Concilium Bulletin December 2007
REPORTS - Europe
Austria: Senatus of Austria and Countries under its careCuria Vienna South has 8 praesidia with 47 active Congress was held by the Senatus in Vienna on 8 Burgenland carried out extension in Wall em and Oggau legionaries. December.A Marian Comitium
Comitium Zadar has 2 attached Curiae and 9 directly attached praesidia. They are extending in the towns of Pag and Nin aqd plans are in hand for Dubrovnik. Comitium Zagreb supervise 8 curiae including a curia in Sarajevo.
Curia Llubljanahas 7 praesidia attached.
Comitium Prague: Bishop Skarvada celebrated Mass on the 14th September for the centenary of Venerable Edel Quinn.
New praesidia have been started in Comitium Zseliz.
On the 15 September a new Curia, Our Lady of Sorrows, was established in Glubokoye. This brings the number of Curiae attached to the Comitium to 8 senior and I junior in addition to 8 directly attached praesidia. A praesidium in Minsk has 14 full members, 1 probationer, 4 praetorians and 37 auxiliaries. Some of their works are crowd contact at a railway station and in parks, visiting various hospital departments.
Budapest Regia: During the last 4 months 6 new praesidia were established. Nagybatony Comitium report 7 conversions and 2 marriage validations. Legionaries in Eger Curia hold Bible classes twice monthly with 20-30 participants. The Tessera has been printed in Romanian.
Riga Comitium has 3 attached Curiae and 15 directly attached praesidia. Rezekne Curia set up 2 new praesidia earlier in 2007.
Kaunas Comitium has 4 attached Curiae and 12 directly attached praesidia. Praesidium visitation and promotion of the Causes always feature in reports.
Lublin Regia has 5 attached Comitia, 9 directly attached Curiae and 7 directly attached praesidia. Their apostolate include visitation to prisons, work with alcoholics and drug addicts, promotion and distribution of the Miraculous Medal in schools and on street contact work particularly around the 27th November. Some of the fruits of the works were 11 Baptisms, 63 received the Sacrament of Penance and 6 Marriages regularised
Warsaw Comitium governs 12 directly attached praesidia, 4 Curiae in the city, 3 distant Curiae and 10 distant praesidia. The total active membership is 930, auxiliaries number 1,600 of whom 21 are adjutorians.
Curia Bucharest: Curia meetings are held regularly and good apostolic work is undertaken. On Trinity Sunday, 3rd June 2007 a new praesidium with 20 members was started in the Craiova district.
Zhitomir Comitium: Some members of Kiev Curia together with the Priest visited many families. Berdichev Junior Curia organised a theatre presentation about the active work of the Legion. In Berdichev Senior Curia a 14-year old girl was brought back to the Church resulting in her parents taking that step too.
Senatus of Kenya 13 legionaries went on PPC to Tanzania. Following home visitation, 400 marriages were validated, 6,252 catechumens received instruction, 1,561 infants were baptised, 1,750 returned to tRe Church, 450 Protestants were received into the Church, 75 witch doctors gave up the practice. The first praesidium set up by Venerable Ede1 Quinn does home and hospital visitation and runs a junior praesid- lUm
Senatus of Uganda The work of members in Luzira prison, condemned section, has resulted in conversions, many returns to the Church and improved behaviour. The praesidium in the remand prison reported 25 members released. A former president of this Curia entered the seminary. A new praesidium was set up in Kampala University.
In Jimma the Ugandan visiting legionaries addressed Mass goers and attended the praesidium meeting where they found good work being done which resulted in 3 Moslems baptised, 2 marriages rectified and 11 children receiving First Holy Communion. The visitors met the Archbishop of Addis Ababa.
Ibadan Senatus: One Curia has 6 seminary, 9 student and 11 workers praesidia. Many Congresses were held. In its annual report the Senatus reported 959 conversions, 529 marriages regularised and 707 lapsed returned to the faith. The translation of the Handbook into Yoruba is almost complete.
Lagos Regia:Yaba Comitium with over 11,000 members had 306 conversions including 96 Moslems and 2,535 marriages solemnised. One Curia reported 23 prisoners baptised.
Abuja Regia: Makurdi Comitium started 17 new praesidia.
Kaduna Regia: 30 legionaries took part in a PPC project to an area south of Kaduna.
Jos Regia: In one Curia 30 ofth~ 47 converts are now active Legion members.
Onitsha Regia: A Curia in a college with 9 senior and 2 youth praesidia prepared many for the Sacraments. Nnewi Comitium reported many conversions, lapsed returned to their faith, marriages blessed and many prepared for the Sacraments. There were 14 senior and 20 junior praesidia formed.
Blantyre Regia: Extension continues. All 6 Dioceses have several Comitia
Lilongwe has 8 Comitia with about 43,000 legionaries. The Bishop of Mangochi, Most Rev. Alex Pagani translated Fr. Moynihan’s booklet on Edel Quinn intc Chichewa.
Lusaka Regia: A praesidium promoting the family Rosary on home visitation had 2 marriages regularised and bar visitation resulted in 4 showing interest in the faith, 2 of whom are preparing for Baptism.
Freetown Curia: Extension work is ongoing in the northern province of Makeni and following talks at 2 Masses, 14 volunteers were recruited.
Mtwara Comitium: To celebrate the centenary of Venerable Edel Quinn’s birth a praesidium visited 12 small Christian communities speaking on Venerable Edel. On 14tb September they held a Mass with a homily on her life and blessing of the sick.
Hai Comitium: Works include visiting the sick, organising religion classes, contacting teachers, encouraging people in faith and recruiting. A new praesidium was started.
Kuala Lumpur Regia: Our Lady’s birthday was celebrated with councils and praesidia organising Masses. Reports included the visiting of lapsed Catholics, a leprosy centre, spastic children’s home, Alzheimers patients, Patricians, book-barrow, marriage preparations, Sunday school and praying witb the terminally ill.
Osaka Senatus:Two councils reported on their Acies. Reports from praesidia included visits to the sick and handicapped, a ward where many homeless are living, writing to and phoning the housebound, helping the priest at funerals, accompanying the priest on his Communion calls.
Malang Senatus: A legionary teaches religion in a state secondary school.
Jakarta Senatus: A junior praesidium attained senior status and there are 2 new junior praesidia.
Taiwan Senatus: A third praesidium has been started among Aborigines at Luchou. Many and varied works are carried out including home and hospital visitation, accompanying priest to visit the sick, helping with Church services, including marriages and funerals, running and teaching catechism classes. Prison visitation is also being carried out.
Hong Kong Comitium: Activities for the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Venerable Edel Quinn include 100 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration. A biography of Edel Quinn has been published in a Diocesan newspaper. Works in reports include youth catechetics, reciting Rosary in homes, taking elderly to Mass, prison visitation, evangelisation website developed, book barrow and Patricians.
Singapore Senatus:Reports of works include visitation of prison re-hab centres, book barrow, crowd contact, visits to homes and the sick, conducting Rosaries. As a result of increased memberships a junior praesidium was divided; two junior retreats took place.
Seoul Senatus: Two Regiae record 2,230 senior and 97 junior praesidia, they made 40,000 visits to Catholics who were sick and to 8,000 non-Catholics in the same circumstances. 3,982 Catechumens were brought into the Church by legionaries and baptised. A total of 1,947 returns to the sacraments was recorded.
Gwanju Senatus: Moonheung-dong Comitium which has 3 Curiae with a total of 68 praesidia invited 338 people into the Church and a correctional institute is visited by a Curia in Sesan-dong parish. A Comitium, with 5 Curiae including two junior Curiae in Haenam parish, recruited some of their auxiliaries as active members.
Daegu Senatus: Celebrations to mark the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of the Legion in the Archdiocese took place. Reports from councils show recruitment of Catechumens and many engaged in visitation of hospitals and welfare institutions. Nearly all councils report baptisms and returns to the Sacrament. Andong Regia reported an increase 0[20 praesidia and 212 active members in one month.
Buenos Aires Senatus: New praesidia are mentioned in reports each month. Work in the hostel for unmarried mothers shows good results with the baptism of 7 babies and one mother. Two young legionaries have offered to do extension for E months. One of them is the President of a junior Curia and it is hoped they will work in areas of the country to build up youth membership. All parishes with a Legion presence celebrated the annual Mass in honour of the Servant of God Frank, Duff.
SaIta Senatus: Legionaries produce a monthly bulletin and do street contact among young people. Young members are preparing a conference on 21 Januat) to commemorate the death of the Servant of God Alfie Lambe. Catamarcc Comitium keep in mind the late Joaquina Lucas from the Philippines who startee the first praesidium and AI fie Lambe who set up the first Curia.
Cordoba Senatus: Enthronement to the Sacred Heart is carried out in some family homes. An attached Comitium is very successful in recruiting juniors ane young people.
Corrientes Regia: A praesidium visits the prison with a Religious Sister. The sick at home and in hospital are given spiritual support and works of service are alse undertaken for those visited. A Legion stand at a Diocesan meeting aroused the interest of many priests in the Legion. A number of them have requested praesidia
Rosario Regia: Among the works undertaken are visitation of homes, hospitah and the sick, the recitation of the Rosary in homes and distribution of religiow literature. A female prison is visited and the Rosary recited. A Comitium with: Curiae, 51 praesidia, 488 full members and 43 probationers record many retums te the Church and conversions. Another Comitium with a junior Curia and I 1 seniOl Curiae has almost 800 active members. Among their many works are the visitation of the male and female prisons and an apostolate to drug addicts.
Sao Paulo Senatus: A weekend conference for correspondents had an attendance of 45. Ponta Grossa Regia recorded over 48,000 visits to families and more thar 150,000 visits to the sick at home and in hospitals and institutions. Lages Regie prepared 39 couples for marriage and brought a family back to the Church witl- their 8 children being baptised. There are 4 Comitia in Mato Grosso State one 01 which made over 2,500 contacts on the streets and at bus stops. Another ComitiUlY carries out an apostolate to indigenous people. Legionaries in another area visitee former members, 11 of whom resumed active membership.
Fortaleza Senatus: Most councils report on visits to homes and hospitals, to the sick at home, to prisons and to the families of alcoholics and drug addicts. Many hundreds of children are prepared for First Holy Communion.
Rio de Janeiro Senatus: Over a 4-month period an extension worker visited over 30 towns including 16 councils and set up 8 praesidia and a Curia. Many local legionaries were involved and a boat had to be hired for 10 days.
Belo Horizonte Senatus: Literacy/Braille classes are held for the blind. Ajunior praesidium resulted from a PPC project. Prison apostolate involves the Rosary and Bible readings. In Belo Horizonte city 180 public rosaries were recited.
Salvador Senatus: Aracaju Regia held special events to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Venerable Edel Quinn. Maceio Regia reports reconciliations among 15 families, parents, children, and spouses. An Exploratio project resulted in 2 new praesidia in a parish where the priest wishes that each section of his parish should have a praesidium.
Sao Luis Regia: An apostolate to prisoners involves their families. There is also an apostolate to prostitutes and drug addicts.
Brasilia Regia: Among those taking part in public Rosaries in the open spaces around apartment blocks were the elderly, prostitutes and the police.
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.
Favours attributed to the intercession of
The Servant of God, Frank Duff should be reported to:
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