The Marian Movement of Priests is a private association of Catholic clergy and lay associate members founded by Italian priest Fr. Stefano Gobbi in 1972. While visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal he felt himself inspired to begin this work, whose principal emphases are to encourage Consecration, especially of priests, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wholehearted fidelity to the Magisterium of the Pope.
For this purpose Fr. Gobbi has traveled throughout the world holding Cenacles of Prayer on every continent. Cenacle refers to the gathering of the apostles around the Blessed Mother in the Upper Room in which the Last Supper was celebrated and in which they awaited the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In Cenacles of Prayer the laity gather with the clergy, and with our Lady by praying the rosary, and often celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as they pray for and await the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, so ardently desired by the Church and promised by Our Lady at Fátima.
In the almost three decades of this movement, many tens of thousands of deacons, priests and bishops, including Cardinals, and millions of religious and laity, have consecrated themselves to the Blessed Virgin and pledged fidelity to the Magisterium at the Cenacles of Prayer. In addition, besides the public Cenacles held in parish churches throughout the world, many weekly, bi-weekly or monthly Cenacles are held in private homes.