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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 135th Meeting, May 14th, 2015
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          

1) Stockton Comitium: Among their works are visitation of prisoners, and pro-life activities. They had 16 guests in a recent meeting, and there is 72% attendance by officers at council meetings. A Columban Drive was held at St. Mary's, and their Acies was very successful. Bishop Blaire participated and was very pleased. (Report by Sr. Symkowick, Correspondent)

2) Idaho Comitium: A new council secretary was elected. The West End Curia in Boise has 9 praesidia, including 4 praesidia in one parish.
(Report by Br. Perlas, Correspondent)
3) Anchorage Curia: They have 8 praesidia, including one distant praesidium, and one Spanish praesidium in formation, and two junior praesidia. Attendance at Council meetings averages 80%. Extension efforts are planned for a parish, pending approval by the pastor. Columban Drives are planned for two parishes. The Treasurer's books are being audited by a parish bookkeeper. (Report by Sr. Velicaria, Correspondent)
4) Sacramento Comitium: They have 10 attached praesidia, including one Spanish-speaking, and three attached curiae. The Solano Curia has a Patrician's group, a book barrow, and does door-to-door visitation among its works. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Praesidium has 8 active members. Members visit the homebound and two nursing homes, as well as take part in 40 Days for Life.   (Report by Sr. DeVincenzi, Correspondent)
5) North Utah Curia: The former Curia secretary has been elected as the new Curia president. (Report by Br. Williams, Correspondent)

A note about all Senatus Archived Council Reports: The reports must be approved at the following monthly meeting, so that means that they will be 1&1/2 to 2 months late, before publishing on the SF Senatus Web Site...but Archived reports reflect the minutes as stated at the given month's meeting.

                               Remarks From Br. Andrew Cooke, the new Concilium Correspondent to San Francisco Senatus

Letter, Dated May 12th, 2015
 (The Most Current Correspondence to Date)

Br. Cooke
noted the passing of Br. Bill Thompson, former Los Angeles Senatus president, calling him a faithful and dedicated Legionary of many years standing. Br. Cooke also noted the 23 years of service of Our Lady of Palestine Praesidium. He added "It was good to hear of a local Bishop taking interest in the works of the Legion".

[You can read news of the Worldwide Legion on the Concilium Web Site   ]

Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 135th Meeting, May 14th, 2015.

                      New Correspondence Office: 2748 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 21, Daly City, CA 94015. 
                                    Also, note the new Senatus phone number: 1-650-270-3317

a) Extension: A new curia for the Spanish speaking was formed by Fr. Juan Carlos Chiarinoti in Santa Rosa. Two praesidia were formed in one parish, and one in another parish. He had previously formed curiae in the Yakima and Baker Dioceses (in Washington). He contacted the Senatus through our website. Br. and Sr. Miller were present at the establishment of the curia.

b) Apostolate to the Crowd: Eight legionaries participated at the 24th & Mission street Bart Apostolate. A man asked for prayers for his wife, who had died. Many rosaries and leaflets were accepted by people, including those who did not have time to talk. A Procession of the Virgin Mary was about to begin on Cesar Chavez Street, and some of those contacted were going to participate. Ten Legionaries worked at the Tenderloin Apostolate, Eddy & Jones sts. A lady asked for prayers for her upcoming operation. A boy with diabetes asked for prayers for healing, and a Muslim man shook hands with the Legionaries. (Report by Br. Wehrmeister)

c) Day of Recollection: The Day of Recollection at St. Anne's Home will be on June 27th, from 9 AM to 3 PM, and Fr. Serge Propst, O.P., will be the director.

d) Annual Legion Conference: The Annual Conference is scheduled for September 19th at Santa Clara. Fr. Joe Kim, vocation director for the San Jose Diocese, and Spiritual Director of the San Jose Comitium, is to be one of the speakers.

e) Other Highlights: Br. Miller shared flyers about the Legion of Mary, which had quotes from Bishop Fulton Sheen and the Vatican II Bishops. Sr. Salem of Our Lady of Palestine Praesidium gave out holy cards of St. Alphonsine, a Palestinian nun. Some members of the Praesidium are in Rome for the canonization of St. Alphonsine.

f) Pro-life Activities: Many Legionaries were very supportive of the 40 Days for Life campaign in San Francisco and San Mateo. Overall, more than 200 babies were saved from abortion by the campaign. Br. Perlas has encouraged online electronic sign up, for Pro-Life work.
   (Pro Life site for San Francisco)            Pro Life Website              40 Days for Life Facebook

Below, an excerpt from Porta fide - Emeritus 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, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith.
The Legion of Mary will continue their ongoing efforts at Evangelization, which remains the central work of the Legion. If you are a Catholic and want to help your Church, please join the Legion of Mary.
  *Totus Tuus*
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