In early 1950, I became secretary of the Comitium, another great event in my life. For the next three years the Comitium officers met at least once a month. I also became aware that the Legion in Chicago Comitium and Curia was also part of a much larger organization. We were attached to the St. Louis Senatus, and to them we sent our Praesidia reports and our Council reports. Our St. Louis correspondent furnished us with copies of the minutes from the Concilium and important items were read at Comitium meetings. We became aware of the world-wide action of the Legion of Mary, of Edel Quinn, who despite being afflicted with tuberculosis, had done such a tremendous job in Africa; of Frank Duff, at that time still among the living, who dedicated the rest of his life to spreading the Legion throughout the world, Wonderful role models to try to live up to.
Another event peculiar to the Legion of Mary was the annual Acies celebration. It was thrilling to see several hundred people, our active and auxiliary members, streaming into Holy Name Cathedral. We had some tremendous speakers at the Acies and in 1950 we were privileged to have Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago, address our members. As he said, “I like the quiet, sincere way in which you work, but most of all I like your utter dependence on prayer.” This one sentence meant much to all of us, especially to the Auxiliaries.