(Press Release by Tom Fitzsimmons; Information Director for Drs. Gianna and Michael Sullivan)
On September 7, 2000, the final Thursday Evening Marian Prayer Group and public message from Our Lady of Emmitsburg through Gianna Sullivan was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, MD. These had been occurring weekly since November, 1993. The following day, September 8, 2000, the feast of the Birth of Our Lady, the Archdiocese of Baltimore asked that the prayer group be halted at that time. On June 12, 2001, the Archdiocese began a formal investigative commission into the authenticity of the alleged apparitions of Our Lady to Gianna Sullivan as well as the fruits of such apparitions, a commission which is still in progress. At no time either before the commission or during the ongoing commission have there ever been any restrictions placed on either Gianna Sullivan or her husband Dr. Michael Sullivan in regard to discussing the content of the printed messages, their personal testimonies, or the distribution of such by either private individuals or national publishing houses. There were also no restrictions placed on the release to the public of any new public messages from Our Lady of Emmitsburg. However, in accord with Our Lady’s wishes, the Sullivans have maintained a period of silence, not establishing another prayer group in some other location, not abandoning but actually expanding their works for the poor , and not releasing any new public messages from Our Lady.

Since September 2000, Our Lady has continued to appear privately nearly every day except Fridays to Gianna, usually during periods of family prayer. Last week on July 30, 2002, Our Lady privately reaffirmed to Gianna Sullivan her continued presence as Our Lady of Emmitsburg and the unique role this area has in God’s salvific plan as the “Center of her Immaculate Heart.” Our Lady once again implored all her children to return here to Emmitsburg, not to any one location or building per se, but to the Center of Her Immaculate Heart, for it is a time of abundant graces of enlightenment and strength. Events in this nation, in the world and even in the Church over this last year have brought the world to a point of urgency. In conjunction with this Our Lady has now instructed Gianna to release to the public on August 5 the first new public message for the world since September 7, 2000. Others may follow. This new message has been reviewed by Gianna’s priest-spiritual director.

The text of the prior September 7, 2000 message will precede the most recent new message for August 5, 2002:

Our Lady's Message
of September 7, 2000
through Gianna Talone Sullivan

My dear little children, praise be Jesus!
Little ones, remain in the peace of My Son.
My Son will not betray you even though darkness and betrayal led Him to the threshold of His passion.
Give yourself to My Son in an act of pure and total love.
Offer your strengths and weaknesses to Him at the foot of His cross.
Place everything at His feet; the little feet of My Son as the Child Jesus, who in His gentleness and purity gave Himself unreservedly and ever so sweetly to the last steps He walked without any regrets as the Son of Man, the Man of Sorrows.
Do not be afraid, children, for Jesus is your victory.
Do not be afraid to step into the darkness of His passion because this is where your victory and glory in My Son are fulfilled.
This is where you will be able to identify with Him, in your trial of faith; and this is how you become beautiful and are transformed into His love.
All that matters is LOVE, children.
All that matters is LOVE.
Have a heart of a grateful child
Peace to you.
I take your petitions in My arms and will present them to My Son who is all sweetness.
Your confidence in Him should have no bounds.
Thank you for responding to My call.

Our Lady’s Message
for August 5, 2002
through Gianna Talone Sullivan

My dear little children, praise be Jesus!
Little children, darkness can be overcome only through
the Light of Love.
There is no other way to silence evil and defeat it except through
the Light of Love.
There are two choices in life and they are to either love or not to love.
When each soul goes before the Father, it will be asked the same question,
“how have you loved?”
Peace can exist even though the violence of crime, dissension,
and hatred seem so prevalent.
Peace can exist, but it can only exist through the love of neighbor.
To “love” and to “like” someone are two different entities.
You are all called to love one another even though
you may not like someone.
My Son is Love.
He loves each one of you and He desires you to live in a world of
peace and unity.
He desires each one of you to live in eternal peace with Him in glory.
The choice is yours.
It is best not to try to defend your reasons for
avoiding one another and not loving.
The only way to know yourself and God is to
love yourself and your neighbor.
Peace can exist and darkness can be overcome through the rays of
the Light of Love.
I love you, little ones, as your heavenly Mother who seeks to
intercede on your behalf to Jesus.
Thank you for responding to my call.

(This message represents the resumption of Our Lady’s public messages through Gianna which Our Lady had withheld since September 8, 2000, when the weekly Marian Prayer Group at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, Maryland, had been halted.)