Learn about Mary and the
Consecration of the Archdiocese to her Immaculate Heart
What is a Consecration to Mary?
A "consecration" is an act by which a person is dedicated to a sacred service, or an act which dedicates an object, location, or region to a sacred purpose. For centuries, Marian devotions among Catholics have included many examples of personal or collective acts of consecration and entrustment to the Virgin Mary, with the Latin terms oblatio, servitus, commendatio, and dedicatio having been used in this context.
Learn more about our consecration, and about people and dioceses that have consecrated themselves to Mary:
"Consecrating the Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary"
Catholic San Francisco newspaper (Fr. Charles Puthota)
April 6, 2017
Pastoral Letter on Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau,
December 8, 2009
“Consecration to Mary Brings Catholic Diocese Closer to Christ”
Our Sunday Visitor report on the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
August 15, 2014
“Archdiocese Consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary”
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City newspaper Sooner Catholic
October 17, 2013
What happened at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917?
Near the town of Fatima, Portugal, between May 13 and October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children. She told them that she had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman, and child, and said that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if her requests for prayer, reparation, and consecration were heard and obeyed.
On this webpage -- see below, under "Getting to Know Our Lady of Fatima,"
-- Fr. Joseph Previtali of the Archdiocese of San Francisco recounts the story of the apparitions at Fatima in brief chapters, suitable for downloading, printing, and posting during these months of our preparation for the consecration of the archdiocese to Mary's Immaculate Heart on October 7, 2017.
Learn more about Fatima here:
The Message of Fatima
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,
The Vatican (2000)
Fatima in Lucia's Own Words:
The Memoirs of Sister Lucia,
the Last Fatima Visionary
Sister Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart
The True Story of Fatima
Fr. John de Marchi, I.M.C. (EWTN)
Still Answering Fatima Questions
Catholic News Service (2012)
The Mary Pages
Getting to Know
Our Lady of Fatima
Her story is told in weekly chapters
(each chapter is in English and Spanish):
Print, post, e-mail, hand out, share,
at church, school, or home,
in bulletin or newsletter.
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Compiled by by Fr. Joseph Previtali,
Parochial Administrator at
Our Lady of the Pillar Church, and Adjunct
Instructor of Dogmatics, St. Patrick’s Seminary
Ave Maris Stella (Hail, Star of the Sea)
Faces of Mary
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Litaniae Lauretanae) W. A. Mozart
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei
W. A. Mozart
Salve Mater Misericordiae
Images of Mary
from around the world