Updated May 26, 2020
The canonical status and history of the Our Lady of America devotion started with Archbishop Paul F. Leibold of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He was the first Bishop of competence to recognize the private devotion to Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Virgin, in the early 1960’s. He had the medal struck, gave his Imprimatur to prayers and facilitated the distribution of the diary. Further he had the first image of Our Lady of America carved. These actions established the first canonical recognition for the devotion to Our Lady of America.
For many years, a number of additional bishops recognized the devotion by taking steps in their dioceses allowing for its practice.
In early 2018, the six U.S. Bishop’s whose dioceses have jurisdiction over this devotion because the alleged apparitions occurred therein, formed a commission led by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Fort Wayne – South Bend to formally study the authenticity of the apparitions. This has been to date the most exhaustive study of the diary, prayers, life of the visionary, following and fruits. On May 7, 2020 the commission issued a Singular Decree and Statement Regarding Devotion to Our Lady of America. See blog entry for more information on the decree and statement.
The findings placed a positive light on Sr. Mary Ephrem, the devotion, fruits and the place at Rome City – Kneipp Springs. However, the commission was not able to authenticate that the origin of the devotion is supernatural in nature. However, the devotion is allowed to continue as a private devotion of the faithful.
As such any reference to apparitions or other mystical experiences of Sr. Mary Ephrem must be considered alleged. Their authenticity at this time has not been determined.
Concerning this website: Any reference to apparition or other supernatural claims of Sr. Mary Ephrem, or any blog posting and comments referring to the same must be understood as alleged. Furthermore, any reference to Our Lady of America must be understood to mean Our Lady, The Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of America.