“Hail Mary, full of grace!”
The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with more than 10 million active members in almost every country of the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last six Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.
The Legion of Mary is comprised of men and women of the parish, who are committed to the evangelization of the gospel through prayer and service. Works include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, prison ministry, visitation of the sick or aged, crowd contact, religious education, visiting the newly baptized, Pilgrim Virgin Statue rotations, and meeting the other spiritual needs of the parish community. For example, Legion members serve the community by leading the Rosary at Provision Living retirement community on Thursdays at 10:30 am prior to Mass and by taking Communion to those residents who are unable to attend Mass.
The St. Gabriel Virgin of the Annunciation Legion of Mary Praesidium meeting is every Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Rectory.
The St. Louis Regional Senatus of the Legion of Mary is the governing body for Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. The Senatus meets the second Sunday of the month at 2:30 pm at the Maria Center, 336 E. Ripa, St. Louis, MO 63125.