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What is the Legion of Mary?
The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with about 3 million active members in over 160 countries around the world. The Legion of Mary has been active in the United States (USA) since 1931, has been approved by 7 Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council.
The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members. Members of the Legion of Mary become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer, the sacraments and devotion to Mary and the Trinity, and service in a family atmosphere. Legionaries are under the guidance of a spiritual director named by the pastor. The Legion of Mary is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor.
The Legion of Mary began in Dublin, Ireland, on September 7, 1921, and is now in every country of the world.
To learn more about the Legion of Mary, the first step is to be a guest at one of our meetings. Guests are always welcome and may go on one of the work assignments with an experienced member if they choose. The apostolic works of the Legion include:
*Please call to sign up for Sacred Heart Enthronement or Pilgrim Virgin Statue visit.
Reasons for Joining
Not Required for Membership:
Required for Membership:
A willingness to let Our Lady use you as you are. She needs your hands and feet, your lips and heart, your time and effort, for Legionaries are simply Mary’s means of action in the world today. She will use what you give her to the best advantage, for although others may surpass your offering, they cannot replace it.
Interested? Contact Deborah Baird at (703) 430-8554.
Types of Membership
Active Members and Auxiliary (praying) members. Active members must attend a weekly meeting and perform a weekly work obligation of at least two hours.
Who May Belong
Any practicing Catholic who is willing to fulfill the obligations of membership in the proper spirit. Senior members must be 18 years of age. Junior members are those under 18.
Duties of Active Members
Some Types of Work Undertaken
Our Lady, Hope of Martyrs Praesidium
Meetings are on Monday evenings, 7:00pm
Location – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Meeting Room
For more information, please contact Deborah Baird at (703) 430-8554 or TDM3ABaird@aol.com.
Purpose of Auxiliary Membership
Auxiliary members supply the prayer power which is needed for the active works of the Legion.
Degrees of Auxiliary Membership
If one is already saying a daily rosary for a certain intention, is it necessary to say another one?
No, just add the Legion Prayers.
How does one become an auxiliary member?
Submit your name, address and parish to an active member, who will place your name on a probationary roll for three months. After that you will be contacted to see if you have been able to say the prayers. If so, you will be placed on the permanent list of auxiliary members.
Are there any dues, or any meetings to attend?
No, there are no dues, and the auxiliary members are not bound to attend any meetings. Once a year they are invited to a ceremony of consecration to our Lady called the “Acies.” It is also customary for each Praesidium (parish unit in the Legion) to plan a get-together at least once a year for its auxiliary members so that they can get better acquainted with the Legion of Mary and what it is accomplishing.
Is there any age limit in membership?
No, persons of any age may be auxiliaries if they are able to say the required prayers.
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