WEST PALM BEACH | On Sept. 7, 2021, the faithful of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Parish in West Palm Beach gathered to celebrate the 100th centenary of the Legion of Mary, or Legio Mariae.
As the cantor sang “Immaculate Mary,” the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard dressed in full regalia led the procession to the altar with Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, concelebrating priests and a deacon.
“The Legion was founded in Dublin, Ireland, as a Roman Catholic Marian movement by layman, Frank Duff, making the Legion of Mary the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church,” said Dolores Crane, Holy Name curia president. “To be in the legion one must be a practicing Catholic. The main apostolate of the legion consists in activities directed towards all men and women, young or old, rich or poor, as well as people from all walks of life. The Legion of Mary members give service to the church on a voluntary basis in almost every country in the world.”