The Legion of Mary is an International Lay-Apostolic Organization for Catholics only. It was founded on 7th September 1921 by Bro. Frank Duff, a lay person. Now it has over 3 million active members spread over all the continents of the world. Concilium is the highest governing body for this worldwide organization and is based in Dublin, Ireland. In West Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Regia is the local governing body for the Legion of Mary.
The objective of the Legion of Mary is the Glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayers and active co-operation, under ecclesiastical guidance, in Mary’s and the Church’s work of crushing the head of the serpent and advancing the reign of Christ.
What we do
The Legion of Mary is at the disposal of the bishop of the diocese and the parish priest for any and every form of social service and Catholic action which these authorities may deem suitable to the Legionaries and useful for the welfare of the Church. Legionaries will never engage in any of these services whatsoever in a parish without the sanction of the parish priest or of the Bishop. Legionaries’ work include home visitation to the sick, aged, lonely, newly baptized, marginalized and lapsed Catholics besides hospital visits, prison visit, crowd contact, promotion of devotion to Mother Mary, dissemination of Catholic literatures/articles, RCIA facilitators, extraordinary ministers and religion education.
How does it work?
In each parish, the unit of the Legion of Mary is called Praesidium. If there are more than 3 Praesidia, then a council known as Curia can be formed to oversee these praesidia. In each praesidium, members are obliged to come together for the weekly meeting . At the meeting an altar with our Lady’s statue of Immaculate Conception is set up on the table. Placed on the altar are 2 vases of fresh flowers, 2 lighted candles and the Vexillum. Members sit around the altar and the president presides over the meeting commencing with the Legion prayers which include the Rosary and discussion of the work done. Each week, members are assign to do active apostolic work. The parish priest is the spiritual director of the praesidium To-date the church of the Holy Family of Kajang has 3 Praesidia namely:
Queen of the World Pdm. (English-speaking) – 30 years
Comforter of the Afflicted Pdm. (Mandarin-speaking) 52 years
Our Lady of the Rosary Pdm. (Tamil-speaking) few months old
Who can join?
Only faithful practicing Catholics can be members
Catholics who are living by the desire to participate in the Church’s evangelizing work
Queen of the World Pdm. (English-speaking) Every Tuesday at 7.30pm at 2nd Floor, Catholic Centre.
Comforter of the Afflicted Pdm. (Mandarin-speaking) Every Thursday at 7.30pm at 2nd Floor, Catholic Centre
Our Lady of the Rosary Pdm. (Tamil-speaking) Every Sunday at 3.45pm at 2nd Floor, Catholic Centre