Bernadette’s Our Lady of the Waters

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Today the Church celebrates the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes.1 The visionary, Bernadette Soubirous, was fourteen at the time of the apparitions in 1858. On July 7th, 1866, she arrived at Nevers, France,to join the congregation of the Sisters of Charity. She was twenty-two at the time and was accepted as a postulant on July 29th at their mother house, St. Gildard, in Nevers. She remained at St. Gildard until her death thirteen years later in 1879. Continue reading

Our Lady of Fatima Statues

Today is the 99th anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the liturgical memorial celebration of this event. Last week on the eve of Our Lady of the Rosary (Our Lady of Victory), I was blessed to visit the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at our parish. This statue is currently touring the United States coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. Continue reading