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Legion of Mary - Valenzuela Comitium

About the Legion of Mary

About the Legion of Mary
Membership in the Legion of Mary
Directly Attached Praesidia
Affiliated Councils
A Short Catechesis on Mary
Plan of Action for 2006
Spiritual Reading for the Month

Origin and Growth

     The Legion of Mary traces its roots to Dublin, Ireland on September 7, 1921 when Mr. Frank Duff, a young Irishman inspired by the Grignion de Monfort’s “True Devotion to Mary” met with Fr. Toher and 13 young ladies to discuss a special apostolate centered on the devotion of the Blessed Mother. Modeling itself to the Roman Legion of ancient Rome – the mightiest military brigade the world has ever known – the organization soon spread to almost every country in the world.

     In 1928, the Legion began to spread rapidly. In that year, it was established in Scotland. Then in 1929, a start was made in London. It was in 1931 when it reached India and spread with astonishing rapidity. In the same year, it appeared in the U.S.A., where it is now established in almost every diocese.

     It is also widely organized in the West Indies and is active in Central and South America. In 1932, the first Praesidium was established in Australia. It was in 1934 when the Legion found its way to Africa and 1936 when it reached China.


Legion of Mary in the Philippines

     Almost 20 years after its birth in Ireland, the Legion was initiated by the late Fr. Manuel Garcia, C.M. at the Hospicio de San Jose. In two weeks, he had organized two groups; by the first year, there were 14.

     During the Japanese occupation, 100 Praesidia was established. Since then, the momentum has gained pace so that 60 years after it has begun in the country, the Legion has the largest number of Praesidia in a single country the world over.



The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium.

Works of the Legion of Mary

The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish.

Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary. “For all states of the laity the perfect example of spiritual and apostolic life is the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, who while leading the life common to all here on earth, one filled with family concerns and labours, was always intimately united with her Son and in an entirely unique way co-operated in the work of the Saviour . . . All should devoutly venerate her and commend their life and apostolate to her maternal care”.

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