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The Legion of Mary PraesidiumThe Legion of Mary Praesidium of St. John's Parish was formed on January 14, 1957. The primary objective of the Legion of Mary is the personal sanctification of its members. In striving to reach this goal the primary obligation of each active member is the duty of attendance at the weekly meetings of the Praesidium. Each of the weekly meetings follows an invariable order of prayers and activities as prescribed in the handbook of the Legion. Another obligation of each member is the performance of a weekly work assignment. Work assignments may consist of such things as visiting fallen-away or non-practicing Catholics, making hospital and nursing home visits, visiting the sick of the parish, distributing literature and religious articles, and various other tasks of apostolic nature. A minimum of two hour’s work per week is required on active senior members. Members are also obligated to recite daily the “Catena Legionis” which consists of prescribed prayers contained in a leaflet called the “Tessera”. The “Tessera” has a reproduction of Legion Picture on its front cover, and is issued to each active and auxiliary member. Members are also obligated to extend the work of the Legion through active recruitment of new members.

In addition to active membership in the Legion of Mary has an auxiliary membership which consists of those who did not assume the duties of the active members, but who associate themselves by the daily recitation of the prayers prescribed in the “Tessera”.

A Junior Praesidium has also been established in the parish. Junior Legionnaires obligate themselves to a minimum of one hour’s work per week, along with attendance at a weekly meeting and other prescribed activities. Membership in the Junior Legion of Mary is open to persons under 18 years of age.

The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who
a) faithfully practice their religion
b) are animated by a desire to practice the lay apostolate in the works of the Legion, and
c) are prepared to fulfill each and every duty which membership in the Legion involves.

The Legion of Mary began on September 7, 1921, with the meeting of 15 women, under the direction of a priest, in Dublin, Ireland. Their primary objective was to form a society for visiting the sick poor in the Dublin Union Hospital. From this humble beginning the movement expanded into formal organization which now exists throughout the world. Each local Praesidium is associated with a Diocesan Counsel called a “Curia”. Next, there is a Regional or National Council called a “Senatus”. Finally, the Supreme Governing Body of the Legion of Mary is the “Concilium Legionis” located in Dublin, Ireland.

Information provided by the Book "1856-1861 125th Jubilee" Richard J. Elfrink and many others in the Acknowledgements

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