LEGION OF MARY
The Legion of Mary, 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, 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.
Founded in Dublin, Ireland on 7 September 1921, the Legion of Mary is a lay catholic organization whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country.
The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion.
On 29 November 2004, the Filipino Praesidium, Mary Mediatrix of All Graces, was founded. This new Filipino Praesidium became the branch of the Austrian praesidium, Mary, Mother of the Church, in Stephansdom, who thought of extending their apostolate through a balanced program of prayers and services to the Filipino community in Vienna.
Currently, the Filipino Curia has three Präsidia, with active & provisionary members, as well as confirmed auxiliaries who have the duty of praying the Rosary and Teserra (Legionaries’ prayers) everyday.
- Präsidium I - headed by President Dina Godts - focuses on the motivation and prayer with kababayans in Burgenland, Wiener Neustadt and Linz.
- Präsidium II - with President Evangeline Wolf - assists the old and sick patients in Fortuna Seniorenheim to attend the gospel reading, and on the last Friday of every month to hear mass with our Chaplaincy priest.
- Präsidium III - with President Charito Mina - concentrates on the shopping mall and street aposotolate by distributing miraculous medals, rosaries and religious articles.
As part of their work for religious education, the Filipino Curia also started in Summer 2005 a youth formation program with the regular attendance of 5-10 young people aged 10-16. The program for the youth consists of religious catechism in English and German, interactive activities, rosary making, among others. The youth meeting is held every last Friday of the month at 5:00 in the afternoon at Dorotheergasse, 22-15, 1010 Vienna. This was the same place the members used to meet weekly until February 6 of this year when the group started to meet at Maria vom Berge Karmel, Stefan Fadinger Platz 1, the seat of Filipino Catholic Chaplaincy in Vienna. The Legionary meet every Monday at 6:30 in the evening.
The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics who faithfully practice their religion and who are animated by the zeal to be part in the church’s pastoral activities and to become the extension of the heart and the hand of the pastor especially to the spiritually needy members of our community.