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by Fr. Joseph Albert Pelletier

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Father Joseph A. Pelletier received a Baccalaureate and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Institute Angelicum (Rome) in 1937. He then returned to his alma mater, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, where he taught social sciences and religion for ten years. A Master's degree in Sociology was obtained from Boston College in 1947. For the past twenty years he has served on the administrative staff of Assumption College.

His avocation as a writer began with his book The Sun Danced at Fatima published in 1951. An immediate success, the' book went through five printings (35,000 copies) in a yearand-a-half and was translated into French. It was followed in 1954 by Fatima Hope of the World. These books gained for Father Pelletier a world-wide reputation as an authority on Fatima.

Father Pelletier continued his apostolate of the word through frequent lectures and religious articles in American and Canadian Catholic monthlies.

He is now dedicating his pen to the appearances of Our Lady and the other extraordinary phenomena that occurred over a four-and-a-half year span (June 1961 to February, 1966) at the Spanish mountain village of San Sebastian de Garabandal. His works on this subject are characterized by the same scholarly approach-painstaking research and scrupulous reliance on authentic documents-and by the same easy, limpid style that marked his books on Fatima and his other writings.

His introductory piece, an illustrated flyer entitled The Apparitions of Our Lady at Garabandal, has already been highly acclaimed. The present pamphlet Garabandal Prayer and the Rosary was quickly followed by a first book dealing principally with the message and entitled God Speaks at Garabandal. A second book Our Lady Comes to Garabandal, stressing the story of the apparitions, is expected to appear late in 1970.


It would appear that Garabandal might be destined to equal or even surpass Lourdes and Fatima. It is a far more complex event than the visitations of Our Lady at either of these two well known places. The three llamadas or calls that preceded Our Lady's coming, the fantastic ecstatic marches, the discernment of the secret thoughts and unknown events in people's lives, the identification of priests in lay or military garb, the miracle of the visible Host, these are but some of the unique features of this great contemporary event. The story of Garabandal opened on June 18, 1961 and will close at some future date by a great miracle. Our Lady affirmed that this miracle will be greater than that of Fatima and shall convince everyone of the authenticity of these Spanish happenings that included some two thousand apparitions and a considerable number of locutions (interior voices without visions).

Much research remains to be done concerning this fascinating and intriguing happening. But enough is known to grasp its tremendous significance and its relevance to the present crisis in the Church. It is God speaking to his People in an hour of great need, speaking to us now through Mary, the Mother of Jesus and of the Church, as he did in the past through the prophets and patriarchs of old.
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