Archdiocese of Dublin
Archbishop's House, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Archbishop Desmond Connell has accepted and signed the official
petition to introduce the cause for the Beatification of Frank
Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary.
Frank Duff, who died in November 1980, aged 91, was one of the
few lay people present at the Second Vatican Council where he
received a moving ovation from the world's bishops in recognition
of his contribution to the understanding and implementation of
the "lay apostolate" - the action of lay Christians
to promote the Gospel in the world.
His life and work will now be examined to establish "the
truth of his life and virtue". This is the first step in
a process which must judge if his life was one of "heroic
sanctity". Favourable and unfavourable witnesses will be
questioned under oath and his writings will be examined by theologians
to check their fidelity to the faith and moral teaching of the
According to Vice-Postulator for his Cause, Fr Bede McGregor,
O.P., this process may well be lengthy, since so many people who
knew him well are still alive and since he left so many letters
and other writings which will need to be examined.
The activities of the Legion of Mary represent "a dynamic
vision of the role of the laity in the mission of the Church",
according to Fr Bede McGregor. Members of the Legion, hundreds
of whom have suffered martyrdom in mission territories such as
China, undertake to perform "substantial apostolic work"
each week in a spirit of faith. They nurture a life of prayer
through the basic practice of the Catholic faith and at weekly
meetings where they give an account of the apostolic work undertaken
during the week.
The Legion has received the blessing and support of several popes,
especially that of Pope John Paul II, who encouraged the Legion
in his own Archdiocese of Cracow in Poland, while still Archbishop
there. "Yours is an eminently Marian spirituality",
the Pope told Italian Legionaries in 1982, "because it bases
its methods of spirituality and apostolate on the truth of the
intimate participation of the Virgin Mary in the plan of salvation."
Archbishop Desmond Connell, signing the official petition, said
it was a truly historic occasion and that he was privileged to
introduce the Cause in the Archdiocese. He thanked the Legion
of Mary for all the spiritual formation it gave to lay people
and for its wide ranging apostolic work in the Archdiocese over
75 years. He also invited members of the faithful to report to
the Archdiocese any useful information which may concern the cause.
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