John Mathias Haffert

August 23, 1915 - October 31, 2001

    He was a truly great man of worldwide renown and good friend of Father Vernard Poslusney. His life was dedicated to promoting the Message of Our Lady of Fatima and the related Brown Scapular devotion. He was the Co-Founder of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, a Church-approved Catholic Apostolate with 25 million of members all over the world. Working with Sister Lucia, who saw Our Lady of Fatima as a child in 1917, Mr. Haffert developed a "Fatima Message Pledge" in 1946. In 1948, that effort became known as "The Blue Army Pledge," as John joined his successful Brown Scapular Apostolate to the fledgling Blue Army Apostolate founded in 1947 by Monsignor Harold Colgan. From that point on, millions of people have learned about The Fatima Message through The Blue Army, with its National Headquarters at the Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Washington, New Jersey and its International Headquarters at Domus Pacis in Fatima, Portugal.

    John Haffert's entire life has been spent in the service of the Church. He received his high school and college education at Mt. Carmel College, which was a Carmelite seminary. With this Carmelite background, Mr. Haffert launched a magazine known as The Scapular, which reached a circulation of over one hundred thousand. The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was the topic of his first of many religious books, Mary in Her Scapular Promise (Sign of Her Heart). John died while wearing his Brown Scapular, a sign of his consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. John Mathias Haffert, passed peacefully from this life, praying his Rosary, in the presence of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. It was appropriate that he die during October, the month of the Holy Rosary.  He is also the Author of "That Wonderful Poem", an Elucidation of The "Poem of the Man-God" by Maria Valtorta.

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Below are links to Mp3 files of John Haffert on various topics:


Apparitions in Akita, Japan and Korea

 Recommended _  Fatima ^ Recommended

Our Lady Speaks

Wearing the Scalpular



That Wonderful Poem by John Haffert

The Blue Army of Fatima