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Allocutio (April, 2010)
Fr. Lawrence Goode, Spiritual Director

"Br. Simpson, Comitium President, has come a long way from Seattle to attend Senatus, setting an excellent example for other Council members, for example, those who don't attend Senatus, because they think crossing the bridge is just too difficult.  And Senatus should honor the retired Seattle Spiritual Director, Fr. Treacy, for his long and dedicated service to the Legion.  We should think about having him come to talk to the priests here...
The  South San Mateo Curia report was very good and well written. Each praesidium is really doing active work, for example, contacting  hundreds at the County Fair...  
The Salinas Curia has a small number of praesidia, so perhaps the San Jose Comitium should be delegated to help them in extension... 
And here at Senatus, many more members should come to hear great reports, like those made tonight...  
What drew me to the Legion was the reporting on the Apostolate to the Crowd.  I went to the Comitium even though it wasn’t required, because of those reports...
 We continue to hear about priests who don’t want the Legion to work door to door.  The Legion needs to create some literature, to tell the story of who we are, and what we do, and that it is work that no other organization is doing. This could be given to the priest, so he might be better informed as to how valuable the Legion work might be in his own parish...
We need to emphasize the master –apprentice system.  I hope we are all continuing to pair experienced older members with new members.  Also, encourage workers by telling your own stories of  Legionaries at work.  For example, at a PPC in Tijuana in the 1980’s, there was a worker who said to me, "Don’t bother contacting that Catholic family - they talk to Jehovah’s witnesses."  Fr. Goode replied to her “All the more reason to talk to them!”  So they rang the doorbell, and spoke with the lady who answered. She complained, "The Parish Priest  never comes, but the Jehovah’s come every week!"  Fr. Goode asked her "Does the Jehovah’s Minister ever come?"  She said, "No".  "Well, then!"  "You should work for your priest just like the Jehovah's work for their Minister!"  If you do any Legionary work, you will soon have many stories of your own. Legionaries can learn from your stories, and be encouraged by them."
Fr. Goode gave his blessing to all Senatus Legionaries, before leaving.

                                                                                               The October 2009 Allocutio, given by Fr. Goode at the San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary
                                                                                         

 
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