Saint Damien Parish of Ocean City, NJ

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is the largest Catholic Apostolic organization within the Catholic Church. Worldwide there are over 10 million members. The Legion enables its members to become better Christians by a balanced program of prayer and action which includes visiting the homebound, nursing homes, hospitals, conversion work, home visitation, boardwalk evangelization and youth work. We also do works of service such as religious education, prison visitation and promoting religious devotions. It provides Catholics of all ages an opportunity to do something positive for their Church and community, while at the same time deepening their spiritual life. By our Baptism we are called to be Apostolic. Members meet together once a week for prayer and discussion and assignments. The Legion works for the pastor in response to parish needs as defined by the pastor. Major works of the Legion of Mary include:

  • Prison ministry: Ministry led by the Legion of Mary. Legionnaires lead the Scriptures of Sunday Mass and teach and encourage the recitation of the Rosary to inmates. This work has led to a great increase in Faith among inmates and several life changes.
  • Visiting the Sick and Homebound: A Ministry led by the Legion of Mary. Legionnaires visit sick and shut-ins at home and in hospitals, bringing Holy Communion to them and pray with them. Our Pastor or one of our priests follows up on our sick calls when they are seriously ill. The Sacrament of Anointing is given by one of the priests to our shut-ins who are sick and unable to attend Holy Mass. Rosaries are provided to hospital patients.

The Legionnaires will also provide transportation to those in need. Volunteer drivers provide transportation to doctor and hospital appointments for seniors and other individuals in need.