The late seer Veronica Lueken (1923-1995) was a married woman and mother of five children and five grandchildren. She was forty-five years old in 1968, residing in Bayside, Long Island, New York with her husband Arthur and children. She lived the life of an ordinary Queens homemaker with her husband Arthur, a construction engineer, and their daughter and four sons.

It was on June 6, 1968, on the day Robert Kennedy was shot to death, that she experienced a perfume of roses when she responded to a radio appeal for prayers for the dying Senator. On the eighth of June, St. Theresa dictated to her in locution a prayer to the Blessed Mother: * Blessed Mother be my guide * Be here always by my side * Take me through this world of sorrow * Show me there's a bright tomorrow.

On August 6, 1968, she was visited in her room by St. Theresa of Lisieux (who has always been identified with roses due to her famous promise: "After my death I will let fall a shower of roses from heaven." The vision was shared by her son, Raymond, who was ten years old at the time. St. Theresa told her to write down everything told to her. Also, that all Heaven was in distress because of the condition of the souls of their loved ones on earth. Veronica heard: "You must never honor a human being or worldly material without honoring the Mother of God first."

For two years Veronica wrote down all the dictation given by St. Theresa. All these messages were sent to the Carmelite sisters of Lisieux, France. Veronica consulted her parish priest, Father Sullivan. He advised her to pray. Veronica also corresponded with Cardinal Cushing who wrote her. He voluntarily and personally said three Masses for Veronica.

On April 7, 1970, Our Lady spoke to Veronica by locution. She told her she would come to the sacred ground of the parish church of St. Robert Bellarmine on the eves of the designated feasts of the Church. She said, also, that she wanted a sanctuary on this spot. It was to be called: Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers. Our Lady gave ample directives for the construction of the sanctuary. She gave Her directives in order that they be transmitted to the clergy of the Church so that they could be prepared for the first visit of Our Lady to the Sanctuary, that Our Lady announced for the 18th of June next (l970).

Our Lady requested three-hour prayer vigils on the eve of the feast days throughout the year. She promised if the vigils would be faithfully kept despite weather conditions and disturbances, She would appear to Veronica at each of the vigils, and give heavenly messages of worldwide importance. She asked that the Holy Rosary be said continuously, aloud by all the pilgrims during the vigil. At the hour of 12 midnight, this intonation is said: "Mary, Light of the World, pray for us! Our Lady of the Roses, pray for us! Mary, Help of Mothers, pray for us!"

In spite of the indifference to the requests of Our Lady, She has appeared on the eve of many specified feast days.

Right from the first apparition, Our Blessed Mother instructed Her messages to be disseminated throughout the world. Miraculous photos have been taken during the vigils by various instamatic Polaroid cameras which produce "tamper-proof" photos. Polaroid has no explanations. Rosaries have turned from their natural metallic color to gold during the vigils, the substance of gold having been verified by jewelers. There have followed cures and conversions and people returning to the faith. Veronica has a file with many testimonials now in the Shrine Archives for the future “Church Investigation and Review”.


In the plan of Heaven, Their messages have spread to all locations of the world. Many chartered busses transport people from other states to attend the vigils at the Shrine here in New York And so, since June 18, 1970, thousands of people from all over the world, have come to attend these vigils, all held in the open air despite any weather condition. Several hundred messages have been transmitted from 1970 to 1995 with Veronica acting as a "voice box" repeating the words from heaven. [The Prayer Vigils continue uninterrupted to this day as Our Lady of the Roses requested.]

In June of 1975, because of objections of the nearby residents to the prayer vigils at St. Robert Bellarmine's Church, Shrine workers and those close to Veronica were at a loss as to what to do. Veronica was instructed by Our Lady to accept an offer she had received from the Police Chief to use the Vatican Pavilion at the old World's Fair Grounds in Flushing Meadows Park. This was the site where Michelangelo's work of art, the "Pieta", was exhibited during the 1965 World's Fair and where Pope Paul VI, during his visit to New York on October 4, 1965, stopped for a visit and gave his blessing. Veronica was told that this site would only be temporary, and that they would eventually be allowed to return to the original site.


Veronica: “Our Lady says the Shrine will be called Our Lady of the Roses, Mary, Help of Mothers.” May 1970 Veronica: Our Lady revealed to me about the coming of the shrine…. And also the name, “Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers.”

June 6, 1970

Veronica: “Now it’s all so clear. Heaven had such a well – laid plan, link by link, for the Mission of Heaven of Our Lady of the Roses.”

June 18 1970

Our Lady: “My Shrine shall be called, “Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers.”

March 24, 1973

Our Lady: “The foundation, My child, will be called “Our Lady of the Roses.”

July 25, 1977

"You will all now go forward as apostles of My Son, disciples of the latter days, under the banner of 'Our Lady of the Roses, Mary, Help of Mothers.'

Our Lady June 18, 1980


Our Lady -

“I chose to call this the Rose-a-ry. A ‘ry’ around the rose: a wreath around the roses.” Oct 6, 1974

Our Lady –

“You, My child, and others of Our children upon earth, would not be able to understand the way of the Father. That is why I counsel you, My child and My children, to accept all the Father sends you, be it crosses or roses. With each rose that is given, My child, there will be thorns. I have chosen, My children, to call My Sacred Grounds a garden of roses. The rose is the perfect insignia of purity and divinity among the flowers.”

December 28, 1974

St. Theresa - “…one day you and all who have come to our Mother will join Her in the Kingdom… “I am with you always, Veronica, my sister, because our Mother and our Jesus have sent me to you to work with you to save souls. That is why you will recognize my presence with the roses.”

May 17, 1975

Our Lady – “The mission for recognition of these Sacred Grounds will go forward with great speed. The numbers shall be countless who will receive cures and conversions. All glory to the Father, the Lord High God in Heaven. Subject all will to His Providence. You see, My child, though there are thorns you may still carry the roses. The power from Heaven shall be known through the roses. Now, My child you understand the meaning of the roses.”

May 22, 1974

Our Lady – “I have used the petals of the roses as instruments significant of the graces that I will bestow upon you.”

March 24, 1973

Our Lady – “We send upon you, My children, many graces. Graces of cure and graces of conversion. Graces in abundance for the asking. We send forward a shower of roses upon you and the graces will be as plentiful as the petals of the roses.”

Sept 13, 1974

Our Lady – “My child, if you think carefully, you will know now why the Eternal Father chose to use the name of “Roses’. One of the reasons the Eternal Father chose your city and your state for My appearance was because of abortion, the murder of the holy innocents.”

March 15, 1978

Note: The State Flower of New York is the Red Rose and also the Pro-Life symbol is the rose.

Veronica - "Now it's all so clear. Heaven had such a well - laid plan, link by link, for the Mission of Heaven of Our Lady of the Roses." Our Lady of the Roses Future Miraculous Spring of “Curative Waters” Our Lady: "I dispense among you many graces to strengthen you in the battle ahead. The days for the great trial of chastisement grow near. We are now gathering the sheep. "The Sacred Grounds founded here by the Father shall be a sanctuary of peace and solace to many in the future. Upon these grounds will come forth curative waters. Upon these grounds will be found the evidence of the hand of the Father.”

March 18, 1973

Our Lady: "I extend and dispense many graces from the Father to all who will come seeking Our comfort. "There will be upon these lands curative waters, and I have directed that there will be built an edifice that will do honor to the Father. It will be a major instrument for the recovery of souls in this city, which now stands forth second to Sodom.”

September 28, 1973

Our Lady: "The Father sends many graces upon you. He has chosen this center of atonement with great purpose. Many will be saved. Many miracles of cures and conversions will go forth through the world from these Hallowed grounds. The cause of Heaven shall not be stopped. The well of curing will arise, and man will not stop the waters from flowing. Know well man, that you cannot defy the Father, for it is in the will of the Father that this land be claimed for the salvation of souls.

"All who come to these hallowed grounds, My child, will receive graces in abundance...graces of cure and conversion. The crippled shall walk; the blind shall see. Those in darkness shall come forward into the light.”

February 1, 1974

Our Lady: "My child, if there were.....if there are enough prayers of the faithful, you will be given more time to gather the sheep. The Eternal Father has made it known to the world through His Message that there will be many graces given through the Sacred Grounds. The waters will rise. When, you ask My child? Very soon."

March 18, 1975

Our Lady: "Yes, there is a spring upon the grounds; of waters for cure. When the time is right, the Eternal Father shall bring the waters up.”

February 10, 1976

Jesus: "Veronica, My child, remember My Mother's counsel to you. You will not be cured, My child. The waters will not be for you. The cross cannot be lifted.”

June 18, 1980

Our Lady: "Yes, My child, the waters will erupt suddenly. However, you must be cautious that they do not try to still the flow by capping the waters.”

April 5, 1975

Our Lady: "You will soon have a well. With this well the waters will cure. When this well erupts it will not be stopped by the clergy. You have reached the boundaries, and now My Son shall step in." Veronica: "I can't tell you. Yes. . . . Yes. . . . Yes." Our Lady: "The waters will not be capped. The waters will be given to the ill."

August 14, 1972

Our Lady: "I bless you, My children, as the Eternal Father sends you His Blessings and power of cures and conversions for the propagation of the mission from Heaven. There shall be My child, many cures. In time, they will be known to the world. Yes, My child, you shall return to the Sacred Grounds soon. There will be a spring, My child." ...

October 6, 1975

Our Lady:

“Look backward, My child. See the numbers who have come with afflictions. You will not forget them, My child. But go forward now and bless them with the waters, the curative waters from the springs of the world."

October 6, 1980

Our Lady: "Yes, My child, I am going about the world appearing in various places, and I have reason for all. One day, My child, the waters will come up at Bayside, and I will appear over the old church building. Your Bishop then cannot deny My Appearances.”

May 17, 1986

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