Statue Custodian

patrickPatrick Sabat was born in the Philippines and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at Our Lady of Peace College Seminary in the Tarlac Diocese; he later held a teaching position at the Tarlac State University. While discerning a vocation to the priesthood, he hosted a Catholic radio and TV program, and ventured into a computer/media production business. He was asked to accompany the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue (IPVS) of Fatima in 2003, mostly to Asia and Australia, and five years later (2008) gave up his career to work full time as the IPV Statue custodian worldwide.

Patrick has travelled internationally with nearly one million miles by land, sea and air, spreading the message of Fatima and promoting devotion to Our Blessed Mother and the Eucharist, the Rosary and the Scapular. He has delivered engaging talks and various presentations in many different settings, including churches, schools and universities, correctional facilities, nursing homes and hospitals. Our Lady has shown him the wonderful work of a lay apostle through the Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program, and the vocation he was searching for himself.

For more than 15 years, Patrick was honored to be asked to continue its teaching mission as the principle statue custodian and now the Director for the Pilgrim Statue Program of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA (The Blue Army).  He has been a frequent guest on radio and television, and has given hundreds of media interviews including EWTN, Relevant Radio, Fox News and CBS News among others. He and his wife, Mary Anne, and their 3 children: Elias, 13; Patrick Jr. 11; and Marci Anna, 4, reside in Munster, IN.

Patrick can be reached at psabat@bluearmy.com.

 

Thomas Ross and Larry Maginot, Co-Custodians of the IPVS

Larry Maginot is in his early 50s.  He and his wife, Chimgee, married in 2012 and have two daughters.   Larry traveled with the International Pilgrim Statue for 2 ½ years, from 2006 to 2009, then returned home to care for his elderly mother.  Larry first become convicted by the message of Fatima in 1986 after having served honorably in the Army as a trained infantryman, paratrooper and ranger.  He reached the rank of sergeant, E-5, during his third year of enlistment.  After his enlistment ended in the Spring of 1986, he was planning to attend college in the Fall when the late Louis Kaczmarek visited his home parish with the International Pilgrim Statue.  Though he was raised in a devout family and had the habit of praying a daily rosary from his youth, this visit greatly strengthened his faith and spirituality.  After completing 3 years of college, Larry was discerning a religious vocation and arranged to live and work at the Carmelite Monastery and Shrine in Munster, IN.  He spent the next 7 years there growing in knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith and Carmelite Spirituality, and engaging in group prayer, liturgy, and private spiritual exercises.  He left the monastery in 1997 and entered into a landscaping business with his brother.  Nine years later, Larry responded to a request to travel with the International Pilgrim Statue.  This same year he enrolled in the Bachelor’s Completion Program of Catholic Distance University.  In 2011 he graduated with a degree in Theology.  Recently he completed a manuscript which focuses attention on Our Lady’s promise at Fatima that “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph … and an era of peace will be granted to the world.”  That book now awaits publication.

 

Thomas Ross- I live in NW Indiana a few miles from Lake Michigan. Married to my wife 35 years, we have 7 children. My wife is volunteer sacristan at our parish and works part time as a waitress.  My oldest son has been a priest for 5 years; my 2nd oldest son is currently in the seminary discerning priesthood; my 3rd son is in high school considering the seminary after he graduates.  My oldest daughter is married with 3 children; she uses her writing degree to publish her university’s alumni newsletter.  My 2nd oldest daughter uses her psychology degree to help protect abused seniors.   My 3rd daughter graduates high school this year, and wants to be a teacher.  My 4th daughter is in 4th grade.

  • For the past 10 years I have supervised field crews performing restoration tasks for an environmental company.   Prior to this, I worked 10 years for my county park department, beginning as a ‘naturalist” leading tours and managing the nature center; next as assistant manager of a 900 acre park, then manager of a 250 acre park, finally as “Special events coordinator” managing festivals.
  • After years of park work I achieved public relations and public speaking skills which I use today at my parish as lector, assistant sacristan, and coordinator of the communion to the homebound volunteers.