Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Recent Visitor Photos

Somebody make sure you take that kid with you when you leave. Bath night isn't until tomorrow night!
Notice the cross that appeared on the side of the building?

Father Dave blesses the families after the prayer service. He also showed us his remarkable chasuble that had been made by American Indians. VERY Cool!

"Irvin the Magnificent" performs his great disappearing act on Larry....again!

Dramatic Light Shows (Sun Spinning)

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Day of Prayer and Speakers Set For Monday, August 3

The next day for family prayer and special speakers will this upcoming Monday. August 3rd.

Tours with Nick will begin at 12:30 and will be followed by a talk from Larry Young on Holy Family Hill (weather permitting) at 1:30. If available, John Thomas will also give a talk on his own powerful conversion story through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother Mary.

Following the Rosary in the main chapel, a healing prayer service with Irv Kloska will begin at approximately 5:00 pm.

Bring the kids and an open heart. Our Lady and the Holy Spirit will do the rest!

For more info call us at 260-854-3525 or email

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Your Financial Support Is Needed and Appreciated

First of all, THANK YOU to all of you who have given to help support the activities of Our Lady the Immaculate Virgin in bringing ALL of Our Lady's children to this very special place for prayer and spiritual formation. It is showing very positive results as anyone who reads through these postings can plainly see.

We still need your support to continue with the upkeep and costs associated with hosting all of the families and individuals who take time out of their busy lives to spend and hour or two...or even an entire day...praying in the chapels and walking the grounds of this beautiful facility. Everything costs money to support our visitors and we never charge for visitors to tour or spend time praying or listening to our speakers. Our programs exist entirely on your donations.

Please take a moment to send us whatever you can to help us in our efforts.
All donations are fully tax deductible and not a penny goes to any salaries (we are all volunteers).

You can send a payment via credit card by clicking on the Donation Link on the right side of this page or you can send checks to:

Our Lady The Immaculate Virgin, Inc.
P.O. Box 996
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

On July 7th, 5 other moms and I and our 22 children ventured down to Sylvan Springs for a relaxing day and to give a little back to a place that has given us so much. Right now, I am waiting to see what Our Holy Mother has in store for the continuance of this holy land. I know in my heart that she will not let us down. Sylvan Springs needs for someone or a group of people to come forward and help out financially to preserve this place for what it is intended to be.

We are able to go there freely now to pray and have days where others volunteer to tell the history of the place as well as how it has changed their lives. Knowing that being part of a financial team is not my place in all of this, a few moms that have been to Rome City and one who has always wanted to go, offered to help out a little and to spend a fun day with the kids on this holy property.

We arrived around 3pm and headed to Holy Family Hill where Nick and Ruby had all of the supplies ready for us to get to work. The kids were anxious to help. They raked, scraped and painted before heading to a nearby field to play ball. It was amazing to see everyone working together to accomplish something nice for Our Mother. Knowing that we were doing it so that others could enjoy their time at the Springs gave us all a great sense of accomplishment.

As soon as we started painting, Paige, who is 6 years old, started asking her mom when we were going to pray the rosary. I'm sure I heard her ask this question at least 10 times that day. After we ate and took a brief tour, we all headed back to the hill to say a rosary. It was music to my ears to hear the children praying this special prayer. I know that Mary was pleased as well.

There were many amazing photos taken that day, including one with an image of Mary on the lawn.
Many orbs of many colors appeared in many different cameras.
I tell Mary often that I do not "need" anything special of her like this, but apparently she thinks that I do! I continue to ask that she help me to be the best mom that I can be and to do whatever I can to promote Our Lady of America. I am humbled to be any part of what is taking place there. It is so much greater than I.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bishop D'Arcy Promulgates Norms For Tabernacle Placement

July 19, 2009

To Priests, Deacons, Religious, and to All the Faithful,

The presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is at the center of our faith and of the devotional life of our Catholic people.

In recent years, the place of the tabernacle in our churches has become a source of controversy. This should not be. The Eucharist, whether we are referring to its celebration or to the place of reservation, should always be a means of unity and communion, and never of division.

The place of the tabernacle in our church should reflect our faith in the real presence of Christ, and should always be guided by church documents.

My experience is that our people, with their instinct of faith, have always desired that the tabernacle be central and visible. They find it confusing when the tabernacle in their churches is not visible, and if possible, central.

Because of my responsibility to foster the devotional life of our people, and to keep it sound, I have asked our Office of Worship to prepare norms for the placement and design of the tabernacle in this diocese. These norms were brought before the Presbyteral Council, the Liturgical Commission and the Environment and Arts Committee. Suitable refinements and improvements were prepared.

These norms are promulgated to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend on June 14, 2009, the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of the Lord. They will be effective on Aug. 4, 2009, the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of priests, in whose honor the present Year for Priests has been dedicated by the Holy Father Benedict XVI.

I urge all priests to follow these norms carefully and completely, and most importantly — to foster devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

Sincerely yours in our Lord,

Most Reverend John M. D’Arcy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Holy Family Hill Goes "Green"

A great group of moms and their kids came down from Michigan last week to do a little housekeeping and renovation of the benches on Holy Family Hill. I think they thought green benches were a better look. WE AGREE!
They all got busy painting. Most of the paint actually made it onto the benches!

All that painting and scraping sure works up an appetite. Good thing mom brought some sandwiches.

The moms put everything back in order. Who ordered all those orbs?

Nick rounded up the last of the stragglers with the golf cart. Good job Nick! Are you sure you got em all?

Thanks to everybody who took part in this great day. It really helps and is greatly appreciated!


July 7 Photo From Holy Family Hill

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Photos From Visitors on July 3, 2009

Friday 7-3-09 we stopped in at Rome City for a small self guided walking tour around the grounds and I just had to snap a few pictures! These are the best two I had with very pink orbs in them. The time was around 6:00 PM and Mother Mary did not fail me when I was hoping to see something special in my pictures. You are in our prayers.
Mary & Jim Cosgrove

Notice the definite pink orb directly over the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel's steeple?

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Quick History Lesson

On September 25, 1956, The Blessed Mother appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil) as Our Lady of Lourdes in the Convent of the Precious Blood Sisters at Rome City, Indiana (Sylvan Springs). Our Lady promised "that greater miracles than those granted at Lourdes and Fatima would be granted here in America, the United States in particular, if we would do as she desires.”

The very next day, September 26, 1956, Our Lady again appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem and said, “I am Our Lady of America. I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their lives.” She appeared several more times to Sr. Neuzil over the coming months and gave specific instruction as to what it was She wanted us to do. You can read all of Our Lady of America's messages here:

Our Lady indicated to Sister Mildred that She had come in response to the United States having recognized Her privilege of The Immaculate Conception, especially through The Shrine of The Immaculate Conception at Washington, D.C., and Our Lady of America came with a message for the United States to focus on the virtue of purity.

Our Lady spoke about the recognition of The Indwelling Most Holy Trinity in the Christian Family, with The Holy Family (Jesus, Mary & Joseph) as a model. On October 5, 1956, Our Lady inspired Sister to write the prayer to "Our Lady of America," which prayer (and the design of a medal of Our Lady of America) subsequently received in 1963 the formal approval of Imprimatur by Monsignor Paul F. Leibold, who was then serving as auxiliary bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

The approval of Archbishop Leibold was reviewed and found to be canonically perfect.

Archbishop Raymond Burke, in his May 2007 letter to all bishops of the United States, says: "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.

This opinion letter was further confirmed in an interview given by the now Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Archbishop Burke, in an interview given to Inside the Vatican correspondent Andrew Rabel published June 13, 2009.

In this article, he states:

"One of the things which struck me as a newly ordained priest and has continued to strike me throughout my entire life as a priest and a bishop is simply the radical decline of the devotional life in general. We know that our faith in the Sacraments needs to have ways to express itself in our everyday living, and at times when we are not, for instance, participating in the Holy Mass or praying before the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Devotions provide precisely very concrete ways to express our love of Christ, of the Blessed Mother and of the saints in our homes and places of work, throughout the day....

I think it is a very beautiful devotion and especially fitting for our time. Our Lady’s message on the living of the Holy Trinity within us, and its manifestation in the purity of the young is so much needed in our culture, today."

On October 13, 1956, The Blessed Virgin Mary requested that a statue of "Our Lady of America" be enshrined in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., as a special place of pilgrimage and a special safeguard for our Country. Our Lady promised miracles greater than those of Lourdes and Fatima if her children heeded her warnings and fulfilled her requests. She indicated that this would be accomplished through her loyal sons, the Bishops of the United States.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend is dedicated to the Blessed Mother under the title of the Immaculate Conception. The Cathedral in Fort Wayne is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

After the war, in 1953, American bishops under the leadership of John Noll, archbishop ad personam of Fort Wayne raised the funds necessary to complete the upper church of the national shrine. He donated profits from the Sunday Visitor, which he started, and some of his personal wealth as a part of his fund raising.

Archbishop Noll spent many prayerful hours at Kneipp Springs (now Sylvan Springs) from his early priesthood through his years as Archbishop. It was two months after his death that the apparitions started in his Diocese at Kneipp Springs. It is believed that Our Lady appeared at Rome City because of the effort put forth by the bishop for completion of the national shrine dedicated to Our Lady under so many titles and especially the Immaculate Conception.

This devotion to the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of America started in Rome City at this facility. Her calling to purity, conversion and the Divine Indwelling is very important to the United States at a time now that it succumbs to rampant sexual immorality, abortion and to materialism.

These grounds in Rome City, IN are also the childhood home of Dr. John Willke who founded The National Right to Life and International Right to Life. His father was the on-site physician and, as a boy, John Willke was the altar boy who served Mass nearly every day in the main chapel where the apparitions of Our Lady of America took place years after he had grown up and moved away to begin his own work.

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