The 4th National Pilgrimage of ACN Portugal to Fátima has gathered around 100 friends and benefactors of the Charity who wished to remember its founder, Father Werenfried van Straaten.
The year of 1967 was especially celebrated by the Sanctuary of Fátima as it was the 50th anniversary of the apparitions. The visit of Pope VI to preside over the celebratory pilgrimage of May 13 foresaw a year rich in celebration, in honour of the Mother of God.
Last Saturday, September 14, the National Office renewed its Consecration to the Work to Our Lady of Fátima using Father Werenfried’s own words, which he spoke on the precise day of September 14th, in the now distant year of 1967.
ACN Portugal’s National Pilgrimage was a very special one as this year it also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of ACN’s founder.
As usual, ACN Portugal’s friends and benefactors participated in a Mass, this time in the new Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, in thanksgiving for Father Werenfried, for all the good that has been done through ACN, and for the benefactors and collaborators throughout these 66 years.
During the day, Father Werenfried van Straaten was remembered through the presentation of 100 slides about his life and work, and a conference by Paulo Aido, author of the book “The Secret of Sister Lúcia,” supported by ACN Portugal, which describes the life and thoughts of the last seer of Fátima.
The Consecration of the Work appears as a Profession of Faith under the divine protection of Our Lady of Fátima, which means to put ourselves under her protective mantle, as a refuge, as Our Lady told the three little shepherds – “you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort; Do not lose heart; My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
The Consecration also means to see the message of Fátima as the confirming principle of our pastoral Institution, because the message of Fátima announces the suffering and persecution of Christians by the simple act of saying “Yes, to Christ!”
May this pastoral work continue under the protection of the Virgin Mary, and in whom we take refuge.