With aloha and grace

Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who have followed our “pilgrimage blog!” We hope the stories, testimonies and photos collected here have in some way enlightened your faith, and allowed you to learn about the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

The blog project certainly brought me closer to the Blessed Mother, reminding me of her ever-present intercession and the very real way she impacts our lives.

To wrap up our blog coverage, here’s a gallery of Our Lady’s stops on Oahu. Captions are provided for each photo. (Mahalo to Marie Tokuda Wong for sending in some great shots!)

And we conclude with two reflections. The first is from Barbara Hughes, who had the chance to see Our Lady at Holy Rosary Church in Paia, Maui. Barbara is not Catholic, but her husband Richard is. Barbara appreciates learning more about the Catholic faith:

As someone who comes from an evangelical background, being able to see the traveling International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima was a unique experience for me. Learning about the miracles of Fatima is a faith-builder for the Body of Christ on earth today. My own spiritual life was enriched by this experience, which I’m still assimilating. I do so appreciate learning more about Our Lady, as this is very new to me. I know that God works in mysterious ways and He has us in a process of becoming His One Many-Membered Body. As all of us members of the Body of Christ discover each other, we have so very much to share and learn from each other. It is my firm belief that the Body of Christ is one body, just as Jesus and the Father are one. … Our God is truly so awesome a Father!

Our final reflection comes from radiologist Lorraine Manlolo. She had the blessing of being able to travel to the Big Island, Kauai, Maui and back home to Oahu to see Our Lady at every single one of her stops in Hawaii.

img_2515My mother and I have a special devotion to the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. I moved here to Oahu in the fall of 2001 to begin medical school, and during my first year of medical school, the pilgrim statue came to St. Augustine by-the-Sea, which my mother and I attended. When we got home, we could smell roses in our condo, but we had no flowers! After medical school, I moved to NY for residency and fellowship, and came back in 2011. In 2014, the pilgrim statue again came to visit the islands, and we were able to follow her to every church she visited here on Oahu, and even to the outer islands as those days fell on my days off from work. We truly feel the Blessed Mother’s presence in the pilgrim statue, and I believe all of my success in school and my career as a radiologist comes from praying devoutly and asking our Blessed Mother’s intercession for all our needs. My mother and I were able to follow the pilgrim statue once again to all the churches she visited on the outer islands and here on Oahu. It is truly an amazing experience to visit different churches and see all of us, from different cultures, honoring and praying devoutly to Our Mother. Many of these churches also had 24-hr adoration with the Blessed Sacrament exposed – what a beautiful opportunity to pray to Our Lord with His mother right beside him.  I am writing this on the eve of when the pilgrim statue will be leaving, and realize how she has, and always will be, right there beside me – listening to my prayers, and loving each and every one of us dearly. 



“Our Lady of Fatima comes to help us”

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at St. Theresa Co-Cathedral, 6 a.m. veneration and Mass, Feb. 6.

I (Darlene, HCH reporter/photographer) finally had my own personal chance to venerate the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima this morning at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa.

It was her last stop in Hawaii before heading to her next destination on the mainland. Even at 6 a.m., a couple dozen faithful were already at the co-cathedral praying the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet when I got there.

I specifically chose to visit Our Lady at this particular stop because I knew the morning quiet would be great for reflection, and I really wanted to start off this week with the graces of the Blessed Mother fresh in my heart. It amazes me that every time I take a photo of this statue, Our Lady’s countenance takes on a whole new light.

For me, Our Lady of Fatima brings peace, beauty and the possibility of miracles. I’m learning as I do this pilgrimage blog about the many diverse meanings Our Lady has to each person she comes across.

A lady named Maria, who went to venerate the statue at Our Lady of Good Counsel last week, sent us this testimony:

Our Lady of Fatima comes to help us. As I was preparing (myself) spiritually for a long break to take care of my husband before and after his surgery, on November 2014, Our Lady of Fatima came to Hawaii and I got to see her three times. It impacted me, her gentle presence in the church. During my husband’s recovery, I felt a complete peace and a feeling of trust that everything will be OK, even after heart complications on my husband’s surgery. I let go and let God be in (control) and accept his will whatever it was. My husband recovered and I knew that Our Lady was supporting us all the way until he made a complete recovery. I was not alone, Our Lady’s presence was with me all that week. Now on February 2017, I’m able to thank her in person for her help. Thank you loving mother.

Maria Alameda, shown here in her visit to Our Lady at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, submitted this reflection written with the help of her friend Leah:

This is Maria’s relationship with the beautiful lady of Fatima. Maria is going to tell us two stories in which she will express why the beautiful lady means so much to her. When she was 14 years old she almost drowned in the river in the town she lived in. And at the time she did not think she would survive the incident. It was then she prayed to mariaalamedafatimalady Fatima the memorable. It was then that a woman showed up and seen her and a young friend as well drowning. She pulled both of them from the water and they survived with no complications or water in their lungs at all. The second story was when she was 26 years old and she now was living in the United States after leaving Portugal at age 21. She was heading to the beach with her three daughters, husband and brother. They had a small station wagon and they were towing a boat. They were going up on a very high bridge in New Jersey. To this day they do not know what happened but with no warning or wind the car started swerving one way and the boat was going another way and Maria said out loud “old lady Fatima please save us.” Her husband and brother were silent and her children were all crying. The car then stopped and the boat followed coming to a stop. They did not go into on coming traffic once and all the cars on the road all came to a stop, none of them hitting them as well. Once again Lady Fatima did what she does best and performed her miracles. Maria has many stories of how lady Fatima has answered her prayers. Maria visits Fatima, Portugal every time she visits home. It is one of her favorite places to go.

A blessed ‘aloha’

Aloha, HCH Blog readers! 

It’s been a while since we last posted here, but we’re reviving the blog this new year.

And we’re kicking things off in a very special way. 

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is visiting Hawaii for the next nine days. Easter Almuena, who works in the diocesan Office of Worship (and is the wife of Deacon Joe Almuena) approached us about a blog series following Our Lady’s “pilgrimage” through the Islands.

We’ll be posting here stories and photos collected by Easter on the road. Our Lady of Fatima holds a special place in the hearts of many Hawaii Catholics. We hope that as the statue makes her way to the Big Island, Kauai, Oahu and Maui, the pictures and reflections submitted will take you on a “virtual pilgrimage” as well.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to three children in Fatima, Portugal. Learn more about the apparitions and the statue here.

Bishop Larry Silva has written a brief message to help prepare Island faithful for Our Lady’s visit. We will post that later today, along   with photos from the statue’s first stop at St. Benedict Church on the Big Island.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. 


(HCH photo, The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa, 2014)

More calendar items

Hey HCH readers, here’s the latest crop of events to hit our inbox. Mark your calendars…

  • Marian Mass Mob and Pilgrimage: May 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Young adults are encouraged to celebrate May, the month of our Blessed Mother, with a pilgrimage to various Marian parishes around Oahu and Mass at the downtown Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. Participants will pray a decade of the rosary at each stop. Check out the deets on the flyer below.marianmassmob


  • “Mother Mary Comes to Me” book signing: 7966848_origMay 22, after all Sunday Masses at St. Anthony Church, Kailua. Written by Kailua parishioner — and Beatles aficionado — Dennis Muth, “Mother Mary Comes to Me” is a fun, heartfelt reflection on Muth’s journey of faith. Highlighted in his book are his experiences at Medjugorje, where “visionaries” have claimed to be privy to apparitions and messages from the Blessed Mother. For more info on Muth’s book, visit the Daughters of St. Paul bookstore in downtown Honolulu, or log on to www.mothermarycomestome.net.


  • Sacrament Series, “Body & Blood”: May 25, 6:30 p.m. at St. George Church, st-george-eucharistWaimanalo. The Windward Vicariate continues its “Sacrament Series” events for young adults with an event focused on the Eucharist. Leading the presentation will be St. George, Waimanalo, pastor Father Scott Bush. For more information, contact Vicky DeSilva at 259-7188.


  • Ordination of Alfred Guerrero as “Transitional Deacon”: May 27, 7 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Diocesan seminarian and Honolulu native Alfred Guerrero takes the final major step toward the diocesan priesthood as he is ordained a “transitional deacon.” Bishop Larry Silva is scheduled to celebrate the evening liturgy.


  • Corpus Christi procession:  May 29. On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Bishop Larry Silva is scheduled to lead the diocese’s annual Eucharistic procession from the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa to the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. The bishop will celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the co-cathedral, followed by the 1.25-mile procession to the cathedral basilica beginning roughly at 11:45 a.m. He will culminate the feast day events with Adoration and Benediction at the cathedral, along with a “talk story” session for youth and young adults.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the upcoming diocesan Faith Formation Conferences and donate to the ongoing Bishop’s Circle campaign.


Calendar and news bits

Although we won’t be having any printed Hawaii Catholic Herald issues in May, news and events in the local Church continues to hit our inbox.

Here’s a small rundown of some calendar items and brief announcements we recently received:

  • Chaminade University Commencement Ceremony: May 9, 7 p.m.  at the Neal
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    Blaisdell arena. Approximately 486 students are expected graduate this semester from the Islands’ only Catholic university. Matthew Howard, a 1989 graduate of Chaminade, is the scheduled commencement keynote speaker. He is a managing partner at Norwest Venture Partners, a leading global venture capital and growth equity firm. For more info, visit www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.

  • Priests’ Convocation: May 9-13. Island priests will spend next week at Turtle Bay Resort for their annual gathering which includes time for seminars, fellowship and rest. The theme for this year’s Priests Convocation is “Forming Intentional Disciples.” Parishes may hold Communion services in place of daily Mass while priests are away at the convocation. Other priests are available for emergencies in each vicariate. Call your parish to inquire about these arrangements.
  • Maryknoll School Aloha Aina Recycling Drive: May 21, 9 a.m.-1maryknollschoolrecycling2 noon at the Maryknoll campus, 1526 Alexander Street. Items accepted for recycling include scrap metal (bicycles, appliances, etc.), computer equipment, printer ink/toner, batteries, cameras, TVs, clothing and household items, cardboard/paper, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans and plastics. For more info call (808) 952-7200.
  • “Remain in My Love” retreat: June 4, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon at St. Anthony Church, Kailua, parish hall. A retreat by Scrub Bucket Gospel Ministries, “Remain in My Love” is open to the public. There is no charge for the retreat, but a free will offering will be taken. Contact Pat Tom at (808) 261-8104 or (808) 729-2991, or Maxine Pollock at (808) 254-1091 or (808) 222-3239 to sign up.

If you have any calendar items or news to share while the Herald print issues are on hiatus, we would be happy to place notice of your event/info on our HCH blog. Send us an email by clicking here.


Herald hiatus

Aloha, HCH readers!

If you picked up a copy of our April 22 issue — or if you browsed our Herald website and e-Edition online — you may have noticed a special advisory regarding a hiatus we will be taking from publication.

Below is the notice from our editor:


The Hawaii Catholic Herald will not publish in May to allow the editor to attend to personal matters. There will be no issues on May 6 and May 20. The Herald will resume publishing with the June 3 issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.
Mahalo for your understanding.

Although we won’t be having any printed issues in May, we will do our best to post bulletin notices of upcoming events, any “breaking” news and other timely info on our HCH website and social media outlets.

Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hawaiicatholicherald.

Our Twitter handle is @hicathherald.

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And, of course, keep tabs on our blog here.

If there are any news items you would like to tell us about, feel free to call me (Darlene, reporter/photographer) at (808) 585-3320 or email me at ddelacruz@rcchawaii.org.

Our office staffers will also still be here handling circulation and advertising duties in the meantime.

For questions about subscriptions, call Donna Aquino at (808) 585-3321.

Inquiries for ad rates and information can be directed to Shaina Caporoz at (808) 585-3328.

Mahalo for all your support of the Herald!


An “event-full” start

Happy 2016!

A new year brings a new resolve to keep the Herald blog regularly updated. With the Year of Mercy in full swing, the Year of Consecrated Life winding down, and lots more going on in the Catholic Church, check the HCH blog often for news and reflections.

First on tap: a short PSA from our friends at the St. Joseph Church, Waipahu, adult faith whycatholicsmarryformation ministry. They are inviting the public to a special presentation on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the parish.

Father Mark Gantley, diocesan judicial vicar and director of canonical affairs, will speak on the topic, “Why Catholics Marry in the Catholic Church.”

Fr. Mark provided this blurb about his talk: “A survey indicated that 35% of Married Catholics are married OUTSIDE the Church, with only 5% of them having their marriage made valid by the Church.  A civil marriage or marriage in another religion by a Catholic is INVALID and needs to be made valid.  It is made valid by a VALIDATION.” (Click on the photo to download the presentation flyer.)

There are several other events going on this month. The annual diocesan Red Mass for local government leaders takes place on Jan. 19 at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. Honolulu’s March for Life, which marks the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme court decision that legalized abortion-on-demand, is on Jan. 22 at the state capitol.

The diocese is also hosting a Taize Prayer service on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Newman Center at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Bishop Larry Silva is expected to be at the service, along with other local Christian church leaders, as a part of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. To learn more about Taize Prayer, read this great column by Herald contributor Mary Adamski. (Admittedly, this is one of my favorite events to cover each year. :))

Taize Prayer at the Newman Center in Manoa, 2015.

2016 is starting off quite “event-full.” Visit and bookmark our Hawaii Catholic Herald website (www.hawaiicatholicherald.com) for more information on these and other events in around the diocese.