We would like to let our readers know about recent activities and developments within our Fatima apostolate. At the same time we ask for your support and prayers for the continued success of Our Lady’s work. There is no doubt about it, without your generosity this apostolate would not succeed. Our Lady would like each of us to do what we can by giving spiritual and material support. She will do the rest by showering Her graces on us Her children.
First we want to inform you that on May 31, 1978, elections were held to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors. The following is a complete list of the officers and directors of the National Committee:
President and Chairman - Mr. Gerard Frey
Vice President and Executive Director - Father Nicholas Gruner
Director - Miss Veronica Houlahan
Director - Mr. Denis Lynch
Director - Mr. Thomas White
Secretary - Miss Debbie Williams
We are certain that you will join us in thanking the former directors and officers of the National Committee for the many hours they have devoted to the work of Our Blessed Mother. Please remember us all in your prayers so that we can continue the work of this apostolate with Our Lady’s help and Our Lord’s Blessing.
Bishops Crown the Pilgrim Virgin Statue
Our readers will be happy to hear that the National Pilgrim Virgin of Canada is being so well received at the diocesan level. In August 1977, Our Lady’s Statue was crowned in a special ceremony in St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Edmonton. Archbishop Routhier, the retired Archbishop of Grouard - McLennan was in attendance. The next day local television news featured the visit of the Pilgrim Virgin to the diocese of Edmonton.
In early September, Bishop Fergus O’Grady crowned the Statue of Our Lady in the Cathedral dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and shortly afterwards the Statue was taken on a diocesan tour of Prince George. On the same occasion Bishop O’Grady consecrated his diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Later, in October and November, the Statue toured the largest diocese of Canada, Mackenzie-Fort Smith, in the Northwest Territories. Here Bishop Paul Piché, after crowning the Statue of Our Lady, consecrated his diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This was followed by the consecration of the Cathedral parish by the Rector. Then heads of families consecrated their families to Our Lady. These diocesan consecrations are especially significant because Our Lady requested that the Catholic Bishops together with the Pope consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. Each time a diocese is consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart, Her request is being partially fulfilled.
It is indeed fitting that dioceses be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a public manner by the bishops who are the successors of the Apostles.
Saint John, New Brunswick
At the invitation of Msgr. Gallagher, pastor of Stella Maris in Saint John, New Brunswick, Father Nicholas Gruner assisted at the various ceremonies and events scheduled for the Canadian Pilgrim Virgin’s visit to Saint John. Our Lady was enthusiastically received by several thousand people which included high school students, senior citizens, parishioners of several parishes, and many religious. Father Nicholas enrolled many people in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Our Lady’s Van
The van of Our Lady of Fatima was purchased in 1975. This was possible through the generosity of many who responded to the 1974 appeal for funds to purchase a van to bring Our Lady to you in Her travels across Canada. The van presently has over 67,000 miles on it after crossing Canada three times. It seems probable that within a year or so it will have to be replaced. We know that we can rely on your generosity once more.