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Allocutio at June 2017 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
July 2017

The Essence of the Spirit and System of the Legion of Mary

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Frank Duff, our Founder gave considerable thought into writing what is called the Standing Instruction. It consists of only four sentences but in them we have four keys for unlocking the essential spirit and essence of the Legion of Mary. Bro. Duff considered them so important that he insisted in the Handbook that they be read by the President of the praesidium at the first meeting of every month. But surely he wanted them not only to be read but also to be meditated on with a view to unpacking their meaning and implementing them ever more deeply and effectively in our inner life and outer apostolates.

Today, I offer a reflection on the third sentence of the Standing Instruction that goes as follows: ‘the performance of a substantial active legionary work, in the 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.’

Let me begin with a quotation from Pope Francis: ‘I have a dogmatic certainty that God is in every person’s life, even if the life of a person is a disaster, even if their life has been destroyed by vices, drugs, or anything else. God is in this person’s life. Although the life of this person is a land of thorns and weeds, there is always a space where a good seed can grow. But you have to trust God.’ I think those words express quintessential Legion spirituality. There is absolutely no such thing as a hopeless case and one of the most beautiful and challenging apostolates of the Legion is to sow seeds of hope in persons and situations that seem utterly hopeless and riddled with despair. We need to keep this priority before our minds as we read the Standing Instruction and plan our apostolates.

But what is the doctrinal basis for these attitudes and convictions of the Legion? Let me just single out just three reasons. First, every human person is made in the image and likeness of God and the ultimate reason of our personal existence is that we live in friendship with God for all eternity. So we are in touch with God in some real sense when we are in touch with the human person. The creative love of God is at the heart of the personal existence of every human person. Secondly, Christ thought it worthwhile to die for every single human person without exception. Sin, especially grave and habitual sin may weaken or even destroy our love for God or even openness to Him, but it does not weaken one iota God’s love for the sinner. Christ made the purpose of the Incarnation absolutely clear: ‘I came to call sinners.’ And Christ is on the Cross because he loves sinners infinitely. Thirdly, Mary is the mother of every human person in the order of grace and she shares in her Son’s great love for the weakest and those in most need of affirmation, hope, and love. The Legion seeks to be an instrument of Mary’s maternal love for the whole of mankind but especially those who are most alienated from her Son.

But how do we acquire or deepen these Gospel and Legion attitudes and convictions? Let me suggest just three superb ways. First, let us turn to Mary and ask her to give us some share in her great love for all children especially those we meet in our homes, in our workplace, and in our apostolates. We ask for the grace to be humble and courageous instruments of her maternal love for souls. We are called to see Jesus in everyone we meet and no one can help us to see Jesus more clearly in everyone we meet than Mary his Mother. In union and dependence on her no legionary or praesidium or higher council can ultimately fail. Secondly, let us turn to the Eucharist. I think of Saint Theresa of Calcutta who said that the charism of her Congregation was to go from the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist to the presence of Christ in the heavy disguise of the poorest of the poor, to the destitute, to those whom nobody else will love. She said her mission would be impossible without the Eucharist. I think Frank Duff would concur completely with that conviction. Thirdly, we learn to be legionaries and appropriate the deep truth of our faith and our vocation in the weekly meetings of the praesidium and meetings of the higher councils. This is where we should learn to recognise Jesus in our fellow members and discover how to have a true devotion to Mary and share in her mission to the world. The praesidium must be a place where we experience the true dignity of the human person, a place where we experience a genuine affirmation, support and indeed a real friendship. It must be the place where we experience what it really means to be a member of the Mystical Body of Christ and to have Mary as our Mother and our deepest confidante and companion. It is hard to see how a praesidium or indeed any Legion council can survive, let alone thrive without a constant turning to the tremendous doctrinal truths that are its indispensable foundation. I think the greatest recruiting power of the Legion will always be the joy and apostolic solidarity of a praesidium and legionaries explicitly trying to live out the four sentences of the Standing Instruction. Let me conclude by reading once more the sentence we have been reflecting on today: ‘the performance of a substantial active legionary work, in the 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.



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Concilium Bulletin June 2017
July 2017

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: There was an ever-increasing attendance at the procession through the streets of Buenos Aires to the tomb of Alfie Lambe this month. Many legionaries and non-legionaries visit the tomb during the year. When Alex Craig, a grand nephew of Alfie, visited the grave there were many legionaries there to welcome him. The Senatus members take an active part in proceedings.

Cordoba Senatus: A Curia reported one of their main apostolates is home visitation with a statue of Our Lady; there are 12 of these statues in circulation. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is also encouraged undertaken. Three nursing homes are visited; they run eight prayer cenacles and two houses of prayer.

Salta Senatus: One of the many Salta student legionaries who has just finished her studies in Madrid, hopes to fulfil her dream to visit the Concilium before she returns to Salta. Young adult legionaries do contact work on buses, in the streets and organise Stations of the Cross in a public park. The Concilium correspondent’s letter is commented on at Senatus meetings and photocopies of the letter are sent to all attached councils. A new stock of Alfie Lambe leaflets has been printed for distribution on all Legion works. Alfie Lambe founded the Legion in Salta. Corrientes Regia: The works of a Comitium in Roque Saenz Pena include home and nursing home visitation plus weekly visits to a prison where they recite the Rosary, do Bible study and meditate with inmates on the Gospel. Rosario Regia: Sr. Noelia Garcia from Buenos Aires Senatus and Bro. Leo Fiorelli, president of the Senatus of Montevideo, will visit the council on behalf of the Concilium.

BRAZIL
Belo Horizonte Senatus: A Comitium in Contagem reported visits to 829 families and 995 sick people were visited at home or in hospital. Juiz de Fora Regia visited 18,435 families. Some Evangelical parents gave permission for their children to participate in the Catholic Church ceremonies. One young legionary has begun studying for the priesthood.
Ponta Grossa Senatus: Legionaries made 7,291 home visits and 1,126 visits to hospitals. They encouraged seven couples to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony, prepared three prisoners to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, three for the Eucharist and four for Confirmation.

Recife Senatus: The Senatus is preparing to publish the Life of Alfie Lambe. One Comitium reported 1,690 home visits. Expansion continues in most Comitia areas with new members being recruited. In a Recife suburb the Legion presents programmes on the radio. A Curia in Recife reported that all praesidia do Exploratio Dominicalis. There is a report of a favour obtained through Alfie Lambe. During an Allocutio, Fr. Venilson stated that the disciplined training he received as a junior legionary helped his training for the priesthood. Regia of Maceio, covering the area of the small State of Alagoas, visited more than 22,000 homes. Regia of João Pessoa reported teaching the Rosary to 1,780 people. A new Curia and two praesidia were set up.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: All councils send their reports punctually, including those in the distant Western Amazonian region. A praesidium in the city centre works with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Also in Rio, sponsor- parents were obtained for a hundred destitute children. A Legionary who is a physiotherapist attended over 100 patients free of charge and gave each a leaflet on Our Lady. There is a thriving junior Curia in Copacabana. Plans are under way to purchase a new Legion premises in Bangu. Two Evangelicals were converted and are now legionaries, one active, and the other auxiliary.

Salvador Senatus: The Senatus carried out a Peregrinatio Pro Christo in Maraú from 11th to 18th March. Two Curiae reported holding Congresses. A young legionary in a Curia in Barbalha helped to arrange for 20 adolescents to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Legionaries in the Regia of Vitoria da Conquista carried out evangelisation among prisoners.

Santa Maria Senatus: Praesidia in most councils have an average membership of ten. Rarely is there more than one Praetorian member in a praesidium. Work reported was apostolate in the cemetery, with recitation of the Rosary and distribution of leaflets.

São Luís Senatus: Legionaries continue a persevering apostolate to families, hospitals and prisons. They prepare many for Baptism and Marriage, do evangelisation at bus terminals and the airport and reach out to bereaved families, the homeless, prostitutes and people with drug addiction.

São Paulo Senatus: Following his appointment by Most Reverend, D. Odilo Pedro Scherer, Archbishop of São Paulo a warm welcome was given to the new Spiritual Director of the Senatus, Frei Guilherme Pereira Anselmo Junior, who took up office at the March 2017 meeting of the Senatus. Thanks were expressed to the former Spiritual Director, Father Ivan Roberto Danhoni, for his services to the Senatus. Reports showed visits to homes, including some Protestant homes, hospitals and homes for the elderly and visits to the sick and aged in their homes. Legionaries bring Holy Communion to many sick and aged people. Prisoners are also visited. An 80-year-old man made his first Confession and First Holy Communion.

Brasilia Regia: A Comitium in south Brasilia reports an apostolate among the bereaved, attending and praying at wakes and funerals. On All Souls’ Day, at the request of the Parish Priest, members spent all day in a cemetery guiding visitors in prayer. Parents of newly-born babies are reminded of the importance of Baptism and children are recruited for catechesis. Progress included setting up of two new Curiae, one a junior in a town north of Brasilia.

ASIA
MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur Regia: Works include assisting at a soup kitchen and a wide range of duties during nursing home visitation. The total membership of reporting councils was 645 active, 889 auxiliaries in 61 senior and 4 junior praesidia. Contact is made with Indonesian immigrants, orphanages are visited and RCIA work is done. One person received the Sacrament of Reconciliation after 30 years lapsed. One legionary joined a seminary.

TAIWAN
The Senatus report shows 8 praesidia set up in recent months and 3 praesidia established in Taipei city. A Curia with 21 praesidia has 233 active members and 188 Praetorians. A new praesidium for the Aborigine community is in formation.

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: The Annual Report shows 13 Curiae, including 4 Chinese senior and 3 junior Curiae and 1 Korean senior Curia. Two English-speaking junior Curiae have a total of 1,800 active and 3,900 auxiliary members. In January Fidelis Curia which has 25 praesidia and 236 active members gave its 55th Annual Report. They have a junior Curia with 14 praesidia and works include street contact, catechumen classes, prison, hospital and elderly home visitation, book barrow, consecration of homes to the Sacred Heart, Sunday school, taking care of juniors and Patricians. Apostolates in most councils throughout Hong Kong include similar works.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: West Seoul Regia has 13,297 active members and a total of 23,994 auxiliary members. Of the 2,502 Baptisms of catechumens, 67 were due to RCIA instruction. The Regia has 1,535 praesidia, including 38 young adult praesidia and 41 junior praesidia. Uijeongbu Regia has 9,530 active, 15,726 auxiliary and 1, 359 Praetorian members. Many who are sick at home and in hospitals are visited and contact is made with non-Catholics. A young adult praesidium celebrated its 1,000th meeting. As well as parish activities, voluntary work is done in Welfare Institutions and hospitals.

Gwangju Senatus: Masan Regia reported 27,240 people recruited as catechumens of whom 1,624 were baptised. Visits to the lapsed resulted in 2,313 returning to practice of the faith. Jeju Regia and reporting Comitia all reported big numbers of Baptisms and returns to the Sacraments.

Daegu Senatus: Andong Regia reported 99 catechumens recruited, 77 Baptisms and 198 returns to practice of the faith. The Senatus celebrated its 60th Anniversary on 6th June.

JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: A new translation of the commentary for the Frank Duff DVD is now available in Japanese. Legionaries visit an elderly member who can no longer speak, and a re-cycling shop where good contact is made among the homeless.

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: The junior Curia comprises 16 praesidia in various Institutions. Young members give talks on the Legion in schools. Senior legionaries visit homes and hospitals and also promote the Miraculous Medal and Rosary.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Prisons, homes and hospitals are visited. Sunday-School classes for catechumens and attending to auxiliary members were reported.
Jakarta Senatus: The family of a non-Catholic man critically ill after an accident asked for prayers; this person was visited by legionaries who prayed for him. The relative of a cancer patient also asked for prayers and is now recovering well. Baptisms, returns to the Sacraments and visits to people of all faiths was reported.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Cloyne Comitium: Midleton praesidium undertakes home, hospital, nursing home and home visitation. The book barrow is manned at all the weekend Masses. West Cloyne Curia: Castlemagner praesidium with 6 members reported on their work of home, hospital and nursing home visitation plus school visits to 5th and 6th classes. East Cloyne Curia: Fermoy had a very successful MEP project led by Fr. Michael Kennedy with 36 legionaries participating on 19-20 April, visiting 1,896 homes. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima blessed by Pope Francis was given a guard of honour by legionaries when it visited Mallow on 26th March.

Cork Comitium: A praesidium with 9 members and 15 auxiliaries while doing home visitation look for homes that would like to take the Fatima statue. This year one of the members led the St. Patrick’s Day Parade saying the Rosary and displaying the statue of Our Lady. Another praesidium has 9 members and 35 auxiliaries. Two pairs do home visitation weekly and offer the Pilgrim statue to families. In June legionaries made a Pilgrimage to Frank Duff’s grave and also visited Alfie Lambe’s original house in Tullamore. One member is a parish catechist. Muire na Gras Curia has 10 praesidia attached and plans for this year are to assist weaker praesidia by visiting Estates in the relevant areas. Coronata Curia has 7 praesidia attached. Works include home, nursing home and Pilgrim statue visitation.

Kerry Comitium: The new praesidium in Listowel has 5 members. They have started home visitation and gave the Fatima statue into a school where a decade of the Rosary was recited and a talk on Fatima given to the 5th class. The 250 pupils in the school recited the full Rosary for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on 10th May. An Evening of Prayer organised by legionaries was held in Ardfert Retreat Centre with a good attendance. The three causes are promoted and Holy Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral in Killarney at the beginning of June to commemorate the birthday of Frank Duff.

Mid Clare Comitium: Lissycarey praesidium has 5 members and 14 auxiliaries. They organise and lead a Divine Mercy prayer meeting on the first Friday of each month. Corofin praesidium has 6 members. With the permission of their Parish Priest they organised Brown Scapular enrolment ceremonies in all 3 Churches of the parish for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last July. Cottage visitation to the holiday homes in the parish was done in August. Mostly English, German and Irish people were met. Shannon praesidium has 7 members, including 3 Praetorians and they have 19 auxiliaries. The Fatima statue has been in most homes of the Filipino community and a small number of Irish homes. A Divine Mercy Icon donated to the praesidium has also been brought to the homes of the Filipino community. A meeting of Officers of the Comitium and the 2 attached Curiae took place on 20th March.

Thurles Comitium: A meeting of auxiliary members was held in May. The PPC and MEP Regional Conference held in March had an attendance of 40. Many reports mention schools with particular focus on the Rosary and Fatima. The praesidium in Ballycahill covers a wide ranging apostolate including hospital visitation, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, visiting schools and distribution of Catholic newspapers. Another praesidium focuses on visiting people living alone in isolated areas and also on home and hospital visitation. Cashel Curia: Legionaries travel long distances to attend meetings. Fethard praesidium has 9 members and they support the praesidium in Clonmel. Tipperary Curia heard reports from 2 praesidia with membership of 7 and 9.

CURIAE

Birr/Roscrea Curia: Clonlisk praesidium undertakes visitation of a nursing home and the elderly. They promote the Pioneers in a school and 6 pupils were enrolled in the junior Pioneers. The 8 members of the praesidium in Kinnitty train altar servers, sell Catholic newspapers, promote the Pioneers among the Confirmation class, undertake spiritual work with 1st year students in the Cistercian College in Roscrea and helped out at the Youth 2000 Festival in St. Joseph’s Abbey.

Limerick Curia: The reporting praesidia have 8 and 6 members, 20 auxiliaries and 5 Adjutorians. Works include sale of Catholic newspapers and magazines, visitation of a hospital and a nursing home. One praesidium compiles and mails a newsletter to Abbeyfeale emigrants all over the world 8 or 9 times a year. One praesidium has a Patrician meeting with average attendance of 8.

Lismore Curia: The reporting praesidium has 8 members. They have a variety of works including home and Pilgrim statue visitation. Two members are involved in the Sunday Children’s liturgy.
Waterford Curia has 4 praesidia attached, including one praesidium from the former South Ossory Curia. The Curia Retreat given by Mons. Holden began with Bishop Cullinane offering Mass for the Legion of Mary.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE

Ancilla Domini Curia: A praesidium of 10 members with 128 verified auxiliaries meets in Myra House where the first Legion meeting was held on 7th September 1921. Works include home visitation, contact work in Temple Bar, organising the monthly Pauline Circle and an apostolate to the Jewish community. A public Rosary organised by the praesidium had an attendance of 42. A recruiting drive in another parish resulted in two new members.

Benedicta Curia: In the course of hospital visitation a young person said it was a miracle the legionaries contacted him as he was interested in becoming a Catholic. He was put in touch with his Parish Priest with a view to enrolling in the RCIA programme. He attends Mass regularly. One member of Benedicta junior Curia encouraged her grandparents to become auxiliary members. They returned to the Philippines and now a new praesidium has been set up there.

Gloriosa Curia: A praesidium of 5 members working in one parish has 9 auxiliaries and visits 3 nursing homes. This praesidium, established following the visit by Morning Star Hostel legionaries, is planning to operate a religious book exchange after Masses on Sundays. A praesidium working in another parish has 2 Praetorian members and 12 auxiliaries. The members give great attention to six special cases and two members work in the Regina Coeli Hostel.

Immaculata Curia: An apostolate to the First Communion and Confirmation children in 8 schools is carried out by this Curia. So far 222 Gift Packets including Miraculous Medals and explanatory leaflets, Rosary beads, Rosary leaflets and holy pictures relating to First Communion or Confirmation have been distributed. The legionaries got a great reception at the schools and have been invited back for next year. 37 Patricians and 35 legionaries attended 9 Patrician meetings. 50 parishioners attended a guided Holy Hour organised by the Legion.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: A praesidium of 6 members including one Praetorian has 45 verified auxiliaries and 3 religious Adjutorians. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation. Contact was made with students at a College and Miraculous Medals and “Joy of Confession” leaflets were distributed. 100 Miraculous Medals were given to 6th class students who were leaving primary school. Two Patrician meetings had an attendance of 5 and 8. A Frank Duff Prayer meeting had an attendance of 7.

Annunciata Curia: The main work of one praesidium is home visitation. As there is Eucharistic Adoration every day from 10.30 a.m. to 7.p.m. in the parish Church legionaries promote it on their work. The members plan to offer the Fatima statue on a regular basis as this proved a successful introduction and focus on family prayer in the past. 23 attended 3 Patrician meetings.

Mater Ecclesia Curia: Street contact was done two Saturdays before Easter and 500 fliers giving times of Masses and Confessions in 16 parishes were distributed. Four members of a praesidium in another parish distribute 40 Maria Legionis. A Patrician meeting had an attendance of 18.

Assumpta Curia: A praesidium of 6 full members and 2 probationers working in one parish run a Patrician meeting, visits nursing homes, care for 90 auxiliary members, distribute 70 Maria Legionis, and help in the parish bookshop. They organise a Frank Duff Prayer group on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 3-4 p.m. in the parish meeting room, and organise a public Rosary at a shrine in of Our Lady in May and October. In December they showed slides on the Miraculous Medal to the First Communion and Confirmation classes in the boys Primary School. They hope to restart their junior praesidium in September.

Our Lady of Fatima Curia: A praesidium of 5 members in one parish promotes the Pioneers, and visits the sick and elderly each week. A praesidium working in another area does home visitation and visits a prison.

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EUROPE
CROATIA
Zadar Comitium has 8 senior and 2 junior praesidia and 5 Curiae attached. Permission has been given by the Regia for a new Comitium to govern 3 Curiae in the city of Split. Sarajeva Curia has 7 praesidia. Petrinja Curia was raised to Comitium on 15th May with 87 present. The new Curia in Lasinja was set up on 10th June with 9 praesidia. Works done by reporting praesidia include looking after junior praesidia, home and hospital visitation, crowd contact, visiting war veterans and promoting Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Osijek Comitium has 7 praesidia and 2 Curiae attached with a membership of 146 active members. Much good work is recorded with returns to the Sacraments, some after a long period. The junior Curia has 62 members and extension is being done throughout the Diocese. Zagreb South Curia: Praesidia were set up in two parishes. In Zagreb West Curia 61 persons received the Sacrament of Confession and Holy Communion following Legion visitation. Queen of Martyrs Curia reported the validation of one marriage and monthly Patrician meetings. Bjelovar-Krizevci Curia enrolled 23 new auxiliaries.

BOSNIA HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 praesidia affiliated. In a Gerontology Centre the legionaries prepared some of the residents for Confession and Holy Mass. One person received the Sacraments after a long lapse from the faith.

SLOVENIA
The Spiritual Director and President of a newly-established praesidium attended the January meeting of the Regia and gave an update of the new praesidium.

AUSTRIA
Vienna Senatus celebrated its 800th meeting in April. A Mass was held in Vienna Cathedral for Venerable Edel Quinn. 40 attended their Congress, 20 their Retreat. Insbruck Comitium: 30 undertook the consecration to Our Lady. Hollabrunn Comitium undertook an apostolate in the red light district.

UKRAINE
Five new praesidia and 2 student Curiae were started in Winnitsa and Harkow.18 attended the first Congress in Kiev. Every parish with the Legion holds a Frank Duff Annual Mass. Translation of Legion literature is on-going. Srs. Kriss and Nuwordu will return there this summer.

MOLDOVA
Chisinau Curia: All 9 praesidia undertake regular recruiting; there are new members in 3 of the praesidia. Extension is planned for 4 villages. They contact the lapsed with the support of the Parish Priest. Tiraspol praesidium members brought 4 people to Mass for the first time.

BULGARIA
Three Spiritual Directors attend the new Svischtov Curia. Three marriages were regularised by the praesidium in Sofia. The Bulgarian Frank Duff DVD was sent to Bishops, priests and religious houses.

SLOVAKIA
Trnava Curia has 10 praesidia and recruited 5 new active members following a Novena to Venerable Edel Quinn.
Zseliz Comitium: Legionaries care for 1st Holy Communicants and promote the Pilgrim statue. After visiting 3 parishes, the Legion was started in Nyir.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Olmutz Comitium has 6 praesidia and 1 Curia. 219 received Confession through hospital visitation. A commemoration Mass was held for Alfie Lambe.
Prague Comitium has 14 praesidia and 1 Curia. This council is considering establishing a Curia for the Diocese of Koeniggraetz.

ROMANIA
Satu Matu Regia: 8 praesidia reported mostly works of service. Carei Comitium has 14 praesidia and 1 Curia attached. Legionaries in Oradea Comitium are active with Radio Maria and praying the Rosary on line. Bucharest Curia: A summer school in Romania is planned for July by Austria.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia with 19 praesidia, 11 Curiae and 5 Comitia, has a Nazareth group, 42 other junior groups, 375 prayer groups, reported 61 conversions, 8 from other faiths. Two Austrian Senatus representatives visited Budapest Regia.

BELARUS
Extension Efforts continue. 2 new junior praesidia were established. The sick and elderly are visited at home and in nursing homes. They prepare residents for the Sacrament of Confession. The Bishop of Grodno thanked the legionaries for their work and devotion to Our Blessed Lady.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: Works of evangelisation are taking place in homes, streets, hospitals, parks, in night shelters for addicts, among the homeless and to Jehovah Witnesses. Legionaries also prepare children for the Sacraments. Warsaw Prague council reported visiting the sick, street contact, Church work and promoting the Miraculous Medal.

LITHUANIA
Telesai Comitium: 30 of the 90 parishes have the Legion. Due to hospital visitation 65 patients went to Confession and 32 received Anointing of the Sick. Kaunus Comitium has 13 praesidia and 7 Curiae attached.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium has 12 praesidia and 3 Curiae. Families are visited and street contact is undertaken. One family returned to practice. Rezekne Curia has 10 praesidia and recently started junior praesidia.

AFRICA

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Senatus of Butembo: Reports were received from 1 Regia, 10 Comitia and 6 praesidia for March, April and May. Results of works reported include families reconciled, 120 children baptised, 97 from single mothers, 24 Protestants converted and pagans taught catechism. Large numbers of lapsed returned to Sacraments. 17 sick people were anointed. 25 auxiliaries were enrolled. Addicts and alcoholics were helped. 157 young people joined Catholic organisations. 2 men gave up concubinage and 14 prostitutes ceased activity. Large numbers of children were brought to Mass, taught prayers and the Rosary.

Bros. Honore Kambale, Senatus President, and Bro. John de Dieu Kahindo, Secretary, spent 10 days travelling to Lubumbashi for installation of new the Senatus and participation in the Acies. They covered 2,022 miles taking a plane, boat, bus and military truck hoping to arrive in time. Unfortunately, inclement weather and bad roads held them up, so they were 3 days late and missed the ceremonies. They slept in the open air, in bus stations and in parish centres. The President of Bukavu Senatus joined them on their journey. They were supported along the way by religious and legionaries. On their arrival, after being welcomed by President Modeste Mutombo, they met Sr. Anne and Bro. Eddy Evers and undertook a work session. They discussed the apostolate, the organisation of the councils and centenary of Apparitions in Fatima, the World Meeting of Families in Ireland and setting up a web site for the Legion, attended meetings of local councils, visited an orphanage, and a local sanctuary and attended Mass. The Legion Presidents of Kananga, Kisangani, Bukavu, Lubumbashi and Butembo councils were all present. Pictures of the 2 parts of the Frank Duff Centre under construction were sent showing the blessing of the cornerstone. They hope to have the building completed for the Centenary of Legion in 2021.

Senatus of Bukavu: The Senatus organised 6 days of recollection for the spiritual formation of the members. Elections have been held and the 5 names of the new Senatus councilhave been forwarded to Concilium for ratification. Three joint apostolic projects have been carried out in the General Hospital of Bukavu, in other hospitals of the region and with the young seminarians. Visitation of new councils and the organising of elections of new officers in Kadutu and Burhale have taken place. A choir of youth legionaries has been set up. Insecurity in the region of Kivu constitutes a major obstacle to communication between the different outlying councils and for their visitation by councils.

Kisangani Senatus: Councils reported the following results: 458 adults and 46 juniors recruited; 437 ex-legionaries returned to active membership; Church marriages - 52; troubled families comforted with prayer - 176; reconciled families - 216; visits to hospitals, hospices and nursing homes - 986. Many children, youths and adults were received into the Catholic Church, also 21 from the sects. 10 lapsed returned. 4 more sisters and 2 priests have become Legion Spiritual Directors. Three youths are preparing for the priesthood. Legionaries teaching catechism prepared 79 for Confirmation and 23 for First Communion. Days of formation are regularly organised. 1,879 legionaries and 58 juniors assembled for the Acies on the 23rd of April.

Kananga Senatus: The Senatus has been going through a period of great difficulty. The war struck this region, leaving many dead, including members of the Legion of Mary. No Legion meetings can be held at present as many parishes have been demolished. There are no markets, no schools and no Masses. The bandits destroyed part of the home of Jean Tshitenge, President of the Senatus, while he was in Lubumbashi for the installation of the Senatus. The newly built Legion House was largely destroyed by the recent heavy rains. Lubumbashi Senatus: Among their works is home and prison visitation.

RWANDA
Senatus of Kigali: The main concern is the setting up of Regia. Cyangugu Diocese had been given the go ahead to become a Regia. It is the furthest away from the capital Kigali, and has 3 Comitia with a total membership of over 15,000 active legionaries. There are 2 Dioceses with 4 Comitia and 2 with 3 Comitia. Since 2011 the senior membership increased by 20,000 while the juniors trebled and are now over 23,000. Last February there were 3 elections held: President, Vice President and Assistant Secretary.

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Proposal to Raise 3 New Regia in the Bogota Senatus Area, Columbia
June 2017

PROPOSAL TO RAISE 3 NEW REGIA IN THE BOGOTA SENATUS AREA, COLUMBIA

A proposal to raise 3 new Regia in the Bogota Senatus area of Columbia was approved by Concilium. There are 8 Archdioceses in the Bogota Senatus area with 5 Regiae in 5 of the 8 Archdioceses. The proposed new Regiae, 1 in the Archdiocese of Bogota and 1 in each of the other 2 Archdioceses are as follows:

(1) Regia for Cartagena. There are 2 Comitia in Cartegena City, one of the two “Visitacion de la Virgen Maria” with 12 praesidia and 16 Curiae to be raised to Regia status and the Legion in the suffrage Dioceses to be affiliated i.e. Sincelejo (1Comitium), Manague (2 Comitia), Monteria (1 Comitium) and Monte Libano, which has no Legion presence, for extension.

(2) Regia for the Archdiocese of Nueva Pamplona. The seat of the Regia will be in the Diocese of Cucuta where the Legion is strongest with two Comitia: Comitioum Immaculata with 12 praesidia and 6 Curiae to be raised to Regia status and the Legion in the Archdiocese and the suffragen Dioceses to be affiliated i.e. Diocese of Nueva Pamplona with 1 Comitium. Diocese of Ocana with 1 Comitium. Diocese of Tibu with 1 Comitium and Diocese of Arauca with 1 Comitium.

(3) Regia for the Archdiocese of Bogota: The seat of the Regia to be in the Diocese of Fontibon with 2 Comitia. Comitium Corazon Immaculata de Maria to be raised to Regia status with 12 praesidia and 4 Curiae and the Legion in the suffragen Diocese to be affiliated i.e. Diocese of Facastativa with 1 Curia. Diocese of Engativa with 3 Comitia. Diocese of Zipaquira with 1 Comitium. Diocese of Girardot with 2 Comitia and Diocese of Soache with 2 Comitia.

Ecclesiastical approval has been given for the formation of these new Regiae.

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Allocutio at May 2017 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
June 2017

The Legion and the Vocation of Children
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On the 13th of May 2017 Pope Francis went on a Pilgrimage to Fatima and canonized two young children, Francisco Marto and his younger sister Jacinta, as saints. This event is of tremendous significance and joy for all children in every country on earth. Indeed, it is immensely important for parents too. Of course, it has a special meaning for all of us, for the whole Church and the world. Why is this so? Because it emphasizes that the vocation of children is to become saints. Children are made for heaven. This is one of the great messages of Our Lady of Fatima. And inseparable from this message is the truth that children are called to be missionaries, to be apostolic. This becomes clear from the first conversation between Our Lady and the children. Lucy asks the most important question that anyone can ask: ‘Will I go to heaven?’ Mary says yes and throughout her six appearances at Fatima she reveals her great desire that all souls, especially sinners, should go to heaven and she wants the children to play a pivotal part in helping sinners into heaven. So Our Lady teaches the children the beautiful missionary prayer: ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in need of your mercy.’

It is so strikingly clear that Our Lady wants all children to be saints and heroically apostolic. This desire is rooted in the heart and teaching of Jesus as proclaimed in the Gospel. For example, in Mark chapter 10, Jesus speaks strongly to his disciples who seem to see children as a nuisance to them: ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such as these belongs the kingdom of heaven. And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.’ Later in Matthew 18:6 Our Lord uses the strongest terms of condemnation for anyone who damages the very faith of a child when he says: ‘Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck to be drowned in the depths of the sea.’ Let me sum up the vast teaching of the Church on the dignity and mission of children by some words of St. John Paul 11 in his Letter to Children: ‘How important children are in the eyes of Jesus. We could even say that the Gospel is full of the truth about children. The whole of the Gospel could actually be read as the “Gospel of Children.” Let us put it very simply: What God thinks about children is made abundantly clear by God becoming a child and thereby giving all children a sublime dignity and vocation.

Now I would like to reflect a little on the specific role of the Legion with regard to the promotion of the dignity and vocation of children. Obviously, it is the parents who have the primary role in helping their children into heaven. To fail in this task would be the ultimate tragedy. But we can assist parents in this sublime task and the whole Church gives a place of honour to this apostolic work. Even a hurried glance through the history of the Church reveals an extraordinary commitment to the welfare of children not only in their temporal and material needs, but above all in their eternal wellbeing. The Legion too has played its part in this apostolate especially with regard to the spiritual needs of the child. But how does the Legion approach its apostolate with children? Let me quote the Handbook in answer to this question: ‘In all works, the Legion watchword should be “How would Mary view and treat these, her children?” In this work, even more than in others, the thought should be vivid. There is a natural tendency to impatience with the children. But a worse fault would lie in the imparting to the instruction of a mere business-like and secular tone, in such a way that these classes would only be regarded by the children as additional hours of school. If this comes to pass, nine-tenths of the harvest will be left untapped. So once again consider: How would the Mother of Jesus instruct those children, in each one of whom she sees her own beloved? I think it might be helpful to remember the remarkable confidence that Mary shows in the children seers at Fatima. She entrusts her extremely important message to them to proclaim to the whole world. Mary does not see children as simply objects of pastoral care, but as active participants in the mission of the Church and the work of the redemption of the world.

The aim I had in this Allocutio was to encourage legionaries all over the world to read the rich sections in the Handbook concerning our apostolic work with children and assess how much we are trying to implement its recommendations. I think the section on Children’s Mass attendance is of paramount importance today. It would be hard to imagine anything more vital to a child than to have a love of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Without the Eucharist there will be dire spiritual impoverishment. The paragraphs on the teaching of Christian doctrine to children must surely express the desire of Our Lady. When she appeared at Fatima it is clearly as a catechist of children and she gives us an object lesson on how to do it. I would want to give a whole Allocutio on junior praesidia and Curiae and other topics relating to the Legion and the vocation of children, but they will have to wait for another time.

In conclusion let me give a quotation from the Handbook about the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood, now renamed the Society of Missionary Children. It seeks to get legionaries to foster a missionary spirit in children but I don’t think I have come across this suggested work with children in our Legion reports in recent years. The Handbook suggests: ‘Concern for the missions is an integral part of a truly Christian life. It comprises prayer, material support and the fostering of missionary vocations, in accordance with each one’s circumstances.

Legionaries might, for example, run a branch of the Holy Childhood and surround themselves with a host of children whom they will inspire with a love for the missions.


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Concilium Bulletin May 2017
June 2017

CENTRAL AMERICA

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: An attached Curia set up two new praesidia. Two PPC projects are planned. The extension worker, along with co-workers recruited 36 active members and 350 auxiliaries and 120 families accepted a picture of Our Blessed Lady. Four of the 14 Curiae attached to a Comitium are junior Curiae. Two legionaries have been assigned the task of auditing the 2016 accounts.

Merida Senatus: Three Comitia, 1 Curia and 3 praesidia reported. There is evidence of extension and growth in the attached councils. The 3 Comitia set up a number of new praesidia and one new Curia. Home visitation is a priority resulting in good contact with the sects and many lapsed Catholics. There is also progress with juniors. There are a few junior Curiae in the Senatus area and reports indicate that junior praesidia are being set up.

Guatemala Comitium: (under the caretaker ship of the Senatus of Merida).The Comitium of Guatemala is affiliated to the Regia of Camotan in Guatemala. The long-term plans in the city of Guatemala are to raise a Senatus in the city. About 4 years ago the Concilium requested the Senatus of Merida to care take Guatemala which includes the Regia of Camotan with the Comitium of Guatemala affiliated. During this period there has been progress in the growth of the Legion in Guatemala city and there is a big PPC/ Extension planned for Guatemala city for July; they will have help from Camotan, Merida and other areas. At present the Comitium of Guatemala has 13 praesidia, and 5 Curiae attached and in the old city there is an additional 15 praesidia and 2 Curiae.

Monterrey Regia: An attached Curia leads a weekly Rosary in an area where there are problems with drugs and alcohol. Participants in the Rosary and others attended a Mass celebrated in the area with a very good attendance. On home visitation the legionaries read a short passage of scripture which is well received. One adult was received into the Church. They also did a big recruiting drive resulting in 20 new members. Some members of another attached Curia give talks to parents and god-parents and prepare couples for marriage.

Durango Regia: Four new officers have been elected. They are planning to visit attached councils and generally bringing the administration up to date.

Guadalajara Regia: An ex-legionary now a seminarian, is setting up a praesidium in the seminary. There are 2 only praesidia attached to one Curia and 11 attached to another neighbouring Curia. They have been encouraged to organise a plan of action to either help the weak Curia or incorporate it into the strong Curia. Rural praesidia organise and lead the Celebration of the Word in the Ranchos. A Curia reported 6 active and 6 inactive praesidia. Apparently members of the inactive praesidia are senior and find it difficult to do active work. The Correspondent thanked the legionaries for their long and faithful service and suggested they form prayer groups.

Hermosillo Regia: A number of legionaries are trained catechists. While some teach the children, others teach the parents; the parents who are practising are encouraged to join the Legion as active or auxiliary members.

PANAMA
Panama Regia: The officers are visiting distant councils and helping praesidia officers where they have difficulties. Legionaries are concentrating on setting up junior praesidia in preparation for World Youth Day in 2019. They celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Fatima by participating in the celebrations with the Pilgrim Statue.

NICARAGUA
Regia of Managua: The Regia and attached councils are working at extension. In Leon new praesidia are in progress in 3 parishes and in an attached Curia there are new praesidia in two parishes. A Comitium set up 3 praesidia and there are plans for extension in distant communities. One legionary travels 5 kilometres on a bicycle to give a catechism lesson to a First Communion class. Legionaries help the elderly with house work and preparing meals.

HONDURAS
Honduras Senatus: At the request of Cardinal Madariaga the Senatus is giving special attention to young people. With the help of Spiritual Directors and seminarians they are recruiting young people and setting up new praesidia; they also have enlisted the help of priest Spiritual Director s and seminarians with this work. There was a great attendance at the Acies which was celebrated with devotion and reverence. A group of legionaries wish to compile the history of the Legion in Honduras from the time of its establishment in 1953.

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica Senatus: The president has been in touch and is to forward outstanding correspondence soon.

ASIA

INDIA
Kerala Senatus has 13 praesidia, 12 Curiae and 17 Comitia. Home and hospital visitation is carried out to Catholic, Hindu and Moslem families. Enthronement of homes to the Sacred Heart features in reports.
Karnataka Senatus: 330 legionaries took part in a Pilgrimage to a shrine of Our Lady. They are planning a mini-PPC project to the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Pondicherry Senatus: Reporting praesidia have between 12 and 20 members. People suffering from AIDS and leprosy are visited as well as the handicapped, orphans and those with addictions. Family Rosary is promoted. 20 people were saved from suicide. The Council is working towards repairing its premises.

Mumbai Senatus: The Legion is present in 25 of 45 Dioceses. The Archbishop, 37 priests and 22 legionaries attended a Conference for Spiritual Directors. 218 were enrolled in the Rosary Confraternity. They visited the Curia in Nepal. Kottar Regia: This Council has an apostolate to those affected by drug and alcohol abuse, and helps to restore peace in families. They have set up a promotional team for Frank Duff and new praesidia are reported on each month. Visakhapatnam Regia was inaugurated on 12 March with the Archbishop and representatives of clergy and laity from the Dioceses involved. The Legion started there in 1944. A Curia was established in 1946 and a Comitium in 1968. Chennai Regia: 2,345 Catholics, Hindus and Moslems were visited and 68 families were reconciled.

MYANMAR
The latest report shows regular growth of the Legion, good governance by the Senatus, including the holding of a Legion Congress at which 180 attended. The Legion’s 95th Anniversary was celebrated in September. The Senatus has 8 senior praesidia and 9 Curiae directly attached with 1,114 seniors and 113 juniors. The 5 Comitia have a further 5,200 seniors and 581 juniors as well as 1,287 auxiliary members.

THAILAND
The Chinese Curia has 6 praesidia. Two conversions resulted from a catechism class. Those in irregular relationships and the lapsed are visited. 16 Rosary groups are up and running and a prison is visited.

SRI LANKA
One Curia was raised to Comitium status. Members of a seminary praesidium pray with the sick in hospital, visit underprivileged families and retired clergy and they organised a Rosary Rally. During May they promote increased devotion to Our Lady and hope to gain new members. The Senatus reported a total of 677 praesidia in the country with 9,158 active and 8,508 auxiliary members.

VIETNAM
Comparison with previous reports shows an increased membership in most cases. There is very good support from the clergy. A lot of work is done among the poorly educated, and immigrants from different places. They encounter heroin trading, and various other social evils.

LEBANON
Beirut reported on 3 praesidia with 48 active and 557 auxiliary members. Legionaries prepare children for the Sacraments, visit the sick and elderly, also refugees from Iraq and Syria.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Carlow Comitium: Paulstown praesidium has 5 members who promote Eucharistic Adoration and operate a bookstand in the Church. During Lent they organised weekly scripture-sharing sessions. Under the auspices of Concilium Sr. Helena Corbett, Laois Curia and Bro. Tim O’Donoghue, Ferns Curia worked on a special recruiting project from 18th to 24th March in a number of parishes in the Comitium area. They spoke at Masses and did extensive home visitation and some crowd contact along with local legionaries, distributing 1,500 Miraculous Medals and leaflets. Some new members were gained. The Correspondent and Concilium Officer in charge of Ireland attended the March Comitium meeting. A report was received from Kildare Curia at the April meeting.

Elphin Comitium: The Acies ceremony took place on 2nd April. Castlerea praesidium has 6 members and 32 auxiliaries. Elphin praesidium has 6 members and 50 auxiliaries. Visitation of hospitals, nursing homes, homes of sheltered accommodation and an Alzheimer’s unit featured in reports. Castlerea praesidium continued their Dial A Prayer apostolate for people who may be lonely, depressed or going through difficult times. Elphin praesidium is extending its home visitation to other areas of the parish with the Fatima Statue. North Elphin Curia: The praesidium in St. Anne’s parish, Sligo has 10 full members and 3 probationers. Fr. Pat Lombard, Parish Priest frequently visits homes with the legionaries. During this work he blessed all homes and when invited to do so consecrated the residents to the Sacred Heart.

Tuam Comitium: The 3 reporting praesidia have a total of 19 members and 109 auxiliaries. Works include visitation of homes, nursing homes, elderly neighbours and Pilgrim Statue visitation. One praesidium organised a Mass for auxiliaries and another praesidium organised an open air Mass at a Grotto during the summer which was well attended by young and old. One family said they prayed the Rosary every day with their children while they had the Pilgrim statue. In January praesidia attached to Westport Curia set up a Legion Facebook page. Legion events are advertised on it and contacts are good. This Curia hosted a one day Youth Conference on 25th March with an attendance of around 50. A core group of 4 legionaries started 6 months earlier to organise the Conference and prayed for its success. They contacted priests to hear Confessions, organised accommodation, spoke to local Curiae and some young people spoke at Masses in Castlebar, Westport and Ballina. Notices were put up in local Churches and colleges and they also advertised on social media and Facebook.

CURIAE
Achonry Curia: Kiltimagh praesidium has 5 members and 9 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue during which the Rosary or one decade is recited with the family. Parishioners are taken to Knock Shrine for Mass and Confession. One Brother is in formation for the Diaconate. The praesidium in Colloney has been re-started with 4 members. The Correspondent and Concilium Officer in charge of the Legion in Ireland attended the May Curia meeting. Efforts are being made to set up a praesidium in Charlestown. Clonfert Curia: Looscaun praesidium undertakes hospital and nursing home visitation and visits the sick in their homes. They helped with the all-night Vigil in the parish for the Year of Mercy. The Primary and Secondary Schools were visited and a talk given on Frank Duff, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe. Miraculous Medals were given to each student and a copy of the DVD on the Legion was given to the teacher. All of the 7 members in Tynagh praesidium are Praetorians. Their apostolate includes nursing home visitation and visits to the sick and elderly in their homes.

Ferns Curia: A junior praesidium with a membership of 4 has started in Davidstown. A senior praesidium in Carnew has 8 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians. In its effort to extend the Legion the Curia plans to visit priests in the parishes where the Legion is as yet non-existent. Many non-Catholics were met during an Exploratio Dominicalis project in Gorey.

Galway Curia: The praesidium in the Abbey parish gave its first annual report. They have 4 members and 3 probationers. In the course of home visitation many students are met and fruitful discussions take place with them. They also do street contact in the city centre, meeting many locals, students and people of all nationalities.

Killala Curia: A Patrician meeting in February in Ballina had an attendance of 10 with the paper on the 8th Amendment. The March meeting also had 10 present on the subject of St. Patrick. The Five First Saturdays’ devotion in the Cathedral has gone well with a good attendance of young and old. The works of a praesidium in Ballina with 5 members and 37 auxiliaries includes Pilgrim Statue and hospital visitation, plus parish activities. They carried out an Exploratio Dominicals project to 3 Estates in October. Belmullet praesidium has 11 members, 140 auxiliaries, 6 Adjutorians and one Praetorian. On home visitation Miraculous Medals, literature and Catholic papers are distributed. They organise Adoration, Rosaries and visit schools with First Holy Communion packs. A Legion stall is manned on the Feast of the Assumption each year to make contacts. A legionary in a wheelchair after an accident some years ago, with a family of her own, has formed a second junior praesidium in Ballina.

Kilkenny Curia: There are 4 praesidia attached and the office of Curia Secretary is vacant.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

Bethlehem Curia: A praesidium in one parish does contact work at the Church. They visited all the homes in their area twice during the year, had 20 at an Auxiliary Rally, and did contact work at a taxi rank on Alfie Lambe’s Anniversary. Among their contacts was a lady who wanted to arrange Baptism for her grandchild, and an American lady who expressed an interest in the Catholic faith. A praesidium of 9 members has 3 Praetorians, 1 Adjutorian and 16 auxiliary members. Works include: street contact; home, hostel and the Latino Community visitation and organising a monthly Patrician meeting. They also contact people attending the Gerbola and Fossetts Circuses during the year. 15 attended the Edel Quinn promoters meeting. A section from the Child Safeguarding policy document is read monthly.

Exaltata Curia: A praesidium of 12 members working in the Morning Star Hostel has 3 Praetorian members, 4 Adjutorians and 7 auxiliaries. As well as doing general work in the hostel the members also help to organise a patrician meetings for residents. Two members do contact work each week in Temple Bar area. A praesidium of 6 members working in another parish does home and hospital visitation. The praesidium helps with the Night Fever evangelisation at a Shopping Centre on the first Thursday of each month. About 300 people visited the oratory to light a candle. They organise a weekly Holy Hour in their parish from 11a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays.

Presentata Curia: A praesidium of 11 full members, 7 probationers and 4 Praetorians works in the Regina Coeli Hostel. As well as doing general duties in the hostel the praesidium recites the Rosary with residents, encourages them to attend Mass, Retreats, Holy Hours and the Sacrament of Confession. Many of the residents are mothers but due to difficulties such as illness, addiction, poverty and lack of housing, their children cannot be with them on a permanent basis. However, they are very anxious to talk about their children and to tell of their achievements and difficulties. One resident was prepared for reception into the Church and a Buddhist lady is currently being instructed in the faith.

Veneranda Curia: The praesidium working in one parish has 40 verified auxiliaries. The members do home visitation and distribute 50 Maria Legionis. In May and June they organise a public Rosary in the Parks and visit the homes an hour beforehand to encourage attendance. They organise St. Michael’s Club each Saturday afternoon and 7 people with special needs attend. This club has continued for over 50 years. On the 5th May the Gaelic-speaking praesidium organised a talk on Frank Duff.

Porta Coeli Curia: One praesidium visits a nursing home. A good friendship has been built up with some of the residents and the Rosary and Legion prayers are recited with them. In the summertime the legionaries take part in a seaside apostolate where many lapsed Catholics and non-Christians are met.

Consolata Curia: The nine members of a praesidium working in one parish visit the Settled Travellers’ sites with the Fatima Statue which is left in a home for one week. The praesidium has started a Rosary Crusade for the families in one area where the living conditions are very basic. A Rosary prayer group has been started with the residents of 16 mobile homes and the legionaries visit every two weeks. Legionaries visit the Senior and Junior schools prior to children making their First Communion and Confirmation. The main works of a praesidium of 5 members working in another parish is visiting the house bound, and attending funeral homes where the Rosary is recited. They also visit a nursing home and pray the Rosary with residents. 16 legionaries took part in a recruiting drive in which resulted in one lady attending a praesidium meeting.

EUROPE

HOLLAND
Amsterdam Regia: A PPC venture to the suburbs of Amsterdam is planned by the Birmingham legionaries for August. Efforts are being made to start junior praesidia. In Groningen visitation is carried out to the sick at home and in hospital. Extension continues.

BELGIUM
Antwerp Regia: Street contact is reported. One praesidium is based in an Old Folks Home. Some lonely persons are spoken to over the phone, and others are helped with their shopping.
Brussels Senatus: A lively and informative PPC Conference was attended by 30 legionaries, including 2 Concilium representatives. An afternoon of crowd contact and parallel Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament took place in the Place de la Madeleine. A praesidium of 8 members visits the sick and elderly and keeps in regular contact with the lapsed. A Jehovah Witness is contacted regularly and has begun to recite the Rosary. A new praesidium has started in Laeken and two PPC projects are planned for the summer.

FRANCE
Paris Senatus: Elections took place in May for the Officers of the Senatus. Membership of the three reporting praesidia is 14, 5 and 20. Of the three reporting praesidia one is Congolese, and the works are teaching catechism to First Holy Communicants, visiting the sick and elderly. The Bishop of St. Denis, Mgr. Pascal Delannoy, has appointed as Spiritual Director Pere Tanneguy Viellard to the new Curia and he thanked the legionaries for their work. In Strasbourg Comitium the Spiritual Director has visited the praesidia and encouraged them to recruit.
Valence Regia has a total of 160 active members.
Guadelupe Comitium: A Day of Recollection was held by legionaries. Reunion Comitium has 19 directly attached praesidia and 6 Curiae attached with a total of 884 active and 3,085 auxiliary members. They have been urged to set up another Curia. In Lourdes the Permanence Management Committee with 6 members has been appointed and a project for young legionaries is planned for July or August. Volunteers are needed for the coming season. The Senatus was represented at the Bishops’ Conference meeting of Lay Movements.

NORWAY
Queen of Peace praesidium in Tonsberg has 9 active members, 1 probationer and 23 auxiliaries. Contact is maintained with auxiliaries via phone calls and house calls. Teaching catechism to children, hospital visitation, and providing transport to Sunday Mass are among the works. For the Acies ceremony they were joined by legionaries from Drammen. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary praesidium in Drammen has 7 members. Works include home and hospital visitation, plus Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes.

SCOTLAND
Senatus of Scotland: There is a new praesidium at Craigneuk. Greenock Curia gives special attention to extension. In Motherwell, Our Lady of Light Curia carried out at extension project. Dundee Curia report the loss of the Aberdeen praesidium – a big loss as there is much to do in the university. Special attention is given to home visitation, visiting the sick at home and the auxiliary roll.

ENGLAND
Liverpool Senatus: Manchester Curia has a new president, Br. Tony Kirstein. One of the attached praesidia is 78 years old. Leeds Curia with 22 members had a successful visit with Bishop Marcus. Wirral Curia include home and hospital visitation, Patricians and public Rosaries in their work. The Legion was represented at a Golden Jubilee Mass in Liverpool Cathedral. Newcastle Comitium has a new Spiritual Director, Fr. Martin Morris. A Drop-in-Centre for the bereaved is among their work. The Acies featured in most reports with the promise made in English, Swedish, Arabic, Portugese and Polish.

Birmingham Senatus: Three praesidia were covered in this report. Works include home visitation, and other parish-based apostolate, working closely with the Parish Priest. An increase in Mass attendance is reported following home visitation by legionaries. An Exploratio Project was carried out in Acocks Green; 260 homes were visited and 2 people attended a talk for non-Catholics. The junior Curia reported that two non-Catholics attended the school Rosary. A new activity called “Mary’s Hour” which starts and ends with prayer and is dedicated to doing something for parents, parish and school. Bristol Curia describes extension as on-going and a book barrow is operated twice monthly. Crowd Contact is reported by Coventry Curia.
Northampton Curia is presently focusing on auxiliaries and follow-up to families of children who received First Communion and Confirmation. A programme of welcoming new parishioners is in place.

Brentwood Comitium: The attached Brentwood East Curia has 10 senior and 4 junior praesidia. The University praesidium Spiritual Director, Fr. Mark Swires keeps the legionaries busy. Five members of the Curia took part in PPC. Excellent contacts are made with the lapsed; one man returned to Confession and another lady became an auxiliary member. At the request of the head teacher the juniors prepared a power-point presentation for use in the school.

Southwark Comitium: Works include nursing home and hospital visitation, monthly Rosary procession, auxiliary visitation, contact work at a Railway Station, and visiting local hotels. One praesidium organised an Advent Service in a Nursing Home.
Hammersmith Curia held the Annual Pilgrimage to Aylesfort in honour of Venerable Edel Quinn, and legionaries work closely with the Parish Priest. 15 Sisters of Nazareth are among the 23 Adjurotians. Works are parish-based.
Middlesex Curia: The praesidium in Hayes has 5 active members and 11 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation and assisting with parish duties in general. Legionaries in Ealing help to prepare the chapel for Mass each week. They also organise entertainment in an Old Folk’s Home.

WALES
Cardiff Comitium includes in its work organising Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the unborn, and prayers were offered on the Anniversary of the coal pit disaster in Aberfan.
Swansea Curia: The Curia has 6 praesidia affiliated. The new praesidium at Holy Cross Church is doing very well. Street rescue, crowd contact and homosexual apostolate at a Gay Bar are all done on a weekly basis.

AFRICA
BENIN REPUBLIC (Niger, Gabon)
Cotonou Regia governs 22 adult praesidia, 14 senior Curiae, a junior Curia and 6 Comitia in Benin Republic – the most distant 470 km. away to the north. They also look after the praesidium at Niamey in the Republic of Niger and the Comitia of Libreville, Mouila and Oyem in Gabon Republic, Central Africa. The Regia Spiritual Director, Fr. Marc and the Regia President Bro. Celestin, carried out a visitation to Gabon some time ago and formulated proposals for Libreville Comitium in Gabon to be raised to higher status to govern the other two Comitia in that country.

BURKINA FASO
An urgent message has been addressed to the Legion in Ouagadougou, which has been out of touch in recent times. Sr. Odette Dié, former President of Abidjan Senatus in the Ivory Coast has been keeping in touch with the Comitium at Bobo-Dioulasso, the second most important Diocese in Burkina, and minutes forwarded indicate that the Legion there is functioning well.
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Regia of Malabo: Comitium of Bata reported interesting works, including visiting members of other Churches. They had some success encouraging couples to marry in Church and have also appointed Correspondents for distant Curiae. They carry out prison visitation and read a little scripture with the inmates. On home visitation they meet members of the sects; one has returned to the Church. Nine adults were baptised. A number of praesidia have had to divide due to large membership. The Regia is taking care of these praesidia, particularly the appointment and training of new officers.

IVORY COAST
Three praesidia, one Curia, eight Comitia and one Regia reported during the four months November 2016 to February 2017. These have a combined membership of: 13,816 active of whom 1,717 are Praetorian, 2,650 auxiliaries of whom 1,288 are Adjutorian and 3,409 probationers. They made 329,685 visits to a variety of locations and made 1,935,812 contacts. Of these 669,110 were Catholics, and the remainder Methodists, Muslims, Witnesses of Jehovah, members of sects and people of no religion. They visited 291,736 sick people at home and 395,605 in hospitals. The fruits of their work were: homes reconciled 604; marriages regularised 374; returned to Mass 1,192; Baptisms 2,088; Confirmations 1,709; Sacrament of the Sick 338; Sacrament of Reconciliation 971; Catechumens recruited 3,294; bringing the total Catechumenate to 12,427. The number of Legionaries teaching Catechism is 664. Three new senior Curiae and one junior Curia were formed.

Senatus of Abidjan has a caretaker role for the Legion in the Republic of Mali where there is a Comitium with two Curiae and 15 presidia attached and a Reverend Sister as Spiritual Director. They are based in the Archdiocese of Bamako, the capital of the country. For the first time, in January 2017, they sent formal minutes of the monthly meeting of the Comitium to the Senatus in Abidjan and have continued to send minutes every month since then. The Senatus in Abidjan is planning a visit to Mali to encouraged further development of the Legion there.

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ELECTION OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF CONCILIUM
May 2017

ELECTION OF ASSISTANT SECRETARY
An election took place for Assistant Secretary of Concilium. Nominations were taken and Sile O’Neill was proposed and seconded for this office. As there were no other nominations, Sile O’Neill was declared elected for a three-year term.



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VISIT TO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
May 2017

VISIT TO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Sr. Anne and Bro Eddy Evers visited the Democratic Republic of Congo on behalf of Concilium from 24th to 30th March, for the official elevation of Lubumbashi Regia to Senatus status. They were met at the airport by several hundred singing and dancing legionaries carrying big banners to welcome them. The inauguration ceremony took place during Mass at an open-air location at a Salesian school where there were 3,500 legionaries present. The Mass was concelebrated by the Vicar General, the Spiritual Director of the new Senatus, and 5 priests. The Presidents of Kisangani, Kananga, Butembo and Bukavu all travelled to be present and the visitors met with all but one of the Presidents, who had to return home immediately. They also had meetings with the officers of the new Senatus, and visited several schools, where they suggested the junior movement and Patricians to the Principal.

The Youth Comitium, Our Lady of the Apostles started in 1982; they have 19 Curiae (aged 18-30) and a total membership of 2,870 spread over 7 Dioceses in Katanga attached to the new Senatus. Four new Curiae have been established in the last 5 years. A compendium of the Handbook is available only in Swahili. Despite not having a Legion Centre, difficulty with communication with distant councils and a scarcity of Handbooks, the value of the Legion of Mary to the members in Lubumbashi is most significant. There is great poverty. Their Catholic faith and the Legion give them purpose in helping the priests and neighbours, visiting prisons and enjoying the social side of the Legion. All this gives them a great sense of purpose, self-worth and training, but above all helps them on the road to heaven. The Congolese legionaries are full of joy and most grateful for what the Legion of Mary has done for their lives.

Sr. and Bro. Evers said that the visit had a profound effect on them and they thanked Concilium for the ‘life-changing’ experience of their visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.



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TRIBUTE TO MONIQUE CHEVROT
May 2017

TRIBUTE TO MONIQUE CHEVROT
On Sunday 2 April 2017, Monique Chevrot, President of the Senatus of Paris, was suddenly called home by the Lord, at the age of 69 years. Looking back at her life, she had generously dedicated it since her twenties to the Legion of Mary. She held various officerships in the Regia of Paris and became the first President of the Senatus of Paris when it was re-established on 10 September 2016. She was also President of the Association of the Legion of Mary the legal entity which looks after Legion premises, in particular 43 Rue Boileau the headquarters of the Legion in Paris and the Permanence in Lourdes which hosts legionaries from all over the world who come to do an apostolate there. Both of these premises presented huge challenges to the Legion to which Monique responded with great patience and determination and always sought to do what was best for the Legion.
Monique Chevrot was a very capable but quiet legionary who worked away in the background and never sought the limelight. When necessary she stepped forward to defend the Legion or take the lead in new developments. She readily took on the responsibility of guiding the new Senatus. She undertook, some years ago, visitation of the Legion in Haiti after the horrendous earthquake left the whole country including the Legion, in turmoil.
She along with Sr. Marie Nicole Trimaille, Vice President of the Senatus represented the French Legion at the official launch of the Legion Statutes in Rome in March 2014. Subsequently she assisted in the translation of these statutes into French and had, just before she died, arranged for their printing. She also translated the Concilium Bulletin every month into French, which can be found on the Concilium website. Many French-speaking African councils often wrote to her for Legion material which she forwarded onto Concilium for shipment.

At her funeral Mass on Friday 21 April in l’église Saint –Jean-Baptiste de Grenelle, over 400 attended, mostly legionaries from the Senatus but also representatives from Aire and Dax Regia, Strasbourg Comitium, Brussels Senatus, and the Concilium.
Her sister Nicole, her brother Jacques, and nephew Julien were very pleased to see such a large turnout. Six priests and a deacon concelebrated the Requiem Mass which included Pere Etienne Bakissi, Vicar in the parish of Notre Dame du Travail who was the main celebrant, Pere Joseph, the Spiritual Director of the Vietnamese Curia in Paris, Pere Leroi, Pere Fagnon and Deacon Paviledo from the Philippines. At the end of the Mass before the cortege left for Dijon where she was buried in the family plot, the African legionaries sang a joyful African hymn for Monique which resounded throughout the area.

Her passing is a great loss to the Legion of Mary in France but now she will continue her work from on high. May her eternal soul rest in rest.



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TRIBUTE TO CARMEL DUFF
May 2017

TRIBUTE TO CARMEL DUFF
Described on the funeral notice as ‘the last of the Duff family’, a first cousin of Legion Founder, Frank Duff, died on Sunday 2nd April 2017 at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, County Dublin having been removed from Millbury Nursing Home, Navan, where she had spent the last few years. She was aged 93 years. Having wide Legion experience and a fluent knowledge of French she undertook correspondence on behalf of Concilium with Councils in French-speaking areas of the world, notably French-Canada and also more remote territories, making a valuable contribution during her life to the Legion.
Carmel’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Cuthbert’s Church Boyerstown, Navan on Tuesday 4th April in a packed Church. The Celebrant availed of the occasion to sing the praise of the Legion worldwide, but especially in China and in his own parish of Boyerstown.



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Concilium Bulletin April 2017
May 2017

AFRICA
KENYA
Kenya Senatus: About 30 legionaries attend the prayers at Venerable Edel Quinn’s grave each month. 900 legionaries and students from 18 Secondary Schools in Nairobi attended a one-day Conference organised by the Senatus. A praesidium does home visitation, also officers two junior praesidia and has contact with 100 patients in a psychiatric hospital. Kisumu Regia visited 2,862 prisoners, contacted 28 street girls and 7 gave up the street-life. 147 babies were baptised, 566 returned to the Sacraments and 253 former legionaries returned to membership. Ecclesiastical approval was received to set up 2 new Comitia. A Comitium visited 13 lapsed praesidia and all are now active again.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: Over a four-month period reports were received from 2 praesidia, 1 Regia, 5 Comitia, 9 Curiae including some in Seminaries, Tertiary Institutions and schools. Works include visits to homes, hospitals, prisons, clinics, barracks, shops, and contacting people at satanic shrines. They also have an apostolate to street girls and homeless people, organise juniors and teach catechism to children. The Anniversary Mass for the Servant of God Frank Duff at Senatus level had over 1,000 present and as it was held towards the end of the Year of Mercy members entered by the Cathedral’s Holy Door. Much visitation of councils and praesidia and also extension is undertaken, resulting in many new praesidia and councils being set up. The Senatus audit has been carried out.

MALAWI
Maula Senatus: One Comitium is making efforts to set up a praesidium in a Refugee Camp. The Senatus is encouraging all its councils to pay special attention to junior praesidia and to encourage them in the apostolate. Dedza Regia had an attendance of 5,505 at its Acies ceremony. The Senatus organises workshops for attached councils. The correspondent has encouraged them to hold Congress’s at Curia level.
Blantyre Senatus: The Senatus regularly visits attached councils and encourages them to do likewise for their attached councils.

NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: Otukpo Regia reported 27 conversions and 68 new praesidia established.
Ibadan Senatus: Better attendance of council meetings is encouraged.
Enugu Senatus: One Comitium reported over 3,291 senior members, 867 of whom are probationers. Works resulted in 156 infant Baptisms, 4 non-Christians converted to Catholicism, 96 marriages blessed, and 44 lapsed returned to the Sacraments. One senior Curia and 5 praesidia were established. 7 of its former members were ordained to the priesthood. Lagos Regia: A praesidium reported meeting 571 Muslims and only 33 Catholics on home visitation. One Comitium held Novenas to mark Frank Duff’s birth and death and Tridium prayers for Venerable Edel Quinn and Servant of God, Alfie Lambe. Onitsha Regia: A Comitium with 20 senior Curiae and 15 praesidia has 2,640 senior members, an intermediate praesidium and 20 junior Curiae with 2,617 members attached. Many contacts were prepared for the various Sacraments, including 1,572 for First Holy Communion. Ikot Ekpene Regia: Reports from one Comitium included 67 prepared for Baptism, 4 returned to the Sacraments and a good number of people taking instruction in the faith. Three new Curiae were inaugurated; three senior and a junior praesidium were established and 2 weak praesidia revived. Jos Regia: One Curia reported having a junior Curia, and 13 senior praesidia attached; it has 40 Praetorians and 89 probationers. Works include home and hospital visitation, catechism instruction, caring for children at Mass, looking after junior praesidia, crowd contact, marriage counselling and family Rosaries.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: Changes have been made in the re-organisation of the Legion in Lusaka Archdiocese without consultation. This is being followed up by the Correspondent. The Regia is arranging to print 1,700 copies of the English-language Handbook and to translate it into several local languages. Recently the Regia Officers gave talks on the Legion to seminarians.

TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Regia: Works include visits to homes, hospitals, centres for elderly people, orphans and teaching catechism, resulting in 58 Baptisms, 21 First Communions, 26 Confirmations, 15 marriages blessed, 2 lapsed returned and a priest was brought to 53 people. Youth work is greatly encouraged. A number of successful soul-searching projects have taken place and a follow up visit was made to Mafia Island where a PPC project took place earlier in 2016. Legion equipment and literature were supplied to the area. Good use is made of the Concilium Bulletin to get ideas about work. Mtwara Comitium: Works reported included visits to the sick and former legionaries, organising juniors and caring for children during Church services. Council and praesidia visitation and extension are undertaken. More Swahili Handbooks are needed in the region; The Regia is working on a reprint of these Handbooks. 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. Particular attention is given to contact with youth and establishing junior praesidia.

SIERRA LEONE: 47 legionaries were present at the Acies. The Curia, Stella Maris, Freetown, like many other councils elsewhere agreed to have St. Raphael added to the Legion prayers.

EUROPE
SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: Visitors to a Church are contacted to recruit them as Legion members. Salamanca Comitium had 7 recruiting drives. They have 4 Curia attached one of whom has 7 praesidia, 20 Praetorians, 635 Auxiliaries, and 547 Adjutorian members. The families of recently Confirmed children are visited. The local Seminary was visited and two seminarians offered to help. They are in contact also with former legionaries, pray with them, and keep them up-to-date with Legion news. Cadiz Curia does home and Pilgrim statue visitation. They are planning to go on PPC to North Africa.
Barcelona Senatus: Some praesidia say their members are very old and this affects the type of work they do. Catechism classes for children are held before and after Holy Communion. The Filipino praesidium has 7 members, including 2 probationers. They are preparing a series of talks on the Rosary. There is a good Patrician group in Valencia.
Bilbao Senatus: Santander Curia has 57 members. They are very involved in parish affairs. They enquired if the day and time of the Senatus meetings could be changed as they are expected to attend parish functions. Burgos Curia has only 3 praesidia. Basauri Curia operates 4 book-barrows

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: Five new praesidia were set up and one revived. Help is given to weak praesidia. Benfica praesidium has 3 Praetorians among its 11 members. Parishioners are visited on the Anniversary of their Baptism and marriage. Cascais does Pilgrim statue visitation and also teaches the recitation of Lauds from the Divine Office. Two families were reconciled by legionaries. The Senatus plans a National Legion Pilgrimage in October to celebrate the Centenary of the Fatima Apparitions. The Senatus proposes to send a delegation to Dublin in 2021 for the Centenary of the Legion’s foundation. It will also hold a special Eucharistic celebration for the Portuguese legionaries.

ITALY
Rome Senatus: This council has moved to its new Headquarters in the Vicariate of Rome. Following the visit of Senatus Officers to the Concilium in October the map of all the Dioceses in the Senatus area is being studied with a view to extension. The legionaries in Taranto are helping the Legion in Lezhe, Albania. Padua Comitium: One praesidium was advised to resume home visitation. A praesidium of 9 members, with 6 Praetorians, does excellent home visitation. Their work is greatly appreciated by their Parish Priest. One Curia visits each of its praesidia twice each year.  Pilgrim statue visitation features in several reports. Comitium officers visited each attached Curia Reunion giving a report and showing slides of their visit to Dublin in October 2016. An African praesidium of 18 members visits mainly African nationals.
Milan Regia: A Comitium commended for visiting the elderly and sick was asked to commence home to home visits. The Regia is promoting the formation of Patrician groups in their attached councils. The Legion assisted during the visit of Pope Francis to Milan. A Comitium was advised to introduce a new work such as ‘Night fever.’ It was suggested that some elderly members become auxiliaries as their prayers would be valuable to the Legion.

CYPRUS
Legionaries from the four praesidia in Cyprus attended the religious Profession of a former legionary, Rev. Sr. Maria Saida Millard, in St. Catherine’s Church, Limassol. Sr. Millard joined the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart four years ago. Nicosia legionaries visited Materia Senior Living Community at Christmas. They visited the patients in all the wards and concluded with a sing song. Mother of Perpetual Help praesidium, Nicosia, celebrated their 25th anniversary in October. Legionaries from all four praesidia shared in the celebration. The attendance included Papal Nuncio Lazarotto and the new Parish Priest and Spiritual Director, Fr. Andrew Verdote.

MALTA
The Regia held an exhibition in the Legion House, Valetta, on 10th February, the Feast of St. Paul. Following street contact many tourists including Chinese, English, German, and Irish, visited the house and good contacts were made. A praesidium visits homes, shops and offices with a statue of Our Lady. They also visit auxiliaries and contact tourists. Another praesidium teaches catechism, visits families, and has a junior praesidium. Star of Evangelisation praesidium organised two Retreats for auxiliaries. Other praesidia reported a number of Moslems accepting the statue of Our Lady, an adult prepared for Confirmation, and several returns to the Sacraments. Mother and Teacher Curia reported 2 Baptisms and a number of people under instruction, including a person, in another country, through correspondence. Two Sicilians and a Hungarian were prepared for First Communion and Confirmation. Queen of Peace Curia had 2 Retreats for married people. Mother of the Maltese Nation Curia reported 10 Consecrations to the Sacred Heart and several returns to the Sacraments after some years’ absence. Extension and recruiting are on-going.

COUNTRIES UNDER CARETAKERSHIP BY MALTA REGIA
TURKEY
Istanbul: Three of the 4 praesidia report regularly. They visit the sick at home or in hospital. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is organised and the Rosary promoted on home visits with a statue of Our Lady. A Retreat was held.

ALBANIA
The Spiritual Director confirmed to the Malta correspondent that the Legion is doing relatively well. Malta legionaries are to visit Albania from 18th to 29th May. Prayers are requested for the success of the visit.

GREECE
The legionaries In Athens are elderly and are having difficulty in attendance and doing weekly work. In Thessaloniki a group of Albanians meet weekly to pray the Rosary.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
DromoreComitium: Burren praesidium has 6 members and 60 auxiliaries. They visit the First Communion children in schools. The DVD on the Miraculous Medal is shown and 30 to 40 children recite the Rosary each Wednesday in a Grammar school. Their junior praesidium has 4 members. A recruiting drive was held in Newry Cathedral and 700 Miraculous Medals and 400 Legion leaflets were distributed.
Derry Comitium: The first meeting in their new premises was held in February. A reporting praesidium has 4 members and 35 auxiliaries. Works include home and Pilgrim statue visitation. The Comitium hosted a regional PPC Conference on Sunday 5th March. The main work of praesidia in Zion Curia is hospital, residential home and family home visitation. Legionaries also attend wakes and funerals and visit the bereaved.
Raphoe Comitium: Stranorlar praesidium has 8 members. They organised a Pilgrimage to Lough Derg on 7th May for the Year of Mercy. In the course of home visitation they explained what the Year of Mercy meant and how to gain the indulgence. They distribute 50 Maria Legionis quarterly. Falcarragh praesidium members visit the community hospital regularly. Miraculous Medals are distributed on home and nursing home visitation. During Lent they promoted the Divine Mercy and Confession. Raphoe praesidium has 4 members and their main work is instruction of children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation from mixed-marriage families and who are attending a non-Catholic school. Packs containing a Miraculous Medal and leaflets on the 3 Causes are given to the First Communion and Confirmation children.
South West Raphoe Curia hosted the annual PPC Conference in Donegal.

CURIAE
Leitrim Curia: Edgeworthstown praesidium, which restarted last year meet people from various countries and of various religious faiths on home visitation. The cause of Frank Duff is promoted at each house. The praesidium in Kiltoghert parish has 5 members and 32 auxiliaries. A public Rosary is recited weekly with 10 to 14 people taking part. A small number of houses are visited on a regular basis. Mohill praesidium has 9 members and 30 auxiliaries. Works include home visits to local Estates with the Pilgrim statue. Rosary beads are given to teachers for First Holy Communion children.
Clogher Curia: One praesidium gained a new member.
Kilmore Curia: Bailieboro praesidium has 6 members and 21 auxiliaries. The Rosary and Legion prayers are recited with when deaths occur in their area and families appreciate this gesture. The members also assist in other parish activities and at Pioneer Total Abstinence functions.
Clonmacnoise Curia: The works of the 3 praesidia attached include home visitation with the Pilgrim statue. Primary Schools in the area are visited before Confirmation. Contact is made with the Principal of the schools before they visit. The Miraculous Medal is given to each student who holds it in his/her hand while the legionaries explain it to them.
Drogheda Curia: (Archdiocese of Armagh) A reporting praesidium with 7 members has 39 auxiliaries. Their principle apostolic works are Pilgrim statue visitation, plus home and nursing home visitation. Fr. Joe Heffernan, O.P., their Spiritual Director, blessed 4 homes during the year. On Good Friday they prayed the Stations of the Cross in a nursing home with 25 residents taking part. Ardee praesidium with 9 members and 24 auxiliaries meets on Sunday evenings at 7.30 p.m. It is a very active praesidium and much involved in parish works. They recite Rosaries in many graveyards in November; they have a Patricians group and during State Examinations take part in prayer at the local Community School. The Curia had its prayer Vigil in Mel’s Cathedral for the New Year.
Dundalk Curia: A reporting praesidium has 5 members and 10 auxiliaries. Homes of elderly people are visited. During May and October they organised recitation of the Rosary each Monday at 7p.m. in the Church, concluding with the Frank Duff prayer, which is made available to everybody attending. They distribute Miraculous Medals to the school children at the annual school Mass. Another reporting praesidium has 10 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians and they have 89 auxiliaries. Works include visitation of homes and nursing homes and organising the rota for Eucharistic Adoration. For Catholic Schools Week they invited Antoinette Moynihan of “Children of the Eucharist” to give a presentation on the Blessed Eucharistic Adoration for the First Communion children. The Curia hosted a Catholic Youth Conference on 25th February with 20 to 30 young people attending. The programme included: talks and workshops on Confession, the Eucharist and Chastity. Priests were available for Confession. There were positive responses from those who attended.
Immaculata Curia: (Diocese of Down & Connor). The Curia has an extension committee and is happy to report interest among several priests in having the Legion started in their parishes. A Curia website is in the course of formation. The Curia operates a stall at the Five First Saturday devotions to promote the Fatima Centenary and a rota of members has been organised to ensure the stall is staffed at all times. Many useful recruiting efforts were made on this project.
Down Curia: In Kilmore praesidium family prayer is promoted and Fatima statue visitation is done. Reports of returns to the Sacraments and improvement in health issues have been attributed by many families to the power of prayer and the presence of Our Blessed Lady in the homes.
North and Mid Antrim Curia: Works of Cloughmills praesidium include home and Pilgrim statue visitation, and helping with the children’s liturgy. Junior Pioneer badges and certificates are given to the Confirmation children. The junior praesidium in Portsteward has 19 members and 2 seniors. They visit the sick and elderly at home and in nursing homes. In May they gave book markers to First Holy Communion and Confirmation class children. On the Feast of the Miraculous Medal they distributed medals and Rosaries to the entire school and gave a talk on the Miraculous Medal. At Christmas 2016 they sent a Mass Bouquet to Pope Francis and each legionary wrote a letter to him. He replied with photographs and an Apostolic Blessing to all.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE
Ancilla Domini: The Curia organised a weekend recruiting drive on 8/9 April in one parish. Two Patricians and 4 legionaries attended a Patrician meeting. At the Curia meeting there was a discussion on how to promote family prayer. The Pauline Circle had a paper on the “Existence of God”. 14 attended including 3 non-Catholics. The inner city project will take place from 29 May -2nd June.

Benedicta Curia: One praesidium visits St. James’s Hospital where many former legionaries are met. Miraculous Medals are distributed and the 3 causes are promoted. A DVD on the Miraculous Medal was shown to three groups of 3rd class students, 60 in all. All the children were given a Miraculous Medal and the school authorities were very pleased. The members also visit the Senior Citizens Complex.

Gloriosa Curia: The Curia is setting up a praesidium in one parish. The new praesidium in another area organised a successful Acies ceremony for the Curia.

Immaculata Curia: The Curia organised a very successful Congress with Holy Spirit Curia. 34 Patricians and 30 legionaries attended 9 Patrician meetings. The main work of a praesidium of 6 members is home visitation. 27 of their 36 auxiliary members take Maria Legionis. They organise a weekly public Rosary in May and October. A Faith and Fun meeting for children had an attendance of 18 children in one parish. Another praesidium does home visitation in its parish. They have 25 auxiliary members and 53 probationary auxiliaries. Among their contacts was a lady whose mother was dying; she said it was no coincidence that the legionaries called and accepted a Miraculous Medal. When promoting a Parish Mission, one lady said she wasn’t interested in attending as she had no belief, but when the legionaries explained the Miraculous Medal she accepted it and said she would go to the Mission.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: A praesidium with 60 verified auxiliary members, in conjunction with the Parish Council helped to organise a parish outreach to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the parish. 20 parishioners and 49 legionaries from all over Dublin participated in the home visitation. Two members visited people of different faiths during Church Unity Octave Week, inviting them to pray for Christian Unity. The Curia is continuing to make efforts to set up a new praesidium.

Annunciata Curia: A lengthy discussion took place about reviving the junior movement and a number of schools and colleges in the area are to be approached. 43 Patricians and 13 legionaries attended 5 Patrician meetings. The Curia organised a monthly book barrow in one region. A reporting praesidium does home visitation in its area and distributes 35 copies of Maria Legionis.

Assumpta Curia: 41 Patricians and 11 legionaries attended 4 Patrician meetings. A praesidium of 8 members and 3 auxiliaries does street contact work in the City Centre area where the faith is discussed with many young people. The legionaries have revived the First Saturday outreach in the same area, which concludes with a public Rosary. During Advent and before Christmas a portable crib is brought onto a main street, which attracts many people, including children. A monthly DVD is shown on some religious topic which attracts between 12 and 20 people. A discussion on the theme follows. The praesidium visited 3 Primary Schools and gave Miraculous Medals and Rosary beads to the First Communion and Confirmation classes.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: On Saturday 11th February a Mass and function was held in one Church where the shrine to Ven. Edel Quinn and Mother Mary Martin was officially blessed. Many legionaries did contact work on two Saturdays before Easter in another area, giving times of Confession and the Easter ceremonies. A Patrician meeting had an attendance of 33. A praesidium of 6 members with 42 auxiliaries and 6 Adjutorians does home visitation in one parish; the legionaries also visit a Centre for people with disabilities, and hold a weekly Frank Duff holy hour.

Our Lady of Fatima: A praesidium of 7 members and 18 auxiliary members working in one parish does home visitation and visits Newcastle Hospital where Venerable Edel Quinn was once a patient. Two members visit the unit for elderly patients each Wednesday and recite the Rosary. Two other members are part of a parish team and attend meetings for parents of children being prepared for First Communion and Confirmation. On average about 100 parents attend each meeting. They also organises a monthly Edel Quinn prayer meeting which focuses each month on a particular African country, praying for the needs of that country i.e. the plight of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. At the request of the priest, 13 legionaries took part in home visitation in another parish on 4th March. The purpose of the visitation was to encourage families to attend Sunday Mass.

NORTH AMERICA, CANADA AND WEST INDIES

Boston Senatus: A monthly recruiting/extension report is taken and 1 new praesidium was started. A praesidium of 11 members visits the bereaved to pray Novenas and recite a monthly Rosary for the dead. A praesidium of 5 prayed the Rosary on Boston Common, making good contacts there and joined a Chinese praesidium to evangelise in Chinatown. 2 attached Curiae and a Comitium organised Confession in their apostolates.

Philadelphia Senatus: Allentown Curia reports a gain of 10 members and a new praesidium in Reading, PA. Mother of Mercy praesidium in downtown Philadelphia has a book barrow on the sidewalk outside their Church where they make contact with passers-by. On Ash Wednesday, they invited their contacts to receive ashes. Norristown Comitium, with Montgomery & Chester Counties attached, has a varied range of works, including visiting a prison, and a Residential State Hospital. Specialised praesidia operate a drop-in centre twice a week for homeless men. Mater Dolorosa Curia had an increase of 5 praesidia during the past year. The Seminary praesidium has 9 members. Works include operating a book barrow outside the Cathedral, teaching catechism in a local Catholic school, and an outreach to a Hospice. The annual Marian Day, they organised, had Fr. Mark Mary MFVA of EWTN fame, as main speaker.

Chicago Senatus: Mary, Woman of Revelation Curia, Joliet, IL, has 22 praesidia. They did crowd contact in three cities, distributing over 1,000 pieces of literature and Rosaries. Morning Star Curia, Joliet, IL, with 11 praesidia, knocked on 306 doors in their parish, making useful contacts. The Chicago Korean Comitium made 52 contacts at two marts. There were 155 at their Annual Reunion. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal praesidium, St. Aloysius Parish, does prison ministry; conducting Rosary and Bible study. They distribute Miraculous Medals at the Gay Pride Parade each year. A new praesidium in N. Judson, IN, arranges Enthronements of the Sacred Heart in homes. They assisted a couple to have their marriage blessed in Church and in one Baptism and two Confirmations. They plan to start a second praesidium.

St. Louis Senatus: Legionaries organised a public Rosary in Francis Park, contacting the youth. They have a Day for Edel Quinn and a Day for Frank Duff in their parish. Home to home visits are in all reports. Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration and auxiliary membership are promoted, also visits are made to the housebound, hospitals and nursing homes, distributing Miraculous Medals and Legion literature.192 homes visited, resulted in getting 1 new member and 31 auxiliaries. They promote the 3 causes.

New York Senatus: Newark Korean Comitium aimed at 100% attendance at praesidium meetings and many praesidia achieved this. 544 active and auxiliary members attended an outdoor function organised by the Comitium representing 9 Curiae. 616 attended the Acies Ceremony. Seven parishes held Retreats organised by the Legion. Many praesidia do crowd contact before and after Mass. Rochester Comitium has an extension committee and recently established a new praesidium in St. Jerome’s Church. They now have 11 praesidia attached to the Comitium; five members serve in more than one praesidium to help their progress. A presentation on the Holy Shroud of Turin was held on 2nd March at St. Patricks Cathedral and facts about the shroud were circulated by the Cathedral praesidium.

Arlington Regia organised a Blessed Virgin Mary Birthday Mass and a Spiritual Directors appreciation picnic. 38 Inmates attended a 4 day Retreat in a women’s prison. The former president became a Permanent Deacon in January. All councils host regular Congresses.

Houston Senatus: A praesidium in Tyler Texas recruited 14 new members at a recruiting drive. A new Curia (Northwest Houston) was ratified and held their first meeting on January 24th with 8 praesidia attached. This also includes a new praesidium. Many praesidia have arranged Masses, processions and other functions to celebrate the Centenary of Fatima. Albuquerque Comitium Spiritual Director visits all attached praesidia. Fort Worth Korean Curia lists a lot of works for the 4 attached praesidia.

Los Angeles Senatus: 8 praesidia did Exploratio Dominicalis. The Tijuana Curia gained 3 praesidia. They host a monthly public Rosary in front of the Cathedral. One praesidium led Holy Doors Pilgrimages across all 5 pastoral regions and one praesidium held their Annual Auxiliary Breakfast function with a Consecration to Our blessed Lady in the parish hall.

Cincinnati Senatus: Dayton Curia is continuing extension efforts.

Miami Regia: Their apostolate is taking many forms: home, hospital, nursing home, hospital and prison visitation, Pilgrim statue, and Eucharistic ministry. Street evangelisation is also done. The Haitian Curia with 20 praesidia has 20 junior praesidia attached.
San Francisco Senatus: “No One Dies Alone” Apostolate (NADA) at a hospital and 3 monthly crowd contact events were among apostolic highlights. In Oakland junior members do door to door and Pilgrim statue visitation with seniors and 4 new recruits were gained in a Columban drive.

CANADA
The Senatus of Toronto: Workshops were organised by Fr. Moncada, the Senatus Spiritual Director, to train members how to recite the Legion breviary, 68 attended in Scarborough and a large number in N. Toronto Curia. Mississauga Comitium added two new praesidia to their 27 praesidia. Reported are book barrows and crowd contacts, as well as a Rosary programmes in schools. A lady in a long-term facility, through reciting the Rosary with legionaries, became a Catholic. An Evangelical lady also, through the recital of the Rosary, joined the Catholic Church. Peterborough Curia report to their Bishop Crosby was highlighted and praised in his Diocesan newsletter.

Montreal Senatus started up 3 praesidia; one in a nursing home and two in parishes after legionaries spoke at Masses. An English-speaking Curia started a new praesidium and had an apostolate to mariners with Mass for them at Christmas. The Korean Curia engages in a lot of RCIA work.
Edmonton Comitium has 10 attached praesidia and 4 Curiae. Extension efforts to 4 parishes resulted in a new praesidium. A praesidium with 9 active members and 60 auxiliaries took Pilgrim statues to 100 homes and 2 host families reported miraculous recoveries for members with severe limb injuries.
Vancouver Comitium: The Immaculate Conception praesidium has 11 Active and 50 auxiliaries. Among other works they promote Enthronement to the Sacred Heart in homes. Our Lady of Hungary praesidium has 4 active and 66 auxiliary members, including 7 recruited during the past year. Regina Mundi Curia report highlights the 1st Annual Report of Our Lady of Grace praesidium: Their works include 2 members who visit a Female Correctional Centre for prayer sessions weekly. They also visit inmates in the Maximum Security area. Mass is held monthly in the prison with 15-20 attending. Mary Queen of the World praesidium, has 12 members. Six Pilgrim statues are in circulation. 150 families were visited with many reporting favours.

HAITI
Port au Prince Senatus: Extension /recruiting efforts continue and one council reported two praesidia started with 47 members, while another Curia has 26 probationers. Some activities were disrupted by Cyclone Matthew and reports mention problems with communication. Good attention is given to juniors and one Curia reported having a junior Curia with 160 members. A meeting is being planned for officers of junior Curiae. Organising a junior praesidium is among the works of a praesidium of 17 members, who meet on Sundays after 7 a.m. Mass, and other works include home visitation, visits to sick people at home and in hospital, also visits to families in mourning.

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Senatus has 9 directly attached praesidia. In Santurce a praesidium gained 4 new members. The Comitium in Arecibo had 60 at a Congress. They have 32 Praetorians, and 22 Adjutorians. One junior praesidium is attached. Works include helping with documentation, transport, preparation of meals in homes, and helping in juniors’ formation. The Comitium of Bayamon reported that Columban Drives resulted in l7 active and 24 auxiliaries recruited in one year. A Curia doing much home visitation helps sick people with cooking and set up 2 praesidia. The Comitium in Juana Diaz brought l3 people back to Church, and l05 back to the Sacraments. They have one junior Curia attached.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo: Most reports mention visitation of homes and the sick, catechesis, and preparation of children and adults for the Sacraments. Prison and psychiatric hospital visitation is reported. La Anunciación praesidium helped couples who wished to marry to resolve problems with their documentation. Praesidium Maria Auxilio de los Cristianos brought 75 children on a camping holiday. Comitium Santa Maria Madre de Dios has 1,300 members, 911 auxiliaries, 200 Praetorians, and 200 Adjutorians. Two couples whose marriages were regularised became legionaries. Estrella de la Mañana praesidium directs the liturgy of the Word when there is no priest available. Comitium La Natividad, La Romana, visit a drug rehabilitation centre. As part of their treatment the young addicts are invited to attend Mass and 4 have returned to the Sacraments. They also had two returns to the Sacraments after a lapse of 40 years. Inmaculado Corazon de Maria Curia, San Pedro de Macoris visit the homes of the lapsed. 5 families have returned to the Sacraments. They formed a new praesidium of 10 members. One praesidium visits the prison while another visits lepers. A Curia organises the Mass in a commercial centre.
Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: Works are mainly visitation of homes, hospitals and prisons, catechesis of children and adults, and bringing Holy Communion to the sick in their homes. Comitium Sagrado Corazón de Maria; Moca reported that two feuding families were reconciled by legionaries. Regia de La Vega: 3 couples planning to divorce were reconciled. 3 adults aged between 50 to 70 years were prepared and received the Sacraments and 20 couples were prepared and received the Sacrament of Matrimony; also 50 adults received Baptism. A priest was brought to a young evangelical who asked for Confession on his deathbed. Comitium Sagrado Corazón de Maria reported that a couple who had received none of the Sacraments, were prepared for, and received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation and Matrimony and are now attending Church. Comitium Reina de las Vírgenes has an apostolate to youth with the view to forming praesidia and a junior Curia.



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Allocutio at April 2017 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
May 2017

The Presence of the Risen Christ
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The Resurrection of Christ is the central truth of our Christian faith. St. Paul makes it abundantly clear when he writes: ‘If Christ has not been risen, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ. (1 Cor. 15:14). The Christian faith stands or falls on the truth of the fact of the Resurrection. Pope Benedict puts it very succinctly too when he writes: ‘To this extent, in our quest for the figure of Jesus, the Resurrection is the crucial point. Whether Jesus merely was or whether he also is – this depends on the Resurrection. In answering yes or no to this question, we are taking a stand not simply on one event among others, but on the figure of Jesus as such.’

So we Christians do not say only that Christ rose from the dead but almost emphatically, Christ is Risen. We speak of Christ always in the present tense. The primary characteristic of Jesus is that he is alive and active with us and in us and for us. But where is he to be found? Or where can we really and truly and always meet the Risen Christ? Well first of all we meet him in the Church, his Mystical Body. Christ and the Church are one. The Church does not exist apart from the Risen Christ: we are his Body organically united to him. This is the fundamental reason why the Legion Handbook, and hopefully, the very life of the Legion give so much time and space to the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ. The Legion loves and serves the Church above all because she is not simply an organisation or institution; she is the presence of the Risen Christ. The Church is not just something but is primarily Someone. She is the person and presence of the Risen Lord.

From its very first meeting the Legion has given pride of place to the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ. In support of this claim let me quote from the Handbook: ‘At the very first meeting of legionaries the supernatural character of the service, which they were undertaking was stressed. Their approach to others was to be brimful of kindness, but their motive was not to be that merely natural one. In all those whom they served they were to see the person of Jesus Christ Himself. What they did to those others – even the weakest and the lowest - they were to remember that they did it to Our Lord Himself… At the first meeting, so ever since, no effort has been spared to bring home to legionaries that this motive is to be the basis of service, and likewise that the discipline and the internal harmony of the Legion rest chiefly upon the same principle. In their officers and in each other they must recognise and reverence Christ Himself.’

Of course we meet the Risen Christ and express our faith in the truth of the Resurrection in the Eucharist. Here we have the Sacrament of God’s invitation to intimacy with Jesus in his body, soul and divinity. Indeed we meet him in all the Sacraments and especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation where we meet the tenderness of the forgiving Christ. It is also a great blessing for the sick and dying to have the support of the Risen Christ in all their illnesses and on the final stage of their journey in this life. It should be easy to see why the apostolate of bringing people to the Sacraments is such a privileged apostolate of the Legion since it means bringing people to a direct and saving meeting with the Risen Christ Himself. It would be a real tragedy if any praesidium anywhere in the world were to neglect this apostolate.

We also meet Him in the sacrament of the Sacred Scriptures. Indeed, wherever two or three are gathered in his Name he is there in their midst. This is true of all our Legion meetings too. In a certain sense, the Risen Lord is omnipotent since he is no longer bound by the limits of time and space. His last words on earth according to St. Matthew are: ‘And remember, I am with you always; yes even to the end of time.’ So, the Resurrection means that the risen Lord will never leave our side. He is present as the Good Shepherd to guide and guard
us in all the vicissitudes of life, in good times and tough times right to the end and indeed for the last bit of the journey through death and then into the presence of the Father

Finally, let me say a sentence or two about Mary and the Easter season. St. John Paul points out that Mary was the first tabernacle of the real presence of Our Lord on earth. Her God-given mission is to give Jesus to each one of us and the whole world. She is the Mother of the Risen Christ and his Mystical Body. Let us ask Mary for help to deepen our faith in the Resurrection of her Son and the
courage to spread this supreme good news to others.



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Allocutio at March 2017 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
May 2017

St. Joseph: Marriage and the Family
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Today, the 19th of March, the Church throughout the world usually celebrates the feast day of St. Joseph under the title: Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. So it is fitting that we reflect on the place of St. Joseph in the history of salvation and in the Legion in particular. It is especially appropriate at this time in the light of the recent Synods on Marriage and the Family and the post Synodal document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ that we legionaries keep in step with the thinking and pastoral concerns of the Church in this fundamental area of human existence. Also, next year the World Meeting of Families takes place in Dublin and hopefully Pope Francis will come to visit us and this gives the Legion a good reason to re-examine our apostolates in support of marriage and the family and the Christian home.

We think of St. Joseph in the context of marriage and the family. That is the way we must think of every human person. God planned to come among us as a man in and through the heart of a marriage: the Incarnation is a proclamation of the sublime vocation of marriage in God’s plan for the salvation of the world – the salvation of each one of us personally. The family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is the paradigm of the truth that marriage is a salvific covenant designed by God from all eternity. It is the primordial means of enabling the human person to develop and flourish in this life and even more fundamentally to attain eternal life in heaven. It is in the context of the marriage of Mary and Joseph that we begin to understand the pivotal and irreplaceable role of Joseph in the life of Jesus and therefore in the history of salvation.

Let us unpack very briefly some of the implications of the fact that Joseph was the husband of Mary. The truth is so deep and sublime that it is hard to go any further. It means that Mary loved Joseph more than any other human person. He was her confidant, her soul friend; she knew that Joseph was God’s special gift to her. God chose him for her as is abundantly clear in Sacred Scripture. Mary thought of herself and Joseph as a couple, as is clear from some key texts. Mary says: ‘Child, why have you treated us like this?’ or again ‘Your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.’ Mary does not seem to think of herself apart from Joseph It seems to be self-evident that if the spirit of the Legion is the spirit of Mary then there must be a special place for Joseph in the life of the legionary.

We have hinted at the love that Mary had for her husband Joseph. But can we ever do justice to the love of Joseph for Mary? She was surely the most precious human person in his life. It is no surprise that St. Matthew writes: ‘when Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord told him to do; he took his wife to his home’. It is hard to think of a happier man than Joseph. No man ever had or will have a better wife than Mary. We legionaries rightly never cease to talk about true devotion to Mary. May I suggest that we legionaries ask Joseph for some share in his devotion to Mary?

But there was something much greater than their love for each other. It was and is their love for Jesus. Their marriage was absolutely Christocentric. Jesus was not only their child but also God. There is a popular saying that it takes three to get married: a man and a woman and God. This is certainly true of the marriage between Mary and Joseph and that is the ultimate secret of all true marriages. Where God is deliberately excluded from a marriage and the family it will have unhappiness and failure written all over it. In all our human loves and commitments the love of God is the only absolute.

Another point I want to mention is the striking sentence in Luke’s Gospel after the finding of the young Jesus in the temple: ‘He went down with them and was subject to them.’ Jesus was subject to Mary and Joseph. At the deepest level there was a male and female influence in the human formation of Jesus. This is something intrinsic to the relationship between parents and a child. There is a deep message in the episode of the Gospel for the contemporary discussion on the nature of marriage and child rearing.

I realise I haven’t even scratched the surface of the richness of the theme of Joseph and Christian marriage and the family, but I want to finish with some words from St. Teresa of Avila and the power of intercession of St. Joseph. She writes: ‘I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to the glorious St. Joseph, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I do not remember that I have ever asked anything of him which he has failed to grant. I am astonished at the great favours which God has bestowed on me through this blessed saint, and all the perils from which he has delivered me, both in body and soul.

To other saints, the Lord seems to have given grace to help us in some of our necessities. But my experience is that St. Joseph helps us in them all; also that the Lord wishes to teach us that, as He was Himself subject on earth to St. Joseph, so in heaven He does all that Joseph asks. This has also been the experience of other persons whom I have advised to commend themselves to the saint.

I only request, for the love of God, whoever will not believe me will test the truth of what I say, for he will see by experience how great a blessing it is to recommend oneself to this glorious patriarch and to be devoted to him.’

May I suggest that at this time in our history when the marriage and the family are under attack in so many ways that we invoke the patron saint of the Legion under his title Joseph husband of Mary and head of the Holy Family? Amen.



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Concilium Bulletin March 2017
April 2017

AFRICA
GHANA
Senatus of Accra: Tema Curia held a project at Sakumono after Mass, with 35 legionaries from 8 praesidia participating. They contacted 121 people. 6 lapsed Catholics who wished to return to the Catholic faith were later contacted by a local praesidium. Another praesidium was following up on 4 people with no religious belief and 1 person who wished to become a Catholic. A Triduum for Alphonsus Lambe’s Beatification was organised from 18th to 20th January. Holy Mass was offered on 21st January 2017 in all parishes, with legionaries attending Mass and distributing the South American Envoy’s prayer leaflets.

EGYPT
The Senatus celebrated 75 years of the Legion in Egypt at the end of September 2016. The main celebrants were His Beatitude Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac, Coptic Catholic Patriarch and head of the Council of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Egypt, the Apostolic Nuncio HE Archbishop Bruno Mozaro, and HE Archbishop George Baker, Greek Catholic Bishop in Egypt, along with a number of priests. The celebrations included the showing of a documentary about the history of the Legion in Egypt and its spread across the country.

CAPE VERDE
Cape Verde Regia: In its first Annual Report a praesidium reported preparing 7 adults for Confirmation, 27 for First Communion and carrying out two Exploratio Dominicalis projects.

GUINEA BISSAU
A Curia reported the return of 5 people to the Church who had been members of the sects. There was a large Marian celebration in which legionaries, thousands of Catholics participated along with Brazilian missionary priests and their Bishop from Brazil.

LESOTHO
Lesotho Senatus held a three-three- day Conference, their Annual Reunion and the Senatus meeting in December. 125 visitors attended the Senatus meeting including 46 legionaries from attached councils and praesidia.

ZIMBABWE
Harare Curia: An e-mail has been received giving the name of the new Secretary and an e-mail address for correspondence.
Hwange Comitium has several junior praesidia. Legionaries are involved in home visitation, and encouraging couples to marry in Church.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: A praesidium with 23 active members reported on home and hospital visitation, also they visit a Home for the elderly and visit prisoners. They taught catechism to 29 children, 17 young people and five adults. Reports from several praesidia showed similar types of work undertaken. The Senatus had a gathering of young legionaries, which was considered to be positive. The junior Curiae were congratulated on the manner in which they organised the event and on the large attendance.

Benguela Senatus: During the period September to November 2016 reports were received from two Comitia, three Curiae and three praesidia. One Curia, founded in September 2013, has 388 senior legionaries and 108 juniors. Another Curia, founded in October 2014, has a total of 181 senior members and 148 juniors. Visitation of the sick at home and in hospital is the principal work mentioned in most of the reports.

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg Senatus: A praesidium with 10 members visits homes, and a hospital, while another praesidium does street contact and prison visitation. Durban Comitium: December minutes received. Matatele Comitium: One praesidium reported preparing 33 adults for Baptism in April and teaching catechism to 300 children.

Capetown Senatus is busy working with attached councils on the correct procedures to be followed at praesidia and council meetings. The correspondent recommended organising Legion Congresses at Curia level. The visit to Namibia will take place when the Afrikaans Handbook is published.

ASIA
NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: Reports include jail visitation, transport of people to Mass, organising Sunday liturgy and other Church-based work, also Rosary and Pilgrim statue apostolate, taking Holy Communion to house-hound and nursing homes. Auxiliaries are visited regularly and a yearly function is held. Exploratio Dominicalis projects were undertaken. Patrician meetings and Mass for Frank Duff were organised. An Advent apostolate was held in the city centre.

AMERICAN SAMOA
The Legion in this unincorporated territory of the United States has 2 praesidia. Works include, home visitation, teaching catechism, promoting the Rosary, Pilgrim statue apostolate and running a video lending library.

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus: The majority of praesidia undertake home visitation and recruit for the Baptism programme, organise Rosary groups, drive parishioners to Mass, circulate the Pilgrim statue to young legionaries and lead the Rosary before Mass. Masses were organised for Venerable Edel Quinn, Alfie Lambe and Servant of God, Frank Duff with good attendances.

SOLOMON ISLANDS
The Archbishop of Sydney attended the celebrations of the raising of the Comitium with 2 Curia attached.

EAST TIMOR ISLAND
Two legionaries spent 12 days on East Timor Island. Extension is on-going and there are 2 Curiae with 212 legionaries. The Tessera and Frank Duff leaflets were translated into the local language.

Melbourne Senatus: Reports featured Congress, lunch-time Rosary in a school, home and jail visitation. Parish praesidia work closely with the Parish Priest and conduct Communion services when the priest is away. Far away Curia report via Skype. Namosi Comitium in Fiji has 3 senior and l junior Curia of 11 praesidia. A new praesidium of 24 men was set up. The Handbook is being translated into Figan. Noumea Comitium, New Caledonia has 10 senior Curiae, and 6 junior praesidia. An outdoor function had an attendance of 150, mostly young legionaries. Catechism is taught to the tribes in the villages. Hobart Curia in Tasmania has 5 praesidia with 28 members. Book barrow work is conducted at a shopping centre.

Brisbane Senatus: Works undertaken include Pilgrim statue and nursing home visitation, transporting people to Mass and teaching catechism in schools. The Korean Curia has 5 praesidia and 35 members. They visit non-Catholics and the lapsed. Migrant families are helped to settle in to their new environment and are offered transport to Mass, taught catechism and prepared for Baptism.

PHILIPPINES
Bicolandia Senatus: Adult Baptisms, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, Rosary promotion, home visitation and visits to the sick were reported. On hospital visitation legionaries helped in having 2 patients anointed by a priest and some other patients prayed over. Catechism is taught in the Elementary School. 70 adults were baptised and 300 adults confirmed during the Feast of Christ the King. A report is taken each month from the attached councils.

Mindanao Senatus: Butuan Regia has 22 directly attached praesidia and is considering forming at least one new Curia. A praesidium in a prison has catechised a number of fellow inmates; also several returns to the Sacraments were recorded among prisoners. A man convicted of homicide was contacted by legionaries while in prison and on his release the visitation continued; he is now studying for the priesthood. Several favours were reported through the intercession of Frank Duff. Juniors recruit their parents as auxiliaries.

Western Visayas Senatus: 7 Comitia, 1 Regia and 3 Curia reported. All councils had Exploratio Dominicalis projects which resulted in 126 Baptisms, 105 marriage validations and 9 couples receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony. Block Rosaries took place to 120 homes and 38 hotels. A Patrician meeting had 26 attending, mostly cancer patients. A couple living together for 24years were prepared for marriage; the husband converted from the Baptist faith. A mother of 7 children was catechised and received her First Communion and Confession; 3 of her children followed her example. A legionary catechist spoke to 500 students during their International Book Week.

Senatus of Northern Philippines: The junior Curia, Regina Angelorum, held a Peer Pressure Forum. Bataan Comitium did jail visitation to 1,370 inmates. Holy Mass is being celebrated weekly in the district jail. Makati Comitium: Bar visitation and Bible study for girls resulted in 20 going to Confession during Lent. It is hoped to have Confession available on a 24/7 basis to encourage bar workers and call-centre employees to participate. A Seminar for the parents of junior legionaries and auxiliaries was conducted to make them aware of the mission of the Legion.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Rabaul Regia, PNG: 56 of its 70 parishes have the Legion. The council supervises 15 Comitia, 15 senior Curiae and a directly attached junior Curia with 5 praesidia. Mount Hagan Regia has 75 senior Curiae, 439 senior and 53 junior praesidia, with over 9,000 members. Two new Comitia were established. Guam Comitium covers 11 parishes and supervises 2 senior Curiae, 16 directly attached senior praesidia and 1 junior Curia. Home visitation is carried out. The book barrow is being introduced as a new work and parishes are being visited in order to set up new praesidia.
Cebu Senatus: Councils reported on catechetical instruction to Elementary and High School students, also backyard catechism classes leading to reception of First Confession and Holy Communion. 900 sixth form students attended Confession and Holy Communion at their Annual Mass. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary is an on-going apostolate as is crowd contact. A 50-strong PPC team visited an island adjacent to Hong Kong which had 2,000 Buddhists among its population; 50% were converted. Recruiting and extension is on-going with new members and new praesidia.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Cloyne Comitium: Votes of sympathy were extended to Fr. Joe Rohan, Spiritual Director and Sr. Mary Cronin, President, on their recent bereavements. East Cloyne Curia: One praesidium takes the Fatima statue to homes in the parish and gave Rosary packs to First Holy Communion children. Rockchapel praesidium in West Cloyne Curia has 8 members who visit hospitals and nursing homes. They have 20 auxiliaries.

Cork Comitium: The council has a new Spiritual Director, Fr. Louis Hughes. A praesidium with 7 members does home, Fatima statue and nursing home visitation. Another praesidium with 7 members, 2 Praetorians and 60 auxiliaries does home and Fatima statue visitation, promoting the Fatima devotions. The members are seeking permission to visit the prison. Muire na Gras Curia has 10 praesidia attached. The 4 reporting praesidia do home and auxiliary visitation, street contact and visit special cases in hospitals and care homes. They also visit the First Holy Communion classes in local schools and distribute Miraculous Medals and pray with the children. Annunciata Curia has 4 praesidia. A Parish Priest expressed gratitude to the Legion for their help and finds the members very reliable. Queen of Peace Curia: Among the many works of the 3 reporting praesidia are visitation of homes, auxiliaries, a hospital and the Simon Community. One praesidium was engaged in two Exploratio Dominicalis projects. Another praesidium shows religious videos and holds Patrician meetings and helps to organise the Rosary float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade every year. A presentation of the Legion apostolate was made to a group of students in University College Cork with the hope of getting a praesidium started in the College.

Kerry Comitium: The new praesidium in Listowel with 7 members and a Spiritual Director continues to thrive but still needs the support of our prayers. The praesidium in Knocknagree has reopened with 3 members after being closed for some time. A lady was received into the Church with the help of legionaries and a legionary became her Confirmation sponsor. Legionaries also attended the Baptism of her baby. A prayer service organised by legionaries was held at Fels Point in front of the statue of Christ the King for the closing of the Year of Mercy. Prayers were also recited at Christ the King statue in Killarney on the same day. A legionary from Scartaglin praesidium recited the Rosary at the grave of a Traveller and about 30 members of the Travelling community attended, Miraculous Medals and Rosary beads were distributed. The praesidium also organised an evening Retreat in Ardfert.

Mid Clare Comitium has 6 praesidia with 37 members, including 10 members in the new Polish praesidium. Three members are Praetorians and they have a total of 33 auxiliaries. Works include visitation of homes, hospitals and nursing homes. The Annual Report of East Clare Curia was presented at the December Comitium meeting. They have 3 praesidia with 13 members including 5 Praetorians and 51 auxiliaries. Killaloe praesidium members lead a Eucharistic Service when the priest is unavailable for Mass. Works include home visitation with Fatima statue and nursing home visitation.

Thurles Comitium: In Littleton the legionaries carry out an apostolate to the Jewish Community. The praesidium in Holy Cross with 10 members includes in its apostolate the Pilgrim statue, Eucharistic Adoration and the cleaning of Holy Cross Abbey. Templemore praesidium works in conjunction with members of another praesidium and has a busy apostolate around the Church. Visitation of schools, Patricians, visiting nursing homes and a special apostolate during the Year of Mercy was carried out by legionaries in 4 areas. One legionary is studying for the priesthood in Maynooth. Tipperary Curia held a Mass marking the Anniversary of the death of Fr. Robert Bradshaw. Maria et Patria is mentioned in many of the reports.

CURIAE

Birr/Roscrea Curia: Borrisokane praesidium organised a Pilgrimage to the Holy Door and have contact with Leaving Certificate students. The praesidium in Citeaux Hall has 7 members and 32 auxiliaries. They organise the Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine and undertake nursing home and hospital visitation and also run an Annual Retreat in the Cistercian Guesthouse.
Limerick Curia: The new Spiritual Director, Fr Andrzj Stroka was welcomed to the November meeting. The Curia had representatives at the Limerick Diocesan Synod and a printout of all the details of the Synod was given to each praesidium.
Lismore Curia: The reporting praesidium does home, hospital and nursing home visitation and distributes Miraculous Medals to the Leaving Certificate students. Two local youths attended the Youth Conference in All Hallows.
Ross Curia: Clonakilty praesidium recruited 22 new auxiliaries mainly due to promotion in their bookshop in the Church. On the Feast of the Miraculous Medal Skibbereen praesidium made Miraculous Medals and leaflets available at the Church; 400 medals were accepted. Aughadown praesidium with 7 members takes care of two Churches in conjunction with other parishioners. Miraculous Medals were given to the First Holy Communion class.
Waterford Curia: The reporting praesidium has 6 members and 16 auxiliaries. They help to run the Rise and Shine Youth group which has a membership of 34 children aged from 8 to 18 years and is based in St. Saviour’s Dominican parish. The children participate in Eucharistic Adoration and were taken on a Retreat to Mount Melleray Abbey. In October 28 children and nine adults travelled by train to Knock Shrine for the Dominican Pilgrimage. All children went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation or got a blessing. The praesidium visited homes in four Estates and arranged for the blessing of homes by a priest. Their monthly Patricians, with a core group of 8 attending, has been running for over 9 years. For the monthly Holy Hour in one Church they do street contact nearby and encourage people to come in and say a prayer. They are also helping to instruct a young man who will be received into the Church at Easter.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

Bethlehem Curia: On Alfie Lambe’s Anniversary the Curia carried out contact work at transport centres. A week-long recruiting project at the Pro Cathedral was carried out from 27 February - 4th March. Two Patrician meetings were held with an attendance of 15 Patricians and 6 legionaries. One praesidium of 4 active members, 2 Praetorians and 10 verified auxiliaries does home visitation, contact work in a Park and recites the Rosary in the local community centre. The Curia is planning a Congress for October. Frank Duff and Edel Quinn prayer meetings were held.

Exaltata Curia: A praesidium of 10 members including 2 Praetorians and 114 verified auxiliaries visited over 1,000 homes in 2016. 30 parishioners attended a Retreat organised by the praesidium at Easter. An outdoor Mass at the Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima on 13th October had an attendance of 70. Public Rosaries were recited each Wednesday in May and October in different locations in the parish and had an average attendance of 30. The praesidium distributes 40 copies of Maria Legionis.

Presentata Curia: A praesidium of 5 members and one probationer does home visitation, and organises a monthly healing Mass in the parish. To mark the close of the Year of Mercy the praesidium organised a day of Adoration, Confession, Mass and a walking tour, “In the footsteps of Frank Duff”. The members do contact work on the River Liffey Boardwalk, where many people of different nationalities and religions are met, some just out of prison. A praesidium of 13 men engages in Morning Star Hostel work and helps with the organising of the Men’s Shed. Handbook study is an important item on the agenda and True Devotion to Mary is promoted.

Veneranda Curia: A praesidium of 9 has 5 Praetorian members. During the year 1 member joined the Capuchin Order and another became an indoor Brother in the Morning Star Hostel. The main work of this praesidium is visitation of Mountjoy Prison. They have a good relationship with the prison officers and distribute Miraculous Medals, Rosary beads and Catholic literature to the prisoners. The members also do home visitation and street contact. Another praesidium which is Gaelic-speaking gave its second Annual Report. The praesidium holds a monthly function focusing on Ireland’s Christian and cultural heritage. They gave a demonstration on how to make St. Brigid crosses and 7 attended. A recruiting drive is planned in a nearby parish.

Porta Coeli Curia: Members of one praesidium visit a nursing home. A praesidium of 7 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians has as its main work the visitation of a Hospital. The members are well received by patients and staff and some very valuable contacts are made. A Latvian man who was a patient 4 years ago comes every Tuesday to say the Rosary with the legionaries and patients. The praesidium was in touch with a parishioner who was lapsed for years but was reconciled before her death.

ConsolataCuria: A praesidium of 4 full members, 2 probationers, 2 Praetorians and 43 verified auxiliaries does home visitation in its parish. Miraculous Medals and explanatory leaflets are distributed and recitation of the Rosary is promoted. Members also visit a nursing home where they are warmly welcomed. A junior praesidium has 10 members, 5 of whom joined in October 2016. They distribute Miraculous Medals and leaflets to their friends at school, college and at social events. The juniors collect, fill and label plastic bottles with holy water which are left in the Church for collection. A pre-school prayer group was held during Easter Week. The junior members plan to give a talk on the Legion of Mary to transition year students in a local school. A recruiting drive is planned.

SOUTH AMERICA

COLOMBIA
Bogota Senatus: Arising from the visit of the officers of the Senatus to Concilium in September, steps are being taken to raise higher councils which will enable better administration. The officers are putting some of the suggestions into practice. Officers of the Senatus and Curiae came together to discuss future plans for work and expansion.
Medellin Senatus: Legionaries are very committed. Solid and varied apostolic work is reported by attached councils.

ECUADOR
Senatus of Quito: The Senatus has 11 correspondents. Extension is on-going by 6 legionaries in Pifo and Tumbaco, while a dedicated extension worker is occupied in Sangolqui, a suburb of Quito. Apostolates include helping with cookery classes. They report the conversion of an Evangelical and the recovery of a drug addict. Riobamba established a new junior Curia and received permission to visit the jail. In the past year 19 legionaries have taken the Promise. On the Day of the Sick 230 sick people were taken to Church with the aid of local taxi drivers.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: In Montevideo the re-structuring of a Comitium lead to the formation of a new Curia. The Senatus Secretary officially launched his book on Alfie Lambe in November in the presence of Bishop Emeritus Romero, who had met Alfie in 1958. Also present was the Bishop of the neighbouring Diocese of Canelones, who wants the Legion to carry out a PPC project in the town of Las Piedras. In January the 58th Anniversary of the death of Alfie Lambe was marked by a procession to the parish of Cordón, where Alfie set up 2 praesidia and a Curia; the procession was followed by the Rosary, Mass and Evening Prayer.

VENEZUELA
Senatus of Caracas: The Senatus Extension Committee has carried out 4 Exploratio Dominicalis projects and three Columban Drives. The Regia of Barquisimeto report one PPC Project, two Maria et Patria Projects, fourteen Exploratio’s and several workshops. A meeting was held with local Seminarians. The 95th Anniversary celebrations were attended by the Cardinal, several Bishops, Spiritual Directors and Deacons. They requested prayers for the spiritual and economic situation in their country.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: The second National Conference, open to all legionaries will be held by the Regia of Temuco, covering topics such as youth, non-Catholics and extension. Many reports feature outreach to migrants from neighbouring countries, many of whom have been recruited into the Legion. Legionaries have to do a preparation course before they undertake prison visitation. Homeless people are contacted at food kitchens and are evangelised. When a long-standing legionary is very unwell, the weekly meeting is occasionally held in their house.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: The Comitium of Tarija has 12 directly attached praesidia; one of these operates a book barrow. Not only do contacts buy Catholic literature, including books, but they also donate books for the book barrow. Other legionaries contact shoe-shine children. It was with these poor children that Alfie Lambe set up a praesidium that worked in an area where the sects were very active. A mission was organised for the National Army. Catechesis talks were given and contacts made. Other male youths, doing their military service, were prepared for and received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

PERU
Senatus of Lima: Two new Curiae were set up with directly attached praesidia. Over 100 officers attend the Senatus meeting. Chosica Comitium suggested that each of the attached Curiae should take steps to set up more junior praesidia. A rural Curia functions well and does solid apostolates despite most members being illiterate.

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asunción: During the three month period, 2 Comitia, 4 Curiae and 5 praesidia reported. The Senatus has a total of 15 Comitia, 19 Curiae and 16 praesidia attached. A Comitium in Asuncion city has 20 Curiae and 4 praesidia attached, with 1,450 members and 2,920 auxiliaries. Works include visiting prisons, homes, colleges and hospitals; they also do Exploratio Dominicalis projects. A praesidium with 15 members promotes a Rosary apostolate in homes and visits the sick. A Curia in Villa Elisa has 16 praesidia, 104 active and 194 auxiliary members. Works include home visitation, promoting Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, visits to hospitals and the sick in their homes, plus catechesis. Another Curia has among its works an apostolate to Settled Travellers. A praesidium which visits a prison, also prepares children for Holy Communion and Confirmation. The Pioneer Prayer is to be distributed for Lent, encouraging a temporary pledge. 53 legionaries made a 645 mile Pilgrimage by bus in January 2017 from Asuncion to Alfie Lambe’s tomb in Buenos Aires.



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Visit to Brazil
March 2017

VISIT TO BRAZIL

Bro. Paddy Fay and Bro. Tadgh McMahon, Sr. Maria Isabel and her husband Bro. Manuel Cacao visited Brazil on behalf of Concilium. Included during the visit was attending the Senatus meeting in Sao Paulo and visiting 8 higher council meetings, journeying several thousand miles from north to south, meeting with officers of attached councils, correspondents, youth Legion representatives and attending several praesidium meetings.
One of the features of the visit was the great interest in Frank Duff. At the Senatus meeting of officers in the Frank Duff House of Formation in Mogi das Cruzes, following the showing of a DVD, Bro. Fay and Bro. McMahon spoke on some of their memories of Frank Duff. This happened also at Sao Paulo Senatus and praesidium meetings. Before leaving Mogi das Cruzes they had the privilege of attending the Dedication of Our Lady of Graces Church in the House of Formation. They also paid a visit to the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora Aparacida, who is Patroness of Brazil.
Special thanks are due to all who looked after the four visitors on their visit, especially the Secretary of the Senatus, Lucinda Fonseca and her husband Antonio, who accommodated them in their home, and the Senatus President, Nelson de Moraes and his wife Angelina who were most helpful.
Sr. Maria Isabel and Bro. Manuel Cacao, Portuguese Concilium Correspondents, were thanked for their wholehearted and enthusiastic participation in the visit. They said they found the visit very beneficial.



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Proposal to Raise Vishakapatnam Comitium to Regia (India)
March 2017

PROPOSAL TO RAISE VISHAKAPATNAM COMITIUM TO REGIA (INDIA)
A proposal was put forward to elevate Vishakapatnam Comitium to Regia status. The Regia would govern the Legion in its own Archdioceses as well as in the Dioceses of Eluru, Guntur, Nellore, Srikakulam and Vijayawada. All councils were consulted and gave agreement.
The Regia will comprise 20 directly affiliated praesida, 6 directly affiliated Curiae, 2 Comitia, 16 Curiae and 37 distant praesidia. The aim is to form more Curiae and Comitia and to attach distant praesidia to councils more adjacent to them or form some of them into Curiae. Most of the existing councils have too many praesidia currently attached. Ecclesiastical permission has been given by the Archbishop of Vishakapatnam.
The submission was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave its approval



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Allocutio at February 2017 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
March 2017

What is the Meaning of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
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As we all know, this year, 2017 is the centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to the three children of Fatima. One of the major themes of the message of Our Lady at Fatima is promotion of devotion to her Immaculate Heart. She said to Lucia: ‘Yes, I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you are to stay here for some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.’ This devotion is also a key theme in the Handbook of the Legion. It is surely an essential dimension of the interior life of an authentic legionary and of his apostolic work. But what does devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary really mean?

Let us start with some words of Pope Benedict: ‘In Biblical language, the “heart” indicates the centre of human life, the point where reason, will, temperament and sensitivity converge, where the person finds his unity and his interior orientation…To be “devoted” to the immaculate Heart of Mary means therefore to embrace this attitude of heart, which makes the fiat – your will be done – the defining center of one’s whole life.’ In other words this devotion means seeking to unite ourselves with what is deepest in the interior life of Mary which is her total identification with the salvific will of God – the salvation of the whole world without any exceptions.

The Handbook develops this teaching in some of its richest doctrinal passages. In the section under the headings: ‘Every action should endorse her Fiat,’ and ‘Glorify the Lord with Mary’ are especially sublime and inspirational. Let me quote just one passage: ‘Her consent and her maternal care are just as necessary to the daily growth of Christ in the individual soul as they were in his original taking of flesh. What does all this involve for the Christian? It involves many important things of which this is one: he must deliberately and wholeheartedly acknowledge Mary’s position as his representative in the sacrificial offering begun at the Annunciation and completed on the Cross, which earned redemption. He must ratify the things she then did on his behalf, so that he can enjoy, without shame in their fullness, the infinite benefits thereby brought to him.’
There are many other ways of entering into the meaning of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us briefly paraphrase the teaching of St. John Paul on Mary’s spiritual maternity as found in the encyclical Redemptoris Mater and in so many parts of the Handbook, especially in the section: ‘Through the Legionary, Mary loves and tends her Son.’
St. John Paul begins with the words of Our Lord on the Cross: ‘Behold your mother.’ By entrusting John to Mary, Jesus introduces him to what the essence of motherhood is: ‘a unique and unrepeatable relationship between two people.’ And what Our Lord says to John, he says to each one of us. These words: ‘Behold your Mother’ are the essence of the Gospel about Mary for every Christian and especially for us legionaries. The Holy Father writes: ‘they are words that determine Mary’s place in the life of Christ’s disciples and they express…the new motherhood of the Mother of the Redeemer: spiritual motherhood, born from the heart of the Paschal Mystery of the Redeemer of the world.’ It is striking and should never be forgotten that it was precisely when the world was covered in darkness and mired in horrific rejection of God that Jesus gives us his Mother as a response to evil.

Because the words of Christ from the Cross seem to me absolutely foundational in the interior life of Frank Duff and in the spirituality of the Legion, I would like to quote St. John Paul again on the spiritual maternity of Mary: ‘From the time when Jesus, dying on the Cross, said to John: ‘Behold your Mother,’ the mystery of the spiritual motherhood of Mary has been actualized boundlessly in history. Motherhood means caring for the life of the child. Since Mary is the Mother of us all, her care for the life of man is universal. The care of a mother embraces her child totally. Mary’s motherhood has its beginning in her motherly care for Christ. In Christ, at the foot of the Cross, she accepted John, and in John she accepted all of us totally. Mary embraces us all with special solicitude in the Holy Spirit. I just want to underline the truth that Mary’s maternity of each one of us is absolutely total: now and at the hour of our death, always and everywhere, when we are in grace and when we are submerged in sin, her maternal heart is always focused on each one of us.

Finally, let us come back to Fatima and some of the actual words Our Lady speaks to us: ‘In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.’ These words are a clear reminder on one of the most treasured texts in sacred scripture in the history of the Legion: ‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, between her seed and your seed, and she will crush your head. (Gen. 3:15). The first thing that God promised mankind after the fall of original sin is the gift of a Woman who would give us Our Saviour and Our Lord. Fatima reminds us of all these magnificent truths and how profoundly we need them today when so many Christians, including our legionary brothers and sisters who are persecuted for their faith and so many others who are called to be a presence of Mary in a militantly hostile secularist culture and can be sometimes tempted to discouragement in the midst of this spiritual warfare. We are not fighting a losing battle because victory comes through Mary, who gave us Jesus. Amen.



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Concilium Bulletin February 2017
March 2017

AFRICA

BURUNDI
Reports indicate a multifaceted apostolate. Praesidia promote De Montfort’s True Devotion among the people and they have a youth movement called “Friends of de Montfort.” They organise the cultivation of parish fields to cover maintenance of the Churches and provide shelter for the homeless, and held a rally for second and third level students. The Spiritual Director reminded legionaries that it was the ambition of Fr. Achille Denis that Burundi would belong totally to Our Blessed Lady.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bengui Senatus: Minutes include many traumatic accounts of legionaries helping orphans and widows and even adult men reduced to desperation after the war in various parts of the country. Former Senatus President, Bro. Ouagaza before his unexpected death had drawn up a plan for the revitalisation of Christian life in the country. The Senatus, before the invasion had 5 Regiae in the Provinces and an estimated active membership of over 30,000 in the whole country. The Holy Father had visited Bangui in November, in the midst of the crisis.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Senatus of Butembo: Reports were given from 22 Comitia, 2 Regiae and praesidia attached to these councils. Reports included; Baptism for over 1,200 children, 67 of whom were from single mothers; 634 adults made their First Communion and 731 were Confirmed; 222 couples were blessed and 66 marriages reconciled; over 35 lapsed returned to the Church; 215 contacts joined the Legion; the sick, the poor and prisoners were visited; young people were persuaded to give up the use of mascots (fetishes) and others were helped to join Catholic movements. A new youth Curia was set up. Protestants were converted and taught to say the Rosary. A new Comitium was established in the Diocese of Wamba in December 2016 and a second and third are planned for Bunia Diocese. The Senatus is about to complete the building of the Frank Duff Community Centre.

Senatus of Bukavu: The social situation in Kivu is characterised by great instability caused by the presence of armed groups. This state of affairs impacts directly on the functioning of the Senatus and its attached councils.

Regia of Goma: No visitation of councils is possible due to large armed groups located around Ouganda, reducing to a minimum the Legion activities. The city of Bukavu and its environs are relatively calm. Works in this area include: visitation of prisons, homes of the ill, aged, widows, orphans and impoverished.

Kinshasa Senatus: This council has a total membership of 30,000 active and 10,000 auxiliaries. The Senatus is proposing the formation of two more junior Comitia to cater for the increase in junior membership.

Kisangani Senatus: Many days of Legionary formation have been organised by the Senatus, focusing on different aspects of the Handbook. 4 Comitia, 1 Curia and 1 praesidium presented reports. Great emphasis is being placed in all councils on recruitment, especially of youth, which has resulted in 54 new juniors, plus 28 junior probationers and 125 adults. An apostolate to ex- members resulted in the return of 159 to the active ranks of the Legion.134 adults and 104 children received Baptism. 190 pagans were converted and 109 families were reconciled. 793 visits were made to the sick. 146 people in difficulty were aided. Two officers of the Senatus attended the inauguration of the new Bishop of Isangi, Dieudonne Madrapile.

Lubumbashi Senatus: One Comitium organised a visit to a prison with 31 legionaries participating and during the four and a half hour visit they tried to meet with as many as possible of the 3,000 inmates, 655 of whom are minors. A letter of gratitude was sent to Concilium for the trust that has been shown in the ratification of the Senatus.

MAURITIUS (RODRIGUES)
Mauritius Regia: All Regia officers and officers from 2 Comitia, 4 Curiae (including 1 junior Curia) and 11 praesidia attended the January meeting. The Acies is fixed for 26th March at Loreto Convent, Curepipe. The usual works of consolation e.g. visiting nursing homes are carried out. Msgr. Maurice Piat CSSP, Bishop of Port Louis was congratulated on his elevation to Cardinal.

RWANDA
Senatus of Kigali: Many councils report that a high number of their legionaries are aged 18 to 45. One Comitium has 37 attached praesidia, 30 Curiae, 12 praesidia in Secondary Schools and 8 junior praesidia totalling 5,500 legionaries. Some councils need to be split or raised to a higher status. Among the works are prison, hospital and auxiliary visitation and they also contact street girls and street children. The Senatus website, which is in French and the local language, got over 1,000 visits in one month.

ASIA
JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: A praesidium inTamastsukuri Church had its 3,000th meeting in July 2016. Fr. Masakawa spoke spoke of how, when first asked by the Bishop to become a Spiritual Director, he was assured that the laity had woken up to their responsibilities and were assisting their priests to make the apostolate more fruitful. A Curia in Ikona Church has 5 praesidia, 5 Korean and 1 Japanese. Works include Sunday school, visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Takatsuki Church praesidium celebrated its1500th meeting with former members and Spiritual Directors. Their works include, reading for the visually impaired, and visiting the sick with the Blessed Eucharist. Kohri praesidium delivers religious magazines to the lapsed and cared for an elderly lady until her death’

MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpor Regia: Works include visitation of the aged, sick, bereaved families and the lapsed. A lapsed lady, seeing the devotion of legionaries visiting her mother, returned to the Church. A couple had their marriage regularised in the Catholic Church. Legionaries organised Pilgrimages to Holy Door Churches in the Year of Mercy. Various councils reported works of home and hospital visitation, visits to orphanages, Bible study, teaching catechism, Sunday school, attending wakes and funerals. They also attended a ‘walk of faith’ for people of different faiths.

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus reported a growing number of dedicated legionaries who served as active members for decades and are now on the auxiliary roll due to various illnesses. Reports were received from 4 Comitia in East Malaysia, plus from English and Chinese-speaking Curiae in Brunei. A junior Curia has 16 praesidia, 7 in St. Patrick’s School, 7 in St. Joseph’s Institution, 1 in Canossian School and 1 in the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus. Their works include, assisting at Secondary School Retreats, a Pilgrimage to the Holy Door and leading morning prayers. Two gave talks on the Legion at another school; they organised an outreach programme and a Legion camp outing.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: Chuncheon Regia has a total of 4,040 members, including 46 juniors and 4,331 auxiliaries. A praesidium visiting people living alone reported 3 people aged 84-89 years old being baptised. Nowan Comitium has 1,079 members and 2,293 auxiliaries. 100 attended a Retreat for Presidents.

Daegeon Regia has 15,877 members and 532 juniors; they recorded 2,594 Baptisms. A University praesidium has 12 members. East Seoul Regia recorded 3,691 Baptisms, including a 103 year-old lady and her son. Mid Seoul Regia has a total of 12,271 members, plus 272 juniors and 2,004 Praetorians. A lady lapsed for 40 years returned to Confession, bringing a lapsed friend back with her to the Sacraments.

Gwangiu Senatus: A Comitium in Haenan was commended that in spite of a decreasing population, 45 people were baptised, 42 joined the Legion and 2 praesidia were set up. The Spiritual Director said that without the Legion the Church would be in a difficult situation. Busan Regia recruited 50,000 catechumens and recorded 3,672 Baptisms. Jeonju Regia recruited over 25,000 catechumens and recorded 3,672 Baptisms. 59 out of 126 Curiae in Jeonju Regia held Congresses.

Daegu Senatus: Yonggye Comitium formed a new praesidium of military personnel. Three youth legionary Pilgrimages to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Legion in Daegu had an attendance of 703. A big increase in junior membership was reported. The Senatus has requested that each council should visit institutions where abandoned people live. Each Comitium was asked to conduct an annual audit each December. Andong Regia reported 72 returns to the Sacraments. Daehae Comitium reported 82 Baptisms.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Visitation of councils and praesidia is on-going. Works include, visitation of the old, the blind and sick and cleaning of their homes, also visiting prisons and an orphanage. Auxiliaries are visited. Catechumens are prepared for Baptism and Confirmation. A new junior praesidium has been set up in a Secondary School and a number of other junior and senior praesidia, plus 2 new Curiae have been established.

Jakarta Senatus: Councils and praesidia are visited. One council reported a meeting held each month with young people where the Rosary is recited; as a result, some of the youths are interested in joining the Legion. Help is given in one parish to clean a grotto; also a catechism quiz is held.

TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus reported the setting up of 10 new praesidia; these are looked after by older praesidia until they are fully developed. Legionaries are very conscious of Praetorian, auxiliary and Adjutorian membership; this is reflected in the large numbers of such membership. Home, hospital and nursing home visitation is carried out extensively, also street contact, especially in shopping malls and transport outlets. All aspects of parish work are undertaken.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Carlow Comitium: Graiguecullen praesidium has 8 members and 10 auxiliaries. Works include nursing home and Pilgrim statue visitation. In one nursing home some residents indicated that they would like to have the Sacrament of Confession. Five schools in the area were visited over the 3 month period. On Saturday 11th February a joint officers meeting was held in Portlaoise comprising 3 officers of the Comitium, 3 officers of Kildare Curia, 4 officers of Laois Curia, the Concilium Correspondent and Concilium Officer in charge of Ireland. The Comitium has 5 praesidia with 23 members. Laois Curia has 4 praesidia with 25 members and Kildare Curia has 5 praesidia with 26 members. The 3 councils are conscious of the need for extension and efforts are on-going in each council. Home visitation is being done in the 3 areas but not on a regular basis. Visitation of Primary Schools is carried out extensively and Kildare legionaries have been given permission to speak to 6th year students.

Elphin Comitium: Our Lady of Aparacida praesidium, composed of Brazilians, presented their report in January. They have 10 members and 12 auxiliaries. They organise a house Rosary in a different home of the community each week where members of the community gather to pray and socialize. They organise the Brazilian Mass twice monthly and a recent addition is a men’s Rosary where men only gather to pray the Rosary. The praesidium also has a weekly Bible Study group. Another initiative, a Catholic meeting for Brazilians held by the Roscommon community and joined by other nearby communities had 180 at their last meeting including 10 persons of other religions.
North Elphin Curia: A great amount of street contact was done by legionaries in Sligo with a very good reception. Legionaries from one praesidium commented that from 382 homes visited many didn’t know where the Church was. One lady enrolled in the RCIA course and one new auxiliary was recruited.

Tuam Comitium: There are 10 senior praesidia with 48 members and one intermediate praesidium with 7 members. Westport Curia has 46 members in 7 senior praesidia and 17 members in 2 junior praesidia, Claremorris Curia has 6 senior praesidia with 37 members and 5 junior praesidia with 100 members. A Vigil was held in October in Knock Shrine and was very well attended. Glenamaddy praesidium has 20 auxiliaries. Home visitation is done with 2 Fatima statues. The Rosary and Consecration of the family to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are promoted. The Fatima statue was taken to the Primary School in May. Corofin praesidium has 56 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation with the Fatima statue and new residents are welcomed to the parish. A senior citizen’s party was held on November 27th at which the Miraculous Medal was explained and offered to those interested. One member is an officer in the intermediate praesidium in the Presentation College, Tuam. An intermediate member received the Papal Cross award from Archbishop Neary at Knock Shrine in November.

CURIAE

Achonry Curia: Swinford praesidium has 35 auxiliaries. House to house and hospital visitation are undertaken. Four people have signed the form in the Adoration Chapel in Charlestown as willing to get involved in the Legion and one person has come forward. Msgr. Johnson attended a Curia meeting.

Clonfert Curia: The November Curia meeting was held in Alfie Lambe’s house in Tullamore and was followed by the Annual Reunion. A very inspiring talk was given by a legionary who knew Alfie. A praesidium in Loughrea has 5 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians and 20 auxiliaries. The apostolate includes visitation of nursing homes, the housebound and those living alone. Transport is provided for bringing people to Mass. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is organised weekly. Cappataggle praesidium has 8 members and 15 auxiliaries.  During the month of May a Legion altar was erected in the Church sanctuary during which efforts were made to recruit new members.

Ferns Curia: A praesidium with 8 members distributes Catholic newspapers, organises the Eucharistic Adoration rota and public Rosaries.

Galway Curia: Ballinfoyle praesidium has 5 members and 14 auxiliaries. Many of those met on home visitation have no interest in attending Mass. Miraculous Medals are distributed. On a call back they were delighted to hear that one young man had returned to Mass. The Legion had a stall at the Christmas Market and gave out 900 Miraculous Medals.

Killala Curia: An Exploratio Dominicalis Project in Ballina had 20 legionaries taking part in it. They visited 160 homes and encouraged the lapsed Catholics to return to practice. Patricians on the subject of “Purgatory” had an attendance of 10 and “Putting Christ Back into Christmas” had an attendance of 13. A praesidium in Knockmore parish has 5 members who do nursing home and hospital visitation as well as assisting in the parish. They have 100 auxiliary members. The First Saturday devotions were due to start in the Cathedral in January with the juniors leading the mysteries of the Rosary.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE

Ancilla Domini Curia: A praesidium of 7 members including 1 Praetorian and 36 verified auxiliaries has as its main work crowd contact each Saturday in Temple Bar. Many young people are contacted; the Miraculous Medal and Rosary beads are explained and distributed. They also speak to the young people about Confession and direct them to the Blessed Sacrament Church where there is Eucharistic adoration. They also do home visitation. The praesidium has 2 Concilium correspondents. At the February meeting the Curia had a very fruitful discussion on recruiting and discussed ways of making more use of Myra House. A recruiting drive is planned for March.

Benedicta Curia: Our Lady of Mercy which was the first Legion of Mary praesidium presented its 95th annual report at the January Curia meeting. The praesidium has 19 auxiliary members and had 7 visitors to the praesidium during the year. They do home to home visitation and deliver the Pilgrim statue to some houses and flats. One contact credits Our Lady of Fatima with helping her to give up smoking and alcohol. The Rosary is recited each Wednesday evening at Our Lady’s statue. Regular visits are made to the psychiatric unit of St James Hospital.

Holy Spirit Curia: A discussion took place at the January meeting about planning for the 5 attached praesidia. It was suggested that more Fatima statue visitation take place to promote the Centenary celebrations, devotion to the First Saturday and to show the Fatima DVD at coffee mornings. This Curia has a Frank Duff and Edel Quinn meeting each month. A praesidium has restarted. The Curia will hold a joint Congress with Immaculata Curia in March.

Gloriosa Curia: A praesidium does home visitation, street contact work, visits Glenaulin nursing home weekly and Clover Hill prison once a month. They organise a monthly Venerable Edel Quinn prayer meeting, organise the Rosary at the Grotto on the Fridays in May and October. On some Sundays they erect a Legion altar outside the Church and contact people before and after Mass. On St. Patrick’s Day and also on 4th December, feast of St. Nicholas they organise tea and refreshments for parishioners after Mass in the parish centre. Efforts are continuing to set up the Legion in another parish. 33 parishioners in Leixlip Parish undertook the 33 Days preparation for the True Devotion to Mary.

Annunciata Curia: A praesidium of 5 members including 2 Praetorians and 29 auxiliary members promote the Pioneers and sell Catholic newspaper on Sunday mornings. The praesidium also does home and auxiliary visitation. 42 Patricians and 11 legionaries attended 5 Patrician meetings. A book barrow is taken out in once a month. A very good discussion on the role and development of officers was held at the December Curia meeting. Firstly, the importance of attending the monthly Curia meeting was stressed and also that Curia is a School for Officers. Efforts to re-start the UCD praesidium are on-going.

Assumpta Curia: A praesidium of 7 members, including 1 Praetorian, 6 auxiliary members and 4 Adjutorians run the parish book shop and the Patricians. Among their contacts was a young Chinese lady who had purchased a Children’s Bible for her son and returned to ask if there was a Baptism Group in Chinese. 45 Patricians and 15 legionaries attended four Patrician meetings.

Immaculata Curia: A praesidium of 5 members, including 2 Praetorians do home to home visitation and deliver 50 copies of Maria Legionis to auxiliary members. They have an outreach to people with special needs. 33 Patricians and 29 legionaries attended 8 Patrician meetings. The Curia had an outreach at a shopping centre encouraging people to go to Confession for Christmas. On hearing of the Parable of the lost sheep, one person who hadn’t been to Confession for years, agreed to go.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: Cribs were displayed in 3 shopping centres on 3, 12 and 13 Decembers and times of Reconciliation Services in nearby Churches were distributed. On 23 December times of Christmas Masses were distributed. Curia members supported the prayers for Christian Unity held each day in the Church of the Carmelites in Kilmacud.

Our Lady of Fatima Curia: At the request of the Parish Priest this Curia will carry out a day long visitation of all the homes in the parish with a view to encouraging families and parishioners to attend Mass. The Curia had a discussion on “Control of the work by the praesidium.”

SOUTH AMERICA
ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: The Comitium of General Pico is preparing very well for their official visitation from the Senatus. They have made out a list of projects and questions they intend to discuss with the visitors. The body of the Senatus proposed and agreed that a finance committee composed of legionaries would be set up. Sister Isabel, one of the notaries for Alfie Lambe’s Cause, had a meeting with the Postulator, Fr. Califano in Rome.

Cordoba Senatus: One of the two city Comitia report visiting nursing homes and showing religious films. They also visit homes with a statue of Our Lady. The legionaries give pre-baptismal and pre-marriage talks. Children with learning difficulties are helped and illiterate adults taught to read and write.

Salta Senatus: One Curia has three Patrician groups. Most of their junior legionaries pass into adult praesidia on reaching 18 years of age. Home visitation is done on a wide scale as well as visits to local shops. Young legionaries doing their military service have been able to continue their active membership in praesidia where they are stationed. The former President of the Legion Youth group in the Senatus has gone to Madrid to study. The Legion in Madrid has been a real family to her on her first time to leave home. Corrientes Regia: The Legion in Goya, a town 200 km. south of Corrientes, has grown in recent years from one Curia to a Comitium of five Curiae. A praesidium in Roque Saenz Pena continues to meet during afternoon siesta hours, even in the heat of summer, because their work hours prevent any other meeting time.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: Return visits were made to homes of eight Protestants. A Curia organised preparation for the True devotion to Mary of St. Louis de Montfort.
Belo Horizonte Senatus: Reports show visits to a prison bringing the image of Our Lady from cell to cell, conversing with inmates and reading the Bible to them. Over one thousand visits were made to the sick in their homes, providing domestic services. Legionaries prayed the Rosary with members of the homeless community living on the streets. One person was very thankful and has returned to his family; he is now working and frequents Church.

Fortaleza Senatus: Reports show the Baptism of 150 children and 18 adults, First Communion of 311 children, Confirmation of 11 children and 18 couples receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: Three praesidia were founded, including two of young people. Legionaries promoted the Pilgrim statue visit to hospitals and public services. They formed 128 groups of reflection. There were 226 Enthronements of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in homes.

Recife Senatus: 400 young legionaries from the three relevant States took part in a Senatus Conference held in a town of the State of Alagoas. The Bishop and three Spiritual Directors took part. 18 priests took part in a meeting for Spiritual Directors. Also present was Bishop Edson, representative of the Brazilian hierarchy to the Legion.

Senatus of Rio de Janeiro: An apostolate is directed to couples preparing to take part in celebrations of communal marriages. The Regia of Niteroi reports recitation of the Rosary in barracks of the Military Police. A member from Western Amazonia is helping with extension in the central Amazonian capital, Manaus. Young members are taking a more prominent part in Senatus activities.

Salvador Senatus: Araci Curia and Maragogipe Comitium held Congresses. The Senatus promoted the State Meeting of Officers of Curiae, Comitia and Regiae, from 11 to 13 November. They organised the Legionary Youth State Meeting with 48 young people from the interior of the State of Salvador da Bahia and some young people from a Curia in Águas Claras. The purpose of this meeting was to organise the Legionary Youth Secretariat. 21 persons, including active and auxiliary legionaries in the Aracaju Regia/SE and other lay people, made the total consecration to Our Lady according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort on the day of the Nativity of Our Lady.

Santa Maria Senatus: The correspondent, on concluding a visit, was given a copy of the Minutes of all the last two years’ meetings. A weekend Retreat for young members is planned for March.

São Luís Senatus: There were 11,319 visits to families with 4,270 return visits to families with problems. 120 were prepared for Baptism; 31 for First Holy Communion; 12 for Confirmation and 4 for the Sacrament of Matrimony.

São Paulo Senatus: A Comitium in Matão through home visitation contacted 200 practising Catholics and 150 non-practising; 30 Protestants; 15 spiritualists and 20 of other religions. The Senatus hosted the meeting of officers of higher councils in Brazil in the Frank Duff House of Formation in Mogi das Cruzes prior to the dedication of the Church there under the title of Nossa Senhora das Graças on Sunday 29 January 2017 by the Bishop of Mogi das Cruzes, Dom Pedro Luiz, who was Chief Celebrant at the Mass. Also concelebrating were Dom Edson Castro Homem, Bishop of Iguatu/CE, Liaison to the Legion from the Bishops’ Conference, and several priests. There was a large attendance of legionaries. It was a great joy to have present, also, Bro. Luiz Inácio Machiavelli, a former Treasurer of the Senatus. Regia of Brasilia: A person suffering from depression received 24 hour attention from legionaries on ten occasions. In the distant town of Araquatins, in the State of Tocantins, legionaries coordinate the pastoral programme for children. Several officers attended the São Paulo Conference and showed eagerness to accept guidance from Concilium representatives.

EUROPE

AUSTRIA AND CARETAKER COUNTRIES
The new edition of the German Handbook is being distributed. A meeting for priests was held on 20 January. Reports were received from 10 attached Curiae and 4 Comitia. Works include home and prison visitation, also contact with lapsed and homeless people. A student praesidium and a junior praesidium both had to split because of big numbers. A woman has converted from Buddhism. A woman with cancer was brought to the Sacraments before she died.

CZECH Republic
Prague Comitium plan a new Curia from some of their 14 directly attached praesidia. Olmuetz Comitium, with the help of Hollabrunn Comitium is organising a Retreat for street girls.

UKRAINE
Sr. Elizabeth Kriss aided by other Austrian legionaries spent a very fruitful 7 weeks in Ukraine: Councils were visited; A Summer School was organised; A P.P.C. project was held in Kiev; The Legion was promoted in the Greek Catholic Church and steps were taken to split the African Students’ Curia because of high numbers of legionaries. Visits were made to Zhitomir Comitium, 3 Curiae and 4 praesidia.

MOLDOVA
Regular visit are made to their 8 praesidia.

BULGARIA
The officers of the new Curia in Svischtov have been ratified.

SLOVAKIA
Zselic Comitium organised bicycle trips for young people. Tranava Curia: 150 went on Pilgrimage and 37 from 6 praesidia attended the Annual Reunion.

ROMANIA
The Senatus organised a Training School for the Legion in Bucharest Curia.

BELARUS
Extension efforts continue; 2 new junior praesidia were established. Some of the works undertaken – Visitation of sick and elderly parishioners, visits to nursing homes with the priest, veterans’ homes, preparing residents for Confession. They also visit the construction site of a Church building. Legionaries were encouraged to set up prayer groups entitled “Love, Truth, and Release” with encouragement from Archbishop Kondruseivich. Bishop Josef Stanevsky of Grodno attended the December Comitium meeting, thanked the legionaries for their work and encouraged them in their devotion to Our Blessed Lady and the Rosary. News is awaited of the setting up of the 2nd Comitium in Baranovichi.

CROATIA
Zagreb Regia and Councils under caretakership: The 65th anniversary of the Legion in Croatia was celebrated with a Pilgrimage to the Croatian Martyrs Shrine in Udbina. There was an attendance of 800, which included 11 priests and the retired Bishop of the Diocese. 2 Comitia, 6 directly attached Curiae and 7 directly attached praesidia are covered by this report. Excellent apostolic work is being done. A praesidium in Zagreb reported 441 people receiving the Sacraments following encouragement by legionaries. Some other fruits of the apostolate mentioned were 3 returns to the Sacraments after 30 years and a couple married after 50 years.

BOSNIA HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia: This Curia has 7 praesidia, all engaged in home and hospital visitation.

SLOVENIA
Three Officers were appointed by the Regia to the new praesidium in the town of Grosuplje.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia: Reports were received from 5 Comitia, 10 Curiae and 7 praesidia. One praesidium of 10 members was set up. Bishop Antal Spanyll was visited and permission sought to extend in his Diocese which has 3 praesidia attached to the Regia. Legionaries in Nagybatony Comitium helped 47 children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They organised Pilgrimages to Hungary’s National Marian Shrine in which 400 walking pilgrims took part.

LATVIA: A praesidium in Riga is coming across a lot of Jehovah Witnesses in the course of home visitation. The Miraculous Medal is promoted. A recently formed discussion Group for young people continues with attendances from 6-10. A praesidium of 7 in Rezekne Curia visit the sick and housebound and take 4 elderly people to Mass each Sunday. They hold a public Rosary each Friday in June with attendances of 20. Liepaja Curia has 2 praesidia. The Comitium has organised recruiting drives for March.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium: has 3 attached Curiae and Telsai Comitium has 2 attached Curiae. Much visitation to homes, hospital, nursing homes and Mental Institutions is carried out. The Rosary is recited at funerals, a service for which families have been particularly thankful. In their outreach to the homeless they give out phone numbers of shelters and encourage prayer and return to Mass. The sick, elderly and aged are visited; where necessary works of service are done and visits of the priests arranged. The legionaries are responsible for numerous returns to the Sacraments, some after periods ranging from 20-50 years. 3 adults between 40-50 years prepared for 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation. A Legion stand erected in a shopping centre in November attracted great attention and Patricians meetings in Kaunas drew large attendances.

POLAND
Warsaw: A Praga praesidium distributed 115 Miraculous Medals in the course of street contact. Much of the rest of their apostolate seems to centre on conducting Rosary Circles of which there are 100 in the parish. Praesidia reporting at Warsaw-Metro Curia had good numbers of auxiliaries for which they conduct bi-monthly meetings. Other apostolates mentioned were visiting the sick and Church work.
Lublin Regia: 4 new praesidia were set up. Their apostolate comprises contact with the lapsed and instructing their children for the Sacraments, contacting drug addicts, alcoholics, cohabiting couples and Jehovah Witnesses. The Legion in Poland is represented on The National Council of Catholic Movements.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia: Legionaries visit the sick and housebound and arrange for them to receive the Sacraments.



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Young Adult Conference in Paris
February 2017

YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE IN PARIS

Emer Gallagher and Karen Wynne attended the Paris Young Adult Conference in Paris o 25-27th November 2016 on behalf of Concilium.
On Friday they visited the Chapels of Rue du Bac and St. Vincent de Paul and later went to Mass in St. Germain des Pres Church and were surprised by the number of young people at Mass. They decided to promote the Conference after Mass. The young people were very receptive.
The venue for the Conference was Al’ Acueil Barouillere, rue Saint Jean Baptiste de la Salle. In the morning session there was a talk on St. Louis Marie de Montfort by Bro. Hubert. Questions followed, then testimonies by Emer, Karen and Alex and a video on the True Devotion. Carlito ended the session with a song. After lunch there were Chants by Carlito and a video on the history of the Miraculous Medal and discussion time. Mass followed in the Rue du Bac Chapel. Because of the Feast of the Miraculous, blessed medals were given out after Mass.

 



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Queen of Apostles Comitium raised to Regia Status in Osasco, Brazil - January 2017
February 2017

PROPOSAL TO RAISE ‘QUEEN OF APOSTLES’ COMITIUM TO REGIA STATUS IN THE DIOCESE OF OSASCO, BRAZIL

A proposal was put forward to elevate the Comitium, ‘Queen of Apostles’ to Regia status to govern the Legion in the Diocese of Osasco, which has at present six Comitia, 21 Curiae and 64 praesidia, and be affiliated to the Senatus of Sao Paulo. The Bishop of Osasco, Dom Frei Bosco Barbosa de Souza, OFM has given his approval. The Comitium has three Curiae, and 15 praesidia, including two junior praesidia directly affiliated to the Diocese of Osasco, which is part of Greater Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Diocese is composed of 85 parishes, 594 Communities and 6 Pastoral areas.
The submission was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave its agreement.

 



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Allocutio at January 2017 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
February 2017

The Ecumenical Imperative and the Legion of Mary
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The Octave of prayer for Christian Unity is a good time to renew our commitments to the ecumenical imperative i.e. praying and working for Christian Unity in every possible way open to us in the providence of God. This is especially true for the Legion of Mary that sees Christian Unity as one of its most important concerns and apostolates. In its prehistory and throughout its life and notably in the example and teaching of Frank Duff our founder, the Legion has been significantly involved in the Ecumenical Movement.

The Legion would certainly say Amen to the words of Saint John Paul 11 when he writes: ‘Restoration of unity among Christians is one of the main concerns of the Church… and this task is for all of us. No one can claim exemption from this responsibility, Indeed, everyone can make some contribution, however small it may seem, and all are called to that interior conversion which is the essential condition for ecumenism.’ (John Paul 11 30th May 1982)
But in order to have a deep and authentic commitment to ecumenism we need to have some powerful motives to energize us. The following motives immediately suggest themselves:

The example of Our Lord. If the life of the Legion is pure Christocentric and
the interior life of the legionary is also riveted in a personal friendship with Jesus, then surely we must respond to His great prayer for Christian Unity that he shared with us at the Last Supper the night before he died for us. ‘I have given them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it is you who have sent me and that I have loved them as much as you have loved me.’ (John 17:22-23). If we have in some degree the mind of Christ we must surely pray with Him and in Him for Christian Unity.

Openess to the Holy Spirit. Christian Unity is the work of the Holy Spirit. We make our Legion Promise to the Holy Spirit so it surely follows that we would strive to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in his work for Christian Unity.

True Devotion to Mary. At the 11 Vatican Council Pope Paul V1 solemnly declared Mary as the Mother of the Church. Like her Son she desires that all the members of the Body of Christ should be completely one. Surely true devotion to Mary would include a serious commitment to promoting Christian Unity.

That the World may Believe. Our Lord gives us as the basic reason for Christian Unity that the world would believe in Him and the good news of the redemption of mankind. Disunity is a proven block to the evangelisation and salvation of the world. So too it is a huge block to the fundamental mission of the Legion. It follows that a strong motive for our commitment to promoting Christian Unity in the Legion is an apostolic one to remove one of the great obstacles to the salvation of souls.

The Eucharist and Christian Unity. There are many other compelling motives for promoting Christian Unity, but I add just one more here that influenced Frank Duff, our founder in a special way. He felt it was a desperate tragedy that our separated brothers and sisters were deprived of the real presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist and indeed of some of the other Sacraments too. He wanted the Legion to be a specialist in bringing people to the Eucharist because he saw it as the greatest gift that the Catholic Church has to offer to our brothers and sisters in other Christian communities.

In previous years I have unwittingly neglected to speak of true and false kinds of ecumenism, so now I would like to say a few words as a possible help to discernment. In truth it would take a lengthy book to really uncover the many forms of true and false kinds of ecumenism. I will suggest just two points of paramount importance that I have discovered in the writings of Frank Duff and other eminent ecumenists. First, there is the temptation to compromise the truth in different ways in order to facilitate a supposedly better relationship with other Christians. For instance, Frank writes: ‘Sometimes Mary is kept in the background so as to meet the prejudices of those who make small account of her. This method of making Catholic doctrine more acceptable may accord with human reasoning. It does not reflect the divine idea. Those who act in this way do not realize that they might as well preach Christianity without Christ as ignore Mary’s part in redemption.’ In many places our founder makes clear he is strongly opposed to soft peddling, leaving aside, being silent about or compromising his Catholic faith in order to accommodate the non-Catholic. Of course, he also points out in the Handbook in several places: ‘therefore key persons should act according to Our Lord’s own formula for the successful passing on of knowledge: ‘Learn of Me for I am gentle and humble of heart.’ (Mt.11:29). Probably it can be said that the more they efface themselves during the actual discussion, the more freely it will run.’

Here is a passage from the writings of Canon Ripley who was a close friend of Frank Duff for more than 40 years that sums up all that I have been trying to say. In fact it is a quotation from Blessed Paul V1: ‘The temptation is to set doctrinal matters to one side. It is to hide, to weaken, to regard as worthless, to deny if necessary, those teachings of the Catholic Church which are not today acceptable to our separated brethren. We say this could be an easy temptation because it can seem only a small matter to minimize and get rid of certain truths and certain dogmas which give rise to controversy in order to bring about comfortably the union which has so long been desired. But Christianity is a divine truth which we have no power to change. Our duty is to know it and accept it in order to save our souls. This kind of reasoning is not deceiving only those who are unskilled in theological matters. It is creeping in even among the experts, even amongst those who, often in good faith, are searching for a rational expedient to smooth out the way so that we can agree with the separated brethren: The intention is good, the method is not. To pretend to resolve doctrinal difficulties by attempting to discredit or disregard or hide dogmas which the Church’s teaching authority declares to be binding and definitive is not a good service. It will not help the cause of unity because it makes our separated brothers distrust us. It makes them suspect that they are being tricked or it gives rise to the idea that certain things may be possible which are not so.’ The zeal of Catholics, the Holy father stressed, should be for ‘the truth of an integral and living faith.’

Let me conclude this Allocutio by stressing the inseparability of truth and love. St. Paul emphasizes that we speak the truth in love. If we don’t really love our separated brother and sister then perhaps we should stop talking. Let us pray constantly for the grace of some share in God’s love for our non-Catholic friends. He loves them infinitely, he thought it worthwhile dying for them, they are the object of his loving providence, and his command that we love one another must include them if we ourselves are to grow in friendship with Our Lord. I think it is good to think often of that striking sentence in the Letter to a Roman Catholic, by John Wesley: ‘If we cannot as yet think alike in all things, we can at least love alike.’


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Concilium Bulletin January 2017
February 2017

AFRICA

IVORY COAST
Senatus of Abidjan:-Seven Comitia, one Curia and six praesidia made their Annual Reports to the Senatus during this period. They have a combined membership of 6,343, including 1,718 Praetorians, 1,620 auxiliaries of whom 397 are Adjutorians and 1,939 probationers. Work carried out during this period included: 54,954 visits to a wide variety of locations; contacts made were 575,956 of which 224,731 were Catholic and the remainder Methodist, Moslem, Jehovah Witnesses, various sects and Fetish people, plus many of no religion. They made 34,311 visits to the sick at home and 93,396 to those in hospitals. The fruits of this work were: 1,373 Catechumens recruited, bringing the total Catechumenate to 6,487; homes reconciled 81; marriages regularised 116; returns to Mass 182; Baptism 605; Confirmations 292; Sacrament of Reconciliation 178; Sacrament of the Sick 121. The number of legionaries teaching catechism is 295. Two new Curiae and four new junior praesidia were established. The Senatus in Abidjan has a caretaker role for the Legion in the neighbouring country, The Republic of Mali, and they had a visit in July from the President of the Comitium of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the Archdiocese of Bamako, the capital. He was accompanied by the Assistant Secretary and a Curia President. It was an opportunity to support and encourage the Legion in that country.

CAMEROON
Douala Senatus: Researchers have started checking documents about the history of the Legion in the area to prepare for the Centenary in 2021. Many of the reports include Exploratio Dominicalis, prison visitation and numerous conversions. Where home visitation is intensive, like Bamenda and Kumba Comitia, the reports mention 29 and 32 converts respectively. A new Curia was set up in the Comitium of Mbangassina, as well as several new preasidia in other councils and 1 praesidium in the prison in Bafoussam Comitium. Bertoua mentions the setting up of 3 new Comitia as well as a new junior praesidium.

TOGO
Lome Senatus: A PPC was undertaken to Ghana from 19th-30th August with 55 legionaries taking part. A 75 year old man died 30 minutes after receiving Baptism. His wife also converted to the Catholic Church. Two people aged 85 and 95 were mentioned among the many other conversions, also several returns to the Sacraments and abortions prevented. Many reports included Exploratio Dominicalis projects, Patrician meetings and prison visitation. Avenou Curia reported on the setting up of a junior Curia, as well as recruiting 29 active members. Totsi Curia started a new junior praesidium. Kara Regia is composed of 2 Comitia, 13 Curiae, 16 senior and 4 junior praesidia.
SENEGAL (under caretakership of Togo): The Comitium in Dakar has 2 Curiae and 17 directly attached praesidia. Two new praesidia were started, one in St. Louis and another in the University Parish.

BENIN REPUBLIC
Cotonou Regia: Working with senior legionaries, a junior praesidium of nine members directly attached to the Regia undertakes door to door as well as hospital visitation and makes contact with Catholics, and followers of other faiths, including traditional religions. Having been now working faithfully for 16 years the legionaries received a commendation from their Parish Priest. The Regia also has a separate junior Curia in the city at Akpakpa, and care-takes the 3 Comitia in Gabon Republic.

REPUBLIC of GUINEA: The Officers from Togo who visited Concilium last summer offered to visit Guinea on behalf of Concilium. Now that the Ebola outbreak seems to have been brought under control, this option is to be considered.

BURKINA FASO: Sr. Odette Dié, former President of Abidjan Comitium (Ivory Coast) who went to the second city, Bobo-Dioulasso, to reorganise the Comitium there at the request of the Bishop has received Minutes from the body and is to send them on to Concilium.

CENTRAL AMERICA

EL SALVADOR
Senatus of San Salvador: A Curia reported preparing several families for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage. A praesidium reports doing street contact and inviting those contacted to do Eucharistic Adoration; they also give out Miraculous Medals and phone some of the auxiliary members and sick contacts due to large distances. Another praesidium catechises parents and godparents of children to be baptised. They organised the Enthronement of the Child Jesus, preceded by a Eucharistic Procession attended by over 1,000 people, including 8 priests. Fifteen talks on Christian Formation were given to a group of policemen. Several Curiae held Legion Congresses in September.

HONDURAS
Senatus of Tegucigalpa: Since the last report the Senatus held a Retreat, the Christmas Reunion and a meeting of officers based in Tegucigalpa. They ask their councils and praesidia for 6-monthly reports but struggle to get them in on time due to long distances and poor communications. The legionaries are working very hard in parishes helping the priests; the main works reported are getting people back to the Sacraments, giving catechesis and visitation of homes including the sick and people living alone.

NICARAGUA
Regia of Managua: The Regia is made up of 3 Comitia, 3 Curia, 1 junior Curia and 17 directly attached praesidia. Three candidates were proposed for President of the Regia in October; after two rounds the former President of the attached Comitium of Leon was elected. Regarding extension and recruitment, a Curia reported one new praesidium. The junior Curia has nine new members. A praesidium has begun an apostolate to local street girls while a Curia reports continued work with drug addicts and prisoners. They have undertaken evangelising and consoling residents in a home for disabled youths.

PANAMA
Regia of Panamá: In this period 2 Comitia, 2 Curiae and 4 praesidia reported. Extension is on-going with the formation of new praesidia of both juniors and seniors. The 95th Anniversary of the Legion’s founding was celebrated. The Regia has undertaken the publishing of a Bulletin to improve communication. The main works reported include visitation of homes, nursing homes and hospitals, street contact and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. Exploratio Dominicalis projects are undertaken and there is mention of neighbourhood Evangelisation Gatherings, but no detail on what they entail. An elderly couple were convinced to marry after many years of co-habitation.

MEXICO
Senatus of Mexico City: The Senatus held a Congress in October attended by 120 legionaries, 10 from an attached Comitium. The Comitium in Oaxaca work with patients suffering from AIDS and have an apostolate to street girls. They also give sewing classes to 40 women. A Curia reported 28 Jehovah Witnesses accepting the recitation of the Rosary and 6 of them converted, receiving 3 Sacraments. The legionary most involved accepted an invitation to attend a Jehovah Witness meeting and after some time, when the Jehovah’s understood the Catholic faith, they lamented having been outside the Church for so long; now some of them are legionaries. The same Curia reported a patient confessing after 28 years and she died the following day. Another Curia, in reply to being asked how they had set up a junior praesidium, said: “We all have grandchildren, godchildren and neighbours, so we started the praesidium mostly with family members”; they said it is difficult but possible. The Comitium of Tejalpa reported giving catechesis to the Sacrament children and bringing them into the junior ranks of the Legion. The Comitium of Tulancingo reported that the Archbishop included the Legion in the Diocesan Pastoral Council. In Acapulco the Legion continues to grow; they have 20 Curiae attached and hope to raise two of them to Comitia to reduce the administrative burden.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Dromore Comitium: A praesidium in Newry has 100 auxiliaries. One member has joined the Passionists Order. Each year they run a Retreat for men and 12 attended their latest one. The Mercy Convent School was visited and 67 pupils received Miraculous Medals, Rosaries and leaflets for the three Causes and watched the DVD on the Miraculous Medal.
Navan Comitium: A praesidium of 10 members, including 4 Praetorians has 51 auxiliaries. They organised a Mass for all local students doing their exams. A Brazilian family was visited and their children were helped to learn their prayers. An All Saints party was organised for local children on Halloween night. On 8th December a Procession organised by a praesidium in Navan was very well attended. Trim Curia: A praesidium of 8 members visit homes, hospitals, nursing homes and recite the Rosary with settled Travellers. Mullingar Curia: A praesidium of 5 members visits nursing homes and does Pilgrim Statue visitation to homes.
Derry Comitium: Ballymagroarty praesidium has 147 auxiliaries. They undertake home and school visitation, Pilgrim Statue and hospital visitation. The praesidium in Killygordon has 9 members and 30 auxiliaries. They did a one-day home to home blitz of a housing estate. During the summer a praesidium in Omagh Curia did some home visitation in which they promoted the Year of Mercy. Mater Dei Curia: The 4 reporting praesidia have a total of 22 members and 108 auxiliaries. Works include promotion of the Rosary in homes and schools and promoting Eucharistic Adoration. Our Lady of Zion Curia: Legionaries attend wakes and funerals and visit the homes of the recently bereaved and the homes of new-born babies.
Raphoe Comitium: The first report of the Irish-speaking praesidium was presented at the September meeting. They have 5 members who visit nursing homes and the homes of several people living alone. Their Spiritual Director, Fr. Donnchadh 0’Baoill, who was present at the Comitium meeting said the members are an extension of the priest. A praesidium in Letterkenny has 10 members. Works include home visitation, book barrow apostolate and they promote the Adoration Chapel. The junior praesidium in Creeslough has 5 members. Works include Mass serving and some members accompanied by seniors’ visit a nursing home. South West Raphoe Curia: The praesidium in Donegal town has 6 members and 42 auxiliaries. They do Pilgrim Statue visitation as a way of promoting the family Rosary.

CURIAE
Leitrim Curia: Five members of the Curia helped at the Legion stand at the Ploughing Championships and gave out prayer cards and Miraculous Medals. There has been a positive interest by young people to a proposed new praesidium for those between 18 to 40 years. Exploratio Dominicalis in Granard had 6 pairs of legionaries visiting 4 Estates in October.
Clogher Curia: There are 6 praesidia in the former West Clogher Curia area. The number of praesidia in the area formerly Mid Clogher is being verified. At the September meeting the President reported on a visit to a praesidium in Annayalla (formerly Mid Clogher Curia). There were 6 members and 3 probationers. Enniskillen praesidium has 8 members who accompany the priest on a monthly basis to nursing homes. A member who is a teacher does Bible reading with her classes and encourages devotion to daily prayer and does meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary with them.
Kilmore Curia: A discussion was held at the December meeting about organising a recruiting drive for two of the weaker praesidia in the Curia. On Wednesday 21st December they recited the Rosary in the Cathedral at four different times during the day.
Clonmacnoise Curia: The 3 praesidia in the Curia have a total of 24 members. Works include home and nursing home visitation. A family Mass is organised on a monthly basis to combine with children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Drogheda Curia (Archdiocese of Armagh): Among the works of a reporting praesidium are home visitation, including visits to young families and the housebound and regular visits to two nursing homes. During the year they delivered Baptismal certificates and included religious objects to 28 families with new babies. The Mosney praesidium organise transport for the residents in the Mosney Centre to attend Sunday Mass. The praesidium in St. Mary’s Parish, Drogheda, has a variety of works, including regular street contact in Drogheda, nursing home, hospital and home visitation and they have a monthly parish cup of tea after the 10.30 a.m. Mass. Their parish priest, Fr. Phil Gaffney attended the Curia meeting and thanked the praesidium for the work they do in his parish, saying that on his visits to the hospitals and nursing homes the patients express their appreciation of the legionaries. He said also that their home visitations are of great benefit to the parish.
Dundalk Curia: One young legionary attended the Youth Conference in Belfast and plans are being made to have a Youth Conference in Dundalk early this year.
Immaculata Curia (Diocese of Down and Connor): The Curia was enriched by the Young Adults Conference which took place in October in Queens University. Approximately 70 people attended and the atmosphere was joyful with spiritual talks and exercises throughout the day. This was the second Conference in 2016, the first having taken place in March when about 55 attended. Recruiting in one parish resulted in a new praesidium, with 10 people attending the first meeting . A praesidium of 6 members does a variety of works which include nursing home and Pilgrim Statue visitation and also leading a children’s Rosary.
Down Curia: A praesidium in Ardglass has a membership of 5, with 2 Praetorians and 45 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation, works of consolation and organisation of Eucharistic Adoration. During the month of May Pilgrim Statues were left in the homes of children preparing for First Holy Communion. At the request of the Parish Priest of Ardglass a recruiting/evangelising drive was organised by the Curia.
North and Mid Antrim Curia: Annual reports were received from 3 praesidia with a total of 17 members and 127 auxiliaries. The works of one of these praesidia include visitation of new Estates to update parish records at the request of the Parish Priest. Another praesidium organises Adoration especially among young parishioners and organised a Mass for the youth of the parish as they approached examination time.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

Bethlehem Curia: Two Patrician meetings had an attendance of 19 Patricains and 4 legionaries. A praesidium of Polish members works mainly with the Polish community. They provide basic English classes for Polish people. A praesidium of 6 members including 2 Praetorians has 2 correspondents. They have 15 verified auxiliaries and 6 probationers. Two pairs of legionaries do home visitation each week. During May and June they had a public Rosary in a Flats complex and 4 adults and 48 children attended. 25 people took the statue of Our Lady for one week.
Exaltata Curia: A praesidium of 6 members has undertaken to visit all the houses in their parish on a systematic basis and to date 400 houses have been visited. Recently two individuals said that they hadn’t been to Mass for over 30 years but then surprised the legionaries by telling them that they recite the Rosary at home instead. During the summer months the praesidium organise an outdoor Rosary in the various Housing Estates. They visit the nearby houses and invite the people to attend. The attendance varies between 6 and 14 parishioners with more children than adults. At the request of the Parish Priest a praesidium in another parish visits mainly in areas where they meet individuals from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and people of many religions, including Catholic, Moslem, Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Pentecostal and Orthodox. They also visit a hospital each Friday.
Presentata Curia: A praesidium of 14 men works mainly in the Morning Star Hostel. During the year the praesidium helped in setting up a “Men’s Shed”, which is a great success. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the men play darts, learn music and do art work. On Thursdays they go on outings to different parts of the city and other places of interest. They also visit sick residents in hospitals and keep in touch with former residents. A praesidium of 13 members working in Regina Coeli Hostel runs a Patrician meeting for the residents. The discussion at these meeting is wide-ranging and lively. The praesidium has good contact with the residents who have many social problems.
Veneranda Curia: The main work of a praesidium of 5 members is focused on Maria Legionis and the management of customers’ accounts. Quarterly circulation is 26,000 copies. A praesidium in another parish does home visitation and street contact. A Patrician meeting on “Preparing for Christmas” had an attendance of 17.
Consolata Curia: A praesidium of 7 full members and two probationers has a junior praesidium with 10 members attached. During Lent they organised a Business House Mass in a Supermarket for staff and customers; 40 attended. On the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes they arranged for the Rosary to be recited every hour from 9.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. and there was a very good response from parishioners. On 15th August they organised a trip to the Papal Cross for auxiliary members where the Rosary and Legion prayers were recited, followed by refreshments. In August they organised a ‘Faith and Fun’ afternoon for children ranging from ages 5-12. Average attendance was 15 children each week. The theme was the Extraordinary Year of Mercy and the children enjoyed designing their own Holy Door. A praesidium in another parish has an apostolate to the Travelling Community. In October the Rosary was recited in each Traveller site on Thursdays. Over 40 Travellers attended and the Mysteries of the Rosary were explained.
Porta Coeli Curia: The works of a praesidium with 7 members include home and Pilgrim Statue visitation with two statues and visits to two nursing homes. The praesidium has 45 auxiliary members and sells 25 copies of Maria Legionis. They run a monthly Patrician meeting with an average attendance of 12, promote the Pioneers on the first Sunday of each month and enrolled 20 Confirmation children in 4 four schools as probationary Pioneers. They also helped with the Howth-Harbour apostolate during the summer months. A praesidium of 6 members working in another parish has 43 auxiliary members on roll. This praesidium helps to organise the annual Good Friday retreat for the Licenced trade and visited 25 Public Houses to promote it. 48 people attended, including many legionaries. They also visit a Travellers halting site.

ASIA
NEPAL
Nepal Curia has 4 praesidia. There is an apostolate to expectant mothers and catechism is taught.

INDIA
Mumbai Senatus: Book barrow apostolate has brought legionaries into contact with people of all faiths; one Buddhist was converted. Home visitation features in all reports. The Bishop has expressed his appreciation for their works.
Kerala Senatus: This council comprises 17 Comitia, 12 Curiae and 13 affiliated praesidia. Enthronement to the Sacred Heart and prison visitation are among their works.
Karnataka Senatus held a multi-function festival on 29 October in the Cathedral parish at which all praesidia were present. The Archbishop of Bangalore celebrated the Mass. Chennai Regia: Moslems and Hindus are met on home and hospital visitation. Visits to councils and praesidia are carried out.
Visakhapatnam Comitium: A date is being arranged for this council’s elevation to higher status. September functions were held with between 80 and 350 attending. 3 praesidia reported with membership of 16, 28 and 20 with 5, 17 and 11 auxiliary members.
Pondicherry Senatus: Catechism is taught, families are reconciled, homes are enthroned to the Sacred Heart; 20 people were saved from suicide and others with addictions were also helped. Fundraising is carried out to repair their Legion premises. 1,500 attended their Annual Reunion. Kottar Regia: In addition to the regular works they have established a promotional committee for the Cause of Frank Duff and are asking each council attached to do likewise. The Regia officers met the Bishop, Dr. Peter Remigius to seek guidance for future works of the Legion. The Bishop is a great supporter of the Legion. He has appointed the Regia President as Head of the Laity Council for the Diocese and other officers have been appointed to the Vicariate Laity commissions.

PAKISTAN
Two praesidia reported, one with 33 active and 4 auxiliary members, the other with 9 members. Homes, hospitals and institutions are visited and the legionaries play an active role in many parish events. Work is progressing on translating the Handbook into the Urdu-language.

VIETNAM
The council at Ban Me Thuot cover 2 Dioceses in mission lands where people of different ethnicity reside. Each zone has its own language which makes for communication difficulties. Despite the poor terrain there are 50 senior Curiae with 8,964 members working in 610 senior and 173 junior praesidia. They have a total of 14,970 auxiliary members.

SRI LANKA and MYANMAR
It is proposed to make contact through ecclesiastical authorities.

LEBANON
The three Curiae outside Beirut have 225 senior, 23 intermediate and 67 junior members, plus 69 auxiliaries.

HOLY LAND
Nazareth Curia organised a day Retreat at which Bishop Paul Marcutso celebrated Mass and gave an address. A new praesidium was set up by Ramallah Curia. The praesidium in Bethlehem encouraged more than 200 to attend Confession; at least 60 took up the invitation. Legionaries consider it a privilege to clean the Church of the Nativity. A business women’s praesidium gave its report: they help weak students with study, run youth activities and widely promote the Rosary.

EUROPE

BELGIUM
Antwerp Regia Beringen Curia has 19 active and 12 auxiliary members. They visit the sick with Holy Communion.

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia: Legionaries visit the Red Light area where most of the girls accept Miraculous Medals. They have a Patrician meeting with 15 attending and work with the Sisters of Mother Teresa. The Korean Curia has 3 praesidia and 1 junior praesidium working in its own community. The Portuguese and African praesidia are getting help from other praesidia.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus:  Many good contacts at the Bull Ring Market Square and an apostolate to homosexuals were reported. Other works include, Patricians, an outreach to the Travelling community and Exploratio Dominicalis. Students are given a religious pack to encourage them in their faith. One non-Catholic attends RCIA, and a mother and children returned to practice. Coventry legionaries recite the Rosary in 3 Primary Schools. Northamption runs an anchor club to help parents pass on the faith. Bristol Curia does book barrow work.
Liverpool Senatus: Extension continues in Manchester with 1 new praesidium starting and the longest in existence is 78 years old. Sweden was visited during the year and another visit it planned for 2017. The Curia there celebrates its second anniversary. The junior legionaries speak to their fellow students about the faith. Leeds hosted a PPC project. Among works mentioned are visiting the sick, recruiting for Adoration, book barrow, contact with non-Catholics and the Year of Mercy was widely promoted.
Southwark Comitium: This council covers 4 Dioceses. 40 attended a public Rosary at the Barbican in Plymouth. 8 expressed interest in the Church arising from a PPC project hosted. When a new meeting time was arranged a praesidium which had closed restarted.
Brentwood Comitium emphasise Extension and Recruiting. Juniors work with seniors on home visitation during school holiday time. Juniors and Praetorians feature strongly in the reports. Central London Curia: Prison visitation was reported, also ‘Prayer in the Square’ during which people were invited to enter the Church and light a candle. The Bayswater praesidium celebrated its 60th anniversary. Hammersmith Curia report 5 Pilgrimages during the Year of Mercy.  West Middlesex Curia: Ealing praesidium held its 4,000th meeting. Seniors and juniors have a busy programme in Southall: home and nursing home visitation feature in reports as well as the Pilgrimage to Aylesford. Swansea Curia carried out crowd contact in different locations.

SCOTLAND
The Senatus care-takes the Legion in Finland and the visit there in August was successful. Edinburgh Curia held an all-night vigil for active and auxiliary members and they report a new praesidium in Kilsyth. Glasgow Curia: Our Lady of Wayside report on wonderful work being done for the Men’s Club. Gibraltar also comes under the care of Scotland and a visit is planned there during 2017. A greater mix of age groups is one of the aims.

FRANCE
36 legionaries on average have been attending the Senatus of Paris since its inauguration in September 2016. A Conference for young adults was organised in November. A PPC project from Austria will visit a parish in June. A new Curia was established in St. Denis.

NORWAY
A Curia was established in Bergen in October – also present were legionaries from Zurich Comitium who have been very active and supportive in building up the Legion in this part of the country. Tonsberg in the south of the country has 8 active and 23 auxiliary members. They teach catechism to children and bring people to Mass on Sundays. In Drammen, a port city, the apostolate includes hospital visitation and enthronement of homes to the Sacred Heart.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus In October a Conference for Spiritual Directors was held. The annual weekend summit meeting between the officers of Munich and Cologne Regia was held. Discussion included extension. A commemorative Mass was celebrated for the former Envoy Hilde Firtel and her writings have been reprinted. Berlin Comitium: Two new praesidia started, one of them for the Spanish-speaking community. Frank Duff prayer leaflets have been left in all parishes. Cologne Regia report that 4 junior members from Essen have graduated to the senior ranks and in Dortmund 2 Iranians are under instruction. Munich Regia report 200 children presented with Miraculous Medals.
SWITZERLAND
The Senatus of Frankfurt is hoping to help with extension in Lucern Curia.

SIBERIA and KAZAKHSTAN
Sr. Brigit Metzler has visited both countries, meeting with Bishop Joseph Werth in Siberia and with the Archbishop in Astana.



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Proposals to Raise Councils in the Philippines and Belarus
January 2017

PROPOSAL TO RAISE TAGUM COMITIUM TO REGIA STATUS IN THE PHILIPPINES

A proposal was put forward to raise Tagum Comitium to Regia status. The Regia is presently attached to Davao Regia which in turn is attached to Mindamao Senatus. The prospective new Regia has 18 Curiae and 10 praesidia directly attached and would govern the Comitia of Nabunturan, which has 9 Curiae comprising 60 praesidia attached, Pantucan, which has 5 Curiae comprising 58 praesidia and Panabo, which has 5 Curiae attached comprising 43 praesidia. The Regia would govern the Legion in the Diocese of Tagum, which is a Suffrigen of the Archdiocese of Davao.
All the necessary permission has been received at ecclesiastical level and the Senatus of Mindanao supports the elevation. This submission was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave its agreement.
It was suggested that more Comitia be established among Curiae with a very large number of praesidia.
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PROPOSAL TO RAISE ‘QUEEN OF FAMILIES’ CURIA TO COMITIUM STATUS IN BELARUS

A proposal was put forward to elevate the Curia, ‘Queen of Families.’ Curia, Baranovichi to Comitium status, to govern and extend the Legion in the Diocese of Pinsk. The Curia has 12 praesidia and is at present attached to Minsk Comitium. It is proposed to attach Mozyr Curia, presently attached to Minsk Comitium to the new Comitium.
The Spiritual Directors of both Councils are in agreement with the proposal. The submission was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave its agreement.
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Death of Former Concilium Officer
January 2017

DEATH OF FORMER CONCILIUM OFFICER

Sr. Rosaleen Brogan died on 15th December 2016. She was a faithful member of Assumpta Curia, based in Lower Mount Street, which then moved to Herbert Place, Dublin 4, for many years, having served as its President. When Jimmy Cummins died Rosaleen led the initiative in the work for non-Catholics where she gave a wonderful service to clergy and laity alike.
She then moved to Ancilla Domini and served also as President of that Curia based in Myra House, Francis Street. The praesidium she belonged to in that Curia was based in Donore Avenue where she was an active member until ill health meant she retired from active membership and later moved to the Earlsbrook Nursing Home in Bray where she died.
Rosaleen also served as Concilium Secretary, Assistant Secretary (overseeing the Dublin Curiae) and Concilium Assistant Treasurer, looking after Literature ordering and sales – a span of 18 years. She also took charge of the Legion committee which organised the 75th Anniversary of the Legion and did an admirable job in that capacity. May her soul rest in peace.



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Election of Concilium Assistant Secretary at December 2016 Concilium Meeting
January 2017

ELECTION OF CONCILIUM ASSISTANT SECRETARY

An election took place for Concilium Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for the Bulletin and overseeing the Maria Legionis. Nominations were taken and Michael Walsh was proposed and seconded for this office. As there were no other nominations, Michael Walsh was elected for a second three-year term.

 



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Allocutio at December 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
January 2017

The Gospel of Mother and Child
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In a few days’ time we will be celebrating the solemn feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. Of course, the Child is and always will be the centre of this historical narrative and indeed the centre and the meaning of all history, sacred and secular. However, we can never think of the Child without his Mother and indeed there would be no Child if there were no Mother in God’s plan for the creation and redemption of the world and mankind in particular.

The liturgy of these days is marked with a great longing for God to become one of us as a truly and fully human being. So we constantly sing: ‘O come O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear. Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel, shall come to thee, O Israel.’ But now I wish to focus on the longing of Mary. The Advent preface puts it very simply: ‘The Virgin Mother longed for Him with love beyond all telling.’ Mary has already experienced within herself for nine months the growth of her Child. I stress that God is her child and she His Mother. She longs to see the human face of God her child, to look into his eyes with love, to hug him to her heart, to feed Him, to clothe Him and to rock Him to sleep. She is totally absorbed with Jesus. Jesus is absolutely central to her life. She is defined in her very soul by Jesus. The two are inseparable for time and eternity: Mother and Child, Creator and most blessed of all creatures.

Dear legionaries, I have only tried to put into my own words some of the most persuasive and beautiful sections in the Handbook. For instance, Chapter 39 on the Cardinal Points of the Legion Apostolate. Let me just quote a few lines from the introductory section: ‘Souls are not approached except through Mary’: ‘Sometimes Mary is kept in the background so as to meet the prejudices of those who make small account of her. This method of making Catholic doctrine more acceptable may accord with human reasoning. It does not reflect the divine idea. Those who act in this way do not realise that they might as well preach Christianity without Christ as ignore Mary’s part in redemption. For God Himself has thought fit to arrange that no foreshadowing or coming or giving or manifestation of Jesus should be without Mary.’ The section with the heading: ‘The Son is always found with the Mother,’ I think is a particularly helpful meditation for the Christmas season. It begins by simply stating: ‘It was God’s will that the reign of grace should not be inaugurated without Mary.’ It then goes on to illustrate this principle with reference to the various episodes in the life of Jesus and Mary found in the Sacred Scriptures.

The Nativity of Our Lord is the loveliest and most compelling manifestation of the Gospel principle: To Jesus through Mary. The Legion lives and thrives on the truth of this principle and Christmas is a good time to ask Mary incessantly for a share in her relationship with her Son.
What are some of the key signs that we have really allowed the graces of the Nativity of Our Lord to shape our inner and personal lives and our relationship with others, especially our fellow-legionaries?

I suggest we find the signs and fruits of real engagement with the mystery of the Nativity in the Prayer of Mary that binds all legionaries together: the Magnificat. First, her life is God-centred: My soul glorifies the Lord and the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name. In other words Mary gives all credit and glory to God for everything. Her humility is absolute: she is called to be the Mother of God, but sees herself only as the handmaid of the Lord.

Of course she sees God as Love. God first loved us in the primordial truth. God so loved the world that he sent his Son into the world that we might be saved. How can a Christian operate if he is not convinced that he is infinitely loved and loveable to God? This is the essential Gospel and certainly the fundamental message of Christmas. Flowing immediately from really hearing the Good News of God’s redemptive love for each one of us is a spirit of joy. Mary says: ‘My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.’ Where there is no joy means the Gospel has not yet been truly heard. Certainly where there is little joy in a legionary means Mary has not yet succeeded fully in placing Jesus and His Gospel in his heart and soul. The infallible sign that the graces of the Nativity of Our Lord have been received is a deep sense of peace and joy.

Finally, one of the greatest fruits of openness in faith to the mystery of the Incarnation is a radical hope. We are becoming more and more aware of the theory and reality of a civilization of death and despair; let us this Christmas think and live deeply the mystery of the Incarnation and ask Mary the Mother of Hope to help us grow as people of hope and communicators of hope. Let me conclude with a quotation from St. Paul that I think may help us see what hope should look like in our lives: ‘With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us – He rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand He stands and pleads for us.’ (Romans 8:31-35)



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Concilium Bulletin - December 2016
January 2017

EUROPE

SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: The members of a praesidium in the Faculty of Law in Madrid University make contacts on the campus. Another praesidium contacts men in the red light area and also has a Patrician group. Despite slow progress, great efforts are being made to start new praesidia. South American legionaries studying in Spain are invited to join a young adult praesidium and share their experiences. Planning for the Centenary of the Legion has started. Legionaries who leave Madrid during the intense summer heat are encouraged to bring their Handbooks with them; to contact the local Legion wherever they go; to encourage priests and nuns to start the Legion; and to make time for prayer and spiritual reading, including the works of Frank Duff.

Barcelona Senatus: A book barrow is staffed in Alicante A praesidium in Palma de Mallorca requested a copy of the Legion Statutes. They held a Retreat given by the Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona and had a 3-day “reflection” in Montserrat. A praesidium in Huesca reported helping the Parish Council, and ironing clothes for the Red Cross.

Bilbao Senatus: In Durango Curia 11 members have retired to the ranks of auxiliaries due to their age. Extension is on-going. In Portugalete, a praesidium with 8 members has 1 Praetorian. They do some evangelising, clean the Church, have a vigil every First Friday, bring Holy Communion to the sick. Another praesidium visits the blind and distributes Miraculous Models. In Baracaldo, legionaries run a Bible study group and are trying to set up another praesidium with former members.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: One praesidium gives technical and psychological assistance to people in debt. Following a preparation of 8 weeks to celebrate the Year of Mercy, 240 prisoners received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist at a Mass celebrated in the prison by the Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon, Dom Joaquin Mendes. Help with extension is being given to Evora Curia, which was the first Curia in Portugal. In one Lisbon parish special efforts are being made to strengthen the two existing praesidia and to set up a third. Following Columban Drives on the Island of Madeira, praesidia were set up in 5 parishes. In Massama the sick and elderly are brought to the weekly Eucharist. The parents of recently baptised children are visited. There was a large attendance at the Legion’s national Pilgrimage to Fatima in October.

CYPRUS
Legionaries from Queen of the Most Holy Rosary praesidium, Nicosia, befriended a Filipina lady who had joined a religious sect and gently led her back to the practice of her Catholic faith. They visit an elderly blind man who looks forward to their visits. A Cypriot lady, injured in an accident, who refused to go out with the aid of a walking stick was helped by legionaries to overcome her shyness and to use the stick when leaving home.

MALTA
Malta Regia: Many good contacts were reported from PPC projects to Israel, Italy, and Birmingham, where five families requested Baptism for their children. There was a big attendance at a Marian Manifestation organised by the Regia. Fr. Robin, a former legionary, in his address urged all to study the Handbook carefully, to obey it, and to have a True Devotion to Mary. Efforts are being made to set up a praesidium in the Filipino Community. The apostolate includes consecration of homes to the Sacred Heart, home and Pilgrim statue visitation. 55 auxiliaries attended two half-day Retreats. There was a return to the Sacraments after a lapse of 55 years. A praesidium of 10 has 7 Praetorians. A statue of Our Lady was brought to the local school where 27 young people enrolled for daily Bible reading. Four Columban recruiting drives were held. Queen of the Eucharist Curia set up a new junior praesidium and reported having good contacts with the Indian and Filipino communities. Queen of Peace Curia reported one Baptism and a number of returns to the Sacraments. Handmaid of the Lord Curia has two Patrician groups.
Gozo Comitium: 40 attended the first of a series of talks on the True Devotion. Former legionaries are being contacted with the view to their re-joining. A Year of Mercy Pilgrimage was organised to the Path of Mercy at Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary. Their apostolate includes contacting tourists, visits to shops, bars, and clubs. 16 homes were consecrated to the Sacred Heart. English is taught to immigrants.

COUNTRIES UNDER THE CARETAKERSHIP OF MALTA REGIA
SYRIA
An e-mail was received from the President of the Damascus Curia which has 11 Senior and 5 junior praesidia. Arranging Curia meetings on a regular basis is difficult due to the war. Photographs were received of the Acies held in Damascus. Aleppo legionaries are now living in Zahle, Lebanon, and are in contact with the Legion there.

GREECE
Contact can only be made with the Legion in Rhodes through Facebook.

ITALY
Senatus of Rome: Mgr. La Rosa and the Senatus Officers have reported to the Senatus on their meetings with the Concilium Officers and Mgr. La Rosa has called on greater adhesion to the Handbook while remaining alert to the realities of life and the call of the Holy Father for an outreach in mercy to those most in need. Sr. Giovanna Turrini was thanked for her 6 years as Senatus President.

UNITED STATES, CANADA, WEST INDIES

UNITED STATES
Boston Senatus has 8 directly attached praesidia. The Vietnamese Curia, with 147 active members, promotes the Rosary in apartment blocks and conducts Bible study in prisons. Norwood Curia, with 21 members organise Mass for 2 nursing homes, circulate a Vocational Cross among parishioners and promote the Miraculous Medal Novena for newly baptised. The Cape Verdean Curia, with 121 active and 10 probationers, do home visitation. The Senatus appointed 3 correspondents. A recruiting report is taken each month from directly attached praesidia, showing an average of 5 new probationers monthly and the start-up of 2 new praesidia. A praesidium of 17 members reported visitation to 55–75 people per week and 12 enthronements of the Sacred Heart.

New York Senatus gave approval to establish a Hispanic Curia in Manhattan, due to the growth of Hispanic praesidia. Staten Island Curia has 11 senior praesidia and one junior praesidium amounting to 93 active and 314 auxiliary members, which includes 7 Praetorians and 5 Adjutorians. Newark Comitium reported that Essex Hispanic Curia organised a Pilgrimage to St. Anthony’s Shrine, Garrison, New York; 450 attended with two priests. 300 people received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Two praesidia closed and two new senior and one junior praesidium were set up. Many councils reported recruitment drives, Pilgrim Virgin visitation and enthronement of homes to the Sacred Heart. In November a Spanish Evangelisation Day Conference was held.

Philadelphia Senatus: 54 attended a recent Congress, at which members took an active part in discussions. Gettysburg Curia hosted a ‘landing’ program for fallen-away Catholics interested in returning to the Church. Trenton Comitium, NJ, have increased their membership by 12 to a total of 172 active and 325 auxiliary members. One praesidium has an apostolate to young men who hang out at street corners, befriending them and giving Miraculous Medals. Delaware Co. Nth. Curia has a table at a Flea Market. One of their contacts was a Muslim man who asked, ‘what have you for a non-believer?’ they gave him a C.D, on ‘Who is Jesus?’ In Metuchen Comitium, the Hispanic Curia evangelised 50 families. 3 couples received the Sacrament of Matrimony, 3 adult were Baptisms and 10 Confirmations took place.

Arlington Regia: 7 praesidia (50 legionaries) from Korean Fairfax Comitium did street contact to young adults so as to strengthen their 26 young adult and 34 juniors groups. Extension work in Grand Turk Island is continuing. In Cuba, a Curia was established for 8 praesidia. One Comitium hosted a ‘priest appreciation’ dinner in September. Washington Archdiocese is encouraging pastors to promote the Legion. On Sept 8th, they had a talk in Christendom College promoting the Legion. They intend to do a PPC project to Iceland next July in Hafnarfjordur. Their President will be ordained a Deacon in January.

Houston Senatus: The P.P.C team organised a project to New Orleans. Some had not been to Church since Hurricane Katrina. Many who had lost everything were grateful for the visit; 1,027 homes were visited. One praesidium conducts an apostolate to the homeless from Fatima House, which has become a haven of hospitality and Prayer for the marginalised. Bay Area Curia has conducted a Catholic information table for 25 years with amazing results. Many praesidia have Patrician groups, Pilgrim statue, nursing home and hospital visitation.

Chicago Senatus: The Korean Comitium recruited 9 new active and 12 auxiliary members. Crowd contact was conducted at 2 Marts with 24 legionaries making excellent contacts. Their Annual Retreat had 194 present. Rockford Curia participated in crowd contact in Millennium Park. They reported 3 returns to the Church, including one after 30 years away. A Legion booth at a 5 Day Event at DuPage Co. Fair was staffed from 10am till 10pm each day. 400 Miraculous Medals and 500 Rosary beads were distributed. A praesidium of 21 members in Morning Star Curia, S. Joliet, IL, has door to door visits as a main work, resulting in a remarkable increase in Mass attendance.

St. Louis Senatus: Extension is on-going in Springfield and Quincy IL. Visits to nursing homes and hospitals resulted in 2 returns to the Sacraments. Numerous conversions were reported due to a 3-day Retreat conducted in a prison and prayer services in detention centres. Some of the inmates have taken on auxiliary membership.

Cincinnati Senatus: Two persons returned to the Faith, another undertook the RCIA programme. The Rosary is taught to non-Catholics and some members did PPC. A presentation on the Legion was given to 7 priests in Munchie. Knoxville Curia updated the parish census, and gave the Maria Legionis to every Seminarian; they have 3 junior praesidia. South Bend Curia has 24 active and 337 auxiliary members. Works include home visitation and Legion booths at 4 Fairs. Nashville Comitium has 98 active and 198 auxiliary members and a Curia with 15 praesidia. Kokoma Comitium hosted 2 Marian Conferences.

San Francisco Senatus: One praesidium led a crowd-contact project, and liaised with a priest to offer Sacrament of Confession in 2 prison ministries. Extension efforts in Portland are on-going and in Anchorage and Oakland. 2 praesidia visited 1,289 homes. In Anchorage, a 91 year old Vietnamese woman was catechised and received all Sacraments before she died. In conjunction with other Catholic groups, legionaries helped to organise a very successful Annual Rosary Rally where several priests heard Confessions. North West Korean Comitium reported 288 practising and 157 lapsed-Catholics met out of 2,500 homes visited on PPC to Half Moon Bay.

Los Angeles Senatus: A new praesidium was set up with 7 active and 6 auxiliary members. Honolulu Comitium has 9 senior praesidia and 2 attached Curiae. East Los Angeles Spanish Curia held a Congress. Phoenix Comitium has 5 Curiae, 26 adult and 4 junior praesidia attached. They contacted 10 parishes as part of their extension work. Works include, home visitation, Eucharistic ministry to the elderly and the sick, enthronement of the Sacred Heart, Pilgrim statue visitation, religious education and book barrow apostolate.

Miami Regia: A Retreat was conducted by the Auxiliary Bishop of Miami, Bishop Peter, with 140 present. Reports from praesidia indicated door to door work, Pilgrim statue visits, nursing home visits and work with juniors.

CANADA
Senatus of Toronto: In Ottowa Regia, the 8 praesidia in Kingston Curia report staffing a Legion booth at a market on a rota basis, making good contacts and handing out Rosary beads and literature in French and English. One work of a praesidium with 14 members is crowd contact. Our Lady of All Nations Curia, Niagara Region, jointly, with Hamilton Comitium, did street contact, meeting 1,650 visitors and distributing 800 Miraculous Medals and Legion literature. Hamilton Comitium had a successful Congress with 60 attending. An inmate in a detention centre is seeking Baptism due to legionary contact. Our Lady of the Prairies Curia has 16 senior and 9 junior praesidia attached. A praesidium giving its 2nd annual report, did home visitation, calling on 142 homes. Newfoundland Curia meetings rotate occasionally to two distant praesidia in Marystown and Carbomear.

Montreal Senatus: Monseigneur Lepine, Archbishop of Montreal was the main celebrant at the Mass for the 95th Anniversary of the Legion on Mary. A monthly extension report shows 6 new recruits and 2 new praesidia. 2 legionaries helped at a Conference for Canadian Chaplains to Mariners. A Korean Curia contacts the bereaved at cemeteries.

Vancouver Comitium held a very successful workshop for Officers. A praesidium with 10 members gave their 4th Annual Report. They visit homes, also retirement homes, take Holy Communion to 135 housebound, help at funerals and Masses, and bring the wheelchair-bound to the Church and back. Two adult legionaries officer a junior praesidium.

Edmonton Comitium: A Congress was held for the Year of Mercy. Attempts to start 2 new praesidia are on-going, and a new praesidium started in an attached Curia. An Auxiliary Rally was held. A praesidium with 50 auxiliaries had 19 at a junior Retreat.

WEST INDIES
Senatus of Santo Domingo: A wide range of works is carried out. Frank Duff, Edel Quinn, and Alfie Lambe Commemorative Masses were celebrated. Home, hospital, prison visitation, and street contact resulted in many Baptisms, marriages regularised, and returns to the Sacraments. Two legionary doctors donate their services in disadvantaged communities. Legionaries help to prepare breakfast and care for old people in a home for the elderly. Some elderly are washed and attended to daily in their homes. Families are consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A couple were reconciled.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: Works include home, hospital and prison visitation and catechetics. The Comitium Nuestra Señora de Fatima prepared 90 children for the Sacraments. In the Comitium Nuestra Señora del Pilar 17 legionary catechists prepared 400 children for the Sacraments. A praesidium consisting of 10 children aged 8 to 12 years enact liturgical and Biblical scenes and are encouraged to share toys with poor children. The Curia Santísima Trinidad, with 114 active, 126 auxiliary, and 23 Praetorian members recruited 20 new active and 7 auxiliary members. The practise of sorcery has ceased in one location. A dying woman, who had left the Church, was visited by legionaries, confessed to the priest, and died in peace. A protestant woman was catechised and received into the Church.

Haiti Senatus: One Comitium has 11 Curiae and 6 praesidia with 1,400 active members. Works include home, hospital and prison visitation, visits to co-habiting couples, elderly people, orphans and those with disabilities, street contact and organising catechism courses. 572 lapsed returned to the faith. Another Comitium held a Congress for the first time with 200 present, including the Bishop and 5 priests. Retreats for juniors, youth and seniors were held. Part of the country was badly damaged by Cyclone Matthew and the Senatus is considering how to help the legionaries in the affected areas.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA
Cloyne Comitium: Midleton praesidium, with 9 members do home visitation. The Pilgrim statue is taken to some homes. They erect a May altar in the Market Green and in their outreach, Miraculous Medals, prayer cards, Rosaries and information on Mass times are offered to all. The Comitium is making efforts to re-establish the Legion in Castlemartyr. West Cloyne Curia: Newmarket praesidium has 5 members who visit nursing homes and undertake home visitation to people living alone.

Cork Comitium: During home visitation a praesidium promotes the Mass, Rosary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and did street contact to promote the Year of Mercy and also during the Jazz weekend. Annunciata Curia has 5 praesidia attached. A discussion was held on, “Is the Legion relevant in the Parish today?” Queen of Peace Curia: A praesidium doing weekly street contact, also shows religious DVD’s and has a Patrician group. A Rosary week was promoted between 7th and 13th October, also Eucharistic Adoration is promoted. A praesidium which does home visitation, and visits the Filipino community, also has an Edel Quinn prayer group and does street contact. Efforts are being made to set up a young person’s praesidium. Recruiting was carried out in June and September in two parishes. Coronata Curia: 19 legionaries attended a day Retreat. One praesidium does street contact, weekly Eucharistic ministry to the sick and elderly in their homes, daily to one parishioner and assists the Parish Priest in various other duties.

Kerry Comitium: An information meeting on the Legion of Mary was held in Listowel; 10 people attended, including two priests. The following week a meeting was held with 6 new members and a retired priest acted as Spiritual Director. Similar meetings are continuing each week. Garda vetting has been applied for and they are recruiting auxiliary members. Two legionaries from Killarney also attend each week to support the new praesidium. The Administrator and other priests in Killarney are continuing with the call backs of those contacted through their Maria et Patria project. Legionaries have made contact with 3 more schools in the Diocese. A Talk on True Devotion to Our Lady given by Fr. Michael Kennedy had an attendance of 75. Four local young adults attended the Youth Conference in All Hallows and said it was a beautiful Conference with a good balance between fun, prayer and serious talks. The Comitium hopes to organise a one-day Youth Conference.

Mid Clare Comitium: An update was given on the Polish praesidium established on 10th May 2016. They arranged accommodation for a homeless person, organise the recitation of the Rosary in Ennis Cathedral daily, take 3 Pilgrim statues to 30 Polish families, do hospital visitation and for Halloween they organised a children’s party called “Holy Wins” where they dressed up in the costume of saints instead of witches. They praesidium also arranged meetings about marriage and families for married couples. Bishop Fintan Monaghan was the chief celebrant at the Mass for their Annual Reunion which had an attendance of 59. He told them he had been an active member of the Legion and went on PPC as a clerical student and also as a priest. At the November Comitium meeting West Clare Curia presented its Annual Report. They have 26 members in 6 praesidia. Works include visitation of nursing homes and hospitals, Pilgrim statue visitation and crowd contact in Miltown Malbay during the Willie Clancy Music Festival in July.

CURIAE

Birr/Roscrea Curia: Members of one praesidium did contact work during the Ploughing Championship. They promote the cause of Alfie Lambe, are involved in running the Parish Hall and help in most Church activities. A praesidium in Roscrea has 10 members who visit nursing homes and the sick in their homes and they bring the Blessed Sacrament to the housebound. They are involved in the catechetical outreach to the junior boys in the Cistercian College. Birr praesidium has 6 members and 12 auxiliaries. Their works include organising Eucharistic Adoration. They assisted at the Youth 2000 in Mount St. Joseph’s, support the junior legionaries in the College and 4 members did crowd-contact at the Ploughing Championship. They continue to promote a Divine Mercy prayer group started by a former member who has now entered religious life.

Limerick Curia: A reporting praesidium has 10 members and 45 auxiliaries. Works include home and nursing home visitation, co-ordinating Adoration and assisting with Church duties. Members of another praesidium visit homes in housing estates in Newcastle West. They also do street contact, distributing Catholic literature, Rosaries and offering Miraculous Medals.

Lismore Curia: Following the recruiting drive in Lismore the praesidium there now has 10 members. The Curia sponsored 2 young people to attend the Youth Conference and they gave a very interesting and favourable report on the event. One of their comments was that Fr. John Harris “lit up the room with his enthusiasm.” The Curia has been in contact with Mount Melleray in relation to starting a praesidium there.

Ross Curia: Leap praesidium has 6 members who distribute Catholic literature, take care of Church linen and do hospital and nursing home visitation. Miraculous Medals were presented to First Holy Communion classes in 3 schools. Darrara praesidium has 9 members who do Church cleaning, hospital and nursing home visitation and drive neighbours to Mass and assist the elderly with shopping.

Waterford Curia: The Curia held a Procession (Sept. 8th) in honour of Our Lady’s birthday, whose statue was carried from Ballybricken Green to the Cathedral, ending with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Cullinan in his homily spoke of the Legion of Mary and its good work. There were 4 priests present. Glenmore praesidium has 6 members and 2 Adjutorians. If requested, they recite the Rosary prior to funerals in the home of the deceased.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE

Ancilla Domini Curia: A praesidium of 6 members has 3 Praetorians, 46 auxiliaries and 23 probationary auxiliaries. They distribute 76 copies of Maria Legionis. A recruiting drive was held for Francis Street area on the week-end 26/7th November. Twelve were present at the monthly Pauline Circle meeting including 3 non-Catholics. Two Patrician meetings were held. A Filipino praesidium of 6 members and 45 auxiliary members works mainly among their own community encouraging them in the faith.
Benedicta Curia: A praesidium with 35 auxiliaries and 15 probationary auxiliaries does home and hospital visitation and runs a Lectio Divina group. Among their contacts was a man who attends Mass regularly but hasn’t been to Confession for 40 years. The Curia has a membership of 20 legionaries.
Holy Spirit Curia: The Curia has 5 praesidia with a total of 23 active members. At the October meeting members had a discussion on the Re-Conquest of Dublin initiative. On 22/23rd October the Curia in a joint venture with Immaculata Curia had an outreach to a parish with a view to setting up a praesidium. 6 parishioners attended an introductory meeting. An Edel Quinn prayer meeting had an attendance of 10 and the Frank Duff prayer meeting had an attendance of 7. Eight attended a Patrician meeting on, ‘The Mass’. A praesidium working in another area does home and hospital visitation, and sells Catholic papers at week-end Masses in two parishes; they also organise a Frank Duff prayer group, a Patrician meeting and Eucharistic Adoration.
Gloriosa Curia: A praesidium of 5 active members and 35 auxiliaries does home visitation, organises Adoration on the First Friday, and has outreach to 60 Settled Traveller families; a member of this community has become an active member. Arrangements are being made to enrol a man in the RCIA programme. A praesidium in another parish does home, and nursing home visitation. They also visit Cloverhill Prison on a monthly basis where they have very good contact with the prisoners. The Curia organised a meeting for all officers of attached praesidia to discuss the Re-Conquest of Dublin programme. Efforts are being made to set up a new praesidium.
Annunciata Curia: A praesidium of 11 members has 4 Praetorians, 4 Adjutorians and 20 auxiliaries. Their main work is home visitation and street contact. Another praesidium has 100 auxiliary members and distributes 70 copies of Maria Legionis. Included in their work is encouraging people to visit the Blessed Sacrament. The Curia also does book barrow work. Six Patrician meetings were held with an attendance 16 patricians and many legionaries.
Assumpta Curia: Many legionaries took part in a week-end recruiting drive in a city-centre parish with a view to strengthening the praesidium there. 29 Patricians and 5 legionaries attended two Patrician meetings.
Immaculata Curia: A Faith and Fun group usually has an attendance of 10 children. Parents who are legionaries help to run the group. The children are prepared to participate in the children’s Mass. As a result of an Exploratio Dominicalis project two homes were consecrated to the Sacred Heart. 17 families recited the Rosary on a rota basis during October.
Mater Ecclesiae Curia: A praesidium of 6 members specialises in contact work with drug and alcoholic addicts in the Stephen’s Green area. Teachers, parents and students from 3 colleges accompany the legionaries on this work. The legionaries give scapulars and Miraculous Medals. Very often a priest accompanies the legionaries on this work and Confession is readily available. One man who usually refused help finally accepted a scapular and said a prayer. He died the next week. A young man who was estranged from his father asked the legionaries to contact his father and the pair were reconciled. The next week the son was found dead in a doorway from an overdose. The father was very grateful to the legionaries for their initial help.
Our Lady of Fatima Curia: A praesidium working in Rathdrum parish, North Wicklow visits the sick and elderly and bereaved families and also visits two nursing homes. A praesidium in Arklow parish visits two nursing homes and Traveller families; they also organise a monthly Frank Duff prayer meeting. A book barrow was used on Sunday afternoon of August week-end. Miraculous Medals and prayer leaflets were distributed and many good contacts were made.

AFRICA

KENYA
Senatus of Kenya: Councils were reminded to organise a Planning Day and prepare their programme for 2017. A praesidium of 17 active members, including 4 Praetorians and 17 auxiliary members, does home and hospital visitation. As this praesidium is close to Venerable Edel Quinn’s grave they clean her grave every week. The monthly prayers at the grave had an attendance of 37 legionaries and friends. Mass was celebrated in Nairobi to mark Frank Duff’s anniversary and all attached councils also organised a Mass. There was real excitement at Senatus when the officers reported on their visit to Concilium. The Senatus has translated the Frank Duff DVD into Swahili.

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: On 27th November the Senatus officers had a planning meeting and discussed some issues to improve the Senatus. Attached councils were reminded to organise their planning for 2017. Members were encouraged to read Chapter 28 of the Handbook on Legion Government. Attached councils presented quarterly reports. 55 legionaries from Blantyre Senatus and Maula Senatus attended the Annual General Conference of legionaries in Mangochi Diocese from 16th – 19th August. Among the topics covered were the life of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, the Sacraments, regular attendance at praesidia meetings and doing weekly apostolate.
Maula Senatus: A junior Curia with ten attached praesidia and 87 members presented its quarterly report. The Senatus is emphasising the importance of recruiting and training young legionaries in the Legion apostolate. Works undertaken include home, hospital and prison visitation and organising Retreats. They also prepare catechumens for Baptism.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: Reports included two from Curiae in prisons, a schools’ Curia, a University praesidium and three prison praesidia. The annual celebrations at Nsambya to mark the Anniversary of Edel Quinn’s arrival in Uganda in July 1938 were well attended. They included a procession, Mass led by his Eminence Cardinal Wamala, a talk on Edel and members passed through the door of Mercy to gain the indulgence. A successful Spiritual Directors’ Conference was held from 16 – 19th August. The theme was Mother of Mercy. 131were present, including 113 priests. The Cardinal was very pleased to meet so many priests from all over Uganda. He requested legionaries to say the Rosary daily, if possible praying for the Church and its leaders. A new Senatus President has been elected.


NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: A praesidium reported helping to bring 4 people back to practice and rectifying 3 marriages. A Comitium had 11 conversions, 38 marriages rectified and 47 lapsed returned to the Sacraments. Makurdi Regia has 5,697 senior members, of whom 1,992 are probationers. 26 new praesidia were formed.
Ibadan Senatus: Benin City Regia has 10,311 active members, 2,300 probationers and 5 Curiae. 11 senior and 5 junior praesidia were established.
In one State a legionary was kidnapped and subsequently released. Lagos Regia: A Comitium held a Youth Day Rally for juniors with 1,256 in attendance, while in another Comitium 18 juniors joined senior praesidia. There are nearly 800 juniors in the area.
Enugu Senatus: .One Comitium has over 2,500 seniors and 17 junior Curiae, with almost 1,300 members. Reports included 824 infant Baptisms, 13 non-Christians converted to the Catholic faith, 388 marriages blessed and 43 family disputes settled. Two senior Curiae and 8 junior praesidia were established. Onitsha Regia: A Curia of 13 praesidia with 3 in the Major Seminary and 5 in the Minor Seminary had 10 members recently ordained to the Priesthood. A Comitium with 28 senior Curiae and 11 praesidia reported many people prepared for the Sacraments, including 1,286 for Confirmation. Jos Regia: The apostolate of one Comitium includes visits to homes, hospitals, prisons, remand homes and hotels, catechism instruction, supervision of children at Mass and care of junior praesidia. Ikot Ekpene Regia: Reports from one Comitium included 148 prepared for Baptism, 110 First Holy Communions, and 57 Marriages blessed. They also organised the painting of the Marian Shine at Afaha Obong.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: The Regia is planning to have the Handbook translated into Bemba, Tonga, Njanja and Lozi languages. Translators in each Diocese where these languages are widely spoken have been identified.

TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Regia: The Regia has expressed its willingness to participate in visiting councils on behalf of Concilium to help in the re-organisation of the Legion in Tanzania. Each year a PPC/Extension project is undertaken and this year’s successful project was to Mafia Island from 22-30th July. 20 legionaries participated and visited homes, a hospital, small Christian communities and schools and gave talks in the latter two. The majority of those met in homes and schools were Moslems, and the reception was cordial. In the small Christian communities and schools some met showed interest in joining the Legion and there is the prospect of 5 praesidia on the Island. Songea Comitium: New officers have been elected. The Comitium has 20 Curiae with 58 praesidia and 1,177 members. At the November meeting members were encouraged to write an article on a recent Pilgrimage for possible inclusion in Maria Legionis. 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
Freetown Curia: An e-mail from Fr. Carew, the Spiritual Director described a very successful outdoor Curia function which had 30 present, including auxiliaries. The Curia discussed extension work in Bo and Makeni. A recent letter from Concilium was read at Curia and they were very pleased to get a mention in Maria Legionis.



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

Thanksgiving for the Year of Mercy
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Our Concilium meeting takes place today on the Feast of Christ the King and the last day of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. We feel a great need to thank God for the great graces that were offered to the whole Church during this year. Mercy has been placed very emphatically once more at the very heart of the Church and in every activity of her mission. Mercy is the music of the Gospel, the melody of every page of the Gospel.

First, mercy gives us the most authentic understanding of God. Mercy is not just a pivotal word in the Christian vocabulary; nor is it just a magnificent idea or even only an infinite attribute of God. It defines God. Mercy is a Person. As Pope Francis says: ‘The name of God is Mercy’. He also puts it another way: ‘We can say that mercy is God’s identity card.’ This understanding of God changes everything in our relationship in our relationship to God. It is infinitely good news. Underlying our personal existence at every moment is God, who is mercy.

Secondly, mercy gives us the most authentic understanding of Christ. For Christ is Divine Mercy Incarnate. This is the fundamental revelation of the Old and New Testaments. Even the Pharisees got one thing so right about Christ. For instance St. Luke writes: ‘The tax collectors and the sinners, meanwhile, were all seeking his company to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the Scribes complained. This man, they said, welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ (Luke 15:1). What a sublime definition of Jesus. He is someone who welcomes sinners and eats with them! Of course that is also the way Christ defines himself and his mission: ‘I came to save sinners.’ He gives no other motive for the Incarnation but to befriend sinners and offer them a way to eternal life through his merciful love. The most powerful manifestation of this truth about Jesus is his death and resurrection.

Pope St. Leo the Great, a Father and Doctor of the Church sums up the whole tradition of the Church when he writes: ‘Among all the works of God’s mercy, dearly beloved, which from the beginning have been devoted to the salvation of mortals, none is more wonderful, none more sublime than that Christ was crucified for the world.’ Or, as Pope Francis puts it: ‘The Cross of Christ contains all the love of God: there we find his immeasurable mercy.’ In the Resurrection the reality and meaning of the Cross is proclaimed: mercy has the last word over all sin and death. This is the heart of Christian hope, the cornerstone of our Christian faith. Pope Francis adds: ‘Be careful! The Resurrection is not only the fact of the resurrection after death, but it is a new kind of life that we experience already today: It is the victory over anything that we can already anticipate.’ The paschal mystery is the revelation of God’s mercy, the absolute core of the Gospel, the Kerygma, or simply the ultimate and irreplaceable message of every Christian communication or apostolate.

Thirdly, the Year of Mercy has helped us to understand the Church more clearly as primarily the Church of Mercy. The reason is simple. The Church is the Risen Christ united to and acting through all the members of his Mystical Body. The Church is the instrument the Risen Lord uses to apply his mercy to the individual soul and all humanity. We see this especially in all the Sacraments. They are the actions of the Risen Christ really present among us. During the year of mercy we emphasized in a special way the Sacrament of Reconciliation because that is the precious meeting place of God’s mercy and the sinner. St Jerome puts it well when he writes that in this sacrament, ‘we give our sins to God and he gives us his heart in exchange.’ This why gently leading individuals to this wonderful sacrament is one of the most precious apostolates of the Legion.

Fourthly, I think the year of mercy has specifically helped us to understand the Legion more deeply. Let me try to explain this view: Well, one of the deepest convictions of the Legion expressed so often in the Handbook is that there is no such thing as a hopeless case. This is argued forcefully in sections like the one: ‘Infinite patience and sweetness must be lavished on a priceless soul.’ What is the ground for this radical conviction of the Legion that there is absolutely no such thing as a hopeless case? There are no exceptions to this Legion principle. Why? The reason must be that there is no limit to God’s mercy; it is absolutely infinite. As Pope Francis says: ‘No human sin, no matter how serious, can prevail over or limit God’s mercy. Mary, the Mother of Mercy and the Refuge of Sinners call on us legionaries to be specialists in dispensing the mercy of her Son. We must learn to be merciful to each other in our praesidium meetings and from there in all our contacts with souls. The year of mercy may come to an end in one sense today, but in reality it must signal a new beginning and we must pray that mercy may never slip away from the centre of faith either in principle or practice. Without mercy our Legion makes no sense.

Let me conclude with a quotation from the Handbook: ‘A legionary (most definitely Frank Duff himself) of wide experience of the most depraved sinners of a great city was asked if he had ever met any that were absolutely hopeless. Reluctantly, as a legionary, he acknowledged the existence of such a category, he replied that many were terrible, but few were hopeless. Being pressed, he eventually admitted that he knew of one who seemed capable of being so described.

That very evening he received his overwhelming rebuke. Quite accidentally he met in the street the person he had in mind. Three minutes conversation later and the miracle of a complete and lasting conversation took place!’ So, the mercy of God makes every authentic legionary radiant with hope. Amen.



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Concilium Bulletin November 2016
December 2016

ASIA

PHILIPPINES
The Senatus of Western Visayas is composed of 12 Comitia, 1 Regia, 15 Curiae and 24 directly attached praesidia. Antique Comitium has the Legion in all 24 parishes. 300 youths were instructed before Confirmation. 65 persons were baptised; 213 sick visited and 18 received the Sacraments before death; Block Rosaries and catechism classes were held. Other reports included, home visitation, crowd contact, marriage validations, Baptisms, prison visits, conversions and Exploration Dominicalis. A former legionary has returned to Vietnam to enter a Convent.
Mindanao Senatus: Tagum Comitium will shortly provide background information to support its elevation to Regia status.
Bicolandia Senatus: Attached councils are visited. Partido Curia gave catechetical instruction to 100 parents and sponsors of young children. A praesidium based at a Medical Centre reported an apostolate to fellow-employees as well as hospital visitation and Rosary promotion. Pill Curia undertook promotion of Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy. A legionary who is also a member of the prison ministry encouraged other members to pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet for prisoners’ intentions.
Senatus of Northern Philippines: San Pablo Comitium covers 81 parishes, 7 are without the Legion. San Pedro Comitium covers 25 parishes, two without the Legion. As part of its jail apostolate, an orientation training course on paralegal assistance was conducted by one Curia. Pasig Comitium: An auxiliary member joined a Seminary. A Patrician meeting was attended by 40 tricycle drivers and vendors.
Lipa Regia covers an Archdiocese, 3 Dioceses and 1 Apostolic Vicariate with a total of 176 parishes, of which 82 are without the Legion. Many reports included home visitation, crowd contact, catechetical instruction, prison-apostolate and marriage validations. Two juniors entered a Seminary. Reports were received from Port Moresby and Madang Regia in Papua New Guinea.
Cebu Senatus: All councils mentioned promoting Mass attendance, Rosary apostolate, Confession, hospital, school, home, and jail visitation. A non-Catholic was catechised and converted. Facebook and other social media promote Mass and Confession times. True Devotion to the nation is studied and the Senatus Spiritual Director stressed that active work must be done.

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: May and October Rosaries were organised. Exploratio Dominicalis featured in most reports. Auxiliaries were visited regularly and Holy Communion brought to the sick. Some parish praesidia members are Eucharistic ministers. Works include training altar servers, running the piety stall and catechism classes. Juniors work with seniors on nursing home visitation. The month of September was dedicated to recruitment. Contact is to be made with the 13 parishes without the Legion. The Senatus has printed 25,000 fliers to be distributed on street contact during Advent.

AUSTRALIA
Melbourne Senatus: Mentioned in reports: Acies, Curia Congress, Year of Mercy, Patricians, Retreats and Masses to commemorate Venerable Edel Quinn and Frank Duff. Adelaide Comitium has 10 attached praesidia and 3 Curiae. Legionaries supported the Diocesan public Marian procession in honour of our Lady. It is not often Catholics are able to have such an event. Sandhurst Curia, with 5 praesidia, two of which are isolated, holds its Curia meeting once a year in these remote areas. In Caulfield Curia the Parish Priest asked the help of legionaries to support parents of sick children in the family room of the local hospital. The Rosary in recited weekly in the Loreto College Chapel during school term. Legionaries are up to date in their child-safeguarding police checks. The Fatima Pilgrim statue visitation is to be widely promoted next year.
Sydney Senatus: Home Visitation is the main apostolate in many praesidia. Tenants in apartments are encouraged to come back to the Church and arrangements are made for the local priest to call, if requested. An apostolate to those interested in becoming Catholics resulted in 17 being baptised. Annual Masses were offered for Venerable Edel Quinn and Frank Duff with excellent attendances. The Senatus care takes the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
Brisbane Comitium: Extension efforts are on-going. Through home visitation an estranged Catholic was reconciled on his death bed. On nursing home visits some residents were assisted to Mass. The Rosary is recited at funerals and catechism is taught in the schools. A praesidium held a Brown-Scapular enrolment. Visits were made to the eight distant praesidia. The nearest praesidium to Ayr is in Cairns, which takes 8 hours by train and 2 hours flying-time from Brisbane.

SOUTH AMERICA
COLOMBIA
Medellin Senatus: The Senatus has 13 correspondents. A Comitium of 9 Curiae and 13 praesidia, has 760 active members, 367 of whom are Praetorians. Works include Exploratio Dominicalis, catechesis, Lectio Divina, home visitation and park contact. The Comitium in Bello reports visitation of homes, clinics, prisons, nursing homes, colleges and a mental hospital and street contact. A distant Curia in Zaragoza is described by its correspondent as being a difficult area due to mining activities, but it is well run with good officers. A praesidium of 10 members has been promoting the Year of Mercy.

ECUADOR
Senatus of Quito: The earthquake in April resulted in many deaths, including the death of one legionary. At the Bishop’s request, the Senatus meeting was cancelled that month. In Portoviejo 3 junior praesidia have formed a Curia. Exploratio Dominicalis is done every Tuesday to areas with the social problems of abortion, drugs and crime. The attached Regia of Cuenca has 600 active members in 4 Comitia and 15 Curiae. The Comitium of Milagros co-operates with Alcoholics Anonymous and organise 40 Hours Adoration for children.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: Extension has begun in the Dioceses of San José, where the Legion does not yet exist. An Exploratio Dominicalis project by a praesidium to another parish resulted in a new praesidium. The Legion takes part in meetings of lay groups and was chosen to report to CELAM, the Bishops Conference for Latin America. A Novena to Frank Duff has been circulated to members and is recommended also for use by non-legionaries; each day includes different details of his life, writings on Mary and the Frank Duff prayer.

VENEZUELA
Senatus of Caracas: Extension resulted in the formation of 25 senior and 7 junior praesidia. The Regia of Barquisimeto has 4,642 auxiliary members; 224 of their active members are Praetorians; they also have 121 juniors. Amongst the works are home blessings, street contact, talks on social justice and visitation of schools and prisons.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: A former Senatus officer has been designated as a Tribune to an attached praesidium. Some Spiritual Directors are permanent deacons; many of these have been legionaries all their lives. In October, the Pilgrim statue is taken homes, prisons, hospitals, plazas and street corners where the Rosary is recited. The twin praesidia idea has taken on well as many legionaries are shift workers. The bishop of Los Angeles invited the legionaries to a meal in his house to hear from them the works they were doing. In praesidia of 5 and 6 year-olds, the mothers also attend and take part in the children’s activities. These meetings are a training ground for junior praesidia.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: The Christmas novena, called Posadas, is done in many homes. Prayers and readings relating to the Nativity are said and food is shared with all the family. In some barrios many families are in the sects. These families are visited and in many cases the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady is accepted and parents permit their children to be baptised and prepared for First Holy Communion. Some councils use a Legion stand to promote and recruit for the Legion. Email and Facebook are used to keep in touch with the distant councils. One praesidium meets in the homes of its members; this helps to recruit family members and neighbours. In rural areas, despite poor literacy legionaries do fruitful work visiting homes and making street contacts.

PERU
Senatus of Lima: The 4th National Legionary Gathering was held last summer with 30% of the attendees coming from provincial areas. The Senatus Extension Committee gave their annual report. A Curia divided to form a new Curia as a result of recruiting new members. The Comitium of Cusco is made up of 737 members and 108 probationers in 7 senior Curiae; they also have 23 pre-junior groups. Home visitation is prioritised and the Comitium report 17,180 home visits. Orphans are catechised in the institutions where they live. 15 homes were enthroned with the Sacred Heart while Arts & Crafts Centres were visited over 400 times bringing the Word of God, teaching the Rosary and inviting people back to the Sacraments.

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asunción: During the three month period, 3 Comitia, 7 Curiae and 2 praesidia reported. All officerships are filled. The juvenile Comitium, ‘Ntra. Sra. de la Asuncion’ has 16 Curiae and 16 praesidia attached comprising 2,122 members. They also have 95 nursery groups, 6 Patrician meetings and an Extension Committee. Works include visiting homes, hospitals, two prisons, and blind people. Curia ‘Virgen Misionera’ has 10 senior and 2 juvenile praesidia attached. They held an Exploratio Dominicalis project, visit a Geriatric Home, do home visitation and are involved in radio apostolate and parochial mission work.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT
COMITIA
Carlow Comitium: Efforts are being made to restart the praesidium in Myshall. A praesidium in Carlow town has 100 auxiliaries. They have a Frank Duff prayer group and a Patrician group which includes in its attendance other Comitium members. The praesidium in Graiguecullen has 8 members and 10 auxiliaries. Works include Pilgrim statue visitation and visitation of 3 nursing homes in one of which they met some residents who enquired about Confession. At the end of January each year the praesidium writes to 5 schools in the area for permission to visit the Holy Communion and Confirmation classes. Legionaries receive a warm welcome in the schools. Minutes refer to the attached Laois Curia starting a praesidium in Kilcock.
Elphin Comitium: Works of the Ballyleague praesidium includes home visitation and promoting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy after weekday morning Masses in honour of the Year of Mercy. Legionaries from the attached Curia did street contact in Sligo town promoting the Holy Door. Confessions were available in two Churches. Among the many interesting reports from Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects was an account of a meeting with the great- grandnephew of Joe Gabbet, a close associate of Frank Duff in the early days of the Legion. A successful joint Congress by the Comitium and the attached Curia was held in Roscommon on 23rd October with 60 present. Discussion was lively and positive throughout the day. An inspiring and thought-provoking concluding address was given by Sr. Mary Mulpeter, Raphoe Comitium. There were 4 representatives from the Concilium.
Tuam Comitium: Dunmore praesidium has 6 members; they organise weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and visit a nursing home. Prayer cards and Miraculous Medals were given to the First Communion children in 4 schools in May. Homes are visited with the Fatima statue and the statue was left in a school for one week and prayers were said by the teachers each day. Mountbellew praesidium members bring Holy Communion to a nursing home and pray with the residents. They visit a Day Care Centre and take residents to Knock Shrine when requested. They visited the First Holy Communion class and distributed Miraculous Medals. Nine legionaries in the Comitium took part in Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects. The office at Knock is staffed on a rota basis by praesidia.

CURIAE
Achonry Curia has three praesidia attached. Ballymote praesidium visits sick parishioners, a nursing home and outreach houses. They organised a day of prayer in the Church on 21st May.
Clonfert Curia organised two buses for the Annual Legion Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock on 25th September. A praesidium of 9 members and one probationer in Ballinsloe presented its 79th annual report. Their apostolate includes home, hospital and nursing home visitation. They have 19 auxiliaries. A knitting circle is run for elderly and lonely people where all garments made are sent to orphanages in Belarus. A praesidium in Clonfert parish with 9 members reported on hospital, nursing home and housebound visitation. A good attendance was reported at the Annual Retreat, Acies, Reunion and Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine.
Ferns Curia: As part of their Curia outing 40 members visited Concilium. Nineteen legionaries, including two from Dublin took part in an Exploratio Dominicalis project organised by the Curia. The New Ross praesidium gave its second annual report. They have three full members and three probationers. Works include street contact, Patricians and promotion of the Rosary.
Galway Curia: At the August meeting there was a very good discussion on Praetorian membership. Works of one praesidium include home visitation and visiting Merlin Park hospital with the Fatima statue. Another praesidium has 5 members, one probationer and 70 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation, visiting three houses for the homeless and a nursing home; they also do street contact in Eyre Square and are in contact with a Chinese family who are interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith. Third level students met in this parish were interested in discussing faith matters. The Curia had 38 on the bus to Knock for the Annual Pilgrimage. Deacon Declan Lohan was appointed Spiritual Director of the Curia.
Killala Curia: Knockmore junior praesidium has 4 juniors and 2 seniors. They prepared spiritual packs for the First Communion class with an invitation to join the praesidium. All 4 are altar servers and help in the parish. Fr. Joe Hogan, a former legionary, helped the Curia at the Heritage Day stall in Ballina in July, which was a great success. Recent Patrician meetings had the topics: “God the Father” and “Our Lady of Knock”. A praesidium in Ballina with 7 members undertakes Pilgrim statue visitation with 3 statues, hospital visitation and Patricians. Cornboy praesidium has also 7 members on roll, 4 of whom are Praetorians. They have 52 auxiliaries, 35 of whom were recruited in 2015. The Curia held a Holy Door visitation to the Cathedral in Ballina. Fr. Bill Keogh gave the address on Confession.
Kilkenny Curia organised two buses to Knock Shrine for Legion Sunday. One praesidium visits a nursing home and arranges public Rosaries once a month in St. James Green and on Sundays in May and October at Our Lady’s Grotto on the Callen Road.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE
Bethlehem Curia: 34 members attended the quarterly promoters’ meeting for the Cause of Venerable Edel Quinn in September. The DVD on her life was shown and Sr. Mary Murphy gave up-to-date information on the Cause. Two Patrician meetings were held with attendances of 10 and 8. A praesidium of 5 members organise The De Montfort Men’s Club two nights per week with an average attendance of 5 men per night. A praesidium set up in 1926 works in two parishes. They had 19 visitors to the praesidium during the year. Works undertaken include home, hospital visitation and street contact.
Consolata Curia: Each Thursday night in October the Rosary was recited at the travellers’ site in Belcamp and 40 travellers attended. A praesidium of 7 members is in touch on a weekly basis with an immigrant family and is helping the mother to learn English. The praesidium organises a Retreat for parishioners and 27 people attended. A praesidium of 8 members in another parish studies a section of the Child Safe Guarding policy at the first meeting of every month. Each week legionaries visit a class in the boy’s school and pray a decade of the Rosary with the children. A young man met on home visitation is interested in registering in the RCIA programme.
Exaltata Curia: A praesidium of 12 members working in the Regina Coeli Hostel has 3 Praetorians and 10 auxiliaries. Their main work is the spiritual and temporal welfare of the residents of the hostel. They organise Holy Hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays and also hold a Bible Study coffee morning on Mondays which is becoming popular with the residents. They accompany residents on hospital and doctors’ appointments. A praesidium of 7 members, including 3 Praetorians also works in the Regina Coeli Hostel. Three members of this praesidium are Concilium correspondents. They work in the hostel two nights per week and have great spiritual contact with some residents, one of whom returned to Confession.
Porta Coeli Curia: 11 of the 13 praesidia attached to this Curia meet in the daytime. One praesidium has 53 auxiliary members. They distribute 75 Maria Legionis, organise a monthly Patrician meeting and a quarterly Frank Duff Prayer group. Another praesidium delivers 60 copies of Maria Legionis and keeps in touch with auxiliaries in this way. They promote Miraculous Medal and Brown Scapular devotions and are a Pioneer Council. Frank Duff, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe leaflets are given to passengers on trains and buses.
Presentata Curia: Four praesidia reported over the period. One praesidium has an apostolate to members of the African Community and organises a Mass for them on the first Sunday of every month. They have a monthly Patrician meeting with an average attendance of 16. Another praesidium does home visitation, street contact and visits Cuan Muire Centre, Athy every six weeks and the Camino centre in Enfield. A praesidium in another parish does home visitation, encouraging people in the faith and inviting the lapsed to return to the Sacrament with emphasis on the Sacrament of Confession. They have organised many house blessings.
Veneranda Curia: A praesidium of six members, 3 of whom are Praetorians visit women in the Dochas Centre, Mountjoy Prison. Visitation is done twice weekly and great contacts are made with the prisoners, including a mother of 5 children, all in foster homes. The legionaries also keep in touch with women on release and some contacts have gone on for over 30 years. They distribute 46 Maria Legionis. Another praesidium visits non-Catholics for the week of Christian Unity and gives them the prayer for that intention. They had a stand at Societies Day in St. Patrick’s College of Education.

AFRICA
GHANA
Senatus of Accra: Extension work was done in the Takoradi Diocese, where there were less than 20 legionaries. Extension efforts elsewhere from June to October yielded seven new praesidia and ‘Mirror of Justice Curia’ was inaugurated on 2nd October 2016 with 100% attendance. Reports taken at the first meeting indicated that the new praesidia are doing home and hospital visitation and recruiting new members. The Curia has grown to over 100 members. A new praesidium of 14 Bank staff members was established. Three legionaries from Tema Curia were ordained SVD priests

EGYPT
Senatus of Egypt: Members of the Senatus met with the Chaplain regarding organising visits to prisoners and their families. There are four praesidia of Sudanese members. The Senatus celebrated 75 years of the Legion in Egypt at the end of September 2016.

GUINEA BISSAU
350 youths and adults were initiated into the catechumenate at Easter. Cape Verde Regia: A Holy Door visit was arranged to a parish on the most distant island, Santo Antao where legionaries were warmly welcomed by the Parish Priest and the whole local community were invited. On the nearby island of Maio the Comitium undertook an Exploratio Dominicalis project with 76 members taking part. Another Comitium conducted a study on the sects.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: A meeting of officers of higher councils in Luanda, organised by the Senatus in July was considered to be of great benefit to all the officers. The Senatus is busy visiting attached councils. An event was held by the Senatus and the Holy Childhood Association at which many children and their leaders were present. Several thousand legionaries took part in a Pilgrimage organised by the Senatus to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Libolo-Calulo in the Diocese of Sumbe. A praesidium in Luanda of 27 active members and 13 auxiliaries reported on visits to homes, hospitals, a home for the elderly and street-apostolate to homeless children.
Benguela Senatus: Visitation of attached councils is undertaken by the Senatus. As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, 1,851 legionaries passed through the Door of Mercy on a Pilgrimage to Cubal in May with members of other Marian Apostolic groups. Home, hospital and prison visitation is reported by the Regia of Huambo, which has a total of 1.031 praesidia in its area. Two new praesidia were set up.

MOZAMBIQUE
Maputo Regia: Reports were taken from several Curiae. One Curia passed through some difficult times; however the Parish Priest, now an Auxiliary Bishop, worked hard to keep the Legion going.

ZIMBABWE
Hwange Comitium: Three praesidium reported, one of 17 members, mainly shift workers. Two others have 31 and 40 members.

LESOTHO
Lesotho Senatus: Legionaries are engaged in home visitation and teaching catechism; many returns to the Sacraments were reported.

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town Senatus: There was great joy when the new Comitium in Upington, Northern Cape was set up in September. Correspondents were reminded of the importance of writing regularly to their councils. The Senatus is making plans to visit the Legion in Namibia.
Johannesburg Senatus: Membership in praesidia is good and legionaries undertake home, hospital and prison visitation. Great contacts were made with non-Catholics. In the course of street contact one Curia reported contacting 313 non–Catholics. Mariannhill Comitium: A letter was received in October apologising for being out of touch and promising to forward outstanding minutes.
Durban Comitium; In Matatiele Curia a praesidium reported 15 converts, 25 returns to the Sacraments and 11 Baptisms.



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Election of Concilium Assistant Secretary at the October 2016 Concilium Meeting
November 2016

An election took place for Assistant Secretary of Concilium with duties relevant to the Archdiocese of Dublin. Nominations were taken and Mary Murphy was proposed and seconded for this office. As there were no other nominations, Mary Murphy was declared elected for a three-year term.



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Allocutio at the October 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
November 2016

The Gift of Unity and the Legion
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One should not be surprised that Pope Francis speaks so often about the devil. The devil plays a prominent part throughout Sacred Scripture from the beginning in the Book of Genesis to the last book of Revelation. He continues to be present in the whole history of salvation including our present time. In the work of the new Evangelisation we forget his existence at our peril. This is true of the Legion of Mary too.

Let us summarise the main points in the teaching of Pope Francis. First he clearly and forcefully asserts the existence of the devil. ‘I believe that the devil exists and his greatest achievement in these times is to make us believe he doesn’t exist’. In another homily he says: ‘Maybe some of you might say: but Father how old-fashioned you are to speak about the devil in the twenty first century! But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against the Satan.’

Secondly, Pope Francis exhorts us not to be afraid of the devil. He says: Fear is also a temptation of the devil: to be afraid to continue on the Lord’s path. Fear however is not a good counselor. Jesus says so many times: ‘Do not be afraid.’ The greatest source of confidence in our confrontation with the devil is the Cross of Jesus. On the Cross Jesus defeats Satan utterly and radically so that the devil cannot have the last word in any of our lives if we stay close to the crucified Christ. God does not allow the devil to tempt us beyond our strength and his infinite merits and grace are always available to us even or indeed especially in the more violent temptations.

Thirdly, Pope Francis speaks often about the sure signs of the active presence of the devil in our individual lives and in our communities. Temptation is a sure sign of his activity and he is the specialist with vast experience of tempting us to deviate by sin from the path of friendship with Mary and Jesus. That is why the Scripture refers to him as the Tempter of Mankind. The Holy Father points to many other signs of the presence and work of the devil. Let me just mention a few: he points to defeatism or attacks on the virtue of hope, pessimism, discouragement and the temptation to a superiority complex or self-importance and an expert eye for the supposed faults of others compared with our own supposed virtue. The devil knows from his own experience how destructive pride is in all forms and therefore stokes up the temptations to that sin relentlessly.

But now I want to briefly reflect on the two weapons the devil employs that Pope Francis especially highlights. The main one is division, the other is money. He talks about them in several homilies and other addresses. Because of the shortness of time let me leave the question of money to another time. For now, let me just say that from the time of Judas and throughout the history of the Church we see how the misuse of money has been so destructive of individual Christians and of the mission of the Church.

With regard to divisions the Holy Father says quite simply: ‘Division is the weapon the devil employs most to destroy the Church from within.’ Church history backs this statement up. Division and schisms are the work of the devil and ecumenism and evangelisation are the work of the Holy Spirit. Unity is at the heart of the prayer of Jesus because disunity is so inimical to the preaching of the Gospel. Frank Duff our founder and the Legion throughout its history have been convinced concerning the priceless gift of unity and therefore of the need for ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue. However, I think it is just as important to work at preventing disunity as it is in trying to heal a disunity that is already in place.

But what has all this talk of division and disunity to do with the Legion? Well, first of all the gift of unity and the causes of disunity are an important theme in the Legion Handbook and secondly because of something Pope Francis says in connection with his advice on fighting the devil in our own lives: ‘This is the devil’s strategy: you become a Christian, go forward in your faith and I will leave you alone; I will leave you in peace. But once you have become accustomed to it, are no longer watchful and feel secure, I will return’. So when we get used to the apparent absence of the devil over a significant time then our defenses are down and we become very vulnerable. So basically we must never forget the fundamental insight of the Gospel and the Legion that we are always in the midst of a spiritual warfare: ‘I will put enmity between you and the Woman, between her seed and yours.’

Although the Handbook speaks of the special gift and task of unity in several places, some of the most striking insights can be found in Chapter 29 on Legion Loyalty. The sentences on the avoidance of independent action are particularly important. Let me finish with a quotation from the Handbook that speaks about how true devotion to Mary in all the members of the Legion will guarantee the unity and deep harmony within the Legion.

‘One of the dearest duties of the Legion shall be to show wholehearted devotion to the Mother of God. But with everyone adequately discharging this item of legionary service, the Legion will be found possessed of a marvelous unity of mind and purpose and action. This unity is so precious in the sight of God that he has vested it with an irresistible power; so that if for the individual a true devotion to Mary is a special channel of grace, what shall it bring to an organization which is persevering with one mind in prayer with her ( Acts 1: 14) who has received all from God, participating in her spirit, and entering fully into the design of God with regard to the distribution of grace! Shall not such an organization be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 4) and shall there not be ‘many wonders and signs.’ (Acts 2: 43)



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Concilium Bulletin October 2016
November 2016

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: Two Curiae and 8 praesidia presented reports, with much substantial work going on, including: many young and adult religious evangelisation classes; one praesidium reports a class in a parish preparing 12 adults for Baptism and another class for the staff in Hong Kong Airport, 4 of whom were baptized at Easter. A praesidium reported the recruitment of two newly-baptised persons and Sunday school for children aged 3-15, also a class for 20 adult catechumens. In conjunction with the Salesian Fathers, a praesidium assists in a club of about 70 children, mostly non-Catholics. Reports also include crowd contact, care of junior praesidia, prison visitation, a centre for drug abusers, Rosary groups, helping in pastoral care at a hospital and visiting the newly-baptised. Immaculata Curia report a Sunday school with 76 catechumens, where 47 persons were baptised. Rosari Curia expressed their gratitude to Sr. Mary Anthony Ryan, a Columban Spiritual Director, who has retired back to her native Ireland.

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: Bishop Simon Poh, newly appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Kuching, a Mill Hill father was co-celebrant at the Legion Mass on 25th September in Knock Shrine. In Kuching Comitium a Curia was inaugurated and a new praesidium established. The 60th Anniversary of the Legion in Sibu Comitium was celebrated, also the 50th anniversary of the English-speaking Curia. Reports include, Hospital and Nursing Home visitation, plus helping at funerals and wakes. The Curia in the Diocese of Miri, East Malasia has split into two separate Curiae.
Kuala Lumpar Regia: Reports were taken from 3 praesidia, one Filipino, one Tamil and one English-speaking, with a total membership of 64 active, 5 probationers and 80 auxiliaries. Works include: Orphanage, home and Hospital visitation; conducting classes for migrants, block Rosaries in May and October, helping in soup kitchens, visiting an Aboriginal village, the lapsed and a Shelter for HIV patients. Eight council reports were taken, with 548 active and 934 auxiliary members. Works include: attending wakes and funerals; home and hospital visitation. They also teach catechism and assist at RCIA courses. One praesidium did Exploratio Dominicalis. Rev. Fr. Kenneth Gopal gave the Curia Retreat. Extension is on-going. A Filipino praesidium is being set up.

TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: The attendance at praesidia and council metings is excellent. All praesidia have many auxiliary and Adjutorian members. One Curia has 247 auxiliaries and 43 Adjutorians. Four new praesidia have been established and a parish in Nantou is seeking to have the Legion in its area.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Visitation of councils continues. Two new Comitia and a number of senior and junior praesidia were set up. Works reported: visitation of the sick and elderly; distribution of Holy Communion; teaching Sunday school; organising Rosaries in May and October; visitation of prisons; extension of the Legion in Universities and instruction of catechumens.
Jakarta Senatus: Works include visitation of the sick and dying and arranging to have them anointed, helping the elderly, preparing people for Baptism, care of bodies of deceased persons and contact with street children. A couple were visited prior to a prison sentence. Medan Regia established two new praesidia. A Curia in Jakarta has 10 praesidia in 4 parishes.

JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: A Pilgrimage was organised to Hahramach Church, Fukushima, an earthquake-effected city in one of the Victim Support areas of Tokyo Diocese. Mass was concelebrated by 4 priests, and prayers recited by laity and volunteers. Reports were received from Nagasaki Regia and 2 praesidia. Works include: visitation of nursing homes and hospitals; helping at Liturgical Services, distributing Newsletters, leaflets and Catholic magazines to parishioners and helping at Sunday schools.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: Officers of two praesidia of the Korean Catholic Church in Russia were ratified. Incheon Regia has 23,436 active members and 26,015 auxiliaries. They enrolled 6,412 persons in RCIA for adult classes, and recorded 3,996 catechumen Baptisms. At the request of their Spiritual Director, a Curia undertook street contact; out of the people contacted, 17 joined the RCIA course and are getting ready for Baptism. An entire family registered for the RCIA course after being contacted by legionaries who attended the non-Catholic funeral of a member of the same family.
Gwanju Senatus: Jeojun-dong Comitium reported that 1,246 persons became catechumens and 124 were baptised. 197 lapsed Catholics returned to the Sacraments. A new Curia was set up. Another new Curia and 14 praesidia, including one for young adults were established by Im-dong Comitium. Munheng-dong Comitium recruited 1,036 catechumens and 111 were baptised. 150 people returned to the Sacraments. Most councils report home visitation, visits to the sick and bereaved, also help with Sunday school
Daegu Senatus: Recruitment of catechumens, Baptisms, returns to the Sacraments, visitation of hospitals and Welfare Institutions and recruitment of new legionaries are included in most reports. Andong Regia recorded 90 Baptisms, 24 returns to the Sacraments and 89 catechumens recruited. Activities were planned for the 60th Anniversary of the Legion in Daegu Archdiocese.

EUROPE
AUSTRIA
Austria Senatus: A student praesidium undertakes an apostate to teenagers called ‘Jesus Friends.’ 20 senior and 7 junior members took part in an Exploratio Dominicalis project. A Syrian junior praesidium runs a group for Syrian children. Contact work is done in Bordellos along the border area of Czech Republic. A Retreat is planned for street girls.

CZECH REPUBLIC:
Prague Comitium undertakes extension in 2 Dioceses and in the city of Rakovnik, Slovakia. 23 attended a three-day Retreat and undertook True Devotion to Mary. A summer camp for teenage girls was held.

BULGARIA: A new Curia with 4 praesidia was established.

UKRAINE: A summer school was held.

BELARUS
Belarus Comitium governs 12 directly attached praesidia and 11 Curiae. A Summer school was held. During Church-watch legionaries often bring to Faith those visiting the Church. A praesidium of young people visits young families. Other works include, visitation of a student residence with Catholic literature. A praesidium visiting Addiction Centres found that the Pioneer Promise of Abstinence from alcohol helps addicted people.

CROATIA
Zagreb Regia held its first Congress with an attendance of 70. Reports from praesidia and councils recorded many miracles of grace, 5 married couples reconciled, one as a result of Pilgrimage statue visitation; 2 ladies reconciled with the Church after 40 years; two new praesidia and a new Curia with 4 praesidia. A junior Curia held its own Acies with an attendance of 50.

SLOVENIA
A PPC project by Senatus of Austria was carried out from 1st to 6th June.

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia: 7 legionaries took their Promise in the new Varis praesidium.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia has 5 Comitia, 10 Curia and 24 praesidia attached. The sick and elderly are visited and helped to receive the Sacraments. One praesidium has an apostolate to Roma children. Legionaries lead 2 youth groups of mentally and physically retarded youth.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium: 50 legionaries attended the Annual Retreat. 8 new members were recruited and a junior praesidium with 6 members was set up. Works include, home visitation and street contact. Legionaries take a special-needs boy to Sunday Mass. A family was prepared for the Sacraments and now all family members are regular Church attenders. Jelgava Curia has 2 praesidia.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium: Arrangements were made for a couple in their mid- seventies to be married in the Church. The council is planning to start an apostolate to women caught up in prostitution.
Telsia Comitium: Numerous returns to the Sacraments were recorded, some after 5, 10 and 30 years, among them a 90 year old lady. On world day of the sick 38 people were helped to receive the Sacraments.

POLAND
Warsaw Comitium: Some new praesidia in the Gdansk Region gives prospects for erection of a new Curia there. Legionaries from the Comitium take part annually on PPC projects to Slovakia. Lublin Regia: The Regia took part in the preparation for World Youth Day, distributing Miraculous Medals with leaflets in Russian and English. They hosted 4 foreign groups in 2 Deaneries.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia: Their apostolate consists mainly in visitation of the sick and elderly, preparing them for the Sacraments, recitation of the Rosary at Funerals, organising Eucharistic Adoration and helping with the work of Radio Maria.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Dromore Comitium: One praesidium visits nursing homes, a hospital in Newry and schools with members of other praesidia. Warrenpoint praesidium members visit homes with a Pilgrim statue, distribute Miraculous Medals, visit Catholic schools in Newry and show DVDs on the Eucharist and the Miraculous Medal. They have 50 auxiliaries.
Navan Comitium: A praesidium with 6 members 5 of whom are Praetorians has 55 auxiliaries. They visited 200 homes, assisted with children’s Adoration in the parish and organised parish Group Rosaries in October. 10 homes hosted such Rosaries. A Confirmation class was visited and given a talk on the Pioneers and 11 enrolled as young Pioneers. A praesidium in Kells does home and Nursing Home visitation. Trim legionaries encouraged non-believers to return to practice and promoted a Holy Door Pilgrimage.
Derry Comitium: A reporting praesidium has 7 members, 40 auxiliaries, and 2 Praetorians. Most of their work involves visiting residential homes. Another praesidium has 12 members, 41 auxiliaries and 2 Adjutorians. Among the many works are home visitation and Pilgrim statue work. Longtower praesidium does home and Pilgrim statue visitation and visits the local Psychiatric Hospital. Inishowen Curia has 54 members in its 9 praesidia. Works include home, Pilgrim statue and hospital visitation.
Raphoe Comitium has one attached Curia and 10 praesidia. A reporting praesidium in Letterkenny has 5 members and 113 auxiliaries. They visit homes, nursing homes, the sick and housebound, a Hospice and Hostels. In South West Raphoe Curia the Bruckless Mission and Legion team helped in the preparations for the parish Mission; turnout for the Mission was good.

CURIAE

Leitrim Curia: A junior praesidium has 9 children on roll who help to make Rosary beads, some of which were sent to Portlaoise Prison. The Jewish husband of a lady who helped to make these beads while ill in hospital requested to see a priest and received Baptism a few days before his death. A senior praesidium has 8 members, 5 of whom are Praetorians and they have 50 auxiliaries. Works include, home visitation using the parish Newsletter and Year of Mercy leaflets. The Rosary was taught to children in a Primary School. Their monthly Patricians had up to 10 people in attendance.
Clogher Curia: They have 6 praesidia attached. Two praesidia reported an increase in membership, one gained 3 and another 2 new members. Lisnaskea, Scotstown and Ederney praesidia have a combined membership of 21. Works include visiting homes where either parents or children are affected by addiction problems. Miraculous Medals and religious literature are given out. A youth who got into trouble was given help. Legionaries speak on the importance of prayer and encourage the lapsed to return to practice. During the year refugee families were brought to Mass.
Clonmacnoise Curia: The works of the 3 praesidia attached include visits to a Nursing Home and visiting First Communion and Confirmation classes in the schools. Six members did contact work on Pattern Day; they met a lot of visitors and a number of young people. Mount Temple legionaries organised a family Mass in their own Church and hope to continue every month.
Armagh Curia: (Archdiocese of Armagh). The July meeting included a discussion on trying to recruit auxiliaries as active members.
Drogheda Curia: To mark the 1,000th meeting of the Curia, Holy Mass was concelebrated before the August meeting by their Spiritual Director, Fr. Derek O’Connell and former Spiritual Director, Fr. Joe Heffernan. Following a course of preparation for Total Consecration to Mary Mass was celebrated in the Dominican Church on 31 May. A commemoration of the late Legion Envoy Sr. Kathleen Allen included Mass on 12 June and a ceremony at her graveside on 21 June. Many contacts were made at a Shopping Centre book barrow. The praesidium meeting in Mellifont Abbey, Collon, organised candlelight processions on 15th August and 8th December. Works include, home visitation and visits to the elderly. They distributed Miraculous Medals in the Primary School to children preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Dundalk Curia: The works of a reporting praesidium with 9 members include Altar Society and other Church work, visitation of hospitals and nursing homes. The parish Pastoral Council organised a parish visitation to all homes in the parish and invited Legion participation. A Mass was organised by a praesidium to celebrate Frank Duff’s birthday on 7th June. Fr. Griffen from Faughart attended the July Curia meeting and requested Curia help in promoting the Novena of Hope by visiting homes. Another praesidium with 6 members visited homes in 2 parishes and encouraged the lapsed to return.
Immaculata Curia: (Diocese of Down & Connor). Bishop Noel Traynor has given permission for the Curia to be raised to Comitium. They are planning a second Youth Conference on 22nd October.
Down Curia: On the invitation of the local Parish Priest, legionaries from the Curia took part in home visitation in Ardglass parish. 140 homes were visited. Many lapsed promised to return to Mass. The Kilkeel praesidium has 6 members and 14 auxiliaries. There are 3 Fatima statues in circulation, and many families have said that they experienced peace and comfort from having the presence of Our Lady in their homes.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE

Ancilla Domini Curia were pleased with the attendance at the Vigil in St. Nicholas of Myra Church on Sept 9th to commemorate the Legion’s founding, while one week later on Culture Night, up to 200 people visited Myra House. Two legionaries in the local praesidium do street contact outside the Legion house every Saturday using the Miraculous Medal and offering a guided tour of the house. A cumulative 19 people attended the last two Pauline Circle meetings, including 4 non-Catholics. In another praesidium two Patrician meetings had 12 patricians and 3 legionaries in attendance.

Annunciata Curia: A discussion on the student praesidium in UCD took place at the August meeting. Last academic year, it had 4 student members and a retired Diocesan priest as Spiritual Director, with a Curia officer regularly attending. Suggestions included writing to all Irish Councils so that former junior legionaries attending UCD might join the University praesidium. A praesidium of 6 active and 90 auxiliary members organised a ceremony in July at which 19 people were invested with the Brown Scapular. As a result of two Shopping Centre projects, the praesidium had one visitor and encountered two ladies interested in undertaking the RCIA course. A cumulative 37 patricians and 9 legionaries attended 4 meetings.

Gloriosa Curia: Four new officers were appointed to a 1-year-old praesidium; Four new officers were also appointed to the reconvened NUI Maynooth praesidium. The Maynooth parish praesidium has 7 full members, despite three members transferring during the year to start a new praesidium in Kilcock, attached to Kildare Curia. Legionaries contact students on the street. The manager of a Shopping Centre allowed the erection of a crib and has now decided to buy a new enlarged crib.

Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: The parish Project run on 3rd and 4th September proved a great success, with 49 legionaries from the Archdiocese and Drogheda taking part. Religious packs were delivered to 2,400 homes and almost 1,000 householders were contacted. In addition many parishioners were trained in the art of home visitation. The parish Pastoral Council was deeply grateful for the Project. Separately, Edel Quinn and Frank Duff Prayer Meetings had 10 and 6 respectively in attendance. A praesidium doing home visitation delivers 100 Maria Legionis and brings nursing home residents to Mass in the nearby Church every Friday. They gave Miraculous Medals and Rosary Beads to the Holy Communion and Confirmation classes in the local school.
Immaculata Curia: The Curia Annual Outing was to the Venerable Mother Mary Aikenhead Centre, Harold’s Cross. A Recruiting Drive included home visitation with help from visiting Colombian and other South American legionaries. 23 legionaries and 37 patricians attended 6 Patrician meetings. Sr. Mary Quinn, an active legionary, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. The main work of one praesidium continues to be home visitation; all 6 praesidium members did the 33 day TDM preparation and made the subsequent Consecration.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: A shrine has been put in place in one Church in honour of Venerable Edel Quinn and Mother Mary Martin. 80 people attended the Annual Retreat for the disabled. A praesidium of 7 full members has two Praetorians. Legionaries continue to be members of the Baptism Team, visiting families on four occasions. They also co-ordinate Eucharistic Adoration in a neighbouring parish, preparing Adoration Sheets with a thought for each day based on the Saint of that day; an Intentions Box has proved a great success. A praesidium of 6 members continues with a public Rosary outside the parish Church every Saturday followed by street contact; this enterprise commenced in 1979. Two legionaries accompany Secondary School students in a city centre late-night Soup Run; they speak and pray with addicts and give them sacramentals. A Traveller Halting Site has been regularly visited.

Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The Bray praesidium visits four nursing homes. 50 families accepted their Pilgrim statue during the year. They held a gathering to celebrate the end of the Year of Consecrated Life last October at which 20 attended. Seven Confirmation children were enrolled as Pioneers.

Assumpta Curia: A paper on the Curia area’s links with Edel Quinn began the discussion at the August Curia meeting.The main works of a praesidium of 5 active and 8 Adjutorian members are home visitation, a monthly Frank Duff Prayer Meeting and the sale of Irish Catholic newspapers.

AFRICA

BURUNDI
Senatus of Gitaga: Work on completion of the Senatus building is on-going.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Bangui: Reports indicate that the area is emerging from the trauma of unrest and the sudden tragic death of their President Jean Ougaza. Reports include a litany of conversions with news of events beginning to flow in again from attached councils. The Archbishop of Bangui, Mgr. Dieudonné Nzapalainga, has been honoured by the Holy Father with the rank of Cardinal.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Senatus of Butembo: Reports from 12 councils and 2 praesidia give details of home visitation, recitation of public Rosaries, an apostolate to agricultural workers and street girls and enrolling of children for catechesis. Four abortions were prevented, 7 adults and 160 children baptised, and 26 alcoholics helped with their addictions; two of them were later Confirmed. 8 Protestants were converted to the Catholic Church, many marriages blessed, couples reconciled and prayers taught to juniors. The Senatus President and 7 officers from attached councils undertook an apostolic visit to the Dioceses of Bunia and Mahagi-Nioka from 22-28 August to give formation sessions to young legionaries on taking up officerships. Subjects covered included youth conduct, duties of officers and the history of the Legion. The Senatus has forwarded the statistics requested by Concilium regarding the formation of a Regia in the Diocese of Bunia. Prayers are requested for those killed in a massacre in the town of Beni on 13 August caused by insurgents from some neighbouring countries. The Papal Nuncio and Hierarchy gathered in the Diocese to console people who had lost family members and friends in the massacre and to pray for unity.

Senatus of Bukavu: Activities reported on include, the organising of 6 Cenacles, 6 Retreats and a session for the training of Legion officers. The 25th anniversary celebration of founding of the Legion in the Regia of Goma took place in Notre Dame de l’Afrique in Kaitoy with numerous legionaries from all corners of Goma being present as well as representatives from the Senatus of Bukavu. Two Pilgrimages were organised by legionaries and conducted by the Archbishop of Bukavu, Mgr. Francois Zavier Maroy, one to a Marian Shrine and the other to the Cathedral’s Holy Door to mark the Year of Mercy. 1,850 prisoners were visited and helped in the prisons of Bukavu, Kabare and Walungu. Problems mentioned are those of illness, old age and poverty.

Kinshasa Senatus: Elections of new Senatus officers are due in December next, except for that of President which falls due in October of next year.

Kisangani Senatus: Visitation and counselling of families is of primary concern as they consider the family the cradle of vocations. 3 Comitia, with average membership of 500 each, gave their reports. 118 families were reconciled, 108 couples married in Church, 495 persons baptised and 20 Confirmed. 110 bereaved families were consoled and the sick were visited in hospitals. On 29th of May 1,003 legionaries visited 3,000 prisoners. 12 Catechists prepared children for Sacraments. 5,000 took part in the Acies. Councils are being visited on a regular basis with new councils being set up.

Katanga Senatus: This Senatus, otherwise known as the Senatus of Kasai, governs the Legion in West and East Kasai. Minutes indicate systematic visitation of attached Curiae (with 7 visited, plus 1 junior) and Comitia (with 4 visited. including the junior Comitium) in the four month period. The affiliated Regia of Mouji-Mayi reported 9 new praesidia. The Spiritual Director of the Senatus, Abbe Pierre Tchinbombo Mudiba, celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his priesthood on 5th of July at St. Peter and Paul Church, Biancky.

REUNION (MADAGASCAR)
Réunion is now affiliated to the newly formed Paris Senatus in charge of countries which are French Départements, as is Réunion .They still however care-take the island of Madascascar, which is not a French Département. The Comitium has 2 Curiae including a junior Curia and 16 praesidia. Works include: catechesis, visits to the sick and aged, accompanying priests for Confession and Last Sacraments, leading Stations of the Cross during Lent, organising Family Rosary groups, and praying with the bereaved in mortuaries. They report many miracles of grace through prayer, including the deathbed conversion of a man 30 years away from the Sacraments, and a legionary who came out of a coma who is making a good recovery. A young couple who had been living together for nine years had ceased practising. The man was Confirmed after 2 years of instruction and the couple later married in Church. Concilium is indebted to Sr. Seychelles for her faithful service as correspondent over many years.

RWANDA
Senatus of Kigali: Nearly every council and praesidium mentions juniors and intermediates. Some of the Comitia are very big and might need to be split. For example Comitium Kiziguro, which itself was split from Comitium Byumba, has 18 directly attached praesidia, 30 Curiae and 65 junior praesidia, giving a total of nearly 5,500 active senior members. Comitium Kanyanza, split from Comitium Kabgayi, has 31 attached praesidia and 20 Curiae, giving 206 senior praesidia, with another 10 in Secondary Schools and 126 junior praesidia.
Two new Curiae were set up.

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: The Annual Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lujan is a whole day event and includes contact work with pilgrims and tourists alike. The master and apprentice system is used during this work. Legionaries visiting a hospital prayed to Alfie Lambe with a man who had to have both legs amputated. All his family took part in the prayers. The day before the planned operation doctors reported that both legs were perfect. The man has now returned to work.

Cordoba Senatus: A praesidium based in the city of Cordoba visits homes and businesses with a statue of Our Lady and are well received. One of the Senatus officers has sourced Vexillum stems in Mexico and they are to have the globe and base made locally in Cordoba.

Salta Senatus: The youth committee of the Senatus is very active working amongst teenagers and young adults. There are a good percentage of young legionaries in the Senatus area. Many praesidia do heroic work in barrios with very high percentage of drugs and alcoholism. Some of the young legionaries who do this work have themselves recovered from these vices and give their testimonies to those visited.

Corrientes Regia: A search in on-going for someone to act as Incola Mariae in Obera in the distant region of Las Misiones. A Curia of nine praesidia carry out street contact in an activity called “Pesca Milagrosa” (Miraculous Fishing). They also organised public Rosaries and visited hospitals, clinics and prisons.
Rosario Regia: Diana Martinez, Vice President of the Regia, visited the Concilium and helped with the translation of the Legion Statutes into Spanish. Each year the Regia has a big attendance of active and auxiliary members at the Anniversary celebrations in September. This year the juniors did a little play called ‘Praesidium in Heaven’, and dressed up in the clothes of 1921.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus covers two States in the eastern Amazonian region. On visitation, seven per cent of those met, were Protestants, all of whom welcomed the visits from the legionaries. A Comitium in a Marian Sanctuary reports 100 active members, 60 Praetorians, 83 Adjutorians and 483 auxiliaries. Legionary Ministers of the Eucharist bring Holy Communion to the sick and old. On visitation the Rosary is recited and Scripture is read.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: Visits were made to 24 men with the name Joseph and to two carpenters; legionaries spoke to them about St. Joseph. Works recorded included 10,526 home visits, 274 Enthronements to the Sacred Heart, visits to 1,989 children and youths in homes, plus 17 prison visits. An apostolate took place at the exit of three schools contacting parents. The conversion of a non-Catholic family was reported after the Legion visit with an image of Our Lady following a novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Fortaleza Senatus: Among works undertaken were visits to AIDS victims, mainly children, non-Catholics, the elderly and prisoners, plus contact with drug users. 56 children were prepared for First Holy Communion and 17 young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: A meeting for young legionaries had an attendance of 60. Two meetings of Spiritual Directors’ were organised. Of 395 people invited to join the Legion, 89 became active members and 35 auxiliary members. Legionaries prepared 16 young people and 36 adults for the Sacrament of Baptism and arranged Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in 20 homes. An Evangelical lady returned to the Catholic Church.

Recife Senatus: The Archbishop of Recife, Dom Fernando Saburido O.S.B., along with 900 legionaries, took part in the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the founding of the Legion in Recife. Eighteen Spiritual Directors took part in a special Conference, which was attended also by Bishop Edson, the Brazilian Hierarchy’s representative to the Legion. The Regia of Alagoas held a three-day Conference of young legionaries which had an attendance of 400.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: In addition to its four Regiae, nine Comitia and seven Curiae in its own area, the Senatus has ten Curiae with 122 praesidia in the western Amazonian region. In Leopoldina city shops and bars were included in visitation and Exploratio Dominicalis projects. In the Leme suburb of Rio the book barrow was used to distribute religious literature and parish notices. Porters in apartment buildings were invited to the Men’s Rosary.

Salvador Senatus: Two Curiae were raised to Comitia. The Senatus organised a Peregrinatio Pro Christo 9-17 July in Wenceslau, Guimarães, BA, during which contact was made with Protestants, Catholics and people of no religion on visitation of 326 homes and on street contact. A praesidium of 18 members was set up. Among works reported were Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes, a course on the Sacrament of Baptism for parents and godparents, visits to Protestants, organising Bible Circles, and Exploratio Dominicalis.

São Luis Senatus: Reports show 17,390 visits and 10,254 revisits to families with problems, non-Catholics, the bereaved, the sick at home, the elderly, children, single mothers, widows, people on drugs, and an apostolate to street girls and prisoners. Many people were prepared for the Sacraments.
São Paulo Senatus: Reports from attached councils show 393 prisoners contacted on 228 visits by one Comitium and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in 480 homes, by another Comitium. Legionaries in Santo Amaro visited 3,835 homes and commercial premises. There is a weekly apostolate to prostitutes. The Regia of Cuiabá reported that 18 children and 13 adults received First Holy Communion. Apostolate to prisoners and their families was reported from the Regia of Campo Grande.
Brasilia Regia: Catechesis was given to 32 pupils, six of whom were prepared for Holy Communion. The elderly were visited. A new junior Curia was set up in the interior city of Araguatins.

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Elections of Concilium Treasurer and Concilium Assistant Secretary
October 2016

ELECTION OF CONCILIUM TREASURER

An election took place for Treasures of Concilium. Nominations were taken and Patrick O’Donoghue was proposed and seconded for this office. As there were no other nominations, Patrick O’Donoghue was declared elected for a three-year term.

ELECTION OF CONCILIUM ASSISTANT SECRETARY

An election took place for Assistant Secretary of Concilium in charge of Provincial Ireland and Europe.  Nominations were taken and Liam Hayden was proposed and seconded for this office. As there were no other nominations, Liam Hayden was declared elected for a second three-year term.

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Allocutio at September 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
October 2016

The Vocation and Mission of the Auxiliary Member
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The Handbook has some very compelling statements concerning the place and value of the auxiliary members of the Legion. For instance it says: ‘It is an essential duty of the praesidium to raise up and preserve around itself a strong body of auxiliaries… The praesidium is incomplete without them.’ (p.89). In other words, auxiliary members are not just highly recommended or supremely useful to the Legion but are essential to its existence. The praesidium is incomplete without them; something essential is lacking. The Handbook explains: ‘View a regiment of soldiers, well officered, courageous, perfectly disciplined and armed, suggesting an irresistible strength! Yet in itself that regiment represents only a short-lived efficiency. It depends from day to day on a great supporting host of workers who furnish it with munitions, food, clothing and medical help. Cut away from these services, what will a few days of conflict do with that fine body of soldiers?’

What that supporting host is to the regiment, the auxiliaries are to the praesidium. Perhaps that is one reason why a praesidium may sometimes seem unable to recruit new active members or undertake some really significant apostolic work: it has not got a back-up of a truly committed group of auxiliaries praying for them.

Reflection on what the Handbook says about auxiliary members can illuminate some of the deepest convictions of the Legion and its founder Frank Duff. Let me list some of these insights with a brief comment from the Handbook.

First, the auxiliary member bears witness to the Legion conviction concerning the power and necessity of prayer. ‘Abide in me and you will bear much fruit.’ Without me you can do nothing.’ These are the words of Our Lord. It is basic Gospel spirituality and the Legion is firmly rooted in this principle. For the active legionary this prayer life must issue forth in active apostolic work but it must never be without it. There is a line in the Handbook that says: ‘He who prays helps all the souls of men.’ (p95). Imagine if the Legion could get a whole army of auxiliaries engaged in the apostolate of prayer – the influence on the world would be enormous.

Secondly, many auxiliaries give witness to the Legion conviction concerning what the Handbook calls the apostolate of suffering: ‘So the legionary will unfold the idea of the apostleship of suffering. The patients should be taught to busy themselves in the spiritual affairs of the world, offering the treasures of their suffering for its myriad needs, and conducting a campaign whose force must be irresistible because it is at once prayer and penance.’ Of course, the apostleship of suffering must be offered to all we meet in hospitals and every kind of health centre, but the Legion must always have an eye to inviting people who suffer in so many different ways to become auxiliary members of the Legion for their own benefit and that of the Legion.

Thirdly, the vocation to auxiliary membership illustrates the conviction of the Legion concerning the universal call to holiness and the universal call to mission. The Handbook says: ‘It should be the object of every presidium to bring every Catholic in its area into auxiliary membership.’ Elsewhere it says we must invite priests, religious and laity to membership. Underlying these sentences is the profound desire of Frank Duff to mobilise the whole Catholic population to mission. Of course, there are many other ways besides the Legion of seeking holiness and in engaging in mission, but the question remains, is the entire Catholic population in a state of mission? The Legion seeks to turn this ideal into a reality. The Legion is determined to help auxiliary members to become saints and to be involved in the salvation of souls. As the Handbook puts it: ‘The Legion’s call to the active member to be ‘ever on duty for souls’ is addressed likewise to auxiliaries.’ (p.102).

Fourthly, we come to an indispensable task of the Legion: spreading a true devotion to Mary, facilitating an authentic friendship between Mary and another soul. This is the special gift that the Legion offers everyone we meet and especially our auxiliary members. Promoting a true relationship to Mary is a most effective means of leading souls to holiness and ultimate salvation. There are several inspiring passages of the Handbook on Mary and the auxiliary member of the Legion. Let me quote just one: ‘Likewise in the full development of the auxiliary soldiers of Mary, the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin should at least be explained to them. Many of them might be glad to undertake the fuller service of her which entails the giving of their spiritual treasures to her whom God has already appointed his own treasurer. Where is the room for misgiving, because Mary’s intentions are the interests of the Sacred Heart.. They take in every need of the Church. They cover the whole apostolate. They extend the whole world over. They descend also to the Holy Souls biding their time in the abode of Purgatory. Zeal for Mary’s intentions is comprehensive care for the needs of Our Lord’s Body. For she is no less the solicitous Mother than she was in the days of Nazareth. Conformed to her intentions, one goes straight to the goal, which is God’s will. But making one’s own approach, what a tortuous route results: will it ever bring one to the journey’s end?

It would take many more Allocutios to do any kind of justice to the theme of auxiliary membership of the Legion, but let me finish this one by quoting once more from the Handbook concerning the fact that although the Legion gains immensely from auxiliary members the benefits to the auxiliary himself/herself are immensely greater: ‘However generously the auxiliary may give to the Legion, nevertheless he/she receives one hundred-fold, one thousand-fold, one million-fold in return. And how is this? It is because the Legion teaches its auxiliaries – no less than its active members how great is Mary, enlists them in soldierly service for her, and makes them love her properly. All this is something so great that words like ‘million-fold’ do not measure the gain. It raises the spiritual life to a higher plane, and thereby assures a more glorious eternity.’ Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin September 2016
October 2016

ASIA REPORT

ARMENIA
Fr. Bernardo de Nardo reports that the visit by Pope Francis was a great blessing. Visits to Georgia and Azerbaijan may also yield opportunities for the Church to grow. A former legionary was recently ordained and is now the Spiritual Director of Gyumri praesidium. Other priests contacted by Fr. Bernardo are open to the idea of introducing the Legion. However, assistance is needed in the way of someone coming to help with extension.

GEORGIA
News came of the death of the dedicated Spiritual Director of the Legion in Ude Arali Vale, Fr. Jerzy. The Bishop, Monsignor Pasotto, is open to further development of the Legion and would welcome extension workers.

HOLY LAND
An Administrative Conference was held. Comitium reports were taken from praesidia in Jericho, Jaffa, Ramallah and Galilee. Works include: visitation to the sick and encouraging people to return to Mass and the Sacraments. Efforts are being made to set up junior praesidia in Beithanina and Jerusalem.

PAKISTAN
Karachi Curia has 26 praesidia attached. They are looking at the possibility of setting up a second Curia. Where literacy is encountered the Handbook is read by a member and sections are committed to memory.

SRI LANKA
Lanka Comitium has 13 Curiae, 3,207 active and 4,552 auxiliary members. 200 families returned to the Sacraments. 30 auxiliaries were recruited, homes and Institutions were visited. During the year, 750 legionaries organised the cleaning of wards and premises of a Mental Hospital.

MYANMAR
The Handbook is being updated, and the correspondent is encouraging regular communication.

THAILAND
Good contact is being made with people of various religions. An atheist was Baptised and a lapsed Catholic returned to the faith. A Buddist lady asked for Baptism before her Catholic husband died and she is now a staunch Catholic.

VIETNAM
Ban Me Thout Regia covers 2 Dioceses with peoples of several ethnic origins; the council has a total Legion membership of 8,964 seniors and 3,118 juniors.
Nha-Trang Regia also covers 2 Dioceses with 3,681 seniors and 2,097 juniors. The majority of legionaries are Vietnamese, but membership also includes people such as Chinese living in this part of Vietnam.

INDIA
Calcutta Comitium is in touch with legionaries in Bangladesh.
Pondicherry Senatus: Works include village evangelisation, visiting prisoners, those with Aids and leprosy, people with mental health problems and an outreach to many individuals of other faiths.
Chennai Regia: Chingleput Comitium reported homes enthroned to the Sacred Heart, preparation for Sacraments, visiting homes and contact with non- Catholics.
Karnataka Senatus: The prayer for the Beatification of Frank Duff has been translated into Konkani. All legionaries are encouraged to read and understand the Handbook. The annual audit was sent to Concilium.
Kerala Senatus comprises 17 Comitia, 12 Curiae and 13 praesidia. The three Causes are promoted, and the standard works of evangelisation are carried out. Mumbai Senatus: Home visitation is undertaken and the Sacraments are promoted. Many good results were achieved from prison visitation. Nepal Curia: All 4 praesidia in Nepal visit homes and hospitals.
Visakpathnam Comitium accepted the invitation of the Concilium to consider higher status. Many and varied works are carried out.
Tiruchy Comitium, situated in southern India comprises 9 Curiae, 15 senior praesidia and 1 junior praesidium. Marriages were rectified, families reunited, homes and hospitals visited and catechism taught. 40 Catholics, 6 Hindus and 3 Moslems were helped to overcome drug addiction.


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EUROPE

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia: Extension efforts continue. An English-speaking praesidium runs Patricians, while members of the Portuguese praesidium do home visitation and visit the sick. The praesidia in Limburg are progressing well.

BELGIUM
Antwerp Regia: Efforts are to be made to start the Legion in the Diocese of Bruges. Contact work continues around Antwerp Cathedral and at Youth Festivals.
Brussels: Belgian and French legionaries took part in a PPC project to Namur. In Liege home and hospital visitation is carried out. A Rwandan couple had their children Baptised. Work for street girls is on-going.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: On 28 April a Mass took place to commemorate St. Louis Marie de Montfort followed by a DVD. The “Night Fever” events brought 90 people to the Church. A priest was available for Confession. Oxford praesidium has 9 members; Sheldon legionaries work for the Travelling Community. In Coventry a lapsed Catholic who accepted the Pilgrim Statue into her home now says the Rosary every day. In Birmingham the juniors are becoming more confident in reaching out to others. Swansea Curia has 5 praesidia attached. Crowd contact at bus and train stations, street rescue and the apostolate to homosexuals was mentioned. Northampton Comitium: A new praesidium with 14 members has been set up.
Liverpool Senatus: Middlesbrough legionaries reported 4 people received into the Church. Recitation of the Rosary in schools and bringing the Blessed Eucharist to nursing homes featured in reports. Manchester Comitium carried out extension in Sweden on behalf of Concilium. Other works include the book barrow, juniors, home and hospital visitation and celebration of the Year of Mercy. Stockbridge, report a number of probationers. A praesidium helped a lady towards the RCIA course.
Southwark Comitium has 5 Curiae, and 8 praesidia. The council organises Patricians and a monthly Rosary for the beatification of Edel Quinn. A mother and daughter received the Sacraments following visitation. A lady and her two sons became Catholics having done the RCIA course. A new praesidium was set up in Norbury.
Brentwood Comitium: A praesidium of 9 members has a junior praesidium attached. During school holidays the juniors do home visitation with senior members. Distribution of Miraculous Medals to First Communicants and Confirmation classes is reported by a number of praesidia. A Curia attached to the Comitium has 11 senior and 4 junior praesidia with 246 auxiliary members, 9 of whom are Adjutorians. The praesidium in Essex University is attached to this Curia; two members of the Curia attend the meeting each week. 5 members of the Curia went on PPC this year.
Hammersmith Curia: Legionaries take Holy Communion to residents in a care-home and once a month serve breakfast after Mass. A praesidium of 9 members has 7 Praetorians. West Middlesex Curia: Works of the praesidium in Hayes include home and hospital visitation, running the Repository and leading the Rosary in a Cemetery in November. Southall praesidium has 22 members and a junior praesidium. They are busy at Christmas with Carol singing; the work of juniors includes preparation of the Parish Newsletter. Brent and Harrow Curia: The correspondent visited the council. Central London Curia: Good contacts were made on home and hospital visitation and they held celebrations to mark Our Lady’s birthday. The Rosary is recited at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park and the Curia held a Congress in June.

SCOTLAND
Contact work at the Christmas Crib was mentioned by Ayrshire Curia. Glasgow University praesidium members reported on prison visitation, and contact work in parks and public gardens. New members from overseas await Police Vetting. In Greenock legionaries meet lapsed Catholics and present a card reading, “Jesus knows who I am and He loves me” to those they meet.

FRANCE
Paris Regia had an attendance of 150 at the Acies and to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of St. Louis Marie de Montfort organised a Pilgrimage in his footsteps. The Regia was inaugurated as a Senatus on 10 September. Aire and Dax Regia: The new Rector in Lourdes has asked the Legion to do contact work at the perimeter of the sanctuary. A planning Conference with the Bishops will take place in November.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: Legionaries assisted the Austrian Senatus in reprinting the Handbook. PPC projects were held in Leipzig and Erfurt. A new praesidium has been set up while another re-started. A young adults’ website is being developed to promote prayer for peace. Cologne Regia is organising a Conference of Spiritual Directors for October. In Berlin young adults are prepared for Baptism.
Freiburg Comitium: Guitar lessons help as a means of contact with refugees in the area and the marriage was arranged for a couple living together for 60 years.

SIBERIA
The Siberian Curia has 5 praesidia and the Tessera is being translated.

Kazakhanstan has 6 praesidia in the Curia.

Switzerland: There is 1 Curia in the German-speaking zone with 14 praesidia. A PPC project is planned for October.

NORWAY
Tonsberg: Queen of Peace praesidium has 7 active members, I probationer and 23 auxiliaries. Good contact is kept with the auxiliaries; legionaries pray the Legion prayers with them. Catechism classes are given to 12 children. Providing transport to Sunday Masses for those who need it, visiting hospitals, the housebound and many other Church activities are included in their apostolate.
Drammen: Queen of the Most Holy Rosary praesidium has 7 members. House to house Rosaries, Bible sharing and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart are on-going. A Marian Procession was held through the centre of the town of Drammen where a good number of parishioners of different nationalities were present. A representative of each nationality led a decade of the Rosary in his/her national language. The procession stopped in the middle of the busy park and a legionary spoke about Our Lady, after which songs were sung in different languages.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Cloyne Comitium: An MEP project in Cobh on 27-28th June was considered a great success. 35 legionaries took part with Fr. Joe Rohan as Spiritual Director. 2,394 homes were visited and 1,717 Miraculous Medals distributed; 12 people showed interest in Legion membership. East Cloyne Curia: Rathcormac praesidium has 8 members and is engaged in home visitation with the Fatima Statue, also hospital visitation, Church Liturgy, Children’s Liturgy and promotion of the Pioneers. West Cloyne Curia: The Ballyhea Parish visitation project prior to the Parish Retreat was a great success. A former Curia member is studying for the priesthood.
Cork Comitium: Reporting praesidia run a junior and senior boys’ clubs for 8-12 and 13-17 year olds. The Rosary is recited with patients in a Care Home and the Fatima Statue brought to homes in one parish. Muire na Gras Curia: One family in a parish takes the Fatima Statue for an extended period and rotates it between family members. A person very ill with cancer attributed her cure to Our Lady of Fatima. Queen of Peace Curia: All of the reporting praesidia do home visitation; one praesidium runs a weekly Edel Quinn prayer group for young adults and is making efforts to set up a young person’s praesidium. Coronata Curia: Members of one praesidium are involved in training and taking care of altar servers in the parish. Another praesidium prepared an enactment of the Stations of the Cross; one member is on the Parish Council and another is a member of the RCIA. A discussion was held on “The Year of Mercy.”
Kerry Comitium: The Procession with Our Lady of Fatima Statue through Killarney continues on the 13th of each month until October. Legionaries recite the Rosary and do contact work during the Procession. A young legionary has undertaken to promote the three Causes on behalf of Kerry Comitium. Another young legionary has become a full time promoter for Radio Maria in Dublin. Under the auspices of Killarney Parish and with the permission of the Parish Priest, legionaries visited the three Secondary Schools and invited transition year students to visit nursing homes in the area. 36 students on a rota basis took part in this work with the legionaries. At the request of the Parish Priest legionaries in Genflesk praesidium visit the schools each May and talk to 3rd class pupils to recruit for altar servers; they are also involved in the training and preparation of rotas for altar-servers.
Mid Clare Comitium: On the First Friday of the month one reporting praesidium prepares the Altar for Eucharistic Adoration, co-ordinates and participates in the Adoration. 18 members of the Comitium attended the August meeting. East Clare Curia: Two Patrician meetings were held based on the catechism for adults. West Clare Curia: The Curia plans to hire a caravan to facilitate legionaries doing contact work during the ‘Willy Clancy Week’ Festival.
Thurles Comitium: The work of one reporting praesidium includes visitation of the sick and organising Eucharistic Adoration. Some members are on the Pastoral Council. Works of a praesidium with 9 members include home and hospital visitation; the Pilgrim Statue is brought to homes and to the local school. Works of a praesidium in Templemore includes looking after the town’s Crib and running Patricians. A junior praesidium works with the senior legionaries on hospital visitation. The Comitium Congress with the theme, “True Devotion to Mary.” took place on Saturday 3 September in the Pallotine Retreat Centre, Thurles, with excellent participation; Bishop Kieran O’Reilly, who attended the morning assembly said he encountered the Legion while ministering in Africa, adding that the organisation is very strong in French-speaking parts of Africa. The Concilium was represented by three Officers. Tipperary Curia: Four successful MEP projects have been undertaken. Murroe Curia: Home visitation and organising Eucharistic Adoration were included in the reports. Cashel Curia: Reports were received from four praesidia, including the two in Clonmel. Promotion of Venerable Edel Quinn’s Cause is on-going.

CURIAE

Limerick Curia: The work of one reporting praesidium includes the sale of Catholic newspapers, visitation of the elderly and door-to-door visitation, which at the Parish Priest’s request included distributing Parish Directories. They had posters printed of Mass times throughout Limerick and distributed them around all the hotels in the city with smaller versions placed in many Churches and B & B outlets within and on the outskirts of Limerick City.
Lismore Curia: Lismore praesidium undertook recruiting at the Vigil Mass and Sunday morning Masses. A member of the praesidium spoke at all Masses and the Parish Priest also spoke words of encouragement. Prayer cards were distributed to Leaving Certificate students. The Rosary was recited at Our Lady’s grotto in Dungarvan each Friday in May with a good attendance.
Ross Curia: Fr. Eamon McCarthy attended the May Curia meeting and in his address thanked the members for their membership and said there had been many vocations to the priesthood through membership of the Legion. He encouraged the promotion of Eucharistic Adoration and the cause of Frank Duff. The Curia organised a Pilgrimage to the Holy Door in Cork. The praesidium in Timoleague has 7 members whose works include hospital visitation, Church cleaning and sale of Catholic newspapers. Miraculous Medals were given to First Holy Communion children. During the month of May the Rosary was recited nightly at Our Lady’s Well with Mass on the final night.
Waterford Curia: This council has 4 praesidia attached. Their May Procession was very successful. Following the blessing of an Estate in one parish two lapsed families came to Mass the next Sunday. An Exploratio Dominicalis to this parish on 16th July had 8 legionaries taking part. They visited 105 homes. 10 lapsed and 2 potential active members were encountered. Three officers of the Curia and a member attended the August Concilium meeting.
Roscrea Curia: A praesidium with 7 members looks after Citeaux Hall in Roscrea, organises Patricians and does hospital and nursing home visitation. They helped out at the Youth 2000 Retreat in Mount St. Joseph’s Abbey, Roscrea. Kinnitty praesidium has 6 members and 6 auxiliaries. Works include Church tasks, organising Pilgrimages and promoting the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association in schools.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

Presentata Curia: A praesidium of seven members runs a weekly social in Presentata House for residents of various local hostels; besides songs and dancing, hymns are sung and a decade of the Rosary is recited. Other works include home visitation, a public Rosary in May and maintaining the garden of Presentata House. A Regina Coeli Hostel praesidium has 6 full and 2 probationary members; three are Praetorians. Apart from regular Hostel duties, they organised a Retreat during which many residents went to Confession. A praesidium of six full members distributes six Maria Legionis; they have sixty auxiliary members to whom they write once a year. One member is on the Pastoral Council. Home visitation is done and a Pilgrim Statue is in circulation. One praesidium recruited five auxiliary members during the year, now having 38. As well as home visitation, hostel work and visiting the Phoenix Care Centre, they have started a Patrician group and also a Charismatic prayer group which meets every Saturday afternoon, attracting many visitors.

Exaltata Curia: The 10-member praesidium in one Parish is comprised of Irish, Nigerian and Togolese nationalities. During weekly crowd contact, usually carried out in a shopping centre, they invite fellow Africans to African Community Masses. One member attends the African Chaplaincy Pastoral Council meeting each month and reports back to the praesidium.

Bethlehem Curia: A discussion on officership and its duties took place at the July Curia meeting. 15 people, two of them legionaries, took part in a Patrician meeting on Baptism. Regina Cordium praesidium has 4 full members and one probationer. Of the 85 people invited to join during the year, three came as visitors. An afternoon of prayer to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy had 20 in attendance; two people went to Confession after many years lapsed. Prayer meetings were held twice during the year with a reasonable attendance. Public Rosaries were also recited; one of them had over forty people in attendance, including many children. Occasional street contact is done outside the Curia house. Home and nursing home visitation completes their works.

Porta Coeli Curia: A 5-member praesidium has 36 auxiliary members and 29 probationers. Their works include home visitation, visiting the sick and elderly and distributing 74 Maria Legionis.

Veneranda Curia: The new Patrician meeting in one parish had 9 patricians and 5 legionaries in attendance in June. A praesidium of five active legionaries had two members take the Promise during the year. Five auxiliary members were also recruited bringing the total to 108. The praesidium’s main works are home visitation using two Pilgrim Statues and running lending libraries in three Churches. Special cases include a man returning to the Sacraments after 40 years absence and a deathbed conversion.

Consolata Curia: A praesidium established last year has received a boost due to the recent attendance of a religious sister as Spiritual Director. A Faith & Fun Project took place over 3 Thursdays in August in another parish. Members of a praesidium with seven members include in their work visits to a nursing home where they organise singing, dancing and hymns. The parish newsletter is offered during home visitation. A Pilgrim Statue was recently introduced to parishioners and due to its popularity a second was procured; some parents said that their children reminded them to pray while the statue was in the house. A praesidium with seven active members and one Tribune recruited 12 auxiliary members and the praesidium meeting had 4 visitors during the year. Home visitation is done and also visitation of 2 nursing homes. The local Primary School was visited; Confirmation children were given religious packs and told about Frank Duff. The praesidium organised a fortnight of activities for two Transition-Year students from Spain.

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AFRICA

REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Malabo Regia: 4 Curiae and 6 praesidia reported during this period. Big numbers of the sects are met on Legion work and some of them have returned to the Catholic Church. A new Curia reported setting up 4 praesidia. Two other Curiae with 16 and 21 praesidia reported; one has set up the first junior praesidium with 20 young persons and the other Curia is giving extra attention to two weak praesidia.

TOGO
Lome Senatus: This council has I Regia in Kara, 15 Comitia, 18 senior Curiae, 11 junior Curiae, 597 praesidia and 70 junior praesidia. Of the 17,500 active members 69% are aged between 18 and 40. The Legion is present in all 7 Dioceses with every Diocese having at least one Comitium. 190 of the 215 parishes countrywide have the Legion. Their aim is that every senior Curia should have a junior Curia. The Senatus is prepared to send legionaries anywhere in Africa or further afield.

CAMEROUN
Douala Senatus: Home, hospital, prison and auxiliary visitation, plus Exploracio Dominicalis are reported. In Mbanga Comitium, Catechism classes are given to 32 prison inmates every Thursday. A new paresidium was started in Buen Prison. A new junior Curia was set up in Melong Comitium and a new senior Curia in the Diocese of Bafia. Yokadouma Bamenda Comitium reported 19 conversions and Limbe Comitium 46 conversions. A junior Curia reported that thanks to a young legionary, a whole family of Jehovah Witnesses embraced the Catholic Church.

IVORY COAST
Abidjan Senatus: During this period 1 Regia, 3 Comitia and 2 praesidia reported; they have a combined membership of nearly 98,000 active members, of whom 1,856 are Praetorians; they have 2,278 auxiliaries and 1,046 Adjutorians, made 113,000 visits to homes, the majority Catholic, the remainder Methodist, Muslim, Jehovah Witnesses and of no religion. They also visited the sick at home and in hospital. Over 15,000 Catechumens were recruited. Many marriages were regularised, also returns to Mass, Baptisms, Confirmations and Sacraments of the Sick were reported. Three new Curiae and 14 new praesidia were established.

BURKINA FASO
Ouagadougou Comitium: Latest Minutes indicate that the 23 Curiae in the Diocese are functioning. A committee is working on translation of the Handbook into the local language.

BENIN REPUBLIC
Cotonou Regia, in addition to governing the Legion in the Republic of Benin, this Regia caretakes the Curiae of Niamey, Republic of Niger and the Comitium of Libreville in the Republic of Gabon, visiting both countries at intervals. At home it promotes Patrician groups and Frank Duff Clubs for youths.

REPUBLIC OF GUINEE
Fresh efforts are being made to discover if the Legion is still at work in Conarkry, where a Comitium which served all three Dioceses existed. The legionaries of Togo offered to undertake a visit.

THE REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Senatus of Our Lady of Congo: Works include teaching Catechism, preparing the liturgy, home visitation, visiting the sick, elderly, widows and the poor. 12 sick people received the Sacrament of Confession thanks to a legionary who is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. A hospital Mass was organised by a combination of praesidia. Two people registered for catechesis and converted to the Catholic faith following contact with legionaries. Following an apostolate to a new area, a praesidium was founded with help from four former legionaries in the locality. A Regia reported the founding of 3 new praesidia, bringing their number of directly attached praesidia to 17. Plans are under way to found a new Curia in the Diocese of Dolisie.
The Senatus organised a Diocesan day Retreat on the theme, ‘With Mary at the Foot of the Cross be Witnesses of Divine Mercy,’ conducted by their Spiritual Directors’. 93 legionaries from two Comitia took part in a training session for officers on the theme, ‘Living the Truth of the Sacrament of Reconciliation,’ led by a Spiritual Director. 58 legionaries attended a training session on, ‘The Duties of Legionaries and Officers,’ organised by the Senatus officers. Despite flooding in the area, 834 legionaries took part in the Senatus Acies. One Acies was postponed because of political unrest. Legionaries are asked to pray for a return to peace and stability in the country.


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MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: The Senatus has acquired a new premises. The Parish Priest in the new location has given suitable accommodation for the Senatus meetings and other Legion functions. The extension worker has started extending in the Diocese of Ecatepec where the Legion does not yet exist. In the Diocese of Texcoco she helped to strengthen an existing praesidium and set up a new one by recruited 167 active and 131 auxiliaries. The Comitium of Ayutla celebrated its 25 Anniversary with a Congress. Legionaries came from the mountain area with flowers native to their region. Some Legion meetings on ranches are held in the local “Mixteco” dialect. A local priest will translate the Tesserae into that dialect. 20 legionaries attended a Summer School.
Merida Senatus: During this period 4 praesidia, 4 Curiae and 3 Comitia reported. An attached Curia closed 2 praesidia and set up two new ones. A praesidium brings a priest to the sick for Confession and the Sacrament of the Sick. A number of councils and praesidia reported recruitment efforts. One Comitium has 13 junior praesidia attached and another has a junior Curia attached. Members of the various sects are met on home visitation and a few have been convinced to return to the Catholic faith. One Comitium reported meeting 6,600 members of the sects and 17, 000 Catholics, also 34 adult Baptisms and 87 marriages.
Monterrey Regia: Legionaries do crowd contact at city bus stops and they meet mothers as they return from leaving their children to school. A new Curia was set up. During the summer, groups of legionaries organised projects in different distant Barrios, visiting all the homes and finalising each project with a Mass. The venture proved very successful with a good attendance at the Masses. They also visit a women’s prison, teaching the inmates Arts and Crafts and introducing them to prayer. A number of praesidia do book barrow work.
Durango Regia: Praesidia seem to be stronger and visits to councils are proving successful. The attached Comitium of Mazatlán with 5 Curiae and 14 praesidia is working well. Eight Retreats were organised with an attendance of over 100 at each Retreat.
Hermosillo Regia: Distant councils have been visited. A very successful Congress was organised and reports indicate good attendance and participation. The legionaries are concentrating with young people following suggestions from the Spiritual Director. Members of an attached Curia lead the Chaplet of Divine Mercy each Friday. The Church is one of the Churches in the Diocese with a Holy Door.

CENTRAL AMERICA
HONDURAS
Senatus of Tegucigalpa: A letter is received from the correspondent each month. One Comitium has 18 Curiae and 10 praesidia attached and another Comitium has 7 Curiae and 10 praesidia attached, all working well. The attendance at the Senatus meeting has considerably improved.

EL SALVADOR
San Salvador Senatus: Reports indicate 2 new Curiae, 8 adult praesidia and 5 junior praesidia. Prison authorities are limiting the legionaries in their apostolate; one allows the legionaries to help only with celebration of the Mass.

NICARAGUA
Regia of Managua: The Curia Reina de la Paz has been raised to Comitium level bringing the strength of the Regia to 3 Comitia, 3 Curiae and 17 praesidia. Extension work is progressing, the new Comitium set up one senior and 3 junior praesidia. A new Curia was set up in the Leon Comitium area to administer 5 distant praesidia and one praesidium was set up in the Granada Comitium area. A praesidium has undertaken work with Alcoholics with good success. The Secretary of the Regia went to Mexico to buy 250 Handbooks. A PPC project to Nicaragua was discussed.

PANAMA
Panama Regia: Five praesidia and 3 Curiae reported during this period; one of the Curiae set up a new praesidium. The Regia is guiding the councils and praesidia to review their reports. A praesidium reported that it brings a group together for scripture study and discussion.


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Bulletin du Concilium – Août 2016
September 2016

Amérique du Nord
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Etats-Unis
Senatus de Boston : Un prisonnier est allé se confesser à la suite des visites de légionnaires dans la prison. La Curia de New Bedford, avec 31 membres et celle de Merrimack Valley avec 43 membres, font état de visites à domicile. Le fruit des visites dans les maisons de retraite a été : 2 conversions. La Curia de Mystic Valley a organisé un festival pour Notre-Dame, avec une retraite d’une journée. Une curia organise des retraites missionnaires ACTS. Un comitium signale 8 baptêmes de non catholiques et 4 retours à l’Église, des jours d’évangélisation, des visites à domicile et l’intronisation du Sacré-Coeur. Deux légionnaires font un projet d’extension de 2 semaines dans l’Etat du Maine. Le Senatus et 2 curiae attachées signalent un total de 5 nouveaux praesidia.
Senatus de New York : 65 personnes ont assisté à une réunion de Patriciens sur le Linceul de Turin dans la Cathédrale Saint-Patrick. Le Comitium de Rockville Centre a 49 praesidia. Le Comitium coréen de Newark a 9 curiae, 99 praesidia dans 7 paroisses. De l’aide est à donner aux praesidia faibles. Le Senatus a organisé un couronnement de Notre-Dame en mai, dans le Centre catholique Cardinal Cooke, le 6 mai en présence d’un grand groupe de légionnaires. La Curia d’Hudson County a célébré son 40e anniversaire par une retraite de trois jours, à laquelle ont assisté 181 légionnaires et auxiliaires. Senatus de Philadelphie : Le Praesidium du Séminaire a 9 membres. Leurs travaux comprennent la visite des sans-abri du centre-ville. La participation à la Journée mariale dans le Séminaire s’est accrue, cette année, pour atteindre plus de 250 personnes. La Curia hispanique attachée au Comitium de Metuchen (New Jersey) mentionne le retour à l’Eglise d’une famille Jéhovah et de trois autres, à la suite de contacts de la Légion. L’Archevêque, Mgr Chaput, a célébré une Messe en l’honneur de Notre-Dame de Guadalupe, organisée par la Curia Regina Pacis, à laquelle sont venues 2 000 personnes de 6 paroisses. A Sinking Spring (Pennsylvanie) 623 maisons ont été visitées, et 274 contacts établis. 3 autres demandes de paroisses sont planifiées pour septembre/octobre. Dans la Curia de Delaware Co. South, un ancien membre de la Légion a été ordonné prêtre. Ils ont commencé un nouveau praesidium.
Regia d’Arlington : Lors d’une journée d’évangélisation, 30 équipes ont rencontré 326 personnes ; 44 étaient non pratiquantes. Grâce à des visites à la prison, 10 femmes détenues sont revenues à la foi. Un travailleur à l’extension est allé à Cuba à la demande de l’évêque. 11 prêtres y sont prêts à promouvoir la Légion. Un travailleur à l’extension a commencé un praesidium de 16 membres à Grand Turk. Le Centre de jour « Mother of Light » pour les hommes et les femmes sans-abri vient juste d’ouvrir, apportant à la fois une aide spirituelle et concrète, 6 jours par semaine, avec étude quotidienne de la Bible, discussions, aide spirituelle d’un prêtre et une Chapelle pour la Messe. Un praesidium de jeunes adultes démarre au « Christendom College ». La mission à la cité universitaire est menée dans l’université et dans un centre de détention pour adultes avec un retour aux Sacrements. La Regia a suggéré d’organiser des ateliers, des pique-niques, des sorties et des pèlerinages pour les membres des conseils attachés.
Senatus de Houston : Les réunions du Senatus se tiennent de nouveau à « Fatima House » après d’importantes rénovations consécutives à des inondations. 6 légionnaires et un prêtre ont participé en mai à une P.P.C. à Gallup (Nouveau Mexique). Ils ont visité 600 maisons et ont eu des contacts merveilleux. Un praesidium a organisé l’intronisation du Sacré-Cœur dans une maison de retraite. Un contact établi de longue date avec une dame bouddhiste de 91 ans a finalement abouti à son Baptême. Des légionnaires visitent les immigrés dans un centre de détention.
Senatus de Chicago : Il y a eu une bonne participation au Rassemblement de mai, cette année. Pendant le week-end, de nombreux contacts de rue ont été faits dans le « Millennium Park ». La Curia « Woman of Revelation » de Joliet (Illinois) a 18 praesidia rattachés dont 2 sont hispaniques et 2 sont juniors. Ils ont recruté 15 nouveaux auxiliaires lors du « Filipino Fest ». La Curia Sud de Joliet a 12 praesidia dont 3 hispaniques. Des visites à domicile font partie de leurs travaux. 222 contacts ont été établis et 600 chapelets donnés au « Filipino Fest ». Le Comitium de St Paul (Minnesota) avait un stand à la Foire « Ramsey Co. » et a fait de bons contacts. Ils ont commencé deux groupes juniors dans deux églises. Dans la Curia Peoria (Illinois), il y a 16 adjutoriens parmi leurs 773 auxiliaires. Ils signalent 2 conversions et 5 retours à l’Église.
Senatus de St Louis : Quatre nouveaux praesidia ont été mis en place, y compris un groupe de juniors. De nombreuses œuvres de consolation ont été conduites dans les maisons de retraite et les hôpitaux, ce qui a entraîné 28 retours aux Sacrements. Grâce aux services de prière menés dans les prisons et les centres de détention, 9 personnes ont été reçues dans l’Eglise. Certains détenus sont devenus membres auxiliaires.
Le Senatus de Cincinnati a mis en place un praesidium dans le Diocèse de Gary (Indiana) mais il a été affilié au Senatus de Chicago afin que les officiers du praesidium soient plus proches des réunions du conseil supérieur. Une famille de 8 personnes s’est inscrite pour la mission de promotion du chapelet à la maison menée par le Comitium de Lafayette. Le Comitium de Cleveland a évangélisé à la foire de « Cuyahoga County », priant avec les gens et leur offrant des sacramentels bénis. Ils incitent au chapelet en octobre et offrent des pochettes de chapelets aux enfants des écoles.
Senatus de San Francisco : A Sacramento, l’évêque a présidé l’Acies. La Légion a fait de l’évangélisation dans la foule, ainsi que le ministère des personnes immobilisées à domicile. Une nouvelle curia espagnole a indiqué que 639 familles ont accueilli la Vierge pèlerine, ce qui a permis un contact personnel avec les familles. 25 membres enseignent le catéchisme à 92 personnes, adultes et enfants, qui sont dans l’impossibilité d’assister aux classes de catéchisme à l’église. Environ 21 couples ont été préparés au Sacrement du mariage. Dans le Comitium de San Mateo, 172 maisons ont été visitées par le Praesidium du Séminaire, avec pour fruit le retour à la pratique d’une famille non pratiquante et la conversion d’un musulman. Le Comitium coréen Nord-Ouest a 5 curiae avec 52 praesidia, trois praesidia juniors et un praesidium intermédiaire ; l’effectif total est de 475 actifs et 510 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent le ministère des personnes immobilisées à domicile, la statue pèlerine et le chapelet en famille.
Senatus de Los Angeles : Un praesidium de 13 membres a 8 prétoriens ; les travaux comprennent le ministère de prison et la bibliothèque ambulante où les horaires de Messes sont distribués. Un « Colomban Drive » a eu lieu à la Curia espagnole de Los Angeles Est. Les légionnaires ont demandé aux anciens toxicomanes et à des personnes sans-abri de prier le chapelet avec eux.

Canada
Le Senatus de Toronto, avec l’aide de leur Directeur spirituel, Mgr. Sheehy, a organisé une fructueuse Conférence des directeurs spirituels, à laquelle ont participé 22 membres du clergé. Le Praesidium « Queen of Family » a 14 membres. Leur Directeur spirituel assiste aux réunions des adultes et des juniors. Les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile avec le praesidium junior. Un autre praesidium junior a vu, cette année, deux de ses membres adjutoriens ordonnés prêtres. La Curia « Our Lady of Prairie » de Winnipeg fait le ministère de prison dans deux établissements pénitentiaires. Deux nouveaux praesidia juniors, s’ajoutent aux 8 déjà existants. Le Comitium d’Hamilton a réalisé deux « Colomban Drives ». Avec l’aide du Comitium de Scarborough, ils ont fait 558 contacts dans l’apostolat de rue. Dans un centre de détention, 4 détenus ont assisté à un office de prière et demandé à se confesser. La Curia de Saint-Jean de Terre-Neuve a organisé une série de retraites sur le thème de la Vraie Dévotion à Marie.
Senatus de Montréal : Un praesidium haïtien avec 13 membres visite des malades, enseigne le catéchisme et aide aux services d’Église. Un praesidium de 16 membres fait part du baptême de 3 catéchumènes et du retour d’une personne non pratiquante à la Messe. Un autre praesidium organise l’Adoration eucharistique hebdomadaire dans sa paroisse, et visite les malades. La Curia de St Hyacinthe a organisé 5 pèlerinages. Ils présentent une vidéo religieuse le 13e jour de chaque mois, mais aussi distribuent les sacramentaux et visitent les malades. Un praesidium au Québec a dirigé un chapelet public, tous les soirs du mois de mai à une grotte mariale. La Curia de Ville Marie et 2 prêtres de praesidia attachés ont célébré avec leur Directeur spirituel de Curia, le Père Michael McKenna, son 60e anniversaire de prêtrise.
Comitium de Vancouver : Le praesidium « Our Lady of Charity » fait circuler deux statues de la Vierge pèlerine tout au long de l’année. 30 maisons ont été visitées, 10 pour la première fois ; dans l’une a eu lieu l’intronisation du Sacré-Coeur. Le travail de contact a été mené à des arrêts de bus et de train, et à l’église avant et après les Messes. La Curia « Mary Mother of Unity » a signalé qu’un ancien légionnaire du Praesidium junior « Our Lady of Love » a été ordonné diacre. Les rapports de trois praesidia : « Handmaid of the Lord », « Gate of Heaven » et « Mary Queen of Martyrs » montrent que chacun réalise une grande diversité de travaux au service des personnes âgées, des jeunes et des pauvres. Ce dernier a 185 auxiliaires attachés. Beaucoup de légionnaires consacrent du temps à l’enseignement du catéchisme aux jeunes et aux personnes âgées, et aussi pour la radio locale et la télévision. La Curia « Mother of Apostles » a mentionné l’ordination du Père Sung Min Choi.
Le Comitium d’Edmonton a 10 praesidia attachés. L’extension est toujours à l’ordre du jour avec des légionnaires affectés à contacter 4 paroisses ; l’une a commencé un praesidium et un autre praesidium coréen a fait de même. Une nouvelle Curia coréenne avec 4 praesidia est maintenant attachée au Comitium. La Curia coréenne de Calgary signale 21 retours à la pratique et l’inscription de 13 personnes aux cours de catéchisme grâce aux visites à domicile.


Amérique centrale
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Antilles et République dominicaine
Senatus de Saint-Domingue : 66 légionnaires, ont participé au projet annuel de la Semaine Sainte organisé par le Senatus, se rendant dans les zones éloignées et conduisant le Triduum pascal pour 18 communautés défavorisées de deux paroisses du Diocèse de San Juan de la Maguana. Les légionnaires ont visité 905 maisons, ainsi que des débits de boissons, et font des contacts de rue pour encourager les gens à assister aux cérémonies pascales qui, en l’absence d’un prêtre, ont été animées par les légionnaires dans les églises locales.
Senatus de Santiago de los Caballeros : Le Comitium « Inmaculado Corazón de María » de Porto Plata a formé un groupe de patriciens dont la participation est de 30 personnes ; le but est qu’ils reçoivent une formation chrétienne et un jour, deviennent légionnaires. Le Comitium « Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia » a mentionné la réception de deux adventistes dans l’Église ; ils ont rejoint la Légion. La Regia de La Vega a préparé 150 enfants à la Confirmation et 4 couples au Mariage ; 8 nouveaux praesidia sont en formation. Le Comitium « Madre del Divino Niño » rapporte qu’un jeune protestant s’est converti au catholicisme.
Senatus d’Haïti : Il y a deux grands praesidia au séminaire, dont les travaux comprennent des visites dans les maisons, les hôpitaux, les centres de soins aux personnes âgées, les prisons et un apostolat auprès des jeunes et des marginaux. D’autres rapports font état de travaux similaires et plus de 6 000 personnes ont été préparées aux Sacrements. Une nouvelle curia a été établie. Une grande priorité est donnée aux activités pour les jeunes et un week-end de retraite a été programmé pour les légionnaires âgés de 13 à 18 ans, et une retraite d’une journée pour les moins de 13 ans. La visite des conseils et des praesidia est en cours.
Senatus de Puerto Rico : Le 65e anniversaire de la Légion à Porto Rico sera célébré le l0 septembre. Le Comitium de Manatí, auquel 7 curiae sont attachées, a un praesidium qui organise une réunion de patriciens avec l5 participants. Un « mini-camp » de 8 jours a été organisé pour les enfants autistes. Ils ont aidé dans des maisons pour invalides, des sans-abri, visité des femmes victimes d’agression et ont obtenu le retour de 3 personnes à la pratique de la foi. Un « Colomban Drive » est prévu. Les travaux du Comitium de Canavánas comprennent un projet de Vraie Dévotion à la Nation, en aidant à la construction, la plomberie et aux problèmes d’électricité ; ils prévoient de nettoyer rivières, plages et forêts.
Regia de Trinité-et-Tobago : Beaucoup de praesidia juniors ont débuté. La Curia de Woodbrook comprend 8 praesidia avec 75 membres actifs et 454 auxiliaires, ainsi que 3 praesidia juniors. Les travaux comprennent le contact de la rue, les visites à domicile et à l’hôpital. Des légionnaires ont dirigé des classes qui préparent à la Première Communion et à la Confirmation, dans lesquelles 337 enfants ont été instruits. Un praesidium de 13 membres visite des malades à domicile et à l’hôpital. Les travaux d’un autre praesidium comprennent, les contacts de rue qui ont entraîné le retour à l’Eglise de 6 catholiques non pratiquants. Des visites hebdomadaires ont été faites dans une école catholique de filles et le chapelet a été prié avec 64 enfants, débouchant sur la formation d’un praesidium junior.


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Espagne
Senatus de Madrid : Les travaux de la curia,  qui a fait son rapport, mentionnent la visite de la zone « Red Light » et des contacts sur le campus de l’Université. Ils ont également effectué des visites d’extension dans deux territoires. Le Senatus a recommandé aux légionnaires qui quittent la ville pendant l’été, de rejoindre un praesidium local et d’y travailler, d’être toujours en service, de demander à des prêtres de commencer des praesidia, de recruter des membres actifs et auxiliaires, et de lire le Manuel.
Senatus de Barcelone : Trois praesidia, avec un effectif de 10, 12 et 14 membres, ont fait leur rapport en juin. Des personnes âgées sont visitées à leur domicile et dans des résidences. Des bibliothèques roulantes sont très utilisées à Alicante pendant l’été. Le catéchisme est enseigné et un praesidium a préparé 7 enfants pour la Première Communion ; des adultes ont été préparés à la Confirmation. Ils restent en contact avec des prisonniers libérés et leurs familles. Des légionnaires sont membres de conseils paroissiaux, ministres de l’Eucharistie, et aident 2 centres alimentaires. Ils aident à garder des églises ouvertes alors que beaucoup sont maintenant fermées pendant la journée.
Senatus de Bilbao : La Curia de Leon, avec 13 praesidia, a tenu un Triduum à Frank Duff en mars et projette de former un praesidium junior avec des candidats à la Confirmation. Ils visitent les immigrants et leur enseignent l’espagnol, visitent la prison et lisent la Bible avec les prisonniers. Burgos mentionne avoir eu une bonne rencontre avec leur archevêque. La Curia de Basauri, avec 7 praesidia, un praesidium junior et un pré-juvénile, a 3 groupes de prière et quatre bibliothèques roulantes. 12 juniors ont participé à un événement de 3 jours, composé de prières, etc., et l5 ont assisté à un événement similaire dirigé par les pères jésuites.

Portugal
Senatus de Lisbonne : Un praesidium de 7 membres visite les maisons, aide les familles qui connaissent des difficultés, aide les personnes âgées à se rendre à la Messe, et dirige le chapelet et le chemin de Croix dans une chapelle locale. L’extension sur les îles des Açores et de Madère a donné deux nouveaux praesidia ; un praesidium a aussi créé un praesidium junior. Le Senatus fournit à tous ses membres un dépliant résumant la vie du Serviteur de Dieu Frank Duff.

Italie
Senatus de Rome : Un rapport sur la progression de la Cause du Serviteur de Dieu Frank Duff du Bulletin du Concilium d’avril a suscité un grand intérêt et a entrainé la présentation détaillée de deux cas d’interventions apparemment miraculeuses. L’un concernait la mère d’une légionnaire qui a subi une intervention chirurgicale en urgence pour un anévrisme cérébral, mais consécutivement un trouble de la parole. Le praesidium a eu pour elle recours à Frank Duff. Lorsque sa fille l’a visitée à l’hôpital avec une brochure sur Frank Duff, dont elle ne lui avait jamais parlé auparavant, la mère s’est exclamée stupéfaite : « Je connais ce monsieur. Il est venu avec mes deux grands-mères et m’a parlé ». Sa langue s’est déliée, et elle est aujourd’hui un fidèle membre auxiliaire. L’autre cas concernait un fils capricieux qui, après sa Première Communion devint violemment anti-catholique, irrespectueux envers les prêtres, et faisait de son mieux pour empêcher sa mère et son frère cadet d’aller à l’église. Sa mère a prié Notre-Dame pour lui. Puis quand un praesidium a été formé localement, elle l’a rejoint et a commencé à plaider sa cause à Frank Duff. A 24 ans, il a soudainement demandé au Directeur spirituel du Praesidium de se confesser et il se prépare maintenant à la Confirmation avec l’intention de se joindre aussi à la Légion de Marie. La Curia « Janua Coeli » à Florence et le Comitium « Mater Maria Nostra » de Sardaigne ont remis leurs rapports au Senatus. Il a été exprimé le souci de l’absence de praesidia juniors.

Chypre
Des légionnaires ont rejoint un pèlerinage à la Communauté maronite de Kormakitis pour l’ouverture de la Porte Sainte. Quatre sœurs sont intervenues dans une maison de retraite à Nicosie où elles ont aidé les patients à se nourrir, les ont encouragés, et ont prié avec eux. Des contacts de la foule ont été réalisés dans un parc à Nicosie. Les contacts ont compris des membres de la Communauté sri-lankaise et un bouddhiste.
Regia de Malte : Il y a 858 légionnaires actifs sur l’île de Malte et 422 sur Gozo. Une P.P.C. a été réalisée avec succès à Paragonia, près de Catane en Sicile. Le directeur spirituel accompagnateur a passé des heures à entendre des confessions. Le curé dit qu’ils ont fait un impact positif sur les légionnaires du lieu et les paroissiens.
Île de Malte : Le Praesidium de langue italienne a célébré son 25e anniversaire. Un praesidium aide les immigrants africains. Les rapports citent des Consécrations au Sacré-Cœur et de nombreux retours aux Sacrements. La statue pèlerine est apportée dans les salles de classe d’écoles où le chapelet est proposé. Les membres d’un praesidium junior, travaillant avec les adultes, invitent les propriétaires de magasins à accueillir la statue de la Vierge pèlerine. Un autre praesidium sensiblise des jeunes adultes qui ont des difficultés avec leur foi.
Comitium de Gozo : Une réunion des directeurs spirituels s’est tenue en janvier. 23 légionnaires et 2 directeurs spirituels ont participé à une campagne de recrutement qui a donné 12 noms pour être membres actifs et 18 pour être auxiliaires. Une dame a demandé le Baptême pour son fils et un certain nombre de jeunes ont demandé à se confesser. 32 personnes ont participé à une retraite pour les auxiliaires féminines, et 20 à une autre pour les hommes. Un résident anglais a été instruit et baptisé.

Turquie (sous la responsabilité de la Regia de Malte)
Les 4 praesidia d’Istanbul se réunissent régulièrement et effectuent un apostolat. Leur correspondant a fait une brève halte à Istanbul où il était en transit pour une autre destination, et a rencontré le Directeur spirituel et quelques légionnaires. Ils ont reçu un peu de matériel de la Légion et des Maria Legionis ; ils ont été encouragés à poursuivre leur bon travail.


Rapport des Provinces d’Irlande
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Comitia
Comitium de Carlow : Une formation sur la protection de l’enfant a eu lieu à Carlow, le 28 mai. Les travaux du Praesidium de Paulstown comprennent nettoyage de l’église et distribution de Médailles Miraculeuses à diverses manifestations. Ils approvisionnent en livres religieux le présentoir de l’église. La Curia de Kildare a fait le rapport de la réunion d’avril. Beaucoup de visites d’écoles sont faites.
Comitium de Tuam : Six binômes de légionnaires ont participé à un projet d’extension d’après-midi à Glenamaddy en mai. Le bureau du Sanctuaire de Knock est pourvu en personnel par rotation des praesidia. Le Praesidium de Lackagh a 5 membres et 34 auxiliaires. Les légionnaires sont bien reçus lors des visites à domicile. Le curé est aidé à sa demande, surtout à Noël, à Pâques et lors d’événements particuliers. Le Praesidium de Kilkerrin a 7 membres et 35 auxiliaires. Leurs travaux comprennent la vente de journaux catholiques, porter la Sainte Communion dans une résidence de personnes handicapées ; un membre est dans l’équipe de Baptême. Des visites à domicile sont effectuées. Le praesidium intermédiaire de Tuam a 7 membres. Ils visitent une maison de retraite, bavardent et divertissent les résidents ; il propose le chapelet et la Médaille Miraculeuse aux classes juniors en montrant de courtes vidéos, propose la dévotion à Marie en installant des autels à l’école en mai. La Curia de Claremorris a 6 praesidia adultes et 5 praesidia juniors avec 37 membres adultes, 110 juniors, 62 auxiliaires 11 prétoriens et un certain nombre d’adjutoriens. Les travaux comprennent la visite de la statue de la Vierge pèlerine, la visite des malades, des personnes âgées et des écoles primaires, la promotion des Pionniers, travaillant avec les clubs de jeunes, les demandeurs d’asile et participant au bureau de Knock. Le travail des juniors consiste à servir à la Messe, collecter des timbres pour les missions, distribuer des bouteilles d’eau bénite et promouvoir la prière en famille en apportant de petites statues de Notre-Dame dans les maisons et en disant une dizaine de chapelet avec les familles. Tous les praesidia ont eu une journée de planification.

Curiae
Curia d’Achonry : Le Praesidium de Kiltimagh a 5 membres et 9 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile avec la statue pèlerine, les visites de deux maisons de retraite ; ils emmènent, chaque semaine, un paroissien au Sanctuaire de Knock pour une visite. Les officiers de la Curia ont rendu visite à Mgr Johnson en vue d’obtenir à nouveau un praesidium à Charlestown.
Curia de Clonfert : La Curia a 10 praesidia qui travaillent dans 9 des 23 paroisses du Diocèse. Un praesidium de 9 membres et 60 auxiliaires propose et recrute pour l’Adoration dans l’église. Leurs travaux principaux sont les visites à l’hôpital, à la maison de retraite et à la maison médicalisée.
De nombreux services paroissiaux sont également assurés par les légionnaires. Le correspondant a encouragé le praesidium dans le travail de visites à domicile. Un prêtre du Nigeria qui est attaché à la paroisse assiste à la réunion chaque semaine et a parlé du rôle majeur des légionnaires du Nigeria dans l’œuvre d’évangélisation.
Curia de Ferns : Un praesidium dans la ville de Wexford a 6 membres actifs. Leurs travaux comprennent l’organisation et la promotion de l’Adoration eucharistique. Des Médailles Miraculeuses, 300 chapelets et des tracts ont été distribués aux enfants des écoles locales. Le chapelet a été appris aux enfants grâce à la projection de diapositives. Grâce aux visites à domicile, une famille est revenue à l’Eglise après une absence de 19 ans. La Curia a organisé une veillée pour les intentions de la Légion. Deux légionnaires de la Curia étaient présents aux Journées Mondiales de la Jeunesse.
Curia de Galway : Les visites à domicile sont le travail principal d’un praesidium. Un autre praesidium qui a fait son rapport entreprend des visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et à la maison de retraite, et la visite des anciens légionnaires malades. Le frère Declan Lohan, ancien président de la Curia et récemment ordonné diacre, a assisté aux réunions de juin et juillet.
Curia de Killala : Le Praesidium de Templeboy a 6 membres en liste et 15 auxiliaires. Parmi leurs travaux figurent la visite de la Vierge pèlerine, la remise de kits religieux aux enfants des écoles et les activités paroissiales. Le praesidium de Knockmore a 7 membres et 50 auxiliaires. Ils ont un praesidium junior qui a distribué des Médailles Miraculeuses et des dépliants pour une Messe spéciale pour les enfants ayant des examens en mai. Ils sont toujours prêts à aider le curé et à réaliser de nombreux travaux variés de service dans la paroisse. Deux réunions de Patriciens ont eu lieu à Belmullet avec 11 personnes présentes, sur « Le Pardon », et 12 sur « Le Notre Père ». La Procession du « Corpus Christi » a eu lieu à Ballina le 29 mai. L’organisateur a demandé à la Légion d’y prendre part et de porter leur bannière.
Curia de Kilkenny : Le Père Colm Mannion ainsi que leur Directeur spirituel, le Père Harney, et 14 membres ont assisté à la réunion de juin. Le Père Mannion a parlé de sa vie dans la Légion et comment elle l’a conduit à la prêtrise. Il a également prodigué quelques mots d’encouragement à la Curia.


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La Curia Assumpta a rapporté la participation de 50 patriciens et 16 légionnaires à 4 réunions de Patriciens. Un praesidium fait des visites à domicile et organise des Messes dans un Centre d’accueil de jour après lesquelles ils servent le thé aux résidents.
Curia Ancilla Domini : 10 catholiques et 2 non catholiques ont assisté au « Pauline Circle » pour entendre le document « The Scientist Christian » ; pour entendre « Les miracles eucharistiques » ont eu une audience similaire. Le Praesidium « Joy of Israel » étudie la création d’un groupe de jeunes à « Myra House », le samedi.
Curia Annunciata : Le deuxième plus ancien praesidium du monde a mentionné son apostolat auprès de 80 prostituées ; 11 d’entre elles ont été contactées pour la première fois. La récente acquisition d’un téléphone mobile dédié à l’apostolat s’est révélée un grand succès. Onze femmes ont participé à leur retraite annuelle. La Curia a récemment organisé une campagne de recrutement. 49 patriciens et 17 légionnaires ont participé à 6 réunions de Patriciens.
Curia Gloriosa : Un praesidium encourage l’adhésion à la Confrérie du Rosaire pendant les visites à domicile. Ils visitent un Centre de jour local pour réciter le chapelet tous les mercredis et chanter avec les participants âgés ; trente d’entre eux ont rejoint la Confraternité. Leur autre travail principal est le contact de rue devant des magasins en utilisant une bibliothèque roulante ; un livre d’intentions s’est vérifié très populaire et donne l’occasion aux légionnaires de développer les contacts ; habituellement 20 à 25 personnes inscrivent, chaque semaine, des intentions de prières dans le livre. Le Praesidium de Leixlip a gagné un membre. Le vicaire de la Paroisse fait office de directeur spirituel. Les visites à domicile sont le travail principal au cours duquel la Cause de Frank Duff est présentée. Des Messes distinctes sont célébrées dans la paroisse pour chacune des trois Causes de la Légion.
Curia Mary Spouce of the Holy Spirit : Un praesidium prépare l’autel de l’Oratoire du Centre commercial, pour la Messe, chaque vendredi. Ils vendent aussi des journaux catholiques avec l’aide de deux paroissiens.
Curia Immaculata : Un projet d’extension à Blessington est prévu pour octobre, à la suite d’une rencontre avec le curé de la paroisse. Vingt-quatre légionnaires et vingt patriciens ont participé aux cinq réunions de Patriciens. Un praesidium de six membres et un membre en probation a quatre prétoriens. La participation à leurs réunions de Patriciens a augmenté pour passer d’une moyenne de 8 à 15 personnes. Des contacts sont faits dans les rues et dans un parc ; un ancien toxicomane, après avoir reçu une explication de la Médaille Miraculeuse, a promis d’aller se confesser. Trois musulmans contactés n’avaient jamais entendu parler de Saint-Charles de Mt Argus et ont promis de visiter son sanctuaire. Un praesidium de sept membres et deux membres en probation, quelques mères de jeunes enfants, assument la bonne marche du Groupe pour enfants, tous les quinze jours ; il a commencé l’hiver dernier pour l’anniversaire de Frank Duff ; jusqu’à quinze enfants y participent. Vingt personnes se sont inscrites pour la préparation en 33 jours à la Vraie Dévotion à Marie pour le 28 avril, 300e anniversaire de la mort de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort. Une nouvelle initiative : la campagne « allumer un cierge » qui invitait les parents à visiter l’église lorsqu’ils déposaient les enfants à l’école.
Curia Mater Ecclesiae : Un praesidium entreprend,  chaque semaine, des apostolats à l’hôpital et la maison de retraite de Leopardstown. Lors de visites à domicile une statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima est proposée ainsi qu’un court D.V.D. sur l’Adoration des enfants.
Curia Lady of Fatima Wicklow : Le Praesidium de Kilmacanogue a 73 membres auxiliaires. Des visites sont faites aux handicapés, hospitalisés et aux résidents de maisons de retraite. Une statue pèlerine est proposée et souvent demandée. Tous les enfants des classes de l’école pour les Sacrements, ont reçu un pack religieux. Le Praesidium de Greystones continue à porter chaque jour la Communion à 50 résidents de la maison de retraite. Suite à la prise de paroles de légionnaires dans les écoles, sept élèves se préparant à la Confirmation sont devenus Pionniers.
Curia Benedicta : Dans le Praesidium « Our Lady » de Dublin, les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile et quelques contacts de rue. Un membre est au conseil paroissial et est ministre de la Parole et de l’Eucharistie. 29 Maria Legionis sont distribués.


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Kenya
Senatus du Kenya : Son éminence le Cardinal Njue était le célébrant principal de la Messe marquant le 72e anniversaire de la mort de la Vénérable Edel Quinn. Des milliers de Kenyans et de légionnaires d’Ouganda et de Tanzanie y ont participé. Les travaux entrepris sont des visites à domicile et à l’hôpital, qui entrainent un grand nombre de retours à la pratique de la foi ; d’autres se sont inscrits dans les classes de catéchisme et des milliers se sont préparés au Baptême.

Malawi
Senatus de Blantyre : Une conférence de cinq jours pour les officiers du Senatus, de la Regia, des comitia et des curiae, avec leurs directeurs spirituels a eu lieu dans le Diocèse de Mangochi du 15 au 19 août. Un nouveau praesidium anglophone a été fondé à Maula. Un grand accent est mis sur les jeunes. Les légionnaires étudient le mouvement des Patriciens en vue de mettre en place des groupes parmi les jeunes. Chaque dimanche, des visites de prisons sont effectuées et des efforts particuliers sont faits pour prier avec de jeunes détenus.

Ouganda
Senatus d’Ouganda : L’année a commencé par une retraite pour les officiers du Senatus. En janvier, la Regia de Kabale a organisé un pèlerinage de l’Année de la Miséricorde dans les sites religieux de l’Archidiocèse de Kampala ; 353 personnes y ont participé et ont assisté à la réunion du Senatus au cours de laquelle leur conseil a fait son rapport. Cette Regia a plus de 32 000 membres actifs et plus de 34 000 jeunes. Plus tard, un rapport reçu de l’autre Regia, celle de l’Ouganda occidental, fait état de plus de 65 000 légionnaires actifs, parmi lesquels plus de 11 000 jeunes. 70 se sont rendus à Nairobi en pèlerinage en mai, pour la Messe anniversaire de la Vénérable Edel. L’anniversaire a également été célébré en Ouganda. Deux praesidia de séminaires et deux de prisons ont fait leur rapport. Leur large rayonnement a conduit à de nombreuses réceptions des Sacrements, des conversions, des retours à la foi de nombreux non pratiquants ; et des praesidia et des conseils ont été établis.

Nigéria
Senatus d’Abuja : Le rapport annuel révèle que les membres actifs sont au nombre de 29 484 (soit une augmentation de 4 000) et que le travail est devenu de plus en plus difficile car les gens sont réticents à ouvrir les portes pour accueillir des étrangers en raison de l’insécurité générale. Un Comitium a signalé 44 nouveaux praesidia au cours des 3 dernières années, 71 mariages régularisés et 158 non pratiquants revenus aux Sacrements.
Senatus d’Ibadan : Le Senatus a fait imprimer le Manuel en langue yoruba. Le nombre de membres d’une regia a augmenté : de plus de 200, il est passé à 6 500. À la suite d’un contact de la Légion, une dame a quitté un bordel.
Regia de Lagos : Les membres de nombreux conseils et praesidia notent une très bonne assistance à toutes les réunions. Des séminaires et des ateliers sont organisés. Un Comitium note 101 mariages régularisés.
Senatus d’Enugu : Une regia a près de 19 000 membres adultes et 56 curiae juniors d’environ 9 000 membres. Les rapports font état de 2 923 préparations au Baptême, 519 conversions de non chrétiens à la foi catholique, 659 bénédictions de mariages et 685 conflits familiaux arrangés.
Regia d’Onitsha : Une curia a rapporté le retour de plus de 160 catholiques non pratiquants à la pratique, la préparation de beaucoup d’entre eux aux différents Sacrements, et l’aide apportée à 30 couples pour recevoir le Sacrement du mariage.
Regia de Jos : Un comitium fait des efforts pour relancer des praesidia et des curiae qui ont été fermés en raison de la crise politique. Le Comitium, avec l’aide de militaires et de soldats civils,  à Maiduguri a pu visiter quelques villes dans l’espoir de redémarrer leurs réunions de la Légion. Il demande des prières. Il y a une paix relative dans certaines parties de l’Etat.
Regia d’Ikot Ekpene : Les rapports font état de 75 préparations au Baptême ; 18 personnes ont reçu la Première Communion et 13 mariages ont été bénis.

Tanzanie
Comitium de Hai Moshi : Les travaux mentionnés incluent les visites à domicile et à l’hôpital, le contact avec des toxicomanes et des alcooliques, l’encouragement de couples à se marier à l’Église et la préparation des adultes et des enfants aux Sacrements. Une curia a été divisée, en créant ainsi une nouvelle.
Comitium de Kahama : Ce conseil prépare un programme d’extension. La cérémonie de l’Acies a eu une très bonne participation et a été précédée par une veillée eucharistique et une retraite d’un jour.
Comitium de Songea : Ce conseil a 20 curiae, 58 praesidia et 1 177 légionnaires. Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile et à l’hôpital et l’encouragement des non pratiquants à revenir aux Sacrements. Un prêtre de l’Archidiocèse de Tabora a demandé par écrit l’autorisation de commencer un praesidium.
Comitium de Mtwara : Les légionnaires prient pour la Légion dans le monde entier et pour leurs propres besoins par l’intercession du Serviteur de Dieu Frank Duff.

Zambie
Regia de Lusaka : Une Curia de 9 praesidia attachés mentionne des visites des domiciles, des hôpitaux, des prisons et des cellules de la police. Ils ont un apostolat adapté pour les non pratiquants et envisagent de traduire le Manuel en plusieurs langues locales.

Sierra Leone
Curia de Freetown : Le Directeur spirituel est en contact avec le correspondant.

Liberia
Dans un bulletin d’information du Père Gary Jenkins, à propos de son travail au Libéria, il y avait un mot sur la visite des légionnaires de Monrovia dans sa paroisse lors d’une sortie ; le correspondant lui avait demandé s’il pouvait obtenir des coordonnées à jour de la Légion et les lui envoyer.

Gambie
Curia de Banjul : Les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile, des visites à l’hôpital et l’enseignement du catéchisme. La Curia tente d’établir des praesidia dans les paroisses.

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Allocutio at Août 2016 Concilium Meeting du Pere Bede McGregor, OP
September 2016

Les Mystères de Marie dans la vie de la Légion de Marie
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L’un des plus beaux cadeaux qui vient avec la foi catholique est la relation particulière avec Marie, Mère de Dieu et notre Mère. Ce don est cher à la Légion de Marie qui fait tout ce qui est en son pouvoir pour favoriser et soutenir cette relation dans le cœur de chaque légionnaire. Chaque praesidium, chaque conseil de la Légion cherche à être explicitement une école de Marie qui crée un lien spécial avec Marie la plaçant au centre de la vie intérieure du légionnaire. Quelques mots de la Promesse légionnaire résument cette spiritualité fondamentale de la Légion : « Elle est la mère de mon âme. Son cœur et le mien ne font qu’un ; et du fond de ce cœur unique, elle redit ces paroles de jadis : “ Voici la servante du Seigneur “. Et, une fois de plus, Tu viens faire par elle de grandes choses ».

L’un des moyens les plus efficaces que la Légion utilise pour réaliser cette union spéciale d’amitié avec Marie est l’attention à célébrer les grandes fêtes mariales de la liturgie de l’Église. Nous commençons avec la fête de l’Immaculée Conception. Ici, nous proclamons que Marie est immergée dans la grâce de Dieu dès le premier instant de son existence et non seulement pour son propre bénéfice mais aussi pour la grâce éternelle de tout être humain. Nous nous réjouissons qu’une nouvelle ère de grâce commence avec Marie et que s’accomplisse la prophétie de la Genèse 3,15 : « Je mettrai une hostilité entre toi et la femme, entre ta descendance et sa descendance : celle-ci te meurtrira la tête, et toi, tu lui meurtriras le talon ». Marie est là pour proclamer l’espoir dans le monde. Ce qui lie tous les légionnaires ensemble est bien sûr : « Ô Marie conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous ».

Ensuite, nous célébrons la Nativité de Marie. La Légion a cet anniversaire en commun avec Marie ; c’est une source constante d’enseignement. Nous savons par la foi et l’expérience que, dans le domaine de la grâce, rien d’utile ne peut débuter sans référence à Marie. Elle est, dans l’esprit de Dieu, inséparable de Jésus dans le temps et l’éternité. Sans elle, tout apostolat finira par échouer, car sans Marie il n’y a pas Jésus et donc aucun chemin de grâce et de salut.

Puis, nous avons l’immense fête de l’Annonciation, le moment où Marie devient la Mère de Dieu et Mère de l’Eglise et en fait de chaque être humain. Nous sommes introduits dans la spiritualité de son « Fiat », la primauté de la volonté de Dieu pour Marie et tout disciple de Jésus. La volonté de Dieu est le salut de toute l’humanité. Marie est totalement identifiée à la volonté salvifique de Dieu et la Légion également qui est dans l’imitation de Marie. La Légion cherche avant tout à être un instrument dans les mains de Marie pour le salut des âmes. En d’autres termes, la Légion conçoit son existence et sa mission dans le cadre de la maternité spirituelle et universelle de Marie.

Immédiatement après l’Annonciation et l’Incarnation, nous avons la fête de la Visitation. Ce mystère nous fournit le paradigme pour tout apostolat de la Légion, en particulier le précieux apostolat de la visite des foyers. Nous réfléchissons sur la prévenance, le sens de l’urgence, la courtoisie, la serviabilité, la gentillesse, la joie et la bienveillance pure dont Marie fait preuve quand elle nous visite ; son esprit de visite doit être au cœur de tout ce que soutient la Légion.

Après, nous célébrons la naissance de Jésus. Nous ne pouvons jamais épuiser la joie, l’espérance et la pure grâce de ce mystère. Ici nous est donnée la définition la plus profonde de Marie et de sa mission divine dans le monde décrêtée par Dieu. Sa mission est si simple, et pourtant elle dit tout : Marie est Mère de Dieu et sa mission était, est et sera toujours de donner Jésus au monde. Comme la phrase classique l’exprime : « A Jésus par Marie ». Tout à propos de la Légion se réfère à ce mystère de notre foi.

Il y a bien sûr beaucoup d’autres fêtes mariales dans le calendrier liturgique et chacune, d’une manière différente nous rapproche de Marie. Mais je ne peux en aborder que quelques-unes et brièvement dans cette Allocutio relativement courte. Je passe donc à Notre-Dame, au pied de la Croix. Elle est toujours présente auprès du Christ crucifié et lorsque nous pensons à la Passion du Christ, nous pensons instinctivement à la compassion de Marie. Avec Marie au pied de la Croix, la Légion apprend la place de la souffrance dans la vie et dans la mission du légionnaire. Mais surtout, quand nous regardons Marie au pied de la Croix, nous intégrons dans notre âme le rôle sublime de coopération qu’elle joue dans le salut du monde et dans notre propre salut.

Nous arrivons maintenant au mystère final de Marie dans son pèlerinage terrestre à travers la vie : la fête de la Pentecôte. Ici, nous voyons la dimension la plus fondamentale de la vie intérieure de Marie : sa relation avec le Saint-Esprit. Nous l’imaginons dans le Cénacle, au milieu de l’Église naissante, lui apprenant comment être ouverte à l’Esprit Saint dans sa propre vie intérieure et dans son apostolat futur. Ceci est l’une des grandes œuvres de Marie dans la Légion : elle conduit la Légion à se consacrer totalement à l’Esprit Saint et à la réception de tous ses nombreux dons. Chaque réunion dans la Légion cherche à revivre cette expérience fondamentale du Cénacle et donc doit toujours commencer par la prière à l’Esprit Saint.

Enfin, nous contemplons Marie comme elle existe maintenant dans son état glorieux. L’Assomption de Marie nous focalise sur notre destin ultime dans le Ciel et nous donne de fortes motivations pour notre rayonnement apostolique. La Légion est principalement dans la misson d’aider les gens à aller au Ciel. Toute âme sans exception est infiniment précieuse à Marie et donc aussi à la Légion. Tout ce que nous apprenons sur Marie dans et à travers son voyage terrestre est accompli à un degré et une dimension inimaginables dans son Assomption au Ciel. Voici quelques exemples : elle ne vit plus par la foi, mais maintenant dans la vision béatifique ; alors elle voit chacun de nous dans toutes ses particularités, dans le Cœur de Dieu, et reflète l’amour de Dieu pour nous et en particulier l’infinie tendresse de sa Miséricorde. Sa maternité spirituelle est magnifiquement transformée. Le corps glorieux de Marie n’est plus soumis aux contraintes du temps et de l’espace, et donc ainsi lui est donnée une place particulière dans l’omnipotence de Dieu. En réalité, l’Assomption de Marie est la fête de sa proximité la plus intime avec chacun et chacune d’entre nous.

Saint Augustin explique admirablement comment, lorsque le Fils de Dieu s’est incarné, Il n’a pas laissé de côté le Père éternel, et quand Il est retourné au Père à l’Ascension, Il n’a pas laissé de côté l’humanité. Il demeure au sein même de son Eglise son principe vital et son soutien. Quelque chose qui, toute proportion gardée, peut être dite de Marie. A son Assomption au Ciel, elle ne quitte pas le côté de l’humanité, mais se rapproche encore plus de nous en tant que Mère de l’Eglise et de toute l’humanité, d’une manière nouvelle et plus intime. C’est une bénédiction sublime pour l’Eglise et la Légion.

J’ai commencé cette réflexion sur les fêtes de Marie dans la vie de la Légion en passant rapidement par les grandes fêtes mariales de la liturgie de l’Eglise. Nous faisons de même, jour après jour, par l’humble don du chapelet. Devenons de plus en plus conscients des raisons pour lesquelles notre fondateur le frère Duff a déclaré que le chapelet est irremplaçable dans la Légion. Il nous aide à imprégner la vie de la Légion des mystères de Marie et de Jésus. Amen.

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Reeling in the Years (The Legion of Mary in Australia)
September 2016

REELING IN THE YEARS
(THE LEGION OF MARY IN AUSTRALIA)

Amongst the visitors to Dublin for the International Eucharistic Congress in 1932 was Father Henry Bakker, parish priest of Ascot Vale, Victoria. Father Bakker met Frank Duff, who spoke to him about the possibility of setting up the Legion in Australia. Father Bakker attended several meetings and realised the potential of the Legion before returning to Melbourne.

Mrs. Gavan Duffy, of Mt. Eliza, Victoria, also visiting Dublin in 1932, had a meeting with Frank Duff and promised to study the Legion’s operations in India on her way back to Australia. By February, 1933, she arrived in Melbourne, to find that Father Bakker had already approached Archbishop Mannix for permission to start a praesidium, and had, in fact, begun the first branch in his own parish. Mrs. Gavan Duffy lost no time in setting up the Legion at Frankston, and by the following June a Curia was formed to govern the existing branches and carry on the work of extension.

Father Bakker became Spiritual Director of this Curia and Mrs. Gavan Duffy took on the role of President. Extension was a priority and quickly bore fruit.
The first Diocese outside Melbourne to adopt the Legion was Sandhurst, with its inaugural meeting at Bendigo in January, 1934.
Melbourne Curia was raised to Senatus level in June, 1934.
Adelaide adopted the Legion the same year; Tasmania and Broken Hill followed in 1935 and Queensland in 1936. Perth set up its first praesidium in 1940 and Sydney followed in 1942.

In July, 1944, when the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Senatus was celebrated, the Legion had extended to every State in the Commonwealth and to New Zealand. There were 643 branches, with an active membership of 5,470 and 35,000 auxiliaries.

Archbishop Mannix granted the ‘Imprimatur’ to the Official Handbook of the Legion of Mary. This action had such far-reaching positive consequences for the Legion that the Concilium conferred upon the Archbishop of Melbourne the title of Laureate Member.



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Allocutio at August 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
September 2016

The Mysteries of Mary in the Life of the Legion
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One of the loveliest gifts that come with the Catholic Faith is special relationship with Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother. The Legion cherishes this gift and does everything within its power to foster and sustain this relationship in the heart of every legionary. Every praesidium and Legion Council seeks to be explicitly a School of Mary that creates a special bond with Mary that becomes central to the inner life of the legionary. Some words of the Legion promise sum up this fundamental Legion spirituality: ‘She is the Mother of my soul. Her heart and mine are one. And from that single heart she speaks again those words of old: Behold the handmaid of the Lord and again you come by her to do great things.’

One of the most effective means the Legion uses to achieve this special union of friendship with Mary is the attentive celebration of the great feasts of Mary in the Liturgy of the Church. We start with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Here we proclaim that Mary is immersed in God’s grace from the first moment of her existence and not only for her benefit but for the eternal blessing of every human being. We rejoice that a new era of grace begins with Mary and the fulfilment of the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 is set in motion: ‘I will put enmity between you and the Woman, between her seed and yours and she will crush your head.’ Mary is to proclaim hope in the world. The vesicle that binds all legionaries together is of course: ‘O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.’

Then we celebrate the Nativity of Mary. The Legion shares this birthday with Mary and never ceases to learn from it. We know from faith and experience that nothing worthwhile in the order of grace can begin without some reference to Mary. She is inseparable from Jesus in time and eternity in the mind of God. Without her every apostolate will ultimately fail, for without Mary there is no Jesus and therefore no way to grace and salvation.

Next we have the tremendous feast of the Annunciation, the moment when Mary becomes the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church and indeed of every human being. We are introduced into the spirituality of her ‘fiat’, the primacy of the will of God for Mary and every disciple of Jesus. The will of God is the salvation of all mankind. Mary totally identifies with the salvific will of God and so does the Legion in imitation of Mary. The Legion primarily seeks to be an instrument in the hands of Mary for the salvation of souls. In other words the Legion understands her existence and mission in the context of the universal spiritual maternity of Mary.

Immediately following the Annunciation and Incarnation we have the feast the Visitation. This mystery provides us with the paradigm for every Legion Apostolate, especially the treasured apostolate of the visitation of homes. We reflect on the thoughtfulness, the sense of urgency, the courtesy, the helpfulness, the kindness, the joy and sheer friendliness of Mary when she visits us and her spirit of visitation must be at the heart of everything the Legion stands for.

Then we celebrate the Birth of Jesus. We can never exhaust the joy and hope and the sheer grace of this mystery. Here we are given the deepest definition of Mary and her divinely decreed mission in the world. It is so simply really but it says everything: Mary is the Mother of God and her mission was and is and will always be to give Jesus to the world. As the classic line puts it: ‘To Jesus through Mary’. Everything about the Legion revolves around this mystery of our faith.

There are of course many other feasts of Mary in the Liturgical calendar and each brings us closer to Mary in its own way. But I can only touch on a few of them and then only briefly in a relatively short Allocutio. So I move to Our Lady at the foot of the Cross. She is never absent from the Crucified Christ and whenever we think of the Passion of Christ we instinctively think of the compassion of Mary. With Mary at the foot of the Cross the Legion learns the place of suffering in the life and mission of the legionary. But above all, as we look at Mary at the foot of the Cross we have embedded in our soul the sublime role of cooperation that she plays in the salvation of the world and our own personal salvation.

Now we come to the final mystery of Mary in her earthly pilgrimage through life: the Feast of Pentecost. Here we see a most fundamental dimension of the interior life of Mary: her relationship with the Holy Spirit. We picture her in the Cenacle in the midst of the infant Church teaching them how to be open to the Holy Spirit in their own interior lives and in their future apostolates. This is one of the great works of Mary in the Legion: She leads the Legion to total consecration to the Holy Spirit and openness to all his many gifts. Every meeting in the Legion seeks to relive that basic Cenacle experience and so must always begin with prayer to the Holy Spirit.

Finally, we contemplate Mary as she exists now in her glorious state. The Assumption of Mary keeps us focussed on our ultimate destiny in heaven and provides us with strong motives for out apostolic outreach. The Legion is primarily in the business of helping people into heaven. Every soul without exception is infinitely precious to Mary and therefore to the Legion too. Everything we learn about Mary in and through her earthly journey is fulfilled in an unimaginable degree and extent in her Assumption into heaven. Just a few examples: she no longer lives by faith but now by the beatific vision; so she sees each one of us in every detail in the heart of God and reflects His love for us especially the infinite tenderness of His Mercy. Her spiritual maternity is magnificently transformed. The glorious body of Mary is no longer subject to the limitations of time and space and so she is given a special created sharing in the omnipotence of God. In a real sense, the Assumption of Mary is the feast of her most intimate closeness to each and every one of us.

St. Augustine explains very beautifully how when the Son of God became incarnate He did not leave the side of the Eternal Father and when He returned to the Father at the Ascension He did not leave the side of mankind. He remains in the very midst of his Church as its vital and sustaining principle. Something, with all due proportion, can be said of Mary. At her Assumption into heaven she does not leave the side of mankind but draws even closer to us as Mother of the Church and of all mankind in a new and more intimate way. This is a sublime blessing for the Church and the Legion.

I began this reflection on the feasts of Mary in the life of the Legion by moving rapidly through the great Marian feasts in the Liturgy of the Church. We do the same thing, day in, day out, through the humble gift of the Rosary. Let us become more and more aware of the reasons why our founder Bro. Duff said that the Rosary is irreplaceable in the Legion. It helps us to cherish the mysteries of Mary and Jesus in the life of the Legion. Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin August 2016
September 2016

NORTH AMERICA

Boston Senatus: A prisoner went to Confession due to prison visitation by legionaries. New Bedford Curia, with 31 members and Merrimack Valley with 43 members, report home visitation. Nursing home visitation fruits were: 2 conversions. Mystic Valley Curia organised a Festival for Our Lady, including a day Retreat. A Curia organises ACTS Mission Retreats. One Comitium reports 8 Baptisms of non-Catholics and 4 returns to the Church. Evangelisation-days, home visitation and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart featured. Two legionaries are to do a 2 week extension project in Maine. The Senatus and 2 attached Curiae report a total of 5 new praesidia.

New York Senatus: 65 attended a Patrician meeting in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the subject of the Shroud of Turin. Rockville Centre Comitium has 49 praesidia. Newark Korean Comitium 9 Curiae, 99 praesidia in 7 parishes. Weak praesidia are to be given help. The Senatus held a May crowning of Our Lady in Cardinal Cooke Catholic Centre on May 6th attended by a large group of legionaries. Hudson County Curia celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a three-day Retreat. 181 legionaries and auxiliaries attended.

Philadelphia Senatus: The Seminary praesidium has 9 members. Works include visiting the city-centre homeless. The Marian Day in the Seminary had an increased attendance of over 250 this year. The Hispanic Curia attached to Metuchen Comitium, NJ, reports the return of a Jehovah family to the Church and of three others, due to Legion contact. Archbishop Chaput officiated at a Mass in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, organised by Regina Pacis Curia, with an attendance of 2,000 from 6 parishes. An ‘E’ Day in Sinking Spring, PA, had 623 homes visited, with 274 contacts made. 3 more requests from parishes are lined up for Sept/Oct. In Delaware Co. South Curia, a former Legion member was ordained to the priesthood. They started a new praesidium.

Arlington Regia: During a day of evangelisation, 30 pairs met 326 people; 44 were lapsed. Due to prison visitation, 10 female inmates returned to the faith. An Extension worker went to Cuba at the Bishop’s request. 11 priests are ready to promote the Legion there. An extension worker started a praesidium with 16 members in Grand Turk. Mother of Light Day Centre for homeless men and women has just opened, caring for spiritual and physical needs 6 days per week, with daily Bible study, discussion, spiritual help from a priest and a Chapel for Mass. A young adults’ praesidium has started in Christendom College. Campus ministry is carried out in an Academy and in an adult Detention Centre with one return to Sacraments. The Regia suggested organising workshops, picnics, outings and Pilgrimages for attached council members.

Houston Senatus: The Senatus meetings are back in Fatima House after extensive renovations due to flood damage. 6 legionaries and a priest took part in a PPC to Gallup, NM in May. They called on 600 homes and had wonderful contacts. A praesidium arranged for a nursing home to be enthroned to the Sacred Heart. A long-time contact with a Buddhist lady of 91 years finally resulted in her Baptism. Legionaries visit immigrants at a Detention Centre.
Chicago Senatus: There was a good turnout for this year’s ‘May Gathering.’ During the weekend, many street contacts were made in Millennium Park. Woman of Revelation Curia, Joliet, IL, has 18 praesidia attached, of which, 2 are Hispanic and 2 are juniors. They recruited 15 new auxiliaries at the Filipino Fest. The South Curia, Joliet, IL, has 12 praesidia, which include 3 Hispanic. Among their works is home visitation. 222 contacts were made and 600 Rosary Beads given out at the Filipino Fest. St. Paul Comitium, Minnesota, had a booth at the Ramsey Co. Fair, making good contacts. They have started two junior groups at two Churches. In Peoria Curia, IL, among their 773 auxiliaries, they have 16 Adjutorians. They report 2 conversions and 5 returns to the Church.

St. Louis Senatus: Four new praesidia were set up, including a junior group. Many works of consolation were reported in nursing homes and hospitals, resulting in 28 returns to the Sacraments. Due to Prayer Services conducted in prisons and detention centres, 9 people were received into the Church. Some of the inmates have taken on auxiliary membership.

Cincinnati Senatus set up a praesidium in Gary Diocese, Indiana but it was affiliated to Chicago Senatus so that praesidium officers are nearer to a higher council meeting. A family of 8 signed up for the home Rosary promotion work done by Lafayette Comitium. Cleveland Comitium evangelised at Cuyahoga County fair, praying with people and offering blessed sacramentals. They promote the Rosary in October and offer Rosary packs to school children.

San Francisco Senatus: In Sacramento, the Bishop presided at the Acies. The Legion carries out evangelisation to the crowd as well as housebound ministry. A new Spanish Curia reported that 639 families welcomed the Pilgrim Virgin, allowing personal contact with the families. 25 members teach catechism to 92 people, including adults and children who are unable to attend the catechism class in the Church. Approximately 21 couples were prepared for the Sacrament of Matrimony. In San Mateo Comitium, 172 homes were visited by the Seminary praesidium; fruits include; the return to practice of a lapsed family and conversion of a Muslim. North West Korean Comitium has 5 Curiae with 52 senior praesidia, three juniors and one intermediate praesidium with a total membership of 475 active, and 510 auxiliaries. Works include house-bound ministry, Pilgrim Statue and family Rosary.

Los Angeles Senatus: A praesidium with 13 members has 8 Praetorians; works include prison ministry and book barrow where Mass schedules are distributed. A Columban Drive was held in East L.A. Spanish Curia. Legionaries asked recovering addicts and homeless persons to pray the Rosary with them.

CANADA
Senatus of Toronto, with the help of their Spiritual Director, Msgr. Sheehy, organised a successful Spiritual Director’s Conference, at which 22 clergy participated. Queen of the Family praesidium has 14 members. Their Spiritual Director attends the senior and junior meeting. Works include home visits with their junior praesidium. Another junior praesidium had two of its Adjutorian members ordained to the priesthood this year. Our Lady of the Prairie, Winnipeg Curia, do prison ministry in two Correctional Facilities. They have two new junior praesidia, adding to 8 already in existence. Hamilton Comitium did two Columban Drives. With the help of Scarborough Comitium, they made 558 contacts on street apostolate. In a Detention Centre, 4 inmates attended a prayer service and requested Confession. The Curia in St. John’s, NFld, organised a series of True Devotion to Mary Retreats.

Montreal Senatus: A Haitian praesidium with 13 members is doing visitation of the sick, teaching Catechism and helping with Church services. A praesidium of 16 members reported 3 catechumens baptised and 1 lapsed person resuming Mass attendance. Another praesidium organises weekly Eucharistic Adoration in their parish and visits the sick. St. Hyacinthe Curia organised 5 Pilgrimages. They host a religious video on 13th day of each month and also distribute sacramentals and visit the sick. A praesidium in Quebec led a public Rosary every evening in May at a Marian grotto. Ville Marie Curia and 2 priests from attached praesidia celebrated with their Curia Spiritual Director, Fr. Michael Mc Kenna, on his 60th Anniversary as a priest.
Vancouver Comitium: Our Lady of Charity praesidium has two Pilgrim Statues in circulation all year round. 30 homes were visited, 10 for the first time, one was enthroned to the Sacred Heart. Contact work was done at bus and train stops and at the Church before and after Masses. Mary, Mother of Unity Curia reports that former legionary of Our Lady of Love junior praesidium, was ordained a Deacon. The reports from three praesidia: Handmaid of the Lord, Mary, Gate of Heaven and Mary Queen of Martyrs shows each doing a great variety of works in the service of the elderly, the young and poor. The latter has 185 Auxiliaries attached. Many legionaries are giving their time in teaching catechism to both young and old and also through local radio and T.V. Mother of Apostles Curia reported the ordination of Fr. Sung Min Choi.
Edmonton Comitium has 10 attached praesidia, Extension is always on the agenda with legionaries allocated to contact 4 parishes; one of which has started a praesidium and another Korean praesidium did likewise. A new Korean Curia with 4 praesidia is now attached to Comitium. The Korean Curia in Calgary report 21 returns to practise and enrolling 13 people for Catechism classes through home visitation.

WEST INDIES; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo: 66 legionaries, participated in the annual Holy Week project organised by the Senatus, going to remote areas and conducting the Easter Triduum for 18 deprived communities in two parishes in the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana. Legionaries visited 905 homes, also liquor taverns, and made street contacts to encourage people to attend the Easter Ceremonies which, in the absence of a priest, the legionaries led in the local Churches.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: The Comitium Inmaculado Corazón de María, Porto Plata formed a Patrician group with an attendance of 30, with the aim of them receiving Christian formation and one day, becoming legionaries. The Comitium Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia reported two Adventists received into the Church and joining the Legion. The Regia of La Vega prepared 150 children for Confirmation and 4 pairs for Matrimony and has 8 new praesidia in formation. The Comitium Madre del Divino Niño reports a young Protestant received into the Church.

Haiti Senatus: There are two large praesidia in the Seminary, whose works include visits to homes, hospitals, care homes, the elderly, prisons and an apostolate to youth and the marginalised. Other reports included similar work and over 6,000 were prepared for the Sacraments. A new Curia was raised. A high priority is given to youth activities and a weekend Retreat was planned for 13 – 18 year old legionaries and a day Retreat for those under 13. Visitation of councils and praesidia is on-going.

Puerto Rico Senatus: The 65th Anniversary of the Legion in Puerto Rico will be celebrated on the l0th Sept. The Comitium of Manatí, with 7 Curiae attached, has a praesidium organising a Patricians with l5 attending. A “mini-camp” was held for autistic children for 8 days. They helped in invalids’ homes, and the homeless, visited abused women and got 3 people back to the practise of the faith. A Columban Drive is planned. Works in Comitium of Canavánas includes a True Devotion to the Nation project, helping with building, plumbing and electricity problems; they plan to clean rivers, beaches and forests.

Regia of Trinidad and Tobago: Many junior praesidia were started. Woodbrook Curia has 8 senior praesidia with 75 active and 454 auxiliaries, also 3 junior praesidia. Works include street contact, home and hospital visitation. Legionaries conducted First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes at which 337 children were instructed. A praesidium with 13 members visits the sick in their homes and in hospital. Works of another praesidium include, street contact, resulting in 6 lapsed Catholics returning to the Church. Weekly visits were made to a Catholic Girl’s school and the Rosary was prayed with 64 children resulting in the formation of a junior praesidium.

EUROPE

SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: The reporting Curia’s works include visiting the Red Light Area and making contact on the University Campus. They have also made extension visits to two areas. The Senatus made recommendations for legionaries who leave the city for the summer to join and work with a local praesidium, to be always on duty, to ask priests to start praesidia, to recruit active and auxiliary members; and to read the Handbook.
Barcelona Senatus: Three praesidia, with memberships of 10,12, and 14 reported in June. The elderly are visited in their homes and in residences. Book-barrows are widely used in Alicante during the summer. Catechism is taught and one praesidium had 7 children for First Communion and adults were prepared for Confirmation. They keep in touch with released prisoners, and their families. Legionaries are members of Parish Councils, are Ministers of the Eucharist, and assist in 2 Food Centres. They help to keep Churches open as many are now closed during the day.
Bilbao Senatus: Leon Curia, with 13 praesidia held a Triduum to Frank Duff in March and plan to form a junior praesidium from Confirmation candidates. They visit immigrants and teach them Spanish, visit the prison and read the Bible with the prisoners. Burgos reported having a good meeting with their Archbishop. Basauri Curia, with 7 adult praesidia, one junior and one pre-juvenile, has 3 prayer groups and four book barrows. l2 juniors’ attended a 3-day event, consisting of prayer, etc., and l5 attended a similar event run by the Jesuit Fathers.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: A praesidium of 7 members visits homes, assists families experiencing difficulties, helps old people to get to Mass, and leads the Rosary and Way of the Cross in a local Chapel. Extension on the islands of The Azores and Madeira resulted in two new praesidia and also a senior praesidium developed out of a junior one. The Senatus provided all members with a leaflet containing a summary of the life of the Servant of God Frank Duff.

ITALY
Rome Senatus: The April Concilium Bulletin with a progress report on the Cause of The Servant of God Frank Duff excited great interest and resulted in details being submitted of two cases of apparently miraculous interventions. One was of a legionary’s mother who received emergency surgery for an aneurysm in the brain but afterwards had an impediment in her speech. The praesidium had recourse to Frank Duff for her. When her daughter visited her in hospital with a leaflet on Frank Duff, of whom she had never spoken to her before, the mother exclaimed in astonishment “I know this gentleman. He came with my two grannies and spoke to me”. Her speech had returned and she is today a faithful auxiliary member. The other case involved a wayward son who after his First Communion became violently anti-Catholic, disrespectful towards priests, and tried his best to prevent his mother and younger brother from going to Church. His mother prayed for him to Our Lady. Then when a praesidium was formed locally, she joined it and began to plead his case with Frank Duff. At the age of 24, he suddenly asked to go to Confession to the praesidium Spiritual Director and is now preparing for Confirmation with the intention of also joining the Legion. Janua Coeli Curia in Florence and Mater Maria Nostra Comitium of Sardinia gave their reports to Senatus. Concern was expressed at the lack of junior praesidia.

CYPRUS
Legionaries joined a Pilgrimage to the Maronite Community of Kormakitis for the opening of the Holy Door. Four Sisters helped in a nursing home in Nicosia where they helped to feed the patients, encouraged them, and prayed with them. Crowd contact was carried out in a park in Nicosia. Contacts included members of the Sri Lankan community and a Buddhist.

Malta Regia: There are 858 active legionaries on the Island of Malta and 422 on Gozo. A successful PPC was carried out to Paragonia, near Catania in Sicily. The accompanying Spiritual Director spent hours hearing Confessions. The Parish Priest said that they made a positive impact on the local legionaries and parishioners. Malta Island: The Italian-speaking praesidium celebrated its 25th anniversary. A praesidium assists African immigrants. Reports feature Consecrations to the Sacred Heart and many returns to the Sacraments. The Pilgrim Statue is brought to classrooms in schools where the Rosary is promoted. Members of a junior praesidium work with seniors inviting shop owners to take the Pilgrim Statue. Another praesidium has an outreach to young adults having difficulty with their faith.
Gozo Comitium: A meeting of Spiritual Directors was held in January. 23 legionaries and 2 Spiritual Directors participated in a recruiting drive which yielded 12 names for active membership and 18 auxiliaries. One lady asked for Baptism for her son and a number of youths asked for Confession. A Retreat for female auxiliaries had an attendance of 32 and another for males had 20. An English resident was instructed and baptised.

TURKEY (Under Caretakership of Malta Regia)
The 4 praesidia in Istanbul meet regularly and carry out an apostolate. Their correspondent stopped briefly in Istanbul while in transit elsewhere, and met the Spiritual Director and some legionaries. They were given some Legion material and the Maria Legionis and encouraged to keep up their good work.

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Carlow Comitium: A course on Child Safeguarding took place in Carlow on 28th May. Works of Paulstown praesidium include Church cleaning and distribution of Miraculous Medals at various functions. They provide religious books for the book rack in the Church. Kildare Curia reported at the April meeting. A lot of school visitation is being done.
Tuam Comitium: Six pairs of legionaries participated in an afternoon extension project in Glenamaddy in May. The Office at Knock Shrine is staffed by praesidia on a rota basis. Lackagh praesidium has 5 members and 34 auxiliaries. Legionaries are well received on home visitation. The Parish Priest is assisted whenever requested, especially at Christmas, Easter and on special occasions. Kilkerrin praesidium has 7 members and 35 auxiliaries. Works include sale of Catholic newspapers, taking Holy Communion to the housebound and one member is on the Baptism team. Home visitation was carried out. The intermediate praesidium in Tuam has 7 members. They visit a nursing home, chatting and entertaining residents and promote the Rosary and Miraculous Medal to junior classes by showing short videos, promote devotion to Mary by setting up May altars in the school. Claremorris Curia has 6 senior and 5 junior praesidia with 37 seniors, 110 juniors, 62 auxiliaries 11 Praetorians and a number of Adjutorians. Works include Pilgrim Statue visitation, visitation of the sick, elderly and Primary Schools, promoting the Pioneers, working with youth clubs, asylum seekers and staffing the Knock Office. The junior’s works include Mass-serving, collecting stamps for the Missions, distributing bottles of Holy Water and promoting family prayer by taking small statues of Our Lady to homes and saying a decade of the Rosary with the families. All praesidia had a planning day.

CURIAE

Achonry Curia: Kiltimagh praesidium has 5 members and 9 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue, two nursing homes and they take a parishioner to Knock Shrine for a weekly visit. The Curia officers visited Monsignor Johnson with a view to getting a praesidium again in Charlestown. Clonfert Curia: The Curia has 10 praesidia working in 9 of the 23 parishes in the Diocese. A praesidium with 9 members and 60 auxiliaries promote and recruit for Adoration in the Church. Their main works are hospital, nursing home and housebound visitation. Many parish duties are also carried out by the legionaries. The Correspondent has been encouraging the praesidium in the work of home visitation. A priest from Nigeria who is attached to the parish attends the meeting each week and he has spoken about the major role by legionaries in Nigeria in the work of evangelisation.
Ferns Curia: A praesidium in Wexford Town has 6 active members. Their works include the organisation and promotion of Eucharistic Adoration. Miraculous Medals, 300 Rosary beads and leaflets were distributed to local school children. The Rosary was taught to the children through the use of slides. On home visitation one family has returned to the Church after an absence of 19 years. A night vigil was organised by the Curia for the intentions of the Legion. Two legionaries from the Curia were present at the World Youth Day.
Galway Curia: The main work of one praesidium is home visitation. Another reporting praesidium undertakes home, hospital and nursing home visitation and visit ill ex-legionaries. Br. Declan Lohan, former President of the Curia and recently ordained a Deacon attended the June and July meetings.
Killala Curia: Templeboy praesidium has 6 members on roll and 15 auxiliaries. Among their works are Pilgrim Statue visitation, presentation of religious packs to school children and parish activities. Knockmore praesidium has 7 members and 50 auxiliaries. They have a junior praesidium which distributed Miraculous Medals and leaflets to children involved in exams at a special exam Mass in May. They are always ready to help the Parish Priest and carry out many different works of service in the parish. Two Patrician meetings were held in Belmullet with attendance of 11 on “Forgiveness” and 12 on “The Our Father”. A Corpus Christi Procession was held in Ballina on 29th May. The Administrator asked the Legion to become involved and to bring their banner.
Kilkenny Curia: Fr. Colm Mannion attended the June meeting along with their Spiritual Director, Fr. Harney and 14 members. Fr. Mannion spoke about his life in the Legion and how that led to the priesthood. He also offered the Curia some words of encouragement.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE

Assumpta Curia reported an attendance of 50 patricians and 16 legionaries at 4 Patrician meetings. A praesidium does home visitation and organises Masses in a Day Centre after which they serve tea to the residents. 
Ancilla Domini Curia: 10 Catholics and 2 non-Catholics attended the Pauline Circle to hear a paper entitled “The Christian Scientist” while a paper on “Eucharistic Miracles” had a similar attendance. The Joy of Israel praesidium is discussing the establishment of a Youth Group in Myra House on Saturdays.
Annunciata Curia: The second oldest praesidium in the world reported on their apostolate to 80 women involved in prostitution, 11 of them contacted for the first time. The recent acquisition of a mobile phone dedicated to the apostolate has proven a big success. Eleven women attended their Annual Retreat. The Curia recently held a recruitment drive. 49 patricians and 17 legionaries attended 6 Patrician meetings.
Gloriosa Curia: One praesidium promotes membership of the Rosary Confraternity during home visitation. They visit a local Day Centre to recite the Rosary every Wednesday and sing with the elderly attendees, thirty of whom have joined the Confraternity. Their other main work is street contact outside shops using a book barrow; an Intentions Book has proved very popular and gives an opportunity for the legionaries to develop the contacts; typically 20 to 25 people enter prayer-intentions in the book each week. The praesidium in Leixlip gained one member. The Parish Curate acts as Spiritual Director. Home visitation is the main work during which Frank Duff’s Cause is promoted; separate Masses are celebrated in the parish for each of the three Legion Causes.
Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: One praesidium prepares the altar in the local shopping centre’s Oratory for Mass each Friday. They also sell Catholic newspapers with the help of two parishioners.
Immaculata Curia: An extension project in Blessington is scheduled for October following a meeting with the Parish Priest there. Twenty four legionaries and twenty patricians attended five Patrician meetings. A praesidium with six full and one probationary member has four Praetorians. Attendance at their Patrician meeting has increased from an average of 8 to 15. Street and park contact is done; a recovered drug addict, after receiving an explanation of the Miraculous Medal promised to go to Confession. Three Muslims contacted had never heard of St. Charles of Mt Argus and promised to visit his shrine. A praesidium of seven full and two probationary members, some mothers of young children, undertake running the fortnightly Children’s Group, started last winter on Frank Duff’s Anniversary; up to fifteen children attend. Twenty people signed up for the 33 day preparation for True Devotion to Mary leading up to the 300th anniversary on 28th April of St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s death. A new initiative was the “Light a Candle” campaign whereby parents were encouraged to visit the Church as they drop children off to school.
Mater Ecclesiae Curia: A praesidium undertakes weekly apostolates to Leopardstown Hospital and a nursing home. During home visitation a statue of Our Lady of Fatima is offered as well as a short DVD on Children’s Adoration.
Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: The praesidium in Kilmacanogue has 73 auxiliary members. Visitation is done to the housebound, hospitalised and those in nursing homes. A Pilgrim Statue is offered and often requested. Each of the children in the school’s Sacrament classes was presented with a religious pack. The Greystones praesidium continues bringing daily Communion to 50 nursing home residents. As a result of legionaries speaking in the schools, seven Confirmation students became Pioneers.
Benedicta Curia: In Our Lady of Dublin praesidium, works include home visitation and some street contact. One member is on the Parish Council and is a Minister of the Word and of the Eucharist. 29 Maria Legionis are distributed.

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AFRICA

KENYA
Senatus of Kenya: His eminence Cardinal Njue was the chief celebrant at the Mass marking the 72nd Anniversary of the death of Venerable Edel Quinn. Thousands of Kenyans and legionaries from Uganda and Tanzania attended. Works undertaken are home and hospital visitation, resulting in large numbers returning to the practice of their faith, others enrolled in catechism classes and thousands prepared for Baptism.

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: A five-day Conference for Senatus, Regia, Comitia and Curiae officers with Spiritual Directors was held in Mangochi Diocese from 15-19th August. One new English-speaking praesidium has been set up in Maula. There is great focus on youth. The Patrician movement is being studied by the legionaries with a view to setting up groups among young people. Every Sunday, prison visitation is undertaken and special efforts are made to pray with young prisoners.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: The year commenced with a Retreat for the officers of the Senatus. Also in January Kabale Regia held a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to the religious sites of Kampala Archdiocese; 353 participated and they attended the Senatus meeting at which their council reported. This Regia has over 32,000 active adult members and over 34,000 youth. Later, a report was received from the other Regia, that of Western Uganda, with over 65,000 active Legionaries, including over 11,000 youth. 70 travelled to Nairobi on Pilgrimage in May for Venerable Edel’s Anniversary Mass. The Anniversary was also celebrated in Uganda. Two Seminary and two prison praesidia reported. Their wide outreach has led to many receiving the Sacraments, conversions, lapsed returning to the faith, plus praesidia and councils being established.

NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: The annual report reveals active membership of 29,484 (an increase of 4,000) and that the work has become increasingly difficult as people are reluctant to open doors to welcome strangers because of general insecurity. One Comitium reported 44 new praesidia in the last 3 years, 71 marriages rectified and 158 lapsed returned to the Sacraments.
Ibadan Senatus: The Senatus has had the Handbook printed in the Yoruba language. Membership of one Regia increased by over 200, to 6,500. As a result of Legion contact a lady left a brothel. Lagos Regia: Members of many attached councils and praesidia have very good attendances at all meetings. Seminars and Workshops are held. One Comitium had 101 marriages rectified.
Enugu Senatus: .One Regia has almost 19,000 seniors and 56 junior Curiae with almost 9,000 members. Reports included 2,923 prepared for Baptism, 519 non-Christians converted to the Catholic faith, 659 marriages blessed and 685 family disputes settled. Onitsha Regia: A Curia reported over 160 lapsed Catholics returned, many prepared for the various Sacraments, and 30 couples helped to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony. Jos Regia: A Comitium is making efforts to revive praesidia and Curiae that have been closed down as a result of the political crisis. The Comitium with the help of the Military and Civilian Soldiers in Maiduguri were able to visit some towns in the hope of re-starting their Legion meetings. They ask for prayers. There is relative peace in some parts of the State. Ikot Ekpene Regia: Reports included 75 prepared for Baptism, 18 received First Holy Communion, and 13 marriages blessed.

TANZANIA
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. One Curia has been split, creating a new one.
Kahama Comitium: This council is preparing an extension programme. The Acies ceremony was very well attended and was preceded by a Eucharistic Vigil and a day Retreat.
Songea Comitium. There are 20 Curiae, 58 praesidia and 1,177 legionaries in this council. Works include home and hospital visitation and encouraging the lapsed to return to the Sacraments. A priest in Tabora Archdiocese has written for permission to start a praesidium.
Mtwara Comitium: Legionaries are praying for the world-wide Legion and their own needs through the intercession of the Servant of God Frank Duff.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: One Curia with 9 attached praesidia report visiting homes, hospitals, prisons and those in police cells. They have a special apostolate to the lapsed and are planning to translate the Handbook into a number of the local languages.

SIERRA LEONE
Freetown Curia: The Spiritual Director is in contact with the correspondent.

LIBERIA
In a newsletter from Fr. Gary Jenkins about his work in Liberia there was word that legionaries from Monrovia had visited his parish on an outing and the correspondent has asked him if he could get some up-to-date contact details for the Legion and send them on.

THE GAMBIA
Banjul Curia: .Works include, home and hospital visitation and teaching of Catechism. The Curia is trying to establish praesidia in parishes.



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Legion Project to Donegal, Ireland
August 2016

LEGION PROJECT TO DONEGAL - IRELAND

At the invitation of the Parish Priest, Fr. James McSweeney a team of 8 travelled to Buckless, Donegal with the objective of promoting the Parish Mission, conducted by Fr. John Harris O.P. the following week.

Home visitation was carried out and two schools visited. The legionaries spoke on the Legion, the Causes and presented each child with a Miraculous Medal. On one of the days 4 members of the team distributed flyers for the Mission in nearby Killybegs and Ardara. Fr. McSweeney later remarked on the number of people he hadn’t seen at Church for years turning up for the Mission. The number attending the Saturday Vigil was three times his usual congregation. A good number returned to Confession after an absence of many years. Nine homes requested house blessings. 11 names of people needing visits were passed on to the priest. 3 people were keen to join the Legion should a praesidium be set up

 



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Report on Visit to Boston May 2016
August 2016

REPORT ON VISIT TO BOSTON

Between 10 and 22 May 2016 Sr. Christine Coakley (Philadelphia) and Sr. Maureen McManus visited Boston Senatus and its 3 attached Comitia at Providence, New Haven and Hartfort.

Boston Senatus: Many travelled long distances to be present. Meetings were also held with the Senatus officers. The need to increase the number of directly attached praesidia was stressed; it is on this core that the Senatus is based. There are groups of legionaries who speak Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Haitian. The Legion helps out with parish evangelisation days for which the Bishop expressed his gratitude.
Providence Comitium has a good emphasis on extension. A new praesidium was set up. The Comitium is made up of 13 praesidia and Curiae, one of which is based at Crantston and is involved in Enthronements to the Sacred Heart.

New Haven Comitium has 1 junior and 6 senior praesidia and 2 Curiae based at Bridgefort and Waterbury. The schools praesidium at Waterbury has 47 members. There is need for more emphasis on youth. It was suggested they organise youth Retreats and a Youth Conference.
HartfortComitium: They have a 12-member praesidium in a prison.



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Allocutio at the July 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
August 2016

The Legion and the Spiritual Works of Mercy
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Several months ago, in preparation for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we reflected several times on the role of mercy in the history and spirituality of the Legion. Now that we are in the midst of this grace-filled year I want to return to this great theme since it is practically impossible to have an authentic image of God or an understanding of the future of the apostolate without an appreciation of the real meaning of mercy. Mercy is the most profound name of God in relationship to wounded and sinful humanity and all apostolate is really allowing ourselves to be instruments of God’s mercy to one another.

One of the great blessings of the Year of Mercy so far has been the production of so many books, pamphlets, and articles of every aspect of Divine Mercy. The writings of Pope Francis in particular are truly inspiring, helpful and accessible and I strongly recommend that we immerse ourselves in them. But today I wish to meditate on the spiritual works of mercy as highlighted in the Handbook.

First of all we know that love of our neighbour includes seeking to meet his bodily and spiritual needs. In other words the Christian is committed to the care of the whole person, body and soul. It is not a question of one or the other but of both to the best of our abilities and opportunities. But the needs of the soul are supremely important as the well-known words of Our Lord put it: ‘what does it profit a person if he gained the whole world and suffers the loss of his very soul.’ (Mark 8:36). The salvation of souls is the clear and defining purpose of the life of Jesus. He says several times in a most emphatic way: ‘I came to call sinners.’ That is also the defining purpose of the Legion. The salvation of souls is the most sublime work of mercy.

Normally when explaining the corporal works of mercy theologians refer to the scriptural basis in the Chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew where he describes what the Last Judgment will be like. It is summed up in the challenging words: ‘Whatever you did to the least of my brethren you did it to me.’ But this text of Matthew can be applied even more profoundly to the spiritual works of mercy. The spiritually impoverished are starving for the Eucharist and you led them to me. They were thirsting to be loved and you helped them to understand my infinite love for them in my cry: ‘I thirst.’ In their human weakness and sinfulness they despaired of forgiveness and you brought them to me in the Sacrament of Divine Mercy and forgiveness. To the sick and dying and those in all kinds of physical and spiritual suffering you were not content to see them simply dying a painless death but you prayed with them and helped them to meet me in a loving judgment. To those who saw themselves as failures or of no use to anybody and steeped in loneliness and abandonment you brought me to them and shared with them the joy of the Gospel. There are so many spiritually deprived and humanly destitute in the prisons, mental hospitals, nursing homes and in so many other kinds on institutions and you brought me to them by your presence and friendship with them. You were not afraid to talk with them about me and how infinitely important they are to me and what I have done for them to show them my love. You have engaged in so many of the spiritual works of mercy. You are most welcome into my kingdom for all eternity. The desire for the salvation of souls is the greatest gift that I have given to the Legion at the request of my Mother and yours. Treasure it.

As you probably guessed, I have just paraphrased in different words so many sections of the Handbook and especially Chapters 37 n.6: ‘Work for the most wretched and dejected of the population.’ Let me quote just some of the most challenging passages in the Handbook: ‘Until the Legion in any centre can say with truth that its members know personally, and are in touch in some way with each and every member of the degraded classes, its work must be regarded as being still in a stage of incomplete development, and efforts in this direction must be intensified.

‘No searcher after the rare and most precious things of the earth must pursue his heart’s desire more earnestly than the legionary pressing after these unfortunates of the world. His search may be their only chance of life eternal. Frequently they are so inaccessible to good influences that prison represents for them a blessing in disguise,’ or very simply the challenging question: ‘What price shall a man give for a soul?’
We have already spoken of Mary at other meetings as the Mother of Mercy, but I would like to say that just as the mission of Jesus is defined in terms of the salvation of sinners, so too can the maternal heart of Mary be defined as a care and love for the salvation of sinners. As we know, Our Lady has appeared all over the world and when she speaks she has the same message in all of them: ‘Pray for sinners. Do penance for sinners.’ One of the favorite prayers she taught us is in the Fatima prayer: ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in need of your mercy.’ Those most in need of God’s mercy are especially the concern of Mary and therefore of the Legion. So the Legion prays a million times every day: ‘Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.’



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Concilium Bulletin July 2016
August 2016

EUROPE

AUSTRIA (and Councils under Caretakership)
Austrian Senatus: Winter and Summer Schools promoted the Year of Mercy and the 300th Anniversary of the death of St. Louis Marie De Montfort. 3 of 9 directly attached praesidia reported. One works with street girls; the other two are student praesdia whose apostolate includes promoting the, ‘Key2 Life’ Festival and a musical street apostolate. West Vienna Curia had 13 at a study day on the Muslim faith. Burgenland Curia organised a two-day Faith Deepening event with Bishop Schneider.
Zwetti Comitium: Two Retreats for youth had attendances of 22 and 90.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Olmuetz Comitium and Brunn Curia: As a result of visitation of the sick, 237 persons were anointed. 50 legionaries attended the Winter School.

UKRAINE
Sr. Kriss and Bro. Hager from Austrian Senatus visited Ukraine for 2 weeks and will attend the Summer School. 6 of the 10 Councils started new praesidia last year. The first Retreat was held in Nikolaew. 25 marriages were regularised and 261 returned to the Sacraments. There are now 10 African student praesidia. An elderly person was baptised through the Greek Catholic praesidium. Follow up was done on the Greek Catholic Tessera and the Ukranian Handbook.

MOLDOVIA
The Legion exists in 7 of the 9 parishes. They visit the lapsed, the poor and the sick, also hold Patrician meetings.

SLOVAKIA
Zseliz Comitium: Kolon praesidium uses 5 Pilgrim Statues on family visitation and their youth praesidium started an adult paesidium in Csistar.

BULGARIA
The young adults’ praesidium in Sofia does street contact and gives religious instruction to children.

BELARUS
The Comitium Acies took place on 2nd April after Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Yury Kasabutsky. Reports were given on Curia visitation to 2 praesidia. A Minsk praesidium presented its annual report. It has 14 full members, 2 probationers, 34 auxiliaries and a junior praesidium attached. One of their works works is contact with Jehovah Witnesses and followers of Occultism. Special tribute was paid to one of their members on his 80th birthday – Bro. Anatoly Gorodetsky, one of the first legionaries in Belarus.

CROATIA
Zagreb Regia: The Radio Maria programme continues monthly. The topic presented in January was ‘The Legion of Mary in everyday Life’. Reports were received from 6 directly attached praesidia and 8 Curiae. Numerous returns to the Sacraments were reported from both praesidia and Curiae. Dugo Selo Curia has 13 praesidia, 2 Nazareth groups and 2 children’s groups. Zagreb South Curia reported the reconciliation of a mother and son after 40 years.

COUNTRIES UNDER CARETAKERSHIP OF ZAGREB REGIA
SLOVENIA
Four Slovenian legionaries aided by 4 from Croatia and 2 from Austria presented the Legion in the town of Grosuplje in Slovenia. One person came to the first meeting as well as the Parish Priest who is willing to be Spiritual Director. Other presentations will be made.

BOSNIA HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 praesidia affiliated. Efforts to establish praesidia in the Franciscan parishes are on-going.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia: Reports were received from 6 praesidia, 9 Curiae and 5 Comitia and detailed statistics for 2015 received. The March Regia meeting held during the Winter School had an attendance of 131 legionaries and 9 priests. Works undertaken mainly consist of visitation of the sick and elderly and helping them to receive the Sacraments, organising Pilgrimages and Church work. A Curia in Kistausa leads a youth club and Pecs Curia taught children in Creches and in Primary Schools how to pray.

LATVIA
Regia Comitium: This council has 3 Curiae and 12 directly attached praesidia. A praesidium of 8 members with a junior praesidium of 5 members does street contact, hospital visitation and started a discussion group. Jelgava Curia has 3 praesidia, and Rezekne Curia 10 praesidia. A Recruiting Drive in Aluksne resulted in 3 persons joining, increasing the membership of a praesidium to 7. Leipijia Curia has 2 praesidia. The Comitium organised 2 recruiting drives. Visitation of praesidia and promotion of the 3 Causes featured in all reports.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium has 13 directly attached praesidia and 7 Curiae. Three recruiting drives resulted in 4 people taking on membership. A praesidium of 8 members in Vilnius visits disabled people and those living alone. Legionaries take some old people shopping and to Sunday Mass, also arrange for visits to their homes by priests. Many met in a Day Centre have no religion, or are lapsed for years. The Miraculous Medal is promoted.
Telsiai Comitium has 11 directly attached praesidia and 2 Curiae with a total of 231 members, 85 of whom are Praetorians. People met on home and hospital visitation resulted in returns to the Sacraments after 8, 25 and 50 years.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: A major event was the Commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Legion in Lublin. The event was held in the Catholic University of Lublin. There were 10 sessions with notable speakers. Extension efforts resulted in an increase of 61 new members and 2 new praesidia. Works include home visitation, visits to the sick in their homes, to hospitals and care homes, contact with addicts, alcoholics, Jehovah Witnesses and people in Night Shelters, traders, visitation of prisons and street-contact promoting the Miraculous Medal. Fruits of their apostolate include: 6 couples had their marriages regularised, 7 children baptised; 4 people confirmed; 10 children made 1st Holy Communion and 120 people received the Sacrament of Penance.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia: Works include, hospital visitation, organising Eucharistic Adoration and leading the Rosary in the Church, plus many works of service and Parish activities. Two legionaries were appointed to join a Parish Programme called ‘Row to the Deep’, which will last for 2 years.
Oradea Comitium: Legionaries are accompanied by the priests on some of their activities. Curia Sakor promoted the 8 weeks of prayer for the Unity of Christians. 52 legionaries in Baia Mare Curia take part in a Vigil each Thursday in atonement to the Heart of Jesus. Bucharest Curia: A weekend Summer School is being organised by Austria for the officers of the 8 praesidia.

SOUTH AMERICA

COLOMBIA
Bogota Senatus: During this period 3 Comitia, 1 Curia and two praesidia reported. Four officers of the Senatus are also officers in attached councils. Great efforts are being made to encourage the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this year of Mercy. All councils and praesidia report big numbers of auxiliaries and Adjutorians.
Medellin Senatus: One Comitium has two junior praesidia. Legionaries teach catechism in the homes of the disabled. Housebound legionaries do Legion apostolate by telephone.
ECUADOR
Senatus of Quito: The Legion house in Cuenca is being renovated with help from legionaries; one floor is completed. There is mention of extension, Exploratio Dominicalis, new praesidia and re-organising existing praesidia. Esmeraldas Comitium has 383 seniors in 7 Curiae and 2 junior praesidia.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: The Senatus has consolidated a praesidium of young adults in the capital and is trying to form a junior praesidium. They had a stand at an Archdiocesan celebration which was visited by many laity and religious including, Cardinal Sturla. They also attended a National Gathering of the Laity at which they met Bishop of Melo and spoke with him about the Legion and an upcoming PPC Project to his Diocese.

VENEZUELA
Senatus of Caracas: Several new praesidia have been established. Maria et Patria and PPC projects have taken place. Works include visitation of a jail and a military hospital, contact with indigenous peoples and with prostitutes. A day of evangelisation was held for prisoners; one Jehovah Witness was converted. They report having very little Legion literature.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: A Congress will be held in August. Columban Drives have been carried out in many parishes. The Senatus has a good group of experienced and new correspondents for their distant affiliated councils. Home visitation is given great importance; parishes are huge, so frequent visits to a small number of families are recommended. Street contact is common and contact is made with those waiting in queues at hospitals. Also reported was contact with indigenous tribes, immigrants, sailors, lorry drivers and street people. Legionaries are responsible for directing the many parish prayer groups.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: The new Senatus President has visited the distant councils of Cochabamba, Beni, Sucre and Santa Cruz. At each Senatus meeting a report is given of the correspondence with outlying and distant councils. One of the councils does a lot of street contact, including in the markets, where a public Rosary is said. Some councils have vibrant juniors. In the Comitium of Potosí a number of junior legionaries joined the Missionaries of Charity. The recitation of the Rosary is taught in schools and to families on home visitation.

PERU
Senatus of Lima: Recruiting drives took place in various councils. One attached Comitium set up 5 new praesidia. A Curia visited 4,000 homes and recruited 16 people to active membership. All councils and praesidia have large numbers of auxiliaries. Masses for the Causes were arranged.

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asunción: 3 Comitia, 4 Curiae and 5 praesidia reported. The Senatus held a National Youth Conference, founded a Comitium in the Diocese of Caacupe and attended a National Meeting of Lay People. A print-out of the 33 day preparation for taking on de Montfort’s True Devotion has been forwarded to all Councils. The Comitium in Caballero has 8 adult Curiae, a juvenile Curia of 8 praesidia and 1 group of Semilleros. Works include visitation of the sick at home, in hospitals and Sanatoriums, evangelisation in the Regional Prison and through the radio, helping couples experiencing difficulties, catechesis and Exploratio Dominicalis. In the Comitium based in Encarnacion, a praesidium with 13 members, plus 3 on probation has 161 auxiliaries, 28 Adjutorians and 3 Pretorians. The Comitium in Ciudad del Este has 30 attached Curiae comprising 610 senior praesidia and 22 groups of semilleros. They report 7 Patrician Groups. Two new Curiae and 29 senior praesidia were set up. An apostolate is carried out via a Radio station.

ASIA

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: At a three-day Eucharistic Convention two slots of 40 minutes were allocated to the Legion. Much interest was shown and many enquiries made about starting a praesidium. A praesidium of 9 members, including Praetorians, prepared 11 Maori students, aged 14-17 years for the Sacraments of Baptism Confirmation and Blessed Eucharist. Other works reported included bereavement follow up, counseling couples who are thinking of separating and the Rosary taught in schools. Juniors are very active in Auckland. 3 members visited Samoa where there are 5 Comitia, 11 Curiae, 58 praesidia and 2 junior Curiae. The Legion overall is working very well.

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus: A Parish Priest was very impressed with the returns to the Sacraments following an Exploratio Dominicalis project. Visiting nursing homes provides the legionaries with an opportunity to contact the priest for last- minute conversions. Book barrows operate in the main city streets. Teaching catechism resulted in 17 being baptised at Easter in the Indonesian community. Brisbane Comitium: The Rosary was taught for 6 weeks in a school, and a monthly Rosary is recited during a hospital radio broadcast. 30 to 40 attend a monthly Rosary group. Holy Communion is brought to nursing homes, and a priest is taken to the lapsed. Legionaries assist the Parish Priest in the Sacramental Programme. Extension was undertaken to 5 parishes and much interest shown. A pilgrimage is organised for the Year of Mercy.
Melbourne Senatus: One legionary was complimented on her faithful attendance despite an 8 hour return journey. A Summer School was held with the Theme, ‘The Interior Life of Legionaries’. Hobart Curia, Tasamina, has 5 praesidia. Bro. Jim Stoppa and his legionary daughter spent 10 days giving talks in many parishes; much interest was shown.
Noumea Comitium: (New Caledonia) has 9 Curia. Wallis Curia has 6 praesidia and Futuna Island has 2 praesidia attached to Wallis Curia.

PHILIPPINES
Bicolandia Senatus: Stall owners are encouraged to pray before opening their stalls. Hospital, jail, home and nursing home visitation was done. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart was promoted and catechism taught to 1,000 elementary students, 600 secondary students and the parents of 563 First Communicants.
Mindanao Senatus: Two praesidia drawn from City Hall employees hold their meeting during their lunch hour, evangelise among their fellow workers and on the nearby streets. Persistence by members in visiting an elderly man over 2 years resulted in his return to the Sacraments. A Seminarian who had become a Jehovah Witnesses has been brought back to the Catholic faith by legionaries. Senatus of Northern Philippines: At the March meeting all councils were reminded to hold Congresses at Curia level, also to Audit the Treasurer’s Books and submit the report to the next highest council.
Silang Comitium: A Curia held its first Congress with an attendance of 300. Another Comitium had 44 lapsed brought back to Church and taught catechism to 1,400 school children and 50 prison inmates. A Comitium with 95 parishes has 51 parishes without the Legion. An effort is to be made to contact the Parish Priests, deliver the Maria Legionis and do an Exploratio Dominicalis.
San Pedro Comitium reported an increase in members through the intercession of Frank Duff.
Imus Comitium recruited 5 priests as Adjutorian members.
Mount Hagen Regia: PNG supervise 9 Comitia, 6 senior Curiae and 7 senior praesidia. It has approx. 4,000 members. The visitation to councils who fail to attend the Regia or submit their reports is undertaken.
Western Visayas Senatus: 4 Comitia, 1 Regia, 4 senior Curiae and 1 junior Curia reported. Exploratio Dominicalis projects featured. Many conversions of Baptists, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses were reported. A Born again Christian was converted and later joined the Legion.
Regia of Negros Occidental has a Seminary praesidium which is very active in a jail, promoted Confession and Mass attendance. As a result of Exploratio Dominicalis, 66 couples had their marriages validated and 150 adults were baptised. Catechism was taught to over 4,000 children and adults.
Cebu Senatus: All reports are thorough, covering substantial works. Visitation is well programmed and effected. Directly attached praesidia are very active and auxiliary membership has increased.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT
COMITIA

Dromore Comitium: Burren junior praesidium members serve Mass, offer Miraculous Medals to other children and study the children’s Bible. Rostrevor praesidium undertakes home visitation, promotes the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association and brings Holy Communion to ill parishioners. The Comitium promotes the Confession leaflet on visitation and in schools. A young legionary is entering the Seminary.
Navan Comitium: A praesidium with 5 members has 21 auxiliaries. They visited 220 homes in the parish and a nursing home fortnightly to conduct an hour of prayer with the residents. A book barrow stall is operated in Navan Shopping Centre and a public Rosary is recited outside the Shopping Centre. Mullingar Curia: Tullamore praesidium has 9 members who promote the Alfie Lambe Cause and are constantly in touch with legionaries in Argentina. They helped set up a praesidium in County Westmeath. Trim Curia has 7 praesidia. They formed a Children’s Club, promote Adoration and teach Catechism.
Derry Comitium: The praesidium in Creggan undertakes home visitation, school Rosary and Pilgrim Statue apostolate. Another reporting praesidium has as its main works, home visitation, school Rosary and Pilgrim Statue. The Youth Conference held in Thornhill College on 14th May had 12 young people present. Mater Dei Curia has 11 praesidia. Our Lady of Zion Curia has 6 praesidia. Their works include hospital and residential home visitation.
Raphoe Comitium has 9 senior praesidia, one junior praesidium and one Curia attached. One senior praesidium is Gaelic-speaking. A junior praesidium in Stranorlar has 7 members aged from 7 to 13 years. Carrigart praesidium has 6 members who visit senior parishioners living alone. They present a small statue of Our Lady and a Bible to each child making First Holy Communion. South West Raphoe Curia: The statue of Our Lady was given to a lady who had been told she had cancer. When they collected the statue 2 weeks later she said her scan showed she had no cancer. The people in her workplace who heard the story begged to have the statue and this is being arranged.

CURIAE

Leitrim Curia: A praesidium of 12 in Longford town is comprised mainly of Slovakians. They reach out to the Slovakian community and encourage couples who live together to get married. After the Slovakian Mass they organise tea. A Czech man came for help as his partner was dying and they wanted to get married. The legionaries, a social worker and a member of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul all helped to arrange the marriage. The lady died 2 weeks later. An Exploratio Dominicalis project took place in Edgeworthstown with 16 legionaries participating.
Clogher Curia: There are 6 praesidia in the West Clogher Curia and 6 in the former Mid Clogher Curia. Belco praesidium is involved in all parish activities. The Concilium Officer in charge of Ireland and the Correspondent visited the May Curia meeting and had a meeting with the officers beforehand. Two members from the former Mid Clogher Curia attended the Curia meeting.
Kilmore Curia: A letter was received from Kilmore Pastoral Centre inviting legionaries to join them in an afternoon of prayer to mark the Jubilee Year of Mercy in St. Patrick’s Church. Ballinamore.
Clonmacnoise Curia: There are 3 praesidia attached with a total membership of 24. Works include home and nursing home visitation. Miraculous Medals are distributed to First Communion and Confirmation classes.
Armagh Curia: Two legionaries took their Promise. Mass was celebrated and the Edel Quinn prayer said on 12th May in the morning and the Edel Quinn prayer said and a talk given on Edel at the evening Mass. The praesidium in Armagh was asked to lead the Rosary in the Cathedral for the Corpus Christi Procession. They also recited the Rosary in an Estate every Monday in May.
Drogheda Curia: The praesidium in the Holy Family parish is very involved in the parish. Their works include home visitation, visiting a Day Care Centre and four hospitals. A Maria et Patria project organised by the Curia took place in this parish on 21 and 22 March. With the great support of the Parish Priest, Fr. David Bradley and two other priests, including the Spiritual Director of the Curia, Fr. Derek O’Connell, 31 legionaries from Leinster and Ulster visited 924 homes. They met 215 practising and 230 lapsed Catholics. One lady expressed an interest in becoming a Catholic.
Dundalk Curia: To celebrate the Year of Mercy a praesidium with 9 members and 62 auxiliaries distributed 2,500 Confession leaflets to homes. For Catholic Schools Week they showed the DVD on ‘Meet the Legion’ to 5th and 6th classes. A new praesidium has been set up in Kilcurry parish with four members.
Annunciata Curia: (Diocese of Down & Connor): Three praesidia reports were presented in April. One Sunday, legionaries recruited outside all Masses in their parish. Morning Star Hostel has monthly Adoration and it was suggested that they should try to have it more frequently, citing the daily Adoration which takes place in the Morning Star in Dublin and which attracts regular adorers.
Down Curia: A number of legionaries from the Curia went on PPC projects, including their Spiritual Director Fr. Fleck. Praesidia works include, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the homes, Fatima Statue visitation, visiting Primary Schools and speaking on the Miraculous Medal. The Acies Ceremony and a Mass in honour of Edel Queen were celebrated.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE
Consolata Curia: A praesidium of 6 full members and one probationer help to run the attached junior praesidium. Each October they organise a candle-light Rosary Procession around the School and Church grounds; the statue of Our Lady used is blessed and brought to homes during the year. They also run the Church Repository; a lady who asked for help heating her baby’s bottle expressed an interest in becoming a Catholic and was put in contact with the Parish Priest. A praesidium with 5 members has four Fatima Statues in circulation. ‘Alive’ newspapers are left in the Airport Church. The Curia took part in an outreach to mark the Year of Mercy. Schools in two parishes were visited and the Miraculous Medal DVD shown to the Sacrament classes, who were then given religious packs. Contact was made in local restaurants and street contact work was done.

Presentata Curia: Regina Pacis praesidium does duty in the Regina Coeli Hostel two evenings a week and the occasional Sunday. During the year 6 people were recruited; they now have 11 full and 4 probationary members. Members of the praesidium organised various events including regular DVD nights, a talk by a member of Cenaclo and a talk in St. Agatha’s Church on the Pioneers, after w


Exaltata Curia has 9 praesidia. Two members of one praesidium are Praetorians. Most weeks 6 legionaries do home visitation; a lady from Cameroon with three boys, one with severe disabilities, had all three baptised last August and the family now regularly attend Sunday Mass; they were put in contact with Crosscare and other agencies for help. Every week patients in St. Mary’s Hospital are visited, including former residents of the Legion hostels who have no close family. The family of a deceased former resident of the Morning Star Hostel were very appreciative of the Legion for speaking at his funeral Mass. The praesidium also helped the Parish Priest in another parish with his “Night Fever” initiative in a Shopping Centre whereby shoppers were invited to light a candle and pray in the Oratory; for many it was a first introduction to the Oratory.

Bethlehem Curia: One praesidium reported a new member. Five South Americans joined another praesidium. 18 patricians and 5 legionaries attended two Patrician meetings. Another praesidium reported four full members and two probationers. During street contact on O’Connell Street they make use of the Miraculous Medal, a faith card and the Legion’s Confession leaflet. An average of ten people attended their monthly Frank Duff Prayer Group, which takes one hour and includes an excerpt from Finola Kennedy’s biography on Frank Duff titled: ‘A Life Story’. During the summer months, a book barrow was set up outside the Legion House; one boy asked for a Miraculous Medal and explained that he was being bullied at school and that his parents were separated; the legionaries promised to pray for him. Our Lady of Victories praesidium, formed in 1923, has a monthly stand outside Presentata House in an effort to recruit. 16 bars were visited to promote the Barman’s Retreat; in one bar they met a group of girls who had fond memories of being in the Edel Quinn Club. On behalf of the Curia they organise a quarterly Edel Quinn Promoters Meeting, 12 legionaries and one non-legionary attended the latest meeting.

Porta Coeli Curia: The works of one praesidium include home visitation; they deliver 15 Maria Legionis quarterly and 30 parish newsletters weekly. There are 2 Praetorians amongst the seven active members in another praesidium; they have 6 Adjutorians. A recruiting drive resulted in 3 visitors. In one nursing home wheelchair-bound patients are wheeled into the grounds and special attention is given to the bedbound.

Veneranda Curia: A new praesidium has started a Patrician meeting. A Gaelic-speaking praesidium screened the TG4 documentary on Frank Duff, followed by discussion and refreshments. A member of another praesidium joined a Seminary. Works include the Church bookshop, distributing 60 Maria Legionis, home and nursing home visitation; in the latter up to 22 residents take part in the weekly Rosary and Legion prayers, followed by socialising. A praesidium with 5 members and 110 auxiliaries, visit an elderly complex, distribute 35 Maria Legionis and manage the Church bookstall.

AFRICA
GHANA
Accra Senatus: The Senatus has requested members to become more involved and active in the promotion of the Cause of the servant of God Frank Duff, asking them to organise events and activities in their parishes and to invite the general public .The Senatus is setting up a Committee to look after the Promotion of the Cause and to report any favours received. A Spiritual Director’s Conference was organised. The Legion was well represented at the funeral of Most Rev. Thomas Kwaku Mensah, Archbishop Emeritus of Kumasi, he was a wonderful supporter of the Legion, may he Rest in Peace.
Cape Verde Regia: As a result of an Exploratio Dominicalis project 82 children and 143 adults joined the catechism class.
Senatus of Egypt: In some areas meetings cannot always be held due to the situation in the country, please keep them in your prayers

ZIMBABWE
Hwange Comitium: 250 legionaries including 31 juniors attended the Acies.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: The Senatus had a meeting with its Curiae officers. Under ‘Social Mobilisation’, a campaign of vaccination against Yellow Fever was mentioned. Two legionaries represented the Legion at a National Bishop’s Conference on Street Pastoral Care organised by a Commission for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Travellers, which also invited the Legion to be represented at a workshop on Human Trafficking. Works of praesidia in Luanda include visiting homes, hospitals, leprosaria and prisons. A report from the new Curia set up in São Tomé in January, shows it has eight praesidia with 70 active members and 20 auxiliaries.
Benguela Senatus: On 31 January, 2016, the new Regia of Lobito was inaugurated with Mass concelebrated by the Bishop Emeritus of Benguela, Dom Oscar Braga, and five priests. Over 1,700 legionaries attended. At the January Senatus meeting, the four attached Regiae of Lubango, Huambo, Namibe and Kwito-Bié, presented their reports showing visitation of the sick, helping with the Liturgy in hospitals and doing cleaning in several hospitals. Namibe reported visits to the sick and prisoners and cleaning done in all the cemeteries of the Province. Namibe Regia is planning to participate in the translation of the Legion Handbook into the Umbundu language

MOZAMBIQUE
Lesotho Senatus: There is good contact with non-Catholics. A praesidium reports the visitation of alcoholics and drug addicts. Marianhill Comitium: A letter was received giving the names of the Officers and details of their Retreat.
Johannesburg Senatus: Works by praesidia include home, hospital and prison visitation and teaching catechism. Among the works of one praesidium is visiting 210 homes of non-Catholics and explaining Marian devotion.
Cape Town Senatus: The Senatus organised a very successful training weekend for legionaries in Port Elizabeth Comitium. Plans are underway for setting up a new Comitium in Pelle in September to govern the Legion in the Northern Cape. The Senatus is making great efforts to train the legionaries and to build the Legion in the Senatus area.



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Rapport de la visite à Boston
August 2016

Rapport de la visite à Boston

Entre le 10 et le 22 mai 2016, la soeur Christine Coakley (Philadelphie) et la soeur Maureen McManus ont visité le Senatus de Boston et ses 3 comitia attachés à Providence, à New Haven et à Hartfort.
Senatus de Boston : Beaucoup de longs voyages pour être présentes. Des réunions ont également eu lieu avec les officiers du Senatus. La nécessité d’augmenter le nombre de praesidia directement attachés a été soulignée ; c’est sur ce noyau que le Senatus est basé. Il y a des groupes de légionnaires qui parlent portugais, espagnol, chinois, coréen, vietnamien et créole haïtien. La Légion aide à l’extérieur avec des journées d’évangélisation de paroisses pour lesquelles l’évêque a exprimé ses remerciements.
Le Comitium de Providence a mis l’accent sur l’extension. Un nouveau praesidium a été mis en place. Le Comitium est composé de 13 praesidia et curiae, dont l’une est basée à Crantston et est impliquée dans l’intronisation du Sacré-Cœur.
Le Comitium de New Haven a 1 praesidium junior, 6 praesidia et 2 curiae basées à Bridgefort et à Waterbury. Le praesidium des écoles de Waterbury a 47 membres. Il est nécessaire de mettre davantage l’accent sur les jeunes. Il a été suggéré qu’ils organisent des retraites pour les jeunes et une conférence de la jeunesse.
Comitium de Hartfort : Ils ont un praesidium de 12 membres dans une prison.



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Allocutio Juillet 2016 du Père Bede McGregor, op
August 2016

La Légion et les Œuvres de Miséricorde spirituelle
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Il y a plusieurs mois, en préparation du Jubilé de l’Année extraordinaire de la Miséricorde, nous avons réfléchi à plusieurs reprises sur le rôle de la Miséricorde dans l’histoire et la spiritualité de la Légion. Maintenant que nous sommes au milieu de cette année remplie de grâce, je veux revenir à ce grand thème, car il est pratiquement impossible d’avoir une image authentique de Dieu ou une compréhension de l’avenir de l’apostolat sans une appréciation de la signification réelle de la Miséricorde. Miséricorde est le nom le plus profond de Dieu en relation avec l’humanité blessée et pécheresse et tout apostolat est vraiment de nous laisser être les instruments de la Miséricorde de Dieu vers un autre.

L’une des grandes bénédictions de l’Année de la Miséricorde à ce jour a été la production de tant de livres, de brochures et d’articles sur tous les aspects de la Divine Miséricorde. Les écrits du Pape François en particulier sont vraiment une source d’inspiration, utiles et accessibles, et je recommande fortement que nous nous immergions en eux. Mais aujourd’hui, je veux méditer sur les œuvres de Miséricorde spirituelle soulignées dans le Manuel.

Tout d’abord, nous savons que l’amour de notre voisin inclut de chercher à répondre à ses besoins corporels et spirituels. En d’autres termes, le chrétien est engagé à l’attention de la personne entière, corps et âme. Il n’est pas question de l’un ou de l’autre, mais des deux, au mieux de nos capacités et de nos possibilités. Mais les besoins de l’âme sont suprêmement importants comme ces paroles bien connues dites par Notre Seigneur : « Quel avantage, en effet, un homme a-t-il à gagner le monde entier si c’est au prix de sa vie ? » (Mc 8,36). Le salut des âmes est l’objectif clair et essentiel de la vie de Jésus. Il dit à plusieurs reprises de la manière la plus catégorique : « Je suis venu appeler les pécheurs ». C’est aussi le but déterminant de la Légion. Le salut des âmes est l’œuvre la plus sublime de la Miséricorde.

Normalement, en expliquant les œuvres corporelles de la Miséricorde, les théologiens se réfèrent aux saintes Ecritures, au chapitre 25 de l’Evangile de saint Matthieu où il décrit ce que sera le Jugement dernier. Elles se résument dans ces mots exigeants : « Tout ce que vous avez fait au plus petit de mes frères, c’est à moi que vous l’avez fait ». Mais ce texte de saint Matthieu peut être appliqué encore plus profondément aux œuvres spirituelles de Miséricorde spirituelle. Les spirituellement appauvris sont affamés de l’Eucharistie et vous les avez amenés à moi. Ils avaient soif d’être aimés et vous les avez aidés à comprendre mon amour infini pour eux dans mon cri : « J’ai soif ». Dans leur faiblesse humaine et leur péché, ils désespéraient du pardon et vous les avez amenés à moi dans le Sacrement de la Miséricorde Divine et du Pardon. Pour les malades et les mourants, et ceux qui endurent toute sorte de souffrances physiques et spirituelles, vous ne vous êtes pas contentés de les voir mourir tout simplement d’une mort sans douleur, mais vous avez prié avec eux et les avez aidés à me rencontrer dans un jugement d’amour. Vous m’avez amené à ceux qui se considéraient comme des échecs ou d’aucune utilité à quelqu’un, ancrés dans la solitude et l’abandon, et avez partagé avec eux la joie de l’Evangile. Il y a tellement de privés spirituellement et de démunis humainement dans les prisons, les hôpitaux psychiatriques, les maisons de retraite et dans beaucoup d’autres sortes d’institutions et vous m’apportez à eux par votre présence et votre amitié. Vous n’aviez pas peur de leur parler de moi, de leur dire comme ils sont infiniment importants pour moi et ce que j’ai fait pour eux pour leur montrer mon Amour. Vous avez entrepris un si grand nombre d’œuvres spirituelles de Miséricorde. Vous êtes les bienvenus dans mon royaume pour toute l’éternité. Le désir du salut des âmes est le plus grand cadeau que j’ai donné à la Légion à la demande de ma Mère qui est la vôtre. Chérissez-le.

Comme vous l’aurez probablement deviné, j’ai juste paraphrasé en d’autres termes tant de parties du Manuel et en particulier le paragraphe 6 du chapitre 37 : « Travail pour les plus misérables et les plus délaissés de la population ». Permettez-moi de citer quelques-uns des passages les plus provocants du Manuel : « Jusqu’à ce que la Légion dans quel que centre que ce soit puisse affirmer en toute vérité que ses membres connaissent personnellement chacun des individus qui appartiennent à ces lieux dévoyés et qu’ils ont quelques rapports avec eux tous, il manquera quelque chose à son complet développement, et des efforts dans cette direction devront être intensifiés ».

« Nul chercheur des choses rares et précieuses de la terre ne doit poursuivre le désir de son cœur plus sérieusement que le légionnaire à la poursuite de ces infortunés du monde. Son intervention sera peut-être leur unique planche de salut éternel. Fréquemment, ils sont si inaccessibles aux bonnes influences que la prison représente pour eux un bienfait déguisé », ou tout simplement la question exigeante : « Quel prix un homme donnera-t-il à une âme ? ».
Nous avons déjà parlé de Marie, lors d’autres réunions, comme Mère de la Miséricorde, mais je voudrais dire que, tout comme la mission de Jésus est définie en termes de salut des pécheurs, de même le Cœur maternel de Marie peut être défini comme une attention et un amour pour le salut des pécheurs. Comme nous le savons, Notre-Dame est apparue partout dans le monde et quand elle parle, elle a le même message dans tous : « Priez pour les pécheurs. Faites pénitence pour les pécheurs ». Une des prières préférées qu’elle nous a enseignée est dans la prière de Fatima : « Ô mon Jésus, pardonnez-nous nos péchés, préservez-nous du feu de l’enfer, et conduisez au Ciel toutes les âmes surtout celles qui ont le plus besoin de votre miséricorde ». Les personnes qui ont le plus besoin de la Miséricorde de Dieu sont particulièrement le souci de Marie, et donc de la Légion. Donc, la Légion prie un million de fois chaque jour : « Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs, maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort ». Amen

 



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Bulletin du Concilium – Juillet 2016
August 2016

Europe
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Autriche et conseils sous sa gouvernance
Senatus d’Autriche : Les écoles d’été et d’hiver ont promu l’Année de la Miséricorde et le 300e anniversaire de la mort de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort. 3 des 9 praesidia directement attachés ont fait leurs rapports. L’un travaille auprès des filles de la rue ; les deux autres sont des praesidia étudiants dont l’apostolat comprend la promotion du Festival « Key2 Life » et un apostolat musical de rue. La Curia de Vienne Ouest avait 13 participants lors d’une journée d’étude sur la foi musulmane. La Curia de Burgenland a organisé une manifestation de deux jours d’approfondissement de la foi avec Mgr Schneider.
Comitium de Zwetti : Deux retraites pour les jeunes ont eu une participation de 22 et 90 personnes.

République tchèque
Comitium d’Olmuetz et Curia de Brunn : A la suite de la visite des malades, 237 personnes ont reçu l’Onction. 50 légionnaires ont assisté à l’École d’hiver.

Ukraine
La sœur Kriss et le frère Hager du Senatus autrichien ont visité l’Ukraine pendant 2 semaines et participeront à l’École d’été. 6 des 10 conseils ont commencé de nouveaux praesidia l’année dernière. La première retraite a eu lieu à Nikolaew. 25 mariages ont été régularisés et 261 personnes sont revenues aux Sacrements. Il y a maintenant 10 praesidia étudiants africains. Une personne âgée a été baptisée suite à l’action du Praesidium gréco-catholique. Le suivi a été fait pour la Tessera gréco-catholique et le Manuel en ukrainien.

Moldavie
La Légion existe dans 7 des 9 paroisses. Ils visitent les non pratiquants, les pauvres et les malades, et tiennent aussi des réunions de Patriciens.

Slovaquie
Comitium de Zseliz : Le Praesidium de Kolon utilise 5 statues de la Vierge pèlerine pour les visites des familles ; leur praesidium de jeunes a lancé un praesidium adulte à Csistar.

Bulgarie
Le praesidium de jeunes adultes à Sofia fait des contacts de rue et donne une instruction religieuse aux enfants.

Biélorussie
L’Acies du Comitium a eu lieu le 2 avril après la sainte Messe célébrée par l’Evêque, Mgr Yury Kasabutsky. Les rapports ont été donnés sur la visite de la Curia à 2 praesidia. Un praesidium à Minsk a présenté son rapport annuel. Il a 14 membres, 2 en probation, 34 auxiliaires et un praesidium junior attaché. L’un de leurs travaux est le contact avec les témoins de Jéhovah et les adeptes de l’occultisme. Un hommage spécial a été rendu à l’un de leurs membres pour son 80e anniversaire – le frère Anatoly Gorodetsky, l’un des premiers légionnaires en Biélorussie.

Croatie
Regia de Zagreb : Le programmation à Radio Maria continue chaque mois. Le sujet présenté en janvier était « La Légion de Marie dans la vie de tous les jours ». Des rapports ont été reçus de 6 praesidia directement attachés et 8 curiae. De nombreux retours aux Sacrements ont été signalés par des praesidia et des curiae. La Curia de Dugo Selo a 13 praesidia, 2 groupes Nazareth et 2 groupes d’enfants. La Curia de Zagreb Sud a mentionné la réconciliation d’une mère et de son fils, après 40 ans.

Pays sous la gouvernance de la Regia de Zagreb
Slovénie
Quatre légionnaires slovènes aidés par 4 de Croatie et 2 d’Autriche ont présenté la Légion dans la ville de Grosuplje en Slovénie. Une personne est venue à la première réunion, ainsi que le curé qui est prêt à être Directeur spirituel. D’autres présentations seront faites.

Bosnie – Herzégovine
La Curia de Sarajevo a 7 praesidia affiliés. Les efforts visant à établir des praesidia dans les paroisses franciscaines sont en cours.

Hongrie
Regia de Budapest : Les rapports de 6 praesidia, 9 curiae et 5 comitia ont été reçus ainsi que des statistiques détaillées de 2015. La réunion de la Regia de mars, tenue au cours de l’Ecole d’hiver, a eu une participation de 131 légionnaires et de 9 prêtres. Les travaux entrepris sont composés principalement de la visite de malades et de personnes âgées, les aidant à recevoir les Sacrements, l’organisation de pèlerinages et le travail de l’Église. Une curia à Kistausa mène un club de jeunes et la Curia de Pecs a enseigné comment prier, aux enfants dans les crèches et les écoles primaires.

Lettonie
Regia /Comitium : Ce conseil a 3 curiae et 12 praesidia directement attachés. Un praesidium de 8 membres avec un praesidium junior de 5 membres fait des contacts de rue, des visites à l’hôpital et a commencé un groupe de discussion. La Curia de Jelgava a 3 praesidia, et la Curia de Rezekne 10 praesidia. Un effort de recrutement à Aluksne a abouti à l’adhésion de 3 personnes, portant à 7 le nombre des membres d’un praesidium. La Curia de Leipijia a 2 praesidia. Le Comitium a organisé 2 offensives de recrutement. Les visites de praesidia et la promotion des 3 Causes sont présentées dans tous les rapports.

Lituanie
Le Comitium de Kaunas a 13 praesidia directement attachés et 7 curiae. Trois efforts de recrutement ont donné comme résultat l’adhésion de 4 personnes. Un praesidium de 8 membres à Vilnius visite les personnes handicapées et les personnes qui vivent seules. Les légionnaires emmènent certaines personnes âgées pour les courses, la Messe du dimanche, organisent également les visites de prêtres à leur domicile. Beaucoup de personnes rencontrées dans un centre de jour sont sans religion, ou sont devenues non pratiquantes depuis des années. La Médaille Miraculeuse est diffusée.
Le Comitium de Telsiai a 11 praesidia attachés et 2 curiae avec un total de 231 membres, dont 85 sont prétoriens. Les gens sont rencontrés à la maison et des visites à l’hôpital ont donné lieu à des retours aux Sacrements après 8, 25 et 50 ans.

Pologne
Regia de Lublin : Un événement majeur a été la commémoration du 300e anniversaire de la mort de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort, qui a coïncidé avec le 30e anniversaire de la Légion à Lublin. L’événement a eu lieu à l’Université catholique de Lublin. Il y a eu 10 réunions avec des conférenciers de renom. Des efforts d’extension ont donné comme résultat l’augmentation de 61 nouveaux membres et 2 nouveaux praesidia. Les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile, visites aux malades à leur domicile, dans les hôpitaux et les maisons de soins, le contact avec les toxicomanes, les alcooliques, les témoins de Jéhovah et les gens dans les abris de nuit, les gens faisant du commerce, les visites de prisons et les contacts dans la rue en proposant la Médaille Miraculeuse. Les fruits de leur apostolat comprennent : 6 couples ont régularisé leur mariage, 7 enfants ont été baptisés ; 4 personnes ont été confirmées ; 10 enfants ont fait leur Première Communion et 120 personnes ont reçu le Sacrement de Réconciliation.

Roumanie
Regia Satu Mare : Les travaux comprennent des visites à l’hôpital, l’organisation de l’Adoration eucharistique et la conduite du chapelet dans l’église, ainsi que de nombreuses œuvres de service et des activités dans la paroisse. Deux légionnaires ont été désignés pour participer à un programme de la paroisse appelé « Row to the deep » (Avance au large) qui durera 2 ans.
Comitium Oradea : Les légionnaires sont accompagnés par les prêtres pour certaines de leurs activités. La Curia de Sakor a fait la promotion des 8 semaines de prière pour l’unité des chrétiens. 52 légionnaires de la Curia de Baia Mare participent à une veillée, chaque jeudi, en expiation envers le Coeur de Jésus. Curia de Bucarest : Un week-end d’Ecole d’été est organisé par l’Autriche pour les officiers des 8 praesidia.


Amérique du Sud
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Colombie
Senatus de Bogota : Au cours de cette période, 3 comitia, 1 curia et deux praesidia ont fait leur rapport. Quatre officiers du Senatus sont également officiers dans les conseils attachés. De grands efforts sont faits pour encourager le Sacrement de Réconciliation au cours de cette Année de la Miséricorde. Tous les conseils et les praesidia font état d’un grand nombre d’auxiliaires et d’adjutoriens.
Senatus de Medellin : Un Comitium a deux praesidia juniors. Des légionnaires enseignent le catéchisme dans des maisons de personnes handicapées. Des légionnaires confinés chez eux font l’apostolat de la Légion par téléphone.

Equateur
Senatus de Quito : La maison de la Légion à Cuenca est en cours de rénovation avec l’aide de légionnaires ; un étage est terminé. Il est fait mention de l’extension, d’Exploratio Dominicalis, de nouveaux praesidia et de la réorganisaton des praesidia existants.
Le Comitium d’Esmeraldas a 383 personnes dans 7 curiae, et 2 praesidia juniors.

Uruguay
Senatus de Montevideo : Le Senatus a consolidé un praesidium de jeunes adultes dans la capitale et tente de former un praesidium junior. Il avait un stand à une célébration de l’Archidiocèse qui a été visité par de nombreux laïcs et religieux, dont le Cardinal Sturla. Il a également participé au Rassemblement national des laïcs ; ils y ont rencontré l’Evêque de Melo et ont parlé avec lui de la Légion et d’un prochain projet de P.P.C. dans son diocèse.

Vénézuela
Senatus de Caracas : Plusieurs nouveaux praesidia ont été établis. Des projets de Maria et Patria et de P.P.C. ont eu lieu. Les travaux comprennent des visites d’une prison et d’un hôpital militaire, le contact avec des indigènes et avec des prostituées. Une journée d’évangélisation a eu lieu pour les prisonniers ; un témoin de Jéhovah a été converti. Ils déclarent avoir très peu de littérature de la Légion.

Chili
Senatus de Santiago : Un congrès aura lieu en août. Des « Drives Colomban » ont été réalisés dans de nombreuses paroisses. Le Senatus a un bon groupe de correspondants expérimentés et de nouveaux pour leurs conseils affiliés éloignés. Il a été donné une grande importance aux visites à domicile. Les paroisses sont énormes, donc de fréquentes visites à un petit nombre de familles sont recommandées. Les contacts de rue sont habituels ainsi que des contacts avec les personnes qui sont dans les files d’attente dans les hôpitaux. On signale également des contacts avec les tribus indigènes, les immigrants, les marins, les chauffeurs routiers et les gens de la rue. Des légionnaires sont chargés de diriger de nombreux groupes de prière paroissiaux.

Bolivie
Senatus de La Paz : Le nouveau Président du Senatus a visité les conseils éloignés de Cochabamba, Beni, Sucre et Santa Cruz. A chaque réunion du Senatus, un rapport est donné de la correspondance avec les conseils éloignés et distants. Un des conseils fait beaucoup de contacts de rue, y compris dans les marchés où un chapelet en public est dit. Certains conseils ont des juniors dynamiques. Dans le Comitium de Potosí, un certain nombre de légionnaires juniors a rejoint les Missionnaires de la Charité. La récitation du chapelet est enseignée dans les écoles et aux familles visitées à domicile.

Pérou
Senatus de Lima : Les efforts de recrutement ont eu lieu dans divers conseils. Un comitium attaché a créé 5 nouveaux praesidia. Une curia a visité 4 000 maisons et a recruté 16 personnes comme membres actifs. Tous les conseils et les praesidia ont un grand nombre d’auxiliaires. Des Messes pour les Causes ont été organisées.

Paraguay
Senatus d’Asunción : 3 comitia, 4 curiae et 5 praesidia ont fait un rapport. Le Senatus a organisé une Conférence Nationale de la Jeunesse, a fondé un comitium dans le Diocèse de Caacupe et a assisté à une réunion nationale des laïcs. Une impression de la préparation en 33 jours à la Vraie Dévotion de Montfort a été transmise à tous les conseils. Le Comitium de Caballero a 8 curiae, une curia juvénile de 8 praesidia et 1 groupe pépiniaire. Les travaux comprennent la visite de malades à domicile, dans les hôpitaux et sanatoriums, l’évangélisation dans la prison régionale et par la radio, l’aide à des couples qui éprouvent des difficultés, la catéchèse et l’Exploratio Dominicalis. Dans le Comitium basé à Encarnacion, un praesidium de 13 membres et 3 en probation a 161 auxiliaires, 28 adjutoriens et 3 prétoriens. Le Comitium de Ciudad del Este a 30 curiae attachées qui comprenent 610 praesidia et 22 groupes pépiniaires. Ils mentionnent 7 groupes de Patriciens. Deux nouvelles curiae et 29 praesidia ont été mis en place. Un apostolat est effectué via une station de radio.


Asie
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Nouvelle Zélande
Senatus d’Auckland : Lors d’une Convention eucharistique de trois jours, deux créneaux de 40 minutes ont été alloués à la Légion. Beaucoup d’intérêt a été montré et de nombreuses demandes de renseignements faites pour le démarrage d’un praesidium. Un praesidium de 9 membres comprenant des prétoriens, a préparé 11 élèves maoris âgés de 14 à 17 ans pour les Sacrements du Baptême, de la Confirmation et de la Sainte Eucharistie. D’autres travaux signalés comprenaient le suivi de deuils, les conseils aux couples qui songent à se séparer et le chapelet enseigné dans les écoles. Des juniors sont très actifs à Auckland. 3 membres ont visité les Samoa où il y a 5 comitia, 11 curiae, 58 praesidia et 2 curiae juniors. L’ensemble de la Légion fonctionne très bien.

Australie
Senatus de Sydney : Un curé a été très impressionné par les retours aux Sacrements à la suite d’un projet d’Exploratio Dominicalis. La visite de maisons de retraite est assurée par les légionnaires avec la possibilité de contacter le prêtre pour les conversions de dernière minute. Les bibliothèques roulantes opèrent dans les principales rues de la ville. L’enseignement du catéchisme a donné comme résultat 17 Baptêmes à Pâques dans la Communauté indonésienne. Comitium de Brisbane : Le rosaire a été enseigné pendant 6 semaines dans une école, et un chapelet est récité chaque mois au cours d’une émission de radio à l’hôpital. 30 à 40 personnes assistent chaque mois à un groupe de chapelet. La Sainte Communion est portée dans les maisons de retraite, et un prêtre est emmené auprès de non pratiquants. Des légionnaires aident le curé dans le programme sacramentel. L’extension a été entreprise pour 5 paroisses et beaucoup d’intérêt montré. Un pèlerinage est organisé pour l’Année de la Miséricorde.
Senatus de Melbourne : Un légionnaire a été complimenté pour sa fidèle participation malgré un voyage de retour de 8 heures. Une Ecole d’été a eu lieu avec le thème « La Vie intérieure des légionnaires ». La Curia de Hobart (Tasamina) a 5 praesidia. Le frère Jim Stoppa et sa fille légionnaire ont passé 10 jours à donner des conférences dans de nombreuses paroisses ; beaucoup d’intérêt a été montré.
Le Comitium de Noumea (Nouvelle-Calédonie) a 9 curiae. La Curia de Wallis a 6 praesidia et l’île de Futuna a 2 praesidia attachés à la Curia de Wallis.

Philippines
Senatus de Bicolandia : Les propriétaires de stands sont encouragés à prier avant d’ouvrir leur étal. Des visites à l’hôpital, à la prison, et à la maison de retraite ont été faites. L’intronisation du Sacré-Coeur a été promue et le catéchisme enseigné à 1 000 élèves du primaire, 600 élèves du secondaire et aux parents de 563 Premiers Communiants.
Senatus de Mindanao : Deux praesidia puisés parmi des employés de la ville tiennent leur réunion à l’heure du déjeuner, évangélisent parmi leurs collègues de travail et dans les rues avoisinantes. La persévérance des membres qui ont visité pendant plus de 2 ans un homme âgé a donné lieu à son retour aux Sacrements. Un séminariste qui était devenu témoin de Jéhovah a été ramené à la foi catholique par les légionnaires.
Senatus des Philippines du Nord : Lors de la réunion de mars, il a été rappelé à tous les conseils de tenir des congrès au niveau de la curia, et aussi de vérifier les livres du trésorier et de soumettre le rapport au conseil supérieur.
Comitium de Silang : Une curia a tenu son premier congrès avec une participation de 300 personnes. Un autre comitium a eu 44 non pratiquants revenus à l’Eglise, et enseigne le catéchisme aux 1 400 enfants des écoles et à 50 détenus. Un comitium avec 95 paroisses a 51 paroisses sans la Légion. Un effort doit être fait pour contacter les curés, distribuer Maria Legionis et faire une Exploratio Dominicalis.
Le Comitium de San Pedro a signalé une augmentation des membres par l’intercession de Frank Duff.
Le Comitium d’Imus a recruté 5 prêtres comme membres adjutoriens.
Regia de Mount Hagen : La Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée supervise 9 comitia, 6 curiae et 7 praesidia. Il a environ 4 000 membres. La visite aux conseils qui ne parviennent pas à assister à la Regia ou à soumettre leurs rapports est entreprise.
Senatus de Visayas Ouest : 4 comitia, 1 regia, 4 curiae et 1 curia junior ont fait leurs rapports. Des projets d’Exploratio Dominicalis sont présentés. De nombreuses conversions de baptistes, de mormons et de témoins de Jéhovah ont été signalées. Un chrétien né de nouveau a été converti et a ensuite rejoint la Légion.
La Regia de Negros Occidental a un praesidium de séminaire qui est très actif dans une prison, propose la Confession et la participation à la Messe. Comme résultat de l’Exploratio Dominicalis, 66 couples ont eu leurs mariages validés et 150 adultes ont été baptisés. Le catéchisme a été enseigné à plus de 4 000 enfants et adultes.
Senatus de Cebu : Tous les rapports sont complets ; ils couvrent des travaux importants. Des visites sont bien programmées et effectuées. Les praesidia directement attachés sont très actifs et le nombre de membres auxiliaires a augmenté.


Rapports des Provinces d’Irlande
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Comitia
Comitium de Dromore : Les membres du Praesidium junior de Burren servent la Messe, offrent des Médailles Miraculeuses à d’autres enfants et l’étude de la Bible aux enfants. Le Praesidium de Rostrevor entreprend des visites à domicile, favorise l’Association des Pionniers pour l’abstinence totale et apporte la Sainte Communion aux paroissiens malades. Le Comitium diffuse le dépliant sur la Confession lors des visites et dans les écoles. Un jeune légionnaire est entré au séminaire.
Comitium de Navan : Un praesidium de 5 membres a 21 auxiliaires. Ils ont visité 220 maisons dans la paroisse et une maison de retraite, tous les quinze jours, pour diriger une heure de prière avec les résidents. Une bibliothèque roulante a fonctionné dans le Centre commercial de Navan et un chapelet en public est récité à l’extérieur du Centre commercial. Curia de Mullingar : Le Praesidium de Tullamore a 9 membres qui favorisent la Cause d’Alfie Lambe et sont constamment en contact avec les légionnaires d’Argentine. Ils ont aidé à mettre en place un praesidium dans le Comté de Westmeath. La Curia de Trim a 7 praesidia. Ils ont formé un club pour enfants, font la promotion de l’Adoration et enseignent le catéchisme.
Comitium de Derry : Le Praesidium de Creggan entreprend des visites à domicile, le chapelet à l’école et l’apostolat de la Vierge pèlerine. Un autre praesidium qui a fait son rapport a comme travaux principaux, les visites à domicile, l’école du rosaire et la statue de la Vierge pèlerine. 12 jeunes étaient présents à la Conférence de la Jeunesse tenue au Collège de Thornhill le 14 mai. La Curia Mater Dei a 11 praesidia. La Curia Our Lady of Zion a 6 praesidia. Leurs travaux comprennent les visites à l’hôpital et dans les résidences.
Le Comitium de Raphoe a 9 praesidia, un praesidium junior et une curia attachée. Un praesidium est en langue gaélique. Un praesidium junior à Stranorlar a 7 membres âgés de 7 à 13 ans. Le Praesidium de Carrigart a 6 membres qui visitent les paroissiens âgés qui vivent seuls. Ils offrent une petite statue de Notre-Dame et une bible à chaque enfant faisant la Première Communion. Curia de Raphoe Sud-Ouest : La statue de Notre-Dame a été donnée à une dame qui avait dit qu’elle avait un cancer. Quand ils ont été rechercher la statue 2 semaines plus tard, elle a dit que son analyse a montré qu’elle n’avait pas de cancer. Des personnes de son lieu de travail qui ont entendu l’histoire ont supplié d’avoir la statue ; cela est en train de s’organiser.

Curiae
Curia de Leitrim : Un praesidium de 12 personnes dans la ville de Longford est composé principalement des Slovaques. Il est en contact avec la Communauté slovaque et encourage les couples qui vivent ensemble à se marier. Après la Messe slovaque, ils organisent un thé. Un homme tchèque est venu pour de l’aide alors que sa partenaire était en train de mourir et ils voulaient se marier. Les légionnaires, un travailleur social et un membre de la Société de Saint Vincent de Paul, ont tous aidé à organiser le mariage. La dame est morte 2 semaines plus tard. Un projet d’Exploratio Dominicalis a eu lieu à Edgeworthstown avec 16 légionnaires participants.
Curia de Clogher : Il y a 6 praesidia dans la Curia de Clogher Ouest et 6 dans l’ancienne Curia de Clogher Milieu. Le Praesidium de Belco est impliqué dans toutes les activités de la paroisse. L’officier du Concilium en charge de l’Irlande et le correspondant ont fait une visite lors de la réunion de la Curia de mai et ont eu au préalable une réunion avec les officiers. Deux membres de l’ex Curia de Clogher Milieu ont assisté à la réunion de la Curia.
Curia de Kilmore : Une lettre a été reçue du Centre Pastoral de Kilmore invitant les légionnaires à se joindre à eux pour un après-midi de prière pour marquer l’Année jubilaire de la Miséricorde à l’église Saint-Patrick de Ballinamore.
Curia de Clonmacnoise : Il y a 3 praesidia attachés avec un effectif total de 24 membres. Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile et à la maison de retraite. Des Médailles Miraculeuses sont distribuées aux classes de Première Communion et de Confirmation.
Curia d’Armagh : Deux légionnaires ont fait leur Promesse. La Messe a été célébrée et la prière à Edel Quinn dite le matin du 12 mai, et la prière à Edel Quinn dite et un exposé donné sur Edel à la Messe du soir. On a demandé au Praesidium d’Armagh de diriger le rosaire dans la cathédrale pour la Procession du Corpus Christi. Ils ont également récité le rosaire dans une propriété, tous les lundis de mai.
Curia de Drogheda : Le Praesidium de la Paroisse Holy Family est très impliqué dans la paroisse. Leurs travaux comprennent des visites à domicile, la visite d’un centre de soins de jour et des quatre hôpitaux. Un projet Maria et Patria organisé par la Curia a eu lieu dans cette paroisse les 21 et 22 mars. Avec le grand soutien du curé, le Père David Bradley, de deux autres prêtres dont le Directeur spirituel de la Curia, le Père Derek O’Connell, 31 légionnaires de Leinster et d’Ulster ont visité 924 maisons. Ils ont rencontré 215 catholiques pratiquants et 230 non pratiquants. Une dame a exprimé de l’intérêt à devenir catholique.
Curia de Dundalk : Pour célébrer l’Année de la Miséricorde, un praesidium de 9 membres et 62 auxiliaires a distribué 2 500 feuillets sur la Confession dans les maisons. Pour la Semaine des écoles catholiques, ils ont montré le D.V.D. « Meet the Legion »  (Rencontrer la Légion) aux classes de 5e et 6e. Un nouveau praesidium a été mis en place dans la Paroisse de Kilcurry, avec quatre membres.
Curia Annunciata (diocèse de Down et Connor) : Les rapports de trois praesidia ont été présentés en avril. Un dimanche, les légionnaires ont recruté à l’extérieur, à toutes les Messes dans leur paroisse. Le « Morning Star Hostel »  a une Adoration mensuelle et il a été suggéré qu’ils devraient essayer de la faire plus souvent, citant l’Adoration quotidienne qui se déroule dans le « Morning Star » à Dublin et qui attire des adorateurs réguliers.
Curia de Down : Un certain nombre de légionnaires de la Curia est allé à des projets de P.P.C., y compris leur Directeur spirituel, le Père Fleck. Les travaux des praesidia comprennent l’intronisation du Sacré-Coeur dans les foyers, la visite de la statue de Fatima, la visite d’écoles primaires ; ils parlent de la Médaille Miraculeuse. La cérémonie de l’Acies et une Messe en l’honneur d’Edel Quinn ont été célébrées.


Dublin Nord

Curia Consolata : Un praesidium de six membres et un en probation aident pour le fonctionnement du praesidium junior attaché. Chaque mois d’octobre, ils organisent une Procession du Rosaire aux flambeaux autour des jardins de l’école et de l’église ; la statue de Notre-Dame est bénie et amenée à domicile pendant l’année. Ils font fonctionner également la boutique de l’église ; une dame qui a demandé de l’aide pour chauffer le biberon de son bébé a exprimé l’intérêt de devenir catholique et a été mise en contact avec le curé. Un praesidium de 5 membres a quatre statues de Fatima qui circulent. Les journaux « Alive » sont laissés dans l’église de l’Aéroport. La Curia a pris part à un programme de sensibilisation à l’occasion de l’Année de la Miséricorde. Des écoles de deux paroisses ont été visitées : le D.V.D. de la Médaille Miraculeuse est montré aux classes des Sacrements, auxquelles ont été ensuite donnés des paquets religieux. Des contacts ont été faits dans des restaurants locaux ainsi que des contacts dans la rue.
Curia Presentata : Le Praesidium Regina Pacis remplit ses obligations dans le « Regina Coeli Hostel », deux soirs par semaine et parfois le dimanche. Au cours de l’année, 6 personnes ont été recrutées ; ils ont maintenant 11 membres et 4 membres en probation. Les membres du Praesidium ont organisé diverses manifestations, comprenant des soirées régulières de D.V.D., un exposé par un membre de « Cenaclo » et une conférence dans l’église St Agatha sur les Pionniers, après quoi 3 résidents ont pris un engagement temporaire. Un membre catéchise un résident méthodiste qui a l’intention de rejoindre l’Eglise catholique.
La Curia Exaltata a 9 praesidia. Deux membres d’un praesidium sont prétoriens. Toutes les semaines, 6 légionnaires font des visites à domicile ; une dame du Cameroun avec trois garçons, dont l’un a un handicap sévère, les a fait baptiser tous les trois en août dernier, et la famille assiste maintenant régulièrement à la Messe du dimanche ; ils ont été mis en contact avec « Crosscare » et d’autres organismes d’aide. Les patients de l’Hôpital St Mary sont visités chaque semaine, ainsi que les anciens résidents des foyers de la Légion qui n’ont pas de famille proche. La famille d’un ancien résident du « Morning Star Hostel » décédé s’est montrée très reconnaissante envers la Légion lors de ses paroles à la Messe de funérailles. Le Praesidium a également aidé le curé d’une autre paroisse dans son initiative « Night Fever » dans un centre commercial ; les clients ont été invités à allumer une bougie et à prier à l’Oratoire ; pour beaucoup, cela a été une première entrée à l’Oratoire.
Curia Bethlehem : Un praesidium a signalé un nouveau membre. Cinq Sud-Américains ont rejoint un autre praesidium. 18 patriciens et 5 légionnaires ont assisté à deux réunions de Patriciens. Un autre praesidium a signalé quatre membres et deux en probation. Pendant le contact de rue sur O’Connell Street, ils font usage de la Médaille Miraculeuse, d’une carte de la foi et du feuillet de la Légion sur la Confession. Dix personnes en moyenne ont assisté à leur groupe de prière mensuelle Frank Duff, qui dure une heure et comprend un extrait de la biographie de Finola Kennedy sur Frank Duff intitulée « A Life Story ». Pendant les mois d’été, une bibliothèque roulante a été installée à l’extérieur de la Maison de la Légion ; un garçon a demandé une Médaille Miraculeuse et a expliqué qu’il a été victime d’intimidation à l’école et que ses parents étaient séparés ; les légionnaires ont promis de prier pour lui. Le Praesidium Our Lady of Victories, formé en 1923, dispose un stand mensuel à l’extérieur de « Presentata House » dans un effort de recrutement. 16 bars ont été visités pour promouvoir la Retraite du Barman ; dans un bar ils ont rencontré un groupe de jeunes filles qui avaient de bons souvenirs d’avoir été dans le « Edel Quinn Club ». Au nom de la Curia, ils organisent une réunion trimestrielle des Promoteurs Edel Quinn ; 12 légionnaires et un non légionnaire ont assisté à la dernière réunion.
Curia Porta Coeli : Les travaux d’un praesidium comprennent des visites à domicile ; ils distribuent 15 Maria Legionis trimestriels et 30 bulletins paroissiaux hebdomadaires. Il y a 2 prétoriens parmi les sept membres actifs d’un autre praesidium ; ils ont 6 adjutoriens. D’un effort de recrutement, il a résulté 3 visiteurs. Dans une maison de retraite, les patients en fauteuil roulant sont amenés sur place et une attention particulière est donnée aux personnes alitées.
Curia Veneranda : Un nouveau praesidium a commencé une réunion de Patriciens. Un praesidium en langue gaélique a projeté le documentaire sur Frank Duff, qui a été suivi d’une discussion et de rafraîchissements. Un membre d’un autre praesidium a rejoint un séminaire. Les travaux comprennent la librairie de l’église, la distribution de 60 Maria Legionis, la visite de maisons et de la maison de retraite ; dans cette dernière jusqu’à 22 résidents prennent part à la prière du chapelet et de la Légion, chaque semaine, suivie par une rencontre amicale. Un praesidium de 5 membres et 110 auxiliaires visite un complexe de personnes âgées, distribue 35 Maria Legionis et gère le stand de livres de l’église.


Afrique
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Ghana
Senatus d’Accra : Le Senatus a demandé aux membres de devenir plus impliqués et actifs dans la promotion de la Cause du Serviteur de Dieu Frank Duff, en leur demandant d’organiser des événements et des activités dans leurs paroisses et d’inviter le grand public .Le Senatus a mis en place un comité pour s’occuper de la promotion de la Cause et faire le rapport des grâces reçues. Une Conférence des directeurs spirituels a été organisée. La Légion a été bien représentée lors des funérailles de Mgr Thomas Kwaku Mensah, Archevêque émérite de Kumasi ; il fut un merveilleux soutien de la Légion. Qu’il repose en paix.
Regia du Cap-Vert : À la suite d’un projet d’Exploratio Dominicalis, 82 enfants et 143 adultes ont rejoint la classe de catéchisme.
Senatus d’Égypte : Dans certaines régions, les réunions ne peuvent pas toujours être tenues en raison de la situation dans le pays, s’il vous plaît gardez-les dans vos prières.

Zimbabwe
Comitium de Hwange : 250 légionnaires dont 31 juniors ont participé à l’Acies.

Angola
Senatus de Luanda : Le Senatus a eu une réunion avec ses officiers des curiae. Sous « Mobilisation sociale », une campagne de vaccination contre la fièvre jaune a été mentionnée. Deux légionnaires ont représenté la Légion à la Conférence nationale des Evêques sur l’attention à la pastorale de rue, organisée par une Commission pour la Pastorale des Migrants et des Voyageurs, qui a également invité la Légion à être représentée à un atelier sur la traite des êtres humains. Les travaux de praesidia de Luanda comprennent des visites de maisons, d’hôpitaux, de léproseries et de prisons. Un rapport de la nouvelle Curia créée à São Tomé en janvier, montre qu’elle a huit praesidia avec 70 membres actifs et 20 auxiliaires.
Senatus de Benguela : Le 31 janvier 2016, la nouvelle Regia de Lobito a été inaugurée par une Messe concélébrée par l’Evêque émérite de Benguela, Mgr Dom Oscar Braga, et cinq prêtres. Plus de 1 700 légionnaires y ont participé. Lors de la réunion du Senatus de janvier, les quatre regiae attachées de Lubango, de Huambo, de Namibe et de Kwito-Bié, ont présenté leurs rapports montrant la visite des malades, l’aide à la liturgie dans les hôpitaux et le nettoyage dans plusieurs hôpitaux. Namibe a mentionné des visites aux malades et aux prisonniers et le nettoyage fait dans tous les cimetières de la Province. La Regia de Namibe envisage de participer à la traduction du Manuel de la Légion en langue umbundu.

Mozambique
Senatus de Lesotho : Il y a un bon contact avec les non catholiques. Un praesidium rapporte la visite d’alcooliques et de toxicomanes. Comitium de Marianhill : Une lettre a été reçue donnant le nom des officiers et les détails de la retraite.
Senatus de Johannesburg : Les travaux des praesidia comprennent les visites de maisons, d’hôpitaux et de prisons, et l’enseignement du catéchisme. Parmi les travaux d’un praesidium, figure la visite de 210 maisons de non catholiques et l’explication de la dévotion mariale.
Senatus du Cap : Le Senatus a organisé un week-end de formation très réussi pour les légionnaires du Comitium de Port Elizabeth. Des plans sont en cours pour la mise en place d’un nouveau comitium à Pelle en septembre, pour gouverner la Légion au Nord du Cap. Le Senatus fait de grands efforts pour former les légionnaires et pour construire la Légion dans la région du Senatus.



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Rapport sur la progression de la Cause de Frank Duff
July 2016

Rapport sur la progression de la Cause de Frank Duff

Les membres de la Commission historique poursuivent leur travail fourni avec du matériel électronique. Mgr Ciaran O’Carroll, Président de la Commission historique a rencontré le personnel concerné dans le bureau des Causes à Rome ; certains sont de nouveaux membres et parlent anglais.
Le Père Paul Churchill, Promoteur de Justice pour la Cause a rassemblé tous les documents dans l’ordre particulier nécessaire et dûment authentifiés pour le Diocèse de Dublin.
Un légionnaire a offert ses services et a commencé à travailler dans le bureau des Causes du Concilium, triant, classant et enregistrant tous les documents pour permettre une extraction facile.

Promotion de la Cause :
Alors que plusieurs conseils ont organisé au moins une Messe annuelle pour la Cause, et que les légionnaires distribuent des feuillets de prière pour la Béatification du Serviteur de Dieu Frank Duff, il y a grand besoin d’augmenter cet effort. Il y a des légionnaires encore en vie qui ont connu Frank Duff et qui seraient prêts à se rendre disponibles pour donner des conférences. Ce serait une chose très positive si les légionnaires à travers le pays et ailleurs pouvaient organiser des conférences sur Frank Duff, des concours dans les écoles et offrir d’autres suggestions pour mieux le faire connaître. Des miracles sont nécessaires pour aider la Cause à progresser.
Si la Cause du Serviteur de Dieu Frank Duff progresse, il est nécessaire pour chaque conseil de la Légion de s’impliquer et d’être actif dans la promotion de la Cause.

De nombreux conseils organisent une Messe commémorative annuelle, les légionnaires actifs et auxiliaires forment la majeure partie des participants. Il est souhaitable que les conseils de la Légion élargissent le filet pour le grand public, de sorte que Frank Duff soit mieux connu.

De plus, il est souhaitable que les conseils de la Légion organisent des événements et des activités dans leurs propres localités où les gens de tous âges peuvent être invités. Ceux d’Irlande ou à proximité ont la possibilité d’obtenir des informations de première main de légionnaires qui connaissaient Frank Duff en venant leur parler de lui. Pour ceux plus éloignés, le D.V.D. sur Frank Duff est disponible. Il est proposé d’envoyer une copie gratuite à chaque conseil directement affilié. La narration peut être traduite dans les langues respectives et le Concilium est susceptible de pouvoir aider pour les dépenses impliquées.

Le dépliant de prière de Frank Duff a été traduit dans de nombreuses langues. Ces dépliants devraient être largement diffusés et régulièrement réimprimés.
Il y a un flux régulier de grâces envoyées au Concilium ; de loin, la majorité vient des Philippines, en particulier du Senatus du Nord des Philippines, suivie de l’Irlande qui vient en deuxième position. La raison pour laquelle Manille a un tel succès est que ce Senatus a nommé un légionnaire pour présider un comité qui s’occupe de la promotion, et les grâces reçues sont transmises au Concilium. Les autres conseils sont instamment invités à faire de même.

Immédiatement après chaque réunion de la Légion, la prière pour la Béatification de Frank Duff est récitée et nous espérons que tous les légionnaires récitent chaque jour, la prière. Ils feraient bien de demander à des amis, des parents et à ceux rencontrés n’importe où, de se joindre à cette entreprise de prière. Si c’est la volonté de Dieu, et quand Il le voudra pour faire progresser la Cause, nous avons l’espoir que les miracles viendront.

Chaque légionnaire a un rôle à jouer à cet égard.

 



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Allocutio du Père Bede McGregor, op Avril 2016
July 2016

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort et la Légion de Marie
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Le 28 avril 1716, il y a exactement trois cents ans, est mort saint Louis-Marie de Montfort. Il allait avoir et conserver une influence fondamentale dans l’Église universelle et en particulier dans la Légion de Marie. En fait, il serait impossible de comprendre le cœur de la Légion ou la vie intérieure de son fondateur Frank Duff sans une connaissance élémentaire de l’enseignement et de l’inspiration de Montfort. Ce serait une grande grâce pour la Légion si elle profitait de cette année pour revenir à l’enseignement et aux conseils de Montfort contenus dans ses écrits et dans le Manuel de la Légion. Il ne fait aucun doute que, où et quand la Légion s’approprie vraiment l’enseignement de Montfort, elle sera relancée et prospérera. Sans son influence la Légion perdrait beaucoup de son charisme spécial et de son dynamisme intérieur.

Dans un discours aux Pères Montfortains à Bayshore (Etat de New-York) en 1958, Frank Duff a déclaré : « La Légion de Marie doit, pourrait-on dire, tout à la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge de Montfort ». Et dans le Manuel, il écrit : « Cependant, nous pouvons affirmer sans nous tromper que nul saint n’a joué un plus grand rôle que lui dans le développement de la Légion ». Le Manuel est rempli de son esprit. Les prières répètent ses propres paroles. Il est vraiment l’enseignant de la Légion : ainsi, l’invocation lui est due par la Légion presque comme une question d’obligation morale (Manuel, Ch. 24, § 3). Le Cardinal Suenens a écrit : « On ne peut pas nier que le Manuel de la Légion de Marie est une remarquable suite du Traité de la Vraie Dévotion. Il prend la même doctrine et la transporte dans un champ d’action efficace et concret, à la portée de toutes les personnes de bonne volonté ». Bien sûr, il y a eu des développements de la Vraie Dévotion, au moins dans son application aux temps modernes dans les trois cents dernières années, et le génie de Frank Duff a été de voir et de développer la Vraie dévotion comme un fondement doctrinal sublime pour une théologie novatrice et pratique de l’apostolat des laïcs qui trouve son chemin dans les documents du Concile Vatican II.

Il ne fait aucun doute que le don le plus connu de Montfort à la Légion est sa connaissance de Marie et le chemin de la Vraie dévotion envers elle, au milieu de tant de fausses et inauthentiques formes de dévotion tournées vers elle. Depuis la découverte du livre de la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge, chaque pape en a parlé favorablement. Le Pape Pie IX a affirmé qu’elle était la meilleure et la plus acceptable forme de dévotion à Notre-Dame. Le Pape Pie XI a dit : « J’ai connu et pratiqué cette dévotion dans mon enfance ». Bien sûr, il y a le témoignage puissant du saint Pape Jean-Paul II, qui a tant écrit et avec une telle autorité sur la Vraie Dévotion ; il en a fait l’élément central de sa propre vie intérieure et l’a exprimé dans sa devise personnelle : « Totus Tuus » - Je suis tout à toi Marie. Je mentionne cela très brièvement afin que les légionnaires puissent être complètement rassurés quand, de temps en temps, ils rencontrent quelqu’un qui suggère que la base doctrinale de leur dévotion à Marie est un peu exagérée et doit être au moins un peu modifiée.

De toute évidence, je ne peux pas donner une explication adéquate de la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge ici, mais je recommande fortement que nous lisions et relisions constamment le chapitre 6, § 5 du Manuel. Maintenant, je donne juste une citation du Manuel qui, je pense,  résume en substance la Vraie Dévotion : « Cette dévotion s’enracine dans un contrat formel, par lequel le dévot donne tout son être à Marie, avec toutes ses pensées, toutes ses actions et tous ses biens, tant spirituels que temporels, passés, présents et à venir, sans en réserver la moindre parcelle. En un mot, il se met dans une condition équivalente à celle de l’esclave qui ne possède rien en propre. Sous la dépendance totale de Marie, il est à son entière disposition ».

Il est important si l’on veut vraiment comprendre la Vraie Dévotion à Marie que nous n’isolions pas Marie du mystère de la Trinité. Nous avons souvent souligné que la dévotion mariale doit être absolument christocentrique. Elle est traditionnellement exprimée dans le principe : A Jésus par Marie. C’est en Jésus que nous pouvons partager la vie même de la Trinité. Mais aujourd’hui, je voudrais brièvement associer la Vraie dévotion à Marie à la Vraie dévotion à l’Esprit Saint. Comme nous le savons, Montfort fait référence 74 fois au Saint-Esprit dans la Vraie Dévotion et ne pense presque jamais à Marie sans faire référence à l’Esprit Saint. René Laurentin, le bien connu mariologue français suggère que Montfort voit Marie comme entièrement liée à l’Esprit Saint. Nous connaissons bien ces belles phrases de la Vraie Dévotion comme : « Quand l’Esprit Saint trouve Marie dans une âme, Il y court. » (VD n° 36). Laurentin résume l’attraction mutuelle et l’harmonie entre Marie et l’Esprit Saint dans Montfort comme suit : « Le Saint-Esprit vient où est Marie et Marie va là où est l’Esprit Saint. Il mène à elle et elle conduit à Lui qui apporte tout. »

Mais surtout, Montfort et la Légion voient la relation essentielle entre l’Esprit Saint et Marie dans le mystère de l’Incarnation. La Parole devient chair par la puissance du Saint-Esprit et la coopération totale et humble de Marie. Ce principe reste valable en tout temps et en tout lieu, pour chaque personne et chaque communauté : Jésus vient dans nos vies par la puissance du Saint-Esprit et la coopération de Marie. Voilà le secret de l’apostolat de la Légion et de sa spiritualité. Nous devons à saint Louis-Marie de Montfort une grande dette de gratitude pour le don de son enseignement et de sa vie. Donc nous prions : Saint Louis-Marie intercède pour la Légion de Marie et pour tous ceux parmi lesquels la Légion vit et travaille. Amen.



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Bulletin du Concilium – Avril 2016 (French)
July 2016

Nouvelles d’Afrique
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Ouganda
Senatus de l’Ouganda : Les comptes rendus montrent une très bonne administration avec de profonds conseils donnés à la suite des rapports au Senatus. Les travaux comprennent des visites dans les maisons, les hôpitaux, les cliniques, les prisons, les écoles, les magasins, les casernes de la police et de l’armée et d’autres lieux de travail, des contacts dans la rue, y compris avec des prostituées et des personnes démunies, en organisation de classes pour les juniors et le catéchisme avec beaucoup de réception des Sacrements, le retour de catholiques non pratiquants à l’Eglise et des conversions. La réunion annuelle est organisée par un comitium dans un diocèse différent chaque année et le Senatus souhaite se concentrer sur la liturgie, l’adoration, et le divertissement. La réunion de décembre a commencé avec une Procession mariale à travers la ville. L’évêque était le célébrant principal à la Messe de clôture.

Kenya
Senatus du Kenya : Tous les conseils ont offert une Messe pour l’anniversaire du Serviteur de Dieu, Frank Duff. Chaque mois, le chapelet et les prières de la Légion sont récités sur la tombe de la Vénérable Edel Quinn. Une nouvelle curia a été établie dans un séminaire. Tous les conseils sont impliqués dans l’évangélisation et les rapports au Senatus montrent qu’un grand nombre d’adultes et d’enfants ont été préparés au Baptême. Beaucoup de mariages ont été bénis et de nombreux prisonniers instruits sur la foi.

Malawi
Senatus de Blantyre : Le Senatus a un groupe très engagé de correspondants qui reçoivent les rapports mensuels des conseils rattachés. Les visites du conseil sont effectuées régulièrement et les élections sont à jour.
Senatus de Maula : Les officiers du Senatus visitent leurs conseils attachés pour connaître les légionnaires et veiller à ce que la procédure soit correctement suivie lorsque les élections sont faites.

Nigeria
Senatus d’Ibadan : Une curia a signalé 7 nouveaux praesidia formés et une autre curia a eu la Tessera traduite en langue nupe. 6 392 contacts ont été établis au cours du Projet Ibadan en août 2015.
Senatus d’Abuja : Le Senatus envisage de construire une Maison de la Légion. A la réunion de décembre, on a demandé aux officiers une amélioration de la gestion des juniors par tous les praesidia et les conseils. Regia de Lagos : Les conseils font la promotion des causes de Frank Duff, de la Vénérable Edel Quinn et d’Alfie Lambe. Un comitium a mentionné la régularisation de 9 mariages après 5 à 15 ans de cohabitation.
Senatus d’Enugu : Un comitium compte plus de 3 000 membres adultes et 16 curiae juniors avec près de 5 000 membres. Les rapports incluent : 777 préparations pour la Première Communion, 457 pour la Confirmation ; 137 mariages bénis et 29 conflits familiaux arrangés. Regia d’Onitsha : Une curia avec plus de 500 membres a 102 membres en probation. Les gens ont été préparés pour les divers Sacrements, et 30 couples ont été aidés à recevoir le Sacrement de mariage. Regia de Jos : Les légionnaires continuent d’essayer de faire des rencontres et de mener à bien leur apostolat en dépit des difficultés. Un comitium a 1 045 légionnaires dont 269 sont en probation. Les rapports comprennent : 59 préparations à la Première communion ; 5 mariages ont été bénis et 7 non pratiquants sont retournés aux Sacrements. Regia d’Ikot Ekpene : Les rapports d’un comitium mentionnent que 70 adultes et 43 enfants ont été baptisés ; 92 ont reçu la Première Communion ; 4 mariages ont été bénis et 343 légionnaires recrutés.

Tanzanie
Regia de Dar-Es-Salaam : Parmi les activités figurent des visites de maisons, de malades à la maison et à l’hôpital, un apostolat pour les travailleurs du sexe, l’enseignement dans les écoles du dimanche, l’attention aux juniors, la conduite de la prière dans l’église et la réalisation d’œuvres de service. Beaucoup de personnes ont reçu les sacrements, en particulier le mariage, et beaucoup de non pratiquants sont retournés à l’Église. Il y a eu une réponse positive de la part de travailleurs du sexe en ce qui concerne l’abandon de leur commerce. De projets de recrutement ont résulté un bon nombre de nouveaux praesidia et la reprise de certains. L’audit de la Regia était en cours de finalisation. Les prières ont été demandées pour plus de tolérance religieuse dans certaines régions.
Comitium de Mtwara : Récemment, l’objectif principal de leur travail a été la promotion de la prière en famille surtout dans les petites communautés chrétiennes, mais une lettre récente demande des prières en raison de la faible participation. Ils ont fait de bons efforts pour recruter, mais il y a beaucoup d’organisations et de groupes ; quelques légionnaires ont tendance à être impliqués dans un certain nombre d’activités basées à l’église.
Comitium de Kahama : Il y a 21 paroisses dans le diocèse, 11 avec la Légion, avec 852 actifs, 103 juniors et 237 auxiliaires. Le Comitium a 4 praesidia directement attachés et 11 curiae. Leurs visites à domicile incluent les personnes âgées, les malades, les personnes seules, les familles en deuil et les personnes de différentes confessions ; ils récitent des prières lors des funérailles et apprennent aux enfants à prier le chapelet. 16 personnes ont rejoint l’Eglise catholique et 5 ont reçu les Sacrements. La Cause de Frank Duff est largement promue. L’extension et la visite des conseils se font malgré les longues distances.
Comitium d’Hai Moshi : Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile et à l’hôpital, le contact avec les drogués et les alcooliques, l’encouragement des couples à se marier à l’Église et la préparation des adultes et des enfants aux Sacrements. 5 nouveaux praesidia ont été établis dans les écoles d’une paroisse. A beaucoup de conseils tanzaniens sans contact, il est écrit régulièrement et le bulletin est envoyé mensuellement. Les statuts de la Légion ont été transmis. Un prêtre indien travaillant dans une paroisse de l’Archidiocèse de Tabora et cherchant de l’aide au démarrage de la Légion dans sa paroisse, a écrit au Concilium. En visitant une paroisse voisine, il a obtenu une copie du Bulletin du Concilium. Beaucoup d’intérêt est exprimé pour le Bulletin par un certain nombre de conseils.

Zambie
Regia de Lusaka : Travaux mentionnés : visites des maisons, de malades à domicile et dans les hôpitaux, des centres de santé, des orphelinats, enseignement du catéchisme, visites aux catéchumènes et aide à l’école du dimanche. Les résultats comprennent : retour à la foi de non pratiquants et quelques non catholiques ont accepté de rejoindre l’Eglise catholique. Une curia a eu une retraite avec 128 présents. Un comitium a organisé un séminaire de trois jours et deux nouveaux comitia ont été inaugurés.

Sierra Leone
Curia de Freetown : Parmi leurs œuvres, il y a des visites à domicile des familles en deuil, des nouveaux paroissiens, les visites à l’hôpital y compris à l’hôpital militaire, l’organisation de neuvaines à la paroisse, diriger le chapelet dans l’église et aider avec les classes R.C.I.A. (1). Les visites ont été entravées en raison du virus Ebola, mais maintenant les légionnaires poursuivent leurs activités. Les projets de leur récent congrès comprennent la promotion de l’adhésion junior, l’encouragement des prêtres et des religieux à devenir directeurs spirituels, l’amélioration des méthodes de recrutement, la prise de conscience des œuvres de miséricorde et des travaux pour l’environnement.

Gambie
Curia de Banjul : Cette Curia a 8 praesidia avec 147 membres, dont 40 sont en probation, et 4 praesidia junior avec 100 membres. Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile et à l’hôpital, ainsi que l’enseignement du catéchisme.


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Portugal
Senatus de Lisbonne : L’extension a abouti à 9 nouveaux praesidia, dont deux à la Regia de Porto, et deux à Coimbra. Certains praesidia ont 50% de prétoriens. Les légionnaires aident les anciens dans les travaux ménagers, la couture et les courses. Les membres s’occupent des enfants pour permettre aux mères de travailler. Les enfants rencontrés dans les visites sont inscrits dans les classes de catéchisme. Les rapports parlent de la catéchèse pour les enfants et les adultes.
Curia de Setúbal : Les légionnaires travaillent parmi les gitans et enseignent le catéchisme aux adolescents. 10 000 personnes ont participé au Pèlerinage de la Légion à Fatima, en octobre.

Chypre :
Une femme des Philippines, désabusée par les scandales de l’Église, et non pratiquante a rencontré les légionnaires philippins à Nicosie ; ils l’ont aidée à revenir à l’Église et à se joindre à la Légion. Elle espère faire bientôt sa Promesse légionnaire.

Espagne
Senatus de Madrid : Un praesidium visite les maisons de personnes âgées, dont une pour les prêtres. Un autre contacte les filles de rue et suit différents cas. L’extension figure bien en évidence dans les rapports avec la Curia Vierge de la Paloma commençant un nouveau praesidium et la Curia de Las Palmas, commençant 2 nouveaux praesidia et 1 praesidium junior. La Curia de Badajoz visite la prison, pendant qu’à Jaén un praesidium dans la prison pour femmes évangélise parmi ses codétenues. La Curia de Malaga a célébré son 50e anniversaire et contacte les jeunes dans un apostolat appelé « Evangélisation de nuit ».
Senatus de Barcelone : Le Praesidium de Sabadell, avec 8 membres, mentionne qu’ils sont « très Légion bien qu’ils soient très vieux ». Ils ont tenu une retraite de Semaine Sainte et ont donné des cours de catéchisme pour les Premiers Communiants. Un praesidium de 10 membres à Barcelone conduit un invalide à la Messe, aide dans un Centre alimentaire de Mère Teresa, fait des sandwichs pour les sans-abri dans la rue. Le Vendredi Saint, ils avaient un Chemin de Croix de trois heures dans la rue ; ils projètent un film une fois par mois, suivi d’une discussion, dans la paroisse. Un praesidium de l4 membres actifs (âgés de 70 à 91 ans) dit le chapelet dans la Chapelle de Notre-Dame de Montserrat, prend soin du linge d’autel, aide avec la Caritas et les collectes de l’Église. Un autre praesidium a onze membres actifs, un est légionnaire depuis 44 ans ; un membre est catéchiste. Ils aident l’Adoration et visitent des résidences.
Senatus de Bilbao : Un nouveau praesidium a été mis en place. La Curia de Burgos, avec 6 praesidia, visite les aveugles, les malades, les personnes isolées, et 3 personnes en prison. Ils visitent les mères dont plusieurs fils sont morts de la drogue, et aussi les personnes en deuil, et les parents d’enfants nouveaux-nés. Ils ont organisé 3 retraites du matin et distribué de la littérature catholique.

Italie
Regia de Milan : Un nouveau praesidium pour les immigrants péruviens a commencé avec 5 membres. Un praesidium se concentre sur les visites de personnes souffrant de dépression et d’autres problèmes de santé mentale ; il est bien reçu.
Comitium de Padoue : Les rapports soulignent les difficultés rencontrées en raison de la prédominance de personnes âgées. De nombreux auxiliaires sont recrutés parmi ceux qui récitent le chapelet après la Messe.
Regia de Malte : La Regia a lancé un nouveau site web. Une grande attention est accordée aux auxiliaires avec des retraites d’une demi-journée et l’Acies. La statue de la Vierge pèlerine est amenée dans des maisons, des magasins et des bureaux où le chapelet est proposé. La Consécration des maisons au Sacré-Cœur est également encouragée et des touristes sont contactés dans la rue et à l’extérieur des églises. Un praesidium intermédiaire de 8 membres âgés de 13 à 16 ans travaille avec le praesidium. Le praesidium de jeunes adultes, de 8 membres, encourage les contacts pour l‘assistance à la Messe et les Sacrements. La statue de la Vierge pèlerine, prise par des restaurants et des locaux commerciaux, a donné lieu à un retour positif ; beaucoup ont dit que Notre Dame les avait comblés de grandes grâces. La Curia Enfant de Marie avec 11 praesidia a mentionné beaucoup de bons contacts avec les témoins de Jéhovah et des personnes d’autres religions. Un praesidium a inscrit 180 nouveaux auxiliaires. Comitium de Gozo : L’évêque de Gozo a participé à une réunion avec les officiers du Comitium et a rendu compte de sa visite au Synode sur la famille à Rome. Il a demandé à la Légion d’aider l’Église, avec une attention particulière aux familles. Des contacts sont faits avec de nombreux touristes qui visitent les églises locales. Des légionnaires ont donné des cours d’anglais aux migrants. Un catholique non pratiquant est retourné à la pratique après plusieurs années. Une retraite pour les auxiliaires a eu lieu. Gozo a 4 curiae juniors dont les activités comprennent des retraites, des expositions et des cours d’artisanat.

Grèce (sous la responsabilité de la Regia de Malte)
A Thessalonique, le Praesidium grec a perdu quelques membres qui ont quitté la Grèce pour des raisons de travail. Les membres du Praesidium anglophone ont été invités à se joindre au groupe de langue grecque.


Conseils des provinces d’Irlande
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Comitia

Comitium de Dromore : Le Praesidium d’Hilltown assume des activités pour les personnes adultes et un travail pour les jeunes, comme la Première Communion et la Confirmation ; il contribue également à des activités sportives, « Ceili » (danse irlandaise) et de « set dancing ». Le praesidium de Burren a 6 membres et 60 auxiliaires. Ils font des visites à domicile avec une statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima, et encouragent les vocations au sacerdoce. Le chapelet est récité chaque semaine dans une école d’enseignement secondaire avec 30 à 40 participants.
Comitium de Navan : Un praesidium de 5 membres a parlé de l’Eglise catholique lors de visites à domicile de pentecôtistes, de musulmans et d’un hindou. Ils visitent des gens du voyage installés et récitent le chapelet avec eux. Un autre praesidium de 6 membres a visité 1 060 maisons et appartements, a entrepris des contacts dans le Centre commercial de Navan et avait un char avec une statue de Notre-Dame dans le défilé de la Saint-Patrick. Deux membres ont aidé à organiser une fête pour les enfants à la Toussaint.
Comitium de Derry : Le praesidium qui a fait son rapport visite ses 30 auxiliaires, chaque année. Leurs nombreux travaux comprennent les visites à domicile, visite de la statue de la Vierge pèlerine et la visite de résidences seniors. Ils distribuent également des Médailles Miraculeuses et des chapelets à ceux qui quittent l’école primaire. Le discours d’ouverture sera donné par Mgr Donal McKeown à 10h. La Curia d’Inishowen a 9 praesidia avec 47 membres et 227 auxiliaires. Parmi les travaux, il y a les visites des malades et des personnes âgées, visites à l’hôpital et l’apostolat de la Vierge pèlerine.
Comitium de Raphoe : Le Praesidium de Falcarragh a 72 auxiliaires qu’il a visités au cours de l’année ; il leur a donné des lettres les informant des cérémonies de la Légion auxquelles ils ont été invités. A l’invitation du Père Donnchadh O’Baoill, Curé de Cnoc Fola, l’un de leurs membres a aidé à mettre en place un nouveau praesidium appelé « Radharc na Maidne » ; c’est un praesidium en langue gaélique. Praesidium de Raphoe : Leur principal travail continue d’être des cours d’instruction religieuse pour les enfants. À l’heure actuelle, ils ont un enfant qui se prépare à la Première Communion et 3 à la Confirmation.

Curiae

Curia de Leitrim : Le Praesidium de Mohill a 8 membres et un en probation ; 4 membres sont prétoriens. Les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile avec la statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima et une attention aux personnes âgées qui vivent seules. Ils utilisent le dépliant « La Joie de la Confession », dans le travail de contact au cours de l’Année de la Miséricorde.
Curia de Kilmore : La Curia a discuté des moyens de renforcer leurs praesidia. Des efforts doivent être faits pour promouvoir la Légion, peut-être à des Messes dans les différentes paroisses où il y a un praesidium.
Curia de Clonmacnoise : Il y a 3 praesidia attachés avec un total de 23 membres à Mount Temple, à Athlone et à Ferbane. Travaux entrepris : visites à domicile, visites à l’hôpital local et visites des écoles primaires de la région.
Curia d’Antrim Nord et Centre : Le Praesidium de Portrush a 7 membres et 30 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et à la maison de retraite. Ils récitent le chapelet dans les maisons et dans le funérarium pour les paroissiens décédés. Leur praesidium junior a envoyé un bouquet spirituel au Saint-Père à Noël et a reçu 2 lettres de remerciement en son nom, du Vatican.
Curia de Down : Le praesidium qui a fait son compte rendu a 6 membres, dont 4 sont prétoriens. Ils ont 2 adjutoriens et 136 auxiliaires. Les travaux incluent la visite de la statue de la Vierge de Fatima, la Consécration de maisons au Sacré-Cœur et le contact avec les classes de Première Communion et de Confirmation. Ils ont fait une présentation Power-point sur la Médaille Miraculeuse.
Curia de Drogheda : Les principaux travaux d’un praesidium qui a fait son rapport comprennent la statue de la Vierge pèlerine avec eux quand ils font des visites à domicile. Ils ont 39 auxiliaires. Un autre praesidium a 8 membres et 61 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent des contacts de rue à Drogheda, des visites d’une maison de retraite et d’un hôpital. Leurs auxiliaires sont visités régulièrement et reçoivent des cartes de Noël qui sont très appréciées. Le Praesidium de Ardee a 9 membres, dont 2 sont prétoriens ; ils ont 58 auxiliaires et 6 adjutoriens. Ils se rencontrent à 19h.30, le dimanche soir. Leur travail apostolique comprend des visites à domicile, les Patriciens et prier à l’école communautaire pendant la période des examens d’Etat.
Curia de Dundalk : Un effort doit être fait pour former un praesidium dans la Paroisse Saint-Joseph, de Kilcurry à la demande du curé. Il y a aussi une possibilité de commencer un nouveau praesidium dans la Paroisse St Patrick.
Curia de Clogher Ouest : Les travaux du Praesidium de Derrygonnellly comprennent la vente de journaux catholiques et de magazines religieux. Au cours de ce travail, les membres passent du temps avec les personnes âgées et les personnes confinées chez elles, et les informent des nouvelles et des événements paroissiaux. Pendant les visites à la maison de retraite, le chapelet est récité et des magazines religieux distribués. Le Praesidium a également recruté 12 paroissiens pour assister à la journée de Retraite diocésaine de Lough Derg.


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Curia Benedicta : Un praesidium fait largement la promotion des 3 causes dans les contacts de rue et les visites à domicile. Le livre de Finola Kennedy sur Frank Duff a été donné à un malade de l’Hôpital St James qui était autrefois professeur de collège. Après avoir lu ce livre une Sœur de la Présentation a été enthousiaste à devenir directeur spirituel de leur praesidium. Deux nouveaux officiers ont été élus à la Curia junior attachée à la Curia.
Curia Notre-Dame de Fatima de Wicklow : Cinq personnes ont participé, en février, à la réunion du groupe de prière Frank Duff basé à Arklow. Le Praesidium de Newcastle fait mention de 7 membres actifs ; ils continuent à visiter l’Unité Alzheimer, chaque semaine, et certains patients sont visités, même après leur sortie de l’hôpital. Deux membres font partie d’une équipe qui aide le groupe qui travaille à la Pastorale paroissiale et prépare les enfants aux Sacrements.
Curia Assumpta : 47 patriciens et 14 légionnaires ont participé à 4 réunions. Quatre des six membres, plus 2 en probation dans un praesidium sont prétoriens. Beaucoup de bons contacts sont faits sur Grafton Street ; une dame sud-africaine de parents athées qui n’est pas baptisée, dit que la prière est importante et attribue sa foi à sa grand-mère. Affluence moyenne de 20 personnes à leur présentation mensuelle de D.V.D.. Pendant l’Avent, une crèche a été amenée dans les rues ; les enfants ont reçu un paquet cadeau comprenant la Médaille Miraculeuse. La Médaille a également été donnée aux enfants des trois écoles qu’ils ont visitées.
Curia Ancilla Domini : Un praesidium mentionne 4 membres et 3 en probation ; les principaux travaux continuent à être les contacts dans la rue Temple Bar et les visites à domicile. 11 catholiques et 3 non catholiques ont assisté à la réunion du Cercle Pauline de février pendant laquelle le Pasteur de l’église Sainte-Catherine de Thomas Street a présenté un rapport. Un Frère de la Présentation a fourni, en janvier, un rapport.
Curia Annunciata : 37 patriciens et 12 légionnaires ont participé à 5 réunions de Patriciens. Le Praesidium de U.C.D. (Collège Universitaire de Dublin) a donné son rapport annuel. Ils ont 4 étudiants membres actifs ; un prêtre diocésain à la retraite est leur Directeur spirituel. 6 invités sont venus aux réunions au cours de l’année. Ils visitent des personnes âgées et prient avec elles dans une maison de retraite située à proximité du campus, gérée par les Petites Sœurs des Pauvres. Ils prennent également part à des événements de la Société Newman et contactent des participants aux Messes sur le campus. Ils font également des achats pour les malades de l’Hôpital Royal.
Curia Gloriosa : La retraite de la Curia de Lenten a été donnée par le Père Luuk Jansen, dominicain, ancien légionnaire ; elle a eu lieu, cette année, dans la Maison de la Curia, avec une participation de 30 légionnaires ; la récitation du bréviaire a été incluse. 8 légionnaires et 2 patriciens ont assisté à une réunion à Maynooth. La visite mensuelle de la prison de Cloverhill continue ; des bracelets avec des images de saints sont très à la mode chez les prisonniers ; 2 prisonniers ont demandé une conversation privée avec les légionnaires. Un praesidium a installé l’autel de la Légion sous le porche de l’église aux Messes du week-end en décembre et janvier, ce qui a facilité beaucoup de bons contacts. Un nouveau travail a été le désherbage et le nettoyage d’une grotte dans le terrain de l’église ; des lumières ont été installées par un ami de la Légion.
Curia Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit : Des décisions sont en cours en vue d’organiser une campagne de recrutement pour relancer un praesidium. La présence aux réunions de prière pour Edel Quinn et Frank Duff était respectivement de 13 et de 6 personnes.
La Curia Immaculata a organisé une campagne de recrutement et avait un stand à une Journée porte ouverte au Pearse College. La participation moyenne aux séminaires sur « La Joie de l’Evangile » a été de 15 à 30 légionnaires ; 35 patriciens ont assisté à 8 réunions. Dans son 4e rapport annuel, un praesidium mentionne 43 membres auxiliaires et 56 auxiliaires en probation. Leurs travaux principaux sont les visites à domicile et à l’école.
La Curia Mater Ecclesiae a projeté un D.V.D. sur « Tests scientifiques de la foi ». Les réunions de Patriciens ont eu 20 et 21 participants. Une campagne de recrutement du week-end a eu lieu. Des réunions hebdomadaires et mensuelles de prière à Frank Duff continuent dans deux autres paroisses. Un praesidium avec 3 membres et 2 en probation, et 110 auxiliaires, distribue quarante exemplaires de « Maria Legionis », la plupart du temps aux membres auxiliaires. La visite hebdomadaire d’une maison de retraite est leur travail principal.


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Etats Unis
Senatus de Boston : Les praesidia attachés sont invités à faire un rapport mensuel sur le recrutement. La Curia de Bayview a mentionné des œuvres de consolation et des efforts de recrutement, qui ont donné principalement des auxiliaires. La Curia vietnamienne a 119 membres dans 8 praesidia. Leur apostolat est fait de visites dans des appartements vietnamiens et des visites de prison pour enseigner la C.C.D. (2) et la Sainte Écriture.
Senatus de New York : Un groupe de 25 légionnaires a participé à un projet de P.P.C. en Alabama. Des légionnaires locaux y ont également pris part. De nombreux baptistes ont été rencontrés et ont apprécié la rencontre ; ils ont exprimé la surprise de voir des catholiques évangéliser. Le Comitium de Westchester a pris contact avec 5 paroisses dans un effort d’étendre la Légion. Le Senatus est dans un processus de restructuration de ses conseils pour améliorer les communications et l’administration.
Senatus de Philadelphie : Le Comitium d’Harrisburg (Pennsylvanie) a tenu un congrès réussi de la Légion, en novembre dernier, avec la présence de leur évêque Mgr Gainer, et de 75 légionnaires. Le thème était « La spiritualité de Frank Duff ». Parmi leurs travaux figure le ministère des prisons et la participation aux kiosques dans les foires de l’État et des festivals locaux. C’est la 3e année qu’un praesidium a l’initiative d’inviter les passants à recevoir les Cendres, le Mercredi des Cendres, et a eu beaucoup de bons contacts. Le Comitium de Trenton (New Jersey) travaille à la structure de leurs sept praesidia et leurs deux praesidia juniors. Ils ont une Curia attachée de douze praesidia et un praesidium junior. Le Comitium de Norristown poursuit son ministère auprès des gens de la rue deux fois par semaine, et à l’hôpital de l’Etat pour des résidents en long séjour. Des visites de la statue de la Vierge pèlerine et des réunions de Patriciens figurent également. Les visites de prisons et l’apostolat de la bibliothèque roulante sont mentionnés à Scranton, à Allentown et à Delaware.
Regia d’Arlington (Virginie) : Ils ont fait une P.P.C. à Cuba en juillet. Le Père Colm Mannion, dominicain, a dirigé leur week-end de retraite et Mgr Loverde a célébré leur Messe pour Frank Duff. Le Comitium de Fairfax a organisé une retraite pour 47 adolescents et fait 997 contacts dans une foire locale. La Curia junior dirige un groupe de Patriciens pour les juniors. La Curia hispanique de Fairfax a 13 praesidia ; tous font des visites à domicile. La Curia de Raleigh compte 68 juniors dans cinq praesidia et 11 membres dans le groupe des 18-40 ans.
Senatus de Houston : Chaque mois, des veillées durant toute la nuit continuent à avoir lieu dans les paroisses de tout le territoire du Senatus ; ils prient pour l’extension de la mission d’évangélisation de la Légion. Un légionnaire de longue date est entré dans un séminaire. La Regia de la Nouvelle-Orléans a visité 17 de ses praesidia et 4 conseils rattachés au cours de l’année dernière. Notre-Dame de l’Aide Rapide, avec 13 membres a visité 879 maisons dans le travail de recensement de la Paroisse. Leur Pasteur est très reconnaissant pour leurs efforts. Autres travaux entrepris : intronisation du Sacré-Coeur, visites avec la statue de la Vierge pèlerine et enseignement C.C.D.(2). Le Comitium de Lafayette continue de bénéficier de la promotion de la Vraie Dévotion à Marie, avec plus de paroisses demandant la Légion.
Senatus de Chicago : La Curia de Joliet Sud (Illinois) avait 170 présents à leurs réunions, 55 étant des enfants. 35 juniors ont amené leurs parents, cousins et amis pour montrer ce que la Légion était. Le Comitium St Paul (Minnesota) a un praesidium qui travaille avec les jeunes adultes, enseigne la C.C.D. (2) et ils prévoient un praesidium junior. La Curia de Peoria (Illinois) visite des hôpitaux, des maisons de retraite et des prisons. Ils ont commencé l’Intronisation du Sacré-Cœur. La Curia Notre-Dame des Anges a 16 praesidia, dont un dirige un praesidium junior. L’évangélisation se fait par la radio catholique, avec des personnalités de jeunes sportifs qui témoignent de leur foi. Le Comitium hispanique rapporte que 11 enfants ont fait leur Première Communion, 9 leur Confirmation et 8 ont été baptisés. Le Comitium coréen a gagné 11 membres actifs et 9 membres auxiliaires. Il y avait 4 Baptêmes et 7 retours aux Sacrements. Mgr Sirba a demandé à la Curia de Duluth (Minnesota) de poursuivre son ministère dans les prisons au nom de son diocèse.
Senatus St Louis : Deux praesidia de prisons sont maintenus en contact avec leur curia par des visites de légionnaires locaux. Des membres de praesidia pourvoient en personnel un stand de la Légion à une foire locale. Par des contacts personnels, 2 membres actifs et 48 auxiliaires ont été recrutés. Des visites de porte à porte et 16 appels téléphoniques à des non catholiques ont été faits ; une personne a manifesté un intérêt à se convertir. Les maisons de retraite figurent également dans le rapport.
Senatus de Cincinnati : Ils sont à la recherche d’un travailleur à l’extension pour améliorer la solidité de la Légion. Un praesidium visite une maison de retraite ; un résident est revenu à la pratique religieuse, tandis qu’un autre a retrouvé la foi sur son lit de mort. Un conseil attaché rapporte Adoration, visite de maisons de retraite, et contact avec une prison pour femmes. La Regia de Detroit dispose d’un Centre de ressources recommandé dans l’archidiocèse pour les paroisses qui souhaitent mettre en œuvre la nouvelle évangélisation. Un nouveau praesidium junior a commencé et un rassemblement du rosaire a eu un exposé sur la Vraie Dévotion à Marie de Montfort. La Curia de Cleveland Est visite les prisons de la ville pour diriger des services de prière. Le travail apostolique a utilisé environ 8 000 sacramentaux.
Senatus de San Francisco : Promotion de la statue de la Vierge pèlerine, Patriciens, enseignement du catéchisme, apostolat dans la foule, visites de porte à porte, visites de malades et organisation d’un pèlerinage marial, ont été présentés par 2 praesidia de 11 et 6 membres. Le Comitium d’Idaho est redevenu une curia, par la fusion de 3 de leurs praesidia pour faire une forte curia de 12 praesidia. 4 nouveaux praesidia ont été établis à Oakland, tandis que 522 maisons ont accueilli la statue de la Vierge pèlerine. Le Comitium coréen Nord-Ouest, avec 5 curiae attachées, a un total de 472 membres actifs. La Curia de la Mission Excelsior a obtenu 42 noms pour le suivi d’un « Colomban drive ». Ils continuent à aider un groupe de prière Frank Duff et le groupe de Patriciens. Le Comitium San Mateo a un comité d’extension.
Senatus de Los Angeles : Au cours du trimestre, 4 praesidia attachés ont mentionné 5, 8, 12, et 13 membres. Tous ces praesidia font des visites à domicile et à l’hôpital, des contacts de foule ou la bibliothèque roulante, pour parler du chapelet, de la Bible et de l’Eucharistie. Quelques fruits ont été : la validation d’un mariage et la récupération d’une victime d’accident vasculaire cérébral qui a été visitée par les légionnaires qui ont prié en communion spirituelle avec elle, chaque semaine. Un conseil attaché a 6 praesidia qui entreprennent une Exploratio Dominicalis. La Curia de Tijuana a un jeune praesidium adulte et a gagné 7 nouveaux praesidia l’année dernière. Regia de Miami : Ce conseil gouverne la Légion dans 5 Etats du Sud et veille sur la Légion en Jamaïque et aux Bahamas. Le Père Soulliere, Directeur spirituel de la Regia depuis 1978 et envoyé du Concilium une fois au Mexique, est devenu Directeur spirituel émérite. Les travaux mentionnés couvrent une large gamme, visites de porte à porte, visites de la Vierge pèlerine, ministère de prison, C.C.D. (2), et le contact dans la foule.

Canada
Senatus de Toronto : La Curia de Niagara a 17 praesidia avec 154 membres actifs et 426 auxiliaires. Leurs travaux comprennent les visites de porte à porte, la bibliothèque roulante, et l’aide en personnel à « Dans le froid », refuge pour les sans-abri. Un praesidium a commencé au Séminaire Saint-Augustin, dénommé « Regina Clericorum ». Le moteur est le Directeur spirituel du Senatus, Mgr. Sheehy. Il affirme que « Les séminaristes sont tous très surpris de la profondeur de la saine doctrine et de la théologie contenue dans le Manuel, et de la nature et la dignité de l’apostolat des laïcs ».
Senatus de Montréal : Le conseil a affilié un praesidium avec 48 auxiliaires en décembre 2015. Des œuvres de consolation et le contact des auxiliaires par téléphone sont au premier plan dans les rigueurs de l’hiver.
Comitium de Vancouver : la Curia Marie Mère de l’Unité a tenu son séminaire annuel de travail à l’occasion de la Nativité de Notre-Dame. 100 actifs et auxiliaires étaient présents. Le thème : « Qu’est ce qui est considéré comme travail assigné ? » De nombreuses questions ont été posées et discutées. Le Praesidium Notre-Dame de l’Expiation a 6 statues de la Vierge pèlerine qui sont emportées dans les maisons. L’évangélisation est une grande partie de leur travail dans les familles en difficultés. Un praesidium est actif dans la Croisade familiale. De nombreuses familles affirment des succès par la statue de la Vierge pélerine. Dans un autre praesidium, des membres aident « La porte est ouverte », initiative chaque semaine. Des membres visitent les hôpitaux et les maisons de retraite où ils écoutent, prient et chantent avec les résidents. Un praesidium junior aide les familles par des tâches ménagères et la récitation du chapelet.
Comitium d’Edmonton : Ce conseil a 10 praesidia attachés et 3 curiae (2 situées à Calgary). Un praesidium attaché avec 10 membres actifs a amené 5 statues de la Vierge pèlerine dans 85 maisons. Un couple dans un « mariage mixte » a reconnu que des choses positives se sont produites quand ils ont accepté la statue. Quatre réunions de Patriciens ont eu une assistance de 28 à 40 personnes.

Antilles – République dominicaine
Senatus de Saint-Domingue : Dans les rapports figurent des visites de malades dans leurs maisons et dans les hôpitaux ; aussi visite de la prison, régularisation de mariages, et classes de catéchisme. Tous les praesidia sont encouragés à avoir des projets d’Exploratio Dominicalis. Le Comitium « Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe » a 5 curiae attachées, 756 membres actifs, 33 prétoriens, 439 auxiliaires et 19 adjutoriens. Ils mentionnent 408 Baptêmes d’adultes et d’enfants et 7 mariages régularisés, l’enseignement du catéchisme à 4 195 enfants et le développement de la catéchèse. Ils ont cherché à créer une dynamique, à susciter l’intérêt des enfants et ont formé une équipe enthousiaste pour mener à bien les différentes activités avec eux, y compris des cours de danse.
Senatus de Santiago de los Caballeros : La Regia de La Vega a mentionné 50 adultes préparés pour le Baptême. Un jeune qui avait été évangélique a été préparé pour les Sacrements avant sa mort. La Curia « Santa Maria de Monte Adentro », avec 45 membres, 10 prétoriens et 20 auxiliaires, visite des prisons, les malades, les personnes âgées, les orphelins, et prépare les couples pour la régularisation de leurs mariages.
Senatus d’Haïti : Des rapports ont été reçus de 3 comitia, 4 curiae et 3 praesidia. Trois des conseils ont une curia junior attachée. Un camp de mission, organisé pour les juniors en août a été réussi. Les travaux comprennent : des visites dans les maisons, les hôpitaux, les prisons, les maisons pour les personnes handicapées, les orphelins, les couples vivant en cohabitation, les familles endeuillées, les malades et les personnes âgées à leur domicile à qui ils apportent la Sainte Communion ; ils accompagnent souvent les prêtres suite aux appels de malades. Ils organisent également des cours de catéchisme et des cours bibliques ; dans le cadre de leur travail, les gens de différentes confessions ou sans religion, ont été rencontrés. Beaucoup ont été préparés pour les Sacrements, certains non pratiquants sont retournés à l’Église, et des conflits familiaux ont été résolus. Un légionnaire a rejoint une congrégation religieuse missionnaire.

 



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Les statuts de la Légion
July 2016

Les statuts de la Légion

Des exemplaires des Statuts provisoires de la Légion de Marie en anglais ont été distribués aux correspondants de langue anglaise pour qu’ils les transmettent à leurs conseils. Les traductions en d’autres langues sont actuellement en cours de vérification et seront transmises dès que possible aux conseils respectifs.
Aux évêques des conseils de la Légion devraient également être envoyés des exemplaires à titre gracieux lorsqu’ils seront disponibles.
Notez, s’il vous plaît, que les statuts restent un projet pour les cinq premières années.



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Proposition pour élever la Regia de Paris au rang de Senatus Mars 2016
July 2016

Proposition pour élever la Regia de Paris au rang de Senatus

Une proposition visant à élever le statut de la Regia de Paris à Senatus a été adoptée par le Concilium. Après l’autorisation donnée par le Concilium, d’explorer la possibilité d’élever la Regia de Paris à Senatus, les autres conseils de la Légion en France ont été consultés et tous ont répondu positivement. La Regia de Paris voit elle-même cela comme un grand privilège et est à la disposition du Concilium à cet égard.
La Regia de Paris comprend actuellement 28 praesidia directement affiliés, dans les diocèses de Saint-Denis, Nanterre, Créteil, Evry, Pontoise, Versailles, Amiens et Rennes. Elle a également 3 curiae : l’une de 2 praesidia dans le diocèse de Bayeux-Lisieux, une curia de 8 praesidia dans les diocèses de Sens-Auxerre et Troyes et une curia vietnamienne de 9 praesidia. La Regia de Paris est également gardienne de 2 comitia dans les Caraïbes – Comitium de Martinique avec 5 curiae et Comitium de Guadeloupe avec 4 curiae.
Seront affiliés au nouveau Senatus : la Regia de Valence avec 1 junior et 11 praesidia, et 1 praesidium junior, une Curia à Montélimar et une à Nice ; la Regia d’Aire et Dax qui se compose de 8 praesidia et 2 curiae (à Bordeaux et à Lourdes), et le Comitium de Strasbourg qui a 13 praesidia à Strasbourg et un à Dijon et veille aussi veille sur le Praesidium de Fribourg, en Suisse.
En plus de cela, sera aussi la Légion de Marie à la Réunion actuellement affiliée au Concilium ; ce conseil se penche également sur Madagascar. Paris suggère également de prendre soin de la Légion en Guyane française et en Corse – étant tous Départements français. Les permissions pertinentes sont à demander ainsi que l’autorisation ecclésiastique.

 



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Allocutio du Père Bede McGregor, op Directeur spirituel du Concilium Mars 2016
July 2016

La Grâce de la Semaine Sainte
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Aujourd’hui, dimanche des Rameaux, nous commençons la célébration de la Semaine Sainte, le cœur de l’année liturgique. Comme nous le savons la liturgie n’est pas seulement l’approfondissement de notre compréhension des idéaux et des valeurs chrétiennes, mais elle est principalement l’entrée dans la réalité du Christ et de ses mystères : elle est de vivre le mystère du Christ et surtout son mystère pascal. Le Pape Benoît XVI dans sa retraite nous donne une rare interview publiée la semaine dernière ; il explique l’essence de notre foi chrétienne et de notre identité. Il écrit : « La foi chrétienne n’est pas une idée mais une vie… La foi est un contact personnel profond avec Dieu, qui me touche dans mes reins et me place devant le Dieu vivant dans l’immédiateté absolue de telle façon que je peux parler avec Lui, L’aimer et entrer en communion avec Lui ». La foi, intimité personnelle avec la Personne de Jésus-Christ, doit être l’esprit ultime de notre célébration de la Semaine Sainte.

Je souhaite me concentrer brièvement sur chacun des trois derniers jours de la Semaine Sainte. D’abord, arrêtons-nous au soir du Jeudi Saint, lorsque Notre Seigneur institue l’Eucharistie et le Sacerdoce. L’Eucharistie est le symbole et la réalité de la magnifique générosité de Dieu se donnant Lui-même à nous dans une intimité totale et une amitié. Essayons d’entrer dans ce mystère par la théologie de l’Eucharistie accordée à saint Jean dans le lavement des pieds de ses disciples par Notre Seigneur. Ceci est une image absolument stupéfiante de la réalité de Dieu dans sa relation avec nous. Jésus dit qu’il est parmi nous comme celui qui sert. Il se donne Lui-même totalement à nous d’une manière non sanglante à la dernière Cène, puis d’une manière sanglante sur la Croix le jour suivant, et enfin Il ne cesse de s’offrir à nous d’une manière non sanglante dans le Sacrifice de la Messe et la Sainte Communion. Il ne peut y avoir qu’une réponse à ce don infini de Dieu et c’est l’action de grâces.

Il y a au moins une chose que nous pouvons dire avec certitude de Frank Duff, le fondateur de la Légion de Marie : il était un homme de l’Eucharistie. L’Eucharistie était absolument au centre de sa vie et au centre de la Légion telle qu’il l’envisageait. Il n’a pas seulement écrit de façon convaincante sur l’Eucharistie dans le Manuel et d’autres écrits, mais il a mis en pratique ce qu’il a écrit. Dans son petit livret, rédigé alors qu’il avait une vingtaine d’années : « Un saint, moi, pourquoi pas ? », il écrit : « Tout d’abord en considérant que notre journée - et sur une éminence séparée comme la Croix elle-même - doit reposer sur la Messe quotidienne et la Sainte Communion quotidienne ». Il serait utile d’entrer dans l’esprit du Jeudi Saint en lisant le chapitre 8 du Manuel sur « Le légionnaire et l’Eucharistie ». Bien sûr, Notre Seigneur ne nous a pas seulement donné l’Eucharistie le Jeudi Saint, mais il nous a aussi fait le don du Sacerdoce et donc il peut être utile de lire lentement et en priant ce que signifie le Sacerdoce pour la Légion au chapitre 10, paragraphe 4 : « Le prêtre et la Légion ».

Un doux silence doit marquer cette journée du Vendredi Saint. Oui, nous lisons ou écoutons le récit de la Passion du Christ selon saint Jean et nous faisons le Chemin de la Croix, mais nous avons, je pense, juste besoin de regarder le crucifix et méditer sur la vérité et la réalité : à quel point Dieu nous aime et est prêt à faire pour nous. Le Pape François a fait la suggestion que le Vendredi Saint, nous devrions prendre un crucifix et l’embrasser pieusement et dire simplement : « Merci Jésus, merci Seigneur ». Oui, le Vendredi Saint est un jour de profonde et sincère action de grâce à Dieu, à Jésus-Christ. Cependant, je pense que ce serait une source de grande grâce, si nous commencions et terminions chaque journée en tenant un crucifix et disant merci pour ce que Dieu nous a montré et fait pour nous sur la Croix. Cela ne prendrait que quelques secondes, mais cela transformerait progressivement notre relation d’amitié avec Jésus.

Permettez-moi de conclure cette réflexion sur le Vendredi Saint avec une citation du beau livre du Cardinal Sarah : « Dieu ou rien ». Il dit : « L’expérience physique de la Croix est une grâce absolument nécessaire pour notre croissance dans la foi chrétienne et une occasion providentielle de nous configurer au Christ afin d’entrer dans les profondeurs de l’ineffable. Nous comprenons alors qu’en transperçant le Cœur de Jésus, la lance du soldat a ouvert un grand mystère, car elle est allée plus loin que le Cœur du Christ, elle a ouvert Dieu, elle est passée, pour ainsi dire, au milieu même de la Trinité.
Je remercie les missionnaires qui m’ont fait comprendre que la Croix est le centre du monde, le cœur de l’humanité et le point d’ancrage de notre stabilité. De fait, il n’y a qu’un seul point ferme en ce monde pour assurer l’équilibre et la consistance de l’homme. Tout le reste est en mouvant, changeant, éphémère et incertain : « Stat Crux, dum volvitur orbis », « la Croix seule demeure stable, et le monde tourne autour d’elle ». Le calvaire est le point le plus haut du monde, d’où nous pouvons tout voir avec des yeux différents, les yeux de la foi, de l’amour et du martyre : les yeux du Christ ». (p.31-32)

Enfin, nous arrivons à l’apogée de la Semaine Sainte : la Veillée pascale, où nous célébrons la Résurrection du Christ. Si le Christ n’est pas ressuscité alors tout ce que nous appelons à penser dans la Semaine Sainte est pire qu’inutile. Mais le Christ est ressuscité pour que, malgré tout ce qui peut sembler être terriblement négatif, la prière fondamentale du chrétien soit Alleluia. Pâques est le propos du Corps mystique du Christ.

Dans la Résurrection, le Christ rend réelle sa présence parmi nous, avec nous, en nous : « Je suis avec vous pour toujours ». Les limites du temps et de l’espace ne sont pas pertinentes pour le Seigneur ressuscité parce que sa présence intime en nous constitue son Corps mystique. Cette doctrine est au cœur de notre spiritualité de la Légion, mais nous devrons en discuter plus longuement à un autre moment.

Permettez-moi de conclure avec une citation de saint Augustin, de l’Office des lectures du Lundi de la Semaine Sainte qui me fait toujours une impression profonde : « Les cœurs des croyants peuvent tout attendre de la grâce de Dieu, car pour eux le Fils unique de Dieu, coéternel au Père, n’a pas jugé suffisant d’être un homme en naissant des hommes, mais il est allé jusqu’à mourir par la main des hommes qu’il a créés.

Ce que Dieu nous promet pour l’avenir est grand ; mais bien plus grand ce que nous commémorons comme réalisé dans le passé. Où étaient-ils, quels hommes étaient-ils, ces croyants, quand le Christ est mort pour des coupables ? On ne peut douter qu’il leur donnera sa vie, puisqu’il leur a déjà donné sa mort. Pourquoi la faiblesse humaine hésite-t-elle à croire ce qui arrivera un jour : que les hommes puissent vivre avec Dieu ?

Ce qui s’est déjà réalisé est encore beaucoup plus incroyable : Dieu est mort pour les hommes. »

Que Marie, qui se tenait près de la Croix et se tient à chaque croix, qui participe si intimement et collabore à l’œuvre totale de notre Rédemption, nous permette d’être ouverts à la grande grâce de cette Semaine Sainte.

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Bulletin du Concilium – Mars 2016 (French)
July 2016

Nouvelles d’Afrique
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Ghana
Senatus d’Accra : Après le Congrès national de la Jeunesse à l’Université Tamale, deux des officiers du Senatus ont eu une bonne rencontre avec 50 séminaristes du Grand Séminaire de Kumasi. De grands efforts sont faits par le Senatus et tous ses conseils attachés pour établir de nouveaux praesidia et aussi pour faire revivre ceux qui sont endormis. Un nouveau praesidium à l’Ecole secondaire de Tema a reçu un grand soutien d’un prêtre et d’un enseignant catholique. Des sessions mensuelles de prière pour la béatification de Frank Duff sont tenues par le Senatus et les conseils attachés.

Egypte
Le Senatus du Caire : Des détails sur les différents conseils et les élections des officiers du Senatus ont été reçus et sont suivis par le correspondant. S’il vous plaît, gardez les légionnaires dans vos prières.

Zimbabwe
Un email de bienvenue donnant de nombreux détails de la Légion dans la région de Mutare a été reçu et est en cours de suivi. Il y a un solide praesidium principalement d’origine rwandaise dans le Camp de réfugiés de Tongongara.
Comitium de Hwange : Le Comitium a un très bon programme d’événements prévus pour 2016, qui comprend un congrès de la Légion.

Cap-Vert
Curiae et comitia encouragent constamment les Exploratio Dominicalis ; certains praesidia réalisent deux projets au cours de l’année. Une famille visitée était ravie et a déclaré que c’était la première visite de catholiques. Les résultats comprennent l’obtention de 54 enfants et 2 adultes pour le Baptême et l’inscription de 14 enfants dans des classes de catéchisme. Deux curiae de l’île lointaine de Sao Vicente ont signalé des efforts particuliers pour promouvoir des cours de catéchisme pour les enfants. Dans cette île, une curia a rapporté que plus d’un tiers des membres actifs sont prétoriens. Un comitium nouvellement établi mentionne dans son rapport une diversité d’apostolat dont un parmi les familles d’émigrants. Un directeur spirituel a donné une conférence spéciale pour les membres avec un exposé, des diapositives et une séance de questions/réponses sur le thème de l’Année de la Miséricorde.

Angola
Senatus de Luanda : Un groupe de onze officiers de divers conseils de Luanda, dont le Président du Senatus, a effectué une visite de 12 jours, du 24 janvier au 4 février 2016, dans la République de São Tomé-et-Principe, au large de la côte ouest de l’Afrique, qui a une population de près de 200 000 habitants, dont la majorité est catholique. Il a visité plusieurs paroisses et établi une curia dans la Paroisse de la Cathédrale avec sept praesidia, dont quatre avaient été mis en place environ un an avant lors d’une précédente visite par les légionnaires du Senatus de Luanda. Certains conseils dans le domaine du Senatus ont signalé qu’un Triduum a été tenu pour marquer le 64e anniversaire de la fondation de la Légion en Angola ; ils ont aussi mentionné une Messe offerte pour l’anniversaire de la mort du Serviteur de Dieu Frank Duff. Il a été mentionné lors d’une réunion du Senatus que l’Association de la Sainte Enfance est la pépinière de la Légion de Marie.
Senatus de Benguela : Le Senatus a 17 praesidia, 25 curiae, 22 comitia et cinq regiae directement attachés avec un total de 80 897 membres actifs, 8 870 juniors et 21 624 auxiliaires. La Regia de Huambo a enregistré 1 224 personnes préparées pour la Première Communion, 61 mariages ; 119 personnes ont reçu le Sacrement de la Confirmation, 102 catéchumènes ont reçu le Sacrement du Baptême, 81 personnes ont reçu le Sacrement de la Réconciliation et 61 membres de sectes religieuses ont été reçus dans l’Église catholique. Les regiae de Huambo et de Kwuito-Bié, ainsi que quelques autres conseils ont été visités au cours de 2015.

Afrique du Sud
Senatus de la ville du Cap : Des devis sont recherchés pour l’impression du Manuel en langue anglaise. Un cours de formation du week-end est organisé pour les légionnaires de Port Elizabeth en juin. Un nouveau comitium a été établi dans la zone nord.
Senatus de Johannesburg : Son Excellence Mgr Mvemve a dirigé la retraite pour les légionnaires du Comitium de Soweto. Le Senatus encourage tous les légionnaires à étendre la Légion en 2016.
Comitium de Durban : Une grande attention est donnée à la promotion de l’Année de la Miséricorde au niveau du conseil et du praesidium.
Comitium de Matatiele : Un rapport annuel d’un praesidium, reçu en mars, montre un grand travail entrepris par les légionnaires. 114 bébés ont été baptisés et 23 adultes préparés au Baptême.
Senatus de Lesotho : Une retraite de trois jours a été organisée pour les légionnaires. Des visites à domicile sont effectuées et il y a beaucoup de retours aux Sacrements.


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Philippines
Senatus de Bicolandia : Le catéchisme est enseigné aux étudiants de l’Ecole primaire et supérieure et un enseignement est donné aux adultes qui se préparent au Baptême et à la Confirmation. Les détenus de la prison apprennent à prier le chapelet. Une autre curia mentionne la visite de praesidia attachés. Les paroissiens sont invités à visiter le Saint-Sacrement. L’Intronisation du Sacré-Coeur dans les foyers figure dans la plupart des rapports. 30 enfants ont été baptisés et 21 ont reçu le Sacrement de Confirmation.
Senatus de Mindanao : Les auxiliaires sont invités à assister à l’Acies. Un comitium a 181 membres - 115 sont prétoriens. Les rapports montrent la validation du mariage de 5 couples dont les enfants ont été baptisés, le fonctionnement de réunions de préparation au Baptême et à la Confirmation ; des juniors amènent les enfants à la Messe du dimanche.
Senatus de Visayas Ouest : Les rapports ont été reçus d’1 regia, de 6 comitia et de 4 curiae. 700 maisons ont été visitées lors d’un projet d’Exploratio Dominicalis ; il en a résulté 9 mariages régularisés, 13 Baptêmes, 6 Confirmations ; une personne de 80 ans est retournée à l’Église après 20 ans. Une mère malade a reçu les Sacrements et a épousé son partenaire peu de temps avant de mourir. Un autre projet d’Exploratio a signalé 25 Baptêmes, 18 conversions et 15 mariages régularisés. 209 foyers ont été visités, y compris les personnes âgées et les malades, au cours d’un apostolat de groupe de chapelet. L’Intronisation du Sacré-Cœur a eu lieu dans 20 maisons. Des projets de P.P.C ont eu lieu. Un couple vivant hors mariage depuis 30 ans a reçu le Sacrement du Mariage peu de temps avant la mort du mari.
Senatus du Nord des Philippines : 3 regiae, 9 comitia et 1 praesidium ont fait leur rapport. 3 curiae ont organisé un congrès. Un comitium a organisé des séminaires pour promouvoir les causes de Frank Duff, d’Alfie Lambe et d’Edel Quinn. Le catéchisme est enseigné dans une école et aux policiers de la Cité de la Police de l’arrondissement, trois fois par mois. Après un abandon de la pratique pendant 20 ans, 3 adultes se sont confessés et ont reçu la Sainte Communion. De nombreuses conversions ont été signalées, ainsi que la mise en place de praesidia juniors et de groupes de patriciens. Des Juniors sont passés dans les rangs des adultes, et des visites de courtoisie ont été faites aux curés et aux directeurs spirituels.
Senatus de Cebu : Tous les conseils sont actifs dans les visites à domicile. L’apostolat comprend le catéchisme dans les écoles, une campagne pour promouvoir la dévotion du rosaire, des processions à l’aube, des validations de mariage, le soutien d’activités paroissiales et l’Intronisation du Sacré-Coeur. Les membres juniors sont très actifs dans leur apostolat et un praesidium de 22 membres engage des contacts de rue parmi les enfants pour propager la récitation quotidienne du chapelet. Il y a plusieurs rapports d’extension et de visites aux conseils attachés.

Australie
Senatus de Sydney : La plupart des praesidia de la paroisse entreprennent une grande variété d’apostolat et sont chaleureusement accueillis lors des visites à domicile. L’apostolat de la Curia coréenne comprend des visites aux malades, aux catholiques non pratiquants ; ils tiennent des classes de catéchisme pour les personnes qui s’intéressent à la foi catholique. Un praesidium indonésien de 16 membres fait la promotion du chapelet, fait circuler 2 statues de Notre-Dame dans 5 paroisses, organise l’Adoration eucharistique dans 2 paroisses et a distribué 140 dépliants du rosaire aux jeunes étudiants.
Comitium de Brisbane : Extension et recrutement sont en cours, avec un nouveau praesidium mis en place. Une réunion de correspondants s’est tenue en octobre. Les travaux mentionnés ont été des visites dans les maisons de retraite, des visites à domicile, l’enseignement du catéchisme dans les écoles avec en vue l’introduction du chapelet. Les contacts dans la rue d’un centre commercial et un stand de livres ont gagné 2 nouveaux membres. La Curia coréenne a 9 praesidia, 45 membres et 50 auxiliaires.
Senatus de Melbourne : Une école d’été a eu lieu les 20 et 21 février. La Messe de novembre pour Frank Duff a été concélébrée par l’Evêque avec 4 prêtres et 300 participants. Le D.V.D.  « Meet the Legion » a été montré dans un effort pour recruter de nouveaux membres. Comitium d’Adelaide : Le Praesidium de la Cathédrale fait des contacts dans le marché de la ville, la distribution de Médailles Miraculeuses et des horaires de messes. Mgr Paul de Kiribati a envoyé de bons voeux au Senatus pour son appui continu. Le Comitium de Melsisi à Vanuata a 5 curiae et 47 praesidia. Il y a un praesidium junior.

Nouvelle-Zélande
Senatus d’Auckland : Le recrutement et l’extension sont en cours avec 2 nouveaux praesidia. Quatre projets d’Exploratio sont prévus pour cette année. La Curia junior a eu 48 participants à une journée de retraite. Un nouveau praesidium de 20 membres a été mis en place. L’Evêque de Samoa a été en visite à Auckland et les officiers du Senatus ont organisé une rencontre avec lui.


Rapports des Provinces d’Irlande
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Comitia
Comitium de Cloyne : Le Praesidium de Carrigtuohill, avec 3 membres, fait des visites à domicile avec la statue de la Vierge pèlerine et des visites des hôpitaux où le chapelet et le chapelet de la Divine Miséricorde sont récités. Les 5 membres du Praesidium de Cobh font un travail de contact, chaque week-end, à la Cathédrale de Cobh surtout quand les paquebots de croisière sont en ville. L’an dernier, en plus de feuillets de prière pour les 3 Causes, ils ont distribué 1 890 Médailles Miraculeuses à des personnes de nationalités très diverses. Curia de l’Est de Cloyne : les praesidia de Mitchelstown et de Rathcormac ont tous deux déclaré avoir récemment gagné de nouveaux membres.
Comitium de Cork : Certains des travaux du praesidium qui a fait son rapport sont des visites à domicile alors qu’ils proposent également la statue de la Vierge pèlerine pour laquelle il y a parfois une liste d’attente. Une dame est revenue à la pratique de sa foi et le prêtre lui rend maintenant visite régulièrement. Les travaux de la Curia Queen of Peace (Reine de la Paix) sont les visites de maison en maison, des contacts de rue, chaque semaine, qui se terminent par la récitation du chapelet, la visite des navires à Cobh et la projection de vidéos religieuses deux fois par mois. Curia de Coronata : Des membres ont assisté à la Conférence annuelle des P.P.C., et aussi pris part au projet de 2 jours à Kilrush et à Waterford. Dans la discussion sur l’Evangélisation du Comitium, il a été estimé que le contact avec les jeunes était très important, comme de s’impliquer dans le projet « Night Fever », la promotion de Radio Maria, l’Adoration eucharistique et pendant l’Année de la Miséricorde de promouvoir le Sacrement de la Confession.
Comitium de Kerry : Une campagne de recrutement a eu lieu à la Paroisse de Milltown. Les légionnaires ont parlé aux Messes, et ont fait ensuite des visites de maison en maison. Une réunion de suivi a eu lieu. De nouvelles vitrines pour les statues de Notre-Dame de Fatima ont été faites pour les visites à domicile et sont très populaires auprès des familles qui ont de jeunes enfants. Un projet Maria et Patria se tiendra à Killarney du 31 mars au 1er avril. Le curé de la paroisse est très favorable et a offert à la Légion de Marie d’utiliser le Centre paroissial.
Comitium de Mid Clare : En décembre, la Curia de l’Est de Clare a présenté son rapport annuel au Comitium. Il y a 3 praesidia avec 13 membres, dont 5 sont prétoriens et ils ont 51 auxiliaires. Lors de la réunion de janvier, le Comitium a présenté son rapport annuel qui couvre le Comitium et les deux curiae attachées. Le Comitium a 5 praesidia avec 29 membres, 3 prétoriens et 86 auxiliaires. Dans un secteur, le chapelet de la Miséricorde Divine est récité avec les mourants et les scapulaires bruns sont donnés. Le Praesidium de Lissycasy qui a 5 membres et 9 auxiliaires organise et dirige une réunion de prière à la Miséricorde Divine dans le Centre pastoral, le Premier Vendredi de chaque mois. Pour l’Année de la Miséricorde, un membre du praesidium a fait imprimer 1 000 livrets sur la Joie de la Confession, comme cadeau à Notre-Dame et ils ont été distribués dans 20 églises. Deux membres sont allés à 3 projets Peregrinatio Pro Christo en 2015.
Comitium de Thurles : Les légionnaires d’un praesidium aident l’Abbaye « Holy Cross » et font des visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et dans la maison de retraite. Le Praesidium de Templemore a 6 membres qui se chargent de la visite de la Vierge pèlerine et visitent les familles itinérantes. Un praesidium de Thurles a 10 membres, et 12 membres dans leur praesidium junior. Ils entreprennent une grande variété de travaux et les membres ont pris part à des projets de M.E.P. à la maison et des projets P.P.C. outre-mer. L’Année jubilaire de la Miséricorde a été en vedette comme élément de discussion lors de la réunion de janvier. La Curia de Murroe a rétabli le praesidium de Doon avec 4 membres. Curia de Tipperary : Une Messe anniversaire pour le défunt Père Bradshaw a eu une bonne participation.

Curiae
Curia de Birr-Roscrea : Le Praesidium de Moneygall a 5 membres, dont 3 sont prétoriens ; ils ont 20 auxiliaires. Des visites à domicile sont entreprises ; ils visitent également les hôpitaux et les maisons de retraite. Le Praesidium de Borrisokane a organisé des réunions de Patriciens au cours de l’année. Des visites à domicile et dans les maisons de retraite sont effectuées de temps à autre. L’Apostolat de la Prière est encouragé dans les écoles. Deux membres assistent aux réunions du Conseil pastoral paroissial.
Curia de Limerick : Les praesidia qui ont fait leur rapport ont un total de 12 membres, dont 2 sont prétoriens et ils ont un total de 70 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et à la maison de retraite. L’un de ces praesidia visite toutes les écoles nationales locales et y laisse la statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima pour une semaine. Un autre praesidium a distribué des images des Sacrés Cœurs de Jésus et de Marie dans un centre commercial et a engagé la conversation avec certains des clients. Une réunion de patriciens avait une participation de 8 personnes avec pour thème « La relation avec Dieu ».
Curia de Lismore : Une campagne de recrutement est prévue pour le Praesidium de Lismore. Les travaux entrepris par les trois praesidia restants comprennent la visite de la Vierge pèlerine, de s’occuper des participants à l’Adoration eucharistique et la distribution de Médailles Miraculeuses et de dépliants lors de divers événements.
Curia de Ross : Deux praesidia ont mentionné avoir gagné un nouveau membre chacun. On s’est inquiété qu’aucun membre de la Curia n’ait été volontaire pour une Peregrinatio Pro Christo ces derniers temps. Le Praesidium d’Aughadown a 7 membres. Les travaux comprennent des visites dans les hôpitaux de Skibbereen, de Schull et de Bantry ; ils s’occupent des deux églises dans la paroisse en conjonction avec d’autres personnes qui travaillent sur la paroisse, par rotation. Des Médailles Miraculeuses ont été données à tous les enfants qui font leur Première Communion.
Curia de Waterford : Mgr Alphonus Cullinan a assisté à la réunion de la Curia, a chanté l’Ave Maria et a donné la Bénédiction. La Miséricorde de Dieu est le thème de leurs retraites, leurs pèlerinages et processions pour cette année. Le Praesidium de la Paroisse St John a 6 membres et 35 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent les visites à la maison de retraite et à l’hôpital, ainsi que des visites à domicile dans la Paroisse avec la statue de la Vierge pèlerine. Sur 240 foyers visités, 41 ont accepté la statue pendant une semaine.


Dans le Nord de Dublin
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Curia Porta Coeli : Un praesidium a organisé une Messe en l’honneur d’Edel Quinn, le 12 mai ; son feuillet de prière a été donné à l’assemblée et la prière a été récitée par le prêtre pendant la Prière universelle. Un autre praesidium a récemment eu un membre qui a fait la Promesse ; 2 membres sont prétoriens. Une Heure Sainte mensuelle dans l’église locale a une assistance d’environ 60 personnes. La visite d’un hôpital est leur travail principal ; 9 patients ont été recrutés en tant que membres auxiliaires. Une jeune femme a dit qu’elle avait retrouvé la religion depuis qu’elle a été hospitalisée ; elle a ensuite participé à la Conférence de la Jeunesse de la Légion avec sa sœur. Un homme s’est approché de l’un des légionnaires à l’Oratoire pendant la récitation du chapelet et a dit qu’il voulait revenir à l’Église après une absence de 23 ans ; une heureuse rencontre avec un prêtre a été organisée. Un ancien patient a maintenu le contact et fait un long déplacement pour le chapelet hebdomadaire ; il attribue à l’intercession de Notre-Dame d’être capable de marcher et de travailler à nouveau et aussi que sa fille l’ait retrouvé par Facebook ; ils avaient perdu le contact il y a 25 ans, quand elle avait 10 ans ; cela l’a amené à passer Noël dernier avec elle.
La Curia Veneranda a 11 praesidia. Un nouveau praesidium a été établi dans une paroisse ; la première réunion a eu lieu en la fête de Notre-Dame de Lourdes ; 4 paroissiens participent comme membres en probation. Le Praesidium en langue irlandaise a donné son premier rapport ; il a été établi en juillet de l’année dernière. Il y a 8 participants dont 2 en probation et 3 membres d’autres praesidia. En plus des visites à domicile et du travail à l’Hostel, le travail principal est d’organiser et de faire connaître un événement mensuel où ont figuré 2 conférences, une session musicale et la projection d’un film en langue irlandaise. Pour l’ensemble, il y a eu une bonne assistance. Un praesidium de 12 membres, dont 6 sont prétoriens, imprime et distribue des cartes à fixer sur les landaus ou les poussettes. Le travail à l’Hostel figure également, mais leur travail principal est la visite de la Prison de « Mountjoy », tous les samedis et dimanches. Un prisonnier est devenu un « Pionnier » ; un autre a dit que la lecture d’un article religieux dans un magazine qui lui a été donné par des légionnaires a changé son regard sur la vie.
Curia Consolata : Un praesidium junior a donné son rapport. Leur projet d’été a eu une participation de 17 enfants et le thème était la Vie consacrée ; l’œuvre qui en a résulté a été affichée dans l’église. En octobre, ils ont organisé une procession aux chandelles dirigée par le curé, de l’église à l’école, en récitant le chapelet. Un praesidium de 6 membres a rapporté qu’un jeune membre est récemment entré dans une communauté religieuse en Espagne. Les visites à domicile sont le travail principal, complété par l’organisation d’une Adoration mensuelle et d’une réunion de prière tous les quinze jours dans une maison de retraite ; une jeune femme qui avait perdu presque complètement la mémoire après une overdose de drogue, et qui n’y avait jamais pris part, a été invitée à réciter une dizaine de chapelet ; elle était ravie de s’être rappelé les prières et ne cessait de répéter : « Je n’étais pas très bonne ».
Curia Presentata : Un praesidium de 7 membres a récemment un nouveau membre qui a fait sa Promesse à « Milltown Park » de sorte que leur ancien directeur spirituel de 96 ans puisse donner sa bénédiction. Ils ont visité de nombreux bars pour promouvoir la retraite du Vendredi Saint. Leur apostolat principal est dirigé vers ceux qui souffrent de toxicomanie. Un office de guérison, chaque Premier Vendredi, comprend l’Adoration et la Sainte Messe. Un nouveau membre dans un autre praesidium a également fait sa Promesse. Un projet de visites à domicile très réussi, au cours du Carême de l’année dernière, a été organisé par la Curia de Bethléem et a été très apprécié par la Communauté salésienne en charge de la paroisse. « Our Lady Seat of Wisdom » (Notre-Dame, Trône de la Sagesse), un praesidium de jeunes adultes, a présenté son 10e rapport en janvier. Il y a 14 membres et 4 membres en probation. En juillet, 3 membres ont été transférés à un nouveau praesidium de ramification. Chaque mois, les membres se rendent à Athy pour parler avec les 20 toxicomanes en cure de désintoxication et les encourager, alors que chaque semaine, 2 et parfois 3 binômes de légionnaires font des contacts de rue dans « Moore Street », sous une pluie de grêle ou sous le soleil. Deux hommes contactés ont rejoint la Légion. 35 hommes ont participé à une retraite dans un couvent. Le Praesidium aide aussi considérablement avec les événements et activités de Deus et Patria.
Curia Exaltata : Un praesidium de 10 membres actifs, dont 2 prétoriens, a visité 1 000 foyers pendant l’année ; une statue de la Vierge pèlerine est amenée dans une nouvelle maison, chaque semaine. Ils ont emmené 44 paroissiens au Pèlerinage de Knock. Un légionnaire coordonne l’Adoration eucharistique deux fois par semaine. Dans les 6 derniers mois, les visites d’une maison de retraite ont commencé. Les efforts de recrutement dans 4 paroisses regroupées incluent la distribution de dépliants et de bulletins d’information avec un appel pour des nouveaux membres.
Curia de Bethléem : 21 patriciens et 4 légionnaires ont participé à 2 réunions. Trois membres ont présenté leurs rapports à la réunion de la Curia sur le travail de contact fait pour l’anniversaire d’Alfie Lambe. Un praesidium a recruté un nouveau membre au cours de l’année. Un prêtre franciscain assiste toujours aux réunions. Les légionnaires agissent comme sacristains dans un hôpital local ; les aumôniers sont très reconnaissants et leur ont demandé de visiter un Centre de la Communauté où ils prient et chantent avec un groupe de femmes âgées.


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Colombie
Senatus de Bogota : Comitia et curiae prennent des mesures pour établir leur domaine de responsabilités ; un comitium gouverne la Légion dans 37 des 44 paroisses d’un diocèse ; un autre comitium fait mention de 13 paroisses où la Légion est présente et de 13 pour l’extension. Il a été suggéré à l’une des réunions du Senatus que la Légion envisage d’entreprendre plus d’apostolat de la bibliothèque roulante. Le Directeur spirituel, le Père Adolfo a rappelé aux légionnaires que 2016 est le 300e anniversaire de la mort de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort et les a encouragés à réfléchir à la Consécration totale. Des prières ont été demandées pour les deux sœurs et un frère de la famille Contreras, cofondateurs de la Légion de Marie à Bogota.
Senatus de Medellin : Cinq légionnaires et 7 non légionnaires enseignent plus de 80 adultes à lire et à écrire. Des contacts au parc se révèlent très réussis. Les légionnaires accompagnent le prêtre dans des maisons où les malades ont demandé la Confession et la Sainte Communion.

Equateur
Senatus de Quito : Plusieurs rapports mentionnent la récente visite du Pape. Le Comitium d’Esmeralda a 594 membres dans 9 curiae ; ils rapportent 3 nouveaux praesidia et envisagent la mise en place d’une nouvelle curia à Quinche. A Inca un praesidium a 14 membres qui pratiquent tous la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge.

Urugay
Senatus de Montevideo : Un livre a récemment été publié sur Alfie Lambe, résultat de 8 années de travail du Secrétaire du Senatus. A la demande de l’Evêque, un nouveau comitium a été établi dans le Diocèse de Canelones ; il se compose de 10 praesidia et d’une curia de 6 praesidia. Le Senatus a organisé récemment un congrès. Deux légionnaires ont participé à un projet de P.P.C. dirigé par un senatus brésilien dans le Diocèse uruguayen de Maldonado. Le Directeur spirituel du Senatus a dirigé une retraite pour les participants d’un projet de P.P.C. à venir à Melo.

Venezuela
Senatus de Caracas : En octobre, il a été signalé que 3 légionnaires étaient entrés dans un séminaire. Bien que l’avortement soit illégal, il est très répandu ; à Maracaibo les légionnaires ont influencé une dame à ne pas se faire avorter. Ils ont trois bibliothèques roulantes en fonctionnement. Dans certains cas, des grands-parents ont été catéchisés. Ils visitent 3 prisons mais il est difficile d’entrer et interdit de commencer des groupes de prière ou des praesidia. Des « Drives Colomban » et projets d’Exploratio sont largement mentionnés et ils signalent 6 nouveaux praesidia et 13 nouveaux groupes pré-juniors.

Chili
Senatus de Santiago : Les légionnaires font un travail de contact dans les sanctuaires locaux où des milliers de personnes se rassemblent. De nombreux contacts intéressants sont faits avec les passants, les touristes et les vacanciers. Une grande importance est donnée à la transmission de l’expérience aux officiers nouvellement élus. Lorsque des congrès de la Légion ont lieu, une liste de recommandations et une de conclusions sont diffusées et mises en pratique. Une curia signale 14 praesidia dans 5 paroisses. L’un des groupes de Patriciens est pour les enfants, et parfois leurs parents y assistent.

Bolivie
Senatus de La Paz : Le Senatus a été invité à donner des conférences dans les deux séminaires adulte et junior. Dans de nombreux cas, les parents d’enfants Premiers Communiants sont également préparés et reçoivent le Sacrement le même jour. Certaines familles non catholiques acceptent l’invitation d’assister à la Messe du dimanche avec les légionnaires. Cela conduit inévitablement à leur entrée dans l’Eglise. De nombreux contacts de rue sont faits et le Triduum pour la fête de Notre-Dame du Mont Carmel a eu lieu dans la rue du marché local. Des villages éloignés et des bidonvilles à la périphérie des villes sont visités pour préparer la visite du prêtre et la célébration de la Sainte Messe. Le Senatus vient d’élire un nouveau président et un secrétaire. De nombreux conseils et praesidia ont célébré une Messe en l’honneur d’Alfie Lambe en janvier.

Pérou
Senatus de Lima : Les rapports indiquent les conseils très actifs et d’autres assez faibles. Un comitium dans la zone montagneuse a mis en place 6 nouveaux praesidia. Sur les 45 membres recrutés, 12 ont fait leur Promesse et 33 sont encore en probation. Le Comitium essaie maintenant la mise en place dans les villages environnants où la langue quechua est parlée. Un certain nombre de légionnaires parlent les deux langues. Les rapports montrent des progrès du mouvement junior. Un comitium sur la côte a signalé la mise en place de 2 nouvelles curiae juniors et ils prévoient également de mettre en place des curiae à la frontière avec l’Equateur où il y a un certain nombre de praesidia.

Paraguay
Senatus d’Asunción: Les comptes rendus sont à jour. Au cours de la période de trois mois, 1 comitium, 6 curiae et 2 praesidia ont fait leur rapport. Dans le cadre de la planification, un calendrier des événements a été établi pour 2016. Une journée de formation très réussie a été organisée pour les légionnaires dans la ville d’Encarnacion, dans le Sud-est du Paraguay en janvier, et soutenue par les officiers du Senatus. 1 comitium et 1 curia ont tenu des projets de P.P.C. La Curia « Maria Refugio de los Pecadores » (Marie Refuge des pécheurs) basée dans la capitale d’Asunción a tous les postes d’officiers pourvus, 9 praesidia attachés et 1 en formation ; il y a 87 membres actifs, 355 auxiliaires, 14 prétoriens et 22 adjutoriens. Les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile, visites des hôpitaux, des foyers d’hébergement, d’une prison à Tacumbú, d’une maison de retraite et d’une léproserie. Ils organisent des cours de catéchèse pour les je

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Child Safeguarding - Ireland June 2016
July 2016

CHILD SAFEGUARDING -IRELAND

Having notified all councils in Ireland with a copy of the new form, e-vetting is now coming in on line. No more paper forms are to be submitted. The expectation is that applicants will be notified within one week if they have successfully completed the process. If a person is no longer a legionary or is deceased the Curia/Comitium Vice President should inform the Child Safeguarding Committee so that the person’s details can be removed/destroyed in order to comply with Data Protection requirements.


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Election of Concilium Assistant Treasurer at the June 2016 Concilium Meeting
July 2016

ELECTION OF CONCILIUM ASSISTANT TREASURER

An election took place for Assistant Treasurer of Concilium. Nominations were taken and Declan Lawlor was proposed and seconded for this office.
As there were no other nominations, Declan Lawlor was declared elected for a term of three years.

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Allocutio at June 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
July 2016

The Sacred Heart and Legion Spirituality
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The month of June is a good time to reflect once more on the infinite gift of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and its fundamental place in the history and spirituality of the Legion. Prayer to the Sacred Heart has the first place in the little litany in the Tessera. We simply pray every day: ‘Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Have mercy on us.’ Then perhaps we think of that beautiful apostolate, one of the earliest and most fruitful in Legion history, the enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes. This apostolate is probably even more necessary and urgent throughout the world today, especially in our western world where marriage and family are facing so many challenges and overwhelming difficulties described so poignantly by Pope Francis in his apostolic letter: ‘The Joy of Love.’ We think too of the Legion promotion of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association which is primarily and essentially a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In a world that is immersed in so many kinds of destructive addictions such as drugs of so many kinds, pornography and perhaps mindless forms of entertainment, there is an urgent need to bring a true devotion to the Sacred Heart into this all-persuasive culture. This places a great challenge to the Legion, while maintaining its traditional ways of spreading this devotion, to devising new ways of enabling people, especially the young, to discover the real meaning of love and the true joy of loving as exemplified in the heart and life of Jesus.

I think it would be good to look to the example of our Founder Frank Duff and his deep devotion to the Sacred Heart. In his bedroom he placed a large picture of the Sacred Heart so that the first thing his eyes looked on when he awoke in the morning and the last thing he saw before he went to sleep was the image of the Sacred Heart. That picture was in his bedroom for more than sixty years.

We remember that he joined the Pioneers in 1914, so when he died in 1980 he would have been a member for 66 years. As we have said, this movement is essentially a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and Bro. Duff would have prayed the pioneer prayer twice a day as is recommended to all members: ‘For thy greater glory and consolation, O Sacred Heart of Jesus; for thy sake to give good example, to practice self-denial, to make reparation to Thee for the sins of intemperance, and for the conversion of excessive drinkers, I will abstain for life from all intoxicating drinks.’ Frank Duff was not a superficial Pioneer because he knew the devastation of excessive drinking of alcohol first hand in innumerable cases and he had a deep devotion to the Sacred Heart. This relation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus would have shaped his very soul and suffused at least implicitly all his relationships with the people he met day in and day out.

This brings us to the central question of the Allocutio. The place of the Sacred Heart in Legion spirituality cannot be reduced to particular practices however formative and fruitful. It must be much more radical. It must be the source of our most profound attitudes and actions; it must be the deepest secret of our souls. So what exactly is this fundamental pillar of Legion spirituality? Let me start with a quotation from the ‘Signs of Contradictions,’ a book by St. John Paul 11: ‘Throughout the description of Genesis the heart can be heard beating. We have before us not a great builder of the world, a demiurge: we stand in the presence of the great Heart.’ God cannot benefit from creation because He already has everything infinitely and perfectly. Everything is for the benefit of creation. In other words, in the depth of all created reality lies the great heart of God. This is especially true of the human person. We exist because we are loved or in other words we exist because we are held in the heart of God. That heart never ceases to be totally focused on every single one of us. This truth is rooted in the only definition of God to be found in the New Testament: God is Love. So in the deepest roots of our being we habitually stand in the presence of the great Heart of God.

These truths become even clearer in the Incarnation. God so loved the world that he sent his Son into the world to emphasise his closeness to us, to share in our very nature, to profoundly identify with us in all things except sin. But what about the consequences of sin? The truly staggering love of God becomes even clearer. As St. Paul tells us: God loved us while we were still sinners. God became man precisely out of love for sinners. The heart of God is riveted on the spiritually sick and terminally ill, on the most despicable of sinners, on the spectacularly evil person. He came to save sinners and that is his own self-definition. The passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus are the supreme evidence of the Good News and the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Divine Forgiveness are the accessible continuation and real presence of the Good News. Let that mind be in you which is the mind and heart of Jesus.

So the Sacred Heart is the most fitting human symbol and human language for entrance into the mystery of God’s love, of his very identity and inner life. The most important truth about the Sacred Heart is that God has first loved us. This is the truth that the Christian and therefore the legionary need to place at the center of their interior life and must become the soul of all their apostolates.

In case I have not managed to give a compelling indication of the meaning of the Sacred Heart for my fellow legionaries let me just quote one of many texts of Sacred Scripture that says all I wanted to say: ‘What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels, nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus Our Lord.’ (Romans: 8:37-39).


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Concilium Bulletin June 2016
July 2016

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: All councils include in their reports establishment of new praesidia and the restarting of praesidia. Most reports mention junior and young adult praesidia, of which there are many. One council made contact with the owners of cars in car parks or stuck in traffic, offering them a little statue of Our Lady for their car and suggesting a prayer for safe driving. Each year the Senatus holds a Spiritual Directors’ meeting, which includes a midday meal prepared by the legionaries. Priests who are not Spiritual Directors are also invited to these meetings.
Cordoba Senatus: It has been recommended that a Curia with only two praesidia be closed and the praesidia affiliated directly to the Senatus or to another council. The total makeup of the two Comitia based in the city is less than 20 praesidia and 100 members, so they are being asked to give their opinions about amalgamating into one Comitium, or even one Curia.
Salta Senatus: This year marks the 60th anniversary of the starting of the Legion by the Servant of God, Alfie Lambe in Salta. Two new Comitia are being set up. In a very busy parish, the legionaries have a monthly meeting with the Parish Priest to discuss their combined plans. The Senatus youth committee, something like Deus et Patria, meet monthly. Corrientes Regia: Legionaries from one Curia help in a Refuge for Young Drug Addicts; legionaries from another Curia went to the Women’s Prison and prayed the Rosary with the inmates. A person with a terminal illness was instructed in the faith and received the Sacraments. Every Friday they have a radio programme dedicated to the Sacred Heart.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: Visitation in the adjacent State of Amapá revealed that among a thousand families visited there were 127 youths and adults without Baptism. Results include, 15 Baptisms, the setting up of two Curiae and revival of two praesidia with 30 active members recruited.
Belo Horizonte Senatus: Contacts are made in the parks and markets, legionaries speaking to people about the Sacraments and introducing the Word of God. Legionaries assist with hygiene-care and bath a sick person on a weekly basis; they also give monthly haircuts to two people suffering ill health. 23 expectant mothers were visited and given guidance on pre-natal care, choice of God-parents and the Sacrament of Baptism. 103 Enthronements of the Sacred Heart took place in homes.
Fortaleza Senatus: One report shows 369 home visits and Holy Communion brought to the elderly. There were 214 visits to non-religious families and 32 meetings were held to prepare adults for Baptism and First Holy Communion. Ponta Grossa Senatus: Legionaries visited 1,140 families of different religions, 633 families without religion and 25,820 Catholic families. 34 youths and two adults were helped to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and 16 couples the sacrament of marriage. Two teenagers were prepared to receive the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and two adults for the Sacrament of Marriage. 18 Enthronements of the Sacred Heart took place in homes.
Recife Senatus: In February the Senatus welcomed the newly appointed Spiritual Director, Fr. Antonio Diego. One Comitium reported over two and half thousand visits to homes and almost two thousand visits to the sick. Regia of João Pessoa reported over four thousand visits to homes and 778 children and youths prepared for First Holy Communion. Ten praesidia were set up as a result of a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project in the State of Alagoas.
Rio de Janeiro Senatus: In Copacabana an apostolate is carried out to taxi drivers and apartment door-keepers. In the city of Campos, nursing home residents are helped with chiropody and repairs to their clothes. Legionaries distribute Bibles, Rosary beads and Scapulars. Several councils reported receiving positive reception on visits to Protestants. In the Amazon region in Porto Velho 25% of over three thousand families visited were Protestants. Also in that region prisoners and their families were visited. The Senatus is planning further extension and visitation of the vast Amazonian region.
Salvador Senatus: The Senatus divided a Comitium and raised a Curia to Comitium with six Curiae attached. Aracaju Regia set up two new praesidia and organised a Congress for young legionaries. Regia of Vitória da Conquista helped 308 people to return to the Sacraments. Some of these joined the Legion. A Comitium attached to the Senatus recited Rosaries on streets which are considered the most violent in the neighbourhood.
Santa Maria Senatus: One Curia has 12 praesidia with an average membership of 35. The correspondent has recommended division of these praesidia. Most presidia in other Curiae have an average of 12 members. One Comitium in the largest city of the Senatus has almost 50% Praetorians out of 176 active members. A new praesidium was set up in one Curia.
São Luis Senatus: 24,660 visits were made to families, 1,413 and follow up visits to the sick and elderly, non-Catholics, families and individuals with problems. Catechism classes were given in preparation for the Sacraments: 52 persons were prepared for Baptism, 227 for First Holy Communion and 446 for Confirmation. There were 2,433 hospital visits.
São Paulo Senatus: A Comitium in Vila Maria organised a two-day Conference for young people which had an attendance of 90. A Comitium in Santos reported regular visits to five families of drug addicts and prisoners who were invited to participate in community activities and in the Mass and they participated with great love. Reports show large numbers of visits to homes and to the sick. The Regia of Campo Grande recorded 3,650 visits and follow-up visits to families and 4,182 visits and follow up visits to the sick. There is mention of a visit to a home for children who are carriers of HIV. Brasilia Regia area includes two States as well as the Federal District with a considerable variation in its terrain, part being one of the most socially and economically developed in Brazil and another part the opposite. The Legion broadcasts on local radio. Service of the old involves manicure and hair dressing. Thirteen adults were prepared for Confirmation through a fortnightly class. The Regia has proposed the extensive use of book barrows.

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Kuala Lumpar Regia: This report covers December 2015 to April 2016. Two elections took place in February for Vice President and Secretary. Reports of one praesidium and ten councils were taken, overall covering 83 senior and junior praesidia with a total of 822 active members, 1,108 auxiliaries and 11 probationers. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation, teaching Catechism, attending wakes and funeral Masses, assisting in soup kitchens, leading the Rosary before Sunday Mass, visiting shelter homes and homes for aids patients, extension and evangelising via Street Sheppard outreach, which caters for homeless on the streets. Two praesidia were set up and another divided due to large numbers. The Acies took place in St. John’s Cathedral with 550 in attendance. This year 5 Curiae held their own Acies as recommended in the Handbook.

HONG KONG and MACAU

Hong Kong Comitium: is comprised of 13 Curiae, 4 Chinese-speaking, 3 English-speaking, a Korean Curia and 5 junior Curiae. The new Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Francis Tam, Deacon John Lam, his wife Mabel and Sally Chan, newly appointed Vice President Comitium visited Ireland recently, meeting with Concilium officers, focussing mainly on the junior Legion in Hong Kong, its structure, the role of the senior officers and the progression of juniors to the senior ranks. Works of the Comitium include, Catechumen classes, street and Flower Market contact, running a mother’s group, parish work, taking care of junior praesidia and Legion extension. Macau Curia: Sr. Sally Chan, who was present at Concilium reported on her work in Macau. The Curia consists of 7 Chinese and 1 English-speaking praesidium as well as a junior praesidium. The legionaries have re-started home and hospital visitation, which in turn has enriched the praesidium meetings. Bishop Stephen Lee Bunsang expressed the wish that talks on the Legion be given in Schools with a view to setting up more junior praesidia.

Singapore Senatus: Two new junior praesidia were established and the setting up of a new junior Curia was discussed at the December meeting. A post-graduation praesidium was also established.

INDONESIA

Malang Senatus: Visitation of councils and praesidia is on-going. Works include, visitation of the sick in hospitals and in their homes, apostolates to prisons and a Centre for Drug Addicts, washing of deceased persons, bringing Holy Communion to old people and assisting at Sunday school. Exploratio Dominicalis is reported, also organising Pilgrimages to grottos of Our Lady.

Jakarta Senatus: Works undertaken are: visitation of the sick and dying; promotion of the Legion among young people, reciting public Rosaries during May and October and evangelising in the Mentawai Islands.

JAPAN

Osaka Senatus: Archbishop Manyo and over 100 legionaries, including auxiliary members attended the Acies. On Sunday morning’s legionaries distribute noodles and coffee to parishioners. Mass for the sick is appreciated, people saying, “we are not forgotten” “After a long time I have come back to Church” and “I was happy to meet the priest face to face.” Great grief was expressed at the death of praesidium Spiritual Director Fr. Joldy.

TAIWAN

Taiwan Senatus: Catechism classes conducted by legionaries resulted in 50 people being received into the Church. Support and contact is kept with such people. 14 new praesidia, including 1 junior have been set up in the last 15 months. A PPC project was undertaken. Extension is on the agenda at all meetings. Auxiliary and Praetorian membership have greatly increased.

KOREA

Seoul Senatus: A legionary was appointed to do translations. Suwon Regia has 28,760 senior, 602 young adults and 1,948 junior members. The council has 78 young adult praesidia. Two senior praesidia in a bank helped 6 people to be baptised. A lady contacted in a hospital asked for Baptism; two of her sisters and a brother were also baptised and through the initial contact with this lady whose husband is in the army, 31 soldiers also later received Baptism.

Gwangju Senatus: In April a Curia was raised to Comitium status, with three Curia attached. A Comitium reported 68 Baptisms and 261 returns to the Sacraments. A Curia had 161 Baptisms and 267 returns to the Sacraments. Another Curia reported 56 anointing’s of the sick. All councils do a great variety of works, including recruiting catechumens and visiting the sick.

Masan Regia registered 1,734 Baptisms and 2,867 returns to the Sacraments.

Daegu Senatus: 200 junior legionaries from Gyongsan Comitium took part in a one-day Retreat. This Comitium recorded an increase of 45 in the number of Baptisms this year. They organised a legionary training day in the lecture hall of a Buddhist Temple. Talks were given by a Catholic Professor, a Chief Monk and the Superintendent of Educational Affairs, ending with Mass. One Comitium reported an increase in the number of legionaries, while a Curia had 10 people baptised


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COMITIA

Cloyne Comitium: Legionaries doing contact at Cobh Cathedral with the many visitors of various nationalities from the Cruise Liners distributed 1,890 Miraculous Medals last year. The annual Retreat directed by Fr. Michael Kennedy had an attendance of 70 legionaries from the Comitium and the attached Curiae. East Cloyne Curia: Legionaries helped out the Dublin team who visited Ballyhea parish for the pre-Mission visitation of homes. Fermoy praesidium has 13 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians. They visit homes with the Fatima statue, a hospital and nursing homes. They also visit an elderly man living alone in a country district and take him shopping and to Holy Mass on Sundays.

Cork Comitium: A praesidium reported printing 400 copies of their annual Christmas Newsletter; 60 of these were sent to parish emigrants in various places all over the world and the response was one of grateful appreciation. A praesidium of 9 members does home, Pilgrim statue and nursing home visitation. A lady requested the statue on the night of her son’s graduation and prayed with her family for all his friends. Muire Na nGras Curia: The works of praesidia include home to home, auxiliary, Fatima statue and hospital visitation. A Rosary Procession was organised on the 8th December through the streets of Cork and a Rosary was recited at the crib on Christmas Eve. Members of one praesidium visited the First Holy Communion classes where the children were given Miraculous Medals and Mass booklets. Annunciata Curia: A praesidium of 5 members visits a hospital, nursing home and a housebound lady.

Kerry Comitium: A Day of Prayer for all prayer groups in the Diocese was held in March and the Legion was asked to take charge of one session. The Rosary Procession of Our Blessed Lady commenced on the 13th May through the streets of Killarney and will continue until 13th October. Legionaries help at these Processions and do recruiting. The praesidium in Knocknagree has restarted. A Maria et Patria project was held at the end of March and beginning of April. A total of 1,656 homes were visited with about half no replies. 12 people were interested in the Legion and there were 11 special cases for follow up. Fr. Michael Kennedy heard many Confessions over the two days.

Mid Clare Comitium: A joint officers meeting between the Comitium and the two attached Curiae took place on 25th February. Corofin praesidium has 7 members who carry out home visitation regularly, mostly to elderly people living alone. Shannon praesidium has 8 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians and 19 auxiliaries. Works include care of the Adoration Chapel in the town centre and visits to sick and elderly in a nursing home. During the year 31 homes were visited with the Pilgrim Fatima statue. Families who accepted the statue reported receiving great graces and benefits. Clarecastle praesidium has 5 members. Works include visitation to a hospital for the elderly and a Day-Care Centre, also co-ordinating 13 Advent and Lenten home prayer groups. The Comitium Retreat was conducted by Fr. Robbie Coffey and 20 attended. A praesidium with 8 members has started in Ennis among the Polish community. East Clare Curia: The Rosary is recited each night at a Grotto with 7 or 8 people attending.

CURIAE

Birr/Roscrea Curia: The works of Shinrone praesidium include nursing home visitation and distribution of Catholic literature. Clonlisk praesidium has 5 members who visit the old and lonely in their homes and in nursing homes. They helped with the Youth 2000 Retreat held in Mount St. Josephs Abbey, Roscrea in August. Promotion of the Pioneers is on-going. They are also involved in the Year of Mercy Holy Door in Mount St. Josephs. Members of the praesidium meeting in Citeaux Hall work with the Travelling Community and read for a blind person.

Limerick Curia: A reporting praesidium has 7 members, 26 auxiliaries and 2 Adjutorians. They visit sick people from the locality in hospital and at home, including legionaries now in nursing homes. Another reporting praesidium has 8 members, 40 auxiliaries and one Adjutorian. Work includes visiting 4 nursing homes, addressing the Confirmation classes in 3 Primary schools, house to house visitation to parishioners and University students living in the parish. Members assisted in setting up a praesidium in Caherdavin. A report was given on the 4 key proposals voted on by delegates over the 3 days of the Diocesan Synod, i.e. Lifelong Faith Formation, Lay Leadership, Lay Ecclesiastical Ministries, support for priests with team ministries and child safeguarding.

Lismore Curia: A reporting praesidium of 10 members has a Presentation Sister as Spiritual Director. Home, hospital and nursing home visitation is undertaken and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima is brought to homes. Two members are involved in the Sunday Children’s liturgy. The praesidium was honoured to have a visit from Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan on February 9th. He was very encouraging and said there was great need for the Legion of Mary.

Ross Curia: A Patrician meeting in April had 10 present. Clonakilty praesidium has 13 members whose works include hospital and nursing home visitation. Members are involved in a number of parish organisations such as the Baptismal team. Barryroe praesidium sells Catholic Newspapers and undertakes some hospital visitation. Miraculous Medals were given to the First Holy Communion class. Skibbereen praesidium has 15 members who undertake hospital visitation and a hostel for psychiatric patients. Some home visitation was done during the year. They publish a quarterly Newsletter which is mailed to 500 addresses at home and abroad. The praesidium showed a film on Fatima at which there was an attendance of 23.

Waterford Curia: There are now 3 praesidia in the Curia, including one which was attached to the former South Ossory Curia.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE

In Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia, the praesidium of 9 in Johnstown, Arklow continue to visit Shelton Abbey Prison weekly. Each student in the parish sitting State Exams was visited and given an invitation to a special Mass for their intentions while all the First Holy Communion children were given a copy of “Let’s go to Mass” and a statue of Our Lady.

In Assumpta Curia 48 patricians and 9 legionaries attended 3 meetings. A praesidium of 7 full and 1 probationary member visited Primary school children in 2 schools. The children were enthused by the Miraculous Medal DVD and gladly accepted medals. The praesidium runs a monthly Patrician meeting and a monthly Frank Duff Prayer Group, both well-attended.

In Ancilla Domini Curia 45 legionaries took part in this year’s Inner City Project. As well as visiting 3,500 homes, street contact was undertaken. Among the many fruits was the recruitment of 15 auxiliary members. 9 Jews and 7 legionaries attended a Pillar of Fire talk by an Irish Jew whose parents survived the Holocaust. Recent Pauline Circle meetings featured a testimony in April by a Youth Pastor from the Church of Ireland Church on Thomas Street and in May a paper titled “1916 from a Protestant Perspective” was read by Mrs. Simms to a group of 23 including 7 non-Catholics; the paper was first delivered by Archbishop Simms 33 years ago. The “Joy of Israel” praesidium has 9 full and 1 probationary member. Public rosaries have been recited in the Oliver Bond Complex at the request of the residents; the praesidium has also been requested to erect a statue of Our Lady at the site of the murder of a young man.

In Annunciata Curia discussions on the Year of Mercy and Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy took the place of praesidium reports at the April and May curia meetings. A Recruiting Drive was held in Ballally in May. 32 patricians and 13 legionaries attended 4 meetings.

In Gloriosa Curia an Extension Drive on Sunday May 1st has resulted in a tentative new praesidium with some Nigerians attending who were legionaries in their home country. The Legion is now in all three parishes in one area, a new praesidium having started last year. 2 legionaries of the Seminary praesidium were ordained deacons on May 29th. In Celbridge two members were recruited, one of whom is on the Baptism Team. All members are Praetorians. An Indian was received into the Catholic Church on Easter Sunday as a result of contact with the praesidium. Leaflets of the 3 Legion causes were distributed at the daily Mass on their respective Feast Days.
Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia held a successful talk in on the Rosary Confraternity on the feast of St. Louis Marie de Montfort. A group of 13 people gathered for their Edel Quinn meeting while over 50 attended a Mass in her honour on May 12th. A 6-member praesidium has 3 religious Adjutorians. As well as the visitation of homes, hospitals and nursing homes, the whole congregation at the First Holy Communion Mass were given ‘Joy of Confession’ leaflets.

In Immaculata Curia 6 legionaries make up the School Visitation Team. The Sacrament classes of 9 schools were visited, a power-point presentation given and a pack given to each child. 20 people attended a Consecration Ceremony in a parish after the praesidium there organised 3 talks on the 33 day True Devotion to Mary preparation. Over fifty people, mostly non-legionaries, processed with a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima from the Curia House to Mount Argus on 13th May as part of a Pilgrimage to the Holy Door there. Nine legionaries undertook an Exploratio Dominicalis Project resulting in 2 possible active members, 3 probationary auxiliary members and 3 requests for house blessings. A Frank Duff prayer meeting was formed by 3 former active legionaries who can no longer do active Legion work. The 10 children in the “Faith is Fun” Club made their own act of consecration after the Acies ceremony was explained to them. 43 legionaries and 43 patricians attended 10 Patrician meetings. The Curia Congress is scheduled for October 9th.

In Mater Ecclesiae Curia a 6-member praesidium counts, amongst its many activities, a Parish Book Club, an interdenominational Crib Blessing and a Talk on Adoration for Children, the latter organised with help from the Pastoral Council. Two Patrician meetings had 18 and 20 in attendance.

In Benedicta Curia a praesidium does street contact and visits units of St. James Hospital. Since their last report a member has retired after 64 years of service as an active legionary.

AFRICA

BURUNDI
On 16th March last the Senatus held elections for the posts of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
News has just reached us of the death after a very brief illness of the Senatus President, Bro. Jean Ouagaza. He restored stability of the Senatus at a time when the country was in turmoil. Many of the population, including legionaries had to move to safer areas. This meant that the Senatus was unable to meet for a time, but meetings have recently resumed.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Senatus of Butembo: Reports on works from Comitia, Regiae and praesidia include Baptism ministry, reconciliations of married couples, visitation of the sick and elderly, prisoners and marginalized, contact with refugees. Many returns to Mass and the Sacraments were reported. Counseling takes place of the young taking examinations. Much emphasis is placed on respect for women in recognition of their invaluable contribution in employment, the home, parish activities and in social media.

Senatus of Bukavu: Bro. Henri Kaite newly appointed correspondent gave a detailed report for the period January 2015 to March 2016. The Senatus has a membership of 32,504 members. Training sessions for officers have been arranged and visitation of Councils undertaken. Works include, visitation of widows and orphans, family reconciliations, Catechesis and re-introduction to the Sacraments. There are difficulties in communication due to bad road conditions and in some cases armed conflict.

Kisangani Senatus: Sr. Pia Makengo also newly appointed correspondent reported on the inauguration of this council to Senatus. Minutes show a very active council with full attendance of officers. 116 families were counseled, 140 Baptisms took place and 232 bereaved families consoled. Spiritual aid was given to 201 prisoners and there were converts from other faiths. Visitation of councils at distances of up to 5,000 kms, can be difficult due to transport difficulties.

Kananga Senatus: This council governs East and West Kasai. This year’s Acies had 1,500 legionaries taking part.

Lubumbashi Regia: The Archdiocese of Lubumbashi has 12 Comitia and 52 Curiae. There are 7 suffragan Dioceses: Kolwezi, Sakania, Kilwa, Kamina, Manono, Kongolo and Kalemie. There is a council in Kolwezi with 6 Comitia, 68 senior and 2 junior Curia and another in Kamina. Kalemie Diocese with 1 Comitium and 9 Curia.

REUNION (MADAGASCAR)
Latest correspondence from Sr. Seychelles (June) states that they derived new hope from visit of Concilium representatives Bro. Henri Navarre and his wife
Fr. Bede Mc Gregor’ allocutios are greatly appreciated.

RWANDA

Senatus of Kigali: Auxiliary, prison, hospital and orphanage visitation are among the works reported on as well as contacts with schools and higher educational establishments. Comitium Kabgayi, which was founded in 1957 has 28 directly attached praesidia, 23 Curiae and 116 junior praesidia. The Diocese of Kabgayi has 4 Comitia.

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Allocutio du Pere Liam O’Cruv - Mai 2016 (French)
July 2016

Allocutio
du Père Liam O’Cuiv

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Le Saint-Esprit, Source de vie nouvelle
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À la Pentecôte, nous célébrons la naissance de l’Eglise - et comment le Père a envoyé l’Esprit sur ses Apôtres, donnant à ceux que nous voyons dans l’Évangile de Jean, enfermés et craintifs, une nouvelle puissance et une nouvelle vie.

Le Saint-Esprit apporte toujours des fruits quand Il agit dans nos vies. A l’Annonciation, l’ange Gabriel dit à la Vierge Marie qui se demande comment cela se fera pour qu’elle puisse concevoir et enfanter un fils : « L’Esprit Saint viendra sur toi, et la puissance du Très-Haut te couvrira de son ombre ». Le Saint-Esprit est la source unique de la fécondité de Marie, le secret de sa conception virginale.

Quand nous lisons le récit de saint Luc de la promesse de l’Esprit Saint en actes, Jésus dit aux disciples que la puissance du Saint-Esprit viendra sur eux aussi. La même puissance qui a donné naissance au Fils de Dieu, donne naissance à l’Église, son Corps, à la Pentecôte. La même promesse est faite à l’Eglise à ses débuts.

Dans notre désir d’être renouvelés par Dieu, individuellement et collectivement en tant que légionnaires, nous pouvons nous trouver nous-mêmes, à demander notre propre « Comment cela se fera-t-il ? » Comment nos espoirs et la promesse de Dieu d’une nouvelle vie peuvent-ils devenir réalité pour nous ? Pour nous, légionnaires, la promesse du Saint-Esprit est à la fois une source de notre inspiration et un appel à avoir du courage quelle que soit la situation dans laquelle nous nous trouvons. Le Saint-Esprit nous donne le pouvoir d’annoncer la Parole de Dieu, et produit la vie en tous ceux qui écoutent la Parole. Le Manuel parle du Saint-Esprit se servant de Marie comme canal de ses influences qui donnent la vie au le monde, et comme ayant pris possession de la Légion.

Frank Duff a parlé et écrit fréquemment sur le Saint-Esprit et la Vierge Marie dans le plan de la Rédemption. Le Manuel fait référence à ses profondes connaissances sur cette relation. Il a clairement compris la place unique de Marie dans le plan du salut de Dieu. Il écrit : « Comme Marie est l’Epouse de l’Esprit Saint, pleine de sa Grâce, son inséparable Compagne dans sa mission externe, cela signifie qu’elle est devenue comme Lui, dans la mesure ultime de ce qu’une créature peut être ... A partir de cela, nous pouvons dire qu’elle fournit l’expression humaine la plus totale de Lui. » (The Woman of Genesis, p. 274 - La Femme de la Genèse). Dans le même article, il écrit que le terme « époux » ne signifie pas que le Saint-Esprit est le mari de Marie ou le Père de Jésus-Christ. Il n’est aucun des deux, mais l’action et la puissance à travers lesquelles le Père engendre Son Fils en Marie.

De ce qui précède, ce Serviteur de Dieu a été en mesure d’affirmer que « la dévotion à la Sainte Vierge est incomparablement la meilleure dévotion à l’Esprit Saint » (cf. Victory through Mary, p. 431). Et je pourrais ajouter que nous savons déjà que notre dévotion à Marie est toujours à la gloire de Dieu dont elle est la créature. Donc, notre louange de Marie elle-même nous conduit à adorer Dieu pour sa grandeur, faisant écho à ses propres mots, « le Puissant fit pour moi des merveilles, Saint est son nom ».

Au début de son ministère, le Pape François a écrit dans Evangelii Gaudium : « Comme je voudrais trouver les paroles pour encourager une période évangélisatrice plus fervente, joyeuse, généreuse, audacieuse, pleine d’amour profond et de vie contagieuse ! Mais je sais qu’aucune motivation ne sera suffisante si ne brûle dans les cœurs le feu de l’Esprit. En définitive, une évangélisation faite avec esprit est une évangélisation avec l’Esprit Saint, parce qu’il est l’âme de l’Église évangélisatrice ». (E.G. n° 261)

De façon particulière, nous partageons ce désir et nous souhaitons aussi faire partie de la réponse de Dieu à la prière du Pape François pour les nombreux défis d’aujourd’hui. Pour nous, chaque jour peut être une nouvelle Pentecôte. Dans la vie de la Légion de Marie, nous avons vu de nombreux épanchements de l’Esprit Saint, comme il y a eu beaucoup de « pentecôtes », depuis sa fondation et les premiers jours dans cette ville, racontés par Frank Duff dans son livre, Miracles on Taps (Les débuts de la Légion de Marie), aux rapports que nous avons entendus aujourd’hui et entendons dans nos réunions. En outre, par l’Esprit Saint, la Légion de Marie parle aujourd’hui toutes les langues.

Invoquons donc la puissante intercession du Cœur Immaculé de Marie, en appelant le Saint-Esprit dont elle est l’épouse. Que ce soit l’heure de l’Esprit Saint. Comme les Apôtres, laissons de côté toute peur, toute division et rivalité, tout ce qui pourrait entraver le Saint-Esprit d’Amour, qui seul peut renouveler le monde entier. Qu’Il puisse agir en nous.



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Bulletin du Concilium – Juin 2016
July 2016

Amérique du Sud
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Argentine
Senatus de Buenos Aires : Tous les conseils incluent dans leurs rapports l’établissement de nouveaux praesidia et le redémarrage de praesidia. La plupart des rapports mentionnent des praesidia de juniors et de jeunes adultes ; ils sont nombreux. Un conseil fait des contacts avec les propriétaires de voitures dans les parkings ou dans les embouteillages, en leur offrant une petite statue de Notre-Dame pour leur voiture et en suggérant une prière pour une conduite sûre. Chaque année, le Senatus tient une réunion des directeurs spirituels, qui comprend un repas de midi préparé par les légionnaires. Les prêtres qui ne sont pas directeurs spirituels sont également invités à ces réunions.
Senatus de Cordoba : Il a été recommandé qu’une curia avec seulement deux praesidia soit fermée et les praesidia affiliés directement au Senatus ou à un autre conseil. La composition totale des deux comitia basés dans la ville est de moins de 20 praesidia et 100 membres, on leur demande donc de donner leur opinion sur la fusion en un comitium ou même une curia.
Senatus de Salta : Cette année marque le 60e anniversaire du démarrage de la Légion à Salta par le serviteur de Dieu, Alfie Lambe. Deux nouveaux comitia sont mis en place. Dans une paroisse très active, les légionnaires ont une réunion mensuelle avec le curé pour discuter de leurs projets communs. Le Comité des jeunes du Senatus, similaire à Deus et Patria, se réunit tous les mois. Regia de Corrientes : Des légionnaires d’une curia aident dans un refuge pour les jeunes toxicomanes ; des légionnaires d’une autre curia sont allés à la prison pour femmes et ont prié le chapelet avec les détenues. Une personne en phase terminale d’une maladie a été instruite dans la foi et a reçu les Sacrements. Chaque vendredi, ils ont une émission de radio dédiée au Sacré-Cœur.

Brésil
Senatus de Belem : La visite dans l’État voisin d’Amapá a révélé que, parmi un millier de familles visitées, il y avait 127 jeunes et adultes non baptisés. Les résultats comprennent 15 Baptêmes, la mise en place de deux curiae et la relance de deux praesidia avec 30 membres actifs recrutés.
Senatus de Belo Horizonte : Des contacts sont faits dans les parcs et sur les marchés, les légionnaires parlant aux gens des Sacrements et présentant la Parole de Dieu.  Des légionnaires aident aux soins d’hygiène et au bain d’une personne malade, chaque semaine ; ils font aussi des coupes de cheveux mensuelles à deux personnes souffrant de problèmes de santé. 23 femmes enceintes ont été visitées et il leur a été donné des conseils sur les soins prénataux, le choix de parrains et marraines et le sacrement du Baptême. 103 intronisations du Sacré-Coeur ont eu lieu dans les maisons.
Senatus de Fortaleza : Un rapport montre 369 visites à domicile et la Sainte Communion apportée aux personnes âgées. Il y avait 214 visites à des familles sans religion et 32 réunions ont été organisées pour préparer les adultes au Baptême et à la Première Communion.
Senatus de Ponta Grossa : Des légionnaires ont visité 1 140 familles de différentes religions, 633 familles sans religion et 25 820 familles catholiques. 34 jeunes et deux adultes ont été aidés pour recevoir le sacrement de la Confirmation, et 16 couples pour le sacrement du Mariage. Deux adolescents ont été préparés pour recevoir les sacrements du Baptême et de la Confirmation et deux adultes pour le sacrement du Mariage. 18 intronisations du Sacré-Coeur ont eu lieu dans les maisons.
Senatus de Recife : En février, le Senatus a accueilli le Directeur spirituel nouvellement nommé, le Père Antonio Diego. Un comitium a mentionné plus de 2 500 visites à domicile et près de 2 000 visites aux malades. La Regia de João Pessoa a rapporté plus de 4 000 visites à domicile et 778 enfants et jeunes préparés à la Première Communion. Dix praesidia ont été mis en place à la suite d’un projet de Peregrinatio Pro Christo dans l’État d’Alagoas.
Senatus de Rio de Janeiro : A Copacabana, un apostolat est effectué auprès des chauffeurs de taxi et des portiers de logements. Dans la ville de Campos, les résidents d’une maison de retraite sont aidés pour des soins de pédicure et la réparation de leurs vêtements. Des légionnaires distribuent des Bibles, des chapelets et des scapulaires. Plusieurs conseils ont déclaré avoir reçu un accueil positif lors de visites à des protestants. Dans la région amazonienne, à Porto Velho, 25% de plus de 3 000 familles visitées étaient protestantes. Dans cette région aussi, des prisonniers et leurs familles ont été visités. Le Senatus planifie une extension ultérieure et la visite de la vaste région amazonienne.
Senatus de Salvador : Le Senatus a divisé un comitium, et a élevé une curia à comitium avec six curiae. La Regia d’Aracaju a mis en place deux nouveaux praesidia et organisé un congrès pour les jeunes légionnaires. La Regia de Vitória da Conquista a aidé 308 personnes à revenir aux Sacrements. Certaines d’entre elles ont rejoint la Légion. Un comitium attaché au Senatus a récité des chapelets dans les rues qui sont considérées les plus violentes du quartier.
Senatus de Santa Maria : Une curia a 12 praesidia avec une adhésion moyenne de 35 personnes. Le correspondant a recommandé la division de ces praesidia. La plupart des praesidia d’autres curiae ont une moyenne de 12 membres. Un comitium dans la plus grande ville du Senatus a presque 50% de prétoriens sur 176 membres actifs. Un nouveau praesidium a été mis en place dans une curia.
Senatus de São Luis : 24 660 visites ont été faites à des familles, 1 413 visites et suivis de malades et de personnes âgées, de non catholiques, de familles et de personnes souffrant de problèmes. Des cours de catéchisme ont été donnés en préparation aux Sacrements : 52 personnes ont été préparées au Baptême, 227 à la Première Communion et 446 à la Confirmation. Il y a eu 2 433 visites à l’hôpital.
Senatus de São Paulo : Un comitium de Vila Maria a organisé une conférence de deux jours pour les jeunes ; ils ont eu 90 participants. Un comitium de Santos a mentionné des visites régulières à cinq familles de toxicomanes et à des prisonniers qui ont été invités à participer à des activités communautaires et à la Messe ; ils ont participé avec beaucoup d’amour. Les rapports montrent un grand nombre de visites à domicile et aux malades. La Regia de Campo Grande a enregistré 3 650 visites et visites de suivi pour les familles et 4 182 visites et suivis à des malades. Il est fait mention d’une visite dans une maison pour les enfants porteurs du VIH. Le territoire de la Regia de Brasilia comprend deux états ainsi que le district fédéral avec une variation considérable du terrain, une partie étant l’une des plus socialement et économiquement développée du Brésil et une autre partie à l’opposé. La Légion fait des diffusions à la radio locale. Le service aux anciens implique la manucure et la coupe de cheveux. Treize adultes ont été préparés à la Confirmation par des cours bimensuels. La Regia a proposé d’étendre l’utilisation de la bibliothèque roulante.


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Malaisie
Regia de Kuala Lumpur : Ce rapport couvre la période de décembre 2015 à avril 2016. Deux élections ont eu lieu en février pour le vice-président et le secrétaire. Les rapports d’un praesidium et de dix conseils ont été donnés, couvrant l’ensemble des 83 praesidia adultes et juniors avec un total de 822 membres actifs, 1 108 auxiliaires et 11 membres en probation. Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et dans la maison de retraite, l’enseignement du catéchisme, l’assistance à des veillées et à des Messes de funérailles, l’aide à des soupes populaires, la conduite du chapelet avant la Messe du dimanche, la visite de maisons d’hébergement et de foyers pour aider les malades, l’extension et l’évangélisation à proximité, via la rue Sheppard, qui s’adresse aux sans-abri dans les rues. Deux praesidia ont été mis en place et un autre divisé en raison du grand nombre de leurs membres. L’Acies a eu lieu dans la Cathédrale St John avec une assistance de 550 présents. Cette année, 5 curiae ont tenu leur propre Acies comme recommandé dans le Manuel.

Hong Kong et Macao
Le Comitium de Hong Kong est composé de 13 curiae, 4 en langue chinoise, 3 en langue anglaise, une curia coréenne et 5 curiae juniors. Le nouveau Directeur spirituel, le Rév. Père Francis Tam, Deacon John Lam, son épouse Mabel et Sally Chan, récemment nommée Vice-Présidente du Comitium, sont venus récemment en Irlande ; la réunion avec les officiers du Concilium s’est concentrée principalement sur la Légion junior à Hong Kong, sa structure, le rôle des officiers adultes et la progression des juniors dans les rangs des adultes. Les travaux du Comitium comprennent les classes de catéchumènes, les contacts dans les rues et au marché aux fleurs, le fonctionnement d’un groupe de mères, le travail paroissial, l’attention aux praesidia juniors et l’extension de la Légion. Curia de Macao : La soeur Sally Chan, qui était présente au Concilium a fait le rapport de son travail à Macao. La Curia se compose de 7 praesidia chinois, d’un praesidium anglophone ainsi que d’un praesidium junior. Les légionnaires ont redémarré les visites à domicile et à l’hôpital, ce qui, en réciproque, a enrichi les réunions du praesidium. Mgr Stephen Lee Bunsang a exprimé le souhait que les causeries sur la Légion soient données dans les écoles en vue de mettre en place plus de praesidia juniors.
Senatus de Singapour : Deux nouveaux praesidia juniors ont été établis et la mise en place d’une nouvelle curia junior a été discutée lors de la réunion de décembre. Un praesidium des post-diplômés a également été établi.

Indonésie
Senatus de Malang : La visite de conseils et de praesidia est en cours. Les travaux comprennent les visites de malades dans les hôpitaux et à domicile, l’apostolat dans les prisons et dans un centre pour toxicomanes, la toilette des personnes décédées, porter la Sainte Communion aux personnes âgées et l’aide à l’école du dimanche. Une Exploratio Dominicalis est mentionnée, ainsi que l’organisation de pèlerinages à la Grotte de Notre-Dame.
Senatus de Jakarta : Les travaux entrepris sont la visite des malades et des mourants, la promotion de la Légion parmi les jeunes, la récitation publique de chapelets en mai et en octobre et l’évangélisation dans les îles Mentawai.

Japon
Senatus d’Osaka : L’Archevêque, Mgr Manyo, et plus de 100 légionnaires y compris les membres auxiliaires, ont participé à l’Acies. Le dimanche matin, des légionnaires distribuent des nouilles et du café aux paroissiens. La Messe pour les malades est appréciée, les gens disent : « Nous ne sommes pas oubliés », « Après une longue période, je suis revenu à l’église » et « Je suis heureux de rencontrer le prêtre en face à face ». Une grande douleur a été exprimée à la mort du Directeur spirituel d’un praesidium, le Père Joldy.

Taïwan
Senatus de Taiwan : Des cours de catéchisme dirigés par des légionnaires, il a résulté que 50 personnes ont été reçues dans l’Église. Soutiens et contacts sont maintenus avec ces personnes. 14 nouveaux praesidia dont 1 junior ont été établis au cours des 15 derniers mois. Un projet de P.P.C. a été entrepris. L’extension est à l’ordre du jour de toutes les réunions. Le nombre de membres auxiliaires et de prétoriens a considérablement augmenté.

Corée
Senatus de Séoul : Un légionnaire a été désigné pour faire des traductions. La Regia de Suwon a 28 760 membres adultes, 602 jeunes adultes et 1 948 juniors. Le conseil a 78 praesidia de jeunes adultes. Deux praesidia adultes dans une banque ont aidé 6 personnes à être baptisées. Une dame contactée dans un hôpital a demandé le Baptême ; deux de ses soeurs et un frère ont aussi été baptisés et par la prise de contact initiale avec cette dame dont le mari est dans l’armée, 31 soldats ont aussi reçu le Baptême, plus tard.
Senatus de Gwangju : En avril, une curia a été élevée au rang de comitium, avec trois curia attachées. Un comitium a mentionné 68 Baptêmes et 261 retours aux Sacrements. Une curia a eu 161 Baptêmes et 267 retours aux Sacrements. Une autre curia a mentionné 56 Onctions de malades. Tous les conseils font une grande variété de travaux, y compris le recrutement de catéchumènes et la visite de malades.
La Regia de Masan a enregistré 1 734 Baptêmes et 2 867 retours aux Sacrements.
Senatus de Daegu : 200 légionnaires juniors du Comitium de Gyongsan ont pris part à une retraite d’une journée. Ce Comitium a enregistré, cette année, une augmentation de 45 Baptêmes. Ils ont organisé une journée de formation légionnaire dans la salle de conférence d’un temple bouddhiste. Les enseignements ont été donnés par un professeur catholique, un moine et un surintendant des affaires éducatives, et se sont terminés par la Messe. Un comitium a signalé une augmentation du nombre de légionnaires, et une curia a eu 10 personnes baptisées.


Conseils des Provinces d’Irlande
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Comitia
Comitium de Cloyne : Des légionnaires font des contacts à la Cathédrale de Cobh auprès des nombreux visiteurs de diverses nationalités venant des Croisières Liners et ont distribué 1 890 Médailles Miraculeuses l’année dernière. La retraite annuelle dirigée par le Père Michael Kennedy a eu une participation de 70 légionnaires du Comitium et des curiae attachées. Curia de Cloyne Est : Des légionnaires ont aidé les équipes de Dublin qui ont visité la Paroisse Ballyhea pour les visites à domicile préparatoires à la Mission. Le Praesidium de Fermoy a 13 membres, dont 3 sont prétoriens. Ils visitent les maisons avec la statue de Fatima, un hôpital et des maisons de retraite. Ils visitent aussi un homme âgé qui vit seul dans une région de campagne, lui font les courses et le conduisent à la sainte Messe le dimanche.
Comitium de Cork : Un praesidium a mentionné l’impression de 400 exemplaires de leur lettre annuelle de Noël ; 60 ont été envoyées aux émigrés de la paroisse dans divers endroits du monde et la réponse fut une appréciation reconnaissante. Un praesidium de 9 membres fait des visites à domicile, de la statue de la Vierge pèlerine et de maisons de retraite. Une dame a demandé la statue pour la nuit pour le diplôme de son fils et a prié avec sa famille pour tous ses amis. Curia de Muire Na nGras : Les travaux des praesidia comprennent les visites de porte à porte, des auxiliaires, de la statue de Fatima et des visites à l’hôpital. Une Procession du Rosaire a été organisée le 8 décembre dans les rues de Cork, et un chapelet a été récité à la Crèche le soir de Noël. Les membres d’un praesidium ont visité les classes de Première Communion où les enfants ont reçu des Médailles Miraculeuses et des livrets de Messe. Curia Annunciata : Un praesidium de 5 membres visite un hôpital, une maison de retraite et une dame confinée chez elle.
Comitium de Kerry : Une journée de prière pour tous les groupes de prière du diocèse a eu lieu en mars et il a été demandé à la Légion de prendre en charge une session. La Procession de Notre-Dame du Rosaire a commencé le 13 mai dans les rues de Killarney et se poursuivra jusqu’au 13 octobre. Les légionnaires aident à ces processions et recrutent. Le Praesidium de Knocknagree a redémarré. Un projet Maria et Patria a eu lieu fin mars et début avril. Un total de 1 656 foyers ont été visités avec environ la moitié sans réponse. 12 personnes se sont intéressées à la Légion et il y avait 11 cas spéciaux à suivre. Le Père Michael Kennedy a entendu de nombreuses confessions pendant les deux jours.
Comitium Mid Clare : Une réunion conjointe des officiers du Comitium et des deux curiae a eu lieu le 25 février. Le Praesidium de Corofin a 7 membres qui effectuent régulièrement des visites à domicile, surtout de personnes âgées vivant seules. Le Praesidium de Shannon a 8 membres, dont 3 sont prétoriens, et 19 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent l’aide à la Chapelle de l’Adoration dans le centre-ville et les visites aux malades et aux personnes âgées dans une maison de retraite. Au cours de l’année, 31 maisons ont été visitées avec la statue pèlerine de Fatima. Les familles qui ont accepté la statue ont déclaré avoir reçu de grandes grâces et des bienfaits. Le Praesidium de Clarecastle a 5 membres. Les travaux comprennent des visites à un hôpital pour personnes âgées et dans un Centre d’aide de jour ; il coordonne aussi 13 groupes de prière à la maison pour l’Avent et le Carême. La retraite du Comitium a été dirigée par le Père Robbie Coffey ; 20 personnes y ont participé. Un praesidium de 8 membres a commencé à Ennis parmi la Communauté polonaise. Curia de Clare Est : Le chapelet est récité chaque soir à une grotte avec une assistance de 7 ou 8 personnes.

Curiae
Curia de Birr/Roscrea : Les travaux du Praesidium de Shinrone comprennent les visites dans une maison de retraite et la distribution de littérature catholique. Le Praesidium de Clonlisk a 5 membres qui visitent les personnes âgées et solitaires dans leurs maisons et dans les maisons de retraite. Ils ont aidé à la Retraite de la Jeunesse 2000 tenue à l’abbaye « Mount St Josephs » à Roscrea en août. La promotion des Pionniers est en cours. Ils sont également impliqués dans la Porte Sainte de l’Année de la Miséricorde à « Mount St Josephs ». Les membres du Praesidium se réunissent à la salle Citeaux où ils travaillent avec la Communauté des gens du voyage et font des lectures à une personne aveugle.
Curia de Limerick : Un praesidium qui a fait son rapport a 7 membres, 26 auxiliaires et 2 adjutoriens. Ils visitent les malades de la localité à l’hôpital et à la maison, ainsi que les légionnaires maintenant dans les maisons de retraite. Un autre praesidium qui a fait son rapport a 8 membres, 40 auxiliaires et un adjutorien. Les travaux comprennent la visite de 4 maisons de retraite ; ils prennent la parole dans les classes de Confirmation de 3 écoles primaires, visitent de porte à porte les paroissiens, et les étudiants de l’Université qui vivent dans la paroisse. Les membres ont aidé à mettre en place un praesidium à Caherdavin. Un rapport a été présenté sur les 4 propositions-clés votées par les délégués au cours des 3 jours du Synode diocésain, à savoir la formation permanente de la Foi, la responsabilité du laïc, les ministères laïcs ecclésiastiques, le soutien aux prêtres avec les ministères d’équipe et la sauvegarde de l’enfant.
Curia de Lismore : Un praesidium de 10 membres qui a fait son rapport a, comme Directrice spirituelle, une Sœur de la Présentation. Des visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et dans une maison de retraite sont entreprises, et la statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima est amenée à domicile. Deux membres sont impliqués dans la liturgie des enfants, le dimanche. Le praesidium a été honoré d’avoir la visite de Mgr Alphonsus Cullinan, le 9 février. Il a été très encourageant et a dit qu’il y avait grand besoin de la Légion de Marie.
Curia de Ross : Une réunion de Patriciens en avril a eu une présence de 10 personnes. Le Praesidium de Clonakilty a 13 membres dont les travaux incluent les visites à l’hôpital et à la maison de retraite. Les membres sont impliqués dans un certain nombre d’organisations paroissiales comme l’équipe de Baptême. Le Praesidum de Barryroe vend des journaux catholiques et entreprend un certain nombre de visites à l’hôpital. Des Médailles Miraculeuses ont été données à la classe de Première Communion. Le Praesidium de Skibbereen a 15 membres qui entreprennent des visites à l’hôpital et dans une résidence pour malades psychiatriques. Certaines visites à domicile ont été faites au cours de l’année. Ils publient un bulletin trimestriel qui est envoyé à 500 destinataires dans le pays et à l’étranger. Le Praesidium a montré un film sur Fatima ; 23 personnes étaient présentes.
Curia de Waterford : Il y a maintenant 3 praesidia dans la Curia, dont l’un était attaché à l’ancienne Curia Ossory Sud.


Curiae de Dublin Sud
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Dans la Curia Notre-Dame de Fatima de Wicklow, le Praesidium de 9 membres à Johnstown, Arklow continue à visiter la prison de l’abbaye Shelton, chaque semaine. Dans la Paroisse, chaque étudiant passant des examens d’État, a été visité et a reçu une invitation à une Messe spéciale à leurs intentions ; tous les enfants de Première Communion ont reçu un exemplaire de « Allons à la Messe » et une statue de Notre-Dame.
Dans la Curia Assumpta, 48 patriciens et 9 légionnaires ont assisté à 3 réunions. Un praesidium de 7 membres et 1 membre en probation a visité les enfants des classes de primaire dans les 2 écoles. Les enfants ont été enthousiasmés par le D.V.D. sur la Médaille Miraculeuse et les Médailles acceptées avec joie. Le Praesidium dirige une réunion mensuelle de Patriciens et un groupe mensuel de prière à Frank Duff ; les deux ont une bonne assistance.
Dans la Curia Ancilla Domini, 45 légionnaires ont participé au projet « Inner City » de cette année. En plus de la visite de 3 500 maisons, des contacts de rue ont été entrepris. Parmi les nombreux fruits, il y a le recrutement de 15 membres auxiliaires. 9 juifs et 7 légionnaires ont participé à une conférence lors d’un « Pillar of Fire » (Pilier de feu), faite par un Juif irlandais dont les parents ont survécu à l’Holocauste. Les récentes réunions « Pauline Circle » ont eu pour vedette, en avril, un témoignage d’un pasteur de la jeunesse de l’Église d’Irlande - église de Thomas Street - et en mai, un document intitulé « 1916 à partir d’une perspective protestante » a été lu par Mme Simms à un groupe de 23 personnes dont 7 non catholiques ; le texte avait été publié par l’archevêque, Mgr Simms, il y a 33 ans. Le Praesidium Joy of Israel a 9 membres et 1 membre auxiliaire. Des chapelets publics ont été récités dans le Complexe Oliver Bond à la demande des résidents ; le Praesidium a également été sollicité pour ériger une statue de Notre-Dame sur le site de l’assassinat d’un jeune homme.
Dans la Curia Annunciata, des réflexions sur l’Année de la Miséricorde et les travaux spirituels et corporels d’œuvre de Miséricorde ont place dans les rapports d’un praesidium, dans les réunions de la Curia d’avril et mai. Une campagne de recrutement a eu lieu à Ballally en mai. 32 patriciens et 13 légionnaires ont participé à 4 réunions.
Dans la Curia Gloriosa, un prolongement de l’effort d’extension le dimanche 1er mai a donné lieu à un nouveau praesidium provisoire avec la participation de quelques Nigériens qui étaient légionnaires dans leur pays d’origine. La Légion est maintenant présente dans les trois paroisses d’une région, un nouveau praesidium ayant commencé l’année dernière. 2 légionnaires du Praesidium du Séminaire ont été ordonnés diacres, le 29 mai. A Celbridge, deux membres ont été recrutés, l’un est dans l’équipe de Baptême. Tous les membres sont prétoriens. Un Indien a été reçu dans l’Église catholique le Dimanche de Pâques, résultat du contact avec le Praesidium. Des dépliants des 3 Causes de la Légion ont été distribués à la Messe du jour de leur propre fête.
La Curia Mary Spouce of the Holy Spirit a tenu une conférence réussie à la Confrérie du Saint Rosaire pour la fête de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort. Un groupe de 13 personnes s’est rassemblé pour leur réunion Edel Quinn alors que plus de 50 ont assisté à une Messe en son honneur le 12 mai. Un praesidium de 6 membres a 3 religieux adjutoriens. En plus des visites des maisons, des hôpitaux et des maisons de retraite, des feuillets « La joie de la Confession » ont été donnés, à toute l’assemblée, lors de la Messe pour les Premières Communions.
A la Curia Immaculata, 6 légionnaires composent l’équipe de visite des écoles. Les classes des Sacrements de 9 écoles ont été visitées, une présentation Power-point a été faite et un paquet donné à chaque enfant. 20 personnes ont assisté à une cérémonie de la Consécration dans une paroisse après que le praesidium ait organisé 3 causeries sur la préparation en 33 jours de la Vraie Dévotion à Marie. Plus de cinquante personnes, pour la plupart non légionnaires, ont fait une procession avec une grande statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima, de la Maison de la Curia au Mount Argus, le 13 mai, dans le cadre d’un Pèlerinage à la Porte Sainte. Neuf légionnaires ont entrepris un projet d’Exploratio Dominicalis duquel ont résulté 2 possibles membres actifs, 3 membres auxiliaires en probation et 3 demandes de bénédictions de maisons. Une réunion de prière Frank Duff a été formée par 3 anciens légionnaires actifs qui ne peuvent plus faire le travail de la Légion. Les 10 enfants du Club « Faith is Fun » (La Foi est chouette) ont fait leur propre Acte de Consécration après que la cérémonie de l’Acies leur a été expliquée. 43 légionnaires et 43 patriciens ont participé à 10 réunions de Patriciens. Le Congrès de la Curia est prévu pour le 9 octobre.
Dans la Curia Mater Ecclesiae, un praesidium de 6 membres compte parmi ses nombreuses activités, un Club paroissial de livres, une bénédiction interconfessionnelle de crèches et une causerie sur l’Adoration pour les enfants ; cette dernière a été organisée avec l’aide du Conseil pastoral. Deux réunions de Patriciens ont eu 18 et 20 présents.
Dans la Curia Benedicta, un praesidium fait des contacts de rue et visite des services de l’Hôpital St James. Depuis leur dernier rapport, un membre a pris sa retraite après 64 ans de service comme légionnaire actif.


Afrique
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Burundi
Le 16 mars dernier, le Senatus a organisé des élections pour les postes de président, vice-président, secrétaire, secrétaire adjoint et trésorier adjoint.

Centrafrique
Vient juste de nous arriver la nouvelle de la mort du frère Jean Ouagaza, président du Senatus, après une très brève maladie. Il a rétabli la stabilité du Senatus à un moment où le pays était dans la tourmente. Une grande partie de la population, dont les légionnaires devaient se déplacer vers des zones plus sûres. Cela signifie que le Senatus a été incapable de se réunir pendant un certain temps, mais les réunions ont récemment repris.

République Démocratique du Congo
Senatus de Butembo : Des rapports sur les travaux des comitia, regiae et praesidia incluent le ministère du Baptême, les réconciliations de couples mariés, les visites de malades, de personnes âgées, de prisonniers et de marginaux, des contacts avec des réfugiés. De nombreux retours à la Messe et aux Sacrements ont été signalés. Des conseils sont donnés aux jeunes ayant des examens. L’accent est mis sur le respect des femmes en reconnaissance de leur contribution inestimable en matière d’emploi, pour la maison, les activités paroissiales et dans les médias sociaux.
Senatus de Bukavu : Le frère Henri Kaite, nouvellement nommé correspondant, a donné un rapport détaillé sur la période de janvier 2015 à mars 2016. Le Senatus a un effectif de 32 504 membres. Des sessions de formation pour les officiers ont été organisées et les visites des conseils sont entreprises. Les travaux comprennent la visite des veuves et des orphelins, des réconciliations familiales, la catéchèse et le retour aux Sacrements. Il y a des difficultés de communication en raison du mauvais état des routes et, dans certains cas, de conflits armés.
Senatus de Kisangani : La soeur Pia Makengo, aussi nouvellement nommée correspondante, a fait le rapport de l’investiture de ce conseil en Senatus. Les comptes rendus montrent un conseil très actif avec une entière participation des officiers. 116 familles ont reçu des conseils, 140 Baptêmes ont eu lieu et 232 familles endeuillées ont été consolées. Une aide spirituelle a été donnée à 201 prisonniers et il y a eu des convertis d’autres religions. La visite des conseils à des distances de plus de 5 000 km, peut être difficile en raison des difficultés de transport.
Senatus de Kananga : Ce conseil régit Kasai Est et Ouest. Cette année, l’Acies avait la participation de 1 500 légionnaires.
Regia de Lubumbashi : L’Archidiocèse de Lubumbashi a 12 comitia et 52 curiae. Il y a 7 diocèses suffragants : Kolwezi, Sakania, Kilwa, Kamina, Manono, Kongolo et Kalemie. Il y a un conseil à Kolwezi avec 6 comitia, 68 curiae et 2 curiae junior, et un autre à Kamina. Diocèse de Kalemie avec 1 comitium et 9 curiae.

La Réunion (Madagascar)
Les dernières lettres de la soeur Seychelles (en juin) indiquent qu’ils tirent de nouveaux espoirs de la visite des représentants du Concilium, le frère Henri Navarre et sa femme. Les allocutions du Père Bede McGregor sont très appréciées.

Rwanda
Senatus de Kigali : Les visites des auxiliaires, des prisons, des hôpitaux et des orphelinats sont parmi les œuvres signalées ainsi que des contacts avec les écoles et les établissements d’enseignement supérieur. Le Comitium de Kabgayi, qui a été fondé en 1957, a 28 praesidia directement attachés, 23 curiae et 116 praesidia juniors. Le Diocèse de Kabgayi a 4 comitia.



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Bulletin du Concilium – Mai 2016
July 2016

Nouvelles d’Amérique centrale
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Salvador
Senatus de San Salvador : Un nouveau président a été élu et le Vice-président réélu. 60 légionnaires sont allés en P.P.C. au Guatemala en novembre et ont été rejoints par 8 légionnaires de la région. Pendant la Semaine Sainte, la Regia « Virgin del Pilar » a envoyé des missionnaires dans des zones rurales ; elle signale également l’évangélisation via la station de radio diocésaine. Le Comitium junior a donné son premier rapport annuel tandis qu’une curia a mentionné que 20 catéchumènes adultes ont reçu ensemble les 3 Sacrements initiaux. La visite bimensuelle de 5 familles catholiques vivant dans une communauté principalement de protestants figure dans un rapport de praesidium.

Honduras
Senatus de Tegucigalpa : En décembre, un rendez-vous de légionnaires a donné lieu à un bon rapport qui décrit les forces et les faiblesses de la Légion ; parmi celles-ci étaient l’ignorance du Manuel et le manque de directeurs spirituels. Les Officiers tentent de revitaliser le Senatus et pour se faire, le Directeur spirituel a décrété le 21 mai, jour de pèlerinage au Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de Suyapa, ville de la banlieue de la Capitale.

Nicaragua
Regia de Managua : Le secrétaire, le frère Edmundo est allé à Mexico pour acheter 250 Manuels nouvellement imprimés. Cette nouvelle a été reçue avec joie par le légionnaire de Madrid qui a aidé à la mise à jour du Manuel. La Curia de Chontales a été élevée à Comitium et, avec 2 curiae attachées, s’occupe de 3 zones pastorales ; ceci a été élaboré en consultation avec l’Evêque.

Panama
Regia de Panama : Les officiers du Senatus sont bien soutenus par les officiers précédents. Les principaux travaux présentés dans cette période étaient des visites à domicile, des visites de malades, des contacts de rue, l’évangélisation, la distribution de documentation catholique, la promotion de la prière dans les familles et la collaboration avec les paroisses. A la demande de l’Archevêque, l’histoire de la Légion au Panama est en cours d’élaboration.

Mexique
Senatus de Mexico : Une réunion annuelle des correspondants a eu lieu le 21 février, la première d’une telle réunion, miroir de la réunion générale des correspondants à Dublin. Un congrès de la Légion est prévu pour le 19 juin et un pèlerinage de l’Année de la Miséricorde à la Porte Sainte de la Basilique Notre-Dame de Guadalupe, le 10 septembre, pour coïncider avec l’anniversaire de la Légion. Le rapport de la Regia de Leon comprenait depuis août, 3 projets d’extension dans différentes villes. Sous la rubrique « Action pour le Mexique » (leur version de la Vraie Dévotion à la Nation), un praesidium du Comitium de Cuautitlan a mentionné la coupe de cheveux gratuite pour les personnes à faible revenu, les personnes âgées et les malades. Cela est fait en collaboration avec les autorités de l’Etat.
L’un des 3 comitia du Diocèse de Cuernavaca, « Madre de Jesucristo » de Tejalpa mentionne 15 curia et un petit nombre de praesidia directement attachés ; il est composé de 612 légionnaires adultes et 120 juniors, 45 prétoriens, 188 membres en probation et 4 702 auxiliaires. Ils ont une équipe d’extension de 8 légionnaires. Ils font tous les apostolats de base de la Légion, et chaque praesidium fait des visites à domicile. Ils ont 3 réunions de Patriciens, ont organisé un rassemblement d’auxiliaires en juin et font largement la promotion des 3 Causes. Ils mettent en place un conseil de Pionniers et ont 12 nouveaux pionniers. Ils ont tenu une conférence en avril sur la Vraie Dévotion à Marie pour marquer le Tricentenaire de la mort de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort. De nouveaux travaux comprennent un groupe de petit-déjeuner pour 60 personnes âgées, en collaboration avec les autorités civiles. Le Comitium a 5 curiae juniors, de 6 praesidia chacune, avec de bons apostolats et beaucoup de divertissement (y compris le sport et les films religieux).
Une curia à Cuajimalpa mentionne 2 nouveaux praesidia de respectivement 6 et 7 membres depuis août 2015. Un pèlerinage d’une image de Notre-Dame a eu de nombreux résultats positifs ; un couple sur le point de se séparer, qui a reçu l’image, a prié le chapelet, et a été catéchisé sur le mariage ; ils sont maintenant heureux ensemble.
En raison de la formation du nouveau Diocèse d’Izcalli, un nouveau comitium a été formé pour y prendre en charge la Légion (il est séparé du Comitium de Cuautitlan). A la réunion inaugurale, le 29 janvier, le nouvel Evêque a présidé une Messe. Il a dit qu’il voulait la Légion dans toutes les paroisses de son Diocèse.
Un nouveau Directeur spirituel a été nommé à la Regia d’Acapulco.

Asie
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Pakistan
Les travaux habituels de visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et d’établissements sont effectués, ainsi que des classes pour la Première Communion et la Confirmation des enfants et une école du dimanche. Un nouveau praesidium a été mis en place dans le « Pakistan Air Force » et a choisi le nom de « Refuge des pécheurs ». La disponibilité du matériel de la Légion en ourdou et de la littérature sont à l’étude. L’accent est mis sur l’adhésion des auxiliaires.

Sri Lanka
La Curia junior de Colombo a organisé un rassemblement de jeunesse mariale à laquelle 200 personnes ont participé, ainsi que 2 prêtres et l’évêque auxiliaire. En octobre, le Comitium de Lanka a organisé un rassemblement du Rosaire auquel ont participé 5 000 personnes. Un centre pour les drogués adultes et enfants est visité. 300 foyers ont eu l’intronisation au Sacré-Cœur dans une région, et 53 dans une autre.

Thaïlande
A Chianng Mai, un comitium a 3 curiae et 45 praesidia, dont un de 10 membres dans une prison. Les catholiques non pratiquants et passifs sont encouragés à revenir à la Messe et aux Sacrements. Un praesidium étend son travail aux visites à des personnes qui vivent dans la région montagneuse éloignée. Certains aident le prêtre à l’aéroport ; ils utilisent des dispositifs électroniques pour répandre la Bonne Nouvelle.

Birmanie
Senatus : 84 personnes ont participé à la réunion du Conseil. De nouveaux praesidia ont commencé avec 9 et 30 membres. 200 personnes ont participé à la réunion annuelle. La visite de conseils et l’extension sont en cours.

Liban
Des légionnaires aident aux cérémonies religieuses à l’église. Un jeune légionnaire a été invité à représenter la Légion au Conseil pastoral de la jeunesse de l’Eglise maronite à Beyrouth. La Légion participe également à la 2e Conférence mariale à l’Université. Le Père Bernardo de Nardo a fait une demande d’aide pour étendre la Légion en Arménie, en Azerbaïdjan et dans les pays voisins.

Terre Sainte
Trois praesidia ont présenté des rapports de Nazareth, de Bethléem et de Jérusalem. Les travaux rapportés sont l’organisation de l’Adoration eucharistique, la distribution de brochures religieuses et de Médailles Miraculeuses, la récitation du chapelet avec plus de 2 000 personnes, dont 50 enfants, la visite de familles endeuillées, de malades et de personnes âgées, à la maison et à l’hôpital.

Inde
La Regia de Chennai a tenu sa réunion inaugurale le 12 décembre avec une cérémonie simple, dans le bureau de la Légion, en raison des fortes pluies et des inondations qui ont eu lieu dans la région. Le procès-verbal montre une grande variété de travaux apostoliques menés, notamment en faisant la paix dans des familles, la régularisation de mariages, l’intronisation du Sacré-Cœur, la conversion au christianisme et la prévention des suicides. La Curia de Nugam-Bakkam existe depuis 1931 et a célébré l’événement.
Comitium de Port Blair : Ce conseil, qui est situé dans l’Océan indien et opère dans les îles Andaman a décidé de reprendre son affiliation avec la Regia de Chennai.
Senatus de Pondichéry : 6 praesidia, 4 curiae et un comitium ont fait leurs rapports. Les maisons, les hôpitaux, les orphelinats et les prisons sont visités.
Le Senatus de Karnataka fonctionne bien et reste en contact régulier. Il visite les hôpitaux publics et privés, ainsi que les maisons de retraite privées. Il a organisé un pèlerinage à un sanctuaire de Notre-Dame avec 248 légionnaires participants. 250 ont assisté à la retraite de Carême. Deux praesidia ont été mis en place en 2 mois.
Le Senatus de Kerela se compose de 17 comitia, 12 curiae directement affiliées et 31 praesidia. Un bon travail est effectué.
Senatus de Mumbai : Les rapports montrent l’enseignement du catéchisme et des efforts considérables pour l’extension de la Légion à des endroits encore sans Légion. Ils restent en contact avec les légionnaires du Népal. Les quatre praesidia au Népal sont maintenant directement affiliés au Senatus.
Comitium de Visakhapatnam : Les travaux mentionnent les visites de prisons et de patients atteints du SIDA, les conseils aux alcooliques et la préparation des gens au Sacrement du mariage.

Vietnam
Tous les rapports montrent un grand soutien du clergé et une bonne coopération entre les légionnaires. Dans les régions plus rurales, l’âge des groupes de légionnaires augmente car les jeunes se déplacent vers les villes. Néanmoins, la contribution de ces membres est grande. Un praesidium, qui travaille dans une zone défavorisée, rencontre des personnes en mauvaise santé, et ceux qui sont sortis de l’héroïne et du jeu. Dans une autre région, les légionnaires chinois et vietnamiens travaillent ensemble. Un autre praesidium travaille dans le quartier commerçant. La Légion est très bien organisée dans tout le pays, montrant où est leur territoire de mission et où l’extension est nécessaire. Un comitium avec 8 curiae, 2 curiae juniors, avec 746 membres dont 214 sont prétoriens, a 40 membres juniors et 2 042 membres auxiliaires et adjutoriens.

Rapports des Provinces d’Irlande
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Comitia
Comitium de Carlow : Ce rapport couvre les réunions de janvier et de mars. Les 25 membres auxiliaires du Praesidium de Tinryland prennent tous Maria Legionis. Les travaux comprennent des visites à l’hôpital et des visites d’écoles au cours desquelles sont distribuées des Médailles Miraculeuses ; l’Association d’abstinence totale des Pionniers est promue. Les membres ont également aidé le prêtre dans l’intronisation du Sacré-Coeur dans deux maisons. Le Congrès du Comitium a eu lieu le samedi 30 avril à Carlow. Le Concilium a été représenté par le correspondant, un officier du Concilium et un président d’une curia de Dublin. Mgr Nulty, Evêque de Kildare et Leighlin, était le Célébrant principal de la Messe et a été assisté par le Père John McEvoy, Curé, Directeur spirituel du Comitium. Dans son homélie, Mgr Nulty a parlé de Frank Duff et de sa grande vision. 34 légionnaires y ont participé ; ils représentaient le Comitium et les Curiae de Laois et de Kildare. La participation aux points de discussion a été très bonne avec un esprit positif visible. Le Directeur spirituel du Praesidium d’Edenderry a été présent pendant toute la journée. La Curia de Laois a présenté un rapport à la réunion de mars. Des efforts d’extension sont en cours. Le prêtre dans une paroisse sans la Légion est très désireux d’avoir un praesidium.
Comitium d’Elphin : Le Praesidium de Castlerea, avec 7 membres et 35 auxiliaires, visite des hôpitaux, des maisons de retraite, les résidents de maisons HSE (1) et les résidents des maisons confiées aux Frères de la Charité. Le travail de « Dial a Prayer » sur la ligne confidentielle de la Paroisse et devant le Saint-Sacrement, est un soutien aux personnes qui traversent des situations difficiles et ont besoin de parler à quelqu’un. Le Praesidium d’Elphin, avec 7 membres et 50 auxiliaires, fait des visites à domicile avec la statue de la Vierge de Fatima. Un praesidium de Roscommon a, dans le cadre des visites, recruté 40 foyers qui souhaitaient avoir l’intronisation du Sacré-Coeur. Le Comitium a organisé, le 19 mars, une Conférence de la jeunesse qui a été réussie. Curia d’Elphin Nord : Le Praesidium de la Cathédrale avec 5 membres, le plus ancien de la Curia, a présenté son 81e rapport annuel. Parmi les travaux signalés, il y avait les contacts dans la foule au « Sligo Fleadh Ceoil » (un festival de musique) en août. Le Praesidium de la Paroisse Sainte-Anne a 14 membres dont 2 sont prétoriens, et 25 auxiliaires. Certains de leurs travaux sont la Consécration de maisons au Sacré-Cœur et la sensibilisation à la Confession d’étudiants de l’Institut de technologie ; des Médailles Miraculeuses sont proposées.
Comitium de Tuam : Un praesidium de Tuam a 9 membres et 50 auxiliaires. Ils ont tenu une réunion de planification en janvier. Les travaux comprennent la visite de maisons et la visite de la statue de la Vierge pèlerine chaque semaine. Un club de boxe a été visité et 30 Médailles Miraculeuses et des feuillets sur la Messe distribués. Des chapelets sont récités chaque semaine à une Grotte et à une occasion environ 100 personnes y ont participé. Le Praesidium de Corrandulla a 7 membres, dont l’un est prétorien. La visite de maisons et de la statue pèlerine se fait chaque semaine. Le Praesidium de Skehana a aussi 7 membres. Ils visitent les maisons de retraite, les hôpitaux et la maison médicalisée.

Curiae
Curia d’Achonry : Il y a 3 praesidia attachés. L’Acies a eu lieu dans l’église de Charlestown avant la réunion de mars de la Curia. Une copie de l’audit annuel a été reçue.
Curia de Clonfert : Un praesidium, de 8 membres dont 2 sont prétoriens et 15 auxiliaires, fait des visites à l’hôpital, dans une maison de retraite et visite des malades et des personnes en résidence. Un autel de la Légion est érigé au cours du mois de mai dans le sanctuaire de l’église afin de recruter de nouveaux membres. Deux membres dirigent une réunion de prière dans une maison de retraite où le chapelet et les prières de la Légion sont récités. Dans la Paroisse de Killoran, un praesidium a visité des maisons de retraite, ainsi que des résidences et des familles endeuillées. Des Médailles Miraculeuses et des feuillets de prière sont distribués. Ils ont 26 auxiliaires.
Curia de Ferns : Dix-huit officiers ont assisté à la réunion de mars de la Curia. Un praesidium à Carnew fait état de 8 membres. Les travaux consistent en visites à domicile et œuvres de consolation. Des efforts de recrutement ont eu lieu au cours de l’année.
Curia de Galway : Parmi les travaux effectués par un praesidium qui a fait son rapport, il y a les visites de porte à porte où ils distribuent des feuillets avec les horaires des Messes paroissiales. Le chapelet a été récité à une grotte dans le parc de l’église aux mois de mai et octobre. Cinq à six membres participent au nouveau praesidium dans la paroisse Abbey. Le Père Eugene y assiste presque toutes les semaines et aide au travail. La Messe anniversaire pour le Serviteur de Dieu Alfie Lambe, a eu lieu le 19 janvier dans la Paroisse de la Cathédrale.
Curia de Killala : L’Acies a eu lieu à l’église Saint-Patrick, à Ballina le 17 avril. Le Praesidium d’Ardagh a 5 membres dont le travail principal est la visite à l’hôpital et à la maison de retraite. Ils ont commencé à visiter les personnes âgées qui vivent seules et ont 25 auxiliaires. Dromore Ouest a 7 membres et 30 auxiliaires. Ils visitent avec la statue pèlerine. Une réunion de Patriciens sur « Death by Intent (Euthanasia) » (Mort par intention – Euthanasie) a eu une participation de 9 personnes, et 13 ont assisté à une autre réunion. Un nouveau praesidium junior de 5 membres a commencé dans le Centre pastoral de Ballina.
Curia de Kilkenny : Le Rev. Père Harney, Directeur spirituel et 10 membres étaient présents à la réunion de mars. L’audit annuel a été effectué.


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La Curia Veneranda a tenu une conférence réussie sur la Vraie Dévotion à Marie par le Père Eamon Devlin, cm, dans l’Aras Veneranda, le soir du 300e anniversaire de la mort de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort, avec 50 participants, dont 10 non légionnaires. La maison de la Curia a été aussi le lieu d’une soirée de musique traditionnelle en mars et d’une conférence bilingue sur « L’Église et 1916 » en avril - les deux organisées par le Praesidium de langue irlandaise. La Curia a réalisé un dépliant sur l’Année de la Miséricorde avec les horaires de confession dans la région, et la liste des œuvres corporelles et spirituelles de Miséricorde. Un nouveau praesidium continue avec 3 membres en probation et un soutien extérieur. Un praesidium a recruté 8 nouveaux membres auxiliaires au cours de l’année et un membre actif en probation. Les visites à domicile se font presque toutes les semaines tandis qu’un membre travaille à la Bibliothèque catholique centrale au moins une fois par semaine. Leur Club St Michael accueille sept adultes légèrement handicapés mentaux tous les samedis après-midi, pour des jeux, des histoires et des sorties. Les travaux d’un autre praesidium comprennent des visites à domicile et la vente de 42 journaux catholiques dans l’église, chaque week-end. Un membre est dans l’équipe de Baptême et un autre aide un groupe de jeunes mis en place par le Curé et auquel participent 15 jeunes et 4 adultes.
Curia Consolata : Un praesidium de 11 membres a 9 sœurs et 2 frères, et a gagné 2 membres au cours de l’année. Les 2 frères visitent des domiciles dans une paroisse voisine ; une dame de 38 ans est morte d’un cancer deux semaines après leur visite ;  à l’enterrement, la famille a remercié la Légion et a dit que toutes ses craintes l’ont quittée lorsque les légionnaires l’ont visitée et ont prié avec elle. Deux membres font partie du Conseil paroissial. L’autel de la Légion est mis dans la boutique de la paroisse qu’ils font marcher. Trois femmes gitanes qui sont passées, ont été encouragées à prier pour soulager leurs nombreux soucis ; maintenant cinq d’entre elles se réunissent trois fois par semaine dans l’une de leurs maisons pour prier le chapelet. Un paquet religieux a été donné aux classes des Sacrements dans l’école locale. Le praesidium a tenu sa sortie annuelle dans un restaurant. Un praesidium de 6 membres actifs visite une maison de retraite, chaque lundi matin ; un résident a dit que c’était sa matinée favorite ;  quand il fut malade, il a demandé aux légionnaires de ne pas le quitter ; ils ont récité les prières à la Divine Miséricorde et il mourut paisiblement. D’autres travaux comprennent l’organisation par roulement, de l’Adoration eucharistique et la vente de 50 Maria Legionis. Ils ont 225 membres auxiliaires.
Curia Presentata : Le Praesidium, à l’origine du Regina Coeli Hostel a mentionné 14 membres ; deux sont à l’intérieur et l’une est une soeur de jour. Au cours de l’année dernière, ils ont gagné 2 nouveaux membres et 2 membres en probation ; il y a eu neuf volontaires d’outre-mer et neuf étudiants en stage. Le Praesidium assure l’ouverture de l’Hostel, 24 heures sur 24. Il organise des formations, gère les comptes et supervise l’entretien des bâtiments. Il fonctionne actuellement en pleine capacité, 34 femmes et 5 autres dans une unité d’adultes vulnérables. 111 femmes diverses ont été admises au cours de l’année. Le Praesidium « Regina Pacis », également basé dans l’Hostel, a recruté 6 nouveaux membres, et a maintenant 11 membres et 4 membres en probation. En plus de ses fonctions habituelles, le praesidium a organisé des nuits de D.V.D., une conférence sur « Cenaclo » (3) et une conférence sur les Pionniers ; il en a résulté que quatre résidents ont pris un engagement à court terme. Un membre instruit un résident de l’Eglise anglicane alors que la foi a été expliquée à une dame non chrétienne qui a assisté à diverses cérémonies catholiques.
Curia Exaltata : Un praesidium de cinq membres visite deux unités de l’Hôpital Connolly chaque semaine ; les légionnaires prient avec les résidents et chantent des cantiques. Ils coordonnent une Heure Sainte quotidienne dans l’église paroissiale. L’intronisation du Sacré-Cœur a été réalisée dans plusieurs maisons.
Curia de Bethléem : Ce conseil a organisé une conférence sur la Vraie Dévotion à Marie par le Père Michael Kennedy au «  Wynne Hotel », le 24 avril avec plus de 90 participants ; certains d’entre eux non légionnaires avaient eu des tracts dans les églises du centre-ville ; étaient également présents un frère De Montfort et un séminariste spiritain. 18 patriciens et 4 légionnaires ont assisté à 2 réunions de Patriciens, alors que 8 légionnaires et 5 non légionnaires ont assisté à la réunion des Promoteurs d’Edel Quinn. Un praesidium de 8 membres et 1 en probation, visite deux auberges ; l’une est composée principalement d’hommes récemment libérés de prison ; beaucoup sont toxicomanes et sont encouragés par les légionnaires à assister aux réunions « Cenaclo » (3). Lors des contacts dans la rue, de nombreuses nationalités ont été rencontrées, et deux non catholiques qui assistent à la messe dans leurs paroisses respectives. Un travail important est la sensibilisation de la communauté des « Latinos » ;  par exemple, ils visitent un couple cubain-péruvien.
Curia Porta Coeli : Un effort de recrutement dans une paroisse a donné 3 visiteurs à la réunion suivante. Un praesidium fait fonctionner la boutique de la paroisse ; ils distribuent également 90 Maria Legionis, nettoient l’église, récitent le chapelet avant la Messe quotidienne et font des visites à domicile. Les principaux travaux d’un praesidium de neuf membres sont les visites des maisons et à l’hôpital, et l’apostolat au « Howth Harbour ».


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Pays-Bas
Regia d’Amsterdam : Le site internet pour Amsterdam et la Regia d’Anvers est maintenant opérationnel. Le Praesidium de Groningen se porte bien. Des célébrations ont eu lieu à l’occasion du 300e anniversaire de la mort de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort.

Belgique
Senatus de Bruxelles : La traite des êtres humains est un problème grave pour les filles de la rue ;  la plupart sont des chrétiennes africaines et des musulmanes venant d’Albanie. Un praesidium de 16 membres inclut en partie dans son travail les visites à l’hôpital et dans les maisons de retraite. La Curia de Namur a 4 praesidia. A Beauraing, le Praesidium est appelé Notre-Dame au Cœur d’Or. A Saint Servais, l’accent est mis sur les visites à domicile où les légionnaires rencontrent de nombreux non chrétiens. Une conférence de P.P.C . très réussie a eu lieu à Bruxelles.

Angleterre
Senatus de Birmingham : La poursuite du projet « Night Fever » et la promotion du chapelet ont été demandés lors d’une réunion pour les prêtres à laquelle a participé le directeur spirituel. Les visites de la statue pèlerine ont donné lieu à une grande amélioration de problèmes familiaux, par exemple un père de quatre enfants (un alcoolique et un toxicomane) a pris un engagement. L’extension continue à Birmingham Ouest, et aussi le suivi du projet de P.P.C.. Le travail de contact à proximité d’une clinique d’avortements et à un kiosque de livres près de deux supermarchés a été signalé. A Bristol, deux praesidia ont fermé et deux nouveaux ont ouvert.
Senatus de Liverpool : Le nouveau praesidium, «Notre-Dame de Liverpool », est en plein essor. Une P.P.C. est en cours et des projets, jusqu’à ce jour, ont été couronnés de succès.
Le Comitium de Manchester a mentionné l’entreprise de cours R.C.I.A. (2), l’aide à des gens pour aller à la Messe, le travail avec les réfugiés et les toxicomanes. La Curia d’Ashton a 7 praesidia. Le Rev. Chanoine McNally a dirigé le chapelet au centre-ville de Wigan en octobre. Le Praesidium de Bryn a 9 membres actifs et 12 auxiliaires. A Newcastle, le Praesidium « Northern Cross » a 10 membres. Le rapport de la Curia de Leigh est axé sur le Baptême et la Première Communion - ce qui maintient les légionnaires occupés - et une dame dans ses 90 ans trouve un grand réconfort lorsque les légionnaires lui apportent la statue de Notre-Dame. L’hôpital de Warrington et une maison de retraite sont visités et des efforts intensifs de recrutement sont aussi faits.
Comitium de Brentwood : Un nouveau praesidium est formé à l’Université d’Essex ; le Père Mark Squires, l’Aumônier est très favorable. Les enfants de la Communauté du voyage sont instruits pour les Sacrements, à la demande du Directeur spirituel. Curia d’Hammersmith : Une brochure sur « L’Année de la Miséricorde » est donnée aux non catholiques ; les visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et à la prison se font régulièrement. Comitium de Southwark : Les travaux consistent en l’organisation de la chorale des jeunes de l’église, l’enseignement du catéchisme et des chapelets publics. Les juniors incluent parmi leurs travaux, le service d’autel, la visite à un paroissien âgé et handicapé, et l’aide au Chemin de Croix pendant le Carême. Un nouveau praesidium a été établi à New Addington.
Londres Centre : Les travaux se poursuivent pour les malades et résidents, et pour les enfants handicapés. Le suivi des auxiliaires est mentionné ainsi que la préparation des candidats au Baptême et à la Confirmation. L’abri de nuit est visité.
Brent et Harrow : Le Praesidium d’Harlesden rapporte que l’ancien sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de Willesden a été désigné comme lieu d’indulgence, Porte Sainte de l’Année de la Miséricorde. Dans Wembley, le personnel d’une maison de retraite se joint à la récitation du chapelet.

France
La Regia de Paris : Ce Conseil sera élevé à Senatus en septembre et les officiers se rendront à Dublin en juillet. La Permanence à Lourdes a célébré son 60e anniversaire le 1er mai. La Curia vietnamienne, avec 9 praesidia, visite les malades et les personnes âgées à domicile ; elle est en contact avec de nombreux non catholiques. Deux hommes ont reçu le Sacrement de la Réconciliation après 10 ans. Un praesidium compte 20 membres actifs, un autre aide une organisation pour les victimes de violence domestique. Le 300e anniversaire de la mort de Montfort est marqué.

Allemagne
Senatus de Francfort : Les célébrations du Jubilé d’or ont eu lieu en janvier et un congrès est prévu pour l’Année de la Miséricorde. L’extension continue vers la Communauté érythréenne. Le D.V.D. sur Frank Duff est maintenant disponible en allemand. Un travail de contact se fait à la Gare de Francfort. Des réfugiés sont contactés à Cologne et des visites dans les prisons et aux aveugles sont faites à Munich. Berlin est axé sur le recrutement pour un praesidium en langue espagnole. Des enfants participent au chapelet mensuel appelé « Le chapelet des gamins ».

Ecosse
Senatus d’Ecosse : La saison des P.P.C. est en bonne voie. Le Directeur spirituel du Senatus, le Père Boyle, aide dans les visites de porte à porte. Dans la Curia de Dundee, de nombreux contacts sont faits avec l’apostolat de « Light a Candle » (allumer un cierge). La consécration des foyers est mentionnée, et dans un contact de rue un jeune homme catholique a promis de revenir à l’Eglise « et d’y amener sa maman ».

Sibérie
Un travail d’extension a été réalisé par les sœurs Metzler et Seter de Francfort au cours de leur visite à Krasnoyarsk.

Suède
La Légion est sous l’attention du Senatus de Liverpool. En mars la sœur et le frère Tony Kirstein ont passé une semaine à visiter la Curia suédoise.

Suisse
Un apostolat auprès des demandeurs d’asile et un pèlerinage à Rome sont mentionnés dans le rapport du Comitium de Zurich.

Norvège : Bergin a deux praesidia avec 20 et 10 membres. A Tonsberg, le Praesidium a perdu 3 membres en raison de leur changement de lieu. Un traducteur pour le Manuel a été trouvé et ce travail est en cours. A Dramen, l’intronisation du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus dans les foyers a été commencée. D’autres travaux comprennent le chapelet dans les foyers et le partage de la Bible.

Danemark
Le Praesidium de Copenhague a 12 membres et 20 auxiliaires. Pendant le Carême, les Chemins de Croix ont été dirigés par les légionnaires.

Pays de Galles
Swansea a 5 praesidia affiliés. Des projets d’Exploratio Dominicalis ont été réalisés dans trois paroisses. Du sauvetage de rue et des contacts de foule sont faits chaque semaine.

Pologne
Comitium de Varsovie Metro : La soeur Jolanta Widenka a été réélue Présidente du Comitium - 2e mandat - le 16 janvier dernier. La composition des praesidia ayant fait leurs rapports est de 13, 8 et 9 membres. La Curia de Zoliborz a 13 praesidia avec 108 membres actifs comprenant 11 frères et 97 soeurs. Des hôpitaux, des maisons de retraite et une maison pour les femmes sans-abri sont visités et un apostolat dans les cimetières est fait. Des efforts d’extension se déplacent de paroisse en paroisse. Le Comitium a soutenu le Symposium sur Montfort organisé à l’Université catholique de Lublin. Le Père Stanislaw Banach et le Père Boguslaw Binda sont parmi les piliers spirituels du Comitium.


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Côte d’Ivoire
Une regia, 5 comitia, 2 curiae et 4 praesidia ont donné leurs rapports annuels pendant cette période. Ils ont un effectif de : 13 391 membres actifs dont 1 390 sont prétoriens ; 3 492 membres en probation ; 1 670 auxiliaires, dont 268 sont adjutoriens. Ils ont fait 294 103 visites à domicile, dans des hôpitaux, des marchés, des ateliers et de nombreux autres endroits. Ils ont fait 1 694 315 contacts dont 577 456 personnes étaient catholiques ; les autres étaient méthodistes, musulmans, membres de sectes et des personnes sans religion. Les fruits de ce travail ont été : 686 familles réconciliées, 548 mariages régularisés, 1 068 revenues à la Messe, 3 153 catéchumènes recrutés portant le catéchuménat total à 9 309, 1 767 Baptêmes, 1 477 Confirmations, 959 Sacrements de la Réconciliation et 444 Sacrements des malades. Le nombre d’enseignés au Catéchisme est de 910. Ils ont établi un nouveau comitium, quatre nouvelles curiae et trois curiae juniors.

République du Congo
Brazzaville : Au cours de la période de novembre à février, il y a eu les rapports de deux regiae, 10 comitia, neuf curiae et 2 praesidia dont les résultats sont : plus de 200 000 contacts avec 336 retours aux Sacrements et 592 inscriptions pour la catéchèse. Les travaux incluent la visite de malades à la maison et à l’hôpital, visite de prisonniers, de pauvres, de veuves, d’orphelins, le contact de rue et des visites à domicile. Une curia a mentionné 18 enfants recevant le Baptême grâce à l’information de légionnaires ; 39 légionnaires ont participé à un projet d’Exploratio auquel 6 personnes se sont inscrites pour le catéchisme et 1 couple a été réconcilié. La visite de praesidia lointains est assurée par un comitium et la formation régulière des officiers est mentionnée dans de nombreux rapports. Merci pour la visite par des légionnaires d’une dame âgée qui a reçu le Baptême et la Première Communion dans sa maison, à l’âge de 85 ans, tandis qu’une femme âgée de 79 ans, baptisée en 2009 a également reçu sa Première Communion.

Cameroun
Senatus de Douala : Les rapports montrent de nombreux baptisés et convertis, la visite des orphelinats, des centres pour handicapés et des centres de lépreux. Un nouveau comitium a été créé par la Regia de Yaounde, ce qui porte à 5 le nombre total de comitia dans le Diocèse de Bafia. Les statistiques changent si vite qu’il est difficile de garder une piste, surtout à Garoua. La Regia de Bertoua a la Légion de Marie dans toutes les paroisses et comme but que chaque praesidium ait des juniors. Dans une autre, 7 praesidia juniors ont commencé depuis le dernier rapport. Le Comitium de Kumbo a commencé un nouveau praesidium dans une prison. De nombreux conseils font état de visites de prisons. Des praesidia et une curia ont été mis en place dans une prison de Yaoundé. Dans le Diocèse de Batouri, des légionnaires ont préparé un repas de Noël pour 270 détenus. De nombreux conseils ont mentionné avoir organisé des projets Exploratio Dominicalis, et 2 congrès ont eu lieu. La réunion générale annuelle pour les juniors dans la Maison de la Légion à Douala a eu 216 participants.

Togo
Senatus de Lomé : Beaucoup de non chrétiens et ceux de religion traditionnelle africaine sont rencontrés dans les visites à domicile et à l’hôpital. La plupart des conseils mentionnent avoir des juniors ou sont en train de mettre en place des praesidia juniors. Une curia a mentionné que 2 avortements ont été empêchés. Cette année, le Senatus espère organiser un projet de P.P.C. à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso.

République du Bénin
Des praesidia ont mentionné une sensibilisation soutenue par des visites aux personnes de toute religion ; l’un fait mention de 12 baptêmes d’adultes. Les clubs de jeunes Frank Duff sont organisés dans un certain nombre de paroisses. La Regia a un siège central en construction à Calavi, ville universitaire à côté de Cotonou, la capitale. Elle porte également attention à la Légion de la République du Gabon et y a effectué une visite il y a quelques mois.

Burkina Faso
La sœur Odette Dié d’Abidjan (Côte-d’Ivoire) signale que le Comitium de Bobo-Dioulasso reconstitué auquel elle a participé au nom du Concilium, progresse bien pour la reconnaissance officielle.

République de Guinée
Une enquête par internet évoque qu’à partir de 2009 il y aurait eu pression sur la Légion, le Renouveau charismatique, la Fraternité Sant’Egidio et la Communauté de l’Emmanuel pour unir leurs forces afin de soutenir des communautés chrétiennes de base dans lesquelles une nouvelle spiritualité a été développée. Il est bon de noter que le nom du frère Félix Loua dont la maison a été utilisée pour les rencontres du Comitium, apparait sur le site diocésain comme étant la personne maintenant en charge de la Légion de Marie. Il n’y a aucune référence à la Légion sur les sites des deux autres diocèses qui avaient chacun une curia et étaient en contact avec le Comitium il y a 4 ans. Le Togo est prêt à envoyer des visiteurs. Une des bonnes nouvelles est qu’un remède contre le virus Ebola semble enfin avoir été trouvé.



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Allocutio du Pere Bede McGregor, OP Juin 2016
July 2016

Le Sacré-Coeur et la spiritualité de la Légion de Marie
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Le mois de juin est le bon moment pour réfléchir une fois de plus au don infini du Sacré-Cœur de Jésus et à sa place fondamentale dans l’histoire et la spiritualité de la Légion de Marie. La prière au Sacré-Cœur a la première place dans la petite litanie de la Tessera. Nous prions simplement tous les jours : « Cœur Sacré de Jésus, Prends pitié de nous ». Alors, nous pensons peut-être à ce bel apostolat, l’un des premiers et des plus fructueux de l’histoire de la Légion, l’intronisation du Sacré-Coeur dans les foyers. Cet apostolat est probablement encore plus nécessaire et plus urgent, aujourd’hui, dans le monde entier, et en particulier dans notre monde occidental où le mariage et la famille sont confrontés à de nombreux défis et à des difficultés écrasantes décrites de façon si poignante par le Pape François dans sa lettre apostolique : « La joie de l’amour ». Nous pensons aussi à la promotion par la Légion de l’Association des Pionniers de l’abstinence totale d’alcool qui est d’abord et essentiellement une dévotion au Sacré-Cœur de Jésus. Dans un monde qui est immergé dans de nombreux types de dépendances destructrices telles que des médicaments de toute sorte, la pornographie et peut-être des formes stupides de divertissement, il y a un besoin urgent d’apporter une vraie dévotion au Sacré-Cœur dans cette culture totalement persuasive. Cela présente un grand défi à la Légion qui, tout en maintenant ses moyens traditionnels de diffusion de cette dévotion, doit concevoir de nouvelles façons pour permettre aux personnes, en particulier aux jeunes, de découvrir le vrai sens de l’amour et la vraie joie d’aimer, illustrés par le Cœur et la vie de Jésus.

Je pense qu’il serait bon de regarder l’exemple de notre fondateur Frank Duff et sa profonde dévotion au Sacré-Cœur. Dans sa chambre, il avait placé une grande image du Sacré-Cœur de telle sorte que, la première chose que ses yeux voyaient quand il se réveillait le matin et la dernière chose qu’ils voyaient avant de dormir, était l’image du Sacré-Cœur. Cette image était dans sa chambre depuis plus de soixante ans.

Nous nous souvenons qu’il a rejoint les Pionniers en 1914, donc quand il est mort en 1980, il en avait été membre pendant 66 ans. Comme nous l’avons dit, ce mouvement est essentiellement une dévotion particulière au Sacré-Cœur et frère Duff aurait prié la prière des Pionniers deux fois par jour, comme cela est recommandé à tous les membres : « Pour Ta plus grande gloire et consolation, ô Sacré-Coeur de Jésus, pour que Tu me fasses donner le bon exemple, pratiquer l’abnégation, faire réparation envers Toi pour les péchés de l’intempérance, et pour la conversion des buveurs excessifs, je m’abstiendrai à vie de toute boisson enivrante ». Frank Duff n’était pas un Pionnier superficiel parce qu’il connaissait la dévastation directe due à la consommation excessive d’alcool dans d’innombrables cas, et il avait une profonde dévotion au Sacré-Cœur. Cette relation au Sacré-Cœur de Jésus aurait façonné son âme et nimbé au moins implicitement toutes ses relations avec les gens qu’il rencontrait, jour après jour.

Cela nous amène à la question centrale de cette Allocutio. La place du Sacré-Coeur dans la spiritualité de la Légion ne peut pas être réduite à des pratiques spécifiques mais doit être formatrice et fructueuse. Elle doit être bien plus radicale. Elle doit être la source de nos attitudes et nos actions les plus profondes ; elle doit être le secret le plus profond de nos âmes. Donc, qu’est-il exactement ce pilier fondamental de la spiritualité de la Légion ? Permettez-moi de commencer par une citation d’un livre de saint Jean-Paul II « Le signe de contradiction » : « Tout au long de la description de la Genèse, on peut entendre battre le cœur. Nous avons devant nous, non pas un grand constructeur du monde, un démiurge : nous sommes en présence du grand cœur ».  Dieu ne peut pas bénéficier de la création parce qu’iI a déjà tout à l’infini et parfaitement. Tout est dans l’intérêt de la création. En d’autres termes, dans la profondeur de toute la réalité créée se trouve le grand Cœur de Dieu. Cela est particulièrement vrai de la personne humaine. Nous existons parce que nous sommes aimés ou dans d’autres termes, nous existons parce que nous sommes tenus dans le Cœur de Dieu. Ce Cœur ne cesse d’être totalement axé sur chacun d’entre nous. Cette vérité est enracinée dans la seule définition de Dieu qui se trouve dans le Nouveau Testament : Dieu est Amour. Ainsi, dans les racines les plus profondes de notre être, nous sommes habituellement en présence du grand Cœur de Dieu.

Ces vérités deviennent encore plus claires dans l’Incarnation. Dieu a tant aimé le monde qu’il a envoyé son Fils dans le monde pour souligner sa proximité avec nous, pour partager notre nature même, pour s’identifier profondément à nous en toutes choses, excepté le péché. Mais qu’en est-il des conséquences du péché ? L’Amour vraiment stupéfiant de Dieu devient encore plus clair. Comme saint Paul nous le dit : Dieu nous a aimés alors que nous étions encore pécheurs. Dieu s’est fait homme précisément par amour pour les pécheurs. Le Cœur de Dieu est rivé sur le malade spirituel et en phase terminale, sur le plus méprisable des pécheurs, sur la personne spectaculairement mauvaise. Il est venu pour sauver les pécheurs et c’est sa propre définition. La Passion, la Mort et la Résurrection de Jésus sont la preuve suprême de la Bonne Nouvelle. Et l’Eucharistie et le Sacrement du Pardon divin sont le prolongement accessible et la présence réelle de la Bonne Nouvelle. Que cet esprit qui est en vous soit l’Esprit et le Cœur de Jésus.

Ainsi, le Sacré-Cœur est le symbole et le langage humain les plus appropriés pour entrer dans le mystère de l’Amour de Dieu, de sa vraie identité et de sa vie intérieure. La vérité la plus importante sur le Sacré-Cœur est que Dieu nous a aimés le premier. Telle est la vérité que le chrétien, et donc le légionnaire, a besoin de placer au centre de sa vie intérieure et qui doit devenir l’âme de tout son apostolat.

Au cas où je n’aurais pas réussi à donner une indication convaincante de la signification du Sacré-Cœur à mes collègues légionnaires, permettez-moi de citer un des nombreux textes de l’Ecriture Sainte qui dit tout ce que je voulais dire : « Alors, qui pourra nous séparer de l’amour du Christ ? la détresse ? l’angoisse ? la persécution ? la faim ? le dénuement ? le danger ? le glaive ? ... Mais, en tout cela nous sommes les grands vainqueurs grâce à celui qui nous a aimés. J’en ai la certitude : ni la mort, ni la vie, ni les anges, ni les Principautés célestes, ni le présent, ni l’avenir, ni les Puissances, ni les hauteurs, ni les abîmes, ni aucune autre créature, rien ne pourra nous séparer de l’amour de Dieu qui est dans le Christ Jésus notre Seigneur ». (Rom, 8, 35,37-39)



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Procedure to be Followed in the Event of Closure of a Praesidium of Legion of Mary Council
May 2016

PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED IN THE EVENT OF CLOSURE OF A PRAESIDIUM OR LEGION OF MARY COUNCIL
Notice for the Attention of all Legion Councils throughout the world

Whenever it becomes necessary to close a Legion of Mary praesidium or Legion council it should be the norm that legionaries from the higher council would be asked to retrieve Legion of Mary altar equipment from the praesidium or council due to be closed. This includes the Statue of Our Blessed Lady, the Vexillum, the Legion altar cloth, the candlesticks and vases. Any Legion literature, Handbooks and remaining Legion funds should also be collected and returned to the higher council. This equipment, books etc. can then be given to a new praesidium or council which is being raised to higher status.

It has become necessary to remind legionaries of this requirement because these items are the property of the Legion of Mary, paid for by the members.
It has come to notice that Legion property is to be found in Church sacristies, Religious houses and other places that used to hold Legion of Mary meetings. More recently still it is seen that Legion of Mary property is being offered for sale on e-bay and other similar sites.



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Child Safeguarding - Ireland
May 2016

CHILD SAFEGUARDING - IRELAND

Garda vetting forms received after 6th April are being returned to the applicants so that they can transfer their details on to the new form which has been received and which came into effect from 29th April 2016
A change has come into effect from 29th April in that the National Vetting Bureau (Children and voluntary persons) Act 2012 is now a legal requirement. The Committee is studying the contents of the Act in more detail. However, the immediate changes affecting new applicants are – that the new form is to be used; the form has to be accompanied by an Invitation Form which is to be signed by the praesidium and Concilium President and also be accompanied by 2 pieces of identification (e.g. driving licence, passport etc.).
There is an interim period to allow everyone to become familiar with this process and the expectation is that this will go online from the Autumn.



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Election of Concilium Secretary at the May 2016 Concilium Meeting
May 2016

ELECTION OF CONCILIUM SECRETARY

An election took place for Secretary of Concilium. Nominations were taken and Enda Dunleavy was proposed and seconded for this office.
As there were no other nominations, Enda Dunlaevy was declared elected for a term of three years.



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Allocutio at May 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Liam O’Cuiv
May 2016

The Holy Spirit Source of New Life

At Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the Church – and how the Father sent the Spirit on his Apostles giving those who we see in the Gospel of John to be enclosed and afraid, new power and new life.

The Holy Spirit always brings about fruitfulness when he acts in our lives. At the Annunciation, the Angel Gabriel tells Virgin Mary who wonders how is it that she is to conceive and bear a son. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow.” The Holy Spirit is uniquely the source of Mary’s fruitfulness, the secret of her virginal conception.

When we read St. Luke’s account of the promise of the Holy Spirit in Acts, Jesus tell the disciples that the power of the Holy Spirit will come on them too. The same power that gave birth to the Son of God gives birth to the Church, His Body at Pentecost. The same promise is made to the Church at its very beginning.

In our desire to be renewed by God, individually and collectively as legionaries, we can find ourselves asking our own “How will this be?” How can our hopes and God’s promise of new life become reality for us? For us legionaries, the promise of the Holy Spirit is both a source of our inspiration and a call to have courage in whatever situation in which we find ourselves. The Holy Spirit gives us power to announce the Word of God, and produces life in all who hear the word. The Handbook speaks of the Holy Spirit using Mary as the channel to the world of his life-giving influences, and as having taken possession of the Legion.

Frank Duff spoke and wrote frequently about the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Virgin Mary in the plan of Redemption. The Handbook (p.8) refers to his profound insights on this relationship. He clearly understood the unique place of Mary in God’s plan of salvation. He writes: “As Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, full of His grace, His inseparable partner in his external mission, it follows that she has become like unto him to the ultimate extent that a creature can be…From this we can go on to say that she furnishes the most complete human expression of Him.” (The Woman of Genesis p.274). In the same article he writes that the term ‘Spouse’ does not mean that the Holy Spirit is either the husband of Mary or the Father of Jesus Christ. He is neither of these, but the agency and power through which the Father produces His Son in Mary.

From the above this Servant of God has been able to affirm that ‘Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is incomparably the best devotion to the Holy Spirit’ (cf. Victory through Mary p. 431ff). And I might add that we already know that our devotion to Mary is always to the glory of God whose creature she is. So our praise of Mary itself leads us to worship God for his greatness, echoing her own words, “The almighty has done great things for me, Holy is His name.”

At the beginning of his ministry Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium: ‘How I long to find the right words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervour, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction! Yet I realize that no words of encouragement will be enough unless the fire of the Holy Spirit burns in our hearts. A spirit-filled evangelization is one guided by the Holy Spirit, for he is the soul of the Church called to proclaim the Gospel (E.G. 261).

In a special way we share this desire and we too wish to be part of God’s response to the prayer of Pope Francis for today’s many challenges. For us every day can be a new Pentecost. In the life of the Legion of Mary we have seen many outpourings of the Holy Spirit, as it were many Pentecosts, from its very foundation and earliest days in this city, recounted by Frank Duff in his book, Miracles on Tap, to the reports we have heard today and hear in our meetings. Moreover, through the Holy Spirit, today the Legion of Mary speaks all languages.

Let us therefore invoke the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in calling on the Holy Spirit of whom she is the Spouse. Let this be the hour of the Holy Spirit. Like the Apostles let us put aside all fear, all division, and rivalry, all that might impede the Holy Spirit of love, who alone can renew the whole world; may he act in us.

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Concilium Bulletin May 2016
May 2016

CENTRAL AMERICA

EL SALVADOR
Senatus of San Salvador: A new President has been elected and the VP re-elected. 60 legionaries went on PPC to Guatemala in November and were joined by 8 locals. During Holy Week Regia ‘Virgin del Pilar’ sent missionaries to rural areas; they also report evangelising via the diocesan radio station. The junior Comitium gave its first annual report while a Curia reported 20 adult catechumens receiving all 3 initiation Sacraments together. Fortnightly visitation of 5 Catholic families living in a community of mainly Protestants featured in a praesidium report.

HONDURAS
Senatus of Tegucigalpa: In December a get-together of legionaries resulted in a good report which outlined the Legion’s strengths and weaknesses; amongst the latter were ignorance of the Handbook and lack of Spiritual Directors. The officers are trying to revitalise the Senatus and to help in this, the Spiritual Director has allocated 21st May as a day of Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Suyapa, a town in the capital’s suburbs.

NICARAGUA
Regia of Managua: Secretary Bro. Edmundo travelled to Mexico City to purchase 250 of the newly-printed Handbooks. This news was very happily received by the legionary in Madrid who helped to update the revised Handbook. The Curia of Chontales has been raised to Comitium and, along with 2 attached Curiae, which will tend to 3 pastoral areas; this has been worked out in consultation with the Bishop.

PANAMA
Regia of Panamá: The Senatus officers are well supported by the previous officers. The main works reported in this period were home visitation, visitation of the sick, street contact, evangelising, distributing Catholic literature, promoting prayer in families and collaborating with the parishes. At the request of the Archbishop, the history of the Legion in Panama is being compiled.

MEXICO
Senatus of Mexico City: An Annual Meeting of Correspondents took place on February 21st, the first such meeting, mirroring the General Correspondents Meeting in Dublin. A Legion Congress is scheduled for June 19th and a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to the Holy Door in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Sept 10th, to coincide with the Legion’s birthday. The Regia of Leon report included 3 extension projects in different towns since August. Under the heading ‘Action for Mexico’ (their version of True Devotion to the Nation) a praesidium of the Comitium of Cuautitlan reported cutting hair free of charge for people of low income, the elderly and the sick. This is done in collaboration with the state authorities.
One of the 3 Comitia in the Diocese of Cuernavaca, ‘Madre de Jesucristo’ of Tejalpa report 15 Curia and a small number of directly attached praesidia consisting 612 senior and 120 juniors, 45 Praetorians, 188 probationers and 4,702 auxiliaries. They have an extension team of 8 legionaries. They do all the basic Legion apostolates and every praesidium does home visitation. They have 3 Patrician meetings, held an Auxiliary Rally in June and widely promote the 3 Causes. They are setting up a Pioneer Council and have 12 new pioneers. They held a Conference in April on True Devotion to Mary to mark St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s tri-centenary of death. Novel works include a Breakfast Group for 60 elderly people in conjunction with civil authorities. The Comitium has 5 junior Curiae of 6 praesidia each with good apostolates and plenty of fun (including sport and religious films).
A Curia in Cuajimalpa reports 2 new praesidia of 6 and 7 members respectively since August 2015. A pilgrim image of Our Lady has had many positive results including a couple about to split up who received the image, were taught the Rosary, catechised about marriage and are now happily together.
Due to the formation of the new Diocese of Izcalli, a new Comitium was formed to cover the Legion there (it split from the Comitium of Cuatitlan); at the inaugural meeting on 29th January the new Bishop presided at a Mass. He said he wants the Legion in all the parishes of his Diocese.
A new Spiritual Director has been appointed to the Regia of Acapulco.

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ASIA

PAKISTAN: The usual works of home, hospital and institution visitation are done, as well as classes for 1st Communion and Confirmation children and Sunday school. A new praesidium set up in the Pakistan Air Force chose the name ‘Refuge of Sinners’. The availability of Legion materials in Urdu and that of literacy is being looked into. Emphasis is placed on auxiliary membership.
SRI LANKA: Colombo junior Curia held a Youth Marian Rally at which 200 attended as well as 2 priests and the Auxiliary Bishop. In October the Lanka Comitium held a Rosary Rally at which 5,000 attended. A Drug Addicts’ Centre for adults and children is visited. 300 homes were enthroned to the Sacred Heart in one area and 53 in another.

THAILAND: In Chianng Mai a Comitium has 3 Curiae and 45 praesidia, including one of 10 members in a prison. Lapsed and passive Catholics are encouraged to return to Mass and the Sacraments. A praesidium is expanding its work to visit people living in the remote hill country. Some help the priest at the Airport and they use electronic devices to spread the Good News.
MYANMAR Senatus: 84 attended the council meeting. New praesidia started with 9 and 30 members. 200 attended the Annual Reunion. Visitation of councils and extension is on-going.

LEBANON: Legionaries assist in Church prayer ceremonies. One young legionary has been asked to represent the Legion at the youth pastoral council of the Maronite Church in Beirut. The Legion is also participating at the 2nd Marian Conference at the University. Fr. Bernardo de Nardo has made a request for assistance to extend the Legion in the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and nearby countries.

HOLY LAND: Three praesidia reported from Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Works reported upon were arranging Eucharistic Adoration, distribution of religious pamphlets and Miraculous Medals, recitation of the Rosary with more than 2,000 persons including 50 children, visiting bereaved families, the sick and elderly at home and in hospital.

INDIA
Chennai Regia held its inaugural meeting on 12th December with a simple ceremony in the Legion office due to heavy rains and flooding which occurred in the area. The Minutes show a large variety of apostolic work being carried out including making peace in families, rectification of Marriages, Enthronements to the Sacred Heart, conversions to Christianity and prevention of suicides. Nugam-bakkam Curia has been in existence since 1931 and celebrated the event.
Port Blair Comitium: This council which is situated in the Indian Ocean and operating on the Andaman Islands has decided to resume its affiliated with the Chennai Regia.
Pondicherry Senatus: 6 attached praesidia, 4 Curiae and a Comitium reported. Homes, hospitals, orphanages and prisons are visited.
Karnataka Senatus is working well and keeps in regular touch. They visit Government and private hospitals as well as private nursing homes. They organised a Pilgrimage to a shrine of Our Lady with 248 legionaries taking part. 250 attended the Lenten Retreat. Two praesidia were set up in 2 months.
Kerala Senatus consists of 17 Comitia, 12 directly affiliated Curia and 31 praesidia. Good work is carried out.
Mumbai Senatus: Reports show teaching of catechism and extensive efforts at extending the Legion to places as yet without the Legion. They keep in touch with the legionaries in Nepal. The four praesidia in Nepal are now directly affiliated to the Senatus.
Visakhapatnam Comitium: Works reported on included visitation of prisons and AIDS patients, counselling alcoholics and preparing people for the Sacrament of Marriage.

VIETNAM
All reports show great support from the Clergy and good co-operation among legionaries. In the more rural areas the age group of legionaries is on the increase as the younger people move to the cities. Nonetheless the contribution of these members is great. One praesidium working in a deprived area meets people with poor health and those drawn into the heroin business and gambling. In another area Chinese and Vietnamese legionaries are working together. Another praesidium works in the commercial district. The Legion is very well organised throughout the country showing where their mission territory is and where extension is required. A Comitium with 8 senior Curiae, 2 junior Curiae with 746 members of whom 214 are Praetorians, has 40 junior members and 2,042 auxiliary and Adjutorian members.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Carlow Comitium: This report covers January and March meetings. The 25 auxiliary members of Tinryland praesidium all take the Maria Legionis. Works include hospital visitation and visitation of schools during which Miraculous Medals are distributed and the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association is promoted. Members also assisted the priest in the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in two homes. The Comitium Congress was held on Saturday 30th April in Carlow. The Concilium was represented by the Correspondent, a Concilium Officer and a President of a Dublin Curia. Most Rev. Dr. Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, was Chief Celebrant at the Mass and he was assisted by Fr. John McEvoy, Parish Priest, Comitium Spiritual Director. In his homily Bishop Nulty spoke about Frank Duff and his great vision. 34 legionaries attended, representing the Comitium and Laois and Kildare Curiae. Participation in the discussion items was very good with a positive spirit in evidence. The Spiritual Director of the Edenderry praesidium was present for the entire day. Laois Curia gave a report at the March meeting. Extension efforts are on-going. The priest in a parish without the Legion is very anxious to have a praesidium.
Elphin Comitium: Castlerea praesidium with 7 members and 35 auxiliaries visits hospitals, nursing homes, residents of HSE houses and residents of houses under care of the Brothers of Charity. The work of “Dial a Prayer” on their parish confidential line which takes place in front of the Blessed Sacrament is a support for people going through difficult situations and in need to talk to someone. Elphin praesidium with 7 members and 50 auxiliairies do home visitation with the Fatima Pilgrim Statue. A Roscommon praesidium in the course of visitation recruited 40 households who wished to have Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. The Comitium hosted a successful Youth Conference on 19th March. North Elphin Curia: The Cathedral praesidium with 5 members, the oldest in the Curia, presented its 81st Annual Report. Among works reported on was crowd contact at Sligo Fleadh Ceoil (a Music Festival) in August. St. Anne’s parish praesidium has 14 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians and 25 auxiliaries. Some of their works are Consecration of homes to the Sacred Heart and outreach to Institute of Technology students where Confession and Miraculous Medals are promoted.
Tuam Comitium: A praesidium in Tuam has 9 members and 50 auxiliaries. They held a Planning Meeting in January. Works include home and Pilgrim Statue weekly visitation. A boxing club was visited and 30 Miraculous Medals and leaflets on the Mass distributed. Rosaries are recited weekly at a Grotto and on one occasion about 100 attended. Corrandulla praesidium has 7 members, one of whom is a Praetorian. Home and Pilgrim Statue visitation is done weekly. Skehana praesidium also has 7 members. They visit nursing homes, hospitals and the housebound.

CURIAE

Achonry Curia: There are 3 praesidia attached. The Acies took place in Charlestown Church before the March Curia meeting. A copy of the annual audit has been received.
Clonfert Curia: A praesidium of 8 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians and 15 auxiliaries does hospital, nursing home and visitation to the sick and housebound. A Legion altar is erected during the month of May in the Church sanctuary so as to recruit new members. Two members conduct a prayer meeting in a nursing home where the Rosary and Legion prayers are recited. In the parish of Killoran a praesidium visits nursing homes as well as the housebound and bereaved families. Miraculous Medals and prayer leaflets are distributed. They have 26 auxiliaries.
Ferns Curia: Eighteen officers attended the March Curia Meeting. A praesidium in Carnew reported a membership of 8. Works include home visitation and works of consolation. Recruiting drives took place during the year
Galway Curia: Among the works carried out by a reporting praesidium are home to home visitation where they distribute leaflets with the parish Mass times. The Rosary was recited at a grotto in the Church grounds for the months of May and October. Five to six members attend the new praesidium in the Abbey parish. Fr. Eugene attends most weeks and helps with the work. The Anniversary Mass for the Servant of God Alfie Lambe was held on 19th January in the Cathedral parish.
Killala Curia: The Acies took place in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballina on 17th April. The praesidium in Ardagh has 5 members whose main works are hospital and nursing home visitation. They have begun to visit the elderly who live alone and have 25 auxiliaries. Dromore West has 7 members and 30 auxiliaries. They visit with the Pilgrim Statue. A Patrician meeting on “Death by Intent (Euthanasia)” had an attendance of 9 and 13 attended another meeting. A new junior praesidium with 5 members has started in the Pastoral Centre, Ballina.
Kilkenny Curia: Rev. Fr. Harney, Spiritual Director and 10 members were present at March meeting. The Annual Audit has been carried out.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

Veneranda Curia held a successful talk on True Devotion to Mary by Fr. Eamon Devlin CM in Aras Veneranda on the evening of the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, with 50 in attendance, 10 of them non-legionaries. The Curia house was also the venue for a night of traditional music in March and a bilingual talk on “The Church and 1916” in April, both organised by the Irish-speaking praesidium. The Curia has produced a Year of Mercy flier with all confessions times in their area and listing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. A new praesidium continues with 3 probationers and outside support. One praesidium recruited 8 new auxiliary members during the year and a probationary active member. Home visitation is done most weeks while one member works in the Central Catholic Library at least once a week. Their St. Michael’s Club caters for seven mildly mentally handicapped adults every Saturday afternoon, with games, stories and outings. The works of another praesidium include home visitation and the sale of 42 Catholic papers every weekend in the Church. One member is on the Baptism Team and another helps with a youth group set up by the Parish Priest and attended by 15 youths and 4 adults.
Consolata Curia: An 11-member praesidium has 9 sisters and 2 brothers, having gained 2 members during the year. The 2 brothers’ visit homes in a nearby parish; in one case a 38 year-old lady died of cancer two weeks after their visit and at the funeral, the family thanked the Legion and said that all her fears left when the legionaries visited and prayed with her. Two members are on the Parish Council. The Legion altar is set up in the Parish Shop which they run. Three Traveller ladies who dropped in, were encouraged to pray to ease their many worries; now five of them gather three times a week in one of their homes to pray the Rosary. A religious pack was given to the Sacrament classes in the local school. The praesidium held their annual outing to a restaurant. A praesidium with 6 active members visit a nursing home every Monday morning; one resident said it was his favourite morning and when he was ill he asked the legionaries not to leave; they recited the Divine Mercy and he died peacefully. Other works include arranging the Eucharistic Adoration rota and selling 50 Maria Legionis. They have 225 auxiliary members.
Presentata Curia: The mother praesidium of the Regina Coeli Hostel reported 14 members, two of whom are indoor and one is a day sister. During the last year, they gained 2 new and 2 probationary members and had nine overseas volunteers and nine students on work placements. The praesidium ensures the hostel is staffed 24 hours a day, organises training, manages the accounts and oversees maintenance of the buildings. They are currently operating at full capacity of 34 women and a further five in a vulnerable adults unit. 111 different women were admitted during the year. The Regina Pacis praesidium, also based in the hostel, has recruited 6 new members, now having 11 full and 4 probationary members. As well as their regular duties the praesidium organised DVD nights, a talk on Cenaclo and a talk on the Pioneers resulting in four residents taking a short-term pledge. A member is instructing a Church of England resident while the faith has been explained to a non-Christian lady who has attended various Catholic ceremonies
Exaltata Curia: A praesidium of five members visits two units of Connolly Hospital weekly; the legionaries pray with residents and sing hymns. They coordinate a daily Holy Hour in the Parish Church. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart was carried out in several homes.
Bethlehem Curia: This council hosted a talk on True Devotion to Mary by Fr. Michael Kennedy in Wynne’s Hotel on 24th April with up to 90 present, some of them non-legionaries who picked up fliers in city centre Churches; also present were a De Montfort brother and a Spiritan Seminarian. 18 patricians and 4 legionaries attended 2 Patrician meetings while 8 legionaries and 5 non-legionaries attended the Edel Quinn Promoters meeting. A praesidium of 8 full members and 1 probationer visit two hostels, one of which mostly houses men recently released from prison; many are addicts and are encouraged by the legionaries to attend Cenaclo meetings. During street contact many nationalities were met including two non-Catholics who attend Mass in their respective parishes. A prominent work is outreach to the Latino community, for example they visit a Cuban/Peruvian couple.
Porta Coeli Curia: A recruitment drive in one parish resulted in 3 visitors to the subsequent meeting. One praesidium operates the Parish Repository; they also distribute 90 Maria Legionis, clean the Church, recite the Rosary before daily Mass and do home visitation. The main works of a praesidium with nine members are home and hospital visitation and the Howth Harbour Apostolate.


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EUROPE

HOLLAND
Amsterdam Regia: The website for Amsterdam and Antwerp Regia is now up and running. The praesidium in Groningen is doing well. Celebrations were held to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Louis Marie de Montfort.

BELGIUM
Brussels Senatus: Human trafficking is a serious problem for street girls, most of whom are African Christians and Moslems from Albania. A praesidium of 16 members includes nursing home and hospital visitation as part of their work. Namur Curia has 4 praesidia. In Beauraing the praesidium is called Our Lady of the Golden Heart. In Saint Servais the focus is on home visitation where legionaries meet many non-Christians. A very successful PPC Conference was held in Brussels.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: The continuation of the Night Fever project and promotion of the Rosary has been requested at a meeting for priests which was attended by the Spiritual Director. Visitation with the Pilgrim Statue resulted in a great improvement in family problems, for example a father of four (an alcoholic and a drug addict) has taken the pledge. Extension continues in West Birmingham, also follow-up to the PPC project. Contact work in the general vicinity of an abortion clinic and at a book-barrow near two supermarkets were reported. In Bristol two praesidia closed and two new ones opened.
Liverpool Senatus: The new praesidium, ‘Our Lady of Liverpool’ is thriving. PPC is under way and so far projects have been successful.
Manchester Comitium reported undertaking the RCIA course, assisting people getting to Mass, work with refugees and drug addicts. Ashton Curia has 7 praesidia. Rev. Canon McNally led the Rosary in Wigan town-centre in October. The praesidium at Bryn has 9 active and 12 auxiliary members. In Newcastle the praesidium at Northern Cross has 10 members. The Leigh Curia report focused on Baptism and First Communions – this keeps the legionaries busy – and one lady in her 90’s finds great comfort when the legionaries bring the Statue of Our Lady to her. Warrington hospital and a nursing home are visited and also intensive recruiting efforts are made.
Brentwood Comitium: A new praesidium is being formed in the University of Essex; the chaplain Fr. Mark Squires is very supportive. Children of the Travelling Community are being instructed for the Sacraments at the request of the Spiritual Director.
Hammersmith Curia: A booklet on the ‘Year of Mercy’ is given to non-Catholics; home, hospital and prison visitation is done regularly. Southwark Comitium: Works include organising the Church Youth Choir, teaching catechism and public Rosaries. The juniors include altar serving, and visiting a disabled elderly parishioner, and helping out during the Lenten Stations of the Cross among their works. A new praesidium has been established at New Addington.
Central London: Work continues for the sick and housebound, and for children with disabilities. The aftercare of auxiliaries is mentioned and preparing candidates for Baptism and Confirmation. The Night Shelter is visited.
Brent and Harrow: The Harlesden praesidium reports that the ancient shrine of Our Lady of Willesden has been designated a centre of indulgence of a Holy Door during the Year of Mercy. In Wembley, staff in a nursing home join in the recitation of the Rosary.

FRANCE
Paris Regia: This council will be raised to Senatus in September and the officers will visit Dublin in July. The Permanence in Lourdes celebrated its 60th Anniversary on May 1st. The Vietnamese Curia with 9praesidia visits the sick and elderly at home, and has contact with many non-Catholics. Two men received the Sacrament of Reconciliation after 10 years. One praesidium has 20 active members, another helps an organisation for those caught up in domestic violence. The 300th Anniversary of the death of De Montfort is being marked.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: Golden Jubilee celebrations took place in January and a Congress is planned for the Year of Mercy. Extension continues to the Eritrean Community. The DVD on Frank Duff is now available in German. Contact work is done at the Frankfurt Railway Station. Refugees are contacted in Cologne, and in Munich visitation is done to prisons and to the blind. Berlin focused on recruiting for a Spanish-speaking praesidium. Children attending the monthly Rosary are called “The Rosary Kids.”

SCOTLAND
Senatus of Scotland: The PPC season is well under way. The Spiritual Director of the Senatus, Fr. Boyle, assists with door to door visitation. In Dundee Curia many contacts are made with the “Light a Candle” apostolate. The consecration of homes is mentioned, and on street contact a young lapsed Catholic man promised to return to the Church “and bring his Mam”.

SIBERIA: Extension work was carried out by Sr. Birgit Metzler and Sr. Renate Seber from Frankfurt during their visit to Krasnoyarsk.

SWEDEN: The Legion is in the care of Liverpool Senatus. In March Bro. and Sr. Tony Kirstein spent a week visiting the Swedish Curia.

SWITZERLAND: An apostolate to asylum seekers and a Pilgrimage to Rome are mentioned in the Zurich Comitium report.

NORWAY: Bergin has two praesidia with membership of 20 and 10. In Tonsberg the praesidium lost 3 members due to moving from the area. A translator for the Handbook has been found and this work is in progress. In Dramen Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the homes has been started. Other works include House Rosaries and Bible Sharing.

DENMARK: The praesidium in Copenhagen has 12 members and 20 auxiliaries. During Lent the Stations of the Cross were conducted by the legionaries.

WALES: Swansea has 5 affiliated praesidia. Exploratio Dominicalis projects were carried out in three parishes. Street Rescue and crowd contact are done weekly.

POLAND
Warsaw Metro Comitium: Sr. Jolanta Widenka was re-elected Comitium President for 2nd term on January 16th last. Membership of praesidia reporting was 13, 8 and 9. Zoliborz Curia has 13 praesidia with 108 active members comprising 11 Brothers and 97 Sisters. Hospitals, Care Homes and a home for homeless women are visited and an apostolate in cemeteries is carried out. Extension efforts move from parish to parish. The Comitium supported the Symposium on De Montfort organised at the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL). Fr. Stanislaw Banach and Fr. Boguslaw Binda are among the spiritual pillars of the Comitium.
AFRICA

IVORY COAST
One Regia, 5 Comitia, 2 Curiae and 4 praesidia gave their Annual Reports during this period. These have a combined membership of: 13,391 active members of whom 1,390 are Praetorians; 3,492 probationers; 1,670 Auxiliaries, of whom 268 are Adjutorians. They made 294,103 visits to homes, hospitals, markets, workshops and many other locations. They made 1,694,315 contacts of whom 577,456 were Catholic, the remainder being Methodist, Muslim, members of sects and people of no religion. The fruits of this work were: 686 families reconciled, 548 marriages regularised, 1,068 returns to Mass, 3,153 Catechumens recruited, bringing the total Catechumenate to 9,309, 1,767 Baptisms, 1,477 Confirmations, 959 Sacrament of Reconciliation and 444 Sacrament of the Sick. The number teaching Catechism is 910. They established one new Comitium, four new adult Curiae and three junior Curiae.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Brazzaville: During the period November to February there were reports from two Regia, 10 Comitia, nine Curiae and 2 praesidia resulting in over 200,000 contacts with 336 returns to the Sacraments and 592 enrolled for catechesis. Works included visiting the sick at home and in hospital, prisoners, the poor, widows, orphans, street contact and home visitation. One Curia reported 18 children receiving Baptism thanks to information from legionaries and 39 legionaries taking part in an Exploratio project at which 6 people enrolled for Catechism and 1 couple was reconciled. Visitation of distant praesidia is undertaken by one Comitium and regular training for officers is mentioned in many reports. Thanks to visitation by legionaries an elderly lady received Baptism and First Holy Communion in her home at the age of 85, while a 79 year old woman baptised in 2009 also received her First Holy Communion.

CAMEROUN
Douala Senatus: Reports show many baptised and converted, visitation of orphanages, handicapped and Leper Centres. A new Comitium was set up by Yaounde Regia, which brings the total to 5 Comitia in the Diocese of Bafia. The statistics are changing so fast, it is hard to keep track, mainly in Garoua. Bertoua Regia has the Legion of Mary in every parish and the aim is that every senior praesidium is to have juniors. Another 7 junior praesidia were started since the last report. Kumbo Comitium started a new praesidium in a prison. Many councils are reporting prison visitation. Praesidia and a Curia were set-up in Yaounde prison. In the Diocese of Batouri legionaries prepared a Christmas meal for 270 prison inmates. Many councils reported on having organised Exploratio Dominicalis projects, and 2 Congresses were held. The Annual General Reunion for juniors in the Legion house in Douala had 216 participants.

TOGO
Lome Senatus: Many non-Christians and those of the traditional African religion are met on home and hospital visitation. Most councils report on having juniors or are in the process of setting up junior praesidia. One Curia reported that 2 abortions were prevented. This year the Senatus hopes to organise a PPC project to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

BENIN REPUBLIC: Praesidia reported sustained outreach through visitation to all religions, one reporting 12 adult baptisms. Frank Duff youth clubs are conducted in a number of parishes. The Regia has a National Headquarters under construction at Calavi, a university town adjacent to the capital Cotonou. It also care-takes the Legion in the Republic of Gabon and carried out a visitation there in recent months.

BURKINA FASO: Sr. Odette Dié of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, reports that the re-constituted Comitium of Bobo-Dioulasso which she attended on Concilum’s behalf is progressing well towards formal recognition.

REPUBLIC OF GUINEA
Investigation by internet suggests that from 2009 onwards there was pressure on the Legion, the Charismatic Renewal, the San Egidio Fraternity and the Emmanuel Community to join forces in support of the Basic Christian Communities in support of which a whole new spirituality was developed. It is good to note that the name of Br. Félix LOUA in whose home the Comitium used to meet appears on the Diocesan site as being the person now in charge of the Legion of Mary. There is no reference to the Legion on the sites of the other two Dioceses which each had a Curia and were in touch with the Comitium up to 4 years ago. Togo is willing to send visitators. An item of good news is that a cure for the Ebola virus seems at last to have been found.

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Allocutio du Père Bede McGregor, op Directeur spirituel du Concilium,  Fevrier 2016
May 2016

Le Carême : le Baptême et la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge
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L’Eglise, inspirée par l’enseignement de Jésus lui-même, nous demande de célébrer le Carême dans un esprit de joie. Donc, dans l’Evangile du Mercredi des Cendres, elle met devant nous les paroles de Jésus : « Et lorsque vous jeûnez, ne prenez pas un air sombre, comme les hypocrites, qui exténuent leur visage, pour faire paraître aux hommes qu’ils jeûnent… Pour toi, quand tu jeûnes, parfume ta tête et lave ton visage, afin qu’il ne paraisse pas aux hommes que tu jeûnes, mais à ton Père qui est présent dans le secret ; et ton Père, qui voit dans le secret, te le rendra ». (Mt 6:16-18)

Il y a beaucoup d’encouragement et d’inspiration autour de nous pendant le Carême si nous avons les yeux pour les voir. Certaines personnes décident de se livrer à des œuvres spirituelles et corporelles de miséricorde, certaines se résolvent à aller à la messe quotidienne, certaines de faire une vraiment bonne confession, certaines d’abandonner les boissons alcoolisées, certaines de prier tous les jours le chapelet en famille, certaines de pardonner à quelqu’un qui les a blessées très profondément, et quelques légionnaires, plaise à Dieu, décideront de prier, matin et soir, la prière de l’Office Divin et ainsi de devenir membres prétoriens ou adjutoriens de la Légion. Il y a tellement de générosité d’esprit autour de nous, pendant le Carême, et au moins nous voulons tous et cherchons à être de meilleurs chrétiens, et donc à être de meilleurs êtres humains d’une façon ou d’une autre. Toute l’Église cherche à se renouveler et donc à se recentrer sur l’amitié personnelle avec Jésus-Christ. Pas étonnant que nous ayons toute l’expérience, dans une certaine mesure, pendant le Carême, de la joie de l’Evangile dont le Pape François nous parle toujours.

Mais en ce Carême, je voudrais réfléchir, sous la tutelle de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort, sur le Baptême et sa relation avec la Vraie Dévotion à Marie. A l’origine, le Carême était la préparation finale des catéchumènes au Baptême et pour ceux qui sont déjà baptisés, une préparation sérieuse pour le renouvellement solennel de leur Promesse baptismale. La veillée pascale était, et est toujours, le moment le plus important de l’année liturgique. Je pense qu’il est salutaire de citer quelques lignes de la Proclamation de Pâques, appelée Exsultet pour avoir une idée de la joie universelle à vivre dans la célébration du Baptême : « Qu’exulte de joie dans le ciel la multitude des anges ! Chantez, serviteurs de Dieu, et que retentisse la trompette triomphale pour la victoire du grand Roi ! Réjouis-toi, ô notre terre, resplendissante d’une lumière éclatante, car il t’a prise en sa clarté et son règne a dissipé ta nuit ! Réjouis-toi, Eglise notre mère, toute remplie de sa splendeur, et que résonne l’acclamation du peuple des fils de Dieu !… ». La proclamation se passe dans la joie profonde et prolongée. Mais le Baptême est-il un thème si central du Carême et au cœur de la grande fête de Pâques ? Et pourquoi le Baptême est-il le thème central de la prédication de saint Louis-Marie de Montfort, de son petit livre sur la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge et ses autres écrits ?

La réponse à ces questions est vraiment très simple. Le Baptême est extrêmement important pour Montfort en raison de son absolu Christo-centrisme. Dans le Baptême, nous recevons notre identité chrétienne. Nous sommes baptisés dans le Christ, devenant membres de son Corps mystique, enfants du Père et temples du Saint-Esprit. Dans le Baptême, nous sommes totalement immergés dans le Christ, dans sa mort et sa Résurrection. Montfort appelle le Baptême une consécration totale à Jésus-Christ et c’est cette consécration qui est le fondement de toute sa spiritualité.

Parfois, on entend des gens dire que la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge de Montfort va trop loin et implicitement que la Légion de Marie aussi. Il est difficile de croire qu’ils ont lu la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge ou le Manuel de la Légion, ou tout au moins les ont compris. Par exemple, Montfort écrit dans la Vraie Dévotion : « Si notre dévotion à Notre-Dame nous distrait de Notre Seigneur, nous aurions à la rejeter comme une illusion du diable (TVD), ou dans son plus grand travail, l’Amour de la Sagesse éternelle, il écrit: « Savoir Jésus-Christ la Sagesse incarnée, c’est assez savoir; savoir tout et ne le pas savoir, c’est ne rien savoir » (ASE n.11). Pour Montfort le Christ détient la primauté absolue dans sa spiritualité et la même chose est vraie pour Frank Duff et la Légion qu’il a fondée. La note à la fin de l’index du Manuel dit tout : « Les références à notre bienheureux Seigneur n’ont pas été indexées. Car chaque mot de ce Manuel est exprimé en pensant à Lui, et par conséquent on devrait le trouver dans chacune de ses parties. En chaque lieu, en toute circonstance et en tout événement, le légionnaire devrait rencontrer Jésus… » On lit aussi avec grand profit l’article important de frère Duff : « La Légion est purement chrétienne ». Cet article est une classique référence à Montfort.

Donc finalement, d’où vient notre Consécration totale à Marie comme enseignée dans la Vraie Dévotion à la Sainte Vierge de Montfort avec la Consécration totale au Christ qui est la réalité du Baptême? Peut-être qu’il est plus facile de citer à nouveau Montfort : « Plus une âme sera consacrée à Marie, plus elle le sera à Jésus-Christ. C’est pourquoi la parfaite consécration à Jésus-Christ n’est autre chose qu’une parfaite et entière consécration de soi-même à la Très Sainte Vierge, qui est la dévotion que j’enseigne ; ou autrement une parfaite rénovation des vœux et promesses du saint Baptême » (TVD n.120). Pour Montfort, on ne peut pas comprendre la Vraie Dévotion à Marie en dehors du contexte du Baptême. Le rôle maternel de Marie est de nous permettre de grandir dans notre relation au Christ et par Lui dans la Trinité, qui a commencé dans le Baptême. Puissiez-vous tous avoir un très joyeux Carême en Jésus par Marie. Amen.

 



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Bulletin du Concilium – Février 2016 (French)
May 2016

Afrique
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Burundi
Senatus de Gitega : Les rapports ont montré une satisfaction continue du développement de la Légion dans les écoles du primaire au secondaire, et au niveau universitaire. Du travail se fait dans les maisons et dans les champs pour aider les malades et les infirmes en ne négligeant aucun aspect de l’apostolat. La Regia affiliée dans la capitale Bujumbura a signalé la mise en place de 6 nouveaux comitia l’année dernière, ce qui porte leur nombre total à 30 comitia.

République de Centrafrique
Senatus de Bangui : Les maisons du frère François d’Assise et de la soeur Henriette N’gombre ont été tragiquement complètement brûlées. Nous demandons des prières pour les légionnaires de ce pays où certains de leurs prêtres ont été assassinés.
Senatus de Kasai : Les réunions ont lieu dans la langue tshiluba ; un résumé est établi mensuellement en français pour la transmission à ceux qui ont besoin de cette version. Ces résumés indiquent que le Senatus reçoit des rapports, visite ses conseils rattachés et que de bonnes relations ont été restaurées avec la Regia affiliée de Mbuji-Mayi. La Légion au Kasai semble bien suivre la procédure d’extension.

République Démocratique du Congo
Regia de Lumumbashi : Un Comitium a organisé une journée culturelle de la jeunesse qui a eu une participation de 850 jeunes. Un autre Comitium a organisé une visite générale dans une prison de 800 prisonniers, commençant par la prière et une séance d’évangélisation. Un nouveau praesidium a commencé à Kawama.
Senatus de Butembo : 16 comitia et 2 praesidia étaient représentés et 16 rapports de comitia ont été donnés au Senatus.  Travail donné dans le rapport :  aide aux malades, aux veuves, aux pauvres, aux orphelins et aux réfugiés ; 14 couples et 7 mariages bénis ; 10 réconciliés ; 203 enfants baptisés ; 636 enseignés à la prière ; 14 enfants ont reçu les Sacrements ; 8 chrétiens préparés pour la Sainte Communion ; de nombreux non pratiquants ont assisté à la Messe du dimanche ; 10 protestants et un musulman convertis ; dix alcooliques et 7 toxicomanes ont été aidés à s’amender ; des filles de rue ont été conseillées ; 4 femmes ont renoncé à vivre comme concubines. Des chapelets ont été dits et des Messes et des prières de familles offertes pour diverses intentions. Des légionnaires ont visité des malades et 3 lieux ont été choisis par l’évêque comme lieu de pèlerinage de l’Année de la Miséricorde. Ils prient pour les dirigeants civils et politiques. La construction d’un Centre Frank Duff continue, les légionnaires aident à la construction.

Iles Maurice et Rodrigues
La Regia de l’île Maurice dans l’Océan indien a des liens étroits avec l’Irlande. Certains noms mentionnés sont Mgr James Leen, rrf, le Père Benny Farrelly qui est mort récemment, et bien sûr Edel Quinn. La Regia comprend 2 comitia, 9 curiae, 87 praesidia, 682 légionnaires actifs et 311 auxiliaires. Cela comprend 1 curia junior, qui a 6 praesidia. Fondé par Edel Quinn en 1940, le conseil a célébré son 75e anniversaire en septembre par une Messe en plein air, concélébrée par Mgr Maurice Piat et les prêtres locaux. Deux correspondants du Concilium ont été très bien accueillis à cette joyeuse occasion. Les derniers rapports (janvier 2016) montrent une journée fructueuse de formation pour les légionnaires où Mgr Piat a parlé de l’Année de la Miséricorde, citant les Écritures. Les travaux comprennent l’organisation de retraites pour les enfants, l’enseignement du catéchisme aux enfants, et l’aide à diverses activités paroissiales. Ils prennent soin de l’île, rocheuse et presque inaccessible, de Rodrigues, un simple point dans l’océan, qui possède néanmoins un comitium avec 4 curiae, 24 praesidia, dont 2 juniors. Le 1er Praesidium appelé Marie Reine des Anges, a été fondé à Saint-Gabriel par le Père Gandy en novembre 1948, et 2 autres en 1949 à Port Mathurin et La Ferme, par les Pères Eon et Wolf.

Rwanda
Senatus de Kigali : La Légion est présente dans tous les 9 diocèses (26 comitiae au total) avec un total de plus de 78 000 actifs adultes, 7 773 membres en probation et universitaires et 23 327 juniors. Le total des membres auxiliaires : 31 286. Une carte détaillée a été envoyée par e-mail au correspondant. Comitium de Mwezi : 19 praesidia, 24 curiae, 95 praesidia juniors. Parmi les 5 017 membres actifs, 2 156 sont âgés de 18 à 45 ans. Le contact des enfants des rues avec des dépendances, des filles des rues, et des visites de prisons sont parmi les travaux. Une session de quatre jours pour les étudiants de niveau secondaire et supérieur a eu lieu à Kabgayi. Le Senatus présente au Concilium pour approbation,  les détails d’une éventuelle regia dans le diocèse de Cyangugu (3 comitia, plus de 15 000 membres),; il est le plus éloigné de Kigali.

La Réunion (et Madagascar)
Les rapports du Comitium Marie Médiatrice de toute grâce, reçus jusqu’en janvier 2016, montrent un travail solide dans toutes les formes d’évangélisation. La belle revue produite à l’occasion de leur 70e anniversaire, en octobre dernier donne les chiffres suivants : 1 comitium, 6 curiae dont 1 curia junior, 105 praesidia, 895 légionnaires actifs et 2 747 auxiliaires. Ils ont fait de grands progrès dans leur attention à Madagascar, où ils ont réussi à fonder une nouvelle curia en août dernier, à la suite d’un effort d’extension. À l’heure actuelle, ils forment 3 jeunes légionnaires de Madagascar pour que, de retour chez eux, ils organisent la Légion sur une base solide, en conformité avec le Manuel.


Asie
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Comitium de Hong-Kong : Le Père Ferdinand Lok, Directeur spirituel de longue date du Comitium a démissionné pour raison de santé ; il a rarement manqué une réunion et a visité le Concilium à Dublin un certain nombre de fois. Le Père Francis Tam a été nommé par le Cardinal Tong comme nouveau Directeur spirituel. En mai 2015, un congrès a eu lieu pour lequel beaucoup de préparation de l’étude du Manuel a été entreprise.
La Curia Rosarii, anglophone, sur l’île de Hong Kong a donné son 14e rapport annuel qui mentionne que leur Directeur spirituel, Soeur Mary Anthony Ryan était revenue en Irlande pour sa retraite. Les travaux comprennent le contact dans la rue, des visites à domicile et à l’hôpital, les écoles du dimanche, la bibliothèque roulante, les soins pour les personnes handicapées, la propagation des deux Cœurs de Jésus et de Marie et diverses autres œuvres paroissiales.

Macao
La Curia Notre-Dame de la Victoire a sept praesidia et un praesidium junior. Le Rev. Père Ip Luk Piu est le Directeur spirituel. La sœur Sally Chan du Comitium de Hong Kong a passé l’année dernière en tant qu’Incola Maria à Macao, réalisant un travail d’extension et faisant beaucoup de visites de praesidia. Elle a également démarré un nouveau praesidium. Le Père Piu est très attiré par les visites à domicile et le travail de contact ; il a encouragé la soeur Chan à jouer un rôle actif en organisant l’étude du Manuel, qui a abouti au renouveau de l’administration de la Légion à Macao.

Singapour
Senatus de Singapour : La soeur Margaret Wong a été élue Présidente du Senatus en octobre. Ils prévoient une Journée Frank Duff, le 7 novembre, avec déjeuner et projection de DVD d’informations concernant la Cause du Serviteur de Dieu, Frank Duff.

Malaisie
Regia de Kuala Lumpur : Des rapports sont faits de 3 praesidia différemment affiliés, 1 comitium et 2 curiae. Deux curiae et quatre praesidia ont 150 membres. Neuf autres curiae, 6 praesidia juniors ont 634 membres. Des hôpitaux, des maisons de retraite, des orphelinats et des personnes âgées sont visités. Des groupes de chapelets sont organisés une fois par mois.

Japon
Senatus d’Osaka : Des réunions œcuméniques de prières sont été tenues par un praesidium dans le cadre d’une entreprise à l’échelle nationale, avec 30 participants. Deux nouveaux catéchumènes ont été acquis durant l’année écoulée.

Corée
Senatus de Séoul : Suite à la nomination de leur Directeur spirituel comme évêque auxiliaire, Re. Dominico Jung a été nommé à sa place. Des rapports proviennent de 5 regiae qui totalisent 51 071 membres actifs, 6 217 Prétoriens et 12 682 juniors. 12 682 Baptêmes et 15 248 retours aux Sacrements ont été enregistrés.
Senatus de Gwangju : Deux regiae à Busan et à Jeon-Ju ont enregistré 5 761 Baptêmes et 8 468 retours aux Sacrements. Beaucoup de personnes malades ont été visitées, y compris des non catholiques. Des hôpitaux, des bureaux d’aide sociale, des veillées et des familles avec des nouveaux baptisés ont été visités. En essayant de faire revivre les juniors, il a été suggéré de recruter les mères dans la Légion.
Senatus de Daegu : 50 nouveaux membres ont été recrutés dans une paroisse nouvellement établie qui dispose désormais d’une curia composée de 4 praesidia. Une Retraite pour la jeunesse avait 118 présents. Une retraite pour la formation à la spiritualité de la Légion a été menée dans la Paroisse Uksoo, et suivie d’une Messe de remerciement pour un praesidium qui a tenu sa 1 000e réunion hebdomadaire.

Indonésie
Senatus de Malang : Les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile, la distribution de la Sainte Communion, l’organisation de la Lectio Divina, l’aide à lutter contre le VIH-Sida, la drogue, la traite des personnes, l’aide au prêtre dans sa pastorale et la catéchèse. 13 personnes ont été baptisées; une femme déprimée s’est rétablie et a rejoint la Légion. A Merauke, il y a 2 curiae. Un praesidium junior favorise la prière et la dévotion aux Cœurs de Jésus et de Marie et l’Adoration du Saint-Sacrement.
Senatus de Jakarta : Des curiae visitent leurs praesidia. Des membres d’une curia d’étudiants située à proximité d’un funérarium prient le chapelet pour les morts et aident les familles touchées par un récent décès. Jakarta dispose désormais d’un site web, avec 8 légionnaires formés à son utilisation. L’étude du catéchisme a été recommandée par le Directeur spirituel pour aider à l’instruction et avoir une meilleure connaissance de la foi. Une classe d’art est organisée et ouverte au public, pour établir une « sensibilité pour notre Mère Marie ». Les entrées seront présentées dans le Musée de Marie.

Taïwan
Senatus de Taiwan : Au cours de l’année, le pays a subi les effets de deux coulées de boue importantes et aussi d’un tremblement de terre. 14 nouveaux praesidia, dont un junior ont été créés depuis août 2014. Un projet de P.P.C. a eu lieu en septembre avec une sensibilisation de la communauté aborigène.


Rapports des Provinces d’Irlande
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Comitia
Comitium de Carlow : Les légionnaires du Praesidium de Graiguecullen entreprennent des visites avec la statue de la Vierge pèlerine et visitent les classes de préparation à la Sainte Communion et à la Confirmation dans 5 écoles. Un praesidium dans la ville de Carlow a un groupe de chapelet hebdomadaire où le chapelet est récité dans des maisons. Curia de Kildare : Les écoles secondaires de la région de Naas ont été visitées et les légionnaires ont été bien accueillis par les étudiants.
Comitium d’Elphin : Le Praesidium d’Athlone dispose de 5 membres qui visitent les personnes vivant seules, l’Hôpital d’Athlone et 2 maisons de retraite. Le Comitium organise une Conférence de la Jeunesse le 16 avril. Curia de Elphin nord : Un praesidium dans la ville de Sligo a 7 membres et 24 auxiliaires. En plus des visites à domicile, ils ont organisé une visite paroissiale au Cimetière local de la Famine en novembre. La Curia a décidé d’un projet d’Evangélisation des jeunes au lieu d’une Conférence de la Jeunesse cette année ; elle entend obtenir de l’aide de « Deus et Patria ».
Comitium de Tuam : Il y a 10 praesidia adultes avec 52 membres et un praesidium intermédiaire avec 7 membres, et un total de 125 auxiliaires dans le Comitium. L’an dernier, 12 membres sont allés à des projets de P.P.C. Une veillée au Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Knock en octobre a été un grand succès. Beaucoup de légionnaires des zones environnantes y ont assisté ainsi que 17 non légionnaires venus de Clare en bus. Le Praesidium de Glenamaddy a 2 prétoriens et 20 auxiliaires, dont 2 sont adjutoriens. Les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile avec la statue de Fatima pour promouvoir la dévotion au Rosaire, la Consécration de la famille aux Sacrés Cœurs de Jésus et de Marie et la promotion de l’Adoration eucharistique. Ils apportent également la statue de Fatima à l’école primaire en mai, la laissant une semaine dans chaque classe. Le Praesidium de Corofin a un prétorien, un membre adjutorien, et 40 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent des visites à domicile, l’accueil des nouveaux arrivants à la paroisse et la proposition de la statue de Fatima. Un projet d’extension a été réalisé et une réunion d’information tenue. Le Praesidium de Caherlistrane a 4 membres et 35 auxiliaires. Ils aident à la paroisse et organisent l’Adoration eucharistique dans 2 églises de la Paroisse. La Curia de Westport a 7 praesidia avec 44 membres, 2 praesidia juniors avec 16 membres, et un total de 170 auxiliaires. La Curia de Claremorris a 6 praesidia avec 40 membres, 5 praesidia juniors avec 136 membres, et un total de 85 auxiliaires.

Curiae

Curia d’Achonry : Ce conseil a 3 praesidia attachés. Le Praesidium de Swinford inclut 2 prétoriens ; ils ont 35 auxiliaires et un adjutorien. Les visites à domicile avec la statue de la Vierge pèlerine sont entreprises et les légionnaires reçoivent un accueil chaleureux. Un hôpital local et une maison de retraite sont également visités.
Curia de Clonfert : Le 8 décembre, pour le début de l’Année de la Miséricorde, la plupart des paroisses ont organisé des veillées de prières toute la nuit, avec une bonne présence de légionnaires. Les praesidia qui ont fait leur rapport ont un total de 13 membres, dont 9 sont prétoriens. Il y a 39 auxiliaires. L’apostolat comprend les visites à l’hôpital et à la maison de retraite et l’organisation de l’Adoration du Saint-Sacrement. Le bulletin de la paroisse est porté à ceux qui sont confinés à leur domicile et ceux qui vivent seuls.
Curia de Ferns : Un praesidium à Enniscorthy compte 8 membres qui sont tous des prétoriens et un membre en probation. Ils ont 24 auxiliaires. Au cours des visites à domicile, ils ont rencontré beaucoup de non pratiquants et ceux qui assistent à la Messe de temps en temps. Les jeunes et les personnes âgées ont une grande foi en la Médaille Miraculeuse et sont très heureux de la recevoir. La Messe pour Frank Duff a été célébrée dans la Cathédrale, le 7 novembre.
Curia de Galway : Le praesidium qui a fait son rapport a 6 membres, un membre en probation et 84 auxiliaires. Leurs travaux principaux sont les visites à domicile et les contacts de rue. Ils visitent également la Communauté Simon dont les maisons sont à mi-chemin entre Salthill et Newcastle. La Messe anniversaire pour Frank Duff a eu lieu le 11 novembre dans la Cathédrale avec une bonne participation. Le Curé a parlé de Frank Duff et de la Légion ; les légionnaires ont distribué des dépliants. Un nouveau praesidium a été créé le 11 janvier dans la Paroisse Abbey (franciscaine) avec le Père Eugene et 5 participants.
Curia de Killala : Les Patriciens à Ballina avaient 16 participants en novembre sur le Purgatoire. Une soirée de « Thanksgiving » pour les bienfaits reçus dans les P.P.C. a eu lieu le 25 novembre. Le Directeur spirituel de la Curia, le Père John Loftus, officiait.
Curia de Kilkenny : Le Praesidium de Cappamore a 8 membres et 20 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent l’organisation de l’Adoration eucharistique, la visite des personnes âgées à leur domicile en leur rendant des services. Ils soutiennent les familles à la mort d’un proche en s’asseyant et en priant avec eux. Un praesidium à Kilkenny entreprend des visites à domicile, des visites dans des auberges et dans une maison de retraite. Un site de gens du voyage est visité et le chapelet est récité avec les habitants tous les jours pendant les mois de mai et octobre.

Rapports de Dublin

Curia Mater Ecclesiae : Pendant le temps de l’Avent, la Curia a érigé des crèches dans 4 centres commerciaux ; 5 binômes de légionnaires ont travaillé tous les samedis de l’Avent pour distribuer des horaires de Messes, 600 dépliants sur la Confession et 500 Médailles miraculeuses.
Curia Benedicta : Le premier praesidium de la Légion, Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde, est attaché à cette Curia. Au cours de l’année, un membre a rejoint une congrégation religieuse, un autre a été transféré au « Regina Coeli Hostel » et les autres ont rejoint de nouveaux praesidia. Le praesidium a eu 4 visiteurs. Le Curé a envoyé une lettre à tous les paroissiens qui ont accepté la statue de la Vierge pèlerine dans leur maison. Au cours de visites à l’hôpital, les légionnaires ont eu une longue conversation avec une infirmière qui est une évangéliste engagée. Le Praesidium ouvre la Maison de la Curia chaque mercredi soir ; une dame a frappé à la porte dans un état très angoissé, prétendant être suicidaire. Elle a été convenablement calmée par les légionnaires. Son état est maintenant bien amélioré et elle est très reconnaissante de l’aide qui lui a été apportée.
Curia Assumpta : 13 légionnaires et 50 patriciens ont assisté à 4 réunions. Un rapport sur le recrutement est demandé de chaque praesidium à la réunion de la Curia. Un praesidium a donné son premier rapport depuis sa réouverture en mars de l’année dernière. 2 anciens membres ont été rejoints par 2 membres transférés et un nouveau membre qui est devenu officier ; le Curé est Directeur spirituel. 2 statues de la Vierge pèlerine sont utilisées lors des visites à domicile. D’autres travaux incluent des chapelets publics, l’organisation de l’Adoration eucharistique, la vente de journaux catholiques et la distribution des calendriers de l’Avent à l’école primaire locale.
Curia Ancilla Domini : Un chapelet public dans un complexe d’appartements a eu la présence de 4 légionnaires, d’une soeur révérende et de 32 habitants. Le Cercle Pauline de décembre a présenté un document sur l’Année de la Miséricorde, préparé et présenté par un prêtre ; étaient également présents un frère religieux, 12 autres catholiques et 2 non catholiques. Le Praesidium des ressortissants philippins compte six membres.
Curia Annunciata : 43 patriciens et 12 légionnaires ont participé à 5 réunions de Patriciens. Une soirée très réussie de « Thanksgiving » pour la vie religieuse a eu lieu, avec la présence de 30 sœurs révérendes, 2 prêtres, un diacre et 20 légionnaires. Un praesidium de 6 membres actifs a un apostolat spécial pour les aveugles et mal voyants et fait du covoiturage pour les amener à la Messe. Ils font aussi la promotion des « Pionniers » et ont visité 34 bars pour faire connaître la retraite pour les barman.
Curia Gloriosa : 7 légionnaires et 3 patriciens ont assisté à une réunion sur le thème de « L’éducation catholique en Irlande ».
Curia Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit : Deux légionnaires ont fait contact dans la rue devant un Institut de Technologie, distribuant des Médailles Miraculeuses et de la littérature catholique et parlant avec les étudiants. Un praesidium a commencé une Heure d’Adoration eucharistique chaque vendredi matin, après la Messe, avec jusqu’à 25 paroissiens présents. Ils organisent également une réunion de Prière Edel Quinn et organisent une Messe annuelle en son honneur au mois de mai. Un praesidium qui a fusionné avec un autre au cours de l’année a 6 membres. Leurs travaux comprennent les visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et à la maison de retraite ; ils organisent un groupe mensuel de Prière Frank Duff et des réunions de Patriciens.
Curia Immaculata : 25 légionnaires et 37 patriciens ont participé à 7 réunions. 17 ont assisté à une vidéo sur la Miséricorde Divine à la Maison de la Curia. Le groupe des enfants dans une paroisse est passé à 10 enfants et 3 adultes. La visite périodique des membres de la Curia se poursuivra en effort pour faire revivre un praesidium. Un praesidium a acquis un membre, et en a maintenant 5. Ils aident la paroisse à entreprendre un recensement, visitent un certain nombre de familles de cas spéciaux et ont été en contact étroit avec une dame souffrant d’anorexie qui est décédée au cours de l’année.


Amérique du Sud
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Argentine
Senatus de Buenos Aires : En dépit de la chaleur intense, une foule immense était présente presque toute la journée de commémoration sur la tombe d’Alfie Lambe ; certains légionnaires ont parcouru de grandes distances. Lors de la cérémonie a été lu un excellent article écrit par la sœur Connie Garcia, qui a effectué une visite au nom du Concilium, et qui vit maintenant en Colombie ; il donne beaucoup de détails sur des aspects intéressants de la vie d’Alfie. Guadalupe Morad a été invitée par quelques conseils à donner des conférences sur l’ancien Envoyé en Amérique du Sud.
Senatus de Cordoba : Une curia de Cordoba City a indiqué qu’ils ont quatre praesidia et une réunion de Patriciens. Une Exploratio Dominicalis a été réalisée ; ils ont 200 membres auxiliaires et 3 adjutoriens.
Senatus de Salta : Des légionnaires vont dans des zones dangereuses pour contacter des jeunes qui sont dépendants de drogues. Des prières sont dites avec eux. Beaucoup abandonnent le vice et un ancien toxicomane est devenu un membre actif du praesidium local. Il y a eu plusieurs suicides dans la région. Les légionnaires ont également obtenu une aide de professionnels pour leurs contacts, venant de travailleurs sociaux et de psychologues. Cette année, la Messe du Senatus pour Alfie Lambe était dans la Cathédrale et a été organisée par les jeunes adultes légionnaires.
Regia de Corrientes : Les quatre postes d’officiers ont été pourvus en novembre. Les chrétiens orthodoxes de la ville de Roque Saenz Pena se sont adressés à la Légion, souhaitant débuter la Légion au sein de leur communauté.
Regia Rosario : Le conseil est très actif dans l’extension. Les comptes rendus indiquent des contacts chaque mois avec les curés. Neuf praesidia ont été mis en place récemment, y compris un dans une paroisse de rite oriental. Une statue de Notre-Dame de l’Immaculée Conception a été installée dans une gare routière.

Brésil
Senatus de Belem : Une curia basée sur la Paroisse de Belem mentionne l’étude de la Vraie Dévotion et dix retours à la Messe ainsi que plusieurs conversions de membres de diverses sectes. En raison de l’apostolat de la Légion, deux églises ont été rouvertes. Il y a eu plusieurs conversions d’adeptes de spiritisme de Macumba.
Senatus de Belo Horizonte : Le retour de huit familles à l’Église, qui sont maintenant toutes engagées dans des activités de l’Eglise, a été signalé, ainsi que la conversion d’un non catholique. Les légionnaires ont aidé 15 funérailles et ont visité 41 familles endeuillées. L’image de Notre-Dame a été portée dans 27 maisons et les légionnaires organisent chaque semaine des groupes de chapelet en famille.
Senatus de Fortaleza : Un conseil a mentionné 2 376 visites aux familles, 25 visites aux malades à l’hôpital, la préparation de 35 enfants à la Première Communion, 17 au Sacrement de la Confirmation, la préparation des jeunes au Baptême et l’évangélisation de cinq jeunes qui ont abandonné la drogue.
Senatus de Ponta Grossa : Un praesidium de jeunes avec 12 adolescents et deux praesidia de jeunes gens avec 30 membres ont commencé. Le Senatus a coordonné la cinquième réunion des Directeurs spirituels de la Légion au niveau national. Elle a été suivie par 64 prêtres, 11 diacres, 9 religieux et 2 évêques : Mgr Édson de Castro Homem et Mgr Sérgio Arthur Braschi. Tadhg McMahon du Concilium était également présent.
Senatus de Recife : Une Exploratio Dominicalis a été réalisée dans un complexe d’appartements et un autre projet est prévu parmi les familles vivant dans des cabanes au bord de l’eau. Il y a maintenant 16 correspondants.
Senatus de Rio de Janeiro : Dans la célèbre station touristique de Copacabana un chapelet public est récité trois fois par semaine. Il y a aussi un apostolat spécial des chauffeurs de taxi et des prières pour les automobilistes ; des chapelets et des dépliants sur la valeur de la Messe sont distribués. Deux visiteurs du Senatus à l’État amazonien ouest de Roraima mentionnent des progrès dans cette région éloignée, en dépit de son isolement. Il est à espérer que de l’aide puisse être fournie pour orienter un apostolat vers les nombreux visiteurs à Rio, cette année, pour les Jeux olympiques et les Jeux para olympiques.
Senatus de Salvador : Une curia a signalé que sept couples ont été aidés à recevoir le Sacrement de Mariage et quelques adolescents à recevoir le Baptême. Un comitium a mentionné des visites à domicile, des conseils pour les mères en difficulté dont les enfants se droguent, des réconfort donnés à des personnes qui envisagent des tentatives de suicide ; dans des cimetières, ils ont prié et ont assisté à des enterrements de catholiques et de non catholiques.
Senatus Santa Maria : Dans un effort pour promouvoir l’adhésion de prétoriens, le Senatus a organisé une conférence sur l’Office Divin qui a été donnée par un membre d’un ordre religieux, ancien légionnaire. 23 membres du Senatus ont pris part à un projet de Peregrinatio Pro Christo en Uruguay, dont sept jeunes membres. Deux curiae ont été relancées à Porto Alegre, la Capitale de l’État.
Senatus de São Luis : Des classes de catéchisme incluent la préparation de 117 enfants à la Première Communion et de 73 jeunes à la Confirmation. De travaux d’extension ont résulté trois praesidia nouveaux et un relancé. La promotion du mariage chrétien a conduit 27 couples à se marier à l’Eglise. Ils ont eu 361 Baptêmes.
Senatus de São Paulo : Les rapports montrent un grand nombre de visites à domicile et des contacts avec des catholiques et avec des personnes d’autres religions ou sans religion. Un comitium a enregistré 2 637 visites de porte à porte. Ils font également des contacts de rue, y compris le contact avec les filles des rues. 37 jeunes ont reçu le Sacrement de Confirmation et onze enfants ont été baptisés. 45 personnes sont revenues à la Messe et à la pratique de la foi.
Regia de Brasilia : Un praesidium a récité 10 000 Je vous salue Marie. Les personnes sont contactées pendant la récitation publique du chapelet sur une place à côté de l’église, aux arrêts de bus et dans des cafés. Beaucoup de personnes contactées dans les visites sont protestantes.


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Biélorussie
Le Comitium de Minsk gouverne 10 praesidia attachés et 11 curiae attachées. Des rapports ont été reçus de 5 curiae, 1 praesidium et d’une visite d’une curia à un praesidium. Des travaux apostoliques variés comprennent : la visite d‘une maison d’anciens combattants avec un prêtre qui propose le Sacrement de la Confession, le contact avec des gens et parler avec eux de la foi et de sujets tels que l’avortement, la prière du Chapelet de la Miséricorde Divine dans une église. Beaucoup d’intérêt est manifesté envers les juniors et des efforts sont faits pour recruter et mettre en place d’autres praesidia juniors à la demande de leurs prêtres. Le Comitium travaille actuellement à la mise en place d’un deuxième comitium.

Croatie
Regia de Zagreb (et les conseils sous sa responsabilité) : les efforts d’extension sont en cours, tous les 7 praesidia mentionnent des résultats visibles, de nombreux retours aux Sacrements, 2 mariages validés et 2 enfants de 10 et 11 ans baptisés. Une dame de 101 ans, qui avait refusé de voir un prêtre, a été d’accord plus tard, a reçu l’onction et est décédée peu de temps après.
Comitium de Zadon : Deux praesidia et un praesidium junior ont été mis en place, un praesidium junior a été réactivé et un groupe de prière pour les 15-18 ans établi. Curia de Rijeka : Les veuves et les veufs ont été invités à assister à la Messe pour leurs conjoints à la Journée Mondiale du Mariage. La Curia de Petrinja a établi 2 praesidia et 2 praesidia juniors.

Bosnie – Herzégovine
La Curia de Sarajevo a 7 praesidia attachés. Des retours aux Sacrements et de nouveaux auxiliaires acquis ont été enregistrés.

Hongrie
La Regia de Budapest gouverne 24 praesidia, 10 curiae et 5 comitia. Les praesidia attachés à la Regia sont dans 4 diocèses dont 10 dans le diocèse de Vac. Deux diocèses n’ont pas encore la Légion présente. La soeur Magdika Vyolezas a été élue Présidente de la Regia en octobre. Les travaux entrepris ont tendance à être surtout des travaux de consolation. La Curia d’Ujpest aide les personnes handicapées, les alcooliques et les toxicomanes et apporte assistance dans les classes religieuses pour les enfants.

Lettonie
Le Comitium de Riga : Dans la ville de Riga un praesidium de 5 membres fait des contacts de rue et des visites de porte à porte. Un praesidium junior visite la maison de retraite et fait des courses pour les résidents. Ils proposent la Médaille Miraculeuse dans les écoles et font un travail de contact pendant la pause du déjeuner. La Curia de Jelgava a 3 praesidia. Deux efforts de recrutement ont été organisés. La Curia de Leipija a 2 praesidia. Des campagnes de recrutement sont prévues. La Curia de Rezekne a 10 praesidia. Le praesidium d’Aglona, siège du Sanctuaire national de Notre-Dame, a 8 membres. Ils organisent des nuits d’Adoration au Sanctuaire, une fois par mois, avec une participation de 40 à 50 personnes.

Lituanie
Le Comitum de Kanus a 3 curiae affiliées : à la suite d’une campagne de recrutement 9 nouveaux membres ont été acquis. Curia de Vilnius : Lors des visites au Centre de jour local, les légionnaires proposent la Médaille Miraculeuse et la participation à la Messe.
Le Comitum de Telsia a 12 praesidia et 2 curiae affiliées. Les légionnaires ont aidé 176 personnes à se préparer à la Confession, l’une après 40 ans et une autre après 10 ans. Deux dames dans leur quatre-vingtième année ont dit aux légionnaires que la dernière fois qu’elles s’étaient confessées était le jour de leur mariage !

Pologne
Regia de Lublin : Cinq nouveaux praesidia ont été établis. Mgr Rylak, dirigeant une retraite pour les prêtres, leur a souligné que « la Légion de Marie est un mouvement splendide, un apostolat de premier plan, un mouvement avec un immense potentiel ». Le Comitium de Radsin Podlaskee fait des contacts dans la rue et avec les alcooliques ; il mentionne que 35 personnes ont été amenées vers le Sacrement de la Confession. En ce qui concerne la cause d’Anatol Kaszczuk, Directeur spirituel de la Regia, le Père Jozef Sarshinskee et les officiers de la Regia ont été reçus par le Rev. Professeur Mishtow de l’Université de Lubelski qui les dirige pour commencer un processus d’information.
Comitium de Praga (Varsovie) : La Curia de Medzeszyn a 7 praesidia, 60 membres actifs, 104 auxiliaires et 1 prétorien. Les travaux comprennent des visites dans les écoles, les hôpitaux et les maisons de retraite privées. A l’hôpital et dans les maisons de retraite, les légionnaires prient pour et avec les malades ; ils organisent aussi des événements sociaux. Le contact dans la foule se fait dans les rues, les magasins et à l’extérieur des hôpitaux. Une attention est donnée aux alcooliques. La statue de la Vierge pèlerine et la Médaille Miraculeuse sont promues par de nombreux praesidia.

Roumanie
La Curia de Bucarest a 8 praesidia, et est constituée de 60 légionnaires. Les membres sont âgés et il est difficile de recruter des jeunes. Deux légionnaires autrichiens ont visité la Curia de Bucarest en mai 2015 et ils ont l’intention de rendre visite. Regia Satu Mere : 7 praesidia signalés. L’adhésion est bonne et la fréquentation est excellente. Les légionnaires sont engagés dans de nombreuses activités paroissiales ainsi que des œuvres de service. Des efforts de recrutement ont été mentionnés. Le Comitium d’Oradea visite régulièrement 4 orphelinats, organise l’Adoration eucharistique et aide au travail de Radio Maria. Le Comitium de Carei a créé un groupe de chapelet pour les hommes.

Autriche (et pays sous sa responsabilité)
Le Senatus a organisé une Ecole d’un Jour sur l’apostolat aux musulmans, une Conférence des directeurs spirituels et une Ecole d’Hiver pour les jeunes légionnaires. Les praesidia mentionnent des Patriciens pour les aveugles et l’animation d’une Messe africaine par de jeunes légionnaires. Curia de l’Ouest de Vienne : un directeur spirituel a contacté des musulmans en jouant au football avec eux dans une salle de sport. Tous les membres de la Curia Croation se sont engagés dans la Vraie Dévotion à Marie. Curia du Sud et de l’Est : Une femme de 70 ans a été baptisée. Les rapports de plusieurs comitia comprennent : promouvoir et expliquer la Porte Sainte dans le cadre de l’Année de la Miséricorde ; organiser un congrès sur Marie, Mère de la Miséricorde ; une retraite pour les non pratiquants ; une large diffusion du feuillet de prière pour Frank Duff ; visites et retraites pour les non pratiquants. Les visites à domicile ont conduit au remplacement de 2 statues de Bouddha par celles de Notre-Dame.

République tchèque
Comitium de Prague : Le Directeur spirituel, Mgr Aerbst a aidé le nouveau praesidium à Kamenne Zehrovice. L’extension est en cours dans le diocèse de Keonigs Greetz.

Ukraine
60 personnes ont participé à l’École d’Eté à Letitschev. Des légionnaires ont participé au projet de P.P.C. autrichien à Lemberg. Le correspondant autrichien pour Kiev a passé 7 semaines à visiter les conseils. Un Autrichien, avec un légionnaire de Nikolaïev a passé 9 jours dans les diocèses de l’Est.

Moldavie
La Curia de Chisinau a visité les maisons de toxicomanes et d’alcooliques. Des juniors ont accompagné le prêtre qui apporte la Sainte Communion aux malades.

Slovaquie
Curia de Trnava : 200 personnes ont participé à leur pèlerinage annuel. Ils cherchent à faire de l’extension dans 2 régions comme le fait aussi le Comitium de Zselig.

Bulgarie
Les officiers des 8 praesidia ont assisté à la réunion du Senatus de Vienne.



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Progress report on the Cause of Frank Duff
May 2016

PROGRESS REPORT ON CAUSE OF FRANK DUFF

Members of the Historical Commission are continuing their work having been supplied with materials electronically. Monsignor Ciaran O’Carroll chairperson of the Historical Commission has met with relevant personnel in the office of the Causes in Rome, some of whom are new appointees and speak English.
Fr. Paul Churchill, Promoter of Justice for the Cause has been putting together all the paperwork as proscribed in the particular order necessary and duly authenticated for the Dublin Archdiocese.
A legionary has offered her services and has started working in the Causes office in the Concilium sorting, filing and registering all the paperwork to enable easy retrieval.

Promotion of the Cause:
While several councils held at least an annual Mass for the Cause and legionaries are distributing prayer leaflets for the Beatification of the Servant of God Frank Duff there is great need for increased effort. There are legionaries still alive who knew Frank Duff and who would be willing to make themselves available to give talks. It would be a very positive thing if legionaries around the country and further afield were to arrange talks about Frank Duff, run competitions for schools and offer other suggestions to make him better known. Miracles are needed to assist the Cause to progress.
If the Cause of the Servant of God Frank Duff is to progress it is necessary for every Legion council to become involved and be active in the promotion of the Cause.

Many councils arrange an annual commemorative Mass and legionaries, active and auxiliary make up the bulk of the attendees. It is desirable for Legion councils to widen the net to the general public, so that Frank Duff becomes better known.

In addition it is desirable for Legion councils to organise events and activities in their own localities to which people of all ages can be invited. Those in Ireland and nearby have the possibility of getting first-hand information from legionaries who knew Frank Duff by having them come to speak about him. For those further afield the DVD on Frank Duff is available. It is proposed to send a complimentary copy to every directly affiliated council. The narration can be translated into the respective languages and the Concilium is likely to be willing to help with the cost involved.

The Frank Duff prayer leaflet has been translated into many languages. These should be widely disseminated and regularly reprinted.
There is a regular stream of favours being sent to the Concilium and by far the majority come from the Philippines, particularly the Senatus of Northern Philippines, with Ireland coming in second. The reason that Manila is so successful is that this Senatus has appointed a legionary to chair a committee who look after the Promotion and favours received are forwarded to the Concilium. Other councils are earnestly asked to do likewise.

Immediately after every Legion meeting the prayer for Beatification for Frank Duff is recited and hopefully every legionary is reciting the prayer daily. They would do well to ask friends, relatives and those encountered elsewhere to join in that prayer venture. If and when it is the will of God for the Cause to progress the hope is that miracles will be forthcoming.

Every legionary has a role to play in this regard.



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Allocutio at April 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor
May 2016

St. Louis Marie de Montfort and the Legion of Mary
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On the 28th of April 1916, exactly three hundred years ago, St. Louis Marie de Montfort died. He was to become and remain a seminal influence in the Universal Church and particularly in the Legion of Mary. In fact it would be impossible to understand the heart of the Legion or the interior life of its founder Frank Duff without some basic knowledge of the teaching and inspiration of de Montfort. It would be a great grace for the Legion if it would use this year as an opportunity of going back to the teaching and guidance of de Montfort as contained in his writings and the Handbook of the Legion. There can be no doubt that wherever and whenever the Legion truly appropriates the teaching of de Montfort it will be reignited and flourish. Without his influence the Legion would lose a great deal of its special charism and inner dynamism.

In a talk to the Montfort Fathers in Bayshore, New York in 1958 Frank Duff said: ‘The Legion of Mary owes, you might say, everything to de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary.’ And in the Handbook he writes: ‘It can be safely asserted that no Saint has played a greater part in the development of the Legion than he.’ The Handbook is full of his spirit. The prayers re-echo his very words. He is really the tutor of the Legion: thus, invocation is due to him by the Legion almost as a matter of moral obligation.’ (Handbook Ch. 24 section 3). Cardinal Suenens writes: ‘It cannot be denied that the Handbook of the Legion of Mary is a striking follow up of the Treatise on the True Devotion. It takes up the same doctrine and carries it over into the field of effective and concrete action, within the reach of all persons of good will.’ Of course there have been developments of the True Devotion, at least in its application to modern times over the last three hundred years and the genius of Frank Duff was to see and develop the True Devotion as a sublime doctrinal foundation for an innovative and practical theology of the lay apostolate that finds its way into the documents of the 11 Vatican Council.

There can be no doubt that the best known gift of de Montfort to the Legion is his knowledge concerning Mary and the way of true devotion to her in the midst of so many false and inauthentic forms of devotion to her. Since the discovery of the book True Devotion to Mary every Pope has spoken favourably of it. Pope Pius 1X claimed it was the best and most acceptable form of devotion to Our Blessed Lady. Pope Pius X1 said: ‘I have known and practiced this Devotion from my childhood.’ Of course there is the powerful witness of Pope St. John Paul, who has written so much and with such authority on the True Devotion and making it a central element in his own inner life and expressing it in his personal motto: ‘Totus Tuus’ I am totally yours Mary. I mention this very briefly so that legionaries can be completely reassured when from time to time they meet someone who suggests that the doctrinal basis of their devotion to Mary is a bit exaggerated and should be changed at least a little.

Obviously, I cannot give an adequate explanation of the True Devotion to Mary here but I strongly recommend that we read and constantly reread Chapter 6, section 5 of the Handbook. Now I just give one quotation from the Handbook that I think sums up the essence of the True Devotion: ‘That Devotion requires the formal entry into a compact with Mary, whereby one gives to her one’s whole self, with all its thoughts and deeds and possessions, both spiritual and temporal, past, present, and future without the reservation of the smallest part or slightest little thing. In a word, the giver places himself/herself in a condition equivalent to that of a slave possessing nothing of his/her own, and wholly dependent on, and utterly at the disposal of Mary.’

It is important if we wish to truly understand the True Devotion to Mary that we do not isolate Mary from the mystery of the Trinity. We have often stressed that Marian Devotion must be absolutely Christocentric. It is most traditionally expressed in the principle: To Jesus through Mary. It is in Jesus that we are enabled to share in the very life of the Trinity. But today I would like to briefly relate to the True Devotion to Mary to True Devotion to the Holy Spirit. As we know, de Montfort refers to the Holy Spirit 74 times in the True Devotion and hardly ever thinks of Mary without some reference to the Holy Spirit. R. Luarentin, the well-known French Mariologist suggests that de Montfort sees Mary as entirely relative to the Holy Spirit. We are familiar with those lovely sentences in the True Devotion like: ‘When the Holy Spirit finds Mary in a soul he hastens there.’ (TD n. 36). Laurentin sums up the mutual attraction and harmony between Mary and the Holy Spirit in de Montfort as follows: ‘The Holy Spirit comes to where Mary is and Mary goes to where the Holy Spirit is. He leads to her and she leads to Him who brings everything about.’

But above all, de Montfort and the Legion see the essential relationship between the Holy Spirit and Mary in the mystery of the Incarnation. The Word becomes flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit and the total and humble cooperation of Mary. That principle remains true for all times and places, for every individual person and community: Jesus comes into our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit and the cooperation of Mary. That is the secret of the Legion apostolate and its spirituality. We owe St. Louis Marie de Montfort a great debt of gratitude for the gift of his teaching and life. So we pray: St. Louis Marie intercede for the Legion of Mary and all those among whom the Legion lives and works. Amen.



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Conciliuim Bulletin April 2016
May 2016

AFRICA

UGANDA
Senatus of Uganda:  Minutes show very good administration with in-depth advice given following reports at Senatus. Works include visits to homes, hospitals, clinics, prisons, schools, shops, police and army barracks and other work places, street contact including with prostitutes and destitute people, organising juniors and catechism classes with many receiving the Sacraments, lapsed Catholics returning to the Church and conversions. The Annual Reunion is organised by a Comitium in a different Diocese each year and the Senatus wishes its focus to be on liturgy, adoration, and entertainment. The December Reunion started with a Marian Procession through the town. The Bishop was the Chief Celebrant at the concluding Mass.

KENYA
Senatus of Kenya: All councils had Mass offered on the Anniversary of the Servant of God, Frank Duff. Each month the Rosary and Legion prayers are recited at the grave of Venerable Edel Quinn. A new Curia was established in a Seminary. All councils are involved in evangelisation and reports at Senatus show that large numbers of adults and children were prepared for Baptism. Many marriages were blessed and many prisoners instructed in the faith.

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: The Senatus has a very committed group of correspondents who receive monthly reports from attached councils. Council visitation is carried out regularly and elections are up to date.
Maula Senatus: The Senatus Officers are visiting their attached councils to get to know the legionaries and to ensure that correct procedure is followed when elections are being carried out.

NIGERIA
Ibadan Senatus: One Curia reported 7 new praesidia formed and another Curia is having the Tessera translated into the Nupe language. 6,392 contacts were made during the Ibadan Project in August 2015.
Abuja Senatus: The Senatus is planning to build a Legion House. At the December meeting officers were asked for an improvement in the handling of juniors by all praesidia and councils. Lagos Regia: Councils promote the causes of Frank Duff and Venerable Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe. One Comitium reported 9 marriages regularised after between 5 to 15 years co-habiting.
Enugu Senatus: One Comitium has over 3,000 seniors and 16 junior Curiae with almost 5,000 members. Reports included: 777 prepared for First Holy Communion, 457 for Confirmation; 137 marriages blessed and 29 family disputes settled. Onitsha Regia: A Curia with over 500 members has 102 probationers. People were prepared for the various Sacraments, and 30 couples were helped to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony. Jos Regia: The legionaries are continuing to try and meet and carry out their apostolate despite difficulties. One Comitium has 1,045 legionaries of whom 269 are probationers. Reports include: 59 prepared for First Holy Communion; 5 marriages blessed and 7 lapsed returned to the Sacraments. Ikot Ekpene Regia: Reports from a Comitium included: 70 adults and 43 children baptised; 92 received First Holy Communion; 4 marriages blessed and 343 legionaries recruited.

TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Regia: Among the activities are visiting homes, the sick at home and in hospital, an apostolate to sex workers, teaching in Sunday Schools, looking after juniors, leading prayers in Church and doing works of service. Many received the Sacraments, especially marriage, and many lapsed returned to the Church. There has been a positive response from sex workers regarding abandoning their trade. Recruiting projects have resulted in a good number of new praesidia and some were revived. The Regia audit was being finalised. Prayers were requested for more religious tolerance in some areas.
Mtwara Comitium: The main focus of their work recently has been promoting family prayer especially in small Christian communities, but a recent letter asks for prayers due to their low membership. They have made good efforts to recruit, but there are many organisations and groups and some legionaries tend to be involved in a number of Church-based activities.
Kahama Comitium: There are 21 parishes in the Diocese, 11 with the Legion, with 852 active seniors, 103 juniors and 237 Auxiliaries The Comitium has 4 directly attached praesidia and 11 Curiae. Their home visitation includes the elderly, sick and lonely, bereaved families and people of different faiths; they recite prayers at funerals and teach children to pray the Rosary. 16 people joined the Catholic Church and 5 received the Sacraments. Frank Duff’s Cause is widely promoted. Extension and visitation of councils is done despite the long distances involved.
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. 5 new praesidia were established in schools in one parish. Many of the out-of-touch Tanzanian councils are written to regularly and the bulletin is sent monthly. The Legion Statutes have been forwarded. An Indian priest working in a parish in Tabora Archdiocese wrote to Concilium seeking help in starting the Legion in his parish. While visiting a neighbouring parish he got a copy of the Concilium Bulletin. Much interest is expressed in the Bulletin by a number of councils.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: Works reported on: visiting homes, the sick at home and in hospitals, health centres, orphanages, teaching catechism, visiting catechumens and helping with Sunday school. The results included: lapsed returning to the faith and some non-Catholics agreeing to join the Catholic Church. One Curia had a Retreat with 128 present. A Comitium held a three-day Seminar and two new Comitia were inaugurated.

SIERRA LEONE
Freetown Curia: Among their works are home visits to families of bereaved, new parishioners, hospital visitation including to the military hospital, organising Parish Novenas, leading the Rosary in Church and assisting with RCIA classes. Visitation was hampered due to the Ebola virus, but now legionaries continue with their activities. Plans from their recent Congress include promoting junior membership, encouraging priests and religious to become Spiritual Directors, improving recruiting methods, creating an awareness of works of Mercy and of the environment.

THE GAMBIA
Banjul Curia: This Curia has 8 senior praesidia with 147 members, 40 of whom are probationers, and 4 junior praesidia with 100 members. Works include home and hospital visitation, plus teaching of catechism.

EUROPE

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: Extension resulted in 9 new praesidia, two being in Porto Regia, and two in Coimbra. Some praesidia have a 50% Praetorian membership. Legionaries help the old with household work, sewing and shopping. Members look after children to enable mothers to work. Children met on visitation are enrolled in catechism classes. Reports tell of catechesis for children and adults. Setubal Curia: Legionaries work among gypsies and teach catechism to adolescents. 10, 000 took part in the October Legion Pilgrimage to Fatima.

CYPRUS: A woman from the Philippines, disillusioned by Church scandals, and lapsed met Filipino legionaries in Nicosia who helped her to return to the Church and to join the Legion. She hopes to soon take her legionary Promise.


SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: A praesidium visits old folks’ homes, including one for priests. Another contacts street girls in the streets and follows up various cases. Extension figures prominently in reports with the Curia Virgin de la Paloma starting a new praesidium and the Curia in Las Palmas, starting 2 new senior praesidia and 1 junior praesidium. The Curia in Badajoz visits the prison while in Jaén a praesidium in the women’s prison evangelises among its fellow prisoners. The Curia in Malaga celebrated its 50th Anniversary and contacts youth in an apostolate called “Night Evangelisation.”
Barcelona Senatus: The praesidium in Sabadell, with 8 members, reports that they are “very Legion in spite of being very old.” They held a Holy Week Retreat and gave catechism classes for First Holy Communicants. A praesidium with 10 members in Barcelona takes an invalid to Mass, help in Mother Teresa’s Food Centre, make sandwiches for the homeless on the street. On Good Friday they had a three hour Stations of the Cross on the street; they show a film once a month in the parish with discussion afterwards. A praesidium of l4 active members (aged 70 to 9l years old) say the Rosary in the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat, look after the altar linen, help with Caritas and with Church collections. Another praesidium, has eleven active members, one a legionary for 44 years; one member is a catechist. They help with Adoration and visit Residences.
Bilbao Senatus: One new praesidium was set up. The Curia in Burgos, with 6 praesidia, visit the blind, the sick, and lonely, and 3 people in jail. They visit the mothers of several sons who died from use of drugs, also the bereaved, and the parents of newly-born children. They held 3 morning Retreats and distributed Catholic literature.

ITALY
Milan Regia: A new praesidium for Peruvian immigrants has started with 5 members. A praesidium focuses on visitation of persons suffering from depression and other mental health problems and is well received.
Padova Comitium: Reports stress difficulties experienced due to a predominantly elderly membership. Many auxiliaries are recruited from those who recite the Rosary after Mass.

MALTA
Malta Regia: The Regia has launched a new website. Much attention is given to auxiliaries with half-day Retreats and the Acies. The Pilgrim Statue is brought to homes, shops and offices where the Rosary is promoted. Consecration of homes to the Sacred Heart is also promoted and tourists are contacted on the street and outside Churches. An intermediate praesidium of 8 members aged 13 to 16 years works with the senior praesidium. A young seniors’ praesidium of 8 members encourages contacts to attend Mass and the Sacraments. The Pilgrim Statue taken to Restaurants and business premises resulted in positive feed-back where many said that Our Lady had showered great graces on them. Child of Mary Curia with 11 praesidia reported many good contacts with Jehovah Witnesses, and those of other faiths. One praesidium enrolled 180 new auxiliaries. Gozo Comitium: The Bishop of Gozo attended the Comitium Officers meeting and reported on his visit to the Synod on the Family in Rome. He asked the Legion to help the Church, with special care of families. Contact was made with many tourists visiting local Churches. Legionaries gave English tuition to migrants. A lapsed Catholic returned to practice after several years. A Retreat for auxiliaries was held. Gozo has 4 junior Curiae whose activities include Retreats, exhibitions and craft lessons.

GREECE. (Under the Caretakership of Malta Regia)
In Thessalonika the Greek praesidium lost some members who left Greece for employment reasons. The English-speaking praesidium members have been invited to join the Greek-speaking group.

IRISH PROVINCIAL COUNCILS

COMITIA
Dromore Comitium: Hilltown praesidium undertakes activities for senior citizens and work for youth, such as First Communion and Confirmation; it also helps out at sports activities, ceili (Irish dancing) and set dancing. Burren praesidium has 6 members and 60 auxiliaries. They do home visitation with a Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and encourage vocations to the priesthood. The Rosary is recited weekly in a Grammar school with 30 to 40 attending.
Navan Comitium: A praesidium of 5 members spoke on home visitation to Pentecostals, Muslims and a Hindu about the Catholic Church. They visit settled Travellers and recite the Rosary with them. Another praesidium of 6 members visited 1,060 houses and apartments, undertook contact in Navan Shopping Centre and had a float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which included a Statue of Our Lady. Two members helped to organise a children’s All Saints party on the feast of All Saints.
Derry Comitium: The reporting praesidium visits its 30 auxiliaries annually. Their many works include home visitation, Pilgrim Statue and visitation of residential homes. They also distribute Miraculous Medals and Rosary Beads to Primary School leavers. The opening address will be given by Bishop Donal McKeown at 10.00 a.m. Inishowen Curia has 9 praesidia with 47 members and 227 auxiliaries. Among the works are visitation of the sick and elderly, hospital visitation and Pilgrim Statue apostolate.
Raphoe Comitium: Falcarragh praesidium has 72 auxiliaries whom they visited during the year and gave letters advising them of Legion functions to which they were invited. At the invitation of Fr. Donnchadh O’Baoill, Parish Priest of Cnoc Fola, one of their members helped to set up a new praesidium called Radharc na Maidne and it is an all Gaelic-speaking praesidium. Raphoe praesidium: Their main work continues to be Religious instruction classes for children. At present they have one child preparing for First Holy Communion and 3 for Confirmation.

CURIAE
Leitrim Curia: Mohill praesidium has 8 members and one probationer, 4 members are Praetorians. Works include home visitation with the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and care of the elderly who live alone. They use the Joy of Confession leaflet on contact work during the Year of Mercy.
Kilmore Curia: The Curia discussed ways to strengthen their praesidia. Efforts are to be made to promote the Legion, perhaps at Masses in the different parishes where there is a praesidium.
Clonmacnoise Curia: There are 3 praesidia attached with a total of 23 members in Mount Temple, Athlone and Ferbane. Works undertaken: Home visitation, visiting the local hospital and Primary Schools in the area.
North and Mid Antrim Curia: Portrush praesidium has 7 members and 30 auxiliaries. Works include, home, hospital and nursing home visitation. They recite the Rosary at the homes and in Funeral Homes for deceased parishioners. Their junior praesidium sent a Spiritual Bouquet to the Holy Father at Christmas and received 2 letters of appreciation on his behalf from the Vatican.
Down Curia: The reporting praesidium has 6 members, 4 of whom are Praetorians. They have 2 Adjutorians and 136 auxiliaries. Works include Fatima Statue visitation, Consecration of homes to the Sacred Heart and contact with the Confirmation and Holy Communion classes. They gave a power-point presentation on the Miraculous Medal.
Drogheda Curia: The principal works of a reporting praesidium are taking the Pilgrim Statue with them when doing home visitation. They have 39 auxiliaries. Another praesidium has 8 members and 61 auxiliaries. Works include street contact in Drogheda, visitation of a nursing home and a hospital. Their auxiliaries are visited regularly and given Christmas cards which are much appreciated. Ardee praesidium has 9 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians and they have 58 auxiliaries and 6 Adjutorians. They meet at 7.30pm on Sunday evenings. Their apostolic works include home visitation, Patricians and praying in the Community school during State examinations.
Dundalk Curia: An effort is to be made to form a praesidium in St. Joseph’s parish, Kilcurry at the request of the Parish Priest. There is also a possibility of starting a new praesidium in St. Patrick’s parish.
West Clogher Curia: The works of Derrygonnellly praesidium include sale of Catholic newspapers and religious magazines. In the course of this work the members spend time with the elderly and housebound and inform them of parish news and events. During nursing home visitation the Rosary is recited and religious magazines distributed. The praesidium also recruited 12 parishioners to attend the Diocesan day Retreat in Lough Derg.

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE
Benedicta Curia: A praesidium extensively promotes the 3 causes during street contact and home visitation. Finola Kennedy’s book on Frank Duff was given to a patient in St. James’ Hospital who was formerly a college lecturer. After reading this same book a Presentation Sister was enthused to become Spiritual Director of their praesidium. Two new officers were elected to the junior Curia attached to the senior Curia.

Our Lady of Fatima Wicklow Curia: Five attended the Arklow-based Frank Duff Prayer Group meeting in February. The Newcastle praesidium report 7 active members; they continue to visit the Alzheimer’s Unit every week and some patients are visited even after discharge from hospital. Two members are part of a team which helps the Parish Pastoral Worker group in preparing children for the Sacraments.

Assumpta Curia: 47 patricians and 14 legionaries attended 4 meetings. Four of the 6 members, plus 2 probationers in one praesidium are Praetorians. Many good contacts are made on Grafton Street; a South African lady of atheist parents who is not baptised, said prayer is important and attributes her faith to her grandmother. Average attendance at their monthly DVD showing is 20. In Advent a portable crib was brought onto the streets during which children were given a gift pack including the Miraculous Medal. The medal was also given to children in the three schools they visited.

Ancilla Domini Curia: One praesidium reports 4 full members and 3 probationers; the main works continue to be Temple Bar street contact and home visitation. 11 Catholics and 3 non-Catholics attended February’s Pauline Circle meeting at which the Pastor of St. Catherine’s Church on Thomas Street presented a paper. A Presentation Brother provided the paper in January.

Annunciata Curia: 37 patricians and 12 legionaries attended 5 Patrician meetings. The praesidium in U.C.D. gave its annual report. They have 4 active student members; a retired Diocesan priest is their Spiritual Director. 6 visitors came to meetings during the year. They visit and pray with elderly patients in a nursing home near the campus, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. They also take part in Newman Society events and contact Mass-goers on campus. They also shop for patients of the Royal Hospital.

Gloriosa Curia: The Curia Lenten Retreat was given by Fr. Luuk Jansen O.P., a former legionary, and was held in the Curia House this year, with 30 legionaries in attendance; recital of the Breviary was included. 8 legionaries and 2 patricians attended a meeting in Maynooth. Monthly visitation of Cloverhill Prison continues; bracelets with pictures of the saints are very popular with prisoners; 2 prisoners asked for a private discussion with the legionaries. A praesidium set up the Legion altar in the Church porch at the weekend Masses in December and January and this facilitated many good contacts. A novel work was the weeding and cleaning of a grotto in the Church grounds; lights were mounted by a friend of the Legion.

Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: Moves are afoot to hold a recruitment drive to get a praesidium re-started. Attendances at the Edel Quinn and Frank Duff Prayer Meetings were 13 and 6 respectively.

Immaculata Curia held a recruitment drive and had a stand at an Open Day in Pearse College. Average attendance at the five Joy of the Gospel Seminars was fifteen while 30 legionaries and 35 patricians attended 8 meetings. In their 4th annual report a praesidium reported 43 auxiliary members and a further 56 probationary auxiliaries. Their main works are home and school visitation.

Mater Ecclesiae Curia showed a DVD on ‘Science tests Faith.’ Patrician meetings had 20 and 21 attendees. A weekend recruitment drive was held. Weekly and monthly Frank Duff prayer meetings continue in two other parishes. A praesidium with 3 full, and 2 probationary members, plus 110 auxiliaries, distribute forty copies of the Maria Legionis, mostly to auxiliary members. Weekly nursing home visitation is their main work.

NORTH AMERICA AND WEST INDIES

Boston Senatus: Attached praesidia are asked for a monthly recruiting report. Bayview Curia reported works of consolation and recruiting efforts, which mainly yielded auxiliaries. The Vietnamese Curia has 119 members in 8 praesidia. Their apostolate is to the Vietnamese apartments and prison visits to teach CCD and scripture.

New York Senatus: A group of 25 legionaries participated in a PPC project to Alabama. Local legionaries also took part. Many Baptists met, enjoyed the encounter, and expressed surprise to see Catholics evangelising. Westchester Comitium made contact with 5 parishes in an effort to extend the Legion. The Senatus is in the process of restructuring its councils to improve communications and administration.

Philadelphia Senatus: Harrisburg Comitium, PA, held a successful Legion Congress last November with their Bishop Gainer present, along with 75 legionaries. The theme was, ‘The Spirituality of Frank Duff’. Among their works is prison ministry and staffing booths at state fairs and local festivals. This is the 3rd year of a praesidium’s initiative of inviting passers-by to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, with many good contacts. Trenton Comitium, NJ, is working on building upon their seven senior and two junior praesidia. They have one attached Curia of twelve senior praesidia and one junior praesidium. Norristown Comitium continues its ministry to the street people twice a week and to the state hospital for long-stay residents. Pilgrim Statue visits and Patrician meetings are also featured. Prison visits and book barrow apostolate are reported in Scranton, Allentown, and Delaware.
Arlington Regia, VA: They did PPC to Cuba in July. Fr. Colm Mannion O.P. led their weekend Retreat and Bishop Loverde celebrated their Frank Duff Mass. Fairfax Comitium held a Retreat for 47 teenagers and made 997 contacts at a local fair. The junior Curia runs a Patrician group for juniors. The Hispanic Fairfax Curia has 13 praesidia, all of whom do home visitation. Raleigh Curia has 68 juniors in five praesidia and 11 members in the 18-40 age group.

Houston Senatus: Monthly all-night vigils continue to take place in parishes throughout the Senatus area to pray for the extension of the Legion’s evangelising mission. A long-time legionary has entered a Seminary. New Orleans Regia has visited 17 of its praesidia and 4 attached councils in the last year. Our Lady of Prompt Help, with 13 members visited 879 homes on parish census work. Their pastor is most appreciative of their efforts. Other works undertaken are enthronements to the Sacred Heart, visits with the Pilgrim Statue and teaching CCD. Lafayette Comitium continues to benefit from the promotion of True Devotion to Mary, with more parishes asking for the Legion.

Chicago Senatus: South Joliet Curia, IL, had 170 at their Reunion, 55 being children. 35 juniors brought their parents, cousins and friends to show what the Legion was all about. St. Paul Comitium, MN, has a praesidium working with young adults, teaching CCD and they plan a junior praesidium. Peoria Curia, IL, visits hospitals, nursing homes and prisons. They have started Enthronements to the Sacred Heart. Our Lady of the Angels Curia has 16 praesidia, one of which conducts a junior praesidium. Evangelising is done through Catholic radio, with young sports personalities, witnessing for their faith. The Hispanic Comitium reports 11 children making their first Holy Communion, 9 Confirmed and 8 Baptisms. The Korean Comitium gained 11 active, and 9 auxiliary members. There were 4 Baptisms and 7 returns to the Sacraments. Bishop Sirba requested Duluth Curia, MN, to continue their prison ministry on behalf of his Diocese.

St. Louis Senatus: Two prison praesidia are kept in touch with their Curia by visits of local legionaries. Praesidia members staff a Legion booth at a local fair. Due to personal contacts, 2 active and 48 auxiliary members were recruited. Door to door visits and 16 calls to non-Catholics were made, one person showing interest in converting. Nursing homes also featured in the report.

Cincinnati Senatus: They are looking for an extension worker to improve the strength of Legion. One praesidium visits a nursing home and had one resident return to the practise of faith, while another returned on her death bed. An attached council reports Adoration, nursing homes visited, and contact with a women’s prison. Detroit Regia has a recommended Resource Centre in the Archdiocese for parishes wishing to implement New Evangelisation. A new junior praesidium started and a Rosary rally had a talk on De Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary. East Cleveland Curia visit city jails to run prayer services. Apostolic work utilised about 8,000 sacramentals.

San Francisco Senatus: Promoting Pilgrim Statue, Patricians, teaching catechism, apostolate to the crowd, door to door visits, visiting the sick and organising a Marian Pilgrimage, featured for 2 praesidia with 11 and 6 members. Idaho Comitium reverted back to being a Curia, merging their 3 praesidia to make a strong Curia of 12 praesidia. 4 new praesidia were established in Oakland, while 522 homes welcomed Pilgrim Statue. North West Korean Comitium, with 5 attached Curiae, has a total of 472 active members. Mission Excelsior Curia got 42 names for follow up from a Columban drive. They continue to facilitate a Frank Duff prayer group and Patrician group. San Mateo Comitium has an extension committee.

Los Angeles Senatus: In this quarter, 4 attached praesidia reported membership of 5, 8, 12, & 13. All of these praesidia do home and hospital visitation and some crowd contact or book barrow, to speak about the Rosary, the Bible and the Eucharist. Some fruits were: validation of 1 marriage and recovery of a stroke victim who was visited by legionaries who prayed a spiritual Communion weekly with her. An attached council had 6 praesidia undertake Exploratio Dominicalis. Tijuana Curia has a young adult praesidium and has gained 7 new praesidia in the past year. Miami Regia: This council governs the Legion in 5 of the Southern States while caretaking the Legion in Jamaica and the Bahamas as well. The Spiritual Director of the Regia since 1978 and one-time Concilium’s Envoy to Mexico, Fr. Soulliere, has become ‘Spiritual Director Emeritus’. Works reported cover a wide range from door to door visits, Pilgrim Virgin visitation, jail ministry, CCD, and crowd contact.

CANADA
Senatus of Toronto: Niagara Curia has 17 praesidia with 154 active and 426 auxiliary members. Their works include door to door, visitation, book barrow and helping to staff the, ‘Out in the Cold’, homeless shelter. A praesidium has begun in St. Augustine’s Seminary, named, ‘Regina Clericorum’. The prime-mover is the Senatus Spiritual Director, Msgr. Sheehy. He states that: “The seminarians are all very surprised at the depth of sound doctrine and theology contained in the Handbook and the nature and dignity of the lay apostolate.”

Montreal Senatus: The council had a praesidium with 48 auxiliaries affiliated in December 2015. Consolation works and contacting auxiliaries by phone are prominent in harsh winter weather.

Vancouver Comitium: Mary Mother of Unity Curia held its Annual Workshop on the occasion of the Nativity of Our Lady. 100 active and auxiliaries attended. The theme: “What is considered assigned works?” Many questions were posed and discussed. Our Lady of Atonement praesidia has 6 Pilgrim Virgin Statues taken to homes. Evangelisation is a big part of their work in troubled families. One praesidium is active in Family Crusade. Many families claim successes through the Pilgrim Statue in. In another praesidium members help with, “The Door is Open” initiative every week. Members visit hospitals and nursing homes where they listen, pray and sing with the residents. A junior praesidium helps families with household duties and reciting the Rosary.

Edmonton Comitium: This council has10 attached praesidia and 3 Curiae, (2 located in Calgary). An attached praesidium with 10 active members brings 5 Pilgrim Statues to 85 homes. A couple in a ‘mixed marriage’ acknowledged that positive things happened when they accepted the statue. Four Patrician meetings had 28–40 attending.

WEST INDIES; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo: Reports feature visitation of the sick in their homes and in hospitals; also prison visitation, marriages regularised, and catechesis classes. All praesidia are encouraged to have Exploratio Dominicalis projects. The Comitium Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe has 5 attached Curiae, 756 active, 33 Praetorians, 439 auxiliaries and 19 Adjutorians. They report 408 Baptisms of adults and children and 7 marriages regularised, teaching catechises to 4,195 children and developing the Catechesis. They sought to create a dynamic, to stir up the interest of the children and formed an enthusiastic team to carry out different activities with them, including dance classes.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: Regia of La Vega reported 50 adults prepared for Baptism. A youth who had been an evangelical was prepared for the Sacraments before he died. Curia ‘Santa Maria de Monte Adentro’, with 45 members, 10 Praetorians and 20 auxiliaries, visits prisons, the sick and elderly, also orphans, and prepares couples for the regularisation of their marriages.

Haiti Senatus: Reports were received from 3 Comitia, 4 Curiae and 3 praesidia. Three of the councils have a junior Curia attached. A successful Camp Mission was held for juniors in August. Works include: visits to homes, hospitals, prisons, care homes for disabled people, orphans, co-habiting couples, bereaved families, sick and elderly people in their homes to whom they bring Holy Communion and they often accompany priests on sick calls. They also organise Catechism and Bible courses and in the course of their work, people of various faiths and none were met. Many were prepared for the Sacraments, some lapsed returned to the Church and family conflicts were resolved. One legionary joined a Missionary Religious Congregation.



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Allocutio janv 2016 du Pere Bede McGregor, OP
April 2016

La Médaille Miraculeuse et la Légion de Marie -  suite
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Lors de notre dernière réunion, nous avons présenté le sujet de la place de la Médaille Miraculeuse dans la spiritualité et l’apostolat de la Légion. Nous rappelons les paroles de Notre-Dame à sainte Catherine Labouré : « Faites frapper une médaille sur ce modèle. Les personnes qui la porteront avec confiance recevront de grandes grâces ». Il est bon pour nous de se rappeler le simple fait que c’est Marie elle-même qui a conçu la Médaille dans tous ses détails et nous a encouragés à participer à sa diffusion, comme l’un de nos apostolats. Elle est un sacramental qui nous donne un rappel constant et magnifique du lien profond que nous avons avec Notre-Dame en tant que Mère et de tout ce que cela implique.

Nous suggérons sérieusement que le légionnaire ne distribue pas seulement la Médaille en encourageant les gens à la porter ; nous devons aussi communiquer les messages bibliques donnés par la Médaille dans un langage symbolique simple. Ainsi nous considérons trois vérités fondamentales sur Marie trouvées dans la Sainte Écriture. D’abord, nous montrons Marie comme Femme de la Genèse. Il est important pour nous légionnaires d’être pénétrés de cette image de Marie, de la réalité de la guerre spirituelle et de la conviction que la victoire vient par Marie. Deuxièmement, nous parlons de l’image de Marie comme Médiatrice de toutes les grâces. Nous devons être en mesure d’expliquer en termes simples, à ceux que nous rencontrons, la place de Marie dans le salut de chacun de nous et de toute l’humanité. Troisièmement, nous parlons de la merveilleuse puissance de l’intercession de Marie exprimée dans la prière qu’elle nous donne sur la Médaille : « Ô Marie conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous ». Peut-être qu’en essayant d’expliquer cette prière inscrite autour de la Médaille et qui fait tellement partie de la vie de prière du légionnaire, nous pourrions introduire la prière que nous appelons le Souvenez-vous. Si souvent, quand nous faisons nos visites hebdomadaires à domicile et dans nos autres travaux de contacts, nous rencontrons des personnes, et aussi des familles, qui semblent avoir des problèmes insolubles et pour lesquels nous n’avons pas de réponse. C’est une occasion en or pour leur donner le Souvenez-vous et expliquer l’intercession toute-puissante de Marie.

Mais aujourd’hui, je voudrais revenir sur trois grands thèmes exprimés symboliquement sur le revers de la Médaille. La première chose qui nous frappe est le grand «M». Cela signifie Marie comme Mère et Médiatrice de toutes grâces. Au moment où Marie dit à l’Archange Gabriel : « Qu’il me soit fait selon ta parole », son identité et sa mission entière ont changé pour l’éternité. Elle est devenue mère à cet instant : la Mère de Dieu et la Mère de chacun de nous et de toute l’humanité. Cela n’est pas une sorte d’effusion pieuse ou une projection humaine, ou une sorte de mythologie, c’est la réalité radicale. C’est une vérité sublime. Tout ce que nous pouvons trouver ou pensons d’une bonne mère se trouve en Marie d’une manière suréminente et surabondante. Une des raisons les plus fortes de l’espérance d’un chrétien et surtout d’un légionnaire est l’Assomption de Notre-Dame. Le dogme de notre foi signifie que nous avons une Mère dans le ciel qui est également la Mère de Dieu, qui intercède pour nous et fait tout ce qu’une bonne mère ferait pour son enfant. Nous, légionnaires, devons vraiment communiquer la vérité sur Marie comme Mère de Dieu et de nous-mêmes. Ce serait une grande tristesse de priver ceux qui ne connaissent pas vraiment ces vérités sur Marie, par un manque d’intérêt ou de zèle apostolique de notre part.

Nous avons déjà parlé de Marie comme Médiatrice de toutes grâces à de nombreuses autres occasions, mais permettez-moi de répéter la vérité fondamentale que toutes les grâces dont chacun de nous a besoin dans notre voyage vers le ciel peuvent être obtenues par Marie notre Mère.

L’autre chose que nous voyons sur le revers de la Médaille est la Croix. Bien sûr, c’est le centre de notre foi et la source de toutes les grâces que Marie distribue conformément à la volonté de Dieu. Chaque chrétien cherche à dire avec saint Paul (Gal. 6,14) : « Que, pour moi, la croix de notre Seigneur Jésus Christ reste ma seule fierté. Par elle, le monde est crucifié pour moi, et moi pour le monde ». Sur la Croix unie à la Résurrection toute l’œuvre de notre rédemption est accomplie. Marie nous conduit à ce grand mystère de notre foi. Cela nous donne la possibilité dans notre apostolat de la Médaille Miraculeuse de parler de l’Eucharistie, puisque elle est le mystère pascal devenu réellement présent parmi nous. La Messe a une importance suprême et il n’y a pas de plus grand apostolat que de conduire quelqu’un à recevoir Notre Seigneur dans la Sainte Communion. L’Eucharistie est un enseignement majeur de la Médaille Miraculeuse signifiée par la Croix au sommet d’une table d’autel.

Enfin, nous voyons les symboles des deux Cœurs de Jésus et de Marie. Nous savons tous, par le Manuel et l’exemple de Frank Duff notre Fondateur, l’importance essentielle de ces deux Cœurs dans la vie intérieure personnelle de chaque légionnaire et dans tout notre travail apostolique. Mais pourquoi sont-ils si importants ? Eh bien, parce que le cœur est le symbole qui nous parle de la chose la plus importante à propos de Dieu et de Notre-Dame. En premier, parlons du Sacré-Cœur de Jésus. Le cœur est le symbole de la vérité qui est l’essence de la joie de l’Evangile, à savoir que Dieu est amour et nous aime infiniment, personnellement et passionnément ; et en fait, il est métaphysiquement impossible à Dieu de ne pas nous aimer. Beaucoup d’entre nous peuvent parfois trouver qu’il est très difficile de croire en cet amour inconditionnel de Dieu, un amour radicalement injustifié et totalement immérité.

Mais c’est la vérité absolue et nous devons constamment essayer de vivre nos existences dans son rayonnement. Il s’est manifesté dans le Cœur transpercé du Christ sur la Croix et dans de nombreuses révélations privées tout au long de l’histoire de l’Eglise de peur que nous ne l’oubliions. La miséricorde est un autre nom de l’amour particulier pour ceux d’entre nous plus embourbés dans la misère et les papes récents ont souligné cette vérité sur la miséricorde de Dieu. Comme le Pape François le dit continuellement : «  Miséricorde est le nom de Dieu ». Nous devons nous aussi faire la vérité sur le Sacré-Cœur, la source fondamentale de tout notre élan apostolique et pastoral. Le Cœur Immaculé de Marie est à bien des égards, une image en miroir du Cœur de Jésus. Nous devons reporter ce sujet pour une autre Allocutio. Je souhaite seulement que ces deux Allocutio renouvellent notre amour pour la Médaille Miraculeuse et nous encouragent à ouvrir tous ces trésors aux autres. Amen



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Bulletin Concilium janv 2016 (French)
April 2016

Nouvelles d’Afrique

Côte d’Ivoire
Senatus d’Abidjan : Trois praesidia et huit comitia ont fait leur rapport au cours de cette période. Le nombre total de membres est de 7 424 membres actifs dont 1 108 sont prétoriens, 2 507 auxiliaires dont 256 sont adjutoriens et 2 582 membres en probation. Ils ont fait 101 290 visites à divers endroits, 726 928 personnes contactées dont 297 082 sont catholiques ; les autres avaient d’autres croyances ou étaient sans religion. Les fruits de leur travail comprennent : 212 familles réconciliées, 158 mariages régularisés, 259 retours à la Messe, 361 Baptêmes, 532 Confirmations, 98 Sacrements de la Réconciliation, 217 Sacrements des malades, 1 415 catéchumènes recrutés portant le total des personnes recevant une instruction à 8 535. Le nombre de légionnaires qui enseignent le catéchisme est de 38. Travaux d’extension : un nouveau comitium, 3 curiae et une curia junior ont été établis. Le contact a été rétabli avec la Légion dans le pays voisin, le Mali.

Congo
Senatus de Brazzaville : Au cours de la période d’août à novembre 2015, le travail apostolique de la Regia Notre-Dame du Saint-Sacrement a abouti à 30 000 contacts (11 000 catholiques, 4 000 protestants et 2 000 membres des sectes), entraînant 134 personnes qui ont accepté de suivre l’enseignement du catéchisme, 5 mariages régularisés, 63 couples réconciliés et 23 retours aux Sacrements. Les officiers de la Regia ont organisé un séminaire de 3 jours de formation pour les officiers sur le thème : « Le gouvernement de la Légion ». Les travaux de quatre praesidia directement attachés, avec une participation active de 11, 12, 24 et 26 membres ainsi que 11 membres en probation, comprennent l’enseignement du catéchisme, la préparation de la liturgie, la visite à domicile, les malades et les personnes âgées, les prisonniers, les pauvres, les orphelins et les veuves. Au cours de l’année, ils ont signalé 13 personnes acceptant de recevoir l’enseignement du catéchisme, 16 couples réconciliés et 3 retours aux Sacrements. Deux nouveaux praesidia et une nouvelle curia ont été établis dans les diocèses d’Imfondo et de Gamboma. En novembre, le Senatus a tenu une journée de réflexion sur le thème : « Avec Marie, accueillons la Divine Miséricorde ». Environ 900 légionnaires, juniors compris, y ont participé et ont reçu un enseignement sur les œuvres spirituelles et corporelles de miséricorde. Un légionnaire du Senatus, un moment au Gabon, a visité plusieurs praesidia à Franceville et a encouragé les légionnaires à suivre le Manuel.

Guinée équatoriale
Regia de Malabo : Un officier du Comitium de Bata sur le continent assiste à la réunion de la Regia chaque mois, ce qui indique l’intégration positive de Bata à la nouvelle Regia. Les nouveaux membres sont encouragés à étudier et à connaître le Manuel. Un membre d’un praesidium a été encouragé par les autres membres à poursuivre sa vocation et à entrer au séminaire. Un praesidium a recruté 6 nouveaux membres, tandis qu’un autre s’est divisé lorsqu’ils sont devenus trop nombreux. La Regia prend des mesures pour visiter les régions isolées du pays ; récemment, ils ont visité l’île d’Annobon, où ils avaient mis en place un praesidium, il y a quelque temps.

Cameroun
Senatus de Douala : Beaucoup de nouveaux praesidia adultes et juniors ont été mis en place. Les travaux comprennent des visites de prisons (où quatre prisonniers ont fait leur Promesse légionnaire), des visites d’orphelinats, de maisons, d’hôpitaux, le contact de sans-abri ainsi que des « Exploratio Dominicalis ». A Bamenda un nouveau praesidium a été formé dans un complexe universitaire. Le Senatus a félicité la Regia de Bertoua d’avoir la Légion de Marie dans chaque paroisse de son territoire.

Togo
Le Senatus de Lomé a été invité par le Senatus d’Abidjan à participer aux célébrations des 65 ans de la Légion de Marie en Côte-d’Ivoire, les 30 et 31 janvier 2016. Deux légionnaires iront. Deux autres légionnaires iront au Burkina-Faso pour préparer la P.P.C. à Ouagadougou. Une P.P.C. à Abor au Ghana a eu lieu du 28 août au 8 septembre 2015. De nombreux rapports mentionnent des « Exploratio Dominicalis ». Deux curia juniors sont en train d’être mises en place et la plupart des conseils mentionnent le mouvement junior.

Sénégal
Comitium de Dakar : De grands efforts sont faits pour suivre les conseils des travailleurs à l’extension togolais. Les travaux comprennent les visites à domicile, à l’hôpital, à  la prison, et des auxiliaires et les contacts avec des personnes d’autres croyances. Certains rapports mentionnent des juniors. Un congrès a eu lieu à Thies, qui a eu une grande participation. Mgr André Gueye a donné sa bénédiction aux légionnaires.

Burkina Faso
Comitium de Ouagadougou : Une réunion des directeurs spirituels diocésains a eu lieu à Koudougou et un praesidium de fonctionnaires a été mis en place dans le Diocèse de Fada. Le Comitium de Bobo-Dioulasso a été relancé par la sœur Odette Die, ancienne présidente du Senatus d’Abidjan (Côte-d’Ivoire) à la demande de l’évêque.


Amérique centrale

Mexique
Senatus de Mexico City : 2 praesidia, 5 curiae, 4 comitia et 2 regia sont mentionnés pendant cette période. Un auxiliaire a organisé le nettoyage des jardins, des cours de l’école et les espaces voisins par des étudiants et leurs parents, comme projet d’une « vraie dévotion à la Nation ». Un praesidium de 10 membres qui se réunit à 7 h. le samedi matin a un apostolat qui comprend le contact avec les jeunes ayant une addiction à la boisson. 45 prisonniers ont participé à une retraite organisée par les légionnaires ; un prisonnier a rejoint le praesidium local quand il a été libéré. Un nouveau comitium a été mis en place dans la zone de la Regia d’Acapulco. Il y avait 650 légionnaires au 25e Congrès de la Légion à Acapulco.
Senatus de Mérida : Le Comitium de Cancún, qui est dans une zone touristique en développement récent, est très actif. 25 000 foyers ont été visités, dont 4 000 membres des différentes sectes. 10 adultes ont été préparés pour le Baptême. Un jeune homme atteint du sida a été baptisé et a reçu le Sacrement des malades. Il a demandé à ce que sa fille soit baptisée avant qu’il ne meurt. Sa famille est maintenant pratiquante dans l’Eglise.
Regia de Monterrey : De petits groupes ont été organisés pour étudier la Vraie dévotion à la Sainte Vierge de Montfort. Des légionnaires ont effectué un recensement de la paroisse, qui a fourni des informations précieuses pour le futur travail de la Légion. Des légionnaires ont fait un genre de projet de P.P.C. en dehors de leurs paroisses en préparation du Centenaire de la Légion de Marie. Ils ont visité les maisons, les entreprises commerciales, les collèges et les marchés. La Regia encourage tous les praesidia à faire un projet d’« Exploratio Dominicalis » particulièrement dans les zones où il n’y a pas de présence de la Légion ou si elle a besoin de soutien.
Regia de Durango : La Regia donne plus d’attention aux praesidia directement rattachés et aide ceux qui ont des problèmes. Des rapports récents indiquent que les légionnaires se préparent pour la visite du Pape François en février. La Regia a des difficultés à communiquer avec les conseils éloignés mais la correspondance avec le Concilium est à jour.
Regia de Guadalajara : 4 praesidia, 3 curiae et 1 comitium sont signalés durant cette période. Il y a deux praesidia en formation. Les légionnaires invitent les personnes contactées à aider au nettoyage de l’église et des terrains. Une nouvelle curia a été mise en place récemment dans un comitium rattaché qui a déjà 4 curiae.
Regia d’Hermosillo : Un congrès intitulé “Le légionnaire et l’Eucharistie” a eu lieu récemment avec une grande participation, en particulier de légionnaires des provinces.

Honduras
Senatus de Tegucigalpa : Le Senatus travaille bien sous la direction de leur Directeur spirituel, le Père Humberto. Une réunion spéciale avec les officiers du conseil rattaché au Senatus a eu lieu récemment pour faire des plans pour l’avenir. Ils encouragent les officiers des praesidia directement attachés et des curiae de la capitale à assister et à participer davantage aux réunions du Senatus. Ils recrutent également de nouveaux correspondants.

Salvador
Senatus San Salvador : Mgr Luis Morao, Evêque de Chalatenango a fait une visite à la réunion du Senatus en novembre dans le cadre de la visite de la Conférence épiscopale. Ainsi que les travaux habituels, ils signalent des groupes de prière organisés dans les familles et à l’hôpital avec les familles des patients. Ils prient le chapelet dans les zones de prostitution où ils font également des contacts avec les filles de la rue. L’Adoration du Saint-Sacrement est organisée et la Confession est encouragée. Ils ont participé à un projet de « Peregrinatio Pro Christo » au Guatemala aboutissant à la formation de 3 praesidia et 2 praesidia juniors.

Nicaragua
Regia de Managua : Il y a 2 comitia, 4 curiae, 1 curia junior et 17 praesidia affiliés à la Regia. Le Comitium de Leon met en place une nouvelle curia. Le Comitium de Grenade a mis en place un nouveau praesidium. Un légionnaire a travaillé pendant 15 jours dans une zone rurale isolée au nord du pays visitant les paroisses en vue de commencer la Légion dans cette région. La Curia junior affiliée à la Regia de Managua a mis en place deux nouveaux praesidia.

Panama
La Regia de Panama a 5 curiae, 3 comitia et 13 praesidia attachés. Une curia rattachée a tenu récemment son 2ème Congrès avec une bonne participation. Une curia dirige un rosaire public dans différents secteurs pour les résidents, avec une bonne réponse. Une autre curia organise des retraites pour les familles et amis.


Rapport des provinces d’Irlande

Comitia

Comitium de Dromore : Les travaux du Praesidium de Warrenpoint incluent des visites à domicile avec la statue de Notre-Dame et des visites dans les écoles de Warrenpoint et de Newry. Un praesidium à Newry entreprend des visites à l’hôpital et a tenu une retraite à laquelle ont assisté 12 hommes. Une Messe pour commémorer Frank Duff a eu lieu à Rostrevor.
Comitium de Navan : Un praesidium de 10 membres et 50 auxiliaires fait chaque semaine des visites à domicile et 3 membres sont dans l’équipe paroissiale de Baptême. Un autre praesidium de 5 membres et 45 auxiliaires encourage la prière en famille et exhorte les non pratiquants à venir à la Messe en visitant environ 400 foyers. Un grand nombre d’enfants accompagnés de leurs parents ont assisté à une fête de tous les saints à Halloween. Curia de Trim : Un praesidium de 8 membres et 22 auxiliaires a acquis 3 membres actifs au cours de l’année ; ils ont visité 7 Maisons protestantes pendant la Semaine de l’Unité. Une dame a été reçue dans l’Église - résultat du praesidium qui l’a contactée. Un autre praesidium entreprend des visites à domicile régulières et des contacts de rue. La Curia de Mullingar a 7 praesidia et un praesidium junior. Un praesidium organise un cours de préparation aux Sacrements dans la paroisse pour aider les enfants à se préparer à leur Première Communion.
Comitium de Derry : Ce Conseil a quatre curiae. Le Comitium prévoit de tenir une Conférence de la jeunesse le samedi 14 mai. Le travail d’un praesidium qui a fait son rapport comprend des visites à domicile, le travail de la Vierge pèlerine et la récitation du chapelet dans les écoles. La Curia Notre-Dame de Sion a 6 praesidia et un total de 37 membres, dont 3 sont prétoriens. Une statue de Notre-Dame a été apportée dans les écoles primaires et secondaires en mai.
Le Comitium de Raphoe a 8 praesidia, un junior, un praesidium intermédiaire et une curia directement rattachés. Un praesidium à Letterkenny avec 11 membres fait des visites à domicile et fait fonctionner une bibliothèque roulante en juillet et août sur la Place du Marché. Le praesidium intermédiaire se réunit dans l’école secondaire du Couvent de Loretto en période scolaire. Le praesidium junior à Creeslough a 7 membres âgés de 8 à 15 ans. Les parents et les enfants sont très engagés et les parents prennent les enfants à et pour des réunions.

Curiae

Curia de Leitrim : Les travaux des praesidia d’Annaduff et de Leitrim Village qui ont présenté leurs rapports, incluent les visites à domicile, à l’hôpital et à la maison de retraite. De l’extension à Bornacoola a résulté un membre potentiel ; à toutes les autres personnes qui ont exprimé leur intérêt, il a été demandé de rejoindre un praesidia local à court terme. Les efforts de recrutement ont abouti à 5 nouveaux membres pour les 3 praesidia.
Curia de Clogher : Comme il n’y avait pas de rapport dû à la réunion d’octobre, une discussion sur la Confession a eu lieu. La Curia a obtenu une provision de feuillets sur la Joie de la confession. Le Praesidium d’Enniskillen a 6 membres qui visitent un certain nombre de maisons de retraite. Dans deux d’entre elles, ils effectuent le service de prières eucharistiques chaque dimanche. Dans une autre maison de retraite, le chapelet hebdomadaire et des visites sont effectués à la demande des membres du personnel. Un praesidium a signalé un nouveau membre.
Curia de Kilmore : Le Praesidium de Cavan a 10 membres dont les travaux comprennent la visite de personnes qui vivent seules et la récitation du chapelet dans 2 maisons de retraite locales. La sœur Teresa Barr, vice-présidente, a été invitée à écrire une courte pièce sur la Légion dans le diocèse de Kilmore pour un livret paroissial.
La Curia de Clonmacnoise a 3 praesidia, totalisant 23 membres. Leurs principaux travaux sont les visites à domicile et à l’hôpital local ; ils visitent aussi des personnes âgées à leur domicile. Un recrutement a eu lieu après la messe de 10 h. à Ferbane où quelques très bons contacts ont été faits. Le Père Tom Cox, le Curé, a donné à la Légion un grand soutien au cours de la Messe.
Curia d’Armagh : Deux bus réservés par la Curia pour le pèlerinage au Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de Knock (Comté de Mayo) ont été complètement remplis. Le Praesidium de Dungannon a fêté sa 4 000e réunion.
Curia de Drogheda : Les travaux d’un praesidium de 6 membres et 21 auxiliaires se composent de visites de porte à porte, et de contacts avec les différents groupes de la communauté. Pendant l’été, ils avaient un chapelet hebdomadaire dans la Maison Ozanam et ont rencontré des visiteurs de tout le pays. En plus des visites à domicile et dans les maisons de retraite, un autre praesidium de 7 membres et 25 auxiliaires a visité le cours de Confirmation dans une école. Le travail d’un autre praesidium est d’apporter un soutien à la communauté des paroisses de Stamullen et de Julianstown. Des membres prient le chapelet avec quelques enfants dans le Centre Mosney (réfugiés). Des temps pour les Messes sont donnés aux résidents dans le même Centre. Treize personnes ont donné leurs noms pour être membres actifs au cours d’une campagne de recrutement à Armagh. Une bibliothèque roulante a fonctionné au Centre commercial « Scotch Hall » à Drogheda, le 3 octobre.
Curia de Dundalk : Le Praesidium de Strabannon a 5 membres et 10 auxiliaires. A la Messe de fin d’année de l’école, chaque élève a reçu une Médaille Miraculeuse. Un autre praesidium qui a fait son rapport, avec 5 membres, a laissé une statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima à l’école primaire et a parlé aux enfants de Notre-Dame, du chapelet et de la Messe.
La Curia Immaculata à Belfast a 7 praesidia rattachés. Les praesidia qui fait leurs rapports ont 4, 8 et 7 membres et un total de 192 auxiliaires. Les travaux de deux de ces praesidia comprennent les visites de porte à porte avec la statue de Fatima ; un praesidium dirige également un groupe de chapelet pour les enfants à l’école primaire locale. Le travail principal du troisième praesidium est l’attention aux résidents du « Regina Coeli Hostel » et ils organisent aussi un chapelet hebdomadaire pour les résidents de « Divis Tower ». Cette initiative a apporté de grandes grâces à tous les participants.
Curia de Down : À la suite de la visite de la statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima, une mère et ses enfants sont retournés à la Messe du dimanche, une famille a amené leur enfant en vue du Baptême et une dame est venue se confesser et est retournée à la Messe. Comme tentative de tendre la main aux non pratiquants, leur Directeur spirituel a demandé aux légionnaires de remettre des cartes explicatives du chapelet et des chapelets dans les foyers. Des contacts de rue ont été établis avec les jeunes footballeurs locaux qui étaient heureux d’accepter les chapelets et la carte appropriée. Trois légionnaires sont impliqués dans le programme des catéchistes. Une messe à la mémoire de Frank Duff a été célébrée en novembre.
Curia Nord et Centre d’Antrim : Les praesidia qui ont fait leur rapport ont 7, 9, 3, 6 et 5 membres et un total de 176 auxiliaires. Les travaux comprennent la visite de la statue de Notre-Dame de Fatima à domicile et dans les maisons de retraite. Un praesidium a organisé une Messe pour les jeunes de la paroisse au moment des examens et ont préparé les enfants à la Première Communion et à la Confirmation. Dans un autre praesidium, le directeur de l’école locale a invité la Légion de Marie à rencontrer les enfants faisant leur Première Communion et leur Confirmation. La soeur Sheila Conway du Praesidium de Portstewart a récemment reçu la Médaille « Benemerenti » par Mgr Anthony Farquhar.

Curiae du Nord de Dublin

Curia de Bethléem : 15 personnes ont participé à la dernière réunion du groupe de prière Frank Duff tandis que la réunion des Promoteurs Edel Quinn avait 18 présents. Un praesidium polonais a acquis 4 membres au cours de l’année écoulée ; ils ont maintenant 8 membres actifs et 20 auxiliaires. L’apostolat auprès de leurs compatriotes polonais inclut qu’ils les visitent à la maison et à l’hôpital, qu’ils leur donnent des cours d’anglais hebdomadaires, gardent leurs enfants pendant une retraite des couples mariés, aident les scouts polonais dans les sorties et font le nettoyage d’une église locale. Un chapelet public est récité tous les mois au « Spire » dans O’Connell Street à Dublin. Un autre chapelet est récité publiquement pour l’enfant à naître en marchant autour de Parnell Square. Un praesidium de 7 membres a recruté un nouveau membre ; ils ont visité 800 maisons l’année dernière. 22 familles ont accepté la statue de la Vierge pèlerine ; certaines familles ont ensuite acheté leur propre statue tandis que de nombreuses adresses ont été transmises au prêtre pour les bénédictions de maisons. Des chapelets publics en mai dans un ensemble d’appartements avaient jusqu’à 20 enfants présents.
Curia Porta : Un praesidium de 7 membres a célébré son 80e anniversaire, le 7 septembre Les visites à domicile se font en utilisant la statue de la Vierge pèlerine. En reconnaissance pour les visites de la Légion, une jeune femme a invité les légionnaires pour un café pour le 2e anniversaire de la mort de son mari. Un membre est en service de « Pioneer » chaque mois dans l’église ; quelques paroissiens ont pris l’engagement temporaire, tandis que 8 étudiants pour la Confirmation sont devenus « Pioneers ». Aux enfants de Première Communion d’une école non catholique ont été donnés des chapelets. Un autre praesidium visite une personne avec des problèmes de santé mentale et une dame lituanienne qui vit seule ; toutes les deux apprécient Maria Legionis. Une visite à un site de gens du voyage, peu de temps après la tragédie de « Carrickmines » a été très appréciée. La Société Saint-Vincent-de-Paul a été informée de la situation d’une famille sur le site, tandis que le mauvais état de santé d’un autre résident a été porté à l’attention de l’infirmière du district. Le Praesidium a aidé à promouvoir la retraite des Barmans en visitant 25 bars.
Curia Veneranda : Le nouveau Praesidium de « An Réalt » a organisé des conférences bilingues par un auteur de livres en langue irlandaise ; la participation a été de 18 personnes en novembre et 24 en décembre malgré un temps horrible. Presque la moitié des participants n’étaient pas légionnaires. Les discussions ont porté sur l’influence du catholicisme sur le patrimoine irlandais et la nécessité de la foi dans la société irlandaise contemporaine. Le Praesidium qui gère les paiements pour « Maria Legionis » a annoncé que la diffusion actuelle est de presque 20 200 exemplaires, dont 3 000 sont envoyés dans le monde entier à la hiérarchie de l’Eglise.
Curia Consolata : 9 patriciens et 3 légionnaires ont assisté à une réunion de Patriciens. Un praesidium de 6 membres dont 2 membres prétoriens, et de 2 en probation, récite un chapelet hebdomadaire dans l’église pour leurs 52 membres auxiliaires ; beaucoup y participent. Ils emmènent également ces membres à une sortie annuelle à la Croix Papale. Des Médailles Miraculeuses ont été remises à tous les enfants de la classe de sixième en mai. Leur Messe annuelle au supermarché a eu une bonne participation du personnel et des clients après l’heure de fermeture.
Curia Presentata : Quatre légionnaires font la promotion de la Légion dans un centre commercial. En plus de leurs nombreuses tâches dans le « Morning Star Hostel », les 13 membres du Praesidium Stella Maris donnent des cours de langue aux Brésiliens et aident à établir le hangar de l’auberge pour les hommes ; ils ont acquis 2 nouveaux membres au cours de l’année. Un autre praesidium « Morning Star Hostel » a également 13 membres et en a acquis 2 au cours de l’année. Les activités hebdomadaires en dehors de l’auberge comprennent la visite d’anciens résidents et la récitation d’un chapelet public. Un praesidium « Regina Coeli Hostel » de 13 membres titulaires et 1 membre en probation tient un Café du matin chaque semaine et l’étude du catéchisme hebdomadaire. Leur réunion de Patriciens a généralement la présence de 4 légionnaires et de 8 résidents.
Curia Exaltata : Dans un effort pour attirer de nouveaux membres, un praesidium a remis la brochure de la Légion de Marie et une lettre de motivation à tous les foyers de la paroisse. Le travail principal est le « Housing Estate Rosary » pour lequel un autel est mis en place dans une partie différente du domaine, chaque semaine, et les résidents sont invités à y participer ; la participation a été comprise entre 6 et 14 personnes, la plupart d’entre eux étant des enfants. Ils organisent également une soirée paroissiale mensuelle comprenant le chapelet, la Messe et l’Adoration du Saint-Sacrement. Un praesidium de 8 membres visite les patients à l’Hôpital St Mary. Au cours des visites à domicile hebdomadaires, une dame catholique rom a été émue ; elle avait demandé un signe ce matin-là pendant la prière et a pris la visite des légionnaires comme ce signe. Un nouveau travail a été la visite d’une école primaire où un DVD sur Fatima a été montré aux trois classes de Première Communion ; l’initiative a été considérée comme un grand succès.

Asie
Liban
La Légion a une présence dans 21 paroisses. A Beyrouth, il y a 6 praesidia. Metn Sud a 7 praesidia adultes, 5 intermédiaires et 3 praesidia juniors. Metn Nord a 4 praesidia et 4 praesidia juniors ; à Kesenwan, il y a 6 praesidia et 3 praesidia juniors. Ils travaillent dans des abris en servant des repas ; ils distribuent des bibles et des feuillets de prière et aident aussi les enfants à se préparer à la Première Communion.

Terre Sainte
En raison des problèmes à Jérusalem et en Cisjordanie, une Conférence pour les directeurs spirituels et les officiers a dû être reportée. Des praesidia sont signalés à Jérusalem, à Ramallah, à Bethléem et à Jericho. Les travaux comprennent la visite des malades, apporter la statue de la Vierge dans les foyers, l’enseignement du catéchisme aux enfants et aux adultes à l’école du dimanche. Le comité d’extension est très actif.

Arménie
Le Praesidium Notre Dame de la Miséricorde à Gyumri, fondé il y a un an, a 8 membres. Les légionnaires sont très heureux que la Cathédrale nouvellement construite ait ouvert. Ils donnent des cours de formation spirituelle et de catéchisme aux nouveaux arrivants et encouragent les non pratiquants à revenir à la foi. Avec les Missionnaires de la Charité, ils visitent un village situé à 60 kilomètres de Gyumri pour enseigner le catéchisme aux enfants dans le besoin. Le Président du Praesidium a été ordonné diacre et deviendra un directeur spirituel.

Thaïlande
Le Comitium de Rae a 13 curiae et 1 curia junior. Le catéchisme est enseigné aux adultes et aux étudiants. Au Collège de Bangkok, les légionnaires partagent la Bonne Nouvelle avec leurs camarades étudiants et leurs amis. Un autre praesidium enseigne le thai à un ordre de religieuses espagnoles.

Birmanie
Ils ont imprimé le dépliant de prière à Frank Duff en birman et ont besoin de réimprimer leur Manuel.

Pakistan
Trois praesidia ont fait leur rapport durant cette période. L’un a donné son 33e rapport annuel ; il a 21 membres actifs et 40 auxiliaires ainsi que 9 membres dans un praesidium junior. Ils comblent le fossé entre les communautés ourdou et anglophones. Un deuxième praesidium a donné son 4e rapport annuel avec 24 membres actifs et 5 membres auxiliaires. Un troisième praesidium a donné son 3e rapport annuel avec 16 membres actifs et 14 auxiliaires. Des maisons, l’hôpital et des institutions sont visités, le catéchisme est enseigné, et diverses dévotions sont menées.

Inde
Le Senatus de Mumbai a confectionné son propre feuillet sur la Confession et a organisé une journée Edel Quinn. Les Journées des Familles organisées par les légionnaires ont connu un grand succès, 117 participants à l’une de celles-ci. La vérification de l’ensemble des conseils a été présentée.
Le Senatus de Karnataka travaille très bien ayant entrepris tous les aspects de l’apostolat de la Légion de Marie. Les prisonniers et les orphelins sont visités et encouragés dans la foi. 280 personnes ont entrepris un pèlerinage à pied à l’église Notre-Dame dans laquelle le curé a prononcé un discours motivant sur les principes de la Légion et la contribution de la Légion à l’Eglise universelle.
Le Comitium de Visakhapatnam : Trois nouveaux praesidia ont été mis en place avec 11, 39 et 21 membres. Leur directeur spirituel est d’un très grand soutien.
Comitium de Port Blair : Des visites sont faites aux praesidia rattachés et aux curiae, impliquant dans certains cas de longs trajets en bus et voyage en bateau. Des veillées nocturnes sont organisées. Un certain nombre de praesidia ont été rouverts et des praesidia faibles ont été aidés. Les gens de toutes croyances sont respectés et encouragés dans la foi.
Comitium de Calcutta : Des efforts sont faits pour développer la Légion dans les 13 États dont il s’occupe. Beaucoup de légionnaires ont trouvé la mort après beaucoup de bons services dans la Légion, et la maladie de membres a entravé les visites et l’extension. Le Comitium reste en contact avec les légionnaires du Bangladesh.
Comitum de Thoothukudi : Ce conseil est composé de 9 curiae et 6 praesidia. Beaucoup de visites de malades et de non pratiquants sont entreprises. Le contact est établi avec les Hindous, et des personnes d’autres croyances. L’extension est entreprise.

Vietnam
Une Regia signale la bonne formation des membres. L’extension de la Légion est entravée dans certaines régions par le manque de connaissance des langues des groupes ethniques. Un Comitium s’occupe de la Légion dans 7 diocèses suffragants ; la Légion est dans 98 des 142 paroisses. Un praesidium donnant son rapport compte 13 membres actifs, 6 prétoriens et 16 auxiliaires. Ils vivent dans une zone de petit commerce, et même si les membres sont âgés, ils continuent à travailler pour gagner leur vie. Le Comitium de Saïgon 3 a 9 curiae, 1 curia junior, 1 821 membres adultes dont 447 sont prétoriens, 352 membres juniors et 4 284 auxiliaires. Tous les rapports remercient les autorités ecclésiastiques pour le grand soutien apporté à la Légion. Ils disent qu’il y a beaucoup de possibilités pour l’extension et une nécessité pour les membres les plus jeunes de compléter les plus âgés. La plupart des jeunes se déplacent vers les villes pour travailler. Beaucoup de pauvreté se rencontre dans les zones rurales.


Europe

Belgique
Senatus de Bruxelles : A Beaurange une statue de Notre-Dame de Beauraing fut amenée à la vue du public par un voyage en voiture, en train et en bateau. Un praesidium de 13 membres a 5 prétoriens. Une journée d’évangélisation a été réalisée au Festival Pukkelpop et de nombreux contacts utiles ont été faits.
Regia d’Anvers : La Curia de Beringen a 5 praesidia avec 23 membres.

Danemark
Les légionnaires d’un praesidium de 8 membres visitent les malades et dirigent le chapelet dans l’église avant la messe quotidienne.

France
Regia de Valence : Le Praesidium junior à Saint-Bonnet-de-Galaure a redémarré avec 8 membres ; 2 légionnaires ont parlé aux étudiants lors d’une retraite de l’école.
La Regia a réagi très positivement à la proposition du Concilium pour un Senatus à Paris.
La Regia de Paris a accepté à l’unanimité cette proposition et celle d’Aire et Dax a également donné son consentement. L’évêque auxiliaire, Mgr de Moulins-Beaufort a célébré la Messe pour Frank Duff. Un praesidium accueille les légionnaires dont le praesidium ferme en juillet et août (vacances scolaires). 7 nouveaux praesidia ont été fondés en 2015, dont 1 à Versailles, 1 en Bretagne, 1 à Paris, 1 dans la communauté congolaise et 1 dans la communauté philippine. La biographie de Frank Duff par Finola Kennedy et le D.V.D. sur sa vie sont en cours de traduction en français.

Angleterre
Le Senatus de Birmingham a organisé un week-end de formation pour les légionnaires ;  il comprenait une réunion de Patriciens, les contacts dans la foule et la « Night Fever » au cours de laquelle de nombreux jeunes ont été invités à venir allumer une bougie à l’église ; les résultats étaient étonnants et beaucoup de jeunes d’une vingtaine années sont venus. Une fille qui s’est fait avorter, a accepté une Médaille Miraculeuse et un dépliant de prière. Les rapports montrent 2 retours aux Sacrements ; un non pratiquant catholique a demandé à être emmené à la Messe. Dans le secteur de la Curia de Birmingham Ouest, le travail de contacts à une distance d’une clinique d’avortement a sauvé 8 bébés. La Curia de Bristol a eu une journée de formation avec des commentaires très positifs. Un nouveau praesidium junior a été établi et une retraite d’une journée a été organisée pour les légionnaires juniors. Le Comitium de Northampton et la Curia de Leicester (sous la responsabilité du Senatus) font état d’un nouveau praesidium à Northampton.
Senatus de Liverpool : Le Rev. Père Unsworth est le nouveau Directeur spirituel du Senatus. Le Père Fougères a pris sa retraite. Un ancien légionnaire, le Père Kevin Deakin, a récemment été ordonné prêtre. Wirral a des légionnaires juniors, et tient un stand de la Légion au Marché « Birkenhead ». Le nouveau praesidium de la Curia de Leeds fonctionne bien. Un travail de contacts auprès des réfugiés a été mentionné par le Comitium de Middlesbrough. La Curia Sainte-Hélène a signalé la mort de la sœur Barbara Palmer, Secrétaire de la Curia. Que son âme repose en paix ! Un praesidium a donné un compte rendu des prières dans une prison et d’excellents résultats suite à une initiative « Night Fever ». De très bons contacts ont été faits à la bibliothèque roulante dans le centre-ville de Rochdale et de Heywood. A Warrington, les légionnaires dirigent un Service eucharistique dans une maison de retraite.
Comitium de Southwark : Le territoire couvre 4 diocèses et inclut les îles de Wight et de Guernesey. Le Praesidium de l’île de Wight a été visité par les représentants du Comitium. Guernesey a 8 membres et un membre en probation ; un recensement de la paroisse est en cours, et les trois candidats de la Légion à la béatification ont été bien promus. À Cornwall, les informations des horaires de Messes sont distribuées dans les campings, et un homme rencontré lors des visites à domicile a reçu le Sacrement des malades avant de mourir. Un praesidium coréen rattaché à la Regia d’Andong en Corée a proposé des visites communes et cela est testé avec un praesidium local.
Comitium de Brentwood : Extension et recrutement sont en cours avec de bons résultats. Pendant les vacances, un praesidium junior travaille avec les adultes pour les visites à domicile. Des Médailles Miraculeuses sont données aux Premiers Communiants.
Curia du Centre de Londres : Dans la période des 3 mois, de septembre à décembre, cinq nouveaux membres ont été recrutés. Deux légionnaires sont catéchistes et préparent les enfants aux Sacrements ; des visites de prison sont réalisées par 2 praesidia ; l’Eucharistie est portée à des personnes qui ne peuvent sortir de chez elles. Un praesidium aide à servir le thé et des sandwiches aux sans-abri (non financé par la Légion). Des fonctions ont été tenues pour les membres auxiliaires. Le Praesidium de Soho a 5 membres et 4 en probation. Les travaux incluent les visites dans le quartier des prostituées.

Norvège
Le Praesidium de Tonsberg a 10 membres actifs et 2 en probation, et est soutenu par 18 membres auxiliaires. Ils utilisent beaucoup le téléphone pour le contact avec les auxiliaires, et sont très impliqués dans les activités paroissiales ; ils ont célébré l’anniversaire de la Légion, le 8 septembre. Le Praesidium de Drammen a 6 membres et 25 auxiliaires. Le chapelet à la maison et les études bibliques figurent dans le rapport. Pendant l’Avent, des familles norvégiennes et philippines ont été visitées.

Ecosse
Senatus de Glasgow : Le Conseil a tenu une Conférence des officiers et une Conférence de Peregrinatio Pro Christo ; ils se préparent pour leur prochain projet de P.P.C. en Finlande. La Curia d’Ayrshire rapporte 3 praesidia activement occupés par le chapelet dans 5 écoles et les visites des maisons de retraite et de centres d’hébergement. Le Praesidum Notre-Dame de Wayside a une saveur internationale avec des légionnaires venus d’aussi loin que le Brésil. Des légionnaires ont assisté à l’enterrement d’un patron de club, a enseigné à un autre à faire le signe de la Croix. Un homme offre sa douloureuse souffrance pour honorer le Christ crucifié. La Curia Annunciata signale de bons contacts au club à l’heure du déjeuner, le Baptême de cinq enfants dans une famille, et un accueil chaleureux à la Communauté africaine. Un légionnaire de la Curia d’Edimbourg s’est retiré dans une maison de retraite et a apporté le praesidium avec elle dans le lieu.

Suède
(sous la responsabilité du Senatus de Liverpool)
Un nouveau praesidium a été créé à Gavel. Un autre praesidium mentionne un grand écho à la statue de la Vierge pèlerine. Le travail progresse bien depuis l’impression du Manuel en suédois.

Pays-Bas
La Regia d’Amsterdam fait des progrès pour la mise en place d’un site internet. Le praesidium de Duivendrecht, établi par la sœur Sally Chan, a maintenant 9 membres et 4 officiers. Des légionnaires de Rotterdam ont visité le Praesidium portugais qu’ils avaient mis en place à Amiens, il y a 10 ans.

Suisse
Le Comitium de Zurich a 12 praesidia. Le rapport mentionne un projet d’« Exploratio Dominicalis » à Estfeld.

Sibérie
Un praesidium est sur le site internet de la paroisse et a pris part au travail d’extension à Abakan.

Allemagne
Le Senatus de Francfort et 2 Regia ont tenu une réunion de planification commune et le Senatus, qui célèbre son Jubilé d’or en ce mois de janvier, a imprimé un nouveau dépliant pour le recrutement et un autre sur la confession. Sur les 10 praesidia rattachés, 4 sont à Francfort. La Curia coréenne d’Essen a commencé un nouveau praesidium à Istanbul. Le programme des travaux du Comitium de Fribourg comprend un apostolat dans les campings, les Patriciens, des visites d’écoles et l’apostolat de la bibliothèque roulante. À la Regia de Cologne, 8 légionnaires du Praesidium de Leverkusen ont fait leur Promesse. La Regia de Munich a créé un nouveau praesidium à Pechbrunn.

Gibraltar
La Curia de Gibraltar (sous la responsabilité de l’Ecosse) a 5 praesidia. Des légionnaires visitent l’Hôpital Saint-Bernard et une unité psychiatrique. La Cavalcade des 3 Rois, la veille de l’Epiphanie, passe par la rue principale de la Cathédrale. Ils ont tenu une station extérieure œcuménique de la Croix du Vendredi Saint avec une grande participation. Les enfants des écoles sont préparés pour la Sainte Communion et les légionnaires aident pour la liturgie des enfants.

Pays de Galles
Le Comitium de Cardiff : Les légionnaires de Gwent ont répondu rapidement à la demande d’apporter le chapelet aux enfants des écoles. La Curia de Wrexham (sous l’attention de Liverpool) est occupé par le suivi des contacts faits par l’équipe « Peregrinatio Pro Christo ». La Curia de Swansea (sous la responsabilité du Senatus de Birmingham) fait le rapport de 3 projets d’« Exploratio Dominicalis » entrepris. L’extension est ici en cours.


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Proposal to Raise the Regia of Paris to Senatus Status
April 2016

PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE REGIA OF PARIS TO SENATUS STATUS

A proposal to raise the Paris Regia to Senatus status was passed by Concilium.
Following permission to explore the possibility of raising Paris Regia to Senatus the other Legion councils in France were consulted and all replied with a positive response. Paris Regia itself sees this as a great privilege and are at the service of the Concilium in this regard.

The Paris Regia currently comprises 25 directly affiliated praesidia, across the Archdiocese of Paris and the Dioceses of St. Denis, Nanterre, Creteil, Evry, Pontoise, Versaille, Reims and Renne. It also has 3 Curiae: one of 2 praesidia in the Bayeux Liseaux Diocese, one Curia of 8 praesidia in the Sens-Auxerre and Troyes Dioceses and the Vietnamese Curia of 9 praesidia. The Paris Regia has also been caretaking 2 Comitia in the Caribbean – Martinique Comitium with 5 Curiae and Guadeloupe Comitium with 4 Curiae.

To be affiliated to the new Senatus would be: The Regia of Valance with 1 junior and 11 senior praesidia, a Curia each in Montleimar and Nice; Aire et Dax Regia, which consists of 8 praesidia, and 2 Curiae (in Bordeaux and Lourdes), and Strasbourg Comitium, which has 13 praesidia in Strasbourg and one in Dijon and they also care-take the praesidium in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Added to this would be the Legion of Mary in Réunion currently affiliated to the Concilium, which council also looks after Madagascar and Paris also suggest that they take on care of the Legion in French Guyana and Corsica – as all of these are Departments of France. Relevant permissions to be sought as well as ecclesiastical sanction.

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Allocutio at March 2016 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
April 2016

Grace of Holy Week
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Today, Palm Sunday, we begin the celebration of Holy Week, the heart of the liturgical year. As we know the Liturgy is not only about deepening our grasp of Christian ideals and values but is primarily about entering into the reality of Christ and His mysteries: it is about living the mystery of Christ and especially His paschal mystery. Pope Benedict in his retirement gives us a rare interview published last week that explains the essence of our Christian faith and identity. He writes: ‘The Christian faith is not an idea but a life…Faith is a profoundly personal contact with God, which touches me in my inmost being and places me in front of the living God in absolute immediacy in such a way that I can speak with Him, love Him and enter into communion with Him.’ Faith as personal intimacy with the Person of Jesus Christ must be the ultimate spirit of our celebration of Holy Week.

I wish to concentrate briefly on each of the last three days of Holy Week. First let us dwell on the evening of Holy Thursday when Our Lord institutes the Eucharist and the Priesthood. The Eucharist is the symbol and reality of the magnificent generosity of God giving Himself to us in total intimacy and friendship. Let us try and enter into this mystery through the theology of the Eucharist according to St. John in Our Lord’s washing of the feet of his disciples. This is an absolutely staggering image of the reality of God in relationship to us. Jesus says he is among us as one who serves. He gives us Himself totally in an un-bloody manner at the Last Supper, then in a bloody manner on the Cross the next day, and finally he never ceases to offer Himself to us in an un-bloody manner in the Sacrifice of the Mass and Holy Communion. There can only be one response to this infinite giving of God and that is thanksgiving.

There is at least one thing we can say with certainty of Frank Duff, the founder of the Legion of Mary: he was a man of the Eucharist. The Eucharist was absolutely central to his life and that of the Legion as he envisioned it. He not only wrote compellingly of the Eucharist in the Handbook and other works but he put into practice what he wrote. In his little booklet written while still in his twenties: ‘Can we be Saints,’ he writes: ‘Foremost in the consideration of our day – and on an eminence apart, like the Cross itself – must stand the daily Mass and daily reception of Holy Communion.’ It would be helpful to get into the spirit of Holy Thursday by reading chapter 8 of the Handbook on, ‘The Legionary and the Eucharist.’ Of course Our Lord not only gave us the Eucharist on Holy Thursday but he also gave us the gift of the priesthood and so it might be helpful to read slowly and prayerfully what the priesthood means to the Legion in Chapter 10 section 4: ‘The Priest and the Legion.’

On Good Friday a gentle silence should mark this day. Yes, we read or listen to the story of the Passion of Christ according to John and we make the Stations of the Cross but we need, I think, just to look at the crucifix and meditate on the truth and reality of just how much God loves us and is prepared to do for us. Pope Francis made a suggestion that on Good Friday we should pick up a crucifix and kiss it reverently and simply say: ‘Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord.’ Yes, Good Friday is a day for deep and sincere thanksgiving to God, to Jesus Christ. However, I think it would be a source of great grace if we began and ended every day by holding a crucifix and saying thanks for what God has shown and done for us on the Cross. It would only take a few seconds, but it would gradually transform our relationship of friendship with Jesus.

Let me conclude this reflection on Good Friday with a quotation from a beautiful book by Cardinal Sarah: ‘God or nothing.’ He says. ‘The physical experience of the Cross is a grace that is absolutely necessary for our growth in the Christian faith and a providential opportunity to conform ourselves to Christ so as to enter into the depths of the ineffable. We understand, therefore, that in piercing the Heart of Jesus, the soldier’s spear revealed a great mystery, for it went further than the Heart of Christ. It revealed God; it passed, so to speak, through the very centre of the Trinity.

‘I thank the missionaries who made me understand that the cross is the centre of the world, the heart of mankind, and the place where our stability is anchored. In fact, there is only one steadfast point in the world to guarantee man’s balance and steadiness. Everything else is moving, changing, ephemeral and uncertain. Only the Cross stands and the world revolves around it. Calvary is the highest point in the world, from which we can see everything with new eyes, the eyes of faith, love and martyrdom: the eyes of Christ.’

Finally, we come to the climax of Holy Week: The Easter Vigil, when we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. If Christ is not risen then everything else that we call to mind in Holy Week is worse than useless. But Christ is risen so that despite everything that may seem to be crushingly negative, the fundamental prayer of the Christian is Alleluia. Easter is about the Mystical Body of Christ.
In the Resurrection Christ makes actual his presence among us, with us, in us: ‘I am with you always.’ The limitations of time and space are irrelevant to the Risen Lord so his intimate presence in us constitutes his Mystical Body. This doctrine is central to our Legion spirituality but we will have to discuss it at greater length at another time.

Let me conclude with a quotation from St. Augustine from the Office of Readings of Monday in Holy Week that always makes a deep impression me: ‘Is there anything that the hearts of the faithful may not promise themselves from the grace of God? It was not enough that the only Son of God, coeternal with the Father, should be born as man from man for them – he even died for them at the hands of men, whom he had created.

What God promises us for the future is great, but what we recall as already done for us is much greater. When Christ died for the wicked, where were they or what were they? Who can doubt that he will give the saints his life, since he has already given them his death? Why is human weakness slow to believe that men will one day live with God?

A much more incredible thing has already happened: God died for men.

May Mary, who stood by the Cross and stands by every cross, who participates so intimately and cooperatively in the total work of our Redemption enable us to be open to the great grace of this Holy Week.



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Concilium Bulletin March 2016
April 2016

AFRICA

GHANA
Accra Senatus: Following the National Youth Congress at Tamale University two of the Senatus officers had a good meeting with 50 seminarians at the Major Seminary Kumasi. Great efforts are being made by the Senatus and all its attached councils to establish new praesidia and also to revive dormant ones. A new Praesidium at Tema Secondary School has been given great support by a priest and a Catholic teacher. Monthly Frank Duff Beatification Prayer sessions are being held by the Senatus and the attached councils.

EGYPT
The Senatus of Cairo: Details of various councils and elections of Senatus officer have been received and are being followed up on by the correspondent. Please keep the legionaries in your prayers.

ZIMBABWE: A very welcome email giving many details of the Legion in the Mutare Region has been received and is being followed up on. There is a strong praesidium of mainly Rwandese origin in the Tongongara Refugee Camp. Hwange Comitium: The Comitium has a very good programme of events planned for 2016 including a Legion Congress.

CAPE VERDE: Curiae and Comitia constantly encourage Exploratio Dominicalis; some praesidia carry out two projects during the year. One family visited were overjoyed stating it was the first visit from Catholics. Results included getting 54 children and 2 adults for Baptism and enrolling 14 children in catechism classes. Two Curiae from the distant island of Sao Vicente reported special efforts to promote catechism classes for children. Also in that island a Curia reported that more than a third of active members are Praetorians. A newly established Comitium reports a varied apostolate including one among families of emigrants. A Spiritual Director gave a special Seminar for members with a talk, slides and a question and answers session on the theme of the Year of Mercy.

ANGOLA
Luanda Senatus: A group of eleven officers of various councils in Luanda, including the Senatus President, made a 12 day visit to the Republic of São Tomé e Principe, off the west coast of Africa, which has a population of almost 200,000, the majority being Catholics, from 24 January to 4 February 2016.They visited various parishes and established a Curia in the Cathedral Parish with seven praesidia, four of which had been set up about a year before on a previous visit by legionaries from Luanda Senatus. Some councils in the Senatus area reported on holding a Triduum to mark the 64th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion in Angola and there were reports also of Mass offered on the anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Frank Duff. It was mentioned at a Senatus meeting that the Holy Childhood Association is the nursery of the Legion of Mary.
Benguela Senatus: The Senatus has 17 praesidia, 25 Curiae, 22 Comitia and five Regiae directly attached with a total of 80,897 senior active members, 8,870 juniors and 21,624 auxiliaries. The Regia of Huambo recorded 1,224 persons prepared for First Holy Communion, 61 marriages, 119 received the Sacrament of Confirmation, 102 catechumens received the Sacrament of Baptism, 81 the Sacrament of Reconciliation and 61 members of religious sects received into the Catholic Church. The Regiae of Huambo and Kwuito-Bié as well as some other councils were visited during 2015.

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town Senatus: Quotations are being sought for printing the English-language Handbook. A weekend training course is being organised for legionaries in Port Elizabeth in June. A new Comitium is being established in the northern area.
Johannesburg Senatus: His Grace, Bishop Mvemve conducted the Retreat for legionaries in Soweto Comitium. The Senatus is encouraging all legionaries to extend the Legion in 2016.
Durban Comitium: Great attention is given to promoting the Year of Mercy at praesidium and council level.
Matatiele Comitium: An annual report from a praesidium was received in March showing great work being undertaken by the legionaries. 114 babies were baptised and 23 adults prepared for baptism.
Lesotho Senatus: A three-day Retreat was held for the legionaries. Home visitation is undertaken and there are many returns to the Sacraments.

ASIA

PHILIPPINES
Bicolandia Senatus: Catechism is taught to Elementary and High School students and instruction given to adults preparing for Baptism and Confirmation. Jail inmates are taught how to pray the Rosary. Other Curia reported visitation to attached praesidia. Parishioners are urged to visit the Blessed Sacrament. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes features in most reports. 30 children were baptised and 21 received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Mindanao Senatus: Auxiliaries are encouraged to attend the Acies. One Comitium has 181 members; 115 are Praetorians. Reports show marriage validation of 5 couples and their children baptised, running of pre-Baptism and Confirmation seminars and juniors bringing children to Sunday Mass.
Wes tern Visayas Senatus: Reports were received from 1 Regia, 6 Comitia and 4 Curia. 700 homes were visited in an Exploratio Dominicalis project resulting in 9 marriages regularised, 13 Baptisms, 6 Confirmations and an 80 year old returned to the Church after 20 years. A sick mother received the Sacraments and married her partner soon before she died. Another Exploratio project reported 25 Baptisms, 18 conversions and 15 marriages regularised. 209 homes were visited, including the elderly and sick during a block Rosary apostolate. Enthronment of the Sacred Heart took place in 20 homes. PPC projects were held. A live-in-couple of 30 years received the Sacrament of Marriage not long before the husband died.
Senatus of Northern Philippines: Three Regia, 9 Comitium and 1 praesidium reported. 3 Curia held a Congress. A Comitium organised Seminars for the promotion of Frank Duff, Alfie Lambe and Edel Quinn Causes. Catechism is taught in a school and to policemen at the Community Police Precinct three times monthly. After a lapse of 20 years 3 adults received Confession and Holy Communion. Many conversions were reported, also the setting up of junior praesidia and Patrician groups. Juniors graduated to the senior ranks and courtesy visits were made to Parish Priests and Spiritual Directors.
Cebu Senatus: All councils are active in home visitation. Apostolates includes, Catechism in the schools, a campaign to promote Rosary devotions, dawn processions, marriage validations, supporting parish activities and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. Junior members are very active in their apostolate and one praesidium of 22 members undertakes street contact among children to propagate the daily recitation of the Rosary. There are several reports of extension and visitation to attached councils.

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus: Most of the parish praesidia undertake a wide variety of apostolates and are warmly welcomed on home visitation. The Korean Curia apostolate includes visits to the sick, non-practicing Catholics and they hold Catechism classes for those interested in the Catholic faith. An Indonesian praesidium of 16 members promote the Rosary, circulate 2 statues of Our Lady in 5 parishes, organise Eucharistic Adoration in 2 parishes and distributed 140 Rosary leaflets to young students.
Brisbane Comitium: Extension and recruiting is on-going, with one new praesidium set up. A correspondence meeting was held in October. Works reported were visits to nursing homes, home visitation, teaching Catechism in schools with the view to introducing the Rosary. Street contact at a shopping centre and a book stand gained 2 new members. The Korean Curia has 9 praesidia, 45 members and 50 auxiliaries.
Melbourne Senatus: A Summer School was held on 20/21st.February. The November Mass for Frank Duff was con-celebrated by the Bishop with 4 Priests and 300 attending. The DVD ‘Meet the Legion’ was shown in an effort to recruit new members. Adelaide Comitium: The Cathedral praesidium made street contact in the City Market, distributing Miraculous Medals and Mass times. Bishop Paul in Kiribati sent good wishes to the Senatus for their continued support. Melsisi Comitium in Vanuata has 5 Curiae and 47 praesidia. There is one junior praesidium.

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: Recruiting and extension are on-going with 2 new praesidia. Four Exploratio projects are planned for this year. The junior Curia had 48 on a day Retreat. A new praesidium of 20 members was set up. The Bishop of Samoa is visiting Auckland and the Senatus officers have arranged to meet him.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Cloyne Comitium: Carrigtuohill praesidium, with 3 members does home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue and visitation of hospitals where the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy are recited. The 5 members of Cobh praesidium do contact work every weekend at Cobh Cathedral especially when Cruise Liners are in town. Last year in addition to prayer leaflets for the 3 Causes they distributed 1,890 Miraculous Medals to a wide variety of nationalities. East Cloyne Curia: Praesidia in Mitchelstwon and Rathcormac both reported gaining new members recently.
Cork Comitium: Some of the works of the reporting praesidium are home visitation when they also offer the Pilgrim Statue for which there is sometimes a waiting list. A lady came back to the practice of her faith and the priest now visits her regularly. The works in Queen of Peace Curia are home to home visitation, weekly street contact work concluding with the recitation of the Rosary, visiting ships in Cobh and showing religious videos twice monthly. Coronata Curia: Members attended the PPC Annual Conference as well as taking part in the 2-day project in Kilrush and Waterford. In the Comitium’s discussion on Evangelisation it was felt that contact with young people was very important, as was getting involved with the Night Fever project, promoting Radio Maria, Eucharistic Adoration and in the Year of Mercy to promote the Sacrament of Confession.
Kerry Comitium: A recruiting drive was held in Milltown parish. Legionaries spoke at the Masses, followed by home to home visitation. A follow up meeting was held. New display cases for the statues of Our Lady of Fatima used on home visitation were made and are popular with families who have young children. A Maria et Patria project will be held in Killarney on the 31st March to 1st April. The local Parish Priest is very supportive and has given the Legion of Mary the use of the Parish Centre.
Mid Clare Comitium: In December East Clare Curia presented its annual report to the Comitium. There are 3 praesidia with 13 members, 5 of whom are Praetorians and they have 51 auxiliaries. At the January meeting the Comitium presented its annual report covering the Comitium and the two attached Curiae. The Comitium has 5 praesidia with 29 members, 3 Praetorians and 86 auxiliaries. In one area the Divine Mercy Chaplet is recited with the dying and the Brown Scapular given. Lissycasy praesidium, which has 5 members and 9 auxiliaries organise and lead a Divine Mercy Prayer meeting in the Pastoral Centre on the First Friday of each month. For the Year of Mercy a member of the praesidium had 1,000 leaflets printed on the Joy of Confession as a gift to Our Lady and they were delivered to 20 Churches. Two members went on 3 Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects in 2015.
Thurles Comitium: Legionaries in one praesidium help at Holy Cross Abbey and do home, hospital and nursing home visitation. Templemore praesidium has 6 members who undertake Pilgrim Statue visitation and visit Travelling families. A praesidium in Thurles has 10 members and 12 members in their junior praesidium. They undertake a great variety of work and members took part in MEP projects at home and PPC projects overseas. The Jubilee Year of Mercy featured as a discussion item at the January meeting. Murroe Curia reestablished the praesidium at Doon with 4 members. Tipperary Curia: An anniversary Mass for the late Fr. Bradshaw had a good attendance.

CURIAE

Birr/Roscrea Curia: The Moneygall praesidium has 5 members, 3 of whom are Praetorians; they have 20 auxiliaries. Some home visitation is undertaken; they also visit hospitals and nursing homes. Borrisokane praesidium organised Patrician meetings during the year. Nursing home visitation and some visits to homes are done from time to time. The Apostleship of Prayer is promoted in the schools. Two members attend the Parish Pastoral Council meetings.
Limerick Curia: Reporting praesidia have a total of 12 members, 2 of whom are Praetorians and they have a total of 70 auxiliaries. Works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation. One of these praesidia visits all local National Schools and leave Our Lady of Fatima Statue there for one week. Another praesidium handed out pictures of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at a Shopping Centre and engaged with some of the shoppers. A Patrician meeting had an attendance of 8 with the topic, “The Relationship with God.”
Lismore Curia: A recruiting drive is planned for the Lismore praesidium. Works undertaken by the three remaining praesidia include Pilgrim Statue visitation, organising attendees at Eucharistic Adoration and distributing Miraculous Medals and leaflets at various events.
Ross Curia: Two praesidia reported having gained one new member each. Concern was expressed that no members of the Curia has volunteered for Peregrinatio Pro Christo in recent times. Aughadown praesidium has 7 members. Works include visitation to Skibbereen, Schull and Bantry hospitals, care of both Churches in the parish in conjunction with other parish workers on a rota basis. Miraculous Medals were given to all children making their First Holy Communion.
Waterford Curia: Bishop Alphonus Cullinan attended the Curia Reunion, sang the Ave Maria and gave the Benediction. God’s Mercy is the theme for their Retreats, Pilgrimages and Processions for this year. The praesidium in St. John’s parish has 6 members and 35 auxiliaries. Works include nursing home and hospital visitation, plus home visitation in the parish with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue. Of 240 homes canvassed 41 accepted the Statue for a week.

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

Porta Coeli Curia: A praesidium organised a Mass in honour of Edel Quinn on 12th May where her prayer leaflet was given to the congregation and was recited by the priest during the Prayers of the Faithful. Another praesidium recently had a member take the promise; 2 members are Praetorians. A monthly Holy Hour in the local Church has around 60 in attendance. Visitation of a Hospital is their main work, where 9 patients were signed up as auxiliary members. A young lady said she had found religion again since being hospitalised; she subsequently attended the Legion’s Youth Conference with her sister. A man approached one of the legionaries in the Oratory during recitation of the Rosary and said he wanted to return to the Church after an absence of 23 years; a happy meeting with a priest was arranged. A former patient has maintained contact and travels a long distance for the weekly Rosary; he attributes to the intercession of Our Lady his being able to walk and work again and also his daughter finding him through Facebook; they had lost contact 25 years ago when she was 10; this lead to him spending last Christmas with her.
Veneranda Curia has 11 praesidia. A new praesidium has been established in one Parish; the first meeting was held on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes; 4 parishioners attend as probationers. The Irish-speaking praesidium gave its first report having been established in July last year. There are 8 attendees including 2 probationers and 3 members of other praesidia. As well as home visitation and hostel work, the main work is organising and publicising a monthly event which has featured 2 lectures, a music session and the screening of an Irish-language movie. All were well attended. A praesidium of 12 members, of whom 6 are Praetorians, prints and distributes Pram Cards. Hostel work also features but their main work is visiting Mountjoy Prison every Saturday and Sunday. One prisoner has become a Pioneer; another said that his reading of a religious article in a magazine given him by legionaries has changed his outlook on life.
Consolata Curia: One junior praesidium reported. Their Summer Project had 17 children in attendance and the theme was the Consecrated Life; the resulting artwork was displayed in the Church. In October they organised a candlelight procession lead by the Parish Priest from the Church to the school reciting the Rosary. A senior praesidium of 6 members reported that one young member has recently entered a religious community in Spain. Home visitation is the main work, supplemented by the organisation of monthly Adoration and a fortnightly Prayer Meeting in a nursing home; one young lady who had lost most of her memory after a drug overdose, and who never took part, was invited to recite a decade of the Rosary; she was delighted to have remembered the prayers and kept repeating “Wasn’t I very good.”
Presentata Curia: A praesidium of 7 members recently had a new member take his promise in Milltown Park so that their 96 year old Spiritual Director could give his blessing. They visited many bars to promote the Good Friday Retreat. Their main apostolate is to those suffering from addictions. A healing service every First Friday includes Adoration and Holy Mass. One new member in another praesidium also took his promise. A very successful home visitation project during Lent last year was supported by Bethlehem Curia and was very much appreciated by the Salesian Community in charge of the parish. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, a praesidium of young adults, presented its 10th report in January. There are 14 full and 4 probationary members. In July, 3 members transferred to a new offshoot praesidium. Every month members travel to Athy to speak with and encourage the 20 addicts in rehab there, while every week, 2 and sometimes 3 pairs of legionaries are on duty doing street contact in Moore Street, hail rain or shine. Two men contacted joined the Legion. 35 men attended a Retreat in a Convent. The praesidium also helps extensively with Deus et Patria events and activities.
Exaltata Curia: A praesidium with 10 active members, including 2 Praetorians visited 1,000 homes during the year; a Pilgrim Statue is moved to a new home every week. They brought 44 parishioners on the Knock Pilgrimage. A legionary coordinates Eucharistic Adoration twice a week. In the last 6 months visitation of a nursing home commenced. Recruitment efforts in 4 cluster parishes included distribution of fliers and newsletters with appeals for new members.
Bethlehem Curia: 21 patricians and 4 legionaries attended 2 meetings. Three members gave reports at the Curia meeting on contact work done on Alfie Lambe’s anniversary. One praesidium recruited a new member during the year. A Franciscan priest always attends the meetings. Legionaries act as Sacristans in a local hospital; the Chaplains are very appreciative and asked them to visit a Community Centre where they pray and sing with a group of elderly women.

SOUTH AMERICA

COLUMBIA
Bogota Senatus: Comitia and Curiae are taking steps to ascertain their area of responsibility; one Comitium governs the Legion in 37 of the 44 parishes in a Diocese; another Comitium reports 13 parishes with a Legion presence and 13 for extension. It was suggested at one of the Senatus meetings that the Legion should consider undertaking more book barrow apostolate. The Spiritual Director, Fr. Adolfo reminded the legionaries that 2016 is the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Louis Marie de Montfort and encouraged them to consider the Total Consecration. Prayers were requested for the two sisters and one brother of the Contreras family, co-founders of the Legion of Mary in Bogota.
Medellin Senatus: Five legionaries and 7 non-legionaries are teaching up to 80 adults to read and write. Park contact is proving very successful. Legionaries accompany the priest to houses where the sick have requested Confession and Holy Communion.

ECUADOR
Senatus of Quito: Several reports mention the Pope’s recent visit. The Comitium in Esmeralda has 594 members in 9 Curiae; they report 3 new praesidia and are considering setting up a new Curia in Quinche In Inca a praesidium of 14 members are all practicing True Devotion to Mary.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: A book has recently been published on Alfie Lambe, the result of 8 years of work by the Senatus Secretary. At the request of the Bishop, a new Comitium has been established in the Diocese of Canelones; it consists of 10 praesidia and a Curia of 6 praesidia. The Senatus held a Congress recently. Two legionaries took part in a PPC project run by a Brazilian Senatus in the Uruguayan Diocese of Maldonado. The Senatus Spiritual Director conducted a Retreat for the participants of an upcoming PPC project in Melo.

VENEZUELA
Senatus of Caracas: In October it was reported that 3 legionaries had entered a Seminary. Although abortion is illegal it is widespread; in Maracaibo legionaries influenced one lady not to have an abortion. They have three book barrows in operation. In some cases grandparents have been catechised. They visit 3 jails but it is difficult to get in and prohibited to start prayer groups or praesidia. Columban Drives and Exploratio Projects are widely mentioned and they report 6 new senior praesidia and 13 new pre-junior groups.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: Legionaries do contact work at local Shrines where thousands gather. Many interesting contacts are made with bystanders, tourists and holiday makers. Great importance is given to passing on experience to newly elected officers. When Legion Congresses are held, a list of recommendations and conclusions are circulated and put into practice. A Curia reports 14 praesidia in 5 parishes. One of the Patrician groups is for children and sometimes their parents attend.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: The Senatus has been invited to give talks in both the senior and junior Seminaries. In many cases the parents of First Holy Communion children are also prepared and receive the Sacrament on the same day. Some non-Catholic families accept the invitation to attend Sunday Mass with the legionaries. This inevitably leads to them coming into the Church. Many street contacts are made and the Tridium for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was held in the local street market. Distant villages and shanty towns on the outskirts of the cities are visited to prepare for the visit of the priest and the celebration of Holy Mass. The Senatus has just elected a new President and Secretary. Many councils and praesidia celebrated a Mass in honour of Alfie Lambe in January.

PERU
Senatus of Lima: Reports indicate very active councils and others quite weak. An attached Comitium in the mountain area set up 6 new praesida. Of the 45 members recruited, 12 have made their promise and 33 are still on probation. The Comitium is now trying to set up in the surrounding villages where the Quechua language is spoken. A number of legionaries speak both languages. Reports are showing progress with the junior movement. A Comitium on the coast reported setting up 2 new junior Curiae and they also plan to set up Curiae on the border with Ecuador where there are a number of praesidia.

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asunción: Minutes are up to date. During the three month period, 1 Comitium, 6 Curiae and 2 praesidia reported. Under Planning, an elaborate calendar of events was drawn up for 2016. A very successful Day of Formation was held for legionaries in the city of Encarnacion, in the south east of Paraguay in January supported by Senatus Officers. 1 Comitium and 1 Curia held PPC projects. Curia ‘Maria Refugio de los Pecadores’ based in the capital Ascunción has full officership, 9 attached praesidia, plus one in formation; there are 87 active members, 355 auxiliaries, 14 Praetorians and 22 Adjutorians. Works include visitation of homes, hospitals, lodging houses, a prison in Tacumbu, a nursing home and a Leprosarium. They conduct catechesis classes for youths.



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

Lent: Baptism and True Devotion to Mary
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The Church, inspired by the teaching of Jesus Himself, asks us to celebrate Lent in a spirit of joy. So in the Gospel of Ash Wednesday she puts before us the words of Jesus: ‘When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do; they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting… But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know that you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret and He will reward you.’ (Mt. 6: 16-18)

There is much encouragement and inspiration around us during Lent if we have the eyes to see it. Some people decide to engage in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, some resolve to go to daily Mass, some to make a truly good Confession, some to give up alcoholic drink, some to daily pray the family Rosary, some to forgive someone who has hurt them very deeply, and some legionaries please God will decide to pray the Morning and Evening prayer of the Divine Office and so become Praetorian or Adjutorian members of the Legion. There is so much generosity of spirit around during Lent and at least we all want and seek to be better Christians and therefore better human beings in some way or other. The whole Church seeks to renew itself and therefore to refocus itself on personal friendship with Jesus Christ. No wonder we all experience to some extent during Lent the joy of the Gospel that Pope Francis is always talking about.

But this Lent I would like to reflect, under the tutelage of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, on Baptism and its relationship with True Devotion to Mary. Originally, Lent was the final preparation of catechumens for Baptism and for those already baptized, a serious preparation for the solemn renewal of their baptismal promises. The Easter Vigil was and still is the most important moment of the Liturgical year. I think it worthwhile to quote some lines from the Easter Proclamation, called the Exsultet to get some idea of the universal joy to be experienced in the celebration of Baptism: ‘Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her Eternal King, let all the corners of the earth rejoice, knowing an end to gloom and darkness. Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arraying with the lightning of His glory, let this holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.’ The proclamation goes on in profound and prolonged joy. But is Baptism so central a theme of Lent and at the heart of the great celebration of Easter? And why is Baptism the central theme of the preaching of St. Louis Marie de Montfort and his little book on the True Devotion to Mary and his other writings?

The answer to these questions is really very simple. Baptism is supremely important for de Montfort because of his absolute Christo-centrism. In Baptism we receive our Christian identity. We are baptized into Christ, becoming members of his Mystical Body, children of the Father and temples of the Holy Spirit. In Baptism we are totally immersed into Christ, into his death and resurrection. De Montfort calls Baptism a total consecration to Jesus Christ and it is this consecration that is the foundation of all his spirituality.

Sometimes one hears people say that De Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary goes too far and by implication the Legion of Mary too. It is difficult to believe that they have read the True Devotion to Mary or the Legion Handbook, or at least understand them. For instance, De Montfort writes in the True Devotion: ‘If our devotion to Our Lady distracted us from Our Lord, we would have to reject it as an illusion of the devil, (TD n. 68) or in his bigger work, The Love of Eternal Wisdom where he writes: ‘To know Jesus Christ is to know all we need…To presume to know everything and not to know him is to know nothing at all. (LEW n. 11). For De Montfort Christ holds the absolute primacy in his spirituality and the same is true of Frank Duff and the Legion he founded. The note at the end of the index of the Handbook says it all: ‘References to Our Blessed Lord have not been indexed. For every word of the Handbook has him in mind and therefore he should be found in every part of it. In every place, in every circumstance and happening the legionary should meet Jesus.’ One also reads with great profit Bro. Duff’s important article: ‘The Legion is pure Christendom.’ That article is vintage De Montfort.

So finally, where does our total Consecration to Mary as taught in De Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary fit in with the total Consecration to Christ which is the reality of Baptism? Perhaps it is easier just to quote De Montfort again: ‘The more one is consecrated to Mary the more one is consecrated to Jesus. That is why perfect consecration to Jesus is but a perfect and complete consecration of oneself to the Blessed Virgin…or in other words, it is the perfect renewal of the vows and promises of holy Baptism.’ (TD n. 120). For De Montfort one cannot understand true devotion to Mary outside the context of Baptism. The maternal role of Mary is to enable us to grow in our relationship to Christ and through Him in the Trinity that began in Baptism. May you all have a very joyful Lent in Jesus through Mary. Amen.



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Concilium Bulletin February 2016
April 2016

AFRICA

BURUNDI
Senatus of Gitega reports showed continued satisfaction with the development of the Legion in the schools from Primary to Secondary and University level. Work is done in houses and in the fields to help the sick and infirm with no aspect of the apostolate neglected. The affiliated Regia in the capital Bujumbura reported the setting up of 6 new Comitia last year to bring their total to 30 Comitia.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Bangui: The homes of Brother Francois d’Assise and Sr Henriette N’goumbre have been tragically burnt to the ground. We ask for prayers for the legionaries of that country, where some of their priests have been murdered.
Senatus of Kasai: The meetings are held in the Tshiluba language from which a summary is prepared monthly in French for circulation to those who need this version. These summaries indicate that the Senatus is receiving reports from and visiting its attached councils and that good relations have been restored with the affiliated Regia at Mbuji-Mayi. The Legion in the Kasai appears to be doing well with extension proceeding.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Lumumbashi Regia: One Comitium organised a cultural youth day which had an attendance of 850 youths. Another Comitium organised a general visit to a prison with 800 prisoners, starting with prayers and an evangelisation session. A new praesidium was started in Kawama.
Senatus of Butembo: 16 Comitia and 2 praesidia were represented and 16 reports from Comitia were given to Senatus. Work reported on: Gave help to the sick, widows, poor, orphans and refugees; 14 couples and 7 marriages blessed; ten couple reconciled; 203 children baptised; 636 taught prayers: 14 children received the Sacraments: 8 Christians prepared for Holy Communion: many lapsed attended Sunday Mass: 10 Protestants and one Muslim converted; ten alcoholics and 7 addicts helped to reform; street girls were counselled; 4 females gave up living as concubines. Rosaries were said and Masses and family prayers offered for various intentions. Legionaries visited the sick and 3 locations chosen by the Bishop as places of Pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy. They are praying for civil and political leaders. Construction of a Frank Duff Centre continues, legionaries helping with the construction.

MAURITIUS AND RODRIGUES
The Regia of the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean has strong ties with Ireland. Some names to mention are Mons James Leen Cssp, Fr. Benny Farrelly who recently died, and of course Edel Quinn. The Regia comprises 2 Comitia, 9 Curiae, 87 praesidia, 682 active legionaries, and 311 Auxiliaries. This includes 1 junior Curia, which has 6 praesidia. Founded by Edel Quinn in 1940’s the council celebrated its 75th anniversary in September with an open-air Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Maurice Piat and local priests. Two Concilium correspondents were made very welcome on this joyous occasion. Latest reports (Jan 2016) show a fruitful day of formation for legionaries where Bishop Piat spoke on the Year of Mercy, quoting from Scripture. Works include organising Retreats for children, teaching Catechism to children, and helping with various parish activities. They care-take the, rocky and almost inaccessible island of Rodrigues, a mere dot in the ocean, which nevertheless boasts a Comitium with 4 Curiae, 24 praesidia, including 2 junior. The 1st praesidium called Mary Queen of Angels was founded there at St. Gabriel by Fr. Gandy in Nov. 1948, and 2 others in 1949 at Port Mathurin and La Ferme by Frs. Eon and Wolf.

RWANDA
Senatus of Kigali: The Legion is present in all 9 Dioceses (26 Comitiae in total) with a total of over 78,000 active seniors, 7,773 intermediate and university members and 23,327 juniors. The auxiliary members total 31,286. A detailed map was e-mailed to the correspondent. Mwezi Comitium: 19 attached praesidia, 24 Curiae, 95 junior praesidia. From the 5,017 active members, 2,156 are aged between 18 and 45. Contact of street children with addictions, street girls and prison visitation are among the works. A four-day session for Secondary and Third Level students was held in Kabgayi. The Senatus is to submit details of a possible Regia to Concilium for approval in the Diocese of Cyangugu (3 Comitiae, over 15,000 members), which is the furthest away from Kigali.

REUNION (and Madagascar)
Reports received up to Jan 2016 of the Comitium Mary Mediatrix of All Graces, show solid work in all forms of evengelisation. The beautiful magazine produced on the occasion of their 70th anniversary last October gave the following figures: 1 Comitium, 6 Curiae, including 1 junior Curia, 105 praesidia, 895 active legionaries and 2,747 auxiliaries. They have been making great strides in their caretakership of Madagascar, where they succeeded in founding a new Curia last August, following an Extension Drive. At present they are training 3 young legionaries of Madagascar to return home and organise the Legion on a strong footing, in accordance with the Handbook.

ASIA

Hong Kong Comitium: Fr. Ferdinand Lok, long time Spiritual Director of the Comitium resigned on health grounds; he rarely missed a meeting and visited the Concilium in Dublin a number of times. Fr. Francis Tam has been appointed by Cardinal Tong as the new Spiritual Director. In May 2015 a Congress took place for which much Handbook study preparation was undertaken. English-speaking Curia Rosarii on Hong Kong Island gave its 14th annual report which mentioned that their Spiritual Director, Sr. Mary Anthony Ryan had returned on retirement to Ireland. Works include, street contact, home and hospital visitation, Sunday Schools, book barrow, care for the handicapped, propagation of the two hearts of Jesus and Mary and various other parish works.

MACAU
Our Lady of Victory Curia has seven senior praesidia and one junior praesidium. Rev. Fr. Ip Luk Piu is the Spiritual Director. Sr. Sally Chan of Hong Kong Comitium spent last year as an Incola Maria in Macau, carrying out extension work and doing extensive visitation of praesidia. She also started up a new senior praesidium. Fr. Piu is keen on home visitation and contact work and encouraged Sr. Chan to take an active role in promoting Handbook study, which resulted in revival of Legion administration in Macau.

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: Sr. Margaret Wong was elected President of the Senatus in October. They are aiming to have a Frank Duff Day on 7th November, with a luncheon reception and DVD screening of information regarding the Cause of Servant of God, Frank Duff.

MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpar Regia: Reports were taken from 3 differently-affiliated paresidia, 1 Comitium and 2 Curiae. Two Curiae and 4 praesidia have 150 members. Nine other senior Curiae and 6 junior praesidia have 634 members. Hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages and the aged are visited. Block Rosaries are organised once every month.

JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: Ecumenical prayer meetings are held by one praesidium as part of a nationwide venture, with 30 attending. Two new catechumens were gained in the past year.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: Following the appointment of their Spiritual Director as Auxiliary Bishop, Re. Dominico Jung has been appointed in his place. Reports were taken from 5 Regia with a total of 51,071 active members, 6,217 Praetorians and 12,682 juniors. 12,682 Baptisms and 15,248 returns to the Sacramernts were recorded.
Gwangju Senatus: Two Regia at Busan and Jeon-ju recorded 5,761 Baptisms and 8,468 returns to the Sacraments. Many sick people were visited, including non-Catholics. Hospital, Welfare facilities, wakes and families with newly-baptised were visited. In trying to revive the juniors, the suggestion was made to recruit mothers into the Legion.
Daegu Senatus: 50 new members were recruited in a newly-established parish which now has a Curia consisting of 4 praesidia. A Youth Retreat had 118 in attendance. A Retreat for formation of Legion Spirituality was conducted in Uksoo parish, followed by a Mass of appreciation for a praesidium which had held its1,000th weekly meeting.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Works include home visitation, distribution of Holy Communion, organising Lectio Divina, helping to combat HIV Aids, drugs, human trafficking, helping the priest with pastoral care and catechesis. 13 people were baptised; a depressed woman recovered and joined the Legion. In Merauke there are 2 Curiae. A junior praesidium promotes prayer and devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Jakarta Senatus: Curiae are visiting their attached praesidia. Members in a student Curia situated close to a Funeral Parlour pray the Rosary for the dead and help families with recently deceased. Jakarta now has a website, with 8 legionaries being trained in its use. Study of the Catechism was urged by the Spiritual Director to help with instruction and better knowledge of the faith. An art class is being held, which is open to the public, “to build a feeling for Mother Mary”. Entries will be on display in the Museum of Mary.

TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: During the year the country suffered the effects of two major mud slides and also an earthquake. 14 new praesidia, including one junior were established since August 2014. A PPC project was held in September with an outreach to the Aborigine community.

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

Carlow Comitium: Legionaries in Graiguecullen praesidium undertake visitation with the Pilgrim Statue and visited the Holy Communion and Confirmation classes in 5 schools. A praesidium in Carlow town has a weekly Rosary group where the Rosary is recited in people’s homes. Kildare Curia: Secondary schools in the Naas area were visited and legionaries were well received by the students.
Elphin Comitium: Athlone praesidium has 5 members who visit people living alone, Athlone hospital and 2 nursing homes. The Comitium are hosting a Youth Conference on 16th April. North Elphin Curia: A praesidium in Sligo town has 7 members and 24 auxiliaries. In addition to home visitation they organised a parish visit to the local Famine graveyard in November. The Curia has decided on a Youth Evangelisation project rather than a Youth Conference this year and intends seeking help from Deus et Patria.
Tuam Comitium: There are 10 senior praesidia with 52 members and one intermediate praesidium with 7 members and a total of 125 auxiliaries in the Comitium. Last year 12 members went on PPC projects. A Vigil at Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock in October was a great success. Many legionaries from surrounding areas and a bus load from Clare, which included 17 non-legionaries attended. Glenamaddy praesidium has 2 Paetorians and they have 20 auxiliaries, 2 of whom are Adjutorians. Works include visitation of homes with the Fatima Statue to promote devotion to the Rosary and Consecration of family to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and promotion of Eucharistic Adoration. They also bring the Fatima Statue to the Primary school in May leaving it one week in each classroom. Corofin praesidium has one Praetorian and one Adjutorian member, plus 40 auxiliaries. Works include home visitation, welcoming newcomers to the parish and offering the Fatima Statue. An extension project was carried out and an information meeting held. Caherlistrane praesidium has 4 members and 35 auxiliaries. They help in the parish and promote Eucharistic Adoration in 2 Churches in the parish. Westport Curia has 7 senior praesidia with 44 members and 2 junior presidia with 16 members and a total of 170 auxiliaries. Claremorris Curia has 6 senior praesidia with 40 members and 5 junior praesidia with 136 members and a total of 85 auxiliaries.

CURIAE

Achonry Curia: This council has 3 praesidia attached. Swinford praesidium includes 2 Praetorians; they have 35 auxiliaries and one Adjutorian. Home visitation with the Pilgrim Statue is undertaken and legionaries are given a warm welcome. A local hospital and nursing home are also visited.
Clonfert Curia: On 8th December for the start of the Year of Mercy most parishes held all-night Vigils of Prayer with good attendance of legionaries. The reporting praesidia have a total of 13 members, nine of whom are Praetorians. There are 39 auxiliaries. The apostolate includes hospital and nursing home visitation and promotion of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The parish newsletter is brought to the housebound and those living alone.
Ferns Curia: A praesidium in Enniscorthy has 8 members all of whom are Praetorians and one probationer. They have 24 auxiliaries. In the course of home visitation they come across many lapsed and those who attend Mass occasionally. Both young and old have a great belief in the Miraculous Medal and are very pleased to receive it. The Mass for Frank Duff was celebrated in the Cathedral on 7th November.
Galway Curia: The reporting praesidium has 6 members, one probationer and 84 auxiliaries. Their main work is home visitation and street contact. They also visit the Simon Community half way houses in Salthill and Newcastle. The anniversary Mass for Frank Duff was held on 11th November in the Cathedral with a good attendance. The Parish Priest spoke about Frank Duff and the Legion and the legionaries distributed leaflets. A new praesidium was set up on 11th January in the Abbey Parish (Franciscan) with Fr. Eugene and 5 attending.
Killala Curia: Patricians in Ballina had an attendance of 16 in November on ‘Purgatory’. An Evening of Thanksgiving for blessings received on PPC was held on 25th November. Curia Spiritual Director, Fr. John Loftus, officiated.
Kilkenny Curia: Cappamore praesidium has 8 members and 20 auxiliaries. Works include promotion of Eucharistic Adoration, visiting the elderly in their homes and doing works of service for them. They support families when a loved one is dying by sitting and praying with them. A praesidium in Kilkenny undertakes home visitation and visits hostels and a nursing home. A Halting Site is visited and the Rosary is recited with the residents every weekday during the months of May and October.

DUBLIN REPORT

Mater Ecclesiae Curia: During the Advent Season, the Curia erected cribs in 4 Shopping Centres; 5 pairs of legionaries worked each Saturday of Advent distributing Mass-times, 600 Confession leaflets and 500 Miraculous Medals.
Benedicta Curia: The first praesidium of the Legion, Our Lady of Mercy, is attached to this Curia. During the year one member joined a religious congregation; another transferred to the Regina Coeli Hostel and the others joined new praesidia. The praesidium had 4 visitors. The Parish Priest sent a letter to all parishioners, who accepted the Pilgrim Statue in their homes. During hospital visitation legionaries had a long conversation with a staff nurse who is a committed evangelist. The praesidium opens the Curia house every Wednesday evening; one lady knocked on the door in a very distressed state, claiming to be suicidal. She was suitably calmed down by the legionaries. She is now much improved and most grateful for the assistance given to her.
Assumpta Curia: A total of 13 legionaries and 50 patricians attended 4 meetings. A report on recruiting is taken from each praesidium at the Curia meeting. One praesidium gave its first report since re-opening in March last year. 2 previous members have been joined by 2 transfers and a new member who has become an officer; the Parish Priest is Spiritual Director. 2 Pilgrim Statues are used during home visitation. Other works include public Rosaries, organising Eucharistic Adoration, the sale of Catholic papers and the distribution of Advent calendars to the local Primary School.
Ancilla Domini Curia: A public Rosary at an apartment complex had 4 legionaries, a reverend sister and 32 locals in attendance. The December Pauline Circle featured a paper on the “Year of Mercy” prepared and presented by a priest; also in attendance was a religious brother, 12 other Catholics and 2 non-Catholics. The praesidium of Filipino nationals has six members.
Annunciata Curia: 43 patricians and 12 legionaries attended 5 Patrician meetings. A very successful Evening of Thanksgiving for the Religious Life was held, with 30 reverend sisters, 2 priests, a deacon and 20 legionaries in attendance. A praesidium of 6 active members has a special apostolate to the blind and partially- sighted and run a car pool to bring them to Mass. They also promote the Pioneers and visited 34 bars to publicise the Barman’s Retreat.
Gloriosa Curia: 7 legionaries and 3 patricians attended a meeting on the topic of “Catholic Education in Ireland”.
Mary Spouse of the Holy Spirit Curia: Two legionaries did street contact outside an Institute of Technology, distributing Miraculous Medals and Catholic literature and speaking with students. One praesidium has started one hour of Eucharistic Adoration each Friday morning after Mass, with up to 25 parishioners attending. They also run an Edel Quinn Prayer Meeting and organise an annual Mass in her honour each May. A praesidium which amalgamated with another during the year has 6 members. Their works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation, running a monthly Frank Duff Prayer group and Patrician meetings.
Immaculata Curia: 25 legionaries and 37 patricians attended 7 meetings. 17 attended a video on Divine Mercy in the Curia House. The Children’s group in one parish has risen to 10 children and 3 adults. Periodic visitation by members of the Curia will continue in an effort to revive a praesidium. A praesidium gained one member, now having 5. They are helping the parish undertake a census, visit a number of special-case families and were in close contact with a lady suffering from anorexia who passed away during the year.

SOUTH AMERICA

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: In spite of intense heat a huge crowd was present for most of the day at the Alfie Lambe graveside commemoration, some legionaries travelling great distances. At the ceremony an excellent article written by Sr. Connie Garcia, who undertook a visitation on behalf of Concilium, now living in Columbia, was read detailing many interesting aspects of Alfie’s life. Guadalupe Morad has been invited by some of the councils to give talks on the former Envoy to South America.
Cordoba Senatus: A Cordoba City Curia reported they have four praesidia and a Patrician Meeting. One Exploratio Dominicalis was carried out; they have 200 auxiliary members and three Adjutorians.
Salta Senatus: Legionaries go into dangerous areas to contact young people who are addicted to drugs. Prayers are said with them. Many give up the vice and one former addict became an active member of the local praesidium. There are several suicides in the area. The legionaries have also obtained professional help for their contacts from social workers and psychologists. This year’s Senatus Mass for Alfie Lambe was in the Cathedral and was organised by the young- adult legionaries. Corrientes Regia: All four officerships were filled in November. Orthodox Christians in the town of Roque Saenz Pena have approached the Legion wishing to start the Legion within their community. Rosario Regia: The council is very active in extension. Minutes indicate contacts with Parish Priests every month. Nine praesidia were set up recently including one in a parish of Oriental Rite. A statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was installed in a Bus Station.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: A parish-based Curia in Belem reports the study of the True Devotion and ten returns to Mass along with several conversions of members of various sects. Because of Legion apostolate two Churches have been reopened. There were several conversions from Macumba spiritualism.
Belo Horizonte Senatus: The return of eight families to the Church, who are now all engaged in Church activities, was reported, also the conversion of one non-Catholic. Legionaries helped with 15 funerals and visited 41 bereaved families. The image of Our Lady was brought to 27 homes and legionaries organised weekly family Rosary Groups.
Fortaleza Senatus: One Council reported 2,376 visits to families, 25 visits to sick in hospital, preparation of 35 children for First Holy Communion, 17 for Sacrament of Confirmation, preparation of young people for Baptism and evangelisation of five youths who gave up drugs.
Ponta Grossa Senatus: A youth praesidium with 12 adolescents and two praesidia of young people with 30 members were started. The Senatus coordinated the fifth Meeting of Legion Spiritual Directors at national level. It was attended by 64 priests, 11 deacons, nine religious and two Bishops: Bishop Édson de Castro Homem and Bishop Sérgio Arthur Braschi. Tadhg McMahon was also present from Concilium.
Recife Senatus: Exploratio Dominicalis was carried out in an apartment complex and a further project is planned among families living in riverside shacks. There are now 16 correspondents.
Rio de Janeiro Senatus: In the well-known holiday resort of Copacabana a public Rosary is recited three times a week. There is also a special apostolate to taxi drivers and prayers for motorists; Rosary beads and leaflets on the value of the Mass are distributed. Two Senatus visitors to the western Amazonian State of Roraima report progress in that remote area in spite of its isolation. It is to be hoped that help can be provided to direct an apostolate to the many visitors this year in Rio for the Olympic Games and Para Olympic Games.
Salvador Senatus: A Curia reported that seven couples were helped to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony and some teenagers to receive Baptism. A Comitium reported visits to homes; counseling for distressed mothers whose children are on drugs; comforting people considering suicide attempts; in cemeteries they prayed and attended burials of Catholics and non-Catholics.
Santa Maria Senatus: In an effort to promote Praetorian membership the Senatus arranged for a talk on the Divine Office to be given by a member of a religious order, a former legionary. 23 members of the Senatus took part in a Peregrinatio pro Christo project in Uruguay, including seven youth members. Two Curiae were revived in Porto Alegre, the State Capital.
São Luis Senatus: Catechism classes included the preparation of 117 children for First Holy Communion and 73 youths for Confirmation. Extension work resulted in three new praesidia and one revived. The promotion of Christian marriage led to 27 couples being married in Church. They had 361 Baptisms.
São Paulo Senatus: Reports show large numbers of visits to homes and contact with Catholics and with people of other religions or none. One Comitium recorded 2,637 door to door visits. They do street contact also, including contact with street girls. 37 youths received the Sacrament of Confirmation and eleven children were baptised. 45 people returned to Mass and the practice of the Faith. Brasilia Regia: One praesidium recited 10,000 Hail Mary’s. Persons are contacted during public recitation of the Rosary at a square beside the Church, at bus stops and café’s. Many people contacted on visitation are Protestants.

EUROPE
BELARUS
Minsk Comitum governs 10 attached presidia and 11 attached Curia. Reports were received from 5 Curiae, 1 praesidium and one Curia visitation to a praesidium. A variety of apostolic works include: visitation to a war veterans home with a priest offering the Sacrament of Confession; contacting people and speaking with them about the faith and such topics as abortion; praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at a Church. Much interest is shown in juniors and efforts to recruit and set up other junior praesidia at requests of their priests. The Comitium is presently working towards the setting up of a 2nd Comitium.

CROATIA
Zagreb Regia (and councils under catertakership): Extension efforts are on-going, all 7 praesidia reporting visible results, many returns to the Sacraments, 2 marriages validated and 2 children of 10 and 11 years baptised. A lady of 101, who refused to see a priest later agreed, was anointed and died soon afterwards.
Zadon Comitum: Two senior and one junior praesidia were set up, a junior praesidium reactivated and a Prayer Group for 15–18 year olds established. Rijeka Curia: invited widows and widowers to attend Mass for their spouses on World Marriage day. Petrinja Curia established 2 senior and 2 junior praesidia.

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA: Sarajevo Curia has 7 praesidia affiliated. Returns to the Sacrament and new auxiliaries gained were recorded.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia governs 24 praesidia, 10 Curiae and 5 Comitium. The praesidia attached to the Regia are in 4 Dioceses, 10 of them in the Diocese of Vac. Two Dioceses have no Legion presence as yet. Sr. Magdika Vyolezas was elected Regia President in October. Works undertaken tend to be mainly of consolation. Ujpest Curia helps disabled people, alcoholics and drug addicts and assists in religious classes for children.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium: In the city of Riga a praesidium of 5 members do street contact and home to home visitation. A junior praesidium visits the nursing home and shops for the residents. They promote the Miraculous Medal at schools and do contact work during lunch breaks. Jelgava Curia has 3 praesidia 2 Recruiting Drives have been held. Leipija Curia has 2 praesidia. Recruiting drives are planned. Rezekne Curia has 10 praesidia. The praesidium in Aglona, seat of the national shrine to Our Blessed Lady, has 8 members. They organise Night Adoration at the shrine once a month with an attendance of 40 to 50.

LITHUANIA
Kanus Comitium has 3 Curiae affiliated: as a result of recruiting drives 9 new members were gained. Vilnius Curia: On visitation to the local Day Centre legionaries promote the Miraculous Medal and attendance at Mass.
Telsia Comitium has 12 praesidia and 2 Curiae affiliated. The legionaries helped 176 people prepare for Confession, one after 40 years and one after 10 years. Two ladies in their eighties told legionaries that the last time they were at Confession was on their wedding day!

POLAND
Lublin Regia: Five new praesidia were established. Bishop Rylak, while conducting a Retreat for priests emphasised to them that “the Legion of Mary is a splendid movement, a leading apostolate, a movement with immense potential.” The Comitium in Radsin Podlaskee makes contact on the street and with alcoholics and reports 35 people brought to the Sacrament of Confession. Regarding the cause of Anatol Kaszczuk, the Regia Spiritual Director, Fr. Jozef Sarshinskee with Regia officers visited Rev. Professor Mishtow of the Lubelski University who directed them to run a process of information.
Praga Comitium (Warsaw): Medzeszyn Curia has 7 praesidia, 60 active members, 104 auxiliaries and 1 Praetorian. Works include visits to schools, hospitals and private nursing homes. In hospital and nursing homes legionaries pray for and with the sick and also organise social events. Crowd contact is done in the streets, shops and outside hospitals. Attention is given to alcoholics. The Pilgrim Statue and Miraculous Medal are promoted by many praesidia.

ROMANIA
Bucharest Curia has 8 praesidia attached comprising 60 legionaries: The membership is elderly and it is difficult to recruit young people. Two Austrian legionaries visited Bucharest Curia in May 2015 and plan to make a return visit. Satu Mere Regia: 7 praesidia reported. Membership is good and attendance is excellent. Legionaries are engaged in many parish activities as well as works of service. Efforts to recruit were mentioned. Oradea Comitium regularly visits 4 orphanages, organises Eucharist Adoration and helps with the work of Radio Maria. Carei Comitium established a Rosary Group for men.

AUSTRIA (and caretaker countries)
The Senatus organised a Day School on the Apostolate to Muslims, a Spiritual Director’s Conference and a Winter School for young legionaries. Praesidia reported patricians for the blind and animation of an African Mass by young legionaries. West Vienna Curia: a Spiritual Director contacted Muslims by playing football with them at a sports hall. All members of the Croation Curia have undertaken True Devotion to Mary. South and East Curia: A 70 year old woman was baptised. Reports from the various Comitia include: promoting and explaining the Holy Door as part of the Year of Mercy; a Congress organised on Mary, Mother of Mercy; a Retreat for the lapsed; wide distribution of Frank Duff prayer leaflets; visitation of and Retreats for the lapsed. Home visitation led to 2 Buddha statues being replaced by those of Our Lady.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague Comitium: Spiritual Director, Bishop Aerbst helped with the new praesidium in Kamenne Zehrovice. Extension is on-going in the Diocese of Keonigs Greetz.

UKRAINE:
60 attended the Summer School in Letitschev. Local legionaries joined the Austrian PPC project to Lemberg. The Austrian correspondent for Kiev spent 7 weeks visiting councils. An Austrian, along with a Nikolaev legionary spent 9 days in the Eastern Dioceses.

MOLDOVA: Chisinau Curia visited homes of drug addicts and alcoholics. Juniors accompanied the priest bringing Holy Communion to the sick.

SLOVAKIA: Trnava Curia: 200 attended their annual Pilgrimage. They attempted extension in 2 areas as also did Zselig Comitium.

BULGARIA: Officers of the 8 praesidia attended the Vienna Senatus meeting.



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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