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Sandpoint, Idaho

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The Legion of Mary

What Is It?

The Legion of Mary is a worldwide organization of the lay apostolate, in which Catholic men and women sanctify themselves through prayer and spiritual work in union with Our Lady under the guidance of the clergy. It is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over three million active members in almost every country around the world.

In 2011 the Legion of Mary celebrated its 90th anniversary worldwide. We have been active in the United States since 1931, have known continuous Papal approval, and we have been endorsed by the Second Vatican Council.

What Does It Do?

The Legion of Mary enables its members to become better Catholics through a balanced program of prayer and service in union with the Holy Spirit as he operates through Mary, Mother of the Church. Our works include door-to-door evangelization, parish visitation projects, youth work, and meeting other spiritual needs of the Parish and community.

How Does It Work?

Members meet once a week for prayer, planning, and discussion in a family setting; they do a couple of hours of definite work each week in part and under the guidance of the spiritual director.

Who Can Belong?

No one - for the first three months! There is an easing-in period so you can see how work or family obligations blend with the tried and proven system of the Legion. Any Catholic, young, not-so-young, single, married, retired, who would like to draw closer to Jesus and His Mother is welcome to give it a try.

How Do I Start?

By being a guest at a meeting. Our meetings are on the Parish calendar. You are invited to come and see the Legion from the inside. If you wish, you can even go as a guest on one of the work assignments with an experienced member. All you need is a willingness to sacrifice a little of your time and energy for the greatest reason in the world: Your love of God.

"You are a movement of lay people who propose to make faith the aspiration of your life up to the achievement of personal sanctity." - St. John Paul II

"You know how much esteem and affection I have for you. I say you have anticipated the Vatican Council - the future apostolate of the Church." - Bishop Fulton Sheen

Ten Benefits of Legion of Mary Membership

1. Miracles have happened during the Legion's work.

2. The Legion is a school for Saints.

3. The Legion fulfills canon law.

4. The Legion's work keeps its members young.

5. The Legion teaches the Catholic faith.

6. The Legion's work promotes friendships.

7. Membership is a means of tithing.

8. The work helps members face judgement day.

9. The Legion's work saves souls.

10. Masses for member's souls.

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