As we pointed out on the general page about our Activities, the main works and prayers of the Legion are found in the three C’s. Conversion, consolation and conservation are all essential to the Legion. Most importantly, however, conversion is pre-eminent. The Legion, and the Catholic Church itself, and its work, would not survive and thrive without conversion. As Frank Duff would say, two of the core works could be done by a presidium, for example conversion and consolation, but they must always include conversion. Woe to us if we do not preach the gospel and give the good news.
- Home visitation: Pairs of Legionaries may go door-to-door to visit the members of their parish for evangelical purposes.
- Crowd contact: Legionaries may coordinate fairs, rosaries in local parks, booths at flea markets, book barrows to provide free or non profit books, etc. to promote the faith or the Legion. Two or more Legionaries should attend each event. If items are sold, it must be without profit.
- Sidewalk counseling: Pairs of Legionaries may offer counseling in front of abortion facilities to women in crisis. Legionaries pray rather than picket, and must always perform their work in a non-aggressive manner.
- Distribution of Catholic literature: Legionaries may offer Catholic literature at bus depots, train stations, hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, etc.
- Missionary activities: Peregrinatio Pro Christo (PPC), Exploratio Dominicolis (Sunday search for souls), etc. (See the Legion Handbook for more information)
- Religious instruction: Legionaries may serve as teachers for RCIA, CCD, etc. They may also organize and/or teach Bible studies. This work may be conducted alone or in pairs, but must not be done for a fee.
- Right-to-life lectures: Legionaries may give lectures in support of the pro-life cause at schools, workshops, etc.
- Sacramental preparation: Legionaries may prepare people to receive the sacraments, including marriage preparation.
- Restorative justice: Legionaries may provide probation counseling for delinquent children and substance abuse counseling for both children or adults. They may also follow-up with children or adults who have been released from prison or juvenile facilities.
- Recruitment: Legionaries may recruit members for other parish organizations. (Work for non-parish organizations cannot be counted as Legion work.)
- Home visitation: Pairs of Legionaries may go door-to-door to visit the members of their parish who are sick or homebound.
- Institutional visitation: Pairs of Legionaries may visit people in institutions of any kind, including nursing homes, hospitals, mental wards, group homes, retirement homes, handicapped facilities, jails , etc.
- Eucharistic ministry: Pairs of Legionaries may provide Communion to those who are sick or shut-in. (This does not include serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Mass.)
- Funeral dinners: If assigned, Legionaries may serve dinners at funerals, especially if no one else is available.
D. Para-liturgical Events
- Conducting para-liturgical services: Legionaries may conduct para-liturgical services when no priest is available
- Enthronement to the Sacred Heart: Legionaries may promote Enthronement to the Sacred Heart and conduct enthronement exercises.
- Eucharistic Adoration: Legionaries may organize and lead Holy Hours or all-night Adoration. (This does not include mere attendance at such events, regardless of the length of time spent.)
- Promotion of the Holy Rosary: Legionaries may organize Rosary Groups and teach others how to make Rosaries.
- Rosary or wake services at funerals: If assigned, Legionaries may perform Rosary or wake services at funerals.
- Pilgrim Virgin Statue: Legionaries may organize and promote devotion to the Pilgrim Virgin Statue.
E. Works of Service
- Transportation: Legionaries may provide transportation to church, medical appointments, shopping, etc. for those in need (if permitted by the parish and/or diocese.)
- Babysitting: Legionaries may provide free babysitting services (without pay) so parents, care-givers, or other family members can attend church, go shopping, go to a medical appointment, etc. (This does not include babysitting done on behalf of a family member.)
- Group leadership: Legionaries may conduct youth clubs, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, religious groups, etc.
- Facilitation of pastoral visitations: Legionaries may prepare the homes of the blind or the sick for visitation by the priest.
- Facilitation of spiritual growth: Legionaries may set up and/or lead retreats, days of recollection, or evenings of reflections. Legionaries should seek to perform such services primarily for Legion auxiliaries.
- Service in soup lines: Legionaries may serve the hungry in food lines, as long as the Legion does not provide the food.
F. Extension and Recruiting
- Extension: Legionaries may visit priests from other parishes to request their support in founding new praesidia.
- Support of new praesidia: Legionaries may provide training in Legionary procedures to new praesidia.
- Invitation drives: Legionaries may assist other praesidia in inviting new members to join the Legion.
- Recruitment of Auxiliaries
- Visitation of Auxiliaries: Legionaries may visit their praesidium’s Auxiliaries to support them in their Legionary work.
- Phone contact: Legionaries who are not able to do more active work may contact auxiliaries or shut-ins by phone.
- Patricians Meetings: Legionaries may staff and promote Patricians Meetings, which are talks intended to instruct both Legion members and guests about the faith.
- Officers for Junior Praesidia: Adult Legionaries may serve as officers for Junior Praesidia.
- Legionaries may perform any other work requested by the pastor that does not involve regular collection of funds or material aid.
- Exceptions may be made for elderly and/or handicapped Legionaries. Such Legionaries may be assigned anything that they both are capable of and find challenging.
The above suggestions are examples of work that may be performed by Legionaries. It should not be considered all-inclusive. The suggestions themselves are based on the Concilium Legionis Mariae revised list of approved works, September 2000, but we have categorized them and modernized the terminology.
In reading this list, it should become obvious that Legionary works must be substantial and active. Mere attendance at events, services, or prayers, no matter how substantial, does not fulfill the active work requirement. Furthermore, Legionary work must be done in pairs or groups whenever possible. By making such demands of her members, the Legion fosters the spiritual growth of both her own members and the beneficiaries of her work.
The focus of every Legion work, no matter how simple, must always be the conversion of the world. The Legion’s founder, Frank Duff, provides an ideal model in this regard — he would pray every day over a map of the whole world, asking for the conversion of every soul.