The Immaculate Virgin


Press Release



His Excellency, Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne – South Bend issued a Singular Decree on November 3, 2020, which recognized the Our Lady, Mother of Mercy Chapel, Rome City, Indiana as a chapel of the lay faithful. And he further set forth that the Our Lady, Mother of Mercy Center is an allowed place of pilgrimage and is free to engage in public spiritual activities (Holy Mass, Rosary, Confessions, etc.) subject to the immediate vigilance of the Pastor of Saint Gaspar Parish, Rome City.

Further, the Decree went on to allow the devotion to Our Lady, the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of America to be practiced and promoted at the Mother of Mercy Center.

The devotion’s path was first envisioned by the Bishops having jurisdiction in their Statement Regarding the Devotion to Our Lady of America (May 7, 2020). In subsequent dialogue with Bishop Rhoades the content of the decree was prayerfully envisioned and discerned resulting in his issuance.

“When it was issued, we were still amid extensive renovations and repairs to the Chapel. We have been operating under this decree since March 2020, when we offered the first Mass and now see it appropriate to make known its existence.”, said Al Langsenkamp, Mother of Mercy Center and Foundation President.

Just recently, Bishop Rhoades responded to a request for two changes; he has approved a change in the Center’s name to Our Lady, Patroness of America Center; and has approved a change in the name of the Prayer to the Immaculate Conception to Prayer to Our Lady, the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of America. Both are in line with his desire that the Center focus attention on her role as Patroness of America.

Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted, approves private devotion to Our Lady of America on May 7, 2020
Fort Wayne – South Bend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Al Langsenkamp added, “The Bishops have given Our Lady, Patroness of America a home where she can welcome, console and bless pilgrims who seek her intercession. Further, they have pointed to her as Our Mother and Our Nation’s Patroness who will intercede for us before the Holy Trinity. She is calling us to imitate the Holy Family in virtue and faith. More so, with the Bishops’ decrees her intercession is available to us personally and as a nation in a new and powerful way! We are most grateful to Bishop Rhoades for his discerning pastoral care and trust in our mission at the Our Lady, Patroness of America Center.”

“May the Lord continue to bless you and your work! May Our Blessed Mother watch over and intercede for you and the pilgrims who come to the Center!” says Bishop Rhoades.

It is now official: devotion to Our Lady, the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of America is recognized by the Catholic Church as an allowed devotion of the lay faithful! Our Lady, Patroness of America now has a home and place of pilgrimage. It is the Our Lady, Patroness of America Center, Rome City Indiana. May her abundant Graces flow upon us!

July 29, 2019, Singular Decree
May 7, 2020, Statement Regarding the Devotion to Our Lady of America
November 3 2020, Singular Decree

For media inquiries:
Al Langsenkamp, President
Mother of Mercy Foundation
2730 E. Northport Rd
Rome City, IN 46784
(260) 303-4990

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  1. It is about time that OurLady of America being honor ad recognise as such. She requested to be install in the the cathedral in Washington DC.

  2. Kathy Gagliardi

    Why isn’t Our Lady enthroned in the Basilica, Washington, DC as She’s
    requested years ago.

  3. Deacon Bob Kirby

    Great news!!!!!Al, your hard work and devotion to this cause has now found HER a home
    God bless you , Deacon Bob Kirby

  4. Carolyn

    Thrilled to read this wonderful news! Thanks be to God.

  5. Carolyn

    Thanks be to God. This is wonderful news.

  6. praying and thinking about this happening…..I think with the political and government situation in this country….the wicked medical establishment……the disgusting condition of the far majority of the current liberal USCCB and the complete lack of true traditional Catholic spirituality of most of our bishops….the possibility of the tidal wave from the Island of LaPalma hitting the east coast for quite a ways inland……and the fact that a good traditional, orthodox bishop granted her a home…..finally! in Indiana speaks well of the likely hood of her protection for this area in the United States…..and with her mercy and guidance for the rest of us in this country……I think this is the perfect home for her….

  7. and all of this on the Feast Day of Saint Juan Diego…….
    and Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday the 12th

  8. Jayne Maggio

    Now, let us enthrone Her in DC where she’s most needed at this critical juncture in our American Experiment!

  9. Jennifer Hullinger

    So grateful

  10. Cloe Roesler

    Let us thank God and Our Lady mightily for this. God’ s will for America is being done through a side door and it bodes well for us. Thank you Bishop Rhoades and Rome (Ind).

  11. Marie Ostermann

    Wonderful to see this progress made towards the goal of having Our Lady enthroned in the Basilica in Washington, DC by the Bishops!

  12. mary brockup

    lets all pray that she gets to the Basilica in Washington D C as she requested, Thank you all , Mary Brockup

  13. Robert Finger

    What a great gift to the United States and to all of America.

  14. Theresa

    Thank you Bishop Rhoades for giving a home to Our Lady of America.

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