December 8, 2006; Feast of the Immaculate Conception
On Monday, November 13, 2006, a new statue of Our Lady of America was publicly displayed for the first time at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This statue, commissioned by an anonymous donor, was placed in the Concelebrated Mass Room (Marriott Waterfront Hotel 4th Floor Ballroom) at the Bishop’s November meeting. Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, of Saint Louis had requested the display of Our Lady of America at this conference for the benefit of the Bishops.
Lay individuals brought the new statue and remained at the meeting to apprise the Bishops about this devotion.
“It is clear from the messages of Our Lady of America that only the Bishops have the authority to fulfill the principle requests of Our Lady made when she appeared to the United States.” says one familiar with the devotion. “It is the duty of the American Christian faithful respectfully to collaborate with the U.S. Bishops in spreading the message about Our Lady of America.”
At 2:15 PM in the Concelebrated Mass Room, on November 15th, 2006, His Excellency Raymond L. Burke blessed this new statue. This occurred on the 50th Anniversary to the day of Our Lady’s request to be enthroned in the National Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
“Our Lady then asked me to draw a picture of her first appearance. She also requested a statue made according to this likeness and placed, after being solemnly carried in procession, in the Shrine of The Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. She wishes to be honored there in a special way as Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin.”
~From the approved messages of Our Lady of America to Sr. Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil) November 15, 1956.