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What is the Legion of Mary?

The Legion of Mary is a world-wide organization of the lay apostolate, in which Catholic men, women and youth sanctify themselves through prayer and apostolic work in union with Our Lady under the guidance of a priest. The Legion of Mary was first organized in Dublin, Ireland, on September 7, 1921. Today the Legion is organized in nearly all the dioceses throughout the world.

The purpose of this association of Catholics is to make its members better Catholics and to raise the spiritual level of the entire community through direct contact with and interest in every member and potential member of the Mystical Body of Christ.

The sanctification of its own members is achieved through prayer and work.  Each weekly meeting offers to the Legionaries the recitation of the Rosary, spiritual reading, a short talk by the Spiritual Director, a discussion of Catholic doctrine and devotion, and an evaluation of the work program. At the meeting each member is assigned two hours of apostolic work, to be performed during the week and reported on at the following meeting.

The Legion system is adapted to various kinds of apostolic work, and is always subject to the discretion of the spiritual director.

The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholic men or women over eighteen years of age who have the good will to want to serve God in the capacity of helpers to the priest, and who will follow the Legion system.

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Evangelization and the Salvation of Souls

Above all the vision of Frank Duff concerning the priest and laity can only be understood in the context of evangelisation and the salvation of souls. Both priest and laity must be totally christocentric and the central focus of Christ is the salvation of souls.

Our Lord put it categorically more than once: 'I came to save sinners.' Evangelisation is simply cooperating in the work of redemption. It is facilitating a meeting between Christ and another person, bringing the fruits of redemption to others or again putting it very simply, it is helping others get into Heaven.

This must be the overwhelming focus of any priest or layperson who would wish to be apostolic. Ultimately there is no evangelisation without focusing on the salvation of souls. Whatever the immediate goals, the ultimate goal of all evangelisation must be the gaining of eternal life.

The Code of Canon Law puts it very succinctly: For all activity of the Church 'the salvation of souls must always be the supreme law. '(Can.1752) This is the identity of interest between the priest and the lay apostle.

Rev. Fr. Bede McGregor, O.P., Concilium Spiritual Director, taken from Concilium website

Beginning of the Legion - Frank Duff Interviews

If you are looking for vocations, as a community have adoration every day. Once the Missionaries of Charity started daily adoration, their vocations doubled."

Mother Teresa

Legion of Mary Television

Note: beginning January 28th the Legion of Mary TV program will be moving from channel 57 to channel 1997 if you see us on Time Warner.  If you see us on RCN or FIOS there is no change.  We are still on at 5:30 pm on Fridays.

Extraordinarily Well - Causes for Sainthood in the Legion of Mary

Servant of God Alfie Lambe

Venerable Edel Quinn

Servant of God Frank Duff


The Story of the Legion of Mary


An Invitation from the Legion of Mary


Meet the Legion

the story of the Legion of Mary worldwide


Special programs on vocations to the priesthood and the religious life

Fishers of Men and God in the Streets on New York City

Stories of how priests serve in the New York Archdiocese


Men of Carmel - Anchored in God and Life

following the lives of some candidates for the priesthood and religious life in the Carmelite order

The Jesuits

Companions of Jesus

Joyful and Free for God

the Dominican Sisters

Institute of the Incarnate Word

 How this order of priests came to be

Institute of the Incarnate Word

a Day at the Seminary

Dominican Friars

I Charge You Preach the Word

Dominican Sisters

Dominicans of Hawthorne

For Christ and the Church

The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Future Programs will include

To Preach the Gospel to the Poor

The Story of St Alphonsus Liguori


Five Paths to the Priesthood

Women of Compassion

Carmelite Sisters

Daughters of St Paul

Communicating Christ to the World

True Devotion to Mary

see: To Jesus thru Mary

To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.

Pope with Rosary

Christ is the supreme Teacher, the revealer and the one revealed. It is not just a question of learning what He taught but of “learning Him”. In this regard could we have any better teacher than Mary? From the divine standpoint, the Spirit is the interior teacher who leads us to the full truth of Christ. But among creatures no one knows Christ better than Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of His mystery better than His Mother.

Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae

Whoever desires Jesus must go to Mary and whoever finds Mary will most certainly find Jesus.

St Alphonsus Liguori

Edel Quinn


Mary our Mother: this title means more than 'Our Lady'.

Often remember Christ's words:"Son, behold thy Mother."

Venerable Edel Quinn

Are We All Called to be Holy?

What is the Legion of Mary?

What About The Legion of Mary in New York?


When you look at the crucifix, you understand

how much Jesus loved you then

When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand

how much Jesus loves you now.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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