Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima; Coming to OLW

Posted on August 20, 2023 by Published by

World-famous Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima is coming to our parish

Our Lady of the Wayside is hosting the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima on Thursday, September 14. This historic image of Our Lady has been traveling worldwide since 1947, when it set forth from Fatima to bring her message of hope and peace to a world in need after the devastation of World War II.

The image was blessed by the Bishop of Fatima who prayed that Our Lady’s presence would accompany the statue on her travels. In 1952, it was blessed by Pope Pius XII, who commented:  “In 1946, I crowned Our Lady of Fatima as Queen of the World and the following year, through the Pilgrim Virgin, she set forth as though to claim her dominion, and the favors she performs along the way are such that we can hardly believe what we are seeing with our eyes.”

The Pilgrim Virgin Statue has visited 100 countries, including Russia and China, and is primarily how the message of Fatima spread throughout the world. Hundreds of favors and graces, including cures and countless conversions are associated with the image. The presence of this special statue, sculpted according to Sister Lucia’s description of Our Lady, by the “Michelangelo of Portugal” Jose Thedim, is a great gift to our community.

Please join us on Thursday, September 14 to hear the story of Fatima, pray with Our Lady and allow her to bring the graces of Fatima to our parish.

Information about the full tour is available at

For more information, contact Patricia Porzezinski in our parish office at or call 847-253-5353.

Sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA – Our Lady’s Blue Army.


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