New England Legion of Mary

                              SENATUS RETREATS / PILGRIMAGES / DAY OF RECOLLECTION-2017

Mary's Peperpetual Virginity before birth, during birth and after the birth of Jesus (Pope Martin I at the Lateran Council, AD 649), symbolizes the Church in its intactness and totality of the  Faith as in Mary giving everything back to the Lord. The body is nuptial (wedding), to be perpetually the faithful bride of Christ, giving everything back to God as Mary does.The body was made to be nuptial, male and female, the woman to receive the man. The body is a gift from God, to express God's Love, body and soul, to return back to God.

What does Jesus thirst for? He has a thirst as a man, but He is a deeper thirst for man, so much so that He dies to save our eternal life, yet He gives us complete freedom to love Him or not.

                            ANNUAL RETREATS AT LASALETTE SHRINE, ATTELBORO

Why Mary? What has she to do in my life? Everything. Without Mary Man has nothing: because Man will not receive Jesus Incarnate as his Redeemer and Brother.


                                                             Marian Theme: ‘The Holy Spirit Living in Mary’

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                                Program consisted of: Daily Mass, Holy Hour, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary; Daily Sacrament
                                                  of Reconciliation at LaSalette Shrine /or given by Retreat Priest

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Gospel by Celebrant, V. Rev. Beauregaard, FPO

                                                           SPRINGFIELD CURIA ANNUAL RETREAT: Sept. 24th, 2016

                                                                                                Spiritual Theme: 'The Faith of Mary' by Br. Osbaldo Mendez

                                                                                                                                            'The Mercy of Mary': by Rev. Jose Siesquen

                                                                                                                                            'The Year of Mercy by Deacon Angel Peres

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                               PAST RETREATS / PILGRIMAGES: 2015-GREAT FOR DEEPENING OF FAITH

First Reading contin'd

2) The second Marian Doctrine: Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary-Resurrection of Mary-raised by Jesus body and soul into Heaven.Jesus would never let her body suffer corruption.

Catholic Theology  has cohesion and Mary is that cohesion as she has lived 30 yrs with Jesus; she knows her Son,  having intimately experienced His Birth, Life and Death

Questions / discussions-the Angel of Fatima giving Communion, not the same as communion given by a priest . Only priests can consecrate, but not angels.

The body is essential for salvation. We are presently not in Heaven because the body is not in Heaven yet.

                              PILGRIMAGES, RETREATS AND MARIAN DEVOTIONS OF 2017

The Annual Retreat was attended by 60 Legionaries the Curia with their families and friends. Rev. Jose Siesquen was the Spiritual of the Retreat, assisted by Deacon Ly Cao of an attached Vietnamese Praesidium; Deacon Cao gave testimony of his time spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, because he bore witness to his Faith and to Mary as the Mother of Jesus.

An award was presented to Ramonita Nieves for her 47 years of faithful service to the Church as a member of the Legion of Mary.

Everyone who attended the Retreat was refreshed with joy, gratitude, and greater resolve in persevering as a Faithful Member of the Legion of Mary, serving the common good and reaching out and bringing the Light of Christ to all peoples as led by the Holy Spirit through Mary, by seeing Jesus and Mary in all they serve.

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Experience the Thirst of Jesus at the foot of the Cross, brings us right at Calvary, hearing the 7 Last Words of Jesus, which will be read at meals during Retreat. Jesus marries human nature when He takes on human flesh. Man is created with an incarnate thirst for God. Our intellect feeds on Truth (God is Truth). Anyone who denies Mary denies the humanity of Jesus.

Conference and Pearls to be Meditated and Treasured: Most important for the Faithful is to enter into the mystery God, especially through the mystery of Mass and Eucharistic Life, the mystery of the Cross and Suffering, the Sacraments and Jesus in His Salvation Plan for us; fully submitting  to God's Will, living out the Lord's Gospel, becoming alive in the joy of Jesus. Jesus is ever present in Scriptures and the Breaking of Bread; but Our very weak human nature does not easily recognize Him. Thus we are like babies whom Mary caresses lovingly in her arms, interceding for us, filling us with the Grace entrusted to her by Jesus, to give to us, as she puts us into Jesus open arms, Who delights in giving us His Infinite Love and Mercy, Light and Truth. In this way one grows into a deeper relationship with God, serving His Will  faithfully, coming into union with Him, sharing more and more of His Divine Life; and arriving at our final goal which is Heavenly Glory in Eternal Life. To remain  with only an intellectual knowledge of God is to be spiritually stunted, and  one will not become the new man in Our Risen Lord.

ANNUAL RETREAT OF BOSTON REGIONAL SENATUS, LASALETTE SHRINE, ATTLEBORO, MA

                                                                                       JUNE 23RD-JUNE 25TH, 2017

                                                                    RETREAT MASTER: VERY REV. ANDREW BEAUREGAARD, FPO:

      MARIAN THEME: EXPERIENCE THE THIRST OF JESUS WITH MARY AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

RETREAT PROGRAM:  Daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, conferences, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Legionary Prayers and Holy Rosary, Reading of the 7 Last Words of Jesus at meals, daily Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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       PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA SHRINE BRIGHTON, MA, ON MAY 13TH, 2017,  FEAST DAY OF 

                 OUR LADY OF FATIMA, IN THIS   CENTENARY YEAR OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

                                                                           APPARITIONS IN FATIMA, PORTUGAL IN 1917

THE FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA WAS CELEBRATED WITH AN OVERNIGHT VIGIL OF ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT OVERNIGHT TILL 9.30 AM OF THE FEAST DAY. REPOSITION WAS FOLLOWED BY CELEBRATION OF MASS.

MAIN CELEBRANT: REV. SUCESS JEANTY, CON-CELEBRATING PRIESTS: REV. FRANCIS ALVAREZ AND REV. PLINIO MARTINS.

After Mass Holy Rosary was prayed, followed by a talk of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to 3 Young Seers- Lucy Dos Santos-10 yrs old, Francisco Marto-9 yrs. old, and Jacinta Marto-7 yrs. old. Both Francisco and Jacinta were canonized at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Portugal, by Pope Francis, on the Centenary Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, making them the youngest Saints of Holy Mother Church.

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Reflections on Marian Theme, among Legionary Retreat Participants, together with Rev.Michael Sheehan emphasized True Mission of Mary in the Holy Spirit is to inspire Catholics to live the Divine Life of Jesus. If we live the Mystical School of Mary immersed in the sacramental life of the Church: daily Holy Rosary to daily Mass, Holy hour, study of Scripture, regular confession,  we will fulfill God's Holy Will in our station in life, and in fulfilling the Charism of  Holy Orders or Religious Organizations, and thus arrive at the goal of becoming a Saint. All the Saints, including St. Francis of Assisi, and in our present time Pope Francis have faithfully modeled after the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit only sees us when He sees Mary in us; Jesus sees us when He sees Mary in us.When we have Mary in us the people we serve will see Jesus in us.

Mass: Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Marian Doctrines: 1) The Immaculate Conception; 2) The Perpetual Virginity of Mary; 3) Theotokos, Mother of God / God bearer; and 4) the Assumption. These Marian Doctrines are non-negotiable, because they are central to the Catholic Faith.


ANNUAL   PILGRIMAGE BY MEMBERS OF NEW HAVEN COMITIUM AND HARTFORD COMITIUM

     BOTH ARE COUNCILS IN CONNECTICUT ATTACHED TO LEGION OF MARY BOSTON REGIONAL SENATUS
(September 2015) 
Members of New Haven Comitium, and Hartford Comitium,  made their Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of  Lourdes Shrine 

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                                                                                     Past Annual Retreat (2016) of Boston Senatus

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Mass: First Reading by Br. Patrick Murphy, Legion of Mary Member

Attributes of man's body: the body is a gift; it is nuptial, it is fruitful and it is essential.

Declaration of Marian Doctrines: the Immaculate Conception-Pope Pius IX-1854; Assumption of Mary-Pope Pius II-1950; Perpetual Virginity-Pope Martin I at Church Council-649; Theotokos-Council of Ephesus.

The Immaculate Conception is a gift from God as an act of Mercy, first given to Mary.

                                                                                                                SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: REV. JAMES SULLIVAN

                                                                   CONFERENCE THEME OF PILGRIMAGE: MARY ARK OF THE COVENANT

Mary was the Ark of the Covenant because she bore the Son of God to be Our Redeemer by the power of the Holy Spirit. Opening Legion prayers, Holy Rosary, Catena and Closing Legion Prayers were prayed. The Pilgrimage greatly renewed the Spirit of Comitia members of the Legion of Mary of Connecticut. They were very thankful to Fr. Sullivan for being their Spiritual Director for their Pilgrimage.

                          Retreat Master: Rev. Michael Sheehan, Franciscan Priest of Primitive Observance

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                       (Our Lady of LaSalette/ Our Lady of Reconciliation, Feast Day on Sept. 16th:

                                                                                      Her message is : make me known)


                                 LEGION OF MARY BOSTON SENATUS ANNUAL RETREAT: JUNE 25-28, 2015
                                                                                     LaSalette Retreat Center,Attleboro, MA

                                      Retreat Master: REV. JOSEPH MEDIO, Franciscan Priest of Primitive Observance

                                                                      Marian Theme: ‘Mary, Ark of the Covenant’
                            Program consisted of: Daily Mass, Holy Hour, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary; Daily Sacrament

                                                           of  Reconciliation at LaSalette Shrine /or given by Retreat Priest

Members of Legion of Mary attended with their family and friends. Fr. Joseph Medio gave an enlightening teaching on Mary, Ark of the Covenant.

Pearls from Fr. Joseph's teaching together with reflections from some attendees of the Retreat:

Discussions began with the old Testament Ark that God instructed Moses to build. It was built of acacia wood which resisted decay. In the Ark were two tablets of God's Commandments: the first commands Love of God; the second Love of neighbor; the manna (prefigured Jesus the Living Bread come down from Heaven) and the rod of Aaron which budded symbolized fruitfulness of the Priesthood. The old Testament Ark prefigured Mary as the incorrupt Ark of the New Covenant, as willed by God, So the Ark of the New Covenant is a person, Mary, the new Eve prepared to bring the New Adam to the world.

    By Mary's 'Fiat' the Son of God, The Word who was from the beginning, Mighty God, took on her flesh in her womb, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and  became a human being, becoming our brother, Emanuel (Infinite Love and Eternal Life). Her 'Fiat' was a Perpetual 'YES' to God's will throughout her life unto eternity. By Mary's 'Fiat', she bore and gave birth to God Our Savior, presenting Him to the world to restore us for God. Thus God has exalted humanity by the Incarnation; the Word made flesh.

    Our Lord Jesus has consecrated Mary in the fullness of the Holy Spirit to us. So she also has consecrated herself to us by being Our Mother and the Holy Spirit through her inspires us to live out Mary's virtues, our light. Mary is in perfect union with God. By this union with God, her will is God's will: so we should be attentive to her words of wisdom. At the Wedding Feast  at Cana, moved by great compassion, she told Jesus 'there is no wine'. She trusted that her Son would respond to what she asked of Him in love, even as Jesus asked her: 'what is this to you; my hour has not yet come'. At that she understood Jesus' desire for her to participate in beginning His Public Mission with Him; at that moment Mary gave Jesus her 'second Fiat', actually a continuation of her perpetual Fiat, (this is to emphasize another prominent way-point in her life's mission) to begin for Him His Public Ministry with Him, through Him and in Him.

  So with her assent she commanded the servants:  'Do as He say'. This counsel should echo continuously  in the hearts of All Baptized, inspiring them to  live the  life of Jesus Christ, thus becoming True Disciples of the Lord Jesus, who is not only a Person but who is Mighty God, Wonder Counselor, God Hero, Prince of Peace,  and wellspring of Ineffable Love. When Jesus says 'Come follow me', He is inviting us to become like Him, by living out daily His teachings . This was the path Mary embraced with perfect trust, eventually leading her to stand at the foot of the Cross at Calvary. She has thus become our Guiding Star and Model.

    Her Pre-eminent Virtues are: Constancy (prayer, absolute trust in God, giving whole heart and mind,  and soul, to the will of God); total Detachment from all influences / relationships opposed to God's will. She stood at the foot of the Cross of Jesus, glorifying God in total submission to God's will with love, strength, endurance, and  courage,  with complete detachment from the world, in union with the Passion and Glory of her Son Jesus on His Cross, enduring indescribable anguish. At the foot of the Cross Jesus gave her to be Our Mother. At that moment Mary gave the Lord her 'third Fiat', (a third prominent way-point emphasized here), when she accepted her Lord's invitation to be the Mother of Grace; Mother of the Church, for humanity. After the Assumption of Mary, humanity has a Mother in Heaven, Our Mother of Salvation, perpetually interceding for us. She  gave great attentiveness to Interior Life, co-operating with God as the Holy Spirit fills her soul with Wisdom, Confidence, Holiness, Obedience, Patience, Angelic Sweetness.

    All our offerings are stained to varying degrees, so if we go to Jesus directly, all our offerings are many thorns to Him (He will still accept our thorns no matter how sharp), but if we offer them through Mary, she lessens the sharpness of the thorns, making them beautifully delightful for presentation to Jesus. Mary never fails to bring us to a True and Loving Relationship with Jesus, (this is her only mission: she draws no attention to herself):  so with complete trust in her, we consecrate ourselves to Mary: ' Totus Tuo, Mary My Queen, my Mother'.

All who attended the Retreat were greatly renewed in their Faith, with a deepened understanding of Legionary commitment to True Devotion  to Mary, based on 'Treatise of True Devotion to Mary', written by St. Louise Marie De Montfort, whose 150 anniversary will be in 2016. 

                PAST RETREATS  / PILGRIMAGES-2014​, VALUABLE BENEFITS FOR ALL SEASONS


 ANNUAL SENATUS RETREAT: June 16-19th 2014 at Retreat Center, LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA. Retreat Master was Rev. Michael Sheehan, FPO (Franciscan Priest of Primitive Observance). Spiritual Theme:'Mary, Handmaid of God'. Retreat Program: daily Liturgy of the Hours (morning, noon, evening, and night prayers), Mass, three conferences every day, Legion Prayers and Holy Rosary, Holy Hour, Angelus, Sacrament of Reconciliation. Brown scapulars were blessed and distributed to attending legionaries, their relatives and friends. All attendees received great blessings of joy and deepened faith from the Retreat.