After nearly a 2-day journey, flying from Sydney, Australia to Lisbon, Portugal, members of the community of Holy Cross Seminary arrived at Fatima, Portugal for the much awaited event of the SSPX Centenary Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Fatima's apparitions (19 to 20 August 2017).
The community joined nearly 10,000 faithful from across the globe, with 275 SSPX priests, brothers, and seminarians.
On the first day of the pilgrimage, at 3pm, a Solemn Mass was celebrated by Father Franz Schmidberger, Rector of the SSPX's German seminary, assisted by Father Karl Stehlin, Superior of the District of Asia as deacon, and Father Pascal Schreiber, Superior of the District of Switzerland as subdeacon. The Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay, assisted at the Mass along with Their Excellencies Bishops Bernard Tissier de Mallerais and Alfonso de Galarreta.
The following day, Sunday, 20 August, the pontifical Mass was celebrated by Bishop Bernard Fellay. He was assisted by Frs. Niklaus Pfluger and Alain-Marc Nély. Fr. Yves le Roux, rector of the SSPX seminary in the United States served as the Assistant Priest. Fr. Christian Thouvenot, SSPX General Secretary and Fr. Pablo Suarez, General Bursar, served respectively as deacon and sub-deacon.
Towards 3:00 p.m., at the "Os Valinhos", around the statue of Our Lady, who came to this place 100 years ago, almost to the day, 19 August 1917, where the temperature was 102°F (39°C) - the pilgrims recited the final rosary that brought the pilgrimage for the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima to a close.
The faithful meditated on the glorious mysteries, led in Portuguese and French by Fr. Bertrand Labouche, who was prior in Portugal for ten years, and wrote the book “Fatima, The Message for Our Times”.
After the SSPX Centenary Fatima Pilgrimage, the Holy Cross Seminary community joined the American pilgrims, to travel to Toulouse, France, via the magnificent Catholic Shrines of Spain and Lourdes, from 21 to 27 August.
This pilgrimage was organized by Regina Pilgrimages.