Our spirituality is based on a threefold dimension: Reparative, Eucharistic and Marian.
«People are needed to reparation». This appeal from Our Lady raised the Congregation and originated a movement of love and compassion for the sinners which since then, has materialized on every day’s small and large gestures; the Eucharist is the source from which springs and flows the compassive and merciful love that inspires us and pushes us towards evangelization.
The Eucharist is the wonder of God's love for us, the center around which gravitates our ephemeral existence and which comes the hymn of perennial praise: SIT LAUS DEO. Mary, the smooth Star of the Sea, is the sweet light in our lives that guides us on the path of the cross, a path of joy and hope to the total identification with Her Son Jesus.
The purpose of the Congregation is to search the greater glory of God in all that is and the salvation of mankind.
We seek to live the gospel of mercy and compassion, offering all the acts of our life to comfort our God and repair the harm that is done in the world.
Our inspiration is the message of Our Lady of Fatima and our models are the little shepherds who fully identified with Christ in His surrender to the Father for the salvation of all.
Our Reparation and Worship in the Holy Sacrament Chapel.
The apparitions in Fatima, both of the Angel and Our Lady, came not only to "comply" the Eucharistic cult, but also to give new hues to it. The Angel's prayers are essentially Eucharistic. His proclamation urges all those who pray to a spontaneous attitude of worship. The little shepherds kneeled down and we follow their example. Our Lady insists on the need for reparation to console Jesus so offended, the little shepherds, especially Francisco, took this mission by loving and comforting Hidden Jesus.
Our spiritual Reparation, which is inserted in the theological grammar of the redeeming mystery of Christ and the message of Fatima, right from its origin, defines the Eucharist as the center of the Repairing Sister's life.
« In the celebration of the Eucharist and in the Eucharistic Adoration we receive the light and strength necessary to live our generous dedication to God and to our neighbor. » Constitutions nº 5
When in the end of 1959, the Bishop of Leiria, João Pereira Venâncio, wanted to bring the Eucharist to the heart of the Fatima's Sanctuary and created a place entirely devoted to the adoration of the Holy Sacrament, the choice of the Institution was naturally presented to him, due to the knowledge he had of our spirituality.
On January 1, 1960, the Our Lady of Fatima's Sisters of Reparation take the compromise to adore, day and night, the Holy Sacrament solemnly exposed in the Lausperene Chapel, located in the south colonnade of the Our Lady of Carmo's House complex.
In 1964, due to remodelation works, the Lausperene transits to the Chapel of the Miracle of the Sun, in the northern colonnade and remains there until 1987, year when was taken back to the first chapel, restored and enriched with the Monstrance by the sculptor Zulmiro de Carvalho.
On July 13, 2008, the Lausperene was transferred to the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, located on the porch of S. Peter and S. Paul in the Basilica of the Holy Trinity.
With us repairs and adores a faithful crowd who continuously takes turns and stimulate convicted as if they were...
« In the holy Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our passover and living bread that gives life to men through his flesh and enlivened and enlivening by the Holy Spirit. The gaze of the Church is constantly turned to its Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which it discovers the full manifestation of his boundless love. »
But you may properly ask: what is reparation?
Many answers were said and re-said already and some sprout spontaneously in the mind: looking, seeing better, stop and see better, pay attention, approach, observe carefully, repair, doing again, recycle, reuse, and, according to the context and the references that it suggests, "reparation" can be read with various semantics.
In our particular case, "reparation" concerns a terminology relative to love and dares to mean: attend, compose, overcome, monitor, listen, comfort, love. The verbs imply an action and the agents of it. Observe what or whom? Why and what for?
It occurs to me a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke:
If often I bother you, God my neighbor,
During the long night knocking strongly at the door,
It's because I hear you breathing rarely
And I know you're alone in the room.
And if there is something you need, there is noneRainer Maria Rilke
Which in the hands would put usual drink:
I'm always listening. Give a signal from yourself.
My being is near.
We sense then that the "Love is not loved."" And the desire to love and to comfort devastates us inside. And we persist on knocking strongly at the door. It happens, perhaps, the unexpected, we see with eyes that are not ours, the contradictions and the temptations of our culture and the contemporary world and mystic of the open eyes unveils before us the desire to overcome evil.
The offer of all and life becomes an inside imperative, briefly and only for a moment, we think we can, with our self-denial, "save" the world, to repair. But no. If we remain close and persist on "knocking strongly at the door", we come to the realization of our truth as sinners and, in the presence of Love, we recognize then that we never loved and never felt the inescapable need of inner conversion and just re-learn love.
Begins effectively the affective reparation.
The escutcheon is the symbol that contains the summary of the life of the Our Lady of Fatima's Sisters of Reparation
The host in the field of gold means that the Eucharist is spiritual life center of the Reparation Sister of Fatima lived in total purity The Hearts of Jesus and Mary, models of the Fatima Reparation, which lives absorbed in the thought of repairing God who is very offended.
The Star leads to the day of the Foundation, the Solemnity of the Epiphany and to the first image of Our Lady of Fatima, in which shines a gold star. The Basilica symbolizes Fatima, where the message of the Lady radiates to the world and where the first Sisters made their Religious Profession.
The Holy Spirit, represented by a dove, crowns our whole work.
The last stanza of the hymn "Ave Maria Stella" points to the attitude of Glory to God paid by the Repairing Sister, at all times, until the eternal face-to-face.
The cross represents the life of reparation and sacrifice that covers the life of the Our Lady of Fatima's Sister of Reparation.
The Nursery School Jacinta Marto is a Private Institution of Social Solidarity nonprofit organization established on 20 May 1979 by the Congregation of the Sisters of Reparation of Our Lady of Fátima.
The Nursery School Jacinta Marto has its headquarters in Rua de Santo António, nº 73, Cova da Iria, Fatima.
Phone: +351 249 532 978
Do not set limits for your generosity in the practice of charity and unity that comes from within, being this one of the greatest assets of a religious community, which abundantly attracts the graces and blessings of God. Father Formigão
The community is the place where the Repairing Sister lives the communion with Christ and his consecration in brotherly love. "Father, that all may be one as You and I are one" (Jo 17, 11).
). On community, Jesus calls to:
- Listen to His word,
- Share faith,
- Mutual aid,
- Reflect on the mission,
- Live the Gospel,
- Advance, as a community, in the path of the constructive love of the work for the universal redemption of all mankind.
This life in common has by origin and foundation the both trinitarian life and communion where love generates unity and total communion. It is started in the novitiate and renewed every day in the communities.
Rua Francisco Marto
203, Apartado 20
The Community of the House of Our Lady of Sorrows is the first Community of the Congregation. This home is the substantiation of the first dream of the Founder, when he idealized that his institute would be set in Fatima, whose embryonic message in his heart wished to find a place to expand and materialize, in accordance with the request Jacinta had passed to him.
The Community of the House of Our Lady of Sorrows, being the Mother House of the Congregation, exists since 1934. In this house the soul takes the body of the Reparation in which the first Sisters lived and witnessed, the followers of this Charisma. Here we realize that the origin is the Mother, Our Lady and her requests to Jacinta. Here God intuits himself as the author of this project, which through his Mother and the other elements that have been added ever since: Jacinta, the Founder and each member gathered in Reparation and are at the origin of this Work.
Rua de Santo António
71-73, Apartado 227
Father Formigão House
The Father Formigão House, founded in 1996, as its name indicates, wishes to honor the founder of the Congregation. It's where the services of the General Curia take place. Also, is the center of spiritual formation for all the sisters, made through annual retreats and meetings related to the activities of the Congregation. In this house the public can have access to Founder's inheritance that until this date was kept in a private archive.
There are 15 sisters in this community. Here is the residence of Superior General Sister. It is the house for the formation of the Congregation.
The community supports the several services of the Congregation and maintains the pedagogical orientation of the Jacinta Marto’s Children School that works in a building of its own.
Rua Álvaro Castelões
In 1956, three Sisters, along with the Co-Founder Mother, Cecilia da Purificação Santos, created the community of Vila Nova de Famalicão at the request of the board of the Charity Work, Patronage of the Holy Family, existing at the time, which worked under an external regime, hosting children from poor families.
This building was located in Rua Conselheiro Santos Viegas, where it grew up and developed thanks to the work and dedication of the entire community.
The building became small to contain children who wanted to enroll in the Mother Nursery. Therefore, in February 1972, was spun off to Bairro de Mões, on the outskirts of the city. It became even imperative that the board, presided over by Reverend Joaquim Fernandes, have ordered to move into another building in the city, which could correspond to the educational needs of today.
Thus, it was built from scratch a building in the Rua Álvaro Casteloes where the Mother Nursery welcomes children from three to six years old everyday. Later on, another building was attached to the Mother Nursery in order to function as daycare and so welcoming, taking care and educating children from four months to three years old. In Mões, besides a vertical Kindergarten, is also developed the valence of leisure for 30 grammar school students.
Rua João Pedro Ribeiro
Rosa Santos Home
The existence of this Work was approved by law on January 20, 1920, by the name Rosa Santos School, on a building bequeathed by meritorious António Maria dos Santos, located at the Rua João Pedro Ribeiro, on the corner of the Rua Faria Guimarães, in the city of Oporto. The project was designed to accommodate up to two hundred minors of both genders, in a semi-boarding regime.
On January 7, 1952, by request of António de Almeida Garrett, the President of the Local District, four sisters founded the community with a group of 15 girls transfered from the Postigo do Sol boarding school, being Maestro Virgilio Ferreira in charge. The group grew, coming to be up to 90 girls who were taught professional courses, under the superintendence of the Oporto's District Assembly.
From 1986, the denomination changes to Rosa Santos Home, as an Institution of Social Solidarity, and proceeds to give support to children and young women, providing them with a harmonious and integral development, in partnership with other state institutions, in different dimensions: individual, social, cultural, religious and civic.
The home currently has 54 users aged between six and twenty years old from several districts of Portugal and from the Portuguese-Speaking African Countries.
Rua do Calvário, 16
4780-458 S. MARTINHO
São Martinho House
This community was established within the Porto's Diocesan Church since 1943. Started with a presence of the Congregation in Meixomil, and later on was transferred to Figueiró, Paços de Ferreira. The Founder lived here a few years, being the chaplain of the community and guiding the entire Congregation from this community.
In 1956, when the Founder was already in Fatima, the sisters moved to São Martinho do Campo, Santo Tirso, where today the community manages the Kindergarten and the Children's Nursery.
CP. 70- 90
LICHINGA - NIASSA
The sisters in Lichinga dedicate on supporting the new Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary which came up with the effort and abnegation of the sisters who started the mission in 2001.
The sisters offer their evangelizer contribution on the formation of several catechesis groups, from the Legion of Mary, on training aspirant youngsters, on the organization of the administrative part of the Parish and always seek to be available for any service needed.
In terms of social work, the Congregation, with the support of the Bishop of the Diocese and donations, built a kindergarten named "The Three Little Shepherds". This work feeds and educates about 150 children from 2 to 6 years old.
Bairro da seta Nova
Caixa Postal nº 1594
BENGUELA - ANGOLA
On March 30, 2006, the Congregation agreed on founding a new community in Benguela, Angola. On January 3, 2012, due to the dedication and financial effort of the Congregation, lay people from Reparation, school groups, catechesis groups, kindergartens and anonymous donors, we managed to finish the construction of the social building and opened the doors of the Children's Centre "The Little Shepherds".
In this social work are available three pre-school rooms, a canteen and a beautiful playground that delights children from 2 to 6 years. At this time, the sisters feed and educate, through several recreational activities, about 150 children.
The chapel is available, with its open doors for daily prayer and liturgical celebrations for whoever wishes to come in.
These sisters seek, by offering their lives, to share the charisma of the Reparation with all who want to be sympathetic to the work of loving God and neighbor.
Caixa Postal nº 16, Dili
Correios de Timor Leste
The mission in East Timor is a challenging passion on this distant island at the end of Asia whose meaning is infinite and a permanent renew of desire and will of not ease up before the difficulties, apparently impossible, because God inhabits us and cries on us along in our everyday experience that we must continue for this people, for this cause so loved by God.
The mission, since October 2011 in the diocese of Maliana, located in Suco Memo, next to the border region with Indonesia, begins to build its dreamed projects with our three Repairing missionaries. These three seek to provide the needs of this local population.