Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary sanctifies its members through spiritual works of mercy, and is a powerful means of helping our priests to evangelize those committed to their care.
The Legion of Mary has been commended by popes, cardinals and bishops. Established at St. Clement of Rome in 1988 and in existence in the New Orleans area since 1945, the Legion of Mary is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world. The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1921 by Frank Duff, who is being considered for canonization.
Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works include door to door evangelization and census taking, parishioner visitation, visitation of the aged, religious education, arranging for the Sacrament of the Sick, arranging Sacrament of Reconciliation, crowd contact, and other spiritual needs of the parish community. The Legion is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor.
Legionaries’ duties require from each Legionary an attendance at a weekly meeting, daily recitation of the Legion Prayer, and two hours of spiritual works a week and absolute respect for the confidential nature of matters discussed. Each member is committed to at least one closed retreat yearly, and any spiritual work that our pastor requests. The group is committed to a bi-annual adoration day held at Notre Dame Seminary to pray for vocations. Also, the rosary before each Mass on the weekend is led by our ministry.
For more information, contact the office at the Parish Center (504) 887-7821 to obtain the name and telephone of a point contact.