MANILA, June 19, 2015 -– The Legion of Mary will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee on July 19, Sunday, with a concelebrated Mass at the SM Mall of Asia Arena at 10:00 a.m. with Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo as main presider.
“The celebration hopes to remind all legionaries in the Philippines how this lay organization has grown when the world was at the brink of World War II and survived periods of instability and recovery and some problems within the Catholic Church,” said Sr. Olivia Gellangarin, President of the Senatus of Northern Philippines.
The 75th Anniversary has Lehiyonaryo: Alagad ng mga Dukha” as its theme.
She added the celebration is also in thanksgiving for preserving the legionaries amid adveritiies.
Legionaries from all over the country are expected to mark the occasion with members flying in from Papua New Guinea and Guam which are under the supervision of the Senatus of Northern Philippines.
Gellangarin said the Legion of Mary’s first praesedium was established at the Hospicio de San Jose in Manila on July 21, 1940.
The celebration will begin with a procession at 7:00 a.m. with the Regia of Antipolo.
Msgr. Celso Ditan, the Spiritual Director will lead in the opening prayer and recitation of the Holy Rosary.
Expected to participate are delegations from Vigan, Mindanao, Western Visayas, Cebu, Northern Philippines, Bicolandia, Manila, and Silang, Cavite. (Melo M. Acuña/CBCPNews)