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The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken and the Struggle to Define Catholicism
by Joseph Laycock (Goodreads Author)
In 1968, Veronica Lueken, a Catholic housewife in Bayside, Queens, New York, began to experience visions of the Virgin Mary. Over almost three decades, she imparted over 300 messages from Mary, Jesus, and other heavenly personages. These revelations, which were sent all over the world through newsletters, billboards, and local television, severely criticized the liturgical ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published December 1st 2014 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 3rd 2014)
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Veronica Lueken ( 1923-1995) was a housewife who claimed she started to have visions of the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and St Therese after the death of Robert F Kennedy. She also claimed she received messages and prophecies from Jesus and Mary up until her death in 1995. One of the signs Lueken claimed to have received was that statues fell off the shelf in her house and did not break. I received a copy of this book from netgalley and had vaguely heard of her and was curious to know more about her. I ...more
This fascinating book gives a brief, thoughtful history to and analysis of, Veronica Lueken. More than that, it raises the very real question of who gets to decide what a particular religion is. Laycock, not afraid of addressing the paranormal head-on, is a trusted and reliable guide through Marian apparitions, faith-healing, and religious ideas about UFOs and vampires. All in the context of late twentieth-century Catholicism in Queens. A wonderful little book. Further comments are available on ...more