San Francisco Senatus of the Legion of Mary
Council Reports given at the February, 2012, San Francisco Senatus (Archived News Notes and Web Site)

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   Legion of Mary Support for the Walk for Life West Coast, 2012 (Br. Marten, President of the Senatus)
The Walk for Life West Coast, was on Saturday, January 21, starting at the San Francisco Civic Center, and proceeded down Market Street, to the Embarcadero.  There was a Mass at the Cathedral prior to the Walk, followed by a rally.    The Walk for Life Website   

1) Stockton Comitium: They have a total of 15 directly attached praesidia including two junior praesidia, with two attached curia:  Modesto with 7 praesidia, and South San Joaquin County with 4 praesidia.  Their attendance averages 68-75%.  A new Spanish praesidium has been formed at the Cathedral.  Their treasurer’s books will be audited this month.  One of their attached praesidia sponsors three praesidia at the California State Prison in Solano, where there is no Catholic Chaplain. 
(Report prepared by Sr. Ruelos, President and read by Sr. Symkowick, Correspondent)

2) Idaho Comitium: They had two praesidia reports in the last quarter:  Our Lady of Fatima Praesidium has 9 active members and does prison ministry and sidewalk counseling outside Planned Parenthood.  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Praesidium teaches CCD and does nursing home visitation.  Br. Miller, in response to the prohibition by some pastors of the Legion’s door to door apostolate, said that sometimes we give in too easily.  We should explain what we are doing and ask the priest if he would like to go with us.  Fr. Goode said that the initiative will have to come from us to explain to the bishops that door-to-door is part of the new evangelization. (Report by Sr. Peterson, Correspondent)


Below, an excerpt from Porta Fidei - Pope Benedict urges us to publicly profess our faith:

"Confessing with the lips indicates in turn that faith implies public testimony and commitment. A Christian may never think of belief as a private act. Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him. This “standing with him” points towards an understanding of the reasons for believing. Faith, precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes. The Church on the day of Pentecost demonstrates with utter clarity this public dimension of believing and proclaiming one’s faith fearlessly to every person. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that makes us fit for mission and strengthens our witness, making it frank and courageous."

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.

3) Anchorage Comitium: Average attendance is 75%.  There are 91 active members and 342 auxiliary members in the Comitium.  A new president, Br. Randy Blum, was elected at the September 2011 meeting.  He has presented a proposal to the Comitium for extension in Alaska.  There is a plan to audit the treasurer’s books.  (Report prepared by Sr. Velicaria, Correspondent and read by Br. Perlas)
4) Sacramento Comitium: There are now 11 praesidia directly attached.  A one-day retreat is planned in Clarksburg.  Msgr. Kavanaugh is willing to be the spiritual director and a letter was written to the Bishop to ask his blessing.  A question was raised: can a member who can’t attend the Comitium meeting be a praesidia officer?  No, this is not possible because attendance at the council meeting is the primary duty of an officer.  The Solano Curia is dynamic in their apostolate.  (Report by Br. Santa Maria, President)

5) North Utah Curia:  They have four attached praesidia.  A new Curia President, Sr. Medina, was elected.  The December council meeting could not be held due to icy roads.  Lately they have had good discussions about Legion procedures and on “The Secret of the Rosary,” by St. Louis de Montfort.  (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)


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