“Yours is an eminently Marian spirituality, not only because the Legion glories in carrying Mary’s name as its unfurled banner, but above all because it bases its methods of spirituality and apostolate on the dynamic principle of union with Mary, on the truth of the intimate participation of the Virgin Mary in the plan of salvation. In other words you intend to render your service to every person, who is the image of Christ, with the spirit and the solicitude of Mary.”
(John Paul II – Address to Italian Legionaries, 30 Oct 1982)
The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff in Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September 1921. It is a lay Catholic organisation which has four million active and ten million auxiliary members in almost every country of the world.
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the lives of its members based on prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.
The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium. Each praesidium holds a weekly meeting where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Every legionary is required to carry out approximately two hours voluntary work weekly.
The Legion of Mary Legionaries in Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish form the ‘Our Lady Queen of Peace’ praesidium. The weekly meeting of one and a half hours duration takes place in the meeting room off the church porch on Tuesday nights at 7.45pm. Visitors are always welcome.
Further information is available from Ita Healy at 01-490 3116 or Finola Kennedy at 01- 269 1369.
The Works of the Legion in Merrion: Legion Members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish.
Parish Bookshop: The Bookshop is open on Saturday 10am-1pm; on Sunday 9.30am-1pm and on First Fridays 11.30am-1pm.
Patricians: The Patrician Group is a discussion group for the purpose of deepening knowledge of the Faith. Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month (except in July and August) from 8-10 pm in Donnybrook Parish Centre. A layperson gives an introductory talk (max 15 mins). This is followed by discussion and an interval for tea and biscuits.
After the break, a priest gives a talk (also max 15 mins). This is followed by further discussion until the meeting ends with the recitation of the Creed. Topics discussed at recent meetings include ‘Marriage for Life?’, ‘Mary in the Gospels’, ‘Opus Dei’, ‘Moral Relativism’ and ‘Venerable Mary Aikenhead’.
Care Group: The Care Group meets monthly on First Fridays in the coffee room. Volunteers undertake various works in their own time, including visiting residents in St Mary’s Home for the Blind.
Auxiliary Membership: This membership is open to priests, religious and lay people who wish to associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name.
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