Plenary Indulgence for the Centenary

To increase the holiness of the faithful and for the salvation of souls, by virtue of the faculty granted to it in a special way by the Most Reverend Father in Christ and Our Master, the Lord Francis, by Divine Providence, Pope, having taken note of the requests made by Mary Murphy, President of the Association called the Legion of Mary, on the occasion of its one hundredth anniversary, the Apostolic Penitentiary graciously concedes from the heavenly treasures of the Church a plenary indulgence properly fulfilled under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the intention of the Holy Pontiff) to the members of the association and to other members of the faithful who are truly penitent, to be gained from 7 September 2021 until 7 September 2022, which can be applied for the souls of the faithful detained in Purgatory by way of suffrage, if they visit any church of the said Association or wherever on pilgrimage and are present devoutly at the joyful celebrations, or at least recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed devoutly, with added pious appeals to the Blessed Virgin Mary

The aged, the sick, and all who cannot leave home for a grave reason, can gain equally the Plenary Indulgence, having evinced a detestation of sin and a purpose of amendment, where first permitted, under the three usual conditions, if they join themselves spiritually to the joyful celebrations, offering the prayers, sorrows or misfortunes of their own lives to the mercy of God.

In order to facilitate out of pastoral charity such visits for the reception of the divine forgiveness through the keys of the Church, this Penitentiary especially requests priests who have the faculties to hear the confessions of the said people, to make themselves available with prompt and generous heart for the celebration of Confession.

This letter is only valid for this purpose. All other things to the contrary notwithstanding.

Given at Rome, from the seat of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 7 of September, in the Year of Our Lord’s Incarnation 2021.

Plenary Indulgence

Happy New Year 2022

Dear Spiritual Directors, Legionaries and all people of God,

On behalf of the Senatus of Uganda, the Officers of Senatus wish you a blessed new year.  We thank God and Mother Mary our Queen for protecting and guiding us throughout year 2021. We thank you our Spiritual Directors for the prayers, love, guidance and support you give to all people of God especially Legionaries.

The two years 2020 and 2021 are known as the years of the Corona Virus Pandemic.  Many friends fell sick, others died (including the former Senatus Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. Expedito Walakira on 18th May 2021) and in the whole world, many people registered negative changes in their lives.  The situation got worse when movement of people was restricted and all activities, including Church congregations, Schooling, Legion of Mary meetings and social gatherings were on halt. 

Thank you, Legionaries, for persevering and for supporting each other. Thank you for the masses you participated in through the media, Legion of Mary prayers, the 24-hour rosary and other prayers.  Thank you for keeping our catchphrase in mind, which says “whatever it costs we shall never let the Legion of Mary die during our time”.

We shall always remember the year 2021 for Centenary celebrations of the Legion of Mary, which was founded on 7th September, 1921.  The inauguration of the Centenary year took place on 7th September 2021 at Nsambya Parish where Edel Quinn was welcomed when she came to Uganda for the first time. Celebrations are ongoing thereafter in different Praesidia and Councils until September 2022. 

As we celebrate, we have a theme to guide us: “Remember, Renew, Recruit, Rejoice. 1921 – 2021”.  Dear Officers of councils ensure that each section of the theme is put in practice. For example, “Recruit”:- This section may involve taking time to study your area of operation and listing Parishes, Sub Parishes or Small Christian Communities.   Thereafter identify areas where Legion of Mary does not exist. Then draw a plan for the outreach.  If each council does this then we shall be sure of the expansion in the whole country.  Remember we also have a task of extending Legion of Mary in the North and Eastern Uganda, where it has not been introduced in many Parishes.  We commend Councils like Kampala Comitium B, Lugazi, Jinja, Mbale, Kimaanya Comitia, St Matia Mulumba Curia and others that have embarked on this mission. We call upon all Legionaries to participate in all possible ways.

Finally, our immediate focus as we start the new year  2022 is to ensure that we go back to the basics, woo back members who have not yet turned up, hold weekly meetings, pray the Catena every day, carry out weekly duties; attend higher Council meetings to mention but a few.  Let us follow the system as laid down in the Legion of Mary Handbook at the same time observe the Standing Operating Procedures given by the Government through the Ministry of Health.

The first Senatus meeting to be held in the new year will be held on the 16th January, 2022, starting at 10.00am at Kiwummulo, Bunnamwaya. All Officers of councils affiliated to Senatus are reminded of their obligation to attend.

May Mother Mary Mediatrix of all graces pray for us.

We wish you a happy and blessed new year.

God bless you.

Resumption of Legion of Mary Activities

Following the address made by the President of the Republic of Uganda, on the 22nd September, 2021, the second phase of the lockdown that had seen Churches closed for 60 days was relaxed.  Permission was granted to open Churches and utmost 200 people are allowed to worship God in a Church at a time provided they can follow the SOPs.

We are very grateful to God.  We thank members for the prayers and congratulate you upon reaching this far.  We can now resume Legion of Mary activities after a lockdown period of four months.  The Officers of Councils/Praesidia are advised to consult Spiritual Directors before starting meetings, for proper guidance.

As we are all aware, the Centenary Celebrations of Legion of Mary were inaugurated on the 7th September, 2021.  Mass was celebrated at Nsambya Parish presided over by Bishop Paul Ssemogerere, the Apostolic Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese, Bishop of Kasana Luwero and Chairman of the Lay Apostolate Commission. Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, Legionaries were represented by the Spiritual Directors and some Officers of the Councils.  The year of Celebrations will come to an end in September 2022.

We are therefore calling upon Councils to organise the Celebrations at all levels following the guidelines given and in consultation with the Senatus.

The next Senatus meeting will be held (as usual) on the third Sunday of the month i.e., 17th October, 2021 at Kiwumulo Bunamwaya and all the Officers of Councils affiliated to Senatus are invited to attend.

Let us continue to pray the rosary for the total end of CoVID-19 and all the other intensions.
May Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces pray for us.
God bless you.
At your service,
Senatus of Uganda

LIVE: Centenary thanksgiving and Inauguration

Join us for the Live Mass as we thank God for the 100 years of the Legion of Mary and also inaugurate the celebrations that will happen in each diocese in Uganda.