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Legion of Mary 
Our Lady of Sorrows Presidium, Linwood, NJ

Legion of Mary Founder - Frank Duff 

Born - 7 June 1889Founded - Legion of Mary - 7 September 1921 Died - 7 November 1980

Frank Duff was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 8, 1889.  He was the eldest of seven children.

In 1913 he joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and was greatly influenced by the spirit of the Society.  As a member, he gradually came to have a great love for the poor and underprivileged in whom, as in everybody he met, he recognized and honored Christ.

In 1916, aged 27, he published his first pamphlet, "Can we be Saints".  In it he expressed one of the strongest convictions of his life, namely, that all without exception are called to be saints and that through our catholic faith we have available all the means necessary to attain this.

In 1917 he came to know the Treatise of St. Louis Marie de Montfort on the True Devotion to Mary, a work which changed his life completely.

On September 7, 1921 Frank Duff founded the Legion of Mary.  This is a lay apostolic organisation at the service of the Church, under ecclesiastical guidance.  Its twofold purpose is the spiritual development of its members and advancing the reign of Christ through Our Lady.

The Legion, which is to be found in over 168 countries, has in excess of 3 million active members and many more auxiliary (praying) members.

In 1965 Pope Paul VI invited Frank Duff to attend the Second Vatican Council as a Lay Observer, an honor by which the Pope recognized and affirmed his enormous work for the lay apostolic.

On November 7, 1980 Frank Duff died.  He is buried in Glassnevin Cemerty , Dublin, Ireland.

In July 1996 the Cause for his Beatification was introduced by the then Archbishop of Dublin, now His Eminence Desmond cardinal Connell.

Favors attributed to his intercession should be notified in writing to:  LEGION OF MARY DE MONTFORT HOUSE, MORNING STAR AVENUE, BRUNSWICK STREET, DUBLIN 7, IRELAND.

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Legion of Mary - Frank Duff prayers
Legion of Mary - Frank Duff prayers
Legion of Mary - Frank Duff 
Legion of Mary - Frank Duff