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The History of Our Lady of America        

A movement of great consequence has commenced for a definite response by the United States Catholic Bishops in answer to private revelations, which long ago received official Church recognition as having occurred in the United States. The revelations included apparitions of Our Lord, St. Joseph, St. Gabriel and St. Michael, as well as apparitions of The Blessed Virgin Mary as "Our Lady of America" to Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil), of the Precious Blood Sisters (1933-1979), who was later a Contemplative of the Indwelling Trinity (1979 until death).

Sister Mary Ephrem, who died on January 10, 2000 at the age of 83, said she was asked by The Blessed Virgin Mary to draw a picture, according to the vision, of Our Lady of America and have a statue constructed accordingly and placed after a solemn procession in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The Blessed Virgin Mary wishes to be honored in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as Our Lady of America. Our Lady says that if this is done, the United States of America will turn back toward morality and the shrine will become a place of "wonders."

While Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati, Monsignor Paul F. Leibold formally approved the design for the "Our Lady of America Medal" and personally paid for the striking of the first medals ordered.

In addition, before dying Monsignor Leibold had two large plaques depicting Our Lady of America made, hanging one in the Cincinnati Catholic Chancery. The Monsignor also approved the printing of the private revelation messages of Sister Mary Ephrem, and served as Sister Mary Ephrem's spiritual director for many years.

"Tell the bishops of the United States, my loyal sons, of my desires and how I wish them to be carried out," The Blessed Virgin Mary told Sister Mary Ephrem, who saw Her with a white veil reaching almost to Her waist, with a mantle and robe of pure white with no decoration. An oblong brooch or clasp held the ends of the mantle together at the top. It was all gold, as was the high and brilliant crown she wore. Her hair and eyes seemed medium brown, said Sister Mary Ephrem. Her feet were bare, but not always visible, sometimes covered by the moving clouds on which she stood. Often she smiled and revealed a heart encircled by roses that sent forth flames of fire. "I am Our Lady of America," said The Blessed Virgin. "I desire that my children honor me, especially by the purity of their lives." At times light twinkled from Mary's hair, wrote Sister Mary Ephrem, and seemed to radiate from within her.

Our Lady of America

It was on the eve of the feast of the North American martyrs, September 25, 1956, that Our Lady appeared to Sr. Mary Ephrem. In 1938, Sister began to have what seemed like mystical spiritual experiences. She thought little of them, presuming all religious had them. As these visits took on the nature of a specific program of devotion to Mary that Sister was asked to propagate, she then turned to Monsignor Paul F. Leibold. Monsignor Leibold, later Archbishop of the Cincinnati, Ohio Archdiocese, would be her spiritual director from many years until 1972, when he suddenly died due to an aneurysm.

Archbishop Leibold had become so convinced of the authenticity of this message that he approved Sister's writings and placed his imprimatur on the design of the medal. Our Lady had asked Sister to have a medal struck that would bear the image of Our Lady of America on the front and the symbol of the Christian Family and the Blessed Trinity on the back.

In the course of approving the writings of Sister Mary Ephrem, Monsignor Paul F. Leibold considered the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title, "Our Lady of America" as distinct from her title "Empress of The Americas" (referring to Our Lady of Guadalupe who has patronage over all the American nations, as declared by Pope Pius XII in 1945). Our Lady of America (in the singular) focuses primarily on the United States of America, as revealed in 1956.

Our Lady promised that greater miracles than those granted at Lourdes and Fatima would be granted here in America, the United States in particular, if we do as She desires. Sister Mary Ephrem stated that Our Lady called herself Our Lady of America in response to the love and desire for this special title in the hearts of her children in America. For example, Our Lady spoke approvingly about the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. on many occasions.

This title is a sign of Our Lady's pleasure in the devotion of her children in America towards her, and her visit is a response to the longing, conscious or unconscious, in the hearts of her children in America.

"It is the United States that is to lead the world to peace, the peace of Christ, the peace that He brought with Him from heaven," Sister Mary Ephrem quoted The Virgin as saying:

Dear children, unless the United States accepts and carries out faithfully the mandate given to it by heaven to lead the world to peace, there will come upon it and all nations a great havoc of war and incredible suffering. If, however, the United States is faithful to this mandate from heaven and yet fails in the pursuit of peace because the rest of the world will not accept or cooperate, then the United States will not be burdened with the punishment about to fall.

Weep, then, dear children, weep with your mother over the sins of men… Intercede with me before the throne of mercy, for sin is overwhelming the world and punishment is not far away.

It is the darkest hour, but if men will come to me, my Immaculate heart will make it bright again with the mercy which my Son will rain down through my hands. Help me save those who will not save themselves. Help me bring once again the sunshine of God's peace upon the world.

If my desires are not fulfilled much suffering will come to this land. My faithful one, if my warnings are taken seriously and enough of my children strive constantly and faithfully to renew and reform themselves in their inward and outward lives, then there will be no nuclear war. What happens to the world depends upon those who live in it. There must be much more good than evil prevailing in order to prevent the holocaust that is so near approaching. Yet I tell you, my daughter, even should such a destruction happen because there were not enough souls who took my warning seriously, there will remain a remnant, untouched by the chaos who, having been faithful in following me and spreading my warnings, will gradually inhabit the earth again with their dedicated and holy lives.

On October 13, 1956, Our Lady again appeared as Our Lady of America, but instead of a lily in her hand, she held, with both hands, a small replica of the finished Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. "This is my shrine, my daughter. I am very pleased with it. Tell my children I thank them. Let them finish it quickly and make it a place of pilgrimage. It will be a place of wonders. I promise this. I will bless all those who, either by prayers, labor, or material aid, help to erect this shrine." According to Sister Mary Ephrem, Our Lady often emphasized her desire that the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., be made a place of special pilgrimage and that she be honored there under this image and the title "Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin."

Strong warnings were repeated by Our Lady throughout 1957 and 1958, and there after, indicating that the hour grows late and Sister must tell the Bishops of the United States of Our Lady's desires and how she wishes them to be carried out. Our Lady spoke:

Unless my children reform their lives, they will suffer great persecution. If man himself will not take upon himself the penance necessary to atone for his sins and those of others, God in His justice will have to send upon him the punishment necessary to atone for his transgressions.

In August 1957 The Blessed Virgin said:

What am I to do, child of my heart, when my children turn from me? The false peace of this world lures them and in the end will destroy them. They think they have done enough in consecrating themselves to my Immaculate Heart. It is not enough. That which I ask for and is most important many have not given me. What I ask, have asked, and will continue to ask is reformation of life. There must be sanctification from within. I will work my miracles of grace only in those who ask for them and empty their souls of the love and attachment to sin and all that is displeasing to my Son. Souls who cling to sin cannot have their hands free to receive the treasures of grace that I hold out to them.

The Blessed Virgin Mary has promised that, once placed in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, her statue as Our Lady of America  will be a safeguard for our country, and her picture or statue honored in homes, a safeguard for the family. She also promised that the medal would be a safeguard against evil for those who wear it with great faith and devotion.


"The Struggle Will Be Hard and Bitter But The Outcome Is Already Assured" - The Message of the Lady of All Nations - April 29, 1951        
 
Most people are not aware of a series of apparitions and messages which took place from March 25, 1945 until May 31, 1959. These apparitions and messages were given to a woman named Ida Peerdeman in Amsterdam, Holland. The importance of these messages is inestimable for they deal precisely with our times.  The revelations to Ida Peerdeman by the Lady of All Nations portray in detail the events that precede and that will bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, most importantly the declaration of the final Marian dogma of Mary as The Lady of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate.  On May 31, 1996 Bishop Hendrik Bomers, Bishop of Haarlem - Amsterdam gave approval to the Lady of All Nations in a pastoral letter.

 April 29, 1951

“I stand here as the Co-redemptrix and Advocate. Everything should be concentrated on that. Repeat this after me: The new dogma will be [referred to as] the ' dogma of the Co-Redemptrix.' Notice I lay the special emphasis on ' Co '. I have said that this will arouse much controversy. Once again I tell you that the Church, ' Rome,' will carry it through and silence all objections. The Church ' Rome,' will incur opposition and overcome it. The Church, ' Rome, ' will become stronger and mightier in proportion to the resistance she puts up in the struggle.

“My purpose and my commission to you is none other than to urge the Church, the theologians, to wage this battle. For the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit wills to send the Lady, chosen to bear the Redeemer into this world, as Co-Redemptrix and Advocate. I have said, ' This time is Our time,' By this I mean the following: The world is caught up in degeneration and superficiality. It is at a loss. Therefore, the Father sends me to be the Advocate to implore the Holy Spirit to come. For the world is not saved by force, the world will be saved by the Spirit. It is only ideas that rule the world. Know your responsibility then, Church of Rome. Get your ideas across; bring Christ back into the world once more.

 

"...Child pass on that those who fight and labor for the cause, which the Son desires should succeed, should do so with great ardour and zeal." The Lady smiles and says, " I will help them. I have taught you that simple prayer to the Father and the Son. See that it is made known throughout the world, among all Nations. They all have a right to it. I assure you the world will change...This picture has only a preparatory function. Again I say: preparatory. It will be used as a preparatory work for peace and redemption. Later on they will use the picture for the Co-Redemptrix.

“In the sufferings both spiritual and bodily, the Lady, the Mother has shared. She has always gone on before. As soon as the Father had elected Her, She was the Co-Redemptrix with the Redeemer, who came into the world as the Man-God. Tell that to your theologians.

“I know well the struggle will be hard and bitter ( and then the Lady smiles to Herself and seems to gaze into the far distance ) but the outcome is already assured.

“Now you see me standing here clearly, very clearly. This is the way the picture should be made known throughout the world. My child, insist upon it, that these things are carried out. They should not hesitate. They should act. The situation is far too serious. Nobody realizes just how serious.

"...The world is degenerating, so much so, that it was necessary for the Father and the Son to send me into the world among all the peoples, in order to be their Advocate and save them. Tell your theologians this. " And then I see the Lady leave and again I hear Her say, “This time is Our time."


I am Our Lady of America

“I desire that my children honor me
especially by the purity of their lives.”


Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil
 
The following lines were penned by a religious sister from her cloister cell. This sister, Mildred Mary Neuzil, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 2, 1916. In 1929, she entered an active community, the Sisters of the Precious Blood, and on August 15, 1933, was professed as a religious, taking the name of Sister Mary Ephrem. In 1938, she began to have mystical experiences, spiritual locutions, until her death on January 10, 2000. As these visits took on the nature of a specific program of special devotion to Mary which this sister was commanded to propagate, she then turned to her Bishop, Paul F. Leibold, a holy and respected man, as Our Lady had directed.

Bishop Leibold, later the Archbishop of Cincinnati, Ohio, would be her spiritual director from 1940 to 1972, when he died an untimely death due to an aneurysm. Archbishop Leibold had become so convinced of the authenticity of these Messages that he authorized the first and second printing of these Messages, and had the Medal of Our Lady of America struck and a plaque made commemorating the Apparitions. He personally paid for the medals until his death, and gave his solemn promise to Sister Neuzil to help Our Lady of America's cause, even from Heaven. The prayer and medal bear the Imprimatur of Archbishop Paul F. Leibold V.G., of Cincinnati, Ohio, January 25, 1963.

"America dedicated to my purity"

It was on September 24, 1956, that Our Lady appeared to Sister Mildred Mary. The Virgin Mary came first as Our Lady of Lourdes, that place in France where she had identified herself to St. Bernadette Soubiroux as "the Immaculate Conception." Our Lady promised that greater miracles than those granted at Lourdes and Fatima would be granted here in America, the United States in particular, if we do as she desires.

The next day, during a Holy Hour, Our Lady came to repeat the call to her children in America to dedicate their lives to her Purity:

"My child, I entrust you with this message that you must make known to my children in America. I wish it to be the country dedicated to my purity. The wonders I will work will be the wonders of the soul. They must have faith and believe firmly in my love for them. I desire that they be the children of my Pure Heart. I desire, through my children in America, to further the cause of faith and purity among peoples and nations. Let them come with confidence and simplicity, and I, their Mother, will teach them to become pure like to my Heart that their own hearts may be more pleasing to the Heart of my Son."

Sister Mildred declared that Our Lady called herself Our Lady of America in response to the love and desire that reached out for this special title in the hearts of her children in America.

Prayer to the Immaculate Conception

On October 5, 1956, Sister Mildred wrote how she suddenly felt urged to write a prayer to Our Lady, Patroness of America. Although she did not hear any words, the thoughts came into her mind with such profundity that she could not stop until the magnificent Prayer to the Immaculate Conception was finished:

"O Immaculate Mother, Queen of our country, open our hearts, our homes, and our land to the coming of Jesus, your Divine Son. With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady, so pure and so bright with the radiance of God's light shining in and about you. Be our leader against the powers of evil set upon wresting the world of souls, redeemed at such a great cost by the sufferings of your Son and of yourself, in union with Him, from that same Savior, Who loves us with infinite charity.

"We gather about you, O chaste and holy Mother, Virgin Immaculate, Patroness of our beloved land, determined to fight under your banner of holy purity against the wickedness that would make all the world an abyss of evil, without God and without your loving maternal care.

"We consecrate our hearts, our homes, our land to your Most Pure Heart, O great Queen, that the kingdom of your Son, our Redeemer and our God, may be firmly established in us.

"We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother, for we believe in your great love for us, and we place in you our entire confidence. We promise to honor you by faith, love, and the purity of our lives according to your desire.

"Reign over us, then, O Virgin Immaculate, with your Son Jesus Christ. May His Divine Heart and your most chaste Heart be ever enthroned and glorified among us. Use us, your children of America, as your instruments in bringing peace among men and nations. Work your miracles of grace in us, so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity, Who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us.

"May your valiant Spouse, St. Joseph, with the holy Angels and Saints, assist you and us in 'renewing the face of the earth.' Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother, and as our Victorious Queen, lead us to the eternal kingdom, where your Son reigns forever as King. Amen." (200 days)


A few days later, on October 13, 1956, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared again as Our Lady of America, but instead of a lily in her hand, she held, with both hands, a small replica of the finished Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

"This is my shrine, my daughter. I am very pleased with it. Tell my children I thank them. Let them finish it quickly and make it a place of pilgrimage. It will be a place of wonders. I promise this. I will bless all those who, either by prayers, labor, or material aid help to erect this shrine."

According to Sister Mildred, Our Lady often emphasized her desire that the Shrine in Washington, D.C., be made a place of special pilgrimage and that she be honored there under this image and this title: "Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin."

The hour grows late

From January 1957 to 1958, Our Lady's warnings came to Sister Mildred again and again. These are her words spoken in January 1957:

“The hour grows late. My Son's patience will not last forever. Help me hold back His anger, which is about to descend on sinful and ungrateful men. Suffering and anguish, such as never before experienced, is about to overtake mankind. It is the darkest hour. But if men will come to me, my Immaculate Heart will make it bright again with the mercy which my Son will rain down through my hands.  Help me save those who will not save themselves.  Help me bring once again the sunshine of God's peace upon the world.”

To my spiritual director (Archbishop Leibold) I was asked to send this message:

“Hurry, my son, for the time is short but the punishment will be long, and for many, will last forever.

“Tell the Bishops of the United States, my loyal sons, of my desires and how I wish them to be carried out. Through him who is head over you, make known the longings of my Immaculate Heart to establish the reign of my Divine Son in the hearts of men and thus save them from the scourge of hell, both now and hereafter.”

Our Lady, again addressing herself to me, spoke sadly yet hopefully:

“My daughter, will my children in America listen to my pleadings and console my Immaculate Heart? Will my loyal sons carry out my desires and thus help me bring the peace of Christ once again to mankind? Pray and do penance, my sweet child, that this may come to pass. Trust me and love me; I so desire it. Do not forget your poor Mother, who weeps over the loss of so many of her children.”


On February 3, 1957, Our Lady said:

"Reform of life is what I ask as the sign and proof of my children's love for me. God looks at the heart, and if it resembles the Heart of the Divine Son, it is with the greatest pleasure He regards it.

"But to make your hearts grow more and more like to the Heart of the Son, you must go to the Mother, whose heart is most like His. From this Pure and Immaculate Heart you will learn all that will make you more pleasing to the Divine Heart of the Son of God. The Holy Trinity looks down with infinite delight upon such souls and makes them its heaven upon earth.

"Come to me, my children, come to me and learn. There is much I would teach you. It is for your own happiness and eternal salvation. Do not disregard the voice of your Mother. It is the voice of love trying to save you from eternal ruin."

In April 1957, Our Lady's words contained this warning:

"My sweet child, unless my children reform their lives, they will suffer great persecution. If man himself will not take upon himself the penance necessary to atone for his sins and those of others, God in His justice will have to send upon him the punishment necessary to atone for his transgressions."

Reformation of life

On August 22, 1957, Our Lady said:

"What am I to do, child of my heart, when my children turn from me? The false peace of this world lures them and in the end will destroy them. They think they have done enough in consecrating themselves to my Immaculate Heart. It is not enough. That which I ask and is most important many have not given me. What I ask, have asked, and will continue to ask is reformation of life. There must be sanctification from within. I will work my miracles of grace only in those who ask for them and empty their souls of the love and attachment to sin and all that is displeasing to my Son. Souls who cling to sin cannot have their hands free to receive the treasures of grace that I hold out to them."

Message of October 7, 1957

“My beloved daughter, what I am about to tell you concerns in a particular way my children in America. Unless they do penance by mortifications and self-denial and thus reform their lives, God will visit them with punishments hitherto unknown to them.

“My child, there will be peace, as has been promised, but not until my children are purified and cleansed from defilement, and clothed thus with the white garment of grace, are made ready to receive this peace, so long held back because of the sins of men.

“My dear children, either you will do as I desire and reform your lives, or God Himself will need to cleanse you in the fires of untold punishment. You must be prepared to receive His great gift of peace. If you will not prepare yourselves, God will Himself be forced to do so in His justice and mercy.”

“Making the Rosary a family prayer is very pleasing to me. I ask that all families strive to do so. But be careful to say it with great devotion, meditating on each mystery and striving to imitate in your daily lives the virtues depicted therein. Live the mysteries of the Rosary as I lived them, and it will become a chain binding you to me forever. They who are found in the circle of my Rosary will never be lost. I myself will lead them at death to the throne of my Son, to be eternally united to Him.

“Write these words upon your hearts, my dear children, because of the compassion I have for you in my Immaculate Heart. Oh, if you knew the punishments I am holding back from you by my pleading and intercession on your behalf! Will you do as I wish at last, my children?”

Our Lady calls upon the youth

On February 11, 1958, Sister Mildred wrote in her diary:

"Our Lady made known to me that she is particularly interested in the youth of our nation. It is they who are to be the leaders of this renewal on the face of the earth. Their ranks will be swelled by the youth of other nations whom Our Lady also calls to help in the accomplishment of this great renewal.

"But the youth must be prepared, and this must be done by instilling into them, not only the knowledge of Divine Indwelling, but a serious study of it, a living it in such way that the Divine Presence becomes, as it were, an intimate and necessary part of their life and daily living. From this will flow a great love, a conflagration that will envelop the world in the flames of Divine Charity. This is what Our Lady is working for, because this is the great desire of her Divine Son, and it is to the <M>youth of America that she is holding out this challenge. A medal which Our Lady asked to be made is to be their shield against evil; the picture or statue of Our Lady, the protection of the home; the statue of the Shrine in Washington, D.C., a special safeguard for our country. America, the United States in particular, is being given the tremendous, yet privileged, opportunity to lead all nations in a spiritual renewal never before so necessary, so important, so vital.

Sister Mildred then wrote: "St. Michael came to me one evening shortly after Our Lady's visit, holding an immense flaming torch. He held it towards me saying: 'My little sister, you must carry this torch through the world.' He came again the next night in the same manner.

"The next day I was interiorly enlightened during Mass. It was made known to me that those, particularly the youth, who are willing wholeheartedly to follow Our Lady in her great battle against evil, would bear the special title of 'Torchbearers of the Queen'. This torch, of course, is Divine Love, for it is love alone that will conquer hate and all that hate brings with it."

A 300-pound statue of Our Lady of America has been travelling the U.S.A. and many parts of the world, including the underground Church in China. In 1993, this statue was carried by the "Torchbearers of the Queen" Youth Group from Colfax, California, to the World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado. The statue has since traveled to World Youth Days in the Philippines, France, Rome, and more recently, Toronto, Canada, in July, 2002.

Words of St. Joseph, March 1958

“Fatherhood is from God, and it must take once again its rightful place among men. My special protection of the Holy Father and the Church should be made known to him. God wishes to make this known to him that he may receive thereby renewed consolation and encouragement.

"Jesus and Mary desire that my pure heart, so long hidden and unknown, be now honored in a special way. Let my children honor my most pure heart in a special manner on the First Wednesday of the month by reciting the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary in memory of my life with Jesus and Mary and the love I bore them and the sorrow I suffered with them. Let them receive Holy Communion in union with the love with which I received the Savior for the first time and each time I held Him in my arms."

Sister Mary Neuzil

It was in bustling Brooklyn, back in 1916, that a young girl of Austrian parents was born. Named 
Mildred Mary Neuzil, she was to enter religious life at the tender age of 13 and profess as a religious 
in 1933. She died  -- on January 10, 2000, at 83 -- and while she had strictly
maintained a hidden life until then, disdaining even the propagation of her picture, and keeping her mysticism private, she is now becoming known as the seer in an apparition under the title 
"Our Lady of America" that if authenticated by the official Church would be the first such recognition 
in American history.
 
It's still a ways from total approval, but the groundwork is in place. First is the fact that
Sister Mildred's messages were granted an imprimatur by Archbishop Paul F. Leibold of Cincinnati (whose archdiocese oversaw the city where Sister Mildred's 
mother house was located at the time and who was her spiritual director for 32 years).
More importantly -- and constituting a form of official approval already -- the archbishop had a medal struck and fashioned two plaques commemorating the apparitions to Sister Mildred, whose experiences spanned from 1938 until  her death.
Though the archbishop, now deceased, did not issue a formal declaration declaring the apparitions 
"worthy of belief" (which constitutes final approval), he "probably would have done that had he not died in 1972," his former secretary, Father Francis Lammeier, told The Cincinnati Enquirer.
 
There is now a move afoot to gain the approval of  American bishops, with the route not yet fully clear. 
Sister Mildred experienced her apparitions in a total of five dioceses: besides Fostoria, Ohio, where she
was before she died in 2000 -- and which is technically in the Toledo diocese -- she also had apparitions in
Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, and Indiana (where she first met the future archbishop, who then oversaw her).
There is also jurisdiction for Cincinnati because it had authority over her order's central house and was where Archbishop Leibold hung the plaque in the chancery.

At her death she belonged to the Contemplative Sister of the Indwelling Trinity in Fostoria (see below for address), and her experiences dated back to the 1930s.
At first, say those who knew her, Sister Mildred -- "Millie" to fellow sisters -- thought nothing of hearing from heavenly  entities. She thought it was something that happened to all professed religious. She didn't mention it to her  confessor until 1948. It was then that those close to
her -- and only those closest to her -- began to learn that she had locutions and apparitions of Jesus, the
Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph, as well as angels.

Among the more dramatic revelations:
that America has been chosen by God to spiritually lead the world;
that the key to avoiding chastisements would be purity of heart;
that both the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph were to be considered co-redemptors (cooperators with Christ); that the youth were to be especially focused on in the United States;
that a statue of Mary should be placed in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. (a cause we urge all readers to help);
and that the "Angel of Peace" who appeared to her was the Archangel Michael.

The messages Sister Mildred received were granted an  imprimatur in 1963 and almost certainly had the
archbishop's guidance until his death in 1972. According to Audrey Frank, a California woman who is
spearheading a drive to have a basilica dedicated to the apparition on the West Coast, Archbishop Leibold
corresponded at great length with Sister Millie and died with a copy of a letter from her in his hands.
"She suffered a great deal," says Mrs. Frank, who lives in the Sacramento area and took personal care of
Sister Mildred in her waning months. "She had arthritis so bad she was hunched at a 45-degree angle. We couldn't believe she could even feed herself, the way her hands were gnarled. When we took her to have her  cataracts removed so she could read her prayer list, the had to put her upside-down, on her head, to operate.
Whenever anything associated with Our Lady of America  was to occur, she was asked to suffer and she always accepted and something happened to her. One time she broke her hip."

If there is one word those who knew her use to describe her it is simplicity. "She was so simple and ordinary,  just very, very humble, and a wonderful sense of humor,"
 says Sister Joseph Therese, a close friend of Sister Mildred's and spokesman for Our Lady of America 
Center in Fostoria, which is handling the cause. "Whoever came into her presence, she would immediately make  them feel at home. She had something about her. There was this great peace. She was spiritual director to a bishop and several priests."
Mrs. Frank, who organized an effort to have a statue of  Our Lady of America at World Youth Day in Denver,  says Sister Mildred insisted on anonymity so the apparition
would not become a "passing fancy." This was also on the advice of Archbishop Leibold, who said he wanted the apparition to set down its roots firmly before it was public -- and who it is said promised Sister Millie in an apparition after his death that he would get the statue of
Our Lady of America into the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in accordance with Mary's
repeated requests.
It was said that the Virgin was always apparent to her in her last days, along with the archbishop (who had 
appeared to her every day for a year) and a dove signifying the Holy Spirit. In addition to the apparitions 
it's believed that Sister Mildred may have had interior  stigmata. "We often wonder about that, whether she had the interior one," says Sister Joseph. "The past four or five years before she died, she suffered something terrible -- she really, really suffered, and her hands 
were so disfigured. We never saw hands like her hands.    Her hands and her side. She had terrible, terrible pain, and she never complained, she just suffered it all."
It was discovered in her letters to the archbishop that the nun also bilocated and had done so at least once 
to Lourdes, France.  Lourdes was her favorite apparition, and she was also close to Fatima and LaSalette, another apparition in France. Regarding Medjugorje, the current major site in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Sister Mildred commented only that if it was leading people to prayer and closeness to God that it was okay by her. She was cautious and said the devil occasionally appeared in masquerade as 
an angel or the Blessed Virgin -- causing her always to test the spirits.

Her success in doing so was a testimony to her suffering and humility. She fled those who flattered her.
"There was a tremendous radiance and humility that were just outstanding," says another who knew her,
Anita Marovich of New Jersey. "A tremendous peace and warmth and sense of presence and trust. She 
was utterly open to the will of God, a very holy person but very human."
"Whenever you were with her, you felt a peace," adds Sister Joseph. "You truly felt a very deep, deep peace, and there was one lady in particular who when she touched Millie was healed. But the miracles were more interior miracles. She was just a simple humble soul, with a sense of humor, very simple and very cheerful."
Her job was tending to domestic chores. A year before her death Sister Millie claimed she was told by the
Virgin that all apparitions from the beginning of time were leading up to the "divine indwelling."
She died believing that America would turn around.
"She said that if the world would listen and do what God asked, everything would be fine," says Sister Joseph. 
"But if they didn't, something eventually was going to happen. With all the abortion and that, God 
isn't going to take that. She was concerned about the whole world and America leading the world.
The impurity of the youth -- she was very concerned about that.

Prayer to Our Lady of America, Patroness of our Land

Written at the behest of Our Lady, October 5, 1956 by Sister Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil)

Oh Immaculate Mother, Queen of our country, open our hearts, our homes, and our land to the coming of Jesus, your Divine Son. With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady, so pure and so bright with the radiance of Gods light shining in and about you. Be our leader against the powers of evil set upon wresting the world of souls, redeemed at such a great cost by the sufferings of your Son and of yourself, in union with Him, from that same Savior, Who loves us with infinite charity.

We gather about you, O chaste and holy Mother, Virgin Immaculate, Patroness of our beloved Land, determined to fight under your banner of holy purity against the wickedness that would make all the world an abyss of evil, without God and without your loving maternal care.

We consecrate our hearts, our homes, our Land to your Most Pure Heart, O great Queen, that the kingdom of your Son, our Redeemer and our God, may be firmly established in us.

We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother, for we believe in your great love for us, and we place in you our entire confidence. We promise to honor you by faith, love, and the purity of our lives according to your desire.

Reign over us, then, O Virgin Immaculate, with your Son Jesus Christ. May His Divine Heart and your most chaste Heart be ever enthroned and glorified among us. Use us, your children of America, as your instruments of peace among men and nations. Work your miracle of grace in us, so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity, Who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us.

May your valiant spouse, St. Joseph, with the holy Angels and Saints, assist you and us in "renewing the face of the earth." Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother, and as our Victorious Queen, lead us to the eternal kingdom, where your Son reigns forever as King.

Amen
(200 days)

Nihil Obstat: Daniel Pilarczyk, S.T.D.
Imprimatur: +Paul F. Leibold, V.G.
Cincinnati, Jan. 25, 1963

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