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Archived Allocutio of the San Francisco Senatus 120th Meeting, February 13th, 2014
Br. Ed Miller, Assistant Treasurer of the San Francisco Senatus

"Fr. McGrath started the Legion of Mary in China and had a difficult time getting the Legionaries to evangelize.  But he persevered and had great success.  The Legion of Mary was named public enemy number one by the Communists.  One thousand Legionaries were martyred.  The Lord’s work is always done in difficult circumstances.  The Legion is built to expand, and even strong praesidia must recruit.  There are never enough Legionaries, considering the number of homes to be visited. Every member should try to recruit at least one member a year.  Don’t rely on Columban Drives alone.  Ask people who are practicing Catholics, whom we see at Mass, if they have heard of the Legion of Mary.  We can attract a certain number of people.  Don’t worry about being told “no.”  New members will also recruit others.  If we don’t do this on a continual basis we won’t accomplish what we need to do.  Those who have 8 or 10 members could give two members to weaker praesidia in order to bolster them."

Following the allocutio some suggestions for aids to recruitment were made: printing cards or bookmarks with room for the time and place of the praesidium meeting and having the Legion of Mary schedule in the parish bulletin.

 Fr. Goode sends his blessing to all in the San Francisco Senatus                                 

Although the Year of Faith is now officially over, the Legion of Mary will continue its works of Evangelization around the world, without ceasing, for the years to come.

  (Fr. Goode, on the Importance of the Year of Faith, Porta Fide)

 "The year of Faith, Porta Fide, declared by (Emeritus) Pope Benedict, began on October 11th, 2012. (This was two days prior to our annual Rosary Rally, which was first held in UN Plaza in San Francisco, on October 13th). The Porta Fide is the beginning of a new evangelization. Once again, I ask that you read the Pope's Apostolic Letter - [a link to his online document is here Porta Fidei and below on this page]. It is especially important for us to evangelize those who have abandoned the Faith, and walked away, and we know that this involves so many people in San Francisco and the Bay Area. We Legionaries must build bridges to those who have wandered away. I'd like to recommend some books, which will help in building bridges. One is Mathew Kelly's Rediscovering Catholicism, which is motivational, and the second is Catholicism, by Fr. Robert Barron, which explains the faith to intellectuals who have distanced themselves from the Church." Also, let me recommend another book on evangelization, by Diane Moczar, “Converts and Kingdoms. 

The Books recommended by Fr. Goode are available online at e.g.,, in both paperback and hardbound

*   Note: does not promote any commercial website, or online bookstore, or any other commercial business or entity, and does not receive any monies for recommendations. The sources sited are for your convenience, and the items are available from many other sources.

With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith, which began on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and has concluded on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

The Apostolic Letter on the Year of Faith, Porta Fidei, by Pope Benedict XVI, can be found online.
                            Fr. Goode asks that you read this important document!

                                          (Click on the link Below, to call up the document).         
                                                                            Porta Fidei

  Please continue praying for
                    Fr. Goode, Legion Chaplains, and Priests everywhere                           
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