The Church of St. Raphael was so blessed to host the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima on October 7th and 8th. This historic image of Our Lady of Fatima has been traveling worldwide since 1947, when it set forth from Fatima to bring Our Lady’s message of hope and peace to a world in need.
The statue was blessed by the Bishop of Fatima who prayed that Our Lady’s presence would accompany the statue on her travels. In 1952, it was blessed by Pope Pius XII, who commented: “In 1946, I crowned Our Lady of Fatima as Queen of the World and the following year, through the Pilgrim Virgin, she set forth as though to claim her dominion, and the favors she performs along the way are such that we can hardly believe what we are seeing with our eyes.”
The statue has visited 100 countries, including Russia and China. Hundreds of favors and graces, including cures, and countless conversions are associated with the image. The presence of this special statue, sculpted by José Thedim based on Sister Lucia’s description of her encounters with Our Lady, is a great gift to our community.
We hope that you were able to join us to hear the story of Fatima, pray with us and allow Our Lady to bring the graces of Fatima to all who might not ever be able to make a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. The school students were able to visit and venerate the statue and listen to a talk by a Fatima custodian.