Founder of the Legion of Mary, Frank Duff was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 7, 1889. He entered the Civil Service at the age of 18. At 24 he joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul where he was led to a deeper commitment to his Catholic faith…
One day in 1937 a Dutch priest was driving an Irish girl to a Legion of Mary meeting some miles from his mission in Africa. They came to a river in such flood that the bridge across it could not even be seen. He was about to turn back when the…
The Servant of God, Alphonsus Lambe, (known as Alfie) was born in Tullamore, Ireland on the feast of St. John the Baptist, Friday, 24th June 1932, during the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. Like St. John he was a precursor - the…
Now I wish to speak briefly of the most fundamental of all models Frank Duff uses for explaining the nature of the apostolate: it is the union of the Holy Spirit and Mary that gives Jesus, the eternal Word made flesh to the world. We have already said that there is nothing in Mary that is not a reference to Christ.
She is totally Christocentric and if our devotion to her were to terminate in her it would not be a true devotion. We go through and with Mary to Jesus. There is a similar movement in Mary to the Holy Spirit. She is totally open to the Holy Spirit, completely under his influence. He is the primary agent in her mothering of Jesus and His mystical Body. He is the primary agent in all evangelisation. And the position of the Holy Spirit in relation to Mary is the principal paradigm for the Legion of Mary.
The Legionary makes his promise to the Holy Spirit. Everything in the Legion is subject to his influence and overshadowing. It is because the spirit of the Legion is the spirit of Mary that the Holy Spirit has the absolute primacy in the life of the legionary. And it is the combination of Mary and the Holy Spirit that makes the apostolic person most adapted to bringing Jesus into the lives of others.
Rev. Fr. Bede McGregor, O.P., Concilium Spiritual Director
Legion of Mary Child Safeguarding Policy
The Legion of Mary Child Safeguarding Policy aims to do everything
possible to provide a safe environment for children and young people
where they are cherished and encouraged to become involved in the life
of our Church.
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organisation with several million members.