These are excerpts from an article "Wisconsin on the Map to Pray With Mary" that appeared in the New York Times on Dec 24, 2010. It seems a little church in Champion, Wisconson became one of only about a dozen sites worldwide, and the first in the United States, where apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been officially validated by the Roman Catholic Church.
This is a gift to the believers, said the Rev. Johann Roten, director of the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton. One of the reasons for validating the church is so elequently stated by the Rev:
When he moved to Green Bay in 2008, Rev. Roten said, I was struck by how many stories I heard of answered prayers resolved family and employment problems as well as medical cures and he decided to start a formal investigation.
So there you have it... I guess I am wrong about prayers never being answered. These are prayers that have been officially recognized as being answered by none other than that bastion of truth, the Roman Catholic Church.
Here's the story:
In 1859, the year after Mary is said to have appeared in Lourdes, a Belgian immigrant here named Adele Brise said she was visited three times by Mary, who hovered between two trees in a bright light, clothed in dazzling white with a yellow sash around her waist and a crown of stars above her flowing blond locks. As instructed, Ms. Brise devoted her life to teaching Catholic beliefs to children.