The allocutio was the Roman General's address to his legionaries. (Handbook Chapter 18 Section 11: The Allocutio.)
Welcome to our Allocutio page.
On this page we have links to the Acies talk in March 2009 that our Spiritual Director Fr Paul Churchill gave us and to the allocutios he has given us at our monthly Curia meeting. All the Allocutio pages and PDF versions will open in a separate window on your pc which you can simply close after use and this page will still be open underneath.
Order of the Praesidium Meeting Chapter 18
Section 11. The Allocutio.
When the members resume their seats,
a short talk shall be given by the Spiritual Director. Except in
special circumstances, this should take the shape of a
commentary upon the handbook with the object of
eventually making the members completely familiar with
every point contained therein. The allocutio will be greatly
appreciated, and it will play an all-important part in the
development of the members. Responsibility for the latter
exists, and it would be an injustice both to them and to the
Legion not to draw out all their possibilities. To do this it is
essential that they be given a perfect knowledge of their
organisation. The study of the handbook will greatly help
towards this end, but must not be considered to be a
substitute for the allocutio. Legionaries will believe that they
have studied the handbook when they have read it attentively
two or three times. But even ten or twenty readings would
not bring the degree of knowledge which the Legion desires.
This will only be imparted by a systematic verbal explanation
and expansion of the handbook week after week, year after
year, until the members have become completely familiarised
with every idea it contains.
In the event of the absence of the Spiritual Director, the
commentary should be made by the President or by any
member designated by the President. It is stressed that a mere
reading from the handbook or any other document does not
suffice for the allocutio.
The allocutio should not occupy more than five or six
The difference between the praesidium where the allocutio
has been thoroughly done, and the praesidium where it has
been badly done, will be precisely the difference between a
trained and an untrained army.
“I have long had the feeling that, since the world is growing so
rapidly worse and worse and God has lost his hold, as it were, upon
the hearts of men, he is looking all the more earnestly and anxiously
for big things from those who are faithful to him still. He cannot,
perhaps, gather a large army round his standard, but he wants every
man in it to be a hero, absolutely and lovingly devoted to him. If only
we could get inside that magic circle of generous souls, I believe there
is no grace he would not give us to help on the work he has so much
at heart, our personal sanctification.” (Msgr. Alfred O'Rahilly: Life of
Father William Doyle) (Handbook Chapter 18 Section 11 footnote: The Allocutio.)