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    - Pope John XXIII

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Auxiliary Day in conjunction with Elizabeth Kirwan Day
Thursday, 7 August 2014

Senatus of New Zealand warmly invites you to a special day dedicated to all Auxiliary Members. 

It is our humble way of saying "thank you" to the Auxiliaries for all the support, prayers and important role you play in the Legion of Mary. Without you, the Legion would be incomplete.

Date: Sunday, 24th August 2014, commensing at 2:00pm

Venue: Holy Family Parish, Te Atatu

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Senatus Acies 2013
Monday, 11 March 2013

Date: 24 March, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: St. Joseph's Parish, 470 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland. 


The Aciés is the solemn expression of working in union with and dependence on Mary, our Queen, the renewal – individual and collective – of the legionary declaration of fealty.

Led by the Most Reverent Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland.
Please make sure to save this date so you can attend. Attendance is very important for Active members. Auxiliary members are most welcome to join. For more information email
“I am all yours, my Queen, my Mother, and all I have is yours.”

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Legion of Mary Annual General Reunion
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Senatus of New Zealand, together with its Active and Auxiliary members warmly invites you to attend this special event. 
Held at: 
The Holy Family Church, 

December 2, 2012. 
Commencing with the Holy Rosary, Legion Prayers and benediction at 2:00pm, 
Followed by Fellowship - Refreshments - Entertainment in the Parish Hall. 
For more information, please contact the Legion of Mary Praesidium within your Parish, or alternatively email us at
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Frank Duff Commemoration Mass
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Servant of God Frank Duff Commemoration Mass

Friday, 9 November 2012.

Commencing with the Holy Rosary and Legion Prayers at 6:30, and Holy Mass at 7:00pm. 


Our Lady of the Assumption. 
97 Galway Street,
Light refreshments afterwards in the Parish Hall. 
All welcome.
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Marian Day
Thursday, 11 October 2012

Marian Day at St. Joseph's.

Saturday, 27 October 2012, commencing with Mass at 10.00am.

Venue: St. Joseph's, 11 Linden St, Morrinsville.

Featured speakers: 
- Father Duffy from Marist Messenger, on the Liturgy.
- Sr. Phillipa (religious sister)
Hope to see you there!
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Joint Function: Auxiliary Day and Elizabeth Kirwin Day
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Senatus of New Zealand warmly invites you to a special day dedicated to ALL Auxiliary Members.

It is our humble way of saying “THANK YOU” to the Auxiliaries for all the support, prayers and important role you play in the Legion of Mary. Without you the Legion would be incomplete.

All Welcome.
Date: Sunday, 26 August 2012
Commences: 2pm
Venue: St. Pius X Parish
101 Castledine Crescent,
Glen Innes
(programme will be available on the day)

Please contact the Legion of Mary Praesidium within your Parish for more details or email any of the Senatus Officers at
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Second Correction: April Senatus Meeting (Eucharistic Convention)
Thursday, 5 April 2012
The April Senatus meeting is now on Sunday, 22nd of April due to Easter being on the 8th and the Eucharistic Convention being held in the following weekend.

The Eucharistic Convention runs from 13th to 15th of April at Westlake Boys High School, Forrest Hill, Auckland. More information about the Convention are available from the following pages:  read more ...
"About the Legion" Recruitment Brochures Now Available
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Introduction and recruitment brochures entitled, "All about the Legion of Mary" are now available for download in three formats: 
  • Full page - this is recommended for email distribution and online viewing. It should make it easier to disseminate information on the Legion over the internet. Fullpage PDF
  • Tri-fold Brochure - this brochure is suitable for brochure stands in parishes and bookstalls, but is also recommended for giving out to potential Legionaries on visitations.  Brochure PDF
  • Booklet - this is also suitable for stands and bookstalls, but also where there are tables and broader surfaces available. Booklet PDF
There is also an accompanying accompanying poster to give prominence to the brochures, where space allows for its display. Poster PDF

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Correction: April Senatus Meeting
Friday, 23 March 2012
Please note that the Senatus meeting next month (April, 2012) is on the 3rd Sunday (15 April), as Easter is on 8 April. read more ...
Acies Ceremony 2012
Friday, 2 March 2012
The Acies Ceremony is the great central annual function of the Legion and this will be led by the Most Reverend Patrick Dunn, DD, Bishop of Auckland.

Date:        Sunday, 25 March 2012
Venue:      Good Shepherd Parish
                Telford Avenue (off Dominion Road)
                Balmoral, Auckland
Time:        2.00pm
The Aciés is the solemn expression of working in union with and dependence on Mary, our Queen, the renewal-individual and collective-of the legionary declaration of fealty.
Please make sure to save this date so you can attend. Attendance is very important for Active members. Auxiliary members and Spiritual Directors are most welcome to join. 
If you have any queries or require further information, please 
email or use the contact form. 

Order of Proceedings
Introduction and Welcome: Sr. Rose Silay (President of Senatus) 
Opening Hymn:   No. 12 – Come Holy Ghost
Prayer to the Holy Spirit and Five Decades of the Rosary (kneeling) – Page 3
Gospel:   John 12: 20 – 33
Homily:   the Most Reverend, Bishop Patrick Dunn DD
Individual Act of Consecration
I Am All Yours, My Queen and My Mother and All That I Have Is Yours.
Bishop • Spiritual Directors • Members
Hymns During Act of Consecration:
No. 7 – Lourdes Hymn
No. 5 – Hail Queen of Heaven
No. 12 – Only a Shadow
No. 15 – Servant Song
Act of General Consecration Led by Bishop Pat Dunn (kneeling) – Page 4
Catena Legionis (standing) – Page 5
Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament – Pages 6 and 7
Concluding Prayers of the Legion (kneeling) – Page 8
Prayer for the Beautification of the Servant of God Frank Duff
Thank You:  Br. David Fo’ou (Vice President of Senatus)
Final Hymn:   No. 11 – Ki a Hata Maria Takakau (Mo Maria)
Thank You All for Coming.
All Welcome to Share Refreshments in the Parish Hall.
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Pilgrimage/Retreat to Motuti
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Two days of prayer, praise, worship and peace in St Mary's Church, Motuti — the final resting place of New Zealand's first Bishop, Bishop Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier. 
We have booked for a 53‐seater bus and we would like to have all seats occupied. We ask that those wishing to go on the bus be at the Legion Centre at no later than 6.20am for the bus to depart on time at 6.30am.
The bus will also pick up members from over the shore at Foodtown/ Countdown (10 Barry’s Point), Takapuna. Those who wish to be picked up from here please be at this collection point no later than 6.50am for the bus to depart on time at 7.00am. There may also be a final collection point in Orewa but this is dependent on the number of passengers to be collected from there.
Costs include Transport and Marae Accommodation (koha / donation — including Meals and use of Facilities): 
  • Seniors (18+ years old): $100.00 
  • Juniors (10 to 17 years old): $70.00 
  • Juniors (under 10 years old): $30.00 
There is also a group travelling from Friday evening (2 March) who will be stopping over at Totara Point. If you wish to leave on this date please contact Fr. Leo Doyle on Ph (09) 276 4759. A donation of $40.00 is still required for the Marae Accommodation (including meals and use of facilities) in Motuti. 
**Full payment is required no later than Sunday, 12 February 2012.
If you are interested in this spiritual event, and for more information please contact us.
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Marian Day of Prayer
Tuesday, 18 October 2011

29 October, 2011, from 10:00am.

St. Joseph's Church,
1 Victoria Street,

[See Map]

  • Father Darren McFarlane
  • Mr. Ted Jordon
  • Commencing with Holy Mass 
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Rosary
  • Confession for Reconciliation
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Benediction
  • Stalls
Please bring a shared lunch.
Please contact the Senatus for transport from Auckland.
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Auxiliary Day
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Legion of Mary Auxiliary Day will be held at 2PM on 28th August at Good Shepherd Parish, Balmoral. 

Please bring along Auxiliary members. 
There will be Benediction, followed by entertainment in the hall. Please bring a plate to share.

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90th Anniversary Mass
Friday, 19 August 2011

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90th Anniversary of Foundation for the Legion of Mary

Holy Mass
7:30pm, Wednesday, 7th September, 2011
Main Celebrant: Bishop Patrick Dunn at
St. Patrick’s Cathedral 43 Wyndham Street.

$1 Parking available from 6.35pm.

All Welcome
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Concilium Legionis Mariae’s Theme for 2011
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
“The Charism of Frank Duff and the Legion of Mary”

n 2011, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Legion of Mary and it is a year of grace for all legionaries. To focus our attention and efforts during this year, the Concilium Legionis Mariae has proposed the theme: “The Charism of Frank Duff and the Legion of Mary”
Charism in the Catholic sense means the spiritual graces and qualifications granted to every Christian to perform his or her task in the Church. The Founder of the Legion of Mary, the Servant of God Frank Duff, was granted a charism i.e. a gift from the Holy Spirit of extraordinary graces for the good of others. He put this gift to great use by founding and guiding the Legion of Mary. It is best described in the words of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin:
“Frank Duff died thirty years ago. This quiet, personally unassuming man, in quiet simple external circumstances in Dublin, on 7th September 1921, established a movement of prayer, Christian care and Marian spirituality. The Legion of Mary is a movement which has spread worldwide and has enriched the Church in many parts of the world, especially at moments in which the Church was experiencing difficulty and persecution. We have come to thank God for the charism of Frank Duff; a charism recognised in a special way by the Second Vatican Council, which he attended. We thank God for the spiritual enrichment that that charism has brought the members of the Legion of Mary. We thank God for the Christian care and spiritual formation that millions have encountered through their contact with the Legion of Mary. We remember especially the tenacity of this outwardly retiring man: tenacity in reaching out unashamedly to bring the message of Jesus to people in the varied circumstances of their lives, a tenacity driven not by human ambition but through a devotion to Mary who in every aspect of her life opened her heart to understand and to do the will of God.” (Introduction to 30th Anniversary Mass in Commemoration of The Servant of God Frank Duff in the Pro Cathedral Dublin on 20 November 2010).
In 2011, the Concilium urges all legionaries to focus on this theme by:
  1. Promoting with greater vigour the Cause of the Servant of God, Frank Duff.
  2. Asking every legionary to always have on their person, Frank Duff Beatification Prayer leaflets to give to people they meet in the course of their daily lives. In praying for him, he, in turn, can intercede for them. This prayer can be obtained from the Legion of Mary website
  3. Recommending to Legion Councils to organise an Anniversary Mass in commemoration of Frank Duff to be celebrated, if possible, by the Bishop in their Diocese, to which all local Catholics would be invited.
  4. Praying to our Founder for new active and auxiliary members to join the Legion and unite with Our Lady in the Church’s evangelising work.
  5. Marking the 90th Anniversary of the Legion of Mary through an appropriate event or undertaking e.g. could every praesidium start a new praesidium?
  6. Putting this theme on the Agenda of Council and praesidium meetings and seeking regular feedback on how it and the above are progressing.
  7. Studying the Legion Handbook, daily if possible, to absorb the Charism of Frank Duff and the Legion of Mary.
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