The historic, world-famous, International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting four parishes in the Diocese of Wilmington as part of the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, it was announced recently. The statue, traveling worldwide since 1947, is on an historic two-year journey across America, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, visiting more than 100 dioceses in 50 states.
The statue will be on display for veneration at the following churches:
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8am-2pm St. Joseph on the Brandywine, 10 Old Church Rd, Greenville, DE
NOTE NEW LOCATION: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5pm-6am on Sunday April 2 St. Mary of the Assumption, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE
Sunday, April 2, 2017, Noon-6am on Monday April 3 St. Jude The Apostle, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes, DE
Monday, April 3, 2017, 10am-8am on Tuesday April 4 Sts. Peter and Paul, 1210 S. Washington St., Easton MD
All of these devotional services are free and open to the public. All are welcome to join in prayer.
The goal of the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace is to allow Our Lady of Fatima to claim her dominion over America through her Immaculate Heart, and to bring the urgent Message of Fatima—the Peace Plan from Heaven—to a world in need. It also encourages devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was the mission given to Lucia, the seer at Fatima, by Our Lady and Our Lord. Jesus relayed to Sister Lucia in 1936 that he wished to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart in the Church next to His Sacred Heart, and that He had placed the peace in the world in her Immaculate Heart.
The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima was sculpted in 1947 by famous sculptor José Thedim, upon the precise instructions of Sister Lucia. On October 13, 1947, the statue was blessed by the Bishop of Fatima and commissioned to serve as the Pilgrim Virgin that would carry the blessings of Fatima throughout the world. The Bishop prayed that Mary herself accompany the statue wherever it goes. Many graces and favors, including cures, and countless conversions have been associated with the precious image. The statue has traveled around the globe many times, visiting more than 100 countries, including Russia and China.
During the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace, the statue travels in a beautifully marked recreational vehicle, and is accompanied by its custodian, Mr. Patrick Sabat, who conducts talks and answers questions about the statue and the apparitions at Fatima. More information is available at www.fatimatourforpeace.com.