Legion of Mary


A Brief History of the Legion

The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland 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. The main apostolate of the Legion consists of activities directed towards all men and women, young and old, rich and poor as well as people from the margins of society (homeless, prostitutes, prisoners, etc.) and towards non-Catholics. The members of the Legion are primarily engaged in the performance of the Spiritual Works of Mercy rather than works of material aid. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium.

The Works of the Legion

The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The active members participate in the life of the parish through the visitation of families, the sick; both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in apostolic and missionary undertakings 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.

Joining the Legion of Mary as an active member will help you:

  • To see Christ in others and to serve Him there.
  • To become a holier person within yourself.
  • To work hand in hand with Mary our mother.
  • To submit yourself to the Holy Spirit.
  • To do great things for God and for the salvation of souls.

At Saint Bonaventure Parish our praesidium is named Our Lady of Charity. Our goal is to promote the glory of God and advance the reign of Jesus Christ, through the actions of our membership; developed by prayer, evangelization and active co-operation in Mary’s work and with the Mission of the Catholic Church. We accomplish this by a primary focus on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. The active members of Our Lady of Charity Praesidium are Religious Education catechists at the youth, teen and adult levels; bring Communion and pray with residents at hospitals, local nursing facilities; conduct door to door visitation within the parish boundaries as well as a Pilgrim Virgin home visitation program; welcome new parishioners; comfort the mourning and many other works in the parish.

Auxiliary Membership

This membership is open to Priests, Religious and lay people who wish to associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name.

The duties of the Auxiliary member are:
1. The daily recitation of the Rosary.
2. The daily recitation of the prayers contained in the Legion prayer leaflet called the “Tessera.”

Confer, O Lord, on us, who serve beneath the standard of Mary, that fullness of faith in You and trust in her, to which it is given to conquer the world. Grant us a lively faith, animated by charity, which will enable us to perform all our actions from the motive of pure love of You, and ever to see You and serve You in our neighbor; a faith, firm and immovable as a rock, through which we shall rest tranquil and steadfast amid the crosses, toils and disappointments of life; a courageous faith which will inspire us to undertake and carry out without hesitation great things for your glory and for the salvation of souls; a faith which will be our Legion’s Pillar of Fire – to lead us forth united – to kindle everywhere the fires of divine love – to enlighten those who are in darkness and in the shadow of death – to inflame those who are lukewarm – to bring back life to those who are dead in sin; and which will guide our own feet in the way of peace; so that – the battle of life over – our Legion may reassemble, without the loss of any one, in the kingdom of Your love and glory. Amen.
-From the concluding prayers of the Tessera




St. Bonaventure’s Legion of Mary Officers


Schedule of Activities

Spiritual Director

Deacon Joseph Sullivan

  Weekly Meetings   


Martha Young

  Adults [18+yrs]   
Vice-President Libby Coker   Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am in the Hall Conference Room
Treasurer Don Klein      
Secretary Vivian McWilliam      
Contact: Bill McElroy at 215-896-8513 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


All parishioners are invited to join, please sign up today!


There are several ways to find out more about the Legion Of Mary, visit the official web site, schedule a Pilgrim Virgin home visitation or read the official Legion of Mary handbook.