Saturday, April 28, 2007

Open Letter from the Owners of Sylvan Springs

To All of Our Lady’s Faithful Children,

On behalf of my entire family, I would like to express our sincere thanks to all who have been supportive of Our Lady of America and our private effort to preserve this Holy Ground for the use of all those in need of God’s healing grace. For all of those who have given their help to OLTIV, I can assure you it has been worthwhile. So many more people have come to know about Our Lady of America through their efforts.

It has been a unique privilege and opportunity to do this work at Our Lady’s request. It was not what we had intended on doing when we started on this venture seven years ago, but it turns out it is exactly what She had in mind.

I have learned many things along the way:

Our Lady has a keen sense of humor. Most mothers do when it comes to their children. She has used us in so many crazy ways that, once you stop and realize what She has just gotten you to do, you can’t help but sit and laugh at how incredibly funny She is. Her escort angels are pretty hilarious too, but you’ll all have to wait a little longer to hear about them and their antics.

We have had so many people show up at this place, with the same bewildered look on their face, saying “Forgive me, but I have no idea why I’m here.” We soon came to learn that the Holy Spirit was guiding these people here (some from overseas) for specific reasons, each one different from the last. We learned to drop what we were doing and attend to them so God could do His work with these people. Each one of these visitors left here healed in the specific way they needed. I’ve learned that people should come expecting nothing but take what they are given because Our Lady knows you better than you know yourself and She will give you what you need, not necessarily what you want.

People have often asked about the water and the healings. I’ve learned the water is a metaphor for God’s grace that emanates from this property. It has been this way from the very beginning when the future Archbishop Noll helped the young Dr. Geiermann to acquire the property for its use as a healing center. It was then supported over the years by the hard work and sacrifices made by the many devoted Sisters of The Precious Blood who worked tirelessly, some even giving their lives, to help heal those who were sent here for healing or tender care in their last days. I feel it is because of these committed acts of love that Our Lady chose this place to deliver the central Our Lady of America messages.

Just as the spring water that flows year-round from underneath this property collects in the ponds and canals before finally overflowing into the river tributary where it joins the rest of the world, so it is with the special graces that flow from this place. People come here, receive these graces, and end up taking some extra blessings with them which, in turn, are passed on to others they come into contact with.

I think it is no coincidence that the dramatic increase in frequency of reported healings and spiritual awakenings taking place here (examples of God’ graces) share the same timeline as the rebirth of a once-dormant spring. This spring had not flowed since the Sisters of The Precious Blood left this place in 1977 and it suddenly erupted back to life on Good Friday afternoon a few weeks ago. This increase in God’s graces is being echoed in the unheard of doubling of the life-sustaining spring waters flowing from this property. This is a definite sign that should be properly acknowledged.

If there is one thing I would like everyone to remember, it is this:

Our Lady of America knows what you need and also knows what those around you need. She knows how to use us to move these graces amongst her children like the flowing water. Water always finds the path of least resistance just like God’s graces. Stop trying so hard and just work on being obedient. Be less resistant. Say “yes” to Her call and She will do the rest.

We have never felt like owners of this property even though we have always felt a great responsibility to act as stewards in preparing it for its highest and best use.

We knew nothing about Our Lady of America when we took this project on, but we have learned what we need to do to help ensure the success of Sylvan Springs in bringing families closer to Jesus Christ. We know what needs to be done.

Canon law requires that shrines not be privately owned. They must be owned by a not-for-profit and overseen by a religious order that need to show a secondary use of the property besides that of a shrine. This facility could easily be run as a semi-retirement home for religious while serving the various pilgrims who are very interested in visiting. It is also set up to handle water bottling and athletic competitions on any of the twelve high-quality athletic fields which have been constructed. It could be a very unique situation for America.

We have been working for nearly two years to find the right group or individual to provide the funding support necessary to convert this property and hold it for Our Lady of America’s work. Unfortunately, our ability to keep up this search has come to an end. Unless a solution to our needs presents itself immediately, we will be selling the property on the open market. This is a terribly painful decision for our family but it is the only option we have left.

If anyone reading this is interested in being a part of something special, please do not hesitate to contact us through the OLTIV email at We are open to suggestions from interested parties. Partnership opportunities, outright purchase, or leasing are possible business relationships that could ensure the success of this facility.


Larry Young
Managing Partner

Monday, April 23, 2007

Photos Taken During Open House Rosary on April 20, 2007

These photos were taken from Holy Family Hill on April 20, 2007. While the 15 decade rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet were being prayed, the sun began spinning and all those gathered took in the spectacle that was happening right before their eyes. This event lasted nearly 1 hour.

One of those gathered had her camera and took these photos which she is sharing with us. More will be posted later.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Open House at Sylvan Springs This Friday, April 20

Doors will open at 5:00 pm for an open house with limited tours until 7:00 pm.

See the chapel where the Our Lady of America apparitions occurred
and learn how the Sisters of The Precious Blood utilized this facility to offer the Kneipp Water Cure for over 75 years.

The weekly rosary will follow at 7:00 pm.

All are welcome to attend!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Oil Exuding From Walls

Another manifestation of strange phenomena at Sylvan Springs has recently been brought to our attention and we present these photos here for your own discernment.

An oily substance has begun to appear on walls in the small devotional chapel and another room in the building. Apparently this has been happening since the end of September 2006, the 50th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of America at this very same place.

The housekeeper, who is non-Catholic and did not associate it with anything spiritual, has tried to wipe it away several times and it only returns again. This came to our attention only after a brief visit several weeks ago while touring the facility with this same housekeeper who related her discovery of the running, oily substance on various walls. She said she had tried soap and water as well as vinegar and water but it returned both times. The owners have known about it as well but had not readily associated it with anything spiritual either as they had been looking to eliminate physical factors which could be causing this substance to appear. All they could determine was that this oily substance was coming from 100 year old plaster walls, covered in both latex and enamel paints, that had no plumbing in them which could have possibly contributed to this event.

The substance is not coming from any cracks or fissures in the walls and aside from the obvious streaks, there does not appear to be any other markings associated with this phenomena.

It is not just wet. There is a "slickness" to the fluid. Condensation is not an issue because dehumidifiers in the room do not dry it out.

Is this another manifestation like what has recently been reported in the deceased boy's bedroom in Australia and from other portraits and icons around the globe?

Friday, April 6, 2007

Our Lady of America's Plea To Spread Her Message

In 1956, Our Lady of America asked for the children of America to lead the world by the purity of their lives. This past Palm Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI echoed this plea when he asked that the youth of the world choose purity in their lives. The time is now. We need to commit ourselves to this ideal and do that which is necessary to implement these changes.

A message was given in 2001 atop Holy Family Hill to "Bring me my children. Bring me all of my children." The owners have taken this message to heart and have worked to prepare the facility for use by children and families looking to visit and explore their spiritual lives. Many business opportunities have been passed up due to the negative impact they may have had on what they felt was going to be the eventual "highest and best" use of this property.

OLTIV feels that "highest and best" use is to serve as a destination for faithful pilgrims seeking a closer relationship with Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

OLTIV has a vision for this property that will position it as the world's most unique site dedicated to the special devotion of The Holy Family according to the request of Our Lady of America. OLTIV desires to host families and individuals looking to grow in their understanding of Our Lady of America's requests to follow the path of Her Son. Opportunities to educate children and parents of the examples set forth by The Holy Family will be facilitated by innovatively utilizing the complex's many extraordinary features.

With its numerous private rooms and dormitory-style lodging and dining rooms, this facility is well-equipped to host a large number of families and individuals for overnite or extended stays. Its large complex of high-quality athletic fields are ready for use by youth groups looking to combine friendly competition with spiritual development and education. The expansive lawns allow visitors to find the solace and serenity of a typical retreat center just a few steps from the front door. Two chapels are available for accomodating services for 20 to 450 people at a time.

The vision for the future calls for creating larger outdoor paved gathering areas and a remodeled outdoor landscape to be more conducive for people in wheelchairs to enjoy the grounds and take the waters that cascade down the hillside. We envision incorporating a natural outdoor ampitheatre area into plans for music performances, Holy Masses, and special presentations during larger events...all of which will be available through internet access by the rest of the world.

We do not know exactly what the future holds, but we know we must preserve and keep this place to do the work for which it has been ordained. Countless numbers of people have already been gloriously changed, physically and spiritually, through their experiences at this special place Our Lady chose to first announce Herself as Our Lady of America. It is here to fulfill a role which Our Lady knew would, one day, be necessary to act as a refuge for Her children..."all of my children".

Our Lady had said that special graces would be bestowed upon all who worked to fulfill Her request of being enshrined in the National Shrine to The Immaculate Conception and promoting Her message of Our Lady of America throughout the land.

Please join us in working to promote Her wishes through the work of this very special place. We need your help to do this work. This work will result in the bestowing of special graces upon all those involved and in the saving of countless souls while bringing American families to a stronger commitment to Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

What Can You Do To Help?

For those who have already sent donations to help OLTIV’s efforts, we wish to take this time to thank you and let you know your generosity has helped. However, we need much more to accomplish our goal of preserving this facility and offering family-oriented pilgrimages and retreats on behalf of Our Lady of America .

First of all, we need adequate funding to acquire the property and run it as a not-for-profit as is required by Church law for devotional shrines. The owners, who stepped in 7 years ago to save the property and have a strong devotion to the Holy Family, are being very helpful in working with us to ensure the success of this movement. They are also willing, as is OLTIV, to work with any other group who vows to do the same for the sake of the Holy Family under the guidance of Our Lady of America.

If you are in a position to help with a donation of cash or stocks, foundation grant, or private pledge to assist us in our effort, please contact OLTIV at with your contact numbers and we will discuss details with you and answer your questions related to your participation.

Building materials, specialized trades, and furniture & equipment are still needed to help with necessary facility restoration to facilitate a safer environment for pilgrims:

Building Materials
Roofing Shingles
Interlocking Pavers
Retaining Wall Blocks
Commercial Carpeting
Hardwood Mulch/ Landscape Materials
Plumbing/Bath & Shower Fixtures

Specialized Trades
FlatRoofing Repair
Brick Tuckpointing
Driveway Sealcoating
Otis Elevator Service
Indoor Plaster Repair
Concrete Sidewalk Repair

Furniture & Equipment
Golf Carts For People with Mobility Problems
Weatherproof Park Benches
Church Pews & Statuary
70-85hp Tractor for Grounds Maintenance
15-20 Foot Batwing Mower
Use of a 60 foot Boom Lift

If you have access to any of the above items or services and you would like to offer your help, please email and you will be contacted. Any and all help is appreciated.

All gifts are tax deductible.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Miraculous Photo From August 8, 2006

This item was submitted by a Fort Wayne, IN woman who took this photo while visiting Holy Family Hill on the south lawn of Sylvan Springs. It is this site where there have been numerous witness accounts of visible sun spinnings and phenomenal blue butterflies around the area of the life-size statue of the Holy Family (see Paul Leibold witness account).

This site was consecrated to the Holy Family during an outdoor Mass attended by over 300 individuals from as far away as Cincinnati, OH. It is not uncommon for visitors to make their way to this site and pray the rosary together in this serene setting.

Can We Save Ourselves From Ourselves?

From 1915 to 1923, Ottoman Turks slaughtered up to 1.5 million Armenians. In mid-century the Nazis exterminated 6 million Jews, 3 million Soviet POW's, 2 million Poles, and 400,000 other "undesirables".

Mao Zedong killed an estimated 30 million Chinese while the Soviets murdered 20 million of its own people.

The Khmer Rouge killed 1.7 million fellow Cambodians in the killing fields.

In the 1980's and 90's Saddam Hussein's Baath Party killed over 100,000 Kurds and this number continues to rise as more evidence is discovered.

Rwanda's Hutu-led military wiped out over 1 million Tutsi civilians in the 1990's.

Today, the same is going on in Sudan's Darfur region.

As of the most recent update of the statistics by, the estimated total number of abortions, in the United States alone, is over 49 million since 1973. That pace is almost three times the combined total of the previously mentioned heinous acts of genocide committed all over the world in past 100 years. The world has gone to war twice, in part, due to these atrocities.

Is There A Remedy?

There is prayer.

There is also hope…and it comes in little packages. In this case, 7 pounds, 10 ounces.

Please join us in welcoming into the world Ethan the son of OLTIV's volunteer webmaster who helps keep this website running smoothly on behalf of Our Lady of America's mission to call Her children to lead the world by the purity of their lives.

Congratulations. Thank you for sharing this precious little symbol of hope.