La Pieta


On September 08, 1991, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God in Jesus Christ made her first apparition to Emma C. de Guzman at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima at Youngstown, New York.

Subsequently, on the same month Emma received a heavenly message from the Blessed Virgin Mary that she will bestow on Emma’s altar something that will accompany her prayer journey from house to house. From then on, Soledad (Sol) Gaviola from her home in Kingston, Ontario started the prayer group joined in by some friends.

By October, 1991 Sol found a La Pieta icon from a garage sale. She brought it home, cleaned it and put it up on the altar.


Ultimately, the Lord Jesus Christ came to Emma in November 1991, under a tree and said:

My Father gave the name La Pieta to your group because you see My sufferings and My Beloved Mother’s sufferings together. Through that icon, My people will open their eyes to see, and open their ears to listen. This mission will spread around the world.

Jesus Christ’s message is now being fulfilled as the La Pieta Prayer Groups reach out and share love, peace and joy to everyone through all the world.