Witnesses

After July 18th

Amidst conflicting opinions, the events continued The day of the Miracle of the Host did not pass without having its effect, leaving in its wake a lengthy trail. For some, their suspicions about Garabandal only increased - we have already seen the opinion adopted by the Commission - while others believed all the more. Now for the first time, or at least with an intensity previously unknown, a regrettable thing came about. The village divided... [ read more ]

Begoña Andreu: Recollections

Father Ramon Andreu's niece remembers her uncle and her own experiences in Garabandal My memories of Garabandal are very clear, in spite of my being 56 years old now [she was 13 when she first went to the village]. Garabandal left an impression on me difficult to describe. The first time I went there was after the death of my uncle (Father Luis Maria Andreu). My parents, Uncle Ramón and I were accompanied by the Fontaneda family. They are... [ read more ]

Our Visit to San Sebastian de Garabandal

Photo: From left - Brother Juan, Mari Cruz, Brother Miguel, Jacinta and Brother Luis. On August 5, 1962, we four religious Brothers decided to go to San Sebastian de Garabandal. When it came time to leave the following morning, one of the Brothers decided not to go, so the other three of us left immediately for Llanes to catch the 7:10 A.M. train for Unquera. From there we could transfer to whatever would take us to our destination. When... [ read more ]

A Doctor's Experience

In August of 1961, my husband, a medical doctor, and I were in Garabandal accompanied by another doctor, a colleague of my husband, and his wife. It happened that Loli's brother became sick, and their father, Ceferino, knowing the doctor who was with us - he had treated another of Ceferino's children - was in town, asked him to look at the boy who had severe abdominal pain. The doctor, who was a specialist in trauma, suggested he be seen by my... [ read more ]

Emotional Encounter With The Mystery

The first Holy Week in Garabandal during the apparitions (April 15-22, 1962) left indelible traces engraved on many hearts. In the same places and at the same time that Mercedes Salisachs had the personal experiences that have previously been recounted, another distinguished visitor to the village was also having his own deeply felt experiences. The visitor was a doctor from the city of Vitoria named Jose de la Vega. A believer, but not easily... [ read more ]

Father Ramon Andreu: Extraordinary Witness

He was the last of the Andreu brothers and a significant figure in the Garabandal story Acknowledgments Our special thanks to Jacinta and Jeff Moynihan for providing us with information and pictures, and for making it possible for us to contact the Andreu family in Spain who were wonderfully cooperative in sending us family information and many precious pictures never published before. Many thanks to Begoña Andreu, Fr. Ramón's... [ read more ]

Firsthand Witness: Juan A Seco (Part 1 of 2)

When it comes to witnesses to the Garabandal events, no one outside the villagers and the pastor was consistently closer to the action from the beginning than Juan Alvarez Seco, Brigadier of the Spanish Civil Guard and Commander in Chief of the section of Puentenansa which included San Sebastian de Garabandal. He was in charge of maintaining order in the village in 1961-62. This is his testimony. When my promotion to Brigadier was... [ read more ]

Firsthand Witness: Juan A Seco (Part 2 of 2)

In this second and final segment of his testimony, police chief Juan A. Seco, who was in charge of maintaining order in Garabandal during 1961-62, continues narrating his experiences. I was a witness from the first apparitions of the four seers: Conchita, Mari Cruz, Jacinta and Mari Loli. Today, more than seven years later [1969], I still think about them every day. Being appointed to this command post gave me the opportunity of cleansing... [ read more ]

Eyewitness Testimony: Mercedes Salisachs (Part 1 of 5)

Spanish author Mercedes Salisachs from Barcelona made three trips to Garabandal during the time of the apparitions and stayed for several days each time witnessing a significant number of ecstasies. Her first visit was over Easter in 1962 (recounted in our March-April 2003 edition) about which she gives a moving testimony of how after being distraught over the death of her son in an auto accident she learned (from Our Lady through Loli) on... [ read more ]

Eyewitness Testimony: Mercedes Salisachs (Part 2 of 5)

The report of Spanish author Mercedes Salisachs continues after she returned to Barcelona from her first trip to Garabandal in April of 1962 I didn't know when I would be able to go back to Garabandal. We were planning a trip to Asia, but I told the girls [visionaries] that perhaps I would return to the village before leaving for Japan. Twenty days after getting back to Barcelona from Garabandal, I received a cordial and affectionate... [ read more ]

Eyewitness Testimony: Mercedes Salisachs (Part 3 of 5)

Mercedes Salisachs continues her narration of what happened in Garabandal during her second visit to the village We witnessed many unusual situations in those days. One of the more remarkable cases was the conversion of a woman who came to Garabandal with a questionable past and the wrong attitude toward prodigies. (Dr. Puncernau could give more detailed information as he conversed with her.) This woman observed the girls in ecstasy and... [ read more ]

Eyewitness Testimony: Mercedes Salisachs (Part 4 of 5)

The author from Barcelona continues her narration in describing her third trip to Garabandal. As planned, I left Barcelona September 23, 1962, with the intention of staying in Garabandal until October 1. Two very important dates were included for me in that week: the feast of Our Lady of Mercy and the feast of Saint Michael. Same as before, we traveled in two cars. Jose, the mechanic and his wife Mercedes took our car, a Seat (Spanish... [ read more ]

Eyewitness Testimony: Mercedes Salisachs (Part 5 of 5)

Our Spanish author takes up the narrative of her second visit to Garabandal in September-October 1962 by explaining how Father Jacinto Aguado almost got talked out of taking the road up to Garabandal. The second day I was in Garabandal I saw Father Jacinto Aguado, who was stationed at the Minor Seminary for the Missions at Alzola. I had met him previously at Lloret de Mar where he worked as Provisional Coadjutor. At that time I told him... [ read more ]

Miracle of the Host: How The Film Was Made

When in the early morning hours of July 19,1962, Conchita came out of her house in ecstasy and began walking down the street, a stampede was set in motion and Alejandro Damians was back in the pack. But when the girl suddenly stopped and knelt down in the middle of an alley, the crowd went surging past and Damians found himself right next to her. As everyone clamored to get close, he held his ground, and from his privileged vantage point he... [ read more ]

Miracle of the Host: Two Photographers

Dr. Jean Caux was an esthetic (plastic) surgeon from Paris with a very successful practice (one of his clients was French film star Brigitte Bardou). As an amateur photographer, he went to Garabandal on July 18, 1962, with his camera equipment for the purpose of filming the Miracle of the Host. But things did not work out for him. And while he was not able to film the prodigy with his quality camera and lighting, a businessman from Barcelona,... [ read more ]

I Have Never Doubted

Miguel Gonzalez, conchita's youngest brother, gives his personal account on the Garabandal events. "Do you know that an angel appeared to four girls in the village of San Sebastian de Garabandal?" These words introduced me to the apparitions in my village. I was almost 18 years old. It was 7 o'clock in the morning in July of 1961 and my brother Serafin and I were seated in a restaurant in Torrelavega. My brother's friend stopped by the table... [ read more ]

Placido Receives Proof

When it comes to Garabandal, Don Placido Ruiloba is the best informed person with the most documentation of anyone in Santander. During the time of the apparitions, since June, 1961, he went up to the village almost every afternoon. A very circumspect observer, he had discovered some negative aspects in what was told to him by witnesses, and the visionaries. Even though he became a great doubter of the apparitions, the little visionaries... [ read more ]

A Priest Witness

Letters of the Garabandal Confraternity: Part 11 Letter dated July 10, 1962, from Father Eliseo Buedo de Hier, C.P., Superior of a Passionist Monastery in Barcelona, to Father Valentin Marichalar, Pastor of San Sebastian de Garabandal. Photo: Mari Loli in ecstasy kneeling by a table in her house where religious articles were placed I'm very happy to answer your request, and send you my impressions of the events I witnessed in Garabandal.... [ read more ]

Our Lady Gives Proof

The story of the proof given by Our Lady at Garabandal to a dancer from the “Folies Bergeres” is just one of many instances of this kind that happened during the days of the apparitions. This particular story has a very special meaning for me personally since it was told by a friend, Dr. Ricardo Puncernau, who witnessed it and in a sense was directly involved in it. During the summer of 1968, when I was trying to make up my mind about... [ read more ]

Recollections of Benjamin Gómez

Benjamin Gómez, a resident of Garabandal and later Pesués (a small town near Garabandal), gave numerous testimonies concerning the visionaries in ecstasy. During the time of the apparitions (1961-1965) his life underwent a great change, and he returned to the Church after having lived much of his life away from its teachings. In fact, those years saw him converted anew and subsequently blessed with an abundance of peace and happiness that... [ read more ]

Strange Phenomena

During the autumn days of 1962, the main topic of conversation in the Catholic Church - and also in other churches called Christian - was the inauguration of the Ecumenical Council that His Holiness John XXIII had convoked. It was to be called Vatican II because of the site where it was held; it was to be the most ecumenical of all those held until then, both by the number and by the variety of its participants. The proceeding had enormous... [ read more ]

Tourists or Angels?

Loli said: "If people only knew who is here today." What I'm about to relate was told to me by my sister Margarita (Tituca). It happened October 18,1961, when the first message of Garabandal was revealed. Photo: People entering Garabandal on October 18, 1961, for the first Message of Our Lady. The day began cold, rainy and very disagreeable, and my wife and I took my sister Tituca to the bus station so she could get to Cosio; there was no... [ read more ]

The Unsearchable Ways of God

For more than a year, on the difficult heights of Garabandal, unusual things - frequently very unusual - were happening. They were "unusual" in the double sense of being rare, and of being not easily understood. This last part was particularly disturbing to the "wise and prudent" (Lk 10:21). They could not see the purpose of what was happening nor could they see what would come of it. If God wanted to communicate something, He could do it in a... [ read more ]

The Wedding Rings

Besides religious objects, wedding rings were also given to the children to have the Virgin kiss. The girls would have their fingers full of wedding rings, and while in ecstasy they'd raise up their hands and ask the Virgin to kiss them. After this they would return the rings to their owners without making any mistakes and without seeing who they were giving them to as their heads were always tilted backwards and their eyes fixed on the... [ read more ]

The Weightlifter

From that moment on, his life changed radically. A letter to Father Ramon Andreu dated December 29,1963 I am writing to you since a while ago I heard of a conversion from Garabandal that is as spectacular as that of Violeta. These are the two cases from there that have impressed me the most. It deals with a man approximately 45 years old, a court secretary who, according to what he says, before his conversion did not go to Mass and made... [ read more ]

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