May 24, 2008 – Washington D.C.: Dr. Hugh M. Dempsey, D. Ed., K.M.Ob. Deputy Director and the staff at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center welcomed the Our Lady of America statue that was first displayed in 2006 at the U.S. Bishop’s Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The statue was delivered by a BVM Foundation Inc. volunteer and assistant who drove her to Washington D.C. after being cleaned and touched-up in Batesville, IN by the same company that made the first wood carving of Our Lady of America in the 1960’s.
This Statue will remain at the center for some time pending action by the United States Catholic Bishops on the request of Our Lady for a solemn procession and permanent placement in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, not far from the John Paul II Cultural Center at Washington D.C.
The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center welcomes pilgrimage groups to visit the center and venerate this statue of Our Lady of America. The Statue rests on the very location where His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI sat on his throne and greeted the faithful during his recent visit.
Dr. Dempsey and the staff commented about the majestic beauty of this statue and warmly welcomed her into the center. Our Lady of America graces the rotunda entrance of the center, welcoming Her children who visit this venue which honors Her favored son, Pope John Paul II.
From Our Lady’s words to Sr. Mary Ephrem.
On the morning of November 15, 1956, Our Lady taught me this little prayer: “By thy Holy and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, deliver us from evil.” 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.
Devotion to Our Lady of America continues to build as more of the faithful learn of Her requests and pray for fulfillment of these messages. It is clear to me that this is because of you. Together, we have distributed hundred’s of thousands of prayer cards since the beginning of the year! Keep up the great work!
We now expect many groups of pilgrims to travel for a visit at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center where they can view the statue and honor Our Lady of America. Our Lady of America, pray for us!
P.S. The statue is no longer at the John Paul II Cultural Center