Started in Kamloops on April 20th 1959. Its first spiritual director was Fr. J. McIntyre.
The Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland on 7 September 1921. It is a lay Catholic organisation 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 Works of the Legion
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. “For all states of the laity the perfect example of spiritual and apostolic life is the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, who while leading the life common to all here on earth, one filled with family concerns and labours, was always intimately united with her Son and in an entirely unique way co-operated in the work of the saviour...All should devoutly venerate her and commend their life and apostolate to her maternal care.”
In the Kamloops Diocese, the first senior Praesidium of the Legion of Mary, entitled Our Lady of Lourdes, was formed at Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1959 with Father (later Monsignor) John MacIntyre as its first spiritual director and Mr. Robin Cooper as its first president.
Today, the Legion of Mary, Our Lady Guiding Light Praesidia, is still active in Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish. Legionnaires work in pairs to visit shut-ins, families that are new to Sacred Heart Parish, and families whose children just received their First Communion at the Cathedral – Legionnaires bring rosaries and prayer books to encourage them in the faith and sacraments.
If you feel inspired by the Holy Spirit, and have a love for Our Lady, and her Son, then perhaps you may consider joining the Legion of Mary. In this Year of Faith, let us remember that devotion to the Blessed Mother is an important part of our Catholic Identity.
Our Lady Guiding Light