Water in the Holy Well
The Water in the Holy Well
The Holy Well at Conyers (c.1998)
History and Facts
In Church, while she was praying before the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus said to Nancy Fowler:
"I want to reaffirm to you that the new well water will be blessed by Me. I am Jesus, Son of the Living God. I am He who is in this Sacred Host. Thank you for coming to be with Me here.” (January 15, 1993)
By 1992, thousands of pilgrims visiting
the Conyers apparition site were drinking water from the well located on Nancy
Fowler’s property. By the end of 1998,
the estimated total attendance at the apparition site was over 1.3 million
persons. Most of the pilgrims and drank
water from the Holy Well and collected it in containers for home use. On some 13th of the month
apparition events, the well was in constant operation from early morning until
evening. Over the 8 years of the
apparitions, many thousands of gallons of this Holy Well water were collected
and transported to pilgrims’ homes throughout the
In considering the story of the Holy Well, the Hand of God in this matter should be clarified:
Jesus blessed the water in both
the original well and the second (“new”) well.
He did not alter the mistakes that were made in the drilling sequences
(described following). He was not pleased that a low price was paid to the
first drilling contractor who made the mistakes. Jesus desired that a second and more thorough
attempt be made to successfully complete the second well. This is His message to
676. Let All Who Come Drink of My Water (January 5, 1993)
spoke about the well in
“Go very deep. Five hundred feet is not too deep. It will be difficult to use the same spot.
“I am not pleased that you short changed Me. I am going to make you work now. Children, there are many people who do not like Whom you stand for. “You must be careful.
“If you mix wells [by trying to drill the existing well deeper] then you get dirty water. Let all who come drink of My water.
“You must be very careful. The days are coming when you will be able to trust very few people."
Some facts about the Holy Well at Conyers:
1. The first Holy Well on Nancy Fowler’s property was operational by hand pump when she purchased the house.
2. The first Holy Well could not supply the water necessary for the increasingly large crowds of pilgrims.
3. A second Holy Well was eventually drilled about 20 feet away from the original well.
4. The first drilling contractor used poor technique and broke the seal on the first well and mixed the water from the two wells.
5. The second drilling contractor for the second well sealed the first well and completed drilling on the second well.
6. The second well was drilled to a depth of 600 feet and was capped and sealed by a professional well-drilling company.
7. A surface reservoir and a hand pump were removed in 1993. Water was then obtained from the first well from spigots operating under pump pressure.
8. Over an 8-year period (1990-98), a large number of the 1.3 million pilgrims who attended the apparition site consumed massive quantities of the water from the first Holy Well.
9. The water from the first Holy Well is presently being consumed on a daily basis; not only by adults, but by children. The water has been, and remains, untreated.
10. There have been no known reports, ever, of any illnesses ascribed to this Holy Well water. From pilgrims, there have been thousands of written reports of healings at Conyers with and without using the Holy Well water. The reports are with the Archbishop of Atlanta.
11. At present, the Holy Well remains closed to the public.
Some General Facts about Well Water and Bacteria:
1. Shallow wells collect water from veins closer to the surface and are more easily contaminated.
2. Unsealed wells are more likely to be contaminated than sealed wells capped with concrete.
3. There are literally thousands of domestic water wells in most states
4. Supplying drinking water to homes by private well is a widespread rural practice. Untreated rural well water is preferred by many to treated city water.
5. Many cities mix well water with purified water from treatment plants.
6. Coliform bacteria exist in the intestines of all humans and animals.
7. Coliform bacteria exist in nature; as human and animal waste exist in nature.
8. Coliform bacteria are in the effluent of every septic system and can contaminate any nearby well.
9. It is not unusual to detect coliform bacteria, at random, from any untreated well.
10. Only certain strains and/or concentrations of coliform bacterium are toxic. If these certain strains and/or concentrations are ingested, they immediately produce flu-like symptoms. If this happens, suspension of use of the water and notification of health officials is highly recommended.
11. If small children are drinking private well water, the water should be tested as per local health department regulations, as children are more susceptible to coliform infections.
12. Domestic family wells usually do not, by law, require testing.
[If you or your family are drinking or are about to drink water from a private well, you are cautioned to go to the following EPA web site and inform yourself about safe drinking water before drinking the well water: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwh/dw-health.pdf Drinking Water and Health: What You Need to Know! (United States Office of Water EPA 816-K-99-001 Environmental Protection (4606) October 1999 Agency Washington, DC 20460)]
The Newspaper Articles
In Febuary of 1992, the following article appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC web site copy):
Woman asked to post warning about water at apparition site
BYLINE: By Bill
Osinski STAFF WRITER
say the water is holy; the scientists say it's contaminated.
and her associates invite the thousands of monthly visitors to the apparition
site near her home to take samples of the well water, which Mrs. Fowler has
said was blessed when Jesus Christ made an appearance to her.
sample of the water tested last May was contaminated with coliform bacteria.
The Health Department's environmental health supervisor, Carey Fuller, wrote
last September asking Mrs. Fowler to post a warning at the well. Mr. Fuller
said Mrs. Fowler's well is not considered a public water supply, and thus is
not subject to county or state regulation.
spokesman, Bob Reynolds, was not available Friday, but during an earlier
discussion he said visitors are discouraged from drinking the water.
water is not drunk as part of any Catholic ceremony, it is sometimes sprinkled
on a person or object, and people have been seen drinking the well water.
Thomas Smith, a spokesman for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, said his agency tested the samples submitted by
The presence of coliform bacteria indicates that the well water is "unsatisfactory for drinking," he said. Such water could cause diarrhea or stomach cramps, he said, and the effects could be more severe for someone who drank the well water and was already sick.
(Reference: Go to www.ajc.com . Access AJC Archives by search words and/or dates.)
The Water Testing Report
The warning noted in the above AJC
That seemed to be the end of it. However, in 1993, an estimated 511,285 pilgrims (greatest number for any year of the apparitions) visited the apparition site. Almost all of them visited the Holy Well and drank the water---as the laboratory testing report remained posted for all to see---without any reported illnesses. As far as this author can remember, the water in the Holy Well was never tested again for contamination after the initial 1992 testing that resulted in the posting of the testing report.
Out of the Past
Unexpectedly, as if repeating past exaggerations, an article
appeared in the Rockdale Citizen on
“Thousands thronged to north
Rockdale property overlooking
reports of Nancy Fowler’s alleged visions of the Virgin Mary and the messages
Fowler said came from her ushered in a phenomenon like nothing
“Fowler’s apparitions in
gatherings attracted thousands (estimates ranging from 2,000 to 80,000) who
“And even though both the Catholic Church and the Monastery of the Holy
Spirit issued sanctions against the gatherings, apparently no one heeded them.
An organization known as Mary’s Little Helpers Inc. offered a three-day
pilgrimage package to believers ranging from $127-$157 per person.
the years many came who were sick in hope of healing, but often the primitive
conditions at The Farm proved too much for the ill and they had to be
transported to a hospital. Others came to view the appearance of the Virgin
Mary in the clouds, believing if they
looked through a camera lens they could spot the “door” and “window” to heaven.
Some came to fill jugs with the water from the well on the
3. “the Environmental Protection Division later
found the well to be contaminated with E.Coli. Many
proclaimed their rosary
beads turned into pure gold while praying at The Farm, and a host of
followers came in hopes of experiencing the same good fortune.
“Perhaps one of the greatest miracles to occur at The Farm was the
appearance of reams of typed copies of the Blessed Mother’s messages minutes
after Fowler allegedly received them. In July of 1992, Fowler revealed that she
sometimes received the messages before the 13th.
the operation was Bob Hughes who purchased the land adjacent to Fowler in 1992
in order to accommodate the rapidly growing number of visitors to The Farm.
Other sources of income included the publishing of the messages, books and
newsletters which were sold to the faithful worldwide.
the principals who orchestrated the
A photo shows a pilgrim drinking from the Holy Well. The caption reads:
Reference: Thousands thronged…Rockdale Citizen: 2004-09-10: http://220.127.116.11/citizen/archive/articleBDE40E9599FF4980A6006EFD2CFC8140.asp
Our Refutation of the Above Rockdale Citizen Article
Paragraph 1. Nancy’s messages from Our Loving Mother, Mary,
to “The People of the
is too little faith here. I am very sad. This is my first message for the
The word “apparitionist” suggests the employment of magic (magic is considered by Christian theologians to be of demonic origin) and does not appear in Webster’s Dictionary. The correct term is “visionary”.
No “sanctions” were ever issued by the Catholic Church against the
apparitions. In 1992, then Archbishop
James P. Lyke, due to a volunteer situation beyond Nancy Fowler’s control,
issued a severe cautionary letter to the Catholic bishops of the
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit,
in Conyers, except for a few dissenting monks, always had a supporting
As far as this author can remember, no group named “Mary’s Little Helpers, Inc.” was ever officially associated with the apparitions. This was probably an out-of-town support group.
Paragraph 3. Both the AJC and this author’s recollection of the posted laboratory test result specifically refer to coliform bacteria and do not mention E. Coli as being detected.
“Pure gold rosary beads”: Frequently, pilgrims would have
the chain links in a rosary turn a golden color. There was never any claim of “pure gold”
rosary beads. Along with other physical
signs that were given, the phenomenon of the gold-colored links actually
happened hundreds of times throughout the years. The Archbishop of
Paragraph 4. The allegation of “reams” of messages being
handed-out immediately after
Paragraph 5. Along with what has been presented so far, and, with the documentation that is to follow, it should be clear that the water in the Holy Well is, and never was, “polluted”; as the above Rockdale Citizen article states.
As to the water being “holy”, this author has witnessed a physical healing that I ascribe to the water in the Holy Well---blessed by Jesus. A young man brought his mother, almost totally incapacitated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to the apparition site at the Holy Hill (the site of the Holy Well) in a wheel chair. He told me that her legs were so swollen (probably from congestive heart failure) that she could hardly walk to the bathroom in the motel room. He stopped at the Holy Well and filled a bottle with the water and then proceeded to the Holy Hill where the Rosary was being prayed. He and his mother joined the other pilgrims in prayer. He was then moved to take some of the water from the Holy Well and rub it on her swollen legs. Later, he told me that, after the Rosary was prayed, she got up out of her wheel chair and walked the ¾ block back to his car. He also told me that his mother had been sitting up most of the night before, suffering from shortness of breath. This author personally observed his mother walking around the area where the young man’s car was parked.
Over the years, there have been many other spectacular
testimonies to the healing powers of the water from the Holy Well at
Conyers. These testimonies remain in the
office of the Archbishop of
The Quality of Drinking Water
To learn the fact that the water from the Holy Well has
never been “polluted”, knowledge of the testing of drinking water is
necessary. Following, are tables from
If half (6,000) the above samples collected (12,000) were “finished” drinking
water, then 500 samples of treated water are collected each month.
The Federal EPA requires tests on 80 possible
contaminants.1 As the Atlanta table states, drinking
5.0% of monthly samples = 500 x .05 = 25 samples per month
Turbidity and nitrates from “fertilizer runoff” were found and posed “no” health risk “violation”.
Total organic carbon in ppm (plant/animal/human particulates)
in 1% of
(average 5 per month) are “naturally present” and represent no health risk.
Listing of Contaminants by the Federal E.P.A
EPA table supports potential hazards to drinking water as reported in the
List of Contaminants & their MCLs
Potential Health Effects from Ingestion of Water
Sources of Contaminant in Drinking Water
Cryptosporidium (pdf file)
Gastrointestinal illness (e.g., diarrhea, vomiting, cramps)
Human and fecal animal waste
Gastrointestinal illness (e.g., diarrhea, vomiting, cramps)
Human and animal fecal waste
Heterotrophic plate count
HPC has no health effects; it is an analytic method used to measure the variety of bacteria that are common in water. The lower the concentration of bacteria in drinking water, the better maintained the water system is.
HPC measures a range of bacteria that are naturally present in the environment
Legionnaire's Disease, a type of pneumonia
Found naturally in water; multiplies in heating systems
Not a health threat in itself; it is used to indicate whether other potentially harmful bacteria may be present5
Coliforms are naturally present in the environment; as well as feces; fecal coliforms and E. coli only come from human and animal fecal waste.
Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of water. It is used to indicate water quality and filtration effectiveness (e.g., whether disease-causing organisms are present). Higher turbidity levels are often associated with higher levels of disease-causing microorganisms such as viruses, parasites and some bacteria. These organisms can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
Gastrointestinal illness (e.g., diarrhea, vomiting, cramps)
Human and animal fecal waste
Federal E.P.A. “Safe Water Facts”
(our added highlight)
Drinking Water Contaminants
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. EPA sets standards for approximately 90 contaminants in drinking water. EPA's standards, along with each contaminant's likely source and health effects, are available at www.epa.gov/safewater/mcl.html. More detailed information on specific contaminants is available below:
are common in the environment and are generally not harmful. However, the presence of these bacteria in drinking water is usually a result of a problem with the treatment system or the pipes which distribute water, and indicates that the water may be contaminated with germs that can cause disease.
Fecal Coliform and E coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms.
Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
Cryptosporidium is a parasite that enters lakes and rivers through sewage and animal waste. It causes cryptosporidiosis, a mild gastrointestinal disease. However, the disease can be severe or fatal for people with severely weakened immune systems. EPA and CDC have prepared advice for those with severely compromised immune systems who are concerned about Cryptosporidium.
Giardia lamblia is a parasite that enters lakes and rivers through sewage and animal waste. It causes gastrointestinal illness (e.g. diarrhea, vomiting, cramps).
About Escherichia Coli (E. Coli)
Since the Rockdale Citizen article stated erroneously that the Holy Well water contained “E. Coli”, it is necessary to present some information on this bacterium. At the present time, only one strain of E. Coli is of major concern when found in drinking water. From the following Federal E.P.A. web site the only toxic strain of E. Coli is discussed: (our underline)
“What are the health effects of E. coli O157:H7?
E. coli O157:H7 is one of hundreds of strains of the bacterium E. coli. Although most strains are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals, this strain produces a powerful toxin and can cause severe illness. Infection often causes severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps; sometimes the infection causes non-bloody diarrhea. Frequently, no fever is present. It should be noted that these symptoms are common to a variety of diseases, and may be caused by sources other than contaminated drinking water.”
The Telephone Call
The author made a telephone call
The Georgia E.P.D. Laboratory employee further stated that if E. Coli bacteria are detected in a municipal water sample, the municipal authorities are required to issue a “boil water directive”. In addition, the E.P.D. Laboratory is required retest the water “five (5) additional times”. (Presumably until the E. Coli bacteria are no longer detected.) These stringent measures reflect that the detection of E. Coli in well water (private or municipal wells) is a serious and health-threatening situation.
There was no communication
The conclusion is, that, since the New Holy Well was drilled in early 1993 and the coliform bacteria were detected during or before February of 1992; that the coliform bacteria were detected in water from the First Holy Well , before the time of the early 1993 drilling of the Second Holy Well.
We repeat: At no time has any report been received
concerning a pilgrim at the Conyers apparition site becoming ill from drinking any water from the “old” (first) or “new”
(second) Holy Well
located on the Holy Hill at the Conyers apparition site. After all, Jesus had said to
“Let all who come drink of My water.” (