Author Archives: Joe Lomangino

Make the Message Known

Dear Friends of Our Lady,

This is the 41st Anniversary of the First Message of Our Lady to the four girls in the village of Garabandal, October 18, 1961. Our website, www.garabandal.us, offers many articles by priests and other writers for your reflection and I cannot improve on the historical or theological insight they have provided.

However, I do want to give you some of my thoughts and to let you know that the Message is spreading globally based on emails we are receiving here at the home of the Workers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in New York. We have heard from Kuwait, Japan, the Czech Republic, France, Australia, Malta, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Panama, Canada, Holland, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, El Salvador, the fifty states and many other places.

The response to our website is beyond my expectations. I personally want to thank each one of you for joining us in what I call a Union of Prayer. Your prayer requests have truly touched me. Each email and letter is read to me and I am united with you in prayer. Masses continue to be said on the 18th of every month for all the intentions received on the website and the mail. I love hearing from you and am happy we can keep this connection.

I spend most of my time now saying the rosary. Padre Pio (now a saint) told me the rosary was my key to Heaven. I recommend you read Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter, The Rosary of the Virgin Mary (Rosarium Virginis Mariae). It covers the importance of the rosary, how to pray it, and its promotion throughout the Church. The New York Center Workers have made and distributed millions of rosaries around the world for 30 years and we continue to send rosaries to underdeveloped countries, especially into Africa. Today, we live in a dangerous world of evil, terror, and war. What is our weapon? Our Lady said at Lourdes, Fatima and Garabandal-it is the rosary.

I am humbled by the support and donations we continue to receive even without a quarterly magazine. (Due to your request we are preparing an Order Form of Garabandal materials for the website-it will be posted soon, as part of our continuing improvement of the website.) You should know that, starting this summer and currently until December 2002, we are shipping boxes of Garabandal books, rosaries, leaflets, holy cards, and religious articles to our many contacts in Africa. Africa has always been special to us and we will continue our support. Your donations went to cover the cost of postage.

We welcome our Spanish-speaking friends. New areas are opening up in South and Central America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico through the Spanish language website. We plan to improve this site further in 2003.

We ask you to be patient with us. Our website has come a long way in eight months and we will have more to offer.

In Union of Prayer,

Joey Lomangino

Eight Day Announcement via Email

Dear Friends of Our Lady,

I often used to wonder how it would be possible to quickly inform all the Workers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, throughout the world, of the Warning and the Eight Day Announcement of the Miracle. It would’ve taken a large staff several days to contact all our Friends and Centers throughout the world by the phone or by mail. Who could have known in 1964 that technology would advance to be able to connect the entire world in a blink? Our Lady has always provided for her children and now, using the email, Our Blessed Mother has provided a way for us to be in contact with you so that you would not be misled by rumors or speculation.

Please encourage your family, friends and all who love Our Lady to register their email atGarabandal.us if they would like to receive news of the Warning and the Eight Day Announcement along with my Message, before it is updated on the website. The website, thanks to your promotion and patronage, has been a tremendous success. We have had over half a million hits in less than a month. I don’t exactly know what a hit is but I’m told by my son Joe that we’re doing great.

My reason for writing you this weekend is to remind you of the canonization of Padre Pio this Sunday June 16, and the tremendous opportunity it is to receive God’s grace. I am sure that any prayers made to Our Lord through the intercession of Padre Pio on Sunday will be powerful as it is such a great day for the Church. As our American Bishops are meeting in Dallas, please remember to pray for priests. Who could have known the extent of the crisis when Our Lady said, “Many cardinals, many bishops, and many priests are on the path to perdition and taking many souls with them.” Let us, you and me, continue to pray for the strengthening of all priests, for the enlightenment of the Bishops- the successors to the Apostles, and the renewal of the Church in America and throughout the world with the intercession of Padre Pio before the throne of Almighty God.

It has recently come to my attention that several magazines about Garabandal have been created, some claiming that I am the founder or shadow publisher. I want you to know that I am not connected with and do not endorse any publication which is not published or distributed directly from the New York Center. I have always encouraged everybody to promote the Message in whatever way they can but I want you to be aware of those who use Garabandal for commercial profit.

Also please do not believe anybody who tells you they know the date of the Warning or the Miracle, only Conchita knows the date of the Miracle. Please folks, in the days before the Warning, the Devil is out to confuse people and make them lose faith in Our Lady’s work at Garabandal. Stay close to the original, published work on Garabandal, most of which is available at Garabandal.us for free. Question anybody with “secret sources” or “new information” so that you will not be misled or show up for the miracle a couple of years early. Remember the emphasis at Garabandal is conversion- not fortune-telling.

Thank you for your comments and prayer requests. I want to assure you that they are read to me and I do remember you in my daily rosary. I would like to encourage you to continue to spread the word about the website to your children and grandchildren, friends and religious affiliations. Please continue to pray and promote the Message of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in these times of confusion.

In Union of Prayer,

Joey Lomangino

Launch

Dear Friends of Our Lady,

I am really excited to tell you about the official World Wide Website of the Workers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Garabandal.us.

After much planning, research and prayer we have successfully leveraged the latest internet technology and combined it with 40 years of experience promoting the Message of Our Lady. It has always been the practice of the New York Center to share our material with promoters throughout the world gratis. Now, through the internet, it is possible to share with everyone our entire catalogue of Garabandal Literature and Videos taking The Message of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to new places and a new generation.

You can help in the promotion of the Message around the world. Use this new technology to insure that the story of Garabandal reaches new places and new generations before the prophesied events occur. Please refer this website to your friends, family, church groups, religious organizations and apostolates via chat room and email. If this new technology passes you by, promote the website to your children and grandchildren.

I have only one request. As this material is being offered free for the spread of Our Lady’s Message, and can be printed for your personal use, do not alter its content, or use it to support speculation or for commercial profit.

We are in the final stages of reorganizing our apostolate for a new era of Garabandal promotion. The work of the New York Center continues. The day to day operations of the New York Center are handled by Rachel and Silvio Leonti. Bill Henry is sending mission packages of leaflets out to South and Central America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe with great success. As I wrote you in February we have ended the Garabandal Magazine. I feel we have published all there is to say about the Events and Message of Garabandal. The best articles of the magazine are readily available for review on the website. As we await the Warning, our emphasis should be on prayer and promotion not speculation and analysis.

Gone as well is the Annual Holy Week Trip to Garabandal. Health problems have made it impossible for me to accompany the trip. As a result I received many letters expressing disappointment at my absence. Our fund raiser which was run in conjunction with the Holy Week Trip has now been cancelled. The New York Center has no Miracle flight and no plans to establish one. I want to thank all of you who traveled with me to Garabandal for many years and also those who have supported us.

I plan to make the website the center of our new operation. I look forward to receiving your emails via the website. I would like to encourage you to send me your prayer intentions and I will remember them in my daily rosary. Although I cannot respond personally due to volume you can be assured the ladies will read them to me. I would like to stay connected to you through the website. I will post my message here. When the Warning and Eight Day Announcement occur real time news of these happenings will be posted immediately, available world-wide, on Garabandal.us.

I want to assure you that as long as I am alive the New York Center, the “House of Charity” as the Blessed Mother called it, will remain open. Our apostolate must change to embrace the new technology provided to reach more people with the Message of Garabandal. Keep praying and promoting. Great days are coming!

In Union of Prayer,

Joey Lomangino