San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary
Home       Monthly Allocutio Page
Archived San Francisco Senatus Allocutio, June, 2012
Fr. Lawrence Goode
     Spiritual Director of the SF Senatus

       "The year of Faith, Porta Fide, declared by Pope Benedict, begins on October 11th, 2012. (This is two days prior to our Rosary Rally, which will be 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 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."

"There is an ongoing discussion, (and battle), in the Church about the best way to improve contact to those without God, and bring them to the Faith. The Legion of Mary needs to be in this discussion. We have the skill and experience from our personal contact work, in the Door to Door work, and in our Apostolate to the Crowd. And, we use the Master-Apprentice system to introduce new Legionaries to the work, and to give them the confidence needed for effective evangelizing. And we can lead by example - one council reported that one of their Legionaries, who works a night shift, stays after and teaches fellow workers about the Church. And, there are as examples, the great Apostolates of the San Francisco Mission Excelsior Curia - their Book Barrows, Apostolates, and Door to Door work. We can build on this enthusiasm - those who experience a first Apostolate, are inspired to do it again. Also, let's not forget the need to increase spirituality, for example, the upcoming retreat of the North San Mateo Curia."

"And always think of expanding the Legion, regardless of your background. For example, we need more Spanish Praesidia. I worked in Alviso, with Spanish Catholics for many years. The Chinese Legionaries in our local Dioceses, should think of forming Chinese Praesidia in other Dioceses."

"Finally, I ask you to remember and pray for the soul of Sr. Mary Jane Murphy, a longtime Legionary here in the Bay Area, at Half Moon Bay, a member who attended the old SF Comitium, and also continued work as a Legionary in Oregon."

                            (Fr. Goode gives his Blessing to all the Legionaries in the San Francisco Senatus)
The October 2009 Allocutio, given by Fr. Goode at the San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary

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

Product Details                      Product Details


The Church in Ireland hosted the worldwide 50th International Eucharistic Congress

                                             June 10th to 17th, 2012, in Dublin,

Young people were especially invited and sought after.
The Theme was: The Eucharist: Communion with Christ, and with One Another
Also of great significance was A New Evangelization, particularly important for the renewal of the Church in Ireland.
The Legion of Mary played an important role in the last Dublin Eucharistic Congress, in 1932.
The size of a Eucharistic Congress can be judged by the fact that 3000 volunteers were needed for this event.

For more information, click on the link   Dublin Eurcharistic Congress


With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith. This year will begin on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and will conclude 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                           
Home   Monthly Allocutio   Monthly Council Reports   Officers of the Senatus   Senatus Calendar   About Senatus