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Servant of God
The Servant of God, Alphonsus Lambe, (known as Alfie) was born in Tullamore, Ireland on the feast of
St. John the Baptist, Friday, 24th June 1932, during the international Eucharistic Congress in
Like St. John he was a precursor - the precursor of
the Legion of Mary, which Pope Paul VI described as "the greatest movement which has been established for the good
of souls since the era of the great religious orders".
After spending a period of his youth in the novitiate of the Irish Christian
Brothers, which he had to leave because of delicate health, he found his vocation in the Legion of Mary, and was
appointed Envoy in 1953. With Seamus Grace, he left for Bogota, Colombia on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
16th July of that year.
For almost six years he worked ceaselessly in promoting the Legion of Mary in
Columbia, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay and Brazil. After a short but grave illness he died in Buenos Aires on the
feast of St. Agnes, 21st January 1959.
God had bestowed on him great natural gifts, a personality which attracted souls to
the service and love of God, an infectious enthusiasm, and a facility for learning languages, which enabled him to
rapidly attain fluency in Spanish and Portuguese.
During his years in South America he set up a great number of branches of the Legion
of Mary, and trained a multitude in the apostolate of the Legion. His devotion to Mary was outstanding, and in
contacts with Legionaries and others he explained and urged the practice of the True Devotion to Our
He is buried in the vault of the Irish Christian Brothers, in the Recoleta Cemetery,
Prayers for the Beatification of Alfie
Prayer for the
Beatification of Servant of God Alphonsus Lambe
who by your infinite mercy inflamed the heart of your servant, Alphonsus Lambe with an ardent love for you
and for Mary, our Mother; a love which revealed itself in a life of intense labour, prayer and sacrifice for
the salvation of souls, grant, if it be your will, that we may obtain, by his intercession, what we cannot
obtain by our own merits. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen with ecclesiastical
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