The year 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions in the village of Fatima, Portugal. To promote the messages of Fatima, the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA (The Blue Army) organization is conducting an event called the Fatima Centennial United States Tour For Peace by bringing the International Virgin Pilgrim Statue to all 50 states. The statue will be in Wichita in May, and one of those days the statue will be at the Our Lady of Fatima shrine located at the Motherhouse property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita in Colwich.
His Holiness Pope Francis has provided a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from November 27, 2016 through November 26, 2017. One of the three ways to obtain the indulgence is to visit with veneration and devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the 13th day of each of the following months, May, June, July, August, September and October. The thirteenth day of each of these months marks the anniversary of each apparition.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita are planning devotional events on each of these six dates, and invite all the Catholic faithful to add these events to your calendars, as the Sisters expect these devotions to be most special. By way of background on the Fatima apparitions, on the thirteenth day of each of the apparition months Our Lady presented three shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia, with a message and instructions to return the following month. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will provide a reflection on these messages for each of these dates with opportunities for the faithful to visit the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine which will be opened for public devotion and veneration.
Why is this 100th Anniversary so important? Mother Mary Magdalene O’Halloran, General Superior for the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita responded: “One hundred years ago the message of Fatima given by the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children was, ‘God wished to establish in the world a devotion to my Immaculate Heart, to make reparation for the conversion of sinners.’ According to Mother Mary Magdalene, “this urgent message of Fatima resonates deeply with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita for two main reasons:
We are devoted to Our Lady’s Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart
We were founded to pray for the conversion of sinners and to teach the young…to transform society through the family
Today, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita continue to teach the young, pray for the conversion of sinners and for the sanctification of priests. Devotions to Our Lady such as praying the rosary everyday are a big part of our lives. Jesus through Mary.”
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