Bishop Larry Silva sent us a short reflection to ponder as we venerate the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima in Hawaii:
The Virgin Mary made three long journeys when she was carrying Jesus in her womb: from Nazareth to the hill country of Judah to visit her relative Elizabeth, and the journey back to Nazareth; and the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. Her image continues to make journeys to the four corners of the earth in the Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima. We are blessed to have this image of our beloved mother at so many locations here in Hawaii. May our gatherings, our prayers, and our worship of the Lord in the presence of her statue renew our faith and our desire to join the Blessed Mother in singing, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! My spirit rejoices in God my Savior!”+ Larry SilvaMost Reverend Clarence (Larry) SilvaBishop of Honolulu
Last night, the statue arrived in Kona airport. She and her custodian Patrick Sabat were greeted by Father Ornoldo Cherrez, administrator of St. Benedict Church in Captain Cook, and a handful of Big Island faithful.
Many thanks to Edwina Fujimoto and other parishioners who linked up with us on Facebook to share these photos:
Our Lady will be at St. Benedict until midnight. Between the time she arrived at the church and her departure from Kona, parishioners have lined up a schedule of Masses, Benediction and 24-hour adoration, rosary, Scripture reading and confession. Contact Ramona Ciriaco for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 756-2943.