A crowd gathers to pray outside the Planned Parenthood facility on Madison’s east side during a Eucharistic Procession for Life to end abortion September 29. The procession and Holy Hour were led by Fr. Stephen Imbarrato from Priests for Life. Also present, was the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which recently made stops in the Diocese of Madison. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash

Catholic Herald
by Kevin Wondrash

MADISON — While there have not been any reported apparitions of the Blessed Mother in the Diocese of Madison recently, her presence was greatly felt.

From September 26 to September 29, the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima made stops in the diocese as part of its U.S. Tour for Peace.

The statue appeared at St. Cecilia Parish in Wisconsin Dells, St. Clement Parish in Lancaster, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Monona, and St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Mt. Horeb. 

From May to October 1917, the Mother of God appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, and gave them a peace plan from heaven. In honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of these apparitions, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima is touring the U.S.

Praying Inconveniently

In addition to its parish stops, the statue was also brought near the Planned Parenthood clinic location on Madison’s east side. It was part of a Eucharistic Procession for Life lead by Fr. Stephen Imbarrato from Priests for Life — an organization that serves to galvanize clergy to preach, teach, and mobilize their people more effectively in the effort to end abortion and euthanasia.  Read more…


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