Welcome to LEGION OF MARY, an organization committed to the spiritual formation of its members, who in turn reach out to the world through spiritual works of mercy.
The 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. The Legion of Mary has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last 8 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.
Active members meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion. Then they do two hours of assigned work each week under the guidance of their spiritual director. Members recite the Catena Legionis prayer daily.
The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who faithfully practice their religion, who are animated by the desire to participate in the Church's evangelistic mission through membership in the Legion, and who are prepared to fulfill each and every duty which active membership in the Legion involves.
The works of Legionaries are for the benefit of the young and old, the rich and poor, the marginalized, people of any religion, and people who profess no faith. The works are primarily Spiritual Works of Mercy as opposed to material aid.
To join the Legion of Mary, you are welcome to attend meetings as a guest and become familiar with the responsibilities and benefits of membership. Join an active member in their weekly assignment. If there is no Legion of Mary in your parish, you may join a group in another parish until you can start one at your parish with the assistance of other Legionaries and in cooperation with your pastor. Click on the Praesidia tab above to view the Legion of Mary groups in Northern Ohio, USA.