Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace

This article was posted on: August 25, 2016

IPVSSt. John’s at 201 W Blodgett in Marshfield will be hosting the Tour of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

St. John’s on September 21-22, 2016 will host the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, traveling worldwide since 1947, is on an historic two-year journey across America, March 2016 – December 2017, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, visiting more than 100 dioceses in 50 states. The Diocese of La Crosse is participating in the tour for September 21-25, 2016.

St. John’s parish is planning a event to commemorate the Fatima apparitions.  The church will be open September 21, from noon until 8:00 PM, and September 22, from 6:30AM until noon.

The goal of the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace is to allow Our Lady of Fatima to claim her dominion over America through her Immaculate Heart, and to bring the urgent Message of Fatima—the Peace Plan from Heaven—to a world in need. It also encourages devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was the mission given to Lucia, the seer at Fatima, by Our Lady and Our Lord. Jesus relayed to Sister Lucia in 1936 that he wished to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart in the Church next to His Sacred Heart, and that He had placed the peace in the world in her Immaculate Heart.

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima was sculpted in 1947 by famous sculptor José Thedim, upon the precise instructions of Sister Lucia. On October 13, 1947, the statue was blessed by the Bishop of Fatima and commissioned to serve as the Pilgrim Virgin that would carry the blessings of Fatima throughout the world. The Bishop prayed that Mary herself accompany the statue wherever it goes.

Many graces and favors, including cures, and countless conversions have been associated with the precious image. The statue has traveled around the globe many times, visiting more than 100 countries, including Russia and China.

Contact: St. John’s Parish 715-384-9565 or Caren Alsides 715-897-1900

Statue Custodian Patrick Sabat is available for interviews:  219-218-899, psabat@bluearmy.com.
Media contact:  Barb Ernster, 612-419-7677,

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