I wish to thank
Fr. John Fullerton for his work as District Superior of the United States of
America for the past six years. His dedication to the priests, the faithful and
the work of the Society of St. Pius X in this country is well known and should
lead us to pray for him as an expression and a sign of our deep gratitude. As
you already know, Fr. Fullerton is now the Rector of St. Marys, Kansas.
Bishop Bernard Fellay, the General Superior of the Society of St. Pius X, has
appointed me, Fr. Arnaud Rostand, as your new District Superior. I receive this
new appointment certainly as an honor but I commend myself to your prayers, as
it is a delicate and important task.
I would like,
in this first letter, to entrust the District of the United States of America to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Blessed Virgin Mary is our hope in this
difficult time and we ought to confide each and every one of our priests,
faithful, and families, our chapels and schools, as well as all of our apostolic
works, to her Immaculate Heart. It is for every one of us, a real need.
At Fatima, the
Blessed Virgin Mary, in her apparitions and in her message, was definitely
It was first an
admonition to the world. If the world wants peace there is no other way than by
Our Lord Jesus Christ; and in our times, Our Lord wants to grant it to us only
through devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As a matter of fact, the
request to consecrate Russia to her Heart is still an unanswered request of Our
Lady of Fatima. I have come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my
Immaculate Heart (
). This has not been done as she has asked and there
will be no real peace in the world until her request is granted.
announced also the terrible crisis of Faith that the Church is, at present,
experiencing. We indeed, have no doubt that Our Blessed Mother announced in her
message at Fatima, the events we have known for the past 40 years. She revealed
the events we are living through today. The third secret of Fatima which was
to be made public in 1960 just before the Second Vatican Council was, most
likely, foreseeing and announcing the crisis of the Church: crisis of authority,
crisis in the liturgy, crisis of Catholic doctrine, crisis of the Faith. Our
Lady announced the present crucifixion of the Catholic Church by Churchmen
announced as well, the difficulties that we would have saving our souls, how
difficult it would become and how so many souls would fall into eternal
damnation. She insisted many times on the necessity of offering prayers and
sacrifices for the conversion of sinners: Are you willing to offer
yourselves to God to bear all the sufferings He wants to send you, as an act of
reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and for the conversion of
sinners? She asked this of three little children, only 10, 9 and 7 years of
Our Lady has
warned us to the point we might well be frightened, but we must never forget
that Our Lady of Fatima gave us also the divine solution for todays world:
devotion to her Immaculate Heart.
It is the
answer to the world and for the world, to bring peace to the world. In the
end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to
me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the
Devotion to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary is also the solution to preserve our Catholic Faith in
these times of crises. It is only through her Immaculate Heart that we will be
able to remain faithful to the Catholic Church, the true Faith and true liturgy.
It is only through her Immaculate Heart that the Church will recover its full
It is also the
solution for our personal holiness and sanctification: You have seen Hell
where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the
world devotion to my Immaculate Heart, she told the three little children.
She added to Lucia, who was to remain longer on earth, I will never forsake
you! My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to
God. Our Lady is telling us also, that we must seek refuge in her Heart and
that this devotion will lead us to God.
I promise to
assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all
those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall receive the
sacrament of confession, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the
Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen
Mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to my
I would like
therefore to greatly encourage participation in the Heart of Mary Crusade, which
was started by the District House last year. Let us increase our devotion
towards the Immaculate Heart of Mary by consecrating ourselves to the Immaculate
Heart, praying the holy rosary daily, practicing the devotion of the first
Saturdays, and offering prayers and sacrifices to make reparation to Our Blessed
Mother for all the offenses against her.
remember also that His Excellency Bishop Fellay requested a permanent Rosary
Crusade. Some parishes have already organized it so as to help you to pray the
Rosary. During this month of October, since it is dedicated to the Holy Rosary,
I would like to invite you to a special generosity. Let us multiply our prayers;
let us make an assault of prayers towards heaven.
In the end
my Immaculate Heart will triumph; these words are our hope.
Immaculate Heart of Mary be with you always.
With my prayers
and blessings in the Immaculate Heart,