A Marian chapel—our lady of victory in the Cincinnati area
Our Faithful, friends and benefactors have wondered and asked themselves why we open a Chapel under the title and patronage of Our Lady of Victory, or the title of Maria Victrix, in English: Mary, the Victress. Why did we choose the title of Our Lady of Victory? In this newsletter we would like to line out our reasons for it; however, in order to do so we must draw the bigger picture.
a bigger picture
We have to remember that Satan wages war against the Eternal Truth which Jesus Christ brought to us, and particularly against the Roman Catholic Church since the beginning of the founding of the Church. However, this continuous battle took on a greater dimension since the Revolution of Martin Luther with his false principles of Protestantism against the Roman Catholic Church. However, Martin Luther's revolution was just a part in Satan's plan to snatch away virtually the entirety of humanity from God. In order to accomplish this goal Satan follows a three-fold plan:
Protestant Revolution of Martin Luther
Goal ð Away from the true Church
Founding of Freemasonry
Goal ð Away from Our Lord Jesus Christ
Bolshevik & Communist Revolution
Goal ð Away from God
But we have to say that this battle of Satan against the Roman Catholic Church, against Jesus Christ, the true Son of God, and against God himself became stronger and more intense since the twentieth century and particularly since the calling of the Second Vatican Council, which introduced the false principles of the protestant, freemasonic and bolshevik-communist revolution into the Church in order that the former Roman Catholic Church would became the vehicle of these false principles by which millions of souls would from the true Faith and fall into hell, according to the words of Our Lady herself at Fatima when she said on June 13, 1917: “Pray, pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them.”
In order to counteract this battle of Satan, our blessed Lady would appear many times to warn humanity of the danger which is threatening it. We mention here only the important apparitions of our Lady:
1830 - Rue de Bac, Paris, France
1846 - LaSalette, France
1858 - Lourdes, France
1878 - Knock, Ireland
1917 - Fatima, Portugal
final battle between the virgin mary and the devil
However, the blessed Virgin Mary is not only appearing in different places in order to counteract the devil's plan, she is also stating very clearly that she is engaging in the final and decisive battle with the devil.
Sister Lucy gave in 1957 an interview to Father Augustine Fuentes, who was preparing to become the postulator of the causes for beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the other two visionaries of Fatima. He met with Sister Lucy at her convent in Coimbra, Portugal. Here, he was able to converse with the seer of Fatima at great length. Upon his return to his native Mexico he gave a conference on the meeting, in which he reported Sister Lucy's words. Father Alonso, the official Fatima archivist for 16 years, stressed that the account of this conference was published “with every guarantee of authenticity … .” In her 1957 interview1 with Father Fuentes, Sister Lucy spoke of a decisive battle between the Blessed Virgin and the devil. Sister Lucy is said:
“Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin, and the devil knows what it is that most offends God, and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way the devil will succeed in leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.
“Father, the Most Holy Virgin did not tell me that we are in the last times of the world, but She made me understand this for three reasons. The first reason is because She told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Hence from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil; there is no other possibility.
“The second reason is because She said to my cousins as well as to myself, that God is giving two last remedies to the world. They are the Holy Rosary and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These are the two last remedies which signify that there will be no others.
“The third reason is because in the plans of Divine Providence, God always, before He is about to chastise the world, exhausts all other remedies. Now, when He sees that the world pays no attention whatsoever then, as we say in our imperfect manner of speaking, He offers us with a certain trepidation the last means of salvation, His Most Holy Mother. It is with a certain trepidation because if you despise and reject this ultimate means, we will not have any more forgiveness from Heaven, because we will have committed a sin which the Gospel calls the sin against the Holy Ghost. This sin consists of openly rejecting, with full knowledge and consent, the salvation which he offers. Let us remember that Jesus Christ is a very good Son and that He does not permit that we offend and despise His Most Holy Mother. We have recorded through many centuries of Church history the obvious testimony which demonstrates by the terrible chastisements which have befallen those who have attacked the honor of His Holy Mother, how our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.”
“The two means for saving the world are prayer and sacrifice. [Regarding the Holy Rosary, Sister Lucy said:] Look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples or nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.
“Finally, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Most Holy Mother, consists in considering Her as the seat of mercy, of goodness and of pardon, and as the sure door of entering Heaven.”
In this final and decisive battle between the devil and the Virgin only one will be triumphant, victorious and the other will be the defeated one. In this battle it will be the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Victory, who will be victorious, triumphant over the defeated one, Satan, since our Blessed Virgin Mary herself prophesied this her victory over the devil when she said on July 13, 1917: “But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
fatima & our lady of victory chapel
We are establishing Our Lady of Victory Chapel in the Cincinnati area in order to stress and point out that Our Lady truly is engaged in this battle against the devil and his helpers. At Our Lady of Victory Chapel we would like to bring as many people as possible to a true understanding of the message of Fatima and its consequences, since we came to the realization that even many traditional organizations and clergy do not promote this important message in all its parts and impacts. The preaching and the practical application of the message of Fatima, which consists of three essential parts, namely, prayer, reparation and consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be an essential part of our work at Our Lady of Victory Chapel. We would like to help Our Blessed Lady with our very modest means of prayer and sacrifice to hasten the Triumph and Victory of Her Immaculate Heart over Satan and his helpers in society and church by doing what she asked of her children in her apparitions of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in her apparition at Fatima, and to establish a place belonging totally to Our Lady where she can grant many graces for the conversion, salvation and sanctification of many souls.
Notre-dame des victoires - Our lady of victories in paris
This mediation of grace of Our Blessed Lady is connected to our main reason and inspiration for the establishment of this chapel. We were much inspired to dedicate our chapel to Our Lady of Victory by the story of the Church and later on Basilica of Notre-Dame des Victoires, Our Lady of Victories in Paris, and therefore our own chapel will be named after this well known shrine church of Our Lady of Victories in Paris.
|Brother Fiacre of Our Lady of Victories|
As to that church's origin, history tells us that King Louis XIII made a vow in 1620 that if his troops were successful in ousting the Protestants (Huguenots) from their fortress in La Rochelle, he would build a church in honor of the Virgin Mary. After the victory, a site for the church was chosen on the property of the Discalced Hermits of St. Augustine in Paris. Louis laid the first stone himself, one that was inscribed with a dedication to Our Lady of Victories, on September 9, 1629. The church building was completed only in 1740. In 1630, a poor laborer entered the Augustinian church and took the name Brother Fiacre. He took up residence at the shrine and lived there until his death in 1684. Brother Fiacre was renowned as a mystic. He prayed before the image of Our Lady of Victories for the birth of the future heir to the throne long awaited for 15 years: Louis Diedonne, the future Louis XIV. Brother Fiacre had a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1637, when Mary asked him to tell the King that he would soon be blessed with a son who would inherit his throne. Louis XIV was born on February 10, 1638 and, in thanksgiving, his father consecrated France and the royal family to the Blessed Virgin.
|The Blessed Virgin Mary appears to Brother Fiacre|
God's designs were greater and his victories are much more important for His children, obtained through the intercession of His Holy Mother. The Blessed Mother chose this place to bring to God her dispersed children separated because of sin and its consequences. Brother Fiacre, returning from a pilgrimage to Savona (Italy), started invoking Our Lady of Victories under the title “Refúgium peccatórum,” “Refuge of sinners,” which will have later on a great significance.
During the French Revolution terror was extended throughout France. The Augustinians were expelled from their convent and the Church was established as a place for money exchange. Many things changed with Napoleon who due to political interests wanted to appear as a friend of the Church. Between 1800 and 1809 the church was re-erected as a parish, but because it was located in a business neighborhood and lack of Faith was a fruit of the revolution, the church had very little attendance. Human efforts did not help the situation. The church was open but the hearts of men were away from God.
Father charles eléonore dufriche desgenettes, pastor of our lady of victories, paris
|Father Charles Eléonore Dufriche Desgenettes|
This was the state of things on August 27, 1832, when Father Charles Éléonore Dufriche Desgenettes was installed Pastor of Our Lady of Victories, Paris. The church was abandoned and poor. The spiritual state of the parish which consisted of 15,000 souls, was so decadent that the following Sunday the priest counted on only 4 persons with the choir and during the entire year of 1835 only 720 Holy Communions were distributed.
For four and a half years the Pastor endured the spiritual sufferings of seeing no fruit in all his efforts and work. He started to get discouraged and depressed because of the sterility of his ministry and the apparent desperate situation. This is how the priest was on December 3, 1836. While celebrating Holy Mass on the main altar of the church of Our Lady of Victories, he pronounced the liturgical prayer of the prayers at the foot of the altar. Pronouncing the words “Judica me,” he sensed an interior awakening: “Judge me, O Lord!”
“If the Lord was going to judge me today, how would he find me?” Perhaps as a failure? Has there been a priest so sterile in his ministry like me? The priest asked himself interiorly all these questions. This interior thought in his mind became a lance that pierced his heart. His mind was only on this to the point of not being able to concentrate on the rest of the Mass prayers. Finally, he concluded that presenting his resignation as Pastor would be best.
During his Mass, when he had arrived at the Canon of Mass, before the Consecration, he made a great effort to concentrate and recollect himself during this sublime moment of the Consecration. But he felt perturbed more than ever. He pleaded with the Lord to deliver him of his distractions and to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a worthy and recollected state. At this moment he heard clearly these words:
“consecrate your parish to the holy and immaculate heart of mary and establish the confraternity of the most holy and immaculate heart of Mary for the conversion of sinners.” He looked around in order to see whether there was anybody in the church, but there was nobody except the altar server, who was playing with his fingers. The words he heard resounded in his heart, and immediately he had great interior peace. The obsessive thoughts he had moments before disappeared. After concluding Mass and during the time of thanksgiving, he reviewed in his mind all that had happened, saying to himself: “Perhaps all this is just a fantasy produced by my imagination.” During his thanksgiving he heard the words again clearly: “consecrate your parish to the holy and immaculate heart of mary and establish the confraternity of the most holy and immaculate heart of Mary for the conversion of sinners.” He fell to his knees before these words, but was fearful of accepting them as authentic since he thought it was an illusion. He tried to ignore and forget them, but the words returned to his mind with more intensity. Finally, he decided to respond to the petition more so to acquire interior peace than to think it would prove successful for his parish.
He resolved to fully obey the request. It was evident that the purpose of the consecration of his parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was to motivate the parishioners to pray to the Immaculate Heart and frequently seek recourse to the protection and maternal care of the Blessed Virgin. He thought the best way to establish this was to form a religious association in the form of a confraternity with specific prayers, meetings and norms.
In only eight days Father Desgenettes had both written the statues for the confraternity and obtained their approval by the Archbishop of Paris. On Sunday, December 11, only 40 women attended his Mass on this Sunday, he announced from the pulpit that beginning with that same afternoon during Vespers special prayers and devotions would be said asking the Lord, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the conversion of sinners.
The priest did not think many people were going to attend. But the Blessed Virgin Mary started to reveal her plan. After Mass two men who had never attended Mass approached Father Desgenettes and requested the Sacrament of Confession. At 6:00 pm, the time announced for Vespers and for the prayers and devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 400-500 people made their presence in the Church. Everyone was surprised and could not believe the amount of people present. No more than 10 people had been seen in the parish for many years.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Father Desgenettes went up to the pulpit and announced the Consecration to the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary and the establishment of a confraternity for the conversion of sinners and announced its statues. At the beginning of the prayers, some were indifferent, but as the prayers and devotions continued, their hearts gradually started to melt under the fire of the Maternal Heart of Mary. At the end the Litany of Our Lady was chanted, and when it came to the invocation of the litany “Refuge of sinners,” all fell on their knees and repeated the same invocation three times, “Refuge of sinners, pray for us, Refuge of sinners, pray for us, Refuge of sinners, pray for us.” The service concluded with the Divine Praises before the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone decided to return to the church and participate in these devotions which animated their Faith and brought back peace and joy to their hearts.
A sign from the virgin
|Monsieur Etienne-Louis-Hector de Joly|
On December 12, Father Desgenettes returned to Monsieur de Joly's house. The servants did not want to let him into the house, but the priest insisted again and was able to reach the elderly man. Only a few courteous words had been spoken when Monsieur de Joly asked the priest for his blessing. Profoundly moved, the priest blessed him and at that moment the elderly man exclaimed: “Your visit has been so good for me, Father! I cannot see you, but I feel your presence. The moment you entered my room I felt peace, interior calm, and a joy I have never experienced before.” The priest, seeing the good disposition of Monsieur de Joly, asked if he wanted to confess his sins. The elderly man immediately agreed. The miracle happened after a few minutes of conversation, this soul opened to grace - the conversion was instantaneous and the requested sign was given to Father Desgenettes.
Father Desgenettes asked for a sign and received it clearly. Now he was convinced that he was doing the Will of God and that he had a mission to accomplish. He encountered many obstacles, like all of God's work, but the Confraternity immediately flourished after it was canonically established on December 16th. In ten days, 214 people became members.
|Altar in the Basilica Notre-Dame des Victoires|
|The 37,000 Ex-voto Plaques at the Basilica Notre-Dame des Victoires|
The successes of the Confraternity are its spiritual fruits, therefore it is difficult to count them. But the fruits seen in the parish are evident where the consecration and the Confraternity started. In only two years the distribution of Communion grew from 720 in 1835 to 8,550 in 1837. In a letter dated from June 1837, Father Desgenettes wrote, “Countless sensational conversions have taken place, and most are of men between the ages of twenty and thirty. My parish was the center of indifference and impiety. Well! It has given me astonishing consolations. In my whole life I never heard as many confessions as I have since last December. Among the neophytes I count several systematic atheists, former Carbonari, Saint-Simonianists (revolutionary factions) … All live as Christians today, many leading an angelic life.” On April 24, 1838, Pope Gregory XVI raised the Confraternity to an Archconfraternity. From then on, it could include Faithful and Catholic communities from around the world. When Father Desgenettes died in 1860, more than 800,000 individuals had registered in the Archconfraternity, and some 14,000 Catholic communities (parishes, congregations, schools) were enrolled. In 1845, the Curé ďArs asked for his parish to be registered. In truth, Father Vianney had preceded his confrère in consecrating his parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; he had done so on May 1, 1836, seven months before Father Desgenettes. Nonetheless he humbly asked the Archconfraternity to accept his parish Ars.
Because of the extraordinary conversions and graces in the Parish of Our Lady of Victories through the consecration to the Immaculate Heart, and the rapid growth of the Confraternity of the Blessed and Immaculate Heart of Mary for conversion of sinners, which is witnessed by the 37,000 votive offerings and ex-voto plaques, it became the second greatest Marian manifestation after Rue du Bac (where the Miraculous Medal was given) within the divine plan to promote devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Church of Our Lady of Victories in Paris was erected as a Basilica in 1927.
our chapel in honor of our lady of victory
What do we intend with the founding and the establishment of Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Chapel in the Cincinnati area. Do we just want to establish another Traditional Chapel as so many others in the Cincinnati area? Our answer can only be in the negative. What are then the reasons and characteristics for the founding of our chapel?
Reasons for the founding of our lady of victory chapel and its characteristics
- Our Lady of Victory would like to provide a true Catholic answer to the “Crisis of the Church” or the general Apostasy from the True Catholic Faith by a very profound exposure and explanation of the nature and causes of the “Crisis of the Church,” by sermons, conferences and instruction.
- Our Lady of Victory would like to provide a Traditional Roman Catholic Chapel with a strong emphasis on the Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It shall be a haven of peace and tranquility for the Faithful who want simply to be true uncompromising Catholics or become such, a place where the True Mass is frequently offered and the true Sacraments are administered, and a place where Our Lord Jesus Christ can erect his Throne by His true and sacramental presence in the Holy Eucharist.
- Our Lady of Victory would like to promote and explain, as stated above, the essence of the very important message of Fatima in all its integral parts, which could be summarized by the three essential parts of Prayer, Reparation and Consecration. Furthermore, it would like to show the consequences and impacts of this message for society and the Church. Our commitment to the message of Fatima will furthermore be put forth by an active Lay Apostolate realized by the founding of the Apostolate of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and by the founding of the Confraternity of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary and its activities.
- Furthermore, Our Lady of Victory would like to become a true home where the requests of Our Blessed Lady at Fatima will be put into practice by the frequent recitation of the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament exposed, by the keeping of the First Saturdays of Reparation, by special services and devotions at Our Lady of Victory Chapel, by the keeping of the Fatima Days, the 13th of each month, and by instruction and explanation of the essence of the personal Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Lastly, but not less important, Our Lady of Victory will provide a sanctuary for Our Lady of Victories, where she can distribute her graces abundantly to her children and to those who would like to become her children. It shall be a place where Our Heavenly Mother gains more children who are attentive to her requests, a place where she finds sincere souls who help her in the final battle she is engaged in with the devil in our times, a place where she can be truly victorious, truly triumphant by the Mediation of All Graces for the conversion, salvation and sanctification of many souls. May Our Lady of Victory Chapel hasten the hour when the words of Our Blessed Lady will come true: “But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
May God Bless you and Mary Victress keep!
Sincerely Yours in Our Lady of Victory,
Bp Markus Ramolla
bibliography - literature
1. P. Johannes Schmid, C. P. Das Unbefleckte Herz Mariens, unser Weg, Pasing, 1954
2. P. Johannes Schmid, C. P. Exerzitienvortag: Die Weihe an das Unbefleckte Herz Mariens
3. Andachtsbuch für die Mitglieder der Erzbruderschaft vom hochheiligen und unbefleckten Herzen Mariens zur Bekehrung der Sünder, Speyer, 1867
bibliography - website resources
1. Fatima Network, http://www.fatima.org/thirdsecret/realthirdsecret.asp
2. Basilique Notre-Dame-des Victoires, http://www.notredamedesvictoires.com/?lang=en
3. Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval, Spiritual Newsletter, http://www.clairval.com/lettres/en/2013/06/13/2120613.htm
4. History of Our Lady of Victory, http://www.olvboston.com/our-history.html
5. Our Lady of Victories, http://www.piercedhearts.org/hearts_jesus_mary/apparitions/our_lady_of_victories.html
prayer to our lady of victories
O Mary, merciful Refuge of Sinners and Mother of all mankind! Behold how many souls are lost every hour, Behold how countless millions of those who live in India, in China, and in barbarous regions do not yet know Our Lord Christ! See, too, how many others are far from the bosom of Mother Church which is Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman! O Mary ... life of our hearts ... let not the Precious Blood and fruits of Redemption be lost for so many souls!
Grant that a ray of Heavenly light may shine forth to enlighten those many blinded understandings and to enkindle so many cold hearts. Intercede with thy Divine Son, and obtain grace for all pagans, Jews, heretics, and schismatics in the whole world to receive supernatural light and to enter with joy into the bosom of the true Church. Hear the confident prayer of the Supreme Pontiff that all nations may be united in one faith, that they may know and love Jesus Christ, the blessed fruit of thy womb... And then all men shall love thee also, thou who art the salvation of the world, arbiter and dispenser of the treasures of God ... And, glorifying thee, O Queen of Victories, who, by means of thy Rosary, dost trample upon all heresies, they shall acknowledge that thou givest life to all nations, since there must be a of the prophecy: “All generations shall call me blessed.” Amen.
Pope Pius XI