1911: The Laymen’s League, New York: Facts, principles, solutions

The Laymen’s League of the City of New York was founded in 1911 for the purpose of developing a “militant lay apostolate” through the promotion of “Social Study Groups.”

It explained its objectives as follows:

“The ideal of the Laymen’s League is the establishment of militant lay apostolate through the practice of annual spiritual retreats and the training of a corps of competent writers and lecturers who will spread a sound knowledge of social facts, and of Christian principles in the light of which these facts may be interpreted and their problems find adequate solution.”


Our Sunday Visitor, 1 May 1921 (Catholic News Archive)