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.