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Devotion Gains Further Approvals

Devotion to Our Lady of America gains further approvals


Our lady of America carried in procession at Hanceville, AL


On May 7th, 2020 Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend, Indiana, along with 5 other Bishops where Sr. Mary Ephrem was alleged to have had Apparitions, issued these Documents (Singular Decree and Statement Regarding Devotion to Our Lady of America) following a multi-year study.  Included, in these documents is a finding by all the bishops of competence approving this Private Devotion to Our Lady of America.

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The seven Bishop have approved the private devotion of Our Lady of America:

  Archbishop Paul Leibold

While the devotion was first approved (early 1960’s) by Archbishop Paul F. Leibold of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the question concerning the supernatural nature of the alleged apparitions had never been previously studied by a Bishop of Competence (a Bishop in the diocese where Sr. Ephrem had her alleged apparitions).  Since Sr. Ephrem was frequently moved by her Order, this became a multi-diocesan question.

(…) With the Decree and Statement, the Church is now officially back in control of this devotion and has entrusted it to the faithful with encouragement as a private devotion. As such, the devotion is in a great position to grow and bear good fruit. The Bishops have laid a fecund garden for it to grow and flourish under the Grace of Heaven. They have cleared the way for God’s Mercy and Love to rise through the instrument of this devotion. They have shown a favorable light on the person of Sr. Mary Ephrem and the place at Rome City. They have also pointed to our nation’s history of love and devotion to Our Lady, The Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of Our Land. I expect the Church to continue to guide us with love and kindness.

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