Pope St. Pius V formed the original Holy League in response to the dire situation in which Christian Europe found itself in 1571. Small bands of Catholic men and remnant armies from various nations came together under the spiritual leadership of the saintly pontiff and the physical leadership of Don John of Austria. Pope St. Pius V asked all of Christendom to turn to Our Lady and pray the rosary. Through the prayer of the rosary, fasting, and the grace of Almighty God, on October 7, 1571, at the Battle of Lepanto, the Christian fleet under the banner of Our Lady and rosaries in hand, won a crushing victory over the Ottoman Turks, saving Christendom and the West from Muslim rule. Pope St. Pius V attributed this stunning victory to the intercession of Our Lady’s Rosary and instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory, which was soon renamed to Our Lady of the Rosary, which is celebrated annually on October 7.
At this particular moment in time, the Church finds itself in a similar situation to that of the Church in the late Sixteenth Century. However, instead of a powerful Muslim fleet on the horizon, the Church and the family are threatened daily by relativism, secularism, impurity, and confusion regarding Church teaching. The battle today “is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in the heavens” (Ephesians 6: 10-12).
In response, faithful Catholics are coming together forming prayer groups and apostolates to combat these supernatural forces of evil. These groups and apostolates need something that will bring them together so that they can all work toward a common goal. That is why a new Holy League is being formed.
What is the Holy League?
The Holy League is an alliance of organizations which are faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Holy League, in a Spirit of Marian Chivalry, under the patronage of St. Joseph, and Our Lady of Guadalupe, seeks to provide opportunities for the faithful to unite in prayer for purification from sin and predisposition to Supernatural Grace, awakening the threefold offices of Priest, Prophet, and King received at Baptism.
The Holy League, in fidelity to its mission as a Roman Catholic solidarity movement: