Local Children gather to welcome important statue to Downside Abbey

A number of children from schools around Somerset are looking forward to seeing the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, during a special celebratory Mass service at Downside Abbey, on Thursday 4th May.

The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue is a hand-carved image of Our Lady of Fatima, and it was blessed by Pope John Paul II when he came to England in 1982.

The travelling, or pilgrim, statue will travel to a number of churches and cathedrals around the UK to celebrate an important anniversary year within the Catholic church. The year 2017 marks 100 years’ since the Fatima apparitions; at Fatima, in Portugal, in 1917, three young shepherd children experienced a series of profound religious experiences, encountering a dialogue with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The tour began at Westminster Cathedral in February, and, following the visit to Downside will travel to each of the Catholic dioceses in England and Wales until October.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend the celebratory Mass service at Downside Abbey on Thursday 4th May at 10 am. There will be additional events taking place during the afternoon, with a talk at 2 pm and film at 3 pm. Please click here for further details.

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Downside Catholic School
Downside Abbey Church and Monastery Library