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The Visionaries of Garabandal

There were four children who received apparitions of the Blessed Mother in Garabandal:

Note that although three of the girls have the same last name, they were not related to one another.  After the apparitions ended and they became adults they went on to lead ordinary lives.  Three of them ended up marrying Americans and moving to the U.S.A. and one of them married and moved to Avilés, Spain.

Many people have commented over the years “ Why didn’t the girls go into the religious life, become Nuns after the apparitions?  If that had been the case, how would we know all that we do about the apparitions and messages.  So god’s plan was better.

The lives of the Visionaries of Garabandal after the Apparitions:

Serafin & Paquita Gonzales of GarabandalConchita González :  Born on February 7th, 1949. She was the youngest child and only daughter of Aniceta González, whose husband had died early in their marriage. She had three older brothers, one of whom was Serafín, who is pictured here on the far left with the rest of his family when we visited there back in the 1980’s.  Serafin died in 2000.

On February 7,1966 Conchita (on her 17th birthday) entered the Discalced Carmelites Missionaries of Pamplona. On February 13,1966 she had a locution from Jesus. Jesus said to Conchita: “ I choose you in the world, that is, in the normal condition of the faithful, so that you would remain in it. “

Conchita is the only one of the visionaries that knows the year and the day of the miracle and it was Conchita who visited Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo.   By all accounts, Padre Pio was a great believer in Garabandal.  There are reports of him sending a letter to Conchita encouraging her.  Also, the face covering used on his face during his funeral was bequeathed to her.

It was also Conchita who went to Rome to visit the Pope.

On May 26th, 1973, Conchita married Partick J. Keena from Long Island, New York, where she currently lives. They have four children.

Maria Cruz Gonzalez:  born June 21, 1950 to Escolástico and Pilar.   She married Ignacio Caballero in May of 1970. They have 4 children and currently lives in Avilés, Asturias (Spain).

Jacinta Gonzalez: born on April 27, 1949, one of 8 children.  Jacinta married Jeffrey Moynihan, from California, on February 21, 1976. They have one daughter, María, and currently live on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

Tombstone of Mari Loli, one of the Garabandal visionaries
Tombstone of Mari Lolii

Mari Loli Mazon:  born on May 1, 1949. She went by the name “Loli” and was the second of six children. Her father was the village mayor, and, in addition to working in the fields, the family owned a small shop and bar.

Maria Loli married Francis Lafleur from Massachusetts in 1974, and they had 3 children: Francis, María Melanie and María Dolores.

For 7 years, she suffered from a respiratory disease which eventually caused her death on April 20th, 2009, at age 59.

Mari Loli died at home in Plaistow, New Hampshire, but is buried in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Mary Loli knew the year of the warning, but so far as we know she did not share that information with anyone.

 

 

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