It was 100 years ago, on September 7, 1921, that the Legio Mariae, a Catholic lay movement, came into being; and now it is in over 170 countries across the globe.
On Tuesday 07 September 2021, the 100th jubilee of the birth of the Legio Mariae was celebrated in the diocese of Ruhengeri, North of Rwanda. The ceremony was preceded by a Thanks Giving Mass celebrated by Monsignor Gabin BIZIMUNGU, Auxiliary Bishop of Ruhengeri diocese.
In the 100 years since the Legio Mariae, Christians have testified to help them through their mission of praying, visiting the patients, and other vulnerable people, where they believe that Legio Mariae is a gift from God.
Catholic lay movement like Legio Mariae make Christians better aware of the relationship between the Mother Mary and the church. They make the church more appealing to her.
In his message, Bishop Gabin BIZIMUNGU, Auxiliary Bishop of Ruhengeri diocese, told Christians that the legionaries urged them not to give up on the mission, due to difficulties came from covid-19 pandemic, and he reminded them that Legio Mariae was born during the difficult times of the first World War.
« Legio of Mariae was born in the difficult times of the First World War; you may not be discouraged because in the history of the church it has become clear that the Mother Mary has been helping people in difficult times to show us that this is what we should be doing now. » he said.
Legion of Mary was founded by Servant of God, Frank Duff on 7th September 1921, in Dublin/Ireland and today has about three million active members around the world who attend a weekly meeting and performs a statutory apostolic work and an even greater number of auxiliary members who recite the Legion prayers daily.