|Interior of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes|
in Spokane, Wash. The legionary approached my
mother and I in the front of the Church on the left side.
|International Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima|
|My Legion president,|
my first consecration in 1981
It was significant that I was able to receive true devotion to Mary through only one reading of St. Louis Marie’s treatise on the subject. Frank Duff, the founder of the Legion of Mary, had the same struggle I did. He had to read it seven times. And then he founded one of the most amazing Marian organizations the world has ever known. The Legion of Mary is the grandmother organization and model for all of the other lay apostolates we have in the Church today. Frank was the only layman allowed to participate in Vatican II. And many things in the Legion handbook, which Frank wrote, found their way into the Vatican II document.