Apparition of Beauraing, Belgium 1932 - 1933by Amyobala Key
During the evening of November 29, 1932, 15 year-old Fernande Voisin,
her friend, Andree Degeimbre, 14, and Andree's sister Gilberte, 9,
accompanied Albert Voisin, 11, on their way to the local convent
school to meet Albert's sister, Gilberte Voisin, who had stayed behind
to study. It was the village of Beauraing in southern Belgium. As
they waited before the convent door, Albert looked over a small Lourdes
grotto in front of a railway embankment beside the convent garden.
There he spied an Apparition, dressed in white, walking above the
bridge. The girls confirmed the luminous figure of a lady dressed in
white who walked through the air, her feet obscured by a small cloud.
Back Row:Andree Degeimbre,Fernande Voisin,Gilberte Voisin
Front Row:Gilberte Degeimbre,Albert Voisin
She did not appear every night, despite the presence of the children. When She did appear, they fell to their knees in unison. Questioned separately, the children revealed on December 28th, that the Lady had stated that her last appearance would take place soon. The following day, the girl, Fernande, described the Lady has having a heart of gold surrounded by bright rays of light. The Apparition repeated the phrase: "Pray, pray very much." Only Fernande could hear this. On January 1st, 1933, Gilberte Voisin received the instruction: "Pray always." Two days later, on January 3rd, Her final appearance, she spoke to each child separately.
To Gilberte Voisin, she revealed: "I will convert sinners." Then she said Goodbye. Afterward, she spoke to Andree. "I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always." The girl, Fernande, who had been disappointed at not seeing anything up to that point, remained outside while the first two were taken in for questioning. It was then that she and others in the crowd heard a thunderous noise and saw a ball of fire on the hawthorn tree. The Lady appeared to Fernande, asking her if she loved Her Son and Herself. Fernande replied that she did. To this the Lady said, "Then sacrifice yourself for Me." The Lady then glowed brilliantly and extended her arms, revealing to Fernande, a golden heart. After this, she said, "Goodbye" and vanished.
In total, there were 33 Apparitions reported in Beauraing, after which many pilgrims visited the site, and ultimately reported numerous cures.
It was 2 years before the Bishop appointed a commission of inquiry (1935). Eight years later, Bishop Charue, his successor, authorized public devotions to the Blessed Virgin at Beauraing. Six years later, on July 2, 1949, the appearances by the Blessed Virgin were declared official. A document was issued that discussed many cures that had occurred at Beauraing in which they were declared miraculous. A second document affirmed that the Virgin Mary had truly appeared to the children of Beauraing with "an anxious appeal for prayer and the promise of a powerful mediation for the conversion of sinners."
On August 21, 1954, a Chapel was consecrated to Our Lady of Beauraing.
Fernande Voisin, was born on June 21, 1917. In 1941, she
married Albert Despas, who worked at the local tax office. Fernande
was a nurse who made home visits. In 1954 they moved to Namur where
she died on May 9, 1979 from kidney cancer. She had
five children: Rose-Marie, Michel, Emmanuel, Noel and Marie-Francoise.