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The Servant of God Frank Duff
1889 - 1980
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Prayer for the Beatification of the Servant of
God Frank Duff God our Father, You inspired your
servant Frank Duff with a profound insight into
the mystery of your Church, the Body of Christ,
and of the place of Mary the Mother of Jesus in
this mystery. In his immense desire to share
this insight with others and in filial dependence
on Mary he formed her Legion to be a sign of her
maternal love and a means of enlisting all her
children in the Churchs evangelizing work. We
thank you Father, for the grace conferred on him
and for the benefits accruing to the Church from
his courageous and shining faith. With confidence
we beg you that through his intercession you
grant the petition we lay before you…… We ask
that if it be in accordance with your will, the
holiness of his life may be acknowledged by the
Church for the glory of your name, through Christ
Our Lord, Amen.
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Born June 7, 1889 Died November 7, 1980 First
Friday Cause for beatification proposed by
Archbishop of Dublin. Declared Servant of God,
1996
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Dublin
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Susan Letitia (Letty) Freehill c. 12th Nov. 1863
- 27th Feb.1950
Married 5th Nov. 1888
John Duff 1861 - 23rd Dec. 1918 Retired at 42
due to attack of Typhoid.
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Susan Duff family. From left to right Isabel,
John as a baby, Eva Lucy and Frank c.1895.
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Frank attended Blackrock College from 1899 1907
and excelled at Sport and in his academic studies.
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Frank at left the oldest of seven children.
Isabel Maud 9th May 1891 - 10th June
1949 Eva Lucy Laetitia Anne 30th June
1893 John Edwin 27th Jan. 1895 - 20th Aug.
1949 Sarah Geraldine 5th Sept. 1897 -
1975 Ailish c.1903 - 22nd Feb. 1951 Laetita
died in her infancy. Eva Lucy, shown 2nd from
right was soon to be called home to God at the
tender age of 13, 21st May 1907. c.1906/1907.
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Frank Duff c. 1914/1915.
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Tenement Dwellers Chancery Lane
He used to walk up and down Whitefriar Street in
front of these houses and hed be proselytising
and just saying the rosary all the time. Mr Duff
tried to take the girls from these houses and
hed walk up and down all day praying and saying
the rosary. But he never interfered with them.
Frank was a very, very nice young man hell be
beatified, sometime. May Hanaphy, Dublin
Tenement Life, p.219
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Tenement Dwellings, Church Street
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Tenement Living Conditions
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Photo taken on Station Island, Lough Derg. Frank
Duff, second from right, standing behind his
sister. His mother is fifth from right, 2nd row,
wearing dark hat. 1916.
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Frank at Lough Derg, Pettigo, Co. Donegal. His
first trip there was in 1915. He went on
pilgrimage here every year for 49 years. He said
it was more difficult every year! He had to give
up at 74 years of age due to a serious illness.
c. 1920s.
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A street in the Monto area.
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Frank Duff with Frs. Creedon and Toher, two of
the early Legion spiritual supporters and
campaigners The Legion of Mary is a Parish Based
Organisation. The Laity have a vital role in
supporting the vocation of every priest,
especially the priests of the local parish. This
is the Church.
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Frank said to Mary Rowe at the Regina Coeli
hostel one day that if he ever got married he
would lose his religion because he would be so
intensely wrapped up in his children.
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Frank with Ms. Everett, one of the officers of
the Senatus of India. c.1930
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Fr. Creedon, Veronica O Brien (Envoy to France),
Frank Duff Fr. Toher. c.1942
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His bicycle was his chief mode of transport.
Franks driving career was very short.
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Alfie Lambe, Fr. Toher, Seamus Grace, Frank Duff
others Regina Coeli Hostel. c.1952
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On one of his many summer outings to Mount
Mellary. Maura O Luanaigh, Frank Duff, Frankie
Morris Brendan Crowley
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Having a word with the President of Ireland,
Eamon de Valera at the conferring of his Honorary
Doctorate by the National University of Ireland.
In 1956, Frank received The Marianist Award from
Dayton University, Ohio.
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1957.
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Fr. Jordan, former indoor brother Morning Star
Hostel giving his first blessing to Fr. Kelly and
Frank Duff. 1959
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Sally Sharkey, Peg McDonnell, John Nagle,
Frank Duff Maria Diepen, envoy
to South America. c. late 1950s
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The sprockets on tour! Frank Duff, Eileen Sheehy
(Billane) - Africa, John Gavin, Una Twomey -
Bolivia Eileen O Connor
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Giving a talk on Edel Quinn at the opening of the
Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk, Co. Cork
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The Big Six Frank Duff at the Garden
Centenary Party Reunion of Blackrock College
Students on 10th July 1960, with from left to
Right Dr. C Heerey CSSp., Archbishop of
Onitsha, Mgr. Alfred O Rahilly, Cardinal
DAlton, Primate of Ireland, Eamonn de Valera,
Uachtarán na hEireann and Dr. John Charles
McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin.
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Showing the first Legion altar.
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Bro. Duff meets Pope Paul VI, after Vatican
Council II, December 1965
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1971.
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John Murray, Brian McKeone, Archbishop John
Charles McQuaid of Dublin, Jimmy Cummins Frank
Duff c. early 1970s
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Outside Regina Coeli Hostel. Late 1970s. Still
Holding on! …to his ideals, apostolic zeal and
action.
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With Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi, Apostolic
Nuncio to Ireland. 1970s
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A cycling tour with Mary McAndrew in his later
years
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Frank at gate of his house in Morning Star
Avenue. c.1979.
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Frank praying in the chapel of the Regina Coeli
hostel for homeless women. c. 1979.
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The Spirituality of The Servant of God, Frank
Duff Frank prayed the entire Office of the Church
every day. He attended one if not two Masses
daily. Made an annual retreat in Mount Mellary,
a Cistercian Monastery and an annual pilgrimage
to Lough Derg.
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The Spirituality of The Servant of God, Frank
Duff Can We be Saints? (1916) True Devotion to
Mary The De Montfort Way (1937) Legion Handbook
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The Spirituality of The Servant of God, Frank
Duff If the sum of the experiences of those who
teach and understand and practise the True
Devotion is of value, it seems unquestionable
that it deepens the interior life, sealing it
with the special character of unselfishness and
purity of intention. There is a sense of guidance
and protection a joyful certainty that now ones
life is being employed to the best advantage.
There is a supernatural outlook, a definite
courage, a firmer faith, which make one a
mainstay of any enterprise. There is a tenderness
and a wisdom which keep strength in its proper
place. There is, too, the protectress of them
all, a sweet humility. Graces come which one
cannot but realise are out of common. Frequently,
there is a call to a great work, which is
patently beyond ones merits and natural
capacity. Yet with it come such helps as enable
that glorious but heavy burden to be borne
without faltering. In a word, in exchange for the
splendid sacrifice which is made in the True
Devotion by selling oneself into the species of
slavery, there is gained the hundredfold which is
promised to those who despoil themselves for the
greater glory of God. Legion Handbook, 1993
Edition, p.39.
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Favours received through the intercession of The
Servant of God, Frank Duff cf. Maria Legionis,
No.2, 2002. Serious cancer diagnosis and pending
operation cancelled Ireland Total lifting of
depression Netherlands Medical exams passed
Italy Severe continuous bleeding
stopped Ireland Complete recovery from illness
and return to faith Nigeria Entrance to
University obtained in difficult
circumstances Vietnam 4 month old baby recovery
from pneumonia USA Return of grand-daughter who
had left with undesirable people USA Malignant
oesophagus tumour inoperable complete
recovery Ireland
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