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 precursor of the Legion of Mary, which Pope
Paul VI described as "the greatest movement which has been established for the
good of souls since the era of the great religious orders". After spending a period
of his youth in the novitiate of the Irish Christian Brothers, which he had to leave
because of delicate health, he found his vocation in the Legion of Mary, and was
appointed Envoy in 1953. With Seamus Grace, he left for Bogota, Columbia on the
feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 16th of July.
God had bestowed on him great natural gifts,
a personality which attracted souls to the
service and love of God, an infectious enthu-
siasm, and a facility for learning languages,
which enabled him to rapidly attain fluency in
Spanish and Portuguese.
For almost six year he worked ceaselessly
in promoting the Legion of Mary in Columbia,
Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay and Brazil. After
a short but grave illness he died in Buenos
Aires on the feast of St. Agnes, 21st January
During his years in South America he set up a great number of branches of the
Legion of Mary, and trained a multitude in the apostolate of the Legion. His
devotion to Mary as outstanding, and in contacts with Legionaries and others he
explained and urged the practice of the True Devotion to Our Lady.