Friday, August 10, 2012

Our Lady's Requests for Enthronement in Washington D.C.

Our Lady of America

Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of America

These pictures were taken in August of 2007, at the Basilica of  St. Louis, King of France in downtown St. Louis, Mo. as the statue of Our Lady of America began a  "solemn procession"  through many cities. St. Louis was the starting point due to the Archbishop of St. Louis (AB Burke) and his special love of the devotion and efforts to promote it. His love of Our Lady of America was first manifested on November 15, 2006, when the statue was first publicly unveiled at the USCCB Conference and blessed by him. AB Burke's devotion to Our Lady of America, was also evidenced by an opinion letter that was written and published in the Immaculate Heart Messenger on May 31of 2007, just 3 months prior to the start of this multi-city procession. In that edition of the periodical, he responded to questions about the devotion of Our Lady of America, by writing:

"What can be concluded canonically is that the devotion was both approved by Archbishop Leibold and, what is more, was actively promoted by him. In addition, over the years, other Bishops have approved the devotion and have participated in public devotion to the Mother of God, under the title of Our Lady of America." The Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis May 31, 2007." 

Some of the cities involved in the procession that fall were: Houston, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and New York City, New York, on the anniversary of 9/11. The statue's final stop was in Washington, the John Paul II Center. Many devotees hoped and prayed  this would be a very brief and temporary display after which the Bishops of the United States would quickly move her just a few blocks away in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.(as Our Lady of America had requested on October 13, 1956).

On that occasion Our Lady of America appeared to Sr. Mildred Neuzil (at that time she was known as Sr. Mary Ephrem), in Rome City, Indiana. She was  holding a small replica of the Basilica in Washington D.C. in her hands, instead of a lily as she had always appeared previously. Most fascinating is that although Our Lady held the completed replica in her hands on that day in 1956, the actual Basilica would not be completed until 1958!

Here is the actual account from Sr. Mildred's diary: (available for download here ). The bolded areas are my highlights not as they appear in the diary.

"Following is the account of Our Lady's next visit, which occurred on October 13, 1956:

Today the Holy Virgin appeared to me as I was working in my room. Our Lady was very beautiful,
and she was again smiling in her heavenly way. She was dressed in the same manner as when I first
saw her, except that her Immaculate Heart did not appear. Instead of the lily, she held with both hands
a small replica of the finished Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She then began to speak. Her
presence overwhelmed me with its holiness. I was compelled to stop my work, for it was impossible to
go on. I then knelt down and wrote Our Lady's words as she desired:

"This is my shrine, my daughter. I am very pleased with it. Tell my children I thank them. Let them
finish it quickly and make it a place of pilgrimage. It will be a place of wonders. I promise this, I will
bless all those who, either by prayers, labor, or material aid, help to erect this shrine."
Just a month earlier on her first appearance to Sr. Mildred in Rome City Indiana, in the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel, Sr. wrote that during that visit ,  "Our Lady promised that greater miracles than those
granted at Lourdes and Fatima would be granted here in America, the United Stares in particular, if we would do as she desires."  

Of special note is the date of this miraculous vision to Sr. Mildred- October 13th. On this same day in 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three peasant children. It would be her last appearance to them and one where she promised a miracle for all to see. On that day over 70,000 people gathered at the Cove d'Aria watch the children as Our Lady of Fatima appeared to them and await the miracle that had been promised. Though she was only seen by the three children all the onlookers experienced the Miracle of the Sun. The sun began to spin, turning beautiful colors and "dancing" in the sky. Even in our present era, many people have experienced this amazing and miraculous phenomena in Fatima and Medjugorge and even less obscure places around the globe. But on this occasion the phenomena did not end there. On that day the sun suddenly appeared to come off it's axis and hurl toward the earth.  Just as people began to pray, scream and fall to their knees begging to be saved from this frightening disaster, the sun just as suddenly returned back to its normal appearance and position in the sky.

 Here is the  account of the next appearance of Our Lady of America to Sr. Mildred:

"On the morning of November 15, 1956, Our Lady taught me this little prayer: "By thy Holy and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, deliver us from evil.”Our Lady then asked me to draw a picture of her first appearance. She also requested a statue made according to this likeness and placed, after being solemnly carried in procession, in the Shrine of The Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. She wishes to be honored there in a special way as Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin."

The "solemn procession" in 2007 was very promising. Even so, the statue of Our Lady of America still resides in the JP II Center awaiting enthronement in the Basilica as Our Lady first requested almost 56 years ago!


Please pray for this important request of Our Lady to be heeded by the United States Bishops as soon as possible. ....not only for our country but as Our Lady said in order that peace will be spread throughout the world.

Monday, September 26, 2011

55th Anniversary of the First Apparitions of Our Lady of America

Mother of Mercy Chapel in Rome City where Our Lady of America first appeared (circa 1950).
Today is the 55th Anniversary of the first apparitions of Our Lady of America, on Sept. 25th and 26th of 1956. On the 26th, in the chapel at Sylvan Springs, in Rome City, IN., Mary appeared to Sr. Mildred Neuzil (Sr. Mary Ephrem) as Our Lady of America, and asked for the people of America to return to purity and peace. If we did this she promised more miracles than at Fatima and Lourdes combined. She identified herself as Our Lady of America (the only known apparition where Our Lady has ever referred to herself with any geographical location as part of her title). She stated that because of the love and devotion of the people of America to her and her Son Jesus she wished to be known as Our Lady of America.  Our Lady of America also warned that the time grows late and stated that she was coming to the U.S. as a last resort.
If we heed her messages and spread the devotion (and pray that the U.S. Bishops will enthrone a statue of her as Our Lady of America in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.),  America will lead many nations to peace. Please pray for the statue's enthronement and that everyone in the U.S. and afar will know of Our Lady of America and return to purity and peace! She also asked for a medal to be struck (which did occur and is available online), and taught Sr. this short prayer, "By Thy Holy and Immaculate Conception O Mary, deliver us from evil." 
God bless and thanks for your prayers that her requests are granted very quickly, and for spreading the news of this devotion to others!
For further information visit:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Urgent Appeal to Save the Apparition Site in Rome City, Indiana

This was first posted in June of 2010, but is being re-posted again as we need any and all help to save this site  and keep it for faithful pilgrims. Though it has been in foreclosure since last winter now is the time to fulfill Our Lady of America's urgent requests and "Bring me my children, bring me all my children (to Rome City, Indiana)". The contact numbers are at the bottom of this post.
 "By Thy Holy and Immaculate Conception O Mary, Deliver Us From Evil."

This note was written as an urgent appeal by my friend Nancy. It is reprinted with her permission and speaks to the emergent need for a person or persons to step forward and save Sylvan Springs in Rome City where Our Lady of America first appeared. It also includes a brief but thorough history of the apparition site. If you know anyone who might be able to support it with either finances or prayers, please forward this on to them.Thank you in advance and may God bless and Our Lady of America and this holy ground prosper!

Hi All,

I hope all of you are doing well. I am writing to request your urgent help with a very important situation regarding the Canonically approved Apparition Site of Our Blessed Mother here in the United States. The apparitions started in 1956 in Rome City, Indiana. The devotion has had the imprimatur of the local bishop since 1963, Archbishop Leibold. He also actively promoted the devotion. The Apparition site was bought in 2000 by Larry Young. Larry's mortgage was held by a private investor. Last year the private investor had a difficult year and in June 2009 the private investor called for the full payment of the mortgage which was at the time $1.55 Million Dollars. Larry did not have the money to pay off the investor. In July 2009 the apparition site went into foreclosure. In 2001 the replacement value from the insurance company was valued at $18 Million Dollars. This did not even include the 200 acres of land at the site. The true value of the site is about $20 Million Dollars, however it has gone into foreclosure for only $1.55 Million.

This is a very holy site. The site has Natural Springs. The waters have been scientifically tested against the holy water from Lourdes and found to be almost exact in mineral content. There have been hundreds of documented miraculous healings attributed to the holy water at this site through the intercession of Our Lady of America. One of the most recent healing is the healing of a 2 year old girl of a brain tumor. The details of this healing are posted on the web site for your review. WWW.OLTIV.Org. We need to save this site so that it is available for the faithful to go there to worship God. Think about all of the people who travel each year to Lourdes to worship God and pray for healing. Think of the thousands who have found comfort and healing at Lourdes. Imagine what a loss it would have been for all of us if Lourdes had been taken by foreclosure before it became know as a place of spiritual and physical healing. Such is the case with the apparition site of Our Lady of America in Rome City Indiana. It is a place of Spiritual and physical healing. It would be a tremendous loss to all of us if this site is sold through public auction.

We are running out of time to save this site. On July 2nd the bank will set the date in July that the site will be sold by public auction. We desperately need people to go on the web site and make donations to try to save this site. Every dollar counts. You can make a donation using "paypal" on the Website. WWW.OLTIV.ORG. On behalf of all the people who will travel to this site in the future seeking physical and spiritual healing I thank you for helping to save this very holy site. May God bless you and your family for your prayers and generosity. To follow below and as an attachment please find a brief history of the site for your review.

In Christ's love and peace,

Nancy Goggin

(781) 961-6555

Our Lady of America

A brief history of the Apparition Site in Rome City, Indiana

To follow you will find a brief history of the Apparition site of Our Lady of America in Rome City, Indiana and the devotion. You will also find links to four 10 min video presentations by Dr. Mark Miravalle's (Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH) on the importance of this apparition and the attending messages from Our Lady of America.

* Apparition started in 1956 At Rome City Indiana to a Precious Blood Nun, Sister Mary Ephrem

* Sr. Ephrem left Rome City to become a member of a contemplative branch of the congregation located at Our Lady of the Nativity Convent at New Riegel, OH

* 1963 Archbishop Paul F. Leibold, Archbishop of Cincinnati put his imprimatur on the devotion and actively promoted the devotion. Archbishop Leibold was the Spiritual Director of Sr. Ephrem. He was the local Bishop with authority to approve the Apparitions because the Mother home for the Precious Blood nuns was in the Cincinnati Diocese.

* in the 1970's the Precious Blood Nuns saw a decrease in vocations and needed to consolidate. They could no longer maintain the Rome City, Indiana Site. They hired a 3rd party to sell their properties. This 3rd party sold the Rome City Site to a Cult in 1976, The Way College International Cult. The Way College Cult had the Site till 2000 when Larry Young bought it.

* 1979 the Contemplative branch of Precious Blood was suppressed. Sister Mary Ephrem now used her baptismal name, Sister Mildred Neuzil.

* Apparitions continued till the death of Sr. Mildred Neuzil, January 10, 2000. Apparitions have full approval first from local Bishop, Archbishop Liebold in 1963 and then unanimously through the American Bishops in 2007 through the Canonical letter written May 31, 2007 to the American Bishops by Archbishop Raymond Burke.

* Larry Young bought the Apparition Site in July, 2000. A private investor held the mortgage. With the economic downturn, the private investor had a difficult financial year last year. In June of 2009 the private investor called for the full payment of the mortgage which was $1.55 Million Dollars. Larry did not have the $1.55 Million to pay back the investor. The Site went into foreclosure in July, 2009.

* In 2001 the insurance company's replacement value for the structures on the site was valued at $18 Million. This did not include the value of the 200 acres of land. The true value of site is approximately $20 Million. It has gone into foreclosure for only $1.55 Million.

* We are trying to save the site to have available as a place of worship for future pilgrims and as a place of youth evangelization and family ministry. Everyone can help to save this. Please go on web site and make a donation every dollar helps. WWW.OLTIV.ORG


*This is an urgent situation. We are running out of time. On July 2nd the court will set the date in July that the site will be sold by pubic auction. There is a New Age Cult that is trying to get the court to sell the site to them.

*contact information Web site: www.OLTIV.Org. owner of site: Larry Young: (847) 726-7520, Director of the Non Profit: Irvin Kolska, (574) 536-0504, Massachusetts contact for site: Nancy Goggin (781) 961-6555,


* These four links below will get you Dr. Mark Miravalle's (Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH) complete discussion on the importance of this apparition and the attending messages from Our Lady of America. It is a very good presentation.

Statue of Our Lady of America in the John Paul II Center in Washington D.C. (awaiting enthronement into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C. - just 4 blocks away) as Our Lady requested in 1956.
Explanation of the church approved devotion next to the statue in the JP II Center.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Prepare Ye - Advent- Inspired Rosary

I wanted to make a rosary that would be symbolic of Advent. So this is the finished product. It contains Swarovski Crystal 8mm bicones in Rosewater Opal AB and Tanzanite AB alternating for Aves.  The spacers are Swarovski Crystal 4mm bicones in gold aurum 2X. 

The Paters are lovely hand painted purple ceramic flowers with gold vermeil beadcaps at the base of the flower and Swarovski crystal 4mm bicones in Rose AB 2X for the center of the flower. The Centerpiece and Crucifix are in hand cast bronze. The center has roses on the front and the back shows both depictions of the front and back sides of the Miraculous Medal.  The crucifix is a very unusual but beautiful piece with adoring angels on either side. This comes with a velour  gift box. Available for purchase for $110.00. Thank you.