History of the Bayside Apparitions Part 1

her, in her home, and the vision was shared by Veronica's son Raymond, who was 10 years old at the time.

Her early visions seemed to be a sort of preparation for the coming of Our Lady, who announced to her in 1970 that She wanted



Real life photo of St. Theresa, the Little Flower
Rosary Vigils held outdoors. on the eves of all the great feast days of the Catholic Church. These Vigils were to be held on the grounds of the old St. Robert Bellarmine's Church in the district of Bayside Hills, a division of Queens. one of the five boroughs of New York City.
Our Lady announced that She wanted a shrine established there, and that She was to be


Background Story

VERONICA LUEKEN (1923-1995), the seer of Bayside, WAS A MARRIED WOMAN, a mother of five children.
Veronica in ecstasy during a Prayer Vigil in 1973.
Up until June of 1968, She lived the life of an ordinary New York City housewife, with her husband Arthur, a retired purchasing agent, and their daughter and four sons. On the day that Robert F. Kennedy was shot to death in California by an assassin, Veronica experienced a perfume of roses when she responded to a radio appeal for prayers for the dying Senator.
A short time later, St. Theresa, the Little Flower (who has always been identified with roses, since her most famous promise, often quoted was —("After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses from heaven" ) appeared to


invoked under the title of OUR LADY OF THE ROSES. MARY HELP OF MOTHERS. She promised if these Vigils would be faithfully kept, despite weather conditions and disturbances. She would appear to Veronica at each of the Vigils, and give heavenly messages of worldwide importance. She asked that the Holy Rosary be said continuously, aloud by all the pilgrims, during the Vigil. Jesus also appears and gives His own Message later in the evening.

And so, since June 18, 1970, thousands of people from all over the world have come to attend these Vigils, which are held in the open air despite all weather conditions. During this time, several hundred messages have been transmitted, with Veronica acting as a ''voice box"—repeating the words from Heaven. In June of 1975, because of the objections of the residents around St. Robert Bellarmine's Church

Apparitions site—the Vatican Pavilion