Iona Presentation College

Our Lady of Fatima Archway

Location: Between new build & Convent

An apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary presented herself to three children in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal, asking them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity. Following two further apparitions, Mary became known as Our Lady of Fatima to the locals, and focus for prayer for faith and devotion.

Over 100 years have passed since the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Mother appeared once each month from May 13 until October 13, 1917.

The message of Fatima highlights many central truths and devotions of the Catholic faith: the Trinity, the Eucharist, Penance, the Rosary, and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. There is special emphasis on the Immaculate Heart of Mary because Mary is full of God's grace and is all pure. She has the heart of a mother who cares for her children and wishes them to be saved by her Son, Jesus.

Fatima is one of the most significant of all Marian apparitions. Along with Guadalupe (Dec. 12) and Lourdes (Feb. 11), it is one of three Marian apparitions honoured with a feast day by the Catholic Church. In 2002, Pope St. John Paul II added the May 13 feast of Our Lady of Fatima to the general Roman calendar. It is estimated that some 4-5 million people visit Fatima each year.

It is understood that the 'Our Lady of Fatima' archway could have been erected in 1917 to recognise the significance of the apparitions of Our Lady, which also reflected the piety of the time.

Nano Nagle's spirituality transformed her own heart and life and after a busy day's work educating the poor, she would return to her Cottage in Cove Lane to pray for hours on end. Given the Sister's connection to Mary (the congregation of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary), Marian prayer, particularly the Rosary, has been an established form of prayer in the College community.

Adapted from Sources:

  • Legion of Mary at their Headquarters at 36 Windsor St., Perth, 6000, Phone:  9328 2726,  email:
  • NEAA Materials Module 3 Presentation Spirituality