About FIAT

Organisation

  • Since the birth of the FIAT-rosary an apostolate arose and developed. An association, without commercial goal, was founded in 1987 (in Belgium), in accordance with the law of June 27th 1921.
  • The association bears the name of “FIAT Association” (“Association FIAT” in French).
    Her objectives, the names of the founding members and members of the board of administration are published in the Belgian Official Journal of January 20th 2005,  which is consultable online:
    http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/tsv/tsvf.htm
    The association is registered in the official list of companies and organisations of the Kingdom of Belgium under the number 431 261 802.
  • The board of administration, the central organ of the association, meets two times each year (verification of the annual financial statement, budget, planned activities, evaluation,…)
  • The International Secretariat handles the daily work of the organisation.

It is located at the following address (in the Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels):
Varkensstraat 6
B-2800 Mechelen
Belgium

In the Heart of the Church

  • The FIAT Association is situated in the context of the Catholic Church.
  • Her apostolate is at the disposal of the local bishop or his representative.
  • “One is not a Christian alone.” From out of this dynamic the Fiat Association offers Cenacle groups for service to the Church.
  • The promotion of the FIAT prayer, the FIAT rosary and related texts form the central
    activities of the FIAT Association.
    Anyone who wishes can participate in the FIAT apostolate, locally, in a diocese, or elsewhere.
  • On the financial side: thanks to gifts, revenue and expenditures are kept in balance. All donations are gratefully
    received and make sure that the FIAT association, already for 30 years, has been able to continue its apostolate.
  • The group “Friends of FIAT” originated within the FIAT Association. These friends, coming from the five continents, try to get together about every 3 years.

The Founders

Cardinal Suenens
Cardinal Suenens

Cardinal Suenens (1904 – 1996)

It is perhaps the homily by Cardinal Danneels delivered at the funeral of Cardinal Suenens that places him the best. Here are a few excerpts:

“Historians will no doubt trace with competence the ‘external portrait’ of the Cardinal; they will list his accomplishments. God alone will know his ‘moral portrait’. Only God knows his moral profile, for He alone knows the love that is in the heart of people.

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Veronica O'Brien
Veronica O'Brien

Veronica O’Brien (1905-1998)

If Cardinal Suenens was the most renowned individual in the history of the FIAT Association’s development, it is Veronica O’Brien who was its mainspring. Here is a summary of her life, followed by a few tributes collected at the time of her death.

Louise-Mary O’Brien was born in Middleton, Ireland, on 16 August 1905. She was the eleventh of thirteen children.

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History

Inspired by the holy Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort and the spirit of Vatican II, the FIAT Association tries to participate in the mission of the Church, in a humble manner.

Introduction

In order to understand a movement, one has to look at its origins. There is what is called the grace – or the charism – of the founders. In the case of FIAT, there is the exceptional grace of Veronica O’Brien, and her longstanding and fruitful collaboration with Cardinal Suenens. There is also a little group around them: the people who have made the apostolate of Veronica O’Brien and Cardinal Suenens possible.

In order to understand the actual grace of FIAT, we have to see it as the result of three important movements in the Church, that have occurred over the past 50 years.

These three movements are:

The Legion of Mary, in the fifties (of last century)
The Second Vatican Council, during the sixties.
The Charismatic Renewal, during the seventies.

The spirituality of the Legion of Mary has been inspired in an important way by the spirituality of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. For that reason the little booklet “The Secret of Mary” is required reading in order to understand the spirituality of FIAT.
The Legion of Mary is at the same time a spirituality and a means for the apostolate.

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Spirituality

During the Eucharist, we open our heart to all that Gods wants to share with us

A life of intense prayer nourished by the Eucharist

In order to help believers grow in the grace of the Christian life received in baptism, “FIAT” proposes certain foundations for the spiritual life for personal use, in the form of a little rule of life.

For prayer and the sacraments help us to allow ourselves to be transformed by the Lord and to understand Him better. The need to devote time to the Lord, for his own sake, will clearly not prevent us from performing our many obligations in life, but rather can help us to fulfill them better.

This spiritual itinerary, presented in the form of a little rule of life, is made up of different counsels, which are those of the Church, and which each person can put into practice according to his or her capacity, personal situation and call from the Lord.

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