Nicholas Nightingale Gruner (born May 4, 1942-April 29, 2015) was a Roman Catholic priest and a promoter of the message of Our Lady of Fatima, an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Father Gruner's interpretation of that message was controversial. The fifth of seven children, Father Gruner was born in Montreal, Canada, to Malcom and Jessie (née Mullally) Gruner. He is a graduate of McGill University with post-graduate degrees in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Gruner started an apostolate in the 1970s to promote the message of Fátima.He was ordained at Avellino, Italy on August 22, 1976 by Bishop Pasquale Venezia. In 1978, he launched a periodical dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, which was a journal mostly dedicated to praying the rosary: The Fatima Crusader. Gruner was critical of the compliance of the Popes with the message of Fátima, specifically the request for the Consecration of Russia. Gruner initiated a radio and television campaign for his message. Reverend Nicholas Gruner, was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Hyderabad, in India. Please Pray for the repose of his soul.
From Fatima Website:
Wake and Funeral Arrangements
for Father Nicholas Gruner
Daily Rosary at Benner Funeral Home, 1105 Benner Rd., Fort Erie, Ontario Canada
2:00 — 2:30pm Saturday May 2 3:00 — 3:30pm Sunday May 3 2:00 — 2:30pm Monday May 4 through Friday May 8
Visitation: Wednesday May 6 at Amigone Funeral Home, 3644 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY(near Buffalo) from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm; Rosary at 8:30pm
Thursday May 7 and Friday May 8 at Benner Funeral Home, 1105 Benner Rd., Fort Erie, Ontario Canada from 2:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm; Rosary at 8:30pm
There will be a Pontifical High Mass at 9:30am on Saturday, May 9 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. Celebrant is His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay. Following the Pontifical High Mass will be interment at Saint Michael Cemetery on Stonemill Rd., Fort Erie, Ontario
On Saturday May 2 at 9:00am there will be a Requiem Mass for Father Gruner at Holy Face of Jesus Church at 181 Lake Street, St. Catherine's Ontario, Canada
In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Fatima Center would be appreciated.