Frank Duff -Founder of the Legion of Mary
(7 June 1889 – 7 November 1980)
Frank Michael Duff was born in Drumcondra,Dublin, Ireland, on June 7, 1889.He came from a wealthy family and was the eldest of seven children of John Duff
and his wife, Susan Letitia. In wa educated at Blackrock college ,and at 18 he entered the Civil Service, and was assigned to the Irish Land Commission.
At 24 , he.joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul helping in the needs of the poor and destitute and this inspired him to set and up a Catholic soup kitchens.
Legion of Mary
Inspired by St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary, he founded the Legion of Mary under ecclesiastical guidance.
With Fr. Michael Toher, a priest of the Dublin Archdiocese and Catholic women, he formed the first branch of what was to
become the first praesidium of the Legion of Mary on 7 September 1921.He dedicated his life to the Legion ,and was
actively involved with the establishment of it in other countries throughout the world.
Today, the Legion of Mary has an estimated four million active members -- and 10 million auxiliary members --in close
to 200 countries in almost every diocese in the Catholic Church.His Handbook for the legion of Mary is almost entirely his own composition.
He attended the Second Vatican Council as a lay observer by the invitation of , Pope Paul VI .
What is a Saint
Frank Duff wrote this book at the age of 26 years old .
Servant of God Frank Duff-Beatification
God our Father, You inspired your servant Frank Duff with a profound insight into the mystery of Your Church, the Body of Christ,
and of the place of Mary the Mother of Jesus in this mystery.
In his immense desire to share this insight with others and in filial dependence on Mary he formed her Legion to be a sign of her
maternal love for the world and a means of enlisting all her children in the Church's evangelising work.
We thank you Father for the graces conferred on him and for the benefits accruing to the Church from his courageous and shining faith.
With confidence we beg You that through his intercession you grant the petition we lay before You . ............... We ask too that if it be in accordance with Your will, the holiness of his life may be acknowledged by the Church for the glory of your Name, through Christ Our Lord,