The Legion of Mary unit of St. John Bosco Church was started on 4th April 1991, with the help of the legionaries of the I.C. Church, Borivali. We are governed by a higher council i.e. The Mumbai Senatus, which visits us twice a year and keeps a constant vigil on the work done by us.With our Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Fernandes, we have 4 officers, 11 members and 2 Junior Presidia, Auxiliaries, Praetorians and Adjutorians as representatives on the Curia.
Br. Frank Duff, the Founder Member,was born in Dublin, Ireland on June 7, 1889. Along with a group of Catholic women and Fr. Michael Toher, a priest of the Dublin Archdiocese, he formed the first branch of what was to become the first praesidium of the Legion of Mary on September 7, 1921. From that date until his death, November 7, 1980, he guided the world-wide extension of the Legion with heroic dedication. He attended the Second Vatican Council as a lay observer.
The Legion of Mary is an Association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces,has formed themselves into a Legion for service in the “warfare” which is perpetually waged by the Church against the world and its evil powers. The Legion of Mary is therefore organized on the model of an army.
The legionaries hope to render themselves worthy of their heavenly Queen by their loyalty, their virtues and their courage. The honouring of the Legion devotion to Mary by serious meditation and zealous practice is placed on each member as a solemn trusteeship to the Legion. It is to be regarded as an essential part of legionary duty, ranking before any other obligation of membership.
The essential idea of the Legion apostolate is to bring the priest to the people, not always in person – for that may be impossible – but everywhere in influence and in understanding. Through the Legion, lay people become accustomed to working in the parish in close union with their priests and participating in Pastoral responsibilities.
The general and essential means by which the Legion of Mary is to effect its object is personal service acting under the influence of the Holy Spirit, having Divine Grace as its moving principle and support, and the Glory of God and the salvation of souls as its final end and purpose.
The Legion of Mary is open to all faithful Catholics who desire to fulfill their role in the Church’s apostolate through membership of the Legion. Candidates under 18 years of age can only be received in Juniorpresidia by the President of the praesidium. Formal admission consists essentially in the Legionary promise, and the entry of the name of the candidate on the membership roll of the praesidium.
Auxiliary membership is open to priests, religious and the laity. It consists of those who are unable or unwilling to assume the duties of active membership but who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name.
A weekly praesidium meeting is on Saturday from 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm. A leaflet called the Tessera, containing the prayers of the Legion and bearing a reproduction of the Legion picture is issued to every member, active and auxiliary.