Conyers Apparitions of the Virgin Mary
From October 13, 1990,
In the early 1990s the roads to Conyers were clogged with pilgrims yearning to hear Mary's message. They came from every direction, but most were from heavily Hispanic southern Florida. They headed toward a large field adjacent to Fowler's home. Once there, they prayed on Mary's Holy Hill, filled bottles with water from the Blessed Well, or visited the small bookstore on the property.
At midday the pilgrims moved toward Fowler's farmhouse. Inside, Fowler waited for a message from the Virgin Mary in the Apparition Room;
Fowler, a homemaker and the divorced wife of a retired air force officer, was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by her Roman Catholic father and her Eastern Rite Catholic mother. Her mystical experiences began in the 1980s, but it was not until October 13, 1990, that Fowler said the Virgin Mary instructed her to take her message to the public. Until May 13, 1994, the messages continued monthly. After that date they came only on October 13 of each year and after October 13, 1998, ceased completely. The Marian apparitions at Conyers are now part of the long history of appearances by the Virgin Mary that have been recorded since the Middle Ages, including the famous visions in Guadalupe, Mexico; Lourdes, France; and Fatima, Portugal.
Initially only several hundred people gathered to hear the
Victor Balaban, "The Marian Apparition Site at Conyers, Georgia," in Religions of Atlanta: Religious Diversity in the Centennial Olympic City, Gary Laderman, ed. (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996).
David Michael Lindsey, The Woman and the Dragon: Apparitions of Mary (Gretna, La.: Pelican, 2000).
To Bear Witness That I Am the Living Son of God: Reported Teaching and Messages to the World from Our Lord and Our Loving Mother (Newington, Va.: Our Loving Mother's Children, 1991).
Paula G. Shakelton, Emory University
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