Fr. Harold V. Colgan, founded The Blue Army was founded in 1946 and laid the foundations of this Marian Catholic movement. Fr. Colgan had been suffering with disorder and had made a promise to Our Lady that is she cured him; he would consecrate the rest of his life to spreading devotion to her.
Mary healed him of his illness and he began speaking on Mary’s message. Mesmerized by Our Lady’s message, Fr. Colgan began spreading her message at Fatima, in his parish. He encouraged his parishioners to live the message according.
He surmised three main points of the Message as:
- Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Daily recitation of the Rosary
- Righteous observance one’s duties and state of life
- A pledge to promise observance to Our Lady’s requests
- Use of an external sign, a blue colored medal or a ribbon to remember the promise
- “We will be the Blue Army of Mary and Christ, against the red of the world and of Satan.”
Fr. Colgan met John Haffert and friendship developed. They both had a strong devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. He invited Mr. Haffert to speak to his parishioners about the apparitions. They soon decided to extend this to other parishes throughout the world. This began the Blue Army, World Apostolate of Fatima.
Fr. Colgan visited the Vatican to present the project to the Holy Father Pope Pius XII, who said, “As the world chief against communism, I bless you and all the members of the Blue Army. The foundation of the Blue Army was completed.
The extraordinary expansion of this movement in such a short period was due to the intelligent courage of Fr. Colgan and J. Haffert, who, since the very first hour, used all means, like the mass media, meetings, pilgrimages, movies and television programs to achieve the diffusion of the movement.
The World Apostolate of Fatima is active and keeps growing because the Message of Fatima continues to be crucial and important today.