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Meaning of Fatima
Fatima is the name of a small town north of Lisbon,
Portugal. There, in 1917, Our Lady appeared to three little
shepherds: Lucia, and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco (now
Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco) - then, seven and eight years
old. The "Beautiful Lady dressed in white and more brilliant than
the sun", asked for prayers and sacrifice, so that "Our Lord may save
humanity from all calamities and bring peace to the world..."
prayerful life consists of doing everything in God, with God, and for
God. She emphasized a daily simple formula of paying called the
Rosary, during which one reflects upon God's personal love for us.
She stressed the fulfillment of one's daily duty according to the Gospel
principles. This is the Fatima message and makes Fatima one of the
20th Century's most pressing heavenly Invitations to an authentic
1954, the Barnabite Fathers, newly arrived from Italy, conceived the
idea of offering to their new country a devotional center in honor of
Our Lady, where people could come and be refreshed. Fatima U.SA.
was therefore born, and the Barnabites became the promoters of the
Gospel message urged by our Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal.
idea was enthusiastically accepted and fostered. Many people made
our dream possible by their generosity and their dedication. First
among the Shrine benefactors were Mr. & Mrs. Walter Ciurzak.
In 1954, they donated 16 acres of their farm land and with God's help
and the support of many, the Shrine has slowly become what it Is today.
Thousands of people are the beneficiaries of the peaceful and sacred
surroundings of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine.
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