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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
of the Legion of Mary
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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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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.


Europe
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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.


Dublin Sud
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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.


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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.


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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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ASIA

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.


Asie
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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.


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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.


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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.


Europe
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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 the printing of the Swedish Handbook.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Angola Comitium Raised to Regia Status
January 2016

ANGOLA COMITIUM RAISED TO REGIA STATUS

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



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Visit to Democratic Republic of Congo
January 2016

VISIT TO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Concilium Bulletin December 2015
January 2016

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

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

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

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

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

COUNTRIES UNDER CARETAKERSHIP OF MALTA REGIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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Deus et Patria 2015
December 2015

DEUS ET PATRIA

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

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

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



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Chennai Comitium Raised to Regia Status
December 2015

CHENNAI COMITIUM RAISED TO REGIA STATUS

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



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Visit to Bogota and Medellin, Colombia
December 2015

VISIT TO BOGOTA AND MEDELLIN – COLOMBIA

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concilium Bulletin November 2015
December 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

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

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

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

CURIAE

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

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

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

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

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

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DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Death of Former Envoy
November 2015

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concilium Bulletin October 2015
November 2015

ASIA

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

EUROPE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT
COMITIA

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

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

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

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

CURIAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOUTH AMERICA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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75th Anniversary Celebration in Manila July 2015
October 2015

75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN MANILA

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



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Culture Night - Dublin September 2015
October 2015

CULTURE NIGHT - DUBLIN

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EUROPE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DUBLIN NORTHSIDE CURIAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFRICA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Myra House, 100 Francis Street
will also welcome visitors

Friday 18th September between 5 and 11 pm.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, SO PLEASE VISIT US



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

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

Myra House, 100 Francis Street
will also welcome visitors

Friday 18th September between 5 and 11 pm.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, SO PLEASE VISIT US



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Peregrinatio Pro Christo - Ireland 2015
August 2015

PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO – IRELAND

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



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Peregrinatio Pro Christo - Ireland 2015
August 2015

PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO – IRELAND

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



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

Mary: Mother of Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary: Mother of Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary: Mother of Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concilium Bulletin - August 2015
August 2015

USA, CANADA AND WEST INDIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EUROPE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COUNTRIES UNDER CARETAKERSHIP OF MALTA REGIA

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

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

AUSTRIA AND COUNTRIES UNDER ITS CARETAKERSHIP

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

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

COMITIA

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

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

CURIAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

DUBLIN SOUTHSIDE CURIAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFRICA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Two Comitia in Brazil Raised to Regia Status
August 2015

TWO COMITIA IN BRAZIL RAISED TO REGIA STATUS

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

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

TWO COMITIA IN BRAZIL RAISED TO REGIA STATUS

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

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

OPENING OF NEW WING OF MORNING STAR HOSTEL- DUBLIN

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

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

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

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

OPENING OF NEW WING OF MORNING STAR HOSTEL- DUBLIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS CONFERENCE

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

CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS CONFERENCE

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

The Sacrament of Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sacrament of Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concilium Bulletin July 2015
August 2015

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Armagh Curia: This council has three attached praesidia.

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

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


DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ASIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IRISH PROVINCIAL REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Armagh Curia: This council has three attached praesidia.

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

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


DUBLIN NORTHSIDE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY

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

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

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

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

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



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

The Face of Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Face of Mercy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Concilium Bulletin June 2015
July 2015

SOUTH AMERICA

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

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

Salta Senatus: In a small rural town the legionaries built a chapel with the help of the local people. While building the chapel the local people were told about the sacraments and prepared for their reception. Many valuable contacts are made with pilgrims and tourists who co