Gianna Talone

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Gianna Talone Sullivan (March 12, 1957) is a clinical pharmacist by profession, but is best known as the author of a series of books called I am your Jesus of Mercy that report visions of Jesus and Mary.

Philanthropy[edit]

In 1991, Talone-Sullivan founded the non-profit mobile medical clinic Mission of Mercy, a non-profit charitable organization that provides free medical care, dental care and prescriptions to under-served populations.[1]

Messages[edit]

Talone received 250 messages between 1988 and 1995. These concerned themselves with general spiritual formation and the tenets of the Catholic faith. On January 26, 1989, she wrote that Jesus taught her the difference between envy and jealousy, in that jealousy is pure hatred and that envy is the path that leads to jealousy.

The message she received on December 13, 1989, has a similar tone and teaches faithfulness. It states that fidelity is the strongest bond between mankind and the Holy Trinity. The notions of self-abandonment to God and trust in Jesus are repeated throughout the messages.

She also reported hundreds of messages from Mary, whom she describes as a beautiful woman usually dressed in a white or gold robe, with dark brown hair and blue eyes. She says that sometimes, Mary holds a rosary; on occasion, she carries the infant Jesus. Sometimes Mary speaks in English, and on a few occasions, in Italian.[2] On December 30, 1989, she wrote that the Blessed Virgin invited everyone to follow Jesus by praying with their hearts.

On August 19, 1992, she wrote a message that she attributed to Jesus: "I am truly guiding you if you trust that I am. This is self-abandonment to the Providence of God." The phrase "I am" appears frequently in the messages and is part of the title of the book series, I Am Your Jesus of Mercy.

In 1993, Talone-Sullivan re-located from Arizona to Fairfield, Pennsylvania, just outside Emmitsburg, Maryland, and began to share her messages during weekly meetings at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Emmitsburg. After attracting followers from across the country for seven years, the Archdiocese of Baltimore asked her to share her messages elsewhere.[3]

The message also emphasized the power of human prayers when they are united with the prayers of Mary. The message of July 3, 1997, attributed to the Virgin Mary directs everyone to pray for the Catholic Church and the Pope.

In the summer of 2004, a group of people invited Talone-Sullivan to hold a monthly meeting at a farm outside of Taneytown. Attendance at these meetings grew until they were moved to the Lynfield Complex in 2005.[4]

Her later messages that continued into 2007 are attributed to Our Lady of Emmitsburg and at times have the form of prophecies. The prophecies warn of turbulent times ahead and refer to four stages of Trials and Tribulations, Eucharistic Reign, Illumination and Purification.

On June 1, 2008, Talone-Sullivan delivered what has been termed the "message of the two suns". The message reads in part: "Even your governments and the Church authorities already have knowledge of the stars aligning and its implications upon you. You must not fear but must be prepared, primarily spiritually. After awhile, you will see a time when there is another body in orbit around your solar system, coming between Earth and the Sun and leading to tremendous devastation. Approximately 60-70% of the world’s population, as you know it, will cease. Of those who survive, 60% of them could die of disease and starvation."[5]

Archdiocesan view[edit]

The Phoenix, Arizona Bishop Thomas J. Obrien allowed these events to continue and did not approve or condemn them, after his 1990s investigations found nothing wrong. In many cases, almost the entire church congregations at St. Maria Goretti Church (on Thursday evenings) witnessed hearing the Virgin Mother Mary's voice, thanking them for their prayers.

On September 8, 2000, officials from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore met with Talone and issued a statement that they found no basis to support her messages as having an extraordinary source. The statement from the archdiocese did not condemn any aspect of these mystical events. There was not any contradictions to Catholic faith and doctrine. The officials found the alleged apparitions as not of a supernatural origin and directed that the prayer service with the messages at St. Joseph's Church in Emmitsburg, Maryland be discontinued.[6]

Cardinal William Keeler, of Baltimore's Archdiocese, convened a commission on June 12, 2001 of three priests to interview witnesses and examine Sullivan's alleged visions. The commissioners spent one hour with Gianna alone and two more hours with mystical and Marian theologians Fr. Ed O'Connor,CSC Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi and Fr. Robert Faricy,SJ [7]

On June 7, 2003, having consulted with the Holy See and received "appropriate authorization", Rev. Monsignor Richard W. Woy, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore issued a decree declaring the visions of Talone "constant de non supernaturalitate" and prohibiting any public activities relating to the alleged apparitions in the churches, oratories, or other property of the Archdiocese.[8][9] This was issued in spite of strong defenses of the authenticity of these events by some of the most notable Marian and mystical theologians in the world: Fr. Rene Laurentin,[10]Fr. Edward O'Connor, CSC [11][12] and Fr. Kieran Kavanaugh,OCD; [13][14]; Fr. Jacques Daley,O.S.B [15][16].

On October 8, 2008, Most Rev. Edwin O'Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, issued a Pastoral Advisory warning the faithful that the messages and revelations may not be authentic and cautioned Talone-Sullivan from continuing the distribution of the messages as gravely harmful to the spiritual life of the faithful.[17] This Pastoral Advisory was addressed "to the Christian faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore", and distributed to every Catholic Church in Maryland. The letter from Archbishop O’Brien warned Gianna Sullivan not to disseminate in any way, by her own person or by any other person, by electronic means or any other means, on any church property or in any public or private place any messages. He then warns others not to disseminate her messages because it is harmful to the church and he hopes that this will stop the confusion of the faithful.

Many of the messages that Talone-Sullivan received dealt with the safety and purity of children, and living filial childlike ways.[18].

Publication[edit]

The 250 messages written from September 1988 to November 1995, which she attributed to Jesus, were gathered and printed as the first five volumes of the books I am your Jesus of Mercy. The 6th volume includes messages attributed to the Virgin Mary and ends with a message on January 7, 1999. The messages were originally published by the Riehle Foundation, and were later published by Queenship Publishing.

Immaculate Heart of Mary[edit]

A group of supporters formed the Foundation of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary to disseminate her messages. In July 2005, Gianna Talone-Sullivan's husband Michael appears listed on the Board of Directors in the Articles of Incorporation of the Foundation of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.[19] Peter Blanchard is the foundation's treasurer, as well as a member of the foundation's board of directors. Though Talone-Sullivan has publicly asserted that the foundation operates independently, in December 2008, Blanchard said that he and his wife spoke to Sullivan almost daily.[5]

Biography[edit]

Gianna Talone was born the youngest of three children on March 12, 1957 in Phoenix, Arizona. She had an early childhood career in show business, where she was known for ventriloquism, tap dancing, singing and theatrical performances. She devoted her private time to serving handicapped children, performing ventriloquism, and visiting the elderly.

She attended Arizona State University and received her BA in Chemistry, then completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Southern California, and did her internship at UCLA Hospital and clerkships at LA-USC. She pursued a corporate pharmacy career.

She has one daughter, Anne Marie Sullivan.

Talone is the founder of the national charitable nonprofit Mission of Mercy, a medical mobile healthcare program that provides free medical, prescriptions and dental care to the underserved population. She was the founder of the Jesus of Mercy Lay Community, and the United States representative for the worldwide Armata Bianca apostolate, which promotes the Fatima message to the children of the world.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Talone is a recipient of two lifetime achievement awards; a Dale Carnegie "Outstanding Communications" award; the Foundress Award at St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland; and the Harold Miller Bronze Plaque award at University of Southern California for outstanding commitment to pharmacy practice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Enz, Kendal (Aug 7, 2011). "Nonprofit founder up for pharmacy honor". The Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  2. ^ Tasker, Greg; Hare, Mary Gail (1994-06-26). "Woman tells of melodic voice and joyous beauty". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  3. ^ Fortney, Sarah (August 17, 2008). "Debate Over Divine Message Moves To The Web". The Frederick News-Post. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  4. ^ Fortney, Sarah (Feb 5, 2007). "Sullivan maintains visions of Mary". The Frederick News-Post. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  5. ^ a b Landers, Chris (2008-12-24). "Something About Mary". Baltimore City Paper. Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "Statement concerning Archdiocesan action regarding alleged apparitions to Gianna Talone-Sullivan in Emmitsburg, Maryland". Archdiocese of Baltimore. 13 September 2000. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  7. ^ Chronology of Events Our Lady of Emmitsburg, Foundation of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  8. ^ Letter from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, February 15, 2003
  9. ^ Woy, Rev. Msgr. Richard W., Decree - June 7, 2003
  10. ^ First Letter to Cardinal William Keeler 1996; Second Letter from Fr. Laurentin to Cardinal William Keeler, August 15, 2001; Our Lord and Our Lady in Scottsdale, Faith Publishing Company, 1992,p.134; Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Artheme Fayard Library, 2007, pp 1426
  11. ^ [Letter to Cardinal William Keeler, September 9, 2003],
  12. ^ [1], Listen to My Prophets Divine Mercy and Divine Justice, 2011
  13. ^ [Eucharistic Reign of the Child Jesus],
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ [Letter: Fr. Jacques Daley to CDF, Cardinal Levada, 08/26/06]
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, "Pastoral Advisory", October 2, 2008
  18. ^ [The Archdiocese of Baltimore, Sex Abuse and OLOE],[4],
  19. ^ Copy of Articles of Incorporation for The Foundation of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, July 28, 2005