7 Times the Virgin Mary has visited mankind

By January 31, 2018Articles
7 Times the Virgin Mary has visited mankind

What does she want to tell us?

Over the course of history, the Blessed Virgin has visited mankind at particular sites around the world.

In the majority of Marian apparitions, only one person or a few people, quite often children, report having seen the Blessed Virgin, who at first they describe simply as “a Lady.” Yet there have been exceptions, such as her apparition in Zeitun, Egypt, where she is reported to have been seen by thousands of people: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim, and unbelievers.

According to Catholic Church doctrine, the era of “public revelation” ended with the death of the last Apostle. A Marian apparition, then, if deemed authentic by legitimate Church authority, is considered to be a “private” revelation. Concerning such revelations, we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. (CCC, 67)

Following a thorough investigation according to specific norms outlined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Church will confirm an authentic apparition as “worthy of belief,” but belief is never required by divine faith.

The Holy See has officially approved at least 13 apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, including those at Guadalupe (Mexico), Saint-Étienne-le-Laus, Paris (Rue du Bac, Miraculous Medal), La Salette (France), Lourdes (France), Fatima (Portugal), Pontmain, Beauraing, and Banneux.

Other apparitions have been approved by the local bishop, for example, the 2010 approval of the 19th-century apparitions of Our Lady of Good Help, the first recognized Marian apparition in the United States.

 20th Century Marian ApparitionsThe 20th century is rich in reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, from her most well known appearance in Fatima, Portugal, to lesser publicized but equally powerful appearances in Kibeho, Rwanda, or Akita, Japan. Why has she been appearing so close to our own day?

Fr. René Laurentin, a world renowned Mariologist born on October 19, 1917 — just 6 days after the Blessed Virgin’s last apparition at Fatima — has traveled the world investigating many of these reported events. Some years ago, he said he believes the multitude of apparitions are an urgent call to a world headed for self-destruction.

“There are very serious and grave situations in the world today, so there are many reasons for the Virgin to appear and alert us,” he said. “She speaks globally of moral risks, or liberal sexual immorality and materialism. The world has rejected God, and it is quietly and patiently abandoning itself to sin. It is like we are sitting on a branch and cutting ourselves off. So now we are experiencing the consequences. The world is destroying itself by the consequences of sin, and we cannot draw ourselves out of it by ourselves. So the Virgin is calling us to return to the essentials. She asks for prayer and conversion, telling us that God exists and that we must turn back to God. It is only there that we will find our liberty and freedom.”

What does the Blessed Virgin want to communicate to us by her visits? In a 2008 interview, Fr. Laurentin said the messages vary, but at the same time, they are unanimous “inasmuch as they represent the simple echo of the Gospel and invite us to prayer, to conversion, to penance, to fasting, to the reading of the Bible, in various ways according to the times and the prophetic relevance of each individual message but without ever going beyond what is the doctrine of the Church.”

While miracles, reported healings and cures often accompany Marian apparitions, then, they are not their essential purpose. When the Blessed Virgin appears, her principal purpose is to lead her children to Jesus Christ.

Here are 7 times the Virgin Mary has visited mankind.

 Lourdes (Francis), 1858:The Virgin Mary appears to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous a total of 18 times at the grotto of Massabielle (“the rock”). The Virgin instructed Bernadette to tell the priests to build a chapel on the site, and showed her a spring whose waters have been the means for many miraculous healings. When Bernadette finally asked the Lady who she was, the Virgin responded: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Fatima (Portugal), 1917:
The Virgin Mary appears to three shepherd children, Lucia Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, on May 13, 1917, in the valley of Cova da Iria. She addressed the pain of a world torn by war and revolutions, and called for prayer, penance, and redemptive suffering. Prophetic messages, known as “secrets,” were also entrusted to the children to be shared with Church leaders. Mary told the children to pray the Rosary often, saying: “Through the Rosary, you can stop wars.” On Sunday, October 13, 1917 the “Miracle of the Sun” was seen by an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 people. 

Akita (Japan), 1973-1981:
The Virgin Mary appears to Sister Agnes Sasagawa, a convert to Christianity from Buddhism. The message of Akita, which is associated with an image of the Virgin Mary venerated as miraculous, is said to be deeply tied to Fatima and warns of coming trials for the Church. While approved by the local ordinary, the events at Akita have received neither the approval nor the disapproval of the Holy See.

Betania (Venezuela), 1976-1988:
The Virgin Mary appears to Maria Esperanza Medano, a wife, mother, and grandmother, under the title of Mary, Virgin and Mother, Reconciler of All People and Nations. During one of these apparitions, 150 people were present and also saw the Lady. The apparitions at Betania have been approved by the local ordinary, but the Holy See has taken no position. In 2010, the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey opened the cause for beatification and canonization of the visionary, who is now known at the Servant of God Maria Esperanza.

Kibeho (Rwanda), 1981-1986:
The Virgin Mary appears to three teens, Alphonsine Mumereke, Nathalie Ukamazimpaka and Marie-Claire Mukangango, shortly before the Rwanda genocide. She asks for fasting, unceasing prayer, and conversion. Other young people claimed to have received messages from the Virgin Mary at Kibeho, but only the apparitions to Alphonsine, Nathalie, and Marie-Claire have been approved by the local ordinary. At the shrine of Kibeho, Mary is venerated as Our Lady of Sorrows.

Champion, Wisconsin (USA), 1859:
The Virgin Mary appears to a young immigrant woman, Adele Brise, in Northeast Wisconsin. She called her to “gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.” In 2010 the apparitions were approved for veneration by the bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Hope, built on the site of the apparition to Adele Brise, draws pilgrims.

Zeitun, Cairo (Egypt), 1968-1970 (Approved by the Coptic Orthodox Church):
The Virgin Mary appears on the Dome of St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church to crowds numbering more than 250,000 people, among them Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Muslims, and unbelievers. No messages were given during these appearances. Because the church where the apparitions occurred was part of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Kyrillos VI gave approval for veneration.

16 Comments

  • What I know is that the Blessed Virgin Mary visited mankind more than seven times the most famous that is not listed in this article was the miracles in Mexico.

  • María says:

    Yes, Our Lady of Guadalupe visit in México is missing on This list and She is one of the most venerated!!!

  • Robert. B. says:

    Queen of Hearts!!!Pray for us the downtrodden to find ways to be nearer to your son our God.Amen.

  • Jim Neve says:

    Our Lady of Fatima appeared to the 3 Portugal children on May 13, 1917, but also on the 13th of the following months to October of that year.

  • Francisco T. Vidal says:

    In 1948 Our Lady Mary Medriatrix of All visited the Philippines.

  • Kamran says:

    And not to miss
    Virgin de Garabandal!!!

  • Heather says:

    At my current parish, St Joseph in Cold Spring KY, Our Lady of Light appeared in the early 90’s (it was before I moved here). There were several things that occurred after Mary appeared to one of the ladies in my parish. She told this parishioner, she wanted s hospice built on a specific location in Covington. It was zoned only for single family homes, as well as home owners being up in arms about a hospice going on a residential street. Mary appeared again to this parishioner, and was adamant about the hospice being built on that location. Several attorneys at my parish spent months researching the history and the legal loopholes to accomplish building a hospice. Eventually, they found paperwork that this particular address had been zoned differently when the original property had been establish. In short, Mary Rose Mission has been there since the early 2000’s. An interesting fact is my parish has a statue of Mary of Medjugeorie that is the only statue (besides the one designed in the church in medjuorie) the sculptor refused to make more that the two. I wasn’t expecting my parish to be in the list, but I am surprised that Medjugeorie wasn’t. I know that it has not been validated by the church. I had asked out pastor why it had not, and he told me he doubted if it would ever be. I asked him way and I cannot remember his answer (in all defense it was around the time I had two brain surgeries… and I have an awful memory)! I can understand why Garabandal has not been validated. The videos of the children walking backwards creeped me out, something was when I watch it. I had goosebumps in a bad way! If anyone can answer my question about Medjugeorie I would appreciate it!

    • Paula Monk says:

      I read it hasn’t been approved or disapproved/validated because the apparitions are still on going. They haven’t ended yet.

    • Violeta says:

      I don’t know why Medjugorije has not bean approved I have bean there 3 times and I do believe that she has appeared there .

  • Stephen Williams says:

    How about Knock, Ireland?

  • Carol G. Amurao says:

    In the Phils, it is believed that our Lady Immaculate appeared to 6 children in Cabra island, Mindoro from March 25 1966 to March 25 1972. There she urged the praying of the rosary, conversion, penance and fasting. She also intimated that a church be built on the site where she frequently appeared. She also warned that more crises will come and she was being disturbed by mankind’s cold heartedness and hard headedness. The Mindoro island is facing the west Philippine sea and is now the subject of political, economic discussions and show of maritime military powers among 1st world countries. Our Lady, in her visits to that island, had been urging more prayers and conversion of hearts by mankind and could be the answer to prevent any exacerbation of conflict of claims in that region. “Mother Mary please keep us safe and vigilant to your calls for penance and mercy. Amen.”

  • Patricia Soto says:

    Appiration in Conyers, Georgia

  • Gary Knight says:

    The dates of officially acknowledged apparitions may have more significance than meets the eye. Of those mentioned in this article (14 : only the most ‘modern’ 7 described at any length), the apparition of Our Lady at Guadeloupe — the ‘New World’ — is the oldest. Afterwards Mary began appearing [officially recognized, that is] in the French-speaking regions of Europe: St. Etienne de Laus the earliest (17th century, not fully ‘canonized’ till 2008), although colonial places, e.g.. Outaouais Quebec [Canada], long had Laus, ‘Low’ and Embrun as honorary place names; testimony to worldwide devotion.

    Speaking of canonical coronations, one of them in 1922 – though not per se associated with apparition – is Our Lady of Loreto, connected with the believed-miraculous transport of the Holy House of Nazareth starting to Croatia (in 1290) and then Italy. Another canonical crowning was given in 1954 (so soon after the doctrine of the Assumption) to the statue of our Lady in Walsingham, where a similar legend surrounded the original chapel built for the wife of Edward the Confessor, well before 1290. The two first canonical coronations were in early 17th century, a little before N.D. de Laus, but after Guadeloupe.

    We do know now of a 15th ‘official’ apparition: Our Lady in Knock, Ireland in 1879. The Marian statue there was bequeathed the golden rose in the centenary year by saint John-Paul on the first trip to Ireland by any pope. The year 1879 was just 5 years before pope Leo XIII witnessed the devil’s boast of destroying the Church in 100 years. Our Lady’s messages (combined with apparition of Joseph and John and the Lamb of God) were pure silence – the only such manifestation of all the above apparitions, so dire the decline to secularization already in the formerly devout world.

    Not to be lacking in hope, In 1984 – that 100 years after satan’s boast – pope John Paul (just three and two years after attempts on his life) canonically crowned a Marian statue in Triana (Seville). The location was possibly chosen in part to heal the memory of the Spanish Inquisition, but the title is still more significant: Our Lady of Hope.

    Speaking of ‘Hope’, the year after pope emeritus Benedict XVI wrote Spe Salvi, the papal commission approved the ancient European apparitions of our Lady of Laus. “O beauty ever ancient, ever new .. how late have I loved thee ” [St’ Augustine, whose church is the principal one in Recanati, completed before the 1290 legend of the Holy House transported there from Trsat, Croatia, enroute to Loreto — and where now there is another ‘Augustinian’ church, Our Lady of Grace.]

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