Local parishes to host Pilgrim Virgin Statue


The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will make its first-ever trip to the Camden Diocese next month, offering opportunities at various parishes for South Jersey faithful to venerate Mary.

Sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim, the statue is based on the description of Sr. Lucia, one of the three young seers who saw Our Lady each month from May to October 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.

On Oct. 13, 1947, in the presence of some 150,000 pilgrims, the statue was blessed by the Bishop of Leiria at Fatima, Portugal to be the pilgrim, the traveler.

Following are the parishes hosting the statue, and dates. For Mass schedules and times, contact individual parishes.

May 1: The Parish of Saint Josephine Bakhita, Camden

May 2: Most Precious Blood, West Collingswood

May 3: St. Peter, Merchantville

May 4: Saint Anthony of Padua, Camden

May 5-6: Saint Stephen, Pennsauken

May 7: Saint Andrew the Apostle, Gibbsboro

May 8: Saint Bridget, Glassboro

May 9-10: Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, Atlantic City

May 11: Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Mullica Hill

May 12: Saint Mary of Mount Carmel, Hammonton

May 13: Saint Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights

May 14-15: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden

May 16: Saint Vincent de Paul, Mays Landing

May 17: Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden

May 18: Holy Saviour Church, Westmont (Blessed Teresa Parish)

May 19: Saint Brendan the Navigator, Avalon

May 21: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Galloway