The Queen of Peace
Christina Gallagher — Achill Island, Ireland

The Queen of Peace

Christina Gallagher claims that she was just "a shy Irish housewife" when she first received a "vision" of a beautiful lady in January 1988. A few weeks later, she began receiving regular messages from this entity who identified herself as the Queen of Peace. This lady wanted Christina to deliver messages to the world and to build a "House of Prayer" on Achill Island, Ireland.

At first the messages seemed commonplace to many of the faithful; the Queen of Peace wanted people to turn back to God, repent of their sins, and pray the Rosary. Then the messages turned more political and apocalyptic in nature. On July 16, 1999, the Queen of Peace began offering a mark called the "Seal of the Living God," which she said was necessary to withstand the temptations of the Antichrist. This "seal" was required for salvation and could only be received at the House of Prayer. The offer expired in 2000, but that didn't prevent thousands of pilgrims from flocking to this tiny windswept island, bringing with them an estimated €850,000 annually.1

The Queen of Peace also requested that a new medal be made and distributed for her followers' protection. It is called the "Matrix Medal," because the lady who gave Christina the vision claimed she was "the Mediatrix of all graces." Her followers were required to say an Act of Consecration stating that the medal was a "sign of surrender" into her power and protection. According to Christina, "her followers should wear the Matrix Medal at all times, place the image of Our Lady Queen of Peace in their homes, and pray the Consecration prayer daily as Our Lady has requested."2

Since that time, several newspapers have reported stories on the financial status of Christina's ministry. Reporters have been following Mrs. Gallagher around in her seven series BMW trying to get a statement. They have accused her of accumulating considerable wealth at the expense of the elderly. The accusations arise from the purchase of a €4,000,000 mansion and another €1,000,000 property outside Ballina where her daughter resides.

After the accusations were made public, many elderly contributors came forward. One couple claims they are now living in poverty after donating their entire life savings of €90,000 to the House of Prayer at the request of Mrs. Gallagher's associates. Others have stated that Christina's messages from God have become increasingly more terrifying and threatening toward those who do not support her.3

In 1996, the Most Reverend Dr. Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, established a commission to investigate the House of Prayer. A year later he issued a statement saying, "I find myself obliged to state that no evidence has been presented which might prove beyond reasonable doubt the occurrence of supernatural phenomena of whatever kind in this situation..." Although he found no evidence of the supernatural, Archbishop Neary allowed the House of Prayer to remain open, asking that a private association be established to deal with the disposition of funds.4

In response to the Archbishop's request, Christina issued a statement to the press that she had been harshly treated by the Archdiocese and planned to close the House of Prayer. In order to clarify this issue for the faithful, Archbishop Neary issued another document that concluded with the following statement, "The House of Prayer has no Church approval and the work does not enjoy the confidence of the diocesan authorities."5

Shortly after Mrs. Gallagher announced the closure of her organization, the House of Prayer reopened and has expanded its operations to an additional location in Leander, Texas. Upon receiving this news, the Bishop for the Diocese of Austin, Texas, Gregory M. Aymond issued the following warning: "Our Lady Queen of Peace House of Prayer, scheduled to open on June 23, 2006 in Leander, is doing so without approval. It should not be considered as sanctioned by the Catholic Church. The house of prayer is associated with Mrs. Christian Gallagher of the Tuam Archdiocese in Ireland. The Tuam Archdiocese does not recommend her or the House of Prayer as credible."6



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  1. "Some Observations (made by Rev. Dr. McGinnity, Christina Gallagher's Spiritual Director) on misguided reactions to the gift of the SEAL"
  2. Act of Consecration from Christina Gallagher's website: http://www.christinag
  3. "Special Sunday World Report," March 2, 2008, http://www.esatclear. ie/~dialogueir eland/a2z/privaterev/SS014.PDF
    View a PDF document of the Special Sunday World Report
  4. "Controversial religious group to return funds," National News, Dublin, Ireland: tional-news/controversial-religious-group-to-return-funds-1393790.html
  5. "Public Statement of the Archbishop of Tuam, Most Rev. Dr. Michael Neary, with regard to the claims and works of Mrs. Christina Gallagher and the 'House of Prayer' at Achill, Co. Mayo": http://www.tuamarchdioc
    View a PDF version of Bishop's Neary's statement
  6. Statement issued on June 23, 2006, by Gregory M. Aymond, Bishop of the Diocese of Austin.