PORTLAND---Catholics from around Maine and neighboring states will gather for a two-day conference celebrating the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima, Portugal.
“Fatima: The 100th Anniversary Conference” will be held at St. Anthony Monastery, located on 28 Beach Avenue in Kennebunk, on Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14.
During the conference, several keynote speakers will offer presentations on topics connected to the centennial: Fr. John Bacevicius, the guardian of the Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk will present “Confession”; Fr. D. Joseph Manship, who served as a priest for the Diocese of Portland for over 40 years, will offer “The Rosary Experience”; Deacon Darrell Blackwell, who serves at Holy Spirit Parish in Kennebunk and Wells, will present “History of the Scapular”; and Dr. Peter J. McNelis, who has spent the last twelve years furthering Our Lady of Fatima’s requests within the Vatican, Canada, and the U.S., will deliver the welcome address on Saturday morning.
In addition to the presentations, Masses will be offered in both the ordinary and extraordinary form, there will be recitation of the rosary, a May “Crowning of Mary” procession, the sacrament of reconciliation, eucharistic adoration, and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, the conditions for which could be met at the conference in Kennebunk. Those who are truly penitent may receive the plenary indulgence by visiting with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima exposed for public veneration, participating in a celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary, praying the “Our Father” and for the intentions of the Holy Father, reciting the Creed and invoking Our Lady of Fatima, participating in the sacrament of reconciliation, and receiving Communion.
The registration fee is $25. To register, email Fatima100conference@gmail.com or call (207) 274-0247.
To view a complete schedule of the conference, click here.
Overnight options are also available, including space at the Franciscan Guest House.