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"Your project is . . . truly in keeping with the great hope of the new millennium. We Catholics should look to our Blessed Mother for her special protection and guidance as we resist the culture of death in our land and struggle to build a culture of life. *** I believe that a massive Arch of Triumph honoring Our Lady, and a Shrine of the Holy Innocents would do much to draw public attention to the evil of abortion in our country. *** It would inspire others to become part of the pro-life movement." ~ FR. MATTHEW HABIGER, OSB (HUMAN LIFE INTERNATIONAL) "I certainly encourage and support your efforts in such an important and noble undertaking. You have been in my prayers and Masses and will continue to be there." ~ FR. JOHN CORAPI, SOLT "Be assured of my prayers and my willingness to . . . help bring this vision to reality." ~ FR. FRANK A. PAVONE, PRIESTS FOR LIFE


n January 2001, the first month of the new millennium, The Association for The Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and International Shrine of the Holy Innocents, a not-for-profit New York corporation, was formed in Buffalo, New York.  As described in detail in our Prospectus, the Association’s purpose is to build a truly world-class, globally significant shrine, to be located on the shore of Lake Erie adjacent to downtown Buffalo.  The shrine will feature primarily a monumental, ascendable, golden triumphal arch, The Arch of Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to be the world’s tallest monument measuring 700 feet to the tip of the golden Cross that will surmount its peak (seven being the mystical number of perfection, as Mary represents the perfection of humanity).  

The great and evident promise of this vast undertaking, for promoting the Culture of Life and the New Springtime of the Church, so ardently hailed by our beloved and prophetic Pontiff, Pope John Paul II, has won for it the support of a distinguished National Advisory Board.  These experienced Catholic leaders firmly believe, as do the Association’s founders, in the great value of shrines as instruments for the spiritual renewal of both individuals and society.  The special character of this shrine, including as it does a beautiful monument of vast proportions, moves it into that rare category of culture-shaping architecture, shared by only a handful of edifices in each quarter of the globe.


This grand triumphal arch will hail the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which Mary predicted at Fatima, Portugal on July 13, 1917, as following upon Russia’s worldwide propagation of atheistic communism (predicted by Mary prior to the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917), persecutions of the Church, and numerous wars of the 20th Century.  At that time, Mary told Lucia, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco:

But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.  (For succinct details of Mary’s Fatima apparitions and messages, see The Story of Fatima)

Directly below the Golden Arch of St. Mary, The International Shrine of the Holy Innocents  (described more fully in the Prospectus), will feature a large, central mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Our Lady’s appearance in that personage to Blessed Juan Diego in Mexico City on December 12, 1531, precipitated millions of Indian conversions to Christianity, ending the Aztec practice of human sacrifice.  Due to this historic ending of the Aztec “Culture of Death” through her intervention, Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the International Pro-Life Movement.  Thus Pope John Paul II, preaching before her image in January 1999, proclaimed:


“May the Continent of Hope also be the Continent of Life!  This is our cry: Life with dignity for all!  The time has come to banish once and for all from the Continent every attack against life.  Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of Peace, save the nations and people of this Continent!"

It is the spiritual sons and daughters of Jesus and Mary who, uniting, will make possible this astounding tribute to Our Lady and Our Queen; this unprecedented and bold initiative against the Culture of Death’s encroachments upon the lawful domain of the Culture of Life, and Civilization of Love—which is this world, created by God and found by Him to be good.
 

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Please, DONATE NOW, and do your part in calling our society back to God.  TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE, IN THE WORLD!  God’s children must once again acknowledge Him, and learn to govern their lives according to His Holy Word.  For every $100 of your donation, the name of a person, living or deceased, born or unborn, may be indelibly inscribed on the Golden Arch of Mary’s Triumph!  Donors of $1000 will receive also a beautiful signed certificate of recognition.  Donors of $2000 or more may, in addition, have bronze plaques engraved with their or their family’s names placed in the Chapels of the Sacred Heart, of the Immaculate Heart, or of the Triumph, or in the Holy Innocents Shrine, as they choose.  (To arrange larger dedicatory gifts, contact Executive Director Laurence D. Behr, Esq., Tel. No. 716-856-1300, e-mail LDBehr@ArchofTriumph.org.)


PRAYER OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE ARCH OF TRIUMPH

Almighty Father God, Thou hast provided inexhaustible treasures for our salvation, through the working of Thy Holy Spirit in all ages, and by the holy and exemplary lives of all Thy saints! Grant that we too, inspired by that same Spirit, may accomplish fitting works of piety and devotion toward Thy Servant and Son, the King of Kings, Jesus our Lord, and Thy Handmaid and Daughter, the Queen of Queens, Mary Most Holy, and grant that we may always live in our hearts the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart of Christ Our King, and of His Holy Cross, until that great day dawns when the world resounds, from pole to pole, with one cry: “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us be glad and rejoice that He has saved us!”* Amen.

*ISAIAH 25:9

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