Consecration of Tasmania to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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This year marks the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three children at Fatima, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. In the apparition of July 13, 1917, Our Lady warned the children that if people did not stop offending God, He would punish the world “by means of war, hunger and persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father,” using Russia as His chosen instrument of chastisement. She told them that “to prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart” and promised that, by this single public act, Russia would be converted and peace would be given to the world”.

This message was responded to and the Catholic world prayed for the conversion of Russia. In 1989 we witnessed the extraordinary change in Russia as she abandoned Communism and granted religious freedom to its citizens.

A number of popes have reaffirmed the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary first undertaken by Pius XII in 1942. For example, on May 13, 1982, Pope St John Paul II, in a visit to Fatima prayed, “O Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!”

Pope Francis dedicated his papacy to the Blessed Virgin Mary and on October 13, 2013 before an image of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter’s Square he again consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In this centenary year of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to the children of Fatima a number of bishops across the world have either reaffirmed the consecration of their dioceses to the Immaculate of Mary or performed an act of consecration for the first time. I wish to join them and on the anniversary of the first apparition, May 13, I solemnly consecrated Tasmania to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I am reliably informed by the Archivist of the Archdiocese that an act of consecration for Tasmania has not previously taken place.

In this act of consecration I beseech the Virgin Mary to take Tasmania under the mantle of her protection. I entrust to her the maternal protection of all people in of Tasmania. In this time when so many have lost sight of God the act of consecration will humbly ask Our Lady to intercede so that the darkness that has come upon the hearts of so many will be lifted and all in Tasmania will undergo a profound conversion of the faith. 

On the Cross, Jesus said, “Woman, behold your son!” With these words, He asked his mother to take humanity into her heart, her Immaculate heart, her maternal heart. On the occasion of the centenary of the apparitions of the Immaculate Virgin Mary at Fatima I embrace the offer of Jesus from the Cross and accept the Virgin Mary as mother of my episcopal ministry and of the Archdiocese of Hobart, and of the people of Tasmania.

Archbishop Julian Porteous
Monday, 24 April 2017