The construction of the original Chapel of Our Lady of Fatima in Ludlow began under the direction of Rev. Manual Rocha. It was a replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima Portugal.
The chapel is set on a hill overlooking the church. A base of concrete, stucco walls over cinder blocks, 16 wooden columns, and enclosed enclave was the focal point of the devoted. A statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was venerated.
Since the early 80’s the community felt the need to reconstruct the “Capelinha” due to it’s advance state of decay. Fr. David Farland, Fr. Rocha’s successor, started a fundraising campaign for that purpose.
A new building was designed. In July 1990, Fr. Vitor Oliveira (present pastor) inherited the project and with great pleasure oversaw it’s completion.
In our shrine grounds we have two monuments that attest to our faith and culture.
- A monument depicting in marble Our Lady of Fatima appearing to the three shepherds.
- A St. Anthony Fountain with a Statue of the Saint, in granite, which replaced an old well that was on the grounds.