What are the approved apparitions of Mary in the Roman Catholic Church?

by Matt Slick

Following is a list of approved Marian Apparitions compiled from several sources. I tried to document their approval primarily from the Vatican Website, but I could not find a concise list of approved apparitions there. Nevertheless, I have provided excerpts with documentation to support those apparitions that are officially recognized as actually being Mary. I apologize that the list is not complete. If you have documentation that I have not discovered, please contact me at carmstuff@yahoo.com. Thanks.

  • Resources consulted
    • vatican.va
    • newadvent.org/
    • catholicnewsagency.com
    • princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Marian_apparition.html
    • faithofthefathersapparitions.blogspot.com/


  1. Guadalupe, Mexico (1531) 
    1. "Throughout the continent, from the time of the first evangelization, the presence of the Mother of God has been strongly felt, thanks to the efforts of the missionaries. In their preaching, “the Gospel was proclaimed by presenting the Virgin Mary as its highest realization. From the beginning — invoked as Our Lady of Guadalupe — Mary, by her motherly and merciful figure, was a great sign of the closeness of the Father and of Jesus Christ, with whom she invites us to enter into communion”.(19) The appearance of Mary to the native Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac in 1531 had a decisive effect on evangelization." http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_22011999_ecclesia-in-america_en.html
  2. Lezajsk, Poland (1578)
  3. Siluva, Lithuania (1608)
    1. "Letter to Card. Meisner, Special Envoy at the celebrations for the fourth centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Šiluva [Lithuania, 13-14 September 2008] (July 3, 2008)." http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/letters/2008/index_en.htm
  4. Laus, France (1664) 
    1. "On Sunday during a Mass celebrated in the town of Laus in the French Alps, Bishop Jean-Michel de Falco of Gap, accompanied by numerous cardinals and archbishops from around the world, announced the official approval of the Church of the Marian apparitions to Benôite (Benedicta) Rencurel between 1664 and 1718." http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican_recognizes_marian_apparitions_in_france/
    2. "Our Lady of Laus, approved on May 4, 2008" http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/expert_explains_churchs_criteria_for_confirming_marian_apparitions/
  5. Rue du Bac, Paris, France (1830)
    1. "Among the various medals of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the most diffuse must be the "Miraculous Medal". Its origins go back to the apparitions in 1830 of Our Lady to St. Catherine Labouré, a humble novice of the Daughters of Charity in Paris." http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccdds/documents/rc_con_ccdds_doc_20020513_vers-direttorio_en.html
  6. Rome, Italy (1842)
  7. La Salette, France (1846)  
  8. Lourdes, France (1858)
    1. "Apostolic Journey to France on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes (September 12-15, 2008)." http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/travels/2008/index_francia_en.htm
  9. Champion, Wisconsin (1859)
    1. "On Dec. 8, 2010 –the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception– the bishop decreed with “moral certainty” that the Virgin Mary had indeed appeared to a young Belgian immigrant woman, Adele Brise, on three occasions in October of 1859.  Since 1861, the site of those apparitions has been home to a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary under her title “Our Lady of Good Help.” Following a two-year investigation of the alleged apparitions, Bishop Ricken proclaimed them “worthy of belief,” and confirmed his diocese's official recognition of the popular shrine." http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/wisconsin-chapel-approved-as-first-us-marian-apparition-site/
  10. Filippsdorf, Czech Republic (1866)
  11. Pontmain, France (1871)
  12. Gietrzwald, Poland (1877)
  13. Knock, Ireland (1879)
  14. Fatima, Portugal (1917)
    1. "This solemn celebration concludes the mission the Holy Father has entrusted to me to represent him here in Fatima on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children at Cova da Iria. Yesterday was a Saturday, as was that 13 October 1917." http://www.vatican.va//roman_curia/secretariat_state/card-bertone/2007/documents/rc_seg-st_20071014_bertone-fatima_en.html
  15. Beauraing, Belgium (1932)
  16. Banneux, Belgium (1933)
    1. "LETTER OF JOHN PAUL II TO THE BISHOP OF LIÈGE ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOGNITION OF THE APPARITIONS OF OUR LADY AT BANNEUX...In 1933, a few years before the Second World War, Mary appeared in Banneux as a messenger of peace." http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/letters/1999/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_19990731_banneux_en.html
  17. Kibeho, Rwanda (1981)
    1. "The Mother of Jesus wished to appear in your country to several children, reminding them of the efficacy of fasting and of prayer, especially the recitation of the Rosary." http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2014/april/documents/papa-francesco_20140403_ad-limina-rwanda.html

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.