In 1830, Catherine Laboure was blessed with the apparitions of Mary Immaculate to which we owe the Miraculous Medal. The first apparition came on the eve of the feast of St. Vincent DePaul, July 19.
All true apparitions of Our Lady have their own uniqueness. Lourdes has its grotto, Fatima its cova and Garabandal its calleja. But while the locations and characteristics of each manifestation change, the messages which the Blessed Virgin comes to deliver are similar and almost always include requests for prayer and penance.
Over 400 years ago, Our Lady appeared to a woman named Venerable Mother Mariana of Jesus Torres (1563-1635), a sister of the Conceptionist order in Quito, Ecuador, as Our Lady of Good Success. Our Lady gave Venerable Mother Mariana many visions and messages about the church and mankind in the 20th century.