May 1


Tabernacle of the Most High, Ngome, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

"Shortly after Holy Communion, Mary stood before me, very close-by. Everything was seen in spirit. I was drawn into another atmosphere. Mary showed Herself in a wonderful light more beautiful than the sun. She was robed all in white, flowing veil from top to toe. Upon Her Breast rested a big Host surrounded by a brilliant corona radiating life. She was a living Monstrance. Mary stood upon the globe, hands and feet invisible. I felt like entering a cloud, drawn by Mary, away from the earth. I had my eyes closed but I saw so much light that, for several days, I was very much dazzled by the beauty and light that I had seen." Mary said, "Call Me 'Tabernacle of The Most High'. You too are such a Tabernacle; believe it. I wish to be called upon by this title for the glory of My Son. I wish that more such Tabernacles be prepared. I mean human hearts. I wish that the altars be surrounded by praying people more frequently. Don't be afraid. Make it known."   

So Sister Reinolda May described her experience of August 22, 1955. A Benedictine nun from Germany, Sister Reinolda headed the maternity department of a mission hospital in Nongoma, South Africa. The following March, she received another message from Mary: "I wish that a Shrine be erected for Me in the place where seven springs come together."

In December 1957, when visiting a sick person in Ngome, Sister Reinolda realized that was the place for the shrine. A number of wells were found in the forest near the Benedictine school there. A Munich artist, Joseph Aman, painted the picture according to the instructions given to him by Sr. Reinolda. On May 1, 1963, the painting was taken to Ngome and hung in the school. Urged by Fr. Ignatius Jutz, Bishop Aurelian Bilgeri allowed Bro. Jacob Riedmann to build a tiny chapel at Ngome. Fr. Ignatius Jutz blessed the chapel on Pentecost Sunday, May 29, 1966. The apparitions and shrine became more widely known after the seer's death in 1981. In 1992, Bishop Mansuet Biyase blessed the open-air altar. The Shrine to Mary, Tabernacle of the Most High hosts pilgrimages on the Saturday after the Annunciation (March 25), May 1, Aug. 22, 1st Sat. in Oct., and Dec. 8. (Information from the Diocese's site,, and the shrine's site, Picture from the Order's site,

Also commemorated this date:

Unserer Lieben Frau Mariä Heimsuchung, Rankweil, Feldkirch, Vorarlberg, Austria (Our Dear Lady Mary of Grace)
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Steenbergen, Oud-Heverlee, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium. Candlelight procession.
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Kortenbos, Sint-Truiden, Limburg, Flanders, Belgium. Church consecrated, 1648. 1600s clay statue crowned, 1898.
Notre-Dame de la Chapelle, Brussels, Belgium
Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, Neuvizy, Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Notre-Dame de l'Etoile, Montebourg, Manche, Lower Normandy, France (Our Lady of the Star). Statue crowned, 1960. Annual pilgrimage on nearest Sunday.
Notre Dame de Voulons, Le Dorat, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
Notre Dame de Buglose, Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Landes, Aquitaine, France
Notre Dame de Consolation, Collioure, Pyrénées-Orientales, Roussillon, France
Schmerzhafte Mutter, Bethen, Lower Saxony, Germany 
Patrona Bavariae (Patron of Bavaria)
Maria Loreto auf dem Kobel, Neusäß, Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Mariä Geburt, Fellen, Main-Spessart, Bavaria, Germany, Rengersbrunn district (Mary's Nativity). Festal mass. 
Maria Königin der Engel, Großheubach, Miltenberg, Bavaria, Germany (Mary Queen of Angels). Start of 139-mi. walking pilgrimage from Hettingen to Engelberg Monastery.
Gua Maria Sendang Ratu Kenya, Wonogiri, Java, Indonesia. Evil spirits left grotto after novena, 1959.
Gua Maria Sendang Jatiningsih, Moyudan, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. Grotto begun, 1986; blessed Sept. 8, 1986.
Nostra Signora di Montelungo, Ruino, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
Addolorata, Rovigo, Rovigo, Veneto, Italy (Sorrowful Lady). Painting's eyes moved, 1895.
Madonna delle Grazie, Cordovado, Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy. Sanctuary consecrated, 1603. 
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Sansepolcro, Arezzo, Toscana, Italy. Sanctuary consecrated, 1931.
Santa Maria dei Monti, Bassano Romano, Viterbo, Latium, Italy
Cuore Immacolato di Maria, Rome, Italy (Immaculate Heart of Mary). Church consecrated, 1959.
Santa Maria di Materdomini, Nocera Superiore, Salerno, Sicily, Italy (St. Mary Mother of God). Also Aug. 14-15.
Maria Santissima della Strada, Marina di Gioiosa Jonica, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy (Most Holy Mary of the Road)
Madonna Immacolata, Pazzano, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Madonna del Ponte, Squillace, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy 
Onze Lieve Vrouw van Lourdes, Cadier en Keer, Eijsden-Margraten, Limburg, Netherlands. Statue moved in procession to new grotto, 1892. Annual prayer week in May.
Onze Lieve Vrouw in 't Zand, Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands (Our Lady in the Sand). Opening of pilgrimage season. First stone of new chapel laid, 1895.
Nuestra Señora de Chapi, Arequipa, Peru 
Virgen de Carrasquedo, Grañón, La Rioja, Spain. Procession.
Santa María la Real, Roncesvalles, Navarre, Spain. Romería.
Virgen del Puy de Estella, Villatuerta, Navarre, Spain. Romería.
Virgen del Yugo, Valtierra, Navarre, Spain. Romería. 
Nuestra Señora de Monlora, Sierra de Luna, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
Mare de Déu de Dalt, Benifallet, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. Día de las Cuevas (Day of the Caves). Fiesta Sept. 8.
Mare de Déu dels Àngels, Sant Martí Vell, Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Votive feast commemorates end of 1800s plague.
Virgen del Castro, Castrotierra de la Valduerna, León, Spain. Bicycle pilgrimage. Romería Saturday before Pentecost.
Nuestra Señora del Rivero, San Esteban de Gormaz, Soria, Castile and León, Spain. Regional romería. Fiesta Sept. 8.
Nuestra Señora de la Jara, Ibahernando, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romeria.
Nuestra Señora de la Vega, Moraleja, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Bottomland)
Virgen de Valdehierro, Madridejos, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Romería. 
Virgen del Valle, Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Romería. 
Virgen del Rosario, Villamayor de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Meeting of Virgin and St. Joseph.
Virgen de la Tórtola, Hinojales, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain
Virgen de las Cruces, Santa Eufemia, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain (Virgin of the Crosses). Romería. 
Virgen de la Estrella, Sabiote, Jaen, Andalucia, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Estrella, Navas de San Juan, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain (Our Lady of the Star). Romería.
Virgen del Azahar, Beniaján, Murcia, Spain. Romería.
Purísima Concepción, Sangonera la Verde, Murcia, Spain. Crowning ceremony.
Our Lady of Hartley, Gravesend, Kent, England, United Kingdom. Annual pilgrimage.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly