September 2022 we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the presence of the Xaverian Missionaries in the United States. September 2023 we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine with an exciting opportunity to join our pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. If you are interested in more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 508.429.2144. Reserve your place today! Download the brochure here
The National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) will recognize Fr. Rocco Puopolo, SX, at its biennial convocation in Spokane, WA November 3-6. Along with Sister Michele Fisher, CSFN, Brother Chris Patiño, FSC., and Sister Donna Del Santo, SSJ, Fr. Rocco will receive the NRVC’s Outstanding Recognition Award for their substantial contributions to vocation ministry as a whole.
Miguel Naranjo and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) will receive the NRVC Harvest Award for their many years of service to hundreds of religious institutes and their members.
The convocation, whose theme is “Call Beyond Borders,” will emphasize ways to assist the many U.S. young adults who annually examine the possibility of life as a Catholic sister/nun/brother/priest. Keynote speakers, Sister Barbara E. Reid, OP, Father Văn Thanh Nguyễn, SVD., and Father Ricky Manalo, CSP, will explore the topics of migration, boundaries, and Catholic identity as they relate to vocation ministry.
“The need for professional, trained ministers to accompany adults discerning a Catholic religious vocation continues,” says Sister Deborah Borneman, SSCM, NRVC Director of Mission Integration. “Some 350 people a year enter formation for religious life, and we are ready to welcome them. Our convocation celebrates that and prepares us for this ministry.”
Further details about the ongoing interest in Catholic religious life in the United States may be found at nrvc.net and at the Religious Life Today.
Fr. Rocco States: “I am sincerely bowled over as I receive this honor. I am very grateful. That said, our work as vocation ministers is a collaborative effort, and what we did together a few years ago when I was the area member coordinator could not have been done alone. This honor really goes to all our New England Member Area members who continue to offer creative, joy-filled, and focused programs and opportunities for people discerning to join our communities.”
75th Anniversary Celebration at Fatima Shrine
Glimpses of the Shrine
Holy Hour and Lectio Divina
Every Thursday all Xaverians gather for a Holy Hour. We pray for all who are touched by our ministries, our own confreres, the Church, and more.
Lectio Divina is held every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 AM in the Conference Room of the Hall. All are welcome.
Catholic Justice and Peace
Fatima Shrine Pax Christi Group Meeting will take place on the second Friday of each month from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the ‘Upper Room’ in the Office/Residence building. New members are welcome. We are one of 14 Pax Christi groups statewide and are part of Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi International. Email Fr. Rocco for more information.
Writer’s Workshop for Anyone
The Writers Group of Fatima Shrine meets on the 1st Thursday of each month in the Upper Room above the St. Guido Conforti Chapel in the Office /residence building (note change in venue). New members are welcome.
Butterfly Garden in Remembrance of those who Died of Drug Overdose
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine is embarking on a new prayer/memorial area. Some people who have lost loved ones to the current opioid crisis approached the shrine to create a Butterfly Garden of Remembrance. There will be the opportunity to honor your loved one who died with a memorial brick that would have the loved one’s name and be permanently placed in the garden. It is not easy knowing that a loved one left this world due to addiction. The garden will give family and friends a place to reflect and pray for any faith tradition. The donation per brick will be $100.
Checks may be made out to Xaverian Missionaries with Butterfly Garden in the memo of the check. You may use credit cards at the donate button on the top right. Please indicate that your donation is for the Butterfly Garden.
Donations are partially tax-deductible. Proceeds cover the cost of making this garden, and any balance is the donation that goes to Fatima Shrine.
For more information, contact the Shrine Office at 508.429.2144 or email@example.com Download the order form below. God bless you!