THE DWCU WELCOMES THE PILGRIM IMAGE IN A VIGIL AND A MASS
The Divine Word College of Urdaneta academic community warmly welcomed the Pilgrim Image of our Lady of Fatima last July 27, 2010 in a vigil for an hour and the celebration of the Word and the Eucharist with Most. Rev. Jacinto A. Jose, DD the bishop of the diocese of Urdaneta as the main celebrant together with the clergy and the SVD Fathers.
The Bishop and the clergy lauded the “full force”, magnanimous support and presence of the Divinians with all the departments of this Marian Lovers institution. Our beloved Lady is the mother of the Divine Word, Mary is our mother. We pray for her intercession that every Divinian will be placed under the mantle of her maternal protection.
The image is one of the original statues blessed by Pope Paul VI and was later brought to the Philippines and crowned as the National Pilgrim Image during the launching of the National Marian Year in December 1984. It was subsequently entrusted to Bahay Maria for care and protection until it was permanently handed to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on October 17, 1999. The Pilgrim Image was the forefront of the “EDSA People Power Revolution” in 1986 where Our Lady, through the image, showed her maternal protection to our people. This is the reason why the image of Our Lady of Fatima is considered as the universal image of peace. During the solemn rites of her turn-over to the National Shrine, the signing of an “Agreement for Acceptance of Responsibility for Care and Protection” was also made. Since then, the image has been a witness of numerous note-worthy events which shaped the history of the Church and the society.