Gallagher, Christina (1953– )
Brigid Christina Gallagher, a contemporary visionary in Ireland,
has reported a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
Gallagher was born on June 4, 1953, in the town of Calladashan,
County Mayo, and grew up to marry and settle into the
life of a housewife and mother of two children. She had her initial
vision in 1985 when she saw the head of Jesus crowned with
thorns. She was to see a number of visions over the next few
years that included various heavenly personages and scenes.
Then in 1988, while visiting relatives in Dublin, the Virgin
Mary appeared to her. She held a clear glass sphere in her
hand and invited Gallagher under her mantle. She made the
sign of the cross and left. Another person present at the time
saw nothing. Back in County Mayo, Mary appeared a week later
accompanied by Bernadette Soubirous (1844–1879), the visionary
of Lourdes.
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At the third vision, on February 4, 1988, Mary spoke and
identified herself as the Queen of Peace. She suggested that
time was short and called the Irish people to pray the Rosary.
Subsequent apparitions occurred to her privately in her home
and in a few locations in Gortnadreha, where she now resides.
On several occasions a small group gathered with her at a local
grotto for a few of the apparitions. While the apparitions remained
fairly private occurrences, word of her receiving messages
soon spread throughout the predominantly Catholic
land. Among her messages, the Virgin suggested that beginning
in 1992 a series of terrible things would begin to happen
and the number of calamities would multiply. She also indicated
that the Antichrist was behind the Maastricht Treaty (that
was leading to a united Europe).
Into the early 1990s, Gallagher experienced a broad spectrum
of spiritualpsychic experiences including glossolalia,
bilocation, and the apparitions of different personages. These
were anchored by some 25 major messages from the Virgin in
1988. In one of these apparitions, the Lady requested the striking
of a medal, the Matrix Medal, showing the Virgin on her
knees before the cross. Through the 1990s more than a million
Matrix Medals were distributed. In 1989 Gallagher began to
show the stigmata, as wounds like those traditionally believed
to have been inflicted upon Jesus during His last days appeared
on her body. She also had visions of a number of the popular
saints such as Padre Pio and St. Therese of Lisieux. The overall
message of the experiences was one of warning of future disasters,
a call for non-Christians to convert, and a plea for Roman
Catholics to become more pious.
Gallagher’s experiences have continued to the present.
Sources
Petrisko, Thomas W. The Sorrow, the Sacrifice, and the Triumph
The Apparitions, Visions, and Prophecies of Christina Gallagher.
New York TouchstoneSimon & Schuster, 1995.