On Saturday, February 4, 2017 a statue of our Lady of Mount Carmel as she appeared in Fatima in 1917 was enthroned at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY.
In the final Fatima vision on October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, clothed as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and holding the Brown Scapular in her hands.
Lucia joined the Discalced Carmelite nuns in 1947. Father Donald O'Callaghan, O.Carm. and Father Albert Ward, O.Carm. visited Sr Lucia at the convent in Coimbra, Portugal to speak to her about how Mary appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the last vision.
Whe the help of Fr. Louis Conzaga Olivera, O.Carm., Fr O'Callaghan commissioned the famous sculptor, Jose Ferreira Thedim to create a statue based on Sr Lucia's interpretation of the vision. The statue embodies the vision exactly as described by Sr. Lucia. Our Lady is holding the Brown Scapular in Her hand. The presence of Jesus as a child in this vision is also significant because He seems waiting and anxious to receive into his arms all who will take the scapular.
This statue of the final Fatima vision was blessed on September 13, 1949 by the Bishop of Fatima before being shipped to New York. It was displayed at Our Lady of the Scapular Carmelite Parish in Manhattan and blessed by Francis Cardinal Spellman on July 16, 1950.
The Carmelites left Our Lady of the Scapular-St Stephen's in 2007 but the statue remained in Manhattan. In November 2014 when it was announced that Our Lady of the Scapular-St Stephen's would close, Fr. Mario Esposito, O.Carm. asked that the statue be returned to the Carmelites of the St Elias Province and in July, 2015 it was brought back to Middletown, NY.
Fr. Michael Kissane, O.Carm. directed that the statue be cleaned and restored to its former beauty. Plans are currently underway to have it permanently installed at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY. However, during this anniversary year of the apparitions the statue will remain in the sanctuary of the Shrine.
Carmelite Friars - North American Province of Saint Elias - P.O. Box 3079, Middletown, New York 10940-0890, Tel:(845) 344-2223, Fax: (845) 344-2210