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The Legion of Mary in Rhode Island


Our mission as members of the Legion of Mary in Rhode Island is to offer everyone the chance to build a deeper relationship with Jesus through his most Blessed Mother, Mary. We meet in small groups at parishes throughout the State of Rhode Island and seek to spread the love of Jesus, often through simple acts of kindness towards those who may otherwise have been forgotten.

Such works, however, depend on the deeply Marian spirituality which we practice as members of the Legion of Mary and which we offer here to you.

One of the core pillars of this Marian spirituality is a devotion to the Holy Rosary. As such, we have put together a set of Rosary Meditations to guide you through this powerful prayer. These Meditations are also meant give you a taste of what the Legion of Mary is like, as we discuss the connection between the mysteries of the Rosary, such as the Visitation and the Annunciation, and the works of the Legion, such as home visitation and a willingness to say “yes” to the things we have been called to do by the will of God.

Since God came to us through Mary, we go to Him through Mary.

As members of the Legion of Mary, we try to imitate Mary by living a balanced life of prayer and action. Since God came to us through Mary, we go to Him through Mary. We consecrate ourselves to Mary because Jesus did.

If you would like to read more about the spirituality of the Legion, we have put together an Overview of Legion Spirituality, which will provide a more in-depth look at the spiritual foundation on which the Legion of Mary is built. If you are more interested in the activities of the Legion, you can visit our Activities page and read about the many things that we do as Legion members, including Days of Evangelization. We have also put together a History of the Legion, which describes the phenomenal stories of change and growth throughout our history. Finally, we would like to leave you with a message of hope, both through Encouragement from the Saints and through the stories of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of Fatima in The Age of the Church.

While it is impossible to include everything in a single website, we have provided suggestions for Further Reading which may help you to grow further in your own spirituality. And, if you finish reading everything we have provided so far, perhaps you may even feel called to join the Legion of Mary yourself!

God bless,

The Legion of Mary of Rhode Island, Providence Comitium

Featured Post:

Here is a excerpt From The Holy Rosary and the Legion:

The Holy Rosary is the lifeblood of the Legion of Mary. The Legion was born out of the Rosary, is sustained by the Rosary, and would die without constant recitation of the Rosary. The very spirit of the Legion is drawn from its meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

From the Annunciation: As members of the Legion of Mary, we always seek to imitate Mary’s “Yes” to God and to likewise do His will by the Holy Spirit. Like Mary, we strive to live a balanced life of prayer and action. By seeking to imitate Mary, we hope to embody the humility that allowed her to do the greatest things for the glory of God….

Want to Get in Touch?

If you have any questions regarding the Legion of Mary, need help with your parish, or you would like to learn how to become a member, please feel free to contact us at thelegionri@gmail.com.

Under Construction

6 /29 / 2019. Under Construction. Please excuse our current incomplete state. Use the links in the opening letter to go through the site, or the menus at the top for more detail. “All menus / posts / pages” under “Blog” has everything. Come back soon.

Coronavirus Updates:

The Legion has been highly active during this plague. Check with your local praesidium for developments.

The Coronavirus has profoundly affected us all. To see a typical catholic response page, check out the Facebook group, “Rhode Island Catholic Coronavirus.” You do not need Facebook to view the page. Just ignore any signup language.

Rhode Island catholic coronavirus: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1077290599311947

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The Core Works and Prayers of the Legion

The Legion of Mary has many activities and ways of prayer. Many of them are general Catholic Action like helping on bread lines, helping families, and joining in rosaries or holy hours organized by others. Some activities are specifically Legion and are core Legion activities. Starting new Praesidiums, Days of Evangelization, Street Evangelization, or distributing communion to the homebound are essential to the Legion. How do we decide whether a work or prayer is a core Legion activity? There is general agreement between all the praesidia and the curia and the upper counsels on core Legion activity, but it is not always written down. There has to be ongoing communication between the praesidium and the upper councils to find this agreement. Days of Evangelization have recently been presented and approved by the central Concilium. Other prayers and works have not yet been approved and are still in development. Still other works and prayers are dormant and some Legionaries are surprised to hear about them. The Legion is an ongoing work and prayer.

Legion Books and Pamphlets

We have covered spiritual books in the Legion tradition on the page “Further Reading”. The core of the Legion is a unique spirituality described in the Handbook and in the writings of Frank Duff, Legion priests and others. Please read

Mary Shall Reign – Frank Duff

Inside the Legion of Mary – Peffley

Insights of a Legion of Mary Priest – Lendacky

These pamphlets and little books are also important:

Can We Be Saints? – Frank Duff

The DeMontfort Way – Frank Duff

Gems of Wisdom – Frank Duff

Talks to Legionaries – Fr. Ripley

Jubilee Talks to Legionaries – Fr. Ripley

Please subscribe to “Maria Legionis” from the Philadelphia Senatus, and read and any Allocutio of Fr. Bede McGregor, Spiritual Director of the Comitium in Dublin, found on the central Legion of Mary website.

General Spiritual Reading

We have covered books in the Legion tradition on the page Further Reading”. Although the books listed here are not all specifically part of the Legion of Mary tradition, we include them because they nourish and strengthen souls in all the circumstances we encounter in our own lives and the lives of those we meet. In these secular times, books like these are necessary to counter despairing, depressing, critical and cynical media with a message of hope, trust and love.

The Divine Maxims

The Spiritual Combat

St. Theresa of Avila

St. John of the Cross

St. Therese of Lisieux

The Life of Mary

The Glories of Mary – St. Alphonsus Ligouri

33 Days to Morning Glory – Gaitley

The Life of Christ:

  • Christ in His Mysteries – Don Marmion
  • The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Katherine Emmerich

The Encyclicals

  • St. John Paul II
  • St. Pius XII
  • and other saintly Popes

Julian of Norwich

  • All Shall Be Well

The Soul of the Apostolate

Self Abandonment to Divine Providence – De Caussade

The Heart of the Redeemer – O’Donnell

Lives of the Saints – Butler

The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude

God Alone: The Collected Writings of St. Louis de Montfort

Although they are short, several devotions contain deep spiritual truths that can be prayed again and again.

The Surrender Novena – Fr. Dolindo

The Divine Mercy Novena – St. Faustina

Although they are more in the category of Apologetics or conversational reading than Spiritual Reading because they tend to be read only once or twice, we also recommend:

  • The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity – Matthew Kelly
  • Perfectly Yourself – Matthew Kelly