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Apparitions (1500 - 1599 A.D.)


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c. 1500

Almonacid de Toledo, Castiglia (Spain)

Visionary: unknown

The Virgin appeared asking that a sanctuary be built.

Source: Chiron, 1995, 70 and W.A. Christian Jr. Religosidad local en España de Felipe II, Madrid, Nerea, 1991, 103.

c. 1500

Dolní Dvonste, Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech Republic

The story goes that around 1500, Mary appeared to some shepherds here atop a rock, which then split. The gap kept growing; it is said that the world will end when a hay wagon can pass through. In the 1600s, Clarissan nuns built the church of St. Mary of the Snow over the Holy Stone. A nearby chapel houses a healing spring. In 1949 Communist authorities closed the church and repurposed it as a collective farm granary, then as a military warehouse. Its Baroque fittings were looted, its stucco decorations used for target practice, its convent ruined and demolished. Following the 1989 Velvet Revolution, an international effort by German, Austrian, and Czech believers restored the church and chapel and renovated the statue, which had been moved to another church for safekeeping. The annual pilgrimage on the Sunday after August 5, feast of Our Lady of the Snows, which resumed in 1991, features mass in Czech and German, followed by a picnic.


c. 1500


Visionaries: Many people
Title: Our Lady of Mercy

It is difficult to determine the origin of the devotion to Our Lady of Mercy. The popular tradition in the time of plague, would be that many people fled from the massacre of the terrible disease and would encamp in the woods. But here too the scourge overtook them, so not knowing what to do, devoted as they were, they turned fervently to the Madonna.

And the Madonna appeared on a tree, carrying in her arms the good and comforting Child.The fever quickly disappeared.

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Pannesi di Lumarzo (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of the Woodland


San Sosti (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of the Pettoruto
Visionary: Felice Olcese, a deaf mute

In the spring of 1500, a deaf-mute shepherd saw the Virgin who asked him to ask a priest for a church built in her honor.

Source: Gamba, 1999, 333.


Wethenstein (Switzerland)

Visionary: a devout farmer

A devout hermit saw Mary and as the queen of the sky circled by numerous angels and heard the voice of the heavens when the man recounted the vision he was doubted in 1518 some miracles at Werthenstein were verified that attested to the Marian apparition  in 1520 at the place was consecrated a

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 114

Dec 18, 1503

Villarrasa, Huelva, Andalucia, (Spain)

Title: Virgen de los Remedios
Feast: August 15


Trino (Italy)

Visionary: Bl. Maddalena  Panattieri (Trino, 1443 - October 13, 1503) (1443-1503)

Bl. Magdalen saw the Virgin in 1503, shortly before her death. Magdalen was beatified by Pope Leo XII.

Source: Walsh, t. II, 1904, 317-319

Sept 29, 1504

Tirano (Italy)

A young man prayed fervently to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the healing of his brother who was very sick. One day Mary appeared to him and promised him that his brother would be cured. In fact, shortly after it happened, in gratitude he erected a church; Inside was placed against a statue of Our Lady of Grace. In 1690, the coronation of the statue celebrated. Even today in this town, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tirano remains.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 114

June 9, 1505

SAN POLO (Italy)

Visionary: Giovanna
Title: Our Lady of the Walnut

July 2, 1505

León, Castile and León, Spain

Visionary: A shepherd

Title: Virgen del Camino, Valverde de la Virgen

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a shepherd entrusting the task to go to the bishop and tell him that he had to erect a church in her honor in the place where she had appeared. The church was first built and was entrusted to the Augustinians, Dominicans and then to the Franciscans in 1518.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 114

On July 2, 1505, while watching his sheep, Alvar Simón Fernández saw the Virgin, radiant with light, and heard her say: "Go to the city; tell the bishop to come to this place and install in a decent place this image my Son wishes to appear here, for the good of this land." The shepherd answered, "Señora, how will they believe it was you who sent me?" She asked for his slingshot, and with it launched a small stone, saying, "When the bishop sees this stone it will be so large that he will know I have sent you, and where you find the stone is where my Son and I want you to put the image." The miraculously-located shrine was outside the city of León on the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrim road to Compostela, hence the title Virgin of the Road. The Virgen del Camino was declared Patron of the León region in 1914. The statue is a 33" wooden Pietà, which the basilica's website dates to 1514. Its coronation, which Pope Benedict XI authorized in 1917, was carried out on October 19, 1930. The large, modern sanctuary completed in 1961 houses the statue in its retablo of the 1700s. The Virgin of the Road is honored on September 15, feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. (Information and picture from the sanctuary's site,


Chiogga (Italy)

Title: Blessed Virgin of the Little Ship
Visionary: Carlo Baldissera Zanon

March 19, 1509

Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées, (France)

Title: Notre-Dame de Treize-Pierres (Our Lady of Thirteen Stones)

March 9, 1510

Motto di Livenza (Italy)

Visionary: Giovanni Cigana (farmer)

The Mother of Jesus appeared to a pious old man with 20 years recited every day S. Rosary and knelt in front of a happy "Capital" of the Virgin Mary, located at the intersection of the roads for Motta, Oderzo and Redigole. Even the morning of March 9 the Cigana, going to work, he stopped there to pray, and then continued on his way. But soon he stopped, struck by a marvelous vision: sitting quietly on the green wheat in a field, there was a beautiful young girl, dressed in white. Between the old and amazed the mysterious girl, he played a simple and friendly dialogue, then when the Cigana knew it was the Holy Virgin, fell to his knees, as if shot and sat in silence. So in the fresh morning sounded the voice of Madonna full of sadness and pity. She ordered Cigana to fast with the family for three Saturdays and preach fasting and repentance to all the people of Motta and the towns and villages of the land trevisana: Who had fasted with true repentance, he would have received mercy and forgiveness from the Lord, angry for too many sins of the people. To then leave an indelible memory of his beloved land of apparitions in Motta, the Virgin ordered that in that place was to be built a church.

Source: / See also

Hierzenberger 1996 p 114

April 28, 1510

Bergamo (Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Chestnuts
Visionaries: father and son

In the chestnut forest where a Sanctuary now stands , appeared to two men, probably father and son, intent on collecting the leaf, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady asked the two seers to tell all the people of nearby villages exceptional event, and report that the Most Holy Mother of God specifically asked to come at that lonely place built a church in his honor. To give strength to His message and to dispel any doubt the actual presence of Our Lady, suddenly, on a large chestnut tree, the fruit became ripe. Hearing the news, the priest landowner named John Moroni, happy for this great honor, gathered the elders of Brentwood, the Ossanego, of Fontana, and he gave his farm to build a church in honor of the Madonna. Obtaining the full approval of the diocesan bishop, he began work immediately with the erection of an altar and later, even the church.


Sept 8, 1510

Aviano (Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Mountain
Visionary: Antonio Zampara

May 1511

Castelleone, Lombardy (Italy)

Title: Holy Mary of Mercy
Domenica Zanenga (grape harvester)

Mary appeared to a grape harvester urging that she work to make the building of a church in that place. The woman was immediately prepared to fulfill the wish of Our Lady. With the agreement of all the people, the church was built. In 1560, the church, a portrait of the Madonna was painted. In 1617, this place was turned into an Augustinian convent.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 115


Treviso (Italy)

Title: Liberation of Prisoners
St. Jerome Emiliani (1486-1537)

When St. Jerome Emiliani was still very young, the administrator of the fortress of Castelnuovo, he was jailed a day after an enemy attack . In the solitude of prison, he sought the help of God so He began to pray, turning to the Holy Virgin Mary, "liberation of prisoners," promising that if he returned free, he would go on pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Treviso. Jerome in fact obtained a release from captivity and the certain death sentence through the intercession of the Virgin, who appeared to him and released him from his chains. The Lady then proceeded to protect him miraculously on his way to Treviso. This allowed him to cross unharmed through armies in conflictun and to fulfill his vow. In fact, he upon arriving at the shrine, he fell exhausted at the foot of the sacred image of Our Lady the Great, sitting majestically on the throne with the Child on her knees.

Jerome was in early youth a soldier then, and following the apparitions he received, he dedicated himself to serving others, doing penance and works of charity. At first he lent assistance to the sick and abandoned, later to education of orphans. He founded orphanages in various Italian cities and then, although he was a layman, organized support for the Somaschi Fathers (originally the "Society of the servants of the poor", regular clergy). In 1747 Jerome was elevated to the altars by Pope Benedict XIV in 1766 and was canonized by Clement XIII. Finally, in 1928, was declared the patron saint of orphans. Saint Jerome Emiliani is represented in art with the ball and chain in the hands of prisoners.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 115



Visionary: a noble knight

In Silesia (on the Polish side) is the sanctuary of Albendorf, this place is also known as "the Silesian Jerusalem." The origin of the story that led to the development of this place of pilgrimage dates back to the thirteenth century: the Virgin Mary appeared in the castle-Rathen Albendorf to a noble knight. Following the event, he carved a wooden a statue of Mary of about 27 cm similar to her appearance and the statue was then placed near a lime tree. After a while a blind man came to to the place to worship the statue, before which he stopped to pray devoutly. Suddenly, as he prayed with intense fervor, regained the gift of sight. The news of the miracle spread and many devotees immediately came to pay homage to the statue of the Madonna. Pilgrims built a wooden church as a place of worship, then in 1512 a nobleman built a stone church and the the statue was brought inside. The pilgrimage continued to grow more and more. In the seventeenth century, Daniel of Osterberg, in addition to drawing the places of Our Lord Jesus Christ's life and painful passion, also painted this place, inspired by the location between the mountains. He wanted to give the title of this portrait "Silesian Jerusalem". In 1723 the church of this place, renovated and enlarged, was elevated to the basilica and in some periods counted annually visited by over 150,000 pilgrims.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 116

July 2, 1512

Oneta (Italy)

Title: Madonna of Ash
Petruccia Carobbio

Aug 14, 1512


Visionaries: Piero Zagabria and Giovanni Grandi
TItle: Madonna of the Vision

April 12, 1514

Liveri di Nola (Italy)

Visionary: Autilia Scala

t was the shepherd to which, according to legend, on the night between 12 and 13 April 1514 in Liveri would have appeared the Madonna . According to what is handed down, the girl, the daughter of peasants, was carrying grazing his cows when at one point he saw the Madonna. She would say " Autilia, I have chosen to one of the highest business you make will in my name, led by Count Enrico Orsini, in Nola, and tell him that under that bush to the right of my hand, there is a buried my image, for many centuries; I want it to dig the earth and you are building a temple in my honor . " She went from the count, Autilia was not believed.

The next day there was a second appearance in the same place, and this time the face of the youth was marked by a ray of light. Returned the count, this time it was taken seriously, and with the cooperation of Bishop Monsignor Bruno, excavations were undertaken in the place indicated by Our Lady. Here he was found a painting depicting the Virgin between two angels, which was identified as the Immaculate Queen of Victories. Along with the painting he was found a bell weighing about forty pounds, storied inscription "SS. NICOLAS, Confessor CHRISTI, MARIA VIRGO NOW Pronobis, KAROLUS DEI GRATIA REX SICILIAE". According to some sources, the Carlo mentioned in the inscription would be Charles II of Anjou , who, after some victory in battle, he would build there a chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari and the Madonna. Painting and bell would then belong to this ancient building of the thirteenth century [1] . The events of those days were an important event in the history of Liveri, that since then begins a journey to the Marian city, which extends to date [2] .

The site of the apparitions became the site of construction of a number of religious structures sovrappostesi over time, and resulted in the current Sanctuary of Santa Maria a wall . In honor of the apparitions, the shrine was placed an inscription that reads still visible [3][4] :


About three months after the apparitions Autilia died. The shepherdess is today dedicated the square next to the shrine in his native Liveri.

Source: Wikipedia (Italian)



Garaison (France)

Title: Notre Dame de Garaison
Visionary: Angleze Sagazan

In France, in the Pyrenees, the Virgin appeared to a shepherdess, Angleze Sagazan.  Mary visited her three times near the source of the Cier. Mary made the request to her, "I want a chapel to be built here to me."

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Dec 25, 1516

Rome (Italy)

Visionary: St. Cajetan of Thiene


Wethenstein (Switzerland)

Title: Queen of the Sky
Visionary: A devout hermit

A devout hermit, saw Mary as Queen of Heaven, surrounded by several angels, and heard the voice of heavenly hymns. When the man people about told the vision, he was at once believed. In 1518 some miracles occurred in Werthenstein that attested to the Marian apparition. In 1520 a chapel was consecrated on the site.

July 2, 1518

Camogli (Liguria, diocese of Genoa, Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Mountain
Visionary: Angela Schiaffino

According to tradition the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a girl in this place and asked for the construction of a church and a convent. Before this desire of Our Lady was heard and believed by the faithful a long time passed. Only in 1634, a new church was built near the monastery served. The church was consecrated the statue of the Madonna and the custody of the latter. In 1817 the first statue of Blessed Virgin Mary was crowned by Pope Benedict XV.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 116

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July 8, 1519

ADRO, Brescia (Italy)

Title: Advocate of Sinners
Visionary: Battista Comino Bajoni / Baglioli

On June 8, 1519 the Virgin appeared to Battista Comine Bajono, a young deaf and dumb shepherd since birth, giving him a message for the inhabitants of the region: to respect the holy days, leave the dissolute life, no more swearing, etc."If this does not happen, expect the great punishments!" said the apparition. The Virgin desired that a church be built in that place. "If you are asked who told you about this, tell them, 'it was the Advocate of Sinners! And as an additional sign, take this rock and those who want to see it: it will change color from time to time" she added. In 1548 the first church was built, replaced in 1776 by the present sanctuary.

Source: Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary p. 60. (Gamba 1999, 321 and Rosa Mystica n 38-39, July-August 1981)

August 10, 1519

Catignac, Mont Vardaille (France)

Title: Our Lady of Graces
Jean de la Baume (farmer)

On the 10th of August, a woodcutter, John de la Baume, went up to the Verdaille hill.

He was alone. As was his custom, he started his day in prayer. When he stood up, he saw a cloud and the Blessed Virgin then appeared with the Baby Jesus in her arms, surrounded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint Catherine the martyr, and Saint Michael the Archangel.

Our Lady was standing with her feet on a crescent moon. She spoke to John in the following way,"I am the Blessed Virgin. Go and tell the clergy and the Consuls of Cotignac to build a church right here on this spot in the name of Our Lady of Graces, and have the faithful come here in procession to receive the gifts that I wish to bestow."

Then the vision disappeared. Was it a hallucination? Whether he doubted or not, John kept the message to himself, which entitled him to a second apparition of the Mother of God! The following day, the 11th of August, standing in the same place to finish his wood cutting, he had the same vision and received the same request.

This time, he decided to obey and went down to the village immediately.

John was known to be a sober man and both the authorities and the villagers supported him unanimously.

In the same year the first stone was laid for the foundation of the church; two years later Pope Leo X approved of worship and pilgrimage.The chapel has been witness to many graces and miraculous signs, most notably the miraculous birth of King Louis XIV - a birth that was difficult to obtain for his royal parents had previously been unable to conceive.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 117

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Aberdeen (Scotland)

Visionary: Mons. Gavan Dumbar (bishop of the diocese)

The Virgin appeared to Mons. Gavan Dumbar, bishpo of the diocese, while he was praying before an image of Our Lady. She told to him apostasy had caused the calamities of his country, but being the last catholic bishop of the city he would be saved.

Source: Walsh, II, 339-351


Tarbes (France)

Visionary: a young shepherdess
Title: Our Lady of Healing Love.

In a town near Tarbes, a shepherdess had a vision of Mary. The Lady gracefully expressed the desire to see a church built there in her honor. This apparition instructed to the girl to tell the inhabitants and authorities of the village so that they could implement the request. She prayed to the Mother of God to guard her sheep until she returned with her father and witnesseses. The Blessed Virgin's agreed to shepherdess' request the flock and well supervised. After some time, some people came with her father and his daughter, the Lady showed herself for a brief moment and then disappeared. Inspired by this appearance, these good people began construction with great fervor. So even in this place a church was built in devotion to the Our Lady, where the Virgin was venerated under the title of "Our Lady of Healing Love."

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 117

May 4, 1521

Cori (LT) (Italia)

Title: Madre delle ginestre (Our Lady of the Broom); Our Lady of Salvation
Visionary: Oliva Lannese (3)

The sanctuary is the place where the Madonna went to rescue a three-year-old Olive during a storm, who was found only after eight days and when she had told her story, all the church with the clergy and magistrates, went in procession to the mountain, where they unearthed a fresco with the image of the Virgin on a throne holding the arm of the Child in blessing. The fourteenth-century fresco with many successive overlays, probably belonged to an ancient chapel.

On the site, the first church was consecrated in 1537 to Our Lady of the Broom. The numerous miracles attributed to the Virgin in the following years led in addition to the change of the title Our Lady of Salvation, to the construction of a new larger church, the present, consecrated in 1639.


Manresa (Spain)

Visionary: St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

St. Ignatius of Loyola, who in his youth was an officer of the Spanish viceroy of Navarre, was wounded in a battle. In the fall of 1521, during his convalescence in the family castle of Loyola, he came into contact with the heavenly world: in that period of isolation, the first ideas of mystical feats began to form in the mind of the young soldier, switching from thoughts of the prowess of chivalry and turning into religious ones. One night, while he was still awake ,he clearly saw an image of the Holy Virgin with the Child Jesus. He received similar apparitions in March 1522 and in February 1523. The apparitions and visions struck him so deeply that they cast a new light on his life.

In this period of mystical fervor, Ignatius was brought to "his inner spiritual truth," which help shape his future exercises for the first time. His heart opened completely to the service of God. After healing, he retired into solitude in Manresa, then made a pilgrimage to Palestine and later began the study of philosophy and theology in Barcelona, Alcala, Salamanca and Paris. In 1537, he was ordained a priest and devoted himself to the founding of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), who were at the devoted service of Pope Paul III. Biographies and diaries of St. Ignatius of Loyola tell us that the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and our Lord Jesus Christ in his life were frequent.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 118


Quintanar de la Orden (Spain)

Visionary: Francisca La Brava (25)

On the 21st and 23rd of October 1523, Francisca la Brava, a 25 year old mother of a family, said that she saw the Virgin, surrounded by angels, from whom she received a candle. On November 28, 1523, Francisca was condemned by the tribunal of the Inquisition.

Source: Bouflet-Boutry, 1997, 45-46; W.A. Christian Jr., 330-331; Gamba 1999, 323.

May 22, 1527


Visionary: Maria Amadini (22)
Title: Our Lady of Mercy

Mary appeared to a young orphan of 22 years. She said: "My Son Jesus is so wounded by the sins he had decided to send calamities on this place. Go and tell everyone to fast for three Saturdays on bread and water. If they do, will not be punished. " The churches also building a church. As proof of the apparitions in the same day, she miraculously healed her brother. Ten days after the appearance, construction began on the church where God worked miracles and conversions through Mary.On July 8, 1528 the Bishop of Brescia had already officially recognized the cult.



Sens (France)

Visionary: The town people

The plague raged. The epidemic had infected many cities and all the faithful turned with deep concern to the Mother of God, begging for the healing of the sick and the end of this evil. In the city of Sens, prayer of the whole population was particularly fervent and full of true devotional zeal. According to the he tradition of this city, during a Mass in the church's main town, Holy Virgin Mary appeared in an intense blue light surrounded by many Angels and gave renewed vigor and high hopes to the people. Shortly after this, the epidemic stopped miraculously.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 119

Oct 11 and 23, 1529


Visionaries: soldiers

During the religious wars of Switzerland, on the nights of October 11th and 23rd, Mary appeared to the Catholic soldiers on Mount Gubel and renewed their vigor. Inspired by this apparition they all and all used the battle cry of "Mary, Mother of God", they were victorious despite being heavily outnumbered. In memory of these two apparitions of the victorious battle, a chapel was erected on Mount Gubel which was consecrated in 1559. The Sanctuary was cared for by some hermits until the year 1647, when it was taken over by the Capuchins who had meanwhile founded a nearby convent.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 119

June 1529

Naples (Italy)

Title: Holy Mary of Constantinople
A little old lady


Guadalupe (Mexico)

Bishop Approved and Recognized by Vatican

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Visionary: St. Juan Diego

Mary proclaimed herself "the Mother of the true God who gives life" and left her image permanently upon the tilma of Juan Diego, a recent convert to Christianity.

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May 18, 1531


Visionary: Maurice von Mettenwyl (City Councilman) and crowd

Title: Queen of Angels

During the night of Pentecost of 1513, the city councilor, Maurice von Mettenwyl, saw the Virgin Mary surrounded by a heavenly light and surrounded by arrows and the moon was at her feet. Mary appeared crowned and carrying the Child Jesus on her left arm, while the right hand was a scepter. Faced with this majestic appearance of the man was shocked and fell on his knees, promising to rebuild the chapel and put the portrait of Mary in her place, as she had appeared.

See also: Hierzenberger 1996 p 126

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Aug 1532


Visionary: Filippo Viotti
Title: Madonna di Paitone

The birth of the sanctuary is linked to the apparition of Our Lady to the young Filippo Viotti, which occurred in August 1532 , in the mountains near the town [1] . The Virgin would ask the child to build a church at that point and these, deaf and dumb , then it would be miraculously healed. The community of Paitone, in honor of the Blessed Virgin's request, decides to build a new shrine dedicated to her. The authorization from the diocese of Brescia arrives on May 11, 1534 , prepared by Mattia Ugoni, auxiliary bishop Andrea Corner [1] . Among other things, it says precisely that "received the humble and devoted your question, have just presented to us, to found, to erect, construct and build a church [...] in the place where the Blessed Virgin appeared Maria and where he is said to work many miracles, we with the tenor of this letter, we grant such license and faculty "

Source: Sanctuary of the Maddona of Paeitone Wikipedia (Italian)

1527 or 1532

Ipswich (England)

Title: Our Lady of Grace at Ipswich
Visionary: Anne Wentworth (12)

A miracle at the shrine of Our Lady of Ipswich is recorded by Sir Thomas More in his book The Supplication of Souls, and he had news of it on first-hand knowledge. The miracle was bestowed on Anne Wentworth, the 12 year old daughter of Sir Roger Wentworth, a friend of More's. Anne suffered from seizures in which she spasmed, blasphemed and was said to be able to utter prophesy "vexed and tourmented by our gostly enemye the devyll". After a vision in which she beheld the image of Our Lady of Grace at Ipswich, she was taken to the shrine and "layde before the ymage of our Blessyd Lady....grevously tourmented and in face, eyen, loke and countenance so grysely chaunged...that it was a terrible syght to beholde". There in the presence of the whole company, she was restored "perfytely and sodeynly". Perhaps More's later spirited defence of the Catholic Church was in small part due to this miracle so close at hand which obviously edified him greatly. Anne, in grateful recognition of the miracle, took the veil and became a nun.



Title: Our Lady of the Rosary
Visionary: Many People


Altkirch, Alazia (France)

Visionaries: Many people

The Virgin appeared below the bastion of the city to scare off the Protestants.

Source: Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary p 74. (Rosa Mystica, n. 37, 37)

March 16, 1536


Title: Our Lady of Victories / Mother of Mercy
Visionary: Tomo Botta (farmer)

On the morning of March 18, farmer Antonio Botta was on his way to work in his vineyard in San Bernardo. He almost arrived on the scene when he saw an enormously clear light shine before him, with a clearly discernible figure of a woman who told him: "Do not be afraid! I am the Virgin Mary. "Atonement and urged him to prayer". Some weeks after this apparition, the man received a second message: this time he saw Mary, who sat on a big rock in a stream, and said that without prayers and good works, the world would fall into great affliction and misfortune. It was therefore necessary to convert the people who should have been away from the faith... Then Our Lady spoke of Divine Mercy.

Botta told the people just what he had seen and heard and was at once believed. A large church was erected on the site and many pilgrims visited the "Mother of Mercy."

On March 18, 1660, Mons. Gregoire Ardizzone, declared Our Lady of Mercy "patroness and protectress of the city". A statue was created shortly thereafter and installed in the chapel of white marble inside the cathedral in 1752.

On March 18, there is a procession organized in her honor.

Source: C. Turchini-Zuccarelli, Les Merveilleuses Apparitions de Notre-Dame, Paris 1977.
Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 126


May 23, 1536

Cuzco (Peru)

Visionary:Christians besieged by Indians arsonists
Feast:May 23

The virgin appears to Christians besieged by Indians arsonists. The flames go out mysteriously. Some pilgrims go on places to worship Our Lady of Descent. A chapel was built, replaced later by the great cathedral of Cuzco. Bishop Bernardino, archbishop of the diocese, told the facts in a report sent to Charles V.

Source: G. Bonaņo, "Las Apariciones de la Virgen Maria y la liturgia", Las Apariciones marianas en nla vida de la Iglesia. Estudios Marianos, voil. 52. Salamanca, 1987, 141. Chiron, 1995, 108; Rosa Mystica, n. 37. maggio 1981, 4.

May 31, 1536

Monte Stella (Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Star
Visionary: Antonio de'Antoni


July 11, 1536

Combarbio (Italy)

Title: Madonna of Mt Carmel
Visionary: A young shepherdess (12)

The architectural complex consists of the church and the old convent of the Carmelites , was erected between 1536 and 1552 on design and design attributed to the engineer Grand Ducal Giovanni Alberto Camerini from Bibbiena , in the place where on July 16 1535 the Madonna had appeared to shepherds. The plant of the church is a Latin cross with a large transept . On the right side is placed against the bell tower dated 1566 and the cloister . The complex underwent restoration nineteenth century and was the subject of a recent intervention of architectural restoration. Above the altar is the table that says sixteenth copied in 1536 by Niccolò Soggi is inserted in a shrine decorated with wooden carvings to big golden foliage with four children, of baroque style, on the sides.


May 20, 1537

Farigliano, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy

Title: Vergine delle Grazie
Feast: Sixth Sunday after Easter.

Spring 1539

Sveta Gora (Slovenia)

Visionary: Urska Ferligojeva (shepherd)

Mary appeared on the mountain Skalnica, now called the Holy Mountain, in the year 1539 to the shepherdess Ursula Ferligoj, with this message: "Tell the people that I build a temple over here and come and ask me thank you." Not believed by the authorities, Uršula she was imprisoned several times in public prisons of the castle of Salcano, from which, however, the shepherdess always miraculously managed to escape. The fact immediately attracted crowds of people on the mountain Skalnica, this hallowed place that quickly became one of the most visited places of pilgrimage, where was built the first wooden chapel to pay homage to the Virgin Mary. The irrepressible piety of devout pilgrims and their turnout ever more intense and large made the Authority more open and condescending, so that ruled the year 1540 to release, through the replacement of Gorizia captain Hieronymus Attems cleared for the construction of church on the mountain Skalnica. In digging the foundations was found a prodigious stone slab containing ornaments and the words of the angelic salutation "Ave gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta milieribus you in," engraved on 120 circles, spread over 10 rows. The new church built in the Gothic - Renaissance was consecrated by the vicar general Egidio Falcetta, while the Patriarch of Aquileia, Cardinal Marino Grimani donated to the sanctuary in the year 1544 a picture showing the artistic image of grace and mercy of the Mother of God , attributed to the Venetian painter Jacopo Palma il Vecchio, with the real name Jacopo Negretti. The Cardinal wanted the framework would replace the previous statue and was thus exposed for public veneration, in fact, the beautiful Immaculate from face suffused with an 'ineffable sweetness appears in all its wonderful and compelling perfection and never ceases to attract not only individuals but multitudes of the faithful who follow continuously at his feet.



Gorizia, Fruili (Italy)

According to legend from this place, Mary ould appear two times to a shepheredess named Ferligoinza and gave a message to be transmitted to the people: "The people ought to build a chapel in this place and implore me to receive my grace and my forgiveness."

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 127


Ocotlan (Mexico)

Title: Our Lady of Ocotlan
Visionary: Juan Diego Bernardino

A young native Tlaxcalan man named Juan Diego Bernardino was going to draw water from a river believed at the time to have healing properties. Our Lady appeared to him and lead him to a special spring of water. She promised him that an image of herself could be found within a tree. The Franciscans discovered the image and placed it in the San Lorenzo monastery.

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Lowen (Belgium)

Visionary: Cornelius Wischaven (1509 - 1559) (priest)

Cornelius Wischaven, born in 1509 in Mechel, was ordained in 1533 and was active for fourteen years as a preacher and quiet confessor in Lowen. Having a special affection for Mary, who appeared to him in 1543, he was led by the Jesuit Father Peter Faber, as the first Flemish in the Society of Jesus where he was welcomed by Ignatius of Loyola in person. In 1547, he lived in Rome where he became a "school spirit" of the Jesuits. He died in Loreto in 1559.

Source: Hierzenberger 1996 p 127

March 28, 1543

Ameno (Italy)

Visionary: Giulia Manfrel, cowherd

VThe origin of the Shrine of Bocciola in the municipality of Ameno, fraction of Vacciago, provinca of Novara, comes down to one episode in the first half of the sixteenth century As we read in the diary of notary Elias Olina, Monday, May 28, 1543, "the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a girl who kept the beasts". Giulia Manfredi, that was the girl was dumb from birth and lived in Vacciago, in a house that still stands today along a lane just before the shrine. That day was the usual cattle grazing nearby, and a chapel in which was portrayed the Madonna Enthroned with the Child in her arms. Suddenly he saw a blaze in the branches of blackthorn (bud in the local dialect) the Madonna and Child. He spoke and said he enjoyed much of his prayers, that soon would welcome in heaven, but that before entrusting her to carry a message to all the inhabitants of the place: Our Lady asked them to solemnize in her honor, as well as on Sundays, Saturday afternoon, and in return would be her special protection. A proof of the truth of the promise and the appearance, Giulia Manfredi purchased the word. When told the neighbors what had happened and what had been commanded, the incredulity was won by another miracle, suddenly the church bells began to ring at the Vacciago party without being touched by anyone. Introduced the custom of the Sabbath rest, just as quickly it was thought the erection of a chapel where devotional still a plaque in 1852 on the roadside which leads to Vacciago Miasino, recalls the descent of the Queen of Heaven. The rush of the faithful and the fame of the place took a little later, from 1628, the erection of a larger sanctuary, which also incorporate the image of the Madonna and Child in front of which stood in prayer at the time of the shepherdess 'appearance.There were also some fragments preserved in a shrine of the bush on which the Madonna had appeared. The sanctuary grew further in size and beauty during the following centuries, gradually assuming its present appearance in the eighteenth century.The church has been adorned by Pope Gregory XVI in 1844 with the official title of "Sanctuary".


May 1543

Cantu' (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of Andacollo
Visionaries: Angelina and Many People


Andacollo (Chile)

Title: Our Lady of Andacollo
Visionaries: Many People

June 25, 1548

Montegridolfo, Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Title: Beata Vergine delle Grazie

February 22, 1550

Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Title: Beata Vergine di Poggio
Visionaries: Antonia Bedini

A blind old Antonia Bedini was begging for bread when the Madonna appeared saying, "Go home, and you'll find what you need in the cupboard, for as long as you live." Antonia obeyed, and her cupboard provided enough bread for her to eat until her death nine months later. The miracle immediately attracted popular devotion and further miracles. The sanctuary in the Poggio district was begun in 1551. The revered image on its main altar, brought from Medicina for the Rogations in 1568 and allowed to remain at the order of the bishop over Medicina's protest, is a 1500s painting of the French school by Giacomo son of Francesco. The Madonna is seated between Sts. Francis & Jerome, in a red robe, blue mantle & yellow-green veil, with a naked Child on her knee.

Source: "Apparizione di Poggio di Castel S.Pietro,"; S.I.T.A.,,L=1.



Visionary: St. John of God (1495 - 1550)

St. John of God, born in 1495 in Montemor in Portugal, was brought to Spain without having a name, so he was called " of God." Twenty-seven years he was a Christian soldier in the army against the Turks. The legend says that once he fell from his horse and saw Mary dressed as a simple peasant. She helped him and cured him of his injuries. With this event the ground work for hisfor his future conversion was laid and his full dedication to the apostolate of the sick. John lived then as a bookseller in Gibraltar and Granada.

Following a sermon of John of Avila, in 1539, he felt very moved and since then decided to devote the rest of his life to caring for the sick. He founded a hospital in Granada in 1540, practiced psychosomatic medicine and devoted himself to healing the physical illnesses of the soul and bringing relief to many patients. To better organize the work of healthcare, he founded the Secular Order of the Brothers of Mercy, which after his death became the Order of Brothers of St John of God's Mercy, who followed the rule of St. Augustine. Papal approval came in 1617. The planned work of the apostolate for the sick developed rapidly and bore much fruit. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared again to St. John of God, just before his death, leading him to Paradise on the 18th of March 1550.

Source: Hierzenberger 1993 p 127


Lisbon (Portugal)

Visionary: Sebastian Barradda

Mary reportedly appeared to Sebastian Barradda and the Holy Virgin exhorted him to enter the Jesuit order.

Source: Hierzenberger 1993 p 129


Wethenstein (Switzerland)

Visionary: Leonardo Weissenstein (insane farmer)
Title: Mary the Holy Mother of Sorrows

One day he escaped from the asylum and, while fleeing, Mary appeared to him and promised him a cure, provided that the costruct a chapel. Leonardo recovered after a while and began excavations for the foundation of the chapel and found a statue of Mary the Holy Mother of Sorrows. The statue was placed in the chapel when built, it became a miraculous image of grace, the object of worship in South Tyrol.

Source: Hierzenberger 1993 p 128

The shrine of Pietralba ( Weissenstein Wallfahrtsort Maria ) is a place of Marian devotion arose following the visions of an inhabitant of the village, the farmer Leonhard Weissensteiner, in 1553 . This sanctuary, located in the village of the same name, is visited every year by many pilgrims devoted to Our Lady; among them there were also Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II .

Near the shrine, in the nearby forest there is the hermitage of Leonhard Weißensteiner, which would take place the apparition of the Madonna. Interesting place from the point of view of nature, for the views of theDolomites and a base for excursions of medium / easy difficulty.

Locality of reference is that of Monte San Pietro ( Petersberg ), 1 km to the village.

July 2, 1557

Rapallo (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of Montallegro
Visionary: Giovanni Chichizola, a peasant

The sanctuary of the Montallegro Virgin Mary, near Rapallo, was built in her honour in 1558. According to tradition, the Madonna appeared (2 July 1557) on Monte Leto, to Giovanni Chichizola, a peasant, and showed him a picture of her passing from earthly life, saying that it had been transported by angels from Greece, and that she would leave it on the mountain side as a pledge of her love. The picture was placed in the principal Church of Rapallo for veneration, but two days later it mysteriously disappeared and was again found on a rock at Montallegro.

Thereupon the Rapallo people decided that here the Madonna wished the portrait to remain, and they began to build a shrine which was consecrated July, 1558. In 1574 some shipwrecked Greek sailors, recognizing the picture as one which was formerly venerated in Ragusa and which had been missing since 1557, claimed it.

After legal proceedings it was surrendered to them but the following day this miraculous painting reappeared in the sanctuary of Montallegro and has since remained there undisturbed. Apparently of Byzantine origin, the portrait represents the Virgin May lying on a bier, surrounded by several saints, and two angels, supporting a representation of the Holy Trinity symbolized by three human bodies merged into one.

The feast of Our Lady of Montallegro to whom Rapallo was dedicated, 1739, is observed during the first three days of July.


See also: Hierzenberger 1993 p 129

March 25, 1560

Fronville (France)

Title: Our Lady of the Good News
Visionary: Gulvin (or Gudin), a young shepherd

A chapel commemorates an apparition to a young shepherd, called Gulvin (or Gudin). The shepherd heard the words:"In three days, you will be with me in heaven." Cures were authenticated, and a local pilgrimage was begun.

In 1672, a chapel was built under the name of "Our Lady of the Good News."

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Vailankanni (India)

Title: Our Lady of Good Health
Visionaries: A shepherd boy, Pondicherry - a crippled Tamil boy (12)

There are three major events associated with Our Lady of Good of Health in Vailankanni. The Virgin Mary is said by tradition to have appeared to a Tamil shephered boy named Krishnannesti Sankaranaranayamwho offered her child milk. She is subsequently said to have appeared to and healed a crippled boy selling buttermilk. A group of Portuguese sailors attribute being saved from a violent storm to her intercession. They constructed a larger chapel at their landing spot in Vailankanni. In gratitude for the miracles that took place, the chapel was replaced by the church, being elevated by Pope John XXIII in the basilica.

The feast is celebrated on September 8. 80,000 people including Hindus and Protestants will come each year, and recite the rosary with devotion. This is called the Lourdes shrine in India. Vailankami is now regarded as the Lourdes of India.

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Feb 22, 1550

Castel San Pietro (Italy)

Title: Blessed Virgin of Poggio
Antonia Beini

Sept 8, 1550

Azay-on-Thouet (France)

Title: Our Lady of the Kneeler
Louise Estivalle

One Sunday, September 8th in around 1550, Louise Estivalle was on her way to mass in Azay-on-Thouet, France. She was the lady of the manor of Poupelinière and Leon de Lusivert's widow, remarried to Mr. Darrot in 1548. On her way, she met a beggar who asked her for some bread. She took pity on him, returned in haste to the castle to collect the necessary food, which she gladly gave to the beggar. Her errand had delayed her and she rushed off without further ado.

Then she was still two miles from the church, she heard the sound of the bells-it was already the time of the elevation. She knelt down piously and as she stood up she "saw the Virgin in a dim light" holding Jesus' inert body in her arms. "Look towards the church, my daughter. You will see from here the celebration of the Holy Mystery, as though you were actually present," she heard the Blessed Virgin say. Louise looked up and "saw an illuminated altar and a priest raising the consecrated host".

Later, Louise had a shrine built on the site of the apparition. Since the middle of the 16th century, believers have venerated the Virgin at this shine as "Our Lady of the Kneeler". Miracle cures have been claimed and on September 11, 1908, Pius X granted a 300-day indulgence to all those who visited the shrine. Still today, the feast day of September 8th attracts hundreds of believers.

Source: Excerpt from Father Laurentin’s Dictionnaire des Apparitions - Fayard 2006

April 17, 1555

Corbetta (Italy)

Title: Blessed Virgin of the Miracles
Cesare dello Stampino, Antonio della Torre and his brother Giovanni Angelo


Civitella (Italy)

Visionary: Pasquino da Vignale (10)

May 21, 1556

Arcola (Italy)

Visionaries: The Fiamberti Sisters (Barbara, Camilla, Elizabeth, Catherine and Angela)
Title: Queen of Angels

Five sisters named Barbara, Camilla, Elizabeth, Catherine and Angela, while reciting the rosary, saw the Virgin Mary surrounded by two angels who asked them to do penance, fasting, and to build a shrine on the cliff where she appeared. In 1884 the local bishop, after thorough analysis of a commission of inquiry, acknowledged the authenticity of the facts confirmed, later, also by the Congregation of Rites, who declared "venerable and miraculous" image of Our Lady of Arcola.


Apr 22, 1557

Guilianova (Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Splendor
Bertolino (farmer)

On April 22, 1557, around noon, a pious farmer, named Bertolino, tired for collecting firewood, resting in the shade of a leafy olive tree. Refreshed by the pleasant breeze coming from the sea up there, about to doze off when he sees between the branches of a dazzling light and in the center, the Virgin Mary, who tells him: "Come on, Bertolino, is' in Giulianova and brings the beautiful news that the Great Mother of God has chosen his home here. Warns the clergy who is a solemn procession to honor and here, where now you see me, you have built a sanctuary. " Stunned for the thrill, but proud for the assignment, Bertolino runs by the Governor of the city to tell him the message of Our Lady. But, as expected, both the Governor that some of the notables present, have a great time listening to the strange story, and when the farmer begins to insist that they follow him on the site of, the hunt in a bad way, and consider him a visionary. Quite miserable for the poor reception received, Bertolino he returns home, and the next day, early in the morning, he went again at the olive tree with the hope of seeing the bright image of the Virgin and to be able to trust all its bitterness. The Apparition back! With my heart in my throat, running along the last stretch of the climb, feels humiliated and offended, not because of the injuries received, but rather the failure of the mission played by Madonna. Come close to the tree, the Madonna is there waiting for him. Encourages and exhorts him to return by the Governor, but also the second embassy had greater success than the first. On the third day, Bertolino back in that place now so dear to him. He kneels down and waits to return the Apparition. The Virgin returns: gently and firmly encourages him to demonstrate to the Governor that what he says is true. Without hesitation, Bertolino returns to town. With courage, for the third time, relates how the Virgin commanded him, and insists that they all go up with him up the hill to check the veracity of his story. But this time the injuries plus the beatings. To better put him to trial, the present resort to violence. The miraculous spring Bertolino, from mild temperament, would have been overwhelmed if Madonna had not intervened to free him! Suddenly, who beats him with his arm remains paralyzed and mute. In the hall hangs a heavy silence! Everyone understands to be witnesses of a supernatural and each, in his heart, he asks forgiveness for the offenses committed against the poor Bertolino. The Governor shall convene the frightened pastor, the Canons, and all, in solemn procession, come at the place determined by Bertolino who, with hearts full of joy, leads the procession to the duke's palace miraculous place. All, trasecolati admire the vision, clear and distinct, the Virgin Mary, shining between radiance of dazzling light. And a great new gift store for them the Madonna, as tangible proof of the extraordinary and lasting event, at the foot of the olive is overflowing with a source of pure, fresh water, which still continues to the relief of many sick! The first miracle is the very man who has beaten Bertolino and made fun of him. Sincerely repented, regaining the word and the use of the arm. The news of the apparition spreads like wildfire and the place attracts a multitude of people to write down with water from the source to invoke mercy, protection and comfort.


July 2, 1557

Rapallo (Italy)
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Visionary: Giovanni Chichizola (peasant)
Title: Our Lady of Rapallo

The Virgin Mary, wrapped in a heavenly light and with a garment woven of beautiful roses, appeared to a peasant named John Chichizola, old farmer of Montallegro, Genoa, leaving behind a Greek-Byzantine icon and asking for the construction of a church saying, "I am Mary, the Mother of God. Tell everyone I want to be honored in this place and I'll let my little image fly by angels from Greece as a pledge of predilection. Fast on Saturday."

John could not move the picture and left it on the mountain. On the way back, with some priests and faithful to see the picture they found a spring flowed where they had placed the feet of Mary. The priests took the picture in the Church, but he disappeared and was again found in the place of the apparition. This happened three times, and eventually left her permanently on the mountain. In December 1574 a ship from Ragusa, the current Dubrovnick, Dalmatia, docked in the port due to a violent storm. The captain and the sailors went to the shrine to thank the Virgin for saving them from the wreckage and were amazed to see the image as it was the same mysteriously disappeared from their land 17 years earlier. After many negotiations were able to take her away, but during the first night of navigation, the image disappeared and reappeared from the ship on the mountain.

The Archbishop of Genoa ascertained the authenticity of the facts and on August 6, 1558, authorized the construction of the church and in July 1559 the sanctuary was opened for worship.

The miraculous effigy, given by Our Lady to Rapallo in 1557, is set in a lovely pavilion silver and a bar of wood 18 cm by 13, which depicts the Dormition of the Virgin, Death and Assumption of the Virgin the sky. Below is represented the Virgin Mary dead, dressed in a dark robe and lying on a bed covered with a red cloth, and around, the apostles in prayer. Against the sky, there is the Holy Trinity, depicted as three distinct Persons, but together, almost joined to become one, and in the hands of the Holy Trinity where the Blessed Virgin Mary is located.

The Holy Father Benedict XVI on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the Apparition sent a letter to Mons. ALBERTO TANASINI, Bishop of Chiavari.



Brescia (Lombardy)

Visionary: Giacomo Ledesma, SJ (1519 - 1557)

Giacomo Ledesma was born in 1519 in Cuellar (Spain) studied in some universities and entered the Jesuit Order in 1557. He taught until his death in 1575, theology at the Collegium Romanum in Rome. When Giacomo went into strong temptation, he spoke in fervent prayer to Mary, who appeared together with St. Mary Magdalene, St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Catherine of Siena. Our Lady promised her special protection so that he could maintain his purity and preserve it until the time of death in the heavenly world.

Source: Hierzenberger 1993 p 129

July 1, 1558

Gerosa (Italy)

Visionary: Two shepherds
Title:Madonna della Foppa

On July 2, 1558, two girls of the village who were grazing their flocks in the woods and meadows of the valley overlooking the village of Gerosa, after spending the whole day to look after the sheep, the evening feel burning thirst but do not have access to water and can not leave their flock. They decide to kneel down and pray, and it is at this point that the Blessed Virgin appeared to them. She shakes their hands, comforted by his "heavenly smile," indicates a vein of pure water begins to flow beneath them and invites them to drink. Then she ordered them to announce to the villagers Her will: that they erect the church at that place. A proof of her appearance invites the girls to show all the spring, then leave of them announcing that within eight days would come back to pick them up and take them with you in heaven. The people of Gerosa haste to see the spring, and immediately gave it ago do to build the first chapel on the spot indicated by the appearance. Arose in time a great shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the title of "Our Lady of foppa." At first appearance it follows, less than fifty years later, a second, just in 1630, the year that was spreading the plague brought by Lanzichenecchi. As in all of Lombardy, the epidemic is spreading also in the Valley Brembilla. The Virgin Mary appears in a dream to another girl named Diana Locatelli, who lives in the village Bura and tells the girl to make the announcement that those who would go to honor her in her new Sanctuary of Foppa, would not have been infected by the disease.

The cult of the Madonna della Foppa, was approved by the bishop of Bergamo, Bishop Luigi Speranza that, in a pastoral letter of April 18, 1866 asked for news of "those places where they occurred or miracles or apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, or are in a particular no worship or church or chapel or image of the Virgin Mary, that in the shortest possible space of time we transmit certified copies of all documents, notes and memoirs written and printed concerning the apparitions, miracles, the worship of B.Vergine, which they were in their archives, and in those respective vestry and they were hanging on the walls, or noted on the books of the sacristy, or you serbassero in some people. "



Monomotapa (Rhodes)

Visionary: Gonzales da Liveira, SJ (b. 1526)

The Jesuit priest , born in 1526 in around Lisbon Almeiria, was wanting to establish a mission in Rhodesia, so he went to a Muslim Emperor Monomotapa and gave him a token of friendship, a portrait of the Madonna. The emperor accepted the portrait, and for five consecutive nights sky was illuminated by the appearance of the Queen Heaven. So the emperor decided to be baptized and left the mission in his country. Fr. Líveira was assassinated by Muslim extremists on March 15.



Visionary: a workman
Title: Our Lady of the Font

Our Lady appeared to a workman in despair who wanted to take his own life, and she pointed to the place where a wooden statue was hidden. The worker in fact found the statue carved in wood, representing the Mother of God, next to a fig tree near a spring. The discovery changed this man's life and a healing spring of water was revealed. The Holy Virgin is venerated in the place as "Our Lady of the Font"

May 31, 1562


Visionary: Persiana

June 26, 1562


Visionary: Domenica di Miglianotto
Title: Blessed Virgin of Potente del Trompone



Visionary: St. Peter of Alcantara (1499-1562)

St. Peter of Alcantara (1499-1562) was a Franciscan who lived in several monasteries in Spain. Since1540, he undertook a major reform plan, designing to bring the Franciscan Order back to its roots. Although he was met with much resistance on this path, a Brief of Pope Paul IV approved the reform. From 1556, he became provincial of the Spanish reformed convents, under the patronage of the Province of St. Joseph, and received permission to build new convents in Spain and worldwide. Through the charisma of his high mystical graces, the persuasive power of his preaching, and example of his severe life, he led a life of prayer and atonement. Peter had a great influence on his brethren and the faithful, but also the nobility and the government of his country. St. Teresa of Avila praised the mystical qualities of Peter of Alcantara. His book on contemplative prayer is well known and his aspiration to perfect prayer and meditation. Shortly before his death the Mother of God appeared to him and forewarned of his death. He was beatified in 1622 and canonized in 1669.


Avila (Spain)

Visionary: St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

"St. Teresa the Great ", also known as Teresa of Jesus, was one of the great mystics and reformers of the Carmelites. She entered the Carmel of the Incarnation in Avila in 1535, where she remained for thirty years, and had many visions and appearances, among them numerous apparitions of Mary. Since 1454 her life was maturing mystically and in 1556 celebrated her engagement in a spiritual vision with Jesus Christ and experienced the highest mystical graces. In 1560, she received the grace of the transformation of her heart, she experienced a vision of hell and the same year he began to write her autobiography. In 1562, she led the reform of the Order and founded the first convent of Carmelite nuns at Avila. She was accompanied by famous theologians and saints, but also had to suffer much opposition. In 1568, the first reform was carried out on men's convents. When Theresa died, she founded seventeen convents female and two male. The Spanish mystic, was beatified in 1614 and canonized in 1622. She was elevatedon September 27, 1970 by Pope Paul VI as a Doctor of the Church, the first woman, along with Catherine of Siena, to receive this title. For the love of God, Teresa had led two lives, one in which he had tried to be like all her companions, the other in which, in complete solitude, she was left to absorb the mystical union.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 131


Torrehermosa (SPAIN)

Visionary: Saint Paschalis Baylon (1540-1592)

Holy Mary appeared to Saint Paschalis Baylon, accompanied by St. Francis and St. Clare, as she wanted him to build a chapel. The Madonna and two saints urged him to join the Order of the Friars. He came into this Order and served in several monasteries in the kitchen, and as a janitor. Paschalis was a great model of humility, chastity, and followed strict practices to make up for his sins. He had significant mystical experiences. In 1618 he was beatified and canonized in 1690. In 1897 he was declared patron of the sacramental brotherhood.

source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 131


Forli, Emilia Romagna (Italy)

Visionary: Jerome, a Capuchin Friar

Mary appeared in light to the capuchin Jerome and predicted his death the next Sunday. In fact, he died as the Madonna had predicted while he sang the Angelus.

See also: Hierzenberger 1997 p 132



Visionary: St. Stanislaus Kostka (1550-1568)

St. Stanislaus Kostka, born October 28, 1550 at Rostkow (Poland), he entered the Jesuit college in Vienna, when the college was closed, he lived with his brother privately. Here he fell ill seriously and was miraculously cured by Mary. The Holy Virgin told him that his hour had not yet come and that he should devote himself to the Society of Jesus. Stanislaus went to Augusta and then to Dillingen, where he met Peter Canisius, who introduced him to Francisco de Borja, Vicar General of the Order. In 1567, he was received in Rome as a novice. He managed to ordained priests, but the strain and his previous illness led to his death.

He left the world on Ascension Day, comforted by the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1670, he was beatified and then canonized by Benedict XIII in 1726 together with Aloysius Gonzaga. He is the patron saint of Poland, the young scholars and the dying.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 132


Amendolara (Calabria)

Visionary: Giuliano di Camerino (a friar)

Giuliano di Camerino shortly before his death saw the Heavenly Mother in the convent of Amendola. He made his vision of the Queen of Heaven known to all the friars of the convent.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 132


Ancona (Marche, Italy)

Visionary: A young Cappuccin novice

A young Cappuccin novice was morally oppressed by impure temptations to sin and demonic visions, then the Holy Virgin Mary appeared to him and brought him peace in his soul.

Source: Ernst, 1989, 59; Gamba, 1999, 337; Hierzenberger, 1993, 135.


Faenza (MARCHE)

Visionary: Alexander of Butrium (a Capuchin friar )

The Capuchin friar Alexander of Butrium prayed fervently Mary to protect him from his grave temptations. After his sincere prayer, the Mother of God with the crown of victory crowned the brother by hand. After that, he was immune to the temptations.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 133


Máriagyüd (HUNGARY)

Visionaries: Thomas Mathinicz and two Calvinists

The Calvinists had taken over the Catholic shrine of Máriagyüd (founded 1148). Thomas Mathinicz saw the Mother of God in a window of the church who told him: "Why am I not freed from my prison?" Later, also two Calvinists saw Mary appear on the portal of the church. When this phenomenon was reported back to Leopold I, he immediately gave the order to return the church to the Catholics.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 133


Pistoia (Tuscany)

Visionary: Jerome, a Capuchin Friar

Mary appeared several times in Pistoia, to the Capuchin monk Jerome. In one of these apparitions of the Virgin, she appeared full of light and predicted the day and the hour of his death. In fact, the next Sunday, he died as Our Lady had predicted, while the bells were ringing the Angelus. Another time, during an apostolic mission in the evening, he was lost wandering the streets and sought the help of the Mother of God. Soon they saw a light in the distance. They ran to the place where the light had appeared, and found a simple home, where they were hospitably received by an elderly man, a young woman and a child. When the two monks woke up the next morning, they found themselves in open countryside near a road known. Then they understood well that Mary had heard their prayers and thanked God, offering prayers of praise.

See: Hierzenberger 1997 p 133



Visionary: Alonso Rodriguez, SJ (1538-1616)

The Jesuit Alonso Rodriguez, professor of moral theology and master of novices in Seville, spoke with the Blessed Virgin Mary as a child with his mother. He was always grateful to have been inspired and enlightened in his ascetic writings and mystical experiences.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 133

April 7, 1569

Tauste, Zaragoza, Spain

Title: Nuestra Señora de Sancho Abarca


Trujillo, (Venezuela)

Title: Virgen de la Paz

Around 1570, the story goes, a woman with distinctive features and a youthful glow began coming from the mountains in the afternoon to buy candles at a market in the Carmona district of Trujillo in western Venezuela. When some curious men asked her why she walked alone, she answered, "Not alone, but with God, the sun, and the stars." "Where are you from?" "From nearby." "How do you cross the full ravine, and who helps you?" "My sons, don't forget that I go with God, my protector." One day some townsfolk followed her and saw her disappear into a cleft in the rock. Then people noticed the rock sparkling and shining, and decided that the mysterious maiden was not someone from the community, but the Virgin Mary. The Virgin's Rock became a place of legend and devotion. Some said that it was the source of three rivers - one of water, one of blood, and one of milk - that the Holy Virgin held back from sweeping away the town. To this day, large numbers of pilgrims gather at the cueva, cave, to place votive offerings, recite rosaries, and sing hymns in thanks for favors granted, especially around the feast of Our Lady of Peace on January 24. On December 21, 1983, the President of Venezuela, Luis Herrera Campins, dedicated a monumental statue of the Virgin of Peace on the rock above the cave. Designed by architect Manuel de la Fuente, of concrete on a steel frame, the monument weighs 1,323 tons and stands 154 feet high, slightly taller than the Statue of Liberty. The Virgin extends one hand and holds a dove in the other. Visitors can go inside and ascend to five lookouts that survey nearly the entire state of Trujillo. In Trujillo Cathedral is a much older devotional statue of Our Lady of Peace, patron of Trujillo city and state. Information from and other sources.


Aug 15, 1572

Caltagirone (Italy)

Title: Holy Mary of the Bridge
A deaf mute girl

Jun 9, 1573

Monsummano Terme (Italy)

Title: Most Holy Mary of Fontenuova
Jacopina Mariotti

In the area where now stands the church, in 500 there were only swamps, forests and meadows, an area used only by shepherds slopes of Monsummano Alto for their flocks, with streets that wind their way through marshes and grassy fields that do not appear promote the formation of nuclei of dwellings. But what nature seems to deny flows from a sudden and unexpected intervention of Our Lady. On June 9, 1573, in fact, Jacopina Mariotti, a shepherdess sweet and mild, as well as pious, simple and modest, pray in front of one of the many pictures painted in fresco on the wall, that dot the streets of the plan. After the prayer, you realize you have lost the flock. Her crying apparently had moved the Virgin Mary who, according to a documented tradition, appearing to, the shows where to find him. In addition, the order to go to the rector of the church of the Castle to suggest, in his name, to build a church in the place of its manifestation. After this begins the first movement of popular devotion to Our Lady of the Plan, which will gradually growing more and more. At a distance of just two months after the first event, local authorities, interpreting the will of the people, decided to build a Tabernacle to Our Lady of the Plan and allocate for this purpose the many offers of pilgrims from all over the Valdinievole spill on the site of . Another appearance, this time more crucial and decisive for the erection of the Shrine and the Marian movement resulting therefrom, occurred June 10, 1602 and is witnessed by the Rector of Monsummano Alto Simone Casciani. Also on July 7 of the same year, during the celebration of the Mass flows sudden, after a long drought, a source nova event attributed by the people to the intercession of Our Lady of the Plan long as all invoked. From that day the Madonna del Piano will be called: Our Lady of Fontenova. The explosion of devotion to Mary, already significant after the events of 9 June 1573, it becomes uncontrollable after the events of July 7, 1602, requiring the intervention of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando I de 'Medici. Intervention for the same is ordered that appaltino work del'erigendo Marian Shrine, whose first stone was laid 30 December 1602. On 13 February 1607 the Grand Duke of Tuscany approves the project for the construction of the Osteria of pilgrims at the service of the sanctuary. The June 8, 1608 Cosimo de 'Medici in fulfillment of a vow made by his father Ferdinand gives the sanctuary a crown precious, finely crafted and carved, by the "jeweler Gallery" Cosimo Latinos experts is considered the best and most meaningful example of the art of the period chisel Tuscan Grand Duchy. This crown will be placed on the head of the Virgin Mary by the Vatican Chapter in 1782.




Visionary: Martin Gutierrez, SJ (+1573)

Jesuit Father Martin Gutierrez was a fervent faithful to the cult of Holy Virgin Mary. She gave good advice for his work as a cure of souls. Once the priest saw the Blessed Mother in Heaven dressed in large snow-white coat, under which protected all the members of the Society of Jesus. In the year 1573 when he went to Rome from Spain, during the trip, we stopped to visit a chapel of Mary in the countryside of Languedoc. Here he learned from the Holy Virgin that he would be called to martyrdom. In fact, the same week of the vision, Father Martin was killed by the enemies of the holy Catholic faith.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 133

May 1574

LENGO (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of the Capuchins
The Virgin Mary appears to 4000 persons


Gubbio (Italy)

Visionary: Pacifico, a Capuchin Friar

At the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Capuchin monk Pacifico, who was in the church choir, saw the Blessed Virgin Mary who revealed the mystery of the Immaculate Conception. When Our Lady disappeared, the church was inundated by a beautiful and sweet scent of roses that was sensed by all the friars.
Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 134

May 1576

Casalbordino (Italy)

Visionary: Alessandro Muzio
Title: Our Lady of Miracles (Madonna dei Miracoli)


Nursia (ITALY)

Visionary: Giacomo, a Capuchin monk

The Capuchin monk Giacomo had an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, occurring shortly before his passing into eternity. The friars who were around his bed said: "You see! You see! The Triumphant Queen of Heaven is here! She is coming to get me." Then he turned to the Madonna, he said with emotion: "O Most Glorious and Most Pure Virgin Mary, as you are good to come to me and comfort me with your visit!

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 134

June 7, 1578


Title: Madonna della Quercia ("Madonna of the Oak")
Visionary: Lorenzo Folino, Vermiglia Mercuri, Delicia Mastroianni and others

The Virgin appeared for the first time a shepherd who, in the sheep, was attracted by a sweet melody from a slope called Serra Campanaro. He saw a stately lady who, from the top of an oak, he said, "Go son, the mayor and the priest, and tells them what you saw. Tell them that I am the Mother of God and that you want to build a church in the place that I can show you, "pointing to a bottom of said Visora??. The boy told the incident but was not believed. On June 14 the same year, in the same locality, an old peasant woman had the same vision and was given the same message. On June 24, the most famous apparitions happened to the blind and lame from birth who, miraculously, got a cure. Back in the country began to knock on doors of homes of friends telling asleep watching and called it a miracle. Then there were other views in the locality of Visora. The place was now a place of pilgrimage, and there arose votive icons, in one of them was a large stone in the shape of a foot referred to as "The Lady of the Tread." In 1862 they built the church but on the evening of July 21, 1921 it was destroyed by fire. In 1958, the shrine was rebuilt in the same place as it is today. Our Lady of Visora is venerated with the title of "Madonna della Quercia".


Dec 1578

Poggio di Roio (Italy)

Title: Holy Mary of the Cross
Visionary: Felice Calcagro


Madrid (Spain)

Visionary: Fr. Didacus Mendoza, Jesuit

The Virgin appeared to Fr. Didacus Mendoza, Jesuit, shortly before his death, and comforted him.

Source: Ernst, 1989, 61 and Gamba, 1999, 339. Hierzenberger 1997 p 134

July 8, 1579

Kazan (Russia)

Title: Our Lady of Kazan
Visionary: Matrona (8)

According to local tradition a girl in 1579 had a vision of Mary. The Holy Virgin informed her of the existence of an ancient icon buried under the rubble of a burning house. In fact, following the directions of Mary, the icon was miraculously found intact and shining brightly colored. It was copied and spread.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 134


Trivento (italy)

Visionaries:Two Capuchin Friars

Two Capuchin friars were surprised by a terrible storm on the way to Larino Trivento. They turned to Mary and immediately, by the light of lightning, thought they saw a house in the woods. Immediately they went and were welcomed by a mother and loving Lady, of an indescribable beauty. The two brothers were really surprised and touched by such beauty. The next day, after having taken leave left the house and went away. When they looked back turned, they saw nothing, then realized that Mary herself had hosted them in the house of her sweet heart.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 134



Visionary: Ambrosio of Zironi, later a Capuchin

Mary appeared repeatedly to Ambrosio of Zironi , as the "Blessed Mother of God", and advised him to enter the Capuchin Order. In fact, he entered the Order and was forever the gift of the certainty of his spiritual mission.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 135

July 16, 1580

Ziteli (Switzerland)

Visionary: Giategen Dietegen (18 - shepherdess)

Mary appeared to a girl eighteen gathering firewood and said, "Go to the people of Oberhalbstein tell them that the Lord can not stand it much longer. People should try to improve and become more devout and good, otherwise they must expect the punishment of God, the crops will dry up and people die! I can no longer direct the mercy of my Son for these corrupt people. " Mary appeared during the following two days, and urged the seer to spread the news of this apparition more and more.

The governor of the region after having analyzed it thoroughly was convinced, then appealed to the people for the practice of penance for half of the processions. A shrine was erected at the place where Mary had appeared, which was later entrusted to the Capuchins. Every Sunday during July, August and September of each year was dedicated to pilgrimage.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 135



Visionary: Father Henry Calstro, OP

The Dominican Father Henry Calstro, as we learn from his biographers, had many visions and encounters with Mary, who protected him from many temptations and guided him along the path of spiritual development. Often the Virgin consoled him in the difficulties found against mailicious and ignorant men . Even at the onset of his death, she appeared to him and made him strong in the face of death.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 135

June 30, 1582


Visionary: William Wintzerer (10)

Holy Mary appeared to a very sick boy of ten years, William Wintzerer. He had gone in despair to the edge of a field on one night and had prayed with great fervor to the Blessed Virgin to kill him if he had to continue to suffer in that way. After some hours of this intense prayer prostrate in the chill of the night, the Mother of God appeared in a luminous glow and said: "My son, get up! You will be helped. You'll never be plagued by this disease. Dedicate yourself to the Devout Life: Please, call upon God, he attended Mass regularly, diligently go to church and make pilgrimages. "

The Holy Virgin said this and disappeared and the boy recovered and returned often in prayer to the edge of the cornfield where she had first appeared. William made a pilgrimage to Unterkochen, near the town of Aalen. The apparition received by the boy was believed by the people and in the middle of the eighteenth century, a shrine was erected in this place.

Source: Laurentin, Dictionary of Marian Apparitions (2010) p 126; Gamba, 1999, 342 and Hierzenberger, 1993, 138



Visionary: Fr. Michel Le Nobletz (1577-1652)

The life of a priest Michel Le Nobletz (1577-1652) had a great Marian devotion as a child. Michel saw Mary for the first time as a baby. Like a beautiful lady wrapped in a bright light and heavenly. The Lady made? a sign to follow her and led him to a nearby chapel, opening the closed doors . As a student, Michel was led by the Holy Virgin, who inspired him to the priesthood as a missionary could experience more inspiration and the consolations of the Mother of God. Finally, at the end of his life, she was at his side, preparing him for death. Le Nobletz developed new forms of catechesis: he worked with colorful picture cards, songs, melodies and developed an innovative method for the indoctrination of lay catechists.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 136



Visionary: Saint Aloisius Gonzaga (1568-1591)

Saint Aloisius Gonzaga, on the day of the Assumption of Mary, was absorbed in prayer before a painting of the Virgin in the church of Jesus in Madrid. Suddenly, while he was in contemplation, he heard clearly the voice of Our Lady who told him: "Come into the Order entitled to my Son." Aloisius heard the desire of Mary, and entered the Jesuit Order. He was born in Castiglione, near Mantua, was the eldest son of the Marquis Ferrante and was a page at the court of Florence, where she made a vow of chastity in 1578. Later he was in the court of King Philip II (1581-1583) in Madrid and was appreciated for his qualities of seriousness of life, true devotion and purity. After a long-standing opposition to the will of his father, his father finally had to surrender and granted him permission in 1585 to join the Order. Aloisius was educated in Rome and remained for some time under the spiritual guidance of Robert Bellarmine (later also canonized). During the outbreak of plague in Rome, he took care of the sick and those plagued by evil spirits and died just twenty-four years. In 1605, he was beatified and canonized in 1726 along with Stanislaus Kostka. In 1729, he was elevated to the patron saint of young students.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 137


Florence (Italy)

Visionary: Saint Mary Magdalene de'Pazzi (1566-1607)

Saint Mary Magdalene de'Pazzi joined the Discalced Carmelites at Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence. While seriously ill, a series of mystical experiences of a rare intensity began: the "Forty Days", lasting until July 5, 1584. These ecstasies lasted from two to three hours during which time she was able to speak. She received the stigmata, various visions, moral and physical participation in the Passion of Christ, revelations centered on Christ suffering, etc.

Her visions of the Virgin are diverse and rich on both theological and symbolical levels. "It seemed like I could see the Blessed Virgin in Paradise seated on the right-hand side of Jesus; I thought I could hear her say to me while smiling: "You do not take account of the gift that you received the day when you took the veil." This gift from Jesus was the Blessed Virgin's purity. Mary looked so beautiful that my words cannot explain her to you." (...)

 "I saw two fountains spouting forth from the Virgin Mary's womb, one of milk and the other of blood. The milk was spread on all the blessed souls of Paradise. (...) The blood was spread on all mankind." (...) "I also heard the Virgin pronounce this verse: "My heart is stirred by a noble theme; I address my poem to the King" (Ps 45:1). The word coming from her mouth was Jesus, to whom she gave birth in this world for us. And the Virgin was speaking to the King, i.e. to our Heavenly Father. Then I saw an immense fountain, spouting sprays of water, spreading them everywhere in the world and sending forth torrents of grace." Saint Mary Magdalene is depicted in art as a Carmelite with the Instruments of the Passion kneeling before the Holy Trinity. Christ crowns her with thorns, the Virgin gives her roses. She may also be shown receiving the Blessed Sacrament from Jesus; receiving a white veil from the Virgin Mary; being presented to or receiving a ring from Jesus; crowned with thorns and embracing a cross, with rays falling on her from a monstrance; or with flames issuing from her breast.

  Source: The Forty Days, #64-65 and #139; The Dictionary of Marian Apparitions. Laurentin 2007

May 24, 1585


Visionary: Francesco Zamboni
Title: Madonna della Rotonda

lmost a century and a half after the apparition of the Blessed Virgin in Caravaggio , which took place as is known the 26 May 1432 , it is said that May 24, 1585, to a  deaf-mute Calino,  who moved recently to Pumenengo and named  Zamboni Francesco , appeared the Madonna and ordered him to invite the owner of the property, Count Francesco Barbò , to erect a temple where there was then a simple chapel country.

The deaf-mute, suddenly regained the power of speech, he did make the heavenly mission in proving himself the truth of what asserted; so the most pious Lord, convinced, he hurried to make the desire of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and three years (in 1588) with the assistance of Count Antonio Secco, the sacred building was constructed .


According to local legend, a deaf-mute who prayed much was suddenly freed from his infirmity by means of an apparition of Mary.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 1595

August 29, 1585

Montevarchi, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Title: Santa Maria al Giglio, (St. Mary at the Lily)
Visionaries: several people



Visionaries: Angolan army

Portuguese army won a battle against the Angolans, who encountered an army far more numerous and powerful. Afterwards, it was rumored that the victory of the Portuguese army was due to the intervention of the Madonna. The Angolans saw a beautiful lady, accompanied by another old woman, and both were holding flaming swords. From this appearance, the Angolans were so in awe that they left the battlefield.

Source: hierzenberger 1997 p 138



Visionary: a young artist

In the Jesuit college of Cologne a young artist painted the SS liked to reproduce. Virgin Mary and then put these pictures into precious frames. One day he fell seriously ill and dying first saw Mary close to him who, with his guardian angel, had come to accompany him in the heavenly homeland.

Source: hierzenberger 1997 p 138

July 12, 1586

Stezzano (Italy)

Title: Blessed Virgin of the Fields
Visionaries: Bartolomea Ducaneli (10) and Dorotea Battistoni(11)

On 12 July 1586, the Virgin Mary appeared to Bartolomea Bucanelli of 10 years and Dorotea Battistoni 11, next to a chapel of the thirteenth century, not far from Stezzano, now the diocese of Bergamo. The visual appearance of the apparition, as reported by the children, it is surprising: it is of a woman dressed in black, with a white veil that fell on his back, reading a small book in his hand. A few months later, a fresco of the Virgin and Child, the water oozes up to flood the floor. The bishop, informed, decides to investigate the facts and recognize the supernatural origin of the events. In 1600 was inaugurated the sanctuary.



Rome (italy)

Visionary: St. Felix of Cantalice (1515-1587)

St. Felix of Canterbury, a Capuchin layman for forty years gathered alms for his convent. He was known in Rome as the friar, "Deo gratias." He was bound in close friendship with Philip Neri and Charles Borromeo. The monk received the gift of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child Jesus. Sometimes Mary gave him her Son in his arms, and this was especially so during his illness that led him to death May 18, 1587. Mary and Jesus gave him a great comfort.

Source: hierzenberger 1997 p 138


Rome (italy)

Visionary: St. Philip Neri (1515-1595)

"The will of God is that you walk in the world like a desert." These words, whispered the inner voice during a quiet night, changed the life of young St. Philip Neri. He was also called the "Saint of Joy ', and developed a great devotion to the Virgin Mary. Neri grew up in Florence and Philip founded the Oratory and the Oratorians. The future saint suffered in his youth the influence of the Dominicans of San Marco. At eighteen, he went to Rome where he was an educator of the children of the Florentine Jailbird Hunt. He led a life of prayer and penance, by cultivating love of neighbor. Philip Neri also received many mystical graces, but he feared, out of humility, that they become visible. Mary appeared to him several times to help him, comfort him, or warn of a danger: when the prestart of the threat of collapse of a once and on another occasion he recovered from a serious illness.

In 1548, aided by a simple priest, Persiano Rosa, who would later become his usual confessor, he founded a pious confraternity responsible for assisting the poor and needy pilgrims in particular. This group would then be transformed and grow in the Oratory, attended by some great spiritual figures. The fraternity was born as a continuation of the talks that began in the confessional. The new methods were used in the help of souls: and the spiritual sermons were delivered in the vernacular, pilgrimages to the basilicas of Rome, simple spiritual exercises and prayers of the people; all this, combined with the character of Philip Neri, made him one of the most sought after spiritual leaders in Rome. He had many enemies who were suspicious of his activities (the austere Pope Pius V had monitored his sermons and the "country walks"). Soon, however, he was well accepted everywhere and became the trusted adviser of popes and confessor of cardinals. He was linked fraternally to Ignatius of Loyola, Francis de Sales, Charles Borromeo and Lellis Camillo. He was beatified in 1615 and canonized in 1622.

Source: hierzenberger 1997 p 138


Médous, Bagnères-de-Bigorre

Visionary: Domenge Liloye
Title: Our Lady of Médoux

The Virgin Mary appeared in Médous, Bagnères-de-Bigorre a woman named Domenge Liloye to announce an outbreak of plague punitive and save people who drink water from a miraculous spring.

Source: Denys Shyne Lawlor, The shrines of the Pyrenees , trans. of M me L. Countess of L'Écuyer, Mame, Tours, 1882


Naples (Italy)

Visionary: A distinct Neapolitan lady

A distinct Neapolitan lady was very ill. A priest advised her to turn in prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the grace of healing, the woman did so, and, after praying for a time, Mary appeared to her that she took away the illness.

Source: hierzenberger 1997 p 138

Janary 7, 1588


Visionary: Pietro dal Dosso
Title: Our Lady of Grace in Costa Folgaria (Trento)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace at Costa Folgaria, Trento. . It is located at an altitude of 1230 meters. In January, 1588, Our Lady appeared to a monaco, by Dosso Peter, asking him to build a church in that place. For centuries, the shrine was one of the most important Marian of Trentino. In 1955 Pope Pius XII proclaimed Our Lady of Grace Costa, "distinguished patron and principal of all skiers of Italy." Feast Day on January 7




Visionary: A wealthy Portuguese cityman

A wealthy Portuguese cityman was very ill. Then this man, who was very devoted to Our Lady, commanded his Muslim servant to put a statue of the Blessed Virgin in the room and adorn it with flowers every day. The Muslim servant obeyed without feeling forced to perform this task, indeed, full of love for Mary. When the Lady of Heaven appeared to him, she inspired him to be baptized so as not to have more doubts about the Catholic faith. The Muslim was baptized and became fully convinced a courageous defender of Catholic doctrine.

Source: hierzenberger 1997 p 138




Tabacué, Corrientes, (Argentina)

Title: The Virgin of Itati
Visionary: Group of Indians

c. 1590

Lima (Peru)

Visionary: Ruys de Portyllo, SJ

The Jesuit missionary Portyllo Ruys had the grace to see and contemplate a vision of Our Lady. From this apparition the Blessed Virgin led the missionary until his death in his difficult apostolate. No other details are known.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 140


Proceno (Lazio)

Visionary: Bl. Alphonsus de Orozco (1500–1591)

Alphonus was born in 1500 in Oropesa, Spain. He studied at Talavera, Toledo, and Salamanca, and became an Augustinian at the age of twenty-two. St. Thomas of Villanova was one of his instructors, imbuing him with a spirit of recollection and prayer. Alphonsus, a popular preacher and confessor, served as prior of the Augustinians in Seville and then in 1554, at Valladolid. In 1556 he became a court preacher, and in 1561 accompanied King Philip II of Spain to Madrid. Throughout his court life, he did not engage in the pleasures or intrigues around him. His example of holiness made a great impression on the royal family and the nobles of Madrid. Alphonsus was given a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and wrote treatises on prayer and penance as Our Lady instructed him. He was beatified in 1881.

July 29, 1594

Inferior Morbio (Switzerland)

Title: Holy Mary of the Miracles
Visionary: Caterina and Angela (two young girls posessed)

The Virgin appeared to the two girls Poor, sick and disturbed by the Devil on a hill in Switzerland in 1594 and cured tem . The "Madonna of milk" ordered the construction of a sanctuary that became the Santa Maria of Miracles on the border with Italy.



Acquasparta (Italy)

Visionary: Bernardino di Colpetrazzo (Capuchin monk 1513-1594)

Bernardino di Colpetrazzo, Capuchin monk, is known for his History of the Capuchin Order spanning the entire history of this Order from 1525 to 1593 (an important source text for the spiritual life of the sixteenth century). Once he saw the Mother of God descending from heaven with a magnificent crown of flowers as a reward for the purity of his soul and his diligent work.

Source: Laurentin. Dictionary of Marian Apparitions p60 (Ernst, 1989, 66 and Hierzenberger, 1993, 141)


Quito (Ecuador)

APPROVED BY LOCAL BISHOP (see list of other bishop approved apparitions)

Our Lady of Good Success
Visionary: Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres

Our Lady of Good Success appeared to Spanish-born Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres at her Conceptionist Royal Convent in Quito, Ecuador. She requested that a statue be made in her likeness and warned of diminishing faith and vocations in the 20th century.

(Some sources put first apparition date at 1634)

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Visionary: a sick girl

A girl, confined to bed for a long time due to a serious illness, he died while still young. Shortly before she died, she was visited by Mary together with the Saints and Angels that accompanied her and eased her transition.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 1595

September 11 , 1595


Visionaries: Many inhabitants of Campo Ligure and Masone

The Parish Church of Campo Ligure stands on the ruins of the Church of St. Mary in the Castle destroyed by the soldiers of the Republic of Genoa courses during the looting and the burning of Field July 22, 1600. The current building, late Baroque was built in the mid-seventeenth century. The interior has a single nave is richly decorated. Most of the decorations were made ??by Francesco de Lorenzi in the second half of the nineteenth century. The large fresco of the half-dome is Charles Orgiero and represents the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Bonicca. Towards the '500 sharpened the conflict with the neighboring fief of Masone to the definition of the boundaries. The long conflict resulted in the peace of 1595, which was followed by the tragic events of July 1600. The Corsican soldiers sent to quell the revolt of the people against the misrule of the Spinola family, after a short siege set fire to the village, which was completely destroyed. During the 600 Field came to be populated with the reconstruction of the entire country and the colonization of land more distant from the town, to the ends of the feud. On September 11, 1595, the Blessed Virgin appeared to the inhabitants of Campo Ligure and Masone, two villages in the Valle Stura. The two communities were divided by political motives and by parochial hatreds and 4 centuries were bitter struggle. Between 5 and 9 September 1595, two representatives of the people of Campo went to Vico to implore the grace of the Madonna del Pilone peace. Upon their return to Field, September 10, during vespers in the church occurred unusual phenomena: some of the people fell to the ground unconscious, a woman known as a person idiot, full mystical fervor, he began to speak words of great content spiritual, etc.. The next day he met the men of Field with those of Masone and came to the peace, who celebrated together by participating in a Mass in Masone. After the celebration, everyone saw on Mount Bonicca a white cloud that seemed to consist of a large army of people. This soon vanished, giving way to another equally bright cloud, made ??in the manner of the chapel. Disappearance which appeared lower a woman dressed in blue coat, with one arm out, and a white veil on her head, as they use the nuns, his face shining as much as not being able to fix in the eye. She stood behind two other women. Appeared, as a result, yet another cloud white and shining, made ??in the manner of the tower, which soon expanded into a woman dressed in white, who walked quickly over the woods, following them quickly to the valley and then disappear. He reappeared again in the top of the mountain, always dressed in white, with a white veil on her head, accompanied by two women placed at its sides, also dressed in white, who were in the act of reverence. The appearances were preceded by 4 cases of healing.

Source: "Marian Apparitions" of M.Gamba, ed. Sign with additional information obtained from the respective municipalities.


Arona, Piedmont (Italy)

Visionary: Emmanuel Sá, SJ (1530-1596)

Holy Maria appeared several times a Portuguese Jesuit Emmanuel Sá, lecturer and professor of moral theology, who from 1545 belonged to the Order of Jesuits. The Holy Virgin appeared once again in 1596 with Ignatius of Loyola and predicted the day of his death (December 30).

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 141


Fribourg (Switzerland)

Visionary: St. Peter Canisius (1521-1597)

Mary appeared repeatedly to Peter Canisius, later called "the apostle of Germany" for his work of evangelization in this country. Canisius and the Order of the Jesuits established themselves as the main defenders of the Roman Church in Germany, Peter was a valuable and respected protagonist of the Counter-Reformation and first considered by Leo XIII, "the second Apostle of Germany after St. Boniface." He dedicated his life to apostolic and received the reward of frequent ecstasy and mystical visions. Among these there was an apparition of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the days of the profession of his vows (September 4, 1549), when the mystic Jesuit had received this vision at the same time also a Marian apparition, because he was heard to exclaim: "Even Mary has blessed me. " So little time before his death his brother heard him say, "See? You see her? She is here. " Of course, the mystic again alluded to Mary, who accompanied him in eternity.

Peter Canisius had come in contact with the Cartesian Devotio modern spirituality during his theological studies in Cologne. In April 1543, Peter Faber, one of the first companions of Ignatius of Loyola, the proposed retreat for visitors to see clearly his vocation. Canisius was greatly reinforced by the fact these exercises, arrived in 1546 as a Jesuit priest at the consecration, and obtained his doctorate in theology. Soon acquired a reputation for following the publication of books and patristic mystics and was sent to the Council of Trent. Theologian Peter Canisius was active in Ingolstadt, Vienna, Prague, Augsburg, Innsbruck and Monaco of Bavaria, by the Society of Jesus, an important factor for the Catholic renewal in the century of the Reformation. In Rome, Canisius received in 1549 to devote himself to the mission of Catholic restoration, which taken with true joy. The Jesuit theologian dedicated his life to the apostolate in all its possible forms, opposed the reformers not only in terms of doctrine, but also on the pastoral in which he was tirelessly active. Gave wide circulation to Marian confraternities, especially in the Jesuit colleges. Also promoted the spread of the recitation of the Rosary and Litany. He was also active in teaching catechism to children and young people, in sermons and in visits to the sick. He took the Christian doctrine to the people and the poor peasants, even in the most isolated rural areas. He worked also for the development of the Germanic College, founded by Ignatius in Rome. "The Apostle of Germany" was in conflict with his disciple Karl Hoffaus issues that regulated the tributes of private revelations and controversy and possession. Canisius represented the conservative positions within the Church, which were criticized by the "modernist" because they are not suited to the times.

He was sent to Freiburg where he established a new College. In 1577 his book on the Virgin Mary was released, a tribute to the defense of her virginity and a deep devotion to Mary. Peter Canisius was canonized and declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius X1 in 1925.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 141


Puy (France)

Visionary: a young man

A young man had great faith in God and was devoted to Our Lady. Over time, however, the faith had grown lukewarm and had become neglected. One day he saw the Holy Virgin, which roused him from the listlessness of the soul leading him to a renewed devotional fervor. The young man became a very fervent Christian. He devoted himself to good works, and lived in the name and glory of Mary.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 142

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Molare (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of the Rocks

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