With the increasing number of claimed heavenly apparitions, which ones have received the official recognition of the Holy Catholic Church during the past few centuries? A list is provided here of some of those apparitions that you can read about with the assurance that these have been recognized.
While the list of those who were blessed with heavenly manifestation begins after year 1,000 A.D, there are many more who's lives are worthwhile reading about. Some of these are: Polycarp, Augustine, Chrysostom, Gregory the Great, Jerome, Methodius, Leo, Hildegarde, etc.
These are the ones that Satan does not want you to read about because they knew the truth. Many of them prophesied the coming chastisement upon the world and the final victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
1061: OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM, ENGLAND
In 1061, Lady Richeldis de Faverches, a widow who lived in a manor in Walsingham, experienced three visions by Mary. In her visions, Mary showed Lady de Faverches the house in Nazareth where the angel Gabriel told her she would give birth to the Son of the Most High. The Blessed Mother asked Lady de Faverches to build a replica of her house in Nazareth dedicated as a memorial to the Annunciation to Mary and the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary promised:
"Let all who are in any way distressed or in need seek me there in that small house that you maintain for me at Walsingham. To all that seek me there shall be given succour."
1170-1221: ST. DOMINIC
He received the Rosary from the Virgin Mary as the greatest weapon against heresies.
1265: ST. SIMON STOCK
He received the Brown Scapular from the Virgin Mary with the promise that those who die while wearing it, they will be saved.
1302: ST. GERTRUDE THE GREAT
She received private revelations from Jesus regarding the devotion to the Sacred Heart and the importance of the Communion of Saints.
1360: CATHERINE OF SIENA
Privileged with private revelations since her tender age, Jesus entrusted her with bringing the Holy Father back to Rome from France while warning her of the dangers that the Church was facing. She was blessed with the invisible stigmata and often lived on the Eucharist as her only source of food.
1373: ST. KATHERINE OF SWEDEN
St. Katherine of Sweden, daughter of Saint Bridget, her private revelations were on the life and passion of the Lord Jesus and the life of our blessed Mother Mary.
1425: THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
Next to the Bible, this has been the most sold book in the world. Its content concerns the dialogue between Christ and Thomas Kempis. This spiritual treasure helps to understand the spiritual life, the Holy Bible and devotion to the Body and Blood of Christ during the Holy Mass.
1531: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
While Martin Luther divided the Church, taking away two millions Catholics, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico City, imprinting her image on the Holy Tilma. That same year, 5 million Indians came home to the Catholic Church. Endless miracles have been accredited to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
1558: SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Living in days when false seers abounded, she was blessed with ongoing visions and ecstasies. She wrote "Interior Castle" which is a powerful spiritual tool for the discernment of spirits.
1567: SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS
He is known for having written his great guides for mystics. These are "The Ascent of Mount Carmel" and "The Dark Night Of The Soul."
1594: OUR LADY OF GOOD SUCCESS IN QUITO, ECUADOR
In 1594, Our Lady of Good Success began to appear in Ecuador to Saint Mariana de Jesus, also known as "The Lily of Quito." St. Mariana's Feast is on May 26th. In 1606, Pope Paul V approved the devotion to Our Lady of Good Success.
1830: THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL
Our Lady appeared to Catherine Laboure in Paris, France when she was a novice with the St. Vincent de Paul's Daughters of Charity. This is where the origin of the Miraculous Medal comes from, its devotion supporting the Immaculate Conception of Mary as the dispenser of graces.
1846: OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE
Our Lady appeared to two children, Melanie and Maximin. In tears, she warned of a coming chastisement if the people did not do penance for their sins.
1858: OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Appearing to Bernadette Soubirous, Our lady introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception. In Lourdes flows the promised miraculous waters, over and above the endless miracles that are credited to the Miraculous Medal.
1859: ST. JOHN VIANNEY
Known as a great exorcist, he was blessed with countless visions of Jesus, Mary and demons. He also prophesied the coming chastisement and the final triumph of Mary.
1859: OUR LADY OF GOOD HELP
In 1859, Our Lady of Good Help appeared to Adele Brise in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. This apparition was an unlikely visitation to a simple, humble country girl on a dirt road in the wooded countryside. Her instruction was seemingly simple but required the commitment of Adeleís lifeís work: teach the children in the faith. When we pause to think about this, it is very profound. The Holy Mother did not appear in a crowded city or to people of wealth and power. Instead, she appeared to an unlikely person in an unlikely place. In doing so, she made it clear to all the world that there is no one anywhere who is beyond the reach of Godís generous love.
Approved on December 8, 2010, by Most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay.
1862: ST. JOHN BOSCO
St. John Bosco is well known for his 40 prophetic dreams, one of them consisting of a ship in battle, the Pope being shot and falling but rising again. The second time he is fatally wounded and replaced by the next Pope who is elected.
1871: PONTMAIN, FRANCE
Our Lady appeared to four young children during the time of the Franco-Prussian War.
1873: MARIE-JULIE JAHENNY
From 1873 until her death in 1941, Marie-Julie of La Fraudais, France, enjoyed the blessing of the stigmata of Our Lord Jesus. During this time, she was privileged to have visions and messages regarding the coming chastisement and the final victory over communism.
1876: THE SCAPULAR OF THE SACRED HEART
The origin of this devotion is from revelations of Our Lady to Estelle Faguette in Pellevoisin, France. This devotion is called a devotion of Holy Communion with Christ, His sacrament of Love.
1879: KNOCK, IRELAND
Our Lady appeared to a group of villagers of mixed ages. This fortified the Irish in their struggle against religious and social oppression.
1917: OUR LADY OF FATIMA, PORTUGAL
Our Lady of Fatima appeared once a month in the Cova da Iria to the 3 children of Fatima, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco from May 13, 1917 to October 13, 1917. Warnings were given regarding Communism. Devotion was asked to the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Rosary. During the last apparition, thousands witnessed the miracle of the sun. The apparitions of Fatima contain the promise that in the end the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph over Satan.
1918: PADRE PIO
For 50 years, from September 20, 1918 to 1968 when he died, Padre Pio had the stigmata of Christ. He would bleed during his Holy Masses. He had ongoing visions of Jesus and Mary and was instrumental in the miraculous healing of thousands in body and soul. He was blessed with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. His great devotions were the Holy Mass, the Sacrament of Confession, the Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Fatima, praying for the souls in Purgatory and his Guardian Angel.
1922: CHARLES VON HAPSBURG
Little is known about him other than he died at 33 years old on April Fool's day in 1922. His body was found to be uncorrupted after being buried for 60 years and many are being cured at his coffin. His wife Zita, who recently died in Switzerland, enjoyed many apparitions from Mary while living in a convent in Switzerland.
1923: SISTER JOSEFA MENENDEZ
From 1919 to 1923 when she died, Sister Menendez received apparitions of Jesus and Mary related to Divine Love and understanding the Sacred Heart. She had a vision of Hell. She became a victim soul and endured numerous bodily attacks by Satan.
1930: BANNEUX, BELGIUM
Our Lady appeared to Mariette Beco, just as Hitler was coming to power in Germany.
1932: BEAURAING, BELGIUM
33 times, Our Lady appeared to 5 children ages 9 to 15 years old. The children were asked to be good and were each given a secret.
1932: THERESE NEUMANN
In Konnersreuth, East Germany, Therese received visions since here early childhood. In 1926, she was blessed with the stigmata and visions of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus. Enduring the stigmata the remaining of her life and only feeding on the Holy Communion, she wrote volumes about her visions.
1938: SAINT SISTER MARIA FAUSTINA KOWALSKA
These apparitions relate to the devotion to the Divine Mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
From the age of 14, Maria da Costa was paralyzed until her death on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13, 1955. Her handicap resulted from jumping out of a window while escaping a man who was trying to molest her. Offering herself as a victim soul while paralyzed, she had visions and locutions from Jesus and Mary, over and above being physically attacked by the devil for 10 years.
1973: In AKITA, JAPAN
The July 6, 1973 to September 13, 1981 miracles and visions of Sister Agnes Sasagawa Katsugo of the Community of the Servants of the Eucharist were approved by the local bishop in 1984.
1976: BETANIA, VENEZUALA
Regarding Betania, the local Bishop has approved the apparition site where Our Lady appeared to hundreds of persons. But, this approval excludes the private message of Maria Esperanza that have not received the official approval (nor disapproval) of the Catholic Church. The approval of Betania must not be viewed as the approval of the seer.
1977: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima shed tears in Damascus, Syria.
1980: OUR LADY OF NICARAGUA
Our Lady appeared to Bernardo Martinez and gave him some prophesies, some having passed already. Emphasis was placed on the Five First Saturdays and the Family Rosary. In 1983, the Church approved these apparitions.
1981 to 1989, KIBEHO, RWANDA, AFRICA
Six girls and one boy received apparitions and private messages from Our Lady. The seven visionaries were shown terrifying glimpses into the future: a tree in flames, a river of blood, and many abandoned, decapitated corpses, etc. They were told that if Rwanda did not come back to God, there would be a 'river of blood.' Shortly afterwards, the predicted holocaust came to pass during which time two of the seers were killed.
1982: OUR LADY OF SOUFANIEH
Since November 27, 1982, Our Lady has been appearing to Mirna Nazzour in Damascus, Syria. In 1987, the bishop approved the apparitions.