the legion of mary (i think it was them) tried to foist a 3 foot tall statue of the virgin mary on me once. i managed to fob them off, but through a little subterfuge on their part, they managed to leave it in with my next door neighbour who 'lost' it for a week, and twice they called to my house in a panic thinking he might have left it in with me.
There was a decrepit old brother who used to come to the playground in my primary school every break time and pester us to join the legion but I never heard of anyone doing it. In recent years I read that they were one of the few groups in the country who actually tried to help and support young girls who got into trouble during the early decades of the last century. They knew them and found them to be sound.