Alphonsus Lambe

Alphonsus LambeAlso known as

  • Alfie Lambe
  • Brother Ignatius


Born to a pious farm family. A good student, he early showed interest in religious topics and the religious life. Joined the Irish Christian Brothers novitiate at age 16, taking the name Brother Ignatius, but within a year he was forced to leave due to ill health which included fainting spells. Upon returning home in 1949, he joined the Legion of Mary and soon became an enthusiastic member. Moved to Dublin, Ireland, and worked at the Morning Star hostel for homeless men. Worked to expand the Legion throughout Ireland. With Seamus Grace, he was sent as a Legion of Mary envoy to South America in 1953. Worked his remaining six years promoting the Legion of Mary in Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay and Brazil; reported to have established over 2,000 groups. Had a great facility for languages and quickly learned Spanish and Portuguese. His enthusiasm for the faith and the Legion was contagious, and he taught and inspired many.



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Alfie’s life was like a meteor. It flashed suddenly before us, soaring to great heights in the sky, but hardly had we time to admire it, than it was gone. – Hilde Firtel, Legion of Mary envoy

O God, 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. – Prayer for the Beatification of the Servant of God, Alphonsus Lambe

MLA Citation

  • “Alphonsus Lambe“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 June 2017. Web. 28 February 2021. <>