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Summary

Our Lady of Good Success appeared to Spanish-born Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres at her Conceptionist Royal Convent in Quito, Ecuador. She requested that a statue be made in her likeness and warned of diminishing faith and vocations in the 20th century.

Timeline

1563

Mariana de Jesus Torres is born.

1577

A small group of religious sisters and a 13-year old girl with a vocation (Mariana) completes an arduous journey by ship from Spain to Ecuador to found the first convent in Quito, Ecuado. 

1582

Mariana dies for the first time. Once in Heaven she chose to return to earth to suffer as an expiatory victim for the sins of the 20th century.

1588

Her second death was on Good Friday after an apparition where she was shown the horrible abuses and heresies that would exist in the Church in our times. She was resurrected two days later on Easter Sunday morning.

Feb 2, 1594

Our Lady of Good Success first appears to Mariana.

Jan 16, 1599

Our Lady of Good Success requests a statue to be made to her likeness

1605-1610

Due an upheaval in the convent caused by an unfaithful and rebellious sister who incited some of sisters against Mother Mariana, Mariana chose to take on 5 years of the suffering and punishments of hell that this sister would have had to endure. Later the rebellious sister repented for her ways.

Jan 16, 1611

The sculptor chosen by Our Lady, Francisco del Castillo, leaves town to purchase the final paints for the statue. At 3:00 AM, Our Lady of Good Success appears with the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael along with St. Francis to complete the statue.

The archangels bowed down to Mary and sang a prayer:
"Hail to Thee, Mary Most Holy Daughter of God the Father” (St. Michael)
"Hail to Thee, Mary Most Holy Mother of God the Son” (St. Gabriel)
”Hail to Thee, Mary Most Holy, Most Pure Spouse of the Holy Ghost” (St. Raphael)
“Hail to Thee, Mary Most Holy Temple and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity” (All three Archangels)

With this, the statue of Our Lady was completed. The statue became animated as Mary walked into the statue itself. Our Lady of Good Success began to sing the “Magnificat”. A choir of heavenly spirits began to sing “Salve Sancta Parens” which awakened the rest of the convent. The sisters rushed to the choir loft and found the statue transformed and surrounded by a heavenly light.

Feb 2, 1611

The statue is officially blessed by the bishop. Our Lady of Good Success was placed above the seat of the Abbess chair at her own specific request as a sign to all that she was the one who governed and watched over the convent. Her official title being that of “Mary of Good Success of the Purification”.

1611

Our Lord appeared to Mother Mariana and asked her to be a victim soul:
“For all times I have need of valiant souls to save my Church and the prevaricating world.”

Feb 2, 1634

Feast of the Purification, the 40th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Good Success to Mother Mariana.

Dec 8, 1634

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, three archangels and their Queen appeared to Mother Mariana. St. Gabriel was carrying a Ciborium filled with Hosts. Our Lady predicts several events in the future Papacy of Blessed Pope Pius IX.

Jan 16, 1635

After receiving Holy Communion and the Last Rites, she foretold the exact hour of her death (3 p.m.) and died for the final time.

1821

The "truly Catholic" president of Ecuador, Gabriel Garcia Moreno fortold by Our Lady is born.

1873

Gabriel Garcia Moreno consecrated the republic to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

1875

Gabriel Garcia Moreno dies. Pope Pius IX paid him tribute as a man who had died "the death of a martyr...a victim to his Faith and Christian charity." In the Cathedral of Quito there is a display of Gabriel Moreno's incorrupt heart and the famous painting of Our Lady of Quito, which wept at the moment of his martyrdom.

1906

During the remodeling of the Convent, Mother Mariana's three-century old tomb was opened. Her body and habit were found to be whole and incorrupt.

1941

A prayer to the Our Lady of Good Success received the imprimatur of a bishop, Carlos María Javier de la Torre, archbishop of Quito, who provided it in 1941 as a partial approval.

1986

A cause for beatification of Mother Mariana was launched.

1991

The archbishop of Quito, Antonio José González Zumárraga, petitioned Rome for and received a canonical coronation of Our Lady of Good Success as “Queen of Quito.”

1991

The Conceptionist Convent in Quito was made an Archdiocesan Marian Sanctuary.


Photo Gallery

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Description of the Virgin

In an apparition to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, the Blessed Virgin appeared and asked that a statue be made of her under the title of Good Success. She should be made just as she appeared to her there, with the Child Jesus in her right arm, and the Abbess’ crozier and the keys of the Convent in her right hand. She should be placed above the Abbess chair in the upper choir because she desired to be Abbess of that Convent until the end of time. And so the Virgin of Good Success of Quito appears with the crosier in her right hand, instead of the scepter that she carries in Madrid.

Messages


The messages of Our Lady of Good Success spoke of the worldwide crisis in the Church and society that would begin in the 19th century and extend throughout the 20th century. During that time, she warned, there would be an almost total corruption of customs and Satan would rule almost completely by means of the Masonic sects. In the Catholic Church the Sacraments would be profaned and abused, and the light of Faith would be almost completely extinguished in souls. Truly religious souls would be reduced to a small number and many vocations would perish. Great impurity would reign and people would be without any care for spiritual matters.

Click here to read the messages of Quito.

Prophecies

On December 8, 1634, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, three archangels and their Queen appeared to Mother Mariana. St. Gabriel was carrying a Ciborium filled with Hosts which Our Lady explained: "This signifies the Most August Sacrament of the Eucharist, which will be distributed by my Catholic priests to faithful Christians belonging to the Holy Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church, whose visible head is the Pope, the King of Christianity. His pontifical infallibility will be declared a dogma of the Faith by the same Pope chosen to proclaim the dogma of the Mystery of My Immaculate Conception. He will be persecuted and imprisoned in the Vatican by the unjust usurpation of the Pontifical States through the iniquity, envy and avarice of an earthly monarch." This holy Pope was Blessed Pius IX, who fulfilled every prediction made by Our Lady.

Another most interesting prophecy of Our Lady: "In the 19th Century there will be a truly Catholic president, a man of character whom God Our Lord will give the palm of martyrdom on the square adjoining this Convent. He will consecrate the Republic to the Sacred Heart of My Most Holy Son, and this consecration will sustain the Catholic Religion in the years that will follow, which will be ill-fated ones for the Church. These years, during which the evil sect of Masonry will take control of the civil government will see a cruel persecution of all religious communities, and they will also strike out violently against this one of mine."

The "truly Catholic" president of Ecuador, Gabriel Garcia Moreno (1821-1875), consecrated the republic to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1873. Pope Pius IX paid him tribute as a man who had died "the death of a martyr...a victim to his Faith and Christian charity." In the Cathedral of Quito there is a display of Gabriel Moreno's incorrupt heart and the famous painting of Our Lady of Quito, which wept at the moment of his martyrdom.

Miracles and Signs

One of the most extraordinary facts of her life was a mystical-physical phenomenon: her several deaths and resurrections. Documented records from the Convent and Diocesan archives show that this truly holy religious died three times. Her first death was in 1582. Standing before the Judgment Seat, she was judged blameless and given a choice: to remain in celestial glory in Heaven or to return to earth to suffer as an expiatory victim for the sins of the 20th century. She chose the latter. Her second death was on Good Friday of 1588 after an apparition where she was shown the horrible abuses and heresies that would exist in the Church in our times. She was resurrected two days later on Easter Sunday morning. She finally died on January 16, 1635. At her wake a blind girl was cured

In 1906, during the remodeling of the Convent, her three-century old tomb was opened. They discovered the body of Mother Mariana de Jesus whole and incorrupt, complete with her habit and the articles of penance that had been placed in the tomb with her. An exquisite aroma of lilies emanated from her whole body.

Church Approval

Bishop Salvador de Ribera of Quito attested in official documents to the miraculous completion of the Statue by St. Francis of Assisi and the three Archangels – St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael – and presided over the anointing of the solemn consecration of the Statue in the Church of the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception on February 2, 1611. The devotion and apparitions were also authorized and promoted by the next Bishop of Quito, Pedro de Oviedo, who governed the Diocese from 1630 to 1646.

A prayer to the Our Lady of Good Success has the imprimatur of a bishop, Carlos Maria, archbishop of Quito, who provided it in 1941 as a partial approval.

The Feast of Our Lady of Good Success is celebrated on Februrary 2nd, the Feast of the Purification of Mary.

Books

Cadena y Almeida, Luis E. A Spanish mystic in Quito: Sor Mariana de Jesús Torres. 1990

Horvat, Therese. Our Lady of Good Success - Prophecies for Our Times. 1999

Horvat, Therese. Stories and Miracles of Our Lady of Good Success. 2002

Horvat, Therese. Our Lady of Good Success Novena and Prayer Booklet

Montes, Carlos and Guirao, Ana M. La Sonrisa De La Señora - Historia de la Virgen del Buen Suceso

Pereira, Fr. Manuel Sousa.The Admirable Life of Mother Mariana Vol I & Vol II . 1790

Scott, Maxwell. Gabriel Garcia Moreno. 1914

The Solemn Canonical Coronation of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso

Links

Our Lady of Good Success

Our Lady of the Rosary Library - Our Lady of Good Success

Tradition in Action - Our Lady of Good Success

 
   
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