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Allocutio (September, 2010)
  Fr. Lawrence Goode, Senatus Chaplain

Two days ago, on September 7th, we celebrated the anniversary of the founding of the Legion of Mary, which is the eve of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady on the 8th.  Many of the Legionaries in China, including Legion Priests, like Fr. Aedan McGrath, endured torture and long imprisonment at the hands of the Communist Government.  Fr. Matthew Ku was ordained a priest in China. He was arrested because he was a Legionary and spent 30 years in prison.  He began his prison term on Sept. 8, and was released on Sept. 7, thirty years later.  While in prison, he did his Legion prayers, and sang Totus Tuus while doing the hard work of prisoners.  After his release, he came to the United States, and attended the Seminary here, and is presently down in the diocese of San Jose...
 Our Lady of Guadalupe praesidium is doing interesting work, for example, checking the real estate lists in the local papers, to find  new parishioners. I have never heard of any other Praesidium who does this, yet it is an easy task to check your local papers. The Recruiting of young people in San Jose is great – but you must challenge them.  Our challenge to our new legionaries, was to assign them immediately to the Apostolate to the Crowd.  In a similar manner,  There would be a more powerful effect, if we would visit prospective new  members the same afternoon after a Columban drive...   
The birthday of Our Lady is the foundation of the Legion.  We are now a Senatus, and the officers of the Senatus recently came to St. Francis parish for a Board Meeting, to plan the upcoming year.  I told them we have to think bigger, and think beyond what we did before.  For example, The pastor at St. Charles has called and asked to start five praesidia. We need to have new ideas about getting new members and improving attendance. Souls aren’t going to hear the message of Christ, unless we bring it to them.  We can get new  ideas by also reading Maria Legionis magazine.  Finally read and re-read the handbook...  Fr. Goode gives his blessing to the entire Senatus.

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

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