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Allocutio at March 2014 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
March 2014
Pope Francis – Reflections on Our Lady
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We are soon coming once more to the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord when the Legion throughout the world renews its consecration to Mary in the ceremony we call the Acies. Our founder, Frank Duff has written some forceful words in the Handbook on the place of the Acies in the life of the individual legionary and the Legion as a whole. I think it would be helpful to recall these words once again: ‘The Acies is the great central annual function of the Legion, so it is necessary to stress the importance of attendance on the part of every member. The essential idea of the Legion, upon which all else is built, is that of working in union with and in dependence on Mary, its Queen. The Acies is the solemn expression of that union and dependence, the renewal –individual and collective – of the legionary declaration of fealty. Hence it is manifest that any legionary who can attend, and yet fail to do so, have little or none of the spirit of the Legion in them. The membership of such persons is not an asset to the Legion.’ Whenever and wherever there is continuous misunderstanding, conflict or unresolved problems among members of the Legion at any level, it is nearly always fundamentally due to a failure in the spirit of our consecration to Mary. The Acies should really be a time for healing, spiritual joy and renewal. It should mark a fresh impetus for all the forms of our apostolate.

The Handbook also counsels us not to pronounce the short formula of consecration: ‘I am all yours my Queen and my Mother and all that I have is yours,’ in a mechanical or thoughtless manner. It suggests that it might be helpful preparation to once more study the Marian Synthesis found in appendix 11 of the Handbook. This year may I share with you for a change some simple thoughts from Pope Francis that may help us to renew our consecration with better informed minds and more open hearts?

On his pilgrim journey to Brazil at the lovely shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, he said: ‘When the Church looks to Jesus, she always knocks at her Mother’s door and asks: ‘Show us Jesus.’ It is from Mary that the Church learns true discipleship. This is why the Church always goes out on mission in the footsteps of Mary.’ That is a lovely way of expressing the teaching of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, indeed the teaching of the Church from the very beginning: To Jesus through Mary. This is God’s eternal plan to give Jesus to the world through Mary and our consecration to her is a deep recognition of that historical and theological fact.

In his Apotolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, there is a lovely section on Mary, Mother of Evangelisation. The opening words seem to me to express vintage Legion spirituality. He writes: ‘With the Holy Spirit, Mary is always present in the midst of the people. She joined the disciples in praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14) and thus made possible the missionary outburst which took place at Pentecost.. She is the Mother of the Church which evangelises, and without her we could never truly understand the spirit of the new evangelisation. ‘First, these words seem to be an echo of St Louis Marie de Montfort’s dictum: ‘where there is Mary, there is the Holy Spirit.’ Of course, also for the Legion the absolute inseparability of Mary from the Holy Spirit is a fundamental conviction. Many people outside the Legion and perhaps even some within the Legion do not fully realise that the legionary makes the Legion promise to the Holy Spirit and not to Mary. But it is with Mary and in her deepest spirit that we make a total commitment of ourselves to the Holy Spirit. We cannot have one without the other. This is an important truth we should celebrate at the Acies. Mary would never forget the words of the Angel at the Annunciation: ‘The Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.’ It is no wonder that Mary led the infant apostolic Church to openness to the coming of the Holy Spirit. And it can be no surprise that an organisation that carries the name of Mary should begin every meeting by invoking the Holy Spirit to reignite the cenacle experience among them.

Pope Francis tell us that, ‘without her we could never truly understand the spirit of the new evangelisation.’ The Legion has cherished this truth from its very beginning. In fact she has always believed that there is no true apostolate, new or old of any kind without Mary. She is the Mother of all evangelisation.

Unfortunately, I can only scratch the surface of this Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis in the course of a relatively short allocutio. But let me leave you with one last simple thought from Pope Francis. He writes: ‘There in these many shrines we see how Mary brings together her children who with great effort come as pilgrims to see her and be seen by her. Here they find strength from God to bear the weariness and sufferings in their lives. As she did with John Diego, Mary offers them maternal comfort and love, and whispers in their ears: ‘Let not your heart be troubled…Am I not here, who am your Mother?’ I know that when we renew our consecration to Mary at the Acies, we may be predominantly aware of what we want to give to Mary; we are conscious of what we are undertaking and the efforts we are intending to make in expressing our love for Mary. But it is supremely important that we remember her absolute commitment to us as our mother and dearest friend. She, like the Lord has first loved us and never leaves our side. May the Acies this year be a time of special grace, joy and light for all of us. Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin - March 2014
March 2014
REPORTS

AFRICA
Ghana
Senatus of Accra
: The Vicar General was the main celebrant of the Frank Duff Anniversary Mass, celebrated at the grotto, Archbishop’s Garden, Accra Cathedral. 296 students from twenty six tertiary institutions participated in the 4th Biennial Legion three day Youth Conference at Cape Coast University. The theme was, “In the Service of Mary, Model of the Church.” The Rosary procession and keynote address were covered by the Catholic T.V. Broadcaster and excerpts were shown on a Catholic programme on national television.
Sunyani Regia: A Nigerian Legionary established a new senior and a junior Praesidium at Walewale in the Northern Region.
Cape Verde Regia: January Minutes received. The Legion is the principal instrument of catechesis for the Church in Cape Verde with 77 catechists in one Comitium and 50 in a Curia. This Comitium has 23 junior praesidia. As a result of Exploratio Dominicalis projects, 500 children were recruited for Catechism classes and 114 youths prepared for Baptism. In spite of a constant loss of members through emigration and other factors, numbers continue to increase. The monthly newsletter goes to six Portuguese-speaking countries in three continents.

ZimbabweKadoma Curia held a combined meeting with Harare and Chegutu Curiae.
Hwange Comitium: Elections were held in February for all four officers in Hwange Comitium.

Angola
Luanda Senatus: January minutes received. The 25th May has been chosen for the formal inauguration of the Senatus. Two new Curiae have been set up. A praesidium established in 1962 has 26 active and ten auxiliary members. A praesidium with 30 active members and 4 auxiliaries made contact with 436 persons on home visitation; they visited 613 people in hospital and 180 in a home for the elderly.

Benguela Senatus: September minutes received. More than 2,000 legionaries took part in a Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in May to mark the Year of Faith. In September, the Comitium in Ndunde was divided and a new Comitium formed in Kamela with five Curiae and 12 praesidia directly attached. Two new Curiae have been set up, one in Benguela and the other in Lobito.

Cape Town Senatus: February 2014 minutes received. His Grace the Archbishop will attend the Acies which will be held in the Cathedral. The correspondents group meets regularly and report to the Senatus meeting. New praesidia have been established and it is hoped that this will give new life to the Senatus.

Johannesburg Senatus: Works undertaken include, visiting a Squatter Camp, teaching catechism, home and prison visitation. A new praesidium was set up and another is planned. Lapsed Catholics and people of other faiths were contacted; some have joined the catechism classes.
Esogodeni Comitium: There are 16 curiae attached to this Comitium. Works include home and hospital visitation, teaching catechism and helping the elderly with their medication. A meeting with the young adult legionaries was planned for 22nd February. This year each curia will hold its own Acies. In the past they had one for the Comitium and many legionaries were unable to attend.

Lesotho Senatus: February minutes received. Average attendances were 23% for council officers and 39% for praesidium officers. An attached curia reported that attendance at their monthly meeting is poor due to distance and lack of public transport. The correspondent is getting details of attached councils; some Comitia have no curiae and few praesidia. On the other hand, another Comitium has four curiae and nine praesidia. 26 colleagues of a legionary were instructed in the Catholic faith.

Namibia
The Legion in Namibia is under the caretakership of Cape Town Senatus. Two Senatus Officers will visit in May.

Egypt: Prayers are asked for legionaries in Egypt who are experiencing great difficulty at this time.
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Philippines
Mindanao Senatus: Many Muslims in the Aurora area converted to the Catholic faith. One such convert is now President of a praesidium. Muslims also donated towards maintenance of a Catholic Chapel. Many marriage validations preceded by Catechesis of the relevant couples is reported. Several couples who converted from Sects were baptised and married during a wedding ceremony centred round the Mass. A seriously ill Muslim husband of a Catholic lady converted to the church and received the sacraments shortly before he died. A campaign was undertaken to recruit young legionaries to visit mountain villages The average attendance of the four praesidia reporting in September was 82%. Two Curiae attached to a Regia had 100% attendance. Visitation to attached councils has resulted in an increase in the number of curiae and Comitia.

Bicolandia Senatus: Last minutes November 2013 A praesidium with 12 active members visit the sick and elderly in hospital, encouraging them to go to confession and be anointed. A campaign for the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes is on-going. Legionaries in a praesidium with 14 active and 6 probationers teach catechism to 35 pre-school children. Visitation to attached councils is undertaken.

Western Visayas Senatus: Last minutes December 2013. Councils and praesidia attendance average 70%. Quarterly reports to Senatus are regular and very encouraging. Home and Hospital visitation feature, with numerous reports of Baptisms, Catechesis, validation of marriages and conversions.
Kabaukalan Comitium: This council reported the visitation of 144 Prisoners and the building of a Prison Chapel with the help of legionaries.
North Negros Comitium reported the Legion looking after an abandoned child and sending him to school.
Tigbanan Comitium: Due to legionary efforts, a 93 year old woman received her first Holy Communion.

Cebu Senatus:.After the November meeting the total Senatus area suffered appalling devastation by Typhoon Haiyan. Yet they reconvened again in December. Many people suffered grievously, but not one single meeting was deferred. Communications were impossible for quite a time The Audit for 2012 is being done. A junior praesidium organised a prayer group with 40 members aged between five and thirteen, who were taught the basic prayers and how to pray the Rosary. One Regia has 6 Comitia, 12 Curiae and 20 directly attached praesidia, with over 7,000 active members, 556 on probation, 747 praetorians, 65 adjutorians and over 9,000 auxiliaries. Visitation to attached Councils is undertaken regularly and the three causes are promoted with vigour.

Northern Philippines Senatus: The average attendance of Senatus officers is 100% and attached praesidia 66%. The Columban method of recruitment and vocation promotion was carried out in September. There were 3 conversions to the Catholic faith.
Tuguegarao Comitium: Members travelled 12 hours to render their report.
San Pedro Comitium: Four junior members graduated to senior ranks and are preparing to form a new senior praesidium. Lipa Regia established 19 new Junior praesidia and 2 Patrician groups, one of which is in a Jail. Councils reported many returns to the sacraments, Muslims converting, children in school being taught catechism, new praesidia starting up and over 70 new Patrician units organised.
Guam Comitium: This council supervises 2 affiliated senior curiae, a junior curia with 9 praesidia and 17 directly attached praesidia. The Comitium plans to continue extension to parishes presently without the legion.

Australia
Melbourne Senatus
: January minutes to hand. Reports were taken from 5 directly attached praesdia, 8 attached curiae, 2 Comitia on the mainland and a number of councils in the Pacific Ocean region. Visits were made to Darwin curia, Horbart curia in Tasmania and councils in the Vanuata Islands group. Perth Comitium covers a very extensive area in Western Australia. Bishop Hilton Deakin celebrated the November Mass for the Servant of God Frank Duff.

Sydney Senatus: Many extension drives were carried out. Mass was celebrated for the three Causes. A praesidium of 19 members teaches catechism, circulate the Pilgrim Statue and carry out visitation to homes and hospitals. Membership in general is small. An Indonesian praesidium has an apostolate to fellow country-men. East Timor has 5 senior and 2 junior praesidia, with many more in the pipe line. The extension worker arrived with 150 Rosary Beads. The apostolate is home visitation and distribution of Mass times to the hostels.
Brisbane Comitium: January minutes to hand. Each praesidium was encouraged to hold its own anniversary Mass in November for the Servant of God Frank Duff. A Columban drive was held in Carina parish on 14/15th.February and much interest was generated. Reports included visitation to homes, hospitals, teaching catechism in state schools, praying the rosary at funerals, church duties and Holy Communion distribution in nursing homes. An information Legion gathering was held.

New Zealand
Auckland Senatus
: The Senatus has 28 praesidia attached. Reports were received from Wellington Comitium, plus Hamilton and Christchurch Curiae. Some extension has been undertaken. The Auckland area is relatively strong with two senior and two junior curiae. Bishop Peter Brown is the new Bishop of American Samoa. Western Samoa is home to Apia Comitia with 6 curiae and 2 Comitia. Tonga has 2 curiae. The Legion Handbook has been printed in two languages.
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Paraguay
Senatus of Asuncion
: The Comitium of San Lorenzo promotes three catholic radio stations. In Asuncion itself, a leper colony is visited. In prisons where praesidia exist, legionaries help their fellow prisoners to rehabilitate, often resulting in early release. Hospitals, homes and nursing homes are visited in all areas, with a variety of tasks carried out, such as shopping for the elderly and washing clothes. A member of a Sect, who received guidance from Legionaries, converted while in hospital and received the Sacraments including Extreme Unction, before passing to Eternity.

Bolivia
Senatus of La Paz:
Legionaries work in a hostel for recovering alcoholics, where they have long conversations with residents. Many reports put home visitation as their number one priority. Alfie Lambe is remembered on his anniversary; present day legionaries were delighted to hear personal testimonies of some of the legionaries who had the privilege of working with Alfie in Bolivia.

Chile
Senatus of Santiago
: Many reports tell of contact with non-catholic families. Visits to the many distant affiliated councils is usually done by a Senatus officer and the correspondent. One council says that many of their legionaries walk more than 10km to do their weekly work assignment. Others do their Legion work in spite of having to use crutches. Night meetings are rare in the Senatus area, but some Praesidia now meet at night in order to cater for those who cannot attend a day meeting. Some families requested that legionaries visit them at night when the whole family is at home.

Colombia
Senatus of Medellin
: Comitium Nuestra Senora del Carmen de Bello reports visitation of homes, hospitals, clinics, prisons and educational institution including pre-school, primary and secondary schools. Street contact is also done. The main works of one praesidium are bringing the sick to the doctor, consoling the grief-stricken and terminally ill and teaching catechism to children.

Senatus of Bogota: At the January meeting the Spiritual Director of the Senatus spoke about the Pope’s encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium and encouraged legionaries to study the document. There are 11,000 active legionaries in the attached Regia of Bucaramanga; 309 are between the ages of 18 and 40. In rural areas where there are no priests, the legionaries bring families together for Liturgy of the Word and Eucharistic services. An attached comitium has 42 parishes in its area; all but 7 have a Legion presence.

Cuba
Havana Comitium
: A visit by four legionaries from the Senatus of Merida in Mexico is being considered by the Comitium of Havana; the visitors would help train the local legionaries in the apostolate and in administration.

Peru
Lima Senatus
: There are 33 curiae in the Archdiocese area. The Senatus is proposing to set up a new Comitium. In January 134 out of 214 officers were present. Legionaries visit a Drug Rehabilitation Centre where they speak to the inmates, completing their visits with prayer. A curia attached to the Comitium of Trujillo works in a difficult area where the sects are active. They have set up a number of Rosary Groups, which have been very successful. As a result of their apostolate, one person returned to the practice of the faith, three marriages were regularised and four children were Baptised.

Uruguay
Senatus of Montevideo
: October minutes received. Three Columban Drives were organised to strengthen weak praesidia.

Venezuela
Senatus of Caracas: Average attendance is 74%. Members expressed delight at the formation of a new Regia in Merida, decided upon at the December Concilium meeting. Mention is made of jail visitation, the use of a book barrow, outreach to indigenous peoples and the conversion of a family of Jehovah Witnesses.

Ecuador
Senatus of Quito: Minutes received to December. Works include the teaching of personal hygiene, cookery, jail visitation, catechesis and organising public Rosaries.
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Allocutio at Concilium - February 2014 - Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
February 2014
The Legion and the Great Problems and Evils of Today

Recently we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The events and message of Lourdes belong to the category of private revelation and get their whole value and influence from the fact that they are a gentle but sublime proclamation of the Gospel message and bring millions of people into contact with the Person of Jesus Christ. If a private revelation is not rooted in and illuminates some Gospel truth it is best ignored and can be a grave distraction in the spiritual life. At Lourdes Mary reveals and recalls us to the central mission of the Church: the salvation of souls. That is also the only ultimate reason for the existence of the Legion of Mary. We have to keep on asking ourselves the challenging question: are we really concerned about where people will spend eternity especially those who seem to be in most danger? What is the evidence for our commitment to the salvation of souls in practice rather than just by way of aspiration? Let me just quote one passage of Scripture from many possible texts to remind ourselves of the Gospel portrait of Jesus and the essential identity of his mission: 'then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?" But when Jesus heard this, He said, "it is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick." "Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I came not to call the righteous but sinners." (Mt 9:10-12)

That image and those words of Jesus are embedded in the heart of the Church from its very beginning. They were also branded on the soul of Frank Duff and the Legion of Mary. It is against that background that I want to suggest some preliminary orientations as to how the Legion should be involved in the great problems and evils of today. From time to time some legionaries ask me why the Legion is not more vocal and active in the great questions of today. For instance, why the Legion is not more involved in the pro-life movement, why does she not enter the public debate on same gender 'marriages' or why does she not publicly oppose the euthanasia of sick children and the elderly sick, why does she not join the fight against legislation that not only attacks the church but also undermines the common good and culture. The list of such questions goes on and on. First of all the legionary must be as well informed as possible on all these important issues by studying the Universal Catechism or the Compendium and the guidelines provided by so many of the Documents of the Magisterium. We should also be prepared to share the teaching of the Church with others when they ask us and whenever an opportunity arises. Of course, the Legion realises that sin is the greatest evil in the world and she does not soft pedal the enormity of this evil. But she is also committed to love, and to humbly serve the sinner in every way possible to her. The Legion seeks to be an instrument of grace and not simply a vehicle of condemnation and confrontation.

Our Lady asked St. Bernadette to pray for sinners and she asked the children at Fatima to do the same thing. And she asks us also to pray for sinners. Prayer is not a form of opting out of the humdrum, the slog and sometimes the exhaustion of apostolic work but rather an opting into the deepest level of cooperation with the redemptive love of God and the mission of the Church. In contemplating Our Lord on the cross we see the supreme manifestation of the inexhaustible thirst of God for sinners. His merciful love for sinners has absolutely no limits. And Mary is the Mother of the heart of God that so thirsts for sinners. Of course there is a huge difference between God's thirst for souls and that of Mary. His thirst is infinite and hers can only border on the infinite. But her thirst for the salvation of sinners defines her immaculate and maternal heart. The purpose of the Legion and of every member is to slake the thirst of God and his Mother for sinners. We ask for the gift of sharing in Mary's thirst for sinners.

Frank Duff, our Founder was incredibly well informed on the great problems and evils facing the Church. But as I have already said that branded on his soul was a great thirst for the conversion of sinners. To put it in other words he loved and reverenced people so much that he wanted everyone he ever met or could reach to get into heaven. He founded the Legion for this same purpose. But what I wanted to stress today was the methods he used to try and achieve this goal. How did he go about being involved in the crises and problems of his day?

Let me quote just one of many appropriate passages in the Handbook that answer this question: "The Legion must guard against the danger of being made use of by too ardent social reformers. The work of the Legion is essentially a hidden one. It commences in the heart of the individual legionary, developing therein a spirit of zeal and charity, by direct personal and persevering contact with others, the legionaries endeavour to raise the spiritual level of the whole community. The work is done quietly, unobtrusively, delicately. It aims less at the direct suppressing of gross evils than at the permeation of the community with Catholic principles and Catholic feeling, so that the evils die of themselves through lack of soil favourable to them. It will consider its real victory to lie in the steady, if sometimes slow, development among the people of an intense Catholic life and outlook.
It is important that the intimate nature of the Legion visitation should be jealously safeguarded. It will not be preserved if legionaries gain the reputation of seeking out abuses for public denunciation. The visits of legionaries to people's homes, as well as their general movements, would tend to be looked on with doubt. Instead of being regarded as friends, in whom complete confidence could be reposed, the suspicion would attach to them that they were engaged on detective work for their organisation. Inevitably their presence would be resented, and this would mark the end of real legionary usefulness.

Therefore, those in charge of Legion activities will be chary of associating the name of the Legion with ends which, though good in themselves, presuppose methods which have little in common with those of the Legion. Special organisations exist for the purpose of combating the glaring abuses of the day. Let the legionaries avail of them when the need arises, and lend their support in their private capacities, but let the Legion itself continue to be true to its own tradition and its own methods of work.'

I realise that there may be other valid and effective ways of confronting and participating in the great issues of the day and there may be an understandable temptation at times for some members of the Legion to adopt these methods but I am convinced that to do so would gradually undermine the whole spirit and charism of the Legion that has so outstandingly proved its worth and wisdom through many years of experience.

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Concilium Bulletin - February 2014
February 2014
REPORTS
AFRICA
Burundi
Senatus of Gitega
reports 304 young people enrolled as juniors by Kanyinya Comitium and 3 new Comitia formed, one at Buraniro in Ngozi Diocese and 2 in Rutana Diocese in Gilharo and Mpinga respectively. Support is given at parish level to the basic Christian Communities. Works include, encouraging children to faithful attendance at school. There is an apostolate to people involved in prostitution.

Central African Republic
Bangui Senatus:
Last minutes was in January 2013. Reports otherwise received indicated a flourishing Legion apostolate, with many troubled marriages and family disputes resolved. Legion nurseries are feeding junior praesidia and they in turn are feeding senior ranks.

Democratic Republic of Congo
Katanga Senatus
has been asked to attend to arrears in sending minutes.
Bukavu: Last minutes received covered the period up to September 2011

Senatus of Butembo: Minutes are up to date to the end of December 2013. In spite of great political unrest, 65 legionaries attended the November meeting, including 5 Senatus officers, 2 delegates from Beni and Lubero Regiae, 37 from various Comitia and 6 from junior Curiae. 2 Comitia gave reports, totalling 1034 active members over 13 Curiae and 95 praesidia. December minutes called on all families to care for each other, taking the Holy Family of Nazareth as their role model. Of the 90 members present, 7 officers came from the Diocese of Bunia. 4 Comitia gave reports: active legionaries, 30,952. Works include, visitation of homes to teach people how to say the Rosary, mothers given cookery and dress-making lessons, troubled families counselled, pagans baptised, widows, orphans and refugees helped. Many returns to practice of the faith were reported. Several Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects were organised. In his letters, Bro. Kambale asked for prayers for peace in the North Kivu region. The Senatus hopes to celebrate its 25th Jubilee next year.

Mauritius, (Rodrigues): Recent reports show the Legion working well. Plans for the year shows all the usual functions – Acies, November Mass for the dead, annual retreats and reunions, regular visitation of councils, including juniors. Notice is given of visitation of the island of Rodrigues, a formation day for officers and an Exploratio Dominicalis project. Praesidia report visitation of hospitals and homes, praying with bereaved families in mortuaries, accompanying priests on visits to the sick, bringing invalids and elderly people to Mass and helping with parish activities.

Rwanda
Kigali Senatus
: September 2013 minutes received. A three-day Congress was held by officers of the secondary and third-level colleges, at which 305 legionaries attended. One of the topics was the apostolate in the schools. Many councils have junior praesidia and Curiae at various levels. Councils without junior praesidia are encouraged to start them; emphasis is also put on recruiting auxiliary members. Various new Curiae have been set up.
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ASIA
JAPAN
Osaka Senatus
: Minutes to July 2013 received.Fr. Son, a Korean priest working in Japan has set up new praesidia in his two parishes in Sopporo City. He has asked for prayers for the growth of the Legion. Virgin Most Faithful praesidium, Kohri Church help with parish works of service to the newly-Baptised, First-Communicants and in the Homeless Centre. Legionaries accompany the priest on his Holy Communion calls. Mother of Mercy praesidium members write to and telephone the house-bound, assist at Mass and other Liturgies. Tokyo Regia members read and record books for the visually impaired. They keep in contact with Fr. Michael Coleman, an Irish priest met in Dublin, who is willing to help in any way he can. Extension to the Hirado district is relatively successful.

MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpor Regia
: The report covers August - October 2013. Attendance, August 60%, September 74%, October 42%. Four praesidia with an active membership of 40 presented their reports. Works included, home, hospital and nursing home visits. For the Year of Faith some members went on a pilgrimage journey to local Churches. As a result of Legion contacts, a four-year-old girl and a two-year boy were Baptised. A couple who had their marriage regularised had their two children Baptised; they now attend Sunday Mass. Quarterly reports were taken from one Comitium with 7 praesidia and 11 Curiae attached. Two legionaries attended YouCAT meetings and participated with youth in an outreach to a leprosy home. A candle-lit Rosary procession took place on 8th September. Catholic literature was given to the aged, the sick and the lapsed.

Taiwan Senatus: Minutes to January received. Eleven new praesidia were established in the past year, but three had to close down due to unrest in the area. It is hoped that this is only temporary. Most praesidia in Taiwan have many auxiliary and praetorian members. A Curia which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary set up two new praesidia. 49 people were Baptised after instruction by legionaries. Help of Christians praesidium on an outlying island re-established links with the mainland.

Singapore Senatus: September to December minutes received. Average attendance is 68% for Curia officers and 58% for praesidium officers. A former legionary has been ordained to the priesthood. A talk on, “The Role of the Legion in the Context of the New Evangelisation”, given by His Grace, Archbishop Goh had an attendance of 300 legionaries. The Korean Curia organise a shuttle bus to take people to Mass; during journeys, prayers are recited. A Day of Recollection took place. 29 legionaries went on pilgrimage to 7 Churches. In Kuching,“Mother Most Glorious” Curia members were trained to teach at Sunday School.

Hong Kong Comitium: Minutes of March to June 2013 received. Attendance, Curia officers 90%, praesidium officers, 70%. Works recorded include, “Home of Love” care for the elderly, parish works, street contact, home visitation, catechism classes, Sunday School, community care for the poor, prison visitation and visiting the Addiction Treatment Centre.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus
: Minutes September to December received. Average attendance of officers is 83%, members 54%. A Curia in Bali formed a new praesidium. Kupang Regia has been preparing to set up a Comitium in Atambua and arranged a Youth Conference. A Curia report from Indonesian Papua visited all its praesidia and reported training of legionaries, teaching Catechism in an orphanage and a prison. One senior and four junior praesidia were set up. A Curia in Madura is helping in the development of junior praesidia.

Jakarta Senatus: September 2013 minutes received. Attendance, officers 83%, members 44%. Three praesidia in the Bogor Comitium conduct vigils on Fridays, with Mass and Stations of the Cross. A Seminary praesidium has 23 members. The Comitium was asked to encourage the members by showing Catholic videos. Palangkaraya Curia in Kilimantan is said to be extending rapidly in a huge area with, “almost one new praesidium every month.” A Kamping for Youth programme approved by the Bishop had 200 participating students. The Senatus Spiritual Director invited legionaries to volunteer to live in Papua for some months and get involved in Papuan life, teaching, reading, writing, farming and so on.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus
: October 2013 minutes received. One Curia was commended on having an increase of 26 members. Daejon Regia reported 30,794 Catechumens, 3,699 Baptised and 4,513 people returns to the Sacraments.
Gwanjgiu Senatus: Novenmer 2013 minutes received. One Curia was commended on having an increase of 26 members.
Daegu Senatus: December 2013 minutes received. Sangyok Comitium reported a new Curia and several new praesidia, including one junior praesidium. They recruited 221 active members during the year and had 359 returns to the Sacraments. A Comitium in Taejon had 30 returns to the Sacraments. Most reports from councils show recruitment of Catechumens, Baptisms and returns to the Sacraments, plus the recruitment of new legionaries. Uksoo Comitium reported 68 Catechumens recruited, 30 Baptised, 33 returns to the Sacraments, 35 active and 7 auxiliary members recruited in a single month.
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ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL
Argentina
Buenos Aires Senatus
: The Alfie Lambe graveside ceremony in January was an all-day event, with continuous Rosaries, midday Mass, street contact and finishing in the evening with a gathering of visiting legionaries. This year, a total of 60 legionaries from the Senatus of Asuncion, Paraguay and the Senatus of Cordoba Uruguay attended. Guadalupe Morad and Sister Isabel keep in close contact with the Senatus on all matters relating to Alfie Lamb’s Cause. Visits to outlying councils and the organising of open-air Masses in shanty towns showed the terrific spirit and hard work of the legionaries. Three monthly reports at Senatus meetings are proving very effective.

Cordoba Senatus: The Senatus held a Mini-Workshop on New Age Practices and Angels. An attached Curia holds a new praesidium meeting in a members’ home, as there is no Chapel. Over 2,600 people were contacted on the streets.

Salta Senatus: An 18-strong delegation of Salta legionaries made the long journey to Rosario to take part in the third National Conference of Young Legionaries. The Conference incorporated street contact. At each Senatus meeting there are always reports of the setting up of new councils and the conversion of families from the sects and reports are taken on the Young Legionaries committee, which is similar to Deus et Patria.
Corrientes Regia: A praesidium helps in a Soup Kitchen. Members teach the clients to pray and sing with them and organise a Mass once per month.
Rosario Regia: The Regia is doing extension in the Catholic University of Argentina. The legionaries had talks with Deans and Chaplains besides visiting all Faculties.

Brazil
Belem Senatus
: Legionaries in a Belem parish have been entrusted with the Sunday Eucharist celebration and preparing parents and god-parents for their children’s Baptism. The Spiritual Director of the Senatus and a Deacon from the attached Regia of Castanhal, attended the Spritual Directors’ Conference in Recife. The Regia reported 85 returns to the Church.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: Several praesidia do hospital visitation in cooperation with the Chaplains. Contact was made with more than 1,100 patients and visitors by one praesidium, resulting in about 200 requests for Holy Communion. At a Youth Detention Centre, two youths were baptised. Paracatu Comitium reported a couple cured of cancer through the intercession of Frank Duff. Statistics of the Regia of Uberlandia show 3,000 active members.

Fortaleza Senatus: A Curia in Maranguape reported 1,108 visits to homes and 114 children being prepared for First Holy Communion. Most reports show many visits to homes and to the sick, elderly and bereaved.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: Legionaries prepared 87 young people for First Holy Communion. Hotels were visited with the times for Masses in nearby Churches. Prisoners were also visited and employment was obtained for three street-dwellers.

Recife Senatus: The Senatus is to resume publication of the Legion journal after a lapse of two years. An attached Comitium reported the setting up of two junior praesidia. 30 adults were prepared for Baptism. 300 legionaries, including four Spiritual Directors took part in the Legion Retreat. Another Comitium reported 26 returns to the Church and had an attendance of 400 legionaries and two Spiritual Directors at a formation session. The Regia of Maceio reported visitation of almost 30,000 families and an apostolate among university students, helped by members of a junior praesidium.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Two Spiritual Directors attended the August meeting, including the newly-appointed director, Fr. Fabio Siqueira. Fr. Fabio succeeds Bishop Dom Edson Castro Homem, Auxiliary Bishop of Rio and representative to the Legion National Bishops’ Conference. Hospital visitation involves inviting not only patients, but also medical and nursing staff to take part in the celebration of the Blessed Eucharist. A legionary from the distant state of Acre has been sent to set up a new Curia in the Amazonian town of Tefe. The Regia of Espirito Santo reported 343 visits to the hospital for Aids patients. A Comitium in Volta Redonda Diocese set up a university students praesidium. In Petropolis, a youth drug residence was visited as well as families affected by flood waters.

Salvador Senatus: In the city of Salvador the Legion has been entrusted with directing the monthly procession at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, one of the most historic Churches in Brazil, dating back to the 17th century. A junior praesidium reported visits to Protestants, accompanying Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the sick and accompanying the priest to administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

Sao Luis Senatus: The principle work of the Senatus is promotion of the Sacraments; for example, 51 children were prepared for Baptism, 406 for First Communion and 273 for Confirmation. Care for 26 older people involves bringing them for medical consultations and tests. In the state capital of Sao Luis, each Curia organises a Rosary in a public square.

Sao Paulo Senatus: The Regia of Campo Grande in the state of Mato Grosso reported 3,000 families visited. A Comitium in Santo Omaro made 2,276 home visits, 913 visits to the elderly and 982 visits to the sick at home and in hospital. The Senatus plans to reprint the Tessera and Handbook in a larger and wider size, without changing the pages.

Brasilia Regia was represented by two Spritual Directors at the Recife Conference. Almost four and a half thousand children, youths and adults were prepared by catechesis to receive the Sacraments. After a Novena to Frank Duff by a couple, a serious financial problem was resolved.
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AUSTRIA
Austrian Senatus:
The report covers 4 praesidia, 8 directly-attached Curiae and 10 Comitia. True Devotion to Mary is strongly promoted throughout the councils. Two African and 23 Croatian praesidia presented reports; these revealed that as a result of Pilgrim Statue visitation, two people returned to practice of the faith, two co-habiting couples received the Sacrament of Marriage and 30 people went to Confession. The amalgamation of Youth Vienne and South-East Vienna Curiae is being considered.
Linz Comitium: records the Baptism of a Muslim. An afternoon for those who had left the Church organised by the Heiliga Kreuz Curia in Wienerwald Comitium had an attendance of 260.

Czech Republic
Prague Comitium:
This council comprises 12 praesidia and Kletovy Curia with 4 praesidia. Two new praesidia are working well. Legionaries invite people to meditations at the Marian Column, which dates back to 1642.
Olmuetz Comitium comprises 6 praesidia and Bruenn Curia with 4 praesidia. They conduct an apostolate to children and encourage parents to have their children Baptised.

Slovakia
Zseliz Comitium
has 13 praesidia and 3 Curiae. Egyhazelle Curia organises bicycle tours for young people. Komaron Curia works with Radio Maria.

Ukraine
The Senatus of Austria approved the visit of Sr. Elizabeth Kriss and Fr. Joseph to Harkov to attend a Spiritual Directors’ day.

Belarus Comitium: Minutes to December received. Our Lady of Scapular praesidium, Minsk, with 7 active 14 auxiliary members do home visitation and compile a census of Catholics in the parish. They visit a hospital, a clinic and sick parishioners in their homes. They also do crowd-contact in parks and at a bus station and visit a Boarding School in conjunction with another praesidium. Extension efforts by Soly Comitium produced 22 auxiliaries. Lida Curia has established a new praesidium in Ivye, with 8 members. Molodechno Curia reported that two former legionaries from Vileika have been ordained Deacons. Borisov Curia: Zhodino legionaries help their parish priest with Evangelisation. They share their faith and prepare people for the Sacraments of Confession and Marriage.
Glubokoye Curia: Every Sunday, legionaries visit a hospital and invite the patients to Holy Mass in the Hospital Chapel. Some patients have received the Sacrament of Confession after absences of 20-30 years. Legionaries also helped to build a parish house and care for the tombs of priests.
Mogilev Curia: Legionaries visit hospitals, an abortion clinic and do street-apostolate. Every Friday they organise religious classes in a school for Catholic and Orthodox children. Two junior praesidia have 20 members. 100 legionaries attended the 8th December celebrations in Budslav.

Croatia
Zabreg Regia:.A school for legionaries had an attendance of 110. The theme for discussion was, “The Legionary Promise” A meeting for Spiritual Directors had an attendance of 15. On 11-13 October, 150 legionaries took part in a pilgrimage to the Vatican and three of the group spoke about it on Vatican Radio. Membership of reporting praesidia was, 5, 7 and 10. They carry out a very fruitful apostolate by means of home visitation and crowd-contact. 13 people returned to the Sacraments and two received Confirmation. One praesidium organised Confession and Holy Communion for elderly parishioners. Three received Anointing of the Sick and 70 went to Confession and Holy Communion. News from the attached Curia and Comitia tell of two new praesidia and numerous people returning to the Sacraments, one after 50 years. Junior legionaries carry on an apostolate in a students’ residence and at school.

Bosnia Herzgovina
Sarajevo Curia has 7 praesidia with 53 active members and 205 auxiliaries. Seven people received the Sacraments.

Hungary
The Senatus report covers 7 praesidia, 8 Curiae and 4 Comitia. All minutes report on extension efforts. Four new praesidia were set up. The Budapest Regia has 4 attached praesidia. The Diocese of Vac has 10 praesidia. Works include visitation of hospitals and the sick in their homes, visitation with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue, recitation of the Rosary before burials, care of neglected tombs and work with Radio Maria. The Kistareau Curia has 2 Youth Groups, one among the physically and mentally handicapped and the other among young people leaving State Orphanages. Nagybatomy Comitium and Pee Curia each set up a new praesidium.
Latvia
Riga Comitium: A praesidium of 6 members in the city of Riga has commenced an apostolate to women involved in prostitution. The new work started in September and to date, 17 girls have been met; All have accepted Miraculous Medals and religious literature. Two girls went to Confession. This is the first time such work has been done in Latvia.
Jelgava Curia has three praesidia and 10 legionaries.
Rezekne Curia has 7 praesidia. A praesidium of 6 members organised talks on Our Blessed Lady during September and the attendance averaged 10-15.

Lithuania
Kaunas Comitium
: Recruiting efforts during October resulted in 5 people taking on active membership and 8 becoming auxiliaries. A praesidium of 7 members in the course of street-contact have noticed a great increase in the number of homeless. They help these people to find accommodation and arrange for a celebration of Holy Mass in a Night Shelter once per month.
Vilinus Curia: A praesidium of 8, who work with the disabled and those living alone have obtained an increase in the attendance at the daily Rosary, which they recite in the Day Care Centre. A lot of people met in the Centre have no religion, or have been lapsed for years. Legionaries promote the Miraculous Medal and distribute the times of Masses in local Churches.
Telsiai Comitium has 11 praesidia and 2 affiliated Curia. A new praesidium in the parish of Silale has 12 members and 5 auxiliaries. Praesidia are doing a tremendous amount of home visitation. Three contacts received the Sacraments after a lapse of 60 years and three others after lapses of, 50, 35 and 6 years. Visitation of a Flat Complex resulted in an 80-year-old man going to Confession after a 50 years absence and his wife learning to pray the Rosary. A praesidium of 5 members, with 39 auxiliaries visit their auxiliaries on their birthdays and on other occasions. In the affiliated Curia, hospital visitation brought 154 patients to reception of the Sacraments.

Poland
Warsaw:
Our Lady of Mercy Comitium minutes are up to date. Good progress has been made towards the setting up of a Curia in Gdansk.
Our Lady of Victories Comitium: Our Lady of Good Counsel Curia gave its report. They have 8 praesidia, with 136 auxiliaries attached to the Comitium. Most of the praesidia are engaged in the usual works of visitation of the elderly in their homes and in hospitals and they also conduct an apostolate to people suffering from alcohol abuse.

Romania
Oradeu Comitium
is organising Eucharistic Adoration as a prelude to starting praesidia in new parishes. Legionaries in all praesidia are involved in many parish activities, including work with the homeless, teaching them to pray and encouraging them to return to the Sacraments.
Bucharest Curia. Minutes received, but not translated. A letter from the president indicates that praesidia are functioning.
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Allocutio at Concilium - January 2014 - Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
February 2014
Baptism and Legion Spirituality
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One of the great gifts that God gave to the Church through Blessed John 11 was his teaching on the Rosary and specifically his adding of the five Mysteries of Light to its recitation. It is obvious now that it is an enormous enrichment of the Rosary to meditate on the public life of Jesus because every word of his preaching and his deeds is full of light and grace. It must have been difficult to decide which mysteries of Jesus to include in these Luminous Mysteries, but it is difficult to see how the Baptism of Jesus could have been omitted. Here the mystery of the Trinity and the personal identity of Jesus and his Mission are explicitly revealed. Indeed our own Christian identity and mission is also revealed.

‘This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,’ says everything about the identity of Jesus. In this Gospel episode we also learn the specific purpose of the Incarnation. God becomes incarnate not only to be among us and near to us and indeed for us, but he becomes one of us even though we are sinners and he is absolutely free from sin. He joins in the long line of sinners to be baptised by John. Here we have a perpetual reminder not only of the infinite love of God for us, but also his infinite humility. God loves us poor sinners and that is the ultimate reason for the Incarnation. No wonder it was said of Him: ‘He is a friend of sinners and publicans, and eats and drinks with them.’ As he lived among sinners, so he would die on the Cross among them.

Now the Baptism of Jesus is a paradigm of our baptism. In baptism we become in all reality the children of God. In and through Christ we become immersed in the mystery of the Trinity. We become members of the Mystical; Body of Christ, the Church, temples of the Holy Spirit, and Mary becomes our Mother through grace in a new and deeper way. Also, we share in the mission of Christ, namely, in the redemption of each other and the whole world. The last words of the Risen Lord to us sum up his whole life and what he asks us to do: ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you, and lo I am with you always, to the end of the age.(Mt.28: 18- 20).

Let us see now how the Legion appropriates the rich teaching of the Church on Baptism. Let us begin by quoting the Handbook: ‘The Legion’s purpose is to help its members and all those in contact with them to live out their Christian vocation to the full. That vocation has its source in baptism. By baptism one is made another Christ. “We have not only become other Christs, but Christ Himself (St. Augustine). So we affirm that our Christian identity is utterly Christocentric through baptism and the purpose of the Legion is to help everyone it meets to live more fully their baptismal consecration. This teaching of the Handbook reflects very precisely the explicit and often repeated teaching of St Louis Marie de Montfort, namely, that the practice of the True Devotion to Mary is geared to enabling us to live more fully and effectively our baptismal vocation.

First of all let us recall a basic principle in the teaching of our great Legion tutor. He says: “If devotion to Our Lady distracts us from Our Lord we would have to reject it as an illusion of the devil. (TD62). Of course it is impossible for Mary to do anything else but lead us to Our Lord.

Now let St Louis Marie de Montfort explain in his own words the role of Mary in the Sacrament of Baptism: ‘As our whole perfection consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ, it follows that the most perfect of all devotions is clearly the one which conforms, unites and consecrates us most perfectly to Jesus Christ. Now as Mary is of all creatures the most conformed to Jesus Christ, it follows that of all devotions, the one that most consecrates and conforms a soul to Our Lord is the devotion to the Blessed Virgin, his Mother, and that the more is a soul consecrated to Mary, the more will it be consecrated to Jesus Christ.

It is for this reason that the perfect consecration to Jesus is nothing else than a perfect and entire consecration of oneself to the Blessed Virgin, which is the devotion I teach. In other words it is a perfect renewal of the vows and promises of Baptism.’ (TD120) It is this teaching of St. Louis de Montfort that is the basis of the statement in the Handbook that the purpose of the Legion is to enable its members and all those it comes into contact with, to live more fully the multiple graces of their Baptism. We cannot properly understand de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary, or the spirituality of the Legion without profound reference to our baptismal vocation. In recent decades we have recovered to some extent our awareness of the presence and the role of Our Lady to the Sacrament of the Eucharist. We now invoke her as the Woman of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. It would be a source of great grace if we can recover our awareness of the role of Mary in our Baptism as one who most effectively helps us to live out our baptismal vows and promises.

Let me conclude with some words of Bl. John Paul 11, quoted in the Handbook: ‘Marian spirituality, like its corresponding spirituality, like its corresponding devotion, finds a very rich source in the historical experiences of individuals and of 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 Grignion de Montfort, who proposes the consecration to Christ through the hands of Mary, as an effective means for Christians to live faithfully their baptismal commitments.’ (RMat. 45)
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Concilium Bulletin - January 2014
February 2014
REPORTS
AFRICA
IVORY COAST
Senatus of Abidjan
: These reports give an account of an immense amount of apostolic work. Usually a praesidium and two Comitia give their Annual Reports at the meeting of the Senatus. Those reporting on this occasion have in all a membership of 7,581 legionaries of whom 848 are praetorians. Works included contact with members of other Christian Churches, Muslims and those with no religion. The result of this work was families reconciled - 113; marriages regularised - 91; returns to Mass - 133; Catechumens enrolled - 1,684; baptisms - 589; Sacrament of Reconciliation - 414; Sacrament of Confirmation - 990; Sacrament of the Sick -296. A National Marian Day was held at Gagnoa on the 7th September 2013 in which a large number of Legionaries from six Dioceses took part.

TOGO
Senatus of Lomé
: The news of the Lome Regia becoming a Senatus was received with great joy and was seen as a beautiful Christmas present and also a great encouragement to all the legionaries in Togo. The Spiritual Director, who has not been able to attend the Regia meetings for several years because of his work in the Parish, attended the January Senatus meeting and congratulated the legionaries. The November minutes were received. A Congress, Exploratio Dominicalis, the Patricians and extension are widely reported on in the minutes. A PPC was organised to Anlongan, Ghana with 36 participants from Togo and 3 from Ghana (there were 2 seminarians). The PPC report was given on a visit to the Senatus of Accra, while the Regia of Cotonou and the Senatus of Abidjan were visited in November.
They also reported on a special day for Legion couples and the Spiritual Director encouraged this to take place on a yearly basis on or around 15th August. Following extension work by two legionaries in the region of Touhou, a new Curia was set-up.

SENEGAL
The two extension workers have visited Joal, Ziguinchor and Casamence, they worked with the local legionaries. Two new Curiae are expected to be set-up in Dakar this month. Two legionaries were invited to speak on the Legion at a Youth gathering in Kaolack, to young people from Senegal, Gambia, Mauretania, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry.

GUINEE
No minutes or report since our last report. It is suggested that our Togolese visitators in nearby Senegal be asked to visit Conakry Comitium before they return home.

CAMEROUN
Douala Senatus
: November minutes received. Work has started on the building for the Legion house in Douala. It should only take 2 months to complete. There is a shortfall of about €7500 on the total cost. Every Catholic movement is asked to contribute to the centennial celebrations of the Church in the Cameroon by the Archdiocese and the Legion was asked for €280. A Congress was held in Douala last October. The previous one was held 12 years ago. The Comitium in Limbe is in the process of setting up a junior Curia.
The Regia of Yaoundé was commended on the work they do in the prison. With a high number joining the prison praesidia, these have to split into smaller praesidia. They also do after care apostolate. Two new Comitia were set up with the permission of the Bishop of Bafia, one in Somo and one in Bokito. Contact is ongoing with Tchad.

CONGO REPUBLIC
October minutes received from Brazzaville Regia. Reports include teaching catechism, organising the Liturgy, home visitation and street contact, many contacts with lapsed Catholics, Muslims, Protestants, members of sects and atheists. The first ever Congress of the Legion of Mary in the Congo took place in Brazzaville on the 5th – 8th September 2013 with the theme ‘The Legion of Mary at the service of the Church: appraisal, spirituality and vision’. In attendance were His Excellency, Msgr. Mbuyu, Bishop of Kinkala Diocese, and Msgr. Monot, Bishop of the diocese of Ouesso, eight spiritual directors from six dioceses in the Congo and 600 legionaries, including three legionaries from the Senatus of Kinshasa. Arising from the Congress discussions, the Regia intends to focus particularly on catechesis in parishes in order to attract the young to the Legion, to improve liaison with the clergy, plus translation of the Handbook and Legion allocutios into the local languages.

GUINEA ECUATORIAL
There is good contact by mail and telephone with Bata Comitium. A group of 3 distant Curiae seem to offer the possibility of a second Comitium.
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CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO

Nicaragua Regia Managua
: The Regia is taking extension very seriously since the visit of the Concilium representatives. The attached Comitium of Leon set up one senior and two junior praesidia and the attached Comitium of Granada has initiated extension in a neighbouring province. The Regia will send a group of extension workers to Matagalpa. Junior legionaries in Managua (the capital) work in the market area contacting young drug addicts; they share the Word of God and if possible a little prayer for them and their families.

El Salvador: The legionaries are helping other legionaries and non-legionaries to learn to read and write; this is proving very successful. An attached praesidium worked hard in preparation for Mercy Sunday. Over 700 people went to Confession, some of them after a long absence. from the Sacrament. Two street girls, who left the street-life are now good practicing Catholics. One of them, by way of providing an income, bought a stall in the local market.
Honduras: The Legion in Honduras has not been working well for a long time. Up to about six months ago when they had a visit from Concilium by two legionaries from Madrid, they hadn’t been in touch with the Concilium at all. Minutes have been received since then. An email was also received from the Spiritual.Director, The different praesidia and Curiae affiliated are working well.

Panama Regia: An attached praesidium organises and facilitates small prayer groups meetings in different neighbourhoods. Attendance at the Regia meeting has gone down over the past three months. They explain that it was due to bad weather. A legionary is studying to be a Permanent Deacon. A Curia is planning to set up another Curia with 5 praesidia. The Curia is growing and these praesidia are distant. There is also the possibility that they can set up more praesidia in the area.

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MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus
: The Regia of Leon, which was transferred from the Concilium to the Senatus has been visited by two legionaries, including the President of the Senatus and steps are being taken to resolve the problems which were reported to Concilium. Almost half of the members of a Curia with 61 members, are praetorians; they also have a large number of auxiliaries. A group said the Rosary in different homes each day in the month of October. They placed an altar in the doorway and invited neighbours to participate. Five former members returned to the Legion.

Merida Regia: The officers of the Senatus visited Concilium in November. They were very pleased with the visit, but while the weather was reasonable by European standards, they did not think so! The visit was very valuable both to the Concilium and to the Senatus Officers; it was worth more than a hundred letters. As the months progress they will be putting the new ideas and suggestions into practice. Recent correspondence indicates that a Curia with 22 praesidia invited 900 contacts to the Legion and only 11 accepted the invitation. A Curia set up two new Patrician Groups with an attendance of 15 and 20 respectively.

Durango Regia: Correspondence is received regularly now and the correspondent is insisting on the compliance with the four Standing Instructions. The Legion work in the Social Rehabilitation Centre is proving more difficult due to the work of the sects, who give material aid.

Guadalajara Regia: The attached Comitium of Aguascalientes reported pre-marriage talks given by legionaries. 37 couples received the Sacrament of marriage. A praesidium with 35 members was closed because they did not adhere to the Legion system. A celebration of Light was organised to counteract the pagan customs of Halloween. A lady who was very ill recovered quickly after she received the Miraculous Medal from the legionaries.

Monterrey Regia:
The Legion had a stand at an event for Catholic Lay Organisation. The Archbishop of Monterrey visited the stand, signed the Visitors book and spoke with the legionaries. They had contact with, priests seminarians, religious and lay people and hope that a follow up will result in many active and auxiliary members. Minutes indicate that legionaries carry out an apostolate to children with cancer.

Hermosillo Regia: The attached junior Curia is carrying out extension in three different areas. Children between the ages of 7 and 15 are showing interest. They are setting up little prayer meetings with the very young and junior praesidia with the older children. An attached Curia reported 19 probation members, but 6 full members had to retire due to illness. Three couples received the Sacrament of Baptism and a number returned to the practice of the faith; all continue to practice.
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Thailand: 400 Catholic students were gathered for catechesis, visiting the sick, the aged and participating in wakes and funerals. Taxi drivers and their relatives were evangelised. A school praesidium has 10 members and 118 auxiliaries. One Curia has 16 senior and 9 junior praesidia attached. The Rosary was recited house-to-house in October and isolated Catholics in remote areas and jails are visited.

Sri Lanka: Three Curiae, two Comitia and two praesidia reported in this period. A new Curia of five praesidia started in July. An Awareness Day for juniors had 74 present. The Cardinal proclaimed a Marian Year, starting on 1st December. The Legion has been encouraged to have a greater presence in the schools. 80 homes in one area and 177 in another area were enthroned to the Sacred Heart. The annual Rosary Rally took place with the Cardinal, 7 Bishops, many priests, religious and laity among the 20,000 in attendance.

Kazakhstan: News reached us from Elisabeth Kriss: A year-old praesidium in Jasnaja Pol-jana tells us that 10 legionaries took the Legion Promise; the praesidium has 22 auxiliaries. A legionary from Ozornoe visiting Switzerland gave news that the Legion continues there, as does the praesidium in Petropavlovsk. They are hoping to start a men’s praesidium. They keep their link with the Legion by way of the daily recitation of the Catena.

Holy Land: Minutes to December received. The Comitium Treasurer, Bro. Samir Ziedan died unexpectedly. R.I.P. The Legionaries have great support from the Patriarch and Bishop. The Patriarch and Vice Patriarch of Nazareth met the praesidium members, discussed their activities and thanked them for their hospitality. Works include visiting the sick at home and in hospital. Jaffa village legionaries invited 158 people to undertake fasting during Lent, succeeding in the case of 94 of them! One Ramallah praesidium prepares children for First Holy Communion, while another visits the jails. A Praesidium in Nazareth assisted students with studies, brought 112 back to the Sacraments and helped 66 bereaved families.

INDIA
Karnataka Senatus
: Minutes received to December. They have 5 Comitia, 15 Curiae and 9 praesidia attached. Extension, recruitment and Evangelisation are given high priority. There is much outreach to Hindus and Moslems. Nine of the eleven suffragen dioceses have the Legion. At the Concilium’s request they are also helping the Legion in the Archdiocese of Hyperabad to become stronger.

Mumbai Senatus: Minutes received up to December. Prison visitation has good success; a prayer service for mothers was held. A Legion Formation Day took as its theme, Chapter 9 of the Legion Handbook. Miraculous Medals, Rosary Beads and prayer cards were distributed.

Kottar Regia: Minutes received to September. Five new praesidia were established. Alcoholics were helped. A suicide attempt was aborted and many were instructed in the Sacrament of Confession.

Chennai Comitium reports that 31st of August had been allocated to the Legion to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady. 800 legionaries assembled in the Church. A procession was held, finishing at 9.30 p.m. Red Hills Curia; Legionaries teach catechism to 45 Hindu children. They arranged for 25 marriages to be rectified. They are also dealing with 146 families where there are constant quarrels.

Coimbatore Comitium: Latest minutes, August. Much work done in home and hospital visitation, also family counselling. Four Hindus became Catholics; marriages were regularised.. They have a committee promoting the three causes. About 50% of the parishes have Legion praesidia and extension continues.

Visakhapatnam Comitium: Latest minutes August. Enthronement of homes to the Sacred Heart was undertaken in seven different areas in one Curia and in six villages in another Curia. Six new praesidia were formed. Much work is done encouraging separated couples to reunite. Seven couples had their marriages blessed in the Church. Prisons, Orphanages, HIV and leprosy patients are visited.

Palayamkottai Comitium:.Minutes to August received. A newly-appointed Spiritual Director, Fr. Rajesh, was welcomed to the meeting. There are 6 Curiae and 21 directly-affiliated praesidia; most were represented at the Comitium meeting. Much work is done among Hindus and Muslims and with family reconciliations, preparation for the Sacraments, home and hospital visitation.

Nilgiris Comitium sent word in August to say they were setting up a website to mark their Golden Jubilee. They seek more regular contact from the Concilium.

Port Blair Comitium works in several parishes on the Andaman Islands far out in the Indian Ocean. They send a synopsis report every six months, currently up to November. They appear to organise weekly Liturgical Services and have been giving talks on the Year of Faith each Sunday. They visit homes and are rebuilding praesidia that had ceased to function.
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Belgium
Brussels Senatus
: Sixteen legionaries and their Spiritual Director took part in a crowd contact apostolate at Zaventem Airport. The PPC team of 12 to Beaurang resulted in 12 students of different religions assembling for prayer every Friday and consecration to Our Lady.

Antwerp Regia: This Council has a total of 115 active members, 228 auxiliaries. Recruiting continues among people of different nationalities.

Denmark: The latest news came in September. The praesidium celebrated September 8th with a Rosary before Sunday Mass, many coming early to take part. A junior praesidium set up in June last hasn’t yet found its feet.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus
: Minutes to December received. Crowd contact At the Bull Ring continues and extension is ongoing. Two praesidia undertook Exploratio Dominicalis to the Travelling Community and good contacts were made. Youth Patricians had an attendance of 14. A couple agreed to be married after their home had been blessed. A recruiting drive in Bristol yielded two new members. A Church Open Day at Mount Carmel, Redditch marked the close of the Year of Faith. In Coventry, an apostolate to homosexuals continues, with many good contacts.

Northampton Curia: A new praesidium was set up in Slough.
Swansea Curia: This Council reports two Exploratio Dominicalis projects.
Liverpool.
Leeds Curia: The four attached praesidia carry out instruction of children attending non- Catholic schools.
Wirrel Curia: Mary Burgin, now a resident in a nursing home, joined legionaries for their outing to Birkenhead Park. In the Birkenhead Market, where legionaries look after a book barrow, there is great interaction between legionaries and stall-holders.

Middlesborough Comitium: Placing a statue of Our Lady outside St Peters Church and praying the Rosary leads to very good contacts with passers-by

Newcastle Comitium: Some praesidia are merging, while two are thriving in North West. Durham. An interesting discussion took place on whether very young Juniors should be asked to say the full Rosary, with lots of answers for and against.

Manchester Comitium: There is a new praesidium in Kirkhold (Rochdale and Oldham Curia). At the Blackburn Market the Rosary and carols brought the real spirit of Christmas to busy shoppers. The praesidium at Salford Cathedral has university graduates among its members.

Central London Curia: Legionaries took a man to Confession after a lapse of 30 years. He is now a regular at Mass. The praesidium in Soho Square has 3 active, 3 probationary ,2 praetorian ,I adjutorian and 9 auxiliary members. Along with home visitation they do street-contact and visit brothels in the Red Light area as part of their apostolate. A recruiting drive at the University of London Chaplaincy resulted in a Rosary group being set up at Newman House, at which full Legion prayers are said at 9.30 am every day.

Brentwood Comitium: Three children were instructed for Holy Communion, one of whom is now an altar boy. Miraculous Medals were given to the First Holy Communion class. Bereaved families were visited.

Brent and Harrow Curia: Members of this Council joined with legionaries in in Enfield and Harringey for a very successful Congress, which was attended by the correspondent.

Southwark Comitium: Two PPC projects took place and 4 recruiting drives, one a good success in Guernsey resulting in 8 new members. Croydon Curia has closed 3 praesidia, leaving 5 senior and 1 junior praesidium attached. DBS (vulnerable adults and child-safeguarding) clearance is awaited to resume home visitation. Juniors in Camberwell number 8 and the Surbiton Curia has a president, but no other officers.
Hammersmith Curia reports vacancies for Vice-President and Secretary; hopefully these will soon be filled. Minutes were received up to October.

West Middlesex Curia: One praesidium with full officership reports 22 members, 4 of whom are probationers. A Junior praesidium formed during the year has 5 members. Works include a 24 hour chain-Rosary vigil. Rosaries are organised on Our Lady’s Feast-Days. East Acton praesidium has 6 members, but no officers

WALES
Cardiff Comitium
: Warm sunshine blessed the Corpus Christi procession, but torrential rain and gale force winds challenged the legionaries who braved the mountain-top at Penrhys.

Wrexham Curia: Membership is down to fourteen. Recruiting is difficult, but the latest report on recruiting was up-beat and optimistic.

SWEDEN: The Legion in Sweden is in the caretakership of Liverpool Senatus. Translation of the Swedish Handbook is nearing completion. Fr. Nielson is working on the proof. Extension work has been carried out and a new praesidium has been set up in Norshipping. A detailed report on extension there has been given to Concilium.

FRANCE
Aire et Dax Regia
: No minutes have been received for over a year.

Valence Regia: Attendance at Regia meetings has been poor, but recruiting is ongoing, with a new member in Montelimar and interesting visitors in Valence itself. In Chateauneuf de Galaure, the junior boys praesidium has not restarted since the New Year. Home and nursing home visitation has been reported.

Paris Regia: The election for Regia President was not carried out correctly and has been re-scheduled for February. On-going discussions are taking place regarding the renewal of the lease on the Legion house due to expire at the end of the year. The Vietnamese Curia has 8 praesidia attached, showing regular contacts with Buddhists and Muslims. One person returned to the Sacraments after an absence of 50 years. A Congolese praesidium in St. Dennis, established in 2012 now has 21 members. The praesidium in Juvisy has 14 members and Immaculate Heart of Mary praesidium has 10 members

Strasbourg Comitium: Undertook a successful PPC project to Dijon last summer. The attached Curia of Colmar has 20 members. The reporting praesidium comprises mainly Potuguese members whose work is helping in the parish and with a movement for retired Christians. The Europe-wide PPC conference, held for a long number of years in Strasbourg, has moved this year to the Senatus of Brussels. Two members worked in Lourdes Permanance visiting campsites, despite flood damage to the Legion house.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus
: Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich Regia held a summit meeting in August. ‘Improving contact between young people,’ ‘The Legion website’ and ‘Celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Legion in Germany in 2014’ were all considered. 12 priests attended a two-day Conference in Haroldsback. The closure of the Year was marked by an Apostolic day at Frankfort Airport. The Cologne Regia has a total of 266 active and 1570 auxiliary members.
The Comitium of Essen held a Children’s Bible weekend. The Legion had a stand at the Eucharistic Congress in June. The Korean Curia participated in a European-Korean Retreat.

Munich Regia: The Regia has established a new Curia in Regensburg.

Freiburg Comitium: The Comitium hosted a mini PPC Project. Works include, Patricians, Camping Park Apostolate and prison visitation.

Saarlous Curia: This Curia undertook a Media Apostolate over the internet.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium
: Street contact was made during an Erotic Fair in Regensdorf, in the Zurich Red Light area. Five legionaries from Zurich did extension work in Liechtenstein in June.

Luxembourg: This zone comes under the caretakership of Cologne Regia and has presently one praesidium. Efforts continue to establish another praesidium.

Siberia: Sr. Metzler and Sr. Flatscher spent ten days in Siberia during September and formed a new praesidium with the presence of Bishop Werth. Two new members attended the Curia meeting in Krasnojarsk.

The Netherlands: Amsterdam Regia has two Patrician groups and efforts are being made to start a Spanish-speaking praesidium.

Norway: The praesidium in Tonsberg has no Spiritual Director. Extension efforts were made at Kongsberg. Works include, teaching Catechism and promoting the Rosary. A procession to celebrate St. Olav, Norway’s national saint was organised. The praesidium in Drammen has 8 members, 2 probationers and 14 auxiliaries. Great contact is done at a monthly parish get-together with new immigrants.

SCOTLAND
Dundee Curia
has reopened. Greenock and District Curia marked the Year of Faith by widely distributing Holy Water. A praesidium twice brought a Legion Vexillum to Corpus Christi Primary School and explained it to the children. Our Lady of the Wayside praesidium had 13 visitors during the year, two of whom stayed. The praesidium looked after the Wayside Club every day of the year, including Christmas Day and Hogmanay. They receive great support from the Bishop, clergy and local companies.

Gibraltar: Gibraltar is under the caretakership of Scotland. In May the Legion meeting was attended by Bishop Hesketh. Legionaries visit homes, nursing homes, prisons and schools. They also participated in the Three Kings Cavalcade and the ceremony in the Cathedral afterwards, the outdoor procession and the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

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Allocutio de enero 2014
January 2014
Bautismo y Espiritualidad legionaria

Uno de los más grandes regalos que Dios ha dado a la Iglesia, a través de Juan Pablo II, fue su enseñanza sobre el Rosario, y específicamente su agregado de los Misterios de Luz en su recitado. Es obvio ahora que es un enorme enriquecimiento del Rosario la meditación de la vida pública de Jesús, porque cada palabra de su predicación y de sus obras está llena de luz y gracia. Debe haber sido difícil decidir qué misterios de Jesús incluir en estos Misterios Luminosos, pero cuesta ver cómo hubiera podido omitirse el Bautismo de Jesús. Aquí el misterio de la Trinidad y la identidad personal de Jesús y su Misión son reveladas explícitamente. Ciertamente, nuestra propia identidad y misión cristianas son también reveladas.

“Este es mi Hijo muy querido, en quien tengo puesta toda mi predilección”, dice todo sobre la identidad de Jesús. En este episodio del Evangelio también aprendemos el propósito específico de la Encarnación. Dios se encarna no sólo para estar entre nosotros, cerca de nosotros, y ciertamente para nosotros, sino que se vuelve uno de nosotros incluso aunque somos pecadores y El está absolutamente libre de pecado. El se suma a la larga fila de pecadores para ser bautizado por Juan. Aquí tenemos un perpetuo recordatorio no sólo del infinito amor de Dios por nosotros, sino también de su infinita humildad. Dios nos ama a nosotros pobres pecadores y esa es la razón última de la Encarnación. No extraña que se dijera de Él: “Es amigo de publicanos y pecadores, y come y bebe con ellos”. Así como vivió entre pecadores, así moriría en la Cruz entre ellos.

Ahora bien, el Bautismo de Jesús es un paradigma de nuestro bautismo. En el bautismo nos convertimos realmente en hijos de Dios. En y por Cristo nos vemos inmersos en el misterio de la Trinidad. Nos hacemos miembros del Cuerpo Místico de Cristo, la Iglesia, templos del Espíritu Santo, y María se convierte por la gracia en nuestra Madre, de un modo nuevo y más profundo. Además, participamos de la misión de Cristo, esto es, en la redención de cada uno y del mundo entero. Las últimas palabras que nos dirige el Señor Resucitado resumen su vida entera y lo que nos pide que hagamos: “Yo he recibido todo poder en el cielo y en la tierra. Vayan, entonces, y hagan que todos los pueblos sean mis discípulos, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo, y enseñándoles a cumplir todo lo que yo les he mandado. Y yo estoy con ustedes hasta el fin del mundo” (Mt. 28, 18-20).

Veamos ahora cómo la Legión se apropia de esta rica enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre el Bautismo. Comencemos por citar el Manual: “La finalidad de la Legión es ayudar a sus miembros y a todos aquellos que están en contacto con éstos a vivir desarrollando su vocación cristiana para con los demás. Esa vocación tiene su origen en el bautismo. Mediante el bautismo uno se hace otro Cristo. ‘No sólo nos convertimos en otro Cristo, sino que somos el propio Cristo’ (San Agustín)”. Por lo tanto afirmamos que nuestra identidad cristiana es enteramente cristocéntrica a través del bautismo y el propósito de la Legión es ayudar a todo el que contacta a vivir más plenamente su consagración bautismal. Esta enseñanza del Manual refleja de modo muy preciso la enseñanza explícita y frecuentemente repetida de San Luis María de Montfort, a saber, que la práctica de la Verdadera Devoción a María está orientada a capacitarnos para vivir más plena y eficazmente nuestra vocación bautismal.

Antes que nada, recordemos un principio básico en la enseñanza de nuestro gran tutor en la Legión: “Si la devoción a la Santísima Virgen apartase de Jesucristo, habría que rechazarla como ilusión diabólica” (VD 62). Por supuesto, es imposible para María otra cosa que conducirnos a Nuestro Señor.

Ahora, dejemos a San Luis María de Montfort explicar en sus propias palabras el rol de María en el Sacramento del Bautismo: “La plenitud de nuestra perfección consiste en asemejarnos, vivir unidos y consagrados a Jesucristo. Por consiguiente, la más perfecta de todas las devociones es, sin duda alguna, la que nos asemeja, une y consagra más perfectamente a Jesucristo. Ahora bien, María es la creatura más semejante a Jesucristo. Por consiguiente, la devoción que mejor nos consagra y hace semejantes a Nuestro Señor es la devoción a su santísima Madre. Y cuanto más te consagres a María, tanto más te unirás a Jesucristo.

La perfecta consagración a Jesucristo es, por lo mismo, una perfecta y total consagración de sí mismo a la Santísima Virgen. Esta es la devoción que yo enseño, y que consiste -en otras palabras- en una perfecta renovación de los votos y promesas bautismales” (VD 120). Esta enseñanza de San Luis de Montfort es la base de la afirmación del Manual de que el propósito de la Legión es habilitar a sus miembros y a todos con los que entren en contacto a vivir más plenamente las múltiples gracias de su Bautismo. No podemos entender apropiadamente la Verdadera Devoción a María según Montfort, o la espiritualidad de la Legión sin una profunda referencia a nuestra vocación bautismal. En décadas recientes hemos recobrado en cierta medida nuestra conciencia de la presencia y el rol de la Virgen en el Sacramento de la Eucaristía. Ahora la invocamos como la Mujer del Sacramento de la Eucaristía. Sería una fuente de grandes gracias si pudiéramos recobrar nuestra conciencia del rol de María en nuestro Bautismo como una de las más efectivas ayudas para vivir nuestros votos y promesas bautismales.

Permítanme concluir con unas palabras del Beato Juan Pablo II, citadas en el Manual: “La espiritualidad mariana, así como su correspondiente devoción, encuentran una fuente muy rica en la experiencia histórica del individuo y de las diversas comunidades cristianas presentes entre los diferentes pueblos y naciones del mundo. A este respecto, me gustaría llamar la atención, entre los muchos testigos y maestros de esta espiritualidad, sobre la figura de San Luis María Grignion de Montfort, quien propone la consagración a Cristo a través de las manos de María como un medio eficaz para los cristianos de cumplir fielmente con sus compromisos bautismales (RMat, 48)”.


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January 2014

AFRICA

COSTA DE MARFIL
Senatus de Abidjan. Estos informes dan cuenta de una inmensa cantidad de trabajo apostólico. Normalmente un Praesidium y dos Comitia dan su informe anual en la reunión de Senatus. Los que informaron en esta ocasión tienen un total de 7.581 legionarios, de los cuales 848 son pretorianos. Los trabajos incluyen contactos con los miembros de otras iglesias cristianas, con musulmanes y aquellos sin religión. El resultado de este trabajo fue de 113 familias reconciliadas, 91 matrimonios regularizados, 133 volvieron a Misa, 1.684 catecúmenos inscriptos, 589 bautismos, 414 Confesiones, 990 Confirmaciones, 296 recibieron la Unción de enfermos. Se celebró un Día Nacional Mariano en Gagnoa, el 7 de septiembre de 2013, del que participó un gran número de legionarios de 6 Diócesis.
TOGO
Senatus de Lomé. La noticia de que la Regia de Lomé fue elevada a Senatus fue recibida con gran alegría y fue vista como un hermoso regalo de Navidad, así como un gran aliento para todos los legionarios en Togo. El director espiritual, que no había podido acudir a las reuniones de la Regia durante varios años, debido a su trabajo en la Parroquia, asistió a la reunión del Senatus de enero y felicitó a los legionarios. Se recibió el acta de noviembre. En el acta se informa ampliamente sobre un congreso, Exploratio Dominicalis, Patricios y extensión, Se organizó una PPC a Anloga (Ghana), con 36 participantes de Togo y 3 de Ghana (hubo dos seminaristas). Se dio un informe de PPC en una visita al Senatus de Accra, mientras que la Regia de Cotonou y el Senatus de Abidjan fueron visitadas en noviembre.
También informaron de un día especial para las parejas legionarias y el Director Espiritual animó a que tenga lugar anualmente alrededor del 15 de agosto. Después del trabajo de extensión de dos legionarios en la región de Touhou, se fundó una nueva Curia.
SENEGAL
Los dos extensionistas han visitado Joal, Ziguinchor y Casamence; trabajaron con los legionarios locales. Se espera fundar dos nuevas Curiae en Dakar este mes. Invitaron a dos legionarios a hablar de la Legión en un encuentro de jóvenes en Kaolak, a jóvenes de Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea Bissau y Guinea Conakry.
GUINEA
Desde nuestro último informe no ha habido actas ni informes. Se sugirió que se le pida a nuestros visitadores de Togo en el cercano Senegal, visiten el Comitium de Conakry antes de volver a casa.
CAMERUN
Senatus de Douala. Se recibió el acta de noviembre. Se comenzó a trabajar en la construcción de la casa de la Legión en Douala. Debería tomar sólo dos meses completarla. Hay un déficit de unos 7.500 euros en el costo total. La Archidiócesis pidió a cada movimiento católico que contribuya en las celebraciones del centenario de la Iglesia en Camerún, y a la Legión se le pidieron 280 euros. En octubre pasado se celebró un Congreso en Douala. El anterior se había celebrado hace 12 años. El Comitium en Limbe está en proceso de fundar una Curia juvenil.
Se elogió a la Regia de Yaoundé por el trabajo que hacen en la cárcel. Debido al alto número de socios que se unió a los Praesidia de la cárcel, estos han tenido que dividirse en Praesidia más pequeños. También hacen apostolado asistiendo a los liberados. Se fundaron dos nuevos Comitia con el permiso del Obispo de Bafia, uno en Somo y otro en Bokito. Hay contactos en curso con Chad.
REPUBLICA DEL CONGO
Se recibió el acta de octubre de la Regia de Brazzaville. Los informes incluyen catequesis, organización de la Liturgia, visita domiciliaria y contactos callejeros, muchos contactos con católicos no practicantes, musulmanes, protestantes, miembros de sectas y ateos. Se celebró el primer Congreso de la Legión de María en el Congo, del 5 al 8 de septiembre de 2013 en Brazzaville, con el tema: "La Legión de María al servicio a la Iglesia: valoración, espiritualidad y visión”. Asistieron S. E. Mons. Mbuyu, obispo de la Diócesis de Kinkala y Mons. Monot, obispo de la Diócesis de Ouesso, 8 directores espirituales de seis diócesis del Congo y 600 legionarios, incluyendo tres legionarios del Senatus de Kinshasa. Como fruto de las discusiones del Congreso surgió del debate del Congreso, la Regia intenta enfocarse particularmente en la catequesis parroquial con vistas a atraer a los jóvenes a la Legión, mejorar la relación con el clero, y también la traducción del Manual y de las Allocutios legionarias a lenguas locales.
GUINEA ECUATORIAL
Hay buen contacto por correo electrónico y por teléfono con el Comitium de Bata. Un grupo de 3 Curiae distantes parece ofrecer la posibilidad de un segundo Comitium.


AMERICA CENTRAL Y MEXICO

NICARAGUA
Regia de Managua. La Regia ha tomado muy seriamente la extensión desde la visita de los representantes del Concilium. El Comitium de León fundó un Praesidium de adultos y dos juveniles, y el Comitium de Granada ha iniciado la extensión en una provincia vecina. La Regia enviará un grupo de extensionistas a Matagalpa. Legionarios juveniles en Managua (la capital) trabajan en la zona del mercado, contactando con jóvenes drogadictos; comparten la Palabra de Dios y si es posible, una pequeña oración para ellos y sus familias.
EL SALVADOR
Los legionarios están ayudando a otros legionarios y no legionarios a aprender a leer y escribir; está resultando muy exitoso. Un Praesidium afiliado trabajó duramente en la preparación del Domingo de la Misericordia. Se confesaron más de 700 personas, algunas de ellas después de una larga ausencia del Sacramento. Dos chicas de la calle, que dejaron esa vida, son ahora unas buenas católicas practicantes. Una de ellas, al obtener unos ingresos, compró un puesto en el mercado local.
HONDURAS
La Legión en Honduras no ha estado trabajando bien por largo tiempo. Hasta hace 6 meses, cuando los visitaron en nombre del Concilium dos legionarios de Madrid, no habían tenido contacto alguno con el Concilium. Se han recibido las actas desde entonces. También se recibió un correo electrónico del Director Espiritual. Los diferentes Praesidia y Curiae afiliados están trabajando bien.
PANAMA
Regia de Panamá: Un Praesidium afiliado directamente organiza y facilita reuniones de pequeños grupos de oración en diferentes barrios. La asistencia a la reunión de la Regia ha ido bajando en los tres últimos meses. Explicaron que fue debido al mal tiempo. Un legionario está estudiando para ser Diácono permanente. Una Curia está planeando fundar otra Curia con 5 Praesidia. La Curia está creciendo y estos Praesidia están lejos. También existe la posibilidad de que puedan establecerse más Praesidia en la zona.
MEXICO
Senatus de ciudad de México. La Regia de León, que fue transferida del Concilium al Senatus, ha sido visitada por dos legionarios, incluyendo al Presidente del Senatus, y se están siguiendo los pasos para resolver los problemas que fueron informados al Concilium. De una Curia con 61 socios, casi la mitad son pretorianos; también tienen un gran número de auxiliares. Un grupo reza el Rosario en diferentes casas cada día en el mes de octubre. Colocaban un altar en el umbral e invitaban a los vecinos a participar. Cinco antiguos socios volvieron a la Legión.
Regia de Mérida. Los oficiales del Senatus visitaron el Concilium en noviembre. Estuvieron muy complacidos con la visita, pero mientras que el clima fue razonable para los estándares europeos, ¡ellos no pensaron lo mismo! La visita fue muy valiosa tanto para el Concilium como para los oficiales del Senatus; valió más que cien cartas. A medida que transcurran los meses pondrán las nuevas ideas y sugerencias en práctica. La correspondencia reciente indica que en una Curia con 22 Praesidia invitó a 900 contactos a la Legión y sólo 11 aceptaron la invitación. Una Curia fundó dos nuevos grupos de Patricios, con una asistencia de 15 y 20 respectivamente.
Regia de Durango. Ahora se recibe regularmente la correspondencia, y el corresponsal está insistiendo sobre el cumplimiento de las cuatro Ordenanzas Fijas. El trabajo de la Legión en el Centro Social de Rehabilitación está demostrando ser más dificultoso debido al trabajo de las sectas, que dan ayuda material.
Regia de Guadalajara. El Comitium de Aguascalientes informó que los legionarios dan charlas prematrimoniales. 37 parejas recibieron el Sacramento del Matrimonio. Un Praesidium con 35 socios fue cerrado porque no adherían al sistema de la Legión. Se organizó una celebración de la Luz para contrarrestar las costumbres paganas de Halloween. Una señora que estaba muy enferma se recuperó rápidamente después de recibir la Medalla Milagrosa que le dieron los legionarios.
Regia de Monterrey. La Legión tuvo un stand en un evento de la Organización de Laicos Católicos. El arzobispo de Monterrey visitó el stand, firmó el libro de visitas y habló con los legionarios. Estos tuvieron contacto con sacerdotes, seminaristas, religiosos y laicos y esperan que un seguimiento resultará en muchos socios activos y auxiliares. Las actas indican que los legionarios llevan a cabo un apostolado con los niños con cáncer.
Regia de Hermosillo. La Curia juvenil afiliada está llevando a cabo la extensión en tres áreas diferentes. Los niños entre 7 y 15 años están mostrando interés. Están fundando pequeños grupos de oración con los muy pequeños y Praesidia juveniles con los niños mayores. Una Curia afiliada informó 19 socios en prueba, pero 6 de los socios profesos tuvieron que retirarse por enfermedad. Tres parejas recibieron el Sacramento del Bautismo y varios volvieron a la práctica de la Fe; todos continúan practicando.


ASIA

TAILANDIA
Se reunieron 400 estudiantes católicos para catequesis, visitan enfermos, ancianos y participan en velatorios y funerales. Se evangeliza a los conductores de taxi y sus parientes. Un Praesidium en un colegio tiene 10 socios activos y 118 auxiliares. Una Curia tiene afiliados 16 Praesidia de adultos y 9 Praesidia juveniles. El Rosario se rezó casa por casa en el mes de octubre y visitan a los católicos aislados en zonas remotas y cárceles.
SRI LANKA
En este período informaron tres Curiae, dos Comitia y dos Praesidia. En julio empezó una nueva Curia con 5 Praesidia. Un “Día de la Conciencia” para juveniles tuvo 74 asistentes. El Cardenal proclamó un “Año Mariano”, empezando el 1 de diciembre. La Legión ha sido animada a tener una mayor presencia en las escuelas. 80 hogares en una zona y 177 hogares en otra han entronizado al Sagrado Corazón. Tuvo lugar la anual Caminata del Rosario, con el Cardenal, 7 obispos, muchos sacerdotes, religiosos y laicos entre los 20.000 asistentes.
KAZAKHSTAN
Nos llegaron noticias de Elisabeth Kriss. Un Praesidium que cumple un año, en Jasnaja Pol-jana, nos dice que 10 legionarios han hecho la promesa legionaria; el Praesidium tiene 22 auxiliares. Un legionario de Ozornye (Rusia) que visitó Suiza, nos dio noticias de que la Legión continúa allí, así como el Praesidium en Petropavlovsk (Rusia). Tienen la esperanza de empezar un Praesidium de hombres. Mantienen su unión con la Legión mediante el rezo diario de la Catena.
TIERRA SANTA
Se recibió el acta de diciembre. El tesorero del Comitium, hermano Samir Ziedan, murió inesperadamente. R.I.P. Los legionarios han tenido un gran apoyo desde el Patriarca hasta el Obispo. El Patriarca y el Vice Patriarca de Nazaret se reunieron con los socios del Praesidium, hablaron de sus actividades y agradecieron su hospitalidad. Los trabajos incluyen visita a los enfermos en sus casas y en el hospital. Los legionarios de la localidad de Jaffa invitaron a 158 personas a emprender el ayuno durante la Cuaresma, teniendo éxito en ¡94 casos! Un Praesidium en Ramallah prepara a los niños para la Primera Comunión, mientras otro visita las cárceles. Un Praesidium en Nazaret ayudó a alumnos con sus estudios, trajo a 112 personas de vuelta a los sacramentos y ayudaron a 66 familias en duelo.
INDIA
Senatus de Karnataka: Se recibió el acta de diciembre. Tienen afiliados 5 Comitia, 15 Curiae y 9 Praesidia. Se da alta prioridad a la Extensión, reclutamiento y Evangelización. Hay mucha llegada a los hindúes y musulmanes. Nueve de las once diócesis sufragáneas tienen la Legión. A pedido del Concilium, también están ayudando en la arquidiócesis de Hyperabad, para que se vuelva más fuerte.
Senatus de Mumbai: Se recibieron las actas hasta diciembre. La visita a la cárcel tiene mucho éxito; se realizó un servicio de oración para madres. Un “Día de Formación Legionaria” tuvo como tema el capítulo 9 del Manual de la Legión. Se distribuyeron Medallas Milagrosas, Rosarios y estampas.
Regia de Cotar: Se recibieron las actas hasta septiembre. Se establecieron 5 nuevos Praesidia. Se ayudó a los alcohólicos. Fue abortado un intento de suicidio y muchos fueron instruidos en el Sacramento de la Confesión.
Comitium de Chennai: informa que el 31 de agosto se destinó a la Legión para celebrar la fiesta de la Virgen. Se congregaron 800 legionarios en la Iglesia. Se realizó una procesión, terminando a las 9.30 de la noche. Curia de Red Hills: Los legionarios enseñan catequesis a 45 niños indios. Arreglaron que 25 matrimonios se regularicen. También están trabajando con 146 familias que sufren constantes peleas.
Comitium de Coimbatore: Las últimas actas son de agosto. Hacen mucho trabajo visitando hogares y hospitales, también aconsejando a familias. Se han hecho católicos 4 hindúes; fueron regularizados matrimonios. Tienen un comité que promueve las 3 Causas. Alrededor del 50% de las parroquias tienen Praesidia de la Legión y la extensión continúa.
Comitium de Visakhapatnam: Las últimas actas son de agosto. Se emprendió la entronización del Sagrado Corazón en los hogares, en 7 zonas diferentes en una Curia y en 6 localidades en otra Curia. Se formaron 6 nuevos Praesidia. Se ha hecho mucho trabajo, animando a las parejas separadas unirse otra vez. Se han casado por Iglesia siete parejas. Se visitan las cárceles, los orfanatos, los pacientes con Sida y los leprosos.
Comitium de Palayamkottai: Se recibieron actas hasta agosto. Se dio la bienvenida en la junta al recientemente designado Director espiritual, Fr. Rajesh. Hay 6 Curiae y 21 Praesidia directamente afiliados; la mayoría estuvieron representados en la reunión del Comitium. Se hace mucho trabajo entre hindúes y musulmanes, y con las reconciliaciones familiares, la preparación para los sacramentos, y las visitas a hogares y a hospitales.
Comitium de Nilgiris: enviaron noticias en agosto, para decir que estaban creando una página web para festejar sus Bodas de Oro. Buscan contacto más regular de parte del Concilium.
Comitium de Port Blair trabaja en varias Parroquias de las islas de Andaman, lejos, en el Océano Indico. Envían un informe resumido cada seis meses, actualmente hasta noviembre. Parecen organizar semanalmente los servicios litúrgicos y han estado dando charlas por el Año de la Fe cada domingo. Visitan hogares y recuperan Praesidia que han dejado de funcionar.


EUROPA

BELGICA
Senatus de Bruselas: Dieciséis legionarios y su Director Espiritual tomaron parte en el en el apostolado de contactos con la multitud, en el aeropuerto de Zaventem. El equipo de PPC de 12 legionarios a Beaurang, resultó en 12 estudiantes de diferentes religiones reuniéndose para rezar todos los viernes y hacer la Consagración a Nuestra Señora.
Regia de Amberes: Este Consejo tiene un total de 115 socios activos y 228 auxiliares. El reclutamiento continúa entre personas de diferentes nacionalidades.
DINAMARCA
Las últimas noticias vinieron en septiembre. El Praesidium celebró un acto el 8 de septiembre con un rosario antes de la Misa, muchos llegando temprano a tomar parte. Un Praesidium juvenil se formó en junio pasado y todavía no está consolidado.
INGLATERRA
Senatus de Birmingan: Se recibieron las actas hasta diciembre. Continúan los contactos callejeros en el Bullring (centro comercial) y la extensión está en curso. Dos Praesidia emprendieron la Exploratio Dominicalis a la Comunidad Itinerante, y se hicieron buenos contactos. Los Patricios para jóvenes tuvieron una asistencia de 14. Una pareja acordó casarse después de que su hogar fue bendecido. Una campaña de reclutamiento en Bristol produjo dos nuevos socios. Una Jornada de Puertas Abiertas de la Iglesia en Monte Carmelo, Redditch, señaló el cierre del Año de la Fe. En Coventry, continúa al apostolado con los homosexuales, con muy buenos contactos.
Curia de Northampton: Se fundó un nuevo Praesidia en Slough.
Curia de Swansea: Este Consejo informa dos proyectos de Exploratio Dominicalis.
Liverpool.
Curia de Leeds: Los 4 Praesidia afiliados llevan a cabo la enseñanza a niños que asisten a colegios no católicos.
Curia de Wirrel. Mary Burgin, que ahora vive en una Residencia de ancianos, se reunió con los legionarios para una excursión a Birkenhead Park. En el mercado de Birkenhead, donde los legionarios ponen una librería ambulante, hay una interacción grandiosa entre los legionarios y los puesteros.
Comitium de Middlesborough: Poner la imagen de la Virgen fuera de la iglesia de San Pedro y rezar el Rosario permite hacer muy buenos contactos con los transeúntes.
Comitium de Newcastle: Algunos Praesidia se están fusionando, mientras que dos están prosperando en el Noroeste. Durham. Tuvo lugar una interesante discusión sobre si se debería pedir a los juveniles más pequeños que recen el Rosario completo, con un montón de respuestas a favor y en contra.
Comitium de Manchester: Hay un nuevo Praesidium en Kirkhold (Curia de Rochadle y Oldham).En el mercado de Blackburn el Rosario y los villancicos trajeron el verdadero espíritu de la Navidad a los vendedores. El Praesidium en la Catedral de Salford tiene graduados universitarios entre sus socios.
Curia Central de Londres: Los legionarios llevaron a un hombre a confesarse después de 30 años. Ahora asiste regularmente a Misa. El Praesidium en Soho Square tiene 3 socios activos, 3 en prueba, 2 pretorianos, 1 adjutor y 9 auxiliares. Junto con las visitas domiciliarias, hacen contactos callejeros y visitan burdeles en la zona roja, como parte de su apostolado. Una campaña de reclutamiento en la Universidad de Chaplaincy de Londres, resultó en el establecimiento de un grupo del Rosario en Newman House, en el cual se rezan las oraciones de la Legión completas, todos los días a las 9.30 de la mañana.
Comitium de Brentwood: Se preparó a tres niños para la Primera Comunión, uno de los cuales es ahora monaguillo En la clase de Primera Comunión se entregaron Medallas Milagrosas. Visitaron familias de duelo.
Curia de Brent y Harrow: Socios de este Consejo se unieron a los legionarios de Enfield y Harringey para un muy exitoso Congreso, al que asistió el corresponsal.
Comitium de Southwark: Tuvieron lugar 2 PPC y 4 campañas de reclutamiento, una con mucho éxito en Guernsey, resultando 8 nuevos socios. La Curia de Croydon ha cerrado 3 Praesidia, quedando afiliados 5 Praesidia de adultos y 1 juvenil. Están esperando el permiso DBS (adultos vulnerables y Protección de Niños) para reanudar las visitas domiciliarias. Tienen 8 juveniles en Camberwell y la Curia de Surbiton tiene presidente pero ningún otro oficial.
Curia de Hammersmith informa vacantes en la vicepresidencia y secretaría; es de esperar que sean cubiertas pronto. Se recibieron las actas hasta octubre.
Curia de Middlesex oeste: Un Praesidium con todos sus oficiales informa 22 activos, 4 de los cuales están en prueba. Un Praesidium juvenil formado durante el año tiene 5 socios. Los trabajos incluyen una vigilia de cadena de Rosarios de 24 horas. Se organizan los Rosarios en las fiestas de Nuestra Señora. El Praesidium de Acton Este tiene 6 socios, pero no ningún oficial.
GALES
Comitium de Cardiff: Un cálido sol bendijo la procesión de Corpus Christi, pero la lluvia torrencial y vientos huracanados desafiaron a los legionarios quienes afrontaron la cima de la montaña en Penrhys.
Curia de Wrexham: El número de socios ha bajado a catorce. Reclutar es difícil, pero el último informe sobre reclutamiento fue positivo y optimista.
SUECIA
La Legión en Suecia está bajo el cuidado del Senatus de Liverpool. Está casi terminada la traducción del Manual al sueco. El P. Nielson está trabajando en la corrección. Se ha llevado a cabo trabajo de extensión y se fundó un nuevo Praesidium en Norshipping. Han dado al Concilium un informe detallado sobre la extensión.
FRANCIA
Regia de Aire y Dax. Hace más de un año que no se reciben actas.
Regia de Valence. La asistencia a las reuniones de Regia ha sido pobre, pero el reclutamiento está en progreso, con un socio nuevo en Montelimar y e interesantes visitas en Valence misma. En Chateauneuf de Galaure, el Praesidium juvenil de varones no ha reiniciado desde Año Nuevo. Han informado visitas a hogares y a residencias de ancianos.
Regia de París. La elección del nuevo Presidente de Regia no se realizó correctamente y se ha re-programada para febrero. Están teniendo lugar discusiones que continúan en relación con la renovación del arrendamiento de la casa de la Legión, dado que expira a fin de año. La Curia vietnamita tiene 8 Praesidia afiliados, exponiendo contactos regulares con budistas y musulmanes. Una persona volvió a los sacramentos después de una ausencia de 50 años. Un Praesidium congoleño en St. Dennis, establecido en 2012, ahora tiene 21 socios. El Praesidium en Juvisy tiene 14 socios y el Praesidium Inmaculado Corazón de María tiene 10 socios.
Comitium de Estrasburgo. El verano pasado emprendieron una exitosa PPC a Dijon. La Curia afiliada de Colmar tiene 20 socios. El Praesidium que informó comprende principalmente socios portugueses, cuyo trabajo es ayudar en la parroquia y a un movimiento para cristianos jubilados. La reunión anual de PPC para Europa, celebrada durante muchos años en Estrasburgo, se ha trasladado este año al Senatus de Bruselas. Dos legionarios trabajaron en la Permanencia de Lourdes visitando los campings, a pesar del daño ocasionado por las inundaciones en la casa de la Legión.
ALEMANIA
Senatus de Frankfurt: Frankfurt y las Regiae de Colonia y Munich tuvieron una cumbre en agosto. Los temas considerados fueron: “Mejora de los contactos entre la gente joven”. “El sitio web de la Legión” y “Celebración del 70º aniversario de la Legión en Alemania en 2014”. 12 sacerdotes asistieron a un encuentro de dos días en Haroldsback. La clausura del año fue signada por un Día Apostólico en el aeropuerto de Frankfurt. La Regia de Colonia tiene un total de 266 socios activos y 1.570 auxiliares.
El Comitium de Essen celebró un fin de semana de Biblia de los Niños. La Legión tuvo un stand en el congreso eucarístico de junio. La Curia coreana participó en un Retiro de coreanos-europeos.
La Regia de Munich: La Regia ha establecido una nueva Curia en Regensburg.
Comitium de Freiburg. El Comitium recibió a una mini PPC. Los trabajos incluyen Patricios, apostolado en los campings y visita a las prisiones.
Curia de Saarlous: Esta Curia emprendió por Internet el Apostolado de los Medios.
SUIZA
Comitium de Zurich: Se hicieron contactos callejeros durante una “Feria Erótica” en Regensdorf, en la zona roja de Zurich. Cinco legionarios de Zurich en junio hicieron trabajo de extensión en Liechtenstein.
LUXEMBURGO
Esta zona está bajo el cuidado de la Regia de Colonia y tiene actualmente un Praesidium. Continúan los esfuerzos por establecer otro praesidium.
SIBERIA
La hermana Metzler y la hermana Flatscher pasaron 10 días en Siberia durante septiembre y formaron un nuevo Praesidium con la presencia del Obispo Werth. Dos nuevos socios asistieron a la reunión de Curia en Krasnojarsk.
HOLANDA
Regia de Amsterdam tiene dos grupos de Patricios y se están haciendo esfuerzos para empezar un Praesidium de idioma español.
NORUEGA
El Praesidium en Tonsberg no tiene Director Espiritual. Se han hecho esfuerzos de extensión en Kongsberg. Los trabajos incluyen catequesis y promoción del rezo del Rosario. Se organizó una procesión para celebrar el santo nacional de Noruega, San Olaf. El praesidium en Drammen tiene 8 socios activos, 2 en prueba y 14 auxiliares. Se hacen excelentes contactos en una reunión fraterna parroquial mensual parroquia con nuevos inmigrantes.
ESCOCIA
Curia de Dundee se ha reanudado. Curia de Greenock y District celebraron el Año de la Fe mediante una amplia distribución de Agua Bendita. Un Praesidium llevó dos veces el Vexillum de la Legión al Colegio Primario Corpus Cristi y se lo explicaron a los niños. El Praesidium de Nuestra Señora del Borde del Camino, tuvo trece visitantes durante el año, de las cuales se quedaron. El Praesidium se encargó del club Borde del Camino todos los días del año, incluyendo el día de Navidad y la Nochevieja. Reciben un gran apoyo del Obispo, el clero y las compañías locales.
GIBRALTAR
Gibraltar está bajo el cuidado de Escocia. En mayo asistió a la reunión de la Legión el Obispo Hesketh. Los legionarios visitan hogares, residencias de ancianos, cárceles y colegios. Participan también en la cabalgata de los Reyes Magos y en la ceremonia que hay después en la Catedral, la procesión al aire libre y el Vía Crucis el día del Viernes Santo.


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Visit to Brazil by Tadhg McMahon
January 2014
TADHG McMAHON’S VISIT TO BRAZIL

The central event was Celebration of the Eucharist by 70 Spiritual Directors, presided over by Recife’s Archbishop, Dom Fernando Saburido. The conference spirit was one of joyful commitment to developing the Legion, mainly through Legion formation, including Handbook study. Also, attention was given to the Legion’s role in facing today’s spiritual challenges and involving youth in the Church’s apostolate. The central theme of the Congress was Legion discipline and in that context, three main points were stressed. (1) Standing Instruction. (2) The Order of the Praesidium. (3) The placing of the Legion at the disposal of the Bishop and Parish Priest. All of the higher councils in the southern region – 4 Senatus, the Regia in the capital Brasilia, the Regiae in the far-west and Senatus of Belem in the Amazonian region, were represented. The whole event was dominated by a spirit of joy, gratitude and warm friendship. Bro McMahon also visited ten Legion councils, including three Senatus, two Regiae, several Comitia, Curiae and praesidium meetings. Many hours were spent with individual groups and Legion officers.

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Raising of Councils in Venezuala and Togo
January 2014
PROPOSAL TO RAISE A NEW REGIA IN VENEZUALA

The Legion exists in all 10 Archdioceses and 26 Dioceses in Venezuala and the junior Legion is much stronger than in most South American or Central American countries. The Senatus in the capital, Caracas governs the Legion in the whole country, with 12 praesidia directly attached, plus 12 Curiae, 18 Comitia and 1 Regia. This proposal concerns the Regia, with its seat in Barquisimeto, the Archdiocese of Merida and the corresponding suffragen Dioceses.
The proposal is to detach the Legion in the Archdiocese of Merida and its suffragen Dioceses of Trujillo, San Cristobal and Barinas and raise a new Regia in Merida to govern the Legion in that area. In all, there would be 8-12 praesidia directly attached to the new Regia and 8 Comitia.
It is also proposed to affiliate the Curiae in the Archdiocese of Valencia with its suffragen Dioceses of Carora, San Felipe, Acaigua-Araure and Guanare to the existing Regia of Barquisimeto. The Regia of Barquisimeto would then govern 10 praesidia directly attached, a, 3 junior Curiae, 14 senior Curiae and 8 Comitia.
Both Regia to be affiliated to the Senatus of Caracas.
The overall situation would then be: 1 Senatus in Caracas, with 2 Regia, 15 Comitia, 18 Curiae and about 12 praesidia attached.
Both proposals were agreed to by Concilium.

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PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE REGIA OF LOME TOGO TO SENATUS

A proposal was put forward to raise the Regia of Lome Togo to Senatus status in order to administer the Legion of Mary in the Archdiocese of Lome and in the other five Dioceses of Togo; the dioceses of Aneho Kpalime, Atakpame, Sokode and Dapaong. The Senatus will have 22 praesidia directly attached, 21 senior Curiae, 1 junior Curia and 13 Comitia. This submission was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave agreement.

PROPOSAL TO ELEVATE THE COMITIUM OF KARA TOGO TO REGIA

A second proposal was put forward to elevate the Comitium of Kara Togo to Regia in order to administer the Legion in the Diocese of Kara. The Regia in Kara will administer 26 praesidia directly attached, 9 senior Curiae and 2 Comitia (Pagouda and Niemtougou). Ecclesiastical approval has been obtained. This submission was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave its agreement.

Sile Ni Chochlain, President of Concilium extended her thanks and congratulations to the new councils.

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Election of Assistant Secretary of Concilium
January 2014
ELECTION OFASSISTANT SECRETARY OF CONCILIUM

An election took place for Assistant Secretary of Concilium, in charge of the Bulletin, among other duties. Nominations were taken and Michael Walsh was proposed and seconded for this office. As there were no other nominations, Michael Walsh was declared elected for a term of 3 years.


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Allocutio at December 2013 Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
January 2014
St. John the Baptist and the Legion
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St. John the Baptist is one of the key figures in the Season of Advent. Indeed, he is one of the major figures in the whole history of salvation. He introduces the New Testament to us as specifically he introduces Jesus to us. In fact he has no other purpose except to present Jesus to the world and to each of us. His whole identity is tied up in pointing to Jesus. He prepares the world for Christmas and the unsurpassable mystery of the Incarnation. So there is no surprise that he has such a special place in the Legion and the devotional life of each individual legionary. As the Handbook puts it: ‘he is more intimately bound up with the devotional scheme of the Legion than any of its other patrons, with the exception of St. Joseph.’ Of course, St. John is not just a figure in the past, but is alive in the Church and would be of special assistance to all those who share his mission of preparing the way for Our Lord in coming into the lives of contemporary men and women. The Handbook states categorically: ‘he was the type of all legionaries, that is, a forerunner of the Lord, going before Him to prepare His Way and make straight His path.

At first sight we might find it less than obvious that John is the type of all legionaries. He is sometimes portrayed as being too severe and quick to condemn than being the kind of person that would be an encouraging friend. But the reality is that he gives us the best possible message. He points us to Jesus with the greatest possible clarity and enthusiasm. ‘Behold the Lamb of God; behold Him who takes away the sins of the world.’ We can’t hear a better message than that.

Besides, we are deeply struck by the sheer humility of the man. This is a quality most dear the Legion. He proclaims that he is not worthy even to undo the sandals of Our Lord. And he insists that the Lord must increase and he must decrease. This is surely a basic principle for every form of apostolate and especially the Legion apostolate. We remember how dearly Our Lord loved St. John and so we cannot do less. ‘Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no greater than John the Baptist.’

The Handbook gives us another reason for seeing John the Baptist as the type of all legionaries. ’Moreover, he was formed for his work by Our Blessed Lady herself, as all legionaries are supposed to be.’ We remember the words of Elizabeth to Mary: ‘For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.’ There must be a deep joy too in the legionary who allows himself to be formed by Mary for discipleship and mission. It is worth reflecting deeply on the striking words of the Handbook: ‘That episode of the Visitation exhibits Our Lady in her capacity as Mediatrix for the first time and St. John as the first beneficiary. Thereby was St. John exhibited from the first as a special patron of legionaries and of all legionary contacts, of the work of visitation in all its forms, and indeed of all legionary actions – these being but efforts to co-operate in Mary’s mediatorial office.’ We are called too, like St. John the Baptist to respond to the voice of Mary always and everywhere.

The Handbook gives us one more compelling reason why the Legion has a special place for John the Baptist in its scheme of things. ‘He was one of the essential elements in the mission of the Lord. All those elements should find a place in any system which seeks to reproduce that mission.’ The Handbook then goes on quote Cardinal Danielou: ‘If Jesus is perpetually, ‘He who comes,’ likewise St. John is he who ever precedes Him, for the economy of the historical Incarnation of Christ is continued in His Mystical Body.’

Finally, there is another close connection between St. John the Baptist and the Legion and although it is not explicitly made in the Handbook, it is all pervasively there. The whole teaching of John can be summed up in his opening words: ‘Repent; the Kingdom of God is close at hand.’ The English word, repent comes from the Latin, repensare, to think again, to change direction, to do an about-turn. The underlying Greek word is metanoia, which means conversion, to make a radical new start. Conversion is the key word in the preaching of John the Baptist. And the New Testament is full of conversion stories. What is common to all these stories is the fact that conversion means meeting Our Lord and making Him the centre of the person’s life. This is the purpose of all forms of evangelization – to facilitate a meeting between Christ and another person. This was the essential mission of John the Baptist and it is also the basic reason for the existence of the Legion. If we were to draw up a list of the top ten key words in the vocabulary of the Legion conversion would be very high. On one of his visits to Rome, Frank Duff was asked what he would say to the worldwide Legion if he had an opportunity. Without any hesitation, he summed up everything he wanted to say in one word: Convert. May the Legion turn once more to John the Baptist and our founder, Frank Duff in preparing a way for the Lord in every part of the world and in the minds and hearts of all our contemporary men and women. Amen.

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Concilium Bulletin - December 2013
January 2014
REPORTS
EUROPE

Portugal: Lisbon Senatus: Latest minutes, September. Nine praesidia and two curiae were visited on the island of Medeira by the Senatus President and correspondent. Extension visits were made in Castelo Branco. A praesidium in Lisbon with 8 praetorians and 9 adjutorians visits auxiliaries on their birthdays and to inform them of the Acies. They also prepared 100 sick persons for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion, the Sacrament of the Sick and taught four ladies how to recite the Breviary. Several praesidia have an apostolate to the bereaved in mortuary chapels. Attendance of directly attached praesidia officers averages about 40%.

SPAIN
Madrid Senatus:
Senatus minutes are sent 10 days after the monthly meeting which allows the Concilium correspondent’s letter to reach them in time for the next meeting. It is hard to gain access to those living in high-rise apartments. Parish Priests give legionaries letters of introduction, which help to open doors. The Curia of Granada visits hostels for homeless. Monthly reports on extension are taken. Last month all the praesidia of a curia took part in a Columban recruiting drive in preparation for setting up of a new praesidium. True Devotion to the Nation ventures include, cooking, sewing, reading and writing classes for the many immigrants in the Senatus area.

Barcelona Senatus: September minutes received. One praesidium has many Nuns, formerly legionaries in Kenya, as adjutorians. Another praesidium also has a convent of Nuns as adjutorians. They hold a monthly Mass in a residence. One member is a Catequista (Catechist). A praesidium in Majorca has members from France, Venezuala and Chile A praesidium reported 21 First Holy Communions and 4 Baptisms. Both groups have a representative on the Parish Council.

Bilbao Senatus: Average attendance is 72%. In June, Basauri Curia celebrated its golden jubilee. The curia does a lot of work with youth and got a “favourable report in the local Newspaper”. It has a junior praesidium and a group of pre-juveniles. A praesidium in Bilbao also celebrated its 50th anniversary; this praesidium has members from Guinea Equitorial and Columbia. They promote the True Devotion, visit the blind, Alzheimer’s sufferers and former prostitutes. The curia in Oviedo helped two deaf boys to learn sign language. An ex-drug prisoner is being helped and they sent Legion books to Paraguay. The curia in Durango is helping a family from Senegal – they work with Caritas, Mental Health and run formation meetings for immigrants, in conjunction with the Council.

ITALY
Rome Senatus
: November minutes received. Following the Holy Father’s consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart on October 13th, the Senatus is considering a suggestion of Br. Duff’s to go from house to house offering a visit of the Pilgrim Statue to any home that would accept it for one day. A Chinese legionary had won many converts in this way; he was one of the first to be executed in Tientsin.

Milan Regia: Over 100 persons, plus legionaries attended Catechesis sessions for the Year of Faith on, ‘The Faith of Mary, Mother of God’ and ‘The Faith of Frank Duff’.
Padova Comitium: Ongoing efforts are being made to extend the Legion in Bressanone, Voltabrusegana and Mandria. True Devotion to Mary features in reports. An active member was recruited at a railway station.

CYPRUS
Limassol:
September minutes received. The average attendance at the weekly meeting is twenty. Home visitation, visits to the sick and dying, plus a number of church activities are included in the apostolate.

Nicosia has three praesidia. Minutes are fairly up to date for two of these. The apostolate includes works of service, church activities, hospital visitation, plus street and park contact. Many lapsed and those of other faiths and no faith are contacted. The legionaries were instrumental in the return of two people to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

MALTA
Malta Regia
: October minutes received. A praesidium of nine, four of whom are praetorians, held two retreats for Auxiliaries, with 55 in attendance. Three members of the praesidium teach Catechesis to children. They also organise the renewal of consecration of families to the Sacred Heart during a Mass, twice per year. As an initiative for the Year of Faith, a praesidium organised a Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, to encourage spending time in prayer in the presence of Our Lord.

Hope of the World Curia: Legionaries reported the return of five persons to the Sacraments. One woman was persuaded not to have an abortion. Contact work is ongoing with tourists and refugees. A book barrow was set up in one parish with the aim of recruiting new members.

Mother of the Maltese Nation Curia: Over the summer months this council organised Eucharistic Adoration on the seafront, during which legionaries did contact work. Confessions were available. As a result of this apostolate, 30 youths went to Confession. The apostolate of a junior Curia with 12 praesidia includes contacting fellow students, with whom they promote the Sacrament of Confession and attendance at Sunday Mass. Two members gave a short talk to twelve-year-olds, who were about to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. One of the junior praesidia organised an open-air Mass and weekend retreat.

Gozo Comitium: Weekend retreats for males, females and families had attendances of twelve at each retreat.

COUNTRIES UNDER THE CARETAKERSHIP OF MALTA

GREECE
The praesidium in Athens has difficulties because of the continual unrest on the streets, but meetings have continued throughout the summer. The praesidia in Rhodes and Kos have not yet taken up regular correspondence.
Correspondence with Thessalonica has improved, but the summer months proved difficult to hold regular meetings.

ALBANIA
Shkoder Comitium
: This council carries out regular visits to praesidia, usually two, or more per month. The apostolate includes visits to the old and lonely in their homes, especially in the city, taking part in funerals, bringing people to the Sacraments and notifying the priest about housebound parishioners, who would like to receive the Sacraments. The sale of the new edition of the Handbook is going well. Frank Duff prayer leaflets are accessible in Albanian, but the prayer leaflets for Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe are not yet available.

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Boston Senatus: The Senatus promotes Legion membership after Masses and Adoration after other events. Extension yielded one senior and one junior praesidium. A jail ministry conducts a follow up apostolate to ex prisoners’ families. Three lapsed Catholics and a non-Catholic were received into the Church; the latter joined the Legion. A new senior praesidium was started in Vermont.

Philadelphia Senatus: A Congress theme, ‘Grant us a Lively Faith,’ had 65 present. The Senatus Spiritual Director, Fr Lendacky retired after years of faithful service. He contributed many articles to Maria Legionis and the Senatus has compiled his allocutios in book-form. Fr. Giuffre succeeded him. A Seminary praesidium with eleven members, engage in parish apostolate, ‘E’ days (Extension) and recruiting drives. Pittsburgh Regia and attached councils do extension. Greenburg Comitium has a prison praesidium. 25% of Metuchen Comitium members are praetorians. Camden Comitium had an attendance of 90 at their Congress. They do book barrow work on Ocean City boardwalk.
The Korean Comitium gained 9 active members.

Chicago Senatus: Mankato and two other councils staffed Legion booths at well-attended fairs. A new Korean Comitium, with 2 Curiae was established. Two expanding Hispanic Curiae in Rockford and Joliet subdivided and formed a Comitium. A pastor sought legionary’s help with parish hospitality at Christmas and Easter. Milwakee Comitium joined with Green Bay Curia to organise a Legion booth. Exploratio Dominicalis and crowd contact at the Navy Pier also feature.

Houston Senatus: A praesidium of 15 active and 40 Auxiliary members do home visitation. A bereaved couple and another family returned to the Church due to the loving concern of legionaries. A seventeen-year old was baptised. 226 male and 205 female prisoners were visited by legionaries. A PPC Conference with the theme, ‘Spreading the Light of Faith’, had 600 attendees.

St. Louis Senatus: Eleven new members were recruited and six new praesidia established. A Catholic Centre at University in Tulsa had six students return to the Faith. Elsewhere, 84 lapsed were contacted. A seventeen-year-old was received into the Catholic faith. Legionaries visit 431 prisoners.

New York Senatus: The Senatus officers thanked Concilium for the hospitality and guidance received on a recent visit to Ireland; they hope to implement the many suggestions. Legionaries invited passers-by to visit their local church during Lent. Retired priests in nursing homes are asked for prayers and kept informed about the Legion apostolate.

Arlington Regia, Virginia: Five Patrician groups have been established in Washington Comitium area to increase knowledge of the Faith. Fairfax Comitium has three new junior praesidia. Fairfax Spanish Curia had 1,000 at a Retreat.

Miami Regia: Dade Boward junior Curia do Nursing Home visitation, make Rosary Beads, string Miraculous Medals, do booth duty at Youth Fair, make visits to the sick and teach the Rosary to classmates. A praesidium of 19 active and 247 Auxiliaries list 7 activities including, Junior work, Pilgrim Virgin visits and maintaining the Regia website. Savannah Curia has 1 junior and 2 senior praesidia. South Carolina has 18 senior praesidia. Jacksonville Comitium was visited. The Archbishop of Miami has directed his priests to consider the Legion of Mary as a response to Pope Francis’ appeal, “to go out into the streets”.

Los Angelus Senatus: Long Beach Curia, with ten praesidia, has four Patrician groups. The number of first-term officers taking responsibility is encouraging. The Los Angelus Korean Comitium has five senior, five junior praesidia and five Patrician groups. Their works comprise prison ministry, book barrow and contact of youth groups with the purpose of recruitment to the Legion.

San Franncisco Senatus: A praesidium of five members was formed in St Paul’s. North San Mateo, has a new senior and junior praesidium. The North West Korean Comitium continues to expand, with 11 praesidia and 5 Curiae attached. It has 418 active members in 48 praesidia. The Bishop of Portland is an auxiliary member. Extension work by Sacramento Comitium resulted in 2 new praesidia. Portland Curia held a True Devotion to Mary retreat. Legionaries do door-to-door visitation, crowd contact and run a junior group. Stockton Comitium works include promoting Catholic radio. San Jose Comitium hosted the Year of Faith Conference. Three junior praesidia thrive. People wanting RCIA and marriage validation were met during evangelisation to 696 homes.

CANADA
Toronto Senatus
: The visit of legionaries to Newfoundland and New Brunswick greatly enthused those distant councils. In Scarborough Comitium, a stroke victim contacted by legionaries received the Sacraments and his wife began RCIA. Columban Drives showed promise in Ottawa and Hamilton. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has 12 legionaries, with 4 praetorians doing Pilgrim Statue visitation and enthronement to the Sacred Heart. They also organised a TDM talk. Juniors in Holy Cross Parish do crowd contact. A school praesidium of 12 members recruited 9 new members and run a Catechism quiz.

Vancouver Comitium: Cloverdale Parish praesidium established a, “Kids of Jesus” club for 30-40 children. For the Year of Faith, 15 returns to the Church resulted from 480 homes visited by the praesidium doing the, “Catholics Come Home,” project in June/July2013. In its first year, the Chinese Martyrs Praesidium active membership reached eleven.

Montreal Senatus: Attendance ranged from 44% to 70% between July and October. Pilgrim Statue visitation, organising pilgrimages, Exploratio Dominicalis and outreach to students feature. A Curia with 6 praesidia in one parish gives invaluable assistance to the priest, registering new arrivals, helping with Church services, Church cleaning and preparing people for Baptism. Good visitation of attached praesidia, councils and correspondence with distant councils is evident.

WEST INDIES
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santo Domingo
: All praesidia visit homes, prepare children for the Sacraments, bring Holy Communion to the sick, arrange with a priest for confessions and anointing. Some legionaries visit prisons and psychiatric hospitals. The Comitium, ‘Santa Maria Madre de Dios,’ with 13 Curiae and 6 praesidia, has 2,471 active members, 1,657 auxiliaries, 328 adjutorians and 229 praetorian members. The council recruited 60 active members, including 5 of the 8 couples whose marriages were regularised. One praesidium gave catechesis to 125 ex-prisoners in the Penetentiary Pastorate.

Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: There were many returns to the Sacraments, conversions from evangelical sects and marriages regularised. A Curia in Trinidad with 10 praesidia, 117 members, 122 auxiliaries and 20 praetorians, had a young evangelical received into the Church on his death bed. A young drug addict was rehabilitated and became a Catholic. A number of people leading dissolute lives were instructed in the faith, baptised and now frequent the Sacraments.

Trinidad and Tobago Regia: The works done are home, hospital and prison visitation. Religious instruction resulted in one lapsed Catholic returning to the Sacraments. Eight people received Baptism. A Baptist lady recites the Rosary with Legionaries. Other works include, counselling taxi drivers and at-risk young men. Extension to Tobago was undertaken in August, with 6 legionaries taking part.

Senatus of Haiti: Minutes to September 2013 received, covering reports from 4 Comitia and 2 praesidia, one of the latter being in a Seminary. Youth and juniors feature. One Curia works for street children. Four extension missions were very well received.

Puerto Rico Senatus: A man of 70 made his first Holy Communion. The sick are minded in their homes. In the Virgin Islands, the Rosary is recited in notorious areas of drugs and violence. During Lent, the Stations of the Cross were enacted through the streets. Curia, ‘Toa Alto’ reported juniors training as catechesis. Enthronement of the Sacred Heart has brought 14 people back to practice.

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AFRICA
MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus
: October 2013 minutes received. A copy of the annual report was sent to the country’s two Archbishops and six Bishops. Training workshops for council officers continued during the Year of Faith. A conference for the Senatus Officers and Spiritual Directors had, ‘elections’ among its topics and it was agreed that Spiritual Directors would explain election procedure to their fellow-priests and highlight the need for the Legion to be allowed govern its councils as prescribed in the Handbook. During the period under review, reports were taken from Regiae in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe and four other Dioceses which govern 58 Comitia. A Comitium in Blantyre reported a number of couples married in Church and returns to the Sacraments. A small number of youth praesidia visit the sick and lapsed and also help in Church.

KENYA
Senatus of Kenya: October 2013 minutes received. The Senatus advised all its councils to organise a Mass to mark the death of the Servant of God, Frank Duff.

Kisumu Regia visited the Diocese of Lodwar and set up two praesidia. The praesidium in Nairobi University has 25 members. A new College praesidium has 30 members. Works include home, hospital and prison visitation, resulting in many returns to the Sacraments and a large number undertaking instruction. The Correspondents meet on a regular basis.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus
: July and August minutes received; these showed a strong emphasis on youth as the five reports included those from the Tertiary Institutions Curia, City Schools Curia and a University praesidium. One of the other praesidia was commended on its efforts to start junior groups. An increase in membership and the setting up of four praesidia has led to lengthy meetings of the Tertiary Curia, which plans to split. The importance of this level of youth activity in the present, as well as in the future, was borne out by a comment made by a Brother attending Senatus for the first time, who said he learned about the Legion from his Primary School son. As a follow up to the National Spiritual Director’s Conference, Kabale and Mbarara Regiae were due to hold Spiritual Director’s Conferences in August and November.

NIGERIA
Enugu Senatus
: One Comitium has 19 attached praesidia, 18 senior and 11 junior Curiae. As a result of Exploratio Dominicalis projects, 191 people were prepared for First Holy Communion. Eight lapsed Catholics returned to the Sacraments. 52 couples got married in Church and many more Legion contacts were prepared for the various Sacraments. A praesidium in Enugu Prison has nine members and as a result of their work, three adults were baptised. An Anglican was received into the Roman Catholic Church.

Abuja Senatus: Minutes received to October 2013. Average attendance for council officers was 61% and praesidium officers 64%. 43 new praesidia were formed in one Comitium over a period of two years. A University praesidium split and also started a second group as a result of a Columban Drive. A praesidium of 19 full members, plus 7 probationers, 9 of whom are praetorians, reported three marriages rectified, six lapsed returned to the Sacraments and one conversion.

Ibadan Senatus: Minutes to October received. Average attendance for council officers was 68% and praesidium officers 59%. Six senior Curiae and seven junior praesidia were set up in Benin City Regia area. One praesidium had 119 contacts in a brothel, seven of whom are Catholics. A Comitium reported eight conversions, including an old Muslim lady, who died soon afterwards and had a Catholic burial.

Lagos Regia: Minutes to August received. Average attendance for council officers was 62% and praesidium officers 48%. A Curia with 428 members has only 7% over 40 years of age. One Comitium reported 17 marriages rectified and 44 conversions, while another Comitium reported 25 marriages rectified. 88 people received Baptism and Confirmation through the RCIA.

Jos Regia: This Regia and many of its attached councils have suffered greatly due to the political upheaval in Northern Nigeria. Many people, including legionaries have had to leave their areas. Prayers are requested.

Onitsha Regia: One Comitium prepared 395 people for Baptism, 1,296 for Holy Communion, and 718 for Confirmation. 112 couples were helped towards getting married in Church. Eight senior and twelve junior praesidia were set up. The Comitium has 15 praesidia, plus 26 senior and 3 junior Curiae attached. The junior Curiae have in excess of 2,700 members.

Ikot Ekpene Regia: There has been great improvement in sending monthly minutes. The correspondent has asked that more detail be included in the minutes.

TANZANIA
Dar-es-Salaam Regia
: Praesidia set up following a recruiting drive by the Seminary Legionaries continue to be monitored and it was hoped to honour Our Lady in a practical way by recruiting as many Legionaries as possible in her special month. Plans are in the pipeline to hold a Junior Congress in June and a PPC project to Zanzibar in July. The importance of following the rule on material relief was again stressed.

Mtwara Comitium: August minutes received. The correspondent is following up on some problems with recent elections of Legion officers.

Mbeya Comitium has five curiae and a membership of 1,691. Works include caring for youth praesidia, visiting the sick at home and in hospital and helping those with marriage difficulties.

Mbinga Comitium: A report covering a two year period to June 2013 was received. A General Assembly was held in April, where the Year of Faith figured prominently. They also discussed administrative matters. In October 2012 they decided to establish a praesidium in every Secondary School. Six schools now have a praesidium. One Curia marked its Golden Jubilee with Mass, celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Emmanuel Mapunda. No news from Songea, Njombe and Kilema for a considerable time.

Hai Moshi Comitium: Reports include home/hospital visitation, looking after junior praesidia, visitation of schools, contact with drug and alcoholic addicts, helping to settle marriage disputes, preparing adults and children for the Sacraments and teaching children Catechism. Many returns to the Sacraments and marriages blessed, were reported.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia
: Very comprehensive reports were received on visits to Monze Diocese in September and Chipata Diocese in November by three Regia officers and a correspondent. The aims in both cases were to listen to the legionaries and discuss the running of the organisation; also to establish the strength of the Legion, with a view to some reorganisation, as distance is a big problem with some curiae 150kms apart within Comitia. In Monze they briefly met the Bishop and Pastoral Co-ordinator and held a workshop on True Devotion. In Chipata they supervised the Comitium elections. It was hoped to raise a Curia to Comitium status, but further steps are needed before this is finalised.

LIBERIA
A brief e-mail from the Secretary indicates great difficulties in the area; literature sent by Concilium, which they badly need, has not arrived.

GAMBIA
The growth in a praesidium with a weekly attendance of 14-16 is being attributed to prayer to Frank Duff.

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Boletín de diciembre 2013
January 2014
BOLETIN DEL CONCILIUM
DICIEMBRE DE 2013


INFORMES

EUROPA

PORTUGAL
Senatus de Lisboa: Las últimas actas son de septiembre. El presidente del Senatus y el corresponsal visitaron 9 Praesidiae y 2 Curiae en la isla de Madeira. Se hicieron visitas de extensión en Castelo Branco. En Lisboa un Praesidium con 8 pretorianos y 9 adjutores visita a los auxiliares en sus cumpleaños y les informa del Acies. También prepararon a 100 personas enfermas para recibir el sacramento de la Reconciliación, la Sagrada Comunión y la Unción de los Enfermos y enseñaron a cuatro señoras a rezar el Breviario. Varios Praesidia tienen como apostolado el consolar a familiares en los velatorios. La asistencia de los oficiales de los Praesidia afiliados directamente promedia el 40%.
ESPAÑA
Senatus de Madrid: Las actas del Senatus son enviadas 10 días después de la reunión mensual, lo que permite que la carta del corresponsal del Concilium les llegue a tiempo para la próxima junta. Es muy difícil acceder a aquellos que viven en apartamentos de edificios altos. Los Párrocos dan a los legionarios cartas de presentación, que les ayudan a abrir puertas. La Curia de Granada visita albergues para los sin-techo. Se brindan informes mensuales sobre la extensión. El mes pasado todos los Praesidia de una Curia tomaron parte en una campaña de reclutamiento columbano, en preparación para establecer un nuevo Praesidium. Los trabajos de Verdadera Devoción a la Nación incluyen clases de cocina, costura, lectura y escritura para los muchos inmigrantes del área del Senatus.
Senatus de Barcelona: Se recibieron las actas de septiembre. Un Praesidium tiene muchas religiosas, anteriormente legionarias en Kenia, como adjutoras. Otro Praesidium también tiene un convento de religiosas como adjutoras. Celebran una Misa mensual en un domicilio. Una socia es catequista. Un Praesidium en Mallorca tiene socios provenientes de Francia, Venezuela y Chile. Un Praesidium informó 21 Primeras Comuniones y 4 Bautismos. Ambos grupos tienen un representante en el Consejo Parroquial.
Senatus de Bilbao: El promedio de asistencia es de 72 %. En junio la Curia de Basauri celebró sus Bodas de Oro. La Curia hace muchísimo trabajo con la juventud y obtuvo un “informe favorable en el periódico local”. Tiene un Praesidium juvenil y un grupo de pre-juveniles. Un Praesidium en Bilbao también celebró su 50º aniversario; este Praesidium tiene socios provenientes de Guinea Ecuatorial y Colombia. Ellos promueven la Verdadera Devoción, visitan ciegos, personas con Alzhéimer y a ex prostitutas. La Curia de Oviedo ayudó a dos chicos sordos a aprender el lenguaje de señas. Se está ayudando a un recluso ex-drogadicto. Enviaron Manuales a Paraguay. La Curia de Durango está ayudando a una familia de Senegal - trabajan con Caritas, enfermos mentales y organizan reuniones de formación para inmigrantes, en unión con el Consejo.
ITALIA
Senatus de Roma: Se recibieron las actas de noviembre. Después de la consagración del mundo al Inmaculado Corazón que hizo el Santo Padre el 13 de octubre, el Senatus está considerando una sugerencia del hermano Duff de ir de casa en casa ofreciendo una visita de la Virgen Peregrina a cualquier hogar que quiera aceptarla por un día. Un legionario chino consiguió muchas conversiones de esa manera; él fue uno de los primeros en ser ejecutados en Tientsin.
Regia de Milán: Más de 100 personas, además de los legionarios, asistieron a encuentros de catequesis por el Año de la Fe sobre “La fe de María, la Madre de Dios” y “La Fe de Frank Duff”.
Comitium de Padua: Se están desarrollando esfuerzos por extender la Legión en Bressanone, Voltabrusegana y Mandria. En los informes figura la Verdadera Devoción a María. Se reclutó un socio activo en la estación de tren.
CHIPRE
Limassol. Se recibieron las actas de septiembre. El promedio de asistencia a la reunión semanal es de veinte. Su apostolado incluye visitas a hogares, enfermos y moribundos, más un gran número de actividades parroquiales.
Nicosia tiene tres Praesidia. Las actas de dos de ellos están bastante actualizadas. El apostolado incluye trabajo de servicio, actividades parroquiales, visita a hospitales, más contactos callejeros y en los parques. Se contactan muchos no practicantes, y a aquellos de otra fe o sin fe. Los legionarios fueron instrumentos para la vuelta de dos personas al Sacramento de la Reconciliación.
MALTA
Regia de Malta: Se recibieron las actas de octubre. Un Praesidium de 9, cuatro de los cuales son pretorianos, tuvieron dos retiros para auxiliares, con la asistencia de 55. Tres socios del Praesidium dan catequesis a los niños. Organizan también la renovación de la consagración de las familias al Sagrado Corazón durante una Misa, dos por año. Como iniciativa por el Año de la Fe, un Praesidium organizó un Rosario frente al Santísimo, para animar a pasar tiempo en oración en presencia de Nuestro Señor.
Curia Esperanza del Mundo: Los legionarios informaron la vuelta de cinco personas a los sacramentos. Se convenció a una mujer de que no abortara. Hacen trabajo de contactos con turistas y refugiados. Se estableció una librería ambulante en una Parroquia con el objetivo de reclutar nuevos socios.
Curia Madre de la Nación Maltesa: Durante los meses de verano este Consejo organizó la Adoración Eucarística en el paseo marítimo, durante la cual los legionarios hicieron contactos. Hubo posibilidad de confesarse. Como resultado de este apostolado, se confesaron 30 jóvenes. El apostolado de una Curia juvenil con 12 Praesidia incluye el contactar a los compañeros estudiantes, entre los que promueven el sacramento de la Confesión y la asistencia a la Misa dominical. Dos socios dieron una breve charla a niños de 12 años que estaban por recibir el sacramento de la Confirmación. Uno de los Praesidia juveniles organizó una Misa al aire libre y un retiro de fin de semana.
Comitium de Gozo: Retiros de fin de semana para hombres, mujeres y familias tuvieron una asistencia de 12 en cada uno.
PAISES A CARGO DE MALTA
GRECIA
El Praesidium en Atenas tiene dificultades por la continua agitación en las calles, pero las reuniones han continuado durante el verano. Los Praesidia en Rodas y Kos no tienen todavía una correspondencia regular.
La correspondencia con Tesalónica ha mejorado, pero los meses de verano se mostraron difíciles para celebrar reuniones regulares.
ALBANIA:
Comitium de Shkoder: Este consejo realiza visitas regulares a los Praesidia, normalmente dos o más por mes. El apostolado incluye visitas a personas mayores y solas en sus casas, especialmente en la ciudad, tomando parte en funerales, trayendo gente a los Sacramentos y notificando al sacerdote acerca de los feligreses que no pueden salir de casa, y a quienes les gustaría recibir los sacramentos. La venta de la nueva edición del Manual está yendo bien. Las estampas de Frank Duff son accesibles en Albania, pero las de Edel Quinn y Alfonso Lambe no están todavía disponibles.


ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA

Senatus de Boston: El Senatus promueve la pertenencia a la Legión después de las Misas y la Adoración y después de otros actos. La extensión produjo un Praesidium de adultos y uno juvenil. Un ministerio carcelario dirige un apostolado de seguimiento a las familias de ex–prisioneros. Tres católicos alejados y un no-católico fueron recibidos en la Iglesia; este último se unió a la Legión. En Vermont empezó un nuevo Praesidium de adultos.
Senatus de Filadelfia: Un tema de Congreso “Concédenos una Fe viva” tuvo 65 asistentes. El director espiritual del Senatus, P. Lendacky se retiró después de años de servicio fiel. Él contribuyó con muchos artículos para Maria Legionis, y el Senatus ha recopilado sus Allocutios en forma de libro. Lo ha sucedido el P. Giuffre. Un Praesidium en Seminario, con 11 socios, está comprometido en el apostolado parroquial, días de Extensión y en campañas de reclutamiento. La Regia de Pittsburg y sus consejos afiliados hacen extensión. El Comitium de Greenburg tiene un Praesidium en la cárcel. El 25% de los socios del Comitium de Metuchen son pretorianos. El Comitium de Camden tuvo una asistencia de 90 personas a su Congreso. Pusieron una librería ambulante en el paseo peatonal de Ciudad Océano.
El Comitium Coreano consiguió 9 socios activos.
Senatus de Chicago: Mankato y otros dos Consejos instalaron stands legionarios en ferias de muy buena asistencia. Se estableció un nuevo Comitium coreano con dos Curiae. Dos Curiae hispanas en expansión en Rockford y Joliet se subdividieron y formaron un Comitium. Un pastor buscó ayuda legionaria para la hospitalidad parroquial en Navidad y Pascua. El Comitium de Milwakee se unió con la Curia de Green Bay para organizar un stand legionario. También figuran Exploratio Dominicalis y contactos callejeros en el complejo Navy Pier.
Senatus de Houston: Un Praesidium con 15 socios activos y 40 auxiliares hacen visitas a hogares. Una pareja de duelo y otra familia volvieron a la Iglesia debido a la cariñosa preocupación de los legionarios. Una persona de 70 años fue bautizada. Los legionarios visitaron a 226 hombres y a 205 mujeres prisioneros. Una conferencia de PPC con el tema “Propagar la luz de la fe” tuvo 600 asistentes.
Senatus de San Luis: Se reclutaron 11 nuevos socios y se establecieron 6 nuevos Praesidia. Un Centro Católico en la Universidad de Tulsa tuvo 6 estudiantes que volvieron a la Fe. En otra parte, se contactó a 84 católicos alejados de la Iglesia. Se recibió a un joven de 17 años en la fe católica. Los legionarios visitaron a 431 presos.
Senatus de Nueva York: Los oficiales del Senatus agradecieron al Concilium por la hospitalidad y la orientación recibida en una reciente visita a Irlanda; ellos esperan implementar las muchas sugerencias. Los legionarios invitaron a los transeúntes a visitar sus iglesias locales durante la Cuaresma. Se pide oraciones a sacerdotes retirados que viven en asilos y se los mantiene informados sobre el apostolado legionario.
Regia de Arlington, Virginia: Se han establecido 5 grupos de Patricios en la zona del Comitium de Washington para aumentar el conocimiento de la Fe. El Comitium de Fairfax tiene tres nuevos Praesidia juveniles. La Curia hispana de Fairfax tuvo 1000 personas en un Retiro.
Regia de Miami: La Curia juvenil de Dade Boward visita Hogares de Ancianos, arman Rosarios, ponen los cordeles a las Medallas Milagrosas, atendieron un stand en la Feria de la Juventud, visitan enfermos y enseñan a rezar el Rosario a sus compañeros de clase. Un Praesidium de 19 socios activos y 247 auxiliares lista 7 actividades que incluyen: trabajo con juveniles, visitas con la Virgen Peregrina y el mantenimiento de la página web de la Regia. La curia de Savannah tiene un Praesidium juvenil y 2 de adultos. Carolina del Sur tiene 18 Praesidia de adultos. Se visitó el Comitium de Jacksonville. El arzobispo de Miami ha orientado a sus sacerdotes a considerar la Legión de María como una respuesta al llamamiento del Papa Francisco a “salir a las calles”.
Senatus de Los Ángeles: La Curia de Long Beach con 10 praesida, tiene cuatro grupos de Patricios. El número de oficiales para un primer trienio tomando responsabilidades es alentador. El Comitium coreano de Los Ángeles tiene 5 praesidia de adultos, 5 praesidiae juveniles y 5 grupos de patricios. Sus trabajos comprenden pastoral carcelaria, librería ambulante y contacto de grupos de jóvenes con el propósito de reclutar para la Legión.
Senatus de San Francisco: Se formó un Praesidium de 5 socios en San Pablo. San Mateo Norte, tiene un Praesidium de adultos y un Praesidium juvenil. El Comitium coreano del noroeste continúa su expansión, con 11 Praesidia y 5 Curiae afiliados. Tiene 418 socios activos en 48 Praesidia. El obispo de Portland es socio auxiliar. El trabajo de extensión del Comitium de Sacramento produjo 2 nuevos Praesidia. La Curia de Portland tuvo un Retiro sobre la Verdadera Devoción a María. Los legionarios hacen visitas casa por casa, contactos con la multitud y dirigen un grupo juvenil. Los trabajos del Comitium de Stockton incluyen promocionar la Radio católica. El Comitium de San José fue anfitrión de un Encuentro por el Año de la Fe. Prosperan tres Praesidia juveniles. Durante la evangelización de 696 hogares se encontraron personas que desean el RICA (Rito de Iniciación Cristiana para Adultos) y regularización de matrimonios.

CANADA
Senatus de Toronto: La visita de legionarios de Newfoundland y New Brunswick entusiasmaron grandemente a los consejos distantes. En el Comitium en Scarborough, la víctima de un derrame cerebral contactada por los legionarios recibió los Sacramentos y su esposa empezó el RICA. Los reclutamientos columbanos son prometedores en Ottawa y Hamilton. La Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Lourdes tiene 12 legionarios, con 4 pretorianos, haciendo visitas con la Virgen Peregrina y entronización del Sagrado Corazón. También organizaron una charla sobre el Tratado de la Verdadera Devoción a María. Los juveniles en la Parroquia Santa Cruz hacen contactos con la multitud. Un Praesidium escolar, de 12 socios, reclutó 9 nuevos socios y realizaron un concurso sobre el Catecismo.
Comitium de Vancouver: En la Parroquia de Cloverdale, un Praesidium estableció un club “Niños de Jesús” para 30-40 niños. Por el Año de la Fe, el Praesidium desarrolló el Proyecto “Los Católicos Vuelven a Casa” (en junio/julio 2013), visitando 480 hogares, lo cual resultó en 15 retornos a la Iglesia. En su primer año el Praesidium Mártires Chinos llegó a 11 socios activos.
Senatus de Montreal: La asistencia entre julio y octubre osciló entre el 44% y el 70%. Aparecen visitas con la Virgen Peregrina, organización de peregrinaciones, Exploratio Dominicales y acercamientos a estudiantes. Una Curia con 6 Praesidia en una Parroquia da inestimable asistencia al sacerdote, inscribiendo a los recién llegados, ayudando con los servicios litúrgicos, limpiando la iglesia y preparando gente para el Bautismo. Son evidentes las buenas visitas que se hacen a los Praesidia y consejos afiliados y la correspondencia con los consejos lejanos.


INDIAS OCCIDENTALES

REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
Senatus de Santo Domingo. Todos los Praesidia visitan hogares, preparan niños para los sacramentos, llevan la Sagrada Comunión a los enfermos, arreglan con un sacerdote para confesiones y unciones. Algunos legionarios visitan cárceles y hospitales psiquiátricos. El Comitium “Santa María Madre de Dios”, con 13 Curiae y 6 Praesidia, tiene 2471 socios activos, 1657 auxiliares, 328 adjutores y 229 pretorianos. El consejo reclutó 60 socios activos, incluyendo 5 de las 8 parejas cuyos matrimonios regularizaron. Un Praesidium dio catequesis a 125 ex-presidiarios en la Pastoral Penitenciaria.
Senatus de Santiago de los Caballeros: Ha habido muchas vueltas a los sacramentos, conversiones de quienes pertenecían a sectas evangélicas y matrimonios regularizados. Una Curia en Trinidad con 10 Praesidia, 117 socios, 122 auxiliares y 20 pretorianos, tuvo a un joven evangélico que fue recibido en la Iglesia en su lecho de muerte. Un joven drogadicto se rehabilitó y se hizo católico. Varias personas que llevaban vidas disolutas fueron instruidas en la fe, bautizadas y frecuentan ahora los Sacramentos.
TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO
Regia de Trinidad y Tobago: Los trabajos que hacen son visitas a hogares, hospitales y cárceles. Como resultado de la instrucción religiosa, un católico no practicante volvió a los sacramentos. Se bautizaron 8 personas. Una señora bautista reza el Rosario con los legionarios. Otros trabajos incluyen asistencia a taxistas y a jóvenes en peligro. En agosto se emprendió una extensión en Tobago, tomando parte 6 legionarios.
HAITI
Senatus de Haití. Se recibieron las actas de septiembre 2013, abarcando los informes de 4 Comitia y 2 Praesidia, uno de estos en un Seminario. Figuran jóvenes y juveniles. Una Curia trabaja con los niños de la calle. Cuatro equipos de extensión fueron muy bien recibidos.
PUERTO RICO
Senatus de Puerto Rico. Un hombre de 70 años hizo su Primera Comunión. Se ocupan de los enfermos en sus casas. En las Islas Vírgenes se reza el Rosario en zonas famosas por la droga y la violencia. Durante la Cuaresma se representaron las estaciones del Vía Crucis por las calles. La Curia “Toa Alto” informó de la formación de juveniles en catequesis. La entronización del Sagrado Corazón trajo a 14 personas de vuelta a la práctica.


AFRICA

MALAWI

Senatus de Blantyre. Se recibieron las actas de octubre de 2013. Una copia del informe anual se envió a los dos arzobispos y 6 obispos del país. Durante el Año de la Fe continuaron los talleres de formación para oficiales de consejo. Hubo un encuentro para oficiales de Senatus y Directores Espirituales, que tuvo “las elecciones” entre los temas. Se acordó que los Directores Espirituales explicarían el procedimiento de elecciones a sus compañeros sacerdotes, resaltarían la necesidad de permitir a la Legión gobernar sus consejos, como prescribe el Manual. Durante este periodo, informaron las Regiae en la arquidiócesis de Lilongwe y otras 4 diócesis, las cuales regulan 58 Comitia. Un Comitium en Blantyre informó que varias parejas se casaron por la Iglesia y volvieron a los Sacramentos. Un pequeño número de Praesidia de jóvenes visitan a enfermos y a no practicantes y también ayudan en la Iglesia.
KENIA
Senatus de Kenia. Se recibieron las actas de octubre de 2013. El Senatus aconsejó a todos sus Consejos organizar una Misa en memoria de la muerte del Siervo de Dios, Frank Duff.
Regia de Kisumu visitó la Diócesis de Lodwar y fundó 2 Praesidia. El Praesidium en la Universidad de Nairobi tiene 25 socios. Un nuevo Praesidium en un colegio tiene 30 socios. Los trabajos incluyen visita a hogares, hospitales y cárceles, que resultan en muchos volviendo a los Sacramentos y otros instruyéndose para eso. Los corresponsales se reúnen regularmente.
UGANDA
Senatus de Uganda. Se recibieron las actas de julio y agosto; mostraron un fuerte énfasis en la juventud, como los 5 informes que incluían aquellos de la Curia de las Instituciones Terciarias, Curia de los colegios de la ciudad y un Praesidium universitario. Uno de los otros Praesidia fue elogiado por sus esfuerzos por empezar grupos juveniles. Un incremento en el número de socios y la fundación de 4 Praesidia ha derivado en prolongadas reuniones de la Curia Terciaria, la cual tiene planes de dividirse. La importancia de este nivel de actividad juvenil en el presente, así como en el futuro, surgió por un comentario hecho por un hermano que asistía al Senatus por primera vez, quien dijo que él aprendió sobre la Legión de su hijo, que está en la Escuela Primaria. Como continuación del Encuentro Nacional de Directores Espirituales, las Regiae de Kabale y Mbarara llevaron a cabo Encuentros de Directores Espirituales en agosto y noviembre.
NIGERIA
Senatus de Enugu. Un Comitium tiene afiliados 19 Praesidia, 18 Curiae de adultos y 11 Curiae juveniles. Como resultado de las Exploratio Dominicalis, prepararon a 191 personas para la Primera Comunión. 8 católicos no practicantes volvieron a los Sacramentos. Se casaron por la Iglesia 52 parejas y se prepararon muchos más contactos legionarios para los variados Sacramentos. Un Praesidium en la cárcel de Enugu tiene 9 socios y como resultado de su trabajo 3 adultos se bautizaron. Un anglicano fue recibido en la Iglesia Católica Romana.
Senatus de Abuja. Se recibieron las actas de octubre de 2013. El promedio de asistencia de los oficiales del Consejo fue del 61% y de los de Praesidia del 64%. Se formaron 43 nuevos Praesidia en un Comitium durante un período de dos años. Un Praesidium universitario se dividió y también empezó un segundo grupo como resultado de un reclutamiento columbano. Un Praesidium de 19 socios más 7 en prueba, 9 de los cuales son pretorianos, informó de 3 matrimonios regularizados, 6 no practicantes que volvieron a los Sacramentos y una conversión.
Senatus de Ibadan. Se recibieron las actas de octubre. El promedio de asistencia de los oficiales del Consejo fue del 68% y de los de Praesidium, del 59%. Seis Curia de adultos y 7 praesidia juveniles se fundaron en la zona de la Regia de la ciudad de Benin. Un praesidium hizo 119 contactos en un prostíbulo, siete de los cuales son católicos. Un Comitium informó de 8 conversiones, incluyendo una anciana musulmana, la cual murió poco después y tuvo un entierro católico.
Regia de Lagos. Se recibieron las actas de agosto. Un promedio de asistencias para los oficiales de consejo fue del 62% y para los de Praesidium, del 48%. Una Curia con 428 socios tiene sólo el 7% de personas de más de 40 años. Un Comitium informó de 17 matrimonios validados y 44 conversiones, mientras otro Comitium informó 25 matrimonios validados. 88 personas recibieron el Bautismo y la Confirmación a través del RICA.
Regia de Jos. Esta Regia, y muchos de sus consejos afiliados, han sufrido mucho debido a la agitación política en el norte de Nigeria. Mucha gente, incluidos los legionarios, han tenido que dejar sus zonas. Se piden oraciones.
Regia de Onitsha: Un Comitium preparó a 395 personas para el Bautismo, 1296 para la Primera Comunión y 718 para la Confirmación. Ayudaron a 112 parejas a que se casaran por Iglesia. Se fundaron 8 Praesidia de adultos y 12 Praesidia juveniles. El Comitium tiene afiliados 15 Praesidia, más 3 Curiae juveniles y 26 Curiae de adultos. La Curia juvenil tiene más de 2700 socios.
Regia de Ikot Ekpene. Ha habido una gran mejoría en el envío mensual de las actas. El corresponsal ha pedido que se incluyan más detalles en ellas.
TANZANIA
Regia de Dar-es-Salaam.
Los Praesidia que se crearon a raíz de una campaña de reclutamiento de legionarios del Seminario, siguen siendo supervisandos. Se espera honrar a Nuestra Señora en una forma concreta reclutando tantos legionarios como sea posible en su mes especial. Se está planeando celebrar un Congreso Juvenil en junio y una PPC a Zanzíbar en julio. Se subrayó de nuevo la importancia de cumplir con la regla de la ayuda material.
Comitium de Mtwara: Se recibieron las actas de agosto. El corresponsal está haciendo el seguimiento de algunos problemas con las recientes elecciones de oficiales de la Legión.
Comitium de Mbeya: tiene cinco Curiae y 1691socios. Los trabajos incluyen el cuidado de Praesidia juveniles, la visita a los enfermos en el hogar y en el hospital y la ayuda a personas con dificultades maritales.
Comitium de Mbinga: Se recibió un informe que abarca un período de dos años hasta junio de 2013. En abril se celebró una Asamblea General donde el Año de la Fe ocupó un lugar destacado. También se discutieron asuntos administrativos. En octubre de 2012 decidieron fundar un Praesidium en cada escuela secundaria. Seis escuelas ahora tienen un Praesidium. Una Curia celebró su Jubileo de Oro con la Misa, celebrada por el Obispo Emérito Emmanuel Mapunda. Hace un tiempo considerable que no hay noticias de Songea, Njombe y Kilema.
Comitium de Hai Moshi: Los informes incluyen las visitas a hogares y hospital, el cuidado de Praesidia juveniles, las visitas a escuelas, contacto con adictos a las drogas y al alcohol, ayuda para resolver conflictos matrimoniales, la preparación de adultos y niños para los Sacramentos y la enseñanza del catecismo a los niños. Se informaron muchos regresos a los sacramentos y matrimonios regularizados.
ZAMBIA
Regia de Lusaka: Se recibieron informes muy completos sobre las visitas a la Diócesis de Monze en septiembre y a la Diócesis de Chipata en noviembre por tres oficiales de la Regia y un corresponsal. Los objetivos en ambos casos eran escuchar a los legionarios y discutir el funcionamiento de la organización; también para establecer la fuerza de la Legión, con miras a algún tipo de reorganización, ya que la distancia es un gran problema, con algunas Curiae apartadas hasta 150 km de los Comitia. En Monze se reunieron brevemente con el Obispo y con el Coordinador de la Pastoral y realizaron un taller sobre la Verdadera Devoción. En Chipata supervisaron las elecciones del Comitium. Se esperaba elevar una Curia a Comitium, pero se necesita dar algunos pasos más antes de que esto se logre.
LIBERIA
Un breve e-mail del secretario indica grandes dificultades en el área; la literatura enviada por el Concilium, que necesitan desesperadamente no ha llegado todavía.
GAMBIA
El crecimiento de un Praesidium con una asistencia semanal de 14-16 es atribuido a la oración de Frank Duff.


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January 2014
Elección de Secretario Asistente del Concilium

Tuvo lugar la elección de Secretario Asistente del Concilium, a cargo del Boletín, entre otros deberes. Se presentaron las nominaciones, siendo propuesto y secundado para este cargo Michael Walsh. No habiendo otras propuestas, Michael Walsh fue declarado electo por un término de 3 años.

Elevación de consejos en Venezuela y Togo

La Legión existe en las 10 Arquidiócesis y 26 Diócesis de Venezuela, y la Legión juvenil está mucho más fuerte que en la mayoría de los países de Sudamérica y Centroamérica. El Senatus en la capital, Caracas, gobierna la Legión de todo el país, con 12 Praesidia directamente afiliados, más 12 Curiae, 18 Comitia y 1 Regia. Esta propuesta concierne a la Regia, con su sede en Barquisimeto, la Arquidiócesis de Mérida y las correspondientes diócesis sufragáneas.
La propuesta es separar la Legión de la Arquidiócesis de Mérida y sus Diócesis sufragáneas de Trujillo, San Cristóbal y Barinas y elevar una nueva Regia en Mérida para gobernar la Legión en esa área. En total, serían 8-12 Praesidia directamente afiliados a la nueva Regia y 8 Comitia. También se propone afiliar la Curia en la Arquidiócesis de Valencia con sus Diócesis sufragáneas de Carora, San Felipe, Acaigua-Araure y Guanare a la ya existente Regia de Barquisimeto. La Regia de Barquisimeto gobernaría entonces 10 Praesidia directamente afiliados, 3 Curiae juveniles, 14 Curiae de adultos y 8 Comitia.
Ambas Regiae serían afiliadas al Senatus de Caracas. La situación completa sería: 1 Senatus en Caracas con 2 Regiae, 15 Comitia, 18 Curiae y alrededor de 12 Praesidia ailiados.
Ambas propuestas fueron aceptadas por el Concilium.

Propuesta de elevar a Senatus la Regia de Lome, Togo.
Se presentó una propuesta para elevar la Regia de Lome, Togo, a Senatus, en orden a administrar la Legion de María en la Arquidiócesis de Lome y las otras cinco Diócesis de Togo: las Diócesis de Aneho, Kpalime, Atakpame, Sokode y Dapaong. El Senatus tendrá 22 Praesidia directamente afiliados, 21 Curiae de adultos, 1 Curia juvenil y 13 Comitia. El proyecto fue propuesto y secundado y la asamblea del Concilium dio su aval.

Propuesta para elevar a Regia el Comitium de Kara, Togo.
Se presentó una segunda propuesta para elevar el Comitium de Kara, Togo, a Regia, en vistas a administrar la Legión en la Diócesis de Kara. La Regia en Kara administrará 26 Praesidia directamente afiliados, 9 Curiae de adultos y 2 Comitia (Pagouda y Niemtougou). Se ha obtenido la aprobación eclesiástica. El proyecto fue propuesto y secundado y la asamblea del Concilium dio su aval.
Sile Ni Chochlain, Presidente del Concilium, agradeció y felicitó a los nuevos consejos.

Visita de Tadhg McMahon a Brasil

El evento central fue la celebración de la Eucaristía con 70 Directores Espirituales, presidida por el Arzobispo de Recife, Dom Fernando Saburido. El espíritu del encuentro fue de compromiso gozoso por desarrollar la Legión, principalmente a través de la formación legionaria, incluyendo el estudio del Manual. También se prestó atención al rol de la Legión en hacer frente a los desafíos espirituales de hoy, y en involucrar a la juventud en el apostolado de la Iglesia. El tema central del Congreso fue la disciplina legionaria, y en ese contexto, se enfatizaron tres puntos: (1) Las Ordenanzas Fijas. (2) El Orden del Praesidium. (3) El poner a la Legión a disposición del Obispo y del párroco. Todos los más altos consejos en la región estuvieron representados -4 Senatus, la Regia en la capital Brasilia, la Regia en el lejano oeste y el Senatus de Belem, en la región amazónica, estuvieron representados. Todo el evento estuvo dominado por un espíritu de alegría, gratitud y cálida amistad. El Hno. McMahon también visitó diez consejos de la Legión, incluyendo reuniones de tres Senatus, dos Regiae y varios Comitia, Curiae y Praesidia. Se dedicaron muchas horas a grupos individuales y a oficiales legionarios.


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Alocutio de diciembre 2013
January 2014
San Juan Bautista y la Legión

San Juan Bautista es una de las figuras claves en el tiempo de Adviento. Ciertamente, es una de las figuras fundamentales en toda la historia de la salvación. Nos presenta el Nuevo Testamento, así como nos presenta específicamente a Jesús. De hecho, no tiene otro propósito más que presentar a Jesús al mundo, y a cada uno de nosotros. Toda su identidad está ligada a señalar a Jesús. Prepara al mundo para la Navidad y el insuperable misterio de la Encarnación. Por lo tanto, no sorprende que tenga un lugar tan especial en la Legión, y en la devoción de cada legionario individual. Como señala el Manual, “es el que está relacionado más íntimamente con la espiritualidad legionaria, si exceptuamos al glorioso San José”. Por supuesto, san Juan no es sólo una figura del pasado, sino que está vivo en la Iglesia y puede asistir especialmente a todos aquellos que comparten su misión de prepararle el camino a Nuestro Señor en su venida a las vidas de hombres y mujeres contemporáneos. El Manual declara categóricamente: “fue el prototipo de todos los legionarios: como precursor, fue delante del Señor para prepararle el camino y enderezar las sendas”.
A primera vista podría resultarnos no tan obvio que Juan es el prototipo de todos los legionarios. A veces es retratado más como demasiado severo y pronto a condenar, que como la clase de persona que sería un amigo alentador. Pero la realidad es que él nos da el mejor mensaje posible. Nos señala a Jesús con la mayor claridad y entusiasmo posibles. “Este es el Cordero de Dios, que quita el pecado del mundo”. No podemos oír mejor mensaje que ese.
Además, somos profundamente impactados por la absoluta humildad de este hombre. Esa es una de las cualidades más queridas de la Legión. Él proclama que no es digno ni siquiera de desatar las sandalias de nuestro Señor. E insiste en que el Señor debe crecer y él debe disminuir. Este es seguramente un principio básico para toda forma de apostolado, y especialmente para el apostolado de la Legión. Recordamos cuán entrañablemente nuestro Señor amó a San Juan, y entonces no podemos amarlo menos. “Les aseguro que no ha nacido ningún hombre más grande que Juan el Bautista”.
El Manual nos da otra razón para ver a Juan el Bautista como el prototipo de todos los legionarios: “Además, su formación espiritual la recibió de la misma María, como la deben recibir todos los legionarios”. Recordamos las palabras de Isabel a María: “Apenas oí tu saludo, el niño saltó de alegría en mi seno”. Debe haber un profundo gozo también en el legionario que se permite ser formado por María para el discipulado y la misión. Amerita reflexionar profundamente en las notables palabras de nuestro Manual: “El episodio de la Visitación presenta por primera vez a nuestra Señora en su calidad de Medianera de la divina Gracia, y a San Juan como el primero en beneficiarse de dicha mediación. No es extraño, pues, que a San Juan se le mirara desde un principio como patrón especial de la Legión y de cuanto la Legión emprende, en sus contactos personales, visitas, etc., porque todo ello no es más que un esfuerzo para colaborar al oficio mediador de la Santísima Virgen”. Nosotros también estamos llamados, como San Juan Bautista, a responder a la voz de María siempre y en todas partes.
El Manual nos da otra convincente razón de por qué la Legión tiene un lugar especial para Juan el Bautista en su esquema general: “San Juan -elemento integrante de la misión de nuestro Señor- tiene que entrar necesariamente en cualquier organización que busque perpetuar dicha misión”. El Manual cita entonces al Cardenal Danielou: "Si Jesús es siempre ‘El que ha de venir’, San Juan es igualmente ‘el que va delante’; pues la economía de la Encarnación histórica de Cristo continúa en Su Cuerpo Místico".
Finalmente, hay otra conexión estrecha entre San Juan Bautista y la Legión, y aunque no se hace explícita en el Manual, en líneas generales está todo ahí. Toda la enseñanza de Juan puede ser resumida en sus palabras iniciales: “Arrepiéntanse, porque el Reino de los Cielos está cerca”. La palabra “arrepentirse” viene del latín “repensare” , pensar de nuevo, cambiar de dirección, dar media vuelta. La palabra griega subyacente es “metanoia”, que significa conversión, hacer un nuevo y radical comienzo. Conversión es la palabra clave en la predicación de Juan el Bautista. Y el Nuevo Testamento está lleno de historias de conversión. Lo común a todas estas historias es el hecho de que la conversión significa encontrarse con Nuestro Señor y hacer de Él el centro de la vida de la persona. Este es el propósito de todas las formas de evangelización –facilitar un encuentro entre Cristo y la persona. Esta fue la misión esencial de Juan el Bautista, y es también la razón de la existencia de la Legión. Si tuviéramos que escribir una lista de las diez palabras claves en el vocabulario de la Legión, “conversión” estaría bien arriba. En una de sus visitas a Roma, le preguntaron a Frank Duff qué le diría a la Legión de todo el mundo si tuviera la oportunidad. Sin dudarlo, resumió todo lo que quería decir en una palabra: Conviertan. Que la Legión se dirija una vez más a Juan el Bautista y a nuestro fundador, Frank Duff, para preparar el camino al Señor en cada parte del mundo y en las mentes y corazones de todos los hombres y mujeres contemporáneos. Amén.


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Boletín del Concilium - Noviembre 2013


ASIA FILIPINAS

Senatus de Visayas Oeste: Los informes trimestrales al Senatus son alentadores. Los trabajos que realizan son: visita a las cárceles, validación de matrimonios, bautismos, enseñanza del catecismo, visitas a hogares y a enfermos. Los informes de 5 Comitia incluyen: la conversión de 6 musulmanes, 76 matrimonios validados y 10 ciudadanos adultos catequizados que han vuelto a los sacramentos. Se fundaron 2 Praesidia juveniles y 2 Curiae, ascendieron a Comitia. Un aglipayano (natural de Aglipay, municipio de Filipinas) se convirtió y es ahora un legionario. El Comitium de Bacolad fue ascendido a la condición de Regia y tiene 6 Comitia, 8 Curiae y 12 praesidiae directamente afiliados con un total de 5.764 socios.

Senatus del Norte de Filipinas: El Senatus celebró su 73 aniversario en julio. El 25 de agosto tuvo lugar un Congreso. La promoción de las Causas está en un primer plano. Las reuniones de patricios están animadas tanto por adultos como por juveniles.


Regia de Antipolo: Se fundaron 9 Praesidiae juveniles y 7 Praesidiae de adultos. 16 socios juveniles pasaron al rango de adultos y dos socios entraron en la vida religiosa.
Comitium de Manila hicieron multitud de contactos y abordaron a 2400 personas, de las cuales se incluyen personas que viven en las calles, conductores de bici-taxis, guardias de seguridad y marineros. Comitium de Makati tiene 619 familias que han entronizado el Sagrado Corazón.
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Senatus de Mindanao: Un Praesidium da catequesis a 29 chicas y otro Praesidium trajo a muchos a la Iglesia, algunos de estos han sido rescatados de las sectas. Un padre no practicante y la familia, han vuelto recientemente a la fe.

Senatus de Bicolandia: Un Praesidium en la Regia de Lagazpi tiene 10 socios en un hospital de rehabilitación. Los socios juveniles dan seguimiento a los nuevos socios auxiliares, invitan a los niños a visitar el Sagrario y participan en el rezo del Rosario en los edificios con los legionarios adultos.

Comitium de Libmanan organizó un Congreso en septiembre. Muchos consejos enseñan el catecismo en las escuelas elementales y preparan a los adultos para el bautismo y la confirmación. Las visitas a los consejos están asumidas y alentadas para que se impliquen en cubrir los cargos de oficiales.

Senatus de Cebu: Un Comitium informó de 55 personas que se habían confesado y recibido la unción de enfermos, 6 niños y 7 adultos fueron bautizados, 300 estudiantes se confesaron y 8 parejas se casaron por la Iglesia. Promueven la devoción de la Alianza de los Dos Sagrados Corazones, catequesis de adultos y catequesis en el patio trasero, fueron los informes de una Curia. Un Praesidium juvenil organizó un grupo de oración con 40 socios de 5 a 13 años, donde les enseñaron las oraciones elementales y el Rosario. Otro grupo emprendió la visita a hogares y la visita a hospitales con adultos, hicieron contactos callejeros, llevaron a 112 jóvenes a Misa, 82 se confirmaron y se validaron 102 matrimonios. Se promueven las Causas. Por favor rezar por todos aquellos afectados por el tifón de Halayan.


PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Regia de Mount Hagan: La Regia bajo el cuidado de Manila planea enviar a 100 legionarios a visitar Manila en septiembre de 2014. La Regia tiene 14 Comitia con 6.226 socios adultos. Regia de Madang: Esta Regia tiene 5.490 socios activos pero el transporte es un problema y es caro así que los Praesidiae son pequeños.

AUSTRALIA
Senatus de Sydney: La extensión es llevada a cabo con buenos resultados. La mayoría de las parroquias tienen un pequeño porcentaje de católicos y ellos asumen muchas tareas del párroco. El apostolado que hacen es la visita a hogares, contactos callejeros con la librería ambulante en los centros comerciales, en la estación de tren y en frente de la iglesia después de la Misa. Dan catequesis y mencionan a los Patricios.

Islas Salomon: Hay contacto pero las actas no son regulares.
Timor este: Se han fundado 3 Praesidia y hay 2 más en formación. La pobreza es evidente en el país y como el correo es caro ellos dependen de sus amigos de Indonesia para suplir sus necesidades.

Senatus de Melbourne: Desde el último informe han informado 5 praesidia, 10 Curiae, 4 Comitia en el continente y 6 consejos en las islas del Pacífico. Los Praesidiae de la ciudad son pequeños; ellos están comprometidos en varios apostolados, visitando enfermos y ancianos, visita de la Virgen Peregrina y contactos callejeros en el centro comercial.

Comitium de Perth informó de una procesión de las antorchas en honor de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes asistiendo 450 personas.
Comitium de Flemington comprende 14 praesidia y 3 están directamente afiliados a la Curia con 539 socios vietnamitas activos. Los socios juveniles están bien preparados. La primera reunión de un Praesidium que se fundó en noviembre de 1932 como el resultado directo del Congreso Eucarístico en Dublín, dejó de funcionar pero otro celebró su 80 aniversario el 8 de septiembre con una Misa y una fiesta. Los contactos con los consejos en el Océano Pacífico son difíciles así como el transporte a las islas es limitado y las comunicaciones son problemáticas.
Comitium de Brisbane: Los Praesidiae en Ayr, Cairns y Gordanvale se visitaron por dos oficiales. Hay pocos socios en cada Praesidium. Informaron dos Praesidiae vietnamitas. Están en contacto con Melbourne y algunos socios asistieron allí a un Retiro. Van a enviar a legionarios vietnamitas a visitarlos en diciembre para ayudarles con el reclutamiento. En el informe de los trabajos incluyen la inscripción al Escapulario de la Virgen del Carmen, visitas a no practicantes y no creyentes, estatua de la Virgen peregrina y un sacerdote va a la Residencia de ancianos cuando se le requiere.

NUEVA ZELANDA
Senatus de Auckland: La Curia juvenil va progresando en cuanto al número de socios y está muy activa en sus trabajos de Legión. Una Curia tiene 6 praesidia con 86 socios. En el informe de trabajos incluyen la visita a enfermos, llevan a los niños a Misa, dan catequesis y varias labores en la iglesia. Se reza el Rosario en el colegio Marista a la hora de la comida. El Senatus está organizando una Misa para el 8 de noviembre con motivo de la finalización del Año de la Fe.


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AMERICA DEL SUR

PARAGUAY
Senatus de Asunción: Un Comitium en San Lorenzo promueve 3 emisoras de radio católicas. Otros apostolados que mencionan incluyen la preparación al Bautismo para 319 personas, visita a leprosos, visita a mujeres en la cárcel y ayuda a los alcohólicos, para que se abstengan de beber. En las cárceles donde existen Praesidiae, los legionarios ayudan a sus compañeros presos a rehabilitarse, a menudo resulta que los ponen muy pronto en libertad, debido a su buena conducta. Una Curia informa de 5 legionarios que dan catequesis a jóvenes marineros en los barcos de la armada; tanto es así que dos de los contactados se bautizaron, 5 recibieron la Primera Comunión y 18 se confirmaron. Un Comitium juvenil tiene 10 Curiae y 19 Praesidia afiliados, con un total de 2.100 socios activos y aproximadamente 2000 Auxiliares. Un socio de una secta se convirtió al catolicismo mientras estaba en el hospital y recibió varios sacramentos antes de fallecer.

BOLIVIA
Senatus de La Paz: El Comitium de Oruro, donde Alfonso Lambe fundó la Legión en medio de los mineros, recientemente organizó un Congreso al cual asistió su obispo. Este Comitium muchas veces al año realiza la Exploratio Dominicalis. Una Curia de la ciudad regularmente hace contactos callejeros, encontrándose con muchos, a quienes no sería posible encontrarlos en la visita a hogares.

CHILE
Senatus de Santiago: El corresponsal del Senatus escribe a sus consejos afiliados cada mes con noticias del Senatus y noticias con el corresponsal del Concilium. El Obispo de Punta Arenas, en el extremo sur de Chile, ha pedido a sus legionarios que vayan en parejas a propagar el rezo del Rosario. Todos los años los legionarios organizan una ceremonia alrededor del Escapulario de la Virgen del Carmen, para celebrar Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo, la patrona de Chile.

COLOMBIA
Senatus de Medellin: Mencionan los esfuerzos por la extensión. Los trabajos incluyen la visita a hogares, contactos callejeros y visita a un centro psiquiátrico. La Curia Inmaculada de Firontino, ayuda a poner en marcha el plan de pastoral para la Archidiócesis; ellos también mencionan un caso especial de una casa donde 3 adultos de mediana edad, no tenían creencia religiosa, pero debido al contacto y seguimiento de la Legión, ellos recibieron la Primera Comunión y la Confirmación. La Regia Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza, mencionan entre sus trabajos, el conseguir un tratamiento hospitalario para un señor pobre que dormía debajo de un puente; el también recibió los sacramentos, después de lo cual el murió pacíficamente.

Senatus de Bogotá: Un Comitium afiliado, fundó 2 nuevos Praesidia y hay otros dos en formación, otro Comitium fundó una nueva Curia mientras un tercero informó de los esfuerzos de extensión sin resultados. Un Praesidium visita un hogar de niños con cáncer, donde les organizan juegos y terminan rezando. Muchos niños se prepararon para la Primera Comunión. Un Comitium informó del gran número de personas que volvieron a la práctica religiosa, ya que ellos hicieron visitas regulares sistemáticamente.

CUBA
Comitium de la Habana: No hay actas de Cuba desde el último informe en un correo del director espiritual en el que dice que las actas se enviarán vía Nunciatura, como suelen hacer.

PERU
Senatus de Lima: 300 jóvenes asistieron a la Conferencia Nacional de la Juventud, de la cual ellos dijeron que fue muy buena. Un Comitium en Cuzco tiene unidas 8 Curiae. Estas regiones montañosas atraen a miles de turistas cada año; se les aconsejó a los hermanos legionarios que asumieran el apostolado hacia estos turistas. La visita a hogares es muy Buena con muchos retornos a la práctica religiosa. Hay 4 praesidia en la cárcel. Se han llevado a cabo 3 Peregrinatio Pro Christo en distintas ciudades de la Diócesis, se fundó un nuevo Praesidium en cada ciudad, antes de que los hermanos la dejaran.

URUGUAY
Senatus de Montevideo: La hora de la reunión del Senatus se ha cambiado para mejorar la asistencia. Ellos contactan con las madres de los indígenas y sus niños en la calle (el fútbol se utiliza para animar a los niños en la catequesis. Una extensión con el método columbano dio como resultado que 5 personas estaban dispuestas a unirse a la Legión en Montevideo. Ellos pidieron oraciones para el trabajo con la juventud en Maldonado. Se visitó el hospital militar en junio y un legionario en la “Agencia Pastoral de la cárcel” va semanalmente a visitar a los reclusos con problemas.

VENEZUELA
Senatus de Caracas: Se fundaron muchos Praesidiae y hay más en formación. En Caracas 5 testigos de Jehovah, un protestante y un ateo se convirtieron. Pueden acceder a los apartamentos, a través del conserje. Mencionan que han hecho extensión con el método columbano, Exploratio Dominicalis y han organizado un millón de Rosarios para niños. Han visitado la Guardia Nacional y tienen un Praesidium en el hospital de leprosos, donde a jóvenes pacientes indígenas se les enseña a rezar.

ECUADOR
Senatus de Quito: Han solicitado una visita del Concilium para asesoramiento de algunas cuestiones. En Saruma se han fundado 2 Curiae y un Praesidium juvenil. Dicen que han pedido a los profesores a que les ayuden para preparar a los niños para la Primera Comunión.
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AFRICA GHANA
Senatus de Accra: El Senatus y muchos Consejos afiliados, continúan en promover la causa de Frank Duff con gran entusiasmo y cada mes ellos organizan una “Sesión de oración para la beatificación de Frank Duff”. La Legión de María durante una semana realizó varios proyectos en Ghana del 1 al 8 de septiembre y los legionarios contactaron con los feligreses. Tuvieron estandartes, exhibiciones de fotos, etc y organizaron varios deportes para jóvenes y concursos. La pretensión era el aumento del conocimiento y el reclutamiento para la Legión de María. Julius Kwasitsu informó al Senatus en su trabajo de extensión en la diócesis de Ho. El Comitium de Tema organizó un proyecto para empezar un nuevo praesidium en Aveyime con 60 participantes, muchos de ellos de la zona local. Los contactos fueron muy fructíferos; algunas visitas de los legionarios resultaron bienvenidas y algunas personas vuelven a la Iglesia.

ZIMBABWE
El principal apostolado que han emprendido los legionarios de la Curia de Kadoma, es la visita a

hogares, hospitales, ancianos y personas solas. Los legionarios de Mutare celebraron el cumpleaños de Nuestra Señora con una reunión de legionarios para hablar y la Santa Misa.

SOUTH AFRICA
Senatus de Johannesburg: EL Senatus celebró su 80 aniversario con una ceremonia el 12 de octubre de 2013 y asistieron aproximadamente 140 legionarios. El Padre Jeremias de los misioneros combonianos habló de los orígenes de la Legión de María, basados en la verdadera devoción a María. EL también habló de Frank Duff, Alfonso Lambe, y la venerable Edel Quinn. Los trabajos que realizan son visita a hogares, a hospitales y a las cárceles. Bautizaron a 15 bebés con la ayuda de los legionarios.

Comitium de Soweto planean visitar todas las parroquias de Soweto donde no hay Legión. Senatus de Ciudad del Cabo: Se han fundado unos cuantos Praesidiae que se han unido a los consejos. Algunos Praesidia se reúnen en unas zonas muy difíciles, pero ellos continúan con su trabajo. En las actas de Ciudad del Cabo se mencionó que se recibió la correspondencia de Namibia del Norte.
Comitium de Marianhill: En una carta fechada el 25 de junio, describen brevemente su peregrinación y Acies. Continúan con la visita a las parroquias y organizan talleres y como empezar la Legión de María. El corresponsal ha solicitado que envíen mensualmente las actas. Comitium de Durban informó de un Praesidium con 20 socios activos, 100 auxiliares, 4 pretorianos y 20 adjutores. Sus trabajos incluyen la visita a los enfermos con sida, catequesis y la visita a 159 no católicos durante el año.
Comitium de Matatiele informó de 48 jóvenes y 8 adultos en una reunión de patricios. Comitium de Esigodeni tiene 16 Curia unidas con un total de 4.245 socios activos y 1300 socios auxiliares. El trabajo emprendido: son los hogares, los hospitales y la cárcel

ANGOLA
Regia de Luanda: Flávio António da Silva y Alessandro Pereira de Carvalho, del Senatus de Recife, Brasil, visitaron la Regia en representación del Concilium, asistieron a la reunión de julio. Las actas registran las visitas que ellos hicieron, acompañados de algunos legionarios de la Regia, y dieron un resumen detallado de sus útiles comentarios en la reunión. Un Comitium afiliado a la Regia fundó 2 nuevas Curiae. Otro Comitium también está planeando fundar 2 Curiae. La Regia está organizando una celebración por el 62 aniversario de la fundación de la Legión en Angola, la cual será en la Diócesis de Ndalatando.

LESOTHO
Senatus de Lesotho: Las características de muchos informes son el trabajo con la juventud. Un Praesidium tiene 405 niños en catequesis. Dos legionarios están activos con la extensión y la recuperación de los Praesidia débiles.

CABO VERDE
Regia de Cabo Verde: Varios informes cuentan que varios Praesidiae han sido rescatados con la ayuda especial de los párrocos. Los resultados de las visitas incluyen el traer a 36 jóvenes para prepararlos para el bautismo. El Comitium de Isla del Fuego informa de 279 niños reclutados para el catecismo principalmente a través de 40 Exploratio Dominicalis. La Curia de la isla de Sao Antao hace hincapié en la conversión de 120 jóvenes y adultos preparados para el Bautismo.

Egipto: Se piden oraciones para los legionarios en Egipto en estos tiempos difíciles.
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Varias noticias del Concilium de noviembre
January 2014
Visita de legionarios del Senatus de Nueva York al Concilium
En la junta del Concilium de octubre se dio la bienvenida a los oficiales del Senatus de Nueva York: el Presidente, Julio Cho; la Secretaria, Bernadette Soberon; el Secretario Asistente, John Kinney; la Tesorera, Maria Tena y otro legionario, Carlos Tena.
Un par de días de la semana siguiente al Concilium tuvieron lugar reuniones con los Oficiales del Concilium para hablar sobre la Legión en el Senatus de Nueva York. El Senatus Regional de Nueva York tiene un total de 5.203 miembros activos, con 15 Curiae y 7 Comitia. Se mantuvieron muy fructíferas discusiones.

Visita de legionarios de México al Concilium
Se dio la bienvenida al Concilium a legionarios del Senatus de Mexico DF -el Presidente Marcelino Trujillo Méndez, la Vicepresidente Antonia Croz Barcenas, la Secretaria Elena Austria Basilio, la Tesorera Alondra Flores, la Tesorera Asistente Rosa Maria Reynosa Teran- y del Senatus de Mérida (México) -la Presidente Sandra Argaez Sanchez, la Secretaria María Jesús Zuñiga, la Tesorera Celia María Angulo, Olivia Recio Garrido Garrido, la Tesorera Asistente Magdaleine Magalay, y la extensionista Laydy Buenfil Managa.
Se mantuvieron reuniones con ellos y los oficiales del Concilium, a quienes encontraron muy serviciales y enriquecedores. En la junta del Concilium, Marcelino –Presidente del Senatus de Mexico DF- dijo que era un gran privilegio estar en Dublin, e informó que hay 7 praesidia, 14 Curiae, 7 Comitia y 3 Regia afiliadas al Senatus. En el área del Senatus hay una población de 75 millones de habitantes, y 2.728 parroquias. Dijo que su compromiso era poner todo en manos de la Virgen e implorar la ayuda de Frank Duff, Edel Quinn y Alfie Lambe al emprender trabajos difíciles.
Sandra, Presidente del Senatus de Mérida, nos contó que allí tienen 16 praesidia, 14 Curiae, 1 Curia juvenil, 17 Comitia y 1 Regia afiliada, tienen la Regia de Guatemala a su cuidado. También visitaron Cuba, cuyo Director Espiritual está comprometido con la Legión. Durante los tiempos difíciles, la Legión de María fue la única organización que sobrevivió. Ella expresó su agradecimiento a todos aquellos que los ayudaron durante su semana en Dublín.
Síle Ní Chochláin, Presidente del Concilium, dijo que ella estaba muy agradecida a los legionarios por venir de tan lejos y que era evidente que conocían bien la Legión, lo cual quedaba expresado en un espíritu de gozo y risa.

Propuesta de elevar a Senatus la Regia de Luanda, Angola.
Se presentó una propuesta para elevar a Senatus a la Regia de Luanda, Angola, para gobernar el área que ya posee. Esta comprende 3 arquidiócesis y 9 diócesis sufragáneas. La Regia de Luanda tiene un total de 10 Praesidia, 9 Curiae de adultos, 2 Curiae juveniles y 13 Comitia. El área del Senatus sería la mitad norte del país. Se ha otorgado la autorización eclesiástica. Esta presentación fue propuesta y secundada y la asamblea del Concilium dio su aprobación.

Propuesta de elevar a Senatus la Regia de Maula, Malawi.
También se propuso en la junta del Concilium elevar la Regia de Maula, en la Arquidiócesis de Lilongwe, a Senatus, y que su territorio sea la Arquidiócesis de Lilongwe y las diócesis de Mzulu, Karonga y Dedza (todas estas diócesis sufragáneas de Lilongwe). El propuesto Senatus de Maula tendría 15 Praesidia, 6 Curiae, 19 Comitia y 1 Regia directamente afiliados. Esta propuesta está sujeta a la aprobación eclesiástica. Esta solicitud fue propuesta y secundada y la asamblea del Concilium expresó su acuerdo.
Síle Ní Chochláin, Presidente del Concilium, extendió su agradecimiento y felicitaciones a los dos nuevos Senatus.

Conmemoración del Siervo de Dios, Frank Duff
El sábado 16 de noviembre de 2013, en la Pro-Catedral Sta. María de Dublín, tuvo lugar la Misa por el 33º Aniversario del Siervo de Dios Frank Duff. El celebrante principal, y predicador, fue el Rev. Paul Churchill, Promotor de Justicia para la Causa. Concelebraron la Misa 23 sacerdotes; entre ellos, el retirado Obispo James Moriarty, el P. David Fenot, Director Espiritual de la Regia de Valence, Francia, y Directores Espirituales de la Legión de María, actuales y anteriores. El Rev. Damian O’Reilly, Administrador de la Pro-Catedral también concelebraron, y él y su personal fueron extremadamente serviciales para la preparación de este evento. El P. Churchill agradeció al Alcalde Mayor suplente por su presencia. En su homilía el P. Churchill habló del Papa Benedicto XVI, a quien él conoció personalmente, como un hombre gentil y orante, y de nuestro actual Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, cuya amistosa simplicidad es famosa, y quien nos urge constantemente a “no tener miedo y orar incesantemente”. La asistencia estimada fue de 700.
Síle Ní Chochláin, Presidente del Concilium, agradeció a los miembros de la Curia de Belén, Dublin, y a todos aquellos que ayudaron de algún modo en la excelente organización de este evento.

Extensión en Holanda del 5 al 19 de octubre de 2013

Anne y Eddy Evers, de Dublin y Sally Chan, de Hong Kong representaron al Concilium en el trabajo de extensión en Holanda. Ocurrieron muchos eventos, tales como una entrevista sobre la Legión con Radio María, que es emitida en Holanda y Bélgica; también los legionarios tuvieron una entrevista con el periódico El Católico Holandés. Se dio una presentación sobre la Legión de María a 8 seminaristas; se emprendió un reclutamiento después de la Misa del domingo, en Velo, y 3 parejas de legionarios hicieron visitas domiciliarias.
En Amsterdam se hizo reclutamiento antes y después de las Misas diarias y dominicales en todas las iglesias del centro de la ciudad. Se invitó a los contactos interesados a unirse a los grupos existentes, para formarse. Un párroco quería establecer un Praesidium y se le dejaron 4 manuales holandeses.
Una visita a las Hermanas de la Madre Teresa para discutir la posibilidad de visitar chicas en la zona roja junto a los legionarios resultó en acordar que ayudarán con un retiro y proveerán alojamiento gratuito a cualquiera que desee dejar esa vida.
Mons. Van Burgestenden, Obispo Auxiliar dijo que le gustaría que se establezcan presidia en habla hispana, polaca y filipina, y prometió incluir detalles de la Legión en el website diocesano y la newsletter, que ahora está disponible. El P. Ojeda estuvo de acuerdo con una plática promocional y una campaña de reclutamiento.
En conjunto, fueron bienvenidos dondequiera que iban, y los legionarios estuvieron deseosos de ayudar. Los legionarios expresaron su agradecimiento al Concilium por la oportunidad de emprender esta extensión, y Síle Ní Chochláin, Presidente del Concilium, les agradeció por tan grandioso trabajo.

Visita a Roma

Representando a la Legión de María, Moira y Liam Hayden asistieron a la reunión de la Asamblea Plenaria del Pontificio Consejo para la Familia, en Roma, el 24 de octubre de 2013. La asistencia de 200 fue dividida aproximadamente en 50% clero y 50% parejas casadas.
Muchos ponentes dieron su visión, entre ellos Mons. Jean Lafite habló sobre los ataques a las familias mediante órganos de los medios de comunicación y el gobierno, y las serias consecuencias que esto tundra en el futuro. Hungría es una notable excepción, donde una reciente enmienda a su constitución da protección especial a la familia. El Prof. Karl Anderson, de los Estados Unidos, dijo que la Iglesia necesita promulgar sus verdades en un lenguaje fácilmente comprensible para el público. La plática final fue dada por el Economista Stefano Zamagni, quien habló de la necesidad de formar a los niños para ser miembros productivos de la sociedad mientras disfrutan de la seguridad de una familia amante, y que los aprueba.
Hablaron con muchas personas de diferentes partes del mucho, que alabaron a la Legión de sus países, como ocurrió con dos Cardenales, SER Cardenal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Arzobispo de Manila y SER Cardinal John Olorunfermi Onaiyekan, Arzobispo de Abuja, Nigeria, a quienes conocieron.
Moira y Liam Hayden dijeron que estaban más que agradecidos al Concilium por darles la oportunidad de asistir a este evento, que no sólo los afirmó en su propia fe, sino que les permitió conocer a otras parejas para quienes el catolicismo es el centro de sus vidas. Síle Ní Chochláin, Presidente del Concilium, les agradeció por asistir a este encuentro.


Peregrinación legionaria annual al Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Knock, Condado de Mayo, Irlanda

La Peregrinación Legionaria Anual al Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Knock tuvo lugar el domingo 29 de septiembre de 2013. Fue un día colmado de espíritu de unidad. Hubo una asistencia estimada de 10.000 legionarios y sus amigos, que llenaron la capacidad de la Basílica. El celebrante principal y predicador fue el Obispo de Ossory, Reverendísimo Seamus Freeman DD.
Se extendió un agradecimiento especial a todos aquellos que organizaron ómnibus, y a Catherine Murphy por organizar este evento.

Reunión del Concilium de Abril 2014
Debido a que el Domingo de Pascua es el 20 de abril de 2014, tercer domingo del mes, la junta del Concilium ha sido adelantada al domingo 13 de abril de 2014.


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Alocutio de noviembre 2013
January 2014
Las almas de nuestros legionarios difuntos

Una de las más antiguas y más básicas cuestiones que los seres humanos se siguen planteando es: ¿existe la vida después de la muerte? A lo largo de los siglos se han dado muchas diferentes respuestas, e incluso ahora, en nuestros días. Pero la resonante respuesta de nuestra fe católica, sucintamente expresada en el Credo, es: Creo en la resurrección de la carne y la vida perdurable. Es esta afirmación de nuestro Credo la que centra y da el sentido último a nuestras vidas. Necesitamos pensar seriamente y con frecuencia sobre nuestra muerte y sobre la vida después de la muerte. El Papa Francisco lo expone en una críptica frase, al decir: “el más allá nunca debe ser un pensamiento de último momento en nuestras vidas”. La resurrección de Cristo cambia todo. Es la razón fundamental para nuestra esperanza cristiana frente a la cruda realidad de nuestra muerte.
Frank Duff, nuestro Fundador, pensó largo y tendido sobre los novísimos (las cuatro cosas últimas): la muerte, el Juicio, el Cielo o el infierno. Su preocupación obsesiva era dónde pasarían las personas su eternidad. Uno podría decir verdaderamente, sin exageración, que él pasó toda su vida adulta tratando de lograr que la mayor cantidad posible de personas pasen su eternidad en el Cielo. Este es también el objetivo último de la Legión de María. Básicamente, los legionarios no tenemos otro propósito fuera de la salvación de las almas. No debemos perder de vista esta meta, en medio de los asuntos y la complejidad y los detalles de nuestras reuniones y trabajo diario. Necesitamos mantener continuamente la mirada en la eternidad.
Noviembre es una buena época para pensar en los novísimos y para profundizar nuestra conciencia de los transitorios de la vida y nuestro fin último. El capítulo 17 del Manual titulado “Nuestros Legionarios Difuntos” nos da una serena e incluso gozosa meditación sobre la muerte de un legionario y sobre cómo la Legión debe ocuparse de ella. El párrafo de apertura resume el profundo espíritu de la Legión sobre el fin de una vida legionaria en este mundo: “La campaña ha tocado a su término. He aquí un legionario muerto noblemente. Por fin llegó la hora de ser confirmado en el servicio: por toda la eternidad será legionario, porque la Legión es quien le ha forjado su eterno destino, ha sido el núcleo y el molde de su vida espiritual. Es más: en su larga y dificultosa travesía por este mundo siempre encontró seguridad y fuerza en esa súplica unánime que diariamente brotaba de los labios fervorosos de los legionarios, activos y auxiliares, pidiendo que, tras la lucha de esta vida, se vuelva a juntar la Legión, sin faltar uno solo, en el Reino de la Paz. ¡Qué consuelo para los legionarios todos, para él y para nosotros! Pero, por un momento, dolor también: la dolorosa pérdida de un amigo y de un hermano; y, por tanto, la necesidad de orar para que ese legionario difunto se vea sin dilación liberado de las penas del Purgatorio”. Es realmente formidable pensar que el mundo legionario entero estará rezando por nosotros cada día después que hayamos muerto.
Obviamente, es importante que observemos todas las directivas del Manual con relación a la oración por nuestros legionarios difuntos, no sólo porque bien podemos necesitarlas cuando llegue nuestra hora, sino también por los profundos lazos de amor que nos atan a las almas del Purgatorio. Son miembros preciosos del Cuerpo Místico de Cristo, y María es también la Reina y Madre de las almas del Purgatorio, y así debemos intentar participar de igual modo de su maternidad de estas almas. La Iglesia es una vasta comunidad de personas que se ayudan unas a otras a entrar al Cielo. Sería una pena si sólo nos viéramos a nosotros como necesitados de ayuda, y no hiciéramos nuestra parte en ayudar a otros. Así que los aliento a todos a cumplir la directiva especial del Manual que dice: “Cada año, en el mes de noviembre, todos los Praesidia harán celebrar la Eucaristía por todos los legionarios muertos en el mundo entero. En esta oración litúrgica -como siempre que se reza por los legionarios en general- quedan comprendidos todos los socios, tanto activos como auxiliares”. Pienso que este capítulo del Manual nos permite comprender mucho mejor el amor y el compromiso de Frank Duff no sólo con los legionarios en esta vida, sino eternamente. Los legionarios están siempre cerca de su corazón.


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April 2014 Concilium Meeting
December 2013
Because Easter Sunday falls on 20th April 2014, the third Sunday of the month, the Concilium meeting has been brought forward to Sunday 13th April 2014.

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Annual Legion Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland
December 2013
ANNUAL LEGION PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY’S SHRINE,
KNOCK, CO MAYO, IRELAND


The Annual Legion pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock took place on Sunday 29th September 2013. It was a day filled with a spirit of unity. There was an estimated attendance of 10,000 legionaries and their friends who filled the Basilica to capacity. The principal celebrant and homilist was the Bishop of Ossory, Most Rev. Seamus Freeman DD.
A special word of thanks was extended to all those who organised buses and to Catherine Murphy for organising this event.

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Visit to Rome
December 2013
VISIT TO ROME

Representing the Legion of Mary, Moira and Liam Hayden attended a meeting of the Plenery Assembly of the Pontifical Council of the Family in Rome on the 24th October 2013. The attendance of 200 was divided roughly 50% clergy, 50% married couples.

Many speakers gave their views among them Mgr. Jean Lafite spoke on the attacks being conducted on the family through the organs of media and government and the serious consequences this will have into the future. Hungary is a notable exception where a recent amendment to their constitution gave special protection to the family. Prof. Karl Anderson from the U.S.A. said that the Church needs to promulgate its truths in language easily understood by the public. The final address was given by Economist Stefano Zamagni who spoke on the need to train children to be productive members of society while enjoying the security of a loving, approving family.

They talked with many people from different parts of the world who were in praise of the Legion in their countries as were two Cardinals, H.E. Cardinal Luis Antonio G Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and H.E. Cardinal John Olorunfermi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, whom they met.

Moira and Liam Hayden said they were most grateful to the Concilium for giving them the opportunity to attend this event which not only affirmed them in their own faith but allowed them to meet with other couples to whom Catholicism is at the centre of their lives. Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium, thanked them for attending this meeting.

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Extension in the Netherlands from 5 to 19 October 2013
December 2013
EXTENSION IN THE NETHERLANDS FROM 5 -19 OCTOBER 2013

Anne and Eddy Evers from Dublin and Sally Chan from Hong Kong represented the Concilium on extension work in the Netherlands.

Many eventful happenings occurred such as an interview about the Legion with Radio Maria which is broadcast in the Netherlands and Belgian; also the legionaries had an interview with the Dutch Catholic newspaper. A presentation about the Legion of Mary was given to 8 seminarians, recruiting was undertaken after Sunday Mass in Venlo and home visitation was done by 3 pairs of legionaries.

In Amsterdam recruiting was done before and after daily and Sunday Masses in all city centre churches. Interested contacts were asked to join existing groups for training. A Parish Priest wanted to set up a praesidium and was left 4 Dutch handbooks.

A visit to the Sisters of Mother Teresa to discuss the possibility of visiting the girls in the red light district together with legionaries resulted in an agreement that they would help with a retreat and provide free accommodation to anyone wishing to leave the life.

Mgr. Van Burgestenden, Auxiliary Bishop said he would like a Spanish speaking, Polish and Filipino praesidia set up and promised inclusion of Legion details on Diocesan website and newsletter, which is now available. Fr. Ojeda agreed to a promotion talk and recruiting drive.

Overall, they experienced a welcome everywhere and legionaries were most willing to help. The Legionaries expressed thanks to the Concilium for the opportunity to undertake this extension work and Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium, thanked them for their great work.

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Commemoration of the Servant of God, Frank Duff
December 2013
COMMEMORATION OF THE SERVANT OF GOD FRANK DUFF

On Saturday 16th November 2013, the 33rd Anniversary Mass for the Servant of God, Frank Duff, took place in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. The principal celebrant and homilist was Rev. Paul Churchill, Promoter of Justice for the Cause. 23 priests concelebrated the Mass; these included retired Bishop James Moriarty, Fr. David Fenot, Spiritual Director of the Valence Regia, France and present and former Spiritual Directors of the Legion of Mary. Rev. Damian O’ Reilly, Administrator in the Pro-Cathedral also concelebrated and he and his staff were extremely helpful with the preparations for this event. Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Henry Upton was thanked by Fr. Churchill for his presence at the Mass.

In his homily Fr. Churchill spoke of Pope Benedict XVI whom he knew personally as a gentle, prayerful man and of our present Holy Father Pope Francis whose friendly simplicity is renowned and who urges us constantly “not to be afraid and to pray ceaselessly. The estimated attendance was 700.

Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium, thanked the members of the Bethlehem Curia, Dublin and all those who helped in any way for their excellent organisation of this event.

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Proposals to raise Regiae to Senatus Status in Angola and Malawi
December 2013
PROPOSAL TO RAISE LUANDA REGIA, ANGOLA TO SENATUS STATUS
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A proposal was put forward to raise Luanda Regia, Angola to Senatus status to govern the area which it has already. This comprises 3 Archdioceses and 9 Suffragan Dioceses. The Luanda Regia has a total of 10 praesidia 9 senior Curiae, 2 junior Curiae and 13 Comitia. The area of the Senatus would be the northern half of the country. Ecclesiastical sanction has been given. This submission was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave its agreement.
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PROPOSAL TO RAISE MAULA REGIA, MALAWI TO SENATUS STATUS
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Also proposed at the Concilium meeting was a proposal to raise Maula Regia in Lilongwe Archdiocese to Senatus and its territory to be the Archdiocese of Lilongwe and Mzulu, Karonga and Dedza Dioceses (all these are suffragen dioceses of Lilongwe). The proposed new Maula Senatus would have 15 praesidia, 6 Curiae, 19 Comitia and 1 Regia directly attached. This proposal is subject to Ecclesiastical approval. This request was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave its agreement.

Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium, extended her thanks and congratulations to the two new Senatus.

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Visitation to Concilium by Legionaries from Mexico
December 2013
Visit to Concilium by Legionaries from Mexico
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Legionaries from Mexico City Senatus Marcelino Trujillo Mendez President, Antonia Croz Barcenas Vice-President, Elena Austria Basilio Secretary, Alondra Flores Treasurer, Rosa Maria Reynosa Teran Assistant Treasurer and from Merida Senatus, Mexico Sandra Argaez Sanchez President, María Jesús Zuñiga Secretary, Celia Maria Angulo Treasurer, Olivia Recio Garrido Garrido, Magdaleine Magalay Assistant Treasurer, Laydy Buenfil Managa Extension Worker were welcomed to Concilium.
Meetings were held with them and the Concilium officers, which they found very helpful and enriching. At the Concilium meeting Marcelino, President of Mexico City Senatus, said it was a great privilege to be in Dublin and reported that there were 7 praesidia, 14 Curiae, 7 Comitia and 3 Regia attached to Mexico City Senatus. In the Senatus area there is a population of 75 million and 2,728 parishes. He said that it was their commitment to put all in the hands of Our Blessed Lady and implore the help of Frank Duff, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe when undertaking difficult works.

Sandra, President of Merida Senatus, told us that there were 16 praesidia, 14 Curiae, 1 junior Curia, 17 Comitia and 1 Regia attached and they caretake Guatemala Regia. They also visited Cuba whose Spiritual Director is committed to the Legion. During the difficult times the Legion of Mary was the only organisation that survived. She expressed her thanks to all who had helped during their week in Dublin.

Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium, said she was very grateful to the legionaries for coming such a distance and it was evident that they knew the Legion well and had expressed it with a spirit of joy and laughter.

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Visitation to Concilium by Legionaries from the New York Senatus
December 2013
Welcomed to the October Concilium meeting were the officers of the New York Senatus: Julio Cho President, Bernadette Soberon Secretary, John Kinney Assistant Secretary, Maria Tena Treasurer and Carlos Tena a Legionary.

A couple of days in the week following the Concilium, meetings took place with Concilium Officers to review the Legion in the New York Senatus. The New York Regional Senatus has an active membership of 5,203 with 15 Curiae and 7 Comitia. Very fruitful discussions took place.

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Allocutio at Concilium - November 2013 by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
December 2013
The Souls of Our Departed Legionaries
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One of the oldest and most basic questions that human beings continue to ask is: Is there life after death? Many different answers have been given to this question down through the centuries and even still in our own day. But the resounding answer of our Catholic faith succinctly expressed in the Apostles Creed is: I believe in the Resurrection of the Body and life everlasting. It is this assertion of our Creed that gives ultimate meaning and focus to our lives. We need to think seriously and often on our death and life after death. Pope Francis puts it in a cryptic turn of phrase when he says: ‘the afterlife must never be simply an afterthought in our lives.’ The resurrection of Christ changes everything. It is the fundamental reason for our Christian hope in the face of the stark reality of our death.

Frank Duff, our Founder, thought long and often on the four last things: death, judgment, heaven or hell. His obsessive concern was about where people would spend their eternity. One could truly say without any exaggeration that he spent his whole adult life trying to get as many people as possible to spend their eternity in heaven. That is also the ultimate objective of the Legion of Mary. Basically, we legionaries have no other aim apart from the salvation of souls. We must not lose sight of that goal in the midst of the busyness and complexity and organizational details of our meetings and daily work. We need to keep a continual eye on eternity.

November is a good time to think on the four last things and to deepen our awareness of the transitories of life and our last end. Chapter 17 of the Handbook entitled “The Souls of our Departed Legionaries” gives us a serene and even joyful meditation on the death of a legionary and how the Legion should deal with it. The opening paragraph sums up the deep Legion spirit on the end of legionary life in this world: ‘The end of the campaigning has come and a legionary lies nobly dead. Now at last he is confirmed in legionary service. Through all eternity he will be a legionary, for the Legion has shaped that eternity for him. It has been the fibre and the mould of his spiritual life. Moreover, the might of the united petition, uttered daily and earnestly by active members and auxiliaries alike, that the Legion should reassemble without the loss of anyone, has helped him through the dangers and the difficulties of the long way. What a joyful thought for all legionaries – on his account and on their own! But for the moment there is sorrow at the loss of a friend and comrade and there is need of prayer so that the deliverance of the departed soldier from the realm of Purgatory may be speedily accomplished.’ It really is a tremendous thought that the whole Legion world will be praying for us every day long after we have died.

Obviously, it is important that we observe all the directives of the Handbook concerning prayer for our departed legionaries, not just because we may well be in need of them when our time comes but because of the deep bonds of love that bind us to the souls in purgatory. They are precious members of the mystical Body of Christ and Mary is the Queen and Mother of the souls in Purgatory too and so we must try to share in her maternity of these souls as well. The Church is a vast community of people who help each other into heaven. It would be a pity if we only saw ourselves as ones to be helped and not do our share of the helping. So I would encourage you all to carry out the particular directive of the Handbook that says: ‘In the month of November each year, each praesidium shall have a Mass celebrated for the souls of the legionary dead, not of that praesidium alone but of all the world. In this, as on all other occasions where prayer is offered for departed legionaries, all grades of membership are comprised.’ I think this chapter of the Handbook gives us a great insight into the love and commitment of Frank Duff not only to legionaries in this life but eternally. Legionaries are always close to his heart.

Just a final word to Legionaries who despite a life time in the service of Mary, however imperfect they may think this service to be, are still apprehensive about their final judgment. There is a little passage in the handbook that could well give them justified hope. It is found in the Chapter encouraging Legionaries to practice de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary. It goes as follows: ‘Some persons appear to reduce their spiritual life very simply to a matter of selfish gain or loss. These are disconcerted by the suggestion that they should abandon their treasures even to the Mother of our souls. Such as the following is heard: “If I give everything to Mary, will I not at the hour of my departure from this life stand empty-handed before my Judge, and therefore perhaps have to go for a vast time into Purgatory?” To this a commentator quaintly answers: “No, not at all, since Mary is present at the Judgment!” The thought contained in this remark is profound.’ It is good for us Legionaries to always remember that Mary will be present at our dying, death and Judgment.

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Concilium Bulletin - November 2013
December 2013
ASIA
PHILIPPINES
Western Visayas Senatus: Quarterly reports to the Senatus are encouraging with work including jail visitation, marriage validations, baptisms, teaching catechism and visitation to homes and the sick. Reports from 5 Comitia include 6 Muslims converted, 76 marriages validated and 10 senior citizens catechesised and returned to the sacraments. Two junior praesidia were set up and 2 Curiae elevated to Comitia. An Aglipayan person was converted and is now a legionary. The Bacolad Comitium was raised to Regia status and has 6 Comitia, 8 Curiae and 12 directly attached praesidia with a membership of 5,764.

Northern Philippines Senatus: The Senatus celebrated its 73rd anniversary in July. A Congress was held on the 25th August. The promotion of the Causes is very much to the fore. Patrician meetings were encouraged for both adults and juniors.

Antipolo Regia: Seven senior and 9 junior praesidia were set up. 16 junior members graduated to the senior ranks and 2 members entered religious life.
Manila Comitium carried out crowd contact and 2,400 people were met which included street dwellers, pedicab drivers, security guards and seafarers. Makati Comitium had 619 families enthroned to the Sacred Heart.

Mindanao Senatus: One praesidium has 29 girls under catechetical instruction and another praesidium has brought many into the Church, some of these being rescued from the sects. A lapsed father and the family has recently returned to the faith.

Bicolandia Senatus: A praesidium in Lagazpi Regia has ten members in a training hospital. Junior members follow up on new auxiliaries, invite children to visit the Blessed Sacrament and participate in block Rosaries with senior legionaries.
Libmanan Comitium arranged a Congress for September. Many councils teach catechism in elementary schools and prepare adults for baptism and confirmation. Visitation to councils is undertaken and encouragement is given to take on officerships.

Cebu Senatus: A Comitium reported 55 receiving the sacrament of reconciliation and anointing of the sick, 6 infants and 7 adults were baptised, 300 students went to confession and 8 couples were married in Church. The promotion of the Alliance of Two Hearts devotion, adult catechism and backyard catechesis were reported by a Curia. A junior praesidium organized a prayer group of 40 members for 5 to 13 year olds where they were taught the basic prayers and the Rosary. Another group undertook home and hospital visitation with seniors, did crowd contact, brought 112 young people to Mass, 82 were confirmed and 102 marriages were validated. The Causes are promoted. Please pray for all those affected by the Halayan typhoon.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Mount Hagan Regia: The Regia under the caretakership of Manila plan to send 100 legionaries to visit Manila in September 2014. The Regia has 14 Comitia with a membership of 6,226 seniors.
Madang Regia: This Regia has a membership of 5,490 active members but transport is a problem and expensive so praesidia are small.

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus: Extension is carried out with good results. Most parishes have a small percentage of Catholics and they undertake many tasks for the parish priest. The apostolate carried out is home visitation, contact work with a book barrow at shopping centres, a Railway Station and in front of the Church after Mass. Teaching Catechism and Patricians are mentioned.
Solomon Islands: Contact is made but the minutes are not regular.
East Timor: 3 praesidia have been set up and there are 2 more in formation. Poverty is evident in the country and as mailing is expensive they depend on friends from Indonesia to supply their needs.

Melbourne Senatus: Since the last report 5 praesidia, 10 Curiae, 4 Comitia on the mainland and 6 councils in the Pacific Islands have reported. The city praesidia are small; they are engaged in various apostolates, visiting sick and elderly, pilgrim statue visitation and crowd contact work at a shopping centre.

Perth Comitium reported a torchlight procession in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes with an attendance of 450.
Flemington Comitium comprises 14 praesidia and 3 directly attached Curiae with 539 Vietnamese active members. Junior members are well trained. The first meeting of a praesidium set up in November 1932 as a direct result of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin ceased to function but another one celebrated its 80th anniversary on 8th September with a Mass and social. Contact with the councils in the Pacific Ocean is difficult as transport to the islands is limited and communications beset by problems.
Brisbane Comitium: The praesidia in Ayr, Cairns and Gordanvale were visited by 2 officers. Membership is small in each praesidium. Two Vietnamese praesidia reported. They are in touch with Melbourne and some members attended a Retreat there, and they are sending Vietnamese legionaries to visit in December to help them with recruiting. Works reported include enrolment in the Brown Scapular, visits to lapsed and non-believers, pilgrim statue and a priest is brought to the Nursing Home when required.

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: The junior Curia is very progressive in terms of membership and very active in their Legion work. One Curia has 6 praesidia with 86 members. Works reported are visiting the sick, bringing children to Mass, teaching catechism and various church duties. The Rosary is recited at the Marist College at lunch-time. To end the Year of Faith the Senatus is organising a Mass on the 8th November.
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SOUTH AMERICA
PARAGUAY
Asuncion Senatus: A Comitium in San Lorenzo promotes 3 Catholic radio stations. Other apostolates mentioned include 319 people prepared for baptism, visitation of lepers, visitation of a woman’s prison and helping alcoholics refrain from alcohol abuse. Where prison praesidia exist, legionaries help their fellow inmates to rehabilitate, often resulting in early release for good behaviour. A Curia reports that 5 legionaries teach catechesis to young sailors on navy ships; two such contacts were baptised, 5 received Holy Communion and 18 were confirmed. A junior Comitium has 10 Curiae and 19 praesidia attached, with a total of 2,100 active members and almost 2000 Auxiliaries. A member of a sect converted to Catholicism while in hospital and received several sacraments before passing away.

BOLIVIA
La Paz Senatus
: The Comitium of Oruro, where Alfie Lambe set up the Legion amongst the miners, recently held a Congress which their Bishop attended. Exploratio Dominicalis is done in this Comitium many times during the year. A city Curia regularly does street contact, meeting many who might not be met on home visitation.

CHILE
Santiago Senatus
: The Senatus correspondents write to their attached councils each month with news from the Senatus and news taken from the Concilium correspondence. The Bishop of Punta Arenas, in the extreme south of Chile, has asked his legionaries to go out in pairs to propagate the Rosary. Every year legionaries organise a ceremony around the Brown Scapular to celebrate Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Patroness of Chile.

COLOMBIA
Medellin Senatus
: There is mention of extension efforts. Works include home visitation, street contact and visiting a psychiatric centre. Inmaculado de Firontino Curia helps to implement the pastoral plan for the Archdiocese; they also mention a special case of a house where 3 middle-aged adults had no religious belief but following Legion contact they received First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Nuestra Senora de la Pobreza Regia, amongst their works mention getting hospital treatment for a poor man sleeping under a bridge; he also received the sacraments after which he died peacefully.

Bogota Senatus: An attached Comitium set up 2 new praesidia and there are two others in formation, another Comitium set up a new Curia while a third reported extension efforts with no results. A praesidium visits a home for children with cancer where they organise games and conclude with prayers. Many children were prepared for First Holy Communion. A Comitium reported large numbers returned to the practice of the faith because they did systematic and regular visitation.

CUBA
Havana Comitium
: There are no minutes from Cuba since the last report despite an email from the Spiritual Director that minutes were forwarded via the Nunciature, as is the practice.

PERU
Lima Senatus: 300 youths attended a National Youth Conference which they say was very successful. A Comitium in Cuzco has 8 Curiae attached. This mountainous region attracts thousands of tourists each year; they are being advised to undertake an apostolate to them. Home visitation is highly successful with many returning to the practice of the faith. There are 4 prison praesidia. 3 Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects were carried out in distant towns in the diocese, a new praesidium being established in each town before they left.

URUGUAY
Montevideo Senatus: The time of the Senatus meeting has been changed to improve attendance. They contact indigenous mothers and their children on the street – football is used to encourage the children into the catechism class. A Columban Drive resulted in 5 people willing to join the Legion in Montevideo. They ask for prayers for the work with youth in Maldonado. The Military Hospital was visited in June and a legionary on the “Jail Pastoral Agency” goes weekly to visit problem prisoners.

VENEZUELA
Caracas Senatus: Many praesidia were set up with more in formation. In Caracas 5 Jehovah’s, a Protestant and an atheist were converted. Access to the apartments is obtained through the concierge. Mention is made of Columban Drives, Exploratio Dominicalis and the organising of one million children’s Rosaries. The National Guard is being visited, and they have a praesidium in the Leper Hospital where young indigenous patients are taught to pray.

ECUADOR
Quito Senatus: A visit from Concilium has been requested to assist with some issues. In Saruma 2 Curiae and a junior praesidium were set up. Talks have been given to teachers to help them prepare children for First Holy Communion.
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AFRICA
GHANA
Accra Senatus
: The Senatus and many attached Councils continue to promote the Cause of Frank Duff with great enthusiasm and each month they organise a “Frank Duff beatification prayer session”. Legion of Mary week projects were held in parishes throughout Ghana from the 1st to the 8th September and the legionaries contacted parishioners. They had banners, photo exhibitions etc. and organised various youth sports and quizzes. The aim was to raise awareness of and recruit for the Legion of Mary. Julius Kwasitsu reported to the Senatus on his extension work in Ho Diocese. Tema Comitium organised a project to start a new praesidium at Aveyime with 60 participating, many of them from the local area. Contacts made were very fruitful; some welcoming follow-on visitation from the legionaries and some returning to the Church

ZIMBABWE
The main apostolates undertaken by the Kadoma Curia legionaries are visitation of homes, hospitals and the old and lonely. The legionaries of Mutare celebrated Our Lady’s birthday with a gathering of legionaries for talks and Holy Mass.

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg Senatus
: The Senatus celebrated its 80th Anniversary with a function on the 12th October, 2013 and approximately 140 legionaries in attendance. Fr. Jeremiah of Comboni Missionaries spoke on the origins of the Legion of Mary based on True Devotion to Mary. He also spoke on Frank Duff, Alfie Lambe, and Venerable Edel Quinn. Works include home, hospital and prison visitation. 15 babies were baptised with the help of legionaries.
Soweto Comitium plan to visit all parishes in Soweto where there is no Legion.
Capetown Senatus: A number of new praesidia have been set and attached councils are being visited. Some praesidia are meeting in very tough areas but they continue with their work. In the minutes of Cape Town it was mentioned that correspondence was received from Northern Namibia.
Marianhill Comitium: In a letter dated 25th June, they describe briefly their pilgrimage and their Acies. They continue to visit parishes and organise workshops on how to start the Legion of Mary. The correspondent has requested that they send in monthly minutes.
Durban Comitium reported a praesidium of 20 active, 100 auxiliary, 4 praetorians and 20 adjutorians. Their work includes visiting aids patients, teaching catechism and the visiting 159 non-Catholics during the year.
Matatiele Comitium reported 48 youths and 8 adults at a patrician meeting.
Esigodeni Comitium has 16 attached Curiae with a total of 4,245 active and 1300 auxiliary members. Home, hospital and prison visitation is undertaken.

ANGOLA
Luanda Regia
: Flávio António da Silva and Alessandro Pereira de Carvalho, from the Recife Senatus, Brazil, visited the Regia on behalf of the Concilium, attended the July meeting. The minutes record the visits they made, accompanied by some legionaries from the Regia, and give a detailed summary of their helpful comments at the meeting. A Comitium attached to the Regia set up two new Curiae. Another Comitium is also planning to set up two Curiae. The Regia is organising a celebration for the 62nd anniversary of the foundation of the Legion in Angola which will be held in the Diocese of Ndalatando.

LESOTHO
Lesotho Senatus
: Work for youth feature in many reports. One praesidium has 405 children in the catechism class. Two legionaries are active in extension and reviving weak praesidia.

CAPE VERDE
Cape Verde Regia
: Several reports tell of praesidia being restarted with special assistance from the parish priests. Results of visitation included bringing 36 youths to be prepared for baptism. The Comitium on Ilha do Fogo – Island of Fire – reports 279 children recruited for catechism mainly through 40 Exploratio Dominicalis. On Sao Antao Island the Curia’s emphasis is on conversion with 120 youths and adults prepared for baptism.

EGYPT Prayers are asked for the legionaries in Egypt at this difficult time.
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Visitation by Concilium to Nicaragua and Honduras
November 2013
Maribel Guzman and Agustin Luje likewise received a warm welcome from the legionaries in both countries. The works undertaken by juniors are impressive. Many questions were answered. Many legionaries requested a return visit and asked not to leave it so long before the next visit. It was a very successful event.

Síle Ní Chochlain, President of Concilium, thanked the legionaries for undertaking these visit, which bore many good results and Ann Murray was thanked for the preparation beforehand.
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Visitation by Concilium to the Dominican Republic
November 2013
Javier de Frutos and Consolacion Tello, legionaries from the Senatus of Madrid, visited the Dominican Republic on behalf of the Concilium. They were warmly welcomed and the legionaries found the Legion to be vibrant and active with home to home visitation being undertaken. When visiting councils they discovered that often there were 3 generations of families in the Legion and members were anxious to learn and improve more and appreciated the answers given to their questions. They visited the Cardinal and Bishops who had a great knowledge of the Legion and found that many Spiritual Directors had been legionaries as was the Spiritual Director of the Senatus.
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Young Adults Conference in Ireland
November 2013
The conference for young adults took place in All Hallows, Drumcondra, Dublin, on the 31st Aug and 1st Sept 2013. The theme was the ‘Need for a Lively Faith’. The idea of faith and action was spelt out over the weekend and promoted effectively. In addition to helping young adults, it also gives much needed yearly boost to Legion members in this age bracket.

There were 225 young people, 13 priests and 7 speakers in attendance. Fr. John Harris OP tied the weekend together and focused very much on Legion spirituality. The Conference was very honoured to have the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown in attendance on the Sunday. There was a panel discussion, chaired by Fr. Harris, with David Quinn, Breda O’Brien and the Nuncio.

A trip was organised to the Legion hostels, Legion Headquarters and Frank Duff’s house. On the Saturday there were very interesting workshops on pornography, the occult, True Devotion to Mary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Frank Duff himself. A new young adults mixed praesidium has started arising out of the Conference. Thanks were expressed to all who helped to make the weekend a success.
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World Youth Day - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 2013
Fiona Hodge and Maria Keaveney represented the Concilium at World Youth Day and Youth Conference for legionaries in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the 22nd to 29th July 2013. The opening Mass of WYD was celebrated by Dom Orani Joao Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro.

Each day the legionaries attended catechesis; the first day it was given by Bishop Lawrence Subrata Howlader, CSC of Bangladesh who spoke about the strength and the influence of the media in the world and of new technologies. Another day they had catechesis with Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. He spoke on chastity and regular confession. Bishop James Conley of Nebraska said he had spent two weeks working in the Morning Star hostel in 1978 and remembers being with Frank Duff when the news came that Pope Paul VI had died. The two legionaries from Ireland also spoke with Fr. Matthew Eickhoff from Nebraska. He was a classmate and friend of the Papal Nuncio in Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown. They were able to hear the Holy Mass in English. The legionaries of Brazil and other Legion councils throughout South America were commended for all they did during WYD in Brazil.

Monday 29th July 2013 – Youth Conference
There were legionaries from many countries in attendance including Brazil, Argentina, USA, Columbia, Belarus, Peru, Mexico, Angola, Myanmar and Ireland. Over 1200 were in attendance. The day started with an address from the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Dom Orani João Tempesta, and Holy Mass was celebrated by Bishop Dom Edson de Castro Homem who cares for the Legion of Mary in Brazil. There are over 200,000 active legionaries in Brazil. In his homily, he reminded them of the Pope´s words to the young people at this World Youth Day, go out into the streets with the Rosary in your hands, the Gospel on your lips and the testimony of your life.
The Irish legionaries gave a short talk at the end of the conference and thanked all the legionaries for their membership and for all the hard work they had done preparing for this wonderful youth conference.
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Proposal to Raise Comitia to a Higher Status, Ibadan Senatus, Western Nigeria
November 2013
A proposal was put forward to raise Warri Comitium to Regia status to govern Warri Diocese. Attached to the Regia would be 2 Comitia (Bomadi and Ughelli). Warri Comitium has 22 directly attached praesidia, 17 senior Curiae and 12 junior Curiae. The new Regia is to be affiliated to the Senatus of Ibadan.

A second proposal was put forward to raise Akure Comitium to Regia status to govern the Dioceses of Ekiti and Ondo. Attached to the Regia would be 2 Comitia (Ondo and Ado Ekiti Comitia). Akure has 17 directly affiliated praesidia, 6 senior Curiae and 1 junior Curia. The new Regia will be affiliated to the Senatus of Ibadan.

Both proposals were agreed to by the Concilium, both are subject to Ecclesiastical approval, and Síle Ní Chochlain extended congratulations and blessings to the new Regiae.
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Proposal to Raise Comitium of Bacolod, Philippines to Regia Status
November 2013
The Senatus of Western Visayas sought permission to raise the Comitium of Bacolod to Regia status. The new Regia would consist of 6 Comitia, 8 Curiae and 12 directly affiliated praesidia and have a membership of 5,764 and would be affiliated to the Senatus. This would leave the Senatus of Western Visayas with 9 Comitia, 15 Curiae and 15 directly affiliated praesidia. Ecclesiastical permission has been granted.

This submission was proposed and seconded and the Concilium body gave its agreement. Síle Ní Chochlain, President of Concilium, congratulated the new Regia and wished them every grace and blessing for the future.


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Election of Assistant Treasurer - October 2013
November 2013
An election took place for Assistant Treasurer of Concilium, in charge of Vexilla and Foreign Literature. Nominations were taken and Rose Caulfield was proposed and seconded for this office. As there were no other nominations, Rose Caulfield was declared elected for a term of 3 years.

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Allocutio at Concilium - October 2013 by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
November 2013
Mary and the Year of Faith
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On Sunday the 13th of October 2013 Pope Francis consecrated the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as part of the celebration of the Year of Faith. So following the example of the Holy Father let us reflect in this allocutio on the connection between Mary and faith and what it really means to consecrate ourselves to her. It is Mary who brings the most radical and well founded hope into the world when she brings Jesus among us. There cannot be any greater gift that the world and each one of us can receive than the gift of Jesus and there is no greater gift that we can give to another than Jesus. True devotion to Mary basically consists in sharing in Mary’s maternal vocation to bring Jesus into the lives of all those whom the providence of God brings us into contact with. But at the deepest centre of Mary’s vocation and ours is faith. We are called not only to deepen and renew our faith but also to share it with others. Sharing our faith will lead to deepening it. That is the experience of the Legion all over the world. The opposite is also true: if we don’t share our faith we will be in real danger of losing it.

But what is this faith that legionaries keep on praying for every day and talking about among themselves and with others? Let me paraphrase the words of Pope Francis that he spoke in a homily during the world youth day in Brazil. Faith accomplishes a revolution in us, it removes us from the centre and puts God at the centre; faith immerses us in God’s limitless and personal love for us and gives us security, strength and hope. Seemingly nothing has changed; yet in the depths of our being everything is different. In Christological terms faith means that the most fundamental reality in our lives is our relationship with Christ, our friendship with Jesus. Everything else in our lives stems from Christ, our Lord and God, our best and intimate friend and Saviour. Faith penetrates the whole of our existence and not just one or other department.

And where do we find such faith in all its fullness and magnificence? We find it sublimely in Mary. Her relationship to Jesus is absolutely primary in her very heart and soul. It is this faith of Mary that inspires the Church and is a central focal point of Legion spirituality. We meditate on the ‘yes’ of her faith in the Incarnation and the total plan of God; she believed that her child was God and continued to believe in his Divinity during the long years at Nazareth despite the human ordinariness of the outward appearances of their daily lives. She believed in him when he was being bludgeoned to death on Calvary; she was the only one who believed in Him on Holy Saturday when he was dead and buried in the closed tomb; she believed in Him with exultant joy in the Resurrection and Ascension. We simply do not know Mary at all if we do not know her faith: her total and all embracing conviction that Jesus her Son is her God and Saviour and the greatest friend of her heart. The prayer of the Legion and indeed of every Christian is to ask Mary for some share in her faith in Jesus.

The faith of Mary leads us on to the question of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. What is the real meaning of Pope Francis consecrating the world to the Immaculate heart of Mary or indeed what is the significance of the annual consecration we legionaries make to the Heart of Mary at our Acies ceremony? Well, if we look into the heart of Mary what do we find? We find nothing but Jesus and she sees every one of us and everything else only in Him. As Pope Francis puts it so bluntly, simply and profoundly: ‘it is a fact: Mary always brings us to Jesus.’ So if we entrust ourselves totally to the heart of Mary we are giving her the opportunity of introducing us directly to Jesus because there is nothing else in the heart of Mary except Jesus and with him the Father and the Holy Spirit. As St. Louis Marie de Montfort would say: Mary is the infallible and most effective way of entering into an habitual relationship of friendship with our Lord. We give everything we are and that we have to Mary and she purifies and elevates it and gives it necessarily and immediately to Jesus. Indeed we cannot be truly Christians without Mary.

It is precisely because of her relationship to Jesus that Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces. There is no grace whatsoever apart from our Lord and his paschal mystery and it is Mary who gives Jesus to each and every one of us. During this year of faith and in all the years ahead let us give Mary her God given place in our journey of faith. Let me conclude by quoting once more that tremendous passage in the Handbook on Mary’s place in the economy of salvation: ‘The Legion’s trust in Mary is limitless, knowing that by the ordinance of God, her power is without limit. All that he could give to Mary, he has given to her. All that she was capable of receiving she has received in plenitude. For us God has constituted her a special means of grace. Operating in union with her we approach him more effectively, and hence win grace more freely. Indeed, we place ourselves in the very flood-tide of grace, for she is the spouse of the Holy Spirit: she is the channel of every grace which Jesus Christ has won. We receive nothing which we do not owe to a positive intervention on her part. She does not content herself with transmitting all; she obtains all for us.’ We can never really know the spirituality of the Legion without making our own this doctrinal insight concerning Mary and her place in our lives.

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Concilium Bulletin - October 2013
November 2013
ASIA
TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: Many works are church related but there are signs of increased home visitation and crowd contact been undertaken. Two mobile book stands are the means of contact near bus stations. A praesidium on a remote island has resumed its meetings and is now in regular contact with the Senatus. A new praesidium mainly of aboriginals has been established and 8 other praesidia were set up during the year with 3 closing in the same period. Auxiliary and Adjutorians are being recruited among the older generation. Bible study was organised for the Year of Faith. Since the Eucharistic Congress legionaries have arranged and sustained Eucharistic adoration in many churches.

<b>MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur Regia: The theme of the Annual Retreat was “Biblical Journey through Mass” given by Fr. Manickam. A Filipino praesidium of 20 members and 4 probationers has 35 auxiliaries, doing home and hospital visitation and run classes for migrants. A recruitment day was held; however, due to work commitments not all members could do this work. 14 council reports were taken in this period involving 918 members and 9 probationers. Sunday schools, RCIA, Youth groups and BEC gatherings all feature, in addition to the usual works of contacting lapsed, sick and lonely people.

JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: Tokyo Regia celebrated its 100th meeting in December. One praesidium visits the sick and housebound bringing Holy Communion; another praesidium visit with the priest on his Communion calls and also visit mentally ill. In Our Lady of Lourdes praesidium, legionaries gather aluminium cans and bottles for recycling as a true devotion to the nation exercise, and also visit handicapped people.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: A Curia in East Java visiting its praesidia emphasised juniors and Exploratio Dominicalis. A Comitium in Northern Sulawesi formed a junior praesidium and one in the prison works in 2 languages and pray and visit sick prisoners. Surabaya Comitium has visited parishes without the Legion, visited orphanages, houses for old and poor and the homeless victims of the Merap volcanic eruption.

Jakarta Senatus: Mother of Hope Curia promotes Eucharistic Adoration, teaching of catechism and visits the sick. One praesidium has been nurturing a praesidium in an orphanage. Kilamantan (formerly Borneo) has set up a number of praesidia. Medan Regia in Aceh has been urged to expand. 10 prisoners were instructed by Holy Family Comitium and 8 have been baptised.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: Suwon Regia gave its annual report showing an increase of 358 senior and 100 junior members, bringing its total membership to 33,902. Auxiliary and praetorian membership has also increased. 92,808 catechumens were recruited, of which 9,906 were baptised. There were 12,143 returns to the sacraments. Wongu Regia has a total of 3,919 seniors a decrease of 106 and 3,161 auxiliaries a decrease of 122. 9,757 catechumens were recruited of which 853 were baptised and 1,172 lapsed returned to the sacraments.

Daegu Senatus: 2500 legionaries attended Our Lady’s Night ceremony, organised by the Senatus in May, the Archbishop was the chief celebrant. Also in May the Legion of Mary was introduced to newly ordained Deacons in the Archdiocese. Gyorgsan Burmeo, Daehae Comitia all provided details of numbers of catechumens and others recruited. Over a 5-month period a Curia recruited 21 active and 19 auxiliary members, while the second Curia recruited 16 active and 20 auxiliary members. There was a discussion on material relief at the July Senatus meeting.

Singapore Senatus: Two Curiae were formed; one a junior Curia in Kenningau and the other a senior Curia in Kuching. A former legionary was ordained a priest.
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ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL
ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: A good number of legionaries and non-legionaries participated in the annual walk to Alfie Lambe’s grave to celebrate his birthday. Homes of non-Catholics are visited and legionaries have been instrumental in many returning to the Church. Three Evangelical families asked the legionaries for spiritual advice with their problems. A junior Curia reported that three of its legionaries entered the seminary. A meeting was held to plan the summer extension and fill the teams that will go to many distant councils of the Senatus.
Cordoba Senatus: A local Curia reported amongst other works they have 8 Patricians groups. In another Cordoba City Curia legionaries bring an image of Our Lady to businesses, and one praesidium organised a ‘Mariology Conference’. The Comitium of San Juan reported a praesidium was set up in the Seminary. Staff in prisons appreciate the visit of legionaries and the prison chaplain supports the Legion very much.
Salta Senatus: Junior legionaries are very prominent in the Senatus; many of them do street contact with the 100,000 pilgrims and tourists who flood the city each year for the Novena of Our Lord and Our Lady of the Miracle. One Curia reported that apart from assigned works 4,691 people were invited to be legionaries and 1,536 personal contacts were made.
Corrientes Regia: A praesidium reported visiting parents of sick children where they stay next door to the paediatric hospital. The Comitium of Posadas had a planning meeting and has an extension plan in place.
Rosario Regia: In Parana Comitium, statue visitation is among the works. Legionaries meet many people of other religions and talk to them about the Catholic Faith. Legionaries visit an area with serious problems of security. This area is only visited by legionaries.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: The newly appointed Senatus Spiritual Director intends to visit all the parishes to promote the Legion. A Comitium reports that visitation has resulted in 7 returns to the Sacraments and 4 returned from the Protestant sects. Another Comitium reports the preparation for baptism of 14 youths, 439 visits to auxiliaries and distribution of 90 short breviaries.
Belo Horizonte Senatus: Home visitation to families separated from the Church involves Gospel readings. Street sweepers are contacted on street apostolate. Hospital visitation by a praesidium that works in close partnership with the Chaplain involves promotion of prayer and the Sacraments among the patients as well as works of comfort. Another praesidium brings Holy Communion to the old and housebound. The Legion in the town of Nova Granada is involved with the parish priest in planning the pastoral work of the parish council. Ten seminarians are auxiliary members. The Regia of Uberlandia reports 4 new praesidia set up.
Fortaleza Senatus: A Comitium in Fortaleza, in a 3-month period, had 1,618 visits to homes and Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in 31 homes. Hospital visitation and preparation of people for the sacraments was also done.
Ponta Grossa Senatus: Reports show great numbers of visits to homes and hospitals. Five families returned to the Church after novenas and invitations. Fifteen young people received their First Holy Communion. People living on the streets are evangelised and employment was obtained for some of them. Seven young people of others faiths were baptised in the Catholic Church and received the Eucharist.
Recife Senatus: The Senatus is eagerly awaiting the two-day National Spiritual Directors’ Conference. The sick are helped with housework and in other ways. The Regia of Maceio reports the preparing of 568 youths and adults for First Communion. One Curia in this Regia area, the State of Alagoas, set up 8 praesidia.
Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Two Spiritual Directors attended the August meeting including the newly appointed Director, Fr. Fabio Siqueira. Fr. Fabio succeeds Bishop Dom Edson Castro Homem, Auxiliary Bishop of Rio and representative to the Legion of the National Bishop’s Conference. At the Legion stand at the World Youth Day exhibition 2,257 signed the visitors’ book. An older member commented to the special Legion gathering after WYD that she could, like Simeon, die in peace, having seen the future of the Legion guaranteed by so many young members. The visit of the two legionaries from Concilium was greatly appreciated and the Senatus felt truly honoured. Bishop Edson is looking forward to a Legion Day in Poland in three years time.
Salvador Senatus: The August meeting had the presence of 14 young visitors fresh from the World Youth Day and Legion Day. They told the meeting the events in Rio gave them a more determined spirit and commitment to the Church and Our Lady.
Sao Luis Senatus: Reports show 86 recruited for active membership in one month and 40 in another month. Visitation of homes frequently involves Bible study, cenacles and recitation of the Rosary. The principal concrete results are the reception of the Sacraments. An annual Bible procession is held through the streets of Sao Luis with prayers and readings.
Sao Paulo Senatus: The death of Mercedes Silva Modero marked the end of an era for the Sao Paulo Senatus; she gave great legionary service over many years, helping with extension and the development of the Legion and participating in a great many PPC projects. May her generous soul rest in peace. Reports to the Senatus show works include home and hospital visitation, visits to the elderly, bringing Holy Communion to the sick at home, and visits and return visits to people of other religions.
Brasilia Regia: In the presence of the Spiritual Director, Bishop John Evangelist Terra and the newly appointed assistant Spiritual Director, Fr. Isaias, elections were duly and properly conducted for 3 vacant officerships. The new president had formerly been a President of the Regia and has visited Dublin.
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EUROPE
AUSTRIA
Austrian Senatus: Good attention appears to be given to visitation of homes throughout the councils. The report records visits made to 3,300 homes, 800 of these were student homes visited by a student praesidium in Vienna. Most of the councils organised retreats. The Filipino Curia in Vienna had an attendance of 60 at their retreat. It was recommended that extension efforts around Austria should involve local legionaries. There were 120 participants at a retreat organised by Wienerwald Comitium and the lectures were carried on EWTN. Zwetti Comitium started a new Patricians meeting and Innsbruck Comitium set up 2 new groups. Klagenfurt Comitium distributed “Words of Life” by Venerable Edel Quinn during three pilgrimages organised in May. The Curia in Vienna reported that legionaries arranged for a Moslem man’s 4 year-old son to be baptised a Catholic in fulfilment of the wish of the child’s deceased mother. Hollanbrunn Comitium reported the baptism of 3 children from a Moslem family with the permission of their parents. PPC teams went to Lourdes, Bratislava in Slovakia and to Hamburg and Erfurt in Germany. Cardinal Schoenborn praised the work of the Legion in the parishes he visited.

BULGARIA
The Legion now exists in 2 of the 3 dioceses. There are 8 praesidia with a total of 70 active legionaries and many auxiliaries. “Can we be Saints” has been printed in Bulgarian and the Handbook translation is almost complete.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague Comitium did extension in 9 areas and started 2 new praesidia. The praesidium in Kyje had to close after 32 meetings as no one would take the Promise.

MOLDOVIA
Retreats were held in 3 centres. Parish works include visitation of the sick and elderly and assisting at funerals. Legionaries also help with a children’s centre and run a children’s group of 16.

SLOVAKIA
Trnava Curia started a new praesidium and a contact returned to the sacraments after 37 years.

UKRAINE
Elisabeth Kriss along with a correspondent from the Austrian Senatus spent 6 weeks visiting councils in Ukraine. They visited the Curiae in Berditschew and Norvograd, Woliknsk and the Comitium in Schitmir. They met 2 Greek Catholic Bishops in Donetsk and Schowkwa and contacted a third in Odessa by e-mail. Other issues discussed included a meeting of Spiritual Directors for Holy Week 2014 and a new translation of the Russian Tessera. Short visits were made to Lemberg, Kamenets, Harkow and the Curia in Nikolaew.

BELARUS
Visitation of attached councils by the Comitium is faithfully undertaken. The annual 3-day retreat was held in Baranovichi. Every praesidium is engaged in extension but finding sufficient Catholics in a region to start a praesidium can be difficult. Smorgon praesidium, directly attached to the Comitium, has set up another praesidium. Works include visitation of hospitals, asylums and orphanages and bringing the Priest to administer the Sacraments, preparing children for First Communion and Confirmation, organising first Saturday and other devotions, praying at funerals, street and park contact and visiting women’s consultation clinics. Junior legionaries make contacts in their school play yard. One girl organised a talk in her school about the birth of Jesus. Archbishop Kondrusevich met with legionaries and thanked them for their work and suggested they organise work with young people and children.

CROATIA
Zagreb Regia: A praesidium of 15 members visits a hospital for prisoners accompanied by a psychologist and a prison guard. Many prisoners go to Confession and attend Holy Mass following the visits of the legionaries. Very good work programmes are undertaken by the attached Curiae. The Curia at Bjclovar-Krizevei carried out 4 Exploratio Dominicalis projects. Dugo Selo Curia has 12 praesidia and a junior Curia with 6 praesidia. In addition to other works they conduct 7 Nazareth groups and 5 Patricians. Zagreb South Curia gained 16 new auxiliary and 15 adjutorian members.

BOSNIA HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 praesidia, 200 auxiliary and 11 adjutorian members. As a result of home visitation 3 people received the Sacraments after a long time.

SLOVENIA
There are 2 praesidia in Ljubljana. A legionary in one of the praesidia recently took the Legion promise.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia: A new praesidium of 5 members was set up. Jazbereny Curia visited 10 parishes in a 6-month period and set up praesidia in 3 of them. Legionaries in one praesidium provided spiritual support to patients with cancer and helped them convert to Catholicism. Csiksomlyo Curia in Romania invited people to a 3-day preparation for Easter. Kistaresa Curia distributed medals and pictures of the Mercy of God which had significant results. Sick people asked to receive the Sacraments after 30 to 40 years.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium has 12 directly attached praesidia and 3 Curiae with a total of 14 praesidia. Rezekne Curia legionaries had a Legion Stand during the weekend pilgrimage to Our Lady of Aglona. It attracted great attention and many names and addresses for follow up were given. Liepija Curia: This Curia has 2 praesidia attached; 2 Curiae closed despite a lot of effort to keep them functioning. Curia has received permission to start a praesidium in Priekule. Jelgava Curia: Bishop Anton Justs has written an article about the Legion for the 2014 Church Calendar.

LITHUANIA
Kaunas Comitium has 7 attached Curiae. Visitation of praesidia and extension efforts feature in all minutes. In the course of home visitation legionaries promote the Cause of Frank Duff and encourage non-Catholics to consider coming into the Catholic Church. The priest was brought to meet 5 families and a family of 4 is under instruction. Assumpta curia started a junior praesidium of 6 girls in a local school. Telsiai Comitium has increased the number of their attached praesidia from 10 to 11. In the course of visitation legionaries encourage attendance at Mass and the Sacraments. One person went to Confession after 20 years. Queen of the Family Curia reported the visitation of 1,420 families during the period February to May 2013.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: In the course of their visitation legionaries promoted the Rosary through Rosary Circles, they distribute the Catholic Press and invitations to enclosed retreats. Czestochowa Comitium pray the Rosary on Radio Fiat. 9 legionaries went on PPC. The question of extension into the 10 remaining dioceses in the Lubelski region which are without the Legion has been raised.
Warsaw Comitium: Warsaw Praga has 3 Curiae and 14 praesidia, 500 active and 820 auxiliary members. 2 new praesidia have been started in Warsaw Zoliborz Curia. A written request has been sent to the Archbishop of Gdansk for permission to create a Curia from the 3 praesidia in the North of Poland. The 19th National Pilgrimage of the Legion of Mary to Jasna Gore gathered 6,000 legionaries. H.E. Roman Marcinkowski, Bishop Protector of the Legion and National Spiritual Director, Fr. Janusz Wegszecki concelebrated the Mass with 80 Spiritual Directors.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia: All praesidia reporting have good membership and are engaged in solid apostolate. Some of the works mentioned are teaching children to pray, visiting a centre for the homeless and much attention to promoting and organising adoration. Oradea Comitium evangelises on the street, in the parks as well as in the surgery and oncology departments of the hospital where Miraculous Medals are offered to all.
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AFRICA

BURUNDI
Two new Comitia in the Diocese of Ngozi, one at Gisenya and the other at Buraniro reported at the May and June Senatus meetings respectively and two other Comitia from the Diocese of Rutana in August. Reports gave details of covering spiritual encouragement to children staying away from school, to alcoholics, to families with un-baptised children and to troubled couples. Recruiting is done among adults, in primary schools and in the higher level colleges.

RWANDA
Kigali Senatus: The Senatus has the prayers of Frank Duff and Edel Quinn in the local language Kinyarwanda approved by the Spiritual Directors; they hope that Alfie Lambe’s prayer will be approved in the near future. The Senatus organised a youth conference in July lasting 3 days at which 320 young people participated. It was classed as being a great success and got the blessing of the Bishop of the Diocese.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
The National Spiritual Director, Abbe Giscard-Donald Assang, speaking at a recent Senatus meeting, referred to the countrywide distress: the power failures, the bridges destroyed, the persons driven from their homes and the lives lost. He urged the legionaries to hold fast to the Commandments of God and of the Church, to have each family imitate the Holy Family, even in the midst of troubled situations.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Butembo Senatus: Three Comitia were set up at Vatase, Lume and Kaliro since July 2013 and a young people’s Curia was set up in the parish of Mukuna. Works include marriages blessed and reconciliation carried out; large numbers of baptisms; alcoholics and drug addicts giving up the habit; advice to children and teaching them prayers. The Spiritual Director asked them to do the Stations of the Cross every Friday for peace in the region and for children doing exams. Also for the Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady invited contacts to participate in processions carrying Our Lady’s statue to the Lourdes shrine. Recitation of the Rosary during the month of October was emphasised and blessed Rosary beads were distributed. 51 legionaries from the Senatus are preparing to make a pilgrimage to Rome to participate in the closure of the ‘Year of Faith’. Prayers were requested for the captive priests missing since September 2012.

Kinshasa Senatus: The Senatus continues to combine with Brazzaville Regia for extension and other purposes. Kinshasa officers visited its affiliated Regia of Kisangani.

Kananga Senatus: This Senatus governs the Regia at Mbuji Mayi in East Kasai. Minutes indicate that the visitation of attached councils is being carried out and Curia and praesidia reports show solid work

MAURITIUS
Rose-Hill Comitium, attached to Immaculate Virgin, Mediatrix of all Graces Regia, is composed of 200 members and 150 auxiliaries. They organised a weekend retreat, the theme being, importance of Baptism. Praesidia reports mention visits to the sick and elderly, bringing Holy Communion to invalids, catechising the young, organising prayer groups, etc. The Regia organised their annual visit to the island of Rodrigues where there are many legionaries. They also hosted a 2-day visit for legionaries from Reunion, having a special Mass, finishing up at the beach called Le Plage de Morne to join in festivities afterwards.
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Tribute to Liam Herlihy, R.I.P.
October 2013
TRIBUTE TO LIAM HERLIHY R.I.P.

Liam Herlihy was born in Knocknagree, Co Cork, a member of a family of four. He got a scholarship to New Ross College for his secondary education. Worked in the Civil Service mostly in the Department of Defence and cared for his mother and handicapped sister during their lives. He married a fellow legionary Joan Collins and they had three children.

During his membership of the Legion of Mary he held Curia Officerships in Predicanda and Immaculata Curiae; helped set up a religious library in Immaculata Curia; corresponded with Austria during which time he visited the Senatus a number of times; was editor of Maria Legionis for many years; and attended the Concilium meeting where he made many valuable contributions to the meeting. The highlight in his daily life was to attend Mass. Over a span of 60 years he gave a very dedicated service to the Legion.

He died in Cedar Nursing Home on Wednesday 4th September and was buried on the anniversary of the Legion, Saturday 7th September.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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Election of Assistant Secretary - September 2013
October 2013
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF CONCILIUM

An election took place for Assistant Secretary of Concilium, in charge of Ireland and Europe, as Rose Caulfield had completed her second term in this Office. 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 term of 3 years.


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Election of Concilium Treasurer - September 2013
October 2013
ELECTION OF CONCILIUM TREASURER

An election for Concilium Treasurer took place as Mary Murphy’s first term of office had expired. Nominations were taken and Mary Murphy was proposed and seconded for this officership. As no other nominations were put forward Mary Murphy was declared elected for a second term of 3 years.


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Allocutio at Concilium - September 2013 by Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
October 2013
The Universal Call to the Apostolate

Two of the great themes of the Second Vatican Council and of the Legion of Mary are the universal call to holiness and the universal call to the apostolate. The very first published words of Frank Duff were as follows: ‘In the heart of every right thinking Catholic, God has implanted the desire to become a Saint.’ Then he goes on to say with utter conviction: ‘Every person that is born is called to be a saint.’ So inevitably the first purpose of the Legion of Mary was to help people to become saints. That is still the primary and explicit aim of the Legion. If this is not in fact the deliberate and overwhelming objective of the individual legionary and every legionary grouping then the essential spirit of the Legion is no longer present. It is basic catholic and therefore Legion conviction that every one without any exception is called to be a saint that is to enjoy eternal life with God and each other through a genuine relationship with Christ. In other words the Legion was founded to help people to get into heaven or to put it more simply for the salvation of souls.

Now the immediate and inseparable consequence of the universal call to holiness is the universal call to the apostolate. There is no true sanctity without apostolate. Let us first quote from the Second Vatican Council as found in the Handbook: ‘From the fact of their union with Christ the head, flows the layman’s right and duty to be apostles. Inserted as they are in the mystical Body of Christ by baptism and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. It is by the Lord Himself that they are assigned to the apostolate.’ Or ‘The individual apostolate, flowing generously from its source in a truly Christian life ... admits of no substitutes. Regardless of status, all lay persons (including those who have no opportunity or possibility for collaboration in associations) are called to this type of apostolate and obliged to engage in it.’

Frank Duff incessantly spoke and wrote about the possibility and necessity of a universal mobilisation to the Apostolate. So he says: ‘The doubter may question if such a universal mobilisation is a possible proposition. But if not, why did the Vatican Council order it? No Council would ever prescribe an unrealisable idealism. Very deliberately the Council proclaimed it is an essential duty of every Catholic that he must be apostolic and it made no exceptions. It went on to insist that it formed a primary part of her Episcopal and priestly duty that they organise the people to that apostolate. In fact unless that absolutely universal mobilisation be accomplished there is no chance of touching the un-approached millions of the earth.’ In other words if the universal call to apostolate were not a fundamental truth of our catholic faith, then it would not be realistically possible to fulfil the great commission of the Risen Lord to preach the Gospel to every creature.

Why am I stressing so much the universal call to apostolate? Well, the Legion was founded to help people fulfil this Gospel mandate. A Christian who is not engaged in the apostolate in some form or other is radically and essentially deficient in their Christian identity and is therefore not on the way to holiness. It is surely very tragic if a catholic shows no interest in where other people will spend eternity. The question arises: is it possible to save one’s own soul if one is not interested in the salvation of others. Can one be saved alone? It is these simple but profound truths that are at the heart of extension work and recruiting. We are inviting people to become seriously engaged in the salvation of souls. We are inviting them to take part in the task of evangelisation. I think we need to reflect often and deeply on the spiritual roots of our privilege of recruiting new members young, old and middle aged. Souls are at stake. Many people may never fulfil their Christian vocation and identity unless they join the Legion or some analogous organisation or movement. It is surely one of the best indicators of the spirit of the legion in any praesidium or higher council that they enthusiastically and habitually seek new members. We need to really believe that membership of the Legion is a most precious gift from God and from Mary and has tremendous consequences for happiness and fulfilment both in this life and for all eternity.

Let me conclude with some works from Blessed John Paul II, soon to be canonised, to young people but applicable to all of us: ‘Christ’s call leads along a way which is not easy to travel, because it can also lead us to the Cross. But there is no other way which leads to truth and which can give life. Nevertheless we are not alone on this path. Mary, through her fiat, opened a new way for humanity. By her acceptance of, and total dedication to the mission of her Son, she is the prototype of every Christian vocation. She will walk with us, she will be our travelling companion and with her help we will be capable of following the vocation which Christ offers us. Dear young people, let us set out upon our way with Mary, let us commit ourselves to Christ, the Way, the Truth, and Life. Thus we will be zealous bearers of the message of the new evangelisation and generous builders of the civilisation of love.’
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Concilium Bulletin - September 2013
October 2013
REPORTS

ASIA
INDIA

Mumbai Senatus continues to grow in membership with the raising of Comitia and Curiae and many new praesidia being established. Youth Day 2013 was held with an attendance of 150. The theme was Faith decides Fate and Bishop Rodriguez celebrated Holy Eucharist giving the message Fire and Faith. 3 legionaries from Mumbai went to Nepal for 3 weeks visiting all the praesidia and re-started the Curia. Officers of the Curia and 3 new praesidia were given training and shown how to do home and jail visitation and the Jesuit seminary was visited.

Pondicherry Senatus: The Senatus President when visiting family in the UK made a visit to the Concilium to meet the Correspondent and officers present on the day as well as visiting Frank Duff’s grave.

Kottar Regia asked for prayers for the Regia Vice President requiring kidney dialysis and the Treasurer was involved in a road accident. A Comitium and Curia are in formation and an average of 3 praesidia are set up each month. 3 non-Christians became Catholics and marriages were rectified.
Visakhapatnam Comitium: One Curia split and 8 new praesidia were formed over 3 months. Works include preparation for Sacraments, catechism, visiting AIDS, Cancer and Leprosy patients, as well as home, hospital and prison visitation. 250 attended the Acies.
Coimbatore Comitium: Territory covers 81 parishes, 34 have the Legion. Their Youth Motivation committee organised a singing competition for girls. They also have Extension, 3 Causes and Gospel Propagation committees. 400 attended the Acies.
Nilgiri Comitium asks to whom they should be affiliated. The Legion started in the diocese in 1942, raised to Curia in 1949 and to Comitium in 1958. They said they have been sailing like a ship without a captain and have been asked to send their minutes to Concilium for the time being.
Palayamkottai Comitium sent word that an election is due at the August meeting. Tirichy Comitium: There are 1 junior and 16 senior praesidia and 1 Curia attached. A wide variety of works including helping newly baptised, 65 marriages rectified, 91 homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart and 30 addicts helped. In October a talk on Frank Duff was organised with 160 attending.
Port Blair Comitium has 11 praesidia affiliated; 1 each Tamil and Malayalam speaking, the remainder Hindi. Burial services were carried out for 96 Catholics, 40 Hindus, 4 Muslims and 22 other Christians. They also have 3 Curiae attached.
Calcutta Comitium 2 Comitium officers, 17 members representing 8 praesidia and 5 visitors attended. 100 attended the Acies. 3 active and 4 auxiliaries were recruited. 92 took part on the Curia outing in January. The reporting praesidium has 6 active and 35 auxiliaries. Works include visiting the sick, families of deceased, hospital where Catholics, non Catholics and non Christians are met and homes were consecrated to the Sacred Heart.
Chennai Comitium sent minutes of the first meeting held in July. 4 officers were elected. 5 Comitium officers were present along with 39 officers from Curiae and 24 from praesidia. The reporting Curia has 390 active, 450 auxiliary, 78 praetorian and 42 adjutorian members. 1 non-Christian became a Catholic. The praesidium reporting has 15 members visiting homes and hospitals, 35 homes Enthroned to the Sacred Heart, 25 brought to confession and 5 received the last sacraments. As a result of prayers in a non-Christian family the husband gave up his drinking habit and the family became Catholics. 3 new praesidia were set up in one Curia and 4 in another.

THAILAND: Contact is done among students, Catholics and those of no Faith are met. Personal hygiene is attended to in a home for elderly and for blind people. Catholics living in remote areas are visited and encouraged to share the Faith. Legionaries pray at wakes and funerals, despite being a small minority of the population.

SRI LANKA: Works done among Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Catholics. In one case after 85 visits a couple agreed to have their marriage sanctified. A reporting praesidium mentioned among its works visiting people in slums and arranging block rosaries.

MYANMAR: The Bishop of Myitkyina wrote to express his appreciation at receiving Maria Legionis. He says there are 3 groups in his dioceses doing well and faithful to their mission, and a new group were to take their Promise in August. He says he prays for legionaries all over the world because like Mary they bring Jesus to the world.

VIETNAM: One set of minutes for April were received. 3 Curiae reported with 9, 23 and 22 praesidia. Family reconciliations, adult baptisms, regularisation of marriages, lapsed Catholics return to the sacraments featured. Much support is given by priests and there is an emphasis on trying to start junior praesidia. The praesidium reporting has 7 members and it was stated having a great love of studying the handbook.

CENTRAL ASIA

KAZAKHSTAN: This news comes to us via Sr. Elisabeth Kriss. The praesidium in Korneewka said their members attend reliably and come to understand more the Legion mandate. They are visiting the sick and lonely and their fear to be looked at as sectarian has disappeared. 2 legionaries go to a nearby village to conduct a prayer meeting; 10 took part in a summer camp which has led to some candidates coming for baptism and other sacraments.

ARMENIA: Recently ordained Fr. Bernardo de Nardo reports the praesidium in Yerevan has 8 members but are losing members due to emigration to the US, Russia and Poland, however new members are coming to take their place. Preparation for the sacraments, catechism, visiting sick and families continues while a new work of training altar servers is underway.

GEORGIA: The praesidium is no longer meeting and the need for someone to go there to extend the Legion is pointed to. Bernardo was ordained to the priesthood in the Armenian Catholic Church on 18 July for the diocese of Isfahan, Teheran.

HOLY LAND: Annunciation Curia, Nazareth, reported with 7 praesidia. Visiting the aged, the sick at home and in hospitals, sharing the Gospel for the Year of Faith. Nativity Curia, Bethlehem, reported with 8 praesidia doing similar works and in addition reciting the Rosary at funerals. Queen of Peace praesidium in Jerusalem with 20 business men gave its annual report; they visit the elderly, those with disabilities and a home for poor children.
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EUROPE

BELGIUM
Antwerp Regia: PPC to Beauraing from 16th-23rd August and evangelisation at a Youth Festival were mentioned in the reports.
Brussels Senatus: On visitation to prostitutes Miraculous Medals “were very gently accepted by them”. 40 religious communities were visited seeking prayers for PPC and to recruit Auxiliaries. 4 members are helping the new praesidium in the Permanence in Lourdes.

FRANCE
Paris Regia: Members attended the Marian Festival in Lyon. The Vietnamese Curia with 74 active and 355 auxiliaries, reports 6 adults and 1 infant received baptism and 6 people lapsed for many years received the sacrament of penance.
Valence Regia: Montelimar Curia recruited 3 members recently and the Vietnamese Curia in Lyon has 4 praesidia. They visit the sick at home and in hospital, held evenings of prayer, retreats and an outing to Ars to commemorate the Vietnamese martyrs. In Chateauneuuf de Galaure, where the Legion started in 1951, there are now 2 praesidia with a founder member still active. The Eucharist is brought to sick people, Nursing Home residents are brought to Mass and run a junior boys’ praesidium.
Strasbourg Comitium: This Comitium covers a wide area with aging membership. A newsletter is sent to praesidia that do not travel. A new young adults’ praesidium has been set up in the city of Strasbourg and 4 officers appointed. PPC to Dijon and Lourdes and the festival in Lyon were mentioned.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: 5 praesidia have been transferred from South Birmingham Curia to Senatus in order to strengthen the number of praesidia directly affiliated. A non-catholic brought into the Church, street evangelisation enabled a 45-minute talk with 2 Mormons. A new junior praesidium was set up in Coventry Curia. Bristol Curia continues the book barrow apostolate in the city centre. South Birmingham Curia reports 4 Rosary groups in schools and a Patrician group. A family of 5 children have all been baptised with the support of the Legion.
Northampton Comitium has 10 praesidia and 1 curia. A new praesidium was set up in Slough in March. 1 praesidium runs an ANCHOR programme to help parents understand and pass on the faith to their children.
Leicester Curia has 3 praesidia and 43 auxiliary members. Works include the Pilgrim Statue, Baptism instruction, and preparation for First Holy Communion, a book barrow in the city centre contacts University students, and as a result of visiting a bereaved family 4 lapsed Catholics returned to the Church.

Liverpool Senatus: The junior praesidium in Newcastle Comitium has 7 members. Leigh Curia reported visiting the schools. Extension in the Warrington Curia area continues.
Brent and Harrow and Enfield and Haringey Curiae are having a joint Congress on September 21st and the theme is “Grant us a Lively Faith”.

Central London Curia: One praesidium has doubled in the past year following a change of time and day; they do street and park contact work. Another praesidium does crowd contact at Portobello Market and Ladbroke train station. A praesidium visits “resting” Catholics to arrange baptisms and members are learning prayers in foreign languages to help immigrants.
Hammersmith Curia: The praesidium in Shepherd’s Bush undertakes visitation to the sick, elderly and housebound bringing them parish newsletters, holy water and Catholic newspapers. It is well supported by the priests and works well with other organisations.
West Middlesex Curia: Report covered three praesidia with membership of 6, 11 and 4 and all the traditional works of the Legion are done. A recent recruiting drive resulted in 4 new members.
Brentwood Comitium: Brentwood East Curia was saddened this year by the deaths of their Spiritual Director and Curia Treasurer killed in a road accident. Extension and recruiting is on-going, and PPC, Maria Legionis, and preparation for First Holy Communion was mentioned.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: A 2-day summit meeting between the Senatus Officers and the Officers of Munich and Cologne Regiae was held in August and the Senatus had a study day on Christianity/Islam in April. Extension efforts are on-going in the Eritrean and Filipino communities.
Cologne Regia: The new praesidium in Essen cares for 2 Prayer Groups for children. 9 members took the promise in Dusseldorf. Of the 500 people who took part in the consecration to Our Lady in Cologne, half were legionaries; following a 33-day preparation.
Munich Regia has a total of 430 active and over 4000 auxiliary members; the Regia looks after the Legion website for Germany. Extension continues with a new praesidium in Munich Ramersdorf.
Berlin Comitium has a new praesidium and the Korean Curia has 6 praesidia. The Croatian praesidium does contact work at railway stations and promotes Eucharistic Adoration. The 3 German-speaking praesidia helped with PPC projects this year.
Freiburg Comitium has an apostolate to camping parks and prisons. Saarlouis Curia has 3 praesidia, organise Eucharistic Adoration and carry out an apostolate over the Internet. Darmstadt Curia has an apostolate to the sick and dying, and the Frankfurt Korean Curia visits the sick and elderly.

The following 3 countries are under the care of Germany
Liechtenstein: The praesidium in Schaan now has 3 members from Liechtenstein itself.
Luxembourg: A 5-day extension drive held in April by Cologne Regia resulted in the recruitment of 4 active and 10 auxiliaries.
Siberia: The praesidium in Novosibirisk visits the old and sick. Birgit Metzler will visit the Curia there for 10 days during September.

Sweden is caretaken by Liverpool Senatus: Pat Bowler became very ill while visiting Sweden; local legionaries have been visiting her. The Swedish Handbook is practically ready for printing.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium is planning a PPC project for Norway in 2014 and has a new flier on the benefits of Legion membership. The Legion group in Zurich which does not adhere to the Legion system has been asked to cease using the name Legion of Mary.

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia: A new president was elected in June. In Amsterdam a new Portuguese praesidium has been set up with assistance from the Cape Verdian Curia in Rotterdam. 4 legionaries from Birmingham have completed an extension project in Groningen. Anne and Eddie Evers and Sally Chan will do extension in October.

NORWAY
The praesidium in Tonsberg has 7 members, 4 probationers and 14 auxiliaries. Good contact is maintained with the auxiliary members through house and telephone calls to help them say the Rosary and the Legion prayers. Drammen praesidium has 8 members and 14 auxiliaries. They visit the sick and pray the Rosary during home visitation. Extension to the southern part of Norway is planned.

SCOTLAND
Since 2009 Edinburgh Curia has increased in membership from 11 to 14 praesidia and now has 105 members. The Curia has gained access to 6 new Primary Schools. A Marian Evening in Stirling had an attendance of 85. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Praesidium and its Spiritual Director Fr. John Keenan, tackles home visitation, street contact work, the Wayside Club, and a book barrow-cum-coffee stall, together with contact among university students.

GIBRALTAR
Scotland cares for Gibraltar. Bishop Hesketh attended the May meeting and will attend when possible until a new Spiritual Director is appointed. Works include visitation to a Nursing Home day centre, St. Bernard’s Hospital, a psychiatric ward, and a prison. Home and school visitation is done and children prepared for the sacraments.

FINLAND
This country is also under the care of Scotland. In August 14 legionaries took part in a PPC project led by Fr. Michael Kennedy to St. Mary’s parish, Helsinki; over 1200 contacts made, of many religions and nationalities. One young man, a Lutheran, is seriously considering coming into the Church.

WALES
Under the care of Liverpool.
Wrexham Curia: The Year of Faith and auxiliary membership mentioned in all reports. A number of legionaries have had to retire because of failing health.
Cardiff Comitium reports the closure of Merthyr Curia. Cardiff and Abergavenney will cover the area between them. 2 members of the Youth praesidium have both entered religious life, although the praesidium itself has now closed.
Swansea Curia: (in the care of Birmingham Senatus) The Curia has 5 praesidia with 29 active members, 4 probationers and 36 auxiliaries. Works include street rescue, crowd contact and an apostolate to homosexuals.
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AFRICA

EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Bata Comitium: No correspondence from Bata since the last report. News has been received that a third Comitium was set up in Ebebiyin, a good distance from Bata.

Malabo Comitium: The Comitium is preparing for a Congress. The Vice-President was on official business in Madrid recently and took advantage to get in touch with the Senatus and attended a correspondence meeting. It made her more aware of the value of correspondence and the need to keep up to date.

IVORY COAST
Abidjan Senatus: A Curia with 9 praesidia attached gave its annual report. They have 243 active members of whom 52 are praetorians, and 34 auxiliaries of whom 19 are adjutorians. There were 1,500 visits to various locations and made 12,114 contacts of which 6,015 were Catholics and 6,099 of other religions and sects. They also visited 1,643 sick people in hospitals and 2,231 in their own homes. As a result of these contacts, 8 marriages were regularised, 2 returned to practice of their faith, 45 catechumens were recruited bringing the total number of catechumens to 245; 26 were baptised and 5 received the sacrament of Confirmation. The praesidium of 30 members was split and a new praesidium was formed. A retreat for all officers was held from the 26-28 July. Their planned Mission to Mali was deferred until September because of tensions in that country.

CAMEROON
Douala Senatus: In Kumba they are in the process of setting up a junior Curia, and aiming to recruit more auxiliary members. Douala Senatus and Yaounde Regia reported on the Acies ceremonies, one was also held in the prison, where a Curia is in the process of being set up with 200 inmates. Marie Digne de Louange Comitium has a junior Curia with 9 praesidia and a total of 125 members. One legionary, after having left prison, joined the local praesidium. A young man who was originally from Benin and came from a voodoo family, converted to Catholicism after 3 years of efforts. Now a legionary; after many trips back home to Benin, his mother became a convert herself at the age of 95 and in turn convinced other members of the family to do the same.

TOGO
Lome Regia: After making great efforts with extension, 3 Curiae have been elevated to Comitia: Adidogome, Tabligbo and Vogan. The Regia will visit Senegal. A Peregrinatio Pro Christo to Anlogan in Ghana had a team of 36 legionaries from Togo and 3 from Ghana from 16-27 August. Nearly all councils report on having junior praesidia and a new junior Curia was set up in Be-Kpota. A booklet combining the 2012 Concilium allocutios by Fr. Bede has been printed. Some of those have been sent to other councils. 1500 French Handbooks have been sent to Brazzaville.

BRAZZAVILLE
Our Lady of Congo Regia: Visitation of councils and praesidia is undertaken regularly. Reports include large numbers undertaking catechetical instruction and many returns to the sacraments, marriages regularised and requests for baptism. A Curia with 25 praesidia including 2 junior praesidia reports teaching catechism, preparing liturgies and look after the Church. One member acts as sacristan in the parish. For ongoing formation legionaries are reading extracts on ‘Freedom from Witchcraft’ and ‘The Faith of Mary’.
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CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO

GUATEMALA
Camotan Regia: (Under the caretakership of the Senatus of Merida). Two legionaries including the correspondent visited the country recently and a detailed report will be given when the officers come to Dublin in November.

PANAMA
Panama Regia: A rural Curia reported that it plans to set up praesidia in new areas where Churches are under construction. A Legion retreat for the Curia/Regia was held with very good attendance and all were very pleased with the day. Attendance at the Regia meeting over the last three months has been in decline, the point was made in the Concilium letter to the Regia.

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica Senatus: There are 10 Comitia, 18 Curiae and 11 praesidia attached to the Senatus. A retreat is being organised for September. Among other Legion works jail visitation is carried out. They make contact at Agricultural shows, distribute Catholic papers and approach taxi drivers.

NICARAGUA
Managua Regia has 2 Comitia, 4 Curiae, 2 junior Curiae and 17 praesidia attached. The correspondent indicates that the visit by Maribel Guzman and Agustin Luque has strengthened the link between the Concilium and the Regia. The Regia has started putting some of the suggestions into practice e.g. Regia officers working as a team, shorter reports from councils to the Regia meeting, solid apostolate and better participation in the Regia meeting by the body.

EL SALVADOR
San Salvador Senatus: A senior Curia with 13 praesidia has 9 junior praesidia. People met on street contact are encouraged to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Two families who had joined the sects returned to the practice of the faith and one joined the Legion. The Archbishop attended a Mass where 130 children received their First Holy Communion and Confirmation, all had been prepared by the legionaries.

HONDURAS
Tegucigalpa Senatus: The Senatus is back in touch again with Concilium since the visit of the two legionaries from Madrid.

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: 2 Regiae, 5 Comitia, 18 Curiae and 2 praesidia reported. A youth was diagnosed as needing a kidney transplant but after much prayer and accepting the Miraculous Medal, a new kidney was no longer deemed necessary. A number of councils hosted an “Auxiliary Day” on the recommendation of the Senatus. 350 auxiliaries attended one gathering and there were 200 in the Morales Comitium. During street contact apostolate a number of Protestants were met.

Merida Senatus: A Comitium reported 10 new members resulting from street contact and a Curia reported setting up two new praesidia. Members of the sects with whom the legionaries have a friendly exchange of views are met regularly on Legion work, a number of them have returned to the practice of the faith and some have joined the Legion. The Miraculous Medal is used extensively.

Hermosillo Regia: An attached Comitium reported the consecration of homes to the Sacred Heart and they finished by inviting them to receive the Sacraments. A praesidium reported extension in a neighboring diocese.

Monterrey Regia: The Curia Estrella de la Manana continues to help and support 6 new praesidia set up in Zacatecas. 4 new praesidia are in formation in other areas. A young man from Tijuana was prepared for First Communion and is now an active member of the Legion. A Curia reported that they take part in adult catechesis classes with a very good attendance.

Guadalajara Regia: A praesidium reported that they promote the Miraculous Medal Novena and distribute medals after the novena Mass. Another praesidium reported that it helps with the construction of a Church – a type of True Devotion to the Nation work. A junior praesidium of 6 members visits a nursing home with a senior member; they bring a statue of Our Blessed Lady to pray with the residents.

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Visitation to Ukraine by Elisabeth Kriss
September 2013
ELISABETH KRISS

In 2007/2008 Elisabeth Kriss of the Austrian Senatus, took a year’s leave of absence from her teaching job to spread the Legion in a number of counties including the Ukraine.

This year during her summer holidays, Elisabeth spent 6 weeks visiting the various praesidia and councils she had set up. As she says, “Legionaries here are longing for the news from all over the world and for Fr. Bede’s allocutios.”

She will send us a summary of her work when she returns to Austria. Please keep Elisabeth and her work in your prayers.

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Extension Worker in Amsterdam - Sally Chan
September 2013
SALLY CHAN - EXTENSION WORKER IN AMSTERDAM

Since the end of July Sally Chan, a legionary from Hong Kong, has been visiting councils in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Groningen. She has found some of the praesidia to be strong and doing substantial works such as home visitation Patrician meetings, book-barrow apostolate and a praesidium does contact work in the red light district; there are also some praesidia not working according to the Legion Handbook. She has also been involved in encouraging recruiting drives in order to expand the Legion; some with and others without success.

On Sally’s return to Ireland, a more detailed report will be forthcoming. Please do pray for Sally’s work and for the Legion in Holland.

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Visitation to Angola by Concilium
September 2013
VISITATION TO ANGOLA BY CONCILIUM

Two legionaries, Alessandro Pereira de Carvalho and Flavio Antonio da Silva, Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces Senatus, Recife, Brazil accepted the invitation of the Concilium Legionis for a mission of visitation as delegates to Our Lady of Graces Regia, Luanda, Angola from 18th June to 8th July 2013. They found it a marvellous experience to visit that Council and to see the Legion of Mary alive, active, big, strong and faithful to its beginnings. As is known, this country passed through a long period of war, but the faith, courage and determination of the legionaries was able to assure the existence of the Catholic Church in the country, according to the bishops whom they visited and contacted.

Five Dioceses, including two Archdioceses, were visited: in the Archdiocese of Malange, the birthplace of the Legion in the country, there is a Comitium, Our Lady Queen of the Missions. They visited affiliated praesidia and councils; distance is the biggest obstacle; praesidia and councils are very large and structured. They were received in audience by Archbishop Dom Benedito Roberto. In the Diocese of Ndalatando, Province of Kwanza Norte they visited a Comitium and praesidia. They were also received in audience by Dom Almeida Kanda and visited the Diocese of Cabinda where a Comitium has 17 praesidia and 24 Curiae affiliated. They also met with Bishop Dom Filomeno and took part in a meeting with the 3 junior Curiae in the diocese. They held a meeting in the Seminary with the officers of the Comitium and the Spiritual Director, Father Jose Bassansa and took part in Adoration in the Seminary Chapel with 42 seminarians.

In the Archdiocese of Luanda, they met with the Auxiliary Bishop Dom Anastacio Cohango, who was a legionary in the Seminary and also met Auxiliary Bishop Dom Zeferino Zaca Martins. The legionaries visited praesidia and councils and took part in a meeting with junior Curiae and attended the Regia and had a meeting with the Regia and council officers. It was suggested that praesidia and councils be divided so that new ones can arise and be able to continue collaborating in evangelisation. The Legion of Mary helps the country in the social health mobilisation. The jurisdiction of the Regia Our Lady of Graces coordinates 12 Dioceses and 11 provinces. As it is an extensive area, there needs to be higher councils arising to help the administration of the Legion. A large legionary meeting was held in Mulenvos, a space for legionary activities; 3,000 legionaries, more or less, came together. After the meeting, Mass was celebrated by the Spiritual Director of the Regia, Father Cândido.

The two legionaries thanked Our Lord and Our Lady for the graces to carry out the visitation, to the Concilium Legionis, to the legionaries of the Regia in Luanda and for the support of the Bishops, Priest and Religious and also for the prayers of the legionaries of Brazil.

Sile Ni Chochlain, President of the Concilium, expressed gratitude to the two legionaries and their families for releasing them to go on this mission and our appreciation of the great work undertaken by the two legionaries.

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Allocutio at Concilium - August 2013 - Fr. Bede McGregor, OP
September 2013
The Light of Faith

On the feast of St. Peter and Paul on the 29th of June 2013 in the Year of Faith Pope Francis gave us his first encyclical letter on the Light of Faith. The theme of faith is central to Christian existence and is certainly fundamental to the life of the individual legionary and the Legion as a whole. There is no Christian life without faith and certainly no Legion life without faith. So it would be important for us to read, study and pray this new encyclical letter.

The Handbook tells us that the Legion aspires to imitate Mary above all else in her faith: ‘Blessed is she who has believed.’ Let me quote just one of the many passages in the Handbook on Mary’s faith and ours: ‘She pronounced that consent which, though we cannot fully understand, common sense nevertheless tells us that her fiat must have been inconceivably the most heroic act ever performed in the world – such that in all ages no other creature but she could have performed it. Then to her came the Redeemer; not to herself alone, but through her to poor helpless humanity, on behalf of whom she spoke. With him, she brought everything that the faith means, and the faith is the real life of men. Nothing else matters. Everything must be abandoned for it. Any sacrifices must be made to get it. It is the only thing in the world of any worth. Consider, therefore, that the faith of all generations: those that have passed away up to the present and the uncountable millions yet to come: the faith of all has depended on the words of that maiden.’

We have to constantly ask ourselves as legionaries: Is our Catholic faith in practice the most precious gift in our lives? Is our faith the absolute priority in our lives? Every day we pray in our concluding prayer from the Tessera for the great grace to be able to answer ‘yes’ to those challenging questions about faith. We pray: ‘Confer O Lord on us who serve beneath the standard of Mary that fullness of faith in you and trust in her to which it is given to conquer the world.’ And then we repeat six more times our request for faith under various aspects.

But what is this faith that we are talking about? Let us start with some lines from Pope Benedict XVI that great teacher of faith: ‘Christian faith is not only a matter of believing that certain things are true, but above all a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is an encounter with the Son of God that gives new energy to the whole of our existence. When we enter into a personal relationship with Him, Christ reveals our true identity and, in friendship with Him, our life grows towards complete fulfilment.’ I think that in one way or another the whole encyclical of Pope Francis is simply a further elaboration of that teaching of Pope Benedict.

The heading for Chapter One of the Letter is: ‘We have believed in Love.’ Now there is surely nothing more interpersonal than love. Love is the most precious of all relationships. Faith has its origin in the infinitely personal and intimate love of God for each one of us. It is unmerited and indeed underserved and there can be no greater gift than faith in this personal love of God. Faith is always rooted in the fact that God first loved us. Pope Francis writes: ‘Christian faith is thus faith in a perfect love, in its decisive power, in its ability to transform the world and to unfold its history. “We know and believe the love that God has for us” (1Jn 4:16). In the love of God revealed in Jesus, faith perceives the foundation on which all reality and its final destiny rest.’

Let us look once more on the faith of Mary. Her very identity is defined in terms of her relationship to Jesus. As mother and disciple of Jesus, she is totally focused on Him. There is absolutely nothing more precious to her than her relationship to Jesus. And it is precisely this relationship that she wishes to share with all her other children. The spirit of Mary is quintessentially the spirit of faith and therefore the spirit of the Legion must be above all to seek the spirit of faith too.

I have taken only one simple idea from the encyclical letter of Pope Francis on the gift of faith but I do suggest very earnestly that you read the whole letter.

Let me say a word about Frank Duff and the place of faith in his life. He writes of his dear friend Joe Gabbett: ‘He was a person whose like I had never before encountered. For him there existed only one thing: his faith. For this, no sacrifice was too big for him. But what he demanded from himself he also asked from others.’ Those words could be applied to Frank Duff with absolute accuracy. It would surely be a great blessing for the Legion if it could be said that like our Founder that our Catholic faith in every deed is the most precious reality in the life of every Legionary and each one of us has an all consuming desire to share it with others in the spirit of Mary.

Let us conclude in the same way Pope Francis concludes his encyclical letter: ‘Let us turn in prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith.

• Mother help our faith!
• Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognise his voice and call.
• Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise.
• Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith.
• Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature.
• Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One.
• Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
• Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord. Amen.’

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Concilium Reports - August 2013
September 2013
NORTH AMERICA, CANADA AND WEST INDIES

UNITED STATE OF AMERICA
Boston Senatus: Providence Comitium has 18 praesidia and 3 Curiae with 83 active and 217 auxiliary members; New Haven Comitium has 7 praesidia including 1 junior with 47 members. Two Curiae with 8 praesidia and 47 members and another with 35 active members also reported. The Merrimack Korean Curia has 9 praesidia with 76 active and 84 auxiliary members. The works include Sunday school, contacting parents of newly baptised, and home, hospital and prison visitation. A priest who regularly invites parishioners to join the Legion recruited 9 members.

Philadelphia Senatus: All 3 volumes of Gems of Wisdom are very popular. Works in Camden Comitium include book barrow, prison visits and Patricians. Migrant work camps were visited resulting in 14 returns to sacraments and 2 conversions. Another praesidium had 5 conversions and 3 returns to the sacraments. Harrisburg Comitium report 345 non-Catholics met at a Jubilee Day Booth.

Chicago Senatus: The annual May gathering features a conference, crowd contact and the Senatus meeting at which many legionaries from distant councils attended. Noel Lynch was the guest speaker. The Hispanic Curia with 12 praesidia do door to door visitation, teach catechism and evangelise families at funerals. The Korean Comitium recruited 10 active and 8 auxiliaries since their last report. They also had 4 conversions and 3 returns to the sacraments.

Houston Senatus: On behalf of Concilium 3 legionaries from the Senatus visited Belize and gave a report on the visit. They were well received, attended the Acies and visited all 6 praesidia. Archbishop Sheehan presided at Albuquerque Comitium Acies. The Chinese Curia attached to the Senatus had 100 parishioners at a May Crowning ceremony. Another praesidium reports 2 conversions.

St. Louis Senatus: 87 people returned to the Church and 31 active and auxiliary members were gained as a result of legionaries staffing booths at country fairs. 2 prison inmates visited came into the Church and 2 others became auxiliary members.

New York Senatus: Our Lady of Martyrs Curia gained 6 new members in the last quarter. One praesidium does sidewalk book barrow and undertook Exploratio Dominicalis, while another reported contact after Sunday Masses resulting in 3 attending the meeting, 5 becoming auxiliaries and 8 going to Confession.

San Francisco Senatus: North San Mateo Curia has 17 praesidia which includes 3 juniors. It also has a family praesidium giving its 8th report. 5 junior and 15 seniors (including parents) visited 1,411 homes, do book barrow and crowd contact, teach catechism and has 2 Methodists receiving instruction. The parents feel this praesidium greatly aids the formation and religious instruction of their children. The Seminary praesidium one of 13 attached to South San Mateo has 8 members and 1 auxiliary. They do youth ministry, teach catechism and had a barbeque for fellow seminarians.

Arlington Regia: A new praesidium brings to 13 the number attached to the Regia. A new Curia comprising 5 French speaking praesidia was set up by Washington Comitium. The members are immigrants from different French speaking countries. A 2-day Evangelisation project had 80 legionaries contacting 1,000 homes. Much follow up work is undertaken by legionaries in the Regia and Baltimore and Fairfax Comitia who hosted booths at Summer Fairs.

Miami Regia: 37 and 10 visitors attended the April meeting. Visitation of attached praesidia and councils is underway, including Jamaica.

CANADA
Vancouver Comitium: A reporting praesidium of 8 visited 30 new homes as part of their Family Rosary Crusade. Many families report special graces after hosting the statue of the Virgin in their homes. Another praesidium reported helping in a Nursing Home, hosting a video and book lending library which has led to increased interest in religious matters.

Edmonton Comitium: reports a new Korean praesidium in Holden and a Curia of 11 senior and 1 junior praesidia organised a well-attended Corpus Christi procession and leading lay-led liturgies.

Montreal Senatus: All councils were encouraged to undertake annual audits. Works of consolation, promoting adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and extension featured.

Toronto Senatus: The Korean Comitium has 6 Curiae attached with 75 praesidia with 778 active members. Winnipeg Comitium reported a retired teacher became a legionary due to the exemplary behaviour of students who were junior legionaries. Praesidia of 9 and 11 members reported on crowd contact, visiting bus shelters and shopping malls, as well as doing door to door visits and running junior praesidia.

WEST INDIES
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo Senatus: Concilium visitors Conso Tello and Javier de Frutos were welcomed to the meeting. Reporting praesidia and Curiae were visiting prisons, preparing people for the sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony and children for 1st Holy Communion as well as visiting homes, hospitals and prisons. 2 couples, one after 20 years and another after 54 years had their marriages blessed by the Church. Maria Immaculata Curia has 50 members in 3 praesidia. In Arca de la Alianza Curia with 7 praesidia, 130 members, 69 auxiliaries, 24 adjutorians and 8 praetorians evangelised 1600 prisoners and 265 children were prepared for 1st Holy Communion.

Santiago de los Caballeros Senatus: heard reports with homes, hospital and prisons being visited. Catechism taught to children and preparation for all Sacraments including pre-Baptismal courses for parents and godparents. A young drug addict was helped to leave a life of drugs and prostitution is now a active member and daily communicant.

HAITI
Haiti Senatus: 2 Comitia, a Curia and a seminary praesidium reported. The councils had celebrated their 50th and 60th anniversaries this year. Works include home visitation, including those still living in tents, the sick and elderly at home and accompany the priest on sick calls. Hospitals, orphanages, prisons and the bereaved are visited; junior praesidia are being set up, catechism and counselling feature widely in reports.

PORTO RICO
Puerto Rico Senatus: Manati Comitium report having 10 Patrician groups, 2 young couples returned to their faith and are now evangelising among other young couples. Youth and adults are instructed and prepared for the Sacraments. A recently revived praesidium is working in a dangerous area. A Pentecostal convert is now an active member. Those who can’t are helped to fill in official documents.
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EUROPE
SPAIN
Madrid Senatus:
The Senatus has a very active website and also publishes a monthly bulletin. The Bishop of Alcala de Henares has asked legionaries to work in the red light area and is also to recommend the Legion to parish priests. The Seville Curia does home visitation and street contact work and Tenerife Curia uses the book barrow and promotes Radio Maria. Pacita Santos, the envoy who set up the Legion in Spain is still remembered; the current Senatus bulletin carries many of the suggestions she made to the first Spanish legionaries over 50 years ago. Four Senatus legionaries carried out two Concilium visits to Central America.

Bilbao Senatus: Legionaries in Oviedo learned the sign language and help 2 deaf boys. The Basauri Curia celebrated its 50th anniversary. They work with youth and run a Patrician group with a nun as the Spiritual Director as there is no priest available. Durango Curia has a junior praesidium and a pre-juveniles group. An ex drug prisoner is being helped.

Barcelona Senatus: Members of a praesidium reported learning the sign language in order to help deaf people. They visit multiple sclerosis patients and teach them to paint. The Curia in Zaragoza helps refugees. Two legionaries are catechists. Legionaries have found employment for some people. Works reported are acting as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, helping in a laundry for the homeless and refugees and giving them language lessons in Spanish and Catalan. A Curia in Reus helps to keep the Church doors open.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: A new praesidium was set up in Benfica and another praesidium of 13 members has 6 praetorians. Work is undertaken with destitute families and people with drug related problems. Trained catechists prepared 18 children for the Sacraments including 2 for baptism. Schools are visited to enrol children for catechetical instruction; 3 catechists teach 65 children. The Oporto Regia with 16 praesidia has 4 Comitia and 2 Curia attached. The Regia is working at extension in 6 areas. 3 priests have agreed to Columban Drives in their parishes. Braga Comitium is to set up a junior Curia and in the Azores families are visited seeking children for baptism.

ITALY
Rome Senatus: On behalf of the Concilium two experienced members of the Senatus, Antonietta Della Manna and Franco Morra, represented the Legion at a special meeting of the Pontifical Council of the Laity to discuss the holding of a Congress of ecclesial movements in 2014 with the theme “A New Pope, a New Beginning”. In his June allocutio, the Spiritual Director Mgr. La Rosa spoke of Frank Duff’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and urged the consecration of families to the Sacred Heart and the use of the Miraculous Medal.
Milan Regia: Genoa Comitium has a new praesidium. The Filipino praesidium in Turin reported the aftercare of parents and children, 12 of whom received 1st Holy communion and 22 Confirmation. In Milan work is done at Central Station and in Parco Nord. Most praesidia have some praetorians. There is good rapport with Hospital Chaplains and visits to mental patients are welcomed.
Padova Comitium: In Verona the Nigerian praesidium with over 30 members divided and formed a new praesidium of 18 members and 4 probationers. They visit the prison, distributing bibles and Rosaries and hope to start a junior praesidium.

CYPRUS
The praesidium in Limassol has 20 members; they visit homes and hospitals and promote devotion to the Sacred Heart. A convert has joined the Legion. The 3 praesidia in Nicosia have good membership. Works include block Rosaries, hospital visitation, street and park contact. Larnaca was visited to seek permission to start a praesidium.

MALTA
Malta Regis: The new Auxiliary Bishop of Malta attended a combined Acies for all the Maltese legionaries. An Italian speaking praesidium with 9 members and 42 auxiliaries has an apostolate to the Italian community. Two retreats were organised for auxiliaries. A praesidium of 8 members has a monthly Rosary in a red light district followed by contact work. This praesidium also has an apostolate of the sea and organises masses and confessions. Over 100 Masses were celebrated on different ships. Monthly talks on the life of Frank Duff have an attendance of 15 to 20. Works in some of the Curiae are recitation of the Rosary in clubs, flats and outdoor places; 11 families were consecrated to the Sacred Heart. An attached praesidium organises daily Mass in a home for the elderly.
Gozo Comitium: The Bishop of Gozo attended the Annual General Reunion. He asked legionaries to pray for religious vocations and asked for more commitment to recruiting. A meeting was held for Spiritual Directors and a mid-week retreat for legionaries who cannot attend on a Sunday.

ALBANIA
Legionaries from Malta visited Albania. The Legion is in 4 of the 5 Dioceses. Skhroder Comitium has 27 directly attached praesidia, 3 Curiae and 2 distant praesidia. Separate meeting were held with the Officer of the 3 Curiae and the Comitium. A praesidium of 15 members visited is functioning well and carrying out the apostolate in pairs. The Bishop of Pristina in Kosovo was asked for permission to establish the Legion in his Diocese and given a Legion Handbook. A young priest there is ready to assist.

GREECE
There are 2 praesidia in Thessalonica, one Greek speaking which includes some Italians and the other English speaking. There are 2 senior and 1 junior praesidia in Rhodes.
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AFRICA
KENYA
Kenya Senatus:
Young legionaries walked from the city to Venerable Edel Quinn’s grave for the anniversary Mass on 12 May. Legionaries from Uganda and Tanzania and all parts of Kenya attended. Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa, Bishop of Ngong Diocese was chief celebrant. Machakos Comitium set up 3 councils and had 878 returns to the sacraments, 91 marriages validated, 940 adults prepared for Confirmation, 296 lapsed legionaries returned to the apostolate and 101 joined the catechism class. Kisumu Regia had 2035 returns to the sacraments, 1334 adults prepared for baptism and 433 marriages validated. Prisoners, disabled people and the aged are visited regularly and 197 alcoholics and traditional brewers were contacted and 37 left the trade and became sober. 5 Praesidia were set up.

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: Six of the 12 praesidia which reported have an average of 20. Works include teaching catechumens, encouraging lapsed Catholics to return to the sacraments, visiting the sick and helping in Church. The Senatus has 12 praesidia, 8 Curiae and 17 Comitia in Blantyre Archdiocese and 4 Regiae governing the Legion in Lilongwe Archdiocese and in the dioceses of Mangochi, Dedza, Mzuzu and Karonga and 9 Comitia in Zomba and Chikwawa. The Senatus works efficiently with help from correspondents and does regular council visitation. Workshops held during the Year of Faith had attendances from 100-500.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: 2013 has been a special year for anniversaries as in May the Church celebrated the centenary of the first priest ordained in Uganda. In May also the Senatus celebrated 50 years in existence. While in July the Legion marked the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Edel Quinn in Uganda and on September 14th celebrations will take place in Lugazi Diocese where she set up the first praesidium. This praesidium, in a Teachers’ Training College, is still working away and there are many other praesidia and councils in Tertiary Institutions, throughout Uganda. In planning these events the Senatus has put much emphasis on simplicity and spirituality.

NIGERIA
Ibadan Senatus: The 5 seminary praesidia are not included as they are on standing apology due to seminary commitments. The officers hope to discuss this with the rector soon. One Comitium reported 3 conversions and a Jehovah Witness under instruction, while another Comitium had 385 marriages rectified, 1200 legionaries at an Alfie Lambe Mass and 1450 at a Frank Duff Mass. Most of the work of junior members involves cleaning, but some hospital visitation is done.

Abuja Senatus: A Comitium reported that some prisoners, who had converted, were released early. A praesidium in a police barracks had 2 conversions, 3 lapsed returned, 3 marriages rectified and 5 members took the Promise.

Enugu Senatus: A Regia with 17 attached praesidia, 14 Curiae, 4 junior Curiae and 5 Comitia have 7296 seniors of whom 1610 are Praetorians and 1193 juniors. As a result of Exploratio Dominicalis projects, 48 people were prepared for First Holy Communion, 7 lapsed returned, 11 family disputes were settled, 24 couples married in Church and 14 members were recruited. Among the works reported were 915 adults prepared for Baptism, 2399 for Holy Communion, 2264 for Confirmation and 405 couples were helped marry in Church, 1058 members recruited and 2 Comitia and a senior Curia were established.

Jos Regia: A Curia with 12 senior praesidia and 1 junior Curia has 144 probationers and reported 3 marriages blessed, 66 prepared for Sacraments, and 15 lapsed returned.

Onitsha Regia: One Comitium prepared 340 for Baptism, 407 for Holy Communion, 25 for Confirmation and 131 couples were helped marry in Church, 136 members were recruited and 4 senior and 2 junior praesidia were set up. An attached Students’ Curia has 10 Praesidia

Ikot Ekpene Regia organised a successful officers’ training course in Port Harcourt. The Major Seminary in Ikot Ekpene has a Curia.

Kaduna Regia: Works include home, prison, orphanage, hotel and hospital visitation, the latter included visits to those badly injured as a result of the bomb blasts last year. They report 3082 Baptised, 3615 received first Holy Communion, 460 had their marriages blessed in Church, 295 marriage cases were settled, 329 lapsed returned and 158 were converted. Juniors, council visitation, Exploratio Dominicalis and Peregrinatio Pro Christo type projects figure in many reports and polygamy is a big problem encountered during the projects.

Lagos Regia: A new Curia was formed to help improve attendance, but the opposite has been the case. Apparently, many arrive late for the meeting and if it’s after the Catena they are not marked present. A Comitium with 2579 members, 83% of whom are under 40, reported 145 couples had marriages blessed. Another Comitium formed a new Curia and 12 praesidia were started in the area. Nearly 7,000 were contacted on crowd contact. The Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. Martins has restored the 3-year term for officers of councils in the archdiocese.

LIBERIA
All Curia Officers were present at the January meeting and 9 Praesidia were represented. A new praesidium reported in November visited homes and 2 clinics praying with the patients. It was reported that a lady met on visitation who converted, died soon after receiving Baptism. On Pentecost Sunday Archbishop Michael Francis died following a long illness, he had struggled for Justice and Peace for almost 30 years.

TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Regia: A report heard of the promotion of the Legion carried out at Masses on 24th February by Legionaries from Segerea Senior Seminary. There was very good co-operation from priests and approximately 700 were recruited including 182 youth. 9 praesidia were set up, are being monitored and are doing well. A seminar on Legionary duties was held in April and praesidia undertook a Novena to Edel from 3-11 May concluding with Mass on 12th.
Mtwara Comitium: In January concern was expressed that as the constitution of the country was undergoing a review, freedom of worship could be endangered while at the March meeting Legionaries were asked for continued prayer for Peace in their region and country as there had been riots and burnings and some attacks on priests.
Mbeya Comitium: A new Curia has been set up and the membership is now 1641. Their youth effort is drawing new members and they included a detailed timetable on recruiting in parishes. Other works include visiting sick people at home and in hospital and helping married couples in difficulties.
Hai Moshi Comitium: Reports include home/hospital visitation and looking after juniors, helping settle marriage disputes, preparing adults and children for the Sacraments and teaching children Catechism. There were many returns to the Sacraments and marriages blessed.
Kahama Comitium: After a long silence a letter in June gave full details of the Acies ceremony in May. There were 166 present and the ceremony went very well. During the Acies the priest praised the role of the Legion in serving the Church worldwide.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: Works include visitation of homes, hospitals, orphanages and prisons and supervising juniors. They report one family returned to the Church, a couple had their marriage blessed, a Jehovah Witness couple with marital problems were reconciled and one person received the Sacrament of the Sick.
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Peregrinatio Pro Christo Project to France
August 2013
A Peregrinatio Pro Christo Project took place to St. Emilion, France from 9th to 16th May 2013. The team consisted of 8 Irish legionaries and had the help of French legionaries every day. The work was home to home visitation and the reception was generally friendly with some legionaries being invited into homes. Three priests joined the team for two days working with the Irish legionaries. Visitation was completed in 12 villages.

An information meeting had 25-30 attendees and about 10 at the second meeting. Catechesis is taught in the parish and 5 pairs of legionaries visited over 100 children and spoke about the Miraculous Medal, the Legion of Mary and the sacraments.

The Mass on the final evening was attended by approximately 100 people. The Parish Priest, L’Abbe Emeric de Rozieres, hopes to set up 3 senior and some junior praesidia in his parishes which consist of 16 villages. He was very grateful for the project and thanked the legionaries for their dedicated work for Our Blessed Lady.
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Visitation to Concilium by Maltese Legionaries
August 2013
The Concilium had great pleasure in welcoming the Officers and Correspondents of the Malta Regia which included their President John Francalanza, Secretary Ruby Cuschiere, Treasurer Joe Micallef Assistant Secretary Doris Borg, Assistant Treasurer Margaret Muscat and two Correspondents Felicia Saliba and Paul Vassallo.

In the Malta Regia there are 1 Comitium, 10 senior Curiae, 2 Junior Curiae and 12 praesidia affiliated. The Regia caretakes five countries on behalf of the Concilium. Their works are many and varied for example legionaries visits prisons, ships, refugee camps, contact with tourists along with the usual works of home, hospital, statue visitation. The Legion is the strongest religious organisation in the country.

A meeting was held with Concilium officers on the Saturday prior to the Concilium meeting, which they found very useful and a great number of ideas were exchanged. Sile Ni Chochlain, President of Concilium, thanked the legionaries for their dedicated work and the care they take of countries under their care.

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Allocutio at July Concilium Meeting by Fr. Bede McGregor OP
August 2013
The Legion and Youth
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This month the Church will celebrate the 28th World Youth Day. Blessed John Paul II wrote that: ‘World Youth Day is the Church’s Day for youth and with youth. This idea is not an alternative to ordinary youth ministry, often carried out with great sacrifice and self-denial. Indeed, it intends actually to consolidate this work by offering new encouragement for commitments, objectives which foster ever greater involvement and participation. By aiming to foster greater fervour in apostolate among young people, on no account does the Church desire to isolate them from the rest of the community, but rather make them the protagonists of an apostolate which will spread to the other ages and situations of life in the ambit of “New Evangelisation.”

I think it might be useful for us to reflect, in the context of World Youth Day, on the place and role of young people in the Legion. Certainly this is one of the major themes of the Handbook and perhaps today in some parts of our Legion world this is an especially urgent and important topic. Pope John Paul tells us: ‘The principal objective of the World Youth Days is to make the person of Jesus the centre of the faith and life of every young person so that he may be their constant point of reference and also the inspiration of every initiative and commitment for the education of the new generations. This is the slogan of every Youth Day ... the Days have been like an uninterrupted and pressing call to build life and faith upon the rock, who is Christ.’

Let us ask the question: Is one of the principal objectives of every praesidium in all actuality to make the person of Jesus the centre of the faith and life of every young person. Is Jesus the constant reference point and inspiration of every Legion initiative and apostolate? There is absolutely nothing better that the Legion can offer young people, indeed anyone, than a meeting with Jesus. This is the quintessential mission of Mary; this is her eternal apostolate, to give Jesus to every human being. This is therefore the mission and identity of the Legion. This is what Frank Duff means when he says the Legion is pure Christocentrism. This is the key to understanding the Handbook in which we read: ‘References to our Blessed Lord have not been indexed; for every word of this 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 and no less than the poet be able to exclaim: ‘I see his blood upon the rose and in the stars the glory of his eyes.’

Another characteristic of World Youth Days is the spirit of joy. Pope John Paul II writes: ‘World Youth Days have proved themselves to be not conventional rites but providential events, occasions for young people to profess and proclaim their faith in Christ with ever greater joy.’ Let us ask ourselves is joy an authentic characteristic of our Legion meetings? Can we recruit new members especially among the young if there is very little evident joy and friendship in our ranks. Mary is the Cause of our Joy. In union with her we must be a cause of joy if we are going to attract new members, especially young ones to the Legion.

As we know, the quotations in the Handbook from the saints and a whole variety of spiritual writers are carefully chosen and very significant. There is a lovely quotation about St. Francis that really sets a great headline for us legionaries: ‘Francis’ entire life was attended to this basic note of joy. With imperturbable calmness and cheerfulness of mind he sang to himself and to God songs of joy in his heart. His ceaseless endeavour was to keep himself interiorly and exteriorly in a joyous mood. In the intimate circle of his brothers he likewise knew how to sound the pure key note of joyfulness and to make it swell to such full harmony that they felt themselves raised to an almost heavenly atmosphere. The same joyful note pervaded the converse of the saint with his fellow men. Even his sermons in spite of their burden of penance became hymns of gladness, and his mere appearance was an occasion of festive joy for all classes of people.’ I feel sure that Frank Duff kept this ideal before himself and succeeded to a considerable extent to live up to it. He also put it in the Handbook for us legionaries to live it too.

Let me conclude this Allocutio on the Legion and Youth by simply quoting a passage from the Handbook that I think sums up a great deal of the Legion approach to youth: ‘Eligible persons may be deterred from joining because the atmosphere of the praesidium is excessively staid or stiff or otherwise uncongenial to them.

‘The Legion does not restrict its membership to the young, but the young must be specially sought for and catered for. If the Legion does not attract them, it is largely failing in its purpose, for the movement which does not appeal to the young will never exert a wide influence. Furthermore, the young are the key to the future. Therefore, the reasonable tastes of youth must be understood and allowed for. Bright, generous, enthusiastic youth must not be kept out by setting up standards which are inappropriate to the young or which may be nothing else than kill-joy standards.’ Frank Duff could really pack a punch when he needed to do so.
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Concilium Bulletin - July 2013
August 2013
REPORTS

AFRICA
BURUNDI
The Gitega Senatus reports 2 new praesidia directly affiliated. Thanks are due to the efforts of young legionaries from the Paramedical School and the Lyceum Muzinzire. Two new Comitia were formed in the diocese, one at Bugenyuzi and the other at Shombo. The Year of Faith was inaugurated for the legionaries and faithful of northern Burundi on 7th November 2012, anniversary of Frank Duff, with Mass including a homily by newly ordained Fr. Zabulon Nzimenya, a former legionary. Former Envoy, Adriana Nahimana, attended a recent Senatus meeting and exhorted the legionaries to be faithful to meetings, to apostolic work and to obedience. Concern was expressed at the attitude of independence emanating from the Regia of Bujumbura where there has been no communication since January 2012. A national Congress will be held in August, which will include a meeting of all Diocesan Spiritual Directors and where the requirements of the Episcopal Conference in regard to lay movements is to be dealt with.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui Senatus: The minutes indicate the apostolate takes in every sort of problem from prostitution, family break-up, lapsing from practice and conversion. They also show a vibrant junior movement. The Songo Handbook has been checked by one of the Bishops and should be ready for printing soon. However, the country needs our prayer and our support at the moment.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Butembo Senatus: Due to civil unrest attendance at the February meeting was low but attendance at the March and April meetings were back to normal with an average of 80 officers attending. Four reports from Dioceses of Mahagi and 5 from Butembo received by the Senatus. Works undertaken for these months included 610 baptised as Christians, sick visited, 148 marriages celebrated, catechism instruction, children were taught their prayers, drug and alcohol addicts counseled. Vocations to the Priesthood and religious life are brought about as a result of membership. Attached Comitia reports have 928 members and 1039 auxiliaries with similar works. The Senatus held a training session for Curia officers. There are 8992 active members, 907 auxiliaries, 2,273 probationers in Lubero Regia. One junior Curia has 200 active, 57 auxiliary and 318 probationary members.

Bukavu Senatus: Report tell of extension being carried out in Goma and Shabunda and in the Comita of Mulamba, Walungu, Mugogo and Birava. Other works are instigating the return to the Sacraments of 150 Christians; the baptism of 101 babies, 105 youth and 200 adults; the preparation of 1121 people for different sacraments; the return to the Catholic faith of 9 Protestants; the regularisation of 130 illegal marriages; mediation with 60 families; administering the Sacrament of the Sick in 56 emergency cases. There is mention that a training session is being organised for prospective candidates to officership in the Senatus.

Kananga Senatus: The Spiritual Director in his March allocutio pointed out that the Acies falls in the Lenten season, a time for self examination and correction of faults. All Saints Curia celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2014 and has held 561 meetings to date which means that only 11 meetings were missed despite civil unrest bordering on war at times. Auxiliary membership is very small.

MAURITIUS
Mauritius Regia: The Port Louis Comitium reports works of councils attached include teaching catechism, preparation of children for the sacraments, home visitation, organising Rosaries and prayer groups and accompanying priests bringing Holy Communion to the sick. Much emphasis is being placed on the importance and encouragement of new members and the youth in order to insure the survival of the Legion. The Acies was held in all areas around the 25th March. A training day for members was organised in February, the theme being ‘The Apostolate”.

REUNION
Reunion Island: Reports from the various councils indicate works of visitation to homes, hospitals, people living alone and the aged, bringing Holy Communion to the sick and teaching catechism. A suicidal lady was brought to a Legion meeting and with the help and friendship of legionaries has improved and has now taken her Legion promise.

RWANDA
Rwanda Senatus: The Senatus has set up their own website. Kabgay Comitium established in 1957 has 40 Curiae, 26 attached praesidia with 4,624 active, 2,835 auxiliary and 1,997 junior members. 13 lapsed Catholics were brought back into the Church, one new Curia was set up and there was mention of some girls being approached to encourage them to give up the life on the streets.

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PARAGUAY
Asuncion Senatus: 89 legionaries participated in a Peregrinatio Pro Christo (PPC) project to Caacupe. A Comitium established in 2011 has set up 5 senior and 4 junior praesidia in the past year. 6 praesidia hold Patrician meetings, there are prison praesidia in both male and female institutions. A praesidium set up in a Nursing Home is working well. Under the banner of ‘True Devotion to the Nation’ the Legion organises groups of workers to engage in road repairs. A praesidium with 10 members teaches catechesis to young couples. 49 Semillero (junior) groups comprise 485 members.

BOLIVIA
La Paz Senatus: Each praesidium does Exploratio Dominicalis once a year. Usually many praesidia take part in these projects. A weak praesidium got a temporary “loan” of 5 legionaries. Legionaries, who are Ministers of the Eucharist, visit in pairs and stay a little while praying and speaking with the families. Contact has been made with the families of street people encouraging them to return to normal life. A True Devotion to the Nation project involved organising those with special needs into teams to wash cars as a means of income. As a result, a legionary brother received special recognition from the Lord Mayor.

CHILE
Santiago Senatus: Council and praesidium visitation is done in a true family spirit, the visitors gaining from the visit as well as giving advice. Visits to distant councils sometimes take three days so as to have ample time to discuss all aspects of the council. Those baptised are encouraged to be active in the apostolate, be it in the Legion or other Catholic associations. Legionaries, with the help of locals, rebuilt their parish church which collapsed in a recent earthquake.

CUBA
Havana Comitium: Two legionaries from Merida visited Cuba earlier this year. The Comitium is very weak. Although civil authorities are more relaxed towards religion, legionaries continue to do works like reading in church and singing in the choir. The visitors offered to do street contact or home visitation near the Churches but they had excuses, distances, no time etc. Good transport seems to be still a big problem. The Legion exists in 4 of the 11 dioceses in Cuba.

COLOMBIA
Medellin Senatus: The Comitium in Rionegro pays great attention to nurseries where they teach children their first prayers; other works include street contact, home visitation and catechesis. Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Curia carries out various apostolates including visiting geriatric homes and homes for incapacitated babies and children. They help youths suffering from substance addictions while catechesis is given to street children. Contact was made in market places.
Bogota Senatus: During this period 2 Regia, 5 Comitia and 2 praesidia reported. An attached Regia reported a praesidium in a seminary and legionaries carry out an apostolate to soldiers but there is no detailed information. A praesidium of 10 members, 7 of whom are between the ages of 18 and 40 yrs. carry out a great pre-sacramental catechesis for all ages and using a children’s bible for the youngsters.

PERU
Lima Senatus: The Lima Senatus had 17 directly attached praesidia; the February minutes indicated that steps had been taken to set up two new Curiae reducing the number of praesidia to six..

URUGUAY
Montevideo Senatus: Uruguayan legionaries travelled to Buenos Aires and participated in a Rosary at Alfie Lambe’s grave on Jan 21st. 3 Columban Drives resulted in 2 new members. The Bishop of Salto Diocese has given permission for a new Comitium there. Mention is made of the use of a book barrow and the re-activation of some praesidia.

VENEZUELA
Caracas Senatus: Stations of the Cross were held with the police participating. A new praesidium of 8 members was set up in Machique. In April the reports included 7 conversions, a Maria et Patria project, the use of a book barrow and Patrician meetings with 30 to 40 attendees.

ECUADOR
Quito Senatus: A new Curia was set up in Ambato where the Legion originally started, while in Guayaquil 3 new praesidia were established. 23 adults took the promise during the year. 2 Curiae attached to the Esperaldas Comitium have been disbanded but they hope to re-establish them. Talks are given to those preparing for marriage, to godparents and to the unemployed while contact is made with taxi-drivers and in funeral parlours.
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PHILIPPINES
Mindanao Senatus: The Legion is very much involved in catechesis of children and in one council this resulted in 7 children and their parents returning to the practice of their faith. A Curia organised a ceremony wherein 114 couples renewed their marriage vows. A Regia with 43 directly attached bodies was advised to form more governing councils. The correspondent advised councils to prioritise Legion membership over other faith based organisations as membership is suffering due to divided loyalties.

Bicolandia Senatus: The theme of the Biennial Conference held in May was “Faith as a Journey that lasts a Lifetime”. Reports on home visitation resulted in 10 marriage validations, 435 adults encouraged to return to Mass, 167 children helped to attend Mass and enthronement of the Sacred Heart promoted. Catechism is taught in Naga Central School and the praesidium in the Naga Jail was visited.

Western Visayas Senatus: Attached to the Senatus are 14 praesidia, 15 Curiae and 13 Comitia. Reports show great efforts on work and dedication to detail. Exploratio Dominicalis, home and hospital visitation, prison visitation, teaching catechism in State schools, baptism of young and old is widely reported. A Mormon family, Jehovah Witness, 7th Day Adventist and Muslims were converted. Mgr. Claudio Sale, Senatus Spiritual Director urged all legionaries to recruit auxiliaries.

Northern Philippines Senatus: Manila Comitium covers 44 parishes. Affiliated to the Comitium are 9 senior Curiae, 11 senior praesidia (4 institutional) and a junior Curia with 10 praesidia. Visitation of over 3,000 families resulted in 37 marriages validations, 93 baptisms, 215 confirmations and 12 conversions. Vigan Comitium celebrated prisoner awareness month. They held a Eucharistic celebration in the prison, gave a talk on the ‘Year of Faith’ and the life of St. Pedro, the newly canonised Filipino saint.

Antipolo Regia has 5,172 actives members, 4 senior and 5 junior praesidia. 9 juniors graduated to senior ranks and 2 entered the convent/seminary. Other councils held Exploratio Dominicalis projects, Congresses and 5 holiday apostolates.

Cebu Senatus: Councils and praesidia together report hundreds of baptisms, marriage validations and catechism taught in a large number of schools. Home and hospital visitation is extensive and street contact is undertaken. 165 children were baptised, 350 school based children catechised and 27 recruited for active membership. 27 mothers were taught how to pray the Rosary and 20 helped prepare for confession. With the help of legionaries, a HIV patient abandoned by her family received the sacraments of confession, communion and anointing of the sick. She died 5 days later after that grace filled day. The encouragement of legionaries, after many visits to a sick elderly couple who had fallen from their faith was rewarded when finally they received the sacraments. Shortly afterwards the husband died and his wife was very grateful to the legionaries. A Born again Christian mother was converted and her 5 children are now baptised. 2 Protestants converted and an Aglipayan believer.

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Comitium: The annual audit for 2012 was submitted. The Acies and a commemoration Mass was celebrated for Venerable Edel Quinn. A 14-member praesidium in Toowoomba holds well-attended Patrician meetings. Visitation will take place to praesidia in Cairns, Ayr and Gordan. Some distant praesidia are unable to attend the Comitium meetings. Works report visitation of homes, hospitals and nursing homes, teaching catechism in schools, enthronement of the Sacred Heart and Rosary and statue apostolate.

Sydney Senatus: Home visitation is the general apostolate in each parish and one area had 15 baptisms. A stall is staffed in the local shopping centre and auxiliaries recruited. Praesidia membership is small. Extension to two parishes resulted in new praesidia. Great progress has been made in East Timor. The Bishop gave the visitors a warm welcome and so far 2 new praesidia have been set up. A legionary who speaks Indonesian is being sent by the Senatus. As sects from Brazil are working in East Timor, the Bishop is very anxious to have the Legion there. Solomon Islands are being visited.

Melbourne Senatus: An extension worker has been appointed by the Senatus for the Diocese of Sandhurst and the Bishop has written to every parish priest. The number of Korean praesidia is growing and they are catered for in 2 Curiae. Flemington Comitium, mainly Vietnamese, has 14 attached praesidia and 3 Curiae. There are 2 Curia in Tasmania with 6 and 2 praesidia respectively.

Pacific Islands: The Legion in New Caledonia is very active. The priests rely on them to prepare people for the sacraments as some parishes have no residential priests. The Senatus visit the islands every 6 months. A visit was made to Majuro in the Marshall Islands where there is a Curia with 3 praesidia.

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: An officers’ training day was held in April. A pilgrimage to Totara Point, Motuti where the First Mass was celebrated in NZ by Bishop Pompallier and where he is buried had an attendance of 200 both senior and junior legionaries. Through home visitation a lapsed family with 5 children returned to the Church and are all now preparing for the sacraments of reconciliation and confirmation. All praesidia in parishes are very involved with training altar servers, funeral teams, children’s liturgy and the choir. Wellington Comitium was visited by the Senatus. All 4 officers were encouraged to take responsibility for their own office and not be depending on one person. A praesidium with 7 members run the sacramental programme and prepared 17 young Maori boys for baptism. 60 children are being taught catechism after Sunday Mass in 5 classes. The Samoan Curia has 10 senior and 2 junior praesidia.
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GHANA
Accra Senatus and a number of attached councils continue to organise monthly Frank Duff beatification prayer sessions. A man who tried to attack legionaries who were on Legion work was later contacted and attended Mass and is now attending Catechism classes. A praesidium reported that a recently released Liberian prisoner asked to become a Catholic; he said that only Catholics visited him during his 7 years in Prison.
Kumasi Regia instructed 459 catechumens and 708 children attend Sunday school organised by the legionaries in the various parishes. 165 of the contacts encountered on home/hostel visitation undertook catechism instruction. 156 attended a New Year retreat organised by the Regia. The Regia organised ‘Legion week’ with the theme “The New Evangelisation: the Priests and Laity “and had an average daily attendance of 113.

ANGOLA
Benguela Senatus: The Bishop Emeritus of Benguela, Dom Oscar Braga, attended the March and April Senatus meetings. Officers of several distant councils attended also. In April a Curia was divided; the new Curia has 12 praesidia. More than 3,000 legionaries took part in a pilgrimage for the Year of Faith. Six priests were available for Confession, in an email the Senatus President says that the Legion in their area, including the area of their attached Regiae is very vibrant, with bishops, priests, religious and catechists giving great encouragement to the legionaries. The Senatus is considering holding a Congress. He said the young people continue to stick with the Legion and the Lubango Regia set up a Junior Comitium in May.

Luanda Regia: Flávio António da Silva and Alessandro Pereira de Carvalho, from the Recife Senatus, Brazil, made a visit of almost three weeks from 19 June to 9 July to the Luanda Regia area and were very pleased with the quality and extent of the Legion there. An attached Curia reported on visitation of more than 3,000 people at home; visits to over 5,000 sick people in hospital and 200 sick people at home. Holy Communion was brought to some sick people at home.

MOZAMBIQUE
Maputo Regia: The minutes show reports presented by a number of Curiae but there are no details shown. It is also mentioned that some Curiae were visited by other Curiae. The Regia made some visits also and set up a new Curia.

Quelimane: In May an email was received saying that the Curia of Coalane is the new Comitium from 14 April this year. The Comitium was presented to the Bishop, who is expected to appoint a new Spiritual Director. The correspondent asked for some details of officers and of praesidia and councils as the approval of the Concilium is required. During the Concilium visit in 2011, the Curia of Coalane was suggested as a Comitium to replace the existing Comitium, which was not being run on correct lines, although the Legion had grown very considerably in the Diocese of Quelimane, mainly due to the work of one very dynamic person and some others.

CABO VERDE
Cabo Verde Regia: Report from this Regia includes Guinea Bissau on mainland Africa. Attendance at Regia meetings is 80% and active membership continues high in spite of loss of membership through large scale, emigration, illness etc with almost 8000 active members of a population of half a million. Among results reported were the prevention of 7 abortions and 3 suicides, help to the parish priest to set up a parish council, the conversion of many prisoners, 52 reconciliations among neighbours. A special effort is made to recruit children for catechesis with over 4,000 registered this year.

LESOTHO
Average attendances have been 20% for council officers and 39% for praesidium officers. Mother of the Church Comitium reported eleven auxiliaries attended a meeting organised for them.

ZIMBABWE
Hwange Comitium: The bishop gave the Comitium permission to meet again and he attended the first meeting. After a long silence minutes have been received from Kadoma Curia. A new Curia “Mary Queen of Peace” was established at St Martin’s parish near Mutare, contact has been established with one of the legionaries there.

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg Senatus: Plans are underway for celebrating 80 years of the Legion in Johannesburg on 12th October. Home, hospital and hospice visitation is undertaken. In certain areas home visitation is a major problem because of safety. 40 new members are entering the Catholic Church due to the prayers and recruitment of legionaries. Extension efforts resulted in setting up a new praesidium. A legionary is studying for the Priesthood and another member is entering a convent. Problems: A large number of praesidia officers do not attend the Senatus meeting and some attached Curiae fail to send in their reports on time.

Cape Town Senatus: A very successful day retreat was organised for the Senatus praesidia. Visitation of attached praesidia is undertaken on a regular basis. Two new praesidia have been established and permission is being sought to set up more praesidia in Cape Town. The Senatus is working hard to build the Legion and the spirit of the Legion in Cape Town. Esigodeni Comitium: There are 15 Curiae attached to the Comitium but there is no mention of any praesidia reports being taken at the Comitium meeting.

EGYPT
Prayers are asked for the legionaries in Egypt at this difficult time in their country.

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Tribute to Eva McGorish, RIP
July 2013
TRIBUTE TO EVA MCGORISH, RIP
Eva McGorish died on Thursday 13th June 2013. Her first praesidium was Sancta Maria Hostel and her first work therefore was among the street girls. She was President of Immaculata Curia, Dublin, was a Concilium officer in charge of Dublin and went on PPC to various countries such as India, Israel and Syria. She also worked in the Permance in Lourdes. She had a knowledge of French and visited Reunion, Madagascar, and the Congo. On arrival in Madagascar she visited the small island of Nossi-Bé, which was at that time not served by the major airlines but she acquired a small airplane, which landed in a field. There was no one to meet her but she found her way to the Bishop’s residence. On meeting the Bishop he exclaimed, “I don’t believe it!” He gave orders for the Legion to be started in every parish. She gave generously of her time to the Legion. May her soul rest in peace.

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Ceremony for The Servant of God, Frank Duff
July 2013
THE SERVANT OF GOD, FRANK DUFF
COMMEMORATION CEREMONY, GLASNEVIN CEMETERY, DUBLIN
The annual Commemoration Ceremony for The Servant of God Frank Duff took place on Sunday 9th June 2013, in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Finola Kennedy, author of the book Frank Duff A Life Story, gave an inspiring address part of which was on some of the people who influenced Frank Duff in his lifetime. There was an attendance of approximately 200 people and the ceremony concluded with the Rosary and a procession to the grave of Frank Duff.
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Sally Chan - Extension Worker in Ireland
July 2013
SALLY CHAN - EXTENSION WORKER IN IRELAND
Sally Chan, a legionary from Hong Kong, is involved with extension work in the Dublin area. She has attended a number of meetings of new and existing praesidia and undertaken work with the members, such as home visitation and street contact. She was involved in the parish outreach in Phibsboro and has attended meetings of different working groups, such as PPC preparation meeting, editorial meeting of Maria Legionis, discussion meeting of Legion affairs outside Ireland and Deus et Patria; helped with a recruitment drive in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and shared her Catholic viewpoints with Protestants at a meeting of the Pauline Circle.
Sally imparted her Legion experience with parishioners during the Mass in one parish. She thanked all those who help and coordinated her work and also for the invaluable advice and great support she receives. Please pray for the success of her work.
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Visit by Concilium to Cyprus
July 2013
VISIT BY CONCILIUM TO CYPRUS
John Galvin, a legionary from the Thurles Comitium and Concilium Correspondent, visited the 4 praesidia in Cyprus – 3 in Nicosia and 1 in Limassol. He was warmly welcomed and met with the legionaries, who are predominantly Filipinos, in all four praesidia. There are over 20 members in each praesidium with a similar number of auxiliaries. Works include visitation to nursing homes, to a prison, with the pilgrim statue, do street contact at bus stops, parks and shopping malls and are involved in parish life. Their dedication to the Legion is very impressive. They continue to pray for Eileen O’Reilly their correspondent who is ill.
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Visit by Concilium to Korea
July 2013
VISIT BY CONCILIUM TO KOREA
Paddy Fay and Pat O’Donoghue attended the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the foundation of the Legion of Mary in Gwangju, Korea, which were held in an indoor Sports Stadium with about 10,000 present. Mass was concelebrated by the Archbishop of Gwangju, with the Auxiliary Bishop and about fifty priests. There was an impressive procession through the stadium with a large number of colourful Legion banners. Paddy and Pat were very grateful to the officers of the three Senatus with whom they held meetings. They also thanked the Concilium for the privilege of making this visit and to Our Lady who looked after them so well.
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Visitation to Concilium by Austrian Legionaries
July 2013
VISITATION TO CONCILIUM BY AUSTRIAN LEGIONARIES
The Concilium had great pleasure in welcoming the Officers of the Austrian Senatus which included their Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. Florian Calice, President Wiltrud Zecha, Vice President Elizabeth Ruepp, Secretary Leo Fuhrer, Treasurer Heinrich Calice and Assistant Secretaries Gabi Plettenberg and Elfried Arnon. In Austria there are over 330 praesidia with 2,000 legionaries. The Senatus caretakes a number of countries which includes the Czech Republic, Moldavia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Slovakia. Their works are many and varied. A meeting was held with Concilium officers on the Saturday prior to the Concilium meeting, which they found very useful and a great number of ideas were exchanged. Sile Ni Chochlain, President of Concilium, thanked the Senatus for the great work they do and in the countries they care for and to Fr. Florian for the time he gives to the Legion.
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Election of Concilium Officers
July 2013
ELECTION OF CONCILIUM SECRETARY
At the May meeting of Concilium, an election for Concilium Secretary took place as Paddy Fay’s first term of office had expired. Nominations were taken and Paddy Fay was proposed and seconded for this officership. As no other nominations were put forward Paddy Fay was declared elected for a second term of 3 years.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF CONCILIUM
An election took place for Assistant Secretary of Concilium, in charge of Dublin, as Pat O’Donoghue’s first term of office had expired. Nominations were taken and Pat O’Donoghue was proposed and seconded for this officership. As no other nominations were put forward, Pat O’Donoghue was declared elected for a second term of 3 years.


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Concilium Allocutio June 2013 by Fr. Bede McGregor
July 2013
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Legion Spirituality

If we were to draw a spiritual portrait of Frank Duff, we would have to give a prominent place to his devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our reason for saying this derives not so much from his writings but from the witness of his life. He deliberately had a large picture of the Sacred Heart in his bedroom so that the first thing he saw in the morning and the last thing he saw at night was this image of the Sacred Heart. What attracted him to be a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart was not so much abstention from all alcoholic drink but because it meant doing something out of love for the Sacred Heart. Wearing the pioneer pin was simply an outward sign of his inward consecration to the Sacred Heart. He made the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes one of the most cherished works of the Legion and it was one he engaged in all his long life. He was keen to point out that the Legion invoked the Sacred Heart at every Legion meeting starting from the very first one. Although the Stations of the Cross are not mentioned in the Handbook they were an integral part of his religious practice. Perhaps it would be necessary to say that Devotion to the Sacred Heart was a notable characteristic of the religious culture in the Ireland he grew up in and he interiorised it a profound way.

But the place of the Sacred Heart in the life of the Church and therefore of the Legion is not simply as a devotion rooted in private revelation however precious that may be. It goes so much deeper than that. It is the key to the whole of revelation and all reality. It is the image that explains the very identity of the being and activity of God. It provides the ultimate meaning of the Person and nature of Jesus Christ and encapsulates the whole reality and truth of the Gospel.

Let us unpack these statements briefly. The heart in every language, culture, religion, philosophy and time is a symbol for love. So when we say the Heart of Jesus we are asserting that his most fundamental characteristic is love. St. John says God is Love. His very identity is Love. This is a tremendous truth. It means that the whole of creation is held in existence by love. We are loved into existence. Love is the ultimate reality underlying all existence. We need to think about this again and again: at the centre of all existence and all revealed truth is a Heart: the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is the ultimate ground of Christian joy and the ultimate reason why we are Christian.

Three mysteries of our faith in particular may help us unfold a little further the mystery of the Sacred Heart. God so loved the world that He sent his Son into the world and he became one of us. The creator comes staggeringly close and intimate with the creature. God takes on a human heart through which he expresses not only his human love for us but his divine love too. The Incarnation proclaims the absolute primacy of God’s love in our world. Jesus is the incarnate love of God.

Next we have the passion and death of Jesus. It is here that devotion to the Sacred Heart begins for many of the Fathers of the Church. It is his pierced Heart that is the source of all grace, the sacraments and the Church. In the Book of Revelation we find the verse: ‘Behold I have caused a door to be open before you, which no one can shut’ (Apoc.3:8). Spiritual writers old and new see the wounded Heart of Jesus as the open door to salvation for the whole world that no one can shut. The words of St. Paul express magnificently what we should remember when we think of the Sacred Heart: ‘In all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, 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:8:35-39).

Thirdly, we receive the gift of the Sacred Heart in Holy Communion. In this sacrament we receive the body and blood soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments declares that Devotion to the Sacred Heart is essentially the same as devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. It honours the divine love of the Eucharistic God which revealed itself in his passion and death and continually reveals itself in the holy Eucharist. Also Our Lord revealed to St. Margaret Mary that reception of Holy Communion was the most pleasing way to honour the Sacred Heart. The Holy Communion of Reparation is the core activity of the devotion to the Sacred Heart revealed to St. Margaret Mary by our Lord.

Finally, we ask the question as to where Mary fits in with the mystery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Well, first the human heart of Jesus is conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. But it goes much deeper than a purely biological bonding between Mary and the heart of Jesus. The Handbook has some remarkable sentences on this relationship. So for instance we read: ‘In that moment, those Sacred Hearts entered into a union so close as to approach identity. Henceforth they will beat together in and for the Mystical Body.’ Or again: ‘all Mary’s intentions are the interests of the Sacred Heart.’ So, Legion spirituality is quintessentially the spirit of Mary. Her heart approaches identity with the Heart of Jesus. Are we truly and authentically shaped in our spiritual life by a radical focus on the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
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Concilium Bulletin June 2013 - Reports
July 2013
ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL
ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: Many young Argentinean legionaries will be taking part in the World Youth Day in Rio next month. The Regia of San Miguel has set up 20 new praesidia. Exploratio Dominicalis projects were responsible for setting up a further two new praesidia. On the outskirts of Buenos Aires the legionaries organised a special mission to an area where a large number of Paraguayan immigrants live. With an eye to the future, present officers of Senatus are looking out for and preparing future officers for upcoming elections.
Cordoba Senatus: A Comitium in Villa El Totoral had 120 at a Congress. A young woman was convinced not to abort her child and during Holy Week legionaries brought wheelchair patients on a Way of the Cross procession.
Salta Senatus is holding a Legion Congress for all their outlying councils, which is hosted by a different province each year. Topics for this year’s Congress include; reaching out to the poorest of the poor following the example of Pope Francis. Amongst other topics are: recruiting and setting up of junior and intermediate praesidia and True Devotion to Jesus through Mary. The Concilium correspondent has been asked to send a special message for the Congress. The Senatus has a Deus et Patria committee which organises many events for youth and does the catering after the Senatus meeting.
Corrientes Regia: Visitation of attached councils and praesidia is being re-established in one of the attached Comitia. Ten new praesidia, including one junior, were set up. Another Comitium set up several new senior praesidia and one junior praesidium at which three legionary mothers attended.
Rosario Regia: A praesidium visits 11 business houses and two factories and contacts the employees and gives them religious literature. A Curia with three praesidia closed and praesidia were affiliated to other Curiae. The Regia has a new praesidium. The Bishop has asked the legionaries to promote the Year of Faith especially on home visitation.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: A new Curia was set up. Over 400 visits were made to prisons. A Comitium reported on its first Congress. In a Curia report, home visitation found 123 practising Catholics, 34 non-practising and 10 Protestants. Six youths were guided to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, 10 for First Communion and two for Baptism.
Belo Horizonte Senatus: In the city of Belo Horizonte, Aids victims receive words of faith and consolation. Poor women are taught embroidery and crochet. In the Comitium in Itaunas almost 2000 homes were visited. Visitation of the sick involved giving baths, hygiene and cleaning the house. 108 children and three youths were baptised and three youths entered the Seminary.
Fortaleza Senatus: One Comitium in Fortaleza reported 1,089 home visits, 18 Enthronements of the Sacred Heart and 80 children prepared for First Holy Communion. A Comitium in Crato recorded 8,237 home visits and 5,560 revisits, 364 Enthronements of the Sacred Heart and 75 visits to prisoners.
Ponta Grossa Senatus: Reports showed legionaries visiting and helping in institutions. As a result of the visits of legionaries, some families returned to the Catholic Church. People with depression returned to Confession and participation at Mass.
Recife Senatus: In a hostel for destitute adults and youth the Legion recites the Rosary and holds Bible reflections. Several young men and women with severe personal, moral and family problems have been helped to be at peace with themselves, their families and with God. A junior Curia was set up. The Senatus urged tolerance of apparent faults in fellow members.
Rio de Janeiro Senatus: In the Amazonian region, a new Comitium, six Curiae and six praesidia were set up including one of Haitians on the Bolivian border, another on the Peruvian border where two members from Rio have spent a month on Legion development. In the city of Rio one youth who used to jeer at the Statue of Our Lady finally stopped and took part in the Rosary and accepted a Rosary beads. All are looking forward to the WYD and the Legion day afterwards.
Salvador Senatus: In an area of deprivation homes of the sick are visited looking after hygiene and proper diet. Support is given to families deeply distressed because of drug addiction. Also children are cared for while mothers work. There were no reports on extension or council visitation. The correspondent will encourage some action.
São Luís Senatus: Three months reports showed 62,000 visits made. Catechesis in one month's report resulted in 385 Baptisms, First Holy Communion of 409, while a group of 254 youths and adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Training days are held for specific officerships of praesidia and councils.
São Paulo Senatus: A Retreat for young legionaries in February had an attendance of 90. A Comitium in Bauru recorded 1,862 visits to homes and 812 visits to the sick in their homes. In Piracicaba Comitium legionaries made 153 visits to non-Catholics.
The Regia of Cuiabá recorded 3,929 visits and 1,429 revisits to families. They are evangelising young people through a radio programme and through playing games in the public squares to attract them.
Brasilia Regia: Due to intense divisions in electing a new President, the Spiritual Director, insisted on two officers who had completed their terms remaining in their officerships until August. However, many members pointed out that such was incorrect. The outgoing officers have agreed to stand down. Over a thousand visits were reported. Catechesis is given to 240 children, adults and youths
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Singapore Senatus: The English speaking Curia in Sibu Comitium has been amalgamated with the Comitium; this is a welcome development. The correspondent receives a Senatus bulletin; in the March issue statistics show 6, 7, 8 and 10 praesidia in parishes and 3 to 5 praesidia in schools and colleges. Tertiary Curia reports visitation of homes, hospitals and the mentally ill. Various functions related to the Year of Faith are planned; members of the Hierarchy will give talks.

Hong Kong Comitium: The Comitium has presented its 62nd annual report, and takes care of 11 senior praesidia and 11 Curiae (6 senior and 5 junior). Of these 3 are English speaking and 8 Chinese. In the affiliated praesidia there are 103 active and 256 auxiliary members including 5 praetorians and 11 adjutorians. The average attendance at meetings is 98% for Curia officers and 86% for praesidia officers. Work assignments come under the headings of Evangelisation, Pastoral, Formation and Service works. Evangelisation involves catechism classes, contact works and various visitations. Pastoral work includes Liturgy service, children’s Mass, leading Rosaries and prayers. Formation work comprises caring for the junior Legion, after care of auxiliaries and Service works concerns Diocesan events, processions and services in elderly homes.

Taiwan Senatus: Two new praesidia have been set up in outlying islands off Taiwan and there is one praesidium with 9 members in outlying Panchiao area under the guidance of the local priest. There are a total of 236 praesidia in Taiwan with 2,402 active members. Two people who were recently baptised have joined the Legion. Legionary work with Catechumens resulted in 13 people being recently baptised. A lady asked a priest to visit her dying mother in hospital and baptise her, she was baptised and three of her family returned to the Church.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: Chengju Regia reported an increase of 20 senior praesidia to a total of 859 and an increase of 3 junior praesidia making a total of 10, they recorded 2,197 returns to the sacraments. Another Comitium recorded 492 baptisms and 494 returns to the sacraments. And in another Comitium there were 304 baptisms and 239 returns to the sacraments. In May, Concilium visitors had meetings with the Senatus Spiritual Director and other officers.

Gwangju Senatus: The 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion in Korea was celebrated on Saturday 25th May. The Archbishop of Gwangju, an Auxiliary Bishop and fifty priests concelebrated in the presence of around 8,000 legionaries; two Concilium officers were present. The Masan Regia, which is attached to the Senatus celebrated its 25th anniversary; it has a total of 11,400 active and 6,800 auxiliary members.

Daegu Senatus: In May, the Senatus President and Assistant Secretary travelled to Gwangju to have a meeting with Concilium visitors. A Comitium attached to the Senatus has street contact among its works, they think it is good to combine this with environmental protection activity, they divide into teams, tables with leaflets and other materials, also tea, coffee with some making contact, others cleaning street in vicinity of the table, many people showed good response to this venture.
Andong Regia has some difficulty managing their councils as they are scattered in rural areas.

Kuala Lumpor Regia: 1,100 legionaries, auxiliaries and friends attended the Acies on 17th March. The Archbishop and Regia Spiritual Director were happy to see so many at this central function. Two reporting praesidia undertake home and hospital visitation, visit migrant families, a home for handicapped, bring Holy Communion to the sick, assist at the parish soup kitchen, attend wakes and funerals and teach catechism. Visitation is made to a Catholic man to encourage his non-Catholic wife and children to attend RCIA. Council reports covered 44 senior praesidia. Along with the above works also organise retreats, contact with youth, enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes, etc. One praesidium organised a marathon Rosary on the feast of the Holy Rosary.

JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: The Curia members are very grateful to Fr. Berhaul, who celebrated his Diamond Jubilee, for his long service and fruitful ministry as Spiritual Director; he has now returned to France. The Sumiyoshi Church praesidium was involved in the ancient Japanese custom of blessing children on their 3rd, 5th and 7th birthdays. A praesidium reported two ladies taking their promise.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: A Comitium in Makassar reported 3 new senior and 2 new junior praesidia, 128 baptisms and 39 marriages helped. A Curia reported visitation and helping a centre for homeless people and 10 baptised. A praesidium in Kapanjen broadcast on radio the Gospel and morning reflection for schools. In Indonesia Papua, a praesidium visits old people teaching them to pray.
Jakarta Senatus: Councils and praesidia are being visited. Two seminary praesidia are mentioned with 20 and 24 members, as they cannot attend Curia it was proposed that Curia may meet in the Seminary. Bogor Comitium reported a new praesidium and also a seminary praesidium started in January 2013. A number of praesidia transferred to Seat of Wisdom Curia making it a viable and strong council. They held a novena in honour of the Eucharist and also helped flood victims. A Curia in Palangkaraya established 8 months visited a prison with 28 Catholic prisoners under age 25, a non-Catholic prisoner became Catholic and on release became active in the Church. A Moslem woman who was dying welcomed Legion visits and their prayers. A Moslem family whose son died became Catholic.
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EUROPE
Senatus of Austria and Councils under its care:
Austrian Senatus and its attached Councils: A praesidium of 8 members works with the Spanish speaking street girls. Efforts are under way to start new praesidia in the Indian community and the Spanish community. The apostolate of the 9 member students’ praesidium in Vienna University includes promotion of adoration, contact work and visitation of student hostels.
South Vienna Curia: A young Moslem was baptised at Easter. Ancilla Domini Curia: An apostolate was carried out to all in the vicinity of abortion clinics.
Innsbruck Comitium is active in extension. The Consecration to Our Lady took place in many areas including 5 parishes in Landeck Curia. The Miraculous Medal with an explanatory leaflet is given during a night apostolate to street girls from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, in their respective languages.
Hollabrunn Comitium held a Legion weekend entitled “Mission First”. Three people returned to the Sacraments after 20, 30 and 50 years and in the prison praesidium a Baptist converted to Catholicism and is now in the Legion.
Unter dem Wienerwald Comitium: 270 people attended an afternoon session for those away from the Church and 4 Priests heard confessions.

UKRAINE
All councils are engaged in extension with many new praesidia set up. African praesidia have been set up in 5 cities. The praesidium in Lugansk is at present coordinating these. The question of a special Curia for these praesidia, meeting every three months, is not considered advisable. The 2 praesidia in Western Ukraine are going well but the Legion promise has not yet been taken while they are awaiting approval of the Legion in writing. Senatus has approved a visit by Elisabeth Kriss to the Ukraine for a spring school and a visit to the Kiev area.

BULGARIA
Five praesidia are persevering. Extension is being done but it will take some time to establish a Curia because of distances between praesidia.

SLOVAKIA
Zseliz Comitium comprises 13 directly attached praesidia and 3 Curiae. Approval of the Hierarchy is awaited for a Comitium in Egyhazgelle.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Olmutez Comitium: 2 praesidia work with children and young people and hold fortnightly discussions after Mass.
Prag Comitium: Extension was carried out in 8 areas. Bishop Karel Herbst celebrates Mass monthly with the legionaries.

MOLDAVIA
The correspondent for Moldavia was present at the Concilium and reported that the population is 1% Catholic. Of the 9 parishes in the country 8 of them have the Legion with 127 legionaries. They visit the sick and are involved in catechetical work.

BELARUS
Belarus Comitium: Borovlyany praesidium work in their new parish, performing all tasks for their parish priest. They are making a parish census, do weekly visitation with their priest to a War Veterans Hospital speaking and praying with the patients and the priest hear confessions. They organise 1st Saturday Fatima Devotions and in Lent the Way of the Cross. In Minsk a new praesidium of 5 members has been set up. Vitelsk Curia has set up Rosary groups and started Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Naliboki Curia enroll members in the Pioneer Association and set up 3 Rosary groups for men. Baranovichi Curia is helping new praesidia set up in the Diocese of Pinsk and will try to establish the Legion in Brest and Bolrita. The Comitium at the invitation of the priest is visiting the Gomel Region (the region most devastated by the Chernobyl disaster).

CROATIA
Zagreb Regia and Councils under their care: The theme for April on the Legion’s Radio Maria broadcast was “True Devotion to Mary is the root of the legionary spirituality and apostolate”. Permission was sought and granted by Bishop of Dubrovnik to set up the Legion in his Diocese. 8 of the directly attached praesidia, 3 Curiae and 2 Comitia reported. Among the works reported were regular visitation of auxiliaries, conducting of prayer groups and visitation of homes. Some fruits of visitation by 3 praesidia in Samobor, Brdovic and Zagreb were the reception of the Sacrament of Matrimony by a couple after 40 years of civil marriage and returns to reception of the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and confession by 86 persons.
Osijek Comitium, which has 8 directly attached praesidia and 2 Curiae celebrated 25 years of the Legion in Osijek.
Zadar Comitium has 11 directly attached praesidia and 4 Curiae. Legionaries helped 2 families to reconcile after 26 years. In Curiae directly attached to the Regia legionaries are very active in extension and a junior praesidium has grown into a senior praesidium.

BOSNIA HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 praesidia with 54 active members. Legionaries are readily accepted by peoples of other religions with whom they have frequent contact. Legionaries help children in an orphanage with learning foreign languages.

SLOVENIA
There are 2 praesidia in Ljublijana. The Legion was presented at Sunday Masses in the Stepanja Vas quarters of Ljubljana. One person responded.

HUNGARY
Budapest:Regia: Reports were received from 5 praesidia, 10 Curiae and 5 Comitia. The Legion is in 10 of the 12 Dioceses in the country. They also have 2 Curiae in Romania and one Curia in the Ukraine attached to Debrecen Comitium. Works reported on included visitation of homes with the Pilgrim Virgin, to the sick and elderly and street apostolate. Kistaresa Curia lead 2 State youth clubs for young people leaving State orphanages and mentally and handicapped people. Legionaries in Csiksimlyo Curia in Romania united a family where the couple was in the process of obtaining a divorce. In February the winter school was held in Mariabesnyo and had an attendance of 94 and 8 priests.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium has 12 directly attached praesidia and 3 attached Curiae with a total of 14 praesidia. The Archbishop has appointed a new Regia Spiritual Director, Reverend Father Ozolins. A praesidium of 8 active members has good relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church and distributes Orthodox literature to Orthodox believers in the course of home visitation. Rezekne Curia has set up a Legion of Mary website. Archbishop Stankevies is very pleased with this development and hopes it will attract more people to join. Jelgava Curia is struggling with 3 praesidia and 9 members. Liepija Curia: In the course of a discussion on how to attract young people to the Legion, the Curia Spiritual Director encouraged them to stress the spiritual development the Legion would offer them.

LITHUANIA
Kaunus Comitium has 18 directly attached praesidia and 7 Curiae. A praesidium of 9 organise public Rosaries in apartment blocks, also May procession and Holy Mass in the open on the green. The DVD about the world wide Legion has been translated. The Comitium plans to hold a Congress in October. An 80-year old man after many visits agreed to see a priest and received the sacraments. Telsiai Comitium is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion in the Telsiai Diocese. There are 10 praesidia and 2 Curia affiliated. The very severe winter weather slowed extension. An adult lady and adult man are being helped prepare for Baptism.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: On the Feast of the Miraculous Medal there was a huge drive throughout the Regia to promote the medal on the streets, in the parks, in schools, hospitals and elsewhere. Yastshembiu Stroyu Comitium has 5 attached Curiae. Legionaries do home visitation, street apostolate, visit a psychiatric hospital and hold a weekly meeting with prisoners in the prison. In Zamosh Exploratio Dominicalis was organised in 5 parishes. Approximately 2,500 people were visited. Some results were 6 couples received the Sacrament of Matrimony, 4 Confirmation, 6 First Holy Communion, 5 Baptism and 55 Confession.
Warsaw Comitium: Our Lady of Mercy Comitium expressed thanks at its February meeting to the many legionaries who attended the laying to rest of Joseph Cardinal Glemp, Primate of Poland for 28 years, 1981-2009. Following elections Jolante Wedenka is again Comitium President. Some works undertaken by reporting praesidia were preparation of children for Sunday Mass for First Holy Communion and Confirmation, apostolate to the sick in hospital, to the bereaved and to those attending a social welfare centre.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia: The Acies was held in Satu Mare Cathedral with 123 legionaries, spiritual directors and the Bishop present. The Bishop thanked the legionaries for their apostolate and heroic work. The Caree Comitium has set up a new praesidium, bringing its total to 15. Livada Curia has 5 praesidia attached. Apostolate undertaken by the legionaries in the various praesidia throughout the Regia are helping the dying receive the Sacraments, promoting adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, visiting prisons and orphanages. The legionaries help in the work of Radio Maria, which transmits prayers recited during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday. Bucharest Curia: The officers who were ill have resumed duty and a new secretary has been elected.

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Concilium Allocutio - May 2013 by Fr. Bede McGregor
July 2013
The Infinite Gift of the Holy Spirit

It is a lovely providence of God that our Concilium Meeting takes place this month on the feast of Pentecost. It invites us to reflect once more on the infinite Gift of the Holy Spirit given to each one of us personally and to the Legion as a whole. The mission of the Son is central to our Catholic faith. The Father so loved us that he gave us his Son as our brother, our redeemer, our friend, our Lord and God. Jesus is the visibility and total accessibility of God to each one of us. Our Lord tells us: ‘To have seen me is to see the Father and the Father and I are one.’ Every word, every deed, every detail in the life of God Incarnate is precious and grace filled for us, especially the death and resurrection of Jesus. Life would become intolerable without the friendship of Jesus.

But the mission of the Holy Spirit is also central to our Catholic Faith. The Father and the Son give us their love for each other and this love is infinite and personal: it is the gift of the Holy Spirit. One could say that the Father and the Son so loved us that they give us their own life and love, the Holy Spirit Himself. It is the Holy Spirit that leads us into the life of the Trinity. No one can say Abba Father or Jesus is Lord without the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that makes the Church a sacrament of the life of the Trinity. It is the Holy Spirit that brings the Church into existence and sustains her in existence.

The words of St. Irenaeus put this truth very forcefully: ‘Where the Church is, there also is God’s Spirit; where God’s Spirit is, there is the Church and every grace; and the Spirit is truth; to distance oneself from the Church is to reject the Spirit and thus exclude oneself from life.’ This is the reason why the doctrine of the Church as the mystical Body of Christ is so indispensable to Legion spirituality. It is because it is in the Church that the Holy Spirit is most intimately to be found and without the Spirit the Legion would cease to be a vibrant part of the mystical Body of Christ.

On the feast of Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the Church through the power and love of the Holy Spirit. In a sense we could also say that on this great feast day we celebrate the birth of the Legion because the Holy Spirit is the primary source of everything that is authentically Catholic and the primary agent of all evangelisation. And the Legion is nothing but Catholic and nothing but totally committed to the task of evangelisation, these truths are expressed in many parts of the Handbook. For example: ‘It is significant that the corporate act of the Legion of Mary was to address itself to the Holy Spirit by his invocation and Prayer, then proceeding by the Rosary to Mary and her Son.’

We have been reflecting on the two inseparable missions of the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this month of May, let us briefly refer to the part played by Mary in both these supremely important Missions because they reveal to us the utterly unique relationship of Mary to the Holy Spirit. First, the Mission of the Son in the Incarnation. It would be difficult to imagine a more intimate role in the Incarnation than the role of Mary as the Mother of God Incarnate. It is the Holy Spirit that enables her to become the Mother of Jesus. As the Angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘the Holy Spirit will come upon you.’ Frank Duff, our Founder, spent many years thinking about the relationship between Mary and the Holy Spirit because he saw it as crucial to an understanding of the identity and mission of the Legion. I think it was his extraordinary devotion to Mary that led him to his extraordinary and profound devotion to the Holy Spirit.

At Pentecost we see the role of Mary in the Mission of the Holy Spirit in the birth of the Church. The apostles and other disciples both men and women are gathered together with Mary at the centre preparing for the descent of the Holy Spirit. Just as she is the Mother of Christ at the Incarnation so she is now the Mother of the Church at Pentecost and in both cases it is because of her sublime relationship to the Holy Spirit. St. Louis Marie de Montfort puts it very simply; ‘Where there is Mary, there is the Holy Spirit.’ We legionaries seek above all to have the spirit of Mary so on this feast of Pentecost and always let us ask Mary for some share in her openness to the Holy Spirit and the grace of a genuine devotion to Him.

Let us conclude with a quotation from a saintly Cistercian Abbot of the 12th Century who expresses so much better everything I have been trying to say in this Allocutio.

‘How ineffable is God, how unutterable his mercy. The esteem in which the divine love holds us is completely inexpressible. It was not enough for the Father to have given his Son to redeem a slave unless he were to give the Holy Spirit also, through whom he adopts the slave as his own. He gave his Son as the price of redemption; he gave his Spirit as the bill of adoption. O God you lavish yourself on man far beyond his dreams. … Just as he did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, so also he has not spared the Holy Spirit, but he has poured him out on all flesh with a liberality of a new and astonishing depth.’
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Concilium Bulletin May 2013 - Reports
July 2013
REPORTS

MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA
MEXICOMexico City Senatus: During the reporting period 1 Regia, 3 Comitia, 10 Curiae and 3 praesidia reported. One Curia has 14 praesidia, which includes 4 junior praesidia. The attached Regia of Acapulco with 27 praesidia, 20 Curiae and 7 Comitia reported one person convinced not to have an abortion and 19 returns to the Church including a whole family. One praesidium reported knitting classes under the heading “True Devotion to the Nation”. A Curia of 86 members in 8 praesidia is in 4 of the 7 parishes in its area. Extension is ongoing in 2 of the 4 parishes.

Merida Senatus: The Senatus holds a meeting of correspondents every month. Large numbers were prepared for the sacraments including families who had joined other religions. In an attached Comitium 25 out of 107 contacts persevered in the Legion. 16 members are catechists. A strong praesidium offered to help a weak praesidium with recruiting and apostolate. A rural Curia reports very few praetorians or adjutorians because there is no daily Mass.
Leon Regia: An attached Comitium reported that of 247 couples contacted, 38 received the sacrament of marriage. 150 adults and children were baptised, 47 legionaries are extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist.
Hermosillo Regia: An attached Curia is setting up 1 junior and two senior praesidia.
Monterrey Regia: 24 legionaries took part in a Holy Week parish project in the Saltillo area visiting all the homes; contacts were encouraged to come back to the sacraments and 6 praesidia were set up. The Parish Priest was very grateful for their cooperation. Legionaries are participating in different parish projects for the ‘Year of the Faith’ e.g. encouraging people to pray the Creed, Saturdays with Mary and Public Rosaries.
Guadalajara Regia: The attendance at the Regia meeting is good but no extension work is undertaken at Regia level and frequently both praesidia and attached Curia do not present reports to the meeting when due.

CENTRAL AMERICA
GUATAMALA
Camotan Regia: (under the caretakership of the Merida Senatus). A second visit is being carried out by Merida Senatus and particular attention is being given to the City of Guatemala with a view to setting up a higher council in the near future. The Regia in Camotan is very active; the officers have visited the Senatus of Merida and found the exchange of views and experiences very valuable. There are 13 junior Curiae in the Regia area.
Panama Regia: The Regia has very good communication with the attached councils and praesidia. During this period 1 Comitium, 5 Curiae and 5 praesidia reported and 4 new praesidia were set up. A book barrow apostolate has been initiated with great success.

EL SALVADOR
San Salvador Senatus: A new Vice President of the Senatus has been elected and all officers have pledged their loyalty to the Concilium. The Archbishop attended the Senatus meeting and has appointed a new Spiritual Director.

Costa Rica Senatus: A letter has been received from the Senatus and news is awaited.

NICARAGUA AND HONDURAS
Nicaragua: Maribel Guzman and Agustin Luque from the Madrid Senatus visited these two countries. Agustin Luque is the correspondent for the Granada Regia, the higher council in Nicaragua. The visitors were present at the Regia meeting and they had meetings with the Regia officers. Among many points raised they emphasised the need to work as a team. They met the Archbishop, a number of Spiritual Directors and priests. They all appreciate the Legion and mentioned its persevering solid work. The sects are very active in Nicaragua. As well as visiting the Legion in the capital Granada, they visited the new Comitium in Leon. In both cities there are young enthusiastic legionaries.
Honduras: They also made a short visit to Tegucigalpa Senatus in Honduras. This council has been out of touch with Concilium for over a year. However they were well-received and made contact with the officers and visited a praesidium. They met officers of attached councils who confirmed that the Legion in their area is well with the young and not so young. The visit confirmed that a longer more thorough visit to this country is necessary. Both legionaries thanked the Concilium for their prayers.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Conso Tello and Javier de Frutos will visit the Dominican Republic from the 3rd to 18th June 2013. There are two Senatus in the country. This visit is long overdue and we are very grateful to the two legionaries from Madrid for their generosity. They thanked the Concilium for their confidence in them and ask for prayers for the success of the visit.
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ASIA
PAKISTAN
13 senior praesidia have an average membership of 19, while the 2 junior praesidia have 12 and 16 members. Home and hospital visitation is carried out as well as much Church related works. Literacy is an issue but the Handbook is explained and the members are well formed. About 35 attend the Curia meeting.

SRI LANKA
They organised a Rosary rally at which 8,000 attended including the Papal Nuncio, Bishop, priests and religious. Home visitation is done and even non-Catholics are happy to host Holy Hours in their homes. Cottage Masses were arranged, Marriages were sanctified, and people are brought to Sunday Mass.

THAILAND
In Chiangri province legionaries work at a Catholic centre for the poor and for Hill Tribe people. 20 Rosary groups were set up, the lapsed are encouraged to return and Catechism is taught to students. Legionaries help doctors in mobile clinics in remote areas and in immigrant detention centres. They continue to help the Legion across the border in a nearby country where a Curia was due to be set up on 16th April with the Bishop and Spiritual Directors present.

VIETNAM
After a considerable silence, April minutes were received. 66 attended the Senatus meeting. 3 Curiae reported giving their 11th, 9th and 18th reports. 42 adults were prepared for Baptism, 44 couples had their marriages regularised, 151 lapsed returned to the practice of their faith. The Spiritual Directors are very supportive. Extension is very much to the fore, they express great love for the Handbook. One Curia reported working in very difficult terrain of canals and rivers making visitation an added challenge.

INDIA
A letter advising of the Concilium’s decision to re-affiliate the Madras-Mylapore Comitium was sent.
Tuticorin Comitium: Home visitation brings them in touch with many including Hindus and Muslims. Attached councils and praesidia are visited regularly and extension is given priority.
Coimbatore Comitium: Home and hospital visitation is done and extension is encouraged. 240 attended the Reunion, while 400 attended the Acies.
Calcutta Comitum: The Bengali Curia is doing well and the new praesidium in Bamanpukur has 27 members.
Kottar Regia: Home and hospital visitation is carried out and catechism classes are conducted. Our Lady of Good Health praesidium together with their parish priest visited 33 non-Christian families and encouraged them to think about the Christian faith. All attached praesidia and councils are visited. 2 seminars were organised to consider the Year of Faith in the lives of legionaries.
Pondicherry Senatus: Archbishop A. Anandarayar along with 28 priests concelebrated Mass and declared the new Viriyur Comitium open. This was preceded by a procession in which 3,000 legionaries participated. Works undertaken include visiting hospitals, homes for the aged, for the handicapped and those with leprosy. The dying and destitute are also met.
Karnataka Senatus: Reports highlight extension and recruitment efforts included 2 new praesidia with 25 in one and 30 members in the other. The junior Curia was undergoing some problems and the senior Curia was asked to ensure there was better supervision. A pilgrimage to a Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes was arranged with 178 legionaries taking part. The importance of evangelisation, especially in this Year of Faith is emphasised. Many good contacts with Muslims and Hindus are reported. This Senatus visited Hyderabad Archdiocese at the request of Concilium and Bishop Thumma Bala along with the Spiritual Director at Hyderabad. They explained the desire of the Concilium to re-establish contact and to help build up the Legion in the Archdiocese. His Grace expressed his desire to have the Legion in all the parishes of the Archdiocese.
Mumbai Senatus: Extension is high on the list with many new praesidia and Curiae being established in 3 new dioceses. Among the apostolic works done are prison visitation, street contact, promotion of the Sacrament of Confession. As a result of home visitation, many return to the Sacraments. An engineer member of the Senatus has produced a vexillum. This Senatus cares for Nepal at the request of the Concilium. They visited there in March and found the curia was not meeting as the officers were away in different places. However, the 3 praesidia are functioning well. They also met with the Bishop who granted permission for them to visit East Nepal in the hopes of extending the Legion.

THE HOLY LAND
Resurrection Comitium, Jerusalem: Works carried out by the Jerusalem praesidium are visitation to hospitals, aged persons in homes, assisting the handicapped and reciting the Rosary; teaching catechism and preparing a student attending a non-Catholic school for first Holy Communion and Confession and 11 students for Confirmation. Officers visited Bishop Marcutso, the Vice Patriarch of Nazareth and Galilee, and discussed matters relating to extension of the Legion to Jordan and Haifa/Israel. He thanked the legionaries for their work and assured them of his support. A combined Acies was arranged for all Comitium members.

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EUROPE
BELGIUM
Brussels Senatus plans a PPC project for the Year of Faith to Beauraing and a Bishop was present during the entire PPC weekend at Strasbourg. Preparations are being made for the establishment of 2 praesidia in Stockel and St. Remy.

BELGIUM
Antwerp Regia have 115 active and 228 auxiliary members in a total of 19 praesidia and one in the process of being set up. Hasselt Comitium has 3 Curiae: Hasselt, Maaseik and Beringen, while Antwerp has a total of 7 praesidia. Efforts are being made to establish a new praesidium and they are looking at the many people of other nationalities living in their area.

THE NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia: After a long illness, the President of the Regia passed away in April, may he rest in peace. Efforts are ongoing to start a Spanish-speaking praesidium. In the February report there was mention of 2 Patrician meetings, one with 6 and the other with 14 in attendance.

DENMARK
The praesidium undertakes visitation of hospital and elderly Filipinos with no relatives or family in Denmark. Legionaries led the Stations of the Cross before Mass during Lent and two legionaries assist in the parish with adult catechesis.

FRANCE
Paris Regia: The Regia officers received letters of encouragement from Bishop Moulins-Beaufort and Fr. Kerheul, Secretary of the Bishops Conference of France. At the PPC Conference in Strasbourg, Bishop Caster gave an inspiring talk. A new praesidium was started in Rumengol in Brittany. A praesidium holds its meetings in Lingala, one of the languages of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A praesidium visits religious communities as a way of recruiting auxiliary and Adjutorian members.
Valance Regia: Two praesidia based in the town of Valence have 6 and 8 members and works include nursing home visitation and visiting sick, disabled and depressed people in their own homes. Nice Curia has set up a new praesidium at Var, and the Regia has been invited to take part in a Marian festival in Lyon where the Legion will have a stand.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: The Senatus Officers and Spiritual Director had a very fruitful meeting with the Archbishop in March and he encouraged them to more outreach to young people, contact with young adult groups and an approach to Oscott Seminary with a view to starting the Legion there. A praesidium in Oxford assists the book barrow apostolate in Oxford city centre where good contacts are made. The Junior Curia in South Birmingham reports that for the Year of Faith all praesidia are having group discussion on “YouCat” and one praesidium has started house meetings for young people to come together to discuss “YouCat”. One contact, met 10 years ago, finally received the Sacrament of Confession and was overjoyed.
Northampton Comitium (in care of Birmingham) One praesidium invited families of children baptised during the year to a get-together to discuss bringing up the children in the Faith.
Liverpool Senatus: Manchester Comitium report monthly Rosaries in the town centre and Rosary groups in secondary schools. In Bolton for the Year of Faith they organised a 10-part DVD film presentation. The Easter PPC project in St. Mary of the Angels and St. Clare was very successful and the parish priest was very pleased with the results. Fylde Curia organised a day of Recollection to mark the Year of Faith; the attendance was over 50.
Newcastle Comitium reports a new praesidium at St. Benedict’s Hindley. Brent and Harrow Curia has 4 praesidia and the Curia is mainly of Indian and West Indian origin. To honour Venerable Edel Quinn a pilgrimage took place to Aylesbury on May 11th.
Central London Curia: In the parish of St. Monica, Hoxton, a “prayer in the square” event took place, recitation of the Rosary and tours of the Church. A number of praesidia organised retreats in their parishes with good attendance. The Rosary is recited at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park. An elderly Polish man was visited and brought the sacraments before he died. West Middlesex Curia: 3 reporting praesidia have membership of 8, 22 and 5 members and works include home and hospital visitation, public Rosaries, contact work in local parks and reciting the Rosary on feasts of Our Lady between the hours of 5 am and 7 pm on the day.
Brentwood Comitium has two new praesidia at Chingford and Claybury both of which are thriving. A lady contacted at the Legion stand at last year’s Eucharistic Congress in Dublin is now an active member in Chelmsford. The parish magazine published her story and this in turn brought a new probationary member. Nursing home visitation brought one man into the Church before he died.
Hammersmith Curia: The praesidium in Hampton Hill has 4 active, two probationers and 20 auxiliaries. Legionaries visit Bronzefield Prison for women under the direction of the Prison Chaplancy.

SWEDEN
The praesidium in Malmo has 6 active members from different countries and visits the sick and older parishioners in their homes and nursing homes. The Rosary in Swedish is said before the Vigil Mass each Saturday. The Acies brought legionaries from Malmo and Lund together. The translation of the Swedish Handbook is now complete and Liverpool Senatus paid for the translation from funds raised from the sale of their Legion house.

WALES
Swansea Curia has 5 praesidia. In Swansea City homosexual apostolate is done weekly with some positive results. One young man told the legionaries that since wearing the Miraculous Medal he has not been in trouble with the law.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: Extension is ongoing to the Eritrean and Filipino communities. A PPC weekend was held in Maria Einsiedel and a mini PPC was undertaken in Frankfurt Airport with the support of the airport chaplain. The railway station is the focus of the praesidium in St. Gallus, Frankfurt. Munich Regia comprises 3 Comitia in Stuttgart and Augsburg. New praesidia were set up in two areas, extension is ongoing and a new praesidium was set up in an old peoples home in Munich Perlach. Works include street apostolate, praying the Rosary with prisoners and inviting people to “stay and pray” during a “nightfever” apostolate. Cologne Regia reports a new praesidium in Hamburg Curia and Duesseldorf Comitium has established a new Polish praesidium. In Berlin Comitium a lady returned to the Church after 30 years and contact work at railway stations was undertaken. Freiburg Comitium reports 21 Roma asylum seekers being prepared for baptism.

SIBERIA
The priest in Abakan supports the new praesidium there. There are new officers in the Curia and praesidia and extension is ongoing.
Luxembourg Curia was visited by its caretaker council Cologne Regia and an extension team went there in April.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium has 59 active members. Exploratio Dominicalis projects and an apostolate in the Red Light area were mentioned, and PPC projects planned to Lourdes, Luxembourg and Norway.

NORWAY
The praesidium in Tonsberg has 7 members, 1 probationer and 14 auxiliaries. Their apostolate includes teaching catechism to children, visiting the sick, involved in many parish activities and regular contact with auxiliary members. Drammen praesidium organised a monthly parish get-together after evening Mass and Adoration. A Fatima film was shown and many invitations to homes followed. On May 11th the first ever procession in honour of Our Lady in Drammen was organised by the praesidium.

SCOTLAND
A praesidium with 11 active, 2 probationers and 3 praetorian members work among the homeless in the Wayside Club. Our Lady of Light Curia reports an increase of 7 members in the past 6 months and for the Year of Faith have undertaken a new programme of work to include Retreats, studying the documents of Vatican II and greater efforts towards bringing back lapsed Catholics to the Church. Other praesidia do contact work in parks, home and hospital visitation and one plans an officers meeting.

FINLAND
Fr. Michael Kennedy and a number of Irish legionaries will again join the PPC project this year.
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AFRICA
IVORY COAST
Good communication has been established with the President of Abidjan Senatus. At the February meeting A Comitium with 6 Curiae and 48 praesidia reported. Approximately 13,000 visits were made to homes, hospitals, markets, railway stations, factories and schools. There was a rich harvest of returns to practice (46), marriages regularised (55), catechumens enrolled (101), bringing the total catechumens to 838. 32 legionaries are engaged in teaching Catechism. A Day of Recollection for all legionaries in the Archdiocese of Abidjan has been organised and a Day of Prayer in solidarity with those who have suffered greatly in the recent war. The Vice-President of the Senatus with 4 legionaries is planning a mission to Mali.

TOGO
Lome Regia: In January the 500th meeting took place and visitors from Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast were welcomed. Nearly all Councils in the Lome Diocese report on having either junior Curiae or praesidia. Two members were assigned to do the annual audit of the Regia account for 2012. In December Kara Comitium set up 3 new Curiae and is organising an extension project in Bassar.

CAMEROON AND CHAD
Douala Senatus: The Legion of Mary is established in a new Diocese, a new Regia in Bertoua was set up in March, 3 new Comitia, 10 new Curiae and many new praesidia were some of the statistics given at the annual Bishops Conference last month. The junior movement is in 20 Dioceses, consisting of 10 junior Curiae (under 18 years of age) and 96 praesidia with a total of 1385 members. Works include visiting orphanages, prisons, the sick as well as the apostolate against drug addiction and prostitution. In the Diocese of Yokadouma, Bertoua Regia, the junior movement reported 166 new members. Limbe Comitium had 67 converts, while Regina Pacis Curia, Douala mentioned a junior praesidium of 32 members and a Curia organised an Exploratio Dominicalis by juniors.

BENIN REPUBLIC
Cotonou Regia: Two praesidia reporting Mother of the Saviour praesidium has 28 members and Our Lady of Good Counsel has 22 members. The contacts made by the first praesidium includes 1471 persons of whom one-third were non-Catholics and 91 were Muslim, 12 catechumens were recruited, 32 returned to Sunday Mass and 5 to the sacraments and one marriage was regularised. The second praesidium contacted 2523 persons of whom 920 were non-Catholics and of these 429 were Muslims, 63 catechumens recorded, 4 marriages were regularised and one troubled family was united. Gabon: All 3 Comitia in Gabon are functioning well and sending reports to Cotonou Regia. Republic of Niger: Cotonou Regia propose to visit the Curia of Niamey in the near future.

Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou Comitium is currently marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Legion in their country with each parish organising its own event. The Spiritual Director, Fr. Narcisse Guigma writes to say “I assure you that the Comitium of Ouagadougou is alive”.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Brazzaville Regia: Visitation of councils and praesidia is undertaken regularly by Regia Officers. Reports include large numbers undertaking catechetical instruction and many returns to the sacraments, marriages regularised and requests for baptism. Legionaries invite those contacted to come and pray in the Catholic Church. One man who had lost his faith after losing all his possessions and contact with his family returned to the Church when contacted by legionaries and praying the Hail Holy Queen and Legion prayers. A Comitium reported contact with a sick person who made a miraculous recovery a few days after praying with legionaries.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA
The Comitium in Malabo is about to set up two new Curiae, there are up to 50 praesidia in a distant Curia. The secretary of the Comitium, when in Madrid, was informed by their correspondent on the steps necessary for setting up a new Curia. The plan for the Year of the Faith is to organise retreats and set up new praesidia.

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The Gift of the Acies - April 2013
June 2013
By Fr. Bede McGregor, Spiritual Director of Concilium

We could easily think of the Acies as our personal and collective gift to Mary and indeed it is so. But it is first the more profoundly Mary’s gift to us – to each individual legionary and to the whole Legion. When we celebrate the Acies, this great central annual function of the Legion, each of us renews our consecration to Mary with the simple words: ‘I am all yours my Queen and my Mother and all that I have is Yours.’ Those are truly tremendous words. We promise to give ourselves totally to Mary. We give to her all that we are and all that we have or do without any exception whatsoever. Nothing in our lives is withheld from Mary. That is the most basic truth and commitment of the Legion. The Handbook puts it very succinctly and strongly: ‘The essential idea of the Legion, upon which all is built, is that of working in union with and in dependence on Mary, its Queen. The Acies is the solemn expression of that union and dependence, the renewal – individual and collective – of the Legion declaration of fealty. Hence it is manifest that any legionaries who can attend and yet fail to do so, have little or none of the spirit of the Legion in them. The membership of such persons is not an asset to the Legion.’

But it is critical that we remember that the total gift of ourselves to Mary is simply a response to her sublime gift of herself to us. Our consecration to Mary is the very least we can do in response to our enormous debt to her. So we need to meditate often on what we owe to Mary. She gives herself utterly to us holding nothing back and even more importantly she gives us Jesus and in him access to God our Father and the Holy Spirit. She is the Mother of the divine grace within us, our created sharing in the inner life of the Trinity. The Handbook recommends that we prayerfully study the Marian Synthesis, Appendix 11 of the Handbook as a preparation for our celebration of the Acies. Another way of preparing would be to once more make our own Frank Duff’s article: Our Debt to Mary.

The Handbook says the Acies should take place on the Feast of the Annunciation or as near to that date as possible and there are compelling reasons behind this recommendation. The conversation that took place between God and Mary at the Annunciation changed the whole history of mankind. The Incarnation took place in direct response to the words of Mary: ‘Here I am ... the slave girl of the Lord ... let it be done to me according to your word.’ Everything begins from there. Everything begins and must be shaped by the Incarnation and Mary is the privileged instrument and channel of the Incarnation. In God’s plan and by his decree the redemptive Incarnation begins in the womb and heart of Mary. There would be no Jesus without Mary and there would be no Church without her and nor would there be any Legion without her free consent to the will and plan of God. These are some of the thoughts behind Frank Duff’s recommendation that the Acies should take place as close as possible to the feast of the Annunciation.

Occasionally I meet people who feel I exaggerate the place of Mary in the life of the Church and in each one of us. Let me quote Pope Benedict on this point: ‘The Icon of the Annunciation more than any other, helps us to see clearly how everything in the Church goes back to that mystery of Mary’s acceptance of the divine Word, by which, through the action of the Holy Spirit, the covenant between God and humanity was perfectly sealed. Everything in the Church, every institution and ministry, including that of Peter and his Successors, is ‘included’ under the Virgin’s mantle, within the grace filled horizon of her ‘yes’ to God’s will.’

We all know that the discovery of the truth of de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary was the fundamental turning point in the life of Frank Duff. It must be the radical turning point in the life of every legionary. This is where every renewal of the Legion must begin. Recruitment without this offering of the Secret of Mary is worth very little.

So the lovely celebration of the Acies is the expression of our total devotion to Mary, our Totus Tuus, but it is first an expression of our thanksgiving to Mary for all that she is and has done for us as our Queen and Mother. Mary is first totally ours – our divinely gifted mother and Queen.

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Concilium Reports April 2013
May 2013
AFRICA

KENYA
Kenya Senatus: Kisumu Regia celebrated its silver jubilee in December. In his homily Archbishop Okoth encouraged the Regia to recruit more young people. The only praesidium in Nyeri Archdiocese is in the Major Seminary, which has 45 members. 26 legionaries attended the prayers at Venerable Edel’s grave in December. The Correspondents’ group meets regularly and the Senatus has good plans to train officers. The correspondent has suggested the holding of Congresses. Very solid apostolic work is done with many returns to the Faith and preparation for the sacraments features in all reports. Great care is given to junior praesidia.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: A schedule of activities for 2013 and a detailed report on the Spiritual Directors’ Conference were received. The Conference was held from 22nd to the 25th August, the theme was “Cardinal Points of the Legion” and there was a participation of 97 including 83 Spiritual Directors. Bishop Kaggwa of Masaka Diocese gave the opening address and Bishop Kakooza, Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala, the closing one. Minutes give details of many conversions, lapsed returned and marriages blessed etc. and one praesidium which has very good prayer back up from their Auxiliaries reported a person saved from suicide.

NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: Average attendances are 43% for council officers and 73% for praesidia officers. One Comitium officer had a 100% attendance at praesidium, Comitium and Senatus meetings for the last two years. A praesidium of 20 has 12 Praetorians and reported that "lapsed Catholics are followed up systematically" while in another reported eight lapsed returned, 2 of them joined the Legion. Prayers were asked to overcome difficulties because of communal clashes and there was mention of "political, tribal and religious killing during the period". Nearly 700 new praesidia have been formed in the Abuja Senatus area in the last three years.

Ibadan Senatus: Average attendances were 49% for council officers and 65% for praesidia officers - the latter figure excludes 5 seminary praesidia whose officers rarely attend. One Curia reported on home, hospital and prison visitation, catechism instruction, marriage cases and conducting services at outstations. They had weekend projects, Columban Drives and praesidia did Exploratio Dominicalis. Another Curia encouraged its 12 praesidia to have Patricians monthly and 6 did so while a Comitium set up 6 praesidia.

Lagos Regia: Average attendances were 64% for council officers and 25% for praesidia officers. A new Curia has been formed of praesidia from the Regia, which the officers hope will improve attendance. A new Comitium had 52 marriages rectified while another Comitium reported 10 senior and 3 junior praesidia and 3 junior Curiae established. They have 2,309 seniors below age forty and 341 above it.

Enugu Senatus: The newly translated Igbo Handbook was launched at a Concelebrated Mass. The Vicar of the Diocese Msgr. Luke Adike commended the Legion for translating it into the vernacular, as it would help bring the contents to the understanding of every legionary, including those in rural areas. A Comitium with 3,252 seniors and 4,781 junior members reported that as a result of Exploratio Dominicalis projects 48 were prepared for First Communion, 7 lapsed returned, 11 family disputes were settled and 39 couples married in Church.

Onitsha Regia: One Comitium prepared 145 for baptism including 2 Traditionalists, 500 for Holy Communion, 34 for Confirmation and 131 couples were helped marry in Church and another Comitium recruited 142 members and established 8 senior, 1 intermediate and 1 junior Praesidia and 5 junior Curiae in the last year.

A Comitium attached to Ikot Ekpene Regia reported 3 Muslims being received into the Church.

Jos Regia: The Legion apostolate continues in the Regia area despite many difficulties caused by unrest there. The Handbook has been printed and is being distributed to Councils. No news was received from Kaduna Regia since the last report.

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: The Senatus governs 12 directly attached praesidia, 9 Curiae, and l6 Comitia in Blantyre Archdiocese and 4 Regia and 9 Comitia in other dioceses. The Senatus has been asked to look at the low attendance at Senatus Meetings of Curiae Officers in Blantyre Archdiocese. The Regia in Mangochi Diocese held a Conference on “The Eucharist and the Legionary” from 4th to 7th October 2012 and 4 priests and 529 Legionaries participated and the closing Mass was celebrated by Bishop Pagani.

TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Regia: The importance of the year of Faith was stressed at both a youth Congress and a Pilgrimage, the latter was well attended, but attendance at the Congress was low. The need to set up new praesidia and strengthen weak ones and take care in selecting officers was highlighted and assessments are to be done quarterly to monitor progress. The work of the 34 members in the Senior Seminary is largely done within the college, but they do promotion work in parishes at the request of the Regia and following very successful promotion work last year, further work in Parishes was due to take place on 24th February.
Mbeya Comitium has 4 Curiae, two of which cannot attend the Comitium due to distance. The membership of 1,641 includes 193 youth. Works include caring for youth praesidia, visiting the sick at home and in hospital and helping those with marriage difficulties. Their main aims are to extend the Legion and develop the youth movement.
Mtwara Comitium: Works include helping at Church on Sundays, visiting and consoling the sick and those with problems, counselling unmarried couples resulting in some marriages, caring for sick children at boarding school and consoling students who are bereaved, praying the Rosary with students especially at exam times. Four students were recently baptised, some are due to be confirmed soon and many are also joining the Legion.
Hai Moshi Comitium reports include home and hospital visitation with many returns to the Sacraments, marriages blessed and marriage disputes settled and adults and children prepared for the Sacraments. 9 new praesidia were established in 2012 and great efforts are being made to establish praesidia in schools.
Rombo Comitium has 4,500 senior, 500 intermediate and 2,500 junior members. The Legion was started in 14 parishes and 2 Curiae were established.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: These gave full details of elections, but there are ongoing election problems there and also in Kasama Regia. In both cases the correspondents are following up.

THE GAMBIA
Banjul Curia organised rallies, one in Baku areas where over 20 people showed interest in joining the Legion and a Praesidium was started.

LIBERIA
There are a lot of communication problems with Liberia but recently the October to February 2013 minutes were received and they also received a literature parcel from Concilium. They seem to be attentive to the basics and they do home and clinic visitation praying with patients. There was mention of the conversion of a lady who died sometime later.
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EUROPE
SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: An apostolate to street girls has had conversions with many of their contacts leaving the life. The apostolate is done on the street and in the girls’ homes. The Senatus monthly bulletin is sent to all the Spanish Bishops. A meeting of the 3 Senatus of Spain has been arranged.
Salamanca Comitium is a vibrant council. Extension efforts are being made which include the setting up of a new praesidium in a district of vice and drugs. The Comitium held a successful Legion Congress recently. The Canary Islands officers were present to give their annual report. They were taken out on the late night Pesca Joven, fishing for youth work.

Bilbao Senatus: Legionaries help recovering drug addicts released from jail and hold classes in Spanish for immigrants. A Mass for immigrants was held and a talk given on the Legion. A meeting was held with parents of all youth groups. In Vitoria legionaries in an Old Folks residence have an average age of 84 with one aged 95. Another praesidium has been invited to join the Parish Council by the Parish Priest.
Santander Comitium reported having 181 Adjutorians. A Mass was held for the late Pacita Santos. Some praesidia were revived and nearly all are on the Parish Councils.

Barcelona Senatus: A praesidium was closed for lack of members and also the Curia in Sabadel some of whose praesidia are continuing to work. A praesidium reported helping to prepare sandwiches for the homeless in Mother Teresa’s kitchens. In Murcia legionaries help in a hostel for recovering drug addicts, distributing clothing with Caritas, and keeping the Church doors open by doing duty there. Visits are made to the jail and enthronement of the Sacred Heart is a new work.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: Bishop Nuno Bras presided at the Acies in Lisbon with 500 members present. 7 prospective members attended an information meeting following a Columban Drive at Masama. Another 2-day Columban Drive gives hopes of a new praesidium. A legionary of a praesidium in Benfica, who is a catechist, conducts a Bible Study Course and another member gives an Alpha Course. 400 people were met on street contact and at medical centres.

ITALY
Rome Senatus: On the Feast of St. Agnes, Mgr. La Rosa, the Spiritual Director, attended the Vatican for the presentation of lambs to the Holy Father, Benedict XVI. The Holy Father congratulated Mgr. La Rosa on reaching his sacerdotal jubilee of 50 years, gave him his blessing and expressed his deep appreciation of the Legion of Mary. The Senatus held a unified Acies in honour of their Spiritual Director’s jubilee and the Basilica of St. John Lateran was full to capacity. The Cardinal Vicar of Rome encouraged legionaries to become catechists as some already are. It is planned to resume visits to the Rebibbia prison. Frosinone legionaries kept two parishes functioning during the prolonged absence of the priest. Two separate Curiae are now functioning in Taranto. Bernardo de Nardo is Spiritual Director of a praesidium in Traspontina.

Milan Regia: Talks on Frank Duff, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe were broadcast on Radio Mater. Books on the life of Frank Duff were given to 10 priests.
Padova Comitium. A new Nigerian praesidium in Padova teaches catechises to children, organises prayer groups and visits old and sick people. A presidium held a Day Retreat for parishioners. A new Nigerian praesidium in Verona works in 3 parishes. A Curia closed a praesidium and also the praesidium in Venice whose members have become auxiliaries.

CYPRUS
There are 3 praesidia in Nicosia. Reports indicate that Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces has 13 members and celebrated its 3rd anniversary. They are involved in many parish activities, cemetery visitation and visits to those who are housebound. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary praesidium has 12 members and does contact work in Parks, Bus Stations and other public places. There has been no recent news from the Limassol praesidium.

MALTA
Malta Regia: The officers met the Archbishop and new Auxiliary Bishop and updated them on the Legion in Malta. The Auxiliary Bishop agreed to attend the Acies. On the Feast of St. Paul, tourists and passers-by were contacted on the street and invited to an exhibition and film on St. Paul in the Legion house. During 2012 Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects were undertaken to Rome, Israel, Sicily and Birmingham and many valuable contacts made. Work reports include home visitation, contact with tourists, teaching catechism, half-day retreats for auxiliaries and visits to primary schools with the statue of Our Lady. A new junior praesidium started in 2012 now has 10 members. Mother of Good Shepherd Curia reported the return to Confession and Holy Communion of a man lapsed over 50 years and who died a few weeks later. A Protestant lady showed interest in the Catholic Faith, accepted the Statue of Our Lady and asked to see the Parish Priest. Two Curiae, each having one parish without the Legion, are making efforts to extend to these parishes. Legionaries of Mother of the Maltese Nation Curia do prison visitation. Queen of Peace Curia reported two retreats held for youths with attendances of 20 and 12. The retreats were organised by young seniors. A praesidium in a home for the elderly has 29 active members of whom 26 are residents.

Gozo Comitium: As a result of a recruiting drive 6 new members joined. 27 legionaries contacted 70 families during a one-day apostolate and recruited 3 auxiliary members. An intermediate praesidium changed to a senior praesidium as all the members had reached their 18th year. 15 young legionaries attended a prayer meeting and barbecue.

ALBANIA
Rev. Fr. Drittan, Spiritual director of the Legion in Albania, spent a week in Malta to learn more about the Legion. He attended the Regia Meeting in January. He said that while the Albanians have a lot of good will much prayer is needed for the Legion there. The Malta correspondent for Albania and another legionary will visit Albania in May and would greatly value the support of the Concilium’s prayers.

GREECE
The praesidium in Tessalonica with 12 members is doing well. The apostolate is carried out in pairs and this includes the visitation of lapsed Catholics, children’s catechism, prison visitation and parish work.
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Philadelphia Senatus
The Senatus has printed the new edition of the Alfie Lambe book for distribution in USA and Canada, as well as arranging for the supply of other Legion publications. A praesidium of 15 gave its 3rd report. Among other works they organised the 33-days preparation of True Devotion to Mary. 30 of the 45 parishioners made the Consecration. 118 street contacts led to 35 returns to the Sacraments and 2 marriages validated. Contact at train stations, book barrow and Patricians feature in several reports.

Boston Senatus
Cenacle prayer groups are organised in different homes to pray, evangelise and encourage families to return to the practice of their faith. The Senatus is moving to a more central area to facilitate better attendance.

Chicago Senatus
The Korean Comitium has recruited 15 active and 13 auxiliaries. They report 13 conversions and 9 returns to Sacraments. Rockford Curia serviced a Legion stand at the Boone Co. Fair. Another praesidium increased its auxiliary membership by 67. Good use is made of Meet the Legion DVD. The Legion makes contacts at State Fairs and similar events with good results. 200 attended a Rosary Rally. A dying man eventually agreed to see the priest and received the Sacraments. A praesidium was established after an Exploratio Dominicalis project. A Curia reported 4 praesidia in a prison.

Miami Regia
The Regia has 15 praesidia and a Haitian Curia reports visits to detention centres, conversion work and home visitation. Extension was undertaken in a number of areas. A Curia with 22 praesidia attached reported 20 enthronements to the Sacred Heart and 6 returns to the Church.

Houston Senatus
Cardinal DiNardo complimented legionaries on an attendance of 800 at the annual Asian Mass. 100 homes and 5 trailer parks were visited on an Evangelisation Day. Peregrinatio Pro Christo to San Antonio had over 600 call backs during Holy Week and the Bishop expressed his pleasure at the work carried out during the project. The subject discussed at a number of Patrician meetings was the Year of Faith. Extension features in all the reports of attached councils.

St. Louis Senatus
Archbishop Carlson urged legionaries to visit their neighbourhood to invite fallen away Catholics to come back to the Church and offer to accompany them. 254 homes were visited resulting in 7 converts to the Church and at a booth at a Marian Conference 35 auxiliaries were recruited.

New York Senatus
Reports show 25 praesidia attached to one Curia, 7 families returned to Mass, 17 came back to the Sacraments and there were 3 conversions. 5 groups pray weekly adjacent to an abortion clinic. A Curia with 20 praesidia reported 21 returns and 30 baptisms.

Arlington Regia
The Korean Comitium has 13 senior praesidia, 2 young adults and 2 junior praesidia attached with good attendances. 400 attended the annual reunion. The Bishop attended the Acies and encouraged the work of the Legion.

San Francisco Senatus
For the Year of Faith Patricians has been encouraged as a means of increasing knowledge. Attendance at Senatus meetings ranges from 38-50%. A junior praesidium of 20 active and 25 auxiliary members attached to Seattle makes Rosaries and teaches people how to say the Rosary. Attached Curiae have a variety of works, which includes prison ministry, CCD and RCIA work. Extension is mentioned in the Sacramento Comitium.

Los Angeles Senatus
Tijuana and Mexicali Curiae report strong activity by evangelical sects, however legionaries continue to do home visitation. A Peregrinatio Pro Christo project to Rosario included 9 and 3 local legionaries taking part. The priest was so impressed with the work that he wants a praesidium to be established.

CANADA
Vancouver Comitium
Officers held an annual meeting with Archbishop Miller. He expressed appreciation for the work of the Legion and said that he could tell the difference the Legion makes. A praesidium giving its 32nd annual report with 15 members said that the Pilgrim Statue was brought to 70 homes, 48 of them being to new families. 2 homes were enthroned to the Sacred Heart. Good use is made of modern technology to spread the knowledge about the Legion.

Toronto Senatus
34 members of one Comitium undertook the 33-day preparation and consecration to Our Lady. Catechism is taught in 5 kindergarten schools, as well as to other children preparing for 1st Holy Communion. Another Curia reported a new praesidium and students receiving Miraculous Medals. 12 praesidia in the Korean Comitium engage in evangelisation in public places, shopping centres, busy streets, etc. They spoke to 3,500 including homeless and street people. 7 returned to the Sacraments. A Korean Comitium recruited 47 converts during the year and a Hindu family of 5 became Catholics.

Edmonton Comitium
70 homes were visited, 50 attended a Marian Hour and an Easter Confession Day was arranged.

WEST INDIES
Santo Domingo Senatus, Dominican Republic
The Senatus is preparing for the Concilium visitors in June. La Romana Comitium has 610 members, 260 Praetorians, 793 Auxiliaries and 23 Adjutorians. Children and adults were prepared for 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation. Another Comitium has 678 active, 151 Praetorians, and 18 probationers. Works include visiting the sick at home and in hospital, prisons, street contacts and catechesis feature in all reports.

Santiago de los Cabaleros Senatus
Overdue elections were held but there are some problems, which need attention. An attached Regia of La Vega has 11 Comitia with 6,200 members, 3,150 Auxiliaries, 222 Praetorians and 48 Adjutorians. 2 girls from an Evangelical Church were instructed and received into the Church. Legionaries visited an area where most people had been away from the Sacraments for 40 years. Following instruction many now attend and some have joined the Legion.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Port of Spain Regia: Reports tell of home and hospital visitation and street contact. A girls and a boys’ school were approached in the hopes of starting praesidia.

HAITI
Haiti Senatus: Homes, hospitals, community institutions, prisons as well as visits of condolence, accompanying the priest on sick calls, street contact, organising youth praesidia, catechism and literacy classes feature in reports. Many returns to the Sacraments, and family reconciliations were also reported. To show auxiliaries their importance, a rally was arranged for all praesidia in Port-au-Prince.

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Senatus: San Juan report good extension, many youths and adults have been instructed. In Juana Diaz, many youths and adults were instructed and prepared for the Sacraments. Aracibo revived a praesidium and there is another in formation. The bereaved are visited and lapsed are invited back. Many True Devotion to the Nation type works are undertaken such as repairing roads and organising for blood donations are carried out.

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Meeting for Legionaries on occasion of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Monday 29th July 2013
April 2013

Following the World Youth Day, which is due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-28 July 2013, the Legion Councils in Brazil are arranging a one-day meeting in Rio de Janeiro on Monday 29th July 2013 for Brazilian legionaries and legionaries from abroad, attending the WYD. A programme is being prepared. The meeting is scheduled to begin with Opening Legion Prayers and Rosary at 0900 hours (arrival/reception 0800-0900) and conclude with Mass beginning at 1700 hours. All visiting legionaries will be very welcome to avail of this opportunity to meet with some of the great many legionaries in Brazil.


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Concilium News - December 2012
April 2013
Election of Concilium Assistant Secretary

At the November 2012 Concilium Meeting nominations were sought for the office of Assistant Secretary as Ann Murray had completed her second term in this position. Maureen McManus was proposed and seconded and as there were no other nominations, she was duly elected Assistant Secretary of the Concilium. Thanks were expressed by Sile NiChochlain, President of Concilium, to Ann Murray for the wonderful work she had undertaken during her term of office.


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The Legion and Two Popes: Benedict and Francis - March 2013
April 2013
By Fr. Bede McGregor OP
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary


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The Legion from the very beginning has always shown a deep understanding of the pivotal significance of the Vicar of Christ on Earth and Successor of St. Peter who is commonly called the Pope. Since our last Concilium meeting Pope Benedict resigned and Pope Francis was elected as the new pope. It is good that the Legion throughout the whole world should reflect and pray about these two important events.

At our last meeting there was a spontaneous and unanimous desire of Concilium to thank Pope Benedict for all he did for the Church as the Successor of St. Peter. This desire sprang so naturally from the heart of the Legion. We wanted to thank Pope Benedict for his writings, his homilies, his encyclicals, his whole teaching ministry that forms a rich and lasting legacy for the whole Church. But equally we want to thank him for his witness of a truly humble and holy life.

If I were to pick out one major characteristic of Benedict XVI it would be to say his life and his teaching were profoundly christocentric. Frank Duff wrote an article entitled: The Legion is pure Christocentrism. This is true because the spirit of the Legion is the spirit of Mary and Mary is absolutely and unconditionally focused on Jesus. To discover Mary is to find Jesus. Her whole mission is to lead every human person without any exception into a relationship with Jesus. Every legionary ultimately seeks to share in this mission of Mary: to bring every human person into contact with Jesus.

Benedict XVI shared in this Marian mission in a remarkable way. He sought to bring the Church and the world to its true centre in Christ. Let me give you just two brief quotations by way of illustration: “Only when God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary. There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.” And he writes: “Faith does not just mean accepting a certain number of abstract truths about the mysteries of God, of man, of life and death, of future realities. Faith consists in an intimate relationship with Christ, a relationship based on love of him who loved us first.”

Now the Legion welcomes Pope Francis. I immediately felt the Holy Father must know the Legion. Alfie Lambe together with other legionaries built up the Legion in his Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and Alfie is buried there and the Cause for his beatification was introduced by the bishops there. Of course, there are so many other ties between Argentina and Ireland in general and the Legion in particular.

I want to reflect now for a little on the name Francis chosen by the Holy Father. I hope it augurs well for the Legion that he has the same patron saint as our founder, Frank Duff. There are at least two places in the Handbook where St. Francis is put forward as an example for every legionary. He is put forward as embodying two indispensable qualities that must be found in every legionary. The first one is about personal contact and the dignity of every human person. The second is the spirit of joy. It is worth quoting these two passages and bringing them once more to the centre of our Legion apostolate and total way of life.

The Handbook tells us “St. Francis only saw the image of God multiplied but never monotonous. To him a man was always a man, and did not disappear in a dense crowd any more than in a desert. He honoured all men; that is he not only loved but respected them all. What gave him his extraordinary personal power was this: that from the Pope to the beggar, from the Sultan of Syria in his pavilion to the ragged robbers crawling out of the wood, there was never a man who looked into those brown burning eyes without being certain that Francis Bernadone was really interested in him, in his own individual inner life from the cradle to the grave; that he himself was valued and taken seriously.” Dear legionaries that is pure Legion spirituality.

The other quotation goes as follows: “Francis’s entire life was attuned to this basic note of joy. With imperturbable calmness and cheerfulness of mind he sang to himself and to God songs of joy in his heart. His ceaseless endeavour was to keep himself interiorly and exteriorly in a joyous mood. In the intimate circle of his brothers he likewise knew how to sound the pure key note of joyfulness and to make it swell to such full harmony that they felt themselves raised to an almost heavenly atmosphere. The same joyful note pervaded the converse of the Saint with his fellow men. Even his sermons despite their burden of penance became hymns of gladness, and his mere appearance was an occasion of festive joy for all classes of people.” I often think that joy is the only infallible sign of the presence of Mary in any individual or group.

Anyhow these are the two qualities I noticed in Pope Francis in his first few days as successor of St. Peter. The Legion should watch him closely and pray for him and Benedict his predecessor.

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Concilium Bulletin March 2013
April 2013
REPORTS

AFRICA

ANGOLA
Luanda Regia: The elections of the President and Vice President of the Comitium of Cabinda were ratified in January this year. The Regia minutes state that with the ratification of these elections, it should be noted that 14 years of crisis in that Diocese have passed, and with the grace of God, have come to an end. Great satisfaction, therefore, was shown with the holding of these elections. The Secretary of a Comitium, attached to the Regia, represented the Legion at the Pan African Congress in Cameroon. She reported on the Congress at the October meeting and mentioned having contact with the Concilium representatives. Mass was celebrated and a conference was held to mark the Legion’s 91st anniversary. The 61st anniversary of the start of the Legion in Angola was celebrated also.

Cape Verde Regia including Guinea Bissau on mainland Africa. There were 5 Comitia, 4 Curiae and 5 praesidia reports presented in the past 4 months. The affiliated Comitia and Curiae are spread over nine islands. The Regia reported setting up of a new Comitium and Curia in November. At the beginning of the year councils were encouraged to draw up plans for the year in consultation with the Parish Priest and Spiritual Director. Besides catechetical work for all ages, Legion work is directed to addicts, the conversion of youths and Bible training, which deepens faith in the members. A Comitium in the main island increased membership from 250 to 299 in a year and carried out 36 Exploratio Dominicalis projects. Plans are being made to promote the Legion in the extensive area of Guinea Bissau on the African mainland.

EGYPT
The correspondent received a programme of events for 2013 and their plans for the next 3 years. A General Conference was held in October. Two new Curiae have been established in Giza and Ismailia. A Comitium for the Southern Region, which covers the provinces of Sohag, Kena and Luxor was also established. The Officers met the Bishop of Sohag. It was reported that the approximate number of Egyptian Copts Catholics reached by the efforts of the Legion was about 50,000 persons. The Patriarch thanked all legionaries in this regard and expressed appreciation for this work. The Senatus mission for the next 3 years is that the Legion of Mary serves in the areas of the river Nile, Alexandria, Canal Region in accordance to the Legion Handbook by the end of 2015. They hope to increase the number of active members in Egypt to 5,000 members and 1,000 auxiliary members and they also hope to start the Patricians, Incolae Mariae, Exploratio Dominicalis, Peregrinatio Pro Christo and the Pioneers and sending extension workers to areas without the Legion.

GHANA
Accra Senatus: The Senatus has drawn up a list of activities for the Year of Faith, some of these include reviving dormant praesidia, extension, each praesidium has been asked to organise an Exploratio Dominicalis project and Legion Week is to be celebrated by all praesidia 1st-7th September. Tema Comitium held 3 projects with 94 legionaries participating, 3 new praesidia were formed. A Mass was held for The Servant of God Alfie Lambe in Accra Cathedral on 21st January. The Senatus organises monthly Frank Duff prayer sessions for his beatification.

LESOTHO
Loreto Comitium reported 262 families visited and 62 lapsed revived. Two Comitia reported low attendances. It has proved difficult to ascertain the number of legionaries in councils. At the February meeting seven praesidia reported attendances from 40% to 91%.

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town Senatus: Two new praesidia have been set up in the Senatus area. The Handbook has been translated into Afrikaans and quotations are being sought for printing it. All councils have carried out their annual audit. No news about the Legion in Namibia despite numerous requests. The Senatus president will visit the Concilium in September.

Johannesburg Senatus: Works undertaken include visitation of homes, hospitals, prisons, and homes for the mentally and physically disabled where Catholics and non-Catholics are contacted. 12 lapsed returned to the sacraments, one lady was lapsed for 20 years and another lapsed for 10 years. Both Catholics and non-Catholics are taught how to pray the Rosary. A Methodist lady knew how to say the Rosary and said it is a very powerful prayer. Five legionaries are catechists.
Durban Comitium: A praesidium of 15 members promotes Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and has contact with Hindus and Muslims.
Esigodeni Comitium: A letter was received in January and the Acies is planned for 16 March.

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COLOMBIA
Bogotá Senatus: 2 Regia, 1 Comitium, 1 Curia and 2 praesidia reported. The small number of directly attached praesidia has been highlighted to the Senatus. A Curia set up 4 new praesidia. A university praesidium manages a Book barrow in the college grounds. A Regia with 4,500 legionaries in 5 Comitia, 7 Curiae including a junior Curia and 5 praesidia, reported. There are 433 legionaries in the 18-40 year-old age group. A number of junior legionaries progressed to the senior ranks. Three legionaries plan to enter the seminary and a former legionary was ordained deacon. During visitation, a Comitium observed a lack of knowledge of the handbook. Also officers do not readily accept advice from visiting legionaries.

Medellin Senatus: An 11 year old girl wrote to say she was diagnosed with a bone infection. Her grandmother prayed to Frank Duff; during subsequent surgery, they discovered the infection had disappeared. Activities in the Senatus area include an apostolate to the elderly and the mentally ill, visiting prisons, pilgrimages to Marian shrines and the study of the apostolic letter Porta Fidei.

CUBA
Havana Comitium: Sr. Argáez and Sr. Buenfil from the Senatus of Merida in Mexico have returned from their visit to Cuba. They were very well received. The Legion exists in four of eleven Cuban dioceses. The Comitium has 8 directly attached praesidia and 9 Curiae; most Curiae have 3 and 4 praesidia. A few praesidia and Curiae had ceased to function because they were discouraged. They visited a number of praesidia, which gave them a good picture of how the Legion was functioning at base level. Advice was given by the visiting legionaries. They also gave time to administration with officers of the Comitium and Curiae. Transport is a very big problem. The legionaries wish to thank Concilium for the opportunity to carry out the visit. One of the officers of the Comitium of Havana wrote thanking Concilium for the visit.

PERU
Lima Senatus: Average attendance is 47% for praesidia, 74% for Curiae and 70% for Comitia. One patrician group is reported while junior praesidia and a junior Curia are mentioned. A new Comitium was set up in Tumbes in the north of Peru with 4 Curiae attached. The Regia in Arequipa reported street and park contact approaching staff from the nearby commercial area in particular. Medical personnel requested young legionaries to visit an orphanage to plan games and pray with the orphans.

PARAGUAY
Asuncion Senatus: The Senatus has 6 Comitia, 26 Curiae and 19 praesidia directly attached. 5 Councils exist outside the city of Ascuncion. A praesidium of 12 active members has 144 auxiliaries. Three Legionaries claim favours due to the intercession of Frank Duff. Works include visiting a home for invalids where they help with meal preparation and wash clothes for residents. Home visitation features in most praesidia and includes Bible reflections and teaching how to recite the Rosary. Exploration Dominicalis has achieved many converts and new members. Three new praesidia were set up in prisons including one in a women’s prison. A prison praesidium set up in 1999 has 12 active members, two probationers and 15 auxiliaries; their work includes visiting other prisoners for prayer and reflection on the Bible and the baptism of inmates. Ten prisoners received Confirmation. This praesidium has 4 officers and with limited resources holds a secret bag collection each week. 12 out of 15 young men studying for the priesthood in a Paraguayan Seminary got their vocations through Legion membership.

BOLIVIA
La Paz Senatus: The Senatus recently celebrated its 58th birthday. Mary de Sanjines has been re-elected for a second period. High on her list of recommendations to legionaries were recruiting and home visitation. One of the oldest praesidia reported setting up two new praesidia during the year. Some of the works done by legionaries are cooking, baking classes and marketing their produce as an income for poor families. The legionaries also teach Lectio Divina to their contacts. Special Alfie Lambe celebrations were held in January. In spite of postal difficulties most of the councils in the provinces are up to date with their correspondence.

CHILE
Santiago Senatus: The Senatus has a monthly bulletin, which gives reports of local and international Legion activities. A special article was written on the Mapuche indigenous families and special outreach is being made to them by the Senatus. Some Parish Priests request Exploratio Dominicalis for their parishes. Junior legionaries help out on the Legion Stand when parish associations display their apostolate and seek new members. Many councils report the continued return to the church from the sects. Prominent in themes for discussion is the formation of new legionaries. Legionaries continue to pray for their former Senatus President, Margarita Ponce, who is extremely ill.

URUGUAY
Montevideo Senatus: The absence rate at the Senatus meeting is as high as 39% in spite of efforts to improve. Fr Tommy Toal returned to Scotland on 12 February and will be sadly missed. Three Columban Drives resulted in 2 new members. 3 children were baptised in a Refugee Centre while 220 were present at a public Rosary.

VENEZUELA
Caracas Senatus: Prayer groups are set up in jails with the hope of them becoming praesidia. Many medical doctors have come from Cuba with little knowledge of God; some have requested baptism. 2 evangelists were baptised in Maracay. Pro-life talks were given to pregnant women. Several praesidia and nursery groups of young children were set up as a result of extension. Columban Drives and Maria et Patria projects are also mentioned. Work with indigenous peoples features strongly. Other works include carrying out parish census and enthronement of the Sacred Heart.

ECUADOR
Quito Senatus: Exploratio Dominicalis and extension feature in reports. A father, 42 years of age was baptised after legionary contact. A successful meeting of active legionaries including juniors and auxiliary members, organised by the Spiritual Director of Inca, is to be held annually. Cuenca Regia set up 11 praesidia in one year. A praesidium was closed by the priest due to disobedience of its members.

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PHILIPPINES
Western Visayas Senatus: The Senatus has 2 Archdioceses and 7 suffragan dioceses covering 2 small islands. All councils and praesidia reports give details of numerous baptisms, regularisation of marriages, arranging funerals, organising retreats and conversions to the Catholic Faith. 150 inmates were visited in prisons and the recitation of the Rosary was facilitated. Catechism is taught to 900 students in public schools. There is generous support from their Spiritual Directors and Bishops. The junior movement is also involved in the above works. Auxiliary membership is widely promoted.

Bicolandia Senatus: The Senatus will host the bi-annual conference in May. Works reported on were validation of marriages, promotion of the enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes, teaching catechism, visitation of jails and the recitation of the Rosary. In one Curia the legionaries pray the Rosary in every home during the month of October. 33 children were baptised, 4 received the sacrament of Confirmation and 24 patients in hospital were helped to go to Confession.

Mindanao Senatus: Reports were received of several conversions including a Muslim and an evangelist family. The correspondent queried how a praesidium of 25 members could complete their meeting in an hour and a half. The Senatus officers gave a power-point presentation on the Legion to 41 seminarians in Cagayon de Oro, which was followed by a fruitful discussion. Poor attendance of directly attached praesidia officers at council meetings continues to be a problem despite regular appeals for improvement. The growth of the Legion in an attached Regia is quite spectacular and has led to too many praesidia being attached to the Curia. They have been advised to form a new Curia.

Cebu Senatus: Attendance of officers is 99%. The Senatus commended the efforts of a Comitium for their propagating the Causes of Frank Duff, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe. A Curia held a symposium on the life of Edel Quinn and Frank Duff. San Carlos Seminary has 6 praesidia with 126 active members and with 97% attendance. Some of the works include teaching catechism, visiting the sick and bringing Holy Communion, campaigning for the sick to acquire wheelchairs and endeavouring to facilitate marriage validation for live in couples. Patrician meetings, Exploratio Dominicalis and returns to the sacraments were also mentioned in reports. Two legionaries entered the Franciscan and Rogationist Orders. The officers of a Regia were encouraged to remind the members to embark on some heroic works.

Northern Philippines Senatus: Attendance of officers was 98% and 71% for the attached praesidia. Malolos Regia covers 106 parishes. Four juniors graduated to senior ranks and 2 members entered the Seminary. Kalookan East Comitium reported 4 juniors graduated to senior ranks. A Congress and a Spiritual Directors night was held. Home visitation to 3,000 families resulted in 54 infants being baptised, 16 individuals wanted confirmation and 27 marriages were validated.

The two legionaries who visited Papua New Guinea reported on a very good adherence to the Legion system and many had to walk for days to attend meetings. Literacy is a problem. The Regia were visited.
Mount Hagen consists of 1 Archdiocese, 4 Dioceses, 8 Comitia, 5 senior Curiae and 5 directly attached praesidia.
Rabul consists of 1 Archdiocese, 3 Dioceses, 13 Comitia, 15 senior Curiae and 2 junior Curiae with 23 directly attached praesidia. Extension work is in progress in 4 all-girl junior praesidia. Membership is over 5,700 active and 2,900 auxiliary members. Attendance is low at meetings due to distance, transportation problems and financial reasons.
The Legionaries thanked the Senatus for sending them and the experience they gained was beyond any price or value.

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus: The treasurer’s books have finally been completed and brought up to date after a long period. The parish praesidia work hand in hand with the Parish Priest. They organise Rosary crusades and catechists assist in the parish sacramental programme. Street contact apostolate is very successful.

Solomon Island: A new correspondent has been appointed and communication has been re-established with the Bishop and Spiritual Director. A recent earthquake destroyed 5 villages. Seven new praesidia have been set up and all of them are in need of basic Legion material.

Melbourne Senatus: The apostolate includes door-to-door visitation, Pilgrim statue work, promotion of the Rosary, visits to the sick and bringing Holy Communion. Book-barrow work undertaken is helpful in promoting the Legion. Four junior praesidia and 5 senior Korean praesidia reported.

Perth Comitium: Extension and recruiting is ongoing. Legionaries supervised a Rosary bouquet for Our Lady’s Birthday, which involved several parishes. This event concluded with a concelebrated Mass at which Archbishop Costello was the principal celebrant.

Namosi Comitium in Fiji has 11 senior and 7 junior praesidia directly attached and it governs 3 Curiae. Door visitation to Indian homes is undertaken most of whom are non-Christians. Nauru Curia has 4 praesidia.

Christmas Island Comitium governs 3 senior and 3 junior Curiae.

Noumea Comitium in New Caledonia has 7 Curiae attached and is busily engaged in recruiting and extension.

Brisbane Comitium: Discussion took place on visiting in pairs. Extension to a remote area proved difficult to recruit. At the October meeting Fr. Kevin Curly from Papua New Guinea visited the meeting while he was there on holidays.

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: The first report of a praesidium of 17 members was read. The apostolate included home, hospital and nursing home visitation, church cleaning and altar serving. Also reporting was Hamilton Curia, Wellington Comitium and Nuku’alofa Curia in Tonga. Tonga is in need of extension. Other items noted were: an Auxiliary Rally held, Mass for the 3 Causes organised, returns to the sacraments as a result of home visitation, teaching catechism and running a book stall in a Church. Praesidia meetings are held in the Samoan, Tongan, Korean, Chinese and English languages.

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St. Peter and the Legion - February 2013
March 2013
By Fr. Bede McGregor OP
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary

Since the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the day on which Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will relinquish his Office as the Successor of St. Peter, I have been thinking of St. Peter a great deal and how blessed we have been in having such tremendous successors of the great apostle in modern times. These special days led me to reflect on St. Peter and his place in Legion spirituality.

We ask for the intercession of St. Peter at all our Legion meetings but there is much more than a simple invocation behind the place of Peter in the Legion. There is a rich vein of spirituality to be found in the New Testament account of the place of Peter in the life of Christ and the early Church. It is surely significant that he is mentioned by name 191 times in the New Testament which is more often than all the other apostles put together.

The Handbook puts the reason why St. Peter is one of the Patrons of the Legion very succinctly: ‘In invoking St. Peter, we express once again a Legion’s loyalty to Rome, the centre of our faith, the source of authority, discipline, unity.’ It is unthinkable that St. Peter would not be a key figure and focus in the spiritual ethos of the Legion.

Today I wish to focus on three questions that Our Lord put to St. Peter and which He puts to each one of us too. First, at Caesarea Philippi he asks: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ That is the foundational question in the New Testament and for our own personal history and the history of the world. Peter answers: ‘You are the Christ the Son of the Living God.’ That is the faith of every disciple of Jesus and the rock on which the Church is built and of course the mainstay of the Legion. That is the virtue which was so fundamental to Mary: ‘Blessed is she who believed.’ It is the gift that every legionary asks for and keeps on asking for from God and Mary. Mary leads us to faith in Jesus, true God and true man. Jesus is not someone we just fit into our lives as best we can; He is not just one figure in our lives among many others; No; He must be at the very centre of our lives, the one around whom everything else revolves. Faith cannot be compartmentalised into practice only at certain times or places but must animate the whole of our personal existence.

The second question Our Lord puts to Peter is: ‘Why did you doubt?’ You know the story well. The apostles were having a tough time at sea when Our Lord appeared to them walking on the water. They were terrified thinking it might be a ghost. But Peter spoke up: ‘Lord if it is you bid me to come to you across the water.’ And Jesus says: ‘Come!’ And Peter walks on the water but takes his eye off Jesus and panics and begins to sink. Jesus rescues him and puts to him the radical question that is also addressed to you and me: ‘Why did you doubt?’ Jesus is the Lord even of the humanly impossible and asks us for absolute trust in Him. Mary was told by Gabriel that nothing is impossible to God and she believes that and becomes the exemplar of the theological virtue of hope. The Legion asks Mary for a share in her unconditional trust in God. It is good for us to remember especially in these days that the Church belongs to Christ and indeed is the Risen Christ living and acting in and through us his Mystical Body. We have no reason to fear or doubt. We are called to be people of unconditional hope and joy in Christ no matter how difficult our circumstances may appear to be to us.

The third question that Jesus puts to Peter comes poignantly from the depths of his Sacred Heart: ‘Do you love Me?’ This question is so important that Our Lord asks it three times of Peter. This conversation between Jesus and Peter is one of the most moving dialogues in the New Testament. Our Lord is making a supremely important point: before Peter can feed the lambs and sheep he must love Jesus and truly love the Church. Love must be the source and motive of all pastoral activity in the Church. The theological virtue of charity is the soul of every apostolate. Once more we see Mary as the exemplar of the virtue of charity. That is why the Legion treasures the title of Mary as the Immaculate Heart. She can be defined in terms of the utter selflessness of her maternal heart: her love for Jesus and we his brothers and sisters in his mystical Body.

Even in this very brief reflection on the message of the Gospel in the life of St. Peter we see the centrality of the theological virtues in the life of an authentic disciple of Jesus. These three virtues immerse us directly in the inner life of God the inner life of the Church in Christ. In the concluding prayer of the Tessera we pray for all three of these great gifts. They constitute the deepest life of the Legion. St. Peter intercede for all our legionaries throughout the world that they may truly live the great virtues of faith, hope and above all love.
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Concilium Bulletin February 2013
March 2013
AFRICA

BURUNDI
Gitega Senatus: Legionaries continue to promote the De Montfort’s True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin among youth by forming groups known as the “Friends of Montfort” and the Confraternity of Mary Queen of our Hearts. The Senatus joined spiritually in the Dublin Eucharistic Congress. All the usual works are undertaken. The Acies ceremonies for juniors are planned in the primary and secondary schools.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui Senatus: Minutes indicate that there is an ongoing commitment to apostolic work, dealing with troubled families, counselling drug abusers, advising girls against abortion, visiting taverns where prostitution occurs. Spiritual motives are put before those contacted and a high degree of success is achieved. Most councils are forming Legion nurseries and these are progressively turned into junior praesidia and these juniors are continuing their Legion membership into the senior ranks. The only contributions required of legionaries are those made to the ‘secret bag’.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Kinshasa Senatus: This Senatus has not sent minutes since last reporting and the council governs the Regiae at Matadi, Kikwit, Mbandaka and Kisangani.

Kananga Senatus governs the Legion in the Kasai with a Regia at Mbuji-Mayi for the province of East Kasai. Two representatives Pia Makenga and Henri Kaite visited this council with good results.

Bukavu Senatus: Two new Comitia have been set up in the parishes of Bunyakiri and Ciherano. Some of the main works undertaken by legionaries are recruiting, visiting prisoners; catechetical work, marriages regularised, reception into the Church, youth work and mediating between disputing families. 29 officers attended a two-day retreat; legionaries attended a special day for refugees at the Marian Grotto of Lukananda and a special Mass organised by the National Conference of Bishops of the Congo.

Lubumbashi Regia: Visits are planned to distant councils after all relevant information and statistics have been assembled.

Butembo Senatus: Legion meetings are well attended by councils affiliated to the Senatus and visits to the two recently installed Regiae of Beni and Lubero took place during the year. The Bishop of Butembo-Beni officiated at the opening ceremony of the Year of Faith. The Senatus celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Legion in the Diocese. They hope to set up 4 Comitia in 2013 in a new diocesan parish. Works of evangelisation continue: marriages blessed, children introduced to the Mass and the Rosary, visits to the sick including Protestants and baptism arranged. People are brought back to religious practice and converts received into the Church. Prayers are requested for those suffering as a result of war.

RWANDA
Kigali Senatus: In 2006 Catholic population of Rwanda was reported as 56.5%. Cyangugu Comitium has 3,063 members, Janja Comitium with 1,020 members, Shangi Comitium with 2741, and Gikongoro Comitium has 4,870 members but the number of auxiliary members is very low.

MAURITIUS
The Regia is working well. The Legion celebrated 72 years in Mauritius on 30th September. The junior movement is working on the island.

REUNION
Works reported were home and hospital visitation, ministry of the Eucharist to the sick, teaching Catechism, street contact, visiting mortuaries and accompanying priests on home visits. The Curia in Madagascar had two praesidia reporting on recent elections.

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ASIA

Sinapore Senatus: Fourteen legionaries including the Senatus President attended the inauguration of 3 new Curiae in Kenningau Comitium. Celebrations for the 62nd anniversary of the Legion in Sabah have taken place. It was reported that a praesidium was conducting a Patrician meeting ‘on line’, they were informed not to call it a Patrician meeting, as it has to follow ‘Handbook guidelines’. A Congress has taken place in Kuching Comitium.

Hong Kong Comitium: Comitium officers attended the bi-monthly meeting of the Hong Kong Central Council of Catholic Laity. In praesidia reports mention is made of Catechism classes, personal contacts, bringing elderly to Mass, parish work, Sunday school for conformation, visitation of elderly in their homes. There were two Curiae reports from the East and West side of Kowloon Peninsula, they have a total of 379 active members with 840 auxiliaries and 23 praetorians, some of their major assignments are Sunday schools, visitation of elderly homes, prisons, hospitals and street contacts.

Taiwan Senatus: Since the Eucharistic Congress there has been an increase in Eucharistic Adoration in Churches. In the past two years 9 new praesidia have been started including junior praesidia. There is an increase in home visitation and crowd contact work. A Spiritual Director of a Curia in Taiwan while on a visit to Korea saw legionaries doing crowd contact work late at night and was moved by it, and as a result praesidia in his Curia are now undertaking the same work mostly in parks at night time, this work was never done in Taiwan before. There is a significant increase in the numbers of auxiliaries, praetorians and adjutorians in Taiwan.

Kuala Lumpor Regia, Malaysia: Reports were taken from 3 directly attached praesidia. Works included home visits to Catholics and non-Catholics, repeat visits to sick and elderly. Visits to hospitals, nursing homes, old folks home and HIV centre. Council reports covered 11 Curiae, 83 senior and 5 junior praesidia with 822 active and 1,262 auxiliaries. Works included attending funerals and wakes, liturgy and communion ministers, visits to children’s home and prison, refugee homes, leprosy centre, youth group and book-barrow, promote Enthronement of the Sacred Heart and RCIA. There are 5 junior praesidia attached to 3 of these Curiae. Under extension 3 new praesidia were recorded.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: The attached Euijeongbu Comitium, which shows a small reduction in membership, has 10,425 active including 293 juniors and 1,287 praetorians and 16,000 auxiliaries and 590 adjutorians, 21,700 catechumens were recruited and 2,682 were baptised. Many councils, while still having large numbers of members, show a fairly considerable reduction in membership. The three Regia in Seoul Senatus with a membership of 45,481, show a reduction of 3,880. An article on the Legion of Mary in Seoul was published in the November edition of L’Osservatore Romano, among those interviewed in the article were Monsignor Yeon Soo-jung, Auxiliary Bishop of Seoul and Agnes Han, then President of Senatus.

Daegu Senatus: A new President and Vice-President were elected in September. A new Comitium was due to be established in the parish of Manchon-dong in January 2013. Senatus Officers attended the Annual general Reunion for legionaries in Hwawon Prison on the 12th December. Visitation to hospitals and welfare institutions feature in many reports. The Archbishop of Daegu invited Senatus Officers and Presidents of attached Comitia to an official dialogue and greeting to welcome New Year 2013.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: A report from Merauke (Papua) has some new praesidia including 2 junior praesidia. Works include prison visitation and helping the parish priest, also praying with deceased and bereaved people. Exploratio Dominicalis was carried out by 3 Curiae in Yogyakarta Comitium. Suakarta has 4 new junior praesidia. Blimbing Curia mentions a shortage of Spiritual Directors in senior and junior praesidia.

Jakarta Senatus: The Senatus celebrated its silver jubilee with Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Jakarta with 12 priests and an attendance of 1,650 people. Queen of Apostles Curia reported catechesis done during Lent and inviting people to come to Confession; also meeting with auxiliaries three times a year, visitation of a prison, holding a Patrician meeting, also mentioned was hospital visitation and teaching the Rosary. Medan Regia with a recent new Curia with 8 praesidia has another new one. In Sanggau Borneo the Bishop agreed to setting up a new council. A Comitium reported the teaching of the Tessera prayers to a group who became auxiliaries and later became active members.

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ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: Each month the Senatus bulletin, the translated Concilium bulletin and the monthly correspondent’s letter are circulated to their attached councils. The annual celebrations at Alfie’s graveside were organised by the Regia of Buenos Aires. Reports at the Senatus meetings tell of a variety of works including an apostolate to shopkeepers. In one of the main squares/plazas in Buenos Aires city the Legion altar is used; sale of books needs a permit. Legionaries work actively with drug addicts. Councils in Patagonia meet many non-Catholics, some who are descendants of immigrant Welsh, English and Germans.

Cordoba Senatus: Since August, only one praesidium report was mentioned in the minutes. 58 legionaries went to a small remote town on extension and left behind tesserae, medals, Rosaries, etc. A Congress organised by the Senatus had 85 in attendance including two Spiritual Directors; most were from the attached Comitium of Rio Cuarto.

Salta Senatus: The Youth Committee, two of whom are Senatus officers, are a great help to the Senatus officers. Junior and young adult legionaries work closely with senior legionaries on home visitation and street contact. One of the newest Curiae held a Model Praesidium meeting. This was one of Alfie Lambe’s ideas for helping legionaries.
Corrientes Regia: Attendance was low at the December meeting. They report setting up two new Curiae and wanting to become a Comitium.
Rosario Regia: There is an extension committee working in the Regia and three new praesidia were set up. A Comitium reported that among works done are weekly home visitation with the statue of Our Lady; visits to the sick in their homes and hospitals; street contact work and teaching catechism. They did parish census at the request of the Parish Priest.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: In the city of Amapá, of 600 families visited almost half were practising Catholics while 46 claimed not to practise any religion. The result was that 12 were led to seek Baptism. In the town of Soure the Comitium reported over a thousand Rosaries recited in homes. In the recently established Regia of Castanhal a new Curia and a Comitium have been established.

Belo Horizonte Senatus: Contact with street dwellers resulted in the return of some of their families. Poorer women are taught skills that can help them earn a living. Prison visitation involves preparation for the Sacrament of Confession and participation in the Sacrament of Eucharist. Most councils have a full complement of officers.

Fortaleza Senatus: A new President was elected in October. Reports show visits to homes, to the sick and to prisoners and teaching catechism.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: Among works reported on were visits to building sites where leaflets with the prayer to St. Joseph the Worker were distributed. Three couples belonging to sects returned to the Church.

Recife Senatus: Results of work included many who have learnt how to recite the Rosary, getting youth to be involved in the Church’s work, conversions from non-practice to active Legion membership, freedom from depression. At the latest census this Senatus had 80,000 active members. It is hoped that at least one legionary from Recife will be able to visit Angola on behalf of the Concilium.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Preparations are well under way for the World Youth Day in July. Apostolate of the sick involves bringing them to the doctor, preparing their meals and even staying overnight to be of service. In Volta Redonda, a legionary directs a trade retraining course and all 58 participants are juniors forming therr praesidia.

Salvador Senatus: An Exploratio Dominicalis project was involved in the visitation of 150 homes. Reports from two Curiae in the tourist town of Araci refer to catechesis for reception of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as Bible circles. Legionaries in the upmarket beach resort of Stella Maris include with normal works co-ordination of the Rosary in apartment buildings. They are also involved in the pastoral programme for children.

São Luis Senatus: Among the statistics of works done are the following: 12,000 visits to homes, catechesis given to 228 people in preparation for reception of the Eucharist and to 236 youths and adults for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the holding of 292 Bible circles. Apostolate to the sick involved bringing the Blessed Eucharist three thousand times to sick and housebound and escorting several hundred medical consultations. Prison apostolate includes reaching out to prisoners and their families. A signed annual audit was sent with the minutes.

São Paulo Senatus: Visits to homes and hospitals including HIV patients and to the sick at home, visits to domestic servants and preparing adults and children for the sacrament are among works undertaken. One Comitium reported 27 adults prepared for First Holy Communion. Rev. Fr. Ivan Roberto Danhoni, who has been Senatus Spiritual Director for many years, celebrated the Silver Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood in November 2012.
Brasilia Regia: Twelve of the 65 seminarians are members of the praesidium in the senior seminary. Public recitation of the Rosary and public reading from the Bible take place in a city suburb. A 14-year old member convinced a fellow student not to have an abortion.

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EUROPE

AUSTRIA
Austria Senatus: The Senatus held a Summer School for young people with participants from Croatia and Bulgaria. Reports were received from 3 directly attached praesidia, 9 Curiae and 10 Comitia. Two of the reporting praesidia are Croatian speaking and work among the 35,000 Croatians living in Vienna. Their works include promotion of the Sacrament of Confession, contact with unmarried couples and sending letters to prisoners. A nine member English speaking African praesidium carries out an apostolate to sick and depressed African immigrants. Northwest Vienna Curia with 4 praesidia and Maria Treu Curia with 8 praesidia have merged. The Filipino praesidium is undertaking extension in the Filipino communities in Burgerland, Linz and Salzburg. Unter Dem Wienerwald Comitium: organised a meeting for Spiritual Directors at which 30 Priests attended. Burgenland Comitium plans holding a Congress to mark the Year of Faith. Works undertaken generally centre on contact work during pilgrimages and Nazareth groups for children.

BULGARIA
Local legionaries work with the Austrian extension worker. A Congress is planned for 2013. Officers of the 7 praesidia have been officially appointed by the Senatus.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague Comitium has ongoing extension in 6 places. Olmuetz Comitium reported on an Exploratio Dominicalis project to Prerov where a man received the Sacraments after 65 years.

MOLDAVIA
Every large parish has a praesidium but working in pairs is challenging for them.

SLOVAKIA
Zseliz Comitium with 3 Curia and 12 praesidia continues to extend. It conducts an apostolate to both Hungarian and Slovakian speaking communities. It organised 6 summer camps.

UKRAINE
Elisabeth Kriss visited Schitomir Comitium, 4 Curiae and 5 praesidia. The Archbishop in Kiev is a strong supporter of the Legion. The Legion in Zaporosche is preparing a new Russian Tessera and a new Legion website. Kamenets Curia is organising a Peregrinatio Pro Christo (PPC) to Nikolaev and Donetsk. The Legion has started in the Greek Catholic Church.

BELARUS
Belarus Comitium: 7 of the 10 attached Curiae attended the October meeting and 4 attended the November meeting. Attendance of Officers of 8 directly attached praesidia was approximately 50% and 40%. Our Lady of Budslav praesidium in Minsk has 11 active members, 1 Praetorian and 40 Auxiliaries. They visit ill people at home and in hospital, in an asylum and a care home where they prepare Catholics for Confession. They contact alcohol and drug addicted people in a rehabilitation centre and encourage them to go to Church especially on Sundays and Holy Days to receive the Sacraments and to pray regularly. In the course of street contact with young people they speak about the Faith, about Life Protection and Pre-marital purity. Patricians continue to meet in Molodechno Curia. Borisov Curia report that a very ill Orthodox lady went to Confession after 15 yrs. Same Curia reports that in Zhodeno a Catholic Enquiry Centre has started with 50 interested persons. Mogilev Curia has a new junior praesidium of 10 members. Extension efforts are ongoing. Comitium is saddened at losing their Spiritual Director, Fr. Jury Nachodko who has transferred to Brest.

CROATIA:
Zagreb Regia: All Councils report extension efforts with the setting up of new praesidia and the first Curia established in the Archdiocese of Rijeka. The apostolate of legionaries in Zagreb West Curia resulted in 77 people receiving the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion and 14 people the Anointing of the Sick. Legionaries from Dugo Selo celebrated the birthday of Frank Duff with a cycling trip to Posavski where Holy Mass was celebrated. A new apostolate undertaken by legionaries in Split-East Curia is visitation of betting shops and cafes where Miraculous Medals are offered to contacts and reception of the Sacraments encouraged. A sales lady in a sex shop visited accepted the Miraculous Medal and after some time received the Sacraments and left that employment. Her brother did the same and joined a prayer group. Exploratio Dominicalis was mentioned in 2 reports. On the 16th September Mira Urle, one of the first legionaries in Croatia celebrated her 100th birthday.

BOSNIA HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 Praesidia with 51 active members and 183 Auxiliaries. People with material aid needs are put in contact with relevant agencies. Visitation of family homes, hospitals and care homes are amongst the works done.

SLOVENIA
There are 2 praesidia in Ljublijena. Four legionaries from Croatia and 3 from Slovenia presented the Legion at 2 Sunday Masses in St. Anthony of Padua Parish. The response from parishioners did not result in the formation of a praesidium.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia: The Legion is in 10 of the 12 Dioceses in the country. The Regia comprises 5 Comitia; 10 Curiae and 20 directly attached Praesidia spread throughout 4 Dioceses. In addition there are 2 Curiae in Romania with a total of 19 praesidia attached to the Regia and a Curia in Ukraine with 11 Praesidia attached to Debrecen Comitium. They comprised Hungarian-speaking communities in both of these countries. Visitation of praesidia and attached Councils is not being done due to lack of money. They say all available resources are used for Extension. Each month minutes reports on extension efforts and setting up of new praesidia. Works, which feature in reports are visitation of hospitals and care homes where the sick and elderly are helped to receive the Sacraments; the Pilgrim Virgin Statue is brought to homes; the Rosary is recited before burials. Legionaries in one praesidium organised street apostolate. In crèches and schools they teach children prayers and songs. Csiksomlyo Curia in Romania operates Bible classes for primary and secondary school children.

LATVIA
Riga Comitiuim has 12 directly attached praesidia and 3 attached Curiae. One of the praesidia reporting visits a centre for people suffering from addiction and arranged for 70 persons to receive Confession. Another praesidium organise a day for youth once a month. There are talks given on the Catholic Faith with opportunity for the young people to ask questions and discuss any problems they may have about faith. Light refreshments and music follow. Rezekne Curia reported the start of a praesidium, which had been closed for a long time. Liepija Curia held 2 recruiting drives to build up 2 very weak praesidia. 5 people joined active ranks and 15 auxiliaries were gained.

LITHUNIA
Kaunas Comitium has 18 directly attached praesidia and 7 attached Curiae. Extension efforts and visitation of praesidia were reported. A praesidium of 7 members engaged in home visitation reported on marriages blessed in Church, children baptised, returns to the Sacraments after long absences. A young girl met started going to Mass. As a consequence all her family returned to practice of the Faith and 2 of them joined the Legion. Mediatrix of All Graces Curia reported the start of a new praesidium in Krekenava with 5 members. Telsiai Comitium: Legionaries in the course of hospital visitation were instrumental in 2 ladies going to Confession after 30 years, 3 men after 50 years and a deaf 76 year-old man after 50 years. Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Curia: Legionaries in the course of homes visitation found 19 children without baptism and 2 couples without the Sacrament of Marriage. The priest was brought to 194 patients in hospital with the Sacraments.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: Visitation of praesidia and councils are carried out regularly. Enclosed retreats and days of recollection are organised. Contact is kept with auxiliary members. Extension efforts by Tarnob Sheg Comitium resulted in 7 people making the Legion Promise and 13 in Ni Polansue. Works undertaken are home-to-home, prison and hospital visitation. Contact is made with lapsed Catholics, Jehovah Witnesses and persons with addiction. A night shelter is visited regularly. On Street Apostolate the Miraculous Medal is promoted. 3,000 copies of Pope Benedict’s Letter for the Year of Faith were distributed. Warsaw Comitium: Minutes indicate solid work in administration with the praesidia from Gdynia in the North making the long journey to attend Comitium for the first time. Membership in the Comitium’s 8 directly attached city praesidia averages 10 active and 20 auxiliary members. The attached Curiae of Zoliborz and Plock have 10 and 11 praesidia respectively. Thanks to Maria Elizbieta Kowalczyk who completed her second term as President in October. Jolanta Widenka is the new President. Fr. Stefan Gralak, Praesidium and Curia Spiritual Director for many years died in November. Fr. Boguslaw MIC, Comitium Spiritual Director and Fr. Janusz Wegracke at national level continue their valued support.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia has 15 praesidia, 2 Curiae and 2 Comitia affiliated. There are 3 Nazareth groups, 9 children’s groups and 337 Prayer groups. During year 2012 sixteen lapsed Catholics returned to practice after a long time. The apostolate of the legionaries includes promotion of Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament, hospital and prison visitation as well as to the sick and housebound.

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The Ecumenical Commitment - January 2013
March 2013
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary

The Ecumenical Commitment
January 2013

The Year of Faith is already well underway. We have been asked by Pope Benedict to celebrate in a special way the 50th Anniversary of the launching of the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. Today I want to reflect on ecumenism as one of the great themes and commitments of the Council and suggest that the Legion all over the world should renew and recommit itself to this sublime but difficult task. But first let me stress the importance of all the teaching of the Councils for the present and future of the Legion.

We remember the words of Blessed John Paul II in his Encyclical on Ecumenism, Ut Unum Sint, that they may be one: ‘the best preparation for the new millennium can only be expressed in a renewed commitment to apply, as faithfully as possible, the teachings of Vatican II to the life of every individual and the whole Church.’ Then in his first message to the Church Pope Benedict quotes the Spiritual Testament of Blessed John Paul: ‘I am convinced that for a very long time the new generations will draw upon the riches that this Council of the 20th century gave to us.’ Then he adds: ‘I too, as I start in the service that is proper to the Successor of Peter, wish to affirm with force my decided will to pursue the commitment of Vatican Council II, in continuity with the millennia-old tradition of the Church.’ So the imperative to implement the Vatican Council binds the whole Church and the Legion must be enthusiastic to do so too.

We recall that our Founder was invited as an Observer to the Council by Pope Paul himself, and how diligently he studied the documents of the Council. He was definitely a man of the Council. The last edition of the Handbook to come out before his death was enriched with many quotations from the Council documents. But we are well aware that the Council was interpreted in many different ways and sometimes with very harmful effects for the Church. These aberrations disturbed Frank Duff very much as is clear from many of his letters between 1965 – 1980. But he rejoiced in the teachings of the Council especially its teaching concerning Mary. The secret of his serenity in the midst of this turmoil was his total fidelity to the Conciliar and post Conciliar teaching of the Magisterium of the Church. This must always be the secret of the Legion. We must grow and develop in harmony with the authentic teaching of the Church.

Now let us consider the teaching of the Church on Ecumenism. The opening words in the Council Document on ecumenism are: ‘The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council.’ It then goes on to say about the divisions among Christians: ‘Certainly such divisions openly contradict the will of Christ, scandalises the world and damages that most holy cause, the preaching of the Gospel to every creature.’

So, first of all we need to be convinced that Christian Unity is a primary task of the Church and the individual Christian. Blessed John Paul sums this up as follows: ‘Thus it is absolutely clear that ecumenism, the movement promoting Christian unity, is not just some sort of appendix which is added to the Church’s traditional activity. Rather ecumenism is an organic part of her whole life and work, and consequently must pervade all that she is and does.’ So too for the Legion ecumenism is not just one among many activities of the Legion but must belong to her very soul and be a dimension of everything she thinks and undertakes. That was certainly the case with our Founder.

Secondly, we must at least engage in what the Council and the recent popes have called ‘spiritual ecumenism.’ This consists in three major things: first we must pray for Christian unity not just during the Octave of Prayer but always. It should be an integral part of our prayer life. This is what Our Lord Himself did. Shortly before he died he prayed earnestly to the Father that we would all be one and then he laid down his life for Christian unity. Unity is a gift of God and is not a purely human achievement by purely human means. We rejoice at all that has already been achieved in ecumenical activity, we have come to realise more and more that we have more in common than divides us but hard experience has also taught us the immense difficulties and obstacles that remain. In short we must pray incessantly for the gift of Christian unity of all Christians.

Of course we must try to know our Catholic faith as fully and deeply as possible so that we can share it with our separated brothers and sisters. Then most of all we both need to work on our ever deeper conversion to Christ so that both of us by drawing closer to Christ we necessarily draw closer to each other. Conversion is the most fundamental task of ecumenism.

Where does Mary fit into this ecumenical imperative? Well, during the Council Pope Paul declared Mary to be the Mother of the Church and as Mother nothing must pain her more than the divisions in the Body of Christ her Son. Unity is a self-evident desire of the Heart of Mary. Therefore it must be an essential part of all true devotion to her. Mary is also the sublime model for ecumenical activity. She is the great listener to the Word of God. She continuously ponders on what she hears. She is totally Christocentric but she is not only the Mother of Christ since her maternity has been brought about by the Holy Spirit and she is full of the Holy Spirit who is the ultimate source of all unity. And if we think that the task of ecumenism is impossible, she learnt at the Annunciation that nothing is impossible to God. And lastly she is pre-eminent in humility that is one of the preconditions for a true ecumenism. Pope Benedict speaks so beautifully of her humility: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord (Lk 1:46)’. In these words she expressed her whole programme of life. She wants to magnify God, not herself. She is lowly: her only desire is to be the handmaid of the Lord (Lk 1:38). She is a woman of hope, Mary is a woman of faith, Mary is a woman who loves. We see it in the humility with which she recedes into the background during Jesus’ public life. (Deus Caritas Est n. 41). So the spirit of Mary is the perfect examplar of all authentic ecumenical activity.

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Concilium Bulletin January 2013
March 2013
Concilium Bulletin - January 2013

AFRICA

IVORY COAST
The Senatus is working well under its new President. The process of setting up two Regiae to look after the north, the middle and the west of the country has shown that the Legion is well organised and well officered and has been able to recover quickly from the disruption of civil war. In fact the Senatus itself only missed one scheduled meeting when fighting was in the city and made up with a hastily convened session. The Senatus will now have to consider when is the appropriate moment to visit the Republic of Mali in view of the unsettled state of that country.

REPUBLIC OF BENIN
Cotonou Regia is doing an excellent administrative job which also reveals weaknesses where they exist such as absence of Praetorian or Adjutorian members, poor attendance at some council meetings. The Regia has been invited to join the legionaries of neighbouring Togo when they celebrate the 500th meeting of Lomé Regia, which is in a different country just 100 miles away.

REPUBLIC OF GABON
This country is under the caretakership of the Regia of Cotonou, Benin Republic. The visit carried out in 2012 has laid the foundations for new growth and a proper administrative network.

BURKINA FASO
Minutes from Ouagadougou Comitium indicate that the Comitium is now meeting monthly although quarterly meetings have a big attendance and other meetings appear to be confined to the Curiae summoned to report. Fr. Nareisse Kiswensida who visited Concilium some years ago, remains their devoted Spiritual Director.

TOGO
Lomé Regia: In November 2012 the 500th Regia meeting was held. For the occasion, visitors from the Senatus of Accra, Abidjan and Cotonou Regia were welcomed. The Curia of Pagouda was raised to Comitium status and the new Curia of Adidome was affiliated to Lomé Regia. The theme for the coming year for the Regia is: “Providing a good formation for the young to guarantee a magnificent future to the Church”. They are planning a Youth Conference this year and preparing a Peregrinatio Pro Christo (PPC) project to Ghana for which they are inviting legionaries from neighbouring countries, the Regia is exploring the possibility of organising a PPC team to the Ivory Coast or Burkina Faso. Congresses, Patrician meetings, Exploratio Dominicalis, and prison visitation are all mentioned in the reports. Most Councils have junior legionaries and numerous contacts with Muslims.
Bata Comitium: The Comitium reported that there are now English and French speaking praesidia, the members are mostly Nigerians working in the country. They have requested Tessera and Handbooks in French and English.

BRAZZAVILLE
Congo Regia: A new Regia Spiritual Director was appointed. The officers of the Regia met with the Archbishop of Brazzaville, His Excellency, Monsignor Milandou, to give reports of the work of the Legion in the Congo and to thank him for his ongoing support. Visitation of councils and praesidia is undertaken regularly by Regia Officers. Reports include large numbers undertaking catechetical instruction and many returns to the Sacraments. Many of those contacted agree to come and pray in the Catholic Church. One Curia organised a retreat on ‘The power of Mary’s prayer’ at which 175 legionaries attended. A praesidium with 21 active and 11 auxiliary members undertake home and hospital visitation and also visit the housebound, prisoners, widows and orphans. Reports of their work included 2 people undertaking catechetical instruction, one person requesting Baptism, a Marriage, which was regularised and a couple who were reconciled following contact with the legionaries.

CAMEROON
Douala Senatus: Yaoundé Regia reports that the 2 Comitia in the Diocese of Bafia are in full expansion and are hoping to set up 7 new Comitia. Every Council in the Regia is urged to set up new junior praesidia in the Diocese of Nkongsamba. One junior Curia in Yaoundé, during street apostolate, encounters young street girls and drug addicts. Buea Comitium reported 48 returned to Mass, 42 returned to the Sacraments, 4 new junior praesidia were set up, totalling 45 active members, 92 conversions, 19 marriages regularised and also run Patrician groups.

CHAD
Mgr. Kouraleyo Tarounga reported that at the Bishops’ Conference, which was held last December, the visit by the Senatus of Douala was warmly welcomed and that preparations are under way to organise the details.

ECUATORIAL GUINEA
Malabo Comitium: The Comitium is setting up two new Curiae. The former officers of the Comitium are helping the newly elected officers with their responsibilities and duties. Street contact apostolate has been initiated.

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MEXICO

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: The reports were from 2 Regia, 5 Comitia, 8 Curiae and 3 praesidia. A number of both junior and senior praesidia have been set up, however, a junior praesidium had to be closed. A praesidium of 10 members contacts addicts in parks; they also speak to cleaners and security personnel in the metro station. A praesidium with 30 members has been set up in a jail after repeated visits. Prisoners are allowed to visit different cells as part of their Legion apostolate. An attached Comitium set up 4 new praesidia.

Merida Senatus (Mexico): Two legionaries from the Merida Senatus will visit Cuba from the 7th February to 1st March, they ask for prayers for the success of the visit. Some praesidia are encouraging the auxiliaries to consider the Adjutorian degree of membership. All are invited to the Acies. The Auxiliaries are also offered the three prayer leaflets. An attached Comitium set up 9 praesidia. One Curia organised a ceremony and blessing for pregnant mothers. Four junior praesidia were set up.

Léon Regia: At the request of a Parish Priest a few praesidia took part in an intensive project of visitation, a type of census. The project concluded with confession, a procession with Benediction followed by Holy Mass and finally a “fiesta”. While the legionaries met some practising Catholics and they concluded that the project was very positive, they encountered many who have discontinued the practice of the faith, others who had transferred to other sects or other religions, and many not well intentioned people. It was also their conclusion that sincere prayer and solid Legion work are very necessary.

Durango Regia: An attached Comitium with 15 praesidia and 5 Curiae reported setting up two new praesidia. As well as solid home visitation, the legionaries teach catechism both in the homes and in the parish and visit the prison weekly.

Hermosillo Regia: Two praesidia set up a third in a neighbouring parish. There are 9 members in the new praesidium. An attached Curia explains and reflects the gospel of the day in the homes. They also teach catechism.

CENTRAL AMERICA

NICARAGUA
Managua Regia: The Regia has 17 praesidia, 2 junior Curiae, 4 senior Curiae and 1 Comitium attached. The attendance of the directly attached praesidia is 50%. The attached Comitium of Leon is very active with the juniors. Legionaries bring the parents of children together to help them with the Christian education of their children resulting in 12 children being baptised.

Panama Regia: A praesidium reported that they organise Masses by sectors in their parish at the request of the parish priest, while other praesidia report bringing neighbours together for discussion and prayer. One praesidium was set up.

Honduras Senatus: The Senatus is working well but no further information is available.

EL SALVADOR
San Salvador Senatus: Home visitation is carried out by almost all the praesidia resulting in returns to the sacraments including many who returned from the sects, First Holy Communions are reported and one young girl 15 years of age was baptised at Easter. Juniors are numerous and active, two young girls provide a hairdressing service in the homes of the elderly. Permission has been given to set up a praesidium in the prison.

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ASIA

INDIA
Karnataka Senatus: This Senatus has 5 Comitia, 12 Curiae and 15 praesidia and continues to be a strong and committed council with a dedicated Spiritual Director. Efforts have been made to increase auxiliary membership and councils, no matter how distant, have been visited. In addition to the usual works of home and hospital visitation, Patricians, teaching of catechism is carried out. One Curia and 4 praesidia were set up during the year. Good relationships with Moslems and Hindus.

Mumbai Senatus: The Senatus was inaugurated on the 6th January with Bishop Percival Fernandez and 350 legionaries present. Extension teams are sent monthly to distant places with many new praesidia formed. Many have come into the Church including 18 in the care of one praesidium. Goa Diocese has 3 Comitia with 3,683 legionaries.

Pondicherry Senatus: A new Comitium of 7 Curiae with 2,484 members was set up at Viriyur, leaving the Senatus with 5 Comitia, 10 Curiae and 20 praesidia. They ask for prayers as the Neelam cyclone caused much damage in their area.

Kottar Regia: There are 4 Comitia, 14 Curiae and 11 praesidia attached to the Regia. A new Curia was inaugurated by Most Rev. Peter Remigius, Bishop of Kottar. 2,000 took part in a Rosary rally organized by Marathandam Comitium. Our Lady is promoted, people were helped to give up alcohol and AIDS patients were tended to.

Visakhapatnam Comitium: 12 praesidia were set up in a 6-month period. The new Bishop Rev. M. Prkash visited the August meeting and along with 800 legionaries also attended the annual reunion. Teaching catechism, prison ministry and helping AIDS patients’ features in reports.
Coimbatore Comitium: Extension is undertaken with new praesidia starting in September and October. They set out plans for youth, Patricians and promotion of the 3 Causes for 2013.
Port Blair Comitium (Andaman Islands): A six-monthly reported is awaited from this council.
Calcutta Comitium: A request has been made for the minutes to include some details about the reporting praesidia and councils. A new English speaking praesidium started. The annual audit was carried out.

Chennai: The Spiritual Director, Fr. Anthony, sent a report on the activity of members in the Archdiocese. There are 18 Curiae and 12 praesidia, with 4,634 members answerable to their respective parish priests. Many are prepared for Baptism, 759 lapsed returned and 812 non-Christians and non-Catholics were brought into the Church.

THAILAND
A praesidium of 9 active and 116 auxiliaries shares the good news with workers in night clubs, bars and night markets. They also work among the many disadvantaged young people and arranged for the Baptism of 3 taxi drivers.

SHI LANKA
The junior Curia in Colombo has 12 praesidia, 5 in schools, 5 in parishes and 2 in a seminary with a total of 105 active and 40 auxiliary members. They invite students to take part in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Mass and Rosary. Seminarians help the elderly including elderly priests. Chilaw Comitium has 4 Curiae with 1,004 active and 350 auxiliary members. Works include helping to prepare people for the sacraments, visiting the sick and conducting funeral services.

KAZAKHSTAN
Two legionaries travelled 4 hours and 3 more travelled 2 hours to be at the Curia meeting. The reporting praesidium in Tshkavolva has 8 active and 17 auxiliary members. They visit, pray and sing hymns with the sick and lonely and have good discussions with them. They say they received great encouragement from the visit made to them by Elisabeth Kriss who keeps in touch with them. The new praesidium she started in Jasnaya Polana has 11 members.

HOLY LAND
600 members attended the Congress in November with the main themes being centred upon the Eucharist, Spiritual Directors and the Legion Handbook. Much emphasis has been on extension to villages, especially those without priests. A praesidium in Ramallah visited 60 homes with the Madonna and recited the Rosary with the families. A second praesidium started in the Spanish girls’ school but the one in the boys’ school closed.

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EUROPE

BELGIUM
Brussels Senatus: There is hope of a praesidium in Crozon, Brittany following a PPC project.
Antwerp Senatus: Four Spiritual Directors attend their annual reunion. Visitation to hospitals, the elderly and housebound, a prayer group and promotion of the Sacrament of Reconciliation were mentioned.

DENMARK
A praesidium of 12 members in Copenhagen promotes Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and undertakes home and hospital visitation.

FRANCE
Paris Regia: This Regia consists of 5 Curiae and 27 praesidia. A legionary from Versailles Curia spent 3 weeks in Madagascar working with 3 officers from the local Curia in Morondava visiting councils and praesidia there. A meeting was held with Bishop Bernard in October who encouraged legionaries to promote the Year of Faith. Bringing Vietnamese people to Mass and maintaining contact with the Haitian community were mentioned in reports.

Strasbourg Senatus: This council has 19 praesidia and 1 attached Curia with 3 praesidia. Extension efforts are taking place in 2 locations.
Valence Regia: Works include statue visitation and bringing Holy Communion to residents of nursing homes. Lyon Comitium was impressed with the PPC project to the parish by Austrian legionaries. Juniors in Chatearneuf de Galaure are very active giving witness among school friends.
Aire et Dax Regia: The praesidium in St. Sever has 9 active, 83 auxiliaries and some adjutorians. Visitation to nursing homes and catechesis is listed. 96 people stayed at the Permanence in Lourdes during the season.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: Extension efforts are ongoing; crowd contact at the Bull Ring and homosexual apostolate continues with good contacts. A PPC project in Littlemore resulted in one lady received into the Church at Easter and her husband returned to the practice of the faith. In Central Birmingham one contact is now taking instruction through the RCIA programme. The work of 30 juniors attached to Birmingham junior Curia includes distribution of Holy Water to homes and schools, Patricians and school Rosary groups, and in November 20 juniors and 5 seniors attended a planning meeting. Two returns to the Church were reported and a retreat for the lapsed was organised by Coventry Curia. Bristol Curia is working to build up weak praesidia. One non-Catholic was received into the Church and in South Birmingham three men in sheltered accommodation returned to the sacraments after many years.
Northampton Comitium has 9 praesidia and 1 Curia affiliated. Recruiting is ongoing and home and school visitation continues. Leicester Curia has a new praesidium involved in parish census, book barrow and home and hospital visitation. Legionaries were invited to address the students at the University.

Liverpool Senatus: Manchester Comitium has 2 Curiae and 6 praesidia. Juniors in Blackburn are focusing on the Year of Faith. The Comitium secretary is now studying for the priesthood in Maynooth. PPC was a major feature of the Warrington Curia report and Leigh Curia has 3 praesidia; permission was given for the Rosary in a school. In Fylde Curia junior legionaries are doing a Rosary project; another praesidium has set up a helpline for people with impaired vision. The new praesidium in Wirral Curia has 10 members.

Central London Curia: The Olympic Games provided legionaries with the opportunity to do contact work in hotels, parks, etc., speaking to visitors and tourists and giving information on the Catholic Church. A couple was helped prepare for their wedding, the man a nominal Catholic, the woman a Muslim; their 3 children have been baptised. The work in St. Patrick’s, Soho, continues; one ‘madam’ who had shut the door to legionaries on many previous occasions, accepted a Miraculous Medal for herself and one of the girls. A patient in hospital returned to the faith after an absence of 30 years.
Brentwood Comitium: Extension and recruiting drives are planned regularly by the Comitium in different parishes and have had good results. There were 52 at the annual retreat and the theme was on St. Therese of Lisieux and what people can do in the ‘Year of Faith’. In one of the reporting Curia two new praesidia were set up and great efforts are being made to increase the membership. There are 3 junior praesidia attached to this Curia. Four members went on PPC. Two former members are currently studying for the priesthood.
Hammersmith Curia: A monthly tea-party for senior citizens is organised and legionaries made a presentation based on the Rosary to the Union of Catholic Mothers.
Brent and Harrow Curia is planning a Congress with another North London Curia – a “first”. This arose following the visit by the Correspondent in September.
Southward Comitium: There are 8 praesidia attached to the Comitium. One Curia reports that home-to-home visitation continues; another Curia has 6 praesidia attached with 24 active, 123 auxiliaries, 4 praetorian and 2 adjutorian members. Surbiton Curia has a new praesidium. Works include contact at tube stations, parish newsletters, home and hospital visitation and visits to alcohol and drug detox clinics.

FINLAND
The PPC project in July was very successful and a great number of people have commenced the RCIA course.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: 11 priests attended a meeting for Spiritual Directors in October. Extension efforts were made in a number of areas and at the US Military station in Ramstein. A new praesidium was set up in Frankfurt Cathedral parish and in the Filipino community in Kassel. The Hofheil Marxheim praesidium visited 188 homes of new parishioners and helped an Iranian man convert to Catholicism. Prelate Ewald Nacke from the German Nunciature acted as Spiritual Director at the PPC weekend in Maria Einsiedel in November where 50 legionaries attended.
Cologne Regia comprises 2 Comitia, 4 Curiae and 7 directly attached praesidia. There are new praesidia in Muenster and Cologne and Hamburg now has a third praesidium – all the members are students.
Munich Regia has 2 Comitia, 10 Curiae and 11 praesidia directly attached with a total of 472 active and over 3,600 auxiliary members. People were invited to “stay and pray” in open churches at night.
Berlin Comitium has a Korean Curia and 7 directly attached praesidia. Home visitation, contact work at railway stations, Rosary beads offered to contacts at a festival and a Marian Mass for children were mentioned. Cardinal Woelki in Berlin has requested PPC teams to go there for the next 10 to 20 years. Freiberg Comitium report includes the following works undertaken: home visitation, camping park apostolate, prison visitation and speaking on Radio Horeb. The Frankfurt Korean Curia reported that 65 lapsed Catholics returned to their faith and 4 people were prepared for Baptism,

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia: The English-speaking praesidium, along with running a weekly book barrow and a Patrician meeting also visit the housebound and do home and hospital visitation. The Cape Verdian Curia in Rotterdam organised a 3-day retreat with 45 people attending. An extension drive and a new praesidium in Amsterdam featured. Another praesidium increased membership from 3 to 20 and its works include visiting a red light district and work for the homeless in conjunction with the sister of Mother Teresa. Before Christmas a large number of legionaries went to the area, sang Christmas carols and brought Holy Water. Nearly every door was opened to them.

NORWAY
There are 7 members in Tonsberg praesidium and their apostolate includes teaching catechism to children, frequent contact with auxiliary members and promotion of the Rosary. The 8 member praesidium in Dramen has 13 auxiliaries. Works include house-to-house visitation, Rosary and Bible sharing, visitation of the sick in hospitals and nursing homes.

SCOTLAND
The new praesidium in Motherwell Curia is thriving and in Aberdeen priority is given to recruiting. “Light a Candle and Say a Prayer Day” was reported by a praesidium with many interesting contacts. Annunciata Curia had an “Auxiliary Lunch”. PPC plans for 2013 are already afoot and Our Lady of the Wayside praesidium presented an excellent report – its 80th.

SIBERIA
Two legionaries from Frankfurt Senatus visited Siberia in September and at the Curia meeting met members from 3 of the 4 praesidia. Visitation of the hospitals and the elderly and distribution of Miraculous Medals and Catholic literature are among their works. Extension has been carried out and 20 people came to an information meeting in Abakan.

SWEDEN
Two extension visits were carried out. Four legionaries met Bishop Anders of St. Erik’s Cathedral, Stockholm. The Cathedral praesidium has a fluctuating membership; is a multinational group and find that the Miraculous Medal lives up to its name. A new praesidium has been established in the Holy Family Parish in the suburbs of Stockholm. The praesidium of Iraqi legionaries in Sodertalje is much improved and in a praesidium in Gavle four Iraqi legionaries made their Promise.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium with Lucerne Curia and 15 directly attached praesidia have a total of 60 active and 160 auxiliary members. Ten legionaries assisted in an apostolate during the World Congress on assisted suicide.

LIECHTENSTEIN
The Legion has restarted. A man returned to Confession after a 25-year absence and a Buddhist with an alcohol problem accepted help. One member has joined the Carthusian nuns.

LUXEMBOURG
There are only 2 praesidia here and Cologne Regia has planned an extension project for April 2013.

WALES
Cardiff Comitium reports special attention given to families at times of Baptism and First Communion. RCIA courses are run by the legionaries and Fr. Hayman was delighted with the work of the PPC team in his parish. Eucharistic services are conducted when a priest is not available.
Swansea Curia has 5 praesidia attached. Home and hospital visitation, street rescue and crowd contact are among the works being done.

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REPORTS

EUROPE

SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: Most praesidia work with Latino immigrants who are arriving in great numbers. Many praesidia make contact with University students. Contact in the red light district is done with both male and female. During the month Pesca Joven, fishing for youth street contact, an average of 5 pairs of legionaries contacted 44 young people on the day shift and 51 on the night shift. The Peregrinatio Pro Christo team to Ceuta, North Africa did excellent work in a parish where a praesidium has been in existence for 15 years. During their 9 days the team made plans for the setting up of a second praesidium. The parish where the team worked is 50% Muslim and growing. 951 homes were visited and street contacts made. 100 Miraculous medals were accepted. The contact with Muslims was very cordial. God, Jesus as prophet, and Miriam, the Mother of Jesus, were amongst the topics discussed. Many younger Muslims had knowledge of Christian culture and traditions. The parish offers material help and free literacy classes to the Muslims, something they do not have in their own community. Catholics are few and just sixty attend the Church for weekend Masses. The team returned home thrilled with the experience and are looking forward to their next project.

Barcelona Senatus: A Curia in Valencia has 16 praesidia. Their works include Patricians, Street contact and prison visitation. One praesidium in Barcelona has 7 groups of nuns as Adjutorians and another praesidium has two. Work for street girls is reported.

Bilbao Senatus: The Curia in Durango celebrated its 50th anniversary. They hold a reunion for the over seventies and do daily shopping for one elderly lady. Book barrow contact in Basauri resulted in one new member.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: Homeless people are met on street contact apostolate. A young man was prepared for Baptism and a group of young people for Confirmation. A priest was brought to a terminally ill patient and administered the Sacraments of Reconciliation and of the Sick. Extension efforts continue with visits to priests and with Columban drives. The Rosary is recited with bereaved families in Mortuary Chapels. Shopping is done for the elderly and poorly sighted people. Persons with depression were helped by legionaries visiting their homes. One legionary, who is a physiotherapist, assists people with difficulty of movement. An auxiliary rally was held by a praesidium for its 94 auxiliary members. The Rosary is recited with prisoners in a jail. The Senatus President and correspondent visited the Azores for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Legion's coming there.

ITALY
Rome Senatus: Legionaries visited the Legion in the provinces during their holidays. The only praesidium of 8 members in Bologna was visited. Filipino legionaries from Rome visited praesidia in Florence, two of which are composed of Filipinos. A visit was made to the Curia at Taranto in Southern Italy, which has grown to 234 members, 22 probationers, 100 praetorians and 468 auxiliary members. The Curia was recommended to divide to cater better for the northern and southern parts of the city. A report on Sicily was positive with new praesidia at Catania where the Archbishop presided at the Acies. Mgr. La Rosa, in his October allocutio to the Senatus, stressed the significance of Frank Duff's attendance at the closing session of Vatican II as witness to the purpose enunciated by Pope John XXIII to "show forth the pastoral and evangelical face of the Catholic Church".

Milan Regia consists of 10 praesidia, with 2 Comitia and 1 Curia attached. There is an increase in praetorian and adjutorian membership. Some praesidia have a large number of auxiliary members for whom rallies are held. A person seeing legionaries praying in a Church joined their praesidium. A lady, lapsed for many years was brought back to the Sacraments. Extension efforts are ongoing.

Padova Comitium has 9 praesidia and 3 attached Curiae. Italian and Austrian legionaries joined in a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project to Bressanone in the Tyrol. As a result of a public Rosary during May, a small shrine to Madonna Santissima was built. After much effort, a praesidium of Nigerians has been formed.

CYPRUS
Virgin Most Powerful praesidium celebrated its 21st anniversary. A praesidium does crowd contact work on the streets, parks, bus station and other public places. They supply visitors with details of Church services and encourage the lapsed to return to the Catholic Faith. They also visit with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and occasionally visit a prison and homes for the elderly.

MALTA
Radio programmes prepared by legionaries were broadcast on Venerable Edel Quinn, and the Servants of God Frank Duff, Alfie Lambe and "The Legion of Mary 90 years on". Praesidia reports include home, hospital and statue visitation, half-day retreats for auxiliaries, teaching catechism and the consecration of homes to the Sacred Heart. Also reported were crowd contact and Patrician meetings. Two lapsed people were brought to Confession, one of whom died a week later. 40 attended a talk on St. Louis Marie de Montfort. A five-day apostolate resulted in 17 new auxiliary members and nine family homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart. A daily Rosary has been recited in a Band Club for 30 years. The junior Curia has 11 praesidia and one Rosary group. A new praesidium for girls was set up.

ALBANIA
The Skhroder Comitium Officers met the 3 attached Curia in August to discuss the Legion of Mary in Albania. At the November Comitium meeting a discussion took place on the separation of active members from auxiliary members.

GREECE
The Malta correspondent is planning a visit to the Legion in Greece in the New Year. The praesidium in Thessalonica has 12 active and 14 auxiliary members. Their apostolate includes visiting Catholic homes, teaching catechism, visiting prisons and hospitals.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Philadelphia Senatus
Five Evangelisation days were organised. The Seminary praesidium has 12 members visiting the homeless, sick, schools and colleges and with a second seminary praesidium co-hosted a Marian Day at which 500 attended. Much extension is undertaken in the Pittsburgh area. This Regia runs a drop-in centre for street people. Three new praesidia were started by Greensburg Comitium. Prison ministry is also undertaken.

Boston Senatus
Visitation of praesidia and attached councils is undertaken. A Legion website is being set up.

Chicago Senatus
More than 26 members took part in 2 state fairs and at the Gay Pride parade at which many good contacts were made. Five new praesidia started in one Curia area which also has 50 juniors. The Miraculous Medal is used on home visitation. The Hispanic Curia report many conversions and returns to the Sacraments.

Miami Regia
All councils have junior Curiae or praesidia attached. Formation is ongoing for new praesidia in Orlando. Three new praesidia were started in the Bahamas.

Houston Senatus
The Korean Curia provides many services to parishioners and newcomers. 135 attended the Vietnamese Curia Congress with the theme: The Year of Faith and the interior life of Legionaries. The Hispanic Curia report 298 homes enthroned to the Sacred Heart in a 3-month period. Much extension is reported in the New Orleans area. Follow-up is ongoing from a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project held in March.

St. Louis Senatus
As a result of a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project to Colorado, 77 sought Baptism, 24 wished to return to practice, 33 auxiliary and 10 active members were recruited. Prayer services are conducted in the male and female detention centres and Confession is available. Eucharistic Adoration features in many reports. 14 new praesidia were started and 6 were disbanded.

New York Senatus
A Congress was arranged for November. Finola Kennedy, while visiting the USA for other purposes, gave a talk on the life of Frank Duff.

Arlington Regia
The Regia produced a video which is used for extension work. The Junior Curia has 6 praesidia. A number of praesidia attended the state fair making many good contacts. A number of councils held Congresses.

San Francisco Senatus
The challenge of works facing aging members was discussed by Stockton Comitium. Patricians, teaching catechism, visiting rest homes, running book and video clubs and prayers groups were among the suggestions made. This Comitium is planning to introduce the Legion to a youth club. The North San Mateo Curia has 26 praesidia. 14 members took part in a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project in Freemont where 131 cases were left for follow-up.

Los Angeles Senatus
Honolulu Comitium regularly visit the Legion councils on the other islands. Foothill Curia has an equal number of senior and junior active members. Six councils organised Congresses.

CANADA

Vancouver Comitium
60 legionaries participated in the annual Picnic and Fun Day. A praesidium of 17 members was encouraged to think about splitting.

Toronto Senatus
The Korean Comitium has 6 Curiae made up of 76 praesidia, 745 active and 1,501 auxiliary members. Help is given in the preparation of catechumens. Scarborough Comitium report 47 conversations and returns to the Sacraments. The Junior Curia has 14 praesidia. Exploratio Dominicalis projects were undertaken in 2 parishes and religious articles were distributed at a Catholic Youth Festival.

WEST INDIES

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo Senatus
One Curia of 8 praesidia report 600 adults and 1400 children prepared for Baptism, 10 marriages were regularised and many were visited in prison. Other councils report work of catechesis, home and hospital visitation and domestic held provided for elderly living alone.

Santiago de los Caballeros Senatus
Works include visiting the cancer hospital, prisons and the bereaved as well as the running of 10 Patrician groups. After instruction, an elderly man who had never received the sacraments received Confession and Fist Communion.

Trinidad and Tobago Regia
The reporting Curia has 5 praesidia with 66 active and 123 auxiliary members. Home and hospital visitation and instruction work is undertaken, 9 returned to practice.

Haiti Senatus
Visitation of homes including to those still living in tents is done as well as visitation to hospitals, orphanages and prisons. Literacy and catechism classes are run. There are 2 praesidia in the seminary with 29 and 34 members respectively. Patricians and a Legion retreat were among the many works undertaken.

Puerto Rico Senatus
The Virgin Islands - there are 3 praesidia in St. Thomas Island and 1 praesidium in St. John's Island. They visit the bereaved and invite the lapsed back to practice. True Devotion to the Nation type work is common. They contact emigrants, run prayer groups and visit ex-prisoners when released. Many sick people came back to the sacraments.

AFRICA

KENYA
Kenya Senatus: The monthly prayers at Venerable Edel Quinn's grave are organised by a praesidium attached to the Senatus. Works included a Curia visiting 66 patients in a psychiatric hospital taught catechism to 14 of the patients, a hundred marriages were validated as a result of home visitation and contact with parents resulted in 22 children being baptised. All reports indicate very solid visitation being done, with many people returning to the sacraments, others undertaking instruction and some quarrelling families being reconciled. Many councils are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Legion.

MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: Archbishop Tarcizius Ziyaye celebrated an annual Mass for the Legion in Limbe Cathedral. The Senatus gives particular attention to training of officers and correspondents by organising workshops. The Regia in Lilongwe Archdiocese with 15 praesidia and 6 Curiae has increased its attached Comitia from 15 to 18. It hosted a 3-day workshop for the officers of the 4 Regia in the country, which had an attendance of 125, including 3 Regiae Spiritual Directors. The main works include teaching catechumens, instructing the lapsed as they return to the Church and visiting the sick at home and in hospital.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: Many works were reported of conversions, lapsed returned and many prepared for the Sacraments. One Comitium was commended for its visits to children in prison and that 300 members of a sect were converted. Seminary praesidia were highlighted. In 2 months 4 such praesidia reported and 2 were visited. Due to their size two were encouraged to split. Their very full college programme limits attendance at council meetings and events, but they work within and outside the Seminaries and do important work with youth praesidia/Curiae in schools and one praesidium awaits permission to visit 2 prisons. In 2013 the Senatus will mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the first praesidium in Uganda by Venerable Edel Quinn, which is still in existence.

NIGERIA:
Abuja Senatus: A Comitium, which was inaugurated as a Regia in September, reported 45 praesidia and 5 Curiae formed and almost 22,000 lapsed returned to the faith. One Curia reported that "the prevalent insecurity in the country hinders their Legion work", while a praesidium reported a Presbyterian pastor came into the Church.

Kaduna Regia: A new Regia Spiritual Director was appointed. Works include visitation of homes, hospitals, prisons, orphanages, hotels, hostels, people with leprosy and many are prepared for the Sacraments. There is a good apostolate to youth. Visitation of councils and praesidia and extension projects continues. One Comitium encountered 2,500 during a project resulting in many receiving the Sacraments, marriage cases settled, lapsed returned and a new Curia started. Acies, Reunion, Patricians, Frank Duff and Edel Quinn Anniversary Masses and November Masses were referred to. They are working in difficult circumstances due to what they term the "Religious Crises" there and a Comitium officer was recently killed.

Jos Regia: The Legion apostolate continues in the Regia area despite many difficulties caused by unrest there during the year, many of the legionaries had to leave their homes and prayers are requested for peace in these councils. A Curia has 200 probationers while a College Curia has an average of 48 at Patrician meetings.

Ibadan Senatus.
Benin City Regia report 535 conversions and 30 senior and 10 junior praesidia and 4 adult Curiae and 1 junior Curia formed. 2 University praesidia reported having had 48 and 22 meetings respectively. A Praesidium reported that they re-visit lapsed met on visitation.
Lagos Regia: 90% of the membership of a Comitium giving its 1st Report is under 40 years.

Enugu Senatus: A Comitium with 22 Curiae and 2,648 seniors and 1,552 juniors reported that as a result of Exploratio projects, 35 infants were baptised, 38 lapsed returned, 7 family disputes were settled, 8 couples married in Church and 63 non Christians were converted. Another Comitium recruited over 500 members, starting 6 senior and 7 junior praesidia and 2 junior Curiae.

Onitsha Regia: One Comitium prepared 135 for baptism, 517 for Holy Communion, 573 for Confirmation and 444 couples were helped to marry in Church. A College of Education has a Curia of 9 praesidia.

A Comitium attached to Ikot Ekpene Regia established a number of new praesidia. The Regia organised an officers' training course.

TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Regia: The Regia was inaugurated on the 8th July and the Auxiliary Bishop of Dar-Es-Salaam, Rt. Rev. Eusebius Nzigilwa concelebrated the inaugural Mass. There was a good attendance including representatives from the Senatus of Kenya and Uganda. Many key points of Legion spirituality and administration were raised at these first meetings of the Regia to be taken into account in planning ahead, including the appointment of correspondents for the councils in the attached dioceses and the importance of Officers' meetings. One Curia which undertook an Exploratio project in July felt most challenged by some Christians who had defected from the Church.

Hai Moshi Comitium: Reports give details of home/hospital visitation, helping settle marriage disputes, preparing adults and children for the Sacraments and teaching children prayers resulting in many returns to the Sacraments and marriages blessed. Contact with drug addicts features in a number of reports, and as a result of visitation, some ceased the habit.

Mbeya: E-mails are now being received although no minutes as yet. However an officers' index card, which was forwarded was returned duly completed.

THE GAMBIA
Banjul Curia is contacting all priests in the diocese, encouraging them to have praesidia in their parishes.

Election of Concilium Assistant Secretary

At the November 2012 Concilium Meeting nominations were sought for the office of Assistant Secretary as Ann Murray had completed her second term in this position. Maureen McManus was proposed and seconded and as there were no other nominations, she was duly elected Assistant Secretary of the Concilium. Thanks were expressed by Sile NiChochlain, President of Concilium, to Ann Murray for the wonderful work she had undertaken during her term of office.

Day of Prayer - Knock, Ireland

Fr. Killian Byrne of the Foyer of Charity spoke about the day of prayer for the Year of Faith planned for 2nd February 2013 at Our Lady's Shrine, Knock.
The day is a tally call, under the banner of Our Lady, to all people of good will who care for the soul of Ireland and therefore the faith of her people, will consist of the Rosary, Adoration, Holy Mass and the talks of 35 minutes duration each on the following themes:

" Urgency of Fatima today;
" The Catechism of the Catholic Church;
" The Eucharist: pearl of great price.

An appeal was made to the Legion to promote this day of prayer, to attend themselves and where possible to organise bus loads to come to Knock.


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Advent and the Words of Our Lady
December 2012
Concilium Allocutio December 2012

By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary


Advent and the Words of Our Lady

It has been sometimes said that the words of Our Lady that are recorded in Sacred Scripture are relatively few. That may be true. But they are sublimely precious, grace filled and full of profound insight and of limitless value to every true disciple of Jesus. Her words also give us the most authentic portrait of the inner life and essential character of Mary. There is no better way of coming to know and love Mary than through her own words especially when she is praying to God. And as you might expect every recorded word that Mary speaks in Scripture is found in the Legion Handbook and the Legion Prayers.

Today, because our meeting is taking place on Gaudete Sunday in Advent and Gaudete is simply the Latin for rejoice I want to reflect on a few words of Our Lady that reveal to us a fundamental characteristic of her very identity. Mary sings aloud: 'My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.' She is essentially a person of deep and habitual joy. We all know the place of joy in our Christian life. Blessed Columba Marmion said that 'joy is the only infallible sign of the presence of God in our lives' and again: 'Joy is the echo of the presence of God in our lives.' And many saints and spiritual writers say the same thing in similar words. So because the presence of God was so intimate to Mary the spirit of joy was measureless in her. I stress this truth for us legionaries because the spirit of the Legion must be unmistakeably the spirit of Mary. So if there is only a meagre spirit of joy in our individual lives and in our meetings then we have not yet got the authentic spirit of the Legion.

Let us explore a little bit the joy of Mary. She tells us that she rejoices because of God her Saviour. So nothing was more precious to her than the gift of her redemption. And it was a very special way of redemption, utterly unique. From the first moment of her existence she was totally graced, freed from original sin and all personal sin. Never even for a split second was she under the influence of Satan, for God made a pre-emptive strike that flooded every aspect of her very existence with his grace and presence. No wonder when she appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure she asked that a medal be struck of her as the Immaculate Conception and it was only much later as the result of so many healings and miracles attributed to the wearing of the medal that it became known as the Miraculous Medal. Then after the definition by Pope Pius IX of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854 Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette and revealed her identity as the Immaculate Conception. This Marian title was the striking proclamation and sign of the gift of her redemption and ours. It is a two word statement of the whole Gospel. It is the great sign of the primacy of grace over sin. It speaks of God's infinite love for Mary and through her for us. It is the unforgettable sign of the absolute certainty of Christian hope. The Immaculate Conception was God's preparation of Mary to be the Mother of His Son and to be the hallowed place of his welcome here on earth. She becomes the Woman of Advent, the one who more than anyone else knows how to look forward to the coming of the Saviour and the great expert in giving hospitality to God in her heart. I don't have to tell you about the radical role the Immaculate Conception plays in the Legion from the symbolic language of the Legion Altar and the miraculous medal to the solid doctrinal foundations of the Legion.

What about the sorrows in the life of Mary? Is she not the Woman and Mother of Sorrows? Yes, indeed a sword pierced her very heart and not just one but several. No one can bypass the cross in their life. But Mary sees all suffering in the context of the providence of God's love for her. The saints see suffering as a gift of God, an invitation to share in the redemptive mission of Christ on the Cross and the salvation of souls. By God's grace Mary shares in a unique way the redemption of the world so that she is called a Co-Redemptrix and indeed the mediatrix of all graces. So although the suffering of Mary is all too real and deep, it cannot remove the joy of the most intimate communion with the Trinity in her heart. The portrait of Mary that emerges from her own words is that of a strong woman indeed the victorious Mother at the side of her Son, the Woman of Genesis.

Let me make at least one practical application concerning the joy of Mary to us legionaries. What we say of Mary is the paradigm of what her legionaries work towards. Joy must be a major characteristic of the legionary. Sometimes, in certain parts of the Legion world we can become discouraged by our apparent lack of success in recruiting new members. Maybe the cause of this could be that there is not sufficient joy in us and our meetings. It is certain that joy in the spirit of Mary would act like a magnet. May the season of Advent, Christmas and the New Year be a time when we reflect on Mary the cause of our joy and the most attractive dimension of her Legion. A happy and Marian Christmas and New Year to you all.

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REPORTS
ASIA

PHILIPPINES
Western Visayas Senatus: 23 councils were represented at the Senatus by between 63 and 65 officers, and 35-40 officers of the 14 directly affiliated praesidia. Several had 100% attendance. Works include teaching of catechism, facilitating the validation of marriages in the Church and return to the Sacraments, many being won back from the sects and other Christian Churches. All praesidia undertook Exploratio Dominicalis projects while 2 councils arranged Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects. The membership of the reporting praesidia ranged from 4 to 10 active members. All praesidia have praetorian, auxiliary and Adjutorian members.

Bicolandia Senatus: Visitation to councils is ongoing. Auxiliary membership is low in a number of the councils. Promotion of the 3 Causes is good. Works are: visitation to jails, with some praesidia in jails, Catechism taught to students in both public and private schools. Children and adults are prepared for the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation; Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes is undertaken.

Northern Philippines Senatus: Average attendance this period is 100% council officers and 72% of directly attached praesidia. Fr. Joseph Durero, the Spiritual Director of Madang, PNG, attended the Senatus in March and arranged the itinerary for the two legionaries from Manila who visited the 3 Regiae between the 19th April and 22nd May. Great work was accomplished.
Dugupan Comitium covers 11 parishes, has 2 senior Curiae, a junior Curia and 16 directly attached praesidia. Vigan Comitium has 5 senior Curiae and 18 directly attached praesidia. Paranaque Comitium covers 25 parishes, 4 senior Curiae, 14 attached praesidia, a junior Curia and 2 institutional Curiae in the National Bilibid Prison. Mostly reported on home visitation, Catechism classes, block Rosaries, crowd contact and preparation for Baptism.

Mindanao Senatus: The 40th anniversary of the Senatus was commemorated with Mass in the Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro a large number of priests concelebrating and 600 legionaries. Officers cautioned against visiting councils or praesidia unaccompanied by another legionary, which happens occasionally. The University praesidium could not find a day or evening that suited all due to classes, they now meet at 5.00 am. They were applauded for their dedication.
Aurora Regia reported many conversions and returns to the Sacraments. Another Regia has 23 directly attached praesidia were advised to form at least one new Curia. Likewise, Butuan Regia with 14 Curiae attached was advised to form at least one new Comitium.

Cebu Senatus: The works of the reporting councils and praesidia are extensive concentrating on conversion. They bring many through Baptism, Confirmation, Sacrament of Reconciliation and Marriage validation back into communion with the Church. A reporting Regia has 4878 senior, 2277 junior, 299 praetorians and 8334 auxiliary members. One Curia has 3 junior praesidia with 66 members. Another reported 9 live-in couples were married in Church through many efforts of the legionaries. A praesidium of 14 members, reports 15 baptisms, 173 confirmed, 130 received confession and many helped pray the Rosary. They have 325 auxiliary and 12 praetorian members.

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Senatus: A Comitium has 63 Korean, 12 Vietnamese and 6 Indonesian praesidia with 57 English speaking praesidia. Recent extension resulted in 2 new praesidia. Works reported this period were teaching scripture to children, organising Eucharistic Adoration and running a club for mothers. On home to home visitation many lapsed met are encouraged back to the faith. Auxiliary and praetorian membership is promoted.

Melbourne Senatus: During the 4-months under review, reports were taken from 5 directly attached praesidia, 9 Curiae and 3 Comitia on the mainland, as well as from 5 councils in the Pacific Islands.
Flemington Comitium has 15 directly attached praesidia and 3 Curiae, and comprises Vietnamese-speaking members.
Perth Comitium has a Vietnamese Curia, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of its Catholic community in the area with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Hickey. The Comitium also has 2 prayer groups meeting regularly to pray for the Cause of the Servant of God, Frank Duff. The Senatus sent 2 legionaries to the Kiribati Islands for 3 weeks in May last. For one of them it was his 20th and last visit as Senatus correspondent. They visited Christmas Island and attended the Comitium meeting. There is a junior praesidium in all but one parish, monthly processions are held. The visitors met Bishop Mea Kaiuea at Tarawa and had a useful discussion with him and attended the Comitia meetings at Bikenibeu and Marakei.
Brisbane Comitium: There is a lack of Spiritual Directors in praesidia and no junior praesidia. A praesidium of 11 members reported having 2 converts, Vietnamese, Indian and Timorese as members. They had an outreach to the Africans and as a result 4 of them are now under instruction. Two young legionaries from Sydney, aged 19 and 21 helped with the evangelisation to youth. Many showed an interest in the Legion. The Korean Curia gave its 8th annual report with 9 praesidia, 79 members, 2 adjutorians and 100 auxiliaries. The Vietnamese Curia was closed, though 3 of the praesidia are now attached to the Comitium.

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: The Year of Faith was marked by a Mass and they hope to have the closing Mass in 2013. The junior Curia has 7 praesidia with 60% attendance. They are holding an event each month to mark the year of Faith. They visit Rest Homes with seniors, promote the Rosary, assist at Mass and are altar servers. Christchurch Curia has 8 praesidia with 50% attendance. They run the parish bookshop, do home visitation and visit the sick in hospital. They also call upon the homes of the children due to receive First Holy Communion. Hamilton Curia has 4 praesidia with 17 legionaries. A new praesidium was established in Beach Haven, Auckland and another revived with the help of their new Parish Priest.

AFRICA
GHANA
Accra Senatus: The Senatus organised a very successful project following Mass to commemorate the 91st anniversary of the founding of the Legion, all attached councils were encouraged to undertake similar projects. The Senatus continues to promote the Cause of Frank Duff with great enthusiasm and each month they organise a "Frank Duff beatification prayer session". Officers from directly attached praesidia were contacted and encouraged to improve their attendance at Senatus meetings, attendance has improved as a result. 28 legionaries from Togo carried out a successful Peregrinatio Pro Christo project in Adidome, contacting over 1,110 people of which only 5% were Catholic. The team also set up a new praesidium.

ANGOLA
Benguela Senatus: In May, a Curia in the Benguela area was divided and a new Curia set up with 12 praesidia. In July, a Comitium in Tchikuma, about 140 miles from Benguela, was divided and a new Comitium was set up with 12 praesidia directly attached and five Curiae. On 4 August 2012 a new Comitium was set up in Catabola with five Curiae from the Kwito Bié Comitium and 12 directly attached praesidia. The new Regia of Kwito-Bié was inaugurated on 5 August 2012 with concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral. The chief celebrant was Most Reverend Dom José Nambi, Bishop of the Diocese of Kwito Bié. The Bishop thanked the officers and legionaries for their dedication and he thanked the Concilium for raising the Comitium there to Regia. On 26 August 2012 a junior Comitium was set up in the Archdiocese of Huambo with nine praesidia directly affiliated and six junior Curiae. The Comitium is affiliated to the Regia of Huambo.
Luanda Regia: In June, a new Curia was set up in one of the attached Comitia. In July, a junior Curia was divided to form a second one with nine praesidia. In August reports were presented on three-day projects called Apostolic Journeys, carried out in July in three areas. Legionaries from several councils took part. Contact was made on both home visitation and street contact apostolate with practising and lapsed Catholics and with people of different religions and with some of no religion. The Regia has asked that a proposed visit by the Concilium take place from 15 May to 30 June 2013.

MOZAMBIQUE
Maputo Regia: Morning Star Curia, Maputo was raised to Regia by the Concilium in August 2012. The Regia officers were received by the Archbishop of Maputo, Dom Francisco Chimoio, O.F.M. Cap. who gave them great encouragement.
Beira Comitium: This Comitium has seven Curiae attached. The legionaries pray for the sick and help the orphans. They organise Prayer Vigils and Retreats and Bible Reflections and are bringing the statue of Our Lady from home to home. They are working towards getting the Legion administration on right lines.
Cape Verde Regia: In spite of losses through emigration, sickness etc. membership continues to increases throughout the main 7 Islands of the Archipelago. The Regia members carry out catechesis not only among children but also youths and adults, preparing 45 for Baptism, 25 for Confirmation and 220 for reception of the Eucharist. Report from Guinea Bissau tells of 735 active members in a country which is 90% Muslim. Legion results included the preparation for Baptism of 383 adults.

LESOTHO
Lesotho Senatus: There are now twelve praesidia attached following the transfer of seven from a closed Curia. The Senatus officers visited Archbishop Laritholi who challenged the Legion to evangelise the young priests at the seminary in Lesotho by teaching them about the Legion and Our Lady. Attendance at many councils is poor.

ZIMBABWE
Hwange Comitium: The Comitium managed to revive the Legion in Fatima and had a workshop at the end of last year. Mankuku Curia was visited in order to revive the Legion. There was a workshop held in Dandanda Mission, which took three days to recruit and teach about the work of the Legion. 450 legionaries attended the Acies ceremony. Victoria Falls Curia was set up on the 21st April.

SOUTH AFRICA
Johannesburg Senatus: There are now 21 attached praesidia and 3 attached Councils. Works included visiting homes, including lapsed and non-Catholics, families are taught how to say the Rosary. The mentally and physically disabled are helped to give their families a break. They visit the sick in hospitals and nursing homes and inform the Priest of any sick people requiring the Sacraments. A member helps on RCIA instruction course and 30 people became Catholics. Parents of children who are not attending Catechism classes are encouraged to send children to these classes. Mothers are requested to have their children baptised.

Cape Town Senatus: At praesidia level there is great emphasis on the spiritual development of members. The members are very faithful in promoting the Rosary. People are asked to put their names on a list for a Rosary in their homes during the month of May. It has given the legionaries an opportunity to visit homes and to teach some people the Rosary. One legionary spoke on Frank Duff during the Sunday Masses. The Senatus has a Frank Duff prayer group and are very diligent in promoting the Cause. Durban Comitium: A praesidium with 20 members, 6 praetorians, 20 adjutorians and 80 auxiliaries visits a HIV/AIDS home and pray with the residents; four members teach catechism.

SOUTH AMERICA
COLOMBIA
Bogota Senatus: During this period, 3 Comitia, 2 Curiae and 2 praesidia reported. One Comitium reported 16 Curiae attached including 2 new Curiae set up recently. Among other works, they visit the homes of drug addicts, young people with suicidal tendencies and criminals; they are well received and report a degree of success. A new Comitium is experiencing difficulties filling vacancies. All councils and praesidia report big numbers of auxiliaries; however, they don't seem to organise auxiliary rallies.
Medellin Senatus: Works with drug-addicts and Christians of other denominations are mentioned. Pre-sacramental catechesis features regularly. Study has been carried out on the lives of the 3 Legion candidates. A report included a contact going to confession after an absence of 37 years.

PERU
Lima Senatus: During this period 1 praesidium, 7 Curiae and 2 Comitia reported. A new praesidium is likely after 4 legionaries took part in a Peregrinatio Pro Christo-type project for 10 days in a remote area at the request of the priest there. One of the reporting Comitia has 2 senior and 2 junior Curiae attached. A number of new praesidia were set up in different councils. Junior legionaries with a senior legionary visit an orphanage for young disabled children in wheelchairs. As well as a little prayer, they provide music and games. One of the Curiae reported slight difficulty with elderly legionaries who are not able to do active work but don't want to resign from active membership.

CUBA
Cuba Comitium: 4 new officers have been elected recently and the correspondent is awaiting the minutes of meetings.

PARAGUAY
Asuncion Senatus: Four new Senatus Officers have been recently elected. The junior Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Comitium has 9 junior Curiae and 26 praesidia attached, comprising 2000 active members, 1500 auxiliaries, 500 adjutorians and 50 praetorians. In the city of Ayolas, legionaries teach catechism to children in many neighbourhoods. A praesidium doing home visitation, prays the Rosary in many homes and conducts reflections on Bible readings. Monthly visits to auxiliaries are done by another praesidium. Two praesidia are functioning well in Asuncion's main seminary. A number of praesidia do prison visitation, a work praised by the Prison Governors. A Curia in Christo Rey with 12 attached praesidia has 267 auxiliary members and had 85% attendance at its Acies. Five children were baptised as a result of home visitation.

BOLIVIA
La Paz Senatus: The Senatus held a Congress at which many of their distant councils attended. All the main topics were dealt with and there was good participation. The Papal Nuncio attended and gave the Pope's blessing. A Spiritual Director, who has been transferred to another city, sends the weekly allocutio by email to his former praesidium. Cochabamba Comitium officers receive great help from the priests of the diocesan seminary. One problem family had their children join the local junior praesidium. Legionaries visit many families who are experiencing conflict and little by little resolve their problems. Hospital visitation is common, especially the maternity wards, where new mothers are congratulated and baptism arranged for their babies.

CHILE
Santiago Senatus: The Regia of Temuco has started the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. All reports mention home-to-home visitation. Legionaries helped in the Archdiocesan mission for women using Our Lady as a model for the family and country. Group Rosaries are organised where neighbouring families come together to pray. The Curia of Punta Arenas, on the southern tip of Chile, has just started a men's praesidium. Some elderly legionaries can't do the normal works because of frost and ice. Legionaries pray at funerals and also accompany the families for prayer at the graveside. The legionaries of Punta Arenas will receive the Papal Nuncio when he visits there this month. A Curia with 166 active members amongst other works has 34 prayer groups. Patricians have been suggested. Many non-Catholics are met during street contact. Spiritual contact is made in soup kitchens with the homeless.

URUGUAY
Montevideo Senatus: A new Curia was set up in Panda comprising praesidia formerly attached to the Senatus; transport difficulties meant it was not easy for them to attend Senatus meetings. The Archdiocese has requested a register of the legionaries who work in hospitals. A commission has been set up to work on Alfie Lambe's Cause.

VENEZUELA
Caracas Senatus: Talks attracted an attendance of 151 young people; the topics included God, Faith and Witchcraft. A Columban Drive resulted in one new member. The book-barrow and Exploratio Dominicalis projects also feature. Legionaries in Machiques organised the priest to visit inmates of the jail there. The Barquisimeto Regia reported preparing 6 adults for First Holy Communion and in Chacao 18 indigenous were evangelised. Prayer groups in a jail were reported while legionaries took part in the National Conference for jail workers. 29 legionaries took part in a Maria et Patria project. In Cabinas there is one Patricians meeting. Bed and breakfast was given to a poor person for 5 days.

ECUADOR
Quito Senatus: Vigils were held in July for the beatification of Frank Duff. The Curia in Riobamba recruited 10 members in one year. True Devotion to the Nation works are reported. The Extension Committee was re-organised and 2 new praesidia set up.

Proposal to raise Mumbai Regia to Senatus Status
India

The Regia of Mumbai includes 8 Archdiocese and 36 Suffragan Dioceses. The Legion of Mary exists in the 8 Archdioceses and 12 of the Suffragan Dioceses.
The strength of the Legion in the Mumbai Archdiocese is 21 directly attached praesidia and 11 isolated praesidia plus 8 senior Curiae and 5 junior Curiae and 3 Comitia. There are 8 senior Curiae, 3 junior Curiae and 4 Comitia in the Dioceses outside Mumbai.
This proposal was put forward at the November 2012 Concilium meeting. It was accepted and seconded subject to Ecclesiastical approval.

Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium, congratulated the Mumbai legionaries and thanked all concerned in their great effort to achieve this status.

Proposal to elevate Dipolog Comitium to Regia Status
Southern Philippines

The Diocese of Dipolog is a Suffragan Diocese of Ozamis Archdiocese. The Legion in the Diocese is currently governed by the Ozamis Regia, which in turn is governed by the Senatus of Mindanao (Southern Philippines).
The current statistics of the Comitium is 9 directly attached praesidia and 13 Curiae. There are 4,047 senior and 917 junior active members in the Diocese of Dipolog.
The proposal that Dipolog Comitium be raised to Regia status to govern the Legion in the Diocese of Dipolog having 4 Comitia attached to it and it is to be affiliated to the Senatus of Mindanao.
This proposal was approved and seconded at the November 2012 Concilium meeting.

Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium, thanked all those involved in having this council raised to Regia status.

Proposal to raise Mary Refuge of Sinners Comitium to Regia Status
Republic of Cameroon

The above Comitium is in the Archdiocese of Bertoua, Republic of Cameroon.

Approval was sought to raise Mary Refuge of Sinner Comitium to Regia status to govern the Legion in the ecclesiastical province of Bertoua including the 3 Suffragan Dioceses of Doumé Abong-Mband, Batouri and Yokadouma.
The Regia is to govern 8 praesidia, 16 Curiae and 7 Comitia. The request came from the Senatus of Douala with the concurrence of the Regia of Yaoundé and the Archbishop of Bertoua.
This proposal was approved and seconded at the October 2012 Concilium meeting. The new Regia is to be affiliated to the Senatus of Douala.

Thanks was expressed, on behalf of the Concilium, by Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium to the legionaries in Cameroon.

Commemoration Mass for the Servant of God, Frank Duff

Mass to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the death of the Servant of God, Frank Duff was held on Saturday 17th November 2012 at 3.00 pm in St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. The principal celebrant and homilist was the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin. 21 priests concelebrated including current and former Spiritual Directors. There was an estimated attendance of 700.
The Archbishop's talk focused on the Gospel reading - the Marriage Feast at Cana. He thanked the Legion of Mary for taking part in the preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress and for its participation during the week of the Congress. He also spoke of the Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI.
Speaking of Frank Duff, he said, he was one of the most influential figures in the Church in the 20th Century and said how his vision has seen the spread of the Legion throughout the whole world.
Before the conclusion of the Mass, Archbishop Martin said he had recently been in Rome where he met the Cardinal dealing with the promotion of Causes and he remarked that no other Religious Order, or group, or organisation had as many candidates for canonisation as the Legion of Mary.
Fr. Bede McGregor, OP, Spiritual Director of Concilium thanked the Archbishop, Fr. Damian O'Reilly and the very helpful staff at the Pro-Cathedral, the organist, Gerard Downey, the cantor, Mary Flynn, and the Legion choir.

Síle Ní Chochláin, President of Concilium, expressed sincere thanks to the legionaries of Bethlehem Curia, Dublin for organising this event and for all the hard work undertaken to make the occasion a success.

Year of Faith

The Year of Faith began on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, and will run until the feast of Christ the King, 24 November 2013.
The following is a quote from Pope Benedict's Year of Faith catechesis - our desire for God:
"The journey of reflection that we are making together during this Year of Faith leads us to meditate today on a fascinating aspect of the human and the Christian experience: man carries within himself a mysterious desire for God. In a very significant way, the Catechism of the Catholic Church opens precisely with the following consideration: 'The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for' (n. 27)."

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Our Love for the Church
November 2012
Concilium Allocutio November 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary
Our Love for the Church

"The Legion of Mary presents the true face of the Catholic Church." These words of Blessed Pope John XXIII gave immense joy and encouragement to our founder Frank Duff. He was deeply in love with the Church and totally dedicated to its interests. He loved the Church especially in the image of her as the mystical Body of Christ. He espoused everything that was authentically Catholic. He wanted the Legion to be immersed in the heart of the Church. The reasons for his love for the Church were simple and profound. He loved and served the Church with his whole being because the Church is a Person: the Risen Christ living and acting in and through the members of His Body, the Church. Our Lord was the central reality and love of his life. And it is Mary that led him to Jesus and a deeper understanding and love of the Church. She is as much the Mother of the Church as she is the Mother of Christ Himself. Indeed, she is the Church at its deepest, its loveliest, and at its most heroic and holy. The Legion following the example of its founder seeks to be rooted in and share in Our Lady's love of Christ and the Church.

The recent Synod of Bishops on Evangelisation gives us reasons for loving the Church that the Legion would spontaneously recognise and appreciate. The message of the Bishops reads: "The Church is the space offered by Christ in history where we can encounter him, because he entrusted to her his Word, the Baptism that makes us God's children, his Body and his Blood, the grace of forgiveness of sins above all in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the experience of communion that reflects the very mystery of the Holy Trinity and the strength of the Holy Spirit that generates charity to all." It would be impossible for us to exaggerate the gift of the Church to mankind and the privilege of being made members of her by Baptism. The Legion must be outstanding in its love for the Church and promote this love among all the people she meets in the course of its apostolate.

Why am I reflecting on these truths of our faith in the month of November? Well in this month we remember some essential dimensions of the Church that can easily slip into the background during the rest of the year. We pilgrim members of the Church do not make up the whole Church. First we have the Communion of Saints. The saints are organically united to us in Christ as members of his Body the Church. In the Book of Revelation we read: "Then I saw the heavens opened ... After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud, 'Victory to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!'" This is a tremendous truth about the Church - there is a huge number, impossible to count, of members of our Church, interceding for us, pointing the way for us to heaven. Frank Duff had the lovely habit of praying throughout the day to the saints of the day as a practical way of living the reality of the communion of saints. The saints help us to keep an eye on eternity.

The Apocalypse was written for Christians during a time of massive persecutions and it presented the triumphant dimension of the Church as a source of immense encouragement. The demonic is no less visible in our period of history and we need to reflect on the total reality of the Church so as not to give in to any form of discouragement. It would be naivety to underestimate the demonic in our time and place but it would be tragic foolishness to think the Church the Body of the Risen Christ alive amongst us will not be finally victorious. We legionaries especially have stamped on our souls the words of Genesis that give us such great hope: 'I will put enmity between you and the woman, between her seed and your seed and She will crush your head.' Because of what the Lord has done by his death and resurrection and because of Mary all Christians and especially we legionaries are in the business of bringing hope to our world despite all the negativity around us.

The next dimension of the Mystical Body of Christ that is emphasised during November is the truth about the Holy Souls in Purgatory. They are precious members of the Church. It is true that outside of those already in heaven the souls in Purgatory are happier than anyone else. The reason being that they are absolutely certain that the time will come when they will enjoy God for all eternity and the communion of the Church. But in the meanwhile they need the support of our prayer and intercession. It is good for us to seek not only to be helped by the Holy Souls but to also be helpers to them. So the 17th Chapter of the Handbook: 'The Souls of our Departed Legionaries' which reflects so well the teaching of the Universal Catechism, should be read and put into practice especially during the month of November.

It is surely a great consolation for legionaries to remember that when they depart this life, millions of legionaries will be praying for them. First on a daily basis in the Concluding Prayer of the Tessera but also every praesidium throughout the Legion world will have a Mass offered for them in the month of November. The devotion of legionaries to the holy souls in Purgatory is based on the conviction that they are our brothers and sisters in the Mystical Body of Christ and that Mary is the Queen and Mother of Purgatory too. We seek to share in her love for them.

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REPORTS

ASIA

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: There are 31 junior praesidia in Singapore Archdiocese, with 17 in the junior Curia, of these 14 are in Secondary Schools. A child safeguarding policy is being put in place. A group of 14 legionaries attended the Eucharistic Congress, also the Concilium meeting. The Senatus President remarked on the importance of the "annual remark" and was impressed with Concilium. Three former councils' officers were ordained to the Priesthood.
MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpor Regia: Languages of this council include English, Mandarin, Tamil, Filipino and Korean. There are 107 senior and 7 junior praesidia with 1,110 active members. Two praesidia reports were submitted, one reported two members involved in senior citizens Rosary and two new praesidia have been formed. The other praesidium gives guidance for the return of lapsed Catholics to the Church. Works include providing transport for the disabled to Mass, visits to the elderly, orphanages, homes for the disabled, refugee centres, also home and hospital visitation.
JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: The effects of the Tsunami in Sendai Diocese continue. Mother Immaculate praesidium held its 3,000 meeting in February. One member's home was blown away by the storm, his daughter was found dead in her car, R.I.P. Their Church was badly damaged but the Legion meetings have resumed. One praesidium could not hold meetings after the tsunami but the President recited the Legion prayers and did visitation with the Spiritual Director, now they have a meeting with four members. The legionaries visit and help those living in temporary homes. Guma Curia in Saitama Diocese visited Mito Church with relief collected by well-wishers. In council reports, aging and resignations are features influencing the effectiveness of the work but members are willing to persevere.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: The attached Suwon Regia presented a yearly report; it has 27 Comitia. It had an increase of 13 Curiae and 65 senior praesidia with a decrease of 8 junior praesidia. Senior membership increased by 338 but there was a decrease of 145 juniors. There was an increase in praetorian, auxiliaries and adjutorian membership. They now have a total of 31,648 active members and 1,796 juniors, 2290 praetorians, 45,904 auxiliaries and 1,430 adjutorians. They recruited 95,336 catechumens and 10,786 baptised.
Gwangju Senatus: The President of this Council and two officers of 2 Regiae along with the President and Vice President and officers of Seoul Senatus visited Concilium in September. They had a meeting with Concilium on 6th September and visited Frank Duff's house and grave and Myra House.
Daegu Senatus: Around 2,500 legionaries attended Our Lady's night Ceremony on 6th May at the Shrine of Our Lady Daegu Archdiocese. The Senatus hosted this event and the Archbishop was the Chief Celebrant at the Mass. Recruitment of catechumens and returns to the sacraments feature prominently in reports. Jukdo Comitium recruited 88 catechumens and 54 returns to the sacraments. Sangan Comitium recruited 48 catechumens and 37 returns to the sacraments. New members, both active and auxiliary, feature in reports, two Comitia had 62 and 35 new active members.
INDONESIA
Jakarta Senatus: Visitation of councils and praesidia is ongoing. Medan Regia has 5 new praesidia in the city and one in the outskirts and promotes the Legion by radio broadcast. They have permission to visit a prison for women and children once a month. A Curia in Eastern Kilimantan at present serves 2 Dioceses. In one Diocese the Legion is in 7 of the 25 parishes and in the other Diocese it is in 2 of the 14 parishes. A Curia in Bandung with 24 praesidia is to be raised to Comitium status and a Curia in Lampung proposed to be raised to a Comitium. A student praesidium in Triskati University has 13 members. The Legion Handbook and Handbook Reflections have been translated in the local language.
Malang Senatus: Visitation of councils and praesidia is being carried out. A praesidium in Nabire (Indonesian Papua) has 27 members and is to split. Works mentioned are visitation of families and regularisation of marriages. A praesidium in Bangil distributes Holy Communion to residents of an old peoples home and help prepare children for first Holy Communion. A Comitium in Manado (Northern end of Sulawesi Island) which was set up in 1995 has 8 Curiae, one of which is to be split, has 1,035 active members, 698 auxiliaries, 28 adjutorians and 81 praetorians.
HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: In the past two weeks, the Concilium had a visit of 6 legionaries from Hong Kong Comitium, made up of 2 newly elected officers and 4 members. A meeting took place with a number of Concilium Officers, one member is staying for a short time, and another legionary has arrived to take part in the work in Regina Coeli Hostel. Hong Kong Comitium is composed of 8 senior and 4 junior Curiae. A new praesidium with probationers has been formed at Holy Trinity Church in Discovery Bay, two of the new members acted as officers. Home visitation is not possible; legionaries are not allowed to visit the high-rise apartments buildings. Crowd contact is carried out at parish or festival events. The main work is parish or pastoral, some work is carried out in a detention centre. Many baptisms take place at Easter time and are a feature of much Legion activity.

EUROPE
AUSTRIA
Austria Senatus: The audit on the three Senatus accounts was carried out. The importance of Patrician meetings for developing the faith was discussed. Extension was undertaken in 3 parishes. There is a second student praesidium in Vienna. Peregrinatio Pro Christo teams went to Belgium, France, Brixen in Italy and Berlin in Germany. Following constant prayer to the Servant of God, Frank Duff, Vienna South East Curia now has a Spiritual Director in every praesidium. The Filipino Curia has 9 probationary members. Legionaries in the Korean Curia brought 3 unbelievers to Holy Mass. Ybbs Comitium has been asked to set up a shift workers praesidium. 100 people attended a retreat organised by Unter den Wienerwald Comitium. 30 attended a Legion breakfast discussion on the 3 candidates for sainthood.
BULGARIA
An Austrian legionary accompanied the extension worker on visitation to all 7 praesidia in Bulgaria. Local legionaries are working with the extension worker who spends a week in each praesidium area. Three Bulgarian legionaries attended the Summer School in Austria.
UKRAINE
Elisabeth Kriss visited all councils and praesidia before finishing her work there. A successful Summer School was held.
SLOVAKIA
Zseliz Comitium is anxious to establish a second Comitium in Egyhazgelle. The correspondent has asked whether the council is strong enough to be split. A summer camp for 4 different age groups was organised. Trnava Curia has 10 praesidia, 72 active members and 400 auxiliaries attended their Acies. Works include visitation of a psychiatric hospital.
CZECH REPUBLIC
There are two Comitia: Prag Comitium with 10 praesidia and Klatovy Curia with 4 praesidia attached. Extension is being attempted in 3 parishes. Olmütz Comitium has 6 praesidia and attached Brunn Curia with 4 praesidia. Works include home and hospital visitation where Confession and Holy Mass are promoted.
MOLDOVA
Chisinau Curia with 10 senior and 2 junior praesidia works closely with their priests in visiting the homeless and the sick. 5 legionaries attended the Ukrainian Summer School.
BELARUS
Our Lady of Budslav Comitium has 7 directly attached praesidia and 10 attached Curiae. The annual retreat took place on 9th/10th of August and approximately 50 legionaries were present. It was conducted by Fr. Jan Solomon, Principal of Pinsk Seminary and Bishop Anthony Dzem'yanko celebrated the concluding Mass. Vitebsk Curia has held the first meeting of a new praesidium in Senno with 8 people participating. All the Curiae have several centres in which they are trying to start the Legion. In addition to the areas targeted by the Curiae, Bishop Dzem'yanko has given the Comitium a list of 8 places where he wishes the Legion to be started. Molodechno Curia celebrated its 10th anniversary with 4 of its Spiritual Directors and 60 legionaries participating. The annual audit has been submitted.
CROATIA
Zagreb Regia: The Legion pilgrimage to Our Lady of Trsat had at attendance of 900. Efforts to extend the Legion continue but progress is slow. 7 directly attached praesidia and 8 Curiae presented reports. Legionaries in one of the praesidia were instrumental in the return of a married couple to reception of the Sacraments after a lapse of 50 years. As a result of home visitation by another praesidium in Zagreb, 146 people received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Legionaries in the Petrenga Curia performed an open-air depiction of the Passion with an attendance of approximately 1,000 people, which included the Bishop of Sisak. Throughout the Curiae there are reports of many returns to the Sacraments and recruitment of auxiliary members including adjutorians. There is much emphasis placed on making True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin known, not just to legionaries but also to parishioners. The Legion's Radio Maria broadcast in April was on Edel Mary Quinn.
BOSNIA-HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 senior and 1 junior praesidia. Some returns to the Sacraments, anointing of the sick and regularisation of a marriage were recorded. Legionaries take children from an orphanage to Mass and help them with homework.
SLOVENIA
Two legionaries from Zagreb are working hard to re-establish the Legion in Lublijana. In May Zagreb legionaries spoke about the Legion at 4 Masses.
HUNGARY
Budapest Regia has 25 praesidia, 12 Curiae and 4 Comitia attached. Extension efforts feature monthly. Jaszbereny Curia has permission for extension in 8 small villages. Among the works undertaken by the various councils were organising Confessions and Holy Communions in hospitals; preparation of children for First Holy Communion; encouraging the sick to unite their sufferings with Jesus and offer them for the salvation of souls.
LATVIA
Riga Comitium comprises 13 praesidia and 3 attached Curiae. A new junior praesidium in Riga has 5 members whose work is helping at Sunday Mass and promoting the faith among their own age group. A recruiting drive in St. Jacobs parish in Riga resulted in 3 new members.
LITHUANIA
Kaunus Comitium has 18 attached praesidia and 7 attached Curiae. A praesidium of 11 active members organised a prayer group in a secondary school during lunch break. On home visitation this praesidium promotes Confession, having discovered so many people are regularly receiving Holy Communion but have not been to Confession for years. Among works mentioned in reports from attached Curiae is an apostolate to alcoholics. Telsiai Comitium has 10 praesidia and 2 Curiae affiliated with an active membership of 199, 60 of whom are praetorians. There are 3,964 auxiliaries and 150 adjutorians. Home and hospital visitation and work for youth featured in reports. 51 hospital patients received the sacraments. A 40-year old un-baptised man encountered on visitation is now preparing for the sacrament and a youth praesidium encouraged two boys met on street contact to go to Confession. Queen of the Family Curia with 13 praesidia approached one new parish for extension. Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Curia with 4 senior and one junior praesidia are making extension efforts in 5 parishes.
ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia: Some efforts at extension mentioned. Some of the works undertaken by reporting praesidia were prison visitation and organising adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Carei Curia was raised to Comitium status in May with 13 praesidia and one Curia affiliated. Plans are in progress for extension in 3 areas. Oradea Comitium helps in the work of Radio Maria as well as Church activities and works of service. Bala Mare Curia reports much hospital visitation.
POLAND
Lublin Regia devotes considerable time to spiritual formation of legionaries. The Hierarchy have called for a Rosary Crusade for the Fatherland and the legionaries recruit for this. They held a Legion Congress and a symposium on Anatol Kaszezuk (former Envoy), which was preceded by Jericho Rosaries (7 days and 7 nights of continuous prayer before the Blessed Sacrament). Works undertaken as mentioned in reports are visitation of sick and lonely in hospitals and care homes, visitation of prisoners, formation of Rosary circles and visitation of a military hospital. Two new Curiae and one new praesidium were established. The Regia participated in Peregrinatio Pro Christo in Ostraviw. Warsaw Comitium comprises 18 praesidia and 4 Curiae, 10 of the praesidia are in the city and 8 distant praesidia - one of the affiliated Curiae is in Warsaw and 3 are in distant Dioceses.

AFRICA

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Bukavu Senatus: A new Comitium with 4 Curiae has been established in the parish of Bunyakiri; a new Curia has been attached to Mushenyi Comitium; 13 new legionaries took their promise. Works reports were preparation of 1,500 children, young people and adults for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Legionaries visited 2,400 sick at home and in hospital; there were 130 mediations with people/families in conflict and 98 marriages were regularised. Other works reports were prison apostolate, visiting bereaved families and promising recruitment contacts with youth. 170 legionaries took part in a pilgrimage to Our Lady's Grotto at Lukanando/Nyangezi; 29 officers from various councils participated in a 3-day retreat.
Butembo Senatus: Due to an email problem, this Senatus is unable to sent the minutes. Fr. Mumbere Ndulani attended the Eucharistic Congress and spoke at the Concilium meeting. He gave a good account of the work of the Senatus. Remembrance in our prayers is requested for the legionaries in North Kivu, as armed militias are again operating in the province.
Kinshasa Senatus: Our Lady of Fatima Comitium, has 6 Curiae and 13 praesidia directly attached with 874 active members, 176 auxiliaries, 543 praetorians, 90 adjutorians and 142 juniors made 4,236 home visits, 2,830 hospital visits, 325 prison visits and 62 retirement home visits in a six month period. The legionaries met Catholics, Protestants and members of sects. 2,707 were prepared for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Matrimony as the case might be.
Kananga Senatus: All officerships in the Senatus have now been filled. A visit to the Mbuji-Mayi Regia was visited by the Senatus Officers and problems have now been resolved.
Lubumbashi Regia: This council governs the Legion in the Province of Katanga with additional Regiae already approved and functioning at Kamina and Kolwezi.
RWANDA
Kigali Senatus: Celebration of the Legion's 90th Anniversary was mentioned; efforts are ongoing to restart the magazine "Voice of the Legion". Five Curiae were set up. Many councils reported having praesidia of juniors in secondary schools. Kiziguro Comitium has 10 Curiae, 17 attached praesidia, 10 praesidia in secondary schools, 45 junior praesidia with a total of nearly 4,000 active members and 1,415 auxiliary members. Two new Curiae and 5 new praesidia were set up in this council. Nyundo and Butare Comitia have 4,800 and 3700 active members respectively. One praesidium reported visiting 13 families in irregular marriage situations with 7 of these regularised and their children baptised.
REUNION
St. Denis Comitium: St. Paul's Curia has 7 praesidia and work reports include home and hospital visitation, reciting the Rosary in mortuaries, visiting auxiliaries and teaching catechism. After numerous visits by legionaries, a couple living together for 24 years with two in family got married last December and are now auxiliary members of the Legion. A new Curia was established with 13 praesidia.
MAURITIUS
Rodrigues Regia: In the 2 reporting Curiae, Maria Assumpta Curia has 15 praesidia and does home, hospital and clinic visitation. They organised Rosaries at grottos during May and October. During Lent they lead the Stations of the Cross and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. St. Paul's Curia has 4 praesidia. Their apostolate includes prayer services at mortuaries and interments, visit the sick and handicapped, hospitals and homes for the elderly. An anniversary Mass was held to commemorate 72 years of the Legion in Mauritius. Rose Hill Comitium has 200 members and 150 auxiliary. They help in the preparation of Mass in outlying villages, teach Catechism in schools and organise days of Catholic formation. Port Louis Comitium has 220 active and 90 auxiliary members. They help couples to prepare for a religious marriage, visit drug-addicts and people suffering from AIDS. Fr. Robert Bathfield, the Regia Spiritual Director, is present at all Regia meeting and is a source of great encouragement in his spirituality and allocutios.
BURUNDI
Gitega Senatus: A two-day meeting of Diocesan Spiritual Directors was held in January, which reinforced commitment to the formation of youth and students through the Legion system especially in view of the large influx of young people to the ranks. Days of recollection for youth followed with emphasis on following the apostolic path of Frank Duff and living the Gospel in union with Mary. The Legion joined in the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Militants of the Blessed Virgin founded by the late Fr. Achille Denis who also founded the Legion.

ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: For the Year of Faith the Senatus are making special efforts to start many Patrician Groups. Edel Garcia, former Concilium extension worker, has entered the novitiate. Concilium correspondent's letter is included in the Senatus monthly bulletin. The Procession through the streets of the Capital took place to Alfie Lambe's tomb. Mendoza Regia has True Devotion to the Nation projects running in many of the poor barrios. In the Diocese of La Pampa, legionaries work with street girls. The San Luis Comitium held their second Spiritual Directors meeting. Prayers are asked for Irene Sauer, vice postulator of Alfie's Cause, who is ill.
Cordoba Senatus: The legionary apostolate includes Sacred Heart enthronement, prison visitation, Patrician meetings and street contact. After two successive Senatus meetings, legionaries were robbed by a motorcyclist on their way home; one 84-year old sustained a broken arm and facial injuries.
Salta Senatus, North West Argentina: Many praesidia have meetings for married couples helping them to enrich their sacrament and overcome the stresses of daily life. Home visitation still keeps bringing in more and more families from the sects. Many praesidia report that their meetings are happy family places and hold new members.
Corrientes Regia: A Curia with 138 active members and 137 auxiliaries, anonymously give food, clothes and medicine to those abandoned by their families; they hope to hand over this work to an organisation that specialises in this area.
Rosario Regia: One Comitium reported on home and status visitation. They have 68 statues of Our Lady. In each home visited with the statue they ask to pray with the family. In one home they had four children baptised and they are now being prepared for the other sacraments and two marriages were blessed in the Church. The jail is visited weekly. Another Comitium set up four new praesidia.

BRAZIL
Belem Senatus: The inauguration of the Senatus took place on 26 August with Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Belem. Legionaries from the Senatus area, which covers two States, and an officer from the Rio de Janeiro Senatus, which has been caretaking this area, attended.
Belo Horizonte Senatus: Attendance of praesidia officers at Senatus meetings increased from 37% to 52%. In one town Evangelicals welcome Legion visits and admire their work. Apostolate to the homes of newly born children involves advice on the choice of godparents and on vaccinations and proper feeding. In the city centre of Belo Horizonte an apostolate to addicts involves advice and guidance to the appropriate rescue and recovery centres.
Recife Senatus: The National conference for younger legionaries had an attendance of 262. The Archbishop of Recife, Dom Antonio Fernando Saburido, paid a visit and gave a message of encouragement to the participants. Dom Edson, representative of the Brazilian Bishops' conference to the Legion took part in the two-day event. A Peregrinatio Pro Christo project in a distant area resulted in the setting up of six praesidia.
Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Bishop Edson Castro Homem, Spiritual Director of Rio Senatus and representative of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB), to the Legion, sent a message to the Concilium on the occasion of the International Eucharistic Congress. He said he was very pleased to inform Concilium of the great contribution of the Legion to the Church's apostolate in Brazil. A particular proof of this was the presence of almost 90,000 at the annual Legion pilgrimage to the National Marian Shrine in Aparecida in June. The Concilium is very grateful to Bishop Edson for his many services to the Legion, including taking part in Legion events all over Brazil. Four pairs of legionaries from the Senatus spent several weeks in Amazonia, during which a Comitium, two Curiae and five praesidia were set up. In Rio, the Legion work resulted in the enthronement of the Statue of Our Lady of Aparecida in the Headquarters of the military Police.
Salvador Senatus: Vittoria de Conquista Regia with six Dioceses has almost 15,000 members while Aracaju Regia with three Dioceses has almost 10,000 and has 89 junior praesidia and over a thousand adjutorians. After three Exploratio Dominicalis projects, two praesidia were reformed. Legionaries on a Peregrinatio Pro Christo in an area of great spiritual need visited 300 families and were warmly welcomed in a school by teachers and the Protestant Headmaster.
São Luís Senatus: Over a two-month period reports showed more than 10,000 homes visited, almost 500 persons prepared for the Sacraments and the holding of 250 Bible study meetings. The younger members are preparing for the World Youth Day in Rio.
São Paulo Senatus: The Cuiabá Regia reported 3,029 home visits and 1,029 revisits and 1,315 visits to the sick at home. They had 131 Enthronements of the Sacred Heart in homes. The Campo Grande Regia had 1,133 visits to families and 754 visits to the elderly at home. The Carrão Comitium reported 19 adults and eight children making their First Holy Communion and 11 adults receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.
Brasilia Regia: In a State 600 miles north of Brasilia, there is a report of Catechism being taught to 380 children; and adolescents and adults being prepared for the Sacrament.

PEREGRINATIO PRO CHRISTO

On Saturday, 20th October 2012 the annual Autumn Conference of Peregrinatio Pro Christo took place in St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, and had an attendance of approximately 250 legionaries.
A selection of reports from the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Finland, Berlin and Holland were chosen to reflect some highlights from this work. Reporters ranged from first timers or first time team leaders to seasoned peregrini who delivered reports with enthusiasm and joy followed by a lively discussion from the floor. It was a particular joy to hear that after several years' perseverance with projects to Finland and France to see some fruits from these reports for 2012.
We were challenged by Fr. Michael Kennedy to share our Faith. He compared unshared Faith to a lake that doesn't have an outlet - the result is stagnant waters incapable of sustaining life - so it is with our Faith; it must have an outlet to be spread around. We were asked also if we still truly uphold the Peregrinatio Pro Christo idea of presenting the Catholic Faith to non-Christians. Are we concerned about Jews and Muslims?
In his Conference address, Seamus Rickard urged us to reflect before the Blessed Sacrament on how Jesus has an individual love for each one of us and motivated by the fire of this love give it to others through undertaking the challenge of conversion work at home and on Peregrinatio Pro Christo.

VISIT TO DUBLIN BY ELISABETH KRISS, EXTENSION WORKER

Elisabeth Kriss completed her year's extension work in September for the Legion of Mary to Kazakhstan and Ukraine. In October she visited Dublin attending the Peregrinatio Pro Christo Conference and the October Concilium meeting giving us a brief summary of her work during the year.
Throughout her time in both these countries she visited existing praesidia and set up new praesidia, she also attended a Curia meeting and two Conferences. She had beneficial meetings with the hierarchy. Ukraine legionaries are very thankful to the Concilium for sending Elisabeth to that country where they visit hospitals and the elderly. They have organised their first Peregrinatio Pro Christo; also they hope to set up a Patrician meeting. While awaiting a visa, she visited Bulgaria where there are now 7 praesidia in existence and legionaries had their Acies together. Elisabeth thanked all those who prayed for her during this year of grace.

Sile Ni Chochlain, President of Concilium, thanked Elisabeth for the tremendous work she had undertaken on behalf of the Legion during the year.



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The Door of Faith
October 2012
Concilium Allocutio October 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary


The Door of Faith

Pope Benedict has invited the whole Church to celebrate a Year of Faith from the 11th of October 2012 until the 24th of November the feast of Christ the King 2013. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the launching of the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. It would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of these two events in the life of the individual Catholic and in the whole Christian community. It is also the year in which we celebrate the Synod on the New Evangelisation for the transmission of the Christian Faith. The basic focus of all these special events is the nature of our Catholic faith and Catholic identity. We are being called to deepen our knowledge and love of our Catholic faith and to celebrate the extraordinary privilege of our Catholic identity. There is nothing of greater value than the door of faith that opens the way to our sharing in the life of the Blessed Trinity and the Body of Christ, the Church and enables us to become more fully true human persons.
From beginning to end the Legion is rooted in the life of our Catholic faith: she exists because of its Catholic faith and has no other goal but to live and share this faith. The Handbook puts it so succinctly: 'The Legion is built in the first place upon a profound faith in God and in the love he bears his children.' The Legion seeks to live in the spirit of Mary and it is faith that characterises Our Lady's deepest identity. 'Blessed is she who has believed' is how the Sacred Scripture describes Mary and that is the way her Legion seeks to be identified.
We pray every day for a deepening of our faith: 'Confer O Lord on us who serve beneath the standard of Mary that fullness of faith in you and trust in her to which it is given to conquer the world.' From the depths our Legion heart we never cease praying for the fullness of faith because we cannot live without faith. During this year of faith it would be good if the Legion throughout the world in harmony with the whole Church sought to know our Catholic faith more deeply, love and live it more courageously and share it ever more widely especially with those who have neglected the faith and with those who have never had the chance of hearing the Gospel adequately.
But the absolutely crucial question: What is our Catholic Faith? Well, first of all it is something radically inter-personal. It is primarily about relationships. Pope Benedict writes: 'Christianity is not a new philosophy or a new morality. We are only Christians if we encounter Christ.' Or again: 'Faith does not just mean accepting a certain number of abstract truths about the mysteries of God, of man, of life and death, of future realities. Faith consists in an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, a relationship based on love of him who first loved us.' Blessed Pope John Paul writes in the same vein: 'Faith is neither an abstract discourse nor a vague religious sentiment, but a personal encounter with Jesus Christ who gives new meaning to life.'
The Gospel of John tells us: 'This is eternal life that you may know the one true God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent' (Jn 17:3). Of course when Scripture talks of knowing God it does not mean simply an intellectual assent to his existence but a loving and intimate relationship and experience of Him. Blessed John Paul comments: 'Revelation teaches us that heaven is not an abstraction or place in the clouds but a living, personal relationship of union with the Holy Trinity.' So we begin to live the life of heaven by faith here and now in our present life and circumstances by living those inter-personal relationships with the Persons of the Trinity established by the reality of faith.
We underline the fact that no creature had or has a more intimate or loving relationship with Jesus Christ than Mary his mother. So following a long spiritual tradition in the Church the Legion has committed itself to seeking intimacy with Jesus Christ which is what faith is by uniting itself individually and collectively with its whole being to Mary. To Jesus through Mary is an extremely effective way of deepening our faith and cherishing our Catholic identity. May we take Mary as our guide during this year of faith and may she help us to be open to all the graces offered to us through the door of faith.

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REPORTS
ASIA
SRI LANKA
Works include enthronements of homes to the Sacred Heart, teaching catechism to adults and children, visiting the sick, street contact, preparing people for the sacraments, including those for adult Baptism, Exploratio Dominicalis and the recruiting of Auxiliary members.

MYANMAR
A Legion booth was set up at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes 12 kilometers from Yangon. Many legionaries and others from different parts of the country were met. The island of Einma where a Priest and many legionaries lost their lives during the tsunami now has 13 praesidia. Council visitation is done. The Senatus will celebrate 75 years in December.

PAKISTAN
Five senior praesidia, one giving its 29th report has 5 members with 45 auxiliaries, another giving its 30th report has 20 members and 60 auxiliaries, while 2 others have between 14 and 17 members and were 2 to 4 years old. Home-to-home and hospital visitation, bible and catechism classes, Rosary in the homes were among works mentioned.

THAILAND
Much efforts have been made to increase auxiliary membership, encouraging passive Catholics to be more active, and promotion of the Miraculous Medal. A Korean Curia of 9 praesidia reported in Thai, they work mostly among migrants, 13 out of 19 people under instruction received Baptism. Legionaries tutor weak students, visit schools and offer Miraculous Medal to all graduating students.

TAIWAN
A Peregrinatio Pro Christo project was undertaken to the Nan-ao region which had been occupied by the Japanese and which is Japanese speaking. A second praesidium has now been established in this region. The legionaries in Taiwan celebrated their 60th anniversary. A Spanish-speaking praesidium was also set up.

INDIA
Kerala Senatus governs 17 Comitia, 14 Curiae and 28 praesidia. The formation of another Curia and a Regia is under discussion. They have 12 correspondents. Great numbers of Catholics and non-Catholics met during home, hospital and jail visitation. Catechism is taught, those suffering with addictions are counselled and quarrels and disputes are mediated. A 2-day congress was held.

Karnataka Senatus: Extension has started in the 2 Dioceses without the Legion, where they were warmly welcomed by the Bishops and Vicars General. They also undertook a visit to the Bishop of Hyderabad and hope to follow up to help where the Legion is weak. They have good interaction with Moslems and Hindus. To coincide with the Eucharistic Congress, 120 legionaries held Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Mary's Basilica with use of Tamil, Kannada and English languages.

Mumbai Regia: The Legion is in 28 of the 46 Dioceses and much extension is underway. Auxiliary and Praetorians appear in all reports. Seminarians carry out a variety of apostolic works. Audits have been received and the Cause of Frank Duff is widely promoted.
Calcutta Comitium: Correspondent asking for more detail to be included on reports presented.

Tuticorin Comitium is keen to establish regular contact with Concilium.
Coimbatore Comitium: There are committees for extension, youth, 3 Causes and Patricians. Visitation of praesidia is underway.
Palaymakottai Comitium asks for permission to set up a new curia in Kayathar.

THE CAUCASUS and CENTRAL ASIA

GEORGIA
The praesidia in Ude continue to meet, but contact is sparse.

ARMENIA
The praesidia in Yerevan reports that as a result of visiting a very poor area of the city they discovered many people needing Baptism who are now under instruction.

HOLY LAND
A fruitful meeting was held when legionaries visited Concilium during the Eucharistic Congress. They said it was a dream come true for them to be in Dublin and they considered it a great privilege to be able to say one of the Prayers of the Faithful in Arabic at the Mass in Church Street, Dublin, held for all visiting legionaries. The Rosary is recited at funerals and children attending non-Catholic schools are prepared for the Sacraments. Auxiliary membership and undertaking annual audits have been encouraged.

EUROPE

BELGIUM
Brussels Senatus: The Senatus has organised 3 PPC projects - to Elsenborne, Ciney and Bretagne.
Antwerp Senatus: Legionaries will meet the Bishop of Antwerp in October. The works of a praesidium of 10 includes visiting the sick at home and in hospital, the pilgrim statue, home visitation and visiting a prisoner.

FRANCE
Paris Regia: On the eve of Marian feasts the Regia organises a vigil, which includes Mass, procession, Rosary and Benediction. The Regia Secretary was asked to speak at the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. The importance of PPC and the Permanence at Lourdes is frequently highlighted at meetings.

Valence Regia: The 2 praesidia at Chateauneuf de Galaure have 4 and 5 members; they note that among those who do retreats there the Legion is often spoken of - this is very encouraging for the French members.
Lyon Comitium hosted a PPC project in July and the Vietnamese Curia had an outing to Ars commemorating the Vietnamese martyrs.

Aire et Dax Regia reports a new praesidium in the town of Lourdes; hopes are that the praesidium will be a lifeline for the future of the Permanence.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus continues an apostolate to homosexuals, in addition to the works of home, hospital and nursing home visitation. Lapsed Catholics are visited regularly and Mass times are distributed to 16 hotels. Three Polish children were instructed for the Sacraments. Two recently established praesidia are being cared for by South Birmingham Curia. In Coventry one person returned to the faith and Bristol Curia is focusing on extension to mark the Year of the Faith.
Northampton Comitium and Leicester and Swansea Curiae: Works include book barrow, street rescue, crowd contact, visiting the families of first communicants and care of auxiliary members. One elderly man returned to the Church.

Liverpool Senatus: The praesidium in Douglas, Isle of Man, has a new team of officers. Ashton Curia celebrates its 40th anniversary and in St. Helen's Curia Fr. Stephen not only conducted a retreat but cooked lunch for the legionaries too! Juniors and Intermediate members were mentioned positively in the Manchester Comitium report. Following visitation to a block of apartments, a prayer group was set up. Legionaries also visit the victims of overseas wars.
Central London Curia reports a new praesidium with 7 members in St. Monica's, Hoxton. Another praesidium of 10 members and 1 probationer report a new prayer group set up after visitation to a block of apartments. A function was held for auxiliaries. Other reports mentioned visiting a psychiatric hospital - they have extended their visitation to the cafe there. A number of legionaries came to Dublin for the Eucharistic Congress.
Brentwood Comitium held two very successful recruiting drives recently with over 50 people interested in the Legion. Legionaries instruct young people and adults for the Sacraments and two elderly residents in a Care Home are being instructed in the Faith.
West Middlesex Curia: A new praesidium with 13 members has been formed in Southill and the praesidium in Hayes says the Rosary in the cemetery on Remembrance Day. Ealing praesidium has 5 members and there are 9 members in Greenford who pray the Rosary near a clinic in the town.
Hammersmith Curia: The praesidium in Hampton Hill, among its other works, visits Bronzefield Prison weekly.
Brent and Harrow Curia was visited by the correspondent early this month. The Curia has 4 praesidia and is mainly of Indian and West Indian origin. A Congress has been suggested to them.
Southwark Comitium has 5 Curiae and 16 praesidia attached. North Surrey organised a coach to Aylesford in May for the Edel Quinn pilgrimage and the junior praesidium with 17 members took part. The Curia in Cornwall has a vast area to cover and there is a newly formed praesidium in Surbiton. Two PPC projects took place in Camberwell and Kennington. The Comitium lost a dedicated member and officer in Eileen Ruddy, RIP.

FINLAND
The PPC project in July was very successful - a more detailed report will follow.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus have been encouraged to visit Concilium to discuss the development of the Legion in Germany, Switzerland, Siberia, Luxembourg and Lichtenstein. Munich Regia has 2 Comitia, 10 Curiae and 11 directly attached praesidia attached. A Korean praesidium has been established in Hamburg and the Korean Curia in Frankfurt has 14 praesidia attached. Extension is ongoing among the Eritrean and Filipino communities in Frankfurt and PPC projects to Berlin and Leipzig took place.

GIBRALTAR
The age profile of legionaries is venerable - two of the officers are in their 90's. The Scottish legionaries hope to visit the new Bishop there.

THE NETHERLANDS
Efforts are being made by the Cape Verdian Curia in Rotterdam to start a praesidium in Amsterdam following the visit by legionaries from Birmingham and Dublin.

NORWAY
There are 2 praesidia one in Tonsberg where teaching catechism to children is mentioned and in Drammen where the Acies took place. The apostolate includes helping to prepare parents of children to be baptised. The praesidium is planning to set up a praesidium for Filipinos who speak the Cebuano dialect.

SCOTLAND
Senatus of Scotland: Increased membership is mentioned by a number of attached councils and there are new praesidia in Pollockshaw and St. Peter's Hamilton. Young students at the University continue to thrive with their Spiritual Director Fr. John Keenan and they plan a lunch group in Notre Dame School. One praesidium tried a different approach to Nursing Home visitation and invited residents to gather in a communal room where they prayed and sang hymns together. This was enjoyed by all the residents.

SIBERIA
In Krasnoarsk the fourth praesidium was started in Curia Irkutzk.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Comitium has 13 praesidia, Luzern Curia has 3. Two new praesidia were formed and 90 auxiliaries recruited in 3 months. A Moslem converted to Catholicism and had a Church wedding.

WALES
Swansea Curia has 5 praesidia and 45 auxiliaries. Two parishes are listed for extension and book barrow, street contact and crowd contact are among the works done. Legionaries in Wrexham Curia are involved in the programme of hymns and readings on BBC Wales. They sent greetings to the new Bishop of Wrexham, Mgr. Canon Brignall. Cardiff Curia reports a procession of witness on Palm Sunday and also the Stations of the Cross in the busy city streets.

AFRICA

EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Bata Comitium: In letters to this council, the correspondent deals with formation themes each month emphasised the importance of knowing the Handbook, Legion work and elections. They hope to organise a pilgrimage to a Shrine of Our Lady. The Spiritual Director of Madrid Senatus Fr. Carlos prepared two themes that the legionaries can use for this function.

Malabo Comitium: A Curia has been set up on the Island of Annobon with 3 praesidia and 82 legionaries. The Curiae are presenting reports despite the literacy problems. They make great contacts with the sects and some of them have returned to the Church. The Comitium is emphasising that the Legion work is that assigned by the praesidium in pairs and cannot work individually. The Comitium officers visited the parish in Luba, a very remote jungle area where there are 4 praesidia and legionaries are very committed.

TOGO
Lomé Regia: Preparations are under way for a PPC project to Adidome in Ghana from 17 to 28 August and a report was taken on an Exploratio Dominicalis project held in May. In the Adidogome Curia there are 40 senior and 20 junior praesidia and efforts are being made to have more workable council or councils. The President of the Regia, Pascal Akoti, wrote a letter of thanks for allowing him to represent the Legion of Mary from Togo at the Pan African Pontifical Lay Congress in Yaoundé and described it as an extraordinary and unforgettable Christian experience.

CAMEROON AND CHAD
The report from Bamenda Comitium mentioned a couple that lived together for the last 15 years is now happily married in the Catholic Church and a couple separated for 25 years are now reunited again and live happily with their children. Contact was made at the Congress in Yaoundé to try and speed up the visit to Chad by 2 legionaries from the Douala Senatus.

BENIN
The Regia of Continuo continues to function well and governs Comitia as far away as Djougou and Glazoue in the north of Benin Republic. On average, the number of auxiliaries runs at about half the number of active members, which needs to be investigated. Patricians and juniors are reported on regularly.

GABON
A team consisting of two Regia officers and a Spiritual Director from Benin visited the Legion in the Republic of Gabon concentrating on Libreville, Port Gentil and Mouila. In each place they were well received by the Bishops and clergy and the local officers of the Legion. In Mouila they were present when a Curia was raised to Comitium status, which will govern 5 Curiae in the town and 3 Curiae which are in formation at centres from 140 to 300 km distance. Mgr. Bonnet, the Bishop, exhorted the officers to adhere to the rules, to follow instructions received so that their councils and praesidia would form a worthy part of the great African Legion, which is so precious to the Church. At Port Gentil and Libreville they held sessions of formation and have been asked to return next year and include a visit to Oyem.

IVORY COAST
Abidjan Senatus held elections for President and Vice President. The Hieracrchy took the opportunity to appoint Fr. Laurent Akomian as Senatus Spiritual Director and Fr. Yves Gbakre as National Spiritual Director of the Legion. Gratitude was expressed to the outgoing Spiritual Director, Fr. Jen Baptiste Akwadan for his devoted service. He has been a legionary from his student days. Gagnoa Regia has set up three new Curiae in its area.

CENTRAL AMERICA

NICARAGUA
Regia of Managua: During this reporting period a Curia in Léon was raised to Comitium status with 3 Curiae attached. There are large numbers of young legionaries in this area. One praesidium reported that they do contact work in the market area on Sundays resulting in very successful contact with young people. Another praesidium has started contacting the street girls, some of them agreed to visit a church with the legionaries. The Regia officers have returned to having Regia officers meetings.

GUATAMALA
Regia of Camotan: The Regia is keeping in close contact with the Senatus of Merida. A new president was elected recently; he has started the first group of the Patricians. There are plans to set up a Comitium in a distant area where there are 4 senior and 3 junior Curiae.
Panama Regia: The Year of the Faith and steps, which could be taken in the Legion, were discussed at a recent retreat.

EL SALVADOR
Senatus of San Salvador: The attached Regia of Santa Ana reported 8,000 baptisms - adults and children. Younger legionaries teach reading and writing to legionaries and non-legionaries who wish to learn. While the attendance of directly attached praesidia at the Senatus meeting has improved, there is room for improvement.

MEXICO

Mexico City Senatus: One Regia, 2 Comitia and 4 Curiae reported. With one exception all the correspondents receive correspondence from their councils. Works include preparation of parents and godparents for Baptism. Relations between a legionary and her problematic child improved dramatically following the reception of a pilgrim statue in the home. The attached Regia of Puebla with almost 12,000 active legionaries provides computer and literacy classes for adults. There is one Patrician group.

Merida Senatus: A Curia reported that 12 of 64 couples agreed to be married in the Church. As well as visiting the elderly in a home, the legionaries repair their hammocks and help them with other personal needs. Junior praesidia are being set up in different councils and the Comitium of Cancun reported 2 junior Curiae attached. The same Comitium reported positive results from an Exploratio Dominicalis project. 113 adults returned to Confession; 120 couples including 4 Jehovah Witnesses married in the Church and over 700 were Baptised including 29 adults.

Durango Regia: A praesidium in a correction centre for young offenders works very successfully with the inmates. A new junior praesidium was set up. The correspondent has been concentrating on the care of the treasurers' books.

Monterrey Regia: Masses are being organised in different remote districts with good attendance and successful contacts. Confession is encouraged on those occasions, many don't have the opportunity to attend Mass regularly. An attached Curia sets aside a Sunday per month for apostolate with grandparents, particularly those who are alone. The Spiritual Director of attached Curia "Nuestra Senora de Lourdes" is a legionary since he was 10 years of age.

Léon Regia: An attached Comitium reported 83 new members recruited recently. The correspondent is encouraging them to consider the 5-minutes study of the handbook. An attached Curia reported that 50% of the members are praetorians. Two legionaries from the Senatus of Merida made a visit to the Comitium of Queretero and reported to the Concilium.

Hermosillo Regia: The correspondents try to visit their councils as frequently as possible. Extension efforts are being made, concentrating particularly on the recruitment of men; there are few men in the Regia. A praesidium with 16 members has set up a new praesidium in the neighbouring parish. The attached Curia in Obregon is extending in 4 parishes.

Young Adults Conference

The 11th annual conference for young adults took place in All Hallows, Drumcondra, Dublin, on the 1st and 2nd September 2012 at which 208 individuals attended. Sile Ni Chochlain, Concilium President, gave the address of welcome to the large gathering present. The theme of the conference was 'A Faith Firm and Immovable as a Rock'. Some searching questions from the audience at the end of each talk received competent and wise responses from the speaker concerned.
day. Bishop Walsh said that the Faith of practicing young Catholics today exceeded that of his young days. Fr. Paul Churchill and fellow priests made themselves available for confessions during the several reflection breaks. Testimonies were given by four young legionaries outlining their journeys in faith. Fr. Feargal O'Duill conducted a Holy Hour, which was followed by a concert with Elation Ministries and comprised Gospel music complimented by scripture readings. Afterwards the gathering adjourned to the coffee dock for refreshments, chat, music and song.

The conference concluded on Sunday afternoon with an address by Fr. Bede McGregor, Concilium Spiritual Director. Fr. Bede gave an overview of the weekend proceedings and suggested that we try to live our lives under the Mantle of Our Lady.

Pan African Pontifical Lay Congress

Maura Wall and Eddie Evers from Dublin and Joseph Osei, Ghana and Pascal Akoti, Togo, from Africa were the representatives for the Legion of Mary at the Congress. The title of the Congress was 'Witnessing to Jesus Christ in Africa Today' and took place from the 4th to the 9th September in Yaounde, Cameroon. Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council of the Laity, emphasised Africa being the continent of hope.

A transcript on the Legion of Mary was greatly appreciated and got many favourable comments. It was an opportunity to present the Legion to both the African Hierarchy and laity alike.

Síle Ni Chochlain, President of Concilium, expressed grateful thanks to the four legionaries who attended the Congress.

Visit by Concilium to Latvia

Caroline Gray and Mary Fahey visited the Legion of Mary councils in Latvia from the 12th to the 19th July. The Comitium there has 12 senior and one junior praesidia directly attached and 3 Curiae. There are 162 active and 771 auxiliary members. All 12 praesidia have spiritual directors. The junior praesidium has 5 members and is doing well. Recently a praesidium started the Patricians. Visitation of praesidia is carried out monthly and is done by different legionaries.

While there they met the Archbishop, Bishops and Spiritual Directors. They also attended the Comitium meeting, Curiae meetings and a number of praesidia meetings. The Archbishop would be very keen to start a praesidium in the University.

Some of the recommendations suggested to the legionaries were: recruiting as an item on the weekly praesidium agenda; to look at parishes, which do not have the Legion and approach the parish priest; comments should be taken on reports, through these we can learn; working in pairs is essential and the value of Handbook discussion. It was also recommended that they start new works, get young people involved and encourage men into the Legion.

The two legionaries thanked the Concilium for allowing them visit the Legion in Latvia and to Our Blessed Lady for helping them all the way.

Síle Ni Chochlain, on behalf of the Concilium, said that it was good to hear about the progress of the Legion in Latvia and thanked the two legionaries for making the visit.


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Mary in the Liturgy of the Church
September 2012
Concilium Allocutio September 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary


Mary in the Liturgy of the Church

The portrait of Mary in the Handbook of the Legion is rooted in Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium, the teaching authority of the Church. It is also guided by the writings of the saints, especially St. Louis Marie de Montfort, the major tutor of the Legion and St. Bernard who is one of the major influences in the teaching of St. Louis Marie de Montfort. But there is another profound source of Marian spirituality and life for the Legion and that is the Liturgy of the Church. We come to know and celebrate the mystery of Mary in her feasts throughout the liturgical year. The way the church prays is a sure way of knowing what the Church believes. Lex orandi Lex credenda or put more simply the prayer life of the universal church is based on what she believes. The liturgy is a sure and solid way of appropriating what God has revealed to us about Mary. That is why all the feast days of Our Lady in the Liturgy are so important to legionaries.

So, for this meeting of Concilium in September, I would like to dwell a moment on three feasts of Our Lady that occur this month. First is the Nativity of Our Lady. Not by chance but by providence the birth of the Legion coincides with the vigil of this lovely feast day of the birthday of Our Lady. So the spirit of the Legion must be the spirit of this feast day. What is the spirit of this feast? An antiphon of the Divine Office puts it succinctly: 'Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world.' Joy must characterise any person who lives and works in union with Mary because she marks the beginning of a new era of grace and salvation. St. Augustine sums it up well: 'With greatest exultation our earth should rejoice at the birth of such a Virgin. Eve brought us tears; Mary brings us joy. Eve wounded our human nature, Mary has healed it; the faith of Mary has compensated for the unbelief of Eve. Eve brought mourning into the world, Mary has brought singing - "My soul magnifies the Lord." If the Legion is called to be a special presence of Our Lady wherever it is established it must be marked by a spirit of joy and the offer of grace and redemption to all.

St. John Damascene also puts it thus: "Come one and all - let us joyfully celebrate the birth of the joy of the entire world. This day is the beginning of the world's salvation. Mary is that virginal door from which and through which God is about to make his bodily appearance on earth."

The second feast is that of the Most Holy Name of Mary. The theme of the name of Mary is a favourite one of St. Louis Marie de Montfort. He writes: 'Just as the salvation of the world began with the Hail Mary so the salvation of each individual is bound up with it. Just as the utterance of this Name brought to a dry and barren world the Fruit of Life so too will reverently pronouncing the Holy Name of Mary in prayer cause the Word of God to take root in the soul and bring forth Jesus the Fruit of Life. The Hail Mary is a heavenly dew which waters the earth of our soul and makes it bear its fruit in due season.' The constant invoking of the name of Mary is one of the reasons why the Rosary is so precious a prayer to the Legion.

The third feast is that of Our Lady of Sorrows. Over the centuries there have been several different lists of the sorrows of Mary. But the greatest suffering and sorrow of Mary is expressed in those succinct words of the Gospel of St. John: 'By the cross of Jesus stood his Mother.' Inseparable from the Passion of Christ is the compassion of Mary. Redemption has its sole and unique source in Jesus Christ but through the infinite generosity of God we too can share in the redemptive activity of Our Lord each in his own way. Isn't that what the apostolate means both the priestly and lay apostolate - sharing in the redemptive activity of Christ. But of course Mary's share in the work of our redemption is sublime and indispensable. This is why we call her the Co-Redemptrix and it is this theme that permeates this feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows. And we remember the special devotion that Frank Duff had to the Rosary of the Seven Dolours and the Stations of the Cross.

Sometimes we meet people, even devout Catholics who feel uncomfortable with the language the Church and the Legion uses about Mary and the type of devotion we have to her. It is true that the language may sound technical and complex at times but the reality and the truths they express are quite simple and accessible. I came across the following passage from Dr. Mark Miravalle that may help us respond to this difficulty. He writes: 'Sacred Scripture profoundly reveals the role of Our Blessed Mother as Co-Redemptrix. At the Annunciation when Mary says 'yes' to the angel and thereby gives her 'fiat' (Lk 1:38), she gives to the Redeemer the instrument of redemption, His human body. In a discussion I had with the late Mother Teresa of Calcutta regarding the solemn papal definition of the Co-Redemptive role of Our Lady, within the first two minutes of speaking Mother said 'Of course she is Co-Redemptrix, of course. She gave Jesus his Body and the Body of Jesus is what saved us.' 'Mother that's the difference between sanctity and theology. You say in two minutes what it takes the theologians three volumes to write.'

In this allocutio I have just touched on three feasts of Our Lady that occur in September but if we really enter into the spirit of all her feasts that occur in the Liturgical year, we will gradually acquire a solid understanding of the mystery of Mary and develop an ever truer devotion to her. Let us treasure all these feasts within our Legion family.

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Concilium Bulletin August 2012
August 2012
Concilium Bulletin August 2012
REPORTS
AFRICA

KENYA
Kenya Senatus: Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo, Bishop of Homa Bay was Chief Celebrant at the Mass at Venerable Edel Quinn's grave in May. Large numbers of Legionaries from Uganda and Tanzania and great crowds from Kenya attended.
Kisumu Regia reported 827 patients received the Sacrament of the sick, 528 marriages were validated, 2000 adults and 532 children were baptised, 2183 lapsed returned to the sacraments, 127 lapsed Legionaries returned to active membership and of 25 traditional brewers and 85 alcoholics contacted, 30 left the practice. A Comitium established a Curia and four praesidia. Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa, the new Bishop of Ngong Diocese said he is also a legionary.
UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: The January minutes, in particular show a wide spread of councils, from a Regia with over 21,000 each of juniors and seniors, a new Comitium giving a 4 month progress report, a Curia in a prison with 6 praesidia and a praesidium with 8 members and 2 junior and 1 youth praesidium attached. Activities during the period include visits to homes, hospitals, prisons, children's and rescue homes, shops, markets, bars, salons, mosques, churches, factories, satanic shrines, organising juniors, preparing people for the sacraments and running Patricians. This has resulted in many conversions including some Muslims, many receiving the Sacraments and lapsed returning to the practice of their faith. It is intended to specially focus on prison ministry in 2012. The Correspondent is seeking further information on the caretakership of Ethiopia and Sudan by Uganda Senatus.
NIGERIA
Abuja Senatus: Average Attendance - Praesidia Officers was 73% and Council Officers 51%. Security is a major concern. Separated brethren were amazed at the Legion's emphasis on Evangelisation. A praesidium in a police barracks had 5 lapsed returned, 8 marriages rectified and 7 conversions. Abuja was inaugurated as a Senatus on 22nd April 2012.
Ibadan Senatus: Attendance - Praesidia Officers was 46% and Council Officers 55%. A decision is to be made re the Senatus bus which is proving costly, but is a means of evangelisation. Two praesidia in the University Curia held Auxiliary rallies.
Lagos Regia: Praesidia Officers was 30% and Council Officers 70%. Brothel visitation comes up regularly in reports. One Comitium had 6 Muslims converted and 4 are now Legionaries, while a Curia had 90 conversions and 33 marriages rectified. Also 6 Curiae and 1 praesidium were formed.
Enugu Senatus: The Spiritual Director and President of the Senatus attended the IEC in Dublin and visited Concilium. The Senatus has over 72,000 seniors and 64,000 juniors and also almost 15,000 probationers. The Igbo Handbook has been translated. Many adults and children are prepared for the Sacraments e.g. members of Abakaliki Regia prepared almost 20,000 for various Sacraments.
In Onitsha Regia 83 members travelled to a remote area for a weeklong project. They visited 708 homes contacting 2,548 people of various beliefs and leaving much for follow-up by the Parish Priest and local Legionaries including 116 marriage cases.
A Comitium attached to Ikot Ekpene Regia has 2,445 members in 12 praesidia and 8 Curiae. They prepared 57 for Baptism, 388 for Holy Communion and 186 for Confirmation and had 12 converts in 6 months, while 18 members of a Comitium carried out a weeklong project in 5 distant outstations and recruited 36 members in the parish.
Jos Regia: The Legion apostolate continues in the Regia area despite many difficulties during the unrest there, prayers are requested for peace. Eleven deacons, all Legionaries were ordained to the priesthood. The Regia has had their accounts audited.
Kaduna Regia: Works include visitation of homes meeting people of many beliefs and none, hospitals, prisons, orphanages, preparing people for the Sacraments, organising juniors and Patricians. Eight Exploratio Dominicalis projects took place in the period and much visitation of councils and praesidia is undertaken. They reported on 101 Baptisms, 654 First Communions, 331 Confirmations, 37 Marriage cases settled, 137 Marriages blessed and 43 conversions including 19 Muslims and 134 lapsed returned to practice.
TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Regia: Preparations were ongoing for the inauguration of Dar-Es-Salaam Regia on 8th July. Good efforts are being made to strengthen Curiae and praesidia and improve attendance. An important recruiting initiative was the promotion of the Legion at Masses in 10 parishes by Seminarians with the support of Legionaries. This has proved most successful and they aim to retain new members with good follow up. A Praesidium of technical students with 25 members was revived. The Venerable Edel Quinn Anniversary Mass was well attended. Exploratio projects were planned for May and great emphasis is placed on the prohibition of material relief.
Mtwara Comitium: Members of a junior school praesidium invite other students to recite the Legion Prayers and counsel them to attend religious instructions. They lead a weekly Rosary in school. A 7 member praesidium visits the sick, aged, unmarried couples and teaches children prayers and brings them to Mass. They reported 6 lapsed returned to practice and 6 received various Sacraments.
Kahama Comitium: After a long silence a report on the Acies and up-date on the Comitium were received. It has 5 Curiae and works include visiting homes, the sick, preparing people for the Sacraments and teaching catechism to children. As a result, 3 families returned to the Church, 5 couples married in church and 2 had their marriages regularised. A Curia prepared 200 for Holy Communion and 2 people in danger of death were baptised. Good recruiting efforts are made especially among the young and a new praesidium was formed.
Hai Moshi Comitium: Works include home/hospital visitation, preparing adults and children for the Sacraments and teaching children prayers resulting in many returns to the Sacraments and marriages blessed. The council is very active and making great efforts to extend. The Seminarians in Kibosho Seminary are translating articles from the Concilium bulletins into Kiswahili.
ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: Visits took place to Ndola and Mongu Dioceses aiming to support the Legionaries; establish the strengths and weaknesses of the councils; provide training and meet with clergy. The meeting in Ndola was held in Kitwe Comitium, 350 kilometres from Lusaka, a 4-hour bus journey. There are over 4,500 members with 9 Comitia. Mongu is about 550 kilometres from Lusaka and 7 hours by bus. It was difficult to get a true picture of the councils here as the majority were unable to travel due to distance and transport costs. There is need for instruction and some splitting of praesidia. A workshop was held in Mongu and members asked for more training. The Diocesan Pastoral Co-ordinator spent the day with them.
THE GAMBIA
Brusubi praesidium, a new praesidium attached to Banjul Curia hosted the Acies. They hoped to use the opportunity to 'fish' out some new members.
MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: The Senatus is working well. It is based on 12 directly attached praesidia, 9 Curiae and 16 Comitia in the Archdiocese of Blantyre and it also governs 4 Regia and 9 Comitia in the dioceses of Malawi. A meeting was held between the Senatus officers and the Diocesan Chaplains of the Legion in Malawi and among the points discussed were working in harmony with other Catholic Church groups and the importance of knowing the Handbook. Chisitu Comitium held a Youth Conference, the purpose of which was to publicise and introduce the Legion to the youth of the area. Some of the talks were based on prayer, obedience and faithfulness to the Church.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Senatus: Visitations of Comitium and Curiae have been completed. In the Archdiocese the Legion is flourishing among the Korean, Vietnamese and Portuguese. Recently a group of twelve Legion members attended a day of Evangelisation in Rhode Island. 200 volunteered and 1,400 homes were visited.
PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia Senatus: Camden Comitium has 4 book barrows and visits 7 prisons. There were 8 conversions and 7 returns to the Sacraments. After teaching catechism to a Methodist man he became a Catholic. Allentown Curia: Two women returned to the practice of their faith, one was a Pentecostal. Delaware Legionaries visit 2 prisons and organise a Patrician group. The Hispanic Curia arranged 13 Baptisms, 4 returned to the faith and there were 2 marriage validations. Harrisburg Comitium had a table at a Diocesan Men's Conference where they made good contacts among the 500 attending, many not realising that men could join the Legion of Mary. Norristown Comitium continues to serve the street people at their Brother House twice a week. Book barrow, Patricians, nursing homes, prisons and a psychiatric hospital, feature among their works.
LOUISANNA
St. Louis Senatus: 106 new members were gained during this period. Extension is on-going in 3 parishes. Prayer services are conducted in the male and female juvenile detention centres and Confessions arranged. Reports also mention 9 under instruction, 83 returns to the faith and 2 conversions to the Church. Eucharistic adoration features prominently in reports. Religious literature is sent to military personnel abroad.
ILLINOIS
Chicago Senatus: The annual 'May Gathering' had representatives from many distant councils, including the Dakotas', Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois. During the week-end, the visiting legionaries did crowd contact in downtown Chicago. At the Senatus meeting mention was made of the Baptism of 2 women in prison, 18 inmates being confirmed and one receiving first Holy Communion. In Duluth Curia, a 19 member prison praesidium invites fellow inmates to Mass, Perpetual Adoration, bible study and daily recitation of the Divine Office. The Korean Comitium brought 4 converts into the Church. Joliet Curia started 4 new praesidia. Milwaukee Comitium helped with a Columban Drive in Green Bay. A former junior was recently ordained to the priesthood. In Lake County Curia Hispanics and juniors are growing in number.
FLORIDA
Miami Regia: The Haitian Curia has 16 praesidia, continues to do well with door to door visitation, hospital and nursing home visits and street apostolate. Adults and juniors are in formation. The Spanish speaking Regina Pacis Comitium has 46 praesidia and 3 more in formation as well as 3 dependent Curiae. All were encouraged to do more home to home visitation. A new praesidium was affilicated to the Regia in June.
TEXAS
Houston Senatus undertook a successful Peregrinatio Pro Christo project in a parish in Dublin, Ireland in the week preceding the International Eucharistic Congress in June. Spanish legionaries had 232 enthronements to the Sacred Heart in the last 3 months. A new Curia was established in the Pharr Comitium. San Antonio Comitium reported that the visit of their Pilgrim Statue excited 3 teenagers to pray the Rosary. The Houston and Arlington Vietnamese Curiae have high numbers in their praesidia with 15 to 18 members each. A function for their auxiliaries and works with street people at the drop-in centre in downtown Houston was also reported upon.
NEW YORK
New York Senatus: A recruiting drive gained 32 for a Spanish praesidium and 23 for an English one. Rockville Comitium is placing new emphasis on visitation of praesidia. They had 15 returns to the Sacraments and 12 enthronements to the Sacred Heart. Lower Manhattan had 10 returns to Confession following hospital visitation, while Watertown Curia, due to their efforts, had 4 persons received into the Church at Easter.
VIRGINIA
Arlington Regia: Concern is growing in Legion circles in regard to the introduction by the Government of "The Affordable Care Act". The U.S. Bishops have taken a strong position opposing it as it affects the right of conscience and religious liberty. They are calling for all Catholic faithful to oppose this act vigorously with the implication that everyone be involved, "with all the energies the Catholic Community can muster". Legionaries are encouraged to give their support not as the Legion of Mary but as concerned Catholics in an individual capacity.
SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco Senatus: San Jose Comitium works hard on extension with 2 new parishes hosting 2 recruiting drives. Oakland Comitium has a Chinese Curia with 5 praesidia and continues to extend. The Korean Comitium has formed 3 new praesidia in Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco. North San Mateo Curia has 24 attached praesidia with 249 members and is doing extension in 2 parishes.
Los Angeles Senatus; In Honolulu more than half the praesidia have undertaken Exploratio Dominicalis projects which includes island hopping, because of their extension efforts a new praesidium started on the island of Maui. A function to honour the Servant of God Frank Duff had 1,200 in attendance.
CANADA
Vancouver Comitium: Works include street contact, nursing home and hospital visitation, Family Rosary Crusade and Pilgrim Statue apostolate. One praesidium has a Friday Movie Night, screening Catholic films. Special works include visitation of "Skid Row", contact with street girls, drug addicts and alcoholics, many requested prayers. There was a recent celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Legion in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Toronto Senatus: Works include visitation of prison/jail, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, community sick, enthronements of the Sacred Heart and crowd contact apostolate. Patrician meetings have 20-40 attendees. A lapsed Catholic man, who was sick, after having a Pilgrim Statue visit, went to Confession. Inmates at Hamilton Detention Centre are visited regularly. A two-day Retreat was held at St. Augustine's Seminary to renew and rediscover the spirit of the Legion of Mary.
Edmonton Comitium: The Comitium makes regular visitation of the three Curiae attached Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Curia, Calgary, has 18 attached praesidia. They took part in crowd contact at the annual 'Stampede Week'. Our Lady of Lourdes Curia urged that Exploratio Dominicalis be held annually by praesidia. Three praesidia were represented at a Legion booth at the 'Family Life' Conference. A Patrician meeting is held monthly.
WEST INDIES
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo Senatus: Reports include home and prison visitation, street contact, the visitation of the sick in homes, hospitals, and clinics. Comitium "Reina de los Mártires", with 15 senior, 1 intermediate and 2 junior praesidia has 6 attached Curiae, with 678 active members, 1100 auxiliaries, 88 adjutorians, 153 praetorians and 18 probationaries. 300 children were catechised. Curia Immaculado Corazón de María with 5 praesidia has 56 members, 138 auxiliaries, 25 adjutorians, 14 praetorians and 5 probationers. They report 12 adults and 43 children baptised, 2 marriages regularised, 35 adults and young people brought to confession and the sacrament of the sick to 9 people. Patricians were also mentioned.
Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: Most praesidia help with the Church Pastoral plan of visiting homes seeking children for Baptism and Communion. Home visitation, visiting hospitals, cancer clinics, prisons, and the bereaved were among the works mentioned. Curia Dulce Corazón de María with 13 praesidia conducts pre-baptismal talks for parents and god-parents. They report the case of a young drug addict, who didn't know of the existence of God and who, through the efforts of the legionaries was baptised and confirmed. He now goes to confession and Holy Communion and is cured of his addiction.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Trinidad and Tobago Senatus: a praesidium of 9 active members (with 52 auxiliaries) undertake home visitation, catechises for 47 children, 11 were received into the Church. Hospital visitation and supervising the children's liturgy at Sunday Mass were also mentioned.
HAITI
Haiti Senatus: Attendance 63% to 80%. A Comitium, 2 Curiae and a praesidium reported. Many families are still living in tents. Works include visitation of homes, hospitals and other community institutions, prisons, visits of condolence, to the sick and elderly at home, mortuary vigils and accompanying priests on sick calls. They also run junior praesidia and courses for catechism resulting in many receiving the Sacraments and some lapsed Catholics returning to the faith.
PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Senatus continue to promote the Causes. They help with ecumenical meetings at the request of the clergy. The audit has been completed. The Comitium of Caguas report work being done for abused women and children, for AIDS and cancer patients. Under the heading of True Devotion to the Nation, legionaries are dealing with water and electricity supplies to poor areas. Juniors share the faith with their friends and help with musical events and act as altar servers. There was a report of one return from witchcraft.
EUROPE
PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: At Buraca 3 adults were baptised and confirmed and large numbers went to Confession. The sick and elderly are assisted at home, in health centres and hospitals. Drug addicts and their families are visited and given encouragement. A praesidium of two members grew to eight following a Columban type campaign. A new praesidium was also set up. A praesidium of 8 members, all praetorians, have 24 auxiliaries for whom 2 reunions are held each year. Three young people were prepared for Baptism and Holy Communion, 16 adults for First Communion and 146 returned to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In the Azores the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Legion was led by the Bishop and 12 priests with 400 participants. A new junior Curia with 9 praesidia was set up at Vila Nova de Famalicao and a new junior praesidium at Montijo. Legionaries are engaged in prison visitation. A new praesidium was set up at Funchal in Maderia.
SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: The Bishop of Tenerife, Canary Islands, wants the Comitium to visit 15 parishes with a view to setting up the Legion. A Peregrinatio Pro Christo project is planned for the month of October to Ceuta, North Africa where there are some praesidia. Many Muslims contacts are made there and local legionaries will help the peregrini. As a follow-up to World Youth Day a parish in Madrid has started Nocturnal Eucharistic Adoration for Youth. The Curia Virgin de la Paloma reported many visits to a Jehovah Witness family who eventually returned to the Church and one of its members became an active legionary.
Barcelona Senatus: A praesidium Spiritual Director does weekly work with the members. Works include "door duty" at the churches, help in the parish and in food centres. A man aged 31, who is in prison and visited by a legionary, is to be baptised and married in church.
Bilbao Senatus: All ten praesidia in Leon Curia have Spiritual Directors. A new praesidium has been set up and efforts made for a junior praesidium. This Curia has 35 auxiliaries, 39 praetorians and 209 adjutorians. They care for down and outs, do jail visitation and recite the Rosary on the Radio.
ITALY
Rome Senatus: This council has 13 praesidia. It governs 7 other Curiae in the city, 9 distant Curiae and 4 Comitia in Sardinia, Sicily, Calabria and on the Adriatic Coast. There are currently about 800 active members in Rome and about 3,000 in the Senatus area. Recent reports indicate a growing interest on the part of Bishops. The Bishop of Frascati asked for a praesidium to be set up in his diocese and personally follows its progress. A Russian Orthodox priest has expressed the desire to work with the Legion.
Milan Regia: There were a large number of legionaries present at the launch of Cardinal Scola's book "La Vita Buona" to whom Mgr. Balconi presented a copy of Fr. Bradshaw's book on Frank Duff. There is an average attendance of 18 at a Patrician group. The Parish Priest asked legionaries to help with a teenage girl who suffered from severe depression and was a recluse. They got her work with the Little Sisters of the Poor. She now finds herself useful and partakes in the community activities. There is a new Filipino praesidium in Turin.
Padova Comitium: Nazareth groups for under 10 year-old children feature in Tyrol reports. A talk on the Legion was given in a High School. There were big attendances at public Rosaries in the courtyards of apartment blocks during May. Auxiliary reunions are held and greetings sent to them on their birthdays, at Christmas and Easter. Extension efforts are made but results are slow. The region needs an extension worker.
CYPRUS
Two praesidia in Nicosia undertake crowd contact at the bus station, in parks and in the markets. They visit a Community Care Clinic. Miraculous medals are gratefully received and legionaries pray with the residents. In Limassol legionaries taught catechism and helped to prepare the Church for first Holy Communion. They visited homes with the statue of Our Lady, promoted the recitation of the Rosary and advised families to have their homes consecrated to the Sacred Heart.
MALTA
Malta Regia has 10 praesidia, 1 Comitium, 9 senior and 2 junior Curiae affiliated. A praesidium of 8 works at the apostolate of the Sea where good contacts are made. This praesidium also has charge of a praesidium of 10 members in a corrective facility whose apostolate includes contact with fellow inmates. Three new members in an Italian-speaking praesidium recently took their promise. Two retreats for auxiliary members had 47 in attendance, while another retreat was attended by three married couples. Affiliated Curiae report visitation and contact with divorced and separated families as well as drug addicts and lapsed. One woman returned to the practice of her faith after 47 years. A mother and daughter were reconciled following the visits of legionaries. Aftercare was done with Muslims who had converted to the Catholic faith.
Gozo Comitium: The Bishop of Gozo attended the Acies and a meeting for Spiritual Directors with 20 in attendance. Fourteen legionaries took part in a day's apostolate in a parish on Malta Island where 79 families were contacted.
ALBANIA
The Skhroder Comitium has been meeting regularly. The Apostolate of the legionaries includes visits to sick people in their homes, five members from two praesidia teach catechism and visit sick children. One praesidium holds prayer meetings for families during which the Handbook is studied.

Proposal for Regia in Maputo, Mozambique

The proposal is to raise Curia Nossa Senhora Estrela de Manha (Our Lady Morning Star) in the Parish of São Joaquim, Maputo, Moçambique to Regia to govern the Legion in the Archdiocese of Maputo and its two Suffragan Dioceses, Xai Xai and Inhambane. The Curia has seven praesidia. There are 29 Curiae in the Archdiocese of Maputo. The Archbishop of Maputo has approved the new Regia. This Regia will replace the former Regia Immaculada Conceição of Maputo and will govern the territory as shown above.

This proposal was seconded and agreed by the Concilium. Sile Ni Chochlain, on behalf of Concilium wished the new Regia every grace and blessing.

ELISABETH KRISS - EXTENSION WORKER

Elisabeth Kriss has completed her year's extension work in the Ukraine since 10th August. On 19th July she had a very cordial meeting with the Secretary to the Patriarch in Kiev. Two of the Greek Catholic praesidia are working very well and visiting old people and preparing them for the Sacraments. A new Greek Catholic praesidium was also started in one town.
She visited most of the Roman Catholic Curiae and isolated praesidia, bringing them the greeting of the Concilium and showing them pictures of the International Eucharistic Congress and history of the Legion. In one town a new praesidium was set up. Last year she visited a Greek Catholic shrine in Zarwanitsi in the Ukraine to ask for blessing for her year's extension and in her last week this year she visited the Roman Catholic shrine of Berditshew to thank Our Lady.

She asked that all the legionaries be thanked for their prayers.


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The Woman of Genesis and the Assumption of Our Lady
August 2012
Concilium Allocutio August 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary

The Woman of Genesis and the Assumption of Our Lady

The duty of Legionaries to Mary is stated with absolute clarity in the Handbook: 'The honouring of the Legion devotion to Mary by serious meditation and zealous practice is placed on each member as a solemn trusteeship to the Legion. It is to be regarded as an essential part of legionary duty, ranking before any other obligation of membership.' This statement mirrors very precisely the insatiable desire of our Founder Frank Duff to know Mary as perfectly and personally as possible and to serve her with the utmost realism and practicality.

Today I wish to meditate, however briefly, on the Assumption of Mary into heaven. But in order to get the full impact of the grace of this feast of Mary I think it would be helpful to go back to the book of Genesis and some other mysteries of her life. And I want to stress just one aspect of the Assumption today. The first thing that God reveals to us about Mary is that she is always and everywhere a limitless sign of hope. The Legion has made the Woman of Genesis a central image of Mary in its spirituality and methods of evangelisation. Genesis 3:15 is the most quoted text of Sacred Scripture in the Handbook and the other writings of Frank Duff.

We all know the story very well. It is the darkest moment of human history because it is the moment of the original sin. This sin has left every human being flawed in a way we all experience in our very souls. In fact, the whole of creation is adversely affected and evil in all its terrifying forms enters the world and human history. But at this moment of absolute tragedy God does not abandon us. He gives us a sign, a Gospel, the good news about a Woman, a luminous sign of hope. It is a tremendous promise and sign in the midst of the profound alienation and darkness of sin. It is what the Fathers of the Church call the proto-evangelium - the first Gospel.

God confronts Satan and tells him that He will put enmity between him and the Woman, between her seed and his and together with her Son, subordinate and dependent on Him they will crush his head. Put very simply, the message is that victory will come through Mary because she will bring the Redeemer into the world. It is this message that is on the cover of the Tessera, it is pictured on the Miraculous Medal and of course it is the image of Mary that we place on the Legion altar at all our meetings. The vocation of the Legion is to align itself with the Woman of Genesis in the omnipresent spiritual warfare between grace and sin.

The prophecy of Genesis is first fulfilled in the Immaculate Conception. Grace is so utterly victorious in the very conception of Mary. From the very first moment of her existence she is flooded with grace arising from the foreseen merits of Christ's redemptive love. She is conceived without the effects of original sin and indeed she is created full of grace. She is the great sign of the new era of grace and redemption. Hope begins anew with an absolute certitude in our world and history. The Legion roots itself in this mystery of Mary. This is the message of Lourdes confirming the definition of Mary as the Immaculate Conception, the great sign of hope and of the primacy of grace in human history.

Genesis is fulfilled even more deeply in the mystery of the Nativity of our Lord. No one could be more intimately involved in the mystery of the redemptive love of God than Mary. She is the Mother of the hope of the world. She remains inseparable from Jesus in all the mysteries of his public life. But above all she stands by the Cross of Jesus at that supreme moment of redemption when the victory of grace over sin is finally accomplished. She remains an essential part of that sublime sign of hope which is the Cross of Jesus. Despair should be obliterated from the vocabulary of the Christian in the light of the victory of the Cross and the gift of Mary as our Mother.

Now we come to the Assumption. Here we have the complete unfolding and fulfilment of the Woman of Genesis as the sign of hope in a troubled world. She points us to heaven and the proclamation that where she is we also can be. She guarantees the possibility of the final victory of grace and the redemptive love of God. The Legion is called to embody this spirit of hope and joy radiated in the Assumption of Mary. For an apostolate that is not marked by a spirit of hope and joy and victory, no matter how zealous or earnest it may be, is not the work of Mary.

Let me conclude with some words of Pope Benedict spoken in the context of the New Evangelisation but may well be apply to the celebration of the Assumption. "Now, someone could ask whether it is right to be so happy when the world is so full of suffering, when there exists so much darkness and evil? Is it right to be so high spirited and joyful. The answer can only be 'yes!' Because saying 'no' to joy we do nothing of use to anyone, we only make the world darker. And whoever does not love himself cannot give anything to his neighbour, he cannot help him, he cannot be a messenger of peace.

"From our faith we know and every day we see that the world is beautiful and God is good. And because of the fact that God became man and dwelled among us we know it definitively and concretely: yes, God is good and it is good to be a person. We live in this joy and from this joy we try to bring joy to others, to reject evil and to be servants of joy and reconciliation."


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Suffering and the New Evangelisation
July 2012
Concilium Allocutio July 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary


Suffering and the New Evangelisation

Suffering is a part of every human life and Christians are not exempt from it and certainly not legionaries. Sometimes we are tempted to think that Christians are called to suffer more than others when we think of how they have to suffer persecution and discrimination and opposition in nearly every place at some time sooner or later. There are so many different kinds of martyrdom that Christians are called to suffer. So it is common sense or practical realism that we try to get some understanding of the place of suffering in God's plan for each one of us. Fortunately, there are some extraordinarily profound insights in the Handbook on the meaning and place of suffering in our lives.
First of all we need to remember that suffering played an immense part in the life of Christ from the beginning to the end of his life. He accepted suffering, sometimes with difficulty, and offered it up in astonishing love for the redemption of the world. Just making the Stations of the Cross or praying the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary will give us some idea of the horrific sufferings of Jesus. Suffering also plays a major part in the life of Mary the Mother of God. As the Handbook puts it: 'At the foot of the Cross stands a figure, so desolate that it seems impossible for her to continue to live. That woman is the mother alike of the Redeemer and of the redeemed.' So the central meaning of suffering for Christians and therefore for us legionaries is that suffering is redemptive. It is through the Cross that Jesus redeems the world and through her compassion that Mary co-redeems the world. What the Handbook calls the apostolate of suffering is a most efficacious means of evangelisation.
In recent years I have spoken a great deal to various groups of legionaries and other ecclesial movements about the necessity and urgency of the New Evangelisation. We really need to discover and experiment with new methods of evangelisation to meet the new situations of our modern world and the new emerging cultures. Of course, the content must be the same because it would be extremely rash and profoundly harmful if we tampered with God's revelation of Himself in Christ and his plan for the salvation of the world. We are not called to invent another Gospel or to pick and choose only what we think the new generations might accept. Also I think it would be a great mistake for us to neglect those traditional means of evangelization that are an intrinsic part of the proclamation of the Gospel. Suffering is one of those indispensable means for the salvation of the world.
I remember the famous saying of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who recently was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict and who was a great friend and supporter of the Legion. He said that 'there was so much wasted suffering in the world today and nothing is worse than wasted suffering.' 'It is imperative that there be no wasted suffering in the Legion. The Handbook tells us: 'for as Holy Scripture teaches us in every page God "has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ but of suffering for him as well." (2Tim 2:11-12) In other words the Legion espouses the language of Scripture by calling suffering a privilege.
The Handbook also refers, in unison with so many saints and spiritual writers down the centuries, to suffering as a grace. We read: 'It follows therefore that suffering is always a grace. When it is not to bestow healing, it is to confer power. It is never merely a punishment for sin. Understand says St. Augustine, that the affliction of mankind is no penal law, for suffering is medicinal in its character. And on the other hand, the passion of our Lord overflows, as an inestimable privilege, into the bodies of the sinless and the saintly in order to conform them ever more perfectly to his own likeness. This interchange and blending of sufferings is the basis of all mortification and reparation.'
A legionary does not try only to acquire a truly Christian perspective on the suffering that will inevitably be part of his own life, he will also try to share this perspective with all those he meets in the course of his apostolate who suffer in so many different ways. Legionaries will come across many patients who seem to have very little quality of life either because of a severe accident, terminal illness, or simply because of the natural breakdown of the body from old age. They can feel absolutely useless to themselves and to anyone else. But to Christian faith this can be the most fruitful time in the life of the person. It can be the most effective form of evangelization because it can be profoundly redemptive for souls.
God has a sublime purpose for permitting suffering in our lives and it is to conform us to Christ and his redemptive mission. It is important for us legionaries to help restore the dignity of the human person who is gravely suffering by gently and in a genuine spirit of friendship and love to point out the tremendous possibilities for the eternal good of souls that God is inviting them to bring about. No person is ever useless to God at any time or in any circumstances. The New Evangelisation needs the huge potential of the reservoir of human suffering for the salvation of souls.
The Handbook gives us a useful summary of what I have been trying to say when it says: 'This new view of life opened up to them, the patients, some of whom had touched the depths of misery in the thought of being so useless and a burden, will taste the supreme joy of feeling that they are of use to God.'


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July 2012
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REPORTS

ASIA

AUSTRALIA
Melbourne Senatus: During the 4 months, reports were taken from 9 praesidia, 7 Curia and 3 Comitia, all on the mainland, and 7 Comitia and 2 Curiae in the Pacific Islands. Marakei Comitium in Kiribati marked the 90th.anniverary with a 3-day Retreat. Noumea Comitium, New Caledonia organised a youth day with the purpose of strengthening the faith of its younger legionaries. Adelaide Comitium governs 2 Curiae with 20 praesidia. Three members made successful visits to councils in Darwin and Alice Springs. Archbishop Wilson visited Concilium and celebrated Mass during the Eucharistic Congress. Preston Curia with 3 Korean praesidia intend visiting the Universities to encourage the lapsed back to the faith.

Sydney Senatus: All parish praesidia engage in home visitation. There are 3 candidates under instruction, many babies were baptised and Holy Communion is brought to the sick. Crowd contact is done in parks, railway stations and food markets with good results. The new Senatus president has finalised the audits for the past 3 years and copies will be sent to the correspondent.

Brisbane Comitium: Extension is mentioned for North Queensland for later in the year, as an ongoing project is being undertaken at present. Visitation is being carried out to its far away praesidia. Reported works this period are home and hospital visitation, praying at funerals and follow up to the bereaved. Catechism is taught to children attending state schools and they are prepared for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Two Vietnamese praesidia visited the Comitium; they had been out of touch for some time.

NEW ZEALAND.
Auckland Senatus: A praesidium with 9 members has a junior praesidia attached and a new youth praesidia of those turned 18 years. A Chinese praesidium organises English classes for new immigrants. Christchurch Korean Curia has 9 praesidia, 79 members and attendance is 77%. The Acies had an attendance of 54. Wellington Comitium has 2 Curia, one of which consists of Samoan legionaries. There are 15 senior and 2 junior praesidia attached with a membership of 52 and 3 new praesidia were set up.

PHILIPPINES.
Western Visayas Senatus: The Senatus is doing excellent work in governing the praesidia and councils under its care. Eight Councils had 100% attendance, and overall 83% attendance at the Senatus meeting. Msgr. Claudio Sale was former Spiritual Director of the Regia in 198O, he has now returned as Senatus Spiritual Director and he compliments the members on their dedicated service to the Legion. Reports show widespread outreach to all. Two Protestant couples met during an Exploratio Dominicalis were instructed and later brought into the church. A member of a seminarian praesidium discovered his parents were only civilly married, a church wedding was arranged. Five boys left by their mother in the care of their grandmother were baptised. Extension was featured and new praesidia set up.

Northern Philippines Senatus: A Congress was held with their directly attached praesidia focusing their topic on junior legionaries. A new Comitium was formed as a result of the division of Marilae Comitium. Two senior and 2 junior Curiae were organised with 19 senior and 2 junior praesidia. In Cubao Comitium 10 officers were designated as extension workers to closely monitor and assist weak Curiae and praesidia.
Antipolo Regia: A praesidium through its vocation ministry campaign was able to recruit 12 to enter religious life. A monthly Mass is arranged in a tricycle terminal for drivers, vendors and car wash boys.

Bicolandia Senatus: Average attendance 81%. One council has 55 probationers, another 15 which shows recruiting is taking place. A Congress was held and the theme was "Mary is the heart of the Legion and that heart is faith and love un-utterable". Works include teaching catechism to students, home visitation, helping the priest to prepare adults for Baptism and Confirmation. The Rosary is recited with inmates in Jails. A new praesidium was set up in the Naga City Jail.

Mindanao Senatus: A member of the Senatus suffering from cancer reports great improvements in his condition due to praying to Frank Duff. The Senatus asked to emulate Manila Senatus who started six praesidia in Army camps in their area. Works undertaken were: a former Protestant pastor was visited in prison and has now become a Catholic; a 7th Day Adventist family converted through regular visitation and the mother is now a member of the praesidium. Three legionaries who were pressurised by their brother to join the Born Again group, through visitation, have returned to the Church and the Legion.

Cebu Senatus: Officer attendance is 100%. Visitation to councils and praesidia is consistent, the Senatus urges the visitation to be assigned in pairs and to monitor those visited. A Comitium is supervising two senior Curiae, a junior Curia with 5 praesidia and 11 directly attached senior praesidia with a membership of 275, 74 on probation, 224 praetorians, 581 auxiliaries and 128 juniors. Plans are underway to revive the junior Legion in the Seminary minor of Pope John XXIII and to raise the 6 praesidia in the Seminary College to a Curia. Two junior praesidia were set up in schools. Apostolic works undertaken were 2 live-in couples had their marriages validated, children baptised, and visitation of the elderly in their homes with some now regularly receiving Holy Communion every Sunday.

SOUTH AMERICA

COLUMBIA
Bogota Senatus: The Senatus has carried out a professional audit, a copy of which has been forwarded to Concilium. Seven new correspondents have been appointed. 2 Regiae, 1 Comitium and 2 praesidia reported during this period. The two Regiae have 5 and 3 junior curiae respectively. One Regia has 215 legionaries between the ages of 18 and 40; the Senatus has asked councils to provide this figure in future if possible. A Curia reported setting up 2 new praesidia while a praesidium reported that a young couple married in the Church, their children being baptised on the same day.

PERU
Lima Senatus: During this period 2 Comitia, 4 Curiae and 2 praesidia reported. A Curia attached to Sullana Comitium split. A number of the reports indicate prison visitation and 2 praesidia of inmates were set up, one in the women's prison and one in the men's prison. Legionaries visit the prison sick bay where they make contact with TB and AIDS patients and drug addicts. Ten children, who were in jail with their mothers, were baptised and another praesidium brings the children in prison together for prayer.

PARAGUAY
Senatus of Asuncion: The Senatus appears to be working well but there was not time to study the minutes recently received in detail for this report.

BOLIVIA
Senatus of La Paz: The new Comitium of Potosi set up 9 months ago, is doing well. Legionaries serve breakfast at 7am in a soup kitchen; many valuable contacts are made. The Curia of Tupiza in the south of the country makes contact with the Legion across the border in Argentina. In areas where social problems and high unemployment exist, legionaries pray the Rosary and speak to the youth about the dangers of bad company, drugs and alcohol. A lot of contact work is done in the open markets where legionaries use the three main languages of Aymará, Quechua and Spanish.

CHILE
Senatus of Santiago: The Curia of Punta Arenas reports that many from an Evangelist sect have returned to the Catholic Church. The Curia has made contact with an Argentinean praesidium in Tierra del Fuego, within the Antarctic circle. The Curia of Copiapó gives great importance to the study of the Handbook. Questions are handed out and at the next meeting legionaries return with the answers they found in the Handbook. Prison visitation is done mostly with those who are about to be released. Parish priests request visitation in newly built apartment blocks.

COLOMBIA
Senatus of Medellin: Reported works include advising unmarried couples to regularise and sanctify their relationship by returning to the sacraments. Evangelisation is done on buses and trains while legionaries also care for children whose mothers have to go out to work.

URUGUAY
Senatus of Montevideo: Planning is underway for a PPC project for young legionaries from Buenos Aires from 16 to 23 July. They plan to print, "Can we be Saints" and "Some Handbook Reflections" in Spanish. A commission has been set up to collate information for the Cause of Alfie Lambe. Weekly 20-minute talks are given on a radio station. After praying to Frank Duff, legionaries from the Senatus got a warm welcome from the Bishop of Mercedes in a meeting convened to resolve a serious problem.

VENEZUELA
Senatus of Caracas: A national meeting of Spiritual Directors is scheduled for July. 47 legionaries went on Peregrinatio Pro Christo. Several Exploratio Dominicalis and Columban Drives were held; 11 new praesidia were set up. Legionaries continue to contact people practising witchcraft, which is prevalent in the country; a booklet and leaflet dealing with this subject was sent to the correspondent. They also mention Patrician meetings, evangelising in the homes and a book barrow in the University. Eight prisoners were baptised and 20 received First Holy Communion. One lady brought back from the sects is now a legionary and three people were rescued from the Jehovah Witnesses.

ECUADOR
Senatus of Quito: Works include contact with taxi drivers, promotion of the Angelus, giving talks to the unemployed and the rarely-mentioned distribution of holy water; the Bishop asked the Legion to help distribute meals to indigenous peoples. One praesidium closed but 2 senior and 1 junior praesidia are in formation.

AFRICA

BURUNDI
Gitega Senatus: There are 66 Comitia in Burundi, 22 of which are attached to the Regia of Bujumbura and 44 directly to the Senatus. Four to six Comitia reports are taken at Senatus meetings along with reports from directly attached Curiae and praesidia. The Senatus loyally adheres to the rule against material relief and is dedicated to works of service as well as the general apostolate. Legionaries promote the De Montfort's True Devotion to Mary, especially among youth. Last year was the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Legion in Burundi and was celebrated nationwide with a considerable entry of youth into the ranks of the Legion.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Kinshasa Senatus: The Curia at St. Joseph's Parish reported 11,047 homes visited in the course of a year of which 4,110 were Catholics, 764 Protestant, 482 Salvationist, 741 Muslim and 1,223 of other sects. Works also include the Baptism of 61 infants, First Communion of 213 young people and one marriage regularised. Hospital and prison visits were also recorded.

Kananga Senatus: This body, which governs the Legion in the Congo's East and West Kasai provinces, was visited last year by Pia Makenga and Henri Kaite from Brussels. Lack of contact with the Concilium was a concern and also the wish of the Archbishop for a renewal of spirit in the Legion. Minutes indicate that the Senatus is meeting and governing its Councils including the Regia of Mbuji-Mayi in East Kivu.

Bukavu Senatus: Reports indicate that there were 120 new recruits to the Legion ranks; 200 Jehovah Witnesses and Protestants were welcomed back into the Church; 57 illegal marriages were regularised; prepared 937 contacts for the Sacraments and 540 children, 360 youth and 50 adults for Baptism. They mediated between 91 Christians fighting and also between 46 families having disagreements. The Comitium of Kyantende has a new Curia.

Butembo Senatus: The February 2012 minutes confirm elevation of the Comitium of Mahagi to Regia status. Reports include 3 marriages in the Youth Curia, 19 Christian marriages celebrated, many couples reconciled, children taught to pray and accompanied to Mass. They are preparing for their 60th anniversary celebrations.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui Senatus: This council has been assiduous in visiting up-country Councils and preparing the way to devolve responsibility more widely. The Archbishop of Bangui referred to the need to keep the rules of the Legion on the occasion of the celebration of the Legion's 90th Anniversary.

RWANDA
Kigali Senatus: On the 16th October 2011, over 15,000 legionaries participated in the annual National Pilgrimage to the place of Apparitions of Our Lady of the Word. Three hundred attended a Legion Congress held for secondary and university students in the Diocese of Kabgayi. Twice a year a meeting takes place with all the Diocesan Chaplains, the National Chaplain and the Senatus Officers. The Frank Duff prayer was translated to Kinyarwandi and distributed to all praesidia and higher councils. Kigali Senatus also translated the Handbook into Kinyarwandi; 4,000 copies of the first edition were sold. The second edition was available at the March Senatus meeting.

MAURITIUS
Mauritius Regia: A recent count reports that they have 474 active members and 317 auxiliaries in 52 praesidia. They are joining with Rodrigues, a small isolated island with many legionaries, to send a delegation to the 70th anniversary celebrations in Reunion. Many Masses, Rosaries, outings, retreats were organised. The Acies was held in all councils and a formation day for officers. Their Spiritual Director, Pere Robert Bathfield, attends the Regia meetings and is a source of great encouragement.

REUNION
Reunion Island Comitium: Works reported on include home and hospital visitation, the teaching of catechism and Eucharistic Ministry. A junior praesidium of 16 members promotes family prayer and visits elderly with adults.
In Madagascar the Acies was held on the 25th March and due to the death of the Vice President elections took place to replace her.

GHANA
Accra Senatus: The Liberian refugees were recruiting Ghanaians to continue the work of their praesidium, when they all returned to Liberia this year. The main works undertaken by Kumasi Regia legionaries are home visitation, catechism and Sunday school instruction, visitation of the sick and encouraging and helping couples to prepare for Marriage. 140 young legionaries participated in a youth week project "Repent and believe in the Gospel, for the kingdom of God is near" which involved religious and social programmes, following this they visited 997 homes, contacting almost three thousand people. A very active praesidium directly attached to the Senatus undertake many different apostolates, one of these is street visitation, where they contact prostitutes, two of the girls contacted "changed their clothes and went back home and have not returned to the streets". The Senatus has had their accounts audited and is ensuring that all directly attached praesidia and Councils are submitting a copy of their audit with their annual reports.

EGYPT
Egypt Regia: A book on Frank Duff was recently published and 2000 copies were printed. A copy was presented to all Bishops, Priests and legionaries who attended the various Acies ceremonies. This book has met with great success and won the admiration of everyone in terms of form, printing and translation. It is proposed to raise Sohag Curia to Comitium status with 14 praesidia and 2 Curiae attached. The various Acies had very large attendances. Many Bishops, Spiritual Directors and priests who don't have the Legion in their parishes were present. The General Conference, which had to be postponed last year because of the unrest in Egypt, is now scheduled for 25-29th October to be held in Assisut.

ANGOLA
Benguela Senatus: Most Reverend Dom Eugénio Dal Corso, Bishop of Benguela, attended the February meeting and gave the allocutio. In an email the Senatus Vice President says there will be great joy at the raising of the new Regia in Kwito-Bié Diocese.

Luanda Regia: Two Comitia reported on the proposed establishment of one new Curia each. Retreats were mentioned in reports from several councils and there were many reports on Acies ceremonies. An English-speaking praesidium in Luanda has divided to form a new praesidium. A report for the year 2011 was received which shows works include visitation of homes and hospitals, of the sick at home, visits to auxiliary members, an apostolate to street children and teaching catechism.

MOZAMBIQUE
Maputo Regia: As reported at the last Concilium meeting, the Maputo Regia, which has no praesidia attached, as a step towards regularising the situation, selected the Curia Estrela da Manhã (Morning Star) in the Parish of São Joaquim, to be the new Regia. An email has been sent saying that the raising of this Curia to Regia would require Concilium and Ecclesiastical sanction.

CAPE VERDE ISLAND
Cape Verde Regia. Recruitment is a regular feature of all reports and while some members leave in most cases the number recruited is greater than those who leave. After a comment at a previous meeting by the Spiritual Director no one left the June meeting before the end. Intensive catechesis to children, youth and adults takes place in most Legion councils. In two months' meetings there were reports of 23 Exploratio Dominicalis projects.

LESOTHO
Lesotho Senatus: Immaculate Conception Curia held its last meeting on 31/3/12 and its seven praesidia are now attached to the Senatus, which had only five praesidia. As a result there is an improvement of attendance at the Senatus meeting. Many cases of "lapsed revived" were reported. A Mass was held on 16th June in conjunction with the Eucharistic Congress

SOUTH AFRICA
Capetown Senatus: The Senatus has launched its own website. The Afrikaans Handbook is being typed; efforts are being made to set up new praesidia in the Senatus area. The Senatus caretakes the Legion in Namibia, from whom they recently received a letter, which has to be translated.

Johannesburg Senatus: There are now 19 attached praesidia and 3 attached councils. Works include visiting homes of Catholics, lapsed Catholics and non-Catholics. Legionaries also visit parents of children not baptised and arrange for them to attend classes to arrange for baptisms. Members of one praesidium teach Catechism. A praesidium visited homes of people using drugs and recited the Rosary with them.. A 'Search for Souls' Project was held on 13th May at the request of the Parish Priest.

Senatus of Lima, Peru,
Proposal for Regia in the Archdiocese of Arequipa, Peru

The proposal is to raise the Comitium Maria Reina de Chapi Chico with 14 directly attached praesidia to Regia status to govern the Legion in the Archdiocese of Arequipa and the suffrage diocese of Puno, Tacna, Moquegua and the prelatures of Ayaviri, Chiquibanba and Juli was proposed and seconded and agreed by the Concilium.

To it will be 3 Comitia, 2 Curiae in the Diocese of Tacna and Moquequa and 5 distant praesidia - two in the diocese of Puno, one in the prelature of Ayaviri and two in the prelature of Juli.

In all there will be 14 praesidia and 5 distant praesidia, 3 Comitia and 2 Curiae attached to the new Regia.

Sile Ni Chochlain, on behalf of Concilium wished the new Regia every grace and blessing.

50th INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS, DUBLIN AND
THE LEGION OF MARY

10 - 17TH June 2012

The following is a flavour of events undertaken by the Legion of Mary for the Eucharistic Congress:

Many legionaries took part in the Pilgrim Walk, consisting of visits to seven designated Churches in Dublin City. Each pilgrim was issued with a Pilgrim Passport which was stamped in each of the seven churches. The walk concluded with a visit to St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral. There the pilgrim received the Pilgrimage Certificate of completion.

Our Stand No. 212 at the RDS was open 7 days from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. It was staffed by a team of legionaries, some who participated for the 7 days. Elisabeth Kriss from Austria and Noelia Garcia from Argentina were on duty at the stand throughout. Some of the visitors were: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishops Diarmuid Martin and Michael Neary who came to see us a number of times and several of the Irish Bishops. Many of the visiting Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, Priests and great numbers of Legionaries from Ireland and abroad visited the stand. Over 120 countries were present at the Congress and one legionary travelled from the far north of Alaska to be present. Many former legionaries and non- legionaries came to visit and all were encouraged to take up active membership. Seventy names were secured for either active or auxiliary membership. One girl who visited the stand on Monday 11th June was at a praesidium meeting within 3½ hours of enrolling for membership. Our Visitors book has hundred of names.

Fr. Collins, a Columban priest, gave a great talk on Bishop Galvin and said one of the three important things he did was to bring the Legion of Mary to China. Priests from England who visited the Stand paid great tribute to the work of the Peregrinatio Pro Christo teams to their parishes down through the years.

During the week legionaries were encouraged to attend the Mass in Church Street on Friday night 15th June and many did attend from various parts of the world. They felt this was a very important part of their visit to the Capital and the social that followed of music, song and dance was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Two wonderful talks were given by Fr. Bede McGregor and Fr. Paul Churchill on the Saturday. The testimonies were great and the overview of the world Legion by Sile Ni Chochlain was amazing.

Visitors from abroad were encouraged to visit Concilium and the "Shuttle Bus" was busy throughout transporting them from the RDS where the Congress took place to the Legion headquarters and to the grave of Frank Duff or Myra House where the first Legion meeting took place.

In the Concilium Headquarters visitors were greeted from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Philippines, Dubai, Pakistan, many parts of Africa, Canada, North, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, a number of European countries and all parts of Ireland and Dublin. They were given a tour of the main room, the first altar, the exhibition and display cabinets in Nazareth Hall, Frank Duff's house, the hostels and were treated to a cup of tea and brack if time permitted. Adoration took place all day in the Morning Star Hostel.

None of the above could have happened if it were not for the help and generosity of so many legionary volunteers to which a special word of thanks is due.

The Congress is over, we hope all who participated in it enjoyed it, and that all legionaries will continue to promote devotion to the Eucharist and start anew to build the Legion in their respective areas.

Peregrinatio Pro Christo

In the week prior to the Eucharistic Congress, a team of 11 legionaries from Houston, Texas together with help from some Irish legionaries carried out a PPC project in the Dublin parish of Firhouse. During that week they called on 1,072 homes and made contact with 550 people. This work was undertaken in union with Mary and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The leader of the team said that "Souls are just waiting to be approached! The time is right now at this very moment! The Blessed Mother is waiting for our yes! The Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is Love and it is love that drives".

Four Irish teams have gone out weekly to parishes in the UK since the International Eucharistic Congress. A further 10 teams will undertake projects up to the second week in September.

The Committee was pleased to receive positive feedback from a number of priests in England who hosted teams. They described the teams as hard working and wonderful; one priest described the Legion as a "Gem which is sadly being overlooked".

The next important date for the diary is the Autumn Conference on Saturday 20th October 2012 in St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin.


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South America

ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires Senatus: The Secretary of the Senatus has had an operation on his eyes but with great difficulty sent on the month's correspondence which always arrives in time to have an answer from Concilium for their next meeting. One Comitium had their annual retreat given by the Bishop and their Spiritual Director. In the Regia of San Miguel, legionaries are trained to work with people suffering from panic attacks, phobias and depression. Visitation of families belonging to the sects has resulted in many coming back to the Catholic Church. Praesidia of Paraguayan and Bolivian immigrants have been set up.
Salta Senatus: All praesidia do home visitation as well as street contact. Young people with drug problems are worked with and many have given up the vice. An extension team in the Regia of Jujuy go specially to outlying areas where there is neither priest or chapel. The legionaries start by having a liturgy on Sundays and setting up a praesidium. Then a chapel is built and when the community is formed, their fervent prayer is to have Sunday Mass.
Cordoba Senatus: The positions of Vice President and Secretary are vacant. A Curia formed one year ago reported 2,000 Rosaries were said in nursing homes, at grottos, in an Oratory and on radio.
Corrientes Regia: A praesidium of 11 members and 10 auxiliaries visit a hospital, the sick and depressed in their homes; legionaries in Itati are forming a praesidium of juniors and another group of pre-juniors.
Rosario Regia: Legionaries prepare old people for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion and visit with the statue of Our Lady. They visited a junior and primary school and left the Statue of Our Lady in each room for a week. The legionaries organise Eucharistic Adoration. One praesidium has a Patricians meeting.

BRAZIL
Belo Horizonte Senatus: An Exploratio Dominicalis project to a slum area was carried out at the request of the Parish Priest. In many places medical appointments with consultants are organised. A Curia of 18 praesidia contacted over 6,000 adults and children on visitation. Other work includes visits to prepare expectant mothers for the birth of their babies, considering both spiritual and corporal needs. A Comitium reports 50 Adjutorians among its 9,000 auxiliaries. Two young addicts were baptised and four made their First Communion. A branch of the Apostolate of Prayer was set up.
Fortaleza Senatus: A Curia in Sobral reported 29 visits to a prison, accompanying 45 sick people to hospital, bringing Holy Communion to 873 sick people in their homes and preparing 90 children and 15 adults for First Holy Communion. A Comitium in Crato reported 134 Enthronements of the Sacred Heart in homes and 102 visits to prisoners.
Ponta Grossa Senatus: One report mentioned a public Rosary with a reflection on the Gospel in the square at the Bus Terminus. Many cohabiting couples were prepared for religious marriage. Over 11,000 home visits were reported from the attached Regia of Lages.
Recife Senatus: The Senatus is organising a holiday pilgrimage to Europe to include the Concilium in October. Legionary apostolate results include the prevention of an abortion and a suicide. Seventy members took part in a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project in an adjacent State. In São Laurenço da Maa a second junior Curia has been set up. Through facebook networking the younger legionaries are preparing for the National gathering of young Legionaries to be held in July. Alagoas Regia reports enthronement of the Sacred Heart in 61 homes. Members were told the Senatus President experienced a return to health through the intercession of Frank Duff. The Senatus is publishing a Portuguese translation of Fr. Kennedy's booklet on the True Devotion of Mary.
Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Street Rosaries in Niteroi Regia involved contact with people without religion. Campo Grande reports juniors starting a book barrow which attracted many children and adolescents to be interested in their faith. In Leme, a well-to-do area of Rio de Janeiro city, the Legion has a daily show on an Evangelical radio station. Four pairs of legionaries are visiting the western Amazonian region, two being from the region itself. True Devotion to the Nation involves guiding pregnant women to proper health care. Vitoria Regia reports setting up a new Curia and Comitium and a Korean praesidium. Copacabana Comitium reports catechetical work and visits to night schools. Praesidium officer attendance at the Senatus meeting went from 38% to 44%.
Salvador Senatus: Six of the 17 Comitia have been added to the Senatus in the past three years. Apostolate is carried out at bus stops and taxi ranks. Vitoria da Conquista Regia has almost 15,000 active members, 11 Comitia, 8 Curiae and only 5 praesidia directly attached. Besides work in the general population, legionaries reach out to many groups such as gypsies, spiritualists and addicts. Over 4,000 were contacted on a Peregrinatio pro Christo in which 33 legionaries took part.
São Luis Senatus: Reports are largely statistical. In three meetings a total of about 47,500 visits to homes were reported. Book barrow is mentioned in one report.
São Paulo Senatus: A legal document, known as a Statute for the Legion in Brazil was presented at the April Senatus meeting. This follows meetings with officers of the major councils in Brazil. The Statute is a revision of the Social Statute which the Sao Paulo Senatus has had since 2004. The Senatus body was asked to analyse it. Reports from councils show visits to homes, including homes of Evangelicals, hospitals, to the sick and aged at home and in institutions to the bereaved and the preparation of children for the sacraments.
Brasilia Regia: Reports by eight Comitia record over 8,500 visits to homes. The Rosary is said on prison visitation and there are Bible readings. In the State of Goias, 62 people were taught the Rosary, also guidance was given on the correct active participation in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Asia

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: Average attendance at the Comitium is 92%. Archbishop John Tong was raised to the College of Cardinals in February. He is due to attend the Eucharistic Congress. He was involved in ceremonies of Baptisms at Easter where 800 received the Sacrament. The Legion played a significant part in those ceremonies and in the preparation for the Baptism.
MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur Regia: Fr. Raymond Periera has been appointed Spiritual Director of the Regia by Archbishop Murphy Pakiam. Penang Comitium has divided into two, with 1 Curia and 4 praesidia in one of them and 3 Curia and 6 praesidia in the other. This took place for geographical reasons with approval of the Hierarchy. The Regia also has 14 attached Curiae and 12 attached praesidia, there are 3 distant praesidia in Kuantan and 3 are distant in Malaca/Johore. The Regia has been asked to look at forming a Curia in the former and a Comitium in the latter. Wide ranging praesidia reports were presented which include home visits of sick and elderly, also visits to handicapped residents, teaching at Sunday school, assist at soup kitchen, visits to HIV and Aids Centre, lead Rosary at Grotto, accompany sick to hospital, weekly exercise with residents of Parkinsons centre, also visiting the female section of a prison.
KOREA
Gwanju Senatus: Jeju Regia has a total of 3,400 active members and 4,842 auxiliaries. There has been a small decrease in active members. Legionaries made contact with 2,211 people to invite them to the Church and encouraged 1,748 Catholics to receive the sacraments. Masan Regia has 11,584 active members, a decrease of 286 since the last report. They also invited 4,329 people to the Church and encouraged 3,482 Catholics to receive the sacraments.
Daegu Senatus: Attached councils show many catechumens recruited and many baptisms and returns to the sacraments. Uksoo Comitium recruited 40 catechumens and recorded 8 baptisms and 34 returns to the sacraments. They also visit hospitals and welfare institutions and recruited 35 active and five auxiliaries. Andong Regia was highly commended on its report to the Senatus, highlighted was their hard work and enthusiasm and their almost 100% attendance at Senatus meetings, the Regia has 3,085 active members. The Senatus requested Comitia to submit their audits and for the period December 2010 to December 2011. Visitation of councils and praesidia were recorded. The five Senatus officers had a meeting with the Vicar General of the Archdiocese in his office at his request.
JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: A record of a favour received through the intercession of Frank Duff has been sent to Concilium, this concerns a Senatus officer. 2,000 copies of the Immaculate Heart of Mary prayer have been distributed in Hirakata Church to date. At the same Church, Star of the Sea praesidium visit the sick at home and in hospital, they bring Holy Communion to the housebound in pairs and threes after their praesidium meeting.
TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: Four new praesidia have been established from Taichung Curia, the Curia have very good support from their Spiritual Director. Tai-nan Curia are focusing on recruiting new junior members, through community activities, and has recently established two new praesidia. Mother of Good Counsel Curia have started a new senior and two junior praesidia and have plans to set up four praesidia in four parishes, they ask for prayers, also for prayers for a junior praesidium in Christ the King. The 3rd Deanery of the Archdiocese of Taipei organized seminars on the importance of the Eucharist in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.
INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: Average attendance of Officers 89% and members 55%. Curia Maria Assumpta, Malang has 12 praesidia with 170 members, 57 praetorians, 419 Auxiliaries and 41 Adjutorians. A Comitium recently set up in Macassar, Sulawesi Island supervises 3 Curiae plus a pre-Curia and 6 praesidia which includes 1 junior praesidium. The Maurmere Regia (set up in 2005) has a total of 11,000 active members. A Curia in Jember, which has been in decline was revived and has 7 praesidia with 2 in the course of formation. A junior Curia has 13 praesidia with 150 members. A Curia in Banyuwangi was visited, work is mainly home visitation, teaching religion and preparing people for the sacraments of baptism and marriage. Two new praesidia have been set up in Indonesian Papua. Malang Senatus has lost its dynamic Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. Emanuel, he has been replaced by Fr. Franciscus Borgias Deli.
Jakarta Senatus: The Senatus is in the process of translating the Indonesian Handbook. Also visitation of Kalimantan Island with the object of setting up needed Curiae and Comitia.
SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: A Secretary and Assistant Secretary have been elected to this council and the Concilium await their minutes in order to have these officers ratified.

Europe

AUSTRIA
Senatus of Austria and its attached councils: Reports received from 2 directly attached praesidia, 11 Curiae and 10 Comitia. A student's praesidium of 8 members list among its works contact work in the University, visitation of the student quarters, the God connection discussion group and apostolate over the internet. Cardinal Arinze spoke at the Edel Quinn Mass on 12th May.
Vienna Northwest Curia encouraged a mother to have her 4 young children baptised.
Korean Curia brought candidates for baptism and promoted Catholic literature.
Filipino Curia works include street contact and work with young people.
Klagenfurt Comitium: Every praesidium is seeking to contact a neighbouring parish priest about the Legion.
Graz Comitium: The Oststevirmark Curia hold retreats for auxiliaries.
Hollabrun Comitium: On 7th November 13 Spiritual Directors took part in a day-long meeting to discuss the Legion of Mary and the spiritual life.
Unter Dem Wienerwald Comitium: 250 people attended a retreat for lapsed Catholics. The Military Bishop has given verbal permission to start the Legion among the soldiers. True Devotion to Our Blessed Lady is widely promoted among all councils.
UKRAINE
The Bishop of Lutsk has invited the Legion to start the Legion in his area. A new Curia in Novograd Volensk with 3 praesidia has been attached to Schitomir Comitium. The Comitium and 3 of the Curiae, Tsthernivtsi, Kiev and Kamenetes organised retreats. Legionaries from Zaporosche visited 2 small praesidia in Harkov and Nikolaev Curiae is supporting 2 new praesidia in Crimea. In the Greek Catholic diocese of Sokol, the 3 praesidia continue.
BULGARIA
A Bishop, 6 priests and approximately 70 legionaries attended the Acies. The Handbook is being translated into Bulgarian.
SLOVAKIA
Zseliz Comitium has 12 directly attached praesidia and 3 attached Curiae with a total of 31 praesidia. Their works with young people include bicycle tours, film shows, summer camps mixed with religious instruction.
Curia Truava has 8 praesidia. One of the works is prison visitation and a former prisoner has joined the Legion.
CZECH REPUBLIC
Bishop Herbst, Spiritual Director of Prague Comitium attended their Acies ceremony. Olmuetz Comitium: 72 attended a Winter School in Bruenn.
MOLDOVA
Chisinau Curia: Both the Bishop and Nuncio attended the Acies ceremony.
LIECHTENSTEIN
Senatus Officers met with the Archbishop and had some preliminary discussions about starting the Legion.
BELARUS
Minsk Comitium governs 7 directly attached praesidia and 10 Curiae. Most of the Curiae attend Comitium meeting fairly regularly with the exception of 2 distant Curiae of Grodno and Vitebsk. Two praesidia reports and reports from the attached Curiae were presented. Our Lady of Mercy praesidium Minsk, contact young people at train stations, in streets and parks, distributing Miraculous Medals and religious literature. They take care of two families of single mothers and do home to home visitation.
Vitebsk Curia and Mogilev Curia are 6 years established and have recently had elections for Curia Officers.
Naliboki Curia: Legionaries help the priest in all his works. They visit ill people and prepare them for the Sacraments of Confession and Confirmation.
Moledechno Curia has 7 praesidia visiting hospitals, social asylum and ill people in their homes.
Borisov Curia: Legionaries cared for a disabled Protestant woman for a long time. She asked for Confession in the Catholic Church and was received into the Church before her death.
CROATIA
Zagreb Regia and countries under their care: Report covers activities of 7 praesidia, 5 Curiae and 2 Comitia. Annual audits are submitted with reports. Extension efforts continue with the formation of some new senior and junior praesidia. Among the apostolic works undertaken were home, hospital and prison visitation, auxiliary visitation, Rosary groups and Nazareth groups. Some visible results were two conversions, anointing of the sick and many returns to the Sacraments.
BOSNIA-HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 7 senior and 1 junior praesidia. From the apostolate of the legionaries, two people were baptised, one received the Sacrament of Confirmation, one couple received the Sacrament of Matrimony, one Orthodox person now attends the Catholic Church, and 7 received the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion after long periods.
SLOVENIA
Ljublijana Curia: The Zagreb Regia Officers had a meeting with the Bishop at which he gave his support for restoring the Curia and the Legion in his diocese.
HUNGARY
Budapest Regia: Reports received from 5 praesidia, 6 Curiae and 4 Comitia. The Regia has 21 praesidia, 9 Curiae and 5 Comitia directly affiliated. Extension efforts are ongoing. All the usual apostolic works are undertaken with great emphasis put on helping the dying to receive the sacraments. One praesidium keeps regular contact with young people coming out of orphanages. The Regia has 1,585 senior legionaries, 3890 auxiliaries, 7 Nazareth groups, 145 other children's groups but no junior praesidium.
LATVIA
Riga Comitium: Talks on the real meaning of Lent organised by a praesidium in Rezekne Curia had attendances from 20-30. The Curia is in a rural area and the legionaries, the majority of whom are elderly often have to walk 3 to 4 kms, as transport is very scarce. A new praesidium of 5 members was set up in Riebini Parish. Legionaries are finding in the course of home visitation that a lot of families have gone over to Jehovah Witnesses.
LITHUANIA
Kaunus Comitium: Legionaries in the course of home-to-home visitation in Kaunus City are finding serious lack of knowledge of the faith among people who consider themselves Catholic - it was suggested to start Patricians. A lady helped to go to Confession after 10 years, died 3 days later.
Telsiai Comitium: The Comitium has 10 praesidia and 2 Curiae attached. From visits of legionaries to 174 families, 12 people agreed to receive the Sacraments, one person went to Confession after 50 years.
Assumption Curia: Hospital visitation by the legionaries resulted in 286 patients agreeing to receive the Sacraments and expressing a wish to see a priest.
ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia: Praesidia reporting have very good membership and are engaged in a solid and varied apostolate.
Carei Curia has 17 praesidia and 100% attendance at Curia meetings.
Baia Mare Curia also reports 100% attendance at Curia meetings. A good number of auxiliaries attended their Acies.
POLAND
Lublin Regia governs 7 Comitia, 6 Curiae comprising 105 praesidia, which includes 2 praesidia of seminarians and 2 junior praesidia.
Our Lady of Kodenska Comitium: Legionaries carry out an apostolate to alcoholics, Jehovah Witnesses, co-habiting couples among a variety of other works. Rosary circles for children are organized by 3 praesidia.
Jastchebie Strova Comitium has 5 attached Curiae comprising 57 praesidia. Some fruits of their apostolate were 62 received the Sacrament of Penance and 51 the Sacrament of the Sick.
Warsaw Stegny Comitium has set up a new Curia at Sierpe. This indicates progressive development of the Legion in Plock Diocese, the Diocese of Bishop Marcinkowski, Bishop Protector of the Legion in Poland.
Warsaw Praga Comitium reports the continued success of their junior Legion after 20 years, the perseverance of the men's praesidium and the recent addition of a praesidium of young women.

Elizabeth Kriss - Extension Worker

Elizabeth was present at the June Concilium meeting and gave us some details of her work in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan and her visit to Bulgaria.
Elizabeth gave an overview of her work in the northern diocese of Astana visiting 3 praesidia and starting 2 new praesidia and has attended a Curia meeting. In Karaganda the Bishop gave his blessing on her work where she visited the 2 remaining praesidia, the Curia has not met for two years. In the seminary, the Legion was introduced to the seminarians. The Bishop of Almaty has invited the Legion into his diocese.

Please keep Elizabeth in your prayers.

VISITORS TO THE JUNE CONCILIUM MEETING

Welcomed to the June Concilium meeting were Spiritual Directors and legionaries from many parts of the world, among these were:

His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-Kiun, S.D.B., Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong;
Rev. Fr. Gerald O'Reilly, Spiritual Director, Chicago Senatus, USA;
Rev. Fr. Jean-Pierre Mumbere Ndulani, Butembo Senatus, Democratic Republic of the Congo;
Rev. Fr. Augustine Chan, Toronto, Canada;
Rev. Fr. Liam Ó Cuiv, Spiritual Director, Veneranda Curia, Dublin;
Rev. Fr. Michael Moss, Spiritual Director, Gloriosa Curia, Dublin;
Rev. Fr. Fergus O'Keeffe, S.J., Spiritual Director, Annunciata Curia, Dublin;
Rev. Fr. Michael Ross, S.D.B., Spiritual Director, Benedicta Junior Curia, Dublin;
Elizabeth Kriss, Austria, Concilium Extension Worker in Kazakhstan;
Maria Noelia Garcia Clúa, President, Senatus of Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Anthony Gabriel, President and Margaret Wong, Treasurer, Singapore Senatus, and Bibiana Andree, Stella Fernandez and Jennifer Lee, and Alphonsus Loh, from that Senatus;
Charlene McQuitty, President, June Collymore, Treasurer, Bernard Robin, Assistant Treasurer, Houston Senatus, USA and Barbara Chauvin, Dorothy Pullappallil, Kellie Comeaux, Victoria Jacobs, Luz Garcia, Mary Rangel, Elsie Hermandez and Joyce Williams from that Senatus;
Connie Escabam, Treasurer, Toronto Senatus, Canada, and Marilon Jan, Freminde Alane and Cherrylon Naxaba;
Agripina Solís de Batista, President, Panamá Regia, and Maria De Gracia and Eneide Goméz de Naranjo, from that Regia;
Anthony Kirstein, Assistant Secretary, Liverpool Senatus;
Bernie Kirstein, Treasurer, Manchester Comitium;
Joseph Murphy, Assistant Treasurer, Southwark Comitium; Mary Murphy and John Murphy, London;
Moreen Healy, Secretary, Brentwood Comitium, and Michael Healy, Auxiliary member;
Sylvia D'Hulster, Richard Jiry and Elmer Hihn, Edmonton Comitium, Canada;
Maria Teresa Olmedo, former President, Cordoba Senatus, Argentina, and Isobel Herrera from that Senatus;
Ana Maria Aguire de Valdireso, Senatus of Lima, Peru;
Cristy Chua, and Chai Chua, Vancouver, B.C., Canada;
Mary Y. Waung, Richmond, B.C., Canada;
Joe Drew, President, Down & Connor Comitium;
Kathleen O'Brien, Achonry Curia;
Mary Joy, Presentata Curia; and
Michael Walsh, Porta Coeli Curia.


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The Eucharistic Congress and Degrees of Legion Membership
June 2012
Concilium Allocutio June 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary
The Eucharistic Congress and Degrees of Legion Membership

This meeting of Concilium is taking place on the eve of the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. It is a momentous occasion not only for the Church in Ireland but for the Universal Church and in particular for the world wide Legion of Mary. It is a time of immense and profound evangelisation. If we see evangelisation as bringing Jesus to others in the spirit and in the company of Mary, then there can be no better way of evangelisation than bringing others to the Eucharist which is simply the real presence of Jesus. The Eucharist is the fruit of her womb: in the plan of God there would be no Eucharist without Mary. By exploring the relationship between Mary and the Eucharist and the work of evangelisation we enter into one of the richest veins of Legion spirituality.

There is a passage in the Handbook that expresses with great simplicity and depth all that I want to say on the Eucharist and evangelisation in the Legion scheme of things. I have quoted it very often in recent years but I think it cannot be quoted too often. We need to make it central to our way of thinking and living as legionaries. It goes as follows: 'The Eucharist is the centre and source of grace: therefore it must be the very keystone of the legionary scheme. The most ardent activity will accomplish nothing of value if it forgets for a moment that its main object is to establish the reign of the Eucharist in all hearts. For thereby is fulfilled the purpose for which Jesus came into the world. That purpose was to communicate Himself to souls so that He might make them one with him. The means of that communication is chiefly the Eucharist.'

In practice, where do we find most clearly the Legion conviction concerning the centrality of the Eucharist in its life and spiritual teaching? I think we see it in a particularly vivid way in the Praetorian and Adjutorian degrees of membership. Today I wish to focus on the obligation of daily Mass and daily Holy Communion undertaken by these two degrees of membership. The underlying thought behind these two degrees of membership in the Legion harmonises so well with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council when is says: 'Every liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the Priest and of his Body the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others. No other action of the Church can match its claim to efficacy, nor equal the degree of it.'

Even before the founding of the Legion, Frank Duff was earnestly engaged in the apostolate of encouraging people to undertake a commitment to daily Mass and Communion. This practice transformed his own life. It would be impossible to think of our Founder without the daily Eucharist. He knew how much he owed in grace and growth in the spiritual life to Our Lord in the Eucharist and he desired that as many legionaries as possible would benefit in the same way. He believed that Praetorian and Adjutorian membership would be an immeasurable source of grace for the whole Legion. I too am utterly convinced that nothing would contribute more to the spiritual life of the individual legionary than daily Mass and Holy Communion.

I suggest that one of the greatest fruits of the Eucharistic Congress for the Legion would be to increase its promotion of the Praetorian and Adjutorian membership of the Legion. Would it not be sad or even tragic if a legionary could without too much difficulty go to daily Mass and receive Holy Communion and neglected to do so? Of course the Handbook is very wise when it specifies that these two degrees of membership are to be regarded as no more than a private contract of the individual legionary. Nothing implying the smallest degree of moral compulsion is to be resorted to for gaining these higher degrees of membership of the Legion. Thus while legionaries may and should frequently be recommended to undertake these higher degrees of membership no names are to be taken or mentioned publicly.

I often find that whenever I wish to express a conviction I have about the Legion, I invariably find myself going back to the very words of the Handbook. So I quote one more passage from the Handbook that sums up much what I would want to say about these higher degrees of membership. 'The Legion anticipates much from the praetorian degree. It will lead many members on to a life of closer union with God through prayer. It will mean the incorporation in the Legion system of a heart of prayer; in which more and more legionaries will tend to bury themselves. This will inevitably affect the whole spiritual circulation of the Legion and make the Legion grow in the spirit of reliance upon prayer in all its works. In fact it will cause the Legion to realise ever more completely that its chief and true destiny is to spiritualise its members.'

In conclusion may I say that this Concilium meeting is a particularly joyous one because of the number of legionaries present from so many different countries! I wish you all a happy and fruitful stay in Ireland with your Legion family here and may you all receive many graces during the Eucharistic Congress. And for those of you who are not yet legionaries may you be guided to the Legion by Mary the Mother and Queen of the Legion.


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Concilium Bulletin May 2012
May 2012
Concilium Bulletin May 2012
REPORTS
CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO

NICARAGUA
Regia of Managua: One Comitium, 5 Curiae and 2 junior Curiae and 17 directly attached praesidia make up the Regia. The attached two senior Curiae of Leon as well as the junior Curia are very active.

GUATAMALA
Regia of Camotan: Considerable progress has been made since the Legion in Guatemala was transferred to the caretakership of the Senatus of Merida. The correspondent and another legionary from Merida have carried out two visits. The officers of the Camotan Regia visited Merida and were present at the Senatus meeting as well as a meeting with the Senatus officers. The Spiritual Director of the Regia of Camotan has written thanking Concilium and the Senatus of Merida for the positive move.

Panama Regia: The new Regia is working well and attendance at the meeting is very good. Four praesidia with an average of 10 members reported. As well as home visitation, they are attempting crowd contact, which they find a challenge. Steps are being taken to ensure that the treasurer's books at all levels are correct and accurate and that legionaries and treasurers follow the proper procedures.

HONDURAS
Senatus of Tegucigalpa: A former secretary informed the Concilium that the Senatus was working well.

EL SALVADOR
Senatus of San Salvador: The Senatus is working very well particularly in the areas of extension and home visitation. The attached Regia of San Vicente has set up 23 praesidia. A number of contacts returned from the sects to the practice of the faith and some have joined the Legion. In a special visitation carried out by an attached Comitium, a large number of couples were met and some are now preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. They also met 39 young persons and a number of babies who were not baptised. A Protestant pastor accepted an invitation to the Catholic Church.

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus: Reports received from 1 praesidium, 3 Curiae, 3 Comitia and 1 Regia. Since December the new quarterly reports system is underway. A praesidium of 8 and 2 probationers has 3 praetorians and 157 auxiliaries. Under the heading of True Devotion to the Nation, they list having reported potholes and street lighting to the relevant authority and directing the sick to the appropriate medical treatment. A junior Conference had 1,000 young people in attendance. Also 1,000 attended the first Auxiliary Rally.

Merida Senatus: Reporting were 3 praesidia, 3 Curiae, 1 Comitium and 1 Regia. The Regia of Tuxtla Gutierrez has 5 Comitia, 16 praesidia and 5 junior Curiae affiliated with a total of 33,000 legionaries of which 5,000 are catechists. They also work with alcoholics and visit a jail for young offenders. A recently formed Curia with 11 praesidia reported visiting 331 members of the sects. A praesidium reported having 259 auxiliary members. There are reports of hundreds of marriages regularised and adult baptisms.

Guadalajara Regia: The average attendance at the Regia meeting is 70-80%. A recent Comitium report indicates 562 active members including 71 praetorians, 1,741 auxiliaries and 79 adjutorians. The catechists prepare children for the sacraments and couples for marriage. As well as visiting the elderly they provide a service, house cleaning, accompany them to the doctor and collect their medication.

Durango Regia: A reporting praesidium promotes Eucharistic Adoration with positive results. The Rosary is recited by legionaries in different Social Welfare buildings at the request of the Archbishop but always with the permission of management. There are 2 praesidia in the prison, these praesidia are supervised by members of an outside praesidium.

Monterrey Regia: The attached Comitium of Saltillo set up 11 new praesidia in the last year, some in new areas. Legionaries encourage the sick to receive the sacrament of reconciliation when the priest comes with the Eucharist. Five legionaries took part in a special mission for Holy Week in the neighbouring diocese of Morales with legionaries from that council. As well as doing intensive home visitation they set up a new praesidium.

Leon Regia: Legionaries cooperated actively in the preparation for the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The junior movement is strong in Leon and a new junior Curia was set up recently.

ASIA

MYANMAR
Three Senatus officers visited Mandalay. A recruiting effort in three parishes yielded a new praesidium of 14 members. 200 legionaries attended the Acies in Yangon.

THAILAND
Bible study groups and sharing the Good News features in reports. Deaf and dumb and prisoners visited, catechism is taught, lapsed are encouraged to return to the practice of their faith, they assist at the immigration office giving legal aid, others help with medical teams to remote areas. Prayer groups are later formed into praesidia.

SRI LANKA
The junior Curia in Colombo has 11 praesidia, 5 in schools, 4 in parishes and 2 in seminaries with 200 members and 75 auxiliaries. The Rosary is promoted among their peers, children in poor areas are visited, catechism and Sunday Schools are organised.

PAKISTAN
Two junior praesidia reported with 24 and 16 members. Homes are enthroned to the Sacred Heart, hospitals are visited, help with church cleaning, parochial activities and bible study. Two senior praesidia also reported with 10 and 12 members, doing similar works.

INDIA
Port Blair Comitium on the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean sent its years report. They have 8 praesidia and 2 Curiae, 3 other Curiae are not currently functioning. Catholics, other Christians, Hindus and Muslims are visited. A Marian Congress was held to mark the 90th anniversary of the Legion. A programme for extension to 10 villages was organised for 14th to 22nd February.

Mumbai Regia covers 45 dioceses with the Legion in 23; of the remainder three Bishops have given their consent for the Legion.38 priests attended a Conference for Spiritual Directors, the Auxiliary Bishop chaired the meeting. There are 21 nearby and 11 distant praesidia, 29 senior and 8 junior Curiae and 7 Comitia attached. There were 164 homes visited during an Exploratio Dominicalis project. Audits are up to date and the clergy gives great support. This Regia also cares for the Legion in Nepal. Two visits have been made and the Curia has resumed meeting.

Kottar Regia: All 15 Curiae are regularly represented at the Regia meetings and in March, officers of 7 of the 11 directly affiliated praesidia were also present. Much good work is done for families, to the sick, and to those of other faiths.

Pondicherry Senatus: More than 500 legionaries took part in the function organised to mark the 90th anniversary of the Legion at which Archbishop Anthony Anandarayar presided with many Spiritual Directors in attendance. During 2011, 7 praesidia, 3 Curiae and a Comitium were set up. Special works include visitation of lepers, prisoners, mentally ill, aids patients and orphanages.

Kerala Senatus: This Senatus governs 28 directly attached praesidia, 14 Curiae and 17 Comitia. Visitation of people of all religions in homes and hospitals shows good results. Marriages are regularised, 72 contacts returned to the practice of the faith.

Karnataka Senatus: 2 Comitia, 11 Curiae and 14 directly affiliated praesidia were represented at the April meeting. Annual audits were highlighted. Miraculous Medals were given in a small number of cases, homes were enthroned, domestic disputes resolved, marriages were regularised. The Bishops of 2 dioceses gave permission to set up the Legion.
Coimbatore Comitium held a meeting for 102 officers on 11th February; a one-day retreat had an attendance of 250 legionaries, conducted by 3 Spiritual Directors.

CENTRAL ASIA
Bernardo de Nardo keeps in contact with the Legion in Armenia and Georgia and if his schedule allows during the summer months he hopes to visit them.

Kazakhstan
Bishop Tomasz Peta has given Elizabeth Kriss every assistance, even to the point of collecting her at the airport at 4.00 a.m. Many of the legionaries in the north remember the Mitchells and were most grateful for Elisabeth Kriss's visit to help with formation.

AFRICA

BURKINA FASO
Ouagadougou Comitium: A new Curia has been formed as a result of extension in St. Francis of Assisi parish and another at Piisy. Works include visits to the General Hospital, the Maternity Hospital and the Orphanage. On home visitation Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and people of other faiths are met. One praesidium in the course of home visitation comes across Muslims who ask the legionaries to pray for them.

IVORY COAST
Abidjan Senatus: The January meeting heard reports from the Regia at Gagnoa, 9 Comitia, 2 Curiae and 3 praesidia. There is a junior Curia affiliated to Gagnoa Regia. A new Curia is being formed at Attoban. The Comitium of Abobote recorded 10,468 visits in the course of a year with 41,419 persons spoken with of whom 19,227 were Catholics and the rest non-Catholics. A group of 20 Ivorian legionaries, organised by the outgoing Senatus President and led by the Senatus Spiritual Director, are attending the Eucharistic Congress.

BRAZZAVILLE CONGO
Works reported include home, hospital and prison visitation resulting in many returns to the Sacraments, marriages reconciled and the study of the catechism. One Curia recruited 13 new members in the first two months of the year. The Regia organised a day of formation on the theme "Collaboration and Solidarity in the Churches Mission the Priest and the Legion", led by Fr. Massengo, Spiritual Director of the Regia. Over 1,100 legionaries from 27 councils of the Regia participated.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Bata Comitium: Correspondence continues to be irregular but in a letter from a Spiritual Director, he confirmed that the Legion is working well. All are faithful to the weekly meeting and particularly in the distant villages where the legionaries organise prayer meetings and teach a catechism to the children. Legionaries are active in extension despite much illiterate.

TOGO
Lomé Regia: The 60th anniversary of the Legion was celebrated in Togo. They officially launched their own website in March. Nearly all councils reported on having juniors attached and Adidome Curia reported 89 new members since their last report 3 months ago. Efforts are under way to set up junior Curiae in the Archdiocese of Lomé. The Acies, Masses for Alfie Lambe, the True Devotion to Our Blessed Lady and the booklet "Can we be Saints" were mentioned in reports.

SENEGAL
Dakar Comitium: The 90th Anniversary of the Legion was celebrated and the main celebrant was His Eminence Cardinal Adrian Sarr. The Comitium was invited by the Apostolic Nuncio to participate at a Mass to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Senegal last December.

CAMEROUN AND CHAD
Douala Senatus: The Senatus is putting great emphasis on establishing junior praesidia. In Yaounde, with the help of the Spiritual Directors, work is undertaken against prostitution, drug addicts and children living on the streets. Three new Curiae and 20 praesidia were started, 170 brought back to the sacraments, 349 converts and 44 marriages regularised. The Legion exists in 22 Dioceses and the aim is to have the Legion established in all the Dioceses by the end of the year. A priest met who visits Chad on a regular basis was given 50 tesserae and a letter to the President of Moundou Comitium.

REPUBLIC OF BENIN
Reports presented to Contonou Regia reveal membership of more than 20 in each city praesidium with apostolic activity directed towards persons of all persuasions, Catholics being by far the majority, members of Christian sects in second place and Muslims also featuring. The junior Curia numbers 112 members. Parakou Comitium, 435 kilometres to the north, has 7 praesidia and 2 Curiae and reported 293 enrolled in the catechumenate in a three-month period.

REPUBLIC OF GABON
Oyem Comitium which supervises 14 Curiae is reported to be working well, visiting its Curiae and supporting its praesidia with improvement in membership figures and good results in catechumens enrolled, baptisms arranged, returns to Mass and the Sacraments, marriages regularised and family troubles resolved.

EUROPE

BELGIUM
Brussels plan 3 new praesidia and for 2012 they wish to pay attention to juniors and pioneers. Antwerp: some members help at the Permanence in Lourdes and they visit sick and elderly.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: The Spiritual Director, Fr. Peyton addressed the students at Oscott College at which there was an attendance of 20 students and the Rector of the College. As a result of home visitation, a lapsed Catholic went to Confession and a non-Catholic was invited to consider the Catholic Church. Lunch-time prayers in a primary school has an attendance of 30 children. The Bristol Curia had a special Mass for non-practising and non-Catholics at which 40 attended and included 6 lapsed and 3 non-Catholics. In the South Birmingham Curia a new praesidium was set up in Balsall Heath. Mentioned in the report was of a co-habiting couple returning to the Church and inviting the legionaries to their wedding; another couple decided to marry in church rather than on the beach. In Coventry Curia three of the praesidia carried out Exploratio Dominicalis projects. A lapsed housebound person went to confession.
Northampton Comitium now attached to Birmingham Senatus has 9 praesidia and one Curia. Members visit homes, a hospital, a prison and teach catechism and the Rosary to children and parents. They had a good attendance at a special Mass to mark the 90th anniversary.
Liverpool Senatus: Manchester Comitium has 3 junior and one intermediate praesidia affiliated. One of the Curiae attached to Manchester Comitium held a Rosary and Carol service at which the Mayor attended. In a report at the Newcastle Comitium a recollection day was held entitled "A Day with Mary" and was very successful. South Shields Curia continues to thrive while Sunderland Curia organised a trip to the Holy Land. Warrington Curia with 6 praesidia considers reading the Handbook today as important as it was in 1921.
Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces Comitium, Southwark
Southwark has 16 praesidia and 4 Curiae affiliated. 'An Hour of Grace' prompted legionaries to organise a similar event for auxiliaries. Works include statue visitation, house blessing, visiting bereaved, sick and housebound as well as Patricians and contact at tube stations for Lent and Advent. One lady received Communion after 61 years is now a Praetorian member.
Brentwood Comitium: Extension and recruiting are evident in reports as there is an increase in membership with many praesidia having probationary members. Attached to the Comitium are two Curiae. One of the Curiae has 3 junior praesidia affiliated. Reports include contacts made by members on a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project being following up; the Rosary is recited on a Friday morning with primary school children and the Stations of the Cross are made during Lent; and Miraculous Medals and leaflets were given to children who made their First Holy Communion.
West Middlesex Curia: Having held a recruiting drive with 14 contacts showing interest, the Curia plans to extend in Southall Parish. Care homes, housebound parishioners as well as contact in parks and promotion of the 3 Causes were mentioned in reports.
Hammersmith Curia has a praesidium of 12 active and 12 auxiliary members. Legionaries say the Rosary with the housebound and interact with other organisations and are very involved in parishes.
Central London Curia: After a recruiting drive 4 active and 18 auxiliaries were gained. Membership in praesidia ranges from 5 to 10 legionaries.

SCOTLAND
An extension drive in Carfin resulted in contacting 18 interested people. Nine attended the first meeting. Greenock Curia has 12 praesidia and reports tell of interesting contacts made at the Christmas Cribs and the Rosary recited on two Sundays. Our Lady Queen of all Nations praesidium with 10 members and Fr. John Keenan Spiritual Director recently attended the Concilium meeting. Works included home visitation, Patricians, a Light a Candle and say a Prayer programme. Bookbarrow brings the Legion to the heart of the University. Workshops for organising Congresses were organised by the Senatus.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus: 40-50 people undertook the preparation of the True Devotion to Mary in the Cathedral in February and a new praesidium was started. The Korean Curia started a new praesidium in Schulzback. One praesidium reported on their monthly night contact work when they invite people back to the Blessed Sacrament. An Iranian became a Catholic through home visitation.
Cologne Regia has 2 Comitia in Essen and Dusseldorf and they keep in touch with the 2 praesidia in Luxembourg. Members of a praesidium gave out 4,200 Miraculous Medals and 1,600 Rosaries in the course of doing street contact apostolate.
Munich Regia comprises 2 Comitia, 14 Curiae with a total of 78 praesidia. Croatian, German, Vietnamese and Spanish praesidia work as part of Berlin Comitium. Works include street contact and a Marian Mass with Rosary for children. Freiburg Comitium has 4 Curiae and Patricians and extension were mentioned. Night Adoration is undertaken in Saarbrucken.

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia: Two Patrician groups mentioned, one with 20 attending. A large group will attend the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

SIBERIA
The new Curia in Irkutsk is working to start another praesidium in Krasnoyarsk.

SWEDEN
Manchester Comitium undertook extension - a new praesidium was set up in Sandviken. Malmo praesidium with 8 members was visited by two legionaries from the Liverpool Senatus in September.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Curia has 12 praesidia with 61 active members was raised to Comitium status on 24 March in the presence of Bishop Hounder. Lucern Curia with 3 praesidia appointed an extension worker.

WALES
Wrexham Curia has 5 praesidia and Bishop Edwin wrote to legionaries wishing them well in their recruiting efforts.
Swansea Curia also has 5 praesidia and works include street rescue and crowd contact as well as an apostolate to families affected by abuse of alcohol and drugs.

FRANCE
Strasbourg Senatus has decided to convert to Comitium status and this is being communicated to the relevant ecclesiastical authorities.

DENMARK
There are 15 members on roll in the praesidium in Copenhagen. Their apostolate includes hospital and housebound visitation as well as family visitation with the Statue of Our Lady. During Lent the legionaries lead the Stations of the Cross.

NORWAY
There are two praesidia in Norway at Tonsberg and Drammen. There are 7 active and 12 auxiliary members in the Tonsberg praesidium with a full compliment of Officers. A special Mass was celebrated for the 90th Anniversary of the Legion followed by a social evening. Teaching catechism, contacting auxiliaries and church activities are amongst the works being undertaken. The Drammen praesidium has 7 members and undertakes house-to-house visitation. Rosaries, Bible study are promoted and encouragement given to contacts to attend Mass on a regular basis.

ELISABETH KRISS - EXTENSION WORKER
Since the 10th April Elizabeth Kriss has been working in Kazakhstan. She will be in Dublin for June Concilium meeting and the Eucharistic Congress and go back to Kazakhstan for another two months. She met two young nuns who had been legionaries and they remembered Bill and Morag Mitchell.
She has been working in the northern diocese of Astana visiting 3 praesidia and starting 2 new praesidia. She has attended a Curia meeting and 2 conferences, one on planning and the other on extension. Legionaries travelled from 2 to 4 hours by bus. Before coming to the diocese of Karaganda she met Bishop Janusz Kaleta, who gave his blessing to her work. In Karaganda she visited the 2 remaining praesidia, the Curia has not met for two years.
Please keep Elizabeth in your prayers.

COUNCILS RAISED AT THE MAY CONCILIUM MEETING
A Senatus for Belem, Pará, Brazil
Belem Regia, in the State of Pará in the North of Brazil, was raised to Senatus status to govern the Legion in the Archdiocese of Belem and in five of its Suffragan Dioceses and five Prelatures. The new Senatus will have 17 praesidia, 12 Curiae and 10 Comitia directly attached. Ecclesiastical sanction has been given and the Senatus of Rio de Janeiro has given its approval.
A Regia for Castanhal, Pará, Brazil
It is proposed that the Comitium Nossa Senhora de Aparecida in Castanhal in the State of Pará be raised to Regia status to govern the Legion in the Dioceses of Castanhal, Braganca do Pará and Abaetuba, all Suffragan Dioceses of Belem Archdiocese, and all in the State of Pará and all up to now in the territory of the Belem Regia. The new Regia will have 14 praesidia, 6 Curiae and 6 Comitia directly attached. It is proposed that the new Regia be affiliated to the new Belem Senatus. Ecclesiastical sanction has been given and the Senatus of Rio de Janeiro has given its approval.
A Regia for Kwito-Bie, Privince of Bié, Angola
It is proposed that the Comitium Nossa Senhora do Rosário in the Diocese of Kwito-Bié, Angola be raised to Regia status to govern the Legion in the Dioceses of Kwito-Bie. Ecclesiastical sanction has been given. It is proposed that the new Regia be affiliated to the Senatus of Benguela.
The 3 above proposals were all approved and seconded at the May Concilium Meeting and congratulations was extended to all on the growth of the Legion.

N O T I C E
Any Legion council officers who are registering for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin are asked to note that the June 2012 Concilium meeting will take place on SATURDAY 9th June 2012 at 3.00 pm in Legion headquarters


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The Feast of the Ascension and the Legion
May 2012
Concilium Allocutio May 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary

The Feast of the Ascension and the Legion

Christ and His Mysteries are a major characteristic of Legion spirituality. This is clear from the role that the Rosary plays in the life of the Legion. The Legion never ceases to contemplate the mysteries of the life of Our Lord and the work of our redemption in the Rosary. The Rosary helps the Legionary to cling to Christ in company with Mary and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is one of Mary's ways of keeping the Legion always centred on Christ in all his grace giving mysteries. The meaning and power of the Rosary cannot be known too well because on its mysteries our salvation depends.

Even more profoundly the Legion strives to put Christ and His mysteries at the centre of its life by exhorting its members to immerse themselves in the liturgical seasons and feasts especially through daily Mass and Holy Communion if at all possible. In the Liturgy we actively engage with the real presence of Jesus and open ourselves to the special graces offered us in each of His Mysteries. It is in the Liturgy in a special way that Christ lives in us and us in Him. We celebrate in all actuality as members of Christ's Body in the life and work of Christ our Head. Every moment of Christ's life is infinitely precious and in the Liturgy we share in them all.

Another striking indication of the importance of all the mysteries of the life of Christ in the Legion is the fact that Frank Duff our founder has written on nearly all these mysteries of the Lord and directly or indirectly he has integrated them into the Handbook.

Today our Concilium meeting takes place on the Feast of the Ascension and I would like to explore however briefly with you what this great mystery in the life of our Lord should mean to the Legion. I refer you to an article of Frank Duff in his book The Woman of Genesis for a fuller treatment. The article is called: The Ascension Commandment.

Our Lord's last words before he ascended into heaven were: 'Behold I am with you always to the close of the age.' These are tremendous words for every Christian but especially every legionary. Jesus withdraws his visible presence but is present to us and in us invisibly but really and most intimately. Here we have the doctrine of the mystical Body of Christ, a doctrine so loved and pivotal for the Legion. The Lord is the Vine and we the branches; He is the Head and we are the Body. The richness of this doctrine expressed one more time and so simply by Our Lord pervades almost every page of the Handbook.

Secondly, the Ascension is the immediate prelude to the sending of the Holy Spirit among us. The Apostles were to wait for the Holy Spirit, who was the gift of the Father and the Son to the Church and each one of us. As Pope John Paul II says: 'From the beginning it had to be crystal clear that the source of the Apostles' strength is the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who guides the Church in the way of truth; the Gospel is to spread through the power of God, and not by means of human wisdom or strength.' What the Holy Spirit was to the early Church so He is to the Legion. The Holy Spirit is absolutely primary to the Legion. This truth is taught to us by Mary. She was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and allowed Him to do whatever He willed through her and in her. Her relationship to the Holy Spirit was absolutely special and so He must be to us. That is why the mystery of the Ascension is such an important time for the Legion. We join with the whole Church in waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Thirdly, in the mystery of the Ascension we have the clearest statement of the Mission of the Church, the task entrusted to each one of us by the Lord Himself. 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold I am with you always, to the close of the age.' Frank Duff called this the last will and testament of the Risen Lord, the great commission entrusted to the Church. One cannot understand the Legion or its founder apart from this imperative task of the evangelisation of the whole world. Frank Duff listened to these words with all his mind, heart and soul. Commitment to the apostolate is ultimately the measure of the extent to which one is a legionary and the yardstick of how the Legion understands and follows the charism of its founder. There are other ways of measuring the state of the Legion but commitment especially to the lay apostolate in response to the request of Our Lord must be one of them. It is meditation on the mystery of the Ascension that brings to mind all these graces and ideals of Legion spirituality that we have just touched upon.


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Concilium News April 2012
April 2012
Election of Concilium Assistant Treasurer

Nominations were sought for the office of Assistant Treasurer of the Concilium, notice of the election having been given previously. Enda Dunleavy was proposed and seconded and as there were no other nominations, he was duly elected Assistant Treasurer of the Concilium.

Death of Former Legion Envoy

News was received of the death on 4 April 2012 in her native Netherlands of Therese de Ridder, Legion Envoy to Chile 1965 – 1971. Therese travelled extensively in Chile extending the Legion during her Envoyship. At home in the Netherlands she was very active in her parish particularly in preparing children for the sacraments. May her generous soul rest in peace.

Pan African Congress of Catholic Laity

The Concilium was happy to accept an invitation from the Pontifical Council for the Laity in Rome to send representatives to this Congress, which is being organised by the Pontifical Council. The Congress is to take place in Cameroon 4 – 9 September 2012 and will have as its theme: Witnessing to Jesus Christ in Africa today.”
International Eucharistic Congress 10 – 17 June 2012 in Dublin
Prayers were asked for the success of the Congress. The Concilium continues its preparations, as detailed at the March meeting, for an Open Week during the Congress when it will welcome those who wish to visit the headquarters of the Legion. There will be a Mass for all legionaries attending the Congress in St. Mary of the Angels’ Capuchin Church, Church Street, on Friday 15 June at 7.30 p.m. This will be followed by a social evening in the Concilium. On Saturday 16 June presentations on the theme: “Mary and Evangelisation” will be made at the Congress by Rev. Fr. Bede McGregor, O.P. Concilium Spiritual Director, and Rev. Fr. Paul Churchill, Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Dublin, and Legion Curia Spiritual Director.
Concilium Meeting June, 2012 – Change of Date
A Reminder: As the International Eucharistic Congress takes place 10 – 17 June, the Concilium Meeting which should take place on Sunday 17 June will be brought forward to Saturday 9 June at the usual time of 3 p.m. in the usual venue: Nazareth Hall, De Montfort House, Morning Star Avenue, Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.




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Concilium Bulletin April 2012
April 2012
Concilium Bulletin April 2012

REPORTS

AFRICA

KENYA
Kenya Senatus: The monthly prayers at Venerable Edel's grave in January had an attendance of 48. Plans are well underway for the anniversary Mass in May. Nairobi prison praesidium has 10 members.
Kisumu Regia reported that in the course of hospital visitation 214 were anointed and 264 baptised and 423 of them died later. There were 259 marriages regularised, and 1,603 joined the catechism class and were baptised. They also report the recovery of 91 alcoholics and 12 drug addicts. Also one witch doctor left the practice. Two Curiae were set up. Plans are ongoing for the 75th anniversary of the Legion in the Kisumu Regia area. The Senatus is busy planning the extension of the Legion into dioceses where it does not exist. They are also helping weak Curiae.


MALAWI
Blantyre Senatus: The Senatus has 12 directly attached praesidia, 11 Curiae and 15 Comitia in Blantyre Archdiocese and it is well organised and governs the Legion throughout Malawi, having 10 directly attached Comitia and 4 Regia in other dioceses. Councils are visited and workshops organised. A Mass to celebrate the Legion's 90th Birthday was concelebrated by Bishop Montfort Stima and Fr. Khembo, Senatus Spiritual Director. The Bishop emphasised that the Church depends very much on the Legion and its prayers and that Legion works play a great role in sustaining the Catholic Faith.

UGANDA
Uganda Senatus: Reports give insights into prison work, which cannot be done in isolation, but needs co-operation between the chaplains, prison staff, extension workers and Legionary inmates. One Comitium reported 723 lapsed returned, 88 marriages rectified, 134 baptised, 13 Moslems joined the Church including 2 ex prisoners and 9 satanic practioners had their shrines demolished and undertook instruction in the faith. The Senatus aims to give a Handbook to all newly ordained priests. Music festivals for youth with a religious theme are organised and 2 new Comitia were inaugurated.

NIGERIA:
Ibadan Senatus: One Comitium had 16 conversions, 14 lapsed returned, 213 marriages rectified and a couple returned to the sacraments after 30 years. A talk on Alfie Lambe was held by one Curia, while another had a Mass and a third organised a Frank Duff exhibition.

Abuja Regia: The average attendance of council officers is 43% and that of praesidia officers is 61%. One Comitium reported many conversions, lapsed returned, 9 marriages rectified, 21 broken homes reconciled and 8 praesidia formed. The annual report of the Regia showed 10,175 conversions (including 781 Muslims). Abuja will be inaugurated as a Senatus on 22nd April 2012.

Lagos Regia: The average attendance of council officers is 64% and that of praesidia officers is 31%. The correspondent advised that Exploratio Dominicalis could not be done with Charismatics. A Comitium held Frank Duff novenas in June and November and had a Triduum for Venerable Edel. They reported 38 marriages rectified, 66 lapsed returned, 7 conversions and 6 praesidia started.

Enugu Senatus: A Comitium with 2,460 senior Legionaries, 912 of whom are Praetorians and 15 junior Curiae with a membership of 4,582 reports adults and children prepared for the sacraments, family disputes reconciled and marriages blessed and senior and junior praesidia established by all those reporting.
A Comitium attached to Onitsha Regia reported many returns to the Sacraments, 56 received into the Church, many of whom had been pagans. Couples cohabiting were encouraged to marry in Church and 115 did so. In another Comitium area 4 new Curiae were created.

Jos Regia: During the year one Comitium recruited 595 members; many members were among those who fled the area as a result of the unrest. Distant praesidia and councils were visited. The Legion apostolate continues in the Regia area despite the troubles, prayers are requested for peace there.

Ikot Ekpene Regia: A Comitium organised a seminar on reviving weak praesidia and councils while another with over 1,500 members does home and hospital visitation, prepares adults and children for the sacraments and great attention is given to care of junior praesidia.

TANZANIA
Dar-Es-Salaam Comitium: The 2012 schedule of activities was discussed in detail. Preparations are continuing for a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project to Zanzibar. Extension is being undertaken in a new parish. Lack of suitable permanent premises is a problem as is poor attendance though the latter is improving. Following the approval of Concilium Dar-Es-Salaam Comitium will be inaugurated as a Regia in the near future.

Mtwara Comitium: Works include encouraging couples to have their marriages blessed, children to attend Mass and other devotions, visiting the sick and bringing them Holy Communion and preparing people for the sacraments. They reported one lapsed returned and a couple married in Church.

Hai Moshi Comitium: Reports include home and hospital visitation with many returns to the sacraments and marriages blessed, preparing adults and children for the sacraments and teaching children prayers. They also have an apostolate to alcohol and drug addicts and dangerous drivers.
Kilema Comitium: A short e-mail was received after almost 3 years silence. The President has been ill. They have 12 Curiae, 55 praesidia and 1038 members.

ZAMBIA
Lusaka Regia: A detailed programme for the year and the timetable for a workshop on True Devotion to Mary were received. Works include home and hospital visitation where Legionaries pray and encourage patients and staff. They plan to set up more junior praesidia and 2 Comitia have been split. They promise an early response to the correspondent's request for details of the election there.

THE GAMBIA
In Banjul Curia a junior praesidium has grown to 30 members; 14 senior and 6 junior members visited an area with less than 0.5% Christians to help recruit for the local praesidium.

EUROPE

ITALY
Senatus of Rome celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Legion at a Commemorative Mass in the St. John Latern Basilica presided over by Monsignor Paolo Mancini, Secretary General of the Vicariate of Rome. The Senatus Spiritual Director, Monsignor Virgilio La Rosa, was chief celebrant assisted by Spiritual Directors from praesidia and Curiae. Extension has picked up throughout the whole Senatus area and in Sardinia.

Milan Regia: Fr. Bradshaw's book on Frank Duff has been translated into Italian and 500 copies are being distributed. Excerpts from Hilda Firtel's book on Alfie Lambe are being recorded by Radio Mater, Milan. A Filipino praesidium helped find employment for 4 of their compatriots.
Padova Comitium reported the return of two people to the sacraments after many visits. A praesidium in Brunico, Tyrol, runs a children's club and young legionaries in Lana Curia recite the Rosary on Radio Mater once a month while German speaking legionaries visit the families of newly baptised babies. They also visit new parishioners and held an auxiliary rally.

CYPRUS
Legionaries help with the Sunday liturgy as readers and ushers and contact members of the congregation afterwards. They promote the Rosary by recitation at a Grotto and on visitation with the statue of Our Lady. They lead a prayer group, teach catechism and hold Bible classes for children. They visit homes for the elderly and also visit a jail.

MALTA
Malta Regia: The Regia had 3 Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects to Italy and one to England in 2011. A praesidium of 7 members organised two half-day retreats for auxiliaries. A praesidium of 10 members contacts refugees, Muslims, and non-Catholics. A statue of Our Lady is taken to the local primary school each week. A junior praesidium of 5 works with senior legionaries on hospital visitation.
Hope of the World Curia distributed 100 copies of the Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Several families were consecrated to the Sacred Heart. The statue of Our Lady was taken to a Power Station where the Rosary was recited. Four of the 13 praesidia in Handmaid of the Lord Curia hold Patrician meetings. Queen of Peace Curia reported an attendance of 30 including some tourists at an outdoor Rosary. One third of the parishes in Malta have a junior praesidium.

Gozo Comitium: The Bishop of Gozo attended the September meeting as part of the 90th Anniversary celebrations. The celebration activities included night adoration and a competition for the best power- point presentation for junior members. Some results included six prospective senior members, three new juniors, and six auxiliaries. The True Devotion is discussed every month.

Countries under the Caretakership of Malta
TURKEY
Membership is increasing in Istanbul and the legionaries have grasped the idea of apostleship. Prayers are needed for the new praesidium in Izmir to overcome some of its difficulties.

GREECE
The only contact with Greece was a recent e-mail from Fr Luke, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Rhodes. The Legion is growing in Rhodes and nine new members took their promise in January. The apostolate includes reaching out to the many tourists during the summer months and giving them Legion literature.

ALBANIA
The Malta correspondent and a member of the Regia visited Albania in December. They attended a Mass to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion in Albania. The chief celebrant was His Grace Monsignor Angelo Massafra, Archbishop of Skhroder, assisted by His Excellency Monsignor George Frendo Auxiliary Bishop of Tirana-Durres Diocese and seven Priests. St. Stephen's Cathedral in Skhroder was packed to capacity. The Mass was transmitted live on Radio Maria. Meetings were held with the Officers and Spiritual Director of the Comitium and attached Curiae. The legionaries work closely with the Priests to promote Radio Maria as a means of catechesis. The apostolate also includes visiting families to have their children baptised, encouraging people to frequent the sacraments and teaching catechism.

PORTUGAL
Lisbon Senatus: A praesidium contacts its 67 auxiliaries on their birthdays and also invites them to the Acies and afternoons of reflection. They contact parents on the baptism of their children and congratulate them on their wedding anniversaries. Visits to nursing homes for the old involves recitation of the Rosary, bible reading, and Hymns to Our Lady. Apostolate to the sick in hospitals involves the helping of patients to take medicine. Many praesidia prepare children to complete the full catechetical program.

The Regia of Porto has set up a new Comitium. The Senatus organised a meeting of extension workers from several Comitia.

SPAIN
Madrid Senatus: A Congress organised by the Comitium of Salamanca was attended by the Archbishop who praised the personal contact work of the legionaries. The Comitium of Badajoz is a youthful council with great hopes for the future. A parish priest has asked the legionaries to work with youth. The young people they speak with are interested in the visitation of hospitals and homes for the elderly. The Curia of Malaga was praised for keeping many of the churches open by inviting their contacts to visit the Blessed Sacrament. Recruiting for active membership is done monthly. One of their Spiritual Directors suggested that legionaries should not be afraid of growing old but live with a youthful spirit. Pesca Joven, fishing for youth, contacting young people on the street, is done during the day and also by a night shift which starts at 11.00 pm.

Bilbao Senatus: Spanish classes are given to immigrants. Legionaries help with breakfasts for down and outs. In Santander the Rosary is said near an abortion clinic with other groups and with a priest in attendance. The book-barrow is brought out once a month.

Barcelona Senatus: Membership is generally elderly and there is a shortage of Spiritual Directors. A praesidium in Barcelona help a blind lady by reading to her, helps in a food centre, and does home visitation. Prostitutes, mostly foreigners, are helped with the language and they try to get them jobs. They got a cleaning job for one person but could not get a work permit. Street people are contacted, some for over 30 years. In Murcia they do door duty at churches so that they may remain open. A Romanian man was prepared for the sacraments. The Curia of Valencia has a monthly meeting with auxiliaries, has 12 Patrician groups, and visits jails.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CINCINNATI
Cincinnati Senatus: Members of 6 praesidia visit prisoners, pray with them and teach them how to say the Rosary. An indoor praesidium was set up among the prisoners themselves, they have their officers and work is assigned within the prison. Reports show a number of praesidia with membership in double figures. Works include teaching non-Catholics how to say the Rosary and instructing prospective converts. They are grateful for the Concilium visit.

BOSTON
Boston Senatus: Door-to-door and Pilgrim Statue visitation is done, wakes and funerals are attended. Junior legionaries help children preparing for First Communion.

HOUSTON
Houston Senatus: A successful Peregrination Pro Christo project was held in Sulphur, Louisiana in March. There were over 800 contacts made having visited 1,200 homes. The Bishop expressed gratitude at a Mass on the Friday. A group of 12 is travelling to Ireland for the International Eucharistic Congress and have volunteered to do a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project in a Dublin parish. Eighty calls were made on a project organised by Tyler Comitium in a mainly non-Catholic area.

CHICAGO
Chicago Senatus: Northside Curia makes good contacts at Millennium Park and at the Train station. The Hispanic southside Curia has 9 praesidia and 2 junior groups. Sioux Falls Curia started a praesidium of 9 members and permission for one at the Cathedral. As a result of home visitation 25 new parishioners were registered for the parish and 2 returns to the sacraments. Our Lady of Knock praesidium at St. Peter's Church had a return of a lady to her Faith after a 30-year lapse.

PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia Senatus: A praesidium just a year old has 12 members and 6 probationers, mostly young adults and have 4 praetorians. They organised a 33-day preparation for True Devotion to Mary in which 20 parishioners participated. Mater Dolorosa Curia doubled membership in the past year. Forty took part in a New Year's Eve evening of recollection. Norristown Comitium organised a 3-day retreat for homeless men who attend the Brother House project, which operates 2 nights a week. They also visit a state prison and a psychiatric hospital, hold Patricians and run a book barrow. 350-400 attended a Marian Day at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary organised by two praesidia in the Seminary, guest speaker was Fr. Groeschel, CFR.

MIAMI
Miami Regia is following up councils and praesidia, which fail to report when due. Most of its affiliated councils have junior praesidia attached and the Regia has a junior Curia affiliated. Three officers in the Regia are now filled by newcomers, but there remains a good balance of experience, including Fr. Richard Souliere, former Legion Envoy to Mexico, who is their faithful Spiritual Director.

SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco Senatus: Stockton, Idaho and Sacramento Comitia reported in November with membership of between 2 and 6 active and 20 and 200 auxiliaries. Works include home-to-home visitation, street contact, public Rosaries, prison ministry and teaching catechism to children and adults. The most recently set-up Korean Comitium has 9 praesidia and 3 Curiae attached with 18, 12 and 2 praesidia affiliated. Seattle Comitium has 13 praesidia and 9 Curiae, visiting non-practising Catholics, helping 17 contacts back to the Church. Portland Curia shows attendance of 90% for the last two months. In preparation for a Columban drive they made a novena to Frank Duff and obtained 29 names of prospective members, of whom 5 attended a praesidium meeting, including several Spanish-speaking persons.

CANADA
Toronto Senatus: Mississauga Comitium reported 27 members undertaking the 33 day preparation for the total consecration. Muslims and Hindus prayed the Rosary during Pilgrim Virgin visits. Peterborough Curia gained 11 active and 14 auxiliary members. Niagara Curia obtained 25 new members. North Toronto Curia gained 4 new members and 5 probationers. Many members undertook the 33-day preparation. Winnipeg Curia is also undertaking extension - works include home, hospital and Pilgrim Statue visitation as well as enthronement of homes to the Sacred Heart. Senior and junior legionaries provide catechetical instruction. After its Columban drive Hamilton Comitium gained many new Filipino auxiliary members. Door-to-door evangelisation, prison ministry, visitation of hospitals, Sacred Heart enthronements, and street apostolate feature in reports. The three Legion Causes are promoted on home visitation. 100 attended the Mary and the Word day of recollection in Scarborough Comitium.

WEST INDIES
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Senatus of Santiago de los Caballeros: Homes, hospitals, clinics, prisons and the bereaved; promoting the Rosary, preparing children for First Holy Communion and Confirmation; catechesis to youth and adults and conducting retreats are works reported on with excellent contacts. The Comitium of Madra de la Creación with 10 praesidia and 7 attached Curiae, has 168 active, 124 auxiliaries and 14 praetorian members. An Evangelical family met on visitation requested a visit from a priest and, after being prepared, now have joined the Catholic Church and received the sacraments. Comitium Virgen Prudentisima has 2 junior and 2 senior Curiae attached with 367 active, 27 praetorians, 297 auxiliary and 8 adjutorian members. A couple in an irregular marriage had separated but were re-united with the help of the legionaries and are now being prepared for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Madre Castisima with 3 Curiae and 8 praesidia plan to extend into areas where there is no Legion.

HAITI
Senatus of Haiti: Attendances ranged from 58% to 82%. Regular correspondents' meetings are invaluable as the conditions of roads makes visitation very difficult and there is much communication by phone. Homes, hospitals, and prisons are visited. Contact is made on streets and in markets, people with disabilities and the elderly are visited; mortuary vigils, accompanying priests on sick calls, organising youth praesidia, catechism, literacy and marriage courses and animation of Masses are undertaken. Many, after preparation, return to the sacraments and the Church.

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Senatus: Book barrow contact work undertaken as well as follow up of parish census contacts. Abandoned and abused children are looked after. A junior praesidium was set up. One family was brought back from spiritualism. There were many returns to the sacraments. A talk by a police officer was arranged for youths on the dangers of drug-taking.

Teresa de Ridder
Envoy to Chile - 1965 -1971

Teresa de Ridder, former Envoy to Chile, died recently in the Netherlands may she rest in peace. Teresa was Dutch and joined the Legion in the Netherlands in the early sixties. She volunteered and was accepted as an envoy and was assigned to Chile in 1965 where she gave six years service until March 1971. Teresa de Ridder set up and extended the Legion in Chile during the late sixties. This was the period immediately after the Second Vatican Council, which was a difficult time. It is a very big country and she travelled from Punta Arenas in the south to Arica in the North of the country. Some of the legionaries in Chile still remember Teresa with fondness. The small seeds she sowed in those days continue to grow and produce fruit in the Legion in Chile.

On return to the Netherlands there was no Legion in her parish and despite efforts she was not successful in setting up a praesidium. However, she continued as an Adjutorian member and gave a great service in her parish, particularly preparing children for the sacraments. There was a packed church at her funeral Mass, many of the congregation spoke about the instruction and Catholic formation she had imparted to them and their children during the years of her commitment in the parish.

Teresa has been in a nursing home for the past year or so and died on 4th April 2012, may she rest in peace.

N O T I C E
Any Legion council officers who are registering for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin are asked to note that the June 2012 Concilium meeting will take place on SATURDAY 9th June 2012 at 3.00 pm in Legion headquarters


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The Eucharist in Union with Mary
April 2012
Concilium Allocutio April 2012

By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.

Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary

The Eucharist in Union with Mary

In preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress that takes place in Dublin in June 2012 we have been reflecting on Chapter 8 of the Handbook on The Legionary and the Eucharist. It is certainly true that the Eucharist is the source of all authentic renewal in the Church and therefore is the source of all genuine renewal in the Legion too. If the Eucharist remains at the centre of the life of the Legion, it will not only survive but thrive in all the dioceses of the world. That is why we are spending so much time on Chapter 8 and the IEC.

Today we want to reflect on the Eucharist in union with Mary. If anyone knows anything about the Legion of Mary it would surely be summed up in the great spiritual principle: To Jesus through Mary. The legionary does everything in union with and in dependence on Mary in order to be more effectively and radically rooted in Christ. The Handbook tells us: 'Legionaries perform their actions in union with Mary; especially does this apply to their taking part in the Eucharistic celebration.' The reason for this must be obvious. The role of Mary in the divine plan for the salvation of the world is to give Jesus to the world. Surely the most effective way of giving Jesus to each individual and to the Christian community is through the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the real presence of Jesus so Mary has an overwhelming desire to lead us all to the Eucharist. 'Mary guides the faithful to the Eucharist.' (John Paul II) Therefore it is also a primary goal of the Legion too.

We have seen how the celebration of the Eucharist is divided into three major and essentially interconnected parts: the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharistic Sacrifice and Holy Communion. Let us take them briefly one by one as treated in the Handbook. Mary does everything according to God's Word, not only at the Annunciation but throughout her whole life. She ponders every word of our Lord in her heart but especially the words in Sacred Scripture. We see that her prayer life as made manifest in the Magnificat is a personalised mosaic of Old Testament prayers. The Handbook quotes Pope Paul VI from Marialis Cultus: 'As we participate in the celebration of the word, Our Lady is our model for she is 'the attentive Virgin who receives the word of God with faith, that faith which in her case was the gateway and path to the divine motherhood.'

To understand the place of Mary in the celebration of Mass, we need to recall two fundamental principles. First, Our Lord did not begin the work of our redemption without the consent of Mary solemnly asked and freely given. Likewise he did not complete it on Calvary without her presence and consent. The simple words of St. John have inexhaustible meaning: 'By the Cross of Jesus stood his Mother.' She not only freely surrendered her maternal rights over her Son but she also offers herself together with Him for the salvation of the world. She participates in an unsurpassable way in the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.

Presupposing these truths, the Handbook goes on to say: 'She stood by the Cross of Jesus on Calvary, representing all mankind there and at each new Mass the offering of the Saviour is accomplished subject to the same conditions. Mary stands at the altar no less than she stood by the Cross. She is there as ever, cooperating with Jesus - the Woman, foretold from the beginning, crushing the serpent's head. A loving attention to her ought, therefore, to form part of every Mass rightly heard.' We know that it is the whole Church in heaven and/or earth that offers the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross at Mass but the words of the Liturgy stress our communion with Mary: 'In communion with those whose memory we venerate, especially the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.'

Nowhere has Our Lord received a warmer and deeper hospitality than in the womb and heart of Mary. She is the woman of Eucharistic hospitality and we must habitually ask her to give us some share in her dispositions of welcome and adoration of Our Lord in the Eucharist. There is a lovely quotation in the Handbook concerning the title Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament that sums up much of what I want to say to you. It goes as follows: "Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is Mary receiving in her capacity as universal dispenser of grace the full and absolute disposal of the Eucharist and of the graces which it comprises. For this Sacrament is the most efficacious means of salvation, the most excellent fruit of the redemption brought by Jesus Christ. Consequently it is for her to make Jesus known and loved in this Sacrament. It is for her to spread the Eucharist all over the world, to multiply churches and to plant them among infidel peoples, to defend the belief in the Eucharist against heretics and the impious. It is her work to prepare souls for Communion, to move them to visit frequently the Blessed Sacrament and watch constantly before it. Mary is the treasury of all the graces which the Eucharist contains, of all which lead to it, of all which flow from it." (Tesnière: Mois de Notre-Dame du T.S. Sacrement).

It would be a great blessing for us Legionaries to remember why John Paul II referred to Our Lady as the Woman of the Eucharist. I think you could sum up his teaching with three reasons. Firstly, because Our Lord in the Eucharist is the fruit of her womb. Secondly, Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces and especially of the greatest of them, namely the Holy Eucharist. Thirdly, because she is the woman who can most perfectly show us and help us to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist.

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Concilium Bulletin March 2012
March 2012
Concilium Bulletin March 2012
REPORTS

AFRICA

GHANA
Accra Senatus is a very active promoting the Cause of Frank Duff, distributing the prayer and organising monthly prayer sessions. The reports from attached praesidia and councils indicate good apostolic work including visitation of homes and hospitals, street contact and the preparation of adults and children for the Sacraments. A new praesidium has been established at the Fiapre University in Sunyani Diocese.

EGYPT
A Synod is to be held in October 2012 under the theme "Evangelisation" based on readings from the Handbook. The Acies will be held in Cairo on 24th March.

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town Senatus: Efforts are being made to set up new praesidia in Cape Town. The Spiritual Director encouraged all members to study the True Devotion to Mary. The translation of the Africaan's Handbook is nearing completion.

Johannesburg Senatus: The Senatus has 20 attached praesidia and 3 attached councils. Works include home, hospital and prison visitation, street contact and legionaries also speak to people at shops, squatter camps and taxi ranks. After Mass every Sunday the Confirmation class is taught how to pray the Rosary. A praesidium of 8 members reported visiting 1,388 people and over 1,000 of these were to non-Catholic homes and 123 were lapsed Catholics, one lady returned to the practice of her faith after 20 years and another after 10 years.

ZIMBABWE
Hwange Comitium: A workshop was held at Fatima Mission where new praesidia were established. The Legion in Makunku and Kamative is being revived. There is new growth in this Comitium.

CAPE VERDE
Cape Verde Regia: The Regia will shortly visit Guinea Bissau where great work is done by the Legion. The Regia itself corresponds with the Cape Verde Diaspora in the United States and Europe and exchange their bulletin with San Paulo, Brazil and Luanda in Angola. A Comitium reported setting up a new junior Curia where over 221 new juniors were recruited and senior groups continue to grow in spite of loss of members through emigration, many of whom join in their adopted countries. Home visitation resulted in many returns to the sacraments and catechetical work resulted in almost 2,500 children completing full catechesis in one Comitium. Also, 20 became trained catechists. Average attendance at a Curia with 51 Catechists was 89.5%. A Muslim youth was converted.

LESOTHO
Lesotho Senatus: A praesidium reported one conversion. Another praesidium visited 239 families, which resulted in 29 returns to the Sacraments.

ANGOLA
Benguela Senatus: In December 2011, Most Reverend Dom Eugénio Dal Corso, Bishop of Benguela, was chief celebrant at a Mass in the Cathedral to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Legion. The Cathedral was full to capacity. On the 10th March 2012 officers of the Senatus, the two attached Regiae, many Comitia and other councils had a meeting with the Bishop where they talked about the evolution of the legionary movement after the war. A Comitium in Ndjinga, Bocolo has been reactivated. Most Reverend Dom Oscar Braga, Bishop Emeritus of Benguela, attended the November 2011 Senatus meeting. At the December 2011 Senatus meeting great attention was given to the theme proposed by the Concilium for 2011: "The Charism of Frank Duff and the Legion of Mary".

Luanda Regia: Most Reverend Dom Pedro Luis Scarpa, Bishop Emeritus of N'Dalatando attended the January meeting. The Regia made a special effort to promote the Cause of the Servant of God, Alfie Lambe. Talks were arranged by the Regia and some other councils. Generally they were considered positive both from the good attendances and the quality of the speakers. The Legion in the Diocese of Uige celebrated its Golden Jubilee.

MOZAMBIQUE
Maputo Regia: One of the Curiae attached to the Regia reported that a praesidium for men had been set up.

ASIA AND OCEANIA

PHILIPPINES
Western Visayas Senatus was inaugurated on the 18th September 2011 holding its first meeting at 7.30 am followed by Mass and celebrations. Attendance at the Senatus meetings is good and several councils have 100%. 12 Comitia, one Junior and 16 Senior Curiae and 4 praesidia presented reports over 3 months. One Comitium held a Congress at which 120 legionaries attended. The works being undertaken are: prisoners taught the Rosary, Marriages validated in the Church, returns to the Sacraments before death, many who had diverted to the Sects won back to the practice of the Faith, suicides prevented, catechism taught in state schools and crowd contact among market vendors. Most praesidia undertake Exploratio Dominicalis projects.

Bicolandia Senatus: Extension and visitation of praesidia is carried out. Auxiliary membership is low in all councils. One praesidium with 12 members has 10 praetorians. Works being done: promotion of the Rosary on visits to jails, enthronement of the Sacred Heart is encouraged on home visitation, store owners are visited and invited to pray before they open. Teaching of catechism to students in the elementary and high schools. Junior praesidia are being formed.

Cebu Senatus: A new junior praesidium set up in the elementary school and 5 other junior praesidia were established. A praesidium in Southern Philippines University has 22 members. Many other praesidia have been set up. In Maghaway Prison there are 6 praesidia with 200 members actively conducting their weekly meetings and giving catechetical instruction and conducting Bible study. Sunday Mass is encouraged through crowd contact. Many conversions were reported from the sects and during hospital visitation confession is encouraged. A Solidarity family prayer rally was held during the 90th anniversary celebration. Bantayan Comitium has 210 legionaries on probation.

Senatus of Northern Philippines: A Congress was held in July 2011. A Peregrinatio Pro Christo project resulted in the setting up of a senior and 2 junior praesidia. The Parish Priest was so impressed he asked the team to train the parish lay leaders. Masses at the city jails are held every Wednesday and 41 couples are being prepared for the validation of their marriages. San Pedro Comitium prepared 160 children and 40 adults for Baptism. One hundred inmates were brought to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and 340 lapsed contacted returned to the Faith. Dagupan Comitium had 28 families undertake the enthronement of the Sacred Heart. Many conversions reported in all councils.

Mindanao Senatus: Regular expansion reported with new Curiae being formed. Thirty-two Curiae are attached to one Comitium - the Senatus advised formation of at least one new Comitium. December meeting was held on Christmas Day. Two senior and 5 junior legionaries lost their lives in the cyclone. All meetings were postponed in the area of Cagayon de Oro due to the storms.

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Senatus: A new praesidium was set up in January and three parishes are to be visited as part of their on-going recruitment and extension programme. A junior Curia reported 6 praesidia with 85 members. They do altar serving, teach at Sunday school, assist at a piety stall, visit nursing homes with seniors and lead the Rosary at the Marist College.

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Comitium: There are 16 praesidia attached to this council. A praesidium of 5 members is doing good works and extension is encouraged. Cathedral praesidium has 11 active and 14 auxiliary members and their works include home, hospital and nursing home visitation. The Korean Curia visited 205 non-Catholic homes, 24 took part in a Catechism class, 42 were prepared for baptism and 11 baptised.

Sydney Senatus: Mass for Venerable Edel Quinn and the Servant of God, Frank Duff and Alfie Lambe was well attended. Home, hospital and nursing homes were visited where the Rosary is recited. Contact is made at the train station where they operate a book barrow. Many excellent contacts are made at a Catholic book shop operated by the Senatus. Solomon Island has a seminary praesidium with 27 members.

Melbourne Senatus: Legionaries are engaged in visiting homes, nursing homes and bringing Holy Communion to the sick. Also reported was the Pilgrim statue apostolate and teaching catechism. In the Hobart Curia in Tasmania Legionaries were invited to visit the Schools during October to teach the Rosary to the students. Perth Comitium supervised a 48-hour Rosary bouquet for Our Lady's birthday. Several Parish Priests recognise and encourage the work done by the Legionaries. Flemington Comitium has 15 directly attached praesidia and 3 Curiae comprising a total of 30 Vietnamese praesidia. Reports were received from three of the Comitia in Vanuata, two Comitia in Kiribati and one in New Caledonia. Membership is strong in both the junior and senior ranks. A pilgrimage to Tene, New Caledonia last May had an attendance of 620 youth. A Mass in November to commemorate the Servant of God, Frank Duff, and the Legion's 90th anniversary led by Bishop Vincent Long OFM had approximately 400 in attendance.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Rabul Regia: Extension is done especially to the Islands and the Regia has 5,902 senior and 1,245 junior members with 5,100 auxiliaries.

Mount Hagan Regia: The Regia has 6,500 active and 981 auxiliary members. It is difficult to get written reports from subsidiary councils as literacy among legionaries is poor. One Curia has an average of 19 members in each praesidium and the Regia has advised the Curia to split. 5,200 attended the 25th anniversary Mass of the Legion in Mount Hagan and 2,000 attended the 90th anniversary celebrations.

SOUTH AMERICA

PERU
Lima Senatus: During this period, 1 Regia 3 Comitia, 9 Curiae and 5 praesidia reported. A congress was held in a jail where there are a number of praesidia. Two of the Comitia reported one junior Curia in each, Curiae reported junior praesidia attached but not very numerous. All councils have a specific plan to extend the junior movement in 2012. Legionaries did thorough home visitation inviting the parishioners to a special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Monsignor Juan Luis Cipriani. There was a large congregation in attendance.

CUBA
Havana Comitium: A letter from the president and minutes for a number of months were received recently. It appears that the president is the only officer and there are only 5 praesidia directly attached. Legionaries are unwilling to take on officership. However, some of the praesidia appear to be doing solid work. In preparation for the Pope`s visit this month, homes have been visited with the statue of Our Lady of Charity resulting in a number of adults preparing for the sacraments and others offering to help in the parish. They also visit families of prisoners.

BOLIVIA
La Paz Senatus: The Senatus has an excellent team of correspondents. Sr Susana Maciel, a former Concilium extension worker in Bolivia, keeps in regular contact with the Senatus and gives wonderful encouragement. All praesidia of the Comitium of Cochabamba do Exploratio Dominicalis at least once a year. Extension work continues and special efforts are made to start more junior praesidia. On home visitation, especially in areas where the sects are very active, legionaries ask all families if they would like to have Mass offered for their deceased. This has brought an increase at Mass attendance.

CHILE
Santiago Senatus: One senior Curia and three praesidia reported. All councils and praesidia do home visitation during which junior legionaries often accompany the seniors. Street contact features. Legionaries are playing a very active part in an Archdiocesan Youth Mission. In hospitals, depressed patients are "cheered up". Legionaries often contact the patients' families that live too far away to visit them in hospital. Each month the correspondents' meeting precedes the Senatus officers meeting.

COLOMBIA
Medellin Senatus: The Spiritual Director asked legionaries to pray that the joy of peace return to Columbia. Reports cover many apostolates including care of the sick and infirm, visiting homes of the destitute, catechesis of children and youth, and of the imprisoned, preparing them for the reception of the sacraments and counselling and consoling the sad and bereaved. Exploratio Dominicalis has been carried out but no details are available.

URUGUAY
Montevideo Senatus: Entry to apartments is a big problem. In October, 4 new praesidia were set up and a Military Hospital visited where 6 were baptised and 15 received the Last Rites. One inmate was baptised in prison.

VENEZUELA
Caracas Senatus: Much extension is reported, even pre-junior groups; Maria et Patria and Columban Drives were held in several places. A youth with Aids was helped find a place in hospital and a lady was rescued from witchcraft. The internet is used for evangelisation.

ECUADOR
Quito Senatus: At least 7 people took the promise since the last report; 3 praesidia are in formation; they help the old and infirm and meet addicts during jail visitation. Thirty young indigenous Indians were taught and 7 made their First Holy Communion, one left a 'bad' group. Eleven children were brought back 'from danger'. There are reports of numerous young legionaries.

PARAQUAY
Asunción Senatus: The Senatus consists of 11,770 active members with 14,572 auxiliaries. At the December meeting 3 Curiae reported and there was a report on the 2011 Peregrinatio Pro Christo to the shrine of Cacupe where over 14,000 people were contacted in their homes and on the streets. Workshops for officers were scheduled for January. New Curiae and Comitia are to be formed to reduce the number of praesidia and Curiae directly attached to the Senatus.

THREE NEW REGIAE FOR THE SENATUS OF BUTEMBO,
AFRICA


The Senatus of Butembo is based in the Diocese of Butembo-Beni and numbers 24,000 active members.

The Concilium approved the raising of the following Comitia to Regia status:

1. Comitium of Beni City with 8 senior Curiae, 2 junior Curiae and 11 praesidia directly attached. It will govern 9 other Comitia;

2. Comitium of Lubero with 7 senior Curiae, 3 junior Curiae and 13 praesidia directly attached. It will govern 13 other Comitia;

3. Comitium of Mahagi with 11 Curiae and 11 praesidia directly attached. It will govern the other Comitia of the diocese, presently numbering 10.

The two Bishops concerned, Mgr. Sikuli Paluku of Butembo and Mgr. Sosthene Udjuwa recently installed Bishop of Mahagi, have given their consent.

N O T I C E
Any Legion council officers who are registering for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin are asked to note that the June 2012 Concilium meeting will take place on SATURDAY 9th June 2012 at 3.00 pm in Legion headquarters

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The Eucharistic Congress and the Legion (3)
March 2012
Concilium Allocutio March 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary

The Eucharistic Congress and the Legion (3)

The Liturgy of the Word

Last month we highlighted the simple truth that the bottom line of every Eucharistic Congress and indeed the central point of the abundant richness of the teaching of the Magisterium on the Eucharist is the real presence of the Crucified and Risen Lord among us. Jesus abides in the Church, his mystical Body. He is absolutely inseparable from the Church. You cannot be in union with Jesus without being in union with his Body the Church. The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the life of the Church and the source and dynamism of its mission and the total work of evangelisation. The promise of Our Lord: 'I will be with you always' is verified most concretely in the Eucharist. He is totally and always present to us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He is completely at our service as is clear in St. John's reflection on the meaning of the Eucharist. At the last supper we have the extraordinary picture of God washing the feet of the disciples. The infinite humility of God is given to us as an example of how we must engage in the mission of the Church and every form of apostolate.

All these thoughts and many more will be found in the different sections of the Handbook dealing with the Eucharist. Last month we dwelt on section one of chapter 8 on the Sacrifice of the Mass. We stressed the defined teaching of the Church on the identity of Mass with the Sacrifice of Calvary. We underlined the infinite value of the Mass as explained in the Handbook. Today I want to reflect on section 2 of chapter 8 concerning the Liturgy of the Word. The Handbook begins by quoting the General Instruction on the Missal: 'when the Scriptures are read in church, God Himself is speaking to his people, and Christ, present in his word, is proclaiming the Gospel. Hence the readings from God's word are among the most important elements in the liturgy and all who are present should listen to them with reverence.' The thrust of this statement is developed in the patristic conviction that Sacred Scripture is a sacrament of the Heart of Christ. St. Ignatius of Antioch (b. 50 AD) wrote: 'I take refuge in the Gospel as in the flesh of Christ.' Much later, St. John Eudes writes: 'O heart of my Beloved I adore you as the source of all the words in this book.'

There is a quotation from St. Caesarius of Aries (b.470 AD) in one of the Congress Documents that gives us a profound insight into the real presence of Our Lord in Sacred Scripture. It goes as follows: 'Tell me brothers and sisters what do you think is more important: the Word of God or the Body of Christ? If you want to respond well, you must without doubt say that the Word of God is not less than the Body of Christ. And therefore if we are so careful when we are handed the Body of Christ so that nothing of it may fall to the ground from our hands, ought we not take equal care so that the Word of God, that is offered and given to us, might not escape our heart, something that would happen if we were thinking of something else? It is not less culpable to listen negligently to the Word of God than to let the Body of Christ fall to the ground.' The Second Vatican Council put this teaching in high relief when it talks about the presence of Jesus in the liturgy of the word and in the liturgy of the Eucharist. We need to be fed from both the table of the word and the table of the Eucharist. It also adds that words communicate more than just information! They are the vehicle for interpersonal relationship. How much more is this so in the case of Jesus Christ who speaks and is present in his Word read in Church, the Word that builds up communion.

We see how radically the Sacred Scripture shaped the lives of the saints. For example, St. Anthony of the desert heard the Gospel about the rich young man who was invited to give up everything and then follow Jesus. He couldn't do it because he was a wealthy young man. Anthony was deeply moved by this story and left everything to follow Jesus. From his formation by the Gospel sprang up the great monastic movement in the Church, which has enriched the Church with so many tremendous contemplative orders of monks and nuns. Or think of our Founder Frank Duff. When he joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul he became familiar with the 25th Chapter of the Gospel of St. Mathew especially the words: 'whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do to me.' He began to understand and live the doctrine of the mystical Body of Christ and it shaped his attitude to everyone he met. It was the motivation behind his gentle and universal courtesy and respect for people. It became the soul of the whole Legion apostolate throughout the world.

We meet Our Lord in the sacrament of Sacred Scripture and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. He is really present in both although in different ways. It is imperative for the Legionary for his own spiritual life and for his apostolate that he be immersed in these two sacraments. It is hard to see how there can be any Christian life or apostolate without both of them.

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March 2012
Concilium News March 2012

Three New Regiae for the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Concilium was very pleased to raise two Comitia in the Diocese of Butembo-Beni and one Comitium in the Diocese of Mahagi-Nioka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Regia status. They are the Comitium of Beni City, in the northern part of the Butembo-Beni Diocese; the Comitium of Lubero in the southern part of the Butembo-Beni Diocese; and the Comitium of MAHAGI-Centre, in the Mahagi-Nioka Diocese.

International Eucharistic Congress Dublin June 2012

The Legion of Mary is organising two Talks on the theme: “Mary and Evangelisation” in the course of the International Eucharistic Congress in the RDS. These will take place on Saturday, 16 June, 2012, starting at 2 p.m. The Legion of Mary will have a Stand No. 212 at the RDS during the Congress. Those attending the Congress will be welcome to visit the stand and to visit the Concilium offices, the Legion Hostels and the house of the Servant of God, Frank Duff, in Morning Star Avenue, Brunswick Street, during the week of the Congress. Visits can be made also to Myra House, Francis Street, where the Legion started, and to the grave of Frank Duff in Glasnevin cemetery. A shuttle bus is being arranged to bring visitors from the RDS to the Concilium each afternoon.

Peregrinatio Pro Christo

The first project for 2012 organised by the Committee in Dublin took place in Birmingham in March, with a team of eleven volunteers. During the project legionaries made contact with many people, including many young people, during a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Two projects will take place in Holy Week, one in London and one in Dundee, and another team will go to Coventry in Easter Week. Three more projects are planned for May.


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Concilium Bulletin February 2012
February 2012
Concilium Bulletin February 2012

REPORTS

AFRICA

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Butembo Senatus: Two officers from the Senatus attended the Congress of Kisangani, which was a great success. They travelled with Legionaries from Burundi, Goma and Bukavu, a distance of over 1660 km. All Comitia held functions for the 90th Anniversary celebrations, those of Vulema and Oicha Comitia being focused on the Eucharist. Oicha has set up a youth Curia. Musienne Comitium established 5 new youth praesidia and a junior Curia. The Senatus hosted a radio program giving the history of the development of the Legion throughout the Diocese. Mahagi Regia was set up on 25 September 2011 following Concilium directives. The Archbishop and 9 priests concelebrated Mass for the installation of the Regia.

Kinshasa Senatus: Three parish-based city Curiae with a total of 1500 members reported making apostolic contact with over 33,000 persons in the course of a year's work of whom 56% were Catholic, 42% evangelical and 2% Muslim. There is concern over the proliferation of the sects. Two Regiae, Kikwit and Kisangani organised Congresses to mark the Legion's 90th anniversary.

Kananga Senatus: The Archbishop received the two visitators Pia Makengo and Henri Kaite and gave them a letter for Concilium in which he praised the Legion for its fidelity.

MAURITIUS/RODRIGUES
The new Regia is working well and the Spiritual Director, Rev. Robert Bathfield, celebrated his 50th year as a priest with a special Mass. Port Louis Comitium organised a Mass to celebrate 90 years of the Legion. The Comitium of Rose Hill and Curepipe held their annual retreats. General works reported included visits to the sick in their homes and in hospitals, public Rosaries during May and October, retreats organised, teaching of Catechism and an Exploratio Dominicalis held in the St. Luc Quarter. Regia Officers and Spiritual Directors had a meeting with the Bishop, Monsignor Maurice Piat, to introduce the new bureau. He takes personal interest in the work of the Legion.

REUNION
The Curiae affiliated to the St. Denis Comitium show solid work being undertaken and includes home and hospital visitation, distribution of Miraculous Medals and teaching Catechism. They reported the reconciliation of a mother and son after 10 years and the marriage of a couple co-habiting for 15 years. The works reported by the junior Curia include accompanying the elderly to Mass, recruiting among peers and visiting mortuaries with adult legionaries where they pray with the families.

Burundi
The Hierarchy has appointed a new National Spiritual Director Fr. Simon Nzigirabarya. He has urged legionaries to consecrate themselves to Our Blessed Lady. Among the many Legion works reported are the conversion of pagans, the weaning of people from the practice of sorcery, Gospel sharing in the homes and saving girls from prostitution. For the poor, they repair damaged homes and work in the fields for the infirm and the bereaved and support the basic Christian communities. The formation of two new Comitia was reported in May.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui Senatus: The Apostolic Administrator for Bangui has appointed a Diocesan Spiritual Director, Fr. Judicael-Ulrich Boukanga Serpende, whose services are greatly appreciated by the Legion. The minutes tell of successful interventions in family disputes, threats of violence, prevention of abortions by bringing the parties together, sharing the relevant Gospel passages and allowing all concerned time to discuss and reflect. Many are converted and join the Legion.

RWANDA
Kigali Senatus: Comitium Ruhengeri report on having 20 Curiae one of which operates within a prison and another in a school. There are 39 praesidia with a total of 4,263 active members, 1,346 auxiliaries and 16 Adjutorians. One new Curia has been established. Mwezi Comitium has 25 Curiae and 18 attached praesidia with a total of 4,263 active members.

ASIA

SINGAPORE
Singapore Senatus: In the past year Kenningau Curia in Kotakinabulu Comitium, East Malaysia was raised to Comitium status and two new Curiae were formed in the same area. Kuching Comitium formed two new Curiae and celebrated 60 years of the Legion. These events entailed many visitations by the Senatus Officers. Recorded in reports were helping at funerals, prison ministry, visiting cancer patients, enthronement of the Sacred Heart and a Lenten retreat.

HONG KONG
Hong Kong Comitium: Attendance of the Comitium Officers was 100% and praesidium officers 90%. The numbers of praetorians recorded in praesidia is noticeable. Curia Assumpta with 21 praesidia and junior Curia with 6 praesidia reported an attendance of 148 at the annual retreat. In his Allocutio Fr. Lok commented on the value of evangelisation.

JAPAN
Osaka Senatus: There was an attendance of 152 at the Acies in the Cathedral. Reports include visiting with a Priest to bring Holy Communion to parishioners; support is provided for people who suffer mental health difficulties. The Spiritual Director of the Senatus encouraged legionaries to seek holiness with Priests and Bishops in authority. A praesidium of 16 members carries out works of service, which include informing the lapsed of the next Holy Day of obligation. A member of the Senatus who was diagnosed with cancer reports improvement through prayer to the Servant of God, Frank Duff.

WEST MALAYSIA
Kuala Regia: Works recorded in reports included home visitation to the aged, the lonely, the sick, the handicapped and lapsed Catholics on a weekly basis. A praesidium with 9 active members and 6 auxiliaries recorded home and hospital visitation to Catholic and non-Catholic homes, prayers at the homes of deceased, the Rosary recited at the Church grotto and the teaching of catechism.

KOREA
Seoul Senatus: While there were decreases in membership in Central and Western Seoul Regiae, there were increases in Praetorian and Adjutorian membership. The two show thousands of Baptisms and returns to the Sacraments, many are visited including Catholics and non-Catholics who are sick and infirm.

Gwangju Senatus: Pusan Regia has 27,752 active and 18,411 auxiliaries. The guidelines of a Bishop's pastoral were to help lapsed to return to the Church, 7,000 lapsed returned and over 5,000 were baptised as a result of the input of the Regia. Jeonju Regia with 1,400 members invited 4,000 to the Church. There is mention of a legionary helping her father become a Catholic.

Daegu Senatus: Two Comitia set up one new Curia each. There was special comment regarding the rebuilding of Curiae, recently many parish priests who put strong emphasis on Small Christian Communities were replaced by new parish priests, many Curiae which were disestablished are now being rebuilt, most of the former parish priests now say they would have difficulty running their parishes without the Legion. Reports from councils show many catechumens recruited and many baptisms and returns to the Sacraments. Visits to hospitals and welfare institutions feature in reports.

TAIWAN
Taiwan Senatus: nine new praesidia have started in Taiwan, one gaining in strength as a result of a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project. Two new Curia have been formed, one from a number of praesidia attached to the Senatus, the other from Taichung Curia which had 26 praesidia. Legionaries provided help and comfort to Chinese tourists who were involved in a major accident in Taiwan.

INDONESIA
Malang Senatus: There is ongoing visitation of councils and praesidia. Kupang Regia West Timor set up three years ago has 8 Comitia, 8 Curiae and 4 directly attached praesidia with a total membership of 6,950 seniors and 635 juniors, 2196 Auxiliaries, 416 Praetorians and 105 Adjutorians. Works mentioned include bringing Communion to the sick and counselling in mental health. A Curia in Blimbing with 9 praesidia has quarterly discussions with the Parish Priest. Works include visitation of sick children, the elderly and a house for the rehabilitation of drug addicts. Merauke Curia has 16 senior and 2 junior praesidia. Semerang Regia in Java with 4 Comitia, 6 Curiae, 9 praesidia has 132 children in Sunday school who are candidates for a praesidium. Ambon, a distant Island in the Moluccas, with a population of 3 million 4% of whom are Catholic was visited by representatives of their higher council in September.

ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL

ARGENTINA
A report on the recent Concilium visit to Argentina can be found elsewhere in the bulletin.

BRAZIL
Belo Horizonte Senatus: Statue visitation is done in homes and shops. A junior Curia prepares children for the sacraments and promotes a 'smile' campaign. The Regia of Montes Claros has 22,000 active members. Over 25,000 people were contacted on visitation. Our Lady's role was emphasised to Evangelicals. On 19 Exploratio Dominicalis projects the importance of the Bible was explained.

Fortaleza Senatus: The Archbishop of Fortaleza wrote expressing his full agreement with the Concilium's decision to transfer the Regia of Joao Pessoa from the Fortaleza Senatus to the Senatus of Recife.

Ponta Grossa Senatus: There was a large attendance at a formation meeting for officers, which was held in October 2011 at which Most Reverend Dom Sergio Arthur Braschi, Bishop of Ponta Grossa, gave a talk on Vocations, and young legionaries from the Regia of Guarapuava gave a presentation on the Servant of God Frank Duff.

Recife Senatus: The Senatus continues to develop an extension plan that takes in all parishes in the city without the Legion. One Comitium set up two praesidia after an Exploratio project and reported 11 families returning to regular Sunday Mass, 11 families taking on the family Rosary and 25 elderly receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Importance is given to preparing young people and adults for the sacraments. All councils are regularly visited and Correspondents' meetings are held every three months. After an Exploratio Dominicalis project a couple were converted from Spiritualism and others from an Evangelical Church.

Rio de Janeiro Senatus: A Legionary teacher in a State school teaches evangelical students about Our Lady. In the State of Acre, two praesidia were set up in a rural area and Legionaries presented 14 radio programs. In the State of Roraima visitation included 78 visits to Evangelical families. In an area near the city of Rio people who had been visited in hospital invited Legionaries to visit them in their homes, which resulted in four going to Confession and others receiving the Sacrament of the Sick. In over a thousand homes the Rosary was recited accompanied by Bible readings, hymns and commentary. The Archbishop of Belem has specifically asked for the junior Legion in all parishes.

Salvador Senatus: The Regia of Vitoria de Conquista has almost 15,000 members. There were 60 Exploratio Dominicalis projects. Two members were ordained Deacons. A Triduum was held to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Legion. In an area of severe social disruption in Salvador, besides regular visitation, members hold prayer cenacle meetings in the homes of the sick and those separated from the Church. They also help with hygiene services and domestic work. Guidance was given to young people. In several areas the Legion apostolate includes administering vaccinations, etc. and helping the old and needy to apply for their social welfare entitlements.

Sao Luis Senatus: There were reports of holding 140 cenacle prayer meetings and 17 homeless were helped to get accommodation. 90 Bible meetings were held in prisons. Large numbers were prepared for the sacraments. There is little evidence of visitation of distant councils in the Senatus area, roughly six times the size of Ireland.

Sao Paulo Senatus: A Congress for young legionaries is taking place in February 2012. A meeting of officers of Legion councils in Brazil was planned for 20-22 January. About 3000 attended a Legion Jubilee Mass in the Cathedral at which the Archbishop of Sao Paulo, His Eminence Cardinal Dom Odilo Scherer, gave a wonderful homily. Reports from councils show works being done include home and hospital visitation and visits to the sick at home; teaching catechism, running Bible groups and contacting people living on the streets.

Brasilia Regia: Juniors use dance, acting and music to present the faith to others. There is a significant number of velites. Legionaries made 5,000 contacts at the Cathedral of Brasilia, a popular tourist attraction.

EUROPE

AUSTRIA AND COUNTRIES UNDER THEIR CARE
Austria Senatus: Vienna-North East Curia had as their Congress theme "The Charisms of Frank Duff and the Legion of Mary". South Curia started a new Czech-speaking praesidium in Remmweg. South East Curia has a Chinese-speaking praesidium with 7 members three of them have taken the Promise. The Filipino Curia founded last May has 3 praesidia and 28 active members. An English-speaking praesidium contacts the African communities. New praesidia were established among the French and Spanish speaking communities. A praesidium reported the return to the Church of a cancer patient after a lapse of 20 years. Hollabrunn Comitium had an attendance of 40 young people at a Summer School, 25 of these were Croatian. Wienerwald Comitium are planning to bring a number of legionaries to the International Eucharistic Congress. Bregenz Curia reported a 95-year old man made his first Confession. The 90th anniversary was celebrated throughout all the councils with the local Bishop concelebrating Holy Mass. The Senatus promoted throughout Austria, Consecration to Our Lady on 8 December following 33 days of preparation.

BULGARIA
Permission was obtained for the Legion to be set up in Sophie and in 8 parishes in Northern Bulgaria. There are now 5 praesidia in Bulgaria.

UKRAINE
The Bishop of Lemberg celebrated Mass for the 90th anniversary of the Legion. Four Summer Schools were held. At present there are 3 Greek Catholic praesidia in Ukraine, which are held in accordance with the Greek Catholic Rite.

SLOVAKIA
Trnaya Curia has set up a new youth praesidium. Details of a favour attributed to the Servant of God, Frank Duff leading to improvement in speech by a little girl are being sought.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague Comitium has planned a Spiritual Directors' day, which will be addressed by Bishop Herbst, Comitium Spiritual Director. Omuetz Comitium promotes True Devotion to Our Blessed Lady. The 33-day preparation booklet is to be translated into the Czech language and used for the celebration in 2013 of the 1,150th Jubilee of the faith among the Czech people.

MOLDOVA
Their Bishop informed Chisinau Curia that "The Legion of Mary is the best organisation I have in the Catholic Church". A Legion retreat had an attendance of 48 in Ribnitza.

BELARUS
In one praesidium the Patricians were restarted. Orthodox people participate. The two praesidia in Minsk engage in a wide variety of works which includes evangelisation at bus stations, conversations with youth in parks concerning the Faith, visiting hospitals for disabled adults and children and practical help with building the parish chapel. Extension efforts are ongoing. Fr. Juri, Comitium Spiritual Director, and three legionaries visited Pinsk Seminary in November. Fr. Juri gave conferences and the legionaries shared their faith and told about Legion works, but permission was not given to set up a praesidium. There are 4 former legionaries among the Seminarians.

CROATIA AND COUNCILS UNDER THEIR CARE
Zagreb Regia: 500 legionaries and 13 Spiritual Directors went on the annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Marija Bistrica where the Bishop of Poree and Pula was chief celebrant of the Mass. Legionaries travelled by foot and bike. The Zadar Comitium reported record numbers of people receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and returns to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist; one of these after a lapse of 30 years. Extension is ongoing and has resulted in some new praesidia being set up. Osijek-East Curia conducts 7 prayer groups and 7 Nazareth groups. Dugo-Selo Curia organised a workshop on Family Rights after which the husbands of 3 legionaries joined the active Legion ranks.

BOSNIA-HERZGOVINA
Sarajevo Curia has 6 praesidia with 46 active members, 7 Praetorians and 225 auxiliaries. There is one junior praesidium of 5 members. Their apostolate includes visits to families, hospitals and care homes and also to blind people whom they bring to Mass. The Curia Officers had a meeting with the Bishop who expressed his support for the Legion in his Diocese.

SLOVENIA
Ljublijana Curia has 6 praesidia and 762 Auxiliary members.

HUNGARY
Budapest Regia: Reports include visitation of the elderly in hospitals, care-homes and in their own homes. One praesidium helped 134 people receive the Sacrament of the Sick. With the help of the legionaries most of the elderly receive the Sacraments before death. A young lady in her 20's met in hospital received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Esekessnad Comitium has 4 Curiae organise Eucharistic Adoration, night vigils and led the Family Day for children attending Bible classes. Miskole Curia visited the local Greek Catholic Community.

LATVIA
Riga Comitium has 13 directly attached praesidia and 3 attached Curiae with a total of 17 praesidia. A praesidium increased its membership by 5 as a result of a recruiting drive. An unsuccessful attempt was made to re-start a praesidium in the Catholic Gymnasium in Minsk.

LITHUANIA
Kaunus Comitium has 18 directly attached praesidia and 6 attached Curiae with a total of 32 praesidia. A reporting praesidium has 20 active and 250 auxiliary members. In the hospital where they visit they organised a Mass and talk on the Legion for the 90th anniversary, which was attended by over 200 patients and staff. Telsiac Comitium has 10 directly attached praesidia and 2 attached Curiae. A praesidium of 11 members visited 430 families and enrolled 32 auxiliaries from their visitation. Two persons were baptised, 2 went to Confession - one after a lapse of 50 years and two came back to the Catholic Faith from the sects. Queen of the Families Curia has 9 praesidia and restarted a praesidium in Sveksna and set up a new praesidium in Gardama. Assumpta Curia set up a new youth praesidium and extension efforts are ongoing.

ROMANIA
Satu Mare Regia: Directly attached praesidia have very good membership and their apostolate is mainly works of service and parish activities.

POLAND
Lublin Regia: Extension is ongoing and 17 people attended an information meeting. Swidnik and Radom Curiae have each set up a new praesidium. Legionaries promote the Miraculous Medal and sanctification of the Sunday on street apostolate. Visitation to the neglectful brought about the baptism of 3 children. Legionaries frequently lead the Rosary on Radio Maryja.

Warsaw Comitium is currently preparing to participate in the City Mission Project, which will have Warsaw as its venue in April 2012. The Comitium was responsible for the publication of the Polish Bulletin "Legio Mariae" since 1991 and is currently working on the translation of Allocutios on Legion Spirituality from the Concilium bulletins with a view to publication.

Visitation by Concilium to Argentina

Noel Lynch and Pat O'Donoghue visited a number of councils in Argentina from 20th January to 17th February. Their first visit was to Buenos Aires where the Senatus was host to the 2nd Argentinean National Youth Conference. The highlight of this event was the Mass at Recoleta Cemetery Church on Saturday 21st January to celebrate the anniversary of Alfie Lambe's death, and a procession to his tomb afterwards where prayers were recited. The Mass was preceded by a full morning of crowd contact. 150 young people from various parts of the country attended; the Salta contingent spending 20 hours travelling the 800 miles by bus.

Officers from Argentina's higher councils and representatives from Uruguay and Paraguay attended the Senatus meeting on Sunday 22 January.

A meeting was held to discuss the cause of Alfie Lambe. All documents relating to the Cause are 95% ready and can be sent to Rome shortly.

Noelia Garcia Clua, President of the Buenos Aires Senatus, accompanied the Legionaries on their travels throughout Argentina spending 2 days with each of the other four Argentinean higher councils of Corrientes, Salta, Cordoba and Rosario, having meetings with their officers covering a range of issues on the governance of the Legion in their respective areas. Grateful thanks were expressed to Noelia for all she did for the two legionaries during the visit.

Next was a ferry journey to Montevideo of Uruguay where 3 days were spent with the Legionaries there before a flight to Paraguay on 3rd Feb where the 3 days included a meeting with Bishop Medina at the shrine of Caacupe and an encounter with Archbishop Verda at Ascuncion Cathedral.

Síle Ní Chochlain, President of the Concilium, thanked the two legionaries for undertaking this successful visit.

HOLY MASS FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF
THE SERVANT OF GOD ALFIE LAMBE


On Saturday 18th February 2012, in the Church of Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines, Dublin, Mass was celebrated to commemorate the Servant of God, Alfie Lambe. Fr. Fergus O'Keefe, S.J. in his homily spoke on the life and work of Alfie as a legionary and an envoy to South America. In attendance was the Argentinean Ambassador. The Cause of Alfie Lambe is very dear to her and she also promoted his Cause among the Brazilian, Peruvian and Argentinean diplomats. Alfie's sister and nephew also attended the Mass.

Visit to the Concilium Meeting by Legionaries from the
Senatus of Scotland


The Concilium was delighted to welcome fifteen legionaries from the University of Glasgow who attended the February 2012 Concilium Meeting with their Spiritual Director Fr. John Keenan. There are two praesidia in the University and some of the works they undertake are house to house visitation on campus, Park contact, Book Barrow and run a soup kitchen. Síle Ní Chochlain, President of Concilium, thanked Fr. Keenan and the young legionaries for their excellent apostolate.

N O T I C E
Any Legion council officers who are registering for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin are asked to note that the June 2012 Concilium meeting will take place on SATURDAY 9th June 2012 at 3.00 pm in Legion headquarters


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The International Eucharistic Congress and the Legion (2)
February 2012
Concilium Allocutio February 2012
By Fr. Bede McGregor O.P.
Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary

The International Eucharistic Congress and the Legion (2)

Last month I gave an introductory reflection on the International Eucharistic Congress that takes place in Dublin in Ireland in June this year (2012) and its meaning for the Legion all over the world. I suggested as a possible preparation for the congress that all legionaries should read, study and pray once more the four sections of Chapter 8 of the Legion Handbook entitled 'The Legionary and the Eucharist.' For Legionaries throughout the world who cannot come for this Congress it would be a way of entering into the spirit of the Congress and indeed of deeply participating in it.

What is the Congress all about? Well the purpose of the Congress is to focus the whole Catholic Church on the Person of Jesus Christ. It seeks to promote and encourage an authentic relationship with Jesus. It is striving to facilitate and deepen a genuine friendship with Our Lord, the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. That is the heart of the matter. All the various committees and sub-committees, all the planning, all the endless meetings, fundraising and logistics and all the massive efforts involved in the organising of the Congress have only one ultimate purpose and that is to put as many people as possible in touch with the real presence of the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. This ultimate purpose coincides with the reason for the existence of the Legion of Mary. Let me quote once more a pivotal text from the Handbook: "The Eucharist is the centre and source of grace: therefore, it must be the very keystone of the legionary scheme. The most ardent activity will accomplish nothing of value if it forgets for a moment that its main object is to establish the reign of the Eucharist in all hearts. For thereby is fulfilled the purpose for which Jesus came into the world. That purpose was to communicate Himself to souls so that he might make them one with him. The means of that communication is chiefly the Holy Eucharist.

Now I wish to make a brief reflection on section one of Chapter 8 of the Handbook on the Mass. Every grace, without exception has its source in the redemptive sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. These graces are distributed through the universal mediation of Mary by the design and will of God but their origin and source are in the Cross of Christ alone. Now the Council of Trent teaches with the utmost authority that the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and the Mass are one and the same sacrifice. So at Mass we have the real presence of Calvary in our midst in our time. It is not simply a symbolical way of remembering something that happened two thousand years ago. The sacrifice of the Christ on the Cross is made truly present in all its actuality and limitless fruitfulness in the Mass. This is the basis of the infinite value of the Mass and its absolute centrality in the Church and consequently in the Legion. The II Vatican Council has said several times: 'The Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life.'

There is of course one important difference between Calvary and the Mass. On Calvary Christ offered Himself totally to the Father in the Holy Spirit by himself alone but at Mass He offers Himself with the self same eternal act but now he does it together with us the members of his mystical Body. We make the offering of Christ our own sacrifice and prayer and that is the immense privilege of the gift of the priesthood of the faithful that we all receive in baptism.

We all know as legionaries one of the truly great graces given to our Founder Frank Duff was a profound understanding and devotion to the Mass. Already in November 1917 several years before the foundation of the Legion he started 'The League of Daily Mass' and when the entries to the roll book ceased he had already recruited 1176 people who promised to attend daily Mass and receive Holy Communion. What happened to this League of Daily Mass? Well it was incorporated into the spirituality and apostolate of the Legion so that we have in Chapter 37, section 13 of the Handbook among the suggested works of the Legion the following work: 'Promoting the practice of Daily Mass and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.' It would be a wonderful thing if as one of the fruits of the Eucharistic Congress we were to make this work once more one of the privileged works of every praesidium in the world.

I would like to conclude this reflection with a quotation from Frank Duff's booklet 'Can we be Saints?': 'The Foundation Stone: 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 the Holy Eucharist. These are so obviously the greatest means of Grace that they need not be argued at length. The person who is able easily to go to morning Mass, and does not do so, only deceives himself if he thinks he is aiming at great holiness.

Mass and Communion mean a day perfectly begun - and that is half the battle. But out of this great act come two smaller obligations: (a) to your neighbour; there are many whom lack of thought alone keeps from Daily Mass; lend a book; say a word to awaken them; (b) to yourself; read to increase knowledge and reverence.'

So basically what I have been trying to say in this Allocutio is that the Eucharistic Congress is an invitation and a challenge to the Legion to once more put the Eucharist at the centre of its life and apostolate not only as its great ideal but as its most visible and practical witness in the Church and the world. Amen.


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Alfie Lambe Anniversary Mass

The annual Anniversary Mass was celebrated on Saturday, 18 February 2012, in the Church of Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines, Dublin. It was concelebrated by Rev.Fr. Fergus O’Keeffe, S.J., Spiritual Director of Annunciata Curia, Dublin, and Rev. Fr. John Keenan, Legion Spiritual Director in Glasgow University. The homily by Fr. O’Keeffe gave details of Alfie’s life, especially of his formative years in which the foundations of his spiritual life were laid down. Her Excellency, Dr. María Esther Teresa Bondanza, the Argentine Ambassador to Ireland, very kindly attended, as did Alfie’s sister, Mrs. Kathleen Brophy, and his nephew, Tadhg. A group of 13 legionaries from Glasgow University were present also.

Visitors from University of Glasgow, Scotland

It was a great joy for the Concilium to welcome 13 legionaries from the University of Glasgow, with their Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. John Keenan. Eleven nationalities from five continents were represented among the legionaries. There are two praesidia in the University and the members are engaged in very substantial apostolic work.

Concilium Visit to South America

Pat O’Donoghue and Noel Lynch reported on their visit to Legion Councils in Argentina and to the Senatus of Asuncion, Paraguay, and Montevideo, Uruguay. They took part in a Youth Conference in Buenos Aires and in a Legion Officers’ Conference in Asuncion. They also learned more about the progress of the Cause for Beatification of the Servant of God Alfie Lambe.

Notice of Election of Concilium Assistant Treasurer

Notice was given of an election to be held at the March 2012 Concilium meeting for an Assistant Treasurer of Concilium as Declan Lawlor is completing two terms of three years in that office.


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Establishment of the Legion of Mary in Bulgaria

The Concilium was very pleased to hear that the first Legion praesidia in Bulgaria have been set up by Austrian legionaries.


Visitors from Argentina

The Concilium was happy to welcome visitors from the Santa Fé Comitium, Rosário Regia, Argentina: Sr. Susana Maciel, former Extension Worker in Bolivia, Bro. Ariel Zerva, former Comitium officer, and his wife, Virginia.


Concilium Visit to Argentina:

Pat O’Donoghue said that he and Noel Lynch planned to leave Dublin on 18 January for a visit, on behalf of the Concilium, to Legion councils in Argentina and to the Senatus of Montevideo, Uruguay, and Asuncion, Paraguay. He asked for prayers.



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REPORTS

Africa

BENIN REPUBLIC
Cotonou Regia: The Porto-Novo Comitium has 1,172 active members and reported 22,335 visits in a three-month period with 214 catechumens enrolled, 154 new members recruited, 39 Baptisms, 31 returns to Sunday Mass and 23 Marriages regularised. Two praesidia, founded in 1973, gave their reports at the Regia meeting. One legionary who is a catechist has charge of 143 catechumens.

BURKINA FASO
Ouagadougou Comitium reported 30 new members making their Promise in a period of 5 months. Visitation is undertaken to hospitals, health facilities and family compounds where they meet Catholics, Protestants and Muslims. Young people are informed of the dangers of immoral living. Fr. Guigma, Comitium Spiritual Director, advised praesidia to work in close harmony with the clergy. Lack of literate officer material being a problem, Ouagadougou officers held Legion workshops for the Council Officers.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui Senatus: Abbé Serge-Hubert has been appointed Spiritual Director by the Hierarchy to succeed Fr. Francis Athimon now returned to France. The Legion's apostolate in this Senatus area includes regularisation of Marriages, prevention of abortions, saving women from prostitution and helping youth. The Senatus has launched a programme of Legion nurseries where families are encouraged to have meetings in their homes to train children for the legionary apostolate.

GABON
The Legion councils of this country are maintaining contact with the Regia of Cotonou in Benin Republic. As a result of the recent visitation, proposals to upgrade some councils are due for consideration.

CONGO
Our Lady of Congo Regia:Brazzaville: The Regia reports 91 lapsed returned to the practice of the Faith, 165 agreed to take instruction, 229 couples were reconciled, Marriages blessed and 73 people received Confession and Holy Communion at home. A day of formation for legionaries was held on the theme 'Legionary members and their mission'. Officers of the Regia attended Curiae meetings where elections of new Officers took place.

TOGO
Lomé Regia: A new Comitium has been set up in Kara. One Curia in Lomé reported on 3 Exploratio Dominicalis projects during the Summer, a Patrician meeting with 22 in attendance and contacts made with Muslims. Another Curia reported on having 40 praesidia and a junior Curia of 20 praesidia with a total of 886 active and 464 auxiliary members. One Curia has a praesidium in the prison and the Adamova Curia is endeavouring to start a praesidium among the refugees from the Ivory Coast; 27 people came back to Mass and were congratulated on organising their first Congress. Mention was made of two Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects, both in Ghana. Some Regia Officers attended the National Legion Conference in Kpando, organised by Accra Senatus, Ghana.

CAMEROUN AND CHAD
Many Councils in Cameroun organised events to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Legion, including Masses concelebrated by the Archbishops of Douala and Yaoundé. Among the festivities was a football match in Yaoundé between priests and legionaries. There was no mention of who won! Recruiting efforts in Eseka resulted in the setting up of two new praesidia with a total of 19 senior and 9 junior members. A number of councils reported on Congresses being organised. In Buea Comitium 25 people were accepted into the Church and 16 brought back to the Sacraments.

MEXICO
Mexico City Senatus
An attached Curia, as well as making contact with taxi men and the sick in Health Centres, also offers them religious papers and pamphlets. 208 children made their First Holy Communion and a number of couples are being prepared for Marriage. The Comitium of Cautitlan has 29 praesidia and 7 Curia attached. Literacy classes for adults are conducted by legionaries. One praesidium reported street contact apostolate, 42 adults made their First Holy Communion and about 50 returned to the practice of the Faith. Public Rosaries are conducted during the months of May and October.

Merida Senatus
Praesidia and councils emphasise the need to visit all families so that the families who have joined the sects are met. They are generally well received and many have returned to the practice of the faith. Street contact is carried out by all praesidia and legionaries find that the use of the Miraculous Medal is very positive. They also encourage families to receive the statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in their homes. The junior movement is growing slowly, there is a junior Curia attached to the Senatus and there are 4 praesidia in an attached Comitium. The Archbishop celebrated the Mass for the anniversary of the death of Frank Duff. He was very surprised with the large attendance.

Hermosillo Regia
Praesidia Officers attendance was 75% in August. A Rosary group in a women's prison has been turned into a praesidium and weekly Mass has begun. Twenty legionaries (prisoners) were released for good behavior.

Monterrey Regia
Legionaries prayed weekly with the family of a young addict met on home visitation, he booked into a rehabilitation centre. During an Exploratio Dominicalis project 120 homes were visited. Six juniors formed a senior praesidium upon reaching the age of 18. Ninety homes were consecrated to the Sacred Heart.

Guadalajara Regia
The attached Comitium in Aguascalientes with 448 active members, 2,000 auxiliaries and 34 praetorians visits the prison. Two prisoners have been to Confession after many years. A Curia with 80 members brings the Statue of Our Lady to the sick, particularly the families of children suffering from AIDS.

Durango Regia
A praesidium of 10 members ran two workshops of prayer with 15 and 20 attending. Seven are catechists working with 4 year olds up to First Holy Communion. Ten members took part in an Exploratio Dominicalis project.

Central America

EL SALVADOR
San Salvador Senatus: The two attached Regiae reported solid apostolate being done; they also have a growing junior and young adult Legion and work in harmony with the help and encouragement of dedicated Spiritual Directors. A number who had become Jehovah Witnesses have returned to the practice of the Faith. Most of the councils have carried out the audit.

PANAMA
Panama Regia: Two new correspondents have been nominated for the two new Comitia which were raised recently. There was a large attendance at a Legion Retreat. It was emphasized at the August meeting by the President that reciting prayers is not Legion apostolate.

NICARAGUA
Managua Regia: An attached Curia in the Diocese of Leon plans to divide and it may be possible to raise the original Curia to Comitium status. Reports indicate that the legionaries are doing extensive home visitation and consequently meeting Catholics who have discontinued the practice and others who have joined the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and other religions. On the whole they are well received and some even pray with them.

GUATEMALA
The Legion in Guatemala is under the caretakership of the Senatus of Merida. Two legionaries made a visit to Guatemala and established very good contact. The President of the Regia of Camotan (the higher council for Guatemala) accompanied the two visiting legionaries on their visits to the different councils, which gave them a great overall picture of the progress of the Legion in the country. One of the two legionaries is now the correspondent with the Regia.

Asia

PAKISTAN
The reunion was attended by 200 legionaries. The reporting praesidia have 11, 16 and 18 members, doing good work. Extension is ongoing and audits have been mentioned.

MYANMAR
The 90th Anniversary celebration covered two days with Archbishop Charles Bo as the chief celebrant and 500 in attendance.

SRI LANKA
Catholics and people of other faiths were met on visitation of homes and hospitals. Other works reported were the preparation of adults and children for the Sacraments, homes enthroned to the Sacred Heart and the lapsed return to the practice of their Faith. Peregrinatio Pro Christo projects took place in March and May.

THAILAND
There has been widespread flooding which has brought problems for the people. The members comfort the dying, participate at wakes and funerals, visits AIDS patients and the lapsed. A junior Curia of 11 praesidia and 140 members contact young people and encourage them to participate in Church activities.

KAZAKHSTAN
Elisabeth Kriss hopes to visit this country when she receives her visa.

GEORGIA
A praesidium of 8 members in Ude continues to meet. The Spiritual Director reports that since the Legion started, no one has died without the Sacraments. The Handbook is now available in Georgian.

ARMENIA
The praesidium of 11 members in Yerevan visits the sick and lonely and teach catechism. They also undertake evangelization with the Mother Teresa nuns in a very poor area.

INDIA
Karnataka Senatus: The Senatus was inaugurated on 30 October 2011 in the presence of the Archbishop of Bangalore, Most Rev. Barnard Moras and 1,100 legionaries from the 9 Dioceses. The Vexillum was carried from the Cathedral to the Hall. A new youth praesidium started in remembrance of the Servant of God, Frank Duff.
Pondicherry Senatus: Audited accounts have been received for 2010. A Peregrinatio Pro Christo Conference had an attendance of 500.
Kerala Senatus: They are looking at the possibility of setting up a Regia.
Mumbai Regia: The area covers 51 Dioceses. Archbishops in distance Dioceses have been contacted seeking permission to start the Legion. Three to four days training sessions organized by the Senatus are proving very successful. Works include street contact, prison visitation, youth retreats and junior praesidia. A meeting with the Cardinal lasted 40 minutes.
Kottar Regia: The Regia was inaugurated on the 30th October 2011 with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Remigius and 20 concelebrants and 4,000 in attendance. The apostolate in the Regia includes bringing drug addicts to an addiction centre for rehabilitation, inviting the lapsed back to the practice of their Faith and giving free tuition to 146 children of poor families.
Visakhapatnam Comitium: The 90th Anniversary celebration was attended by 220 from directly affiliated praesidia and councils while 650 attended from other councils. AIDs patients, the blind, those suffering from cancer and leprosy are visited. Extension is ongoing.
Coimbatore Comitium: The Comitium held its annual Frank Duff Mass on the 7th November with 200 present. The state has suffered greatly from the effects of flooding.

Europe

BELGIUM
Brussels Senatus: Pia Makengo and Henri Kaite visited the Congo on behalf of Concilium last year. Their own praesidium has increased in membership from 5 to 11, including 2 praetorians, due - they say, to the intercession of Edel Quinn and Frank Duff.
Antwerp Senatus: Curia Masseik has 3 praesidia with membership of 10, 5 and 4. Works includes Eucharistic ministry and visiting the sick and infirm.

ENGLAND
Birmingham Senatus: Fr. John Peyton has been appointed Spiritual Director of the Senatus. Archbishop Longley was principal celebrant at the 90th Anniversary celebrations in St. Chad Cathedral with 15 priests, and the legionaries were thanked for their faithful apostolate. A praesidium in Oxford staffs a book barrow in the town centre. The Junior Curia has 36 members in 4 praesidia and a Moslem/Christian discussion is one of their works. South Birmingham Curia (with 12 praesidia) saw the return of 3 couples to the Faith, and one non-Catholic received into the Church. The book barrow run by Bristol Curia resulted in one person brought into the Church.

Liverpool Senatus: The 90th Anniversary celebration was held in Lancaster Cathedral on October 29 and Bishop Campbell was principal celebrant.
Manchester Comitium combined two anniversaries - the Legion's 90th and the Comitium's 80th with a celebration in Salford Cathedral. Stephen Gibling, former Comitium Secretary, is now studying for the priesthood in Maynooth.
An African member in Newcastle Comitium is translating parts of the Handbook to his own language so as to help people in his former parish in Ghana. At the Chapel in Gateshead Metro Station Mass and Exposition continues daily.
Leeds Curia reports that the parents of the children being prepared for the Sacraments are benefiting from instruction classes - one positive spin-off of the Child Safeguarding regulations.
Central London Curia held its first Congress in October. Our Lady Queen of Peace praesidium has 15 active and 8 probationary members - attendance averages at 13. Another praesidium increased its membership by 7 following a recruiting drive - they now have 10 active members.
Brentwood Comitium had the biggest congregation ever at their commemoration Mass for the Servant of God Frank Duff on November 5th. They report one man received into the Church, another under instruction and immigrant families being prepared for the sacraments.
Prison Visitation is reported by Hammersmith Curia and the praesidium in Shepherd's Bush has 10 members and 20 auxiliaries.
Brent and Harrow Curia with 4 praesidia attached are supported by the prayers of Nursing Home residents.
Northampton Comitium has 1 Curia and 9 attached praesidia. The RCIA programme in one parish resulted in 9 people being received into the Church.
Leicester Curia with 4 praesidia report a large attendance of people of different religions at an Ecumenical May procession in honour of Our Lady.
Concilium was represented at the West Middlesex Curia's 90th Anniversary celebration where the principal celebrant was Bishop John Sherrington. The praesidium in Brantford has only 2 members, in Hayes there are six, and five in Ealing. Visitation of homes and hospitals features in the report and auxiliaries take Maria Legionis.

SCOTLAND
In the tribute to the late Bill Mitchell, who died in October last, Br. Arbuckle, Vice President of the Senatus of Scotland said that Bill always kept a Miraculous Medal among his change so that he could talk to people about it. The praesidium at Aberdeen University has 13 active and 5 probationary members, 90% of whom are African; their work is somewhat curtailed because of Disclosure Scotland.
Mater Ecclesia Curia reports the return of one lady to the Church after 50 years. The praesidium in Aberdeen is 2 years old and working well with a full team of officers. Our Lady of the Wayside praesidium reports a new convert from among their helpers.

FINLAND
As a result of a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project last year, a praesidium has been established.

GIBRALTAR
Sr. McCourt visited during the year, and a three-day Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was held in preparation for World Youth Day in Madrid.

WALES
Cardiff Comitium has three Curiae attached - Cardiff has 6 praesidia with Gwent and Merthyr having 2 praesidia each. The longest serving member of the Comitium is now a Centenarian, having been a member till her 94th year.
Wrexham Curia reports that the praesidium in Mold arranged the inclusion of the Legion Vexillum in an exhibition of Sacred Symbols, together with information on the Legion and Frank Duff.
Following a Peregrinatio Pro Christo project in Swansea Curia area, hopes for a praesidium in Morriston parish. A recruiting project in Port Talbot may see a new praesidium there.

NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Regia: The Korean Curia has 3 praesidia with 22 active and 14 auxiliary members. An English-speaking praesidium has 7 members and the African praesidium has 3 members. Patricians and book barrow work were reported.

NORWAY
There are two praesidia in Norway - one in Tonsberg, which has 5 active members and 12 auxiliaries and works include teaching catechism to children and saying the Rosary in family homes. The praesidium in Drammen has 7 members and 10 auxiliaries; home to home visitation, bible study and visitation of the sick features in the reports.

FRANCE
Strasbourg Senatus: Much work is done in parishes including the teaching of catechism. Members in Comar Curia welcome blind people coming at weekends to a pilgrimage site.
Aire and Dax Comitium: A Legion Congress was held at the Sanctuary of Buglose in September.
Paris Regia has 3 attached Curiae and more than 20 attached praesidia, with the possibility of relaunching the Legion in Nevers. The 90th Anniversary Mass was celebrated in their Legion Headquarters and the Vietnamese Curia organised a day retreat on the theme "Frank Duff and his Spiritual Way". The Haitian praesidium has 13 members and is in contact with a Moslem man who wishes to become a Catholic.
Valence Regia also has a Vietnamese Curia and 2 Curiae at Montelimar and Nice. A major project for 2012 will be a Peregrinatio Pro Christo venture by Austrian legionaries in Lyon.

GERMANY
Frankfurt Senatus report that a Conference for Spiritual Directors will be held next Autumn. Extension efforts are ongoing in Friedberg, Kassel and Frankfurt.
Cologne Regia has 4 Curiae with 9 praesidia and they arranged a bus with 79 participants to go to Erfurt for the Pope's visit in September.
Berlin Comitium reports on the Korean Curia with Croatian, Filipino, Vietnamese and German praesidia directly attached.
Freiburg Comitium with 3 Curiae and 3 praesidia attached staffed a book barrow during the Pope's visit. Darmstadt Curia: 1000 flyers promoting 33 steps with Mary to Jesus were distributed during the pilgrimage to Maria Einsiedel.
Munich Senatus was reduced to Regia status from 1st January 2012; this was approved by Cardinal Marx of Munich.
Stuttgart Comitium celebrated the 90th anniversary with Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Maria Renz.

SIBERIA
Two legionaries, Birgit Metzler and Julia Schell, visited the new Curia in Irkutsk and the praesidia in Bogotol and Krasnoyarsk and met the Bishop of Irkutsk who is very supportive of the Legion.

SWITZERLAND
Zurich Curia reports steady progress, recruiting 75 new auxiliary members and starting 3 new praesidia in Bern, Zug and Oeberriet. The Bishops of Chur and Basel have agreed to the raising of the Curia in Zurich to Comitium status with Luzern Curia attached.

ELISABETH KRISS - EXTENSION WORKER

Elisabeth Kriss is still waiting for her visa for Kazakhstan. In the meantime she is working for the Senatus of Austria in the Tyrol where she has restarted a praesidium and strengthened another one. She has also been helping with the Winter School and she attended the Correspondents' meeting for the Ukraine. The Senatus Officers would like her to go to Bulgaria for about 10 days to work with the legionaries who are already working there. Wiltrud Zecha, the Senatus President, has written to ask if she could go to the Greek Catholic Church there also. Two to three praesidia have been set up in Bulgaria so far.

Prayer for the Beatification of
The Servant of God, Frank Duff


God our Father, You inspired your servant Frank Duff with a profound insight into the mystery of your Church, the Body of Christ, and of the place of Mary the Mother of Jesus in this mystery.
In his immense desire to share this insight with others and in filial dependence on Mary he formed her Legion to be a sign of her maternal love for the world and a means of enlisting all her children in the Church's evangelising work.
We thank you Father for the graces conferred on him and for the benefits accruing to the Church from his courageous and shining faith.
With confidence we beg you that through his intercession you grant the petition we lay before you …
We ask too that if it be in accordance with your will, the holiness of his life may be acknowledged by the Church for the glory of your Name,
through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Cause of The Servant of God, Frank Duff

The prayer for Beatification can be obtained from the Legion of Mary website:
http://www.legion-of-mary.ie
or from Concilium Legionis Mariae

Where the prayer has yet to be translated into local languages,
this is encouraged.

All Legion Councils, praesidia and individual legionaries are encouraged to actively promote the Cause of the Servant of God, Frank Duff, through the widespread dissemination of the Frank Duff prayer leaflets to legionaries and to the general public; through the organising of Frank Duff prayer groups and the holding of Masses to commemorate his life.

Favours attributed to the intercession of
The Servant of God, Frank Duff


Should be reported to:

Legion of Mary,
De Montfort House,
Morning Star Avenue,
Dublin 7, IRELAND.

N O T I C E
Any Legion council officers who are registering for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin are asked to note that the

June 2012 Concilium meeting will take place on
SATURDAY 9th June 2012 at 3.00 pm
in Legion headquarters


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