Oblate Sisters of the Virgin Mary of Fatima
The Congregation of the Oblate Sisters of the Virgin Mary of Fatima (O.M.V.F.) is a religious institute of women of pontifical right founded in northern Italy on 13 May 1978. It gained pontifical status on 31 May 2001.
The name of the institute is derived from that of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, of which Burresi was a member. The institute also inherits the devotion to Mary especially under the title of Our Lady of Fátima. The sisters' habit consists of a blue tunic, scapular and veil, and belt with Rosary.
The institute, erected by the bishop of Tivoli, Guglielmo Giaquinta, on 13 May 1978, obtained pontifical recognition on 31 May 2001.
Activity and spread
The sisters dedicate themselves to the organization of retreats and courses of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, to the promotion of Catholic books, to catechesis, to the promotion of vocations, to domestic service, and to the assistance of priests.
Beyond Italy, they are present in Portugal, the Principality of Monaco, Sri Lanka, and Brazil. The seat of general government remains in San Vittorino. As of 2008[update] the sisters number 92 in 17 houses.