Related: Bishop Wall will lead a pilgrimage to Fatima, Santiago and Lourdes in March 2017. Click here for more information.
In anticipation of the upcoming 100th year anniversary of the apparition at Fatima, the internationally-known Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting the Gallup Diocese, traveling to various parishes over a 2-week period.
According to the official website, “The history of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue begins in 1946. At that time, after the youth of Portugal attended a Congress in Fatima, they took the Statue from display in the Cova on pilgrimage to Lisbon. As they walked the route they stopped at the towns and people gathered to pray. In Lisbon when they entered the cathedral, the miracle of doves occurred. Many other phenomena also occurred inspiring devotion and inspiring the fervor among the people.
The statue was returned to its place in the Cova de Iria but many people wished for a visit in their own communities. The Bishop asked Sr. Lucia in a letter about sending the statue on tour. Sr. Lucia responded with a letter suggesting that the new statue, just then being made, by the famous sculptor Jose Thedim be used as a pilgrim statue. The bishop agreed and, on May 13, 1947, this new statue was blessed and named the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.”
Since that time, the statue has visited churches and countries throughout the world. The schedule for the visit to the Diocese of Gallup is as follows:
December 02 – Sacred Heart cathedral, Gallup NM
December 03 – Madre de Dios, Winslow AZ
December 04 – Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holbrook AZ
December 05 – Our Lady of the Assumption, Overgaard AZ
December 06 – Our Lady of the Snows, Snowflake AZ
December 07 – Saint John the Baptist, St. Johns AZ
December 08 – St. John Vianney, Gallup NM
December 09 – St. Mary, Tohatchi NM
- Opening prayers and rosary at 10AM. Luminous Mysteries at 11AM. Hour of Mercy with the Sorrowful Mysteries and Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3PM. Glorious Mysteries at 6PM. Mass at 6:30PM. The church will be open from 9AM – 8PM for communal and private prayer.
December 10 – St. Mary, Farmington NM
December 12 – St. Mary, Bloomfield NM
December 13 – Immaculate Conception, Cuba NM
December 14 – St. Vivian, Milan NM
December 15 – St. Teresa of Avila, Grants NM