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I would like to welcome you to the official Portuguese Garabandal apostolate website , which will lead us to the mountain of Garabandal, where the Virgin Mary first appeared to four 11 and 12 year old girls on the 2nd of July 1961, in the village of San Sebastián de Garabandal, Spain, with the invocation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We invite all those who visit our page to open their hearts, so that in them the true happiness of life can flourish: to encounter Jesus, the light in the world, through the intercession of Mary.

To learn more about the history of Garabandal, visit our pages in story content, testimonies and teachings and prophecies.


Garabandal history movie

I invite everyone to watch this beautiful film that portrays in an extraordinary way the story of the apparitions of Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal. This movie was carried out by the religious congregation "Hogar de la Madre" .



Latest news and events


Queridos amigos de Garabandal, é com grande alegria que comunicamos a todos vós que o apostolado oficial de Garabandal em língua portuguesa, volta a ter novamente um grupo na qual todos são bem vindos. Lembram-se do grupo " amigos de Garabandal" que o apostolado criou no ínicio da sua formação em 2008?


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    Our Garabandal apostolate

Founded on October 13, 2007, our apostolate is a Catholic group formed by lay people, non-profit, whose main objective is to inform in Portuguese-speaking countries (Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Timor, Sao Tome and Principe), about everything that involves the history of the apparitions of Our Lady in Garabandal, a small Spanish village located in the Cantabrian mountains.

We live in a world in constant change, in a world where indifference, lack of values, characterize our society. We need to give our voice to the path that leads to true happiness, hope and charity, and we can say to all those who do not yet have this hope, that God exists and that Jesus is the true way of life.

If you want to be part of our apostolate of Garabandal and help us spread the messages given by Our Lady in Garabandal, please register as a "apostle of Garabandal" and make your registration as a user.All those who register in our apostolate will have unlimited free access to our articles of communication, contacts of people with relics of the time of the apparitions to kiss, discounts on our products and other services of the apostolate. Learn more about the apostolate and register now!

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"Garabandal is the most wonderful work of mankind after the birth of Jesus. It is the second life of the Blessed Virgin on this earth."

"It is very important to make these messages known to the world."

                  Pope Paul VI


"The Message given by Our Lady in Garabandal is the same as that given at Fatima, but updated and appropriate to our times."

Bishop of Leiria and Fatima
D. João Pereira Venâncio.


"May God reward you for everything, especially for the deep love with which you are making known the successes related to Garabandal, that the Message of the Mother of God be received in the hearts before it is too late. As an expression of joy and gratitude the Holy Father give yourself your Apostolic Blessing. "

Dedication of Pope John Paul II to Alfred Weber, a writer who wrote a book about Garabandal.


"It was in 1970, 18 years ago, when he first heard about the apparitions of San Sebastian de Garabandal in Spain." Sometimes it seems like it was a long time ago and sometimes it seems like it was yesterday. From the beginning I felt that events were true. "

Mother Therese of Calcutta


"Pray to Our Lady. Consecrate yourself to the Virgin of Mount Carmel". "Yes, Father, I pray to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I would like to become a Carmelite." He made no comment on this, but repeated insistently, "Consecrate yourselves to the Virgin of Carmel, who appeared at Garabandal."
"So it is true?"
"Yes, it is true!", said Father Pio.

Saint Father Pio


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San Sebastian de Garabandal e arredores

Here you can find more detailed information about the village of Garabandal and surrounding area

 Garabandal Parish 

 D. José Rolando Fuentes Cabeça

He is the priest of San Sebastian de Garabandal.

He was born 13 August 1944, in the town of Novales (Cantabria), he was ordained priest in the same locality on the day of his birth on 2 September 1972.

He exercised his priestly ministry in the Nansa area from the time of his ordination. He has held the position of arcipreste, Virgen de la Barquera Arciprestazgo, since 1991. Nowadays, he is in the service of 8 Parishes (Cades-Camijanes-Carmona-Celis-Cosio-Rabago-Rozadío and San Sebastian de Garabandal), where he shares his ecclesial pastoral work with ample social work.

For more information, visit their website. Click below.


Garabandal map

The map of the village of San Sebastian de Garabandal contains useful information on the various points of religious, cultural and historical interest. It indicates in a precise way, all the accesses, roads, alleys of the village and surrounding region.

00 House of Maxima, Godmother of Conchita.

01 Source.

02 House of Conchita.

03 Place of communion visible.

05 Jacinta's birthplace.

06 Public telephone booth.

07 Bus stop.

11 Cemetery

12 Birthplace of Mari Cruz

13 Ancient Chapel

14 Parish Church

19 Birthplace of Mari Loli

21 Former girls' school, today the pilgrim center.

25 Location of the first appearance of the Angel.

27 Place of the first apparition of Our Lady of Carmo de Garabandal.

30 "The Pines". Main site of the apparitions of Our Lady and of the Angel S. Michael. It will be in this place that will occur in the future, the great Miracle.

32 Alternate path for "the pines." By this way you can drive to the top. This path offers better access to this sacred site.

     Garabandal patron

Saint Sebastian has been a patron in the village of Garabandal since many centuries. Below we give you some information about this Saint.

St. Sebastian (France 256-26), a native of Narbonne and a citizen of Milan, was a martyr and a Christian saint, killed during the persecution by the Roman emperor Diocletian. Its name derives from the Greek sebastós, which means divine, venerable (that followed the beatitude of the supreme city and of the highest glory).

According to apocryphal Acts, attributed to Saint Ambrose of Milan, Sebastian was a soldier who had enlisted in the Roman army around 283 AD (after the common era) with the sole intention of affirming the hearts of Christians that he saw weakened in the face of torture . It was dear to the emperors Diocletian and Maximilian, who wanted him always near, ignoring himself as a Christian, they designated him captain of his personal guard - the Praetorian Guard. About AD 286, his gentle conduct toward Christian prisoners led the emperor to summarily judge him as a traitor, having ordered his execution by means of arrows (which became his symbol and a constant in his iconography). However, Sebastian did not die, was thrown in the river, because they thought that he was dead, found very far from where it was thrown, was rescued by Irene (Santa Irene). But then, having been taken again before Diocletian, who then commanded that Sebastian be beaten to death ... But that anyway, he would not have died, properly said ... He ended up being dead pierced by a spear.


The barbaric method of execution of St. Sebastian made him a recurring theme in medieval art - generally depicted as a young man tied to a stake and pierced by several arrows (arrows); In addition, three arrows, one on a spade and two on a spade, bound by a thread, constitute its heraldic symbol.


Monastery of Santo Turibio de Liebana

If you decide to visit Garabandal, be sure to visit also this Monastery which contains the largest relic of the cross of Jesus. When the Iberian Peninsula was invaded by Muslims in the eighth century, the region of Cantabria, where this small village is situated, was the last refuge of Christians. About 30 kilometers from Garabandal is the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana. The Bishop of Astorga sent to this monastery the relic of the True Cross which is the largest remaining part of Santa Cruz where Jesus was crucified in the year 33. Around the year 770 he also lived in this monastery, the Blessed of Liébana, a wise monk whose preaching really stood out in three aspects. The first, against the Donatist heresy in which it was affirmed that Jesus Christ was the adoptive son of God. This error fit perfectly with the vision of the Islamic invaders, and in this way the Monastery was able to take refuge the archbishop of Toledo as well as other Christians that were in the regions occupied by the Muslims. Second, this Blessed made important commentaries on the Apocalypse and reflected them in manuscripts "codices" with beautiful illustrations, a new model of symbolic art that soon spread throughout Europe and is now admired around the world. 

Pilgrim center

Since October 2014, it has been operating in Garabandal, an information and welcoming center for pilgrims. Its headquarters is located in the old schools of S. Sebastião de Garabandal.

The center has a reception area, a projection and conference area, as well as a Wi-Fi zone for pilgrims.

For more information, visit his web page. Click below


Location of Garabandal in google maps

Seminar of Comillas

Very close to Garabandal is the town of Comillas, on the Cantabrian coast. There was founded in principles of 1892, a Pontifical Seminary of the Jesuits, that reached in 1904, the status of Pontifical University. In 1969, the colleges moved to Madrid. In this place more than 1,400 priests were formed, mainly the Jesuits, of which 61 were martyred during the Spanish civil war. Until 1990, their classrooms formed at least 63 bishops for the whole of Spain.

Spain has 69 dioceses which are currently regulated by 78 titular bishops, auxiliaries and cardinals, so it can be said that more than 20% of the Spanish bishops left this University in the second half of the twentieth century. In the last solemn message of Garabandal, Our Lady spoke about the priests.

In fact, the whole message of Garabandal is centered on the Eucharist and the Priesthood. Therefore, the appearance of Our Lady in this region can not be considered a mere chance. If the message of Our Lady is focused on the priesthood and the Eucharist, it is quite logical that she wanted to appear in one of the most important regions of Spain at the level of religious formation.

Its purpose reflects a Mother's concern for the lives of her beloved children. On several occasions, Our Lady asked in Garabandal for the sanctification of the priests, through their good example of priestly life, in this way they can save souls by directing them to God.



The position of the Church in relation to Garabandal

Places to visit in Garabandal

Pilgrim center

Whenever you plan to visit Garabandal, be sure to visit the information center and pilgrim support. In this center, you will receive all the help and guidance you need to better understand the history of the apparitions of Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal.

The pilgrim's center needs your help and donations to continue with your project. If you are interested in helping the center, please click below:

Another way to help the pilgrim center is to become a member of the Virgin Association of Carmen de Garabandal. This way, with their annual contribution, they are helping in this way to maintain the activities of this center. To subscribe, click on the link below


Send your prayer request to Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal

  • Places to visit in Garabandal

            Ascend the road to the "Pines "


One of the obligatory itineraries to travel, from any pilgrim to the village of Garabandal, is the path of the "calleja", where the first apparitions of Our Lady and the Archangel S. Miguel took place.

Along this winding and difficult route, the pilgrim is invited to make a via-sacra to the place of the "pins", main place of the apparitions of Our Lady and the Angel S. Miguel in Garabandal


Accommodation and useful information about Garabandal

Places to visit in  Garabandal

The Rosary way 


This path travels a huge distance, and has in place the "pins". It is indicated with a sign that says "Camino del Rosario". To walk up to the end of this journey, the pilgrim is invited to pray the Rosary (the 20 mysteries), and as you pray, meditate the mysteries.

I strongly advise this course, although it is quite difficult to do. It will take at least an hour and a half to two hours to climb the mountain. I advise you to do it early in the morning, because on hot days the route is even more difficult to achieve. The route ends when the twenty mysteries are completed, and is symbolized by a high cross seen in the mountains around the village.

Places to visit in Garabandal

The Parish church of San Sebastián de Garabandal


The parish church of S. Sebastián de Garabandal is situated right in the center of the village. Many of the apparitions of Our Lady ended in front of the Church during the ecstatic marches. People followed the visionary girls in a state of ecstasy and all those people who followed them prayed the Rosary. Some of the apparitions also took place within the Church, by the Altar.


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What can you do in Garabandal?

If you are planning to visit Garabandal, we leave here our suggestions of a spiritual nature. We wish all those who visit Garabandal a holy stay.

Via Crucis 

Carry out the "Via Crucis" along the path of the "calleja", which begins at the place where the Archangel Michael first appeared.

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Thursday at the parish church of Garabandal between 10:30 and 12:30. All prayer requests made during the week to Our Lady of Carmel in Garabandal are delivered during this Adoration. To order prayers online, click  here.

Holy Mass

Attend Mass in the parish church of Garabandal. To know more about the times of Masses and religious celebrations of the parish click here.


Rosary prayers 

We invite all who visit Garabandal to pray the rosary. You can pray in the parish of Garabandal every day at 8:00 p.m. and you can also pray in the "pins", in front of the image of Our Lady that is placed in one of the pines.

Confession

Going to Garabandal is always an opportunity to be reconciled to God. Enjoy this time and confess yourself well. Ask the parish priest of Garabandal to confess a time before the Eucharist

Rosary road

We invite you to take an early morning walk on the way to the Rosary. This path is properly marked next to the "pins". The pilgrim is invited to go through and meditate on all the mysteries of the Rosary up to the top of the mountain. At the top of the mountain is a large cross.


Conchita's Recommendations to the Pilgrims