What is it?

mary_rosaryThe Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last 6 Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.

What does it do?

Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, prison ministry, visitation of the sick or aged, crowd contact, religious education, visiting the newly baptized, Pilgrim Virgin Statue rotations, and meeting the other spiritual needs of the parish community. Legionaries are under the guidance of a spiritual director named by the pastor. The Legion is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor.

How does it work?

Members meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion in a family setting. Then they do two hours of definite work each week in pairs and under the guidance of their spiritual director.

Who can belong?

The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who:

  1. Faithfully practice their religion;
  2. Are animated by the desire to participate in the Church's apostolate through membership in the Legion;
  3. Are prepared to fulfill each and every duty which active membership in the Legion involves

How do I start?

The first step is to be a guest at a meeting of the Legion of Mary. Guests are always welcome and can go on one of the work assignments with an experienced member if they choose. If there is no Legion of Mary in your parish, you can participate in a group in another parish until you can start one of your own with the assistance of other Legionaries and in cooperation with the pastor.

Schedule of Weekly Meetings:

Junior Legion

  • Morning Star Praesidium - Thursdays, 4:30 pm, Rm 201 Parish Center (Grades 2-5)
  • Ancora Gratiae Praesidium - Thursdays, 4:30 pm, Rm 106 Parish Center (High School)


Senior Legion

  • Our Lady of Divine Mercy Praesidium - Mondays, 10:15 am at The House of Mercy
  • Mater Dei Praesidium - Thursdays, 4:30 pm, Rm 105 Parish Center
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Praesidium - Wednesdays, 7:45 pm, Rm 101 Parish Center
  • Our Lady of Grace Praesidium - Thursdays, 9:45 am, Rm 107 Parish Center
  • Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Praesidium - Thursdays, 9:45 am Rm 108 Parish Center


For more information, ask any member of the Legion of Mary or contact Janet Dean at (703) 505-9321.

10 Benefits

10 Things


Acies Talk

Devotion to Mary

Effort for Mary


Giving Reports

Interior Life of Frank Duff

Legion Functions

Legion Prayers

Legion Promise

Mary's Legion of Angels

Mediatrix of Grace

Perfection of Membership

Praetorian Membership

Praetorian & Adjutorian Membership


Standing Instructions

Saint Therese and the Legion

The Catena

The Greatest of These is Love

The Legionary & the Eucharist

The Legionary & the Rosary

The Legion as a Lay Vocation

The Legion Promise

Legion Works


Mark of the Cross = Sign of Hope

The Object of the Legion

The Priest and the Legion

True Devotion

True Devotion to Mary

Union with Mary

Work for the Most Wretched and Dejected of the Population