A little bit of information about Joe Coleman and his connection with Mother Mary,
I am a 58 year old married man with a wife and five children. One girl and four boys. My first boy Daniel, James Coleman went home to God in 1984. I am a spiritual healer and work with the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Mother Mary, St. Michael and lots of God’s holy and loving Angels. The first time I saw our Blessed Lady was when I was only 12 years old. I was in my grandmother’s room in Pearse Square in the center of Dublin. It was 1966 the same year the pillar was blown up! I have been seeing Angels and Spirits all my life, it’s just second nature to me. Our Blessed Lady asked me to go to Knock in 2007. I didn’t know were Knock was then. Anyway I got there and Our Lady came to me. I suppose that’s how it all started; I did not ask for it, it just happened. Since 2009 I have seen Mother Mary in many places, Knock, Kerrytown, Mount Mellery and Medjugore as well as lots of holy grottos around the world. The strongest and biggest crowd to turn up for Our Lady was at Knock on the 31st October 2009 -Halloween. 40 thousand people, men, women and children came to see Our Lady. They were not disappointed. It went out all over the world. Well this is just a small bit of information about me. The media call me a “Self Proclaimed Visionary” God bless them for they know nothing! Love and light and Mothers Blessings to all.
Self-proclaimed visionary hails a second ‘apparition’ but clerics sceptical
One man scoffed at the ‘pagan art of sun worship’
Joe Coleman sheds tears at Knock as he waits for the promised apparition.
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By John Cooney Religion Correspondent
Monday November 02 2009
A STAND-OFF between Catholic Church authorities and a self-proclaimed visionary threatens to escalate into a major showdown next month.
Around 15,000 followers gathered expectantly in the hope of witnessing a vision, with claims that the sun once again “danced in the sky”.
But the clergy is alarmed at the level of support for these “sightings”. Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary deplored the proclaimed phenomenon as unhealthy and said it brought the Mayo shrine into disrepute.
Dr Neary said the Knock apparition in 1879 had been neither sought nor expected.
The crunch is likely to come on December 8, an important event in the church calendar as the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and also the date on which Mr Coleman has predicted a third apparition.
A crowd estimated to have been of between 12,000 to 15,000 gathered from all over Ireland and abroad on Saturday.
An apparition had been predicted for 3pm on Saturday by Mr Coleman, from Ballyfermot, the self-proclaimed “visionary of Our Blessed Lady”.
Up to 4,000 thronged expectantly outside the Apparition Chapel, the spot of the original reported Knock apparition on August 21, 1879.
That historic apparition put Knock on the spiritual map and, unlike the recent phenomena, is officially approved by the Church.
By 3.20pm on Saturday, a sense of anticlimax was stirring among the crowd, most of whom looked constantly upwards with their cameras and mobile camera phones at the ready.
Hundreds left disappointed. One man, a native of Knock, scoffed at what he said resembled the “pagan art of sun worship”.
But suddenly, there were shouts that the sun had been seen dancing close to the Basilica, and men, women and children rushed to get a glimpse.
This rush brought them to the Basilica, where Mr Coleman had forecast Our Lady would appear with a message to be announced by his fellow visionary, Keith Henderson.
Earlier it had been rumoured that stewards were under instruction from local clergy to close the Basilica doors.
There was also an apparent exchange between Mr Coleman and the manager of the Knock Shrine, Pat Lavelle. It is understood that Mr Coleman’s request that a priest be present had been turned down.
Up to 7,000 people soon squeezed into the vast circular arena, where Mr Coleman and Mr Henderson were positioned before the altar.
Mr Henderson knelt rapt in prayer. Mr Coleman shifted between kneeling and standing, their eyes fixed beyond the altar. From time to time, Mr Coleman picked up a crucifix and kissed it. Their silence contrasted with growing chattering from the crowd.
Shortly before 2.30pm a woman took to the altar and called on the crowd to stop talking in the church.
“Sing a hymn,” she ordered. After a rendition of ‘Pray For The Wanderer’ the woman began the Rosary, interspersed with lusty choruses of ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Were You There When They Crucified My Lord’.
Shortly before 3pm the woman, dressed in a pink jacket, left the altar but returned soon after dressed in white with a crucifix around her neck to announce that Mr Coleman had received a “message” that they recite the Sorrowful Mysteries.
At 3.15pm, a few people started moving out of the building, but this turned into a stampede as word spread that people outside were witnessing “the sun dancing”.
People were shouting to friends that they saw “something small and round” in the sky. One woman said she saw the sun take the form of the sacred Host.
There was a surge of people towards the car park. A security guard said this “hysteria” could have caused accidents, even deaths.
Outside the basilica, a group gathered round the woman in white, who told them that she had turned to Joe Coleman in the church and asked him if Our Lady was present. “She is,” he had replied.
Mr Coleman left by car before 4pm, claiming he witnessed an apparition, as expected, and had received communication from the Virgin Mary.
battle for the faithful
- John Cooney Religion Correspondent