The Legion of Mary Providence Comitium News and Events

News 2021

An Afternoon to Honor Mary and Jesus
For 100 years of the Legion of Mary.

PROVIDENCE — We are delighted that the Most Reverend Thomas Tobin will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Legion of Mary in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul at 1:00 on November 21st. All are welcome. The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff and devoted lay people in Dublin on Sept. 8, 1921, the Birthday of Mary. Our celebration will be on the Presentation of Mary, Nov. 21st. The celebration of the centenary will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a Holy Hour of Adoration and Benediction. A collation will follow. For more information on this event visit

More news from 2021 is will be updated.

News summary 2020

January: Wonderful news! New Bedford Curia is relocating to Holy Ghost Parish in Tiverton, RI. Its membership will be made up of praesidia from the Diocese of Fall River, and praesidia from Newport county area of Rhode Island. It will report to the Providence Comitium.

More great news! Days of Evangelization continue to spread in the New England area. Mark your agenda. There is a planned Day of Evangelization in Parish of the Sacred Hearts in Malden, Massachusetts. Date to follow. Several nearby churches are participating. Father Mario Guarino is excited to host the day at the Parish of the Sacred Hearts. We have had great success in Rhode Island and other parts of America with Days of Evangelization.

For hosting a Day of Evangelization in your parish please contact:

Edward Gallagher at (401) area code 573-3630 or

Kathleen Kerin (401) area code 741-3585 or

Stay tuned for more details.

“It is not enough to be unafraid. God wants you to hope for great things from him, and to be filled with joy by reason of this hope.”

St. Louis de Montfort

News summary 2019

We have a lot going on in our little State.

Right now we are in the middle of a year long workshop series. We are learning more about our weekly meeting and our auxiliaries. Soon we will be discussing recruitment and extension.


Mini retreat: October 26, 2019 St. Kateri Tekakwitha Exeter, RI with Deacon Edsel and Msgr. Sabourin from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Annual reunion: December 8, 2019 St. Kateria Tekakwitha, Exeter, RI

General News

Several parishes have started recruitment lately after mass. All members of the parish are invited to an informal information night. The local group grows organically depending on what works the members want to accomplish, and when they want to meet. When a group gets too big, they split.

In addition, Days of Evangelization are coming up.

Besides works in the parishes, we have ongoing initiatives in hospitals, on the streets for the homeless, and are working toward prison ministry.

We are also looking forward to the annual Acies ceremonies, and the hundredth year anniversary of the Legion of Mary.

The Legion is a great way to make and keep friends on way to heaven. Our planned events are often family friendly, and meant to bind us together as a spiritual family under our Mother Mary and God our Father.

Check back to this page often for updates. We have recently added several heroic legionaries under the “Sainthood?” section.

Contact us to find out how the Legion can help you, or we can help each other.

 If you want to add information here for news and events, please contact us.

RI Legion of Mary Website Launched

Br. Edward Gallagher, President of the RI Legion of Mary, is pleased to announce the launching of the Legion’s official website. The site is packed full of information on the Legion itself as well as many related informational links for further reading. Every RI Catholic is encouraged to visit the site, learn about the Legion of Mary, how to join the Legion of Mary, or even request a prayer.

The Streets of Providence Revisited

November 23, 2019:  The Streets of Providence Revisited

Three members from the two Legion praesidia were back on the streets of Providence sharing the Good News.

Srs. Marissa from St. Vincent DePaul’s Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Srs. Eileen and Sr. Diane from St. Eugene’s Our Lady Queen of the Clergy met at St. Mary’s on Broadway at 10 AM.  The weather was much colder than their first mission two weeks earlier but they set out with high hopes and light hearts.

Using the same approach that served them well before, they gently engaged the people they met, established a connection and through a simple and friendly conversation were able to touch 15 souls who were open to prayer and offered their intentions.  There were, of course, those who were not interested and a couple of people who were, in a word, hostile.

They first met Kenneth who asked that they pray for Maya, his sister, that she would be ok …..

Margy, a lady on the corner who appreciated what they were doing but had no intentions and did not take a rosary …  but they prayed for her….  

Annette, an individual who appeared to be disoriented, possibly on drugs, and    bobbing in and out of the street.  They were able to bring her to the sidewalk and start a conversation .  She asked that they pray for her sister Sarah and they said a prayer on the corner.  Sr. Marissa gave her a church bulletin from St. Mary’s and told her that she could go there to get in from the cold and find a safe and quiet place.

They had a quick exchange with a young man walking his dog.  Friendly and outgoing, he asked that they pray for him, his dog “Stu” and his boyfriend CJ.

Sr. Diane found an older woman in distress searching through her bag outside of a coffee shop. She said she had lost her keys. They offered her assistance as well as a rosary and medal but she accepted nothing.  She was pleasant but not interested.

Dogs are evidently a draw to human beings and Sr. Diane spied a trio of young women talking to a dog that was sitting on a chair on a sidewalk outside of the bistro that his owner was in.  Sr. Diane struck up a conversation with Katie, Liz and Tara and discovered they were not “sure” about religion but welcomed the offer for prayers and asked that they pray for all people who suffer from addiction.

Sr. Marissa then met up with the first negative encounter of the day.  She said hello to a white haired gentleman who was getting out of his car.  She identified herself as being from the Legion of Mary and that they were out talking to the people and offering prayers.   His response, quite gruffly, was “well, good for you …. go for it … !” and he pivoted and walked away.  Sr. Diane, of course, called after him … “We’ll pray for you too sir !”

A bit further down the street they encountered two young women … one intently looking at her phone.  They approached and engaged and learned that their coworker’s mother had just passed away and they were grateful for the offer of prayers.  Sr. Eileen added the coworker William’s name and his mother to the book of intentions.

A young family then approached…. A man, woman and beautiful little girl who was interested in a passing pooch ….   They struck up a conversation with the mother Lakshmi, who asked that they pray for their daughter Asha.  Husband Michael also thanked them for the prayers.

The second bump in the evangelistic road came when Sr. Diane called out to a woman who was leaning against the wall of a convenience store.  As they approached this woman, the woman told them …  “No, stop right there… I don’t go for that proselytizing … don’t come rolling up on me like that …your presence will show people Jesus, not conversation …..”   They explained that they were not Jehovah’s witnesses but rather members of the Legion of Mary who were offering prayers and Good News.  They respected the woman and walked away.  She followed close behind them and after a couple of minutes she apologized to them and was about to say more but her phone rang and that was the end of it.

A very bright spot of the day was Carlos, from Nicaragua.  He was most happy to receive the rosary and Miraculous Medal and asked that they pray for everybody … and his family. They are a prayerful family and he would like to go to church but he works six days a week and Sunday is his only day off.  Sr. Marissa then gave him the bulletin from St. Mary’s and pointed out her spire down the block.  He smiled and said he would go.

Thomas then came down the walk and they engaged him.  He too prayed frequently and appreciated the rosary and medal.   (Both he and Carlos offered to give the Srs. money, but of course it was refused.)

Last but not least,  they encountered Jose, a 15 year old who was glued to his smartphone for most of the conversation.  They were able to discover that he lives with his mother. Both his mother and grandmother pray on a regular basis.  Sr. Marissa offered  him two rosaries and medals.  It was tough to get his head out of the phone (he was looking for Pokemon) but he finally accepted them and said they would be happy to get them. Intentions were noted for Lisell , his mom, and Carmen, his grandmother.

Srs. Marissa, Diane and Eileen then turned back toward St. Mary’s to pray the rosary for the intentions of all they had met.  The church, however, was locked up and so they prayed in Sr. Eileen’s car. They were out of the wind, safe, and had much to be thankful for.   It was a good day for the Legion in Rhode Island.

*In the Legion we call each other Br. or Sr., but we are lay people.

Retreat with Fr. Hugh Gillespie



Br. Edward Gallagher announced that he was able to engage Fr. Hugh Gillespie to speak at our next annual retreat. Due to the high demand for Fr. Gillespie, available dates were limited. Unfortunately we had to postpone. It will be an extraordinary event and we are blessed to have Fr. Gillespie participate.

Fr. Gillespie is a Roman Catholic Priest and Missionary belonging to the Company of Mary, the religious community founded by St. Louis de Montfort. He is also the managing editor for Montfort Publications and an itinerant mission preacher and retreat master.

The location of this event has not yet been solidified.

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