Saturday, December 5, 2009

75th Anniversary of the Legion of Mary in Ontario

We began with the rosary at approx 10:40 am today followed by mass celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast at Saint Patrick Basilica here in Ottawa. There were about 200 in attendance and that included about thirty Legionaries who took a bus from Kingston. Celebrating with the Bishop were at least eight priests and Deacon Scheer who is the Spiritual Director of Our lady of Victory Praesidium . Among the priests were Monsignor Richard Siok Pastor of Saint Patrick Basilica, Father Anthony Hannon, Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary in Ontario, Monsignor Latour from Annunciation of the Lord Parish who is the Spiritual Director of Morning Star Praesidium, Father Boyd from the Good Shepherd Parish, and Father McEvoy who has led many Legion of Mary Retreats over the years.

After mass we met in the SCAVI for a wonderful reception .  Father Anthony Hannon led the Angelus after which we had a delicious sit down lunch. The afternoon included interesting displays of the Legion of Mary over the years: numerous photographs and stories etc. and because Our Lady of Victory Praesidium was celebrating their 70th Anniversary of their Praesidium they had their own beautiful display of events past and present. Sister Marilyn welcomed us all and thanked the Bishop and made special mention of our heroic elderly Legionaries.

Marilyn mentioned that one of our Legion Pillars, Dorothy Harris of Morning Star Praesidium, Annunciation of the Lord Parish, was in the Legion since 1933. In fact When Dorothy joined the Legion in London England it was Frank Duff who opened her Praesidium which coincidentally was also called Morning Star. After lunch, members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Praesidium of the Good Shepherd Parish sang the song "Our lady of Guadalupe" This Praesidium  is indeed the "new kid on the block".
It was established by Jennifer Snell formerly of Morning Star and members held their first meeting October 2 of this year.  It was a wonderful afternoon and when the Kingston visitors were getting ready to make their way back home, Marilyn gave them copies of the Legion songs to sing on the bus. But before the bus left Marilyn grabbed her guitar, boarded the bus and gave them a great send off  by leading  "All Is In the Hands of Mary" as everyone happily joined in. Thank you to all who made this such a joyous day and thank you Mary!!!

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