Monday, November 24, 2014

FATIMA


This past weekend I was blessed to have been able to make a pilgrimage to Fatima Portugal where our Lady of the Holy Rosary appeared to three children in 1917.
It was a very special time and brought back many memories of praying the rosary at home with the Blue Army group back in grade school.  My Mom organized the group and would teach us all about the apparitions at Fatima.  For as long as I can remember there has been a statue of our Lady of Fatima in our house.
It was great to be able to make the pilgrimage with Father Matthew Cowan and two other seminarians from my class here at the North American College.
Know that I prayed for the entire diocese of Gaylord while I was there and asked for our Lady's intercession for our Bishop, priests, deacons, seminarians and lay faithful.  I also asked for good and holy vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  Lastly, I brought, in prayer, all my family and friends to our Lady asking for her protection and intercession.
Our Lady, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, Pray for us!

This was taken at the end of the procession which followed the reciting of the rosary on Friday night at the apparition site.  You may recognize the back of the head of the person on the right. 
Myself and Michael Niemczak (Classmate and seminarian of the diocese of Santa Fe) standing before the apparition site and the Church in which are the tombs of two of the visionary children: Francisco and Jacinta.

Father Cowan, me and Michael Dion (Classmate and seminarian from the diocese of Seattle)

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