Catholics in the Diocese of Providence are doing what may have seemed unthinkable: knocking on doors and talking about their faith with total strangers.
Betsy Kuzio and Eugene LaRoche, members of the evangelization team from Immaculate Conception Parish in Somerville, N.J., knock on the door of a residence in 2010. (CNS photo/Mary Ellen Zangara, The Catholic Spirit)
But thanks to the encouragement of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, bishop of Providence, and the work of dedicated members of the Legion of Mary, since 2010 six parishes within the Diocese of Providence have held a “Day of Evangelization”—an event that includes prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, and going door-to-door within parish boundaries. In total, these days have resulted in the visitation of about 7,500 homes and conversations with some 3,500 people, with about 370 asking for follow-up, such as requests for visiting the homebound, rides to Mass, information on annulments, or how to have their children baptized.
Read the article here: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/1572/Taking_Evangelization_DoortoDoor...
Back in the early 90's, I was assigned to St. Stan's parish in Maspeth, Queens, N.Y. and the pastor asked me to be the Spiritual Director for the Legion of Mary praesidium that had their meetings at the parish. II was familiar with the Legion of Mary because I was a member when I lived in Florida around 1980. I was even elected president of the local praesidium. Yes, the Legion members go door to door introducing themselves and asking the people there if they would like to know more about the Catholic Faith, and whether they need any assistance in temporal affairs like food and medicine. Usually the Legion member will become friends with the people who respond to the invitation and even help them with household chores if needed. You would be surprised how many elderly people are living alone with no visitors or friends and have a hard time cleaning and cooking. BTW, I still say the Tessera Prayers and consider myself an Auxiliary member.
Here's a little info on the Legion of Mary, a wonderful apostolate of the Roman Catholic Faith
The Legion of Mary (Latin: Legio Mariae) is an association of Catholic laity who serve the Church on a voluntary basis. It was founded in Dublin, Ireland, as a Roman Catholic Marian Movement by layman Frank Duff. Today between active and auxiliary (praying) members there are over 3 million members worldwide making it the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church. Membership is highest in South Korea, Philippines, Brazil, Argentina and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These countries have between 250,000 and 500,000 members each.
To be in the Legion of Mary, one must be a practising Catholic. Active members serve God under the banner of Mary by practising the Spiritual Works of Mercy. The main apostolate of the Legion consists in activities directed towards all men and women, young and old, rich and poor as well as people from the margins of society (homeless, prostitutes, prisoners etc.) and towards non-Catholics. The members of the Legion are primarily engaged in the performance of the Spiritual Works of Mercy rather than works of material aid.