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Apparitions 1800 - 1899 A.D.


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July 1803

Villanova d'Asti (Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Bulwarks
Maria Baj (18)

The Virgin Mary appeared to Maria Baj, age 18, tending to the cattle. "The Mother of the Son of God decided to be be honored in this place". Reports of healings came. The water of the valley would be an effective cure against the fever of malaria. After many healings, the fountain was called 'Water of the Virgin'. The apparition would say that those who drink this water to the seer will be recovered from the fever.

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 803. Gamba, 1999, 382.


Rome (Italy)

Visionary: Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora (1774 - 1825; Beatified 1994)

In 1807, then February 3, 1816 and February 5, 1825, the Virgin with the baby Jesus in her arms, supposedly appeared at her house in Rome

On Christmas, 1816 Blessed Elizabeth saw Our Lady, who appeared extremely sad. Upon inquiring why, Our Lady answered, “Behold, my daughter, such great ungodliness.” Blessed Elizabeth then saw “apostates brazenly trying to rip her most holy Son from her arms. Confronted with such an outrage, the Mother of God ceased to ask mercy for the world, and instead requested justice from the Eternal Father. Clothed in His inexorable Justice and full of indignation, he turned to the world.

“At that moment all nature went into convulsions, the world lost its normal order and was filled with the most terrible calamity imaginable. This will be something so deplorable and atrocious that it will reduce the world to the ultimate depths of desolation.”

When Pope Blessed Pius IX authorized Elizabeth Canori Mora’s cause for canonization to proceed, for years, all her writings were scrupulously examined for doctrinal errors, to guard against the dangers of being misled by a false mystic. The ecclesiastical censor commissioned by the Holy See released his official judgment on November 5, 1900. It stated “there is nothing against faith and good customs, and no doctrinal innovation or deviation was found.”

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 247. Gamba, 1999, 383. Catolicismo, May 2002.




Visionaries: many people

Mary appeared in Ukraine, in particular at Grushev, different times and in unusual circumstances. These appearances were always validated by some eyewitnesses. In 1856 a shrine was built in this place.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 187


Leipzig / Lichen (Poland)

Title: Our Lady of Lichen (portrait)
Tomasz Klossowoski

In the battle of Leipzig, a Polish soldier, Thomas Klossowski, was seriously injured. He prayed fervently to Mary so that his suffering would be mitigated. One evening at sunset, the Virgin appeared to him in tears with a golden robe and a crown of gold. She protected him, holding him tightly to her chest, the white eagle, the symbol of Poland, and promised the soldier his imminent healing and return home. Our Lady also asked him to find a paintings where he was portrayed as she had appeared. Once found, the portrait should be hung on the wall of a church as an object of veneration. Klossowski the soldier soon returned home to his country, in Lichen. In 1836 he found the portrait hung in a chapel in the woods. Since then, he was venerated as miraculous. Thomas died in 1848.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 187-188

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Lescouët-Gouarec (FRANCE)

Visionary: Jean Poulli (17 - shepherd)

The seventeen year old Jean Poulli, while guarding the sheep, so he heard a voice saying to him: "Go to your parish priest and ask him in my name to build a chapel here." At the same time he saw the Blessed Virgin Mary's appearance in front of him which lasted only a few minutes. Only after the second apparition of the Blessed Virgin did Poulli actually go to the parish priest and tell of the supernatural event. The priest and his housekeeper went to the scene and heard, along with the seer, a heavenly song. He found a spring and a statue of the Madonna. In that place was built a Marian chapel, and there was placed a portrait of the Virgin. The first chapel was erected with the consent of Bishop De La Romagère in 1829, solemnly blessed on September 8 of that year. In 1855 was built a larger church.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 190

Feb 1821

Tinos (Greece)

Title: Panagia (All Holy) , Mary of the Annunciation (icon)
Michael and Pélagie Polyzoés

On March 1821 and 1822, at the monastery of Kechrovouni, Michael Polyzoés and his little sister Pélagie, saw in a dream on three different occasions, the Virgin dressed with a golden gown and encircled by an intense divine light. She asked them to go digging in a field in a village near the location of his house. Excavations undertaken with the permission of Bishop Gabriel, they reveal the ruins of an ancient church, was erected on the foundations of a new building dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and the Mother of God, Source of Life. In 1823, workers leveled the ground to lay paving extracted from the earth icon of the Annunciation believed to be miraculous. The old sanctuary was rebuilt and rededicated in 1831.Tinos and become a national shrine in Greece. On August 15, many pilgrims come to venerate the icon of Megalochare (Full of Grace). In 1972 the island of Tinos was declared by the Orthodox ecclesiastical authorites to be a "sacred" place.

Source: Ernst, 94. St. lagouros, Le Monstere de Tinos, Athens, 1960. J. marangos, "Le Culte mariale populaire en Grece", Maria, t. IV, 821; V. Rigopolous, La Sainte Pelagie du couvent de Kehrovouniou, Ed. de Tinos, 1974. K. Seraidari, "La Vierge de Tinos: le couer sacré de l'Etat grec", Archives de sciences sociales des religions, n. 113, January-March 2001, 45-59.; HIerzenberger 1997 p 1822


Vallecorsa (Italy)

Visionary: St. Maria Matilda De Mattias, A.S.C., (February 4, 1805 – August 20, 1866)

One day, as she was preening herself, she saw a Lady looking back at her from inside the mirror. Maria was quite startled, and then the Lady said, “Come with me.” 

Maria began to converse with the Lady and asked for her help. She wanted to learn how to read. Her father did not believe that girls needed to know how to read or write, so Maria had never learned. The Lady told her not to worry and that she would help her. Soon Maria was able to take letters and put them into words, and before long, the young woman was reading. With the heavenly help of an extraordinary Lady, she had taught herself to read.

She kept at it and soon was reading spiritual books that the family had at home. The Lady told her she was the Blessed Mother, and during several more conversations, Maria realized that she was to dedicate her life to God.

Source: Aleteia


Sallent (SPAIN)

Visionary: St. Anthonio Maria Claret y Clara (1807-1870)

St. Anthonio had repeated apparitions of Mary and was cured of a serious illness thanks to the miracle of the Virgin. In 1835 he was ordained priest in 1843 and worked for parish missions. In 1849 he founded the Missionary Association of the children of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretini). Their constitution was finally approved in 1870 and is now spread almost all over the Earth. The Order has more than 300 missionary locations. In 1855 the branch for the women was established, the Immaculate Conception Apostolic Institute of Education (Claretine). in 1850 Claret was ordained archbishop of Santiago de Cuba and highly revered. He wrote a very important collection of ascetic books. In 1950 he was canonized.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 190-191



Visionary: Maria Lataste (1822-1847)

Maria Lataste was a great mystic. She had the grace to receive numerous apparitions of the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady gave her the grace of heroic virtue and urged her to enter as a lay sister in the Convent of the Sacred Heart of Rennes. Lataste has left us many letters and short treatises ascetic. In addition to experiencing apparitions, she also had prophetic insights.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 191


Rue du Bac, Paris (France)

BISHOP APPROVED AND VATICAN RECOGNIZED (See list of other apparitions recognized by the Vatican)

Our Lady of the Miraculous MedaVisionary: St. Catherine Laboure

In the chapel of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Mary showed herself three times to novice Catherine Laboure. Laboure said she was commissioned by the Virgin to have the medal of the Immaculate Conception or "Miraculous Medal" made in order to spread devotion to Our Lady.

See also Hierzenberger 1997 pp 191-192

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Visionary: Anna Moes (1832-1895)

Mary appeared to Anna Moes (1832-1895), in the early childhood of this mystic in her family home in Bous. In 1868 Anna joined the Order of the Dominicans and took the name Marie Claire Dominic of the Holy Cross. It was considered as a soul atoning for the reform of the religious order. Sister Marie Dominic had the grace of spiritual and mystical experiences (appearances of God, Angels and Saints). Because of these visions was accused by several parties to be deception and fraud, even by her confessor, who for twelve years did not believe. Finally, a bishop's court decided in her favor in 1884. For all that time she had remained obedient to the ecclesiastical authority, and had endured the suspicion and slander as an exercise in humility. She founded a convent on Mount Limpert in Clairefontaines and one in Luxembourg. She died in 1895. The cause of beatification was initiated in 1915.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 192



Visionary: Giuseppe Maria Leone (6) (+1902)

The The Most Holy Virgin Mary saved 6 year old Joseph Leone, who had fallen into a pit, and inspired him to the Devout Life. At fourteen, the boy, who had meanwhile entered the seminary of Trani, saw Jesus and Mary. The Holy Virgin Mary on this occasion said: "You belong to me." Giuseppe Maria became a Redemptorist father and led an interior life and dedication to Christ and the Mother of God, died in 1902.

Source: Hierzenberger 1992 p 193


Laurignano (Italy)

Visionary: Fra Benedetto Falcone

The documented history of the Sanctuary began in 1831 with the arrival in Laurignano of Fra Benedetto Falcone, a native of Grimaldi, in the province of Cosenza. He retired to a solitary life in the hermitage of S. Mary. After several apparitions of the Virgin, again, after years of silence and neglect, the cult of the Madonna della Catena. He also established a pious union of hermits with the intention of spreading devotion to Mary. He built, then in its present location, a larger church and a hermitage for his religious and brings you solemnly picture of the Madonna. After the death of Fra 'Benedetto, which took place in 1866, the society of hermits, lost the lead, gradually decays and the Shrine enters the desolation and abandonment. Archbishop Camillo Sorgente of Cosenza entrusted in 1906 the Sanctuary to the Passionist Missionaries. With them came the arrival of pilgrims has been non-stop. The small church of Fra'Benedetto has become a large church, with beautiful marble and decorations, which often sees crowds of devotees arrive from all over Calabria.

See also Laurignano 1301.

Aug 31, 1831

Guadalajara (Spain)

Visionary: Sister Patrocino (Dolores Quiroga) (1811-1891)

On August 31, 1831, the Virgin appeared in the house of Dolores Quiroga, the Fransciscan foundress of thirty convents throughout Spain, with the stigmata, nicknamed the "sister with the sores"; She appeared again in the convent of the Conceptionists where she lived. Antoine-Marie Claret was her spiritual director. Her cause for beatification was introduced in 1907,

Source: Gamba, 1999, 386 and Imbert-Gourbeyre 535-536.


Capriana (Trentino Alto Adige)

Visionary: Domenica Lazzeri (1815-1848)

The majestic figure of the Holy Virgin appeared to Domenica Lazzeri, born in 1815, while working in the fields. From then on Domenica became "mysteriously ill" and received the holy stigmata. She endured her suffering quietly until her expiatory death in 1848. She had the grace to receive some apparitions of Mary and other heavenly visions.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 193

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Aug 2, 1834

Valmala (Italy, Piemonte, diocese of Cuneo)

Visionaries: 5 shepherds - Maria Pittavino (12), Maria Margherita Pittavino (12), Maria Chiotti (12), Maria Boschero (10) and Chiaffredo Pittavino (8 years)

The shepherds went to graze their herds on the plateau called The Chiotto, where the shrine now stands. Suddenly, with great astonishment, they saw before them, standing on a stone slab, a lady of majestic appearance, in their twenties. She wore a long dress with a belt tied to the sides, reddish in color, on which the head down a long blue veil, held his neck by a gold button. The Lady always appeared alone, with open hands, the traditional attitude of the Mother of Mercy. She was sad, in tears. There is agreement that has not spoken, except perhaps to ask a chapel on site.

Particularly important were the appearances of the August 6 , the day Our Lady appeared to four shepherdesses, the seers of the neighboring villages of Valmala: Maria Pittavino (12 years), Margherita Maria Pittavino (12 years), Maria Chiotti (12 years) and Maria Boschero (10 years). In addition to the "four Marys", according to some witnesses, including Chiaffredo Pittavino (8 years), brother of Margherita Maria, was present at the time.

The first appearance is August 2. The appearances followed many times over 50 days. On the first Sunday of August of 1946 Our Lady Queen of Valmala, was solemnly crowned by Archbishop Luigi Lanzo Gile , Bishop of Saluzzo in the Diocese. From March 19 to July 30, 1949 the statue of the Mother of Mercy, venerated at the shrine, was chosen for the Pilgrimage of Mary, and brought in all the parishes of the diocese. In August 1949, in memory of Pilgrimage, was placed on the forecourt of the Shrine artistic marble statue of the Heavenly Queen.

Source: Gamba, 1999 p. 388

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Paris (France)

Visionary: Fr. Genettes (b. 1778)

In 1836, the abbot Genettes, pastor of the parish of Our Lady of Victory, received a locution from the Virgin and founded the archconfraternity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary December 11, 1836.

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 576


Siena (Italy)

Visionary: Bl. Anna Taigi Maria (1769 - 1837) Beatified March 30, 1920.

Originally from Siena, a mother of a loving family and possessor of the gift of healing and other extraordinary charisms, she said that she had apparitions and messages from Christ with Virgin. She received predictions about the return to Rome of Pope Pius VII, on the death of Napoleon I and the riots of 1830 in Belgium and Poland. Her statements are collected by her confessor, Cardinal Pedecini, Carmelite.

Source: Gamba, 1999, 380; Imbert-Gourbeyre, 450-452; G. Mathon, "Taigi (Anne-Marie)" Catholicism, t. XIV, 1996, col.726-727; C. Saletti, La Beata A.M. Taigi secondo la storia e la critica, Roma, 1922.


Rome (Italy)

Visionary: St. Caspar of Bufalo (Gaspar del Bufalo) (1786 - 1837)

St. Gaspar del Bufalo, the apostle of the devotion to the Precious Blood, was born in Rome on January 6, 1786. As a devoted priest he he revived the works of the apostolate in Rome and later became a dedicated missionary. In his missionary travels of Italy he invited the faithful to reflect upon and to adore the Precious Blood of Christ. In the year 1815 he founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood; and in 1834, with his encouragement, Blessed Maria the Mattias founded the Congregation of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ. He was Beatified by St. Pius X in 1904 and canonized by Pius XII on June 12, 1954. Manifesting his particular devotion to St. Gaspar del Bufalo, Pope John XXIII visited his body in the Church of Santa Maria in Trivio on January 4, 1963, where it remains enshrined for the veneration of the faithful.

Source: Missionaries of the Precious Blood

August 6, 1839

Casnigo (Italy)

Visionary: Luigi Rossi
Title: Our Lady of Erbia

A young lost boy hid under a porch during a violent storm and was welcomed by the Madonna into a previously locked barn where she gave him a bed and loaf of bread. Her father disccovered him shortly thereafter in the locked barn. The miracle was investigated and confirmed in 1873 by the the bishop of Bergamo, Mgr. Pierluigi Hope.

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Jan 28, 1840

Blangy-Versailles (France)

Title: Our Lady of the Green Scapular
Sr. Justine Bisqueyburn (1817-1903)

Justine Bisqueyburu was born November 11, 1817, twenty-two years as a postulant entered the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity, founded by St. Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac. The superior general of the congregation, in the circular letter of New Year's Eve 1905, wrote of Justine, "Sister Bisqueyburu had a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin, a devotion that shone in the words and how fervently praying the rosary." Our Lady appeared six times to Sister Justine Bisqueyburu the following dates: January 28, 1840, February 8, 1840, August 15, 1841, September 13, 1841, May 3, 1842, September 8, 1846. The Mother of God had her heart in her right hand surrounded by flames and in the left scapular or rather a sort of half of a scapular (remember that one a medallion scapular proper). The Mother of God urged the servant of God to introduce and spread this "green scapular" in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ten years after the apparitions received from Catherine Laboure, this sister of the Order of the Vincentians came into contact with the Holy Virgin. The Green Scapular on one side, an image of the Virgin and on the other, a heart on fire with glowing rays of the sun, pierced by a sword and surrounded of an inscription, oval-shaped and topped by a golden cross , bears these words: "Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us now." The color green symbolizes the confidence in the omnipotence of the merciful Virgin Mary before the throne of God. Sunday September 8, 1846 Holy Mary addressed Sister Justine in Versailles and revealed the meaning of the scapular: "If the scapular will be taken with confidence give rise to a large number of conversions and will provide a good death for the infidels. " Pope Pius IX in 1870 approved the scapular. Since then, many prayers have been answered, many conversions have occurred first and miraculous healings of serious illnesses (especially cancer and lung disease). This scapular does not presuppose any membership in a religious order or brotherhood, in no confession nor to Christianity. It can also be given to people far from God to love and recommend them to Mary. But those who wear the scapular must recite the following prayer: "Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen ".

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 194


On January 28, 1840, the Virgin appeared to Justine Bisqueyburn, orginally from Mauléon, postulant at the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent DePaul. The apparition asked her to love her "Immaculate Heart". On February 8, 1840, the Virgin appeared and gave her the Green Scapular. The apparition occurred again on: August 15th and September 8, 1846 (always in Versailles). In 1855, Sr. Justine went to Constantinople to treat the wounded of the Crimean War, then to Algeria from 1858 to 1867, as the superior of the miltary hospital of Dey. Pis IX approved the green scapular devotion in 1870.

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 122


Ars (France)

Visionary: St. John Vianney & Mme. Durie

A story was told by Mme. Durie, who wanting to donate a huge amount to the Curé was conducted to the presbytery. As she went up stairs she heard two voices in his room. One voice was saying with infinite gentleness: "What do you ask?" The other - the Curé replied, "Ah, most loving Mother, I ask for the conversion of sinners, the consolation of the afflicted, the relief of the sick, and more particularly of a person suffering for a long time and now praying for death if she cannot be cured." It was Mme. Durie that the Curé was talking about. "She will be cured, but not yet", said the voice. As she could not contain herself any longer Mme. Durie pushed the door open. And there she saw the Most Holy Virgin, of middle height, clad in a robe of dazzling white, sewn with golden roses. Her shoes seemed to be white as snow. Her hands gleamed with the richest diamonds. Her brow was circled with a crown of stars shining like the sun. Mme. Durie was dazzled! When she lifted her eyes to Hers, Our Lady smiled sweetly. There are many other wonderful stories about the Curé and Our Lady but it will make our story longer. And so it was his greatest joy at that time when Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception a dogma.

Source: "St. John Marie Vianney, Patron Saint of Priests" Sr. Maria Magdalene Pia of the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary. In the Light of the Immaculate, April - June 2004 Issue

See also Hierzenberger 1997 p 193

Dec 29, 1840


Visionary: Marie Ardouin

Marie Ardouin was ill for five years of cancer and suffered tremendously. It seemed that the end of her days were coming when, the Virgin Mary appeared miraculously healed her from her suffering.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 193



Visionary: Jakob Lorber (1800-1864)

Jakob Lorber was a famous writer, mystic, a visionary and passionate man of God. He was born in Kanisch in southern Styria to a peasant family. Upon becoming a high school teacher, he showed great musical talent and had great success with some major concerts in Graz on. On march 15, 1840 at 6 am, after finishing his prayer, he heard a voice suddenly sounded from the left side of the his chest, came from my heart: "Arise, take up your pen and write." Lorberl listened to this inner voice and began to write.

Between 1840 and 1864, described in more than ten thousand pages many aspects of heavenly life, guided by this voice in the heart, including The Great Gospel of John in eleven volumes. In his vast production are also mystical appearances and features of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Between 1843 and 1844 he was told the Gospel of Childhood in which he describes the life of Jesus from the time when Joseph took Mary, this gospel was written by James and was lost.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 196


Montana (USA)

Visionary: Little Paul (11)

On the night of December 24, 1841, not long after Fr. Pierre De Smet started St. Mary's mission with the Flathead Indians in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, an orphan boy went to an old woman's tipi to study prayers in preparation for baptism Christmas day. As Little Paul, 11, told Fr. De Smet not long afterwards, he saw someone wonderful there: "Her feet did not touch the earth, her garments were as white as snow; she had a star over her head, a serpent under her feet; and near the serpent was a fruit which I did not recognize. I could see her heart, from which rays of light burst forth & shone upon me. When I first beheld all this I was frightened, but afterward my fear left me; my heart was warmed, my mind clear, and I do not know how it happened, but all at once I knew my prayers." Unsure if the radiant visitor was a man or woman, Little Paul said that the same person had come to him in sleep, "pleased that the first village of the Flatheads should be called 'St. Mary.'" Fr. De Smet identified the boy's helper as the Blessed Virgin, and the following year, on May 31, had a statue erected at the apparition site, dedicated in procession on Corpus Christi as Our Lady of Prayer. Sadly, within ten years Little Paul was dead and the mission closed. Jesuits built a new St. Mary's Church there in 1866, which closed in turn in 1891 after the last of the Flatheads were moved to a reservation 45 miles north. In 1921 St. Mary's reopened as a parish church. The chapel of 1866 has been renovated as part of St. Mary's Historic Mission, a nondenominational tourist attraction run by a private foundation. Next door is St. Mary's Parish Catholic church, built in 1954, with stained-glass windows depicting the mission's history. A Salish (Flathead) pilgrimage on the Sunday nearest September 24 com Source: Information from DeSmet, Father Pierre-Jean, S.J., Life, Letters and Travels, 1801-1873, Francis P. Harper, New York, NY, 1905; Kraus Reprint Co., New York, NY, 1969; Historic St. Mary's Mission,; and other sources.)

Source: Freze, 1993, 273

Jan 20, 1842

Rome (Italy)

APPARITION RECOGNIZED BY THE VATICAN (see other apparitions with Vatican recognition)

Our Lady of Zion, Madonna of the Miracles
Alphonse M. Ratisbonee

Marie Alphonse Ratisbonne, an anti-Catholic Jew, befriended a baron in Rome and began wearing the Miraculous Medal as a simple test. On Jan 20, 1842 while waiting for the baron in the church Sant Andrea delle Fratte, Ratisbonne encountered a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He converted to Catholicism, joined the priesthood, and began a ministry for the conversion of Jews.

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Celles (Belgium)

Visionary: Sr. Marie Sophie Stanislaz Deprez (1818 - 1849)

From 1842 to 1849, the Virgin appeared to Mother Marie Stanislaz Deprez, Visitandine in the Convent of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. During these apparitions, Our Lady instructed, in the so-called "Hall of the poor", the religious education of the novices and the various issues of spiritual life. In 1849, after the death of Mother Mary Stanislaus, the classroom where the apparitions had taken place became the convent chapel.

"The apparition of the Virgin to Sr. Marie Stanislas is not subject to the approval of ecclesiastical authority" (letter of Sister Anne Marie)

Source: Arch Ernst H 124; sorella Agnes-Marie "Depres (Marie-Stanislas)", DSp, t. III, 1957, col. 502-504, Gamba 1999, 391; Hierzenberger, 1993, 194 / 1997 195


Tours (France)

Visionary: Sister Marie of St Peter (1816 - †1848)

Sister Marie of St Peter was a Carmelite nun who lived in Tours, France. She is best known for starting the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus which is now one of the approved Catholic devotions and for the Golden Arrow Prayer.

From 1844 to 1847 Sister Marie of St Peter reported that she had visions of Jesus and Mary. She said that in 1844 she had a vision in which Jesus told her: "Those who will contemplate the wounds on My Face here on earth, shall contemplate it radiant in heaven."

She reported that in her vision, she saw Saint Veronica wiping away the spit and mud from the face of Jesus with her veil on the way to Calvary. She said that sacrilegious and blasphemous acts today are adding to the spit and mud that Saint Veronica wiped away that day. According to Sister Marie of St Peter, in her visions Jesus told her that He desired devotion to His Holy Face in reparation for sacrilege and blasphemy, which He described as being like a "poisoned arrow." She wrote The Golden Arrow Holy Face Devotion (Prayer) which she said was dictated to her by Jesus. This prayer is now a well known Act of Reparation to Jesus Christ.

Sept 19, 1846

La Salette (France)

BISHOP APPROVED AND VATICAN RECOGNIZED (See other Vatican recognized apparitions)

Title: Our Lady of La Salette, Conciliator of Sinners
Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud

Six thousand feet up in the French Alps, Mary is believed to have come to Maximin and Melanie while they tended sheep. Her appearance in sorrow and tears called for conversion and penance for sins.

See also Hierzenberger 1997 pp 196 - 202

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Turin (Italy)

Visionary: St. John Bosco (1815-1888)

The spiritual life of St. John Bosco (1815-1888) was deeply marked by the inspiration of the Holy Virgin. Mary appeared to him in a dream as a child and then in actual visions. St. John Bosco was born in Castelnuovo d'Asti (now Castelnuovo Don Bosco), from a poor family. His father died when he was only two years and his mother Margherita raised him with tenderness, teaching him to see God in nature. John studied, but with difficulty, to enter the seminary. He had constantly prayed to God to clear a path for him. In the meantime, He made His way into his heart with a call to help poor children and maladjusted misfits. In 1846, inspired by the mystical visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he founded the Congregation of the Salesians of Don Bosco, the Salesian Cooperators and the union, made up of priests and lay collaborators, created not as a religious order, but as an "association". The members do not wear the robe of a religious order, but they are organized and operate for one purpose: the education of children and street youth, to develop in them a Christian conscience and discover skills. Don Bosco had pledged before God to make efforts so that the children could go out and ended up in prison, never to return, and the others never enter it. His catechism classes were held behind bars ever followed. Don Bosco wrote: "As I made them feel the dignity of man, felt a pleasure in the heart and strive to become better people." Leaving a visit to the prisons took the final decision: "I must be the savior of those young people. It must be prevented at all costs that come in there. " Thus the Salesians were bor .

The Organization was approved by the Church in 1874. In 1872 Don Bosco founded with Mary Mazzarello the daughters of Mary, Help of Christians, also known as Salesian Sisters. Francis de Sales, Philip Blacks, Alfonso Liguori and St. Joseph Cafasso were the masters and formed the school spirit. John Bosco had the mystical gifts from God to perform miracles and prophesy, also received the gift of the union of heart and intuition. He left, besides the Salesians, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Salesian Cooperators and the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Valdocco (Turin) and sixty-four houses of Salesians in six nations. He published and wrote a popular series of books "for the people and the children of Christian people."

Old age came early and he was rushed from work with ruthless debt obligations. Don Bosco was just forty-seven years old when he died. When someone ask him to list the great works he accomplished, Don Bosco replied: "I have not done anything, it is Our Lady who has done everything." At the center of his life remains a deep mystical union with Mary. His incorrupt body lies in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1929 he was beatified, canonized in 1934. In 1950 he was named the Catholic patron saint of publishing associations and apprentices.

March 10, 1848

La Chaudiere (FRANCE)

Visionary: Véronique Eymieux - shepherd (14) and her brother Augustin (10)

On March 10, 1848, the Madonna appeared to the shepherd Véronique Eymieux of fourteen and his brother Augustin 10 years. The appearance presented as "Our Lady of La Salette" and repeated the message on the conversion, famine and the judgments of God, which had given the appearance of two years earlier. The Bishop of Valence, Bishop Chatrouse, did not lead any investigation and has not delivered an opinion on this event.


May 12, 1848

Obermauerbach, Bayern, (Bavaria)

Visionary: Johann Stichmayer (farm laborer) (b. 1830)
Title: Jungfrau Maria

John saw the Virgin Mary appearing on pasture May 12, in the morning and once in the afternoon the same day.

Mary appeared dressed in pink with a white veil and a golden crown, sat and wept. When Johann, moved, approached her timidly, Madonna said: "I can no longer hold back the arm of my Son" said the apparition, predicting misfortunes (epidemics and wars) and denouncing the lack of faith. Here on June 16, 1848, the Blessed Mother of God showed herself majestic and heavenly to sixteen people and a month later, on June 28, to -eight forty people. Since then the pasture became a place of pilgrimage.

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 553. Daniken, 1975, 306; Ernst, 1989, 102; Gamba, 1999, 393. HIerzenberger 1997 p 202

May 4, 1848

Brette (France)

Visionaries: Felicien Plumel (34) and Pierre Planel (14)

The Virgin Mary appeared in the French village of Brette to Felicien Plumel and Pierre Planel. The appearances continued until the following summer. The messages delivered during the apparitions, denouncing the lack of morality of many priests in France in 1848 and they announced major punishment if men would refuse to convert.

The Bishop of Valence, Bishop Chatrousse, did not authorize any formal investigation.



Montoussé, Hautes-Pyrenées (France)

Visionaries: Francoise-Miquiou Vignaux (12), Francoise Vignaux (12) and Rose-Dasquie Poulouzin (8 )

In this area, frequent apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Marywere recorded. She appeared on June 23 to three girls in the vicinity of the ruins of the chapel of Novillan: Francoise-Miquiou Vignaux (12 years), Francoise Vignaux (her cousin, 12 years) and Rose-Dasquie Poulouzin (8 years). On June 28 she appeared to a twenty-four year old man. Other appearances have occurred June 29, 1848, at the beginning of Lent in 1849 and again June 24, 1849.

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 553. Tavard, 1998, 145. HIerzenberger 1997 202


Chambéry (France)

Visionary: Sr. Marie-Marthe Chambon

On Good Friday of 1849 or 1850, at the hamlet of Croix-Rouge, Françoise Chambon, oldest daughter of a poor family with 8 children, allegedly saw Christ in the crypt of the Church of Lémenc. "He was nailed to the cross, completely covered in blood, completely torn. In what a terrible state he was! He did not say anything" stated the young girl. Then she claimed to have visions of Jesus every time she received communion. Franciose entered the Visitandines of Chambery on April 29, 1863, and took the name of Marie-Marthe. Awhile later, the Virgin appeared to her and said:"His blood running empty is one thing, however, that will never happen." Every day the mother superior took notes on her revelations. She was a stigmatic from June 12, 1874 and died on June 12, 1907. Her process of canonization has begun.

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 162. Daniel-Rops, Mystiques de France. Textes choisis et commentes, Paris, Corréa, 1941, 284-285. Dioctionaire de biographie française, t. VIII, 254-255; Ernst 1989, 107; J. Maître, Mystique et féminité, Cerf. 1997, 374.

June 17, 1849

MARIA DOLINA, Poggersdorf / Kamten (Austria)

Visionaries: Three Shepherdesses
Title: The Immaculate Conception / Madonna del Bosco (painting)

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared as the Immaculate Conception on June 17, 18 and 19 to three shepherdesses to prepare the public proclamation of the dogma (1854). Thus began the influx of pilgrims and in the woods, just where she had appeared as the Immaculate Conception was erected a wooden chapel. The church, begun in 1861, was never finished. A local artist painted a picture called the Madonna del Bosco, inspired by the descriptions of the three shepherdesses. This painting was a picture of grace that inspired faith and devotion of many.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 1849

c. 1850

Saint John of Acre / Akko (Israel)

Visionary: Habeiche Hassan

In the first half of the nineteenth century, Habeiche Hassan, the son of the emir of Lebanon, Omar Qasem, converted to Christianity. A prisoner of the war chief Djezzar, he saw the Virgin in a dream where she made him promise to build a shrine in her honor . "Tomorrow, my son you will be freed and saved."

Source: J. Goudard, Sainte au Liban Virgin, Paris, 1908, 194


Lichen (Poland)

Title: Our Lady of Lichen
Mikolaj Sikatka (+1857)

She appeared to a poor shepherd, Mikolaj Sikatka, in 1850 who promoted her devotion. She foretold of a cholera epidemic and interceded for the healing of many who sought her help.


In 1850-52, a period when Poland was partitioned between Russia and Prussia, Mikolay Sikatka often went to pray before a portrait of the Madonna found by Thomas Klossowski (see Leipzig, 1813), in the Marian chapel in the woods. The pastor Mikolay, a very pious man, one day saw the Blessed Virgin Mary before the portrait and she commissioned him to exhort the people to recite the rosary and to contemplate the sufferings and death of the Lord. In a second appearance, she reconfirmed the appointment and left a special message to the priests, urging them to celebrate and keep in mind the great value of the Mass. On the third appearance the shepherd saw Mary wrapped in a red robe and a white mantle with a precious crown. The Blessed Virgin spoke of conversion and the fate of Poland, the rebirth of the nation, but the first that a war would happen and an epidemic with millions of victims. Then the Virgin disappeared with these words: "The peoples of the world will marvel when their hopes for peace depend on Poland." The shepherd seer had to suffer much when he informed the authorities, and he was even arrested and tortured in prison. However, when cholera spread and claimed many victims, the messages and apparitions that the pastor had reported, were carefully screened by the ecclesiastical authorities and declared true. In September 1852, the special commission had carried the miraculous painting of Lichen in the church, the procession carrying the portrait of the Madonna in the church was attended by more than eighty thousand faithful. Some years later, to accomodate the great movement of Marian devotion (worship was carried out in penance and was characterized by a national spirit), a shrine was erected, where the miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God was transferred to.

The seer died in 1857, his body was found incorrupt even forty years later. The September 15, 1967, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, who when he was still a student when he received the grace of a miraculous cure before the picture of Our Lady, celebrated the coronation portrait of the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of one hundred and fifty thousand pilgrims.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 203

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April 1850


Visionary: The wife of an officer, a French Protestant

The wife of an officer, a French Protestant, went skeptically into Vatican City. While attending a hearing of the Holy Father, she noticed that right next to her taking shape was a beam of light appearing in the figure of the Holy Virgin. For the duration of the hearing, she saw Mary disappear and reappear three times. Deeply touched by these clear visions she was converted.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 204


Savongo (Italy)

Visionary: St. Luigi Guanella (1842–1915)

A vision marked Guanella's life and it happened on the day of his First Communion. A lady -- as he described the Virgin when he spoke of this event -- made him see all that he should have done for the poor. In 1907 Father Constantino Guanella recounted to his nephew: "It is as if you had seen in a movie thater all that you should have done."

This dream at nine years of age was determinant for all his other options. This mystical encounter marked him profoundly. Our Lady also appeared to St. John Bosco when he was nine years old to show him his land of mission: young people.

The founder of the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence created a religious family modeled on the family of Nazareth, and called to follow a simple two-part program for sanctity: to pray and suffer.


May 19, 1853

Cerreto, Tuscany (Italy) (Tuscany, Diocese of Pitigliano)

Visionary: Veronica Nucci (sheperdess - 12) (1841-1862)

May 19, 1853, in Cerreto, Italy, (Tuscany, Diocese of Pitigliano), at a place called "the casetta" Veronica Nucci, a shepherdess of about twelve, kept his flock together with John the Baptist, his brother seven years, when she saw before her a "beautiful lady kneeling, wearing a white dress with red flowers and a black belt, a blue mantle blue with red spots on his head a golden crown terminating in a cross." "Veronica, come closer, you will not get wet, kneel down here," he heard her say, and added: "Let us pray the Creed to my Son (...) Let us pray Protest (prayer of preparation for death)." And finally: "Help me to mourn." - Why are you crying?, Veronica asks. -I cry for sinners. See how it rains? Sinners are more numerous than the drops of rain. My Son has the hands and feet nailed, the Five Wounds open. If sinners are not converted, my son will have to allow the end of the world. And you will be content to live three or four months, or you reach the end of the world? - I would rather die! "Asked Mrs. pray:" Every day seven Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias by Gore five Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias by the Five wounds and seven Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias for me that my name Our Lady of Sorrows. " While reciting the prayers requested by the Virgin, Veronica hears a voice: "Veronica, along with your mother go to the bishop and tell him that a chapel should be built." "But I don't even believe!" "Go, tell him, and you will believe." Veronica and her mother went to convince Mons. Barzellotti, bishop of Pitigliano, that the story is worthy of interest. On July 20, 1853, he notified Pius IX. On the following August 13, the Pope requested that an investigation be opened and that a chapel be built if the findings were positive. Mons. Barzellotti took ill and died in 1861. The bishop of the diocese of Acquapendente (†1877) spearheaded the investigation. Veronica was deposed by a jury. Meanwhile, she became a third order Franciscan. There was evidence of some healing, such as Veronica's mother, who had a diagnosis of a tumor. On September 8th, 1864, they began to open a church at the location of the apparition for the faithful. It became a parish church. The circumstances delayed the judgment of the ecclesiastical commission. On March 25, 1978, Mons. D'Ascenzi, bishop of Sovano-Pitigliano, published the decree that elevated the sanctuary of Cerreto to the level of Diocesan sanctuary.

|Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 160.


Veronica Nucci (born 1841, died in Ischia as a Franciscan in 1862) saw the Blessed Virgin Mary on a lawn May 19, 1853. Mary wore a blue dress covered with flowers with a golden crown. The Virgin appeared to the seer, even after, in the convent. Our Lady, weeping over the sins of the world, Veronica Nucci urged to devote even his pain and his atonement to the sacred Stigmata of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On the site of the first apparition was discovered a spring where the first began to manifest healing. In this place was built a Marian chapel which was consecrated in 1857.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 204-205



Visionary: Margrit Bays (+ 1879)

Margrit Bays suffered from bowel cancer, but was suddenly cured by the Most Holy Virgin Mary during the apparition on December 8th. Our Lady told her that she still suffered for the sins of the world. Margrit received the grace of the stigmata, was devout and very close to the Mother of God. She died in 1879.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 205

September 8, 1855



Therese Dush
Title: Madone de Sesule

In 1885 she appeared to Teresa Dush, an illiterate child. Bishop establishing a commission, which will study the truth of the apparitions. Discovered a letter on the construction of the chapel. In the heart of Benecia, in a charming place, with views across the plains of Friuli, the September 8, 1855 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, just before Lourdes, a little girl, Therese Dush, and conversed with her ??in the Slovenian place , "little naše", as well as later did with Bernadette dialect French Pyrenees. Just like a mother with her ??child. It was a surprise to all Porzus / Por?inj. After nearly two centuries, when around the Friuli no more remembered those appearances - but he remembered the families of the place, handing down the memory from generation to generation, and gathering together daily in the "sinkhole "to pray the Rosary in the open air until the good Grimaz together with the villagers and expense not built it on their heads that chapel -, here is a group of priests, headed mons.Vito Ferini, resumed pilgrimages. Now, as in support of their efforts, it is checked from oblivion a letter, the one that had Grimaz then addressed the priests asking for forgiveness (!) for having built without their permission that chapel. It is a manuscript of 64 pages, in which on testimony also the brother of Teresina, then seventeen, recounts details that are fully in line with what was passed down orally. This has occurred to me on Sunday 1st May when, arriving in the "sinkhole", I found myself in the midst of a multitude of faithful gathered, and with Brazilian Sisters of Providence, the celebration of the new year of pilgrimages and the procession with the statue of the "Madone de Sesule" and the little Teresa at her feet. Starting from the Chapel of the Apparitions, the march is directed to the church where the Madonna had imprinted on the hand of the seer that all gold cross, which accompanied him until his death, a visible sign of the authenticity of the apparitions. With great joy we hear the voice of Don Vittorino Ghenda, you spend so much for the sanctuary , the good news of the diocesan commission, established by Archbishop Andrea Track Mazzocato for the study of the truth of the apparitions, sure that it will give new impetus to what Heaven wanted to start, repeating to us the recommendation made ??by the Virgin in Teresina: "Dí his mother and all to sanctify Sundays and holidays, but especially not to blaspheme, which gravely offends God, and observe the fasts prescribed by the Church." It is right to think. Who knows what Madonna would not do well here, as already in Lourdes, when finally we wake ourselves in all the surrounding countries, near and far, in imitation of the good people of Porzus / Por?inj, appreciating the great gift that the Virgin still there It offers to present and eternal salvation. Ciril Carga DOM n. 9-2011


June 24, 1855

Bordeaux (France)

Visionary: Several Carmelite brothers

On June 24, 1855, in a Carmelite cloister where Simon Stock died, the Virgin Mary appeared on a white cloud with a royal crown on her head and with open arms. She appeared for a few moments to all the brothers and the brief appearance deeply touched the hearts of the monks.

Source: Ernst, 1989, 104; Gamba, 1999, 396; Hierzenberger, 1993, 200 / 1997 205


BuuChau, QuangNam (Vietnam)

Visionaries: soldiers

In 1855, the hill of BuuChau, Province QuangNam in Vietman, the Madonna appeared over the roof of the parish church for Catholics persecuted, surrounded by 4,000 soldiers who wanted to exterminate them. The Virgin would protect them and the soldiers would be withdrawn.



Spoleto (Italy)

Visionary: St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (Francesco Possenti - Passionist - March 1, 1838 – February 27, 1862, Canonized 1920)

On August 22, 1856, Francesco Possenti, born in Assisi, pupil of the Jesuits in Spoleto, received a special call from the Virgin: "Francesco, the world is not for you, you must enter into a religious life." An icon of the Virgin came alive in front of him. On September 21, 1856m he entered the Passionists at Morrovalle. He became ill withh tuberculosis.

Those who were with Gabriel when he died on February 27, 1862 reported that at the moment of death, he sat up in bed and his face became radiant as he reached out to an otherwise unseen figure that was entering the room. It was the opinion of his spiritual director, Father Norbert that Saint Gabriel had seen the Virgin Mary at the very moment of his death.

He is remembered for his atonement, his deep veneration for the Mother of Sorrows and his unwavering patience throughout his deadly disease. In 1908 he was beatified and canonized in 1920. He is the patron of Catholic youth in Italy. His grave still attracts many pilgrims. He was the heavenly companion of St. Gemma Galgani (see Lucca 1900).

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 318; Mead C.P., J. “St. Gabriel: A Youthful Gospel Portrait”, page 42. L’Eco di S. Gabriele, 1985


Assisi, Umbria (Italy)

Title: Queen of Angels
M. Marie Frederic de Bray

It seems that miracle was the fruit of the prayers which had been going on for the last four years. At all events, Our Blessed Lady appears to have special designs over him, since he is her chosen instrument for propagating devotion to her as Queen of Angels, being Director of the Arch-Confraternity. For thirty years, M. Marie Frederic de Bray had been the victim of a very serious malady, which, during the last two of these thirty years, had been complicated with three others of an equally mortal character. All means, ordinary and extraordinary, had been tried. The most eminent physicians of Paris, Montpellier, Turin, and Florence had been consulted: science had declared itself powerless, and God himself seemed deaf to prayers. His Eminence the Cardinal of Clermont Tonnerre, Archbishop of Toulouse, and several relatives of M. de Bray, all persons ot distinguished rank in the world, had entreated the holy Prince Hohenlohe to pray for him, but the prayers of the German thaumaturgus were without any apparent result. There was no hope—death seemed inevitable. M. de Bray was nevertheless only thirty-six years of age. He was very pious, and had immense devotion to the Blessed Virgin. One day he heard the voice of this divine Mother, who said to him, "Make a vow to go on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Angels at Assisi, and I will cure thee."

Some days after this, the physicians declared that at eight o'clock in the evening he would be no more. "He has no pulse; his agony is nearly over; he will pass away imperceptibly," said they to the peasants who had come from the village to make inquiries. (It was the 22nd of July, 1856.) Just as the great clock of the Chateau de Bellevue (belonging to the De Bray family) struck twelve at midnight, and as the dying man was breathing his last sigh, he suddenly gathered up the little strength left, and said with his failing voice to Our Lady, who was present, assisting him, " I make my vow." At that instant he was cured. "I am cured," he cried out, and, to the astonishment of his mother and relations, he rose up, in fact, radically cured. The next day Dr. Portes, a physician who had attended him for thirty years, and who fully expected to find him dead, exclaimed upon seeing him and stirring," This is a real miracle." And so it was, and well worthy of the power and goodness of Mary.

Source: The Arch-Confraternity of Our Lady of Angels. Second Annual Volume. August 1873 - July 1874, p. 572 - 573

See also Hierzenberger 1997 p 205

June 1856

Orere, Liguria (Italy)

Visionary: Rosa Carbone (20)

In June 1856, Mary appeared twice a twenty year old Rosa Carbone. She lamented to this young woman the sins of men and moral neglect, which provoked the anger of her Son. Mary recommended the recitation of seven Our Father, Hail Holy Queen and Glory to be preserved from sudden death and be well prepared.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 205

May 1857


Visionaries: two girls

In May, two girls had the grace to receive an apparition of Mary. The Most Holy Lady appeared in a white dress and a blue cloak, wrapped in a dim light came from the clouds of glory, and holding the Child Jesus tight to her breast.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 206

September 18, 1858


Visionary: Bl. Mirijam Banardy (1846 - 1876)

On 13 November 1983, Pope John Paul II beatified, in a sign of ecumenical hope and peace in the Middle East, "Mirijam, the little Arab." She was born January 5, 1846 at Abellin (between Haifa and Nazareth) as the thirteenth child of the couple and Giries Banardy and Mirijam Schahyn. After the death of her parents she was adopted by an uncle and went to live in Egypt. At the age of thirteen years she was betrothed. The night before the wedding day, she heard the voice of Jesus come from the depths of her heart that whispered these words clearly: "All things pass. If you give me your heart, I will always be with you. " After receiving this message, the small Arab wished to remain forever the mystical bride of the Redeemer and did not want to get married. Since then she was treated like a slave, and suffered all kinds of abuse. She was a daughter of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, and when she had the courage to say this was nearly slaughtered by her brother, with whom she had sought refuge. She lay unconscious and was believed dead. The night of the 18th of September 1858, she was thrown into an alley in Alexandria. Mirijam was about to die when a beautiful lady appeared wrapped in a blue dress that woke up, bringing her to life in a miraculous way. When she opened his eyes and saw the Holy Virgin she heard these words: "Be happy even if you suffer and suffer for God, He sends you only what you need, accept always good." After having warned about the temptations of the devil and encouraged to engage in love of neighbor, she prophesied that she would live in a convent in France and would die in the guise of Caramel in Bethlehem. Then she disappeared.

All that the Holy Virgin had predicted happened: Mirijam entered the Carmelite Order in 1875 and then founded the Caramel of Bethlehem, where he died August 26, 1878, after living a life full of mystical graces, penance, atonement and suffering .

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 pp 206-207

Feb 11 - July 16, 1858

Lourdes (France)

BISHOP APPROVED AND VATICAN RECOGNIZED (see the list of Vatican recognized apparitions)

Title: Immaculate Conception
Bernadette Soubirous

At the Grotto of Massabielle, the Virgin showed herself 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous. Under the title "the Immaculate Conception," she called for penance and prayer for the conversion of sinners.

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Arnaud-Guilhem, Haute-Garonne (France)

Title: Our Lady of Arnaud-Guilhem
Jeanne Marie Félicie Cavé (1850-1891 Sr. Marie Aimée), Jeanne Sarlabous (1847-1878), Marianne (1849-1862 Sr. Maria of the Good Shepherd) and Francoise Bernadet (1851-1916 Sr. Marie of the Reparation)

In this village of Picheloup, from June 23, 1859 to December 1861, four children allegedly had apparitions and received messages.

The ban was not removed but the vicar general of the diocese of Toulouse, gerardo Delom, has announced the approval in 2007 of the Marian cult, obtained from the new Archbishop, Msgr Légal. All the first Saturday of each month, the pilgrims, thirty people are to pray the rosary Picheloup; the Saturday closest to 15 September (Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows) meet about 350 faithful. During World War I (1914-1918), the private pilgrimages resumed spontaneously, then declined until recent years. At the general meeting of June 27, 2009, the Association of Friends of Our Lady of Picheloup, founded June 23, 2003, has decided who built a chapel.

Source: Laurentin, Rene and Sbalchiero, Patrick. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. 2010 Edizioni ART. p. 318


Robinsonville, WI (USA)

BISHOP APPROVED (see the list of Bishop approved apparitions)

Our Lady Of Good Help
Sr. Adele Brise (28)

On October 8, 1859, the Blessed Mother showed herself to a devout 28- year-old Belgian farm woman named Adele Brisse in the area of Robinsonville, Wisconsin. Mary stood in white between two trees, then slowly vanished, leaving a white cloud after her.

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Rosenau (AUSTRIA)

Visionary: John Brunnsteiner (4)

A child of three years, John Brunnsteiner, suddenly became blind. A year later he was brought by his parents desperate for a source of healing to the Chapel of the Red Cross in Hengtpas. As soon as the child touched the water and bathed his eyes specifically, the Mother of God appeared to him crowned with the Child Jesus and healed him immediately from blindness. Since that time the fount became famous for its miraculous healing effect.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 pp215


Madhu (Sri Lanka)

In 1859 or 1860, according to an unverifiable source, the Virgin allegedly appeared at the Marian Sanctuary of Madhu giving the dust curative properties against snake bites.

Source: Rosa Mystica, n 38 -39, July August 1981, 5

April 20, 1860

Andlau (FRANCE, Alsace, Basso Reno, diocese of Strausberg)

Visionary: Françoise Barthel (1822 - 1878)

Source: Laurentin, R. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, p. 80

September 6, 1860


Visionary: Pauline Perie (1838 - 1915)

The mystic Pauline Perie, born in 1838, after having had the grace to receive some sublime appearances of the Savior, on September 6, 1860, in the church of Francoules, she also had the grace to see Our Lady. The Blessed Virgin appeared to her in a robe covered with youthful appearance of stars, a golden crown and small flowers in hand. From that day, Mary appeared to her again. Sometimes the Madonna was accompanied by Saints and Angels, who urged the seer to make atonement for fallen humanity. Pauline retired, with her sister in 1902 to a convent near Santa Fe in Argentina, where she died in 1915.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 215


San Luca di Montafalco / Spoleto (Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Star
Righetto Cionci (1857-1923) (Age 4)

In this place near Montefalco Mary appeared in March 1861 to a four year old child, named Righetto Cionchi, among the ruins of an ancient chapel dedicated to St. Bartholomew. Righetto said he saw a beautiful lady who caressed him and recommended to be good. A year earlier, a pious woman who died in the odor of sanctity had said that the Virgin wanted to be honored in that place and to restore the chapel. No one had given importance to the fact until March of 1862 when a young man, John Castellani, the point of death due to tuberculosis was miraculously cured by invoking the Virgin Mary seen by Righetto. On 21 September of that same year, the bishop laid the foundation stone of the Shrine of the Madonna della Stella. Righetto entered as a brother in the Congregation of the Fathers of obedience Somaschi and began his beatification. The apparitions were recognized by the local bishop.

Source: Ernst, 1989, 107; leg, 401, Rosa Mystica, No 36, 4.

See also Hierzenberger 1997 p 216


Anglet (France)

Title: Queen of Angels
Louis Edouard Cestac (1801-1868)

Mary appeared in the convent of Our Lady of refugees to the founder, the priest Louis Edouard Cestac (1801-1868), Canon and Vicar Capitular. He showed herself, as the "Queen of the Angels," how the demonic powers are ravaging the world and his Angels win the devil and demons. Cestac founded kindergartens and homes for orphaned and abandoned girls, and also in 1836 founded the Congregation of the Servants of Mary. In 1908 the process of beatification started.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 216

January 13, 1865


Visionary: Mrs. Marie Jalhay

Mrs. Marie Jalhay, born in 1807 near Stavelot, she lived like a housewife. She suffered from a serious disease of the spine and could only barely perform household tasks. On January 13, 1865 Mary appeared to her in a supernatural light, clear, wrapped in a white coat, who said: "Now you are healed! Get up, go down and shown to your family. "At that moment the woman was healed and could easily go to alert her family of the miracle.

After some time, the seer was stigmatized and suffered every Wednesday and Friday as a soul atoning for the sins of humanity.

Sourxe: Hierzenberger 1997 p 216-217


Chambery (France)

Visionary: Sr. Martha Chambon (1841-1907)

A sister named Martha Chambon (1841-1907), who was in the convent of the Visitation of Mary, had frequent apparitions of the Virgin and Jesus Christ. Many of these appearances dealt with the painful sufferings and the wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 217



Visionary: farmer

In 1865 a farmer discovered a fountain of spring water. Mary appeared repeatedly in the presence of many people between 1866 and 1867 in the vicinity of this source. She pointed to this source as a place of healing founded by his single will. In fact, were recorded in those years, many miraculous healings. In 1867 the first stone was laid for the construction of a sanctuary.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 217

January 13, 1866

Filippsdorf (Czech Republic)

BISHOP APPROVED AND VATICAN RECOGNIZED (see the list of Vatican recognized apparitions)

Magdalena Kade (31) (+1905)
Title: Help of Christians

Philippsdorf is a village in northern Bohemia, founded in 1681 by Count Philipp of Dietrichstein Siegmund. Magdalene Kade , a woman of thirty-one born in this village, suffered for many years from a series of very serious illnesses. An orphan, she lived with her 34 year old brother Joseph, with his wife Cecilia and their five children. On January 13, 1866 at two in the morning, Mary Magdalene was in bed and could not speak due to extreme weakness. A dear friend watched her. The patient paused to contemplate the portrait of Our Lady of Sorrows on the wall opposite the bed. At four AM, Magdalene suddenly called her friend and said, excitedly, "Look at that shine! Look at that beauty." The friend looked but saw nothing. Magdalene was the only privileged one to see the splendor of a lady dressed in white, with a golden tiara in her hair, close to the bed. Magdalene trembled and knew that she had received a visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary! The Madonna moved her lips silently said, "My daughter, now you are healed!" And then she disappeared. The patient was able to quickly get up and find that she was completely healed. A bishop's commission examined the miraculous event and recognized the healing and supernatural character. In the period between 1870 and 1885 a neo-Romanesque church was built and was elevated to minor basilica by Pope Leo XIII, who officially consecrated it and dedicated to Mary, "Help of Christians." This shrine is still an important place of pilgrimage.

Meanwhile in 1884 the first stone of the convent of the Redemptorists was laid that the following year, and they took custody of the church and the care of pilgrims. On December 10, 1905, Magdalene Kade died in Gerorgswalde and was given a solemn funeral. She had sold everything to help with expenses of building the church sanctuary.

On September 13, 1886, at Kathenhof, a mother sadly wrapped her legs of her child for amputation in the linen cloth that was laid at the feet of Our Lady in Philippsdorf. The child felt a strong sensation of heat and after three days he was completely cured. This child became a missionary priest in the Congregation of Divine Word in the Netherlands.

In the same year, the chaplain Father Francis Storch said he recorded eleven sets of miraculous healings and graces received through the intercession of the Virgin Mary venerated at Philippsdorf.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 217-218

January 25, 1867

Kirchdorf (AUSTRIA)

Visionary: Teresa Steindl

Holy Mary appeared six times between January 25, 1867 and February 12, 1868, to Teresa Steindl. Teresa heard the voice of the last apparition of Mary that exhorted her to strive for the conversion of mankind. Our Lady appeared to the seer almost always in silence, and the girl did not say much, but said only a few words full of meaning: "... If humanity will still resist the conversion will occur a great many disasters and desolation ... Many lightning fall from heaven, and many homes will be surrounded by flames. Then darkness of sad night will fall."

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 218

April 15, 1868

Bois d'Haine (Belgium)

Visionary: Luise Lateau

Our Lady first appeared April 15, 1868 to Louise Lateau (1850-1883). The mystic had heroically served the sick of the plague in 1866. After this first apparition of Our Lady, Luisa was favored by other many mystical graces through which he met Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels and saints. Moreover, the servant of God had many inner visions and inspirations. Every Friday, she was stigmatized with bleeding sores. From 1871 she lived without food. Her stigmata were carefully examined by doctors and church authorities finally were declared indefinable. An ecclesiastical recognition was not followed and many documents have not yet been made public.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 219


Tsuwano, Japan

Visionary: Jean Baptiste Yasurtaro (32)

In the region of Ometognè, Jean Baptiste Yasurtaro, a Christian from Nagasaki, was imprisoned. According to tradition, toward the end of the year 1869 the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, appeared every night for a long period of time, as a mother consoling and blessing him.

The diocesan bishops have not recognized these apparitions.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 219


Potay-Loigny (France)

Visionary: General of the Papal Aouaves

The general of Sonis, commander of the Papal Zouaves, was a fervent devotee to the cult of Mary. He was badly wounded in the battle of December 2, at the same place where, in 1429, Joan of Arc put the British on the run. While languishing among the injured, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him to comfort him.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 220

November 9, 1870

Metz (France)

Visionary: boy (8)
Title: Our Lady of La Salette

On November 9, 1870 in Metz, as told by popular tradition, a boy of eight years had a brief appearance of Our Lady of La Salette.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 220

November 20, 1870


Visionaries: many faithful

The Maison de Secours chapel of the monastery was a place of worship chosen by the Mother of God to appear to the faithful. She appeared several times between November 20, 1870 and 1872.

During this period, many of the faithful in prayer in the chapel they saw the heavenly Mother, and for some moments in silence.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 220

April 10, 1870


Visionary: Barbara Conrad (9)

Barbara Conrad was a girl of nine years suffering from a serious illness. She received by the grace of the Holy Virgin Mary anapparition on Palm Sunday of 1870, then again, one year after the same period. Suddenly, after these appearances, Barbara recovered from her serious illness.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 220



Visionary: a mute girl

A girl, born mute, went with her mother and a friend to the church of the Capuchins of Eupen for a novena. They prayed before a statue of the Madonna and Child. On the ninth day, returning home after the novena, she greeted her parents experiencing her voice for the first time. The parents were deeply amazed. The next day the girl calmly told them that, while he was in church, he had seen the Virgin Mary next to the statue. The Mother of God, wrapped in a heavenly radiance, had cured her silently with a simple gesture. During the appearance she could not move or even think for a while. The parents informed the parish priest who recorded the miraculous apparition.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 219


Pontmain (France)

BISHOP APPROVED AND VATICAN RECOGNIZED (see the list of Vatican recognized apparitions)

Title: Our Lady of Hope
Eugene Barbadette (12), Francoise Richer (11) , Jeanne-Marie Lebosse (9), Eugene Friteau (6)

Mary appeared on a farm to students at the nearby convent school. Mary's message was written on a banner that unfurled from her feet: "But pray my children. God will hear you in a short time. My Son allows Himself to be moved by compassion.

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Innsbruck , Locherboden (Austria)

Visionary: Maria Kalb
Title: Our Lady of Salvation

Maria Kalb was lying in bed for seven years because of an incurable disease. The Holy Virgin Mary, moved with compassion, appeared in a cave in the Motz nell'Oberinntal. The patient was asked to be taken to that place and immediately was healed. On a boulder near the entrance of the cave miraculously hung a copy of Mary, Our Lady of Salvation, the portrait had been brought from a mountain devoted some years before. The news of healing and of the apparition spread around, and immediately many pilgrims visited this place.Long after the event, a neo-gothic church that was consecrated in 1901 when they noticed bright miraculous phenomena. The copy of the Mary of Help was placed on the altar and the entrance of the cave rock was placed in the chapel, with a wooden relief of the Mother of God, wearing a cloak of gold.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 221

April 4, 1871

Lausanne, CHAPPELES (Switzerland)

Visionary: Maria-Francoise Decotterd (21)

Mary appeared twice to twenty-one year old Marie-Francoise Decotterd. The seer was seriously ill from birth and continously suffered. On April 4, 1871, the Heavenly Mother appeared for the first time and urged the patient to devote her life of sacrifice and expiation in the service of Jesus Christ and the salvation of souls in the world. The second time she appeared on May 9, 1872 and heralded the end of his sufferings and her passage into the heavenly world.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 220-221

December 5, 1871


Visionary: Sister Therese Emmanuel de la Mère de Dieu (Katharina O'Neil, 1816-1884)

Sister Therese Emmanuel de la Mère de Dieu (Katharina O'Neil, 1816-1884), born in Limerick (Ireland), founded with Mother Marie-Eugénie of Jesus, in 1839, the Congregation of the Assumption in Paris. She died at Cannes in 1884. She heavenly visions and contemplations for 45 years, especially after the founding of the Congregation. On December 5, 1871 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her and showed her a picture of a future Marian army with the Immaculate Conception on its banners.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 221

August 25, 1871

St. Louis, MO (USA)

Visionary: Therese Schaffer

On August 25, 1871 Madonna appeared in a white robe with a golden crown of stars to a very sick woman, Teresa Schaffer. Mary healed her, and bade her enter a convent and devote all the heavenly world. Teresa followed the advice of the Madonna and found peace and truth.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 223


L'Hospital (France)

Visionary: Clémentine Girsch (11) and nine children

On July 7th, 1872, near Forbach, at the Church of Holy Mary, the Virgin appeared to Clementine, age 11, in a golden dress, while shedding tears of blood in his hand she held the globe of the world and was surrounded by the souls of German soldiers and French war dead. Then she appeared on another 5 occasions from July 11 - 16, 1872 and finally on July 7, 1877. On July 11th, 1872, another 2 young children received a message: "Come, Come. " The next day, seven young children saw the Virgin kneeling with outstretched arms in their direction. On the following July 15, another appearance was reported on the Frankenbourg mountain. Church authorities have not recognized this appearance.

Source: Chiron, 1995, 343; Ernst, 1989, 112. Hierzenberger, 1993, 220/1997, 223; G. Lameire, Notre Dame de Neubois, s.l. 1978; Ch-L. Maréchal, le Frankenbourg, Sélestat, 1952; Stella Maris, n. 368, marzo 2001, 11-13

July 7, 1872


Visionaries: 4 children
Title: Mother of mercy

The Mother of God appeared again to four children from July 7, 1872 to 1877. She wore a mantle interwoven with gold thread, a golden crown on her head and a black cross on his chest. Twice she showed herself with a sword, often as "Mother of mercy," or surrounded by the Angels and Saints and once in the company of Pius IX. Some of these appearances were manifested in the presence of a hundred people. In this place there arose a miraculous shrine.

Source: Herzenberger 1997 pp. 223-224

February 14, 1872

POUILLE-les-Coteaux (FRANCE)

Visionary: Josephine Rodhomme (13) (1859-1938)

The Most Holy Virgin Mary first appeared to Josephine Rodhomme (1859-1938) at a Marian altar of the church of that place. It was February 14, 1872, Our Lady appeared in a white robe with blue and pink and wore on her head a crown of flowers. The same apparition appeared twice more on February 15 and 16. in the latter Mary expressed a burning desire to convert the world and so she invited her to pray fervently for this purpose, particularly to recite the Hail Mary and the Ave Maria Stella ("Hail Star of the Sea"). Some time later became a nun under the name of Josephine Marie-Leonie.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 224

February 18, 1873


Visionary: Armand Wallet (13) and Alfred Fontes (11)

On February 18, 1873 Mary appeared repeatedly to a week to thirteen Armand Wallet, living in Paris. Other people were able to witness the events of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the house on 36 rue Truffault. No other details are known.

Less than a month later, on March 17, again in Paris in the Square des Batignolles, Alfred Fontes, a child of eleven years, also had an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. No other details are known.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 227

February 22, 1873

Blaine / La Fraudais (France)

Title: Our Lady of the Scapular of the Sacred Heart
Marie Julie Jahenny (23) (1850-1941)

Marie Julie Jahenny (1850-1941) was born in the village of Blain, in the department of Loire in France. At the age of 23 years, was confined to bed because seriously ill, February 22 1873, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her twice in the same day: the morning at 11 and 15. The Mother of God was dressed in black and was carrying a large white cross. The first appeared in a silent way, the second time he spoke to the Blessed Virgin Mary, consoled her and promised healing, also asked her if she was ready to receive the holy stigmata. Then the Virgin disappeared. From this time began to prime a life of intense atonement for the sins of the world and for the poor souls. She received the holy stigmata, and the grace of many visions and contemplations of the Mother of God, Jesus Christ and the saints. As the Virgin had announced , the visionary recovered on May 2. Suddenly her face flushed, she put on her clothes and prepared to join a meeting with nearly two thousand people who wanted to see her. He wanted to make them witnesses to the promise of Our Lady.

On October 7, Marie Julie received the wounds from the crown of thorns, and on November 25 a sore shoulder, where Jesus carried the weight of the Cross, in January of 1874 manifested wrists the marks of the ropes with which Jesus was bound, on February 21 appeared the imprint of the ring on the ring of mystical marriage " (visible up to 1909). Since 1930 the stigmata disappeared, remaining only partially visible and sometimes bleeding. The seer also had many visions on the future of France, the Church and the world saw terrible revolutions, wars and devastation, but also that France would bloom again and renew the Church.

The Church's position before this case was not unique: the Bishop Fournier, responsible for the diocese, knew and believed in the apparitions, the visionary who had had their origin and the mystical. On the death of Fournier, three weeks later, Marie Julie was excommunicated. After examination, the office of the holy Cardinal Rampolla was positively convinced of the sincerity of this mystical woman. The new bishop, however, decided not to recognize the groups in order to not to alienate its adverse clergy. Theologians and church experts, after examining her too, became convinced that the seer was not faking as many suspected. In 1888 Marie Julie was rehabilitated and then returned to the sacraments. The Church's position was very inconsistent in the face of this case: while the Bishop Le Fer de la Motte (1914-1955) was full of kindness towards the mystic, took care of the contacts, visited her and begged her to ask her prayers and the sin offering for the diocesan clergy; his successor, however, paid no attention to the seer. Almost all the ecstasies and contemplations of Marie Julie were noted, for many years in thousands of pages by Charbonnier and other brothers. Much has been lost in recent years of the seer, especially with the death of all family members, after having cared for over the last year when the mystic died. In 1972 he tried to retrieve all records that remained and were later published.

Among the many messages that Marie Julie has left us, they are marked by her expiatory suffering for the confirmation of the secrets of La Salette and Fatima. Father Pius expressed himself thus on Marie Julie: "She lives like a purple shadow, the better to shine the light of Truth."

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 226-227

March 10, 1873

Bilding-St. Avola (France)

Visionary: Catherine Filljung (1848-1915)

On March 10, 1873, in the church of Saargemiind, Mary appeared to Catherine Filljung (1848-1915). The Holy Virgin appeared to the seer in Bilding other times. The Mother of God was always adorned with a blue vest and a white coat and silently showed herself to the mystic Catherine. Inspired by these visions, the seer founded an orphanage in 1884 and in 1899 a community of Third Order of St. Dominic, which she led as prioress. Because of disobedience against the bishop of Metz Willibrord Benzler OSB, this community was dissolved. The mystic received the gift of the Holy Stigmata, the supernatural authenticity, however, was questioned. Even Catherine's mystical experiences, which led Pope Leo XIII to promote the cult of the Holy Rosary, were never validated by ecclesiastical commissions.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 225

March 1873

Wittelsheim (Alsace)

Visionary: Townspeople

According to tradition, from March 1873 to 1875 some people had apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Details are unknown.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p. 229

April 14, 1873

Walbach (Alsace)

Title: Our Lady of the Rhine
Jospeh Hoffert (21), Xavier Ilergott (13), Theresa Kaufmann (50)

On April 14, 1873 some people were privileged to see the Most Blessed Virgin who appeared to them as "Our Beloved Lady of Cavezzale." The Mother of God appeared to the visionaries Joseph Hoffert, 21 years, Xavier Ilergott of 13 years, and the paralytic Theresa Kaufmann, 50. She exhorted them to prayer and penance, not only for themselves but for the whole of France. The three visionaries received still other apparitions of the Virgin in which they received words of consolation and prophecy.
On February 13, 1874 Theresa Kaufmann was miraculously healed after another apparition of Mary.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 229

May 15, 1873

Samois (FRANCE)

Visionaries: 25 school children

According to local legend, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to an entire class of 25 children, the apparition lasting from 11:45 until 1:30. Mary appeared again to the children in the school garden, with the Child Jesus appeared to them in her arms and a golden crown on her head. The Madonna was seen by the child seers still other places frequented by them and made sure that pupils contemplated of the story of the escape to Egypt.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p. 228

June 8, 1873

Saint Bauzille DE LA SYLVIE, Montpellier (France)

see list of apparitions approved for faith expression)

Augustus Amauld

Although it was Sunday the feast of the Trinity, the winemaker Augustus Arnaud worked in his vineyard. Suddenly, according to local legend, Augustus saw a bright light in the middle of the field and came and saw that manifested itself in that light the figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she attracted the attention of the farmer on Sunday rest and urged him to erect a cross, to place a statue of the Madonna in the vineyard and venerate with his neighbors. Exactly one month later, she reappeared on the cross, which had meanwhile been erected with a devotional spirit, and said to all the people: "You must never work on Sunday! Blessed are those who believe."

In 1876, the diocesan bishop, Bishop De Cabrières, after the establishment of a commission of inquiry and having questioned several times the seer, he recognized the supernatural origin of the apparitions.

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Saint Bauzille DE LA SYLVIE, Montpellier (France)

Visionary: Françoise Théotiste Covarel (Franciscan tertiary)

From August 18, 1873 until the end of July 1874, the Franciscan tertiary Françoise Théotiste Covarel, was the seer of 22 apparitions of the Virgin, in which she gave messages in which she spoke of the corruption of the clergy. The Bishop Vibert François Marie, at first showed himself favorable, was moved by the Holy Office to another diocese.



Visionaries: Two girls

Two girls were returning from a pilgrimage to Our Lady in the field, when they met a lady who sat on the stump of a tree. The Lady, who was the Holy Virgin Mary, invited both girls to sit with her and talk. They discussed hard times humanity. Eventually Our Lady promised the two girls to heal the father of one of them and the mother of the other, suffering from incurable diseases. In fact, both people were healed and the girls explained the reason for the miraculous origin and relatives. Soon a large number of pilgrims visited the place (called "Capitagna Angel") where the Madonna had appeared. The pilgrimage was struck down by police and military, and the girls had another apparition of the Blessed Virgin and was miraculously saved from persecution. They were taken to God at still at an early age.


San Francisco, CA (USA)

Visionary: Miss Collins

The Virgin appeared to Miss Collins, a suffering woman, and invited her to drink three sips of water from La Salette and say three Hauil Marys. Her healing would take place soon afterwards.

Sources: Ernst 1989, 114 and Gamba, 1999, 410
; See also Hierzenberger 1997 p. 229



Visionaries: 2 children

In 1873, Bettwiller, a small French village in the diocese of Metz in the Moselle, two children from the place, they had visions of the Virgin in the home of their parents, both in church and even on the road. The messages are a call to conversion of men, to pray and ask for the construction of a new chapel in honor of the Madonna. No formal investigation was ever initiated by the diocesan bishop and the event has been forgotten.


September 10, 1874

Noyal-Muzillac (France)

Visionary: Jean-Pierre Boterff (1857 -1888)

Jean Pierre Le Boterff, born October 15, 1857 in Noyal-Muzillac, was a young farmer who was very diligent and committed to his work. On September 10, 1874, near the camp where he was intent on sowing, he saw a figure on the edge of the woods. This figure was surrounded by a highly luminous halo grew more distinct, until she assumed the appearance of the Mother of God: she wore a blue robe sprinkled with stars, a golden cloak and a white veil. Mary invited the industrious farmer to make a pilgrimage walk to St. Anne d'Auray. The Virgin appeared to him at other times and urged him to pray for Brittany. Some years later, Pierre entered the Frères de l'Instruction nell'Otdine Chrétienne in Brittany, in the convent of Ploermel, where he died at only 31 years.

The Church has never recognized these apparitions, nor launched a commission of inquiry.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 229



Visionary: Bl. Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (Mariam Soultaneh) (31)

May 12, 1874

Pra' (Italy)

Title: Our Lady Help of Christians
Visionaries: Angela Berruti (12) and Vincent Scossiera (13)

On May 12, 1874, the Blessed Virgin appeared to the shepherds Vincenzo Scossiera (12) and Angela Berruti (13). Angela first saw a lady high off the ground and on a cloud beckoning her to come closer, wearing a brown-colored dress and veil. Vincenzo came to the place and saw the lady in blue but he became scared and ran to the house. Others including Magdalene Olivieri, and, Teresa Burnengo (36) saw the Madonna as Angela had seen her. On October 25, Maria Pegollo (13) went to the site and saw the Virgin Mary dressed in black. Our Lady said that she wanted a chapel in that place, which was built, amidst opposition from the authorities of Feglino.

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Bonsecours, Hainaut (Belgium) / Enghien (Belgium)

Visionary: Berthe Francoise Marie Magdalene Ghislaine Petit (January 23, 1870—March 26, 1943)

See also Hierzenberger 1997 p 244

July 1875

Villareggio, PIEDMONT (Italy)

Title: Mother of Sorrows
Rosina Ferro (24) (b. 1851)

Rosina Ferro, born in Villareggia in 1851, was the housemaid for the pastor of a little village, at the age of 24 years Rosina had the privilege of receiving the apparitions of Our Lady.

The girl saw at the edge of the road the "Mother of Sorrows" silent and surrounded by Angelpols. Throughout the month of July and August, saw her at 15, in the same place. Some time later, Rosina received the holy stigmata every Friday and suffered the Passion of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 1875


Loigny (FRANCE)

Title: Mother of Sorrows
Mathilde Marchat

From 1875 until the end of 1883, Mathilde Marchat, claimed to have visions of the Virgin with messages prophetic and apocalyptic in nature. Driven by the appearance, the visionary founded in 1883, a religious congregation called the "Brides of Jesus Penitent" led by Secretary Josephine Duchon. On March 8, 1888, the Bishop of Chartres, Bishop Regnault, ordered the dissolution of the congregation and exposed the falsity of the apparitions is those the messages. The Holy Office, urged to review the position of the Bishop, confirmed instead the decision. A year later the new Bishop Lagrange that the Holy Office, condemning again Matilda, her visions and her congregation and punished priests sympathetic to the seer. In 1894, finally, Matilde was excommunicated, with confirmation of the Holy Office in 1896. Since 1910 there has been no news of the congregation.


July 3, 1876

Marpingen (Germany)

Visionaries: Katherina Hubertus,
Margaretha Kunz, Susanna Leist

Not established as supernatural - Dec 13, 2005 (Bishop Reinhard Marx of Trier)

July 3, 1876


Visionaries: Catherine Ducla (10) and Jeanne Cazade

On 3 July 1876, Fargues, near Mont-de-Marsan, the ten year old girl Catherine Ducla and his partner, Jeanne Cazade, go together, as they usually do, to draw water from the fountain of the country. Suddenly, Catherine sees the bottom of a cavity of about three meters, a lady dressed in white with a long veil, her hands clasped, ribbons on her arms, a silver crown and a rosary on his belt. The appearances are repeated several times in the same place until 16 July 1876. The Lady looks like the Immaculate Conception and asks prayer and penance.
The diocesan bishop, Bishop Delannoy, he received a documentation of the events by the pastor of Fargues and, after conducting an investigation, he denied the supernatural origin of the apparitions. Laurentin writes that the Curia has even denied the existence of documents on this matter.

Not established as supernatural - Dec 13, 2005 (Bishop Reinhard Marx of Trier)

Source: Laurentin, Rene. Dictioanry of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary p 268


Pellevoisin (France)

see list of apparitions approved for faith expression)

Estelle Faguette (33)

In 1876 in the village of Pellevoisin, Estelle Faguette lay dying of pulmonary tuberculosis, acute peritonitis and an abdominal tumor. During the night of the February 14th, she claimed to witness the first of fifteen apparitions of the Blessed Virgin and was healed.

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Dec 11, 1875


Visionary: Josephine Reverdy (+1908)

Josephine Reverdy was a very sick woman. On December 11, 1875, while suffering from excruciating pains, she had the privilege of receiving an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who cured her of the serious illness. With gratitude and love for the Blessed Virgin, the visionary declared himself willing to sacrifice herself as a soul atoning for the sins of the world. Our Lady appeared to Josephine also sometimes as "Mother of Sorrows" and "Queen of Martyrs." Especially on Saturday, Josephine was painful ecstasy that he accepted as an expiatory sacrifice for others.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 230



Visionary: Thomas Fred Price (16) (b. 1860)

Thomas Fred Price, born in 1860 at the age of 16 years made a sea voyage from North Carolina to reach St. George's College in Baltimore. During the trip because of a storm, the ship sank and all survivors were killed. Thomas, who was about to be caught by the waves, was miraculously saved by the Blessed Virgin who appeared to him briefly. Four other passengers were pardoned and were the only ones to survive and miraculously reach the beach with Price. Tied to the memory of the apparition, Thomas felt a vocation to the priesthood, he retired from worldly life and was ordained a priest. In 1911 he founded with J. A. Walsh the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, a missionary society of priests and laity. Price became in 1918 the first superior of this organization in China.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 230

Dec 1, 1876

Mettenbuch (Germany)

Visionaries: Caroline Kraus (6), Francis Xavier Kraus (10), Therese Liebl, Madeleine Sack (8-14) and some adults

Title: "Comforter of the afflicted"/ "Mother of God of Advent."

Mettenbuch is a town in Bavaria, which became famous during the period of the Kulturkampf (conflict between the Germanic Empire and the Catholic Church) due to the intense supernatural events recorded in the vicinity of the monastery of Metten (Deggendorf). This event so rich in supernatural phenomena is also connected by a miraculous healing from possession: that of Barbara Eder. The apparitions were manifested in the period between December 1 through 21, 1876 and again, one last time, Mary appeared in 1878. The main visionaries, Caroline Kraus, Francis Xavier Kraus, Teresa Liebl Sack and Matilda, were all aged between eight and fourteen years, and some adults should be added to the group who saw part of some aspects of the apparitions. The boys had the privilege of receiving the apparitions of the Virgin, the Child Jesus, and sometimes also of St. Joseph and several rows of angels and saints, as well as to see light phenomena.

These events were detailed protocolled by the parish priest and the competent bishop, Ignatius Senestrey of Regensburg. The latter, however, immediately distanced himself from the apparitions and was from the beginning decided to suspend the investigation. Contrary to its decisions, several professors, priests and monks of the monastery of Metten protested in Rome. Thus was opened a new investigation. It was hoped in ecclesiastical recognition when the twenty year old Barbara Eder, who suffered from severe forms of possession, was miraculously cured by bathing in the spring of the forest, where they had manifested the phenomena considered supernatural. Despite this alleged extraordinary healing, the bishop refused further investigation. With the death of Father Francis Nock and his father Ugo Dieringer, both monks of the monastery of Metten in favor of opening the investigation ecclesiastical dissolved any hope of a possible recognition and vanished the possibility of building a memorial chapel in the woods.

Source:Hierzenberger 1997 p 231-237
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Gietrzwald, DIETRICHSWALDE (Poland)

Bishop Approved and Vatican Recognized (see list of Vatican recognized apparitions)

Our Lady of Gietrzwald
Justyna Szafrynska (13), Barbara Samulowska (12)

The area was already known for over a century for the devotional tradition with a copy of the portrait of the Holy Virgin of Czestochowa, crowned since 1717 in the parish church. In 1877, the Mother of God appeared again and again, between June 27 and September 16, to three women: 13 year old Justina Schaffrinski, 12 year old Barbara Samulowski and another 45 year old who remains unknown. Our Lady appeared to the visionaries in different ways: sometimes sitting and surrounded by angels, her face radiant in a bright cloud, some other time with a crown on her head and the Child Jesus in her arms. Very little is known of the nature of the messages. But we know that the main message of her appearances was this: "I want you to recite the rosary every day." Following the news of the apparitions developed a remarkable pilgrimage, encouraged by the local parish priest. Most of the pilgrims arrived in that place (then part of the Prussian territory) from Poland. The miraculous case was examined by the competent Ordinariate of Frauensburg who gave an unfavorable opinion to the recognition of the apparitions. On the centenary of the phenomena, however, Cardinal Wojtyla officially recognized the apparitions.

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Lummen (Belgium)

Visionary: Rosalia Püt


Corato (Italy)

Visionary: Luisa Piccarreta (1865-1947)


Knock (Ireland)

BISHOP APPROVAL AND VATICAN RECOGNITION (see the list of Vatican reignized apparitions)

Our Lady of Knock
15 Persons

During a pouring rain, the figures of Mary, Joseph, John the Apostle and a lamb on a plain altar appeared over the gable of the village chapel, enveloped in a bright light. None of them spoke. At least 15 people, between the ages of 5 and 75, saw the apparition.

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Holywell, Gainsborough (England)

Visionary: Teresa Elena Higginson


Philadelphia, PA (USA)

Visionary: 18-year-old blind girl

In 1881, The New York Times reported that an 18-year-old blind girl had claimed to have seen Mary on the wall of her bedroom, at 4058 Market St. Others also witnessed a crowned figure on the wall, though the reporter was warned by a doctor that “the girl is in a state of diphtheria and is liable to imagine anything.”


June 1882

Les Landes (France)

Visionary: Marie Lorteau (9) b.May 11, 1874

The Blessed Virgin appeared to nine year old Marie Lorteau (1947), the first time in June of 1882 and then in subsequent years. The Mother of God guided the young on the path of penance and prayer to avert God's punishment on earth and atone for the sins of the world

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 241


Lyons (France)

Visionary: Anne-Marie Coste (1862-1924)
Title: The Mother of Solitude

The tradition of the Mother of Solitude speaks of nineteen Marian apparitions received by the seer Anna Maria Costa (1862-1924) at a hospital in Lyon. The seer was suffering from cervical arthritis and severe tuberculosis of the lungs and bones. Mary appeared to her with a beautiful precious crown and feet rested on a cloud. She was holdingthe Child Jesus in a blanket in her arms. Her Divine Son held a globe of the world with a broken cross. The Most Holy Mother told to the seer, "What is lacking in your crown in heaven you have to complete with expiatory suffering ... You must contribute to the heavenly plan, because if humanity does not convert I can not stop the hand of my Son who has already been too patient. " Our Lady appeared 18 more times until September 22, 1883, in her parents' house in Via Bonnet and the convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of the Grandis where, in 1891 after being miraculously cured from tuberculosis, she came to embrace the religious life. On January 2, 1883 Our Lady appeared and asked her to ensure that a medal of "Mother of Solitude" was created and disseminated.

The Archbishop of Lyons, Bishop Louis Caverot found it unnecessary to initiate a canonical investigation.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 241


Rovigo (Italy)

Visionary: Maria Inglese (17) (1866 - 1889)

The seventeen year old seamstress, Maria Inglese, had several visions of the Most Holy Virgin, who appeared in her room a few times. The visionarywas inspired by the Mother of God to collanborate toward the introduction of communion every first Monday of the month, was fervent and expiatory sacrifices made for charities, also devoted herself to the reading of the Gospel, trying to live by the principles contained therein. She also founded the Work dedicated to expiatory Marian sacrifice and Honor Guards of the Heart of Mary. She went under the name of Sister Maria Dolores and died December 29, 1889 as vicar general of that order.

Source: HIerzenberger 19977 p 241-242

May 13, 1883

Saint Therese of Lisieux

Visionary: Saint Therese of Lisieux

On Pentecost Sunday, May 13, 1883, while her sister Marie had gone out to the garden, leaving Therese with Leonie who was reading near the window, Therese began to call for "Maman" which was her nickname for her sister Marie.  But when Marie came back into the room, Therese did not recognize her, for she was in the midst of the worst attack of her whole illness.  Marie later testified how she wanted to give Therese something to drink, but Therese screamed in terror: 'They want to poison me."

Everyone was quite distraught at this sudden downturn. After some futile attempts to show Therese that she was by her side, Marie knelt by the bed with her sisters Celine and Leonie, and began praying fervently before the statue they later called the "Virgin of the Smile."

Therese also turned towards the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Suddenly Marie saw Therese's face grow calm and her eyes clear. They all realized that something extraordinary was happening.  We shall let Therese herself describe what happened next:

"All of a sudden the Blessed Virgin appeared beautiful to me, so beautiful that never had I seen anything so attractive; her face was suffused with an ineffable benevolence and tenderness, but what penetrated to the very depths of my soul was the ravishing smile of the Blessed Virgin."

"At that instant, all my pain disappeared, and two large tears glistened on my eyelashes, and flowed down my cheeks silently, but they were tears of complete joy. Oh! I thought, the Blessed Virgin smiled at me, how happy I am, but I will never tell anyone, for my happiness would then disappear. 

"Without any effort I lowered my eyes, and I saw Marie who was looking at me lovingly; she seemed moved and appeared to know the favor the Blessed Virgin had given me. Oh! it was really to her--to her touching prayers that I owed the grace of the Queen of heaven’s smile. Seeing my gaze once again fixed on the Blessed Virgin, she cried out:“Thérèse is cured!”

June 22, 1883

Gharb (Gozo) (Sister island of Malta)

Title: Our Lady Ta’ Pinu
Carmela (Karmni) Grima (45), Francesco Portelli

On the 22nd June 1883, Karmela Grima a forty-five year-old single woman and great devotee of the Blessed Virgin, heard a call, while passing by the chapel on her return home from the fields which surrounded the chapel. "Come, come", she heard a woman's voice say.

She was confused and frightened, and began to run away from the place. The voice called again, and this time Karmela realised that the voice was coming from within the chapel, she went inside and said her usual prayers. The voice which had come from the image of the Blessed Virgin asked her to recite three Ave Maria in honor of the three days Her body remained in the tomb before Assumption to Heaven.

Karmela did as the voice asked and went on her way. Shortly afterwards Karmela fell ill and remained confined to her bed for more than a year. After this time, Karmela revealed her secret to a friend, Francesco Portelli, who in turn told her that about the same time he also heard a woman's voice asking him to pray from within the chapel. Shortly after this mysterious call Francesco's mother was miraculously healed by the intercession of Our Lady of Ta` Pinu. The lonely chapel became a place of pilgrimage for many people on the island and beyond.

Bishop Pietru Pace was informed about these events and after speaking to Karmela and Francesco he concluded that the voice was of heavenly origins. Devotion to Our Lady of Ta` Pinu grew rapidly, and numerous pilgrimages flocked to the chapel.


March 1884

Lyon and Diemoz (France)

Visionary: Marie-Louise Nerbolliers (27) (1857 - 1908)

Mary appeared to twenty-seven year old Marie Louise, first in Lyon, then Diemoz (French Alps). Our Lady recommended the recitation of the Rosary and urged her to spread the medal of Anne Marie Coste, "The Mother of Solitude" (see Lyon, 1882). Holy Mary confirmed the apparitions of La Salette and proposed to the seer the gift of the Stigmata in the seal of expiatory sacrifices for the souls of the world. Maria Luisa died September 15, 1908 and was buried in Diemoz. Because of the many miraculous phenomena occurring in that place, the stigmatized body of the July 17, 1939 was exhumed and found incorrupt. Her body was transferred to Pouilly-les Fleurs (far from Diemoz).

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 242


St. Columbin (France)

Visionary: Marie Lordeau (9)

In Saint-Columbine in France, Marie Lordeau, at the age of nine years had often Marian apparitions. Unfortunately we do not know the details.


Aichstetten, Bavaria (Germany)

Visionary: Anna Henle (1871 - 1950)

At the moment of her first communion, she saw three angels. In 1887, she received the stigmata, which reained visible for 33 years. On Christmas 1896, she saw a bloddy host. On OCtober 4, 1925, the Virgin appeared to her with the appearance of Our Lady of La Salette and askeds her to atone for sins committed against the unity of Christians.

Source: Ernst, 1989, 133, Gamba, 199, 496 and Hierzenberger, 1993, 275.


Kallikulam, Tamilnad (India)

Title: Panimatha
(Our Lady of the Snows)

A few village elders


Pompeii (Italy)

Title: Queen of the Rosary
Fortuna Agrelli

The Virgin appeared as the Queen of the Rosary on March 3, 1884 to Fortuna Agrelli after she and her parents had prayed for her recovery from an illness. The girl was healed on May 8 of that year.

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Visionary: Local parish priest

As reported by tradition, Mary appeared dressed in black to the local parish priest and urged him to pray more often for the poor souls in Purgatory.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 242

March 27, 1886

Castelpetroso (Italy)

BISHOP APPROVED (see list of bishop approved apparitions)

Our Lady of Sorrows
Fabiana Cecchino, Giovanna Valentino (Two Virgins in 30s)

Two women, Fabiana Cecchino (35) and Serafina Giovanna Valentino (33), had a vision of Mary first as the Pieta and later as Our Lady of Sorrows in a cave at Castelpetroso, Italy. Mary appeared in a cave March 27,1888 to two women in their thirties. Up to 1889 almost a thousand people witnessed the apparitions of Our Lady repeated as "Mother of Sorrows." Simultaneously with these supernatural phenomena manifested also many miraculous healings, and was discovered a source of spring water. Even the bishop of the diocese authority had the privilege of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin. Today, in memory of Marian these miraculous phenomena, is a sanctuary, which is the destination of many pilgrimages, and a house of hospitality for the pilgrims.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 243

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July 17, 1886

Saint-Pierre-Eynac (France)

APPROVED FOR FAITH EXPRESSION (see list of apparitions approved for faith expression)

Our Lady of Saint-Pierre-Eynac
Françoise Prades (12) and Marie Grousson (11)

Two girls between July 17 and November 14 1886, played in the woods Blachées, saw nineteen apparitions where she. always showed with a black veil. Once the seers had the vision of a cross falling next to the Mother of God The apparitions were all characterized by the silence of Mary and she left no message, but showed symbols. Marie Grousson later entered a convent and became a nun.

The local bishop allowed on the site of the apparitions to build a statue then solemnly blessed July 10, 1887 and authorized the Virgin was invoked under the title of "Our Lady of Saint-Pierre-Eynac."

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 243-243

June 14, 1887

Laugnac (FRANCE)

Visionary: Léonore Boudie (13) and Suzanne Salles (12)

the Blessed Virgin allegedly appeared to two girls. Many believers still go there on pilgrimage.

The diocesan authorities of Lot-et-Garonne are not involved and have not started any investigation.

July 19, 1888


Visionary: Jean Auguste Bernard (13)

The thirteen year old Jean Auguste had the privilege of seeing twenty Marian apparitions that took place between July 19th and September 29th in a field of clovers, near Vallensanges. Mary appeared repeatedly in a swamp because of the sins of men.

The first appearance Jacques saw a large lizard walking on the ground, while watching curiously, then appeared Mary who ordered him to kill it. When the seer, in obedience to the Virgin, he threw a stone at the beast, and he saw it come out a tongue of fire with a sickening stench. Then the Blessed Virgin in a robe white as snow, hovered above the dead animal. Other times, the Madonna appeared weeping and lamenting the sins of men, announcing the coming of divine punishment. At that time she produced many miraculous events, as if to attest to the apparitions of Mary.

The church authorities did not set off any canonical investigation.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 243


Signy (France)

Visionaries: Alfred and Mary Vailleaux

As local legend has it, on the May 18th, 1890, Mary appeared to two children, Alfred and Mary Vailleaux. She was silent and wrapped in a bright cloud, with a long veil attended to by the Angels. Her appearance was collected, hands clasped and rapt in prayer. A magnificent choir accompanied the apparition that was not repeated again.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 243


Szezyk-Bita (Poland)

Visionary: Julana Pezda (12)

The Madonna appeared in all her magnificence to twelve year old Julana Pezda. A year later a chapel was constructed at the place of these apparitions. Later it was decided to construct a church that was entrusted to the Silesians of Auschwitz.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 244


Vellangany (India)

Visionary: Krishnaannesti Sankaranarayanam (12)

The Madonna with the baby Jesus appeared in India to Krishnaannesti Sankaranarayanam, a 12 year old boy gravely ill, healing him. Even now people come to venerate her as "Our Lady of Health" oe "Our Beloved Lady with the Baby Jesus"

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 244


Tilly-Sur-Seulles, Bayeux (France)

Visionaries: Marie Martel and 50 School Children

On March 18, 1896, the day of your Feast of Saint Gabriel, while the pupils recited their evening prayer, around four o'clock in the afternoon, the Virgin, clear and radiant, in the form of the Immaculate Conception, appeared suddenly in the air at a distance of approximately 1200 meters.

See also Hierzenberger 1997 p 244-245.

Dec 8, 1896

Imbersago (Lombardy)

Title: Blessed Virgin of the Woodlands See also Our Lady of the Woods 1617
Teresa Secomandi(33) (+1921)

The Madonna appeared to be a woman of thirty-three years, Teresa Scomandi, daughter of poor peasants. The woman had long since lost faith and stopped attending church. The levitating Virgin gave her a rosary and accompanied her to the door of the church of Our Lady of the Wood. The seer died in 1921.


Schippach (Germany)

Visionary: Barbara Weigand (1845-1943)

The Madonna appeared to the privileged Barbara Weigand. Barbara received the apparition message while venerating the Blessed Sacrament during troubled times. The seer founded the Eucharistic origanization of Divine love. In 1976 the process for her beatification was initiated.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 245


Campitello, Corsica (Italy)

Visionary: Perpetua Lorenzi (13) and Cellesia Passi (14)

Holy Mary dressed in white and with a blue veil appeared in Corsica to thirteen year old Perpetua Lorenzi and to fourteen year old Cellesia Passi. The Blessed Virgin was seen standing majestically on a rock. Some days later, the apparition appeared again before children and adults. Only a few could hear the Holy Virgin pronounce these words: "Oh! poor siners, pray intensely that you will be preserved from the punishment of Hell!"

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 245

June 8th, 1899

Lucca, Toscana (Italy)

(See also Aug 15, 1900)

Visionary: St. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903)

Gemma herself will relate what happened on this night: "It was Thursday evening, the vigil of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Suddenly, more quickly indeed than usual, I felt a piercing sorrow for my sins; but so intense that I have never since experienced the like again. The sorrow was so great that I thought I must die. After that I felt all the powers of my soul in recollection. My intellect knew nothing except my sins and offences against God; my memory recalled each one, and made me see all the torments Jesus had endured to save me. My will moved me to detest them and be willing to suffer anything in expiation. A world of thoughts surged through my mind; thoughts of sorrow, love, fear, hope and encouragement. "This was quickly followed by a rapture, and I found myself in the presence of my heavenly Mother, with my guardian angel on her right. He commanded me to make an act of contrition, and when I had done so my Mom said to me: 'Daughter, in the name of Jesus I forgive you all your sins,' and added, 'Jesus, my Son, loves you very much, and wishes to give you a grace. Would you know how to become worthy of it?' In my misery I knew not what to answer. Then She continued: 'I will be a mother to you; will you show yourself a true daughter?' And after saying this She opened her mantle and covered me with it. At that instant Jesus appeared with all His wounds open; but blood no longer issued from those wounds, but flames of fire. In an instant those flames came and touched my hands, feet and heart. I felt I was dying and should have fallen had not my Mom held me up, I remaining all the while covered with her mantle, and thus I remained for several hours. Afterwards my Mom kissed me on the forehead, then everything vanished and I found myself kneeling on the ground, but still feeling intense pain in my hands, feet and heart. I got up to go to bed and saw blood flowing from those places where I felt the pain. I covered them up as best I could and then, with the help of my guardian angel, got into bed." [From the "Autobiography of St Gemma Galgani"]

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