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For the month of November, we are encouraged to reflect on the theme Hope: Engaging Different Cultures and Religions at our BEC gatherings. Click on Reflection Paper for the information in four languages.

Annual General Reunion of Legion of Mary

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On Sunday 4 December 2016, the Rooftop of Costantini Community Centre, St Ignatius Church (SIC), hosted one of the largest gatherings of Catholics since its renovation. The occasion was the Annual General Reunion (AGR) of the Legion of Mary Kuala Lumpur Regia attended by some 630 legionaries for interaction in friendship with each other. This was the second time the event is held in SIC. AGRs are usually held around the time of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – which falls on 8 December this year. Attendees responded affirmatively when asked by SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong, CDD, as to whether they have helped save souls over the past 11 months. Different curias from different churches performed song and dance routines to entertain the audience. What is striking is the visible catholicity of attendees from different cultures, of different backgrounds, young and not-so-young, of one faith & baptism, gathered together as one people under God. AGR 2016 which lasted for three hours ended at 4.45 pm with a closing prayer. 

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Earlier on the same day at 12 noon, some members of the four English-speaking praesidia of SIC (with a total membership of more than 60) attended a gathering to celebrate Fr Andrew's birthday. SIC also has six Mandarin-speaking praesidia. The Legion of Mary is an international lay-apostolic organisation for Catholics which was founded in 1921. There are now over 3 million active members spread over all the world. Concilium is the highest governing body for this worldwide organisation and is based in Dublin, Ireland. In West Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Regia is the local governing body for the Legion of Mary. A regia is in charge of several curiae whilst a curia supervises several praesidia. The object of the Legion of Mary is the Glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayers and active co-operation, under ecclesiastical guidance, in Mary’s and the Church’s work of crushing the head of the serpent and advancing the reign of Christ. Legionaries are actively involved (often without publicity and anonymously) in carrying out the Spiritual Works of Mercy as well as the Corporal Works of Mercy.  

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