Given the moral state of our nation, and the uncertainty of the outcome of the election about to transpire next week, it is timely to revisit the idea of a novena to the Blessed Virgin, our Mother and Protectress of our nation.
Our apostolate is pleased to initiate a 60-day novena to Our Lady of America that will begin November 1 and end on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. If you'd like to join us, please click on this link to sign up.
We are also asking you to consider making a personal consecration 33 days before the end of the novena, using St. Louis de Montfort's prescribed form.
Our Lady of America is a devotion stemming from a series of private revelations in 1956 and 1957 of our Blessed Mother to Sr. Mary Ephrem (Mary Mildred Neuzil), a sister of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In these visions, Sr. Mary was asked to propagate a devotion to our Blessed Mother under the title "Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin." She promised miracles greater than from Lourdes and Fatima would be granted in America if we, as a nation, honored Her using this new title, and if we placed Her statue in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Our Lady also requested that the bishops of the United States have a procession of this statue into the National Basilica and promote devotion to this image of Our Lady of America, praying for holy purity.
Cardinal Raymond Burke reviewed the information while bishop of the diocese of St. Louis, Missouri. In a May 2007 letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he clarified that the apparitions and devotion had been formally approved by Abp. Paul Francis Leibold of the diocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, where the apparitions occurred. He was the first to carry out one of Our Lady of America's requests: creating a medal with the image of Our Lady of America on one side, and the coat of arms of the Christian family on the reverse side. He also authorized a statue of Our Lady of America to be carved for the convent of Our Lady of the Nativity at New Reigel, where devotion to this image flourished.
Cardinal Burke has also affirmed that devotion to Our Lady of America is "completely harmonious" with the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Together, they call "the people of our nation to a new evangelization through a renewed dedication to purity in love."
In the midst of these difficult times for the Church, when so much evil is being pushed in society and by our political leaders, we ask that you join us in this 60-day novena asking our bishops to consecrate our nation to Our Lady of America, and to place her statue in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in our nation's capitol. Please also consider making a personal consecration to Our Lady through the 33–day consecration starting November 29 and ending January 1.
Through each person's consecration, we unite our efforts for purity with every other person praying this novena. What a beautiful gift we can offer to our Blessed Mother, demonstrating our sincere prayers for our nation!