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An ordinary housewife, a mother and grandmother who had no formal education and no knowledge off the Bible or theology claimed that she was visited by the Blessed Mother daily for a period of over 6 years. She reportedly additionally received 68 messages from Jesus Christ. Numerous healings, including the cure of a boy with a brain tumor, have been documented.
|Sept 25, 1983||First appearance of the Virgin to Gladys Quiroga de Motta|
|Oct 7, 1983||Gladys asked the Virgin what she wanted. Gladys:”I saw her and I asked her what she wanted of me. Then her image faded away and a chapel appeared. I understood that she wanted to be among us.”|
|Oct 12, 1983||Gladys discusses her experiences with a priest.|
|Oct 13, 1983||The Holy Virgin talks to her for the first time.|
|Nov 17, 1983||Gladys sprinkles holy water on the apparition.|
|Nov 19, 1983||Gladys is informed of her mission : “You will become the bridge of union. Proclaim my words.”|
|Nov 24, 1983||A shaft of light in the darkness shows Gladys where the Church should be built – on a wasteland called Campito on the banks of the Parana river. The ray of light is seen by other witnesses, a nine-year old girl.|
|Nov 27, 1983||Gladys recognizes the apparition when she sees an image of the Lady of Rosary relegated to the belfry of the diocesan cathedral because of damage. The Virgin referred to Exodus 25;8 in describing the church to be built. The passage says,”They shall make a sanctuary for me, that I may dwell in their midst.” The significance of the passage is that it contains the instructions given by God to the Israelites for builiding the Ark of the Covenant by means of which Yahweh would be present to them. The New Testament and the earlyChurch has consistently understood Mary to be the New Ark of the Covenant, who was the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and the Bearer of the Son. At San Nicolas, the Virgin was restating this teaching.|
|November 1984||Gladys is welcomed by the new bishop of San Nicolas, Domingo Salvador Castagna. The bishop has an audience with Pope John Paul II, at which he discusses the phenomenon.|
|April 1985||A Commision of Inquiry is named.|
|Feb 25, 1986||First pilgrimage and celebration of the Holy Mass in El Campito, the location of the new sanctuary.|
|May 25, 1986||Spreading of a medal introduced by the Virgin in the apparitions.|
|Sept 25, 1986||Placing of the foundation stone of the sanctuary.|
|April 11 , 1987||Bishop Castagna has an audience with Pope John Paul II in Rosario, the main city of his diocese. The bishop promises the pope that he will direct a study of San Nicolas.|
|Oct 13, 1987||The building of the sanctuary begins.|
|March 19, 1989||Moving of the image from the cathedral and blessing and opening of the sanctuary.|
|Nov 1989||Bishop Castagna has another audience with the Pope.|
|Feb 11, 1990||The end of the cathechesis of Our Lady of San Nicolas.|
|July 25, 1990||Bishop Castagna said: “Undoubtedly this event of grace will continue ot grow; it has proved its authenticity by its spiritual fruits.”|
|Aug 25, 1990||Bishop Castagna consecrates the sanctuary and the pilgrims to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.|
|Nov 14, 1990||The Bishop issued an edict comprising an “Imprimatur” for the publication of the Spanish edition of the Messages of Our Lady to Gladys de Motta.|
No images are currently available from San Nicolas.
Description of the Virgin
The Virgin’s figure glowed with light. She had a blue gown and a veil and held the baby Jesus in her arms along with a large Rosary. She bore a close resemblance to a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary that had been left in the belfry of a nearby cathedral.
More than eighteen hundred messages were given daily over the course of seven years.
Miracles, Cures, and Signs
Numerous healings, including the cure of a boy with a brain tumor, have been documented.
On July 25, 1990, the Bishop of San Nicolas, Monsignor Domingo Castagna said: “Undoubtedly this event of grace will continue ot grow; it has proved its authenticity by its spiritual fruits.”
On November 14, 1990, the Bishop issued an edict comprising an “Imprimatur” for the publication of the Spanish edition of the Messages of Our Lady to Gladys de Motta.
Books and Videos
DeNagy-Pal, Eleonara O’Farrell and Marie-Helene Gall. Messages of Our Lady at San Nicholas. Milford, OH: Faith Publishing Company, 1991.
Laurentin, René. An appeal from Mary in Argentina: the apparitions of San Nicolas. Milford, OH: Faith Publishing Co., 1990.
________. Un appel de Marie en Argentine: San Nicolas: des apparitions assumées par l’Eglise: un renouveau qui dépasse les limites de l’Amérique latine. Paris: O.E.I.L., 1990.
________. Maria del Rosario de San Nicolas: manifestaciones asumidas pastoralmente por la iglesia. Buenos Aires: Edicione Paulinas, 1990.
Menendez, Sr. Josefa. Messages of Our Lady at St. Nicolas. Milford, OH: Faith Publishing, 1991.