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IDA PEERDEMAN: THE MESSENGER

Next to Beatrix Park in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, there is a very unassuming building, and yet the chapel it houses draws thousands of pilgrims who come to pray before the painting representing Mary as “Lady of All Peoples”, a tableau painted according to information received by Ida Peerdeman to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared on numerous occasions between 1945 and 1959.

Interior of the chapel
The little chapel of the Lady
of All Peoples at Amsterdam in the Netherlands

Ida Peerdeman was born at Alkmaar in the Netherlands in 1905, the last of a family of five children. She was only eight years old when her mother died and her father, a textile merchant, moved to Amsterdam with his five children.

Since her father was often absent, her eldest sister looked after the family. However, Ida quickly developed a thirst for independence. The family, easy-going Catholics, was not particularly pious. They would go to church on Sundays and “that was all”, she would say later.

Ida was twelve years old when, on Saturday, October 13, 1917, the day when the last of the six Marian apparitions at Fatima took place, she saw, on the street leading to the church, a beautiful Lady in a dazzling light. This Lady was clad in a long white dress with a cream-colored sash and she wore a veil. This could only be the Blessed Virgin, she thought.

During that month of October, the celestial vision was to occur a second time. She spoke of this at home, but no one really paid any attention to her.

Ida wanted to become a kindergarten teacher, but her wish was never to become a reality because her professors felt she lacked the imagination indispensable to this task. This comment was to play in her favor later on, when questions would be raised regarding the veracity of her testimony.

At twenty, Ida worked as an employee for the firm Boldoot. The devil had long been aware that she would be chosen by Mary to bear Her message throughout the world. Consequently, during this period, the young lady was the object of diabolical manifestations: lamps swinging inside the house, cupboard doors opening on their own, the hands of the clock turning at a dizzying speed, the oven she seldom used suddenly beginning to smoke.

The situation became more serious when Ida herself was a victim of the devil’s tyranny. Her confessor, Father Frehe, then performed an exorcism with the bishop’s permission. The last thing the devil said to him was: “You priestling, I will get even with you!” On the way back to his residence, Father Frehe fell through a metal grate.

War Visions
Until the 1940s, Ida’s life was relatively quiet. At the beginning of May 1940, an astonishing event took place: she had visions dealing with the unfolding of the battle in Europe. She saw the Oder River reddened with blood, fighting going on at Betuwe, Mussolini being hung from his feet. She described Hitler’s eagle nest at the top of the mountain at Berchtesgaden. When she received visions, her gaze was fixed and she expressed what she was hearing and seeing very slowly to the people about her.

The war visions would come to an abrupt end on March 25, 1945, when the Lady once again appeared to Ida Peerdeman who was now forty and living with her sisters. Over the course of fourteen years, Mary appeared to her fifty-five times, during which time She gave her messages. Ida’s sisters were usually present during the apparitions and the eldest would note down the words she would repeat after the Blessed Virgin.

In the 1970s, the Foundation of the Lady of All Peoples took possession of the land at Diepenbrockstraat at a price that was almost symbolic. A secretariat was established there and a chapel, barely visible, was built there with, to the left of the altar, the painting of the Lady of All Peoples. That is where Ida Peerdeman spent the last years of her life.

Her life was filled with moral sufferings. It was very difficult for her to share her experiences, in part because of adversaries and refusals, and also in part because of her own concern to always transmit everything as faithfully as possible.
Ida Peerdeman
Ida Peerdeman

For years, she only wished to disappear, to remain unknown, absolutely not wanting a role in the forefront. How often did she not repeat: “It is not I; I am merely an instrument; these are simply Our Lady’s messages.”

Finally, on May 31, 1996, Ida saw her most cherished desire being fulfilled: His Excellency Most Reverend Bomers, Bishop of Haarlem, in collaboration with his auxiliary bishop, Bishop Punt, authorized the public devotion of the Lady of All Peoples, leaving everyone completely free to believe in the messages to which he himself did not hesitate to bear witness.

“Now I can die”, Ida had said when she was informed of this news and she died the following June 17, at the age of ninety. At the last apparition, the Lady had said to her, “Adieu, see you in heaven.” His Excellency Bishop Bomers presided over her funeral held in the Chapel of the Lady of All Peoples.

Why should such great joy be felt when the Church, through the action of a member of the episcopate, favorably receives the request made by the Lady of All Peoples? It is because we know that so many graces, blessings and possibilities for a better world are attached to this prayer given by the Lady, and that consequently, humanity will return to God and that “corruption, disaster and war” will progressively diminish. His Exc. Bishop Bomers’ paternal acceptance opened the way for an official approval by the Church. On May 31, 2002, His Exc. Most Reverend Joseph Maria Punt, Bishop of Haarlem/Amsterdam recognized the supernatural origin of the apparitions of the Lady of All Peoples.

Mary has been waiting for this day for such a long time, in order to finally have permission to protect humanity, since neither the Father nor Mary will ever impede our freedom. “The peoples, in union with the Church, must recite my prayer....” (The Lady of All Peoples, 50th apparition, May 31, 1954, based on the French translation of the messages presented by Raoul Auclair, Éditions Stella.)


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