History

In 1987, on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, an ordinary woman heard Our Lord calling her to become a prophet. The woman was led to a house in Conyers, Georgia where she was directed by Our Lord to build an altar of stones with a wooden cross on the small hill behind her house. Our Lord told her that he had made the ground holy.

On October 13, 1990, the Blessed Virgin Mary expanded her missionary efforts by appearing to the woman in Conyers. Her monthly apparitions were again an act of evangelization—to bring more souls to her Son. In her appearances, the Blessed Mother called her spiritual children to act as witnesses for her Son—to evangelize.

In 1991, in response to requests from Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary to build a church to honor the Mother of God, a pilgrim couple, Bob and Bernice Hughes, purchased the 30-acre surrounding “Farm” as an act of faith in the Conyers messages. In mid-August, they made the Farm available to the visionary and pilgrims to assemble and pray.

In September 1991, the Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, James P. Lyke, issued his first public statement on the Conyers apparitions. His statement reflected a neutral, wait-and-see policy by the Church and he cautioned that any financial gain on the part of the visionary(ies) or their associates would seriously compromise possible authenticity of the apparitions. The Archbishop’s warning about no financial gain became one of the primary considerations for the incorporation of the non-profit Our Loving Mother’s Children, Inc. (OLMC).

On September 13, 1991, with several hundred pilgrims present, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared for the first time on the Farm. Her monthly apparitions on the 13th continued until May 1994. The Hughes family later donated the main property at the Farm and other purchased nearby properties to OLMC and the Catholic Church.

That same month, with funding from the Hughes family, OLMC published its first book of Conyers messages. Two months later, the organization was formally incorporated as a non-profit religious educational organization.

During 1993, the number of pilgrims coming on the 13ths increased well into the tens of thousands. The Blessed Virgin Mary ceased appearing on a monthly basis in May 1994. From that time she appeared on an annual basis—on October 13th—as she had at Fatima. She made annual visitations until October 1998. Because of the large crowds that were present during her annual appearances, OLMC’s efforts to care for the pilgrims increased as the crowds grew.

In 1992 and 1993, in response to the messages received at Conyers, Bob and Bernie Hughes and OLMC acquired additional land around the apparition site. The purchase of the additional land served to meet the needs of pilgrims for parking and gathering for the Rosary and to hear the public messages. As time progressed, it also protected the site from commercial development and remains to fulfill the vision of someday having a shrine at the site.

OLMC actively carried out its mission of caring for and supporting the pilgrims, maintaining the apparition site and publishing and disseminating the messages of Jesus and Mary in printed and electronic media.

OLMC distributed a number of videos on the Conyers apparitions including five videos produced between 1994 and 1996 titled “The Conyers Chronicles”, Volumes I to IV, and “One Mother, Many Titles”, which were donated to the ministry for reproduction and distribution by the producer.

In 1995, OLMC implemented its website that became later known as www.conyers.org. In the spring of 1996, OLMC published a compilation of the monthly and anniversary messages at Conyers in a booklet titled “There is too little faith here. I am very sad”. Later a Spanish version was also published. In September 1996, OLMC published its third book of messages of Jesus and Mary in Conyers. The Spanish translation of the book was published in 1997.

The Blessed Mother appeared for the last time at Conyers on October 13, 1998 in the presence of an estimated 100,000 pilgrims.

Today OLMC is the steward of 100+ acres of lush Georgia farmland, holy ground that is open to the public for individual visits, group trips and planned retreats.

In addition to caring for the pilgrims of Conyers, OLMC works to share and live out the messages that Jesus and Our Loving Mother communicated. This was the request of Our Loving Mother in her final vision at Conyers—that we share and live out Her messages, and lead people to Her Son.

OLMC actively champions the Blessed Pope John Paul II’s call to a New Evangelization by promoting the 2000 year-old call to evangelize that was repeated by Jesus and Mary numerous times at Conyers. At OLMC, we seek to evangelize and transform hearts in the model and with the help of the chief evangelist of all time, Our Loving Mother.