Precious Blood Sisters Regina Albers, Barbara Ann Hoying, Jean René Hoying and Anna Maria Sanders were among about 2,500 people who attended the annual Fatima celebration at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein on Aug. 11. To commemorate the centennial of the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, Pope Francis blessed six statues of Our Lady of Fatima — one for each continent. North America’s statue toured Ohio during the month of August. Bishop Joseph R. Binzer presided at Mass at the Spiritual Center. Following Mass, organizers distributed scapulars, and many participants stayed into the evening for the rosary and a candlelight procession.
– Story and photos by Mary Knapke