Dublin, Ireland, Sep 3, 2021 / 14:00 pm
The Catholic archbishop of Dublin on Friday hailed Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff as “prophetic.”
Celebrating a Mass marking the centenary of the influential lay association, Archbishop Dermot Farrell said that the Irish civil servant anticipated the insights of the Second Vatican Council, despite “persistent opposition” from Church authorities.
“Frank Duff, a man ahead of this time, could be described as prophetic in the true Christian sense of that word: someone sensitive to the call of God and utterly dedicated to God’s will. He translated his prophetic perspective of the universal call to holiness into a vibrant lay movement,” Farrell said in a homily at St. Nicholas of Myra Church, Francis Street, Dublin.
Duff founded the Legion of Mary in the city on Sept. 7, 1921, with the first meeting taking place in Myra House, Francis Street. Today, the association has more than 10 million members in around 170 countries.