Fatima community grows out of God’s will

Father Joeseph Diep, has started a new religious group, Congregation Messengers of Fatima, which will minister to the rural poor around St. Clair. He stood next to an image of Our Lady of Fatima in the Congregation’s home.

When a group of Vietnamese seminarians and brothers of different religious communities asked for Father Joseph Diep's help in finding different seminaries or orders, he obliged and showed them around.

Several found new homes as a result. However, the others concluded that a completely new community was needed and that Father Diep should lead it. He responded with an emphatic, "No."

"I told them, 'You're crazy. I'm an old man!'" Father Diep said, with a laugh.

Pilgrims grow closer to God, each other


Physically tired but spiritually uplifted, the Fatima pilgrims gathered for the closing Mass of their journey at Assumption Church in New Haven on Oct. 13 — fittingly, the 100th anniversary of the sixth and final apparition of our Blessed Mother in Fatima, Portugal.

They were the same individuals who set out five days prior from Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta, with a significant difference. Whereas they began the pilgrimage as strangers, they emerged as family.

Fatima Pilgrimage traces Blessed Mother’s life

Visiting three Marian venues — two churches and a shrine — in a four-day, 45-mile hike, the Fatima Pilgrimage on the Katy Trail will lead about a dozen pilgrims on a "Path to Him through her," as the pilgrimage website states.

"This pilgrimage takes you through Mary's life," said Father Tim Foy, the parochial administrator at St. John the Baptist "Gildehaus" Parish in Villa Ridge.

1,400-mile nautical pilgrimage draws attention to Fatima

Greg Dougherty departed Thunderbolt Marina in Savannah, Ga., Aug. 1. The Kentucky native is rowing from Miami to New York City via the Intracoastal Waterway to spread awareness of the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima apparitions.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Rowing an 18-foot-long open canoe solo along the Intracoastal Waterway from Miami to New York City, Greg Dougherty hopes to draw attention to the centennial of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.

The craft named the Santa Maria de Fatima packed with bags of food, clothes, emergency gear and a statue of Our Lady of Fatima looks both cramped and small for such a long voyage.

Historic Fatima statue becomes centerpiece of pilgrimage site for centenary celebration

Parishioners pass by the Our Lady of Fatima Statue at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) on July 8 during evening Mass.

In May 1970, Cardinal John J. Carberry led a delegation of 88 people from St. Louis on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. It was the first time an English-speaking prelate had been invited to celebrate Mass at the Fatima shrine; he did so before an estimated 500,000 pilgrims from around the world on May 13 — the 53rd anniversary of the Blessed Mother's first apparition to three Portuguese children.

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Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima played role in famous exorcism here

Our Lady of Fatima watched over Michelle Harris as she mopped a water spill at St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis. The statue has been in the hospital since 1949, when a 13-year-old boy was admitted and later received the Rite of Exorcism.

On a pedestal around a corner leading to the chapel at St. Alexius Hospital sits a statue with unusual significance.

The statue, adorned with cut flowers, dates from 1949. It's historic in part because of the popularity of devotions to Our Lady of Fatima in the middle of the last century. But it also is important because of its presence and role — and that of the Alexian Brothers community — in a well-known exorcism at the hospital, part of the event which remains largely untold.

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