Myth #1 - Garabandal has been condemned or otherwise discredited by the Church.
This has been the most persistent and - damaging - inaccuracy regarding Garabandal. As with Lourdes and Fatima before it, Garabandal has had its share of sceptics and outright hostile commentators, but never has it been condemned or discredited.
For a detailed treatment of the topic, please see the article "The Church's True Position Regarding Garabandal"... [ read more
Joseph Ratzinger was born on 16 April 1927 in Marktl am Inn, Germany. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1951 and began to teach. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Munich and at the higher school in Freising. In 1953 he obtained a doctorate in theology and four years later, he qualified as a university teacher.He then taught dogma and fundamental theology at Freising, then in Bonn from 1959 to 1969, in Münster from... [ read more
I include this article as homage to Reverend Father Eusebio Garcia de Pesquera, now deceased (+March 24, 1996), who gave so much of his life to compile and promote the apparitions and messages of Our Lady of Garabandal, and also for his efforts to clarify these events for the Church, since for him there were no doubts. In his book SHE WENT IN HASTE TO THE MOUNTAIN, Father Pesquera describes the encounter between Pope Paul VI and Conchita in... [ read more
It's time to set the record straight, once and for all
One of the most misunderstood matters regarding Garabandal is the Church's true position on it. Opinion as to what it has been, is, or will be, has see-sawed relentlessly in the more than four decades since the apparitions began in the tiny hamlet of San Sebastian de Garabandal in northern Spain. There are those who are convinced the Church is disposed to look favourably upon it, as well... [ read more
All true apparitions of Our Lady have their own uniqueness. Lourdes has its grotto, Fatima its cova and Garabandal its calleja. But while the locations and characteristics of each manifestation change, the messages which the Blessed Virgin comes to deliver are similar and almost always include requests for prayer and penance.
But when Our Lady appeared at Fatima in 1917 she did something she had not done before: she addressed messages... [ read more
The case of the Holy Shroud of Turin and what the Blessed Virgin said about it at Garabandal .
The Shroud of Turin is Christendom's greatest relic. For centuries it has been revered by popes, saints and all classes of people. At the same time it has always been a source of great controversy. Is it really the burial cloth of Jesus or is it a fraudulent fabrication? In the twentieth century, modern science would be given the chance to find... [ read more
Photo: Pope John Paul II with Garabandal visionary Mari Loli Lafleur and her family, July 23, 1988
On Saturday, July 23,1988, in St. Peter's Square during a special General Audience (special because General Audiences are usually held on Wednesdays), Garabandal visionary Mari Loli LaFleur and her family were introduced to Pope John Paul II by a special priest. West Point graduate and convert to the faith, Father Robert Francis Lee Graves... [ read more
Mari Loli Lafleur 1949-2009
She accepted God's Will in all that she had to endure in this life.
Destined to be known throughout the world, Garabandal was a poor, isolated place on May 1, 1949, when Mari Loli first saw the light of day. She was one of eight children born to Ceferino Mazon, president of the town council, and his wife, Julia Gonzalez. They ran a tavern on the ground floor of their dwelling.
Loli was no different from the... [ read more
People ask us this question so many times. How many times over the years has Conchita also been asked this very same question? And what is her answer?..."Soon"...
Is that all we can think about? Why?... It is such a sensation. We think it will solve all our problems in the blink of an eye.
My wife, Helen, and I have been actively involved in the Garabandal ministry for approximately 12 years now. It was not something that we planned to do.... [ read more
Since the time of the apparitions, phenomena have been seen in the sky above Garabandal signifying the special nature of this place.
Most of what happened at Garabandal in the 1960's happened on the ground, but sometimes phenomena was seen also in the sky above the village. And while the apparitions ended in the 1960's, phenomena in the sky continued to be reported from time to time. Only recently, we received the account of what Mother... [ read more
Garabandal visionary, Conchita Gonzalez Keena went with friends to Mexico for the canonization of the visionary of Guadalupe, Juan Diego. Jesuit Father Xavier Escalada noted her presence and wrote the following article for the July 30, 2002, edition of EXCELSIOR, a Mexico City newspaper. The article appeared the day before the canonization.
The most notable characteristic of the Pope's visit is an authentic overflow of social forces that... [ read more
"A bishop will come along who will not believe at first, but will receive a sign and allow priests to go up to Garabandal for the Miracle." - Conchita in a 1962 letter to Fr. Jose Ramon Garcia de la Riva
Has this prophecy been fulfilled or is it still pending? When Conchita wrote her letter to Father de la Riva, there were restrictions in force on priests going to Garabandal and for them to make the climb up to the village they needed special... [ read more
("Yes, it's true!" - Padre Pio)
For almost thirty years, Joachim Bouflet was silent about this 1968 encounter with Padre Pio until his friend Jacques Serre, Ph.D., asked him to write it down for him.
The following testimony, translated from French by Helen Rozeluk, is printed with kind permission.
Photo: From Padre Pio - "Consecrate yourself to the Virgin of Carmel who appeared at Garabandal."
In July of 1968, I had invited four of my... [ read more
"Fix your gaze upon the Passion of my Son." - Our Lady to Faustina (Diary, 449)
"Think about the Passion of Jesus," - Message of Our Lady, June 18, 1966
Appearance Of Our Lady
"I saw the Mother of God in a white garment and blue mantle with her head uncovered." (August 15, 1935) (Diary, 468)
"The Blessed Virgin appears with a white dress, blue mantle and a crown of small golden stars." [but no head covering] - Conchita's Diary... [ read more
Revisited Again in Light of the Passing of His Holiness Pope John Paul II
For many years, some followers of Garabandal theorized that Pope John Paul II's reign would see “the end of the times”. Although plausible on the surface, this scenario did not come to pass as some expected. While the pope's passing is in many ways the end of an era or epoch – especially if considered from a moral perspective – there is nothing to indicate... [ read more
It's been a long time since the close of the Garabandal apparitions, and the Warning and Miracle are still pending. A look at where we are today.
The Garabandal events are remarkable in all their dimensions, from the incredible phenomena of the girls' ecstasies never before seen in Marian apparitions to the great supernatural events that have been prophesied. Another way in which Garabandal is unique among Marian apparitions is the long time... [ read more
Last issue in this space I said that John Paul II's death marked the end of an era and that we now have entered into different times. We accept this understanding of the prophecy. What Conchita said was that there would be three more popes and then it will be the end of our times. We are now living in that "and then" period. Our Lady never said everything had to happen overnight. And I don't know of anyone who was certain just how "the end... [ read more
The Warning will be a divine house call reaching out to us in a plea that we recognize our sins, realize their effects and harm, feel remorse for those wrongs, and amend our lives.
It was high noon for the Christians in Damascus, a time of reckoning at the hands of one of their greatest enemies, Saul. As he neared the town, a sudden flash knocked him off his horse and a voice asked him, "Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?"
Thus began what... [ read more
This letter is to introduce Dr. Michael Rozeluk and his wife, Helen Rozeluk, who are members in good standing of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto.
Michael and Helen Rozeluk: Michael had a powerful and miraculous healing from a serious medical condition, twenty-two months ago, when he went on a pilgrimage in Garabandal. In gratitude the two have given their lives to the Lord as witnesses of the power of Jesus and Mary... [ read more
The Church has not yet spoken its final word concerning the alleged apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Garabandal. Bishop Doroteo Fernandez, Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Santander had established a commission to investigate the events. The commission was composed of two doctors and three priests and was to have studied events that spanned four years and included hundreds of alleged apparitions. No member of the commission... [ read more