Leo Madigan

Leo Madigan (28 September 1939 – 25 July 2015) was a New Zealand author who settled in Fátima, Portugal.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Early life and educationEdit

Madigan attended Saint Thomas' preparatory school in Naenae, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, run by the Sisters of Mercy, and the Sacred Heart secondary school in Auckland, run by the Marist Brothers. He went to sea as Catering Boy, MV Wendover, London, in 1956. From 1958–1960 he was a novitiate with the Trappist religious order (Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance).


After work as a psychiatric nurse and a short spell in the Royal Horse Guards, Madigan appeared in minor roles on the London stage in 1963. From 1964–75 he was a rating in the British Merchant Navy.

Madigan then attended Sidney Webb College and was awarded the BEd degree of the University of London in 1978. From 1979–81 he worked in the educational arm of The Marine Society, edited The Seafarer magazine and taught at Gravesend Sea School. He taught at Fatih Lisesi (Fatih High School) in İzmir, Turkey from 1981–82. He sailed to the Falkland Islands on MV Uganda for the Marine Society in 1982 before teaching in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets from 1983–88.

In 1988, Madigan moved to Fuseta, in Algarve, Portugal, where he worked as a local journalist and published several books. He moved to the world-famous Marian apparitions city of Fátima, Portugal, in 1998, where he has published extensively about the Shrine (the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima), about Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar and other Catholic-oriented works.


Non FictionEdit

Madigan has written short articles for The Seafarer, Blackwood's Magazine, Fairplay International Shipping Weekly and Catholic Life in the UK, Soul in the US and many English language publications in Portugal. His full-length works are:

  • Random Jottings for Young Seafarers. 1978. Marine Society
  • Safe or Sorry. 1980. Marine Society
  • The Devil is a Jackass. 1996. Gracewing. (UK). ISBN 0-85244-251-3
  • The Catholic Quiz Book. 1996. Gracewing. (UK). ISBN 972-99941-0-2
  • The Fatima Handbook. 2000. Gracewing. (UK). ISBN 0-85244-532-6
  • What Happened at Fatima. 2000. CTS. (UK). ISBN 1-86082-091-3; Fatima-Ophel. 2000. (Portugal). ISBN 186-08209-1-3
  • Princesses of the Kingdom. 2001. Kolbe. (Cork, Ireland). ISBN 0-9529627-4-8; 2003. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 972-95882-3-6
  • The Children of Fatima. 2003. Our Sunday Visitor. (USA). ISBN 1-931709-57-2
  • Why Fátima? 2004. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 972-95882-7-9
  • Armchair Fátima. 2005. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 972-99305-1-1
  • Alexandrina da Costa. 2005. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 972-95882-9-5
  • The 2nd Catholic Quiz Book. 2006. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 972-99941-0-2
  • The Fatima Guide. 2007. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 978-972-99941-3-5
  • The Irish Monstrance. 2009. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 978-972-99941-4-2
  • Exquisite Miniature. 2011. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 978-972-99941-6-6
  • The Golden Book of Fatima. 2013. Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 978-989-8564-03-0
  • The Fatima Prayer Book. 2014 (9th printing). Fatima-Ophel. (Portugal). ISBN 978-972-99941-7-3


In addition to short stories appearing in The Seafarer and East End Magazine in the UK and The Algarve Magazine in Portugal, Madigan has written the following full length fictional works:

Prizes and awardsEdit

  • Jackarandy
    • Arts Council Award 1974
  • The Will of Quintus Kirkwood
    • 2nd prize Yeovil Short Story Competition 2010[7]
    • shortlisted for Fountane Book Publishing 2010 competition
    • 1st prize Dream Quest Writing Competition, Chicago, Il. USA 2010
    • (as Where There's a Will), 1st prize Moyama Competition 2010; Published in Moyama Annual Review 2011
    • (as Where There's a Will), 2nd place Calderdale Short Story Competition 2011
  • Those Gorgeous Ghosts (as Brighter Than New Coins)
    • 1st prize Chudleigh Phoenix 2012 Short Story Competition[8]
  • The Bogus Confession
    • (as The Old Man From the Garden), Ashby de la Zouch Writers' Club 2010; 3rd place
    • 3rd prize, Deddington Writing Competition 2011
  • The Seduction of Fausto Batista
    • shortlisted, New Writer prose prize 2010. 2nd place
  • The Kambala Buffaloes
    • University of Plymouth Press Short Story Competition 2011
    • Eric Hoffer Awards finalist; published in Best New Writing 2013, Hopewell Publication, New Jersey, USA
    • 2nd place William van Dyke Short Story Prize 2011
    • 1st runner-up Colonnade Writing Contest 2011
  • The Protest of Able
    • Highly Commended in The New Writer 2011 Prose & Poetry Prizes, Cranbrook UK
  • The Siberian Swimmer
    • Runner-up for The Fulton Prize, Adirondack Review 2011
  • The Other Two
    • 1st prize, The Write Helper Story Contest 2011


  1. ^ The Bookseller – Google Boeken
  2. ^ Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism – Paul C. Vitz – Google Boeken
  3. ^ Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith – Robert Barron – Google Boeken
  4. ^ Fatima for Today – Andrew Apostoli – Google Boeken
  5. ^ La Virgen de Fátima – C. Barthas – Google Boeken
  6. ^ "Leo Madigan Home Page". Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  7. ^ The Judging Team. "2010 Results". Yeovil Literary Prize. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  8. ^ Cook, Sharon (April 2012). "Meet the Winner" (PDF). Chudleigh Phoenix. Chudleigh Town Council. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. With a picture of Madigan.

Interview: EWTN Bookmark – 2012-06-10 – Exquisite Miniature by Leo Madigan on YouTube

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