Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland on 7 September 1921. It is a lay catholic organization whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country.


The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The 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.


Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary. At St. John’s, the Legion of Mary meets every Wednesday evening at 7 pm in the Jordan Room. They pray the rosary every day, and on Sundays go door-to-door in the surrounding area inviting neighbors to come to services at St. John’s. They have had a number of wonderful encounters with people who have come back to the Church because of this great work.

If you would like to be a part of this organization, or would like more information, please feel free to come to the Wednesday meeting or contact Joan Towner at 503.794.3980.