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Fatima 100 Year Anniversary Conference at Buckfast Abbey

A Marian Call for the Whole Church

On 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, an event is taking place at Buckfast Abbey.

Fatima 100 years Later: A Marian Call For The Whole Church is being held there on 12th & 13th October 2017. 
It is a Marian conference with experts drawn from Britain, Europe and America. It is a time for discussion, a time for listening, a time for reflection upon all that has occurred in the intervening century but, perhaps more than anything else, it is a reminder of how relevant the message of Fatima is today.

The conference is set in the beautiful surroundings of Buckfast Abbey, Devon. The abbey church and the grounds are at the disposal of those attending the conference. All temporal needs – food and accommodation – are provided for. Needless to say, so too are the spiritual needs. There is the opportunity of daily Holy Mass and joining the Benedictine community for Vespers, as well as Holy Rosary, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

The theology, the history, and the spirituality of Fatima are all explored over the two days. Indicating the importance of the conference’s theme, no less than Cardinal Raymond Burke will give the opening address.

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07.15        Mass. Celebrant and Preacher: H.E. Raymond Cardinal Burke
08.15        Breakfast
09.05        Welcome by The Most. Rev. Abbot David Charlesworth OSB
09.15        Keynote Address by Cardinal Raymond Burke: Fatima, 100 Years Later. A Message at the Heart of Faith.
10.00        Conference 1: The Historical Framework of the Message of Fatima: 1960 a Fatidic Year to Reveal the Third Part of the Secret, by Prof. Roberto de Mattei.
10:45        Break
11.15        Conference 2: My God I Believe, I Adore, I Hope and I Love You”. The Angels' Preparation of Our Lady's Message Countering Materialism and Atheism, by Dr Anca Maria Cernea.
12.00        Discussion
12.45        Lunch, followed by free time
14:30        Conference 3: The Message of Our Lady of Fatima: May 1917-October 1917, by Fr John Hunwicke.
15:15        Presentation 1: The Five First Saturdays of the Month by Fr. Timothy Finigan
15.45        Break
16:15        Conference 4: The Mystery of Mary's Unique Cooperation to Salvation in the Message of Fatima. The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, by Fr Manfred Hauke.
17:00        Discussion
18:30        Vespers with the Benedictine Community in the Abbey Church – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, Eucharistic Benediction
20:00        Supper

07.15        Mass. Celebrant and Preacher: H.E. Raymond Cardinal Burke
08.15        Breakfast
09.05        Presentation 2: Eschatology: Hell, Purgatory, Heaven as Accounted by the Seers of Fatima, by Fr Marcus Holden.
09:35        Conference 5: Sacrifice, Penance and Reparation as Key-points of the Message of Fatima in the Light of Divine Revelation, by Fr Thomas Crean O.P.
10:20        Break
10.50        Conference 6: The Mystery of Mary in the Art and the Message of Fatima, by Prof. Caroline Farey, School of the Annunciation.
11:35        Presentation 3: Fatima and the Holy Rosary, by Fr Richard Duffield Cong Orat.
12:20        Discussion
13.00        Lunch
14:45        Conference 7: The Uniqueness of Fatima Among all Private Revelations: a Theology of History, by Prof. Andrew Beards, School of the Annunciation.
15:30        Conference 8: “Fatima and Our Lady's Spiritual Maternity Today” by (to be advised)
16.15        Break
16:45        Conference 9: Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Theological and Spiritual Foundation, by Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta FI
17:30        Discussion
18:30        Vespers with the Benedictine Community in the Abbey Church – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, Eucharistic Benediction
20:00        Supper

10:00    Angelus. Crowning. Procession of Our Lady into the Abbey grounds whilst praying the Joyful and Luminous Mysteries. Sung Litany
11.30    Solemn Mass in honour of Our Lady. Celebrant and Preacher: The Rt. Rev. David Charlesworth OSB Abbot of Buckfast Abbey
13.00    Lunch Break (please bring packed lunch or purchase from the Abbey's Grange Restaurant)
14.00    Exposition and solemn outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament
              Sermon on Our Lady by Fr. Serafino Lanzetta FI
              Eucharistic Adoration. The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
15.45    Tea Break
16.15    Sermon on Our Lady by Fr. Serafino Lanzetta FI
              The Five Glorious Mysteries. Act of Consecration. Benediction
              Enrolments in the Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal

~ Ends 17.30

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