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Frank Duff: A Life Story

Author(s): Finola Kennedy

ISBN13: 9781441167477

ISBN10: 1441167471

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  • This is a new biography of the Founder of the Legion of Mary, one of the Catholic Church's most effective charitable agencies in the world today. In the Legion of Mary, Duff built an organisation that depended on each member playing his or her part, rather than on any individual leader. Describing responsibility as 'the biggest tonic on earth', he believed in sharing responsibility, and warned against thinking that others cannot do things as well as we can ourselves. The Legion of Mary is an organisation of lay Catholics dedicated to every form of social service and Catholic action for the welfare of the Church and of society. Duff's vision of a lay movement was revolutionary in its time and as recounted in this book explains why he faced so much opposition from Church authorities, especially in Ireland. But Duff, who is on the path towards canonisation, exemplified the Catholic tradition of charitable work at its best - that you do not preach by lecturing but by works of mercy, compassion and unselfish altruism. This is an inspiring tale.

  • Finola Kennedy

    Finola Kennedy is an economist, writer, wife and mother of six children. She is a regular contributor to The Sunday Business Post and Irish Independent. She is a Lecturer in Economics at the Institute of Public Administration at UCD and a Member of The Review Group on the Irish Constitution. She is the author of two books, Cottage to Creche: Family Change in Ireland and Family, Economy and Government in Ireland.

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