In 1975, the Saint Louis Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima-St. louis was established with the permission and blessing of John Joseph Cardinal Carberry to promote the Message of Fatima. The first spiritual director was Father Arthur Leibinger (became Pastor of the now closed Holy Family church). His successor became Father Albert Mattler who has faithfully conducted the liturgical functions for the past 25 years.
The Apostolate holds monthly meetings at our Headquarters on the third Sunday of every month (except for Jan., May and Sept) at 1 pm. At these meetings, discussions and plans are discussed on how to spread the Message of Fatima.
Two monthly Vigils (Persecuted Christians Vigil and First Friday Devotions) are held at our Headquarters located at 6009 Heege in Affton, Missouri.
A nine day Novena in conducted in May of each year to celebrate the anniversary of the 1st Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima (May 5th through May 13th). Each evening, the Novena begins at 7 pm with recitation of the rosary followed by Mass at 7:30 pm. Novena is held at St. John Paul II church (formerly St. George) which is located on Heege Road at Gravois in Gardenville, MO 63123.
In October to celebrate he feast day of the last apparition at Fatima (October 13th) the Annual Rosary Festival is scheduled. Festival is held at the Shrine to Our Lady of the Rosary, 7762 Richardson Road, Bonne Terre, MO 63628.
Twice a year, a one-day-pilgrimage (coach bus trip) is planned where historical churches in and around the St. Louis area are visited. To be notified by email of our pilgrimages, please add you name to our mailing list“.
WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA-ST LOUIS OFFICERS:
- President – Mary Broome
- Vice-President. – Jesse Sarmiento
- Secretary – Ramona Milford
- Treasurer – Marlene Rankey
- Corresponding Secretary. – Theresa Forthmann
- Sargeant at Arms. – Dan Burke
- Father Albert Mattler – Spiritual Director