Filipino Catholics and other faithful came to the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia July 13 to celebrate a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of FIAT — Filipinos in America Today. Following Mass celebrated by Vincentian Bishop Roland Santos and Philadelphia priest Father Efren Esmilla among other clergy, several laymen carried a statue of Our Lady of FIAT through the shrine accompanied by prayers and hymns, followed by a reception. The devotion — focusing on a person saying “yes” to God’s will as did Mary (fiat) — began in 1993 in Philadelphia under the leadership of Father Esmilla after his ordination, and has been growing ever since. See the Act of Consecration to Our Lady of FIAT here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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