The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. The first meeting of the Legion of Mary took place in Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September, 1921. This meeting was to have very beneficial consequences for the mission of the Catholic Church and, in a special way, for millions of members of Christ’s lay faithful who would serve in the Legion and for those who would be served by the legionary apostolate. Many persons outside the Catholic Church would also benefit from that apostolate. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organization with several million members.
There are three praesidiums of Legion of Mary at Arthunkal, which gather and serve separately for men and woman but work under the same vision and spirituality. 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. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.
Legion of Mary (Women)
Legion of Mary women wing has got two praesidiums at St. Andrew’s Basilica, Arthunkal. Their origin dates back to 1970. They are known in the names “Our Lady of Rosary Praesidium” and “ Praesidim of Virgin Most Powerful.” These praesidiums have weekly prayer meetings on every Tuesday at 8 am. The prayer includes Rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet, Adoration, prayers for the dead. Their activities include house visits, visiting the sick at home and hospitals, circulating catholic magazines and encouraging the faithful to frequent the sacraments. The members also participate in the one day retreat organized by central curia.
Legion of Mary (Men)
A unit of Legion of Mary named “Our Lady of Mercy” praesidium was formed for men on 13th September 2009. It was inaugurated by Very Rev. Msgr. Pius Arattukulam when he was the Parish Priest here. Alleppey commicium President Br. Chandy and Secretary Br. Raju were also present for the function. Since then, the presidium members gather and pray together on Sundays at 2.30 pm. The activities of the presidium involves house visits, hospital visits, visiting the sick at home and making arrangements to administer the sacrament of confession and Holy Communion.