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 has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last six 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.
Members (both male and female) 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 at Our Lady of Peace are under the guidance of spiritual director, Deacon Paul Brachle. The Legion is, in essence, an extension of the heart and hands of our pastor, Father Walter Dziordz.
Members typically meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion, in a family setting. Then they do two hours of assigned work every week, usually in teams of two or more, under the guidance of the spiritual director.
The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics, both male and female:
- Who faithfully practice their Catholic religion,
- Who are animated by the desire to participate in the Church’s apostolate through membership in the Legion,
- Who are prepared to fulfill the duties and responsibilities that active membership in the Legion requires.
The first step is to be a guest at a meeting of the Legion of Mary.
Guests are always welcome to go along on Legion projects with an experienced member, if they choose.
The Mother of Divine Mercy Presidium of the Legion of Mary meets every Friday morning, immediately after the 7:30 am Mass at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.
Please call 630-434-2408 or 630-852-3462 for more information.
All are welcome.