The Fatima Shrine Boston is situated on the grounds of the former Passionist Monastery, retreat house, and the former Parish of St. Gabriel’s. The Shrine began as an inspiration by a group of laymen who frequented the Monastery by attending annual retreats.Fatima Shrine Boston They formed a First Saturday Communion of Reparation group in 1957. They called themselves the Crusaders of Fatima and began holding First Saturday devotion on the Monastery grounds, with Mass and Rosary processions followed by a breakfast.
They began with a 200 men membership that attended their early meetings. By 1962 they decided to expand their devotions to include an annual candlelight procession in the month of October. At their first event they attracted over 5000 people and it was from this event that inspired them to build a Shrine.