2017 Institute on Religious Life National Meeting

In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children and entrusted to them Heaven’s peace plan. She promised that the whole world would be at peace, and that many souls would be saved if her requests were heeded. In reflecting upon the importance of this message, Pope Francis reminds us, “Our Lady of Fatima invites us once again to turn to prayer, penance and conversion…. She asks us to never offend God again. She forewarns all humanity about the necessity of abandoning oneself to God, the source of love and mercy.”

To celebrate the centenary anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, everyoneclergy, religious, laity and studentsis invited to attend this special weekend intended for spiritual renewal, reflection and affirmation in the role of the consecrated life, especially in living the Blessed Virgin’s call to prayer, conversion and consecration. The weekend is co-sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA (Blue Army).

We are pleased that Msgr. Charles Mangan, has graciously accepted our invitation to give the keynote address on Friday, April 21, 2017. Monsignor Mangan’s address will be titled, "All In: Entrusting Everything to Our Lady through Marian Consecration.

At the National Meeting's Saturday banquet dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Guzior, long-time friends of the Institute on Religious Life and supporters of many worthy Catholic causes and charities, will receive the 2017 Pro Fidelitate et Virtute Award. We wish to recognize the Guziors for their generous commitment to and support of the consecrated life. The after dinner speaker at the banquet will be Rev. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.

Throughout the weekend, there will be excellent speakers on many facets of Our Lady of Fatima’s urgent message:

Most Rev. Robert Vasa, Bishop of Santa Rosa & IRL President

Rev. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., expert on the Fatima message & best-selling author

Msgr. Charles Mangan, Mariologist, author & well-known speaker

Rev. Brian Mullady, O.P., Dominican priest, retreat master,
spiritual director & EWTN television host

Sr. Alicia Torres, F.E., member of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago
& winner of chef’s competition on the Food Network

Rev. Mr. Robert Ellis, National Coordinator for the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA

 Rev. Dwight Campbell, Mariologist & Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Kenosha, WI

Rev. Matthew Hincks, ORC, member of the Canons of the Holy Cross
& promoter of the Opus Sanctorum Angelorum movement

Thomas Dunn, President of the Chicago Blue Army—World Apostolate of Fatima

Susan Tassone, best-selling author & speaker on the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Sr. John Marie Zwenger, IHM, member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
of Wichita & promoter of the First Saturday Devotion

Msgr. Charles Mangan, and Sr. Alicia Torres, F.E., will speak at the Special Session, Friday morning, April 21, exclusively for priests, religious and other consecrated persons. Once again teens and young adults (ages 15-25) are invited to attend Saturday’s general session. If pre-registered, they can be the IRL’s guests, free of charge—Lunch Included!

In the morning session, there will be a premiere of a new film, “Fatima” A Message of Hope.” In the afternoon, there will be a variety of workshop talks to choose from, and the “Appeals of Our Lady” Marian Apparitions & Shrines Exhibit will on display.

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