Early Years 17• Apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Veronica Lueken


t me one time when I told him that Our Lady said She would come on June the 18th. He said, “Well, do you know what June the 18th is?” And I said, “No.” And he said, “Well, that's the anniversary date of Our Lady's arrival at Garabandal in Spain.”

Well, gee, I was just as shocked to hear that, but I wondered why Our Lady had picked the 18th here in New York. Well, Heaven has its reasons which we will find out in the future.

Veronica—And then, at this time, Our Lady gave me messages also for Joseph Lomangino, and about, Our Lady had said (which I didn't understand, but I just passed it on), to tell Joseph to “gather the lilacs from the bush, and bring them to the Shrine.”

Well, I told Joseph this by telephone, and I was so happy, because I knew that he—at that time, he did believe me, and it was kind of — being worldly still, I haven't lost enough of my own feelings that I could stand alone, and it was wonderful to know that there was someone who believed me. And I thought that Joseph did, until some time later; but I think someone had really come to him and kind of talked him out of believing in me.

I don't understand that, but, of course, that's also


one of the crosses that I've learned to live with. But, anyway, Our Lady did give that message for him to me, to give to him, “Gather the lilacs from the bush, and bring them to the Shrine.” For when I told Joseph, three days later, I think it was, I called him up again, and I asked him if he knew what Our Lady meant by that, gather the lilacs from the bush. And also, where was the Shrine? Well, he didn't seem to know, so that evening—I was quite depressed—and when Our Lady was talking to me, I asked, “Dear Mother, where is the Shrine? I don't understand.” And Our Lady said, “The Shrine is at St. Robert's.”


concrete background for a statue. And Our Lady said, there are to be gold letters, saying “Our Lady of the Roses,” and it appears to be a statue of Our Lady holding a Rosary in each hand; it's very pretty-looking, and then at the side is another plaque, and it says, “Mary, Help of Mothers.”

Veronica—. . . of June, 1978. It's most fortunate that this week I have staying with me my neighbor Grace Pera, a young girl who was witness to Our Lady's appearing over my—from the kitchen window, in my apartment in Bayside, on May, that day in May (I don't at this time remember the exact date for the taping, but it was May of 1970).

I feel that it would be best for Grace to tell you in her own words how she saw Our Lady standing on this huge ball in the sky from my kitchen window. I was living at the time in the Garden complex in Bayside. Now, I can remember as though it was yesterday.

I was in my bathroom, and something just drew me to look out the window of the bathroom, and I was startled because, there in the sky over the trees, and over the tops of the roof of the Garden complex, was this huge ball coming through the sky. I was very frightened at the time, and I felt myself almost sinking to my knees because I thought it was the end of the world;


Joey Lomangino, whom Our Lady had Veronica contact, for the first Vigil in 1970.

And I said, “Oh no, I don't know of any Shrine at St. Robert's.” And Our Lady said, “Oh yes, there will be!”

And then that is the time that Our Lady gave me the drawing for the Fathers; and, also, I have a copy in my notes, Our Lady says the Shrine will be called Our Lady of the Roses, Mary, Help of Mothers. And Our Lady drew, had me draw this picture. It looks like a round oval type of