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BOSTON -- For 40 years, Barbara A. Keville has worked and strived to keep an apostolate dedicated to the Eucharist alive in the Archdiocese of Boston.
When she was 28, Keville began working with the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima in 1971, before it became the World Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima, which led her to pursue a tradition of all night Eucharistic vigils consistent with the call for prayer through the Rosary in the Message of Fatima.
With approval from Cardinal Humberto Medeiros she began her work for the organization going parish-to-parish.
"I would visit different parishes with the Archdiocesan Pilgrim Virgin statue and give a presentation of the Fatima message, which was quite well received," Keville said.
In 1972 the Blue Army asked her to begin promoting an all-night Eucharistic Vigil in the archdiocese, as part of the national plan of the organization.
That year, the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary coincided on the Church calendar for the first time on June 9, and June 10.
She had never coordinated an all-night Eucharistic vigil, and did not know what to expect. In spite of her apprehension, she continued to plan the first event.
She said she was not sure she could get the job done but felt grateful to be involved.
"I am no theologian but I am so grateful that God uses a person like me, just a simple housewife and a mother," Keville said.