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“Fatima Priest” Nicholas Gruner Dies Suddenly of Heart Attack


“Fr.” Nicholas Gruner (May 4, 1942 – Apr. 29, 2015)

As Mr. John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News reports, “Father” Nicholas Gruner of the Fatima Center in Fort Erie, Canada, has passed away. He died unexpectedly at his office in Ontario on April 29, 2015, a few days short of his 73rd birthday. The apparent cause of death was a heart attack. The following is the message posted by Vennari:

Father Nicholas Gruner, RIP

It is my sad duty to announce the sudden death of Father Nicholas Gruner

He died suddenly late today of a heart attack while working at his Fatima Center office.

At the moment, I do not know more than this. Please re-visit our page for updates.

He was truly the world expert on Fatima. He was more knowledgable on this subject, and on the true nature of the Fatima Message than anyone else.

Please remember Father Gruner in your prayers, a good friend and a true Catholic Crusader.

– John Vennari

(Source: Catholic Family News, April 29, 2015)

As frequent visitors to this site know, we have been rather critical of Gruner, his Fatima apostolate, and his SSPX-type “resistance” position (although we have always valued his work on the Third Secret of Fatima, which is outstanding). This is not the time to repeat our criticism. We pray that Gruner died in the state of sanctifying grace and received a merciful judgment. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

Such a sudden death is always a good reminder to all of us that we too have a day and time appointed at which we will be called to judgment, to render an account to the Almighty Judge (see Heb 9:27). Pray for final perseverance always. St. John Vianney has remarked that he who does not pray for final perseverance will not receive it.

Ponder also the questions presented in the following post — this is a good reminder that all these issues we discuss every day at this web site are extremely serious:

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.