Vatican City – The Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Bishop Josef Clemens, delivered on the morning of Thursday, March 27, at the headquarters of the Dicastery, the decree in which the Legion of Mary is recognized as’ International Association of the Faithful’ and through which are hereby approved statutes of this ecclesial reality.
Born in 1921 in Dublin, Ireland, on the initiative of a group of few people guided by Frank Duff, an official of the Ministry of Finance and, posteriorly, the Private Secretary of Irish Ministry of Defence, the Legion of Mary this historical association, saw in its 93 years of history, a widespread diffusion in the world.
Through training of thousands of groups on every continent, has spread the identity of Legio Mariae, strongly rooted in Marian spirituality and distribution to the Holy Spirit. The movement proposes to its own members as primary objectives, personal holiness and the participation in the evangelizing mission of the Church through commitment in so many ministries in the service of the poor and suffering and those who are far from faith.In the message, Bishop Clemens emphasized that Legio Mariae is a tangible sign of how the missionary spirit of the laity, “often lived together with everyday commitments in the family and the workplace, can walk along with a deep understanding of the call to holiness received through Baptism.”
“The whole history of the Legion of Mary – said Bishop Clemens – is a wonderful testimony of faith: faith in the omnipotence of God, faith in the power of prayer to Mary”. Shows how “prayers to Mary pronounced with faith has always gotten answers”. “From its humble beginnings, the Legion of Mary was a living testimony of how God can work through humble hearts” – recalled.
“In 1921 Frank Duff had the idea of forming a spiritual order, devoted servants of the Virgin Mary, bringing Her to the world and through Her the world to Jesus. It was truly a prophetic intuition”, concludes the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Source: Vatican Radio