The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members. It has been approved by the last 6 Popes and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The main purpose of the Junior Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the santification of its members and preparation of its members to enter the Senior Legion. Those under the age of 18 and interested in the Legion of Mary should attend meetings at a Junior Praesidium. Upon reaching 18, they may then attend meetings at a senior praesidium.
What does the Junior Legion of Mary do?
Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and works. Works include Altar Serving and the Traveling Statue of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Legionaries are under the guidance of a spiritual director. The Legion is an extension of the heart and hands of the pastor.
Members meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion in a family setting. As a group, we take the Traveling Statue of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to the homes of St. Joseph Parish members, who have requested to host Our Lady in their homes for a week and are committed to praying daily as a family.
Who can belong?
The Jr. Legion of Mary is open to all Catholic children in Kindergarten thru 12th grade who:
- Faithfully practice their religion.
- Are prepared to fulfill each and every duty which active/auxillary membership in the Jr. Legion of Mary are involved with at St. Joseph Church/School.