Allocutio at the July 2022 Senatus meeting

Allocutio delivered by Sr. Susan Mary Nsubuga, Senatus President

The Praesidium (Handbook Ch. 14 Numbers 21 and 22)

A Praesidium in our language is a police post. Without it, there is no Legion of Mary-that is how important it is to the Legion of Mary. The Praesidium is the foundation of the Legion of Mary thus, we need strong ones not shaky ones. A Praesidium is strong when it performs what it is supposed to do.

Each Praesidium must have a name which is a title from the litany or events or happenings to Mother Mary. It must be attached to a higher Council. A Praesidium holds weekly meetings. Without these weekly meetings, it is not Legion of Mary.

The term of office is 3 years. The term may be renewed for one more term. Beyond the two terms, officership ceases until another officer is appointed by the Curia. Unfortunately, some have served beyond the stipulated time-you may think that you are serving but wrongly.

Different Praesidia have Auxiliary members who only recite the Catena. They MUST recite all Legion Prayers as well put on the tessera everyday. Praesidia should make an effort to always establish if Auxiliaries are performing their duties.

Each Praesidium should take an effort to recruit junior members into the Legion of Mary thus forming a Junior Praesidium (Ref. Handbook Ch. 36 Section 1).

Allocutio at the May 2022 Senatus Meeting

Allocutio delivered by Rev. Fr. Benedict Kato, Spiritual Director from Kimaanya Comitium

Incolae Mariae and Exploratio Dominicalis (Handbook Ch. 40 Section 9 and 10)

Basing on the Spiritual Reading, Rev. Fr. Kato Benedict informed Legionaries that the way to success is to move from one place to another whether spiritually, politically or economically. If you don’t move, you remain in a stagnant life.

A Legionary who doesn’t move from one place to another for Legionary work is stagnant. Jesus himself moved from one place to another to preach the Gospel and so did the Apostles.

In the heart of the Legionary, their ought to be a spirit to move from one place to another in the spirit of Incolae Mariae and Exploratio Dominicalis. In Incolae Mariae, the Legionary gives more substantial time beyond a week or two away from home at a service and in Exploratio Dominicalis, a Preaseidium dedicates a Sunday to search for souls possibly in a problem area a little distance away but not very far.

As Councils have assigned Legionaries, the Praesidia too should take on that similar work and assign the Legionaries for the same. Legionaries need to move and aid in the work of the Priest.

Allocutio at the April 2022 Senatus Meeting

Allocutio delivered by Rev. Fr. Innocent Byenkya, Spiritual Director from Hoima Comitium

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

Being the Divine Mercy Sunday, the Spiritual reading was taken from the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska.

The image of the merciful Jesus is the image of Divine Mercy in which God’s love for human kind was expressly revealed to us.

By Christ’s will, the image bears the signature “Jesus, I trust in you”.

When we talk about the divine mercy, we talk about the trust in God and the love of neighbour.

To trust in God means total surrender to God’s will. Mary is the greatest example of what it means to trust in God.

The devotion to the divine mercy requires among others:

  1. Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter;
  2. Sincerely repent of all our sins;
  3. Place our complete trust in Jesus;
  4. Go to confession, preferably before that Sunday;
  5. Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast;
  6. Venerate the Image of the Divine Mercy;
  7. Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.

When Jesus forgave at the Cross, from his heart came the divine mercy.

Allocutio at the February 2022 Senatus meeting

Allocutio delivered by Rev. Fr. Peter Bakaaye, Spiritual Director of Bukuumi Comitium

The Acies (Handbook Ch. 30 Section 1)

Taking part in the Acies, Legionaries are filled with commitment to fight the evil one.

When we participate in the Acies, we become assets and not liabilities.

In consecrating ourselves, we become stronger in the move to holiness.