiting and where a new praesidium has been established.

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ASIA
MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur Regia: This Regia consists of the Archdiocese and two Suffragan Dioceses of Melaka, Johor in the south and Panang in the north. Languages include English, Tamil, Filipino and Chinese. Annual reports were taken from 4 directly attached praesidia, 2 with 10 members and one with 6; they have a total of 56 auxiliaries. Quarterly reports covered 71 senior and 3 junior praesidia with a total of 673 active, 921 auxiliary members and 8 probationers. Works reported included hospital visitation, home visits to the sick, the lonely and house-bound. After a member prayed for a lapsed Catholic for 2 years, the man returned to the Church, indicating he was touched by God’s grace. Visits are made to former long-serving legionaries, one who has lost sight and two former Regia Spiritual Directors in nursing homes.

JAPAN
Tokyo Regia: Fr. Son introduced the Legion to Saporo Diocese. A new praesidium with 11 members has been established. A Retreat directed by Bishop Kohda took place in a Convent with an attendance of 72.
Nagasaki Regia: Extension in Hirado district is going well. Legionaries accompany a priest in visitation of the aged and sick with the Holy Eucharist. In Hanshin Curia a dormant praesidium is going to re-start. A number of Filipinos working in a Home for the Aged help patients to attend Holy Mass.

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: Tambunan Curia in Kota Kinabalu Comitium has divided; the new Curia will have 13 praesidia. A new praesidium has been formed in Miri Diocese. A Tamil praesidium is in the pipeline in West Curia. Nursing homes are visited.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: The Central Seoul Regia has 12,644 active members, including 269 juniors; they have 23,048 auxiliaries. 3,190 catechumens were baptised and 3,564 returns to the Sacraments were reported. Daejeon Regia has 16,190 active members, including 384 juniors; they have 13,280 auxiliaries. 3,571 catechumens were baptised and 3,961 people returned to the Sacraments. All councils report home visitation and visits to the sick and those in mourning. Many parish works are undertaken, including Sunday School.

Gwangju Senatus: The attached Busan Curia reported 50,157 persons initiated as catechumens; 4,055 were baptised. 143,893 visits were made to Catholics who are sick and 59,150 visits were made to sick people of other faiths and non-believers. 46, visits were made to hospitals and 82,209 to Welfare Facilities.

Jeonju Regia initiated 29,114 persons as catechumens and 1,945 were baptised. There were 3,402 returns to the Sacraments. Visits were made to sick people.

Daegu Senatus: Most councils reported on returns to the Sacraments and the number of catechumens recruited. Taejon Comitium reported 27 Baptisms and 43 returns to the Sacraments. Susung Comitium set up two new Curiae and 7 praesidia. Andong Regia recorded a total of 267 catechumens recruited and 44 baptisms, 179 returns to the Sacraments and 3,351 visits to hospitals and Welfare Institutions.

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: The Comitium has appointed Sr. Sally Chan as an Incola Mariae to Macau, starting on 8th January 2015.  Pat O’Donoghue and Michael Walsh visited Hong Kong for the 65th Anniversary celebrations, in September 2014. During that visit they travelled to Macau accompanied by Hong Kong Comitium Officers and Sally Chan, who had just returned from her stay in Ireland. A fruitful meeting took place with Bishop Lai and members of the Legion in Macau, where Envoy Teresa Su, a native of Hong Kong had started the Legion in 1952.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Reports mention visitation of councils and praesidia. Works include visitation of the sick, conversions and helping victims of natural disasters. A prison in Medang was visited with a priest; prisoners availed of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A junior praesidium was set up in a non-Catholic school. One new Curia was set up in Nganuk. Old people were helped; three of them were baptised. Maria Assumpta Curia holds Patrician meetings and Bible study classes. One new senior and one junior praesidium were set up. Some lapsed Catholics returned to the faith. Legionaries in Makassar (Sulawesi Island) visit a prison, a Centre for Drug Addicts, a Psychiatric Centre. They also prepare children for the Sacraments.

Jakarta Senatus: The Senatus President and Correspondent visited councils in Kalimantan (Borneo). A Jakarta praesidium organised Bible Study, a Catechesis Programme and conducted a Bible Quiz for junior praesidia at a Catholic Orphanage. A Curia reported the weekly visitation of auxiliaries and helping to prepare another Curia for ratification. Morning Star Comitium in Bognor organised Eucharistic Liturgy for the Senatus Annual Reunion attended by over 2,000 active and auxiliary members. Queen of All Saints Curia, Jakarta organised catechesis and Bible Study for children and teenagers. The Senatus had a three-day Legion of Mary Youth Event in September with an attendance of 120. Talks were given by a priest. A Drug Rehabilitation Centre, a Home for the Elderly and an Orphanage were visited.

TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: Since June 2014 nine new praesidia, including one junior have been set up; six more are being developed. There is one praesidium on Pen Hu Island. Through the efforts and prayers of the legionaries some lapsed Catholics have returned to the Church and a patient in hospital was baptised before he died. Recently baptised adults were introduced to Church services and contact is kept with them. An e-mail was received saying that the book on Frank Duff by Fr. Bradshaw has finally been translated into Chinese and is now in print. A Prayer Service conducted by the Archbishop of Taipei for the victims of the recent air crash was attended by around 200 people, mostly legionaries.
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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Carlow Comitium: Efforts at setting up a new praesidium in Rathvilly are on-going. A report was taken from those who participated in the work at the Legion Stand during the Ploughing Championships last September and all agreed that it was a great experience. Paulstown praesidium promotes Eucharistic Adoration and is in charge of a book stand in the Church. On the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, 15th September, Marian Devotions were organised at the newly- decorated Grotto of Our Lady. A men’s praesidium in Carlow town has 100 auxiliaries. A Patrician meeting was organised, but most of those attending were legionaries. A Frank Duff Prayer Group is held weekly. Mass time details were distributed in all hotels and guesthouses.

Elphin Comitium: Ballinaheglish praesidium undertakes numerous parish duties and in the last year have focused on home visitation. Fr. Leahy, S.P.C., their Spiritual Director, does home visitation with a legionary. Reception is generally good. Those visited are sometimes prayed with and gladly accept Father’s blessing. At the request of the Deus et Patria Committee the Comitium is planning to organise a Youth Conference in Roscommon on 25th April. They have invited the Franciscan Missionaries of the Renewal to speak and guide the day .North Elphin Curia: Bishop Kevin Doran, at his request, attended the January Curia meeting and addressed the legionaries on the recent Church Synod on the Family. He explained where the emphasis of the Synod was as distinct from the issues receiving most coverage in the media. All Church organisations have been asked to contribute and he requested feedback from the legionaries by end of March. The Curia is busy organising a first Youth Conference in Sligo for 21st March. Bishop Doran will be one of the speakers. Ferns Curia: A praesidium of 5 members carry out home to home visitation and visit a hospital where the Rosary is recited with the patients; legionaries recite public Rosaries weekly during May and November. This praesidium also arranges for the celebration of Masses for the beatification of Frank Duff, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe close to their anniversaries. South Ferns Curia reported that legionaries visited 3 National Schools during the year. An explanation of the Rosary was given to the pupils and Rosaries distributed. The “Language Timothy” bands were offered in some schools, in an effort to discourage swearing, the motto being “Jesus is a prayer, not a swear.” 900-1000 bands were distributed. Tuam Curia has 54 members in 11 senior praesidia. The one intermediate praesidium has 12 members. Westport Curia has 45 members in their 7 senior praesidia and 14 members in 2 junior praesidia. Claremorris Curia has 7 senior praesidia with 44 members and 136 juniors in their 5 junior praesidia; they have a total of 660 auxiliaries, 18 Praetorians and 12 Adjutorians. A recruiting drive was held in Corofin on October 18th. Efforts to establish a praesidium in Kilconly and to increase membership in Caherlistrane were undertaken. A mini Vigil held in Knock in October was well attended. 8 members went on PPC last year. Glenamaddy praesidium has 2 Praetorians and 20 auxiliaries. Caherlistrane praesidium has 20 auxiliaries. Both praesidia use 2 Fatima Statues on home visitation. The Statue was taken to a Primary School in May and November. They promote devotion to the Rosary and organise weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. They also promote active and auxiliary membership, the 3 Causes and Consecration of families to the Sacred Heart. A lady from the Czech Republic had her 2 children baptised; she now also wishes to be baptised.

CURIAE

Achonry Curia: Swinford legionaries visit the local Geriatric Hospital and undertake Pilgrim Statue visitation. Two members have been helping the praesidium in Foxford. The theme of December Patricians was The Beatitudes. They have 35 auxiliaries.

Clonfert Curia: A very enjoyable Curia Reunion was held in November with an attendance of 65 at which a talk was given by a legionary on her memories of meeting Alfie Lambe as a young legionary in Castlebar in 1952. Visitation of praesidia is mentioned in the minutes. Looscaun legionaries bring the Pilgrim Statue from home to home. Hospital, nursing home and house-bound visitation are amongst the works of Our Lady of Clonfert praesidium. Tynagh praesidium celebrated its 50th anniversary with a concelebrated Mass. Four of their 7 members are Praetorians and they have 10 auxiliaries.

Galway Curia: The reporting praesidium has 6 members and 83 auxiliaries. Works include home and nursing home visitation. They visit residents in the Simon Community house where they are well received by the staff and residents. On street contact many students, Muslims and atheists are met.

Killala Curia: The praesidium in Dromore West has 6 members and 30 auxiliaries. Their main works are home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue and visitation to homes of the bereaved. Ardagh praesidium has 6 members and 24 auxiliaries. They undertake hospital and nursing home visitation. On Heritage Day in Ballina 2 members did contact work and had some good conversations whilst promoting the Causes. The new praesidium in Cornboy is progressing well. A President has been appointed and it is hoped to fill the other officerships soon. Ballina Patricians had an attendance of 10 in December on “Putting Christ back into Christmas.”

Kilkenny Curia: Castlecomer praesidium has 7 members and 25 auxiliaries. Works include visitation to a district hospital and nursing homes and promoting Eucharistic Adoration.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE
(December 2014 & January 2015)

In December the Legion Headquarters and the hostels were toured by teachers and 15 students from St. Pauls CBS Brunswick Street, 9 students from Leeson Street Institute of Education and 4 student members of the Laurentian Society in Trinity College Dublin. In January, 30 boys visited from St. Declan’s of Cabra.

Ancilla Domini Curia: A total of 15 Catholics and 4 Protestants attended the two Pauline Circle Meetings. One praesidium does street contact in Temple Bar. Some home visitation is also done.

Annunciata Curia: 30 patricians and 11 legionaries attended 5 Patrician meetings. One praesidium promoted the University College Dublin Exam Holy Hour in May. As well as some home visitation, the praesidium visits patients in Donnybrook Royal Hospital each Saturday and establishes a friendship with them by shopping and doing chores. The family of a lady who subscribes to the Maria Legionis invited legionaries to her 100th birthday, acknowledging that the quarterly visits are part of what allows their mother to continue to live alone.

Assumpta Curia: The main works of one praesidium are manning the Repository at weekends; contacts included a non-Catholic lady who requested Miraculous Medals to give to sick friends. Attendance at their Patrician meeting varied between 12 and 32, not including legionaries. In June Fr. Kevin Doran attended the meeting as Spiritual Director, prior to his appointment as Bishop.

Benedicta Curia: A praesidium with 7 active members, one a Praetorian is very involved with the Curia house, maintaining it and its gardens, holding a fortnightly Lectio Divina there and opening the house as a Drop-in Centre each Wednesday from 5.30 to 7.30pm; they publicise the Centre during home visitation. A trader spoke highly of the legionaries. Three wards of St. James Hospital are visited; on one occasion a doctor accepted a Miraculous Medal and leaflet. The praesidium has 48 auxiliary members and 1 Adjutorian.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: 11 attended an Edel Quinn Prayer Meeting. A praesidium with 5 active members has 20 auxiliaries. 2 visitors attended during the year. Up to 30 people attend weekly Adoration organised by the Legion; other works include home and hospital visitation, a Literature Stand, a Frank Duff Prayer Group and a Patrician Meeting. Another praesidium does home visitation. Up to 12 attend a monthly Edel Quinn Prayer Meeting of music, meditation and extracts from her life while over 100 attended a Mass in her honour last May.

Immaculata Curia: One person joined as a result of their new First Saturday recruiting outside the Curia house. As they approach their 800th meeting in September they are launching the “8000 Campaign” to recruit 5 people per week per legionary and report to Curia each month. 33 legionaries and 36 patricians attended 10 Patrician meetings. The first report was given by a praesidium established in October 2013. The main work is home visitation. Public Rosaries were held in May and October. Another praesidium gained a new member during the year. They have 5 full members, 3 of whom are Praetorians. During home visitation they regularly visit a lady suffering from anorexia and a family whose special needs son has great faith. In recognition of their work in the parish the legionaries were invited to the Parish Christmas Function.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: Weekly contact work with drug addicts in one area is a new Curia initiative. The Curia promoted the Church Unity Octave series of talks by representatives of various Christian groups.
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SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: To mark Alfie Lambe’s anniversary in January, large crowds attended the graveside ceremony and Mass in the local Church. The legionaries set up a stall at the entrance to the cemetery and very many contacts were made, mostly with tourists. All the cemetery guides know of Alfie and include him in their tours. One of the Senatus officers has been helping out in the office for Alfie’s Cause, finalising papers before they are sent to Rome. Many novel works were reported at the Senatus meeting including Missions which are held in a large Circus tent in barrios where there is no Chapel or Church
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Cordoba Senatus: A praesidium reported visiting businesses and hospitals where they recite the Rosary and distribute Miraculous Medals and leaflets. Contact was made with students outside their college and prayers said with them in front of an image of Our Lady. Small bags of blessed salt are distributed amongst the sick.

Salta Senatus: A praesidium with members in the older age bracket includes two legionaries, one aged 86 and the other 103, who attend their weekly meetings and do home visitation. A junior praesidium of 10 to 12 year olds do home visitation with their President. While she talks to the parents, the junior legionaries talk to the children. Gratitude was expressed for the Concilium visit of last November. Topics discussed on that visit have appeared in reports and are being put into practice.

Corrientes Regia: In November all 57 Curia Officers were present for the Concilium visit. A congress was held by a Comitium in the Diocese of San Tomé. Iguazu Comitium, with 58 praesidia has 50 probation members.

Rosario Regia: The Concilium visitors were surprised at the number of young legionaries in the Regia. The legionaries have prepared attractive literature for recruiting and as a result of great efforts many young people have joined. The Regia is considering the possibility of extending the Legion to the Falklands.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: The junior movement is growing with five new junior praesidia. A special youth Legion Conference was held in October with Bishop Edson, the representative of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference present.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: As a result of hospital visitation several patients decided to become actively involved in their parishes. Two young addicts were directed to a Rehabilitation Centre. 111 young people in one town were recruited for reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist. Uberlandia Regia reports setting up new praesidia.

Fortaleza Senatus: Reports show visitation of homes and bringing Holy Communion to the aged and sick in their homes. They also accompany elderly people for medical consultations and treatment. A Comitium in Crato reported making 4,774 visits to homes and 2,537 revisits.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: Reports show many children and young people prepared for Holy Communion and Confirmation. An apostolate is carried out to a group of prostitutes. Assistance is given to Religious Sisters in a Convent, bringing them to the doctor, dentist and hospital and helping them with shopping. Two married couples who were separated were reunited. Employment was arranged for three people.

Recife Senatus: Four praesidia were set up as an indirect result of a Peregrinatio pro Christo project carried out in the rural town of Araripina, in which seventy members from three Senatus took part. A city praesidium in Recife reports an apostolate in streets, shops and restaurants; another report tells of 156 homes visited on an Exploratio Dominicalis project and 26 couples prepared for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: In the Rio suburb of Tijuca, eleven women were enabled to earn a living through receiving a course in dress making from legionaries. Home visitation continues to be given priority in Rio and over five thousand visits were reported at one Senatus meeting. Results included the Baptism of 172 persons, and 50 youths prepared for First Holy Communion.

Salvador Senatus: In one town more than a thousand families were visited during three months. In a difficult district of Salvador the legionary apostolate is directed to all sectors of society including those estranged from the Church and people involved with drugs. Stress is laid on the Sacrament and meaning of Baptism as well as on reading and reflecting on the Word of God.

Santa Maria Senatus: The Senatus has made a good start in strengthening the central Curia with the setting up of a new praesidium. The Senatus officers are committed to mobilising all the members to engage in extension. The Comitium in the State capital, Porto Alegre, reports the recitation of public Rosaries as a way of evangelisation; and has an intensive apostolate in the women’s prison. This prison apostolate is integrated with the Baptism team.

São Luis Senatus: Almost sixty thousand families were visited at least once during the past four months. Accommodation was arranged for 206 patients coming to the state capital for medical treatment. 188 unmarried couples were prepared for the Sacrament of Matrimony. 26,000 Rosaries were recited in families and 295 in public squares; 2,500 Bible circles were held.

São Paulo Senatus: The Senatus celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and the 93rd anniversary of the Legion with Mass on 7th September 2014 at which there was a large attendance of legionaries. A special meeting is to be held to discuss the visit of five Senatus officers to the Concilium in September. The Senatus agreed to the formation of a National Communication Group. Visits to homes, the sick and elderly feature in most reports.

Brasilia Regia: Dom Waldir Mamede, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Brasilia, was the chief celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration on the 7th of September, to mark the Legion’s anniversary, with a congregation of 5,000. Results of legionary work included 11 adults prepared to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
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EUROPE

COUNCILS UNDER CARETAKERSHIP OF AUSTRIA

AUSTRIA
Senatus of Austria: The Legion is in every Diocese and is present in about 10% of the estimated total of 2,814 parishes. The Senatus has asked all Councils to seek permission to leave the Frank Duff Prayer leaflet in all parish Churches in Austria and plans a Summer School in Dublin in August.
Vienna Archdiocese: The Legion gave a presentation to the Youth Council of the Archdiocese. Croatian Curia: A Muslim couple were taught how to pray the Rosary. The Viennese Curia reported 2 people receiving the Sacraments after a 10 year absence. Korean Curia invited non-believers to Mass.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague Comitium is to extend into Budweis Diocese.

SLOVAKIA
Trnava Curia Officers met the Archbishop who appointed an interim Spiritual Director. Zseliz Comitium: The Bishop appointed 2 Curiae Spiritual Directors.

UKRAINE
Elizabeth Kriss and Bro. Helmit Hager visited Western Ukraine and discussed the establishment of an African Curia.

BULGARIA
The Austrian Senatus plan to send visitors to Bulgaria over the coming months.

BELARUS
Archbishop Kondratsevich appointed Fr. Roman Susha as the new Spiritual Director of Comitium. At the November meeting Sr. Teresa Varavka was elected Vice President. Two senior and two junior praesidia were set up during this reporting period and 5 areas for extension were agreed. Some of the works undertaken are 1st Friday visitation, contact work with alcoholics and drug abusers, contact work in parks and shopping malls, speaking with youth about the faith, distributing leaflets with basic prayers and leaflets against abortion; they also do home visitation in new parishes.

CROATIA (and Councils under Caretakership)
Zagreb Regia: Officers expressed great appreciation for the hospitality shown them on their visit to Concilium last November. The theme of the Radio Maria broadcast in September was “Reflections of the Concilium Spiritual Director, Fr. Bede McGregor”. Five praesidia reported during the period. Some visible results of the apostolate included, a married couple reconciled, two persons received the Sacrament of Penance after more than 40 years and one person learned to pray the Rosary. In the Caritas Hostel legionaries conduct a weekly Prayer Group for women and children most of whom are non-Catholic. Throughout the attached reporting Comitia and Curiae very many returns to the Sacraments were recorded, one after 50 years. A praesidium in Queen of Martyrs Curia holds monthly Patricians with attendance of 30-40 parishioners. A junior legionary in Petrinja Curia was instrumental in his father joining the senior praesidium and his Muslim mother started attending the praesidium. She was later Baptised and Confirmed on Holy Saturday.

BOSNIA HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 praesidia with 44 active members, 9 Praetorians and 230 Auxiliaries. Many returns to the Sacraments resulted from home visitation. In a Gerontology Centre patients were prepared for reception of the Sacraments.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia: This Council has 22 praesidia, 10 Curiae and 5 Comitia affiliated, which are spread over 4 Dioceses. Works include many Church duties, visitation of sick and elderly in hospitals and Welfare Homes, organising Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament, Night Vigils, Pilgrimages and recitation of the Rosary on Radio Maria. Curia Csikszereda, which is based in Romania among the Hungarian-speaking people, gives religious classes to children in kindergartens. Kistarisa Curia: Legionaries lead 2 Youth Clubs and bring a statue of The Holy Family to homes.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium governs 12 attached praesidia and 3 Comitia. Members of one praesidiu visit the local Community Centre for people suffering from addiction; they arranged for 15 persons to receive Confession. Another praesidium organises Youth Days once a month. They invite young people to a social day at which they discuss the Catholic Faith. The young people are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any problems they may have with the Faith. A Recruiting Drive organised by Rezekne Curia resulted in an increase in membership of a praesidium from six to ten.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium has 118 directly attached praesidia and 7 Curiae. A praesidium of 8 members promotes the Causes of Frank Duff and Edel Quinn on homes visitation. Two Recruiting Drives were held resulting in a gain of 4 new active members and 7 auxiliaries. It was decided to hold a Congress in November 2015. Panevezys Curia started a new praesidium with 7 members in Krekenava. Vilkavisks Curia set up a new junior praesidium in Miroslava with 6 members. Telesiai Comitium: Very good efforts to extend Legion to new parishes were reported. Three praesidia feature with membership of 8, 9, and 11. Seventeen members are Praetorians. They have 388 Auxiliaries. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation. Some fruits of their apostolate were returns to the Sacraments after 10, 12 and 45 years. During the Christmas period legionaries accompanied the Priest 40 times on visitation to families. Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Curia: visited 467 families on an outreach to 3 small towns and 13 villages where good contacts were made.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: Extension Drives continue. In Roden 16 persons were present at a formation meeting. In Tarnobrzeg three new praesidia have been set up. Results of work include, three people instructed for 1st Holy Communion and 15 brought to Confession. The 35th Anniversary of the Legion of Mary in Poland was celebrated. Fr. Mieshwav recommended legionaries to carry in their hearts these words, “Obedience and Humility is the Strength of the Legion.”

Warsaw. Praga Comitium: Nine new active members were gained since last report. Membership of praesidia reporting was 7, 13 and 18. Volomin Curia distributed 3,500 Miraculous Medal at the promotion of a book on the Miraculous Medal; 200 were distributed on crowd contact work.
Metro Comitium: This council which is in existence for 26 years governs 10 directly attached praesidia, one Curia, on the city’s West Bank, 3 Curiae in other Dioceses and isolated praesidia in Gdansk, Poznan and Głowiec, with a total of 500 active and 800 auxiliary members. Localised extension efforts are reported on monthly. The Miraculous Medal is promoted in the course of visiting the sick, crowd contact in parks, public places and at Festivals.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia has 14 directly attached praesidia; 2 Curiae and 2 Comitia. 11 of the 671 active members are Praetorians. One of the praesidia organises two parish discussion groups on the faith, one for young people and one for men.
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SENATUS OF SCOTLAND REPORT ON FINLAND 2001-2014

There are seven parishes in Finland with 12,000 Catholics, 6,000 of whom are Finns. Since 2001 Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects have taken place to six parishes. Over the years legionaries from Scotland have grown in their understanding of the nature of the Finnish people and in awareness of the difficulties facing the Church in Finland.

Priests have given a wholehearted welcome to the teams working in their parishes and have stressed the necessity for the PPC apostolate.
Four of the parishes in Finland are in the pastoral care of the Sacred Heart Fathers who are currently priests from Poland. The other three parishes are in the care of priests who are members of the Neo-Catechumenate Movement.

At the request of the Parish Priest in Oulu a Rosary Prayer Group incorporating all the Legion prayers was set up in Tornio, a town with only about 40 Catholics; the only opportunity they have to pray together is at the Sunday Mass, which is monthly in that town and monthly in another town reasonably near. In both towns, Mass is celebrated in the Orthodox Church and Rosary groups meet before Mass.

The Catholic parishes in Finland cover vast areas, e.g. Tampere Parish is the same area as Belgium. Some Catholics live so far from a Church that they are in a Diaspora situation for attending Mass.

There is a Carmelite Foundation in Espoo where the prayers of the Sisters support the work of Peregrinatio Pro Christo. When possible, legionaries on PPC projects visit the Sisters, who are extremely interested in this work.

Bishop Sippo would welcome praesidia in his Diocese.

During the Council of Priest’s Meeting the Bishop welcomed the Legion visitors and later commented: “The Legion of Mary is a blessing to Finland.”
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Visit to Chile and Argentina
January 2015

VISIT TO CHILE AND ARGENTINA

Connie Garcia and Noel Lynch recently undertook a three-week visit to Chile and Argentina for the purpose of visiting the various councils and attending a Congress. In Chile 295 officers from all the councils attached to the Senatus attended this three-day Congress, which proved a great opportunity to exchange experiences with the legionaries who were very interested to hear about new works done elsewhere. An example of this is the apostolate in southern Chile, where native Indians are prominent in the Legion. The Legion is growing in Chile. Since the last census about 1,000 new praesidia have been set up. There is a great respect for the Senatus and correspondence with the distant councils is very good.

After a week with the legionaries of Chile, Connie and Noel flew over the snow-capped Andes to start a two-week visit to the legionaries of the 5 councils affiliated to Concilium in Argentina; during all their time in Argentina they were accompanied and greatly assisted by Noelia García, President of the Senatus of Buenos Aires. They spent 2 to 3 days with each council, travelling by night on the buses and covering approximately 5,000 kilometres. Starting in Buenos Aires, the Senatus officers arranged an interview with the Archbishop and Primate of Argentina, Cardinal Poli. His Eminence was very interested in Connie’s report of her Legion experience in Ireland and her praesidium the University of Bogota He asked for statistics on the Legion in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and said he would be very pleased to attend the ceremony marking the closure of the Alfie Lambe Cause, after which all documents will be sent to Rome.

During a visit to Corrientes, the trio attended a general Regia meeting surrounded by legionaries asking questions and exchanging experiences. They also did street-contact with local legionaries. Next they visited Salta Senatus before going on to Cordobo Senatus and Rosario Regia where the Spiritual Director and all the officers are young adults. The final council visit was to Buenos Aires Senatus, perhaps geographically, the largest Senatus in the world, stretching to Antarctica in the South Pole. At the end of the visit to the councils they had a meeting with Isabel Fernandez and Guadalupe Morad, historians for the Cause of Alfie Lambe, both stressing the need to show that there was a real interest in the Cause. A meeting also took place with Irene Sauer, who over many years has done a lot of work on the Cause

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Allocutio at January 2015 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
January 2015

THE LEGIONARY AND THE CONSECRATED LIFE

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One of the great channels of grace for the Legion has always been its deep love of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. And one of the ways we show that love is our fidelity to the teaching authority and guidance of the Church. Another way is our openness to the graces the Church offers us through the celebration of special years. This year we are invited to celebrate the year of Consecrated Life. At the heart of this special invitation of Pope Francis is the conviction that an authentic renewal of the Consecrated Life in all its forms would be an immeasurable blessing for the whole Church. So I would like to share with you some thoughts from Pope Francis and the Handbook as an encouragement to think and pray about the consecrated life in all its forms in the Church and consider how it relates to the Legion.

An obvious way in which religious priests, sisters and brothers and other consecrated persons relate to the Legion is that they often act as Spiritual Directors of praesidia and higher councils of the Legion. We all know from experience how important the Spiritual Director is in the Legion system. The Handbook puts it as follows: ‘As the Legion judges its success entirely according to the spiritual qualities developed in its members and brought to bear by them on the work, it follows that the Spiritual Director on whom the duty primarily falls of inspiring the members with those qualities, is the very mainspring of the praesidium.’ So I suggest that this year we would pray in a special way for our Spiritual Directors, thank God for the ones we have and ask Our Lord and His Mother to give us many more at a time when some praesidia in some parts of the world find it very difficult to get a Spiritual Director.

Another beautiful sign of the intimate relationship between the Legion and the ordained priesthood and the religious life is the magnificent contribution that the Legion makes to consecrated life throughout the universal Church. Legion spirituality not only forms an extraordinary number of men and women, young and old, from all walks of life as lay apostles with an authentic inner life, but it has also proven to be a marvellous breeding ground for vocations to the priesthood and religious life in all its forms throughout the Catholic world. So, I am convinced that religious owe an immense gratitude to the Legion and should have a special predilection for legionaries and their many faceted apostolates. This leads me on to a most profound relationship between religious and the Legion. Priests and religious can be genuine members of the Legion and far from complicating their religious or priestly vocations; this membership will enrich both their vocations and also that of the Legion. The Handbook speaks a great deal about Auxiliary and Adjutorian membership of the Legion. For instance we read as follows: ‘This membership is open to priests, religious and the laity. It consists of those who are unable or unwilling to assume the duties of active membership, but who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name.’

Of course, the Legion is primarily an association of lay apostles, but it most definitely desires to have priests and religious as Auxiliaries and Adjutorian members. Also priests and religious who are Spiritual Directors at any level of the Legion structures are by that fact also active members and indeed officers in the Legion and therefore should at least be invited to become Praetorian members. Their membership will be a great source of grace for themselves and the Legion.

So, I make this suggestion as a way of Legion participation in the Year of Consecrated Life that every praesidium in the world wide Legion would make a special effort to recruit priests and religious brothers and sisters to some form of Legion membership. And why not recruit Bishops as well. The Legion is present in the vast majority of Dioceses in the world and why not offer their Bishops one of the best things we have to give them, which is Legion membership. Besides a significant number of them were probably legionaries at some stage in their lives. Also, timidity should have no place in the Legion apostolate!

But this recruitment drive among priests, religious and Bishops would obviously require that we restudy what the Handbook has to say on the subject. I found two brief paragraphs particularly helpful in explaining the spirit and practice of this kind of membership of the Legion. They are as follows: ‘This service need not be offered directly on behalf of the Legion. It will suffice to offer it to Our Lady. Therefore it is conceivable that the Legion might receive nothing from it, nor does the Legion desire to receive anything which might do more good elsewhere. But as this service is a legionary one, it is probable that it will incline the Queen of the Legion to have regard for the need of the Legion.

However, it is strongly recommended that this and all other legionary service will be offered to Our Lady as an unreserved gift to be administered according to her intentions. This would lift it to a higher level of generosity and thus greatly enhance its worth. This purpose would be kept in view by saying daily some formula of offering such as the following: ‘Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces, I place at your disposal such portion of my prayers, works and sufferings as is permitted to me.’

When the letters of Frank Duff are eventually published, you will find that a substantial number of them are addressed to priests and religious from many different orders and congregations and his gift of friendship with them is truly remarkable. He saw that the Legion had much to receive from them and much to give them. His relationship with the Cistercian monks in Melleray is only just one good example. He especially admired members of Missionary Orders and Societies and was always grateful to them for the way they played a major part in enabling the Legion to exercise its many apostolates to the ends of the world. May this relationship be renewed and deepened in this year of Consecrated Life throughout the Legion world.

Let me quote one passage by way of conclusion that Pope Francis takes from Pope Benedict and which I think has great relevance for everything the Legion seeks to be and do. It goes as follows: ‘It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but by attraction. The consecrated life will not flourish as the result of brilliant vocation programs, but because the young people we meet find us attractive, because they see us as men and women who are happy! Similarly, the apostolic effectiveness of consecrated life does not depend on efficiency of its methods. It depends on the eloquence of your lives, lives which radiate the joy and beauty of living the Gospel and following Christ to the full.’ In other words the Legion too will only successfully recruit new members by radiating a spirit of joy, the joy that comes from belonging in a radical way to Mary, the cause of our joy. Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin January 2015
January 2015

AFRICA

IVORY COAST
Abidjan Senatus: Five praesidia, one Curia and six Comitia made their Annual Reports to the Senatus during this period. These groups have a total membership of 6,214 Active, of whom 563 are Praetorian, 1630 probationers and 1,053 auxiliaries, of whom 198 are Adjutorians. They made 77,150 visits to various locations and also 22,005 visits to the sick at home and 63,354 to the sick in hospitals. The results of this apostolic work are as follows: Families reconciled 241; marriages regularised 161; returns to Mass 256; Baptisms 1,237; Confirmations 1,356; Sacrament of the Sick 607; Catechumens enrolled 3,182, bringing the total of Catechumens to 13,21. 299 legionaries are engaged in teaching the Catechism; five new Curiae were established; 4 Retreats were organised. Plans for expansion of the Legion are regularly discussed and encouragement given to all to keep up their efforts.

BENIN REPUBLIC
The Legion was founded in the parish of St. Anne, Porto Novo in December 1953 by Fr. Grenot SMA. In 1958 Envoy Eileen Sheehy set up 4 Curiae. The most rapid development took place in Cotonou In 1993; Cotonou Comitium was raised to Regia status to govern the Legion in the whole of Benin Republic, including Porto Novo which is the administrative capital. Cotonou Regia, in addition to its national responsibility carries out caretaker ship on behalf of Concilium for the Republic of Niger with its capital Niamey 800 km to the north and the Republic of Gabon with its capital Libreville over 1000 km. to the southeast across the Gulf of Guinea.

REPUBLIC of NIGER
Last July, the Regia of Cotonou appointed three legionaries to visit the Curia of Niamey: Jean Noudeviwa (Correspondent), Marcel Accrombessi (Regia Vice-President) and Jean Fonton (Regia Treasurer). The journey travelling due north by bus took 24 hours from the sea breezes of the coast to the desert heat of the Sahara. They were met by Srs. Therese Adjovi and Edith Djibom, President and Treasurer of the Niamey Curia. By next morning, a programme of meetings and discussions was under way, which was to occupy three days. The report quotes the following information: There are two Dioceses in the Niger Republic, the Archdiocese of Niamey and the Diocese of Maradi, 700 km further east. Niamey Archdiocese has 8 parishes and Maradi has 7. Parishes. Niamey has a Curia with 3 praesidia. Niamey has its problems because all the Christians are immigrants, forming only 5% of the population. The visitors also had an audience with Bishop Cartateguy, who explained to them that, as regards the apostolate, debate has to be avoided, the legionaries instead using kindness and concern in their apostolate. The main work is the visitation of the sick in hospital. Officers and members together met the visiting legionaries in a Saturday session, put forward their questions and problems and were happy with the results and the Legion literature supplied. They resolved to expand the Curia to embrace the parishes without the Legion and reach out even to Maradi, promising that the next visit would reveal a renewed and dynamic Legion.

BURKINA FASO
Ouagadougou Comitium: As there is a railway link between Ouagadougou and Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast, and as Abidjan expressed willingness to help Burkina Faso in addition to Mali, this might be the moment to avail of the offer. The temporary loss of the French edition of the Concilium Bulletin is keenly felt as the Bulletin is an extra means of communication with this region.
Malabo and Bata Comitia: The two councils have been informed of the Concilium decision to raise the Comitium of Malabo to Regia status and to affiliate the Comitium of Bata to the new Regia. Both councils are very excited about the decision and are working towards the event. A new Curia which was set up in Malabo over a year ago presented its first report to the Comitium. It is working very well, particularly in extension. A praesidium report indicated that it gives particular attention to frequent contact with persons who have joined the sects. Another praesidium reported that it had improved its method of presenting reports.

TOGO
Lome Senatus: Many Councils report on having organised Exploratio Dominicalis projects (5 by the Comitium in Adidogome). Most Councils have juniors attached and those without are encouraged to envisage starting junior praesidia. During home visitation and crowd contact, many non-Christians and those of the traditional African religion were encountered. Many marriages were regularised. Returns to Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, conversions and catechesis were reported. A junior Curia and praesidia were set up. The vigil to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the start of the Legion was attended by over 1,500 active and auxiliary members. The Concilium web site is followed closely and they are delighted to receive the French bulletin from Paris. The PPC to Ghana saw 36 legionaries taking part, which included one deacon.

CAMEROUN
Douala Senatus: The July meeting was held in the new Marian Centre build by the Legion of Mary. There is still money needed to finalise the building and the buying of equipment. A new Curia was set-up, the first one in the new Marian Centre. Two Exploratio Dominicalis projects were held in Eseka. As a result 4 new praesidia were set up. In the Yaounde Regia 6 new praesidia were started and in the Diocese of Bafia a new Comitium was established in Ntui. In Bertoua Regia the Legion of Mary exists in every parish in all of the four Dioceses, except for 2 parishes in the Diocese of Yokadouma. In Bertoua a non- Christian was baptised and accepted in the Catholic Church.

CONGO
Brazzaville Regia: Reports from three directly attached praesidia of 25, 34 and 10 active members respectively include works of home and hospital visitation, teaching catechism, preparing the liturgy, as well as contact with prisoners, widows, orphans and the poor. In the course of their year’s apostolate, six couples were reconciled and 14 people returned to the Sacraments. Our Lady of All Virtues Curia, founded on the 2nd anniversary of our founder Frank Duff, is composed of 21 praesidia, including one junior. They have 359 active, 18 probationary and 31 auxiliary members and undertake works of teaching catechism, acting as ministers of the Eucharist, preparing the liturgy and parish work. As part of a Pilgrimage to St. Rita’s Parish in August, the legionaries did street contact and home visitation of the area and made over 700 contacts during the day with Catholics, Protestants, Lutherans, pagans, members of sects and atheists.  Comitium Notre Dame de la Garde organised a day Retreat on the theme ‘The New Evangelisation’. Following visitation of councils, days of formation will be organised for certain councils. Translation of the Handbook into Lari and Kituba is underway. Regia officers attended the Diocesan opening of the Pastoral Year 2014-2015 for which the theme is, ‘The Family: Cradle and Source of the Redemption of the world’.

CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO

CENTRAL AMERICA
El Salvador: The Senatus comprises 2 Regia, 4 Comitia, 6 Curiae, 19 praesidia and 3 junior praesidia. Works include teaching catechism to all categories from pre-baptismal to marriage. They accompany the priest to the homes to administer the Sacraments to the sick and dying, and for the blessing of homes. Street contact is done and the legionaries conduct Bible-study groups.

Honduras: The Senatus reunion was held in November.

Panama Regia: An attached Curia has been raised to Comitium status with 12 praesidia and 3 Curiae attached. There are plans to set up a new Curia in one of the Dioceses and attach it to the new Comitium. The women’s prison is visited. Works with young people and children are mentioned.
Costa Rica Senatus: This council has 10 Comitia, 18 Curiae and 11 praesidia attached. All the attached Comitia are reporting the setting up of 2 or 3 new praesidia. The sick are visited at home and in hospital.

Nicaragua: The Regia of Managua with 2 Comitia, 4 Curiae, 1 junior Curia and 17 praesidia is working well. The attached Comitium of Granada celebrated its 60th anniversary. The attached Comitium of Leon held its 4th Congress with a very good attendance of mostly young people.

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: During this period 3 Regia, 8 Comitia, 14 Curiae and 3 praesidia reported. The family of a man who had rejected visits by a priest accepted an image of Our Lady from a legionary relative and recited the Rosary. During a subsequent visit by legionaries the sick man asked for a Rosary beads and died seven hours later. RIP. The Regia in Acapulco reported contact with the sects. 67 marriages were regularised. Large numbers returned to Confession after an absence of many years. A new praesidium was set up.

Merida Senatus: 4 praesidia, 6 Curiae, 2 Comitia and 1 junior Curia reported all mentioning street-contact where many people who have joined the various sects were met. They report a good exchange of views. Contacts are offered Miraculous Medals with an explanation. The three Causes are promoted. Members of one praesidium reported that they read the Gospel of the day with some families on home visitation. Auxiliaries attend the Acies. A Curia with 13 praesidia reported 44 new members.

Durango Regia: A praesidium which celebrated its 32nd anniversary teaches catechism classes particularly in the preparation of children for the Sacraments. A Comitium conducts an apostolate to prisoners in a half-way house type of prison after a Bishop asked legionaries to do this work. The 3 praesidia in this institution are helped by an outside praesidium.

Guadlajara Regia: 4 praesidia, 3 Curiae and 2 Comitia reported. The praesidia visit the sick and some of the legionaries teach catechism. The attached Comitium of Aguascalientes reported solid home visitation resulting in about 1,500 new auxiliaries. They also do prison visitation.
Monterrey Regia: The Regia is encouraging Exploratio Dominicalis. A few projects have been carried out resulting in great experience for the legionaries as well as fruitful apostolate. An attached Curia carried out a census to enable them to have a better overall picture of the parishes. Most Curiae do street-contact About 80 children were prepared for the Sacraments. Legionaries recruit for and facilitate Rosary Groups.

Hermosillo Regia: An attached Curia recruited for the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. Legionaries promoted the Miraculous Medal Novena and Masses in the various parishes.

IRISH PROVINCIAL COUNCILS

COMITIA
Dromore Comitium: A praesidium in Newry has 5 members and 100 auxiliaries. Their works are hospital and nursing home visitation. Hilltown praesidium has 7 members who run clubs for young people plus parties and outings for senior citizens. A praesidium in Navan Curia visited 400 homes. They spoke about the Mass and encouraged the lapsed to return. Good contact is made with young people. Another praesidium of 9 members has 3 members who are parish safeguarding officers. They recruit and train altar servers and help prepare children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Families are visited prior to Baptism and spoken to on the importance of handing on the faith. Once a year they organise a thanksgiving Mass for these families. During the summer the Rosary was recited in 9 Housing Estates. Trim Curia: Home visitation is done in Dunboyne to help build up the praesidium; a former legionary has joined. All members of one praesidium are Praetorians; they have 23 auxiliaries. They assist Redemptorist Missionaries in visiting the sick.

Derry Comitium: Long Tower men’s praesidium has 20 auxiliaries. Works includes home and Pilgrim Statue visitation. Creggan praesidium has recruited two young members through Pilgrim Statue visitation. A city praesidium does home visitation. Legionaries recite a decade of the Rosary in each class at 2 Primary Schools and give Miraculous Medals to each child receiving First Holy Communion. Bishop McKeown spent about an hour with the legionaries during the Comitium Retreat in Termonbacca at which there was an attendance of 65. Inishown Curia has 8 praesidia which are visited twice a year on behalf of the Curia. One man who returned to his faith as a result of being visited by legionaries said the Rosary every night while ill with cancer and had a priest with him before he died. The work of Our Lady of Zion Curia includes visiting nursing homes and a hospital.

Raphoe Comitium: This council has 8 senior, one intermediate and 3 junior praesidia plus one Curia which has 8 praesidia attached. Letterkenny intermediate praesidium has 5 pupils from the Loreto Convent who encourage students in the Secondary School to avail of opportunities for prayer. They had up to 20 students attending their short prayer reflection in the school Oratory on Wednesdays during the second term. The reporting senior praesidium has 11 members and 140 auxiliaries. On home visitation people are encouraged to attend the Adoration Chapel in Letterkenny Cathedral. During the summer months two members did book barrow work in the Market Square. They are in contact with a lady met on this work who is interested in the faith. Five of their members went on PPC during the year.

CURIAE
Leitrim Curia: Reports were taken from 3 praesidia. Edgeworthstown legionaries visit the 8 new Estates with various nationalities and faiths living in them. They meet adults with no English where the children have to translate for them. They gave the picture of the Sacred Heart to 100 homes last year. The Curia Congress took place in Longford on Saturday 25th October. The theme was “The Legion aims to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of bringing Jesus to the World.” The attendance of 30 legionaries included 4 members of the Slovakian praesidium and four representatives from Concilium. The Congress started with Mass celebrated by Fr. Courtney, Curia Spiritual Director. Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly attended the first session in the afternoon.
Mid Clogher Curia: The Curia organised a bus to Knock Shrine for the Legion Pilgrimage on Sunday 28th September. The praesidium in Annyalla has gained a new member.
West Clogher Curia has9 praesidia attached. Enniskillen praesidium has 6 members and 41 auxiliaries. Works include hospital and nursing home visitation. Holy Communion is brought to the nursing homes and housebound, including Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Each month 4 members go with the priests on pastoral visits to the nursing homes. Scripture study is done with students and an effort made to nurture in them a love of the Rosary.
Kilmore Curia: At October Curia meeting the members discussed the Kilmore Diocesan Assembly which the Legion was invited to attend and also to erect a stand to promote the Legion on Saturday 25th October. 40 pilgrims travelled to Knock Shrine in September. One Cavan praesidium has 10 members and 30 auxiliaries. The local schools were visited inviting the First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes to take part in the Corpus Christi Procession. The members helped the Adoration Group to organise the Procession. During May the Rosary was recited at the Post Office Square with about 20 people attending.
Clonmacnoise Curia: Works undertaken by the 3 attached praesidia include home, hospital and nursing home visitation.  Primary Schools and a special school were visited before Confirmation. Miraculous Medals were distributed to First Communion and Confirmation classes.
Down Curia: Ardglass praesidium has 7 members 2 of whom are Praetorians, plus 88 auxiliaries and 33 probationers. Homes are visited in both Ardglass and Bright parishes. A total of ten Statues of Our Lady of Fatima are circulated to homes and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is promoted. Eucharistic Adoration is encouraged and assistance was given to set up Adoration in two churches. Two members assist with Catechism Programmes in Primary Schools.  Drogheda Curia: Laytown praesidium has 5 members and 21 auxiliaries. Their main work is Pilgrim Statue visitation through which people feel they have received great blessings. The praesidium in Clogherhead has 8 members whose works include home visitation with special attention to young families. They delivered Baptismal Certificates to 43 families and included Miraculous Medals and Rosary Beads. At the request of the priest they visited families whose children were making their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. In August the Rosary was recited at the harbour for those who work at sea and those who were lost at sea. The Curia organised a Mass for about 60 residents in Mosney, which has many African residents.
Dundalk Curia: Stabannon praesidium members visited 7 nursing homes weekly. Miraculous Medals were distributed to the First Holy Communion and Confirmation children in the local school.

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DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE

Bethlehem Curia: 21 patricans and 4 legionaries attended 2 meetings while 12 attended the Frank Duff Prayer Group. Three members of a Polish praesidium moved to provincial Ireland and joined local praesidia. The works of the remaining members are hospital, prison and homeless shelter visitation, Church cleaning and providing weekly English classes. They maintain the grave of a deceased Polish priest in Sallynoggin. Another praesidium with 5 members; 3 are Praetorians; they have 14 auxiliaries. Works include home and nursing-home visitation, plus recitation of public Rosaries during May and October.

Porta Coeli Curia: A praesidium with 7 members, plus 39 auxiliaries does home visitation, using Pilgrim Statues occasionally. The Church bookshop is staffed every day while on the first Sunday of the month, the Pioneers are promoted. The Confirmation classes of two Primary Schools were spoken to and 10 pupils enrolled as Pioneers. A recruitment drive yielded 1 visitor and 3 auxiliary members. Another praesidium visited Traveller Halting Site as part of its parish visitation. Health issues and living conditions were addressed. This praesidium also visited 25 Licensed Premises leading up to publicise the Barman’s Good Friday Retreat. Two Pilgrim Statues are in circulation.

Veneranda Curia: The praesidium in charge of the Maria Legionis accounts liaise with customers in all parts of the English-speaking world. A praesidium with 25 auxiliary members distributes 90 Maria Legionis. A big effort is made to contact non-Catholics before and during Church Unity Octave. 10 residents join in their weekly recital of the Rosary in a nursing home. 2 primary school classes were visited to distribute and explain Miraculous Medals. The legionaries contacted students of St. Patricks College three times during the year including during Society’s Day when the Legion had a stand.

Consolata Curia: A praesidium with 6 full members and two probationers has two Praetorians and 52 auxiliary members, some of whom gather each Thursday to recite the Legion prayers and Rosary. On August 15th each year an Auxiliary Outing to the Papal Cross takes place. The attached junior praesidium has 8 members; a Faith & Fun project attracts around 15 children each week in August. Home and school visitation is done and one member helps in the repository each week. Annual events include a Supermarket Mass involving 40 staff and customers, a May Procession and 40 Hours Adoration in October. 33 families were visited prior to the Mass for the Deceased in November. The main work of another praesidium is the visitation of 2 nursing-homes; in one home, up to 30 residents attend the weekly Rosary and hymns. A talk was given to the First Holy Communion class in the local school.

Presentata Curia: A Morning Star praesidium gained 2 new members during the year, now having 12. As well as caring for the residents, they recite a weekly public Rosary in St. Bricin’s Park attended by some local residents. One member organises a Prayer Meeting every first Thursday in Frank Duff’s House. Stella Maris praesidium of the Morning Star Hostel was formed in 1931. It now has 9 full members and 1 probationer, having gained 4 members during the year, 2 of them transferring from another praesidium. Haircuts and nail-clips are given to residents and donated bread is collected every week from a local supermarket. A Portuguese -speaking member works closely with the Brazilian Community. The Regina Coeli praesidium has 13 full members and 1 probationer; 3 members are Praetorians. The new initiative of weekly catechism classes for residents is proving very popular. Up to 8 residents attend their monthly Patrician meeting.

Exaltata Curia: An Exploratio Dominicalis project was undertaken by 13 legionaries from 5 praesidia; 250 homes were visited with many good contacts. In one praesidium home visitation consists of setting up an altar and inviting residents to join in a public Rosary; the Parish Priest gives a short talk and everyone is presented with Rosary beads and a Miraculous Medal. On one occasion 14 parishioners took part. Over 100 people joined in an August procession followed by Mass and Adoration. One member did duty for the Homework Club in Myra House. A praesidium with 8 full and 2 probationary members visits St. Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park. The legionaries read for incapacitated patients, recite the Rosary and sing hymns, the patients joining in. One member, who is a Eucharistic Minister, distributes Holy Communion. Weekly home visitation is also done; their Pilgrim Statue resided in 20 homes during the year. One member helps out in the Morning Star Hostel. A Recruitment Drive was held during Advent and an Exploratio Dominicalis project resulted in the visiting of more than 100 homes.

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INDIA
Kerala Senatus has 16 Comitia, 11 Curiae and 16 directly attached praesidia. Home, hospital and prison visitation is done. The lapsed are encouraged to return to the Sacraments; instruction is given. The three Causes are promoted.
Karnataka Senatus: Efforts to extend the Legion into 2 remaining Dioceses is continuing. Visits were made to distant outstations. Inter-faith dialogue with members of other faith is on-going.
Mumbai Senatus: Book barrow apostolate enables contact with people of all faiths. New praesidia were formed in several Dioceses. 200 people attended a day for juniors; the Bishop asked the youth to be a leaven in the community. Pondicherry Senatus: 51 praesidia have been set up since this council became a Senatus. Two mini-PPC projects took place. 1,800 families were visited and the Legion was rejuvenated. Suicides were prevented and those with addictions helped. Chennai Comitium reported contacting people of many faiths on home and hospital visitation. Coimbatore Comitium reported that 2 legionaries, one with 54 and the other with 58 years Legion service were honoured at the reunion. Port Blair Comitium: Legion membership in the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean is made up mainly of farmers, fishermen, business men and government officials. They plan to visit the southernmost island which is 400 klm. away and takes 3 days to reach by boat. Tiruchy Comitium reports the enthronement of 112 homes to the Sacred Heart.

THAILAND
Legionaries in the north visit remote areas to share the Word of God and extend the Legion. Bangkok legionaries visit refugee camps and do language teaching. A Comitium of 13 Curiae was divided into three. Catechism is taught to adults, including prisoners.

SRI LANKA
A meeting with the Bishop and 25 priests has led to a request for the Legion to be set up in a number of parishes. The Legion has been re-established in some places.  Works include Promotion of the Rosary and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart.

HOLY LAND
Hospitals and homes for the elderly are visited. Two families were reconciled. The Bishop and three priests were met in the hope of re-starting the Legion in Haifa. A praesidium of 16 was set up in a boy’s college.

KAZAKHSTAN
A new Spiritual Director has been appointed to the Curia, which has 5 praesidia. Two parishes are being visited in the hope of starting the Legion. The sick and lonely are visited. The 2 reporting praesidia have memberships of 8 active and 38 auxiliaries in one and 6 active and 25 auxiliaries in the other. They travelled to Astana to participate in night adoration and the priest encouraged the legionaries to invite other parishioners to come.

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FRANCE
Paris Regia has 4 Curiae and 23 affiliated praesidia. Works included are visits to sick and elderly and distribution of Miraculous Medals. Bishop Pascal Delanoy attends a prayer meeting. The Vietnamese Curia with 9 praesidia does street contact work. Versailles Curia mention visitation to retired priests. Legionaries in Valance Regia took part in the Diocesan Synod on evangelisation and made a presentation on the Legion. Nice Curia has 7 praesidia including two in Monaco. French-speaking Martinique, affiliated to Paris Regia reports having 86 legionaries in 20 praesidia.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: Street contact was done in Mell Square. 330 homes were called upon during Exploratio Dominicalis in Oxford where many good contacts were met. One couple had their marriage validated and another is now a regular Mass attender. 21 attended a talk on True Devotion to Mary organised by West Birmingham Curia. In addition, the Rosary is recited in 4 Primary Schools. Juniors attached to Senatus include house Rosaries among their works. Northampton and Leicester Curiae both report instruction for Baptism and other Sacraments.
Liverpool Senatus: Two former legionaries were ordained Priests. Visitation to Buckley Hall prison is a new work. Four non Catholics were received into the Church. The junior praesidium has 11 members. Wirral juniors operate a book barrow in the grounds of St. Andrew’s College during lunch breaks. Central London Curia: 8 members report visiting a psychiatric hospital and distributing Church services leaflets to hotels and guest houses. A “Prayer in the Square” project invited people to pray in the Church. 90 took up the offer, among them people of Christian and non-Christian faiths. Soho praesidium members visit homes and do street contact in the Red Light District. 15 brothels were visited in the lead up to Easter and Christmas. Islington legionaries visited a local prison and have a very good relationship with the chaplain and security staff.
Southwark Comitium: This council has relocated to a new office. 4 Curiae and 8 praesidia reported with 133 active and 312 auxiliary members. Works include, promotion of the Rosary and Three Causes, Baptism preparation, street contact, visiting the housebound and bereaved. Hammersmith Curia celebrated 85th anniversary of the first praesidium started in St. Augustine’s parish in 1929. They have 8 members doing a variety of works. Middlesex Curia: The spiritual Director of the junior praesidium takes great interest in the work of the 8 juniors. They deliver Church leaflets and help with many parish activities.

WALES: Swansea Curia reported on weekly contact at the Railway Station in the city centre. Street rescue and contact with homosexuals continues.

SCOTLAND
Edinburgh Curia has 90 active and 500 Auxiliary members. Greenock and District Curia members work closely with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the homeless and have been invited to speak to those attending the RCIA course. Motherwell Curia report 10 probationers and good contacts at the book barrow on Gala Day in Cambusland. Dundee Curia members describe the enthusiasm and exuberance of the Curia officers. The council has a lively extension programme. Fr. Michael Kennedy (of Tipperary Curia) was in Scotland to speak on True Devotion to Mary. He met Bishop John Keenan and they suggest the holding of a Novena to Frank Duff in preparation for the 2015 Synod on Evangelisation. The Scottish legionaries organised a very successful PPC project to Finland. Gibraltar is also cared for by the Scottish legionaries. The Curia has a new Spiritual Director, Fr. Matthias. The 6 praesidia have a varied work programme. Celebrations included the Edel Quinn anniversary Mass and the Three King’s Cavalcade on the eve of the Epiphany.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: The web-site is being updated. One of the reporting praesidia visited released prisoners. Dusseldorf Comitium reports that a praesidium has started in Essen Katernberg among the Russian Community. 900 Filipinos participated in a Marian pilgrimage. It was reported that a Korean praesidium has started in Istanbul, Turkey. A City Youth Apostolate took place in Munich. Legionaries in Stuttgart Hofen celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Legion in Germany. Friburg Comitium reported the recruitment of a Bishop as an Adjutorian member. The officers have met the new Archbishop.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium: Legionaries spoke on cable TV and on Swiss Radio Maria about the Legion. Following a 13-day PPC project in Norway, a new praesidium was established in Bergen.

SIBERIA
Sr. Metzler and Sr. Seber visited the October Curia meeting in Atchinsk and the praesidia in Bogotol and Novosibirsk.

NETHERLANDS
Patricians were mentioned in the report from Amsterdam Regia. Praesidia help each other with recruiting drives.

NORWAY
The praesidium in Tonsberg has 10 members and the one in Drammen has 6 members. At “get together” evenings, short inspirational films on Mary and the Legion were shown. Good contacts were met at the monthly coffee mornings after Mass.

BELGIUM
Antwerp: An apostolate to the Youth Festival in Hasselt took place, and contact work at the Cathedral had many good contacts.
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The Legion of Mary at the Divine Mercy Conference
January 2015

Legionaries and non-legionaries alike are asked to show their support by visiting the Legion of Mary’s stand at the Divine Mercy Conference to be held on 21st and 22nd February at the usual venue of the RDS Main Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4; this year’s theme is “Forgive us our Trespasses”. The Legion has taken out a stand for many years now and it proves very popular with much literature changing hands and many potentials members spoken to. For more information on the conference visit http://www.divinemercyconference.com or call 086-0669203 between 9am and 5pm.



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Allocutio at December 2014 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
January 2015

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Legionary


The joy that comes with Christmas is eternal. It offers each one of us an eternal destiny of friendship with God and each other. Christmas is the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation when God became a human being so that every human being can become a child of God and share in His inner life of eternal joy. We can never exhaust the truth and joy of Christmas because it is the Gift of God Himself to each one of us. We celebrate the nearness of God to each one of us, His inseparability from the human race, the intimacy of the indwelling of the Trinity. Christmas really is the greatest and truest story ever told.

This year I would like to put before you three truths that emerge from the Christmas story and are indelibly written in the soul of Legion spirituality. Firstly, the Angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘Nothing is impossible to God.’ And Mary responds with an absolute: ‘Yes’ to that truth and changes the whole course of history. From that moment the whole world is flooded with God’s grace because God becomes incarnate in human flesh and identifies Himself with us real sinners. Impossibility had no place in the life and vocabulary of Mary. Apart from the mystery of the Incarnation we see Mary’s faith in Jesus as the Lord of the impossible at the marriage feast of Cana.

But where is this spirit of Mary concerning the impossible to be found in the Legion? I suggest it is expressed in the section of the Handbook on Symbolic Action. ‘Recourse to it will explode the impossibility which is of our own imagining. On the other hand, it enters in the spirit of faith into dramatic conflict with the genuine impossibility.’ May I suggest that every praesidium of the Legion in the coming year will re-read the section of the Handbook on Symbolic Action: Incarnation and then ask the question: Is there any genuine case in our praesidium where we are really undertaking symbolic action? We must try not to limit God and our apostolate only to what is seen as humanly possible with proper planning, organisation and resources.

Secondly, Christmas is obviously centred on Jesus Christ. In Mary there is absolutely no self-reference. She sings out: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.’ There is no mistake about it: it is God who has worked all those great marvels in her and through her. Mary is absolutely centred on Jesus and not on herself. We find that same spirituality in that great patron of the Legion, St. John the Baptist, who figures so much during the preparation for Christmas. He cries out: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world…He must increase; I must decrease…I am not worthy to untie the straps of His sandals.’ He is utterly Christocentric and that is probably the reason why he is one of our special patrons and models. One spiritual writer tells us: ‘The pointing finger directs the gaze not to himself, but to Christ. If the gaze should rest on himself, he is unfaithful to his own nature. That is however the temptation of every apostle.’ The spirit of Mary is without any self-reference and that must be the spirit of the Legion. Let us pray that the Legion will not be too concerned with its own prestige and reputation but only glory with Mary in the Lord who does great things through her.

Thirdly, I want to stress what should be obvious, namely, that Christmas is a profound invitation to renew the spirit of our Christian joy. The first words of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary are: ‘Rejoice most highly favoured one.’ And joy is surely one of the most delightful characteristics of the spirit of Mary. Then we hear the words of the angel to the shepherds: ‘Do not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.’ A spirit of joy is inescapable in a truly Christian celebration of Christmas.

If you are fortunate enough to receive the great grace of being a Praetorian or Adjutorian member of the Legion and therefore pray an Office approved by the Church, you may come across this quotation in the Breviary from St, Leo the Great: ‘This is the day our Saviour was born; what a joy for us, my beloved! This is no season for sadness; this is the birthday of Life – that which annihilates the fear of death, and engenders joy, promising as it does immortality. Nobody is an outsider to this happiness. The same cause for joy is common to all, for as Our Lord found nobody free from guilt when He came to bring an end to death and to sin, so He came with redemption for all. Let the saint rejoice, for he hastens to his crown; let the sinner be filled with joy, for pardon is offered to him; let the Gentile be emboldened, for he is called to life.’ As it has been so often said in so many different ways: joy is the only infallible sign that you have really heard and accepted the Gospel and that you have really and truly encountered Christ in living faith and that you are really engaged in the apostolate of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. I must firmly add that joy is the sure sign that you are truly living in union with Mary.

The Handbook quotes the saying that the world belongs to those who love it most. I think that is a true saying, but there is no love that is not accompanied by joy. Joy is so essential to an authentic apostolate as Pope Francis says in his Apostolic Exhortation the Joy of the Gospel: ‘It is not by proselytising that the Church grows, but by attraction.’ The secret of the Legion apostolate must be its spirit of joy that has its origins in an authentic encounter with Jesus brought about by Mary the Mother of us both. Let me give the last words to Pope Francis: ‘The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.’ And, ’I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. May you all deepen your friendship with Jesus and Mary this Christmas. Amen.

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Allocutio at December 2014 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
January 2015

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Legionary


The joy that comes with Christmas is eternal. It offers each one of us an eternal destiny of friendship with God and each other. Christmas is the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation when God became a human being so that every human being can become a child of God and share in His inner life of eternal joy. We can never exhaust the truth and joy of Christmas because it is the Gift of God Himself to each one of us. We celebrate the nearness of God to each one of us, His inseparability from the human race, the intimacy of the indwelling of the Trinity. Christmas really is the greatest and truest story ever told.

This year I would like to put before you three truths that emerge from the Christmas story and are indelibly written in the soul of Legion spirituality. Firstly, the Angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘Nothing is impossible to God.’ And Mary responds with an absolute: ‘Yes’ to that truth and changes the whole course of history. From that moment the whole world is flooded with God’s grace because God becomes incarnate in human flesh and identifies Himself with us real sinners. Impossibility had no place in the life and vocabulary of Mary. Apart from the mystery of the Incarnation we see Mary’s faith in Jesus as the Lord of the impossible at the marriage feast of Cana.

But where is this spirit of Mary concerning the impossible to be found in the Legion? I suggest it is expressed in the section of the Handbook on Symbolic Action. ‘Recourse to it will explode the impossibility which is of our own imagining. On the other hand, it enters in the spirit of faith into dramatic conflict with the genuine impossibility.’ May I suggest that every praesidium of the Legion in the coming year will re-read the section of the Handbook on Symbolic Action: Incarnation and then ask the question: Is there any genuine case in our praesidium where we are really undertaking symbolic action? We must try not to limit God and our apostolate only to what is seen as humanly possible with proper planning, organisation and resources.

Secondly, Christmas is obviously centred on Jesus Christ. In Mary there is absolutely no self-reference. She sings out: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.’ There is no mistake about it: it is God who has worked all those great marvels in her and through her. Mary is absolutely centred on Jesus and not on herself. We find that same spirituality in that great patron of the Legion, St. John the Baptist, who figures so much during the preparation for Christmas. He cries out: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world…He must increase; I must decrease…I am not worthy to untie the straps of His sandals.’ He is utterly Christocentric and that is probably the reason why he is one of our special patrons and models. One spiritual writer tells us: ‘The pointing finger directs the gaze not to himself, but to Christ. If the gaze should rest on himself, he is unfaithful to his own nature. That is however the temptation of every apostle.’ The spirit of Mary is without any self-reference and that must be the spirit of the Legion. Let us pray that the Legion will not be too concerned with its own prestige and reputation but only glory with Mary in the Lord who does great things through her.

Thirdly, I want to stress what should be obvious, namely, that Christmas is a profound invitation to renew the spirit of our Christian joy. The first words of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary are: ‘Rejoice most highly favoured one.’ And joy is surely one of the most delightful characteristics of the spirit of Mary. Then we hear the words of the angel to the shepherds: ‘Do not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.’ A spirit of joy is inescapable in a truly Christian celebration of Christmas.

If you are fortunate enough to receive the great grace of being a Praetorian or Adjutorian member of the Legion and therefore pray an Office approved by the Church, you may come across this quotation in the Breviary from St, Leo the Great: ‘This is the day our Saviour was born; what a joy for us, my beloved! This is no season for sadness; this is the birthday of Life – that which annihilates the fear of death, and engenders joy, promising as it does immortality. Nobody is an outsider to this happiness. The same cause for joy is common to all, for as Our Lord found nobody free from guilt when He came to bring an end to death and to sin, so He came with redemption for all. Let the saint rejoice, for he hastens to his crown; let the sinner be filled with joy, for pardon is offered to him; let the Gentile be emboldened, for he is called to life.’ As it has been so often said in so many different ways: joy is the only infallible sign that you have really heard and accepted the Gospel and that you have really and truly encountered Christ in living faith and that you are really engaged in the apostolate of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. I must firmly add that joy is the sure sign that you are truly living in union with Mary.

The Handbook quotes the saying that the world belongs to those who love it most. I think that is a true saying, but there is no love that is not accompanied by joy. Joy is so essential to an authentic apostolate as Pope Francis says in his Apostolic Exhortation the Joy of the Gospel: ‘It is not by proselytising that the Church grows, but by attraction.’ The secret of the Legion apostolate must be its spirit of joy that has its origins in an authentic encounter with Jesus brought about by Mary the Mother of us both. Let me give the last words to Pope Francis: ‘The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.’ And, ’I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ. May you all deepen your friendship with Jesus and Mary this Christmas. Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin December 2014
January 2015

EUROPE

SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: Both men and women are contacted in the Red Light district. Drug addicts are also met. Legionaries ask only two questions: “What is your name and how are you?” They realise that their work involves dialogue, not monologue, and offer any help the contacts may need. Spiritual topics are always discussed. There is a praesidium of University students in the Maria Medianera Curia and students are contacted in Mosteles. One Curia reports the setting up of a new praesidium in an area they describe as, ‘mission territory’. Patrician meeting topics are based on the Catechism. Recruiting for active members is on-going. Many Spiritual Directors encourage penitents to become active Legion members.
Barcelona Senatus: Palma de Mallorca praesidium has 20 members, some of whom are from Chile, France and Venezuela. Teaching catechism to children resulted in 1 Baptism, 12 First Communions and 9 Confirmations.
Bilbao Senatus: A Bilbao praesidium with 5 active, 2 Praetorians, l4 Adjutorians, plus 94 auxiliary members engages in street contact, which includes speaking to prostitutes; one such person abandoned prostitution. The legionaries help with contact work in other parishes. Visitation is also made to the blind and to Alzheimer’s sufferers. The Rosary is recited on the radio every Thursday alternately by an active and an auxiliary member. The Durango Curia celebrated its 50th anniversary and recruited 2 members and 1 auxiliary in the past year. They have good contacts with immigrants, including two families from Senegal. Leon has a new adult praesidium. There is a book barrow apostolate in Basauri.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: Spiritual and psychological support was given to people suffering distress after having being declared bankrupt. Extension resulted in 3 new praesidia in the Regia of Porto. Two more praesidia are planned for Faro. One praesidium was revived with the recruitment of four new members. In the Parede Curia the Rosary is recited in a Dialysis Clinic. In Portela legionaries visit the Parish Day Centre where they lead the Rosary and distribute Holy Communion. The Azores reports catechesis, promoting the Scouts and involvement in all the pastoral programmes.

CYPRUS: Members of the 3 praesidia in Nicosia went to Larnaca where they visited a Rest Home. They listened to the residents’ personal problems and encouraged them. Miraculous Medals were distributed and gratefully accepted.

ITALY
Rome Senatus: This council is centred on the Salus Populi Romana Curia with 10 attached praesidia. It has 7 other affiliated Curiae in Rome and 9 Curiae in Southern Italy. In addition there are 3 Comitia, one in Rimini on the Adriatic, one in Sicily and one in Sardinia. A new praesidium was established at Cerenova in Rome. Extension is reported on at each meeting.
Pope Francis on one of his parish visits greeted a group of legionaries and said: “I value the work of the Legion of Mary because the Legion has fighting spirit. Keep on fighting the good fight.” Milan Regia: A Filipino praesidium reported 21 Baptisms, 16 First Holy Communions, 28 Confirmations, and 3 marriages regularised. One praesidium has an apostolate to convicts. A Patrician meeting has an attendance of 12 to 20 young people, some of whom travel a good distance to attend. The Italian translation of the “Life of Alfie Lambe” by Hilda Firtel is being re-printed. Padova Comitium: One praesidium reported 49 Adjutorian members on roll. 45 attended an Auxiliary Rally. A religious painting competition for elementary schools was organised by a praesidium in Lana Curia in the Austrian Tyrol.

MALTA
Malta Regia: Praesidia report the teaching of catechism and Retreats for auxiliaries. A praesidium with 16 members does home and hospital visitation, and visits auxiliaries. Contact is maintained with a couple in an irregular marriage. Another praesidium reported taking the statue of Our Lady to shops and various clubs, making good contacts. Queen of Peace Curia gained new members from a Recruiting Drive. Another Curia reported that three families agreed to have their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart. 31 new auxiliaries were enrolled and some names taken for active membership. The new praesidium set up by Mother and Teacher Curia has ten members. An Exploratio Dominicalis project by a praesidium in Mother of the Good Shepherd Curia contacted 40 families, 10 of which agreed to have their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Hope of the World Curia reported that one family was received into the Church. A young woman was persuaded not to have an abortion, and one person returned to the Sacraments after a lapse of forty one years. A junior Curia with eleven praesidia continues its work of extension. The legionaries mainly carry out their apostolate with fellow students. An open air youth Mass had an attendance of between 130 and 150. 60 juniors attended a three-day Retreat, which included Mass, Confession, Rosary, games and various social activities. A very positive feedback was received. Gozo Comitium: The officers had their annual meeting with the Bishop, which lasted one and a half hours. In Holy Week two senior legionaries and two intermediates distributed details of the ceremonies in the various parishes. On 12th April, 41 young legionaries took part in a Via Crucis followed by a supper in remembrance of the Last Supper of Our Lord.

COUNTRIES UNDER CARETAKERSHIP OF MALTA

TURKEY: There are four praesidia in Istanbul. In Izmir there is a praesidium with16 members.

GREECE: The praesidium in Athens struggles to keep going; their problem is mainly due to the distances members have to travel to the weekly meeting.

ALBANIA: The apostolate in the cities involves visiting hospitals, Shelters for the Elderly and Mother Theresa homes for children. The priest is brought to people who are dying and also to other families. The catechism is taught. Legionaries pray in groups with families in the villages, visit the elderly and lonely, and participate at funerals.

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UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Boston Senatus: Legionaries did a parish census, invited the lapsed back and distributed Catholic literature. The Senatus has offered the Legion Hostel to the Diocese. Providence Comitium report extension efforts through Evangelisation Days, Legion booths at Fairs and at three Churches. Two new praesidia started at Attleboro. Legionaries in Newton Curia arrange for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the housebound. A Vietnamese Curia has 142 members in 8 praesidia and 179 auxiliaries. Legionaries show religious videos, conduct Bible study and Twelve-Step-Programmes in their Neponset Valley prison ministry. A similar apostolate operates in a second prison where follow up with released prisoners features. There are excellent efforts to evangelise among the Korean community by Our Lady of Mercy Curia. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in 13 homes and faith formation work for youth was done by a praesidium of 16 members.
Philadelphia Senatus:, This council is preparing to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Legion in Philadelphia. Archbishop Caput will be the chief celebrant at the Cathedral in June 2015. Also being planned for September is participation in the 8th World Meeting of Families, at which Pope Francis will be present. Evangelisation Days were successfully held in 4 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. St. Charles Seminary praesidium has 14 members doing a range of works in schools, staffing book barrows and participating in extension. A Marian Day they organised in the Seminary had an attendance of 500. One praesidium organised the funeral arrangements of a life-long legionary, who had no family relations in the USA. Trenton Comitium, New Jersey, held Auxiliary Appreciation Days. The Hispanic Curia reported marriage validations and returns to the Sacraments.
Cincinnati Senatus: The new Portuguese Curia has 7 attached praesidia. New Albany East Cincinnati Curiae are mainly concentrated on consolation work. Dayton Ohio Curia hosted a Booth at three major events; a large Fair; a Diocesan Conference and a Catholic Women’s Conference.
Chicago Senatus: Sioux Falls Curia recruited 12 new members. Our Lady of the Family in Rockford Curia, Illinois, sponsored the movie, Mary of Nazareth, at which over 200 contacts were made. 250 Miraculous Medals were distributed on Thanksgiving Day. Two returns to the faith and one conversion were reported. Mankato Curia had 1,330 visiting their Booth at the Steele County Fair. Many sacramentals and literature were handed out. The Korean Comitium had an evangelising team of 16 at the Chicago Korean Festival, doing crowd contact. A girl contacted by legionaries at Gay Pride parade was thankful for a Miraculous Medal. In Duluth Curia a praesidium has been formed in a state hospital for the criminally insane. The Bishop fully supports their heroic work, which resulted in many returns to the Church. Southern Joliet Curia, Illinois, has 12 senior and 3 junior praesidia. Six persons returned to practice. They report a fellow legionary cancer-free after the Curia collectively prayed through the intercession of Frank Duff.
St. Louis Senatus: 19 new members were recruited in one year. 32 people returned to the Sacraments and 2 families came back to practice. They visit prisons. 3 junior praesidia are attached. For ‘Catholics on the move’, they printed notices, giving directions to nearby Churches and details of Mass times were distributed at Motels in their area.

an Francisco Senatus: Recently 600 attended a Legion of Mary Conference at Santa Clara. Eight legionaries participated in a PPC project in Santa Rosa. A praesidium visited 70 homes and participated in crowd contacts at three city locations. A Patrician group has started. San Mateo Comitium has 18 praesidia and one Curia. A junior praesidium does book barrow work with seniors. 30 people, including parents attended a Retreat organised by the juniors. Mission Excelsior Curia reports a new Frank Duff prayer group. A prison praesidium has 5 inmates evangelising other prisoners. North West Korean Comitium has 8 juniors in a praesidium. Columban Drives yielded 28 active members and 23 auxiliary members. San Jose Curia started a new Catholic Lending Library, operates a book barrow in a Shopping Mall and does crowd contact in the city. In Oakland, a junior group has 21 members. One praesidium visited 1,747 homes, while the attached South Alameda Curia visited 4961 homes.
New York Senatus: A Congress with the theme, ‘New Evangelisation’ was held in November. The Hispanic Curia reports a new praesidium of 20 members. Three people returned to the Sacraments after reading the Legion pamphlet, ‘The Joy of Confession.’ Five new members were recruited in one praesidium. Three contacts returned to practice of the faith.
Houston Senatus: 12 peregrini and 22 local legionaries participated in a PPC project to Salado, Texas. Another twelve-member PPC team worked in Farmington in September with wonderful results. Through Pilgrim Statue visits, 3 people joined the Legion and 3 children were baptised. In their caretaker role, the council plans another visit to Belize.
Arlington Regia: The Legion had a presence at the Arlington Fair. One contact has returned to the Church after many years away. Fairfax Comitium has 8 Patrician groups in parishes. Two new praesidia started in Washington D.C. Comitium.
Los Angeles Senatus: Long Beach, California, has 3 Patrician groups with good attendances. A PPC was held in Needles, California in October.
Miami Regia: The Haitian Curia has 18 senior and one junior praesidium. Broward has 23 senior praesidia with 3 more under formation. The first report from Mary Queen of Angels reveals an active membership of 19 and 201 auxiliaries. Contact with Jamaica and the Bahamas is being maintained. Also attached are Vietnamese and Haitian praesidia at Ocala.

CANADA
Senatus of Toronto: In Hamilton a prison inmate has taught 4 other prisoners to pray the Rosary. Another prisoner about to be released wants to be baptised. The Korean Comitium teaches refugees school subjects and catechism. Legionaries also do works of service, haircuts, cleaning and cooking. New Brunswick Curia organised a one-week ‘Kids Camp’, with teachings about Mass and Bible stories. Scarborough Comitium reports two nursing home residents returning to practice after 30 years and 17 years respectively. Likewise, two lapsed, including a teenage boy, due to home visitation. Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom juniors, with 12 members and 3 Adjutorians, do a variety of works with seniors, including Pilgrim Statue visitation and Crowd Contact.
Vancouver Comitium: Twelve members participated in a PPC project in Prince George Diocese. Two praesidia were started and another is planned in Fort St. John. Our Lady of China praesidium has 15 members who visit the elderly in their homes and in nursing homes. Mary Queen of Chinese Martyrs 10 active members help out in their parish weekly, doing a variety of duties, including Eucharistic Ministry and taking wheelchair parishioner to Mass.
Montreal Senatus: Extension efforts yielded two new praesidia in Roxboro and St. Genevieve Parishes, Montreal. Hoping to inspire the formation of a praesidium in Laval, legionaries enrolled 130 people for the 33 day preparation for the True Devotion to Mary. In July, about100 legionaries and 2 Concilium visitors renewed their enthusiasm for the Legion at the Tri-annual Gathering in Montreal.
Edmonton Comitium: Home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue was reported. A praesidium completed 3 Exploratio Dominicalis projects in one year.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Senatus of Santo Domingo: The council held a successful Conference for Spiritual Directors in September. All praesidia work in parishes, visiting homes, the sick and teaching catechetics. In the Comitium of Santa Maria, Madre de Dios: 2 couples were prepared for marriage and have since joined the Legion. In an Old Folks Home legionaries dress and feed the residents. A praesidium gives instruction to prisoners and follows up on their conditional release from prison. Reinas de los Apostoles Comitium reports 720 Baptisms and 54 marriages regularised. The Comitium Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe reported 173 Baptisms, 244 First Communions, 131 Confirmations and 306 sick people brought to see a doctor. Members of La Anunciacion praesidium work as volunteers in a hostel for the handicapped.
Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: Praesidia participate in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, visit the sick, bringing them Holy Communion, organise Retreats for those in irregular marriages, instruction of youths for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and do prison visitation. An Evangelical, visited by legionaries now joins them in saying the Rosary in the street. A 17 year old youth was prepared for and received his First Communion.12 marriages were regularised.
Senatus of Haiti: Reports were received from 4 Comitia, 1 Curia and 2 praesidia. One of these Comitia celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and another, its 60th anniversary. One Curia has an attached junior Curia with 11 praesidia. The senior Curia has an apostolate to street children. In order that young legionaries would get to know each other, a competition is being run between members of 9 junior Curiae in different parishes. A Retreat had an attendance of 141.
Puerto Rico: Legionaries in Caguas participate in the Diocesan Plan. They visit the Alzheimer’s Centre. Of three young men who attended a “Vocations Retreat,” one signed up. Columban Drives were organised and help was given with the broadcast of Mass, Government documentation and medical reports. The audit is mentioned in some reports.
The Curia in the Virgen Islands has 3 praesidia in San Thomas and one in St. John, with 50 active members and 200 auxiliaries. The Rosary is said in “dangerous places”. Visits are made to the sick at home and in hospitals. Nursing homes are visited. Catechism is taught.
The Curia in Toa Alta, with l2 praesidia, has one junior group. Three juniors did a course for catechesis. Jail visitation features in reports. Two Columban Drives were held, resulting in l6 active members recruited. Another Extension Drive resulted in recruitment of 2 active and one auxiliary member. In Myaguez, they help with students’ homework. One legionary is studying for the Diaconate. Legionaries look after the sick on admittance to hospital and stay with them as needed, day or night. 
Trinidad & Tobago: San Fernando Catholic School was visited and it is hoped to start a praesidium there. Two of the Regia officers visited the Zion Community; they gave a talk on Mary to young children and distributed 25 Rosary Beads with leaflets on how to say the Rosary. The new junior praesidium at Arima girls’ Catholic school is progressing with 4 teachers involved in another praesidium. Home and hospital visitation is done.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Cloyne Comitium: This council has completed its home visitation in Cloyne parish in which 2,500 homes were visited. Reception was very good and Miraculous Medals were eagerly received. Baptisms and house blessings have been followed up. Fr. Joe Rohan, Comitium Spiritual Director, would like the Legion extended to all parishes in the Diocese. West Cloyne Curia: Fr. Dan Troy, home from China, attended their Patrician meeting and gave some news of the Legion in China. Legionaries had a stall at the, Pride of Place Festival in Milford village where they did contact work. East Cloyne Curia: A praesidium has visited three Secondary Schools where Rosary Beads packs and Communion packs were given to the children. A special blessing was organised for the babies baptised during the year. Cork Curia: There are 8 senior praesidia and 4 Curiae attached. Farranree praesidium has 5 members 2 Praetorians and 14 auxiliaries. They visit homes weekly to promote Mass and the Rosary. Street contact is done from time to time. Mayfield praesidium has 6 members, one Praetorian and 11 auxiliaries. The elderly, including former legionaries are visited in their homes and nursing homes. Queen of Peace Curia has 5 senior praesidia. The two praesidia in Ballinlough have a total of 11 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians. Works include visitation of homes and the organisation of a Taize Prayer Group. A city centre based praesidium with 7 members carry out street contact, show religious videos and have helped with home visitation in the Cathedral parish. Turners Cross praesidium has 5 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians. They visit homes and hospitals and do crowd contact. Coronata Curia has 6 praesidia. The three reporting praesidia have 9, 4 and 8 members, 2 Praetorians and 46 auxiliaries. Works include home and hospital visitation. An Exploratio Dominicalis project held in Crosshaven resulted in the recruitment of a new member for Carrigaline praesidium. Annunciata Curia has 4 praesidia in West Cork. Works of the 3 reporting praesidia include home visitation with the Fatima Statue and visitation of the sick and people living alone.

Kerry Comitium: A letter was sent by Bishop Ray Browne to the Comitium informing them that a new Pieta House Centre will be opened in Castleisland and a representative from the Legion was invited to attend. A Mass to celebrate the life of Frank Duff was held in early November in Killarney. Recruiting Drives were held in Rathmore, Tralee and Millstreet. The 5th year transition students along with legionaries visited the hospital and nursing homes and gave great joy to the patients. One praesidium visited 4 schools in the parish to recruit altar servers and 21 pupils signed up. The priest asked the legionaries to help him with organising training sessions for these students. Mid Clare: Canon Taaffe, Comitium Spiritual Director, was congratulated on his Diamond Jubilee. 19 pilgrims travelled on a bus to Knock, Count Mayo for the Legion Pilgrimage. Legionaries in East Clare Curia undertook contact work during the Charismatic Conference at Fanore Beech. North Clare Curia: Kilalloe legionaries organised weekly public Rosaries in Housing Estates during July and August; 25 – 28 people attending each night. West Clare Curia has 30 legionaries in 6 praesidia. Works include, crowd contact during the Willy Clancy Festival, organising Eucharistic Adoration plus visitation of hospitals and nursing homes.

Thurles Comitium: Junior legionaries in Thurles work with the seniors in visiting the local hospital. The works of a praesidium in Thurles include hospital, home and Pilgrim Statue visitation, also contact with the First Communion class in a local school. The 6 members of Templetuohy praesidium make full use of the Pilgrim Statue and the Miraculous Medal. Praesidia in Littleton and Holy Cross undertake home and hospital visitation. The extension effort in Castleiney resulted in the permission of the Parish Priest to start the Legion there. Murroe Curia reported on praesidia in Cappawhite and Cappamore, both mentioning the value of the Praetorian degree of membership. Tipperary Curia reported on 4 praesidia. Cashel Curia: The revived praesidium in Killenure has 9 members. This Curia also has an outreach programme to Clonmel.

CURIAE

Birr/Roscrea Curia: The reporting praesidium in Roscrea has 14 members who visit nursing homes, promote Holy Hours and Faith Development presentations with DVDs. Birr praesidium has 8 members and 17 auxiliaries. Their works include visiting the sick and housebound and promoting Eucharistic Adoration. Each year they organise a Rosary Rally for children in the Primary Schools. The praesidium in Moneygall has 5 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians and also 20 auxiliaries. Works include Church activities and visitation of hospitals and nursing homes.
Lismore Curia: Abbeyside praesidium has 7 members whose works include home and hospital visitation. They are involved in parish activities such as organising Eucharistic Adoration and distribution of Church envelopes to parishioners.
Ross Curia: There are 9 attached praesidia. The reporting praesidia have 7, 5 and 11 members whose works include Church cleaning and decoration, hospital and nursing home visitation and distribution of Miraculous Medals.
Waterford Curia: Ballybricken praesidium has 5 members who undertake hospital visitation and parish duties. On 27th November they organised the distribution of 300-400 Miraculous Medals. All those who showed interest in the Legion during the MEP project last August have been followed up resulting in a new member for a praesidium in Letterkenny. The annual Rosary Procession on 8th September had an attendance of between 300 and 500. 18 youths, along with 5 leaders from the Rise and Shine Youth Group took part in the Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock in October. All went to Confession and attended Mass.

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DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE
(October & November 2014)

Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The Arklow praesidium has 6 full members, 14 auxiliaries and 1 religious Adjutorian. They sell 34 copies of the Irish Catholic. A great friendship has developed with the Traveller Community. With the permission of the RNLI a book barrow was used at the Maritime Festival. In April two legionaries helped visit the families of those baptised in 2008. About 35 parishioners joined their two Pilgrimages to Our Lady’s Island, while 80 attended a presentation on Edel Quinn in September.

Ancilla Domini Curia: Eight Catholics, two Protestants and one priest attended the October Pauline Circle. 17 Catholics and one Protestant were present in November. 9 people attended the Patrician meeting in Donore Avenue. The Filipino praesidium has 5 full members and 2 probationers and 43 auxiliary members. They concentrate on visiting compatriots at home and in hospital.

Annunciata Curia: 25 patricians and 14 legionaries attended 4 Patrician meetings. One praesidium sells 81 Maria Legionis and has 114 auxiliary members. Their works are home and nursing home visitation, plus crowd contact at the Luas train stop. 88 non-Catholics were invited to the Church Unity service in the parish Church. Two of their Patrician meetings had 21 and 26 people in attendance.

Benedicta Curia: The new praesidium gave its first report. The auxiliary list comprises 38 full auxiliary members and 52 probationers. The works are home and hospital visitation. A housebound husband and wife with two adult mentally disabled sons requested Confession. The Parish Priest visited the couple. A woman whose son is in prison requested a Miraculous Medal for him and promised to return to Mass.

Gloriosa Curia held Movie Nights in October and November in the Curia house; 18 attended both nights, about 50% were non-legionaries. The movies had a moral or religious theme. 11 patricians and 11 legionaries attended 2 Patrician meetings. A praesidium doing home visitation met a suicidal man who was listened to with compassion and given information on Pieta House. Cloverhill Prison was visited several times in recent months, bringing sacramentals to the prisoners. The NUI Maynooth praesidium has 5 Seminarians and 15 lay students as members. Home visitation is done in Housing Estates which tend to have student residents. A college discussion had 13 legionaries and 3 non-legionaries in attendance.

Assumpta Curia: 57 patricians and 16 legionaries attended 4 Patrician meetings. Five Spiritual Directors accompanied legionaries on a Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine; also travelling was a wheelchair-bound person and her helper. A young Muslim lady on the same Pilgrimage said she thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Our Lady’s Shrine.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: One praesidium has 8 members. They deliver 140 Maria Legionis and give Rosary Beads to children preparing for the Sacraments in the local school. Their main work is the visitation of two nursing homes; in one they recite the Rosary and distribute Holy Communion; in the other they accompany residents to the local Church for Mass and afterwards to the Community Centre for entertainment. Their annual cake sale raises considerable funds for the Morning Star Hostel.

Immaculata Curia: Public Rosaries were recited in eight areas during October. Five legionaries distributed Rosary Beads to 125 Second-Level pupils and explained the Rosary. At the request of the Parish Priest in one parish, legionaries taught the Rosary to 75 Primary School pupils in preparation for an evening of Adoration on the feast of the Holy Rosary. 44 legionaries and 62 patricians attended 11 Patrician meetings. One praesidium has increased its membership from 5 to 7 despite one member transferring to another praesidium. They have 95 auxiliary members. Their works are street contact, public Rosaries, home visitation, Pilgrim Statue and running a Patrician meeting. They also spoke to the Communion and Confirmation classes in a Primary School.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: A Patrician meeting attracts an average of 19 people, mostly non-legionaries. Legion works include promoting Perpetual Adoration, helping in the repository and assisting in the running of the Parish Friendship Club.

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AFRICA

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: Mzuzu Regia, situated 750 kilometres from Blantyre governs 17 Comitia in Mzuzu and Karonga Dioceses. A successful annual meeting for the officers and Spiritual Directors in Malawi was held in Mzuzu in July. The translation of the Handbook into Tumbuka is being edited. There are 16 Comitia in Blantyre Archdiocese. The Senatus organised a Pilgrimage in May. Maula Regia in Lilongwe Archdiocese also organised a Pilgrimage. Arrangements are being made to raise this Regia with 19 Comitia, 6 Curiae and l5 praesidia to Senatus status to govern the Legion in Lilongwe and its 3 Suffragen Dioceses.

KENYA
Senatus of Kenya: The monthly prayers at Venerable Edel Quinn’s grave are assigned to a different praesidium each month and attendance is usually about 15. All councils and praesidia report having Mass offered for the Servant of God, Frank Duff. Home and hospital visitation is done regularly and people of many different faiths and none are encountered. Many contacts joined the catechism class. Several couples were encouraged to have their marriages regularised. Kisumu Regia reported 155 marriages blessed. A university Chaplain asked that the Legion be started in his College. Two Curiae are being set up in one Comitium. Efforts are continuing to strengthen the Legion in Meru Diocese.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: Reports were received from 4 Comitia, 2 Tertiary Institutions Curiae and 4 praesidia, including 2 in a Seminary. The causes of Frank Duff and Edel Quinn are widely promoted. Following last year’s celebrations marking the founding of the Legion there by Edel, 75 years ago, the date of her arrival in Uganda will henceforth be celebrated. As part of an extensive promotion of Frank Duff’s Cause, it is intended to provide each council with an A4 picture of him for use at functions. Two of Frank’s booklets have recently been translated into Luganda, which is widely spoken in Uganda. The 8th Spiritual Director’s Conference was held from 20 - 23 August. One bishop, 103 Spiritual Directors and 12 legionaries attended the Conference.
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NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: Makurdi Regia reported 326 conversions and 493 lapsed returned to the faith. 55 new praesidia were formed in the area during 2014.
Ibadan Senatus: In two years the number of senior praesidia in one Comitium has grown from 22 to 28 and junior praesidia from 4 to 12. Lagos Regia: One Comitium had 45 marriages ratified.
Enugu Senatus: Reports indicate great numbers being prepared for all the Sacraments and many lapsed returning to practice of the faith. Three new Curiae were established by a Comitium. Onitsha Regia: 655 legionaries from one Comitium participated in various Exploratio Dominicalis projects. Jos Regia: One Comitium reported 8 marriages blessed, 4 people received into the Church and 127 recruited into the Legion. Ikot Ekpene Regia: Two Comitia held successful Congresses.

,TANZANIA
Songea Comitium: Two new Curiae were set up this year. Many legionaries have to travel up to 250km to attend their Curia meetings. These distances and financial restraints make it difficult to visit attached councils.
Mbinga Comitium: Legionaries in one parish organised an all-night Eucharistic Vigil in preparation for the Golden Jubilee of evangelisation of their parish. The next day they held a Pilgrimage with an attendance of 206.
Mtwara Comitium: A Retreat was held prior to the Acies. Two praesidia gave reports. A University lecturer expressed a wish to meet legionaries and this is being arranged. The Comitium has received permission to start a praesidium in a Training College and legionaries were asked to visit medical students at a Hospital.
Rombo Comitium: Home, hospital and school visitation are among its many apostolic works.
Hai Moshi Comitium: This council reported on home and hospital visitation, contact with drug and alcohol addicts and preparing adults and children for the Sacraments. An e-mail from Fr. Garry Jenkins in Liberia told of the great fear of Ebola and the effect the virus was having on every aspect of life, social, emotional, and economic. Prayers are requested for those suffering from Ebola and for eradication of the disease.

ZAMBIA
Kasama Regia: Reports include visits to hospitals, auxiliaries and Legion members who are ill or bereaved. Juniors also visit hospitals, the aged and do recruiting. All councils are being asked to set up monthly Prayer Groups to pray for the three Causes. They are being advised to dedicate each Prayer Group to a particular Cause, so that there will be some groups promoting Frank, some Edel and some Alfie.

THE GAMBIA
Banjul Curia: Members of the Curia are visiting various parishes trying to start and reactivate praesidia.

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Historical Commission for the Cause of Frank Duff
December 2014

HISTORICAL COMMISSION FOR THE CAUSE OF FRANK DUFF

Notice was given to the Concilium that on 19th November the Archbishop of Dublin, Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin DD would appoint the Historical Commission for the Cause of Frank Duff. To be appointed are the following: To the Historical Commission itself, Monsignor Ciaran O’Carroll (Rector of the Irish College in Rome) as Chairperson and Micheal O’Fathartaigh and Carmel Connell as members. In addition Fr. Eamonn McCarthy and Enda Dunleavy would be appointed as Consulters to the Cause.

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Historical Commission for the Cause of Frank Duff
December 2014

HISTORICAL COMMISSION FOR THE CAUSE OF FRANK DUFF

Notice was given to the Concilium that on 19th November the Archbishop of Dublin, Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin DD would appoint the Historical Commission for the Cause of Frank Duff. To be appointed are the following: To the Historical Commission itself, Monsignor Ciaran O’Carroll (Rector of the Irish College in Rome) as Chairperson and Micheal O’Fathartaigh and Carmel Connell as members. In addition Fr. Eamonn McCarthy and Enda Dunleavy would be appointed as Consulters to the Cause.

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Allocutio at November Concilium by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
December 2014

The Weekly Meeting: The Heart of the Legion

Two words frequently associated with the role of Pope Francis are reform and renewal. Of course there is nothing new in this task since it is as old as the Church itself. The well-known Latin dictum sums it up: Ecclesia semper Reformanda est: The Church is always in need of being reformed. This is true both at individual and community level. And of course, it applies to us legionaries and the Legion itself. The 11 Vatican Council was a magnificent gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church to guide her in her internal renewal and to inspire her mission of evangelisation of the modern world. It was also a potential gift of God to the Legion especially because Frank Duff was invited to the Council and immersed himself in the spirit of the Council as actually expressed in its Documents and post-conciliar magisterium.

After more than two decades of studying all the writings of Frank Duff, our Founder, I have come to the conviction that the last 15 years of his life are in many ways the most significant for the future of the Legion. Of course the very first meeting of the Legion and the providential preparation for it by the repeated and profound reading of ‘The True Devotion’ by Louis Marie de Montfort and his years of experience of working among the poorest of the poor through membership of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are an indispensable means of entering into the true spirit of the Legion of Mary. And indeed, the whole history of the Legion as it developed through the years is a priceless heritage that we neglect at our peril.

However, after the Council, alongside true forms of renewal there are many false interpretations of the Council with disastrous results for many religious orders, congregations, lay associations of the faithful and many local Churches. During those years suggestions and attempts were made to change things that are essential to the specific charism of the Legion. We are all familiar with these dangerous proposals or temptations. But Frank Duff fought hard to keep the Legion intact and in the Handbook and especially in his letters he has left us really precious guidance for our future.. One of his constant and trenchant principles was to say: ‘By all means make whatever changes you like, borrow what you want, but I beg you do not call it the Legion of Mary.’

Obviously, I cannot within the short compass of a single allocution give an adequate account of the years following the Council and how false interpretations of it attempted to change the Legion and how Bro. Duff responded to them. So let me take just one example: the weekly meeting of the praesidium. First let us recall how the Legion sees this weekly meeting in the Handbook: ‘This weekly meeting is the heart of the Legion from which the life-blood flows into all its veins and arteries. It is the power-house from which its light and energy are derived. It is the treasury out of which its own special needs are provided for. It is the great community exercise, where someone sits unseen in the midst of them according to promise; where the peculiar grace of the work is bestowed; and where the members are imbued with the spirit of religious discipline; which looks first to the pleasing of God and personal sanctification; thence to the evangelisation which is best calculated to achieve these ends, and then proceeds to do the work assigned, subordinating private likings.’

The most obvious thing about a Legion meeting is the Legion altar. We place a statue of Our Lady as mediatrix of all graces among us. This lovely sacramental reminds us of her presence among us and we strive to make everything said and done at the meeting, no matter how heated it might sometimes become, to harmonise with her spirit. The Rosary and the Magnificat also emphasise the Marian atmosphere at the meeting. And from sheer dint of repetition especially when it comes from the inside of the legionary gradually leads to the joyful conviction that we have the tremendous privilege of working with and for Mary in bringing Jesus to the world. He is everything to Mary and therefore to the Legion. Mary is the secret of the Legion both in its prayer life and its apostolate.

Next in importance is the reporting on apostolic work done by each legionary. It can happen so easily that we merely talk about the apostolate; we even fantasise about what we could or should be doing in the apostolate, but in the weekly Legion meeting we must report on the apostolic work we have actually done in the previous week.. This method it seems to me is an infallible way of forming an apostolic spirit – a true lay apostle.

Next we have the planning and allocation of apostolic work for the following week. We must at least aspire to some heroic apostolic work by some of the members and we try to meet the real spiritual needs of the parish or the people we are dealing with. The work is determined by the praesidium under the guidance of the Parish Priest or the Spiritual Director. This weekly practice forms the legionary to be always thinking and loving with the Church and for the Church. We don’t seek to simply act according to our own likes or dislikes. We desire to be always at the service of the Mystical Body of Christ.

The weekly meeting of the Legion is utterly unique. It is not simply a prayer group although it is profoundly contemplative and prayer forms a substantial part of the meeting at its beginning, middle and end. Nor is the Legion a purely apostolic group although it provides an impressive apostolic formation and actually engages in weekly apostolic action. The Legion if true to his/her charism must be a contemplative lay apostle and the weekly meeting is the privileged way the Legion forms us to a life of prayer, faith formation, and genuine apostolate. As the saying goes, the Legion is a school for making saints and minting apostles. The meeting is more like the original cenacle experience. After prayer together with Mary they go out at her instigation to evangelise the world, starting from the place and the people among whom they live and work.

The weekly meeting must be held sacrosanct in the Legion; it is always the infallible means of authentic renewal in the Legion. When the meeting is weak or half-hearted the Legion will be too. Let me give the last word to the Handbook: ‘The legionaries shall therefore regard attendance at their weekly praesidium meeting as their first and most sacred duty to the Legion. Nothing else can supply for this; without it their work will be like a body without a soul. Reason tells us, and experience prove, that neglect in regard to this primary duty will be attended by ineffective work, and will soon be followed by defection from the ranks of the Legion.



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Concilium Bulletin November 2014
December 2014

ASIA

AUSTRALIA
Melbourne Senatus. Reporting Curiae ranged in size from 6 to 8 Senior and a few junior praesidia. A praesidium was set up for 6 night workers as a result of an extension drive, a Chinese one and another as a result of a PPC project. A junior fun day had 80 children in attendance. Seven Seminarians helped with the programme. A weekend Retreat was held in May based on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Kiribati Islands were visited by Senatus officers, who found legionaries dedicated to prayer and work and many junior praesidia. Namosi Comitium in Fiji governs 3 Senior Curia and l junior with 7 praesidia. It is intended to have a professional translation made of the Handbook.

Sydney Senatus: Home visitation features in all reports. In one parish there are 12 Pilgrim Statues circulating and catechism classes are conducted. Preparation for the Sacraments resulted in one person being received into the Church. Book barrow apostolate is undertaken and juniors work in parishes with their seniors. In East Timor there are now 5 praesidia with a Curia to be formed. Solomon Islands Comitium has 5 Curiae, including the recently attached Curia on Wagina Island.

Brisbane Comitium: Visitation of councils is undertaken. Three new praesidia were set up in the last 3 months. Works reported included two Enthronements of the Sacred Heart, an Auxiliary Rally and teaching catechism in schools. As a result of the Rosary recited in a nursing home for residents, visitors to the nursing home are now joining in and a Presbyterian lady also, who wants to get to know Our Blessed Lady. A Retreat was held on 7th.September.

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: Works include the running of a DVD lending library, assisting at funerals, and teaching catechism. A positive feedback was received as a result of home visitation and follow up to the lapsed. Christchurch Curia has 7 praesidia. A recruiting team was set up as membership is low and life has still many difficulties as a result of the earthquakes. South Auckland Curia has 10 senior praesidia attached, plus one junior Curia with 6 senior and 4 intermediate praesidia.

PHILIPPINES
Bicolandia Senatus: The Spiritual Director and the Vice President died, R.I.P. A new Spiritual director has been appointed.

Western Visayas Senatus: A huge variety of works were reported - Baptisms, conversions, regularisation of marriages, visiting hospitals and homes, also Block Rosaries and Exploratio Dominicalis. 7 Comitia, one Regia, two Curia and two praesidia reported. A couple living together for 35 years had a Church wedding and the wife is now a Curia officer. Another couple had their 4 children baptised. As a result of Jail visitation there were 7 converts and a convicted murderer received the Sacraments.

Northern Philippines Senatus: Three Regia reported. Legionaries prepared 400 high school students and 200 elementary students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. 50 Cadets in the military camps received Confirmation and for the first time in 7 years a non-sectarian school in a military camp allowed legionaries to hold catechesis classes, resulting in 20 students receiving first Holy Communion. Port Moresby PNG has a new Spiritual Director. In preparation for the Acies all councils held a Retreat. The Legion is given a 30 minute slot weekly on Radio Maria. Madang Regia: A project organised by the Regia resulted in 5 new praesidia. One praesidium reported on the conversion of three Moslems to the Catholic faith. A co-habiting couple got married after visits from legionaries. Many hospital contacts who were not practicing the faith and living with partners were followed up after discharge from hospital.

Cebu Senatus: Extension is on-going in many areas. Toledo Comitium has asked for prayers for their work in a new parish.

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PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asuncion: Many praesidia are established in prisons and catechesis of prisoners features in many reports. One Comitium has 1,630 members, 2,883 auxiliaries and 50 Nursery groups for very young legionaries. A junior Curia has 905 active members and 816 auxiliaries. Evangelisation in Centres of Education, especially in Universities is showing good results. Exploratio Dominicalis projects are helping to recruit new members. Many praesidia take Holy Communion to people in hospitals and to the sick in their homes. Home visitation is a popular work. Youths in the Naval Services are contacted while ashore. Many legionaries recite the Rosary with families in their homes and accompany priests when they administer Extreme Unction. A juvenile Comitium has 6 Patrician groups and 70 Nursery groups.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: The Tessera in Braille is soon to be produced. A new praesidium was formed in June. Visitation of the Military Hospital has begun.

VENEZUALA
Senatus of Caracas: Exploratio Dominicalis projects and Columban Drives were highlighted in reports. Many new praesidia have been set up and others are in formation, including junior praesidia. A PPC project was held in Maracaibo and 55 juniors took part in a Maria et Patria project in August. Sports events and Retreats are organised for juniors. Temporary shelter is organised for the poor. A meeting of Spiritual Directors took place in Cabinas, while in Carupano a Diocesan meeting was held with Seminarians.

Senatus of Quito, Ecuador: The Legion has begun working in Radio Maria. 11 new praesidia have been set up. Portoviejo has three extension groups resulting in one new praesidium. Talks are given on marriage.

COLOMBIA
Senatus of Bogota: Councils and praesidia are working well, indicating good numbers of active and auxiliary members. A junior Curia was set up on the 7th September. There are 7 Senatus officers.

PERU
Senatus of Lima: The attached Comitia and Curiae report good numbers of active praesidia. A Curia set up one junior and two senior praesidia. The same Curia reported 72 returns to the faith from the sects.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: On Wednesday 29 October Br. Noel Lynch and Sr. Coni Garcia were met at the airport in Santiago by two Senatus officers and escorted to the Retreat Centre, venue for the three-day National Conference. On the evening of Friday 31st October, Archbishop Andrello presided at the opening Mass in the presence of 290 legionaries. All councils attached to the Senatus were represented. Some attendees were immigrants from Peru, Colombia and Guatemala, who continue to be legionaries in Chile. Various discussions were held with different officers such as those of Punta Arenas Curia, who had set off in the snow at 6am by plane from the southern tip of Chile. Br. Noel and Sr. Coni flew to Buenos Aires following the Conference and will remain in Argentina visiting its higher Legion councils until 21st November.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Tuam Comitium: Some members helped with a recruiting drive in Ballyhaunis, Claremorris Curia. Westport Curia had a recruiting drive in Corofin on 18th October. Kilkerrin and Clonberne praesidia have amalgamated. The Mini Vigil in Knock conducted by Fr. Sean Cunningham took place on Friday 10th October. Members helped to staff the Legion Office in Knock. Eight members went on PPC to the U.K. this year. Dunmore praesidium has 5 members whose works include Fatima Statue visitation and organising weekly Eucharistic Adoration. They took the Fatima Statue to a school in May, prayed with the children and told them the story of Fatima. They left the Statue in the school and the teacher continued to pray with the children during the week. Legionaries gave 30 Miraculous Medals and First Communion prayer cards to the children who received their First Holy Communion. Works of the praesidium in Mountbellew include visiting the local nursing home and bringing Holy Communion to the residents. They do Church cleaning when requested by the Parish Priest.

Ferns Comitium: The reporting praesidium has 5 active members, 60 auxiliaries and 7 Adjutorians, who are priests from St. Patrick’s College, Kiltegan. Their works include home visitation. The Miraculous Medal is used on this work and children are delighted to hear the story of the Medal. Visitation of a Cheshire Home is also done. They make a point of reaching out to the volunteers from different countries who work in the Home.

Elphin Comitium: Reports were received from 3 praesidia with membership of 5, 13 and 5. Works undertaken are home, nursing home and hospital visitation, plus various parish duties such as management of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. A new initiative by a Roscommon praesidium visiting a nursing home is the organising of a weekly session consisting of prayer, singing and music. North Elphin Curia: Members of Ballinafad praesidium accompanied by their Spiritual Director, Fr. Alan Conway, visited all the Housing Estates to invite the residents to the parish Mission. This praesidium also hosted a monthly DVD presentation on Catholicism for the Year of Faith. Boyle praesidium brought the First Holy Communion class to the Adoration Chapel on two occasions to introduce them to Eucharistic Adoration. Thirteen members from four praesidia did contact work during the Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo town. 700 Miraculous Medals were distributed and many good contacts were reported.

CURIAE
Achonry Curia: A new praesidium set up in Colloney is being helped by Ballymote praesidium. The new praesidium in Foxford is being assisted by members of Swinford praesidium.

Clonfert Curia: A praesidium of 8 members in Ballinasloe has 66 auxiliaries. Home, hospital and nursing home visitation is carried out and 4 members are involved in setting up Eucharistic Adoration in the Diocese. A second praesidium in Ballinasloe also has 8 members. Hospital, nursing home and Pilgrim Statue visitation are included in the apostolate. Two members manned the Legion Office in Knock for one day during August. Legionaries give help to those with learning disabilities. Members of Taughmaconnel praesidium visit two nursing homes, a hospital and those living alone. They fill and distribute bottles of Holy Water for which there is a great demand.

Galway Curia: The praesidium in Ballinfoyle parish, which was set up in August 2013, gave its first annual report in August 2014. They have 3 full members, 3 probationers and 8 auxiliaries. 450 homes have been visited. Parish Faith cards with Mass times and many prayer leaflets are distributed on visitation. The importance of the Mass is explained to many young people. The father of a Roma family and his eldest daughter attend weekly the parish Rosary Group. He is doing the RCIA course with which the legionaries assist. Another praesidium reported home and hospital visitation as its main works. In April the Curia organised a recruiting drive at three weekend Masses in a parish and did door to door visitation on the Sunday afternoon.

Killala Curia: A praesidium in Ballina continues with works of service in the parish. Two Pilgrim Statues are used on home visitation. Lacken praesidium has 10 members who also carry out works of service in the parish. Two members visit nursing homes. Members of the Curia attended Fr. Colm Mannion’s ordination on 5th July. Fr. Colm was a member of a Deus et Patria team which worked in Ballina 10 years ago. Of that team three men are now priests and one woman is a nun. Legionaries from the Curia volunteered for the Knock Office for three days in August.

Kilkenny Curia: Members of the reporting praesidium visit local hospitals and nursing homes and recite the Rosary at a Halting Site during May and October and organise Pilgrimages to Knock and Our Lady’s Island. Two legionaries from Thurles Comitium attended the September Curia meeting and are planning to help the Curia with extension and recruiting.

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DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE
(Reports for September & October 2014)

Exaltata Curia: A Regina Coeli praesidium gained one new member during the year, bringing the total to 10, plus one probationer. Holy Hours are organised 3 days a week and Bible Readings on Monday mornings. Classes are arranged for patchwork, making greeting cards and gardening. Residents are also helped to fill forms, attend medical appointments and to improve their English. Another Regina Coeli praesidium has 9 members; 3 are officers and 3 are Praetorians. During their duty they welcomed back a resident who had been sleeping rough for several weeks; as she was unfit to travel to Birmingham for her mother’s funeral, legionaries in Birmingham were contacted and attended the funeral. Another resident said she had returned to the practice of the faith since coming to the hostel.

Bethlehem Curia: Legionaries from various Curiae gathered on September 6th for home visitation to publicise a Parish Retreat; 13 pairs worked in the morning and 9 pairs in the afternoon. The Parish Priest was very thankful. 24 patricians and 4 legionaries attended two meetings. An 87 year-old praesidium has 4 active and 2 probationary members. Prayer, scripture readings and hymns form the basis of their visit to the Phoenix Centre for mentally ill patients. Street contact is done at the G.P.O. and on Henry Street. Home visitation is also done. First year students in St Paul’s School on Brunswick Street were spoken to and given Miraculous Medals and Rosary Beads. A praesidium of 7 members including two Praetorians, runs a Men’s Club twice a week, with around 6 men in attendance. One man was persuaded to take a three month pledge to abstain from alcohol. Weekly Lectio Divina has been recently started.

Porta Coeli Curia: A praesidium with 6 active members has two Pilgrim Statues in circulation. A lapsed Catholic lady from Argentina was intrigued by Alfie Lambe’s story. She had visited La Recoleta Cemetary, where Alfie is buried. Taxi drivers waiting at a rank are given copies of a Catholic newspaper.

Veneranda Curia: A praesidium with 5 members and one probationer visits Dochas women’s prison two evenings a week. During aftercare visitation, one lady told them of her very enjoyable Pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Dublin Archdiocese. The praesidium distributes 43 copies of Maria Legionis. Some Park contact is done; people are generally in a relaxed mood and willing to engage in conversation.

Consolata Curia: Three legionaries and 6 patricians attended a Patrician meeting. The new praesidium in Donabate gave its first annual report. Home visitation was done. They renovated a kiosk from a previous praesidium and staffed it at Christmas and Easter making contacts and distributing bottles of Holy Water. An all-night Prayer Vigil attracted a good number of parishioners. One hour of weekly Eucharistic Adoration was organised during Lent and a weekly Rosary recited in the local National School. One new member joined the Rush praesidium which now has 8 members and 50 auxiliaries. Their works include home and nursing-home visitation. They also organised Stations of the Cross in a housing estate on Good Friday, acted out by children, with over 100 people present. 28 attended their Retreat for parishioners. 47 went on their Knock Pilgrimage. Another praesidium organised an extension project to a nearby parish, resulting in 4 potential new members coming to subsequent meetings with the view to setting up a new praesidium.

Presentata Curia: One praesidium has 8 full and one probationary member. Since last year’s Outreach they have had monthly meetings with the Parish Priest. A Legion stand at the Parish Open Day attracted 3 visitors to the praesidium. Street contact is done in one area. A lapsed Catholic expressed an interest in coming back to the Catholic Church. Another praesidium of 6 full and 2 probationary members caters for the African Community. Street contact is done where Africans tend to gather, such as Moore Street. Arising from the Outreach Project, a 12 year-old Down Syndrome boy received his First Holy Communion after being instructed by legionaries; to the boys delight his separated parents flew from Spain for the event; his grandparents also attended and his grandmother said it was the happiest day of her life. During June a Frank Duff stand was erected on a busy street and attracted much attention. Two praesidia came together for an Exploratio Dominicalis project to Balbriggan. One girl joined the Legion as a result. 14 attended a Patrician meeting in Regina Coeli hostel, including 10 residents. Another praesidium has 7 full members, one probationer and 20 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation and crowd contact at a Shopping Centre. The praesidium has also become involved with the Camino Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Enfield, encouraging the 14 residents to pray and attend Mass. Eight legionaries on an Exploratio Dominicalis project visited 300 houses; one result was a man who requested Confession and asked to have his house blessed. The Parish Priest offers a monthly Mass for all Legion contacts.

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AFRICA

GHANA
Accra Senatus: The formation of junior praesidia in Second Cycle Schools is progressing steadily. The praesidium in the University of Ghana has been tasked to form praesidia in these schools and other Tertiary Institutions located near the University. During October all praesidia promoted True Devotion to Mary at parish level. A documentary on the Legion was telecast on GTV on 6th September. 80 legionaries from praesidia directly attached to the Senatus participated in a project, visiting Barracks, Lorry Stations and Taxi Ranks.
The Senatus Spiritual Director encouraged all legionaries to seek the intercession of the Servant of God, Frank Duff for the eradication of the Ebola virus.

ANGOLA
Benguela Senatus: A National Congress of the Legion of Mary in Angola, with the theme: “Legionaries of Mary Devoted to Evangelisation”, was held in Benguela 10-14 September. 2014. A total of 557 delegates from all 18 Dioceses, including five Archdioceses, took part. Talks were given by the Archbishop of Malanje, the Bishop of Namibe, the Rector of the Major Seminary of The Good Shepherd and the Spiritual Director of the Benguela Senatus. The retired Archbishop of Benguela presided at the Opening Mass and the current Bishop at the closing Mass. A list of fifteen conclusions arrived at include; the promotion of an integral formation among the legionaries; encouraging the recitation of the Rosary and the Catena in legionary families; that the legionaries get to know the Virtues of Mary; that the Councils observe rigorously the Invariability of the Legion System according to the directives of the Handbook in Chapter XX; that the Councils be open to the foundation of more junior praesidia in the parishes; that the legionaries be conscious of the mission to announce the Gospel to all, especially to those who have gone astray.

Luanda Senatus: A Tridium was organised in preparation for the inauguration of the Senatus on 8th June 2014. Members were encouraged to continue to mobilise the families to stick with the campaign of vaccination promoted by the Ministry of health for children.

Cape Verde Regia: There are five Cape Verdean praesidia in New York. Praesidia report increased membership and plan to encourage youths and adults to prepare for the Sacraments.

ZIMBABWE
Hwange Comitium: The junior movement is continuing to grow and the members are very active in the apostolate. Works undertaken include home visitation and encouraging people to receive the Sacraments.

Lesotho Senatus: The August Senatus meeting was held at 7.50a.m. after the members attended an overnight Retreat.

Esogodeni Comitium: There are 16 Curiae attached to the Comitium; the council has no directly attached praesidia.

Johannesburg Senatus: 25 Non Catholic homes were visited and the Rosary recited with them. 23 babies were baptised through the help of the legionaries. A number of new senior and junior praesidia have been set up, including a French-speaking praesidium in Pretoria.

Cape Town Senatus: 160 legionaries attended a very successful two day Conference in Pella, Northern Cape with the theme, “Back to Basics” on 5th and 6th October.

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REPORT FROM ZAGREB REGIA

Visitors to Concilium from Croatia gave a report on Zagreb Regia, which takes care of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Out of 16 Dioceses in Croatia, the Legion is present in ten. 22 praesidia are directly attached to the Regia, together with 2 Comitia and 10 Curiae with a total of 1322 active members, 7074 auxiliaries and 152 junior legionaries.
In the last 5 years there was a growth of 25% in overall numbers.
Among apostolates, such as visits to families, nursing homes, there is an apostolate to young people and children, plus visits to prisons and psychiatric hospitals. Street contact is also done. Among visible fruits of the work are many returns to Sacraments.
Zagreb Regia takes care of spiritual formation of the members by organising Retreats, Legion schools and annual Pilgrimages to Marian Shrines, which are numerous in Croatia. The council publishes its own Legion magazine four times per year and once a month has a Legion broadcast on Radio Maria.
Spiritual director of the Regia, Very Reverend Stanislav Vitković passed away after almost 30 years of service in the Legion of Mary R.I.P.

LEGION OF MARY IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Concilium gave its agreement to raise the Comitium of Malabo to Regia status and to affiliate the Comitium of Bata to the new Regia.
Equatorial Guinea is a Spanish-speaking country on the west coast of Africa. The capital Malabo is situated on a small island and the rest of the country is on mainland Africa. There is one Archdiocese in Malabo and two Dioceses on the mainland, one in Bata and one in Ebeblyin. The two councils (Malabo and Bata) have contact with each other and each council invites the other to its different functions. This has greatly helped to establish a link between the two councils.

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PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO PROJECTS TO THE U.K., FRANCE, GERMANY, FINLAND AND SWEDEN 2014

The number of projects undertaken by the Irish PPC Committee in 2014 totalled 21 to the U.K. and 1 project to Villenueve, South of France.
The Senatus of Scotland sent a team to Turku, Finland. The Senatus of Birmingham sent a team to Erfurt, Germany and the Senatus of Liverpool sent a team to Sweden.
Five priests, two religious Sisters, one Deacon and one Seminarian, plus 225 legionaries took part in the UK and French projects from Ireland.
The total number of first timers was 23.
Three new praesidia were set up.
At St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, Monsignor Regan thanked the legionaries for all their work and the group were each gifted with Rosary Beads blessed by Pope Benedict during his visit to Scotland.
During the project to Rutherglen Fr. Pat Hennessy Parish Priest invited Bishop Toale to visit the team. He attended their meeting and was very interested in the work and responses they were receiving; he said this is exactly what Pope Francis is asking for.
Peregrini were told by Fr. Udie from Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Surrey Docks, London, that the attendance at the Stations of the Cross had drawn the biggest congregation he had ever seen for a service.
On Ascension Thursday over 200 young children from the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish arrived for 9.30 a.m. Mass. Fr. Morris was pleased to report that one of the Legion contacts called in during the week and had her child baptised.
A number of Primary and Secondary Schools were visited on various projects. Miraculous Medals were very well received; almost all the children wore them immediately, with teachers asking to take some home to family and friends. At another School visit, a life-size statue of St Catherine Laboure was displayed.

Sample of special contacts:
A man was overjoyed on discovering two legionaries at his door in Edinburgh. Some years beforehand while living in America and taking cocaine, he was contemplating suicide. Then one day there was a knock on his door. Two legionaries introduced themselves, stayed and prayed with him for two hours and he has never since taken drugs.
A person lapsed from his Catholic faith for many years was delighted to be invited to return and attended the Mass on Friday, went to Confession and received Holy Communion.
A non-Catholic on the same project also arrived at the Friday night Mass.
Another soul humbly got down on his knees and asked the priest for a blessing, promising to return to the Sacraments.
A gentleman who had suffered two strokes went to Confession and said he would like someone to call to him each Sunday with Holy Communion.
A contact in his early 80’s said he had no faith. After a discussion, during which one of the legionaries prayed hard for this person, he said he would like to return to the Church and asked for a Miraculous Medal. Later, he received Confession and Holy Communion after an absence of 62 years!
A grandmother, who at first insisted that Baptism was not for her grandchildren, on hearing about the treasures of the Catholic faith, asked for instruction for her grandchildren.
Another lady living alone went to Confession after a lapse of 60 years.
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Legion of Mary and EWTN
November 2014
E.W.T.N. FEATURE ON THE LEGION OF MARYE.W.T.N.
has created a new special series entitled, “The Church Universal” hosted by
Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe M.F.V.A.
The series will consist of about 20 half-hour episodes. The
Legion of Mary has two of the episodes, numbers 6 and 13.
Episode 6 will feature Finola Kennedy on the subject of the founder of the Legion of Mary, Frank Duff and
is scheduledfor broadcast on the following satellites: (note that times given are in GMT).

UK/IR
Sunday 7th December at 8p.m.
with repeats on Monday 8th December at 2.30 p.m.
and Saturday 13th December at 3 a.m.

AFRICA/ASIA
(Covers most of Africa and India).
12 noon Sunday 7th December,
with repeats on Monday 8th December at 8p.m.
and on Thursday 11th December at 5.30 p.m.

ASIA-PACIFIC
(Covers Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Western Pacific Islands).
Saturday 6th December at 2.30 p.m.,
with repeats on Thursday 11th December at 12 noon
and Friday 12 December at 11 p.m.

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Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Ireland
November 2014
PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY’S SHRINE KNOCK-IRELAND

The Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine in Knock on the 28th September was attended by 7,500 to 8,000 pilgrims. Bishop Brendan Kelly of Achonry the Chief Celebrant gave a very inspiring homily starting with the welcome Frank Duff received from the 2,500 Bishops who rose to give him a warm and moving ovation when he took his place as an auditor at the final session of the Second Vatican Council. The Bishop told us that as a young priest he was Spiritual Director to a praesidium of men in Galway who ran a night shelter for homeless men. He was very impressed by the dedication and commitment of these unassuming legionaries. He pointed to the Second Reading of the day in which St. Paul tells us to “always consider the other person to be better than yourself,” which he said is the message the true legionary
brings to the person he or she goes out to meet. He reminded us that Mary came to Knock in 1879 quietly, in silence and without fuss and She is still there. All the legionaries throughout Ireland were thanked for their co-operation in making this a wonderful occasion.
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Visit to Brazil
November 2014
VISIT TO BRAZIL

On behalf of Concilium Tadhg Mc Mahon attended the inaugural meeting of the Senatus of Santa Maria which covers 7 Dioceses, formally a Regia attached to the Senatus of Sao Paulo. Legionaries from Sao Paulo, Recife and Brasilia attended. Br. McMahon also attended the Sao Paulo officers meeting and a meeting with correspondents, officers and new Spiritual Director of the Regia of Brasilia.

This was followed by a three-day visit to the Senatus of Ponta Grossa for a conference of council officers from several Regiae and Comitia from 2 States. Bishop Edson (representative of the National Conference of the Bishops of Brazil) gave a presentation on Legion works with particular reference to the challenge of fundamentalist Protestants. The Bishop of Ponta Grossa celebrated Mass which, included an inspiring talk. To round up his visit, Br. McMahon held meetings totalling ten hours in duration with the Senatus officers of Rio de Janeiro. Br. McMahon was thanked for undertaking this mission on behalf of Concilium.


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Concilium Bulletin - October 2014
November 2014
ASIA
MALASIA

Kuala Lumpur Regia: Languages in the Regia include English, Tamil Filipino and Chinese. Reports were taken from 2 praesidia with a total membership of 31 members. Works include visitation of immigrants, a shelter for orphans, classes for migrants, YouCat and book barrow. 4-5 council reports are taken each month; their works include Sunday School facilitating RCIA in English, home and hospital visitation, helping the handicapped, contact with lapsed Catholics, visiting an orphanage, prisoners, also the Filipino and Indonesian communities.

JAPAN
Osaka Senatus
: The new Archbishop of Osaka was installed. One praesidium visited a man with a long history of alcohol abuse who has since returned to the faith; he has inspired the praesidium to get in touch with their local A.A. branch. Another praesidium does works of service and is helping out in Fucushima, an area hit by an earthquake. A new praesidium has started in Kadoma.

SINGAPORE: Four new Mandarin-speaking praesidia were formed, two in Miri (under Kuching Comitium) and two in Bintulu (under Sibu Comitium). The Legion is now in all four Archdioceses, six Dioceses and one Apostolate Vicariate. Archbishop William Goh has issued a pastoral letter to consecrate the Archdiocese of Singapore to Our Lady, Star of New Evangelisation.

HONG KONG Comitium: Four praesidia presented reports, one being its first annual report. Works include, street contact, Catechumen classes, Sunday School, visitation of hospitals and homes for the elderly. Two Concilium officers, Pat O’Donoghue and Michael Walsh attended the 65th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Legion in Hong Kong. Great numbers were present at Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception concelebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Jon Tong and 13 priests. The Cardinal was high in his praise of the Legion since the day of its foundation in Hong Kong by Fr. Aedan McGrath in1949. The Concilium officers also visited Macau and were warmly welcomed by Bishop Rev. Joseph Lai and about 20 legionaries. The Curia in Macau has 6 senior and one junior praesidia.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus:
The visit of Pope Francis in August was a wonderful event. One million people gathered in the Central Plaza of Seoul, with 2,000 legionaries acting as stewards. 1,300 legionaries attended the opening Mass of Asian Youth Day in Daejeon as representatives of the Seoul Archdiocese. According to reports, during the Pope’s five-day visit, “Korea was like Heaven, full of peace, harmony and reconciliation.” 124 people were Beatified during the Holy Father’s visit. Suwon Regia recorded 9,241 baptisms. Incheon Regia had 4,706 baptisms. A taxi-drivers praesidium of 8 members reported 11 returns to the Sacraments. A bank praesidium of 14 members had 8 baptisms and 5 returns to the Sacraments. ‘Star of the Sea’ Korean praesidium in St. Petersburg was affiliated to the Senatus.

Gwanghu Senatus: Annual reports of 2 Comitia and 3 Curiae showed a membership of 1,186, 309 baptisms and recruitment of 279 active members.

Daegu Senatus: An introduction of the Legion of Mary to newly ordained Deacons had an attendance of 22 Deacons. Bumeo Comitium recruited 361 catechumens and reported 138 baptisms and 55 returns to the Sacraments. Wolsong Comitium recruited 361 catechumens and 281 returns to the Sacraments. Most reports show visitation of hospitals and Welfare Institutions.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus:
The territory covers 5 Archdioceses, and 14 Dioceses, with the Legion of Mary in all but one. Visitation of councils and praesidia is mentioned in all reports. Works include visitation of Catholic families to encourage them to attend Mass, teaching newly baptised and helping with medical care for children. Semerang Regia broadcast prayers on radio and television when disasters such as flooding, volcano eruption and landslides occur. Makassar Comitium set up a new Curia and 2 new praesidia. Works are visitation of a prison and a Rehabilitation Centre for drug addicts, a mental hospital and a house for disabled people. A Curia in Merauke visit sick prison inmates; they also assist the priest with Sacraments for the sick. Kupang Regia has teams to combat disease and drugs; they
also teach catechism to children in various villages.

Malang Senatus celebrated its Golden Jubilee in July.2014.

Jakarta Senatus: The Legion of Mary is in all 5 Archdioceses and 12 Dioceses. A praesidium in Medan Regia reported visitation of stressed and stroke patients in a Mental Hospital. Tangeran Comitium prayed the Tessera prayers with a group of 17 adults and children in a remote area and had Handbook discussions with them; they also have a Patrician group and teach catechism. Kilmantan Curia has 3 new praesidia. Mater Dei Curia in Jakarta conducts a Sunday School and assists, “Vocations Section” seeking vocations for the priesthood and religious life.
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EUROPE
AUSTRIA and Caretaker Countries

The Senatus reports covered 3 directly attached praesidia, 7 Curiae and 9 Comitia. More than 800 people attended a Youth Festival. PPC teams went to Slovakia, Lourdes, Berlin and Lemberg in Ukraine. A former legionary was ordained to the priesthood and another became a nun. In Wienerwald Comitium a healing was attributed to Frank Duff. In Linz Comitium 40 children and their parents attended a Nazareth Festival. Tragwein Curia (Muchlviertel Comitium) held a Youth Catechesis with Bishop Schwarz. A praesidium in Guntersdorf prepared a Buddhist woman for baptism. Extension efforts continue. 3 new praesidia were set up.

BULGARIA: Elizabeth Kriss spent one week in July with two extension workers. The Bulgarian Handbook is near completion.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Olmuetz Comitium hold an annual Winter School. Prague Comitium started 2 new praesidia. Works include preparing adults for baptism.

MOLDOVA: Chisinau Curia has 9 senior and 2 junior praesidia. The Bishop, six priests and 100 legionaries attended their Acies. Cemetery apostolate is among their works.

SLOVAKIA: Zseliz Comitium has 34 praesidia spread over 3 Curiae.

UKRAINE: Sr. Kriss worked in the region for 3 weeks. 45 attended a Summer School.

BELARUS: Two praesidia and 4 Curiae reported. Three new praesidia were established. A Minsk praesidium of 23 members has brought numerous people back to the Sacraments. Naliboki Curia organised two men’s Rosary Prayer Groups. Curia Spiritual Director, Fr. Marian carries out evangelisation accompanied by legionaries in nearby villages. 200 legionaries participated in a three-day Retreat in Baranovichi. On 3rd September a plaque commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Legion in the region was blessed by Bishop Jerzy Mazur from Poland, who when a priest in Belarus was the first to welcome the Legion into that country.

CROATIA and Countries under its Caretakership
Zagreb Regia: The Legion’s Radio Maria broadcasts continue monthly and the most recent subject discussed was the Legion Promise. 7 praesidia and 2 Comitia reported. Annual audits were submitted with all reports. Five new praesidia were set up and auxiliary membership is growing. A praesidium in Zadar Comitium visits betting shops. One person returned to the Sacraments after an absence of 30 years, thanks to home visitation. Seat of Wisdom Curia reported that a person associated with performing several abortions was helped to go to Confession and died soon afterwards. Herzegovine: Sarajevo legionaries visit homes, hospitals and an orphanage. They conduct two Prayer Groups and help blind people to attend Mass.
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HUNGARY: Budapest Regia reports extension efforts. A new praesidium of 8 members was set up. Much work is being done for youth. Schools are visited where children are taught to pray and prepared for Holy Communion. Miskolc Curia has an apostolate to the homeless.

LATVIA: A junior praesidium in Riga Comitium promotes the faith among its own age group; they have started a public Rosary and promote this among their school friends and families. A new praesidium has been set up in Ogre parish. Legionaries from Rezekne Curia erected a Legion Stand in Algona during the weekend of the National Pilgrimage to the Shrine; this attracted much attention. In Jelgeva legionaries carried the banner during a procession and afterwards did contact work.

LITHUANIA has 2 Comitia, 9 Curiae and 29 directly attached praesidia. Two new praesidia were set up in Kaunus Comitium. The Curia in Siauliai held a Congress in May with an attendance of 53. In Telsiai Comitium extension effort to bring the Legion to new parishes continues. Returns to Confession and the Holy Eucharist after lapses of 20 and 25 years were reported. A 14 year old boy was baptised at Easter and now attends a praesidium while preparing for his 1st Holy Communion. A family of 5 people were visited resulting in 4 being baptised.

POLAND: Lublin Regia has 2 new praesidia; 8 probationers have already taken their Promise. All the usual works are undertaken. 4 people were brought to Confession and 2 couples to the Sacrament of Marriage. In Praga Comitium, Warsaw 3 new praesidia were set up. 8 new legionaries were enrolled in Walomin Curia. Works undertaken were arranging spiritual adoption of the unborn, which was taken up by 55 persons. 30 legionaries took part in a one day street contact project during which 60 Miraculous Medals were distributed. One praesidium works among alcohol and drug abusers and neglected families. Six preasidia visit the blind.

Warsaw Comitium reported an attendance of 10,000 at the Legion Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, where the Night Vigil was
based on the writings of Frank Duff. Three Bishops and 100 priests concelebrated Mass. The Bishops’ Conference re-appointed Bishop Roman Marcinkowski as Bishop Protector and Fr. Janusz Wegrzecki as Spiritual Director of the Legion in Poland.

ROMANIA: In Satu Mare Regia a praesidium of 14 members in one parish reported that the number of people attending daily Mass had doubled as a result of the Legion apostolate. Carei Comitium, in addition to its other works helps in the operating of Radio Maria.
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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT
COMITIA
Dromore Comitium
: Members of a praesidium in Newry visit a home for the elderly. Warrenpoint praesidium is involved in most parish activities. The Rosary is recited in a school weekly and Secondary Schools are visited yearly where DVDs on the Miraculous Medal are shown.

Navan Comitium: A praesidium of 6 members, 5 of whom are Praetorians, visited 100 homes, including non-Catholics. Another praesidium of 8 members and 41 auxiliaries visited 950 homes and a Secondary School. Their Spiritual Director produced a Mass leaflet for them which they give out on home visitation.
Trim Curia: A praesidium of 7 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians, when they meet non-believers on home visitation speak about belief in God. They also discuss the one true Church, the Real Presence and Our Lady when visiting non-Catholics. Mullingar Curia: A praesidium of 7 members with a junior praesidium attached carry out home, hospital and nursing home visitation.

Derry Curia: Creggan praesidium has 10 members and 40 auxiliaries. Their work includes home visitation and street contact. A recruiting drive was held in Lavey parish on 5th and 6th July. Waterside praesidium has 8 members and 34 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation, Pilgrim Statue and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes. The men’s praesidium in Long Tower has 20 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation and Pilgrim Statue apostolate. The Comitium Congress on the theme, “Launch out into the Deep” was held on Sunday 14th September. The attendance included 55 legionaries from the Comitium and attached Curiae, their Spiritual Director, Fr. Tom Canning and Fr. Rory Brady from Letterkenny, who gave the closing address. The first 2 sessions were on the spiritual aspect
of the Legion, devotion to Mary etc. The third session was on the praesidium and Curia and the last session on Legion works. There were 4 representatives from Concilium.

Raphoe Comitium: Raphoe Curia: A reporting praesidium in Letterkenny has 5 members and 87 auxiliaries. They visit nursing homes and elderly people living alone. Another praesidium in Letterkenny has 6 members who visited the Institute of Technology on 4 occasions, distributing Miraculous Medals, Rosary Beads and spiritual material among the students. While on home visitation they had long discussions with lapsed Catholics and non-believers. Creeslough praesidium
has 3 Praetorians and 40 auxiliaries. Works include officering a junior praesidium, home and nursing home visitation. During July and August the Comitium had a book barrow on the market square in Letterkenny on Fridays and Saturdays. The Comitium received a letter of commendation from Bishop Boyce in which he thanked them for the excellent work they are doing in helping out with re-evangelisation in the Diocese.

CURIAE
Leitrim Curia:
An extension drive in Carrick-on-Shannon in June resulted in a new praesidium with 7 members. A praesidium in Longford town has 13 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians; they have 50 auxiliaries. Works include home and hospital visitation and Patricians with an average attendance of 10. A second praesidium in the town has 9 members. Works include the Consecration of families and homes to the Sacred Heart. Sunday Mass and the Sacraments are promoted on home visitation. Primary and Secondary Schools are visited. Legionaries from both praesidia help to run the junior praesidium.

Mid Clogher Curia: Annyalla praesidium members visit hospitals. A Mass to commemorate Alfie Lambe, Frank Duff and Venerable Edel Quinn was organised by the praesidium and celebrated on 18th August. The Concilium officer in charge of Ireland and the correspondent visited the July Curia meeting.

West Clogher Curia: Three members participated in a recruiting drive for Mid Clogher Curia in Monaghan in June. Lisnaskea praesidium has 8 members who bring Holy Communion to the housebound daily and visit 3 residential homes on Sundays. The praesidium in Ederney has 5 members who visit the old and lonely and a Centre catering for special needs patients. The library in the Church is run by the praesidium.

Kilmore Curia: Ballyjamesduff praesidium has 9 members who visit an Estate in the town. First Holy Communion children are given Rosary Beads each year. Drung praesidium members visit the sick and elderly in their homes; they also visit a nursing home and a hospital. An excellent report was received from a young man who attended the Youth Conference.

Clonmacnoise Curia: Works undertaken by the 3 praesidia include home visitation. Primary Schools in the area and a special school are visited before Confirmation.

Immaculata Curia: (Diocese of Down & Connor) has 6 praesidia. A reporting praesidium working in the Morning Star Hostel has 6 members. They serve dinners, pray the Rosary, organise Bingo and help in the Welcome Center each week talking to men and women suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness. The first report of another praesidium was given in July. Their duties include working in Primary Schools and promoting the story of Fatima. Another praesidium has 6 members who visit homes and encourage people to attend Mass. They organised a Mass in the Divis Garden on 20th August.

Down Curia has 8 praesidia. The reporting praesidium in Dundrum, which started at the end of 2013 does Fatima Statue visitation. A talk on Fatima by Fr. Michael Maher, SM, was attended by 50 people and 2 members were obtained from it. An Anniversary Mass for Venerable Edel Quinn was celebrated in Kilkeel in May.

North Antrim Curia has 9 senior and one junior praesidia. Rasharkin praesidium has 7 members and 49 auxiliaries. Works include Fatima Statue visitation and organising Eucharistic Adoration. One member prepares the Primary School children for the Sacraments. Coleraine praesidium has 29 auxiliaries. They visit nursing homes and bring Holy Communion to the residents. The First Holy Communicants in the school were visited and given Miraculous Medals. A new praesidium has been set up in Loughguile with 4 members. (Archdiocese of Armagh):

Armagh Curia: The new praesidium in Keady has 5 members who are being helped by the praesidium in Ardee, Drogheda Curia.

Drogheda Curia: The praesidium in Mosney is progressing. The annual commemoration at the grave of Sr. Kathleen Allen, former Legion Envoy was well attended. Legionaries, with the permission of the authorities, restored a statue of Our Lady in the grounds of St. Mary’s Hospital and had it blessed. Dundalk: The works of a praesidium of 6 members include hospital and nursing home visitation.
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DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE - AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
Mater Ecclesiae Curia:
Two members of the Quinn family attended prayers at Edel Quinn’s grave on Saturday 13 Sept. One praesidium has grown from 4 full members to 7. Auxiliary members join them for a weekly public Rosary. During home visitation a Japanese lady was met and subsequently instructed in the faith by a legionary; on her last day in Ireland she had a Mass said for her parents both of whom had committed suicide many years ago. Two nursing homes made a request that the Legion visit; now residents are delighted by the weekly prayers, hymns and songs.

Our Lady of Fatima Curia (Wicklow): A Deus et Patria weekend project to Brittas Bay included caravan park visitation. In Arklow on the night of Fri 12th September the DVD on Edel Quinn was shown to a group of 80 parishioners following a Mass to celebrate the 70th anniversary of her death. A recruitment drive in Greystones resulted in 1 new member. A Bray praesidium gained two members during the year but sadly 2 others passed away. All 5 members are Praetorians. Four nursing homes are visited and over 50 houses accepted the Pilgrim Statue.

Ancilla Domini Curia: the Joy of Israel praesidium has 5 members and 2 probationers, both recruited as a result of their newest apostolate, the Homework Club in Myra House. Other works include crowd contact in Temple Bar. Another praesidium has 7 active and 70 auxiliary members. They visit parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes. With the permission of the Parish Priest they did home visitation. A 6-member praesidium sets up the altar for two hours Eucharistic Adoration each Thursday; about 8 attend their monthly Patrician meeting.

Annunciata Curia: 16 people visited the Legion House during an Open Day along with 18 legionaries. Four Patrician meetings had 42 patricians and 12 legionaries in attendance. In another praesidium their Pilgrim Statue was requested by the parents of a women bullied at work. They read from Hilde Firtel’s book on Alfie Lambe to a 90 year old blind former legionary from Tullamore. 13 people were enrolled by legionaries in the Brown Scapular on July 19th. At the request of School Principals the Legion supplied 400 Miraculous Medals for distribution to the children at the end-of-year Mass.

Assumpta Curia: 8 legionaries and 22 patricians attended 2 Patrician meetings. Three members of one praesidium are registered to visit the Royal Hospital. Amongst their other works is monthly Grafton Street crowd contact. 3 of the 5 members of another praesidium are Praetorians and they have 9 religious Adjutorians. As well as home visitation, they sell Catholics Newspapers each weekend; one contact went on the Legion’s Lough Derg Pilgrimage and came back with a wonderful report. As a result of their monthly Frank Duff Prayer Group, a Novena was made to Frank Duff for a young woman with cancer and poor
chances of recovery; she is now back at work after chemotherapy. The Parish Priest invites two legionaries to the Pastoral Council meetings.

Benedicta Curia: One praesidium does street contact and home visitation; a lady whose son died from Aids invited them in; she says the Rosary daily.

Gloriosa Curia: the works of one praesidium include running a monthly Edel Quinn Prayer meeting, home and nursing home visitation; in the latter one of the legionaries uses his i-pad to draw and colour. Four secular and four order priests attended and thoroughly enjoyed the Priests Social in the Curia house in August, which included a BBQ followed by a DVD on Pope Francis.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia is following up on special cases from the Jobstown Project organised with Immaculata Curia at which 113 volunteers participated in August. An extension drive in St Dominic’s, one of the four Tallaght parishes in September resulted in a new praesidium, which had up to 5 visitors. Another praesidium of 5 members runs a weekly Parish Day which features Bible reflections, music, gardening and baking. Each Friday they open the Oratory in The Square Shopping Centre for Mass.

Immaculata Curia: 34 legionaries and 33 patricians attended 9 meetings. As a result of the Jobstown Project one praesidium has had 2 visitors and another gained 2 auxiliary members. Two baptisms are due shortly. A praesidium with 7 members has 2 Praetorians. A monthly Mass is held for the Rosary Confraternity, which has 150 members.
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AFRICA
BURUNDI
Two recently ordained Seminarians who were auxiliary Legion members while in the Seminary have been assigned as missionaries to the Republic of Tchad and they request French Handbooks. The minutes are in Kirundu and have to be translated.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Butembo Senatus: Ten reports were given in July from Comitia, Curiae and praesidia: There are 2,037 active members and 851 auxiliaries in these councils. Works reported: Marriages blessed, children baptised, children brought to Mass, visits to sick at home and in hospital, participation in a radio programme for youths and adults. 673 children were given instruction in the faith. In August, the opening celebration of the 25th year Jubilee of the Senatus began with High Mass in the Cathedral, celebrated by Diocesan Bishop Paluka Melkisedech. He reminded those present of all the blessings the Legion had brought them, such as vocations to the priesthood and religious life, which came from legionary families. True Devotion to Mary leads them to give witness to Christ, and to live the example of
Mary. He emphasised the need for young people to integrate themselves fully into the Legion, in order to gain this help. The Bishop and 76 priests took part in a Formation session in August. A new Comitium was set up in the Regia of Beni in October. They request prayers for peace.
Lubumbashi: A mini Congress was held in August this year.

RWANDA
Kigali Senatus:
Over 20,000 legionaries and 30 Spiritual Directors from all over the country are expected at Kibeho, a Marian shrine where Our Lady has appeared. Prayers are asked for a successful day. A very strong junior presence has been noted in Comitium Kiziguru. The Comitium has 23 attached praesidia of which 3 are in schools, 24 Curiae have in excess of 5000 active members, 1684 auxiliaries and 74 junior praesidia with 1500 juniors. Comitium Ruhango has 66 junior praesidia, of which 16 were recently established. Many other councils report on having junior praesidia. Works include prison, home, hospital, orphanage and auxiliary visitation.

Reunion Comitium: June and July minutes of the Comitium show strong and faithful work by Curiae and praesidia: conversions, returns to the Sacraments, suicides averted by prayer, alcoholics rehabilitated, visitation of homes and of auxiliaries. They will be celebrating 70 years of the foundation of the Legion in 2015, and ask if Concilium could send a representative.

MADAGASCAR
Reunion is in touch with Madagascar which has 23 praesidia. Praesidium reports are presented every month. Works include home-to-home contact, visitation of hospitals and preparation for the Sacraments. The Acies was held in the Cathedral of Namagora, with a good attendance of Legionaries.
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SOUTH AMERICA
ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus:
Annual reports are to the point and there are also very good comments. Attendance at the Senatus meetings is very good in spite of the long distances that city council officers have to make each month. Many families from the sects ask for their children to be prepared for First Holy Communion. Many of these families accept the Pilgrim Statue and eventually return to the Church.

Cordoba Senatus: In one Curia the members are dealing with children whose parents are in prison and whose grandparents are evangelicals. Another Curia reported two workshops for parents. They mention passing on clothing donated to them to a Children’s Hospital. The audit for 2013 was carried out.

Salta Senatus: Heroic work was started recently when a group of legionaries went down to an area where drug addicts congregate. The legionaries speak with them and pray the Rosary. The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart is being promoted
with these young people.
Corrientes Regia: This council has 13 Curiae and 10 praesidia. There is a praesidium, on the border with Brazil, with an apostolate to Brazilians and
Uruguayans. A praesidium based in Corrientes reported visiting prisoners.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: Several parishes in the city have Curiae, each with an average of five praesidia. Results from the legionary apostolate include the recovery of 12 young drug addicts and the conversion of a young evangelical. A morning of spiritual formation was arranged for auxiliaries. Legionaries escort the priest to hear Confessions and anoint the sick. Five couples were prepared for communal reception of the Sacrament of Marriage. June minutes report setting up of two praesidia.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: Seventeen priests took part in the Conference for Senatus Spiritual Directors. Also present were Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, Bishop Wilson and Bishop Edson, representative to the Legion of the National Episcopal Conference. A praesidium in Gutierrez visiting expectant mothers promotes a prenatal spiritual and health programme, stressing the importance of Baptism and natural means of nourishment for the newly born. Fifteen men named Joseph were visited on the 19th of March with legionaries speaking about St. Joseph’s life. In Paracatu an Exploratio Dominicalis project resulted in five new members recruited for a weak praesidium. Two new praesidia also were set up. Three new praesidia were established in the Regia of Uberlândia.

Fortaleza Senatus: A praesidium in Fortaleza carried out 24 projects of evangelisation for adults, gathering 852 residents of several Favellas (shanty towns) for recitation of the Rosary, Gospel readings with meditation and a little teaching of catechism.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: A Comitium reported visiting a prison containing 70 prisoners and doing Bible reading for them. Legionaries in another Comitium prepared two elderly people to receive the Sacraments. Help and support were given to couples with problems and persons with depression. The Senatus has moved into a new premises.

Recife Senatus: The Regia of Maceio covering the State of Alagoas, one of the smallest in
Brazil, has almost 16,000 active members, about 1,000 being juniors. Two new Curiae were
set up. 37 drug addicts were helped through a Recovery Programme.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Cardinal Orani Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, paid
tribute to the Legion of Mary on receiving a report of the special Legion event in which
2,000 young legionaries took part in the Cathedral in Rio, following the World Youth Day.
Extension continues with 14 praesidia set up in Tefe, Amazonas. Thirty members took part
in a Retreat in Copacabana, while 400 took part in a day of spiritual formation in the city
of Lages, Regia of Niteroi. Data from the western region of Amazonas shows four Comitia
in the State of Acre with several Seminary praesidia.

Salvador Senatus: In a city Parish in Salvador legionaries are entrusted with carrying
out the obsequies for the deceased. Extension continues with new praesidia set up in the
Senatus area each month. A legionary couple offer a special service of friendship to youths
living in special homes who have suffered abuse. They are brought to family social events.
The Senatus set up a Youth Secretariat.

São Luís Senatus: In one month reports tell of visits to 10,000 families. The sick were
enabled to avail of the public health services, being guided to fulfil the bureaucratic
requirements. Catechetical apostolate included preparation of parents and godparents for 296 Baptisms. Legionaries with medical qualifications provided almost 600 medical
consultations.

São Paulo Senatus: The Spiritual Director of the Senatus and four other officers attended the Concilium meeting in September and had discussions with Concilium officers. The Diamond Jubilee of the Legion in São Paulo is being celebrated this year. The Regia of Santa Maria in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, affiliated to the Senatus of São Paulo, was raised to Senatus by the Concilium on 17th August 2014 and inaugurated on 28 September 2014.

Brasilia Regia: The Comitium of Anapolis, one of the places where the Legion first started in Brazil, reports the preparation for Baptism of six Adventists. Through an invitation to recite the Rosary a person was helped to avoid suicide. There were 45 visits to Basic Ecclesial Communities. A Comitium reported 155 children prepared for First Holy Communion.
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Allocutio at October 2014 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
November 2014

The Rosary is Truly Irreplaceable

In 1965 our founder Frank Duff wrote an article for Maria Legionis entitled: ‘The Rosary is Irreplaceable.’ It was a robust defence of the Rosary at a time when it was under attack in some quarters. But it is not only a defence, it is also a meditative reflection on how to pray the Rosary that is so obviously steeped in his personal experience of very many years of actually praying the Rosary on a daily basis. It is evident that like Pope John Paul 11 it is his favourite prayer. It would be impossible to think of the spiritual life of Frank Duff without the gentle rhythm of the Rosary as one of its greatest secrets. But why is it so irreplaceable and especially for the legionary?

Well, the Handbook has some truly striking statements about the role of the Rosary in Legion spirituality. For instance, we read: ‘What the breathing is to the human body, the Rosary is to the Legion meetings.’ That is equivalent to saying that without the Rosary the Legion meeting is dead. And of course without the meeting the Legion itself would be dead. But is the Rosary really a matter of life and death to the Legion? The simple answer is Yes. But why is this so? We can get a profound answer to this question from the teaching and example of the saints. St. Padre Pio was once asked by a confrere why he was always praying the Rosary and he
replied: ‘Because the Rosary clamps me to Jesus.’ That is the reason why Mary prayed the Rosary in all her appearances to St Bernadette and why she asked the children at Fatima to pray the Rosary every day. She called herself the Lady of the Rosary because it was her extra special way of bringing us to Jesus. The Rosary is totally Christocentric and that is why it is so fundamental to the Legion.

St. John Paul stresses: ‘Christ is the supreme teacher, the revealer and the one revealed. It is not just a question of learning what He taught, but of learning Him.’ In this regard can we have any better teacher than Mary? But among creatures no one knows Christ better than Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of his mystery better than his mother.’ The Rosary introduces us into the Presence of Jesus in the company of Mary and puts us in direct contact with all his mysteries and to the graces proper of these mysteries. The Rosary is first and foremost a prayer that is a lifting of the mind and heart to God and it is in
this process that the faith formation of the Christian takes place, that the seed and growth of holiness takes place. The Rosary is not simply about getting information about our faith nor is it about abstract ideas. It is above all intrinsically interpersonal; it is a simple and effective way of practicing the presence of God and being aware of His Mother too. It is a gentle way of engaging in friendship with Jesus and His Mother.

St. John Paul writes: ‘It would be impossible to name all the many saints who discovered in the Rosary an genuine path to growth in holiness. We need but mention St Louis Marie de Montfort, the author of an excellent work on the Rosary, and closer to ourselves Padre Pio whom I recently had the joy of canonising. As a true apostle of the Rosary, Blessed Bartolo Longo had a special charism. His path to holiness rested on an inspiration heard in the depths of his heart: ‘Whoever spreads the Rosary is saved.’ It is important for us legionaries to remember that inspiration.

However, we all know from experience that there can sometimes be difficulty in praying the Rosary. Let me give you some quotations from Bro. Duff that may be of help in those circumstances. At times of sickness or of exhaustion, there is no other so useful. It comes within our reach. What we then want is restfulness in the spirit of prayer. So let the beads slip through the fingers without concern as to what particular accompaniment the mind is playing, but it is truly resting in God and is attentive to Mary. This is the essence of prayer. Prayer is a state more than it is a recital.’

Then he goes on: ‘We must not make this operation too involved for ourselves. The Rosary must be left essentially simple. Its main idea is a chat with our Mother about her Son, herself, and about all the elements of salvation … Anyone who says the Rosary will have a reasonably complete and vivid idea of the Christian narrative, and I repeat that this is a necessary foundation for all prayer. Indeed, what good are any prayers if they do not rest on that foundation of knowing what they are all about? And finally for now: ‘So there is my contention: the Rosary is a treasure which must be cherished. It combines in itself a host of ingredients, among them being Mary, the Mother of the Church and of every soul in it and outside it. It acknowledges her position. It teaches us the Christian religion and it induces us to pray. If the Rosary be hurt, Mary’s place will be diminished and so will the quantity of prayer in our lives. In practice nothing will be inserted in substitution for that which has been taken out. The Rosary is irreplaceable.

In conclusion let me say. Paul the sixth who was beatified today once wrote: ‘The Church is an evangelizer, but she begins by being evangelized herself.’ The same truth applies to the Legion: the Rosary is a very special gift and means by which we are evangelized and therefore become equipped to be evangelizers. Frank Duff believed this principle with all his heart and inserted it into the non-negotiable core of the Legion. Our founder was absolutely a man of the Rosary and it is surely his prayer that every legionary should also be steeped in the spirituality of the Rosary. In all our home visitations, in our street contact with people, in our works of
consolation especially with the sick, the lonely and the depressed, in our family apostolates, with children and indeed with people of all ages and walks of life we legionaries can offer no lovelier gift than the Rosary. Mary has not given the Rosary into the keeping of the Legion in order to keep it to itself. We are all called to be apostles of the Rosary for it is a splendid instrument of grace for the modern world.
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Coming soon: The Legion of Mary on EWTN
November 2014
EWTN has created a new special series entitled “The Church Universal”, hosted by Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, M.F.V.A. The series will consist of 20 half-hour episodes. The Legion of Mary has two of the episodes, number 6 and number 13. Episode 6 will feature Finola Kennedy on the subject of the founder of the Legion of Mary, Frank Duff and is scheduled for broadcast on the UK/IRL satellite (covering Ireland and the United Kingdom) on Sunday December 7th at 8pm with repeats on Monday December 8th at 2.30pm and Saturday December 13th at 3am.

The program will broadcast on the following satellites too:
- AFRICA/ASIA (covers most of Africa and India) on Sunday December 7th with repeats on Monday December 8th and Thursday December 11th. Please check the EWTN television schedule for the broadcast time in your Time Zone.
- ASIA-PACIFIC (covers Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Western Pacific Islands): Saturday December 6th with repeats on Thursday December 11th and Fri December 12th. Please check the EWTN television schedule for the broadcast time in your Time Zone.

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Concilium Bulletin September 2014
November 2014
ASIA

Holy Land: One praesidium was responsible for 20 people going back to Confession. Two junior praesidia with 28 students encouraged their families to return to Mass.

Armenia: The praesidium in Yerevan has 5 members. The news was received that a second praesidium has started in Gyumri City, taking the title, ‘Mother of Mercy,’ with Fr. Petros Yesayan as Spiritual Director. They encourage people back to the practice of the faith, do contact work near an abortion clinic and prepare people for Baptism.

Kazakhstan: Sr. Elizabeth Kriss has been keeping contact periodically and when priests from there go to Switzerland. The Legion operates in four parishes. The reporting praesidium has 10 members and 26 auxiliaries.

Thailand: The Miraculous Medal is widely used on home visitation. Work is done in remote areas, also helping recently arrived immigrants. Follow up work is on-going with converts. The Senatus also visits indigenous peoples.

Sri Lanka: 95 legionaries took part in extension drives, contacting 362 families. 5 Comitia, 3 Curiae and one praesidium reported over the 3 months. The praesidia giving statistics reported 1,794 active, 1,125 auxiliary, 65 Praetorian and 7 Adjutorian members.

Burma/Myanmar: Good contacts were made at a Marian Shrine Booth. 30 final year students were met in the Seminary. They continue to pray for their long-time correspondent, Eileen O’Reilly. Visitation of attached councils entails long and arduous journeys. The war has increased the number of refugees.

India
Karnataka Senatus: Extension and recruiting feature widely in reports. Muslims and Hindus receive the legionaries. Enthronement of homes to the Sacred Heart and funeral ministry are among their works.

Kerala Senatus has 16 Comitia, 13 Curiae and 32 affiliated praesidia. Catholics, Muslems and Hindus are met during home, hospital and prison visitation. Catechism is taught and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart promoted.

Ponticherry Senatus: The president has completed her second term and wrote to say that her life time’s ambition was achieved when she visited Concilium and met the correspondent in June 2013.

Mumbai Regia. Permission (by the Bishops) has been granted to start the Legion in two Dioceses. Legion Family Day had 125 legionaries and their families present. 50 priests attended the Spiritual Directors’ Conference. In addition to home and hospital visitation, very successful street contact is being done. Catholics and people of other faiths are met. The Causes of Frank Duff and Edel Quinn are widely promoted. They continue to visit Nepal, which is under their care, every three months. The number of praesidia in that country is on the increase and the Spiritual Directors gives them great attention.
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EUROPE
BELGIUM

Brussels Senatus: Two PPC projects were organised. Home visitation and apostolic work among prostitutes continues.

Antwerp Regia: One praesidium was restarted, and another with 10 members did contact work at a Youth Festival. Preparations have started to mark the 300th anniversary in May 2015 of the death of St. Louis Marie de Montfort.

DENMARK: Apostolate includes block Rosaries, monthly Enthronement of the Blessed Virgin, hospital visitation, adult catechesis, leading the Rosary at wakes and funerals.

FRANCE
Paris Regia:
Progress has been made in visiting their 23 praesidia and 4 Curiae. An extension committee has been formed and an audit carried out. In Nice a lady reportedly received help through the intercession of Alfie Lambe. Reports were received from the Haitian, Congolese and Vietnamese praesidia. They care-take Martinique Comitium. In Guadeloupe the Comitium celebrated its 60th anniversary with Mass concelebrated by Bishop Jean-Yves Riocreax and a number of priests. Parish Regia is considering visiting Guadeloupe and Martinique next year.
Valence Regia: Recruiting is on-going. Works include participation in the Diocesan Synod on evangelisation, and good dialogue with nursing home residents. The Vietnamese Curia in Lyons has 4 praesidia and 20 members who visit Vietnamese families. Strasbourg Comitium: 21 legionaries took part in a PPC project, and one praesidium reported the return to the faith by one lady.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: Extension efforts continue and a new praesidium started following a PPC project by Maltese legionaries. A Service of Light in Solihull on Good Friday attracted many young people, some moved to tears, including one drug addict. 933 homes were visited in 6 months by legionaries in Sheldon Parish resulting in one lady returning to the Church before she died. Two caravans of the Travelling Community were blessed and a picture of the Sacred Heart enthroned. A recruiting drive resulted in two new members. One lapsed Catholic returned to the Sacraments, and a lapsed couple agreed to have their two children baptised. Junior legionaries attended the baptism and reception into the Church of one of their friends.

Northampton Comitium has 5 directly attached praesidia and a Curia of 4 praesidia. Auxiliary members are visited regularly, new parishioners welcomed, and follow-up is done to families after Baptisms and First Communion. A recruiting drive was held in Aylesbury. Leicester Curia reported contact work done at the University, and a book barrow in Leicester city centre.

Liverpool Senatus: The junior praesidium at St Anselm’s College has 14 members, and on the Isle of Man the Spiritual Director suggested visiting the parishes of Ramsey, Castletown and Peel with a view to extension. The book barrow yields many good contacts. Praesidia in Middlesbrough Comitium guide children in preparing for the Sacraments. St. Helen’s Curia had a recruiting drive. Our Lady Mother of Good Counsel praesidium is in existence for 81 years.

Brentwood Comitium has a new Spiritual Director, Fr. Robert Page. Tributes were paid to former Spiritual Director. Dr. Fr.Selvini. Following a Congress in June last a questionnaire was distributed and legionaries voted the most popular works were door-to-door visitation, recruitment and care of auxiliaries. The Comitium also undertakes instruction of Traveller children, book barrow, and juniors being trained in visitation.

Southwark Comitium: Br. Ray and Sr. Annette Mulrooney met with the Treasurer while in London on visitation to Brent & Harrow.
Central London Curia has 18 senior praesidia attached. Recruiting and extension feature strongly. 50 attended the Pilgrimage to Aylesford Priory. Three praesidia reported having 4 Patrician meetings during the year. Enfield and Harringey Curia: A chance meeting in Myra House with Fr. Lylia Fernando, OMI resulted in his determination to set up a praesidium in his parish in Kilburn. West Middlessex Curia: The newest praesidium in the Curia formed in Feb. 2013 is the strongest and most vibrant with 20 full members, 6 probationers, 34 auxiliaries and a junior praesidium attached. A Slovakian priest who acted as Spiritual Director for several months was so impressed with the Legion system that he plans to start a praesidium on his return to his own country.

WALES
Cardiff Comitium has two Curiae and a total of nine praesidia. Works include conducting Eucharistic Services when a priest is not available. Swansea Curia has 4 praesidia, 26 active and 46 auxiliary members. Night crowd contact has been started at Swansea Train Station. Street rescue, crowd contact and homosexual apostolate are done every week. One contact in a Gay Bar who was offered a Miraculous Medal, went to confession.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: The correspondent spent 6 days meeting the officers of attached councils. Among the suggestions made was to include Extension on every agenda. 45 attended a Congress on Frank Duff held in 7th June. The Senatus will undertake a visit to Antwerp Regia on behalf of Concilium.

Cologne Regia reports a new praesidium and the Filipino praesidium tells of 8 legionaries taking their Promise. In Munich Regia work reports include contact with street girls and homosexuals. Extension work is widely carried out and a new Curia was formed at Regensburg. Berlin Comitium has 8 praesidia and a Korean Curia. Two PPC projects were hosted from Austria and Munich. In Freiburg Comitium 14 Swiss and German legionaries did street contact work on May 18th, and the Frankfurt Korean Curia, with 14 praesidia had an attendance of 87 at its Acies.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium report a new praesidium in Untervaz and one is proposed in Davos. A non-Catholic retreat resulted in one Baptism and 3 people receiving weekly instruction. 60 auxiliaries were recruited.

SIBERIA, under the caretakeship of Germany, has 5 praesidia attached. Extension was undertaken and works include promoting the Mother of God Icon and holding retreats. Sr. Birgit Metzler and Sr. Renate Seber visited Siberia in September.

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia:
The new praesidium in Amsterdam has 5 active and 1 probationary member, plus 7 auxiliaries. In Rotterdam the Cape Verde Curia with 3 praesidia, visited drug addicts, street girls and the families of prisoners, resulting in 18 Baptisms, 3 people Confirmed and 1 marriage regularised.

NORWAY has two praesidia – One in Tonsberg with 10 members and 12 auxiliaries and one in Drammen with 6 members and 17 auxiliaries. Works include catechesis, home visitation, a Marian procession and visiting the sick. Swiss legionaries visited both praesidia following their PPC project in Bergen.

SCOTLAND: Dundee Curia hosted 6 PPC projects in the past 5 years leading to the formation of 2 new praesidia. To encourage a house-bound auxiliary member to pray for the Legion, a map of the world was presented to her. The hosting of the Commonwealth Games kept legionaries busy doing contact work among the participants and attendees. Ayrshire Curia visited an impressive number of schools during May. The Christmas Crib at a Shopping Centre enabled many good contacts to be made.

SWEDEN: Br. Tony Kirstein and his wife Bernie went to Sweden for the formation of the first Curia. A meeting was arranged with Bishop Anders. Reports from praesidia in Malmo and Vaxjo include visitation of people in isolated areas and nursing homes where they are especially welcomed by non-Catholic residents. The Swedish Handbook awaits Imprimatur. Br. Turnbull in Warrington Curia and Br. and Sr. Kirstein have done great work on the new translation.
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COMITIA
Cloyne Comitium
: Supplemented by legionaries from Cork legionaries are doing home visitation in 4 parishes. Miraculous Medals are being distributed and homes blessed. Baptisms are being arranged. Two legionaries were present at the 100th birthday celebrations of Ina Griffin, a former active member and still an Adjutorian. Most of the praesidia in East Cloyne Curia do home visitation with the Fatima Statue in addition to other works. The Commemoration Ceremony of the 70th anniversary of the death of Venerable Edel Quinn took place in Castlemagner on 12th May with a very large attendance. Bishop Crean was Chief Concelebrant of Holy Mass and the homilist was Fr. Eamonn McCarthy. Cork: One praesidium is responsible for the weekly running of the Fr. O’Leary Boys’ Club for boys aged 13 – 17. A decade of the Rosary is recited and spiritual contact made with the boys. A decade of the Rosary is also recited at the junior boys club aged 8 – 12 years. Glounthaune praesidium has 6 members and 10 auxiliaries. They visit hospitals and nursing homes, carry out Pilgrim Statue visitation and promote the Rosary. A Mass in honour of Venerable Edel Quinn was celebrated by the Comitium in May. Coronata Curia: Two reporting praesidia do home and hospital and Pilgrim Statue visitation. Queen of Peace Curia: The works of the 4 reporting praesidia with a total of 96 auxiliaries do home and hospital visitation, and street contact. Muire na Gras Curia: One of the three reporting praesidia visited the First Holy Communion children in two schools. Another praesidium visits homes where they recruit for the annual worldwide Rosary Bouquet, which is sent to Fatima for Our Lady’s Birthday.

Kerry Comitium: Milltown praesidium has 5 members who undertake home and hospital visitation and help organise the Corpus Christi Procession. Four of the 7 members of Fossa praesidium are Praetorians and they have 20 auxiliaries. Works include hospital and nursing home visitation, organising 24-hour Rosaries on special occasions and visiting homes with the Fatima Statue. On Wednesday evenings, 7 students from the Community College visit St. Columbanus Home with the legionaries. Four praesidia collaborate in this work.

Mid Clare Comitium: Clarecastle praesidium has 5 members who have a weekly apostolate in a Day Care Centre. They coordinate 14 Advent and Lenten home Prayer Groups through the Church Newsletter and local Newspaper. Members of Ballyea praesidium visited homes in one area. Help was given at the Legion Booth during the Willie Clancy Festival. The MEP Project in Ennis on 9/10 June had 32 legionaries taking part. Of the 623 homes visited, 185 lapsed and 72 non-Catholics were met. Efforts are being made to re-start a praesidium.
Fr. Colm Mannion, OP, their Correspondent before joining the Dominicans, celebrated Mass for the Comitium in Clarecastle Church on Tuesday 9th July

CURIAE

Birr/Roscrea Curia: Members of Kinnitty praesidium sell Catholic Newspapers, do works of service and promote the Pioneers. The works of a praesidium in Roscrea include nursing home and hospital visitation, book barrow in the Church grounds and Patrician meetings. The junior praesidium meeting in St. Joseph’s Guesthouse, Roscrea has 6 girls and 2 boys. They play music for residents in nursing homes, serve Mass in the Cistercian Monastery and help the senior praesidium with their Marian Procession on the Feast of the Assumption. Dunkerrin praesidium tidied up a Mass Rock site with a Church of Ireland parishioner using his machinery. A Mass was celebrated on the site in June with 300 present.

Limerick Curia: At the request of Fr. Ryan, Legion members attended the Diocesan Charismatic Conference and set up a Legion Promotion Stand. The reporting praesidia have a total of 152 auxiliaries. Limerick legionaries had a table at a parish event where 5 auxiliaries were recruited. Hospital, home and visitation of 6 nursing homes is carried out in Newcastlewest and they arranged for a feature on the Legion on local radio. Castletroy legionaries addressed the Confirmation classes in 3 Primary Schools. Home visitation and visits to University Students living in the parish is a feature of their work.

Lismore Curia: Members of one praesidium take Our Lady's Statue to homes in the parish. At the annual Mass at St. Declan's Well, Miraculous Medals and prayer leaflets were distributed. A Commemoration Mass was celebrated for Venerable Edel Quinn on the 14th May.

Ross Curia: Darrara praesidium has 8 members whose works include Church cleaning and sale of Catholic Newspapers. First Holy Communicants are given Miraculous Medals.

Waterford Curia: A copy of the annual audit for 2013 has been received. Their annual May Procession in honour of Our Lady took place on Sunday 25th May. A statue of Our Lady was carried through the city to the Dominican Church. About 300 people including members of the African community attended. An MEP Project took place in Ballybricken and St. John’s parishes on 11/12 August. They visited almost 3000 homes with no replies in over half of them. 20 people gave their names for active membership. 8 non-legionaries attended the Patrician meetings, including a 17 year old boy. One young man aged 21 went to Confession and a sick man had his Confession heard and received Holy Communion.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE
(Reports for July & August 2014)

Presentata Curia: In the last year one praesidium lost 2 members but gained one, a lady met during home visitation. They also organise a weekly Holy Hour and assist at a Social for those with special needs. 68 Maria Legionis are distributed. Each week a member of another praesidium cleans Presentata House. Monthly visitation of the Phoenix Care Centre, formerly St Brendan’s Hospital, is welcomed by staff, security and patients alike. A Regina Coeli Hostel Patrician meeting had 8 residents and 5 legionaries in attendance.

Exaltata Curia: One praesidium has 9 members; the majority are African and their apostolate is mainly to their own community. They assisted legionaries from Phibsboro in an Exploratio Dominicalis project to Balbriggan in August. Crowd contact is done in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and in Huntstown. Every week they help with Church cleaning. Home visitation is one of their works. In May the praesidium formed a bi-monthly Prayer Group which was attended by parishioners and the local parish priest. Every week 2 of the 7 members of another praesidium visit patients of St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park and distribute Holy Communion. Most weeks two pairs do home visitation. The Ceili Community are helped to promote their Parish Retreats. A presentation on the Miraculous Medal was warmly received by 6th class students in two schools.

Bethlehem Curia: This council has 12 praesidia. 12 Patricians and 2 legionaries attended a discussion on the Christian Family while 14 attended the quarterly Frank Duff prayer meeting. One praesidium did contact work at Smithfield Luas Stop on Alfie Lambe’s anniversary. Along with home visitation they called on Public Houses, shops, a hotel, a Medical Centre and a Health Club. Up to 24 attended their quarterly Edel Quinn promoter meeting in Dominic Street. A praesidium with 8 members has 2 Praetorians. Of 4 visitors, one joined another praesidium. Street contact is done regularly; in wet weather the entrance to the Pro-Cathedral is the venue. Many foreign nationals were contacted at a bookstand in the Garden of Remembrance. 21 people attended a two- hour prayer meeting on the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart in honour of the opening of the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Porta Coeli Curia: One praesidium with 5 members has 2 Praetorians and 53 auxiliaries, including one Adjutorian. The works include a monthly Patrician meeting, a Frank Duff Prayer Group, promoting Adoration and nursing home visitation. Another praesidium is involved in organising a Corpus Christi procession in the parish. When invited by the priest they undertake a funeral apostolate. 77 Maria Legionis are delivered. Home visitation and visitation of the sick and elderly complete their works.

Veneranda Curia: A praesidium with 6 full members and one probationer has 114 auxiliary members. They are well known in the elderly complex they visit and often invited in. The Legion runs the bookstall in the Church and enrols people into the Lourdes Associate Collection. Another praesidium has 92 auxiliary members. During home visitation they meet people from many nationalities. A Buddhist Vietnamese lady invited them in for bowls of soup and a chat. The praesidium runs a DVD and book lending service in three Churches. An ill man, antagonistic towards the Church, eventually accepted a Scapular and received three Sacraments before a happy death.

Consolata Curia: One praesidium has grown from 2 to 6 members due to publicity in the local Newsletter and promotion over two weekends within the Church. With the help of a religious teacher, an Information Pack on the Legion was distributed in the Secondary School; work is on-going to set up an intermediate praesidium. During nursing home visitation visitors join in the singing and dancing while on another day residents are brought to the Chapel to join in a Rosary, Benediction and silent prayer. During the year 4 new members took the promise in another praesidium, bringing the total to 9. They also had 4 visitors. They have over 100 auxiliaries and one Adjutorian member. Three active members are Praetorians. During home visitation a lady with M.S. is helped with gardening and personal affairs and has become a good friend of the legionaries. The Director of Nursing in a nursing home is keen to expand the Legion’s role. 100 Packs were presented to Confirmation children and the Principal was enthusiastic about the establishment of a Pioneer Group.
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AFRICA

Yvory Coast: During the period April to June 2014 four Praesidia, a Curia, three Comitia and a Regia gave their Annual Reports to the Senatus. The combined membership of these groups is: 14,473 Active, (of whom 2,082 are Praetorians); 2,913 Auxiliary, (of whom 1,028 are Adjutorian). They made 210,996 visits to people in their homes and in various other locations. During these visits they contacted 1,698,845 people, the majority of them Catholic, but also Methodists, Jehovah Witnesses, Muslims, various Sects and people with no religion. The result of their endeavours was: families reconciled, 504; marriages regularised, 729; returns to Mass, 984; baptisms, 7,502; Confirmations, 1,493; Sacrament of Reconciliation, 933; Sacrament of the Sick, 273; Catechumens enrolled, 12,000. They also visited 157,308 sick people in their homes and 419,214 in hospitals. The Legion is expanding all the time and they are in the process of procuring a more complete picture of its structure throughout the country. To this end they are trying to appoint correspondents to assist with the work. A week-end Retreat for officers in which it is hoped that up to 1,000 legionaries may take part, is being planned. Ever since they undertook a Mission to the neighbouring country, Mali, in October 2013, they have maintained contact with the Legion there and recently a Spiritual Director from Mali attended a meeting of the Senatus in Abidjan. They are expecting to receive shortly a comprehensive report on the structure of the Legion in Mali.

TOGO
Senatus of Lome
: A report was given on the meeting with officers of some neighbouring countries held during the first week-end in August. Of the attendance of nearly 50 legionaries, 15 came from Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast and Ghana. The Spiritual Director of the Senatus of Ivory Coast congratulated and thanked the Senatus of Lome for hosting and organising the event. Preparations for the PPC to Ghana are on-going. Many Curiae reported on having organised Exploratio Dominicalis projects, most on having junior praesidiae, returns to the Sacraments, marriages regularised and enrolment in Catechism classes, plus conversions. Among those contacted were many Muslims and those of the traditional African religion. Extension is on-going. The general audit was done. The final comprehensive report on the visit of 2 legionaries to Senegal has been received.

CAMEROUN
Douala Senatus: The July meeting was the first Senatus meeting held in the newly build Marian Centre. Regia Bertoua reported that the Legion exists in every parish in 4 Dioceses and that in Yokadouma Diocese only 2 parishes do not have the Legion. Most Councils reporting have at least 1 junior praesidium, but 3 Dioceses have no juniors. One new Curia was set up titled, ‘Our Lady of Providence’. Following an Exploratio Dominicalis held in the 2 Parishes of Eseka, 50 adults and 38 juniors were recruited, resulting in 4 new praesidia being set-up. Yaoundé Regia reported that 4 new praesidia were set up in the Central Prison. With the existing 2 praesidia a new Curia was established in the prison and was formerly inaugurated with Holy Mass. In the Diocese of Bafia a new Comitium was established in Ntui. The Legion Chaplain complimented the Legion on the great extension work they are doing. Other Exploratio Dominicalia projects and Patrician meetings were reported on. At the general Bishops’ Conference of the Cameroun the Legion of Mary was congratulated. The new Handbook has been printed and is ready for distribution. Some Muslims were converted. Contact with Tchad is on-going.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Brazzaville Regia
: Visitation of councils and praesidia are undertaken regularly, in particular where elections of council officers are taking place. Work reports include home and hospital visitation, street contact, teaching catechism, organising the Liturgy, visiting prisoners, widows, orphans and the poor. A Comitium organised a Day of Formation for their praesidia and Curiae officers. Legionaries of the Regia are encouraged each month to read various extracts from legionary publications for on-going formation. In the Diocese of Owando, 412 legionaries attended the Acies of Our Lady of Victories Comitium. Many legionary activities were organised that same weekend, including the visitation of homes in the parish. 500 people were contacted – Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, pagan, atheist and members of sects. One request for Confession was made; one person promised to come and pray in the Church and a poor abandoned person was discovered.

BENIN REPUBLIC
The average membership of the senior praesidia reporting was 17 and of the junior praesidia reporting to junior Curia was 26. Persons and families of all religions and none are included in the Legion’s outreach with good results in conversions, returns to the Sacraments and marriages regularised. From 30th May onwards, a programme of events to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Legion in the country has been in progress. The Spiritual Director of Comé Comitium asked that council meetings accommodate the local language (in this case, Fon) as well as French.
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MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA

MEXICO
There are 2 Senatus and 3 Regia in Mexico.
Mexico City Senatus: The praesidia directly attached to the Senatus have increased from 6 to 11. The Senatus has an extension worker who visits councils, attends meetings, officers meetings and so on. A representative of the Body for Lay Movements attended and addressed the Senatus meeting in June. A Youth Conference was also held in June.

Merida Senatus: 5 Comitia, 5 Curiae and 6 praesidia reported during this period. All councils and praesidia report large numbers of active and auxiliary members. Legion works indicate contact with big numbers of families who have joined one or other of the sects; some have returned to the practice of the Catholic faith. They also meet large numbers of Catholics who have just discontinued to practice and they say that this category is the least open to dialogue. A Parish Priest invited the legionaries to set up the Legion and do visitation in his parish to counteract the sects. A number of scripture groups have been set up to help people to read understand and meditate on scripture. There is an improvement in the junior movement including a number of new praesidia for boys.

Durango Regia: Attached presidia and Curiae are visited. The Hierarchy appreciate the help and perseverance of the legionaries. The monthly correspondence from Concilium is read and discussed at the Regia meetings.

Monterrey Regia: Legionaries manned a stand in a gathering of different apostolic movements where they spoke to a large number of interested persons. Some praesidia carried out a home-to- home census. An attached Curia reported the setting up of a junior praesidium with 10 members, while another reported 3 new adult praesidia, each with about 9 members. Another Curia reported book barrow work where they meet large numbers of people and distribute hand-outs with religious formation. During the six weeks of Lent legionaries conducted Stations of the Cross in a housing estate and finished with Mass and refreshments.

Guadalajara Regia: Most of the Legion work is of the consolation nature. 100 Miraculous Medals and leaflets were distributed after Mass on the 27 November. One praesidium reported setting up another paresidium.

CENTRAL AMERICA
NICARAGUA

Managua: This council comprises 2 Comitia, 4 Curiae and 2 junior praesidia. The legionaries are preparing to set up a Comitium in the Diocese of Santo Tomas de Chotales. The Legion in the Diocese is scattered. A Comitium to govern the Diocese would resolve the problem. Two new praesidia were set up, one in each of the two Comitia. 370 prisoners were visited; 30 went to confession. A Mass attended by all the prisoners was organised by the legionaries.
Regia of Panama: A praesidium recruited 77 auxiliaries. They do the usual Legion works including street contact. 90 homes were consecrated to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Legionaries participate in a radio programme. There are plans to set up a Curia in a new Diocese and eventually a Comitium to govern that area.

EL SALVADOR
Senatus of San Salvador:
A new junior praesidium was set up. The usual Legion works are carried out including an apostolate to cancer patients. 90 prisoners were visited. Legionaries baptised a still-born baby. Children under 5 years of age are taught to say the Rosary and Legion Prayers.
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Maria et Patria Projects in Ennis and Waterford Ireland
October 2014
MEP PROJECT TO ENNIS, IRELAND

On 9th and 10th June 32 legionaries took part in the Ennis MEP project. 623 homes were visited. 32 ‘special cases’ were encountered for priests to call. They met 185 lapsed, 72, non –Catholics. 2030 Miraculous Medals were distributed. 9 people said they would be interested in active Legion membership. One person is very happy to join. The others who expressed an interest are to be followed up. Great tribute was paid to Fr. Tom Hogan, Administrator of the Cathedral and Fr. Jer Fitzerald who gave wonderful Allocutios at the meetings.

MEP PROJECT TO WATERFORD CITY, IRELAND

On 11th and 12th August a team of 40, assisted by Frs. Michael Kennedy and Derek O’Connell did home visitation in Waterford City. 2,840 homes were visited. 20 people gave their names for active Legion membership and 54 for auxiliary membership. 8 non team members attended the 2 Patrician meetings. They distributed 1672 Miraculous Medals and hundreds of information leaflets on the Legion with meeting times and places of meetings, Mass and Confession times and other parish details. A 21 year old man had his Confession heard. A sick man also had his Confession heard and received Holy Communion.
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Peregrinatio Pro Christo September 2014
October 2014
PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO - IRELAND

The team of 7 Irish and 5 British legionaries have arrived home safely from their project in Erfurt, Germany, reporting very positive results.
This year, legionaries from Malta will attend the Peregrinatio Pro Christo Annual Conference in All Hallows College, Dublin and report on their projects.
Prayers are requested for a successful Conference on Saturday 8th November.
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Promoting the Junior Legion - a 10-Point Plan
October 2014
PROMOTING THE JUNIOR LEGION – A 10 POINT PLAN

“… it should be regarded as a necessary part of the system of each senior praesidium to conduct a junior praesidium.” (Handbook 14:22)
Senior praesidia which do not have junior praesidia attached might give serious consideration to the above words. Obviously, some praesidia experience difficulty in this manner, particularly in regard to providing senior officers for a junior praesidium. Due weight should be given however to the value of the junior Legion to young people and every effort should be made to overcome the obstacles which lie in the way.
The following words taken from the Papal Exhortation, “Christifideles Laici”, which are quoted in chapter 36:22 of the Handbook should be an incentive to senior praesidia in this regard:
“…young people are and ought to be encouraged to be active on behalf of the Church as leading characters in evangelisation and participants in the renewal of society.” (CL 46)
Suggestions as to steps which might be taken by senior praesidia towards setting up a junior praesidium.
1. Consideration by the senior praesidium.
2. Consultation with the senior Curia.
3. Consultation with the Parish Priest and school authorities.
4. Set a date for the first meeting.
5. Members of the senior praesidium pray for this intention and invite their auxiliaries to pray for it also.
6. A small hand-out (information leaflet) might be prepared inviting young people to consider membership.
7. The praesidium canvasses young people in its area through visitation of homes, schools and recreation areas.
8. In the course of home visitation, as well as speaking to the young people they meet, the legionaries inform parents of the proposal and explain to them the value of the Legion membership to their children.
9. One of the senior members is asked to take on the Presidency of the new junior praesidium. If possible, a second senior member should be asked to become Vice President.
10. Consideration should be given to a programme of work for the juniors.
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Allocutio at September 2014 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
October 2014
THE REALITY OF THE DEVIL

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Recently I became aware that in all my years in the Legion of Mary I had never given an Allocutio on the Devil. He must be delighted with that fact, but extremely annoyed with this Allocutio. Of course the devil is not the central figure of our Catholic faith. The centre belongs to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, to Jesus Christ as the Incarnation of the second Person of the Trinity, to Mary His Mother, the Communion of Saints, the Mystical Body of Christ, the Eucharist and the other Sacraments and all the articles of our faith. But it would be utter foolishness and naivety to ignore or soft pedal the reality of the devil, whose existence we acknowledge by faith and is verified so often in our existence.

Perhaps it would be helpful to quote some words from a document commissioned and recommended by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on ‘Christian Faith and Demonology’: ‘The many forms of superstition, obsessional preoccupation with Satan and the demons, and the different kinds of worship of them attachment to them have always been condemned by the Church. It would therefore be incorrect to hold that Christianity, forgetful of the universal Lordship of Christ, had at any time made Satan the privileged subject of its preaching, transforming the Good News of the Risen Lord into a message of terror.’

From its very beginning the Legion has been acutely aware of the existence od Satan. One of the foundational Biblical texts in Legion spirituality quoted five times in the Handbook is the words of Genesis 3:15: ‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed and she will crush your head.’ We know of course that it is Jesus who primarily crushes the head of Satan, but in union with the whole Church we believe in the role of Mary in the battle with Satan. So legionaries give a special place to the image of Mary on the Miraculous Medal, which continues a centuries old tradition of Christian art of portraying Our Lady as crushing the head of Satan. The devil appears in the first book of the Bible and continues to appear in all the other books right up to the last one, the Book of Revelation. Jesus opens His apostolate with a direct confrontation with Satan in the desert and throughout His ministry He encounters the devil and especially in His passion and death. But His triumph over Satan, sin and death is absolute and it is this absolute triumph that the Church celebrates in the great Sign of the Cross and that gives us ultimate confidence in our own conflict with the devil.

It is the forthright and frequent teaching of Pope Francis on the existence of the devil and how to deal with him that triggered this Allocutio. For instance: ‘We are all tempted, because…our spiritual life, our Christian life, is a battle,’ the Pope said. This comes from the fact that ‘the Devil does not want us to become holy; he does not want us to follow Jesus. Of course, one of you will say: but father, you are so old fashioned, speaking about the devil in the 21st century!’ To this Pope Francis replied: ‘Watch out, the devil exists even in the 21st century. And we must not be naïve. We must learn from the Gospel how to deal with him.’ In another homily he says: ‘On this point there is no shadow of doubt. A battle exists, a battle in which the eternal salvation of us all is at stake. There are no alternatives even if at times we hear about ‘pastoral proposals that seem more accommodating. No! Either you are with Jesus or against Him.’ The good legionary will resonate with those words of Pope Francis.

Let us point to that rallying antiphon so loved by the Legion: Who is She that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?’ So, emphatically the Legion knows it is engaged a battle – the fiercest and most important battle ever waged, a battle over the eternal destiny of souls. Let me repeat: the good legionary is always aware that he is in a battle, a ruthless and relentless one concerned with the salvation of souls. Not to be aware of the reality of the devil, the specialist in dividing people and the telling of blatant or more often the subtlest of lies is living in a fantasy world. But we are the army of Mary and with her and through her we will conquer Satan in our time and place. We remember the words of St. John Paul 11 to our founder Frank Duff: ‘Victory comes through Mary’. Those words were a perfect expression of the profound conviction of our Founder and the spirit of the Legion.

We know that the Legion works in places and cultures in the world where the very existence of the devil is denied and ridiculed and also it works in places and cultures where there is a superstitious preoccupation with the devil sometimes expressed in demonic rituals. So it might be helpful as a basis for discussion at a Patrician meeting or other Legion forum to conclude this Allocutio with two short quotations concerning the existence, nature and limits of the devil. One from the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church and the other from the Document recommended by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith mentioned earlier.

“Triumph over Evil: It is to Faith in fact that the Apostle Peter leads us back when he exhorts us to resist the devil, ‘strong in faith.’ Faith teaches us that the reality of evil ‘is a living spiritual being, perverted and corrupting.’ Faith can also give confidence by assuring us that the power of Satan cannot go beyond the limits set by God. Faith likewise assures us that even though the devil is able to tempt us, he cannot force our consent. Above all faith opens the heart of prayer, in which it finds its victory and crown. It thus enables us to triumph over evil through the power of God” (Congregation of the Faith)

“The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God’s reign. Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and His Kingdom in Christ, and although his action may cause grave injuries – of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature- to each person and to society, the action is permitted by providence which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but ‘we know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him.’ (CCC395)

Let us leave the last word to Pope Francis: ‘Let us ask the Lord for the grace to take these things seriously. He came to battle for our salvation, and he has conquered the devil.’
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The context of the new evangelisation is one that requires of us a deep, personal experience of God…………..So the first point that we learn from Mary in this context is the need to put God in the first place in our lives and do the good God wants.

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