"Mary has left death behind her; she is totally clothed in life, she is taken up body and soul into God's glory and thus, placed in glory after overcoming death, she says to us: Take heart, it is love that wins in the end! The message of my life was: I am the handmaid of God, my life has been a gift of myself to God and my neighbor. And this life of service now arrives in real life. May you too have trust and have the courage to live like this, countering all the threats of the dragon."
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
August 15, 2007
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

The Legion of Mary

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Praesidium

The Legion of Mary was founded in the early 1900s in Dublin, Ireland. Currently it has a presence in over 170 countries, with 4 million active members and 5 million auxiliaries. The mission of the Legion of Mary is to glorify God through the intercession of Our Lady to do the work of the church.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Praesidium in Silver Spring, Maryland started 25 years ago. It has 12 active members and 44 auxiliaries. The members do a minimum of 2 hours of work each week. This includes visiting  nursing homes, the elderly and auxiliary members, and evangelization at Metro stations. The Praesidium is led by 4 officers:  President - Angelica Fernandes; Vice President - Loyda Sore; Secretary - Julian Abbott; Treasurer - Julissa French; and 8 other active members. 

We encourage you to attend one of our meetings and get to know more about the work we do. The meetings are held on Saturdays at 10:00am in the Kennedy Room of the Main Church of St. John the Evangelist. If time is a concern, you could become an auxiliary member (praying member of the Legion of Mary). Auxiliaries must pray the rosary daily and recite the Tessera prayers. Once a year all active and auxiliary members are required to attend the Acies to consecrate ourselves during a Mass held in one of the local parishes in Montgomery County. The Mass is then followed by a luncheon. See photos of our past events here!

Angelica Fernandes
(301) 460-5657

Vice President
Loyda Sore
(301) 681-6751


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Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?
V. O Mary, conceived without sin.
R. Pray for us who have recourse to you.

-excerpt from The Catena Legionis

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