70 years of Aid to the Church in Need!

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima


“Father Werenfried, the founder of Aid to the Church in Need, was a fervent prayer to Mary, and 50 years ago this year, he consecrated his charity to Our Lady of Fatima.  This devotion remained dear to our organization and so, we want to share its great significance with our benefactors,” said Marie-Claude Lalonde, national director of Aid to the Church in Need.


Our Lady of Fatima


From September 9th to the 18th, 2017, the international Catholic charity is organizing, in collaboration with the travel agency, Spiritours, specialized in trips focused on spiritual renewal, a pilgrimage to Portugal. If Fatima is at the heart of the journey, other cities are included such as the capital of Lisbon, Coimbra – where Sister Lucie, one of the Seers of Fatima lived her life out until her death – Porto and Saint James of Compostela.


“The Canadian pilgrims will be able to live unforgettable experiences like the international Mass or an evening of Eucharistic Adoration organized in collaboration with Aid the Church in Need.  In this setting, thousands of benefactors from all over the world are expected,” explains Mrs. Lalonde.


“It is a unique opportunity to commune with the cause dear to them, at the very heart of this sanctuary where Father Werenfried entrusted his charity to Our Lady.  I will take part in the trip, and I am very excited to share this precious time with those who have made possible more than 6,000 projects a year in on average 140 countries.


Then charity begun by the “Bacon Priest” – full of effervesce


Fatima, May 1992: Father Werenfried pay a visit to Sister Lucia, one of the Fatima visionary

For 70 years, the projects supported by Aid to the Church in Need have been diversified – but always with one single goal connecting them: helping the Church, the Christian community, where it responds to the needs of the world.


“Father Werenfried – also known as ‘the Bacon Priest’ because of the charity’s origins – was always attentive to the requests from the Church, no matter where from. Whether it be to build a chapel or cathedral, or to help the Church feed millions of displaced people and refugees, or with pastoral training for priests, religious or laypeople.  Our founder knew how to listen and understand the ‘nuts and bolts’ of a need,” says Mrs. Lalonde.  “For him, all these projects served one single purpose: announcing the Gospel and its benefits, in word and in action.  And, that is what we continue to do to this day.”




To sign up for the trip, to find out pricing and the details of the trip – please contact Mikaël Maniscalco at Spiritours, (514)374-7965, Ext 207. spiritours.com/en/travel/portugal-et-espagne-sept2017/


Portugal, Fatima, September 2013: Pilgrims of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) gather regurlarly to pray and offer the work of so many Church workers to Our Lady.