About the Shrine and Pilgrimages

About Maranatha Spring and Shrine
Maranatha Spring and Shrine is located in Lorain County, Ohio on over 80 acres and once was farmland. It is the home place of Our Lord and Our Lady's mission to bring to the world the Message of Holy and Divine Love. This mission is organized by Holy Love Ministries, a non-profit organization, and under the title of Missionary Servants of Holy Love.

Maranatha Spring and Shrine is a spiritual source of grace. All people from around the world are invited by Our Lady to visit and partake on a spiritual journey that leads to holiness. People from many states and countries, for example, Canada, Ireland, and Korea, have visited the shrine.

How Maranatha Spring and Shrine Came to Be
Our Lady led the ministry to this particular property, and has stated that The Lake of Tears and the Sorrowful Mother Shrine is one of Her most favorite places on earth. It was designed by heaven. The placement of each statue and every shrine was at Jesus' and Blessed Mother's requests.

What Maranatha Spring and Shrine Represents
Our Lady stated that the layout of the property, from the beginning of the property to the end, represents the soul's journey into holiness and the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Graces Received at Maranatha Spring and Shrine
Spiritual and Physical Healings
Many spiritual and physical healings have resulted in pilgrimages to Maranatha Spring and Shrine. Holy Love Ministries continues to receive written testimonials regarding these healings and conversions of heart. Some people have testified that they have received spiritual healings and have returned to God, now making Him the center of their lives, while others have testified to physical healings from arthritis, heart problems, and other ailments. Having been healed, they have changed their lives and are now walking on a spiritual path. Other people have been given the grace to endure their sufferings in life, which are to the benefit of all mankind -- all is in accordance to the Will of God.

Our Lady and Our Lord have explained that each person who visits Maranatha Spring and Shrine will not leave unaffected -- heaven knows and will give each pilgrim what he or she needs.

Illumination of Conscience
The great event to come, known as "The Illumination of Consciences", or "The Illumination", is a time when "every conscience will know his stance before God." Our Lady states that we do not need to wait for the hour of enlightenment. People who pilgrimage to Maranatha Spring and Shrine will receive the illumination:

Our Lady states:
"...My dear children... Come to My site of favor. Step onto the property. Taste of My Spring. Your consciences will be laid bare before you. All that impedes your journey of Holy Love will be shown you. This is a favor given with such force and strength at this site; it remains unprecedented elsewhere. You may travel and search for such a grace, but it is here, now." 7/10/98

Regarding the Illumination, Our Lord informs us:
"...the pilgrim can find everything he needs at this apparition site. Grace abounds here. The message is the only message he need hear, because it envelops every message. At the property or through the use of the water at the many sources there present, the pilgrim will receive the illumination of conscience. He may be physically healed or receive the grace to carry his cross." 5/3/01

Miraculous Spring Water
In December of 1995, Our Lady directed the visionary, Maureen, to the location of where to dig for the Spring. Filling empty bottles with spring water, it has been a source of grace that pilgrims take home with them and to share with others. The water has been a source of grace for spiritual and physical healings.

Miraculous Photos
Many people have seen miraculous images in the sky or evidence of miracles through camera pictures. These heavenly images, as Our Lady has explained, are significant to each person who captures him or her on film. In addition, they validate the prayer site and the messages.

Our Lady states, "Different images have different meaning to each individual. Therefore, each picture should be surrendered to prayer before conclusions are drawn." 11/12/97

Click here to download the booklet "Welcome to Maranatha Spring and Shrine"

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Invitation to Pilgrims and Schedule of Prayer Services and Events

What is a Pilgrimage?
The Soul's Journey into Holiness in the United Hearts
Your Pilgrimage to Maranatha Spring and Shrine
Schedule of Prayer Services and Events
Tour the Spring and Shrine
Tour the Prayer Center
Patrons of Holy Love Ministries
The Immaculate Heart Prayer Center
The Blessing Point
Directions and Area Information

Blessed Mother's Invitation
"I extend My invitation to all nations to come to this site and partake of the message of Holy Love. This message is all-embracing, all-encompassing. The prodigies of grace extended here are proof and the fruits of My coming to you. I desire processions come in prayer to the Spring Heaven has given."
April 20, 1996

Prayer to be recited by visiting pilgrims
"I am your Jesus, born Incarnate. Here, child, is a prayer I desire all who journey in pilgrimage to the prayer site, recite:"

"Dear Heavenly Mother, I know you have called me to this place of Your favor for Your purpose. As I step onto the property You have chosen as Your own, help me to realize that You are inviting me into a deeper personal conversion through the revelation of the United Hearts. Help me to begin this journey by stepping into Your Heart which is Holy Love."

"If You, Blessed Mother, look into my heart and see that I am unprepared or unwilling to take this first step, extend Your Hand filled with grace towards me and I will take it."

"Do not allow me, Your child, to pass up this opportunity through doubts or pride. If I came here only looking for error, take this spirit of arrogance away, dear Mother."

"I desire to be Yours in this present moment through Holy Love. Amen."

To Visiting Pilgrims
"I am your Jesus, born Incarnate. My messenger, do you see the little bee gathering pollen from the flowering tree outside? The bee is like many and all of the pilgrims who come to the prayer site. They gather what information and graces they can from the mission."

"Like the bee who returns to the hive to make honey, the pilgrims return home, hopefully to allow the message to bear fruit in their lives. The bee does not have to fly to any other source for pollen. That tree has enough blossoms to satisfy him over and over. So too, the pilgrim can find everything he needs at this apparition site."

"Grace abounds here. The message is the only message he need hear, because it envelops every message. At the property or through the use of the water at the many sources there present, the pilgrim will receive the illumination of conscience. He may be physically healed or receive the grace to carry his cross."

"Make this known." Jesus, 05/03/01

What is a pilgrimage and what do you do?

Pilgrimage - A journey to a sacred place undertaken as an act of religious devotion, either simply in order to venerate (honor) it, or to ask the fulfillment of some need or as an act of penance or thanksgiving, or a combination of these.

Our Lady: "Please understand, My children, that the layout of this property represents the soul's journey into holiness and our United Hearts.

1. The soul is first drawn into My Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart (represented at the Lake of Tears), where he is purged of many of his most flagrant faults.

2. Then he travels along guided by the angels – as is represented on the property by the Lake of Angels. He receives many graces to move deeper into My Heart and into Divine Love, the Heart of My Son. This is represented by Maranatha Spring on the property.

3. Finally, in conformity to the Divine Will of God, he arrives at the Field of Victory, Our United Hearts and the Triumph. Understand that every triumph and victory is surrounded by the Way of the Cross.

4. And thus you have at the back of the property – the Stations of the Cross.
December 12, 1999

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The Soul's Journey into Holiness and the United Hearts
Our Lady Describes the Layout of Her 85-acre Shrine

Our Lady: "Please understand, My children, that the layout of this property represents the soul's journey into holiness and our United Hearts.

1. The soul is first drawn into My Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart [represented at the Lake of Tears], where he is purged of many of his most flagrant faults.

2. Then he travels along guided by the angels – as is represented on the property by the Lake of Angels. He receives many graces to move deeper into My Heart and into Divine Love, the Heart of My Son. This is represented by Maranatha Spring on the property.

3. Finally, in conformity to the Divine Will of God, he arrives at the Field of Victory, Our United Hearts and the Triumph. Understand that every triumph and victory is surrounded by the Way of the Cross.

4. And thus you have at the back of the property – the Stations of the Cross." December 12, 1999

Jesus: "The ministry is like a little flower just pushing through the earth and opening. The little flower is under the mantle of My Mother's protection. Soon it will become a flowering hedge fencing in the remnant faithful."

"Or it is like an upside down rainbow - the promise of good and a vessel ready to capture all the grace that falls from Heaven." May 12, 2000

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Your Pilgrimage to Maranatha Spring and Shrine
Holy Love Ministries
37137 Butternut Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44039
440.327.8006

Located 30 minutes west of downtown Cleveland, 1.4 miles west of the intersection of I-480 and Route 83, in Eaton Township.

Note: When locating Butternut Ridge Road on a map, make sure you find the one in Eaton Township,not Elyria -- they are two different roads, even though the shrine has an Elyria address.

Directions to Maranatha Spring and Shrine
Please call the message line at 440.327.5822 to confirm future times.

NOTE: All pilgrims are responsible for three things: accommodations, transportation and food.

Preparing for Your Pilgrimage
Spiritual Preparation
Come in a prayerful mood. Many people pray and fast before their visit. Read or re-read about all the graces available on the property. If you are not a MSHL, perhaps make the 3-day consecration just before you make your pilgrimage. Show special kindness to other pilgrims' needs. (You never know if you are encountering an angel or Jesus Himself.) Take in with every breath the peace and joy of Maranatha.

Physical Preparation
The miraculous Maranatha Spring has been given at this site. There is a manual outdoor water pump and you are encouraged to bring many containers to fill and take home with you. Keep in mind you may need to walk a distance with the full containers, so it may be helpful to have wheeled carts to hold the containers.

Bring portable seats for outdoor services if you can. We have a limited number of benches. Also consider umbrellas for protection from either sun or rain, and flashlights for evening services. Dress appropriately for the seasonal weather (rain, heat, snow). Your feet may be covered with Holy Love mud certain times of the year!

Bring cameras. Many miraculous pictures have been taken, particularly of the Sorrowful Mother statue at the Lake of Tears. You may just capture a miraculous moment or record an image that is special or has a message just for you.

Bring prayer petitions, touch them to the Blessing Point and place them in the petition baskets. You may also want to bring Rosaries, medals, or other religious articles to touch to the Blessing Point.

What to expect
The 15 decades of the Rosary are prayed. Jesus appears each month to the visionary during the Sorrowful Mysteries and gives messages to the world. The Rosary is paused while Maureen receives the message. Following the Rosary the message is read.

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The Most Important Service – The Fifth of the Month
Why the fifth of the month?

May 5th is the date Blessed Mother selected for the Feast of Holy Love so Jesus selected the Monthly 5th date in honor of His Mother. Through these visits Our Lady is preparing our nation for what She terms the season of tribulation.

"My sweet child, it is not long until mankind will be given an hour of decision, a moment of truth. All will see how they have failed in Holy Love. Holy Love will be the measure of fidelity to God and to His law. For this reason the tide of necessity rises to make My words to you known." (Message from Blessed Mother 4/15/95)

Please join Our Blessed Mother's invitation to, "PRAY, PRAY, PRAY".

Treatise to Pilgrims – January 16, 1994
Our Lady comes in gray and pink. There are many crosses on her mantle and she is holding a pearlish-pink rosary. She first tells me to head the message 'Treatise to Pilgrims'. Then she says, "Praise be to Jesus." I answer, "Now and forever." She looks back to me, as she was looking up to heaven, and seems to compose herself "My daughter, I have come as Jesus has sent me, especially to speak to the pilgrims."

"Dear children, thank you for answering my call to come to my House of Prayer and to Maranatha Spring. It is here, the faith of the remnant will be nourished and replenished. It is here, I appoint you to be apostles of Holy Love, so that the path of holiness is laid bare to many. It is here, those seduced by the powers of darkness will find the Light. No one comes who will not be touched. I invite all to come and to pray. Many will arrive besieged and forsaken, but will leave encouraged and accompanied by a special angel, who will guard the soul against the adversary. I leave my presence amongst you. Come in procession to my spring of grace."

Treatise to All Nations – April 15, 1994
Our Lady is here in white with golden lights all around Her. She says, "My little one, I come in praise of Jesus." I answer, "Now and forever."

"Tonight I come to appeal to all nations to embrace Holy Love. War is always conceived first, in the hearts full of self love with little regard for God or neighbor. When war is in hearts, it is also in governments and so in the world. My Son has sent me as emissary of Holy Love to invoke hearts to turn away from evil and choose good. No war comes without loss. No country goes to war that does not lose. Tonight I ask you let the Blood of the Lamb suffice. Do not allow lack of love to annihilate the human race. Pray, pray, pray.

Schedule of Prayer Services and Events
Calendar
NOTE: For the latest information on the weekly Rosary Service please call the message line at 440.327.8006 or request information through our contact form.

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A Brief Tour of Maranatha Spring and Shrine


1. SORROWFUL MOTHER SHRINE AND LAKE OF TEARS
Our Lady: "My dear children, this will be known as THE LAKE OF TEARS, and many promises will bear fruit here. Manifest will be My grace. You do not see the fullness and the entirety of My plan, but much of it hinges on this humble little shrine that heaven has chosen for this site (Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine)." August 7, 1997

Our Lady comes as the Sorrowful Mother: "I invite you to understand that My victory will be one of love and of sorrow. My victory will come through tears for the many who will be lost. This is why, in these times, heaven holds an affinity for those who venerate My Dolors. This is why special and unusual graces will be given. The Shrine of your heavenly Mother's Sorrows will be a site of favor. The water coming into the Lake of Tears IS My Tears. This water will bring especial consolation to mothers who sorrow for their wayward children. For today, it is the good who suffer and the converted who are persecuted. I understand the pain of a mother's heart and I have requested this grace from My Beloved Son." September 8, 1997

"Continually, there are many angels in attendance with Me at this Lake of Tears. They are carrying petitions to heaven, as I desire. You will begin to see many images there. My affection and presence is always at Maranatha Spring, the Lake of Tears and the Holy Stations of the Cross. Indeed, I am present everywhere on this chosen property. I am praying with you and for you."

"At My shrine and around the world I weep copious tears for the unrepentant. Do not be among them." September 10, 1997

Blessed Mother is here as the Sorrowful Mother. She says: "Praise be Jesus. My dear children, I am with you tonight as never before and I invite you to understand the great need of My heart is for those who do not love. Please make it known that My consolation and My grace is attendant to the Lake of Tears, and that this is the way to peace and reconciliation of hearts in the world. Never before has such a grace been given." September 15, 1997, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

"No longer fear, or be anxious about, or seek anything in this world. I have come to you today bearing all truth to you. At My Lake of Tears I will alleviate the afflicted, make steadfast the wavering heart, and console the downtrodden. What more, then, do you need or desire? I am blessing you." September 16, 1997

"All these favors are offered to those who will come. Please ask the people to ask Jesus to forgive them any lack of love in their hearts as they approach the Spring and Lake of Tears." November 12, 1997

"My daughter, the course of My mission is going to change, for many will come to see the certain sign I left at the Lake of Tears last night. The face on My Image there will be viewed by many (not all) as alive and vibrant – flesh12 toned. This will be photographed; but when My children move close to the image it will appear as any statue; from a distance they will see My skin, which will draw them closer.
December 12, 1999

2. RECTORY COMPLEX AND ARBOR
Our Lady:
My daughter, I am appearing here [above arbor] as My Son permits it. I desire the people come here every evening at 6:00 until the Sunday after the Feast of My Immaculate Heart. So then, My last apparition to you here [at the arbor*] will be the evening of My Feast Day, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. But the people will continue to photograph Me here."

"I desire the people know that war is the result of lack of love in hearts."

*Our Lady will continue Her midnight apparitions on the property at given dates. May 30, 2004 /Above the Arbor

Our Lady: "My dear little children, remember always My coming to you above this arbor. Remember how the arbor signifies the bridge of Holy Love between Heaven and earth that you must help Me construct. I am not leaving you, My children. I will always look down upon you at this grace-filled area. Make My Immaculate Heart your shrine for My Heart is always with you."

"I am blessing your hearts and your lives." June 19, 2004/ At the Arbor 6:00 p.m.

3. LAKE OF THE HOLY ANGELS
Our Lady: "I have come to confirm to you that around the Lake of Angels Jesus has ordained that one from each choir of angels still stand in attendance. Many graces will be given. Faith will be protected and Satan's snares will be revealed to souls. I am particularly happy and fond of this plan. I, Myself, will reign over this lake and many graces will be forthcoming." May 4, 1999

4. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY ANGELS
In this Chapel are found inspirational testimonials given by many pilgrims. Our Lady: "Allow Me to clarify the issue concerning the angels given on the property. Each one who comes to the property receives an angel who assists them in going deep into the Holy Love message. The soul that unites to the Will of God through Holy Love is already in the New Jerusalem and living in union with Divine Love. Thus it may be said that the Holy Love angel leads the soul into the New Jerusalem."

"A second angel is given to those who will be part of the remnant faithful. It is not necessary that those who are part of the remnant realize it now, or know that they have the angel of the remnant. They should just stay in the present moment."

"People should not be concerned about the name of their angel. They can choose any name. The angel will respond. But they should learn to call on the angels in times of need." September 18, 1998

5. ST. MICHAEL
St. Michael: "The time is coming when I will appear on the site and establish a respite of prayer for rebellious souls. There, parents of wayward children will find peace. Even the most reluctant souls will find their way back to the Heart of Jesus through petitions laid at My Feet in this most precious area of the property. Most of all, priests will find their way back to the true Tradition of Faith."

"Someone will step forward to establish this place of dedicated prayer once I reveal it to you."

"Because of your dedication to straying souls, God grants this." September 1, 2003

6. MARANATHA SPRING
Our Lady: "Joyfully, I reveal to you today that the waters of Maranatha are as the Lourdes of this continent. They are comparable in healing grace, both in body and soul. They are much like the cascade in Betania. Therefore, you can propagate it with much faith and hope." May 31, 1995

Our Lady: "The grace flowing from this spring [water] will cover a multitude of errors and bring peace wherever it is taken. None can prevail against the grace of My Heart." October 4, 1993

Our Lady: "The abundance of grace that will flow from My spring will reveal truths, heal, and bring peace. But no grace will be so great as the numbers who will find conversion." May 2, 1994

Our Lady: "When you answer My call to come to Maranatha Spring, you are also coming to the foot of the Cross. At Maranatha, the grace to accept Holy Love is readily dispensed, bringing the soul to also accept Divine Love, Divine Mercy, God's Divine Will, and the cross. All of these come together at Maranatha Spring, and pour out as grace upon those who allow themselves to be touched. So then, begin to comprehend the magnitude of My call to you." May 9, 1994

Jesus: "Earth is engaged in a battle - good against evil. The battle is lost and won in hearts. At Maranatha, through the grace of My Mother, I intend to uncover what lays hidden in hearts. I will awaken sleeping consciences. I will make known My mercy. I am preparing souls for My Second Coming. Alleluia!" May 11, 1994

Our Lady: "I come in praise of Jesus, My Lord, My God. My angel, I have come to remind you that I am drawing all people and all nations to this prayer site. I do not invite My children to just any farm or converted soybean field but to the site of My predilection. It is by the hand of grace My favor will rest upon those who respond to My invitation."

"Before My Son returns, each soul will be made to know his state before God. Many await anxiously this hour of enlightenment. But, My dear children, you do not need to wait. Come to My site of favor. Step onto the property. Taste of My Spring. Your consciences will be laid bare before you. All that impedes your journey of Holy Love will be shown you."

"This is a favor, given with such force and strength at this site: it remains unprecedented elsewhere. You may travel and search for such grace; but it is here, now. I invite confessors to come and restore souls to the state of grace. Earth, indeed, finds herself in a precarious position before the Hand of Justice. If we work together, we can reverse some of what lies ahead. Just as your prayers, My angel, mitigated certain disasters. I am with you, and I am blessing you." July 10, 1998

7. UNITED HEARTS SHRINE
Our Lady: "There are very many who will find My grace abundant there. It is so, for the grace of My Immaculate Heart has come to rest there. I desire that My children come to know the Field of the United Hearts as a place of My favor and a destination of pilgrimages. I will welcome all who come with My Blessing of Holy Love." February 14, 1996

Blessed Mother is here. Her face looks like the face on the new statue at the just-completed (today) United Hearts shrine. She says: "Praise be Jesus. Dear children, thank you for persevering and developing this shrine. Many will come here, and lives and hearts will be changed. Your efforts will not go unnoticed by Heaven. Those who assist you in any way in the development of this property will be under the protection of My mantle, and I will help them in their greatest trials and in their smallest needs." December 2, 1998

8. ST. JOSEPH LAKE
Our Lady: "St. Joseph is the model of husbands. He quietly led, protected, and guided. He was greatly respected in the community." June 4, 2000

9. ST. PIO OF PIETRELCINA
Patron of Holy Love Ministries St. Pio: "Do not think Our Mother comes to you asking you to 'pray, pray, pray' because She wants to give you something to do like a homework assignment. She needs your prayers in order to reunite Heaven and earth." October 22, 1996

St. Pio: "Your mission is to prepare the world for Our Lord's Second Coming through Holy Love. You can only do this if you stop worrying about opposition – who believes or disbelieves. Just put the message out there. Some may just listen and go their way. But you will plant a seed of conviction. Then when they are made to see the state of their soul, they will remember." November 30, 1996

St. Pio has promised to give his priestly blessing to those who ask his intercession at his shrine.

10. STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Our Lady: "Those who recite the stations will find solace and healing. Much peace will be given in the station area. I will accompany those who pray the Way of the Cross there." November 12, 1997

A Pictorial Tour of the Shrine
Our Lady stated that the layout of the property, from the beginning of the property to the end, represents the soul's journey into holiness and the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary:


1. The soul is first drawn into My Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart [represented at the Lake of Tears and Sorrowful Mother Shrine] where he is purged of many of his most flagrant faults.


2. Then he travels along guided by the angel -- as is represented on the property by the Lake of Angels (in the shape of an angel's wing). He receives many graces to move deeper into My Heart and into Divine Love, the Heart of My Son. This is represented by Maranatha Spring on the property.


3.  Finally, in conformity to the Divine Will of God, he arrives at the Field of Victory, Our United Hearts and the Triumph. Understand that every triumph and victory is surrounded by the Way of the Cross.

4. And thus you have the back of the property- the Stations of the Cross."


Entrance to the Stations of the Cross in the wooded area.

"I am leaving here My peace on this property to be felt always by those who come. Dear children, I am blessing you." (BVM, 3/12/96, Monthly Message excerpt)

At Maranatha Spring and Shrine, there are also outdoor shrines to St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Joseph, and St. Michael the Archangel. The grace-filled property is a not only beautiful, but a meaningful experience. Many pilgrims report a great sense of peace when they visit.







The Immaculate Heart of Mary Prayer Center is also located on the property, where many prayer services take place. Here you will find statues of additional patron saints of the mission, including St. John Vianney and St. Therese the Little Flower.

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A Brief Tour of The Immaculate Heart of Mary Prayer Center at Maranatha Spring and Shrine


Patrons of Holy Love Ministries
St. Therese, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, and St. Michael are the Patrons of Holy Love Ministries.

St. Pio's statue is at the entrance to the Stations of the Cross in the Field of the United Hearts, the statue of St. Therese is located in the Prayer Center, and the statue of St. Michael is at the property entrance. St. John Vianney is the Patron Saint of Priests.

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The Immaculate Heart Prayer Center

1. ST. JOSEPH WITH THE CHILD JESUS
Second Sorrow of Mary: The Flight into Egypt. "I invite you to meditate upon the anxiety in the hearts of Joseph and Myself for the safety of Baby Jesus, and the anxiety I feel today for those who run from salvation." September 5, 1997

2. PROMISES FOR THE IMAGE OF MARY, REFUGE OF HOLY LOVE
[The image of Mary, Refuge of Holy Love was drawn by Maureen Sweeney- Kyle on March 4, 1997, with Blessed Mother who actually took Maureen's hand and assisted her in drawing this image, in order to depict how She looks to the visionary, and to grant to the world a new source of grace.]

Our Lady: "Promulgate the Image you have before you (Mary, Refuge of Holy Love). In this Image is the culmination of all My apparitions during this century. It is the Refuge of the Immaculate Heart spoken of at Fatima. It is the promise of an era to come spoken of at Garabandal. I speak of the crown over My Heart, which foretells the victory of the United Hearts and the triumph of the Church over evil. The cross on My hand represents a dogma which is coming - Co-Redemptrix. I am pointing to My Heart, calling humanity into this safe Refuge. This Refuge is Holy Love. When you live in Holy Love, you imitate My Heart." July 30, 1997

Our Lady: "Dear children, please know and understand that many and particular graces will come to you through this Image." March 6, 1997

Our Lady: "...Those that do so shall not have anything to fear in these tribulations which are at hand." April 9, 1998 Our Lady: "... this is your fortress against evil, against much that will occur in the world." April 11, 1998

Our Lady: "...It is a fortress against evil and should stand guard over every heart and home. The Image itself is only lines on paper, but through grace God deems it a protection - a fortress - in these times. God uses the natural to extend miracles of grace just as He does with the water on the property." April 28, 1998

Our Lady: "... but understand and believe, My dear children, that it is the invocation 'Mary, Refuge of Holy Love, pray for us' that is your protection and your defense. Dear children, rely on the Image of My Heart that reminds you of this certain Refuge." May 7, 1998

3. THE BLESSING POINT
[Blessed Mother appeared to Maureen during prayer services held at Seven Hills, Ohio throughout the early 1990's. Our Lady hovered over one particular area of the room at the prayer meetings. No matter where Maureen would sit, Blessed Mother always appeared in the same place. Eventually this area of the carpeting, over which Our Lady appeared, began to radiate the fragrance of roses. Blessed Mother advised to mark off this area with a circle (representing eternity), and to place rosaries and other holy items there for special blessings. When the Ministry was forced to move from the Seven Hills site, and eventually to move to the new 85-acre property, Blessed Mother directed the Ministry to cut out the carpeted area where "heaven and earth have met" so the blessings could continue for those who venerate this special area of grace.]

MESSAGES FROM OUR LADY IN REGARD TO "THE BLESSING POINT"
"The favors I grant to those who come here will be particular to their needs as God sees them. No one will leave untouched by grace... Dear children, I leave you this sign of My presence amongst you. Press your rosaries and other objects to it. Kiss it and venerate it. THIS IS WHERE HEAVEN AND EARTH HAVE MET. I promise many, many graces to those who do so." March 22, 1992

"Each will receive a grace particular to his or her own needs. God knows best what to give. It may not be the scent of roses, but another grace." March 23, 1992

"I welcome all who have answered My call to come here. I am waiting to take each petition to the Heart of My Son. Therefore, My little children, come to Me in loving trust as a child to its mother in your every need." July 30, 1992

JESUS: "The graces given at My Mother's Blessing Point let faults rise to the surface so that the soul is awakened and prodded into dealing with them." August 1, 1992

"Know, My daughter, that this is a wellspring of grace and a special gateway to My Immaculate Heart. Please understand any article you place here will carry with it special grace to heal the infirm, to comfort and convert hearts, and to take power over darkness. Do not hesitate to come in faith." August 5, 1992

"Encourage My children to come to My Blessing Point, for it is here I will open My Heart to humanity." March 8, 1993

Pilgrims are encouraged: 1) To venerate Our Lady's Blessing Point. 2) To touch their articles to it. 3) To touch their petitions to the Blessing Point prior to putting them in the basket located near the foot of Our Lady's statue in the alcove.

"Please make it known My presence is continually and always at Maranatha Spring and at the Blessing Point. For here I intend to grant many favors." May 23, 1994

"Everything that I come for - My presence on this property, My message of Holy Love, the graces given through the Blessing Point and sources of water - are grace from God. Since fear opposes My grace, you must recognize that suspicious fear comes from the adversary." December 12, 1997

4. SACRED HEART OF JESUS
This statue has been seen to weep.

Jesus: "My child, listen to Me. Do you know why I cry? How many times have I sent My Mother to this site? I weep for those who do not come, do not pray, will not listen, and will not believe. Greater still is the pain I feel by those who blaspheme the visitations of My Mother. And the message - so pure - so clear - resonating My Gospels, how can it be controversial? Yes, we must pray. I will continue to weep until the triumph. With a passionate Heart I will continue to weep." May 27, 1998

5. JESUS CRUCIFIED
Jesus: "I died with and for love of you. Divine Mercy and Divine Love are one. Holy Love and Holy Compassion are one. Die to yourself. Live for the United Hearts." March 31, 1996

6. OUR LADY OF GRACE
In some photographs, this white statue seemed to have human coloring of the hair and face rather than that of a white statue.

Our Lady: "In the Mission Center, I will step out of the statue in the alcove as a sign of My greeting those who come. This too will be photographed." November 12, 1997

7. ST. THERESE, THE LITTLE FLOWER, Patroness of Holy Love Ministries
Our Lady: "Both of these (St. Therese and Padre Pio) were victims of love - Holy Love. Both made great strides to bridge the span between Heaven and earth through Holy Love." June 18, 1997

Our Lady: "To some, it seems too simplistic. Understand, the simple is difficult to live." (Now She has Therese of Lisieux with Her.) "All vocation and stations in life are to be vested in Holy Love, as this humble nun proclaimed. All must realize the significance of the present moment. It is in the present moment that the reality of your salvation lies. You are always in the Refuge of My Heart when you live this message." October 1, 1997

8. ST. JOHN VIANNEY, Cure of Ars, Patron of Parish Priests
St. John Vianney: "Faith in the Holy Father, faith in the Real Presence in the Eucharist, devotion to Our Lady and the Holy Rosary - these are the three strong points that a good priest must have. There is nothing here open to debate or compromise. These are Church doctrine. No one can be one-half a Catholic. You either believe or you don't. The function of a priest is to bring the sacraments to the people. Nothing should get in the way of this." June 7, 1997

"I have come to describe to you the perfect Cardinal, Archbishop, and Bishop. Such a one is completely loyal to the present Holy Father. He does not support heresy but confronts it. He is not politically motivated nor concerned with popularity within Church ranks or in the world. He is a shepherd standing for Church tradition and truth. I come to you so that those who are listening will be able to recognize good and discern evil." June 8, 1997

"Priests need to take seriously their charge, which is the salvation of every soul given over to them by Jesus. Too much is made of social action, modern psychology, and the like. Not enough emphasis is placed on sin, salvation, heaven, and hell." August 4, 1998

9. RELIC - A STRAND OF BLESSED MOTHER'S HAIR
Our Lady: "At My greatest shrines, My daughter, no greater grace is given than is already present at this site. Much comes through the devotion of the journeying pilgrims. God chooses to use the natural to give supernatural grace. Such is true with the message itself; with the sources of water; the remnant of My hair, which will strengthen the remnant faithful; plus the multitude of occurrences on film. I come to challenge the faint of heart, to give precious self knowledge, and to bring favor into the world. Please make it known." May 28, 1998

Our Lady comes in blue and pink. She says: "My daughter, you must have courage and tell the people what I give you to say. It is by such a frail thread that the world hangs suspended over the abyss - the abyss between Heaven and earth. This is why, My daughter, I give you the strand of My hair to venerate; and, as you do so, to see the frail position earth has placed herself in. Only with much love, prayer, and sacrifice will the frail strand remain. Oh My daughter, how I weep for the plight of the world today. How I weep. And My Son, I can no longer console Him. You must have courage. You must make this known." June 4, 1998

JESUS: "Tell My people who assemble tonight I will walk in their midst. I will heal them. When they touch the holy relic of My Mother's hair, untold grace will be theirs." March 6, 1998

10. MISSIONARY IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Our Lady comes as Our Lady of Guadalupe. "I come to you under this title, not for one nation or hemisphere, but for all nations and all people. I am the Mother of mercy and love. I am your Mother. I have come to lead My children out of the desert of confusion and to deliver them into the Arms of Truth... I invite you to have a clear understanding of these times. When the King returns to review His Kingdom, He will come wielding a sword of flames. His bounty will be the righteous, who pursue His unending Mercy from age to age. The fate of every nation rests with the unborn. It is the unborn who will judge and convict. I call you from the death of sin to the light of salvation. When you love, you are victorious. My daughter, I continue to come to you under this title of Guadalupe so that mankind will pursue reconciliation with God. During this time all that calls you back to God - faith, prayer, holiness, life itself - is opposed and persecuted in the world. The sins today are more grievous and more offensive to God than any, for they are not committed through pagan ignorance but by those who say or pretend to love My Jesus or who once loved Him." (She has tears coming down Her cheeks.) December 12, 1997

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A Pictorial Tour of the Prayer Center


The Prayer Center is located at the beginning of the property at Maranatha Spring and Shrine in Lorain County.

Weekly prayer services are held inside of the Prayer Center and, weather permitting, many monthly prayer services may be held outdoors at one of the shrines.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Prayer Center houses the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Blessing Point, The Relic of a Strand of Blessed Mother's Hair, Statues of Our Lady of Grace, The Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. John Vianney (Cure d'Ars), St. Therese the Little Flower, and St. Joseph and the Child Jesus. At the prayer center is the United Hearts Gift Shop, which carries all of the books, medals, scapulars, miraculous images, and prayer cards with messages and devotions specific to this ministry.







"It is in My Heart and in the Will of God that Cleveland will become a destination of pilgrimages."
--Message from Blessed Mother, 1996

How the Prayer Center Came To Be
Our Lady comes with Her Heart exposed. She looks up to heaven, opens Her hands and says, "Praise be to Jesus." I say, "Now and forever." "I will come tomorrow with many graces. I desire the people who come; pray for those who oppose the Ministry. Yes, I do call you upon a difficult path but not without grace. Please love the way upon which I lead you. For when you are loving, we are united. Every provision comes through My Heart." She leaves. Her Heart is left in the air. I understand we are to name the Prayer Center after Her Immaculate Heart. (BVM, 7/6/94)

"Tonight I invite you to pray My Prayer Center into being, for it is not through human effort but by grace alone that this will come to pass. My children, many will come here seeking the refuge of My Heart, and you must become Holy Love to each one. Let this effort be one of love so that when all is said and done, it can be said all was accomplished in love." (BVM, 7/25/94)

"My mantle is over you. The Prayer Center is God's ordaining Will and, therefore, will materialize. Continue to pray for faith and courage." (BVM, 8/20/94)

The Role of the Prayer Center
"My children, so that you will make known the Refuge of My Heart as the gateway to the New Jerusalem, Jesus is allowing the site of My prayer center to be a Refuge of peace in the world, where souls will find conversion and answer My call to holiness. It will be as though My Immaculate Heart will already be victorious at this site. My victory will be in every heart that converts." (BVM, 3/18/95)  (NOTE- This will be a Spiritual refuge and not a physical refuge).

"Tonight I invite you to understand on a deeper level that what I am giving you as a spiritual refuge center (Immaculate Heart of Mary Prayer Center) has its origin in Heaven. Whereas, this other farm you have queried Me about has its origin in the heart of man. What I am giving you cannot be constructed, bought or sold, for grace comes only from the Heart of the Eternal Father." (BVM, 5/16/95)

"During these times and after the illumination of consciences, Jesus will show many that there is little of value except the soul. Many will come to the property (site of future Prayer Center) bearing the demeanor of contrition. But there will be many lukewarm as well. This is why I continue to call you to pray, pray, pray for My lukewarm children. When you do this you are wiping the tears from My Face and bringing joy to My Heart." She leaves. (BVM, 5/17/95)

"My daughter it is by your intercession and My own, we will succeed. Alone you are nothing and can attain no good. But with God all things are possible. He is all goodness, all grace, all mercy. See then, that united and one with Him is our victory. I desire this prayer center so that by your efforts My grace can come into the world." She leaves. (BVM, 10/10/95)

The Posting of the United Hearts Image in the Prayer Center
"Let them know that veneration and meditation upon the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary brings God's fullest provision to their midst. It will be important to have this Image in a prominent place at our new site so that My children can pray in front of it. Make it known." (BVM, 3/17/96)

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Directions and Area Information

Churches
Restaurants
Motels/Hotels
Area Campgrounds
Chambers of Commerce

DIRECTIONS TO HOLY LOVE MINISTRIES
37137 Butternut Ridge Road in Eaton Township

Please remember, the 83-acre property is located in Eaton Township, not Elyria. Elyria is simply the mailing address. The property is located on Butternut Ridge Road between Durkee Road and Highway 83 in Eaton Township. It is the west end of Lorain Road. If you find a Butternut Ridge Road in another community, it will not lead to the property. Taking Lorain Road west, however, will always help you, and Lorain Road is well-known to local people.

The closest airport to the prayer center is Cleveland Hopkins airport, which is approximately 25 miles east of the property via Hwy 480. Most major airlines fly to this airport.

Cleveland Hopkins Information Number is 440.265.6030

Yellow Cab 440 623-1500
Americab 440 881-0880
Limo Shuttle 440 265-6030

FROM CLEVELAND HOPKINS AIRPORT 18 miles
Follow signs for I-480 West (you will take 237 North to Brookpark Road to Grayton Road to I-480 West). Exit at 2 Lorain Road. At stop sign, turn left traveling West. Go four miles, Maranatha Spring and Shrine is on your left. *Lorain Road becomes Butternut Ridge Road.

FROM ELYRIA TRAIN STATION 3-7/10 miles
Take Buckeye left (south) and go through the stop sign. The street is now named Park. Continue on it until East Broad. Take a left on East Broad until you reach Route 57. Right on Route 57 (south). Left on Chestnut Ridge Road. Right on Durkee Road (south). Left on Butternut Ridge Road and the Shrine is on your right about 2/10 of a mile.

FROM ELYRIA GREYHOUND BUS STATION 15 miles
Left out of the bus station on Lake Street (south) Take a left unto 57 South and stay in the right lane for 57 South - 57 North continues on straight. Continue right on Route 57 (south) past Center Ridge Rd. Left on Chestnut Ridge Road. Right on Durkee Road (south). Left on Butternut Ridge Road and the Shrine is on your right about 2/10 of a mile.

FROM THE EAST AND WEST

From Ohio Turnpike to Exit #152.
Take signs to 10 West/North Ridgeville - which is Lorain Road. This becomes Butternut Ridge Road. Shrine will be on your left about 4 miles.

From Interstate 90
Take Exit 153 - Avon/Avon Lake, Route 83. Travel south on Route 83 for 7.7 miles. Turn right (west) on Lorain Road which becomes Butternut Ridge Road when traveling west. Drive 1.5 miles. Maranatha Spring and the Mission Center will be on your left.

From I-480 traveling west
Take Exit 1 (Norwalk/Oberlin) which is in the far left lane. Get off at the first exit - Route 83, Wooster. Turn left. Drive 1/4 mile until the road ends. Turn right (west) onto Butternut Ridge Road. Drive 1.2 miles. Maranatha Spring and the Mission Center will be on your left.

FROM THE SOUTH FIRST OPTION
I-71 Northeast to 83 north. Then take 83 north to Lorain Road (There is a BP gas station on the right. Turn left (west) on Lorain Road which becomes Butternut Ridge Road. Go about 2 miles. The Mission Center is on the left.

FROM THE NORTHEAST SECOND OPTION
I-90 to I-71 South to 480 West. Exit at Route 10. You do not get off the interstate. 480 turns into 10 at Exit 1. Continue west on 10 to route 83 exit. At stop sign, make a left. At next stop sign, make a right. Shrine is 1-3/10 miles on your left. I-90 West to Route 83 (Exit sign says Avon Lake, North Ridgeville) 83 South past traffic light with BP station. At next BP station with traffic light, turn right. (This is Butternut Ridge Road) Shrine is 1-1/2 miles on your left.

Churches
Mass Times - Country-wide United States
(800) 627-7846 www.Masstimes.org

ELYRIA
St. Mary
320 Middle Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 323-5539

Left on Butternut Ridge Road from parking lot Right at 1st stop sign - Durkee Road. Left on Chestnut Ridge Road across Hwy 57. Chestnut Ridge Road becomes East River Drive. Take East River Drive to light at 4th street. Turn left on 4th Street. Cross over a bridge and St. Mary's in on the right.

Pull in parking lot behind the church and the 5:00 pm daily Mass and 8:30 am Saturday Mass are in the basement. Other Masses are in the church itself

Some masses are held in the basement.

Sacred Heart
162 Irondale Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 323-3382

St. Peter's Church
35777 Center Ridge Rd.
North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039
(440) 327-2201

St. Agnes
611 Lake Avenue
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 322-5622

St. Jude
590 Poplar Street
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 366-5711

Holy Cross
1417 West Avenue
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 323-1022

FAIRVIEW PARK
St. Angela Merici Parish
20970 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
(440) 333-2133

Turn right (east) out of the prayer center driveway. Travel east on Butternut Ridge Road, which becomes Lorain Road. St. Angela Merici is located about 13 to 15 miles east on the left.

NORTH OLMSTED
St. Brendan's
4242 Brendan Lane
North Olmsted, OH 44070
(440) 777-6222

St. Clarence Church
30106 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
(440) 734-2414

Turn right (east) out of the Prayer Center driveway. Travel east on Butternut Ridge Road, (which becomes Lorain Road). St. Clarence is located about 6.5 miles east on the left.

St. Richard Parish
26855 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
(440) 777-5050

Turn right (east) out of the prayer center driveway. Travel east on Butternut Ridge Road which becomes Lorain Road. St. Richard is located about 10 miles east on the right

OLMSTED FALLS
St. Mary of the Falls
25615 Bagley Road
Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138
(440) 235-2222

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Restaurants
Please note that any establishments mentioned herein are noted because of geographic location and listings, and are in no way a recommendation as to their quality. Pilgrims are encouraged to make their own determinations. Any price notations are approximate and subject to change by the establishment in question.

NORTH OLMSTED
Alexander's
30850 Lorain Road
(440) 734-8708

Angelina's Pizza
30594 Lorain Road
(440) 734-3700

Ari's Family Restaurant
27195 Lorain Road
(440) 777-9360

Chili's Grill & Bar
25061 Country Club Blvd.
(440) 777-0017

Einstein Bagels
27045 Lorain Road
(440) 734-2900

Isabella's Cafe, Inc.
4579 Great Northern Blvd
(440) 979-9123

Mountain Jacks
4777 Great Northern Blvd
(440) 777-7277

Nuevo Acapulco Mexican
24409 Lorain Road
(440) 734-3100

Papa John's Pizza
24753 Lorain Road
(440) 777-1983

Pizza Hut
27845 Lorain Road
(440) 777-1018

Red Lobster
24001 Lorain Road
(440) 777-7133

Red Robin Restaurant
4949 Great Northern Blvd
(440) 734-6070

The Olive Garden
25984 Lorain Road
(440) 734-0888

Tony Roma's
Great Northern Mall Shopping Center
(440) 777-2300

STRONGSVILLE
Anguilano's Italian
20884 Royalton Road
(440) 238-5103

Don's Pomeroy House
13664 Pearl Road
(440) 572-1111

Fran's On The Square
18737 Royalton Rd
(440) 238-6948

Italian Village
16605 Pearl Road
Highpoint Plaza
(440) 572-1414

Palmer's of Strongsville
17100 Royalton Road
Ledgewood Plaza
(440) 238-8830

Portofino Ristorante
12214 Pearl Road
(440) 572-3466

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AREA MOTELS/HOTELS PAGE
Please note that any establishments mentioned herein are noted because of geographic location and listings, and are in no way a recommendation as to their quality. Pilgrims are encouraged to make their own determinations. Any price notations are approximate and subject to change by the establishment in question.



NORTH OLMSTED
Radisson Airport Inn
I-480 and Country Club Blvd
(440) 734-5060

Hampton Inn
I-480 and Country Club Blvd
(440) 734-4477
continental breakfast

Days Inn
24399 Lorain Road
(440) 777-4100

Econolodge Inn
22989 Lorain Road
(440) 734-1100

Studio Plus Hotels
24801 Country Club Blvd
(440) 716-2412



Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland North
Homestead Village
24851 Country Club Blvd.
(440) 777-8585

WESTLAKE (Within 5 miles of North Olmsted I-90 and Bassett/Crocker)
Hampton Inn
(440) 892-0333

Holiday Inn
(440) 871-6000

Red Roof Inn
(440) 892-7920

Super 8
(440) 871-3993

CLEVELAND HOPKINS AIRPORT
Sheraton Airport Inn/Hotel
(216) 267-1500

Cleveland Airport Marriott
(216) 252-5333

Holiday Inn
4181 W. 150th Street
(216) 252-7700
Holiday Inn
Middleburg Heights
(440) 243-4040

NORTH RIDGEVILLE AND ELYRIA
Super 8 Motel (4 miles east of Shrine)
Lorain Road in North Ridgeville
(440) 327-0500

Holiday Inn
1825 Lorain Blvd
Elyria
(440) 324-5411

Howard Johnson
1724 Lorain Blvd.
Elyria
(440) 323-1515

Econolodge (near Bob Evans)
Rt. 57 (523 Griswold Road)
Elyria
(440) 324-3911

Best Western (near Arby's)
Griswold Road
Elyria
(440) 324-5050

Days Inn
621 Midwest Blvd
Elyria OH 44035 (near Lowe's)
(440) 324-4444
Continental breakfast, indoor pool

Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast
14945 Hallauer Rd.
Oberlin, Ohio 44074
440-774-3400
877-774-3406

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AREA CAMPGROUNDS
Please note that any establishments mentioned herein are noted because of geographic location and listings, and are in no way a recommendation as to their quality. Pilgrims are encouraged to make their own determinations. Any price notations are approximate and subject to change by the establishment in question.

*All prices are one night unless noted otherwise and subject to change

"The Maples"
17273 Avon Belden Road
State Route 83
Grafton, OH 44044
(440) 926-3700
Overnight Approx. $17.00. Weekly Approx. $95.00.
Located about 8 miles from Maranatha Spring and Shrine

Honey Do Campground
6794 Avon Lake Road
Chatham, OH 44275
(440) 667-2295
Located on Route 83 about 18 miles from Maranatha Spring and Shrine

"Crystal Springs"
(440) 748-3200
Located approximately 5 miles from the Shrine on Bagley Road

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Chambers of Commerce

Lorain County (440) 328-2550
North Olmsted (440) 777-3868
Strongsville (440) 238-3366
North Ridgeville (440) 327-3737
Oberlin (440) 774-6262

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