The Power of Prayer, Inc. was incorporated on the Feast of St. Martha, July 29, 1970 by Jerry Trimble. "The Power of Prayer is a new organization which will work to bring about a new understanding of the power of prayer today. A great many people would admit that prayer was powerful in biblical times, even to bringing about miracles, but many people do not feel that prayer is as powerful today, and they have drifted away from it. The truth is prayer is every bit as powerful now as in biblical times for those who have deep faith in it, and it is very capable of solving our toughest problems in our times." (July 2, 1970) The Power of Prayer is dedicated to promoting awareness of the value of prayer, and of devotion to Jesus through Mary.
(Pictured: Jerry & Barb Trimble)
On the Feast of St. James, July 25, 1978, Archbishop James J. Byrne blessed the chapel where Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was begun the following day. The first chapel was in the former Chancery of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, located at the corner of 11th & Bluff St. In 1983 the chapel moved to the corner of 17th & Heeb St. On September 8, 2011 (the Blessed Mother's Birthday) the chapel was moved to its present location at 1860 St. Ambrose St.
On October 2, 1971, the Pilgrim Virgin Statue was brought to Dubuque under the sponsorship of the Rosary Society of Nativity Parish, Dubuque. The first family to host the Pilgrim Virgin was Paul & Betty Frommelt. Betty was the outgoing President of the Nativity Rosary Society. Archbishop James J. Byrne was pleased to witness the beginning of this devotion within the Archdiocese of Dubuque and called upon all to join in furthering devotion to Our Lady. "Very fittingly, it is through the efforts of individual lay members of the Church in Dubuque that the Pilgrim Virgin is to draw more people to her Son. It is my prayer that the people of God in the area will open their hearts and their homes to the Pilgrim Virgin and thereby be richly blessed."