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In 1957, the Shrine of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted was established in Youngstown, Ohio by Romanian-Hungarian Franciscan Friars who fled their homeland during Communist  rule after World War II. The Madonna statue above the shrine's altar is a replica of the original statue from Transylvania, Romania

The Madonna of Csiksomlyo

The Renaissance style statue of the Holy Virgin represents the "Lady Dressed in the Sun with the moon under her feet" and a halo of of twelve stars surrounding her majestically crowned head. Our Lady's radiant gold aureole shines brilliantly while the scepter in her right hand acknowledges her as Queen of the Universe. In her left arm she cradles her Holy Son, the Divine Child with a prominent rosary, her bequeathed signature to us, draped over them both.

Csiksomlyo (Transylvania) became a pilgrimage site in the year 1442, and after much strife and suffering...continues to preserve the Hungarian Tradition. 


The Pilgrim Statue of the Blessed Virgin of Fatima

Light a vigil candle inside the oratory that hosts the unique statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Donated by the Servite Friars of Fatima Portugal, these Servants of Mary successfully promoted the canonization of the three children seers of 1917, culminating with the siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto achieving sainthood in May 2017.


Saint Padre Pio

Many people have turned to the Italian Capuchin Franciscan to intercede with God on their behalf; among them was the future Pope John Paul II. In 1962, when he was still an archbishop in Poland, he wrote to Padre Pio and asked him to pray for a Polish woman with throat cancer. Within two weeks, she had been cured of her life-threatening disease.

A number of people have reported cures they believe were received through the intercession of Padre Pio. 


You are invited to light a vigil candle before his saintly portrait inside the church.


Image of the Divine Mercy

In 1931, our Lord appeared to St. Faustina in a vision. She saw Jesus clothed in a white garment with His right hand raised in blessing. His left hand was touching His garment in the area of the Heart, from where two large rays came forth, one red and the other pale. She gazed intently at the Lord in silence, her soul filled with awe, but also with great joy. Jesus said to her: 

Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory (Diary, 47, 48). I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You (327). I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world (47). 

The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him (299). By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works (742). 

These words indicate that the Image represents the graces of Divine Mercy poured out upon the world, especially through Baptism and the Eucharist. 


This beautiful image situated at a rear corner of the church beckons visitors to light a candle in thanksgiving or supplication.


Statue Display of St. Theresa

At age fifteen, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She took the religious name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Her last words were the story of her life: "My God, I love You!"

The world came to know Therese through her autobiography, "Story of a Soul". She described her life as a "little way of spiritual childhood." She lived each day with an unshakable confidence in God's love. "What matters in life," she wrote, "is not great deeds, but great love." Therese lived and taught a spirituality of attending to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that just as a child becomes enamored with what is before her, we should also have a childlike focus and totally attentive love. Therese's spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love.

"My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death," she said. "I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses." Roses have been described and experienced as Saint Therese's signature. Countless millions have been touched by her intercession and imitate her "little way." She has been acclaimed "the greatest saint of modern times."

Begin your novena to Saint Therese at the Shrine by lighting a vigil candle at the rear oratory before her likeness. And may your faith be rewarded by "The Little Flower" with a gift of roses from heaven.

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