The World Apostolate of Fatima–Warren/Youngstown Division will sponsor a tour of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Mahoning Valley.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Anne Byzantine Church, 3055 Raccoon Road, Austintown. Welcoming prayer will be at 8 a.m.; Divine Liturgy at 11; Judy Studer, statue custodian, will speak at 3 p.m. followed by the rosary and Divine Mercy; and molebean, prayer service focusing on healing, at 7.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, (merger of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and St. James), at the St. James site, 2532 Burton SE, Warren. Mass will be said upon arrival of the statue.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, 517 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. Mass will be said upon arrival.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s of the Field, 3487 Old Forge Road, Rootstown. Mass will be at 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. Masses will be at 10 and 4.
Background: This is one of the four famous status sculpted according to the specifications of Sister Lucia, seer of Fatima, by Jose Ferreira Thedeim, the “Michelangelo of Portugal.” All four statues were blessed by Pope Pius XII on May 13, 1947. The Bishop of Fatima then sent them out into the world to proclaim the message of Fatima. This statue was brought to the United States from Fatima on Dec. 8, 1952, specifically for the United Nations. Monsignor Harold Colgon, founder of the Blue Army of Lady of Fatima, placed the statue in the United Nations Meditation Room and led the recitation of the rosary. For this reason, this statue is known as the United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady Fatima.
Custodian: The custodian of the statue, Judith Studer, diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, was healed through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima when the statue was in her diocese. In thanksgiving for the healing, she promised to promote devotion to Jesus through Mary. She was asked to be the custodian of this image.