Fatima Statue visit April 29-30
According to Father Robert Bailey, Spiritual Director for the Rhode Island Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima,” the United Nations International Pilgrim Statue of Fatima has been an Ambassador of Peace.
This is especially true in our times of war and terrorism. However, we have also been focusing on the role of International Statue in serving as an “Ambassador of Vocations” inspiring prayer and need to encourage and support vocations within the Universal Church.”
As a pilgrim statue, this ministry promotes Our Lady’s intercession through prayer. This representative pilgrim statue provides an inspiration to both our young and old equally to answer God’s call. Statue will be accompanied by First Class Relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the visionaries of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. Reserve the date, pass the world, come join us as we celebrate the 100 Year Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady in Fatima.
Rectory phone number (508) 993-1691
History of the Statue
It has been determined that this statue is an official International Pilgrim Virgin Statue. These statues are property of the Fatima Sanctuary of Portugal. This wood statue was carved in the first half of the 20th century. It appears to be the work of Portuguese artist Jose Ferreira Thedim (1892-1971).
Prior to its first pilgrimage of May 13, 1947, Pope Pius XII blessed this statue. The pilgrimage was made to celebrate and commemorate the 30th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Mother.
On October 13, 1952, the Bishop of Fatima blessed this image for its mission to the United Nations.
On December 8th, 1952, having been brought to America from Fatima, the statue was taken into the Meditation Room of the United Nations by Msgr. Harold Colgan, founder of the Blue Army now known as the World Apostolate of Fatima. It was at the United Nations that Monsigeur Colgan led the recitation of the Rosary. Since that time, the UN International Pilgrim Statue has been part of the World Apostolate of Fatima and its Dicastery.
This treasured replica of Our Lady of Fatima has traveled the globe.