Our Lady of America
On September 25, 1956 The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Sr. Mildred Ephrem Neuzil in the Our Lady Mother of Mercy chapel at Kneipp Springs in Rome City, IN as Our Lady of Lourdes. The next day, Our Lady again appeared to Sr. Neuzil, this time She announced herself as being "Our Lady of America" and that She wanted the children of America to lead the world by the purity of their lives. This was the beginning of what is now a devotion to the Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of America.
Although these messages from Our Lady of America continued on for years afterward, the central ones concerning the title Our Lady of America and the request that the Virgin Coredemptrix made of the Catholic bishops and of the entire nation, occurred in late 1956 while Sr. Neuzil was serving as a Precious Blood nun at the order's convent and healing center in Rome City, IN (now Sylvan Springs).
From their inception these messages, in particular the central ones, were given a certain approval, not only by the seer's religious superiors, but also by Sr. Neuzil's spiritual director of many years, the then Vicar General and later Archbishop of Cincinnati, Paul F. Leibold, regarded by many as a very holy prelate. It was he who issued an Impramatur for the prayer to The Immaculate Conception written at the request of Our Lady of America. In late 1965, Auxiliary Bishop Leibold of Cincinnati carried out the first of Our Lady's requests to strike the medal of Our Lady of America with her picture on one side and the coat of arms of the Christian family on the other.
Our Lady the Immaculate Virgin, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support Our Lady's request to have her likeness placed in the National Shrine to The Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.) and to support the preservation of the Holy Ground (Rome City, IN) where the central messages of Our Lady of America were given and this special devotion began.
From Mother of All Peoples Website
It was on the eve of the feast of the North American Martyrs, 25 September, 1956, what Sister calls the "official" visits of the Virgin Mother began: official because they define quite precisely what is meant by the title Our Lady of America and what in assuming this title Our Lady asks of the American nation. According to Sister Our Lady came as Our Lady of Lourdes and promised to work more miracles in America, particularly in the United States, than worked either at Lourdes or Fatima, if Americans would do what she asked:
I am pleased my child, with the love and honor my children in America give to me, especially through my glorious and unique privilege of the Immaculate Conception. I promise to reward their love by working through the power of my Son's Heart and my Immaculate Heart miracles of grace among them. I do not promise miracles of the body, but of the soul. (The emphasis here, according to Sister, is that of the Immaculate who is anxiously concerned about our inner life.)
For it is mainly through these miracles of grace that the Holy Trinity is glorified among men and nations. Let America continue and grow in its love for me, and I in return, in union with the Heart of my Son, promise to work wonders in her. My child, I desire that this be known.
And the next morning, in a stupendous vision of the Immaculate during which Sister saw the heart of Mary appear "encircled with red roses, the symbol of suffering as it was revealed to me, and sending forth flames of fire," Our Lady said: "I am Our Lady of America. I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their lives."
Later, on the same day, Our Lady of America said:
My child, I entrust you with this message that you must make known to my children in America. I wish it to be the country dedicated to my purity. The wonders I will work will be the wonders of the soul. They must have faith and believe firmly in my love for them. I desire that they be the children of my Pure Heart. I desire, through my children of America, to further the cause of faith and purity among peoples and nations. Let them come to me with confidence and simplicity, and I, their Mother, will teach peoples and nations. Let them come to me with confidence and simplicity, and I, their Mother, will teach them to become like to my Heart that their own hearts may be more pleasing to the Heart of my Son.
Sisters adds, that though Mary came in this manner as a token of her love for Americans, nevertheless Our Lady of America welcomes her children of all nations to her feet, for there will be found true peace. Our Lady of America is such because she is Lady of all nations, the Queen of men and angels.
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