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Legion of Mary
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is a parish-based organization of lay people with a plan of action
to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truths of our Catholic  faith.   Organized
in 1921 in Ireland, it is now found all over the world  with  over   two   million   active
members and 20 million auxiliary members.  The last six popes approved the Legion
and the Second Vatican Council endorsed it.
With reliance  on  the  Holy  Spirit  and  with
Mary as their example, Legionaires grow as
disciples ever  faithful  to  Jesus  and  ever
wanting to reveal Him.

Founded  by Frank Duff  on   September  7,
1921 in Dublin.  His idea was to help Catho-
lic laypeople fulfill their  baptismal promises
and be able to live  their  dedication  to  the
Church in an organized structure supported
by fraternity and prayer.

The Legion  of  Mary   soon   spread   from
Ireland to other  countries  and   continents.
At first, the Legion often met  with  mistrust
due to its dedication to lay apostolate which
was unusual for the time. Only after Pope Pius XI expressed praise for the Legion in
1931, could such mistrust be quelled.

Most prominent for spreading the Legion was the Irish legionary Venerable Edel Mary
Quinn for her activities in Africa during  the  1930s  and  40s.  Her dedication  to  the
mission of the Legion even in the face of her ill  health  due  to  tuberculosis  brought
her  great  admiration  in  and  outside  of  the  Legion.   A  canonization  process  is
currently under way for Venerable Edel Quinn and a beatification for Frank Duff.


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