50 years of Fatima

Indian Lake Catholics mark golden jubilee of Virgin statue


Indian Lake area Catholics gather at the Our Lady of Fatima statue on the Russells Point Harbor for a special Friday evening Mass to mark the 50th anniversary of the placement of the statue. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK PITTS)

Scores of Catholic faithful convened Friday night to celebrate one of Indian Lake’s most recognizable icons — Our Lady of Fatima — enshrined at the entrance of Russells Point harbor 50 years ago.

Each year, St. Mary of the Woods officials conduct an outdoor Mass to commemorate the apparitions of the Virgin Mary. This year, the 50-year anniversary event featured a concert by internationally acclaimed Croatian singer/songwriter and inspirational performing artist Tajci Cameron. Tajci and husband Matthew co-produce the “iDoBelieve” concert series and are seasonally broadcast on EWTN and TBN.

She has performed at Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall in New York and recently released Awaken, featuring music and motivational narrations.

In 1963, the late businessman and philanthropist George Quatman, owner of what was then known as the San Juan Amusement Park, commissioned Bowman and Armstrong Architects to construct the Our Lady of Fatima statue in Miami, Fla. His goal was to bring the lesson of the 1917 appearances of Our Lady of Fatima to the Indian Lake area, according to a 1964 Examiner article.

Catholic Church history says the Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, between May 13 and Oct. 13,1917. Through the children, she relayed a message from God promising peace for the whole world if her requests were obeyed, or punishment by means of war, hunger, persecution of the church and persecution of the Holy Father and the Pope if they were not met.


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