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Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima Statue in Bowmansville’s Sacred Heart Parish

      Religious art serves an important purpose in our faith, to uplift our mind to the spiritual and to help us turn our thoughts to God.
      At the parish of The Sacred Heart of Jesus in Bowmansville, NY this is evident in one of the most visible works there; The statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.
This statue was created in 1948 by Portuguese sculptor Jose Ferreira Thedim, an internationally-acclaimed artist. He is best known for creating the statue of Our Lady in the grotto at Fatima, and the two “Pilgrim Virgin” statues that have toured the world.
      Father Earl Kleis, the pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Bowmansville from 1945 to 1954, had a special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. When he visited Portugal, he met and befriended the sculptor, who offered him his working model for the Pilgrim Virgin statues. It is identical to the Pilgrim Virgin statues, but slightly larger. Father Kleis was over-joyed to be able to attain this statue for his parish.
     Before the statue was shipped from Portugal to Bowmansville, it was blessed at the Basilica in Fatima in May 1948, in the presence of 500,000 pilgrims celebrating the 31st anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance to the three children of Fatima.
      The statue was re-dedicated on February 2nd, 2014 at a special Mass with Bishop Richard Malone presiding. The Mass, that was extremely well- attended, involved over 200 volunteers to organize the event and the celebration dinner to follow.

      The statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima is presently displayed at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, and is part of a daily devotion involving the reciting of the Rosary after the 8:30AM weekday Masses.

2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the visitation of the Blessed Mother to Lucia.
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