Ave Maria Florida
"Whatever you do to the least of my brothers this you do to me."

These are the words we will hear when we are judged. Love of neighbor, this is what God commands. This is what the Legion of Mary is about. Legionary service is based on the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ so that in their fellow members and in those they serve, legionaries seek to have the Person of our Lord once again seen and served by Mary, his Mother.

The Legion of Mary goes to strangers and welcomes them. It goes to children and teaches them. It goes to the lonely, isolated people in nursing homes and jails and befriends them.

The Legion of Mary is the largest Catholic lay organization with 4 million Active Members worldwide in 170 countries, 10 million Auxiliary Members and over 10 thousand martyrs. The Legion of Mary has over 110 Active and Auxiliary members in Ave Maria Parish.

Active members attend a weekly meeting. The meeting is less than 1.5 hrs. Active members do apostolic work. The work involves face to face interaction with people.

Auxiliary members pray the Rosary and say the Tessera Prayers every day.

The Church is in decline in Europe and the United States. In Europe there are more practicing Moslems than there are practicing Catholics. The largest religious group in the US is former Catholics. Many people have become practicing Catholics after having been invited and welcomed by The Legion of Mary.

The Legion of Mary is about outreach. It seeks to obey Jesus when He says, "Go out to all people."

Listen to Fr. Peffley explain the Legion of Mary.

You can make a difference. Come to a meeting. Find out more.

Ave Maria English speaking Praesidium

Our English speaking Praesidium meets every Monday at 6:30 P.M. in the Parish Office on St. John Paul II Blvd.

Ave Maria Spanish speaking Praesidium

Our Spanish speaking Praesidium meets every Wednesday 5:30 P.M. in the Parish Hall.

Ave Maria Junior Legion of Mary

The Junior Praesidium is for children 7 to 18 years old, it meets every Saturday at 10 am in the Parish Hall.

Ave Maria Curia

The Ave Maria Curia consists of ten Praesidia from Collier and Hendry counties.


The Allocutio is a short talk given at each meeting by the Spiritual Director or in his absence, the president.