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Legion of Mary in Kenyan Archdiocese Eyeing Learners to Battle Declining Numbers

Fr. Boniface Kariuki, Spiritual Director Legion of Mary Nairobi Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Nairobi

The leadership of the Legion of Mary of Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi is seeking to strengthen legionaries in schools in an attempt to counter the declining numbers the association is facing, an official of the association has told ACI Africa. 

In a Tuesday, October 12 interview, the Spiritual Director of Legion of Mary in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Fr. Boniface Kariuki, said that ways of introducing the movement in Kenyan contexts are also being explored.

“We will strengthen the legionaries in our schools and introduce the movement where it does not exist. Here we will work closely with the Education Secretary in the Archdiocese of Nairobi,” said Fr. Kariuki.

He added that his office has planned to visit and rejuvenate members with challenges, in view of establishing factors behind the declining numbers, which he said his office will try to address.

Making reference to Lumen Gentium no. 33, the Kenyan Priest described the Legion of Mary as “a lay movement, and was given prominence in the Vatican Council II document.” The movement is hinged on members’ commitment to daily prayers, weekly meetings, and apostolate. 

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“Upon all the laity, therefore, rests the noble duty of working to extend the divine plan of salvation to all men of each epoch and in every land,” Fr. Kariuki said making reference to Lumen Gentium, and added referring to the Laity, “May every opportunity be given them so that, according to their abilities and the needs of the times, they may zealously participate in the saving work of the Church.”

He expressed the hope that the 100-year-old Catholic lay association in the Kenyan Archdiocese will be awakened through the centenary celebration amid strategies to recruit “more members and especially the youth into the movement.”

“We will be able to celebrate fully if there is a good future,” the official of the Legion of Mary in Nairobi Archdiocese who doubles as the Chaplain of Kenya’s Kenyatta University noted.

He called upon legionaries to pray for an end to take advantage of October as the month of the Holy Rosary to pray for an end to the “darkness” of the COVID -19 pandemic.

“I urge all the Christians to take the prayer of the Rosary seriously by reciting the rosary daily with dedication and attention,” Fr. Kariuki said, and added, “The Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Our Lord brings us close to Jesus.”

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