Sunday, August 04, 2002

Need to look in a hard copy archive for this:

07-02-99 The Sunday Telegraph Review, p.4. Our Lady of Surbiton by Leanda de Lisle.
Mr de Menezes gave up his job as banqueting head waiter in a London hotel and started to study theology. According to Mr Kelly, ‘He’s taken to theology like a horse to oats.’

from Our Lady of Surbiton
May 2002 - Divine Innocence: Some Concerns

Perhaps the most persistent local 'apparition' of recent times is that of 'Our Lady of Surbiton.' Operating as the Divine Innocence Trust, it has been the subject of many reports in the secular press over the years, including a very sympathetic article in The Spectator early this year. Its founder, Patricia de Menezes, lays claim to 2,000-3,000 followers in 42 countries. Patricia alleges that around 1984 she began seeing the Virgin Mary and Jesus in a pine tree located in a new housing development in Surbiton, south London, where, she says, Our Lady continues to appear to her at 12 noon Monday-Friday and 9pm on weekends. She also claims to have been personally catechised by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
The Virgin Mary is appearing every day in Surbiton, just south of Kingston upon Thames, the Spectator said on January 12. "Only Patricia the visionary" can see her and Patricia de Menezes said that the apparitions began "in all sorts of places" in the mid-80s. The first took place in her home. The Archdiocese of Southwark issued a statement that the "authenticity of the alleged apparitions has not been accepted by the Archdiocese of Southwark, and the Archdiocese has not given its authority to publicly promote it."