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A Pastoral Letter to All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Women and Men, and All Lay Faithful

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August 26, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

On August 8, 2019, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth issued a statement regarding alleged apparitions, messages and miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under a title of “Mystical Rose-Our Lady of Argyle,” purported through social media and websites to be occurring at Saint Mark Parish in Denton/Argyle, Texas.

In that statement, I encouraged everyone “to assess such claims of apparitions or of messages and miracles with prudence, always presuming the good will of anyone making such a claim, but with due regard for the integrity of the Catholic faith.” I also specifically did not encourage anyone to offer credence or support for these claimed apparitions.

It is my sad responsibility to inform you that last week the Diocese of Fort Worth received irrefutable evidence that these purported apparitions, messages, and miracles are, in fact, a fabrication. ...

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Statement from the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Confirms Alleged Apparitions of “Mystical Rose–Our Lady of Argyle” are Fabricated

Fort Worth Diocese

August 26, 2019

In an August 26, 2019 pastoral letter to all Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Women and Men and the Lay Faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop Michael F. Olson confirmed video evidence reveals that apparitions of a purported female mystic who claims to receive messages from the Blessed Virgin Mary under a title of “Mystical Rose-Our Lady of Argyle” are fabricated and false.

Loreto House, a pro-life assistance center located in Denton, Texas, is an independent apostolate of the Fort Worth Diocese that serves more than 4,000 women each year with compassionate and caring assistance. A group associated with the woman, the “Dry Bones Ministry,” was at the house for Eucharistic adoration from 11 p.m. to midnight on the evening of July 27, 2019. Loreto House administrators reported that during the time of adoration, the woman claimed to experience an apparition that included rose petals “falling” from a book she was using to “record” words from the Blessed Virgin Mary. ...

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