Santa Maria del Rosario, San Nicolás, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Devout housewife Gladys Quiroga de Motta first saw the Virgin on September 25, 1983, while praying the rosary at home in the town of San Nicolás, some two hours north of Buenos
Aires. It was the beginning of a long series of apparitions that would result in a sanctuary, a devotional revival with international impact, and over 1800 messages until the last
one on February 11, 1990. In November, 1983, the seer and her confessor discovered a statue, stored in the bell tower of the cathedral in the city of Rosario, which matched the
Virgin's appearance. It was a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary, blessed by Pope Leo XIII and sent to the Argentine church at its founding. The Rosary Confraternity had said their
first prayers before this Madonna on September 25, 1884. The renovated statue was moved to the new sanctuary being built at the Virgin's request "on the banks of the
Paraná," which soon became a magnet for pilgrims and a locus of the miraculous. Beginning in November 1984 stigmata appeared on the seer during Advent and Lent. Unlike most
recent apparition cults, the devotions at San Nicolás have enjoyed Catholic Church support. Our Lady's final message was: "I invite you to live my instructions step by step:
pray, repair, trust!" The sanctuary's website is www.virgen-de-san-nicolas.org. (Photograph of the statue from the website
of Las Siervas de los Corazones Traspasados de Jesús y María, www.corazones.org. Information also from Messages Of Our Lady At San
Nicolás, E. O. De Nagy-Pal and M-H Gall, tr., Faith Publishing Company, Milford, Ohio, 1991.)
Also celebrated this date:
|Notre-Dame du Rempart, Namur, Wallonia, Belgium (Our Lady of the
|Kidist Mariam Eme Buzuhan, Gilgel-Beles, Metekel-Gumuz, Ethiopia (St.
Mary Mother of All). Catholic chapel dedicated, 2005.|
|Madonna della Grazia, Gravina in Puglia, Bari, Apulia, Italy. Statue
crowned, 1991; festa Sept. 8.|
|Virgen de la Fuencisla, Segovia, Castile and León, Spain. Fiesta (main
day now last Sunday in September).|
|Virgen del Pueyo, Villamayor de Gállego, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain.
Statue crowned, 2010. Fiesta Sept. 8.|
|Mare de Déu de la Misericòrdia, Reus, Baix Camp, Catalonia, Spain
(Merciful Mother of God).
Apparition to shepherdess Isabel Besora, 1592; festa.|
|Boiany Mother of God, Boiany, Novoselytsia, Chernivtsy, Ukraine (Sept.
12 Julian). Icon written in 1991 wept in 1993; healings.|
|Our Lady of America, Rome City, Indiana, USA. Apparition to Sister Mary
Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil), 1956.|