May 13, 1997, marked the 80th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. These apparitions revealed God’s plan to bring peace to our chaotic world and the salvation of every soul.
To commemorate this anniversary and initiate a program dedicated to spreading the message of Fatima through visitations of a traveling Pilgrim Virgin Statue, an all-night vigil of Eucharistic Adoration was held, followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Servant of God, Father John A. Hardon, S.J., and the late Father Valerian Rykowski concelebrated this special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.
At the conclusion of Mass, a Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was blessed and crowned by Father Hardon to commence its journey into the homes and families of metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. Almost immediately more statues were needed to accommodate the large number of requests for visitations both in Michigan and throughout the United States as the program quickly spread.
Besides the statue, devotional supplies were provided to create a “supply box.” The supplies included: pamphlets and booklets about the Fatima apparitions, Holy Rosaries, Brown Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, a cassette tape of praying the Holy Rosary, children’s books, as well as videos about Fatima for both adults and children. Father Hardon directed that these supplies were to travel with the statue on each visitation.
For the last 20 years, we have worked to foster devotion to Our Lady through visitations of Pilgrim Virgin Statues of Our Lady of Fatima. As our mission continues, we are now working to help usher in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary by promoting personal Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, wearing the Brown Scapular, praying the Holy Rosary daily, as well as welcoming visitations of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Statue.