WAF, Cleveland Division
The World Apostolate of Fatima is an international Public Association of the Faithful under the Pontifical Council of the Laity. The Cleveland Diocesan Division operates under the ecclesial authority of Bishop Daniel Thomas, Bishop of Toledo / Apostolic Administrator of Cleveland, and is a Division of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA ~ Our Lady’s Blue Army.
The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, Cleveland Division Inc. has been incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) since 1968. We have a long history in Cleveland promoting devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. One of our first goals was to teach everyone to pray the rosary. In May 1970, the Cleveland Division published a pamphlet on how to pray the rosary. We distributed these pamphlets freely to all lay organizations, religious, and clergy.
Over the years, the Cleveland Division has taken numerous pilgrimages to Fatima, Portugal. Many pilgrims journeyed to the place where the Virgin Mary appeared 100 years ago. Fatima is the largest pilgrimage site in Portugal. On every pilgrimage, we witnessed how the pilgrims drew their hearts closer to our Heavenly Mother.
On one particular visit in 1982, Joseph Sudy (one of our past presidents) made a concerted effort to find the “perfect” statue of Our Lady of Fatima, to bring back as our Diocesan Statue.
He found just the one and with the pilgrims from Cleveland, they began processing through the Cova praying the Holy Rosary. It was the day St. Pope John Paul II consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. St. Pope John Paul II stopped his vehicle and got out. He came over to Joseph Sudy, and his wife Loretta, and asked if he could bless our Statue. St. Pope John Paul II proceeded to bless our Statue and afterwards, provided Joseph and Loretta with a blessing.
What a special honor it is, for our division to have a beautiful statue, blessed by
St. Pope John Paul II.
Our Division has four chapters located at Mary Queen of Peace (Cleveland), St. Barnabas (Northfield), St. John Nepomuncene (Cleveland) and St. Mary (Chardon). We also have a Cell Hour of Prayer at Holy Rosary Shrine (Parma Heights). Our goal is to have a chapter in every parish of our diocese.
Please come, join us at our prayer hours, events, and diocesan statue tours.