Let’s Pray for Venerable Edel Quinn’s Canonization: Official of Legion of Mary in Kenya

Venerable Edel Quinn. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Members of the Legion of Mary globally have been urged to intensify prayers for the canonization of  Venerable Edel Quinn who pioneered the lay apostolic association of Catholics that is rooted in Marian spirituality in East and Central Africa.

Speaking to ACI Africa on the sidelines of a Eucharistic Celebration to mark the 79th death anniversary of Venerable Edel Quinn at St. Mary’s Msongari School grounds in Nairobi, Dr. Mutuma Geoffrey who chaired the organizing committee that planned for the May 13 event also urged Legionaries to live by the example of the Irish-born Venerable.

Dr. Mutuma Geoffrey. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“My call to all the legionaries across the world is that let us join our hands together and pray for Edel Quinn and for the Church to recognize her to be declared a Saint in heaven because she has done great work,” Dr. Mutuma told ACI Africa.

A native of Kanturk, Co. Cork in Ireland, Venerable Edel Quinn was appointed Legion of Mary Envoy to East Africa in 1936, and mandated to oversee the establishment of the association in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Mauritius.


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In the interview with ACI Africa, Dr. Mutuma further called on the people of God in the countries where the Legion of Mary pioneer in East and Central Africa visited “to do much work for the Church in recognition of her hard work.”

He also called on the Legionaries to “follow the steps of Edel Quinn, visiting people, recruiting many people, and then continuing with the apostolate as she did.”

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“Legionaries are the people who should follow the humility, and spirituality of Edel, to assist other Christians to come closer to the Church,” Dr. Mutuma said during the May 13 event that took place some meters to St. Austin’s Mission Cemetery where Venerable Edel Quinn was laid to rest in 1944.

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The Irish-born Servant of God Frank Duff formed the first presidium (basic unit of the association at Parish level) of the Legion of Mary on 7 September 1921.

In 1957 the Local Ordinary of Nairobi, Archbishop John Joseph McCarthy started off the Diocesan process of Edel Quinn's canonization. Pope John Paul II declared her Venerable on 15 December 1994.

Also speaking to ACI Africa during the May 13 event, Legion of Mary Spiritual Director in Uganda, Fr. Joseph Michael Miro, said, “It’s important to celebrate the Venerable Edel Quinn because she was a symbol of unity for Catholics.”

“It’s very important for us to emulate Edel because she portrays the image of the Legion Mary as the unity of brothers and sisters irrespective of country, age, sex, and different cultures,” Fr. Miro said.

The Ugandan Catholic Priest added, “As Legionaries, we need to drive forward in the course of salvation brought to us by Jesus Christ.”


“For those who want to join us in this journey the door is open because we need more legionaries to continue with this apostolate,” Fr. Miro told ACI Africa during the event that brought over 150 pilgrims from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi.

Patrick Juma Wani is a South Sudanese journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. Patrick holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD) in Uganda. He has over 7 years of extensive experience in leading the development and implementation of media, advocacy, communication and multimedia strategy and operations, with an excellent track record of editorial leadership, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.