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What is The Little Way? Where did it from?
Mary Doohan was born in 1917 in a place known as ‘The Hand’ in the parish of Mullagh, Co Clare, Ireland. She was one of nine children born to Timothy and Hannah Doohan. Two of the children – John and Michael – became Columban priests. Father John came to the Philippines in 1948 and after a short spell in Mindanao was one of the Columban pioneers in Negros Occidental in 1950 where Father Michael followed him three years later. One of the girls, Philomena, became Sr Gabriel Perboyre, a Columban Sister, and spent her early years as a Sister in Burma. When the Sisters were forced to leave there she came to the Philippines where she spent seven years before going to Chile for twelve years.
Growing up in Co Clare, Mary, like most Irish Catholics, would have been acquainted with the life of the ‘Little Flower’ – St Thérèse of Lisieux, whose cause for canonization was to the fore at the time. The young French Carmelite nun’s ‘Little Way’ of holiness – of trusting in Jesus to make her holy and relying on small daily sacrifices instead of great deeds – appealed to those who were trying to find holiness in ordinary lives. Her example inspired many lay people to try to do the same. Mary was also actively involved in the Legion of Mary.
Activities Additional information provided by charityTo help all priests and missionaries by prayer and sacrifice in their work of making Christ known and loved.
To follow the Little Way by imitating St Therese in her love of God and mankind; in her childlike simplicity and perfect confidence in God.
To help the missionary work of the Catholic Church inal I parts of the world by providing chapels, homes, schools and wells; supporting priests with Mass offerings, maintaining sisters and catechists; and providing food, medicines and other aid for the hungry, sick, refugees, needy children and victims of natural disasters.
3. Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff on September 7, 1921 in Dublin. His idea was to help Catholic laypeople fulfill their baptismalpromises and be able to live their dedication to the Church in an organised structure, supported by fraternity and prayer.
The Legion was first only open to women; the first men apart from Duff himself joined it in 1929. The legionaries first started out by visiting hospitals, but they were soon active among the most destitute, notably among Dublin prostitutes. Frank Duff subsequently laid down the system of the Legion in the Handbook of the Legion of Mary in 1928.
The Legion of Mary soon spread from Ireland to other countries and continents. At first, the Legion often met with mistrust due to its dedication to lay apostolate which was unusual for the time. Only after Pope Pius XI expressed praise for the Legion in 1931, could such mistrust be quelled.
Most prominent for spreading the Legion was the Irish legionary Edel Mary Quinn for her activities in Africa during the 1930s and 40s. Her dedication to the mission of the Legion even in the face of her ill health due to tuberculosis brought her great admiration in- and outside of the Legion. A canonization process is currently under way for Edel Quinn and a beatification process is currently underway for Frank Duff.
Membership in Ireland had been declining but due to efforts by the Concilium to attract younger people to its ranks through the Deus et Patria movement a substantial increase in membership has now occurred.
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