Our Lady Of Fatima Honored
In The Allegheny Mountains

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

Mother Teresa

The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is located in Loretto, PA, on the grounds of Mount Assisi in the Allegheny Mountains. The Shrine is honored with Great Love and Devotions.

All Devotions are scheduled at 7:00 p.m., on the 13th day of each month, from May to October,inside the Sunken Gardens, unless inclement weather occurs. If so, you can expect the Devotions to be held directly across the road, at St. Francis College Chapel.

House of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady Of Fatima
Queen Of Our Homes

The Shrine Our Lady of Fatima was created in the year 1950. It was constructed by Fr. Bernard Cuskelly, a Franciscan Friar who recovered from a long illness though his intercession with the Virgin Mary and her Divine Son.

The shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, located high atop the Allegheny Mountains, has since become the site of religious pilgrimages on the 13th day of each month. Thousands of people visit the most sacred site, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains.

View of Allegheny Mountains

Since it's founding, the utmost fidelity has been exercised to foster a greater love and devotion to the Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of Our Homes. These efforts have been made in accordance with the Virgin Mary's ardent goals which she made known to the Three Children of Fatima; Lucia, Jacinta, and Francesco.

The Virgin's appearance at Fatima, in the year 1917, at the Cova de Iria in Portugal, is depicted in the Shrine, which was recently renovated.

entrance to Mount Assisi entrance to Mount Assisi

A Beautiful Mystery Tour

We found this beautiful area called, Mount Assisi, The Sunken Gardens, on a Mystery Tour, in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains. I was amazed that I never really heard of this sacred place.

The brochures told us of the Limestone Castle called Immergrun and it's history, and how Father Gallitzin came to the Allegheny Mountains from Russia and started a catholic colony way back in 1799.

We came upon the statue of St. Francis, with all the animals gathered around him, I explained to my son how St. Francis loved and took care of the many animals.

My 7 year old son seemed to be really absorbing all this Pennsylvania history and Catholic religious education.

Finally, like all 7 year olds, he asked to go to the restroom. My husband wondered off with my son to find a rest room.

shrine of St. Francis

I notice a crowed gathered in one area. That was when I first laid eyes on The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.

People were lighting candles and returning to the many pews to sit and say the rosary. I was grateful for the time alone.

The peace and quiet was comforting. I couldn't seem to take my eyes off the Shrine of Our Lady. With all this crowd around me I still felt alone with Her.

Suddenly, I heard a very familiar 7 year old voice shouting; "Mommy, where are you? I refuse to do it, Mommy." I stood up to see my son running towards me, his father running close behind.

section of Stations of The Cross

The people surrounding me looked as surprised as me. I didn't have time to leave the area before my son rushed to me, still shouting. "I don't care, Mommy, I don't care if St. Francis likes the animals best. The doors are locked and I refuse to go off into the woods and take a healthy crap like the bears!"

Needless to say, there was a burst of laughter. I took one last look at The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima before leaving The Sunken Gardens to find a restroom that wasn't locked. Her eyes were smiling down at me and I smiled back. The peace and love felt in the Allegheny Mountains that day will always be remembered.


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