Our official legal name is The World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, Inc. We were originally known as The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima. The name change was made at the behest of Saint Pope John Paul II when he desired to grant official Church status to one global organization which would speak to the world on behalf of the Church about Fatima.
Since the apostolate was known everywhere else in the world as The World Apostolate of Fatima with which we are affiliated, our name needed to changed. You will always, however, see “Our Lady’s Blue Army” affixed as a tag almost everywhere our name appears for the sake of continuity and so that everyone will know that The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima and The World Apostolate of Fatima are one and the same organization.
Our Church Status
The apostolate is a Public International Association of the Faithful under the Pontifical Council for the Laity. As such, it is the only Fatima organization in the world which speaks “in the name of the Church” and “with the authority of the Church” on Fatima. It has been positioned under The Pontifical Council for the Laity because its work is chiefly the work of the lay faithful.
To read the Decree of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity granting permanent status of the apostolate as a Public International Association of the Faithful, please click here.
Decree WAF Permanent Approval – Oct.2010
Our Episcopal Advisor
Our Episcopal Adviser is His Excellency, Most Reverend Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey.
Our National Headquarters
Our national headquarters is located at The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington Township, New Jersey.
Postal Address: World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, Inc., PO Box 150, Washington, NJ 07882-0150.
Physical Address: World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, Inc., 674 Mountain View Rd. East, Asbury, NJ 08802-1400.
Main Telephone Number: 908-689-1700.
Main Email Address: Service@BlueArmy.com.
The International Headquarters is located in Domus Pacis Hotel and Retreat Center just across the street from the International Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal.
The apostolate’s mission is to help people learn, live and spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima in communion with the Church and in concert with The New Evangelization.
“In communion with the Church” is a reference to our official Church status as well as an assurance to all that everything we do is done under the authority of the Church and in cooperation with and support its leadership.
“In concert with The New Evangelization” is included because it was at Fatima that then Pope John Paul II first entrusted The New Evangelization to Our Lady, and because Fatima – taken from beginning to end – both affirms and promotes all of the principal teachings of the Church. It has been called a veritable Catechism of the Catholic Faith, and is an exceptionally effective means of evangelizing the young and the old alike.
Our Principal Functionaries
Our principal functionaries are the Executive Director and the National Coordinator who operate under the direction of the President of our National Board of Trustees.
President: Mr. Fred J. Carlone
Executive Director: Mr. David M. Carollo / 908-689-1700 X 216 / DCarollo@BlueArmy.com
National Coordinator: Dcn. Robert F. Ellis / 920-371-1931 / REllis@BlueArmy.com