The Lourdes of America


Our Lady of the Roses Shrine statue

This beautiful story of grace, peace and redemption opened publicly on June 18, 1970 when the Mother of God visited Veronica Lueken on the grounds of the old St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Bayside, N.Y. and later at the Vatican Pavilion site (blessed by Pope Paul VI) in Flushing Meadows Park, N.Y.  Beginning in 1968, St. Theresa the Little Flower prepared Veronica for these Heavenly apparitions.

For 25 years, the Virgin Mary and Her Divine Son would appear to this mother of five children during Rosary Vigils on these sacred grounds until her passing in 1995. Our Lady asked that this Shrine be called Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers and that a Sunday Holy Hour for priests be held.

Over 300 comprehensive messages packed with wisdom and guidance for these latter days were transmitted through this seer named by Heaven, Veronica of the Cross (Feb. 27, 1970). All prophecies are “conditional to man’s response” as stressed by Our Lady.

Our Lady of the Roses, Shrine is under the stewardship of the Lay Order of St. Michael, a vibrant community of celibate men who have been appointed by Heaven to direct this critical work of the latter days. Specifically, before her passing, Veronica of the Cross vested Michael Mangan (SMWA president and head of the lay order) in the authority to lead this Mission. Our Lady has said that from this lay Order will emerge the full-fledged religious Order of St. Michael, an order founded on tradition, which will also include a cloistered convent. Our Lady also told Veronica that Mr. Mangan would be the head of this religious order.

In addition, Our Lady has stated that curative waters will erupt and a magnificent basilica will be erected at the original site of St. Robert’s. 

Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers Shrine

Located at the Vatican Pavilion site in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, N.Y., the Rosary Vigils are held from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on the eves of the major feast days of the Church. The Holy Hour for priests is held every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. All are invited. For a vigil calendar, contact SMWA below. Our Lady of the Roses Shrine is under the stewardship of the lay Order of St. Michael/St Michael's World Apostolate.

         The Vigils and Holy Hours continue to this day at the Vatican Pavilion inspired by Our Lord’s promise: “We have made Our home upon these grounds.” Cures and conversions abound and for countless pilgrims, faith and hope have been restored.  We invite you to join us.

          For a free mystical rose petal blessed by Jesus and Mary with the power of cure and conversion, click here.

         For the free comprehensive and colorful 16-page introductory booklet Pearls from Heaven, click here.

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To view the Rosary Vigil Calendar and other pilgrimage information, click here.

For directions to the Sacred Grounds, click here.

To read the messages given by Our Lady and Our Lord to Veronica of the Cross, click here.


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P.O. Box 514 • Bayside, NY 11361
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