The Fatima Apostolate
The Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen is devoted, in a special manner, to the propagation of the message Our Lady gave to the world at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. The Fatima message, with its requests for a life of prayer, penance, reparation, modesty and consecration, was instrumental in leading many of the Congregation’s first members to renounce the spirit of the world and to embrace the religious life in a spirit of penance and reparation for the sins of mankind.
Indeed, the Marian spirit of the Congregation is rooted in the Fatima message, according to which God wishes to make known in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Thus, the Marian priests, Brothers and Sisters consecrate themselves totally to the Blessed Virgin according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort and wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as a sign of this consecration. Moreover, to fulfill the urgent requests of Our Lady at Fatima for the daily Rosary for world peace and the triumph of her Immaculate Heart, the religious consider the Rosary one of their principal devotions and strive to promote it among the souls with whom they work.
The Religious of Mary Immaculate Queen honor Our Lady of Fatima by offering the First Saturday of each month in a spirit of reparation to her Immaculate Heart. In response to her request, they make a special effort to console our Blessed Mother by performing the First Saturday devotion she requested — praying the Rosary, spending fifteen minutes in meditation upon its mysteries, and receiving Holy Communion, all in a spirit of reparation. This spirit of reparation, of course, is not confined to first Saturdays, but is carried into the everyday lives of the Marian priests, Brothers and Sisters. By offering their daily prayers, sacrifices and penances in a spirit of love and reparation, the Religious take to heart the words of Our Lady, “So many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray and sacrifice for them.”