The Legion of Mary is an international Catholic Lay movement open to practising Catholics both men and women of every age.
Meet weekly and do some voluntary work with a partner, such as visiting the sick and elderly who are housebound or in Rest Homes or Hospitals. Taking Eucharist to the sick and in union with Mary and the Holy Spirit all spiritual and apostolic works of mercy presenting themselves.
Auxiliary or praying members are very important – saying the rosary and some short prayers daily bringing grace and blessing to all
Role, Spirit and Formation
The Legion places much emphasis on ‘sanctification’ through prayer, the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ, guidance of the Holy Spirit, and on the performance of apostolic work in union Mary, Mother of the Redeemer and our Mother.
The Legion’s Origin
It commenced in Dublin in 1921, to serve God in the Lay Apostolate, with a New Zealander Elizabeth Kirwan as its first president.. It has since spread throughout the world and reached Oceania in 1932, Dunedin in 1933 and Christchurch in 1934.
Christchurch currently has 8 praesidia (groups), New Brighton, Rangiora, St.Mary’s Manchester St., Woolston, the Cathedral, Burnside, Halswell and Nazareth House.
There is also in Christchurch a large Korean presence with its own Curia and various praesidia (groups) attached.