Naturally, the appointment of Michael, now 39, didn’t happen overnight.
Starting in 1978 at the age of 19, he became a full-time member of the lay
Order of St. Michael, a community of celibate men dedicated to promoting
the Message “to save souls and to bring God to mankind” of St. Michael, a community of celibate men dedicated to promoting
the Message “to save souls and to bring God to mankind”
(Jesus, June 6, 1987).
And Michael was gradually prepared by Heaven for his position as leader
just as Saint Theresa gradually prepared Veronica for her role as seer.
developed a close relationship with Michael that grew even stronger after
she appointed him director of OLR corp. in 1989 “through the guidance
and direction of the Blessed Mother” (Rose Notes,
No. 1, May 1989). There was daily telephone contact, often for
hours at a time, that would frequently include messages for the world from
Our Lady through Veronica. Sometimes the Queen of Heaven prefaced Her
public message with “Tell Michael,” a clear recognition of Michael’s
special role in this Mission (see Rose Notes, No.
24, June 1997).
Blessed Virgin would also answer Michael’s questions and guide him in
Shrine and personal matters and would often compliment him in his work.
For example, “I am very happy with the progress of the work at the
office [of Michael, as explained by Veronica] and in the shop in New
York....” (Oct. 13, 1990), “I am very pleased
with the progress of the work. It extends much farther than you can
perceive” (Oct. 4, 1993), and other occasions
including the most recent one of December 20, 1994 (see Rose
Notes, No. 17, March 1995).
would share many of her intimate and heavenly experiences with Michael, as
Our Lady instructed. The Virgin also told Veronica in July 1994 that Saint
Michael the Archangel is guarding Michael.
Veronica was nearing her eternal reward, Jesus and Mary would confirm
Michael’s destiny on three momentous occasions.
In a solemn discourse directed by Our Lady on January 10, 1994, Veronica
asked Michael to promise three times to continue the work after her
In a taped telephone interview on February 7, 1994, Veronica stated that
Michael is going to be “the head of the Order of St. Michael.” Our
Lady had just spoken to her the night before about this coming religious
With a profound gesture of her hands directed by Jesus and Mary on June
19, 1995, Veronica “hands” over to Michael her authority to the entire
Jesus and Mary were present for this historic occasion. On Monday the
19th, following the 25th Anniversary weekend in 1995, Regina Fox,
International Pilgrimage Coordinator for the Shrine, and Michael visited
Veronica’s home while our saintly seer lay in her final agony six weeks
before her passing on August 3rd. Regina relates:
evening, around 8:30 p.m. we were permitted to enter Veronica’s sick
room. Michael and I knelt and said some prayers at the foot of her bed.
Then we approached Veronica’s right side. Arthur was on her left side
seated beside her.
kissed her hands and her forehead and was stroking back her hair and I
began to cry. I was taken aback in seeing her suffering so and how much
weight she had lost. The look of suffering was in her whole being, but
Veronica was pleased to see us.
asked Veronica if Our Lady had come to see her. Veronica said, “Yes,”
and added that the Blessed Mother came dressed as Our Lady of the Roses,
Mary Help of Mothers.
Veronica stated, “They [Jesus and Mary] say I’m going to die.”
Shortly thereafter all in the room began to pray with Veronica.
Upon completing the prayers, Veronica extended her hands toward Michael
with her fingers slightly bent, her fingertips and thumbs pointing at each
other and her palms facing towards her [see simulated photo below].
Veronica said slowly, “Michael, hold onto my fingertips” [Veronica paused,
Michael gently held her fingertips for a few moments], “and then let go.”
Michael then let go. He then repeated her instructions as he went through
the motion again. [See also
Veronica of the Cross report, pg. 2 and 3.]