Our Lady of Fatima in Chicago

Our Lady of Fatima Centennial - Chicago Pilgrim Virgin Statue

100 years ago, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal. Now, through the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, she is coming to Chicago.

Join us at St. John Cantius Church on Saturday, August 27th at 7:00 pm for a candlelight procession through the streets of our city. Members of the local law enforcement community will escort the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in procession down Chicago Avenue to Eckhart Park. Amid these times of turmoil and uncertainty in our nation and the world, let us pray for peace.

    —Welcome, Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., Pastor
    —Introduction, David Carollo, President of the World Apostolate of Fatima
    —Sermon by Fr. Richard Simon of Relevant Radio
    Candlelight Procession on Chicago Avenue
    —Solemn Compline (Night Prayer)
    —Vigil (silent prayer) with Our Lady of Fatima (until midnight)

    The statue will be available for veneration on Sunday until 2:00 pm

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Radio Interview (17 min)
David Carollo and Fr. Joshua Caswell, SJC
Relevant Radio National: Morning Air

Radio Interview (24 min)
Fr. Joshua Caswell, SJC and Patrick McCormack
Relevant Radio Chicago (950 AM)

“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.” —Pope Pius XII

Fatima Statue Chicago

About the Statue

The Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima is one of two “twin” statues sculpted in 1947 by famous sculptor José Thedim. It was made according to the precise instructions of Sister Lucia, one of the visionaries of Fatima. Her desire was that the pilgrim image represent Our Lady’s position when she revealed herself as the Immaculate Heart to the Shepherds in 1917.

Our Lady of Fatima through the Pilgrim Virgin Statue, set forth from Fatima in May, 1947 to claim her dominion and become the Pilgrim of the World, carrying first to devastated Europe after WWII the message of peace. (This first statue was retired and is on display at the Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.).

On October 13, 1947 in the presence of some 200,000 pilgrims at Fatima, the second “twin” statue was blessed by the Bishop of Liera, Fatima, and commissioned to serve as the Pilgrim Virgin who would carry the blessings of Fatima throughout the world. The Bishop prayed that Mary herself accompany the statue wherever it goes.

The statue has visited more than 100 countries, including Russia and China, bringing the great message of salvation and hope, “the peace plan from Heaven,” to countless millions of people. Many miracles and signal graces have been reported wherever the statue has traveled.

“Never in the history of the Church have charismas descended in such abundance on the people of God as through the Pilgrim Virgin.”—Rev. Joaquim Alonso, archivist at Fatima
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