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Expert Explains Garabandal and Joey Lomangino's Blindness

March 14, 2023

Interview with Glenn Hudson Dear Mr. Hudson, thank you for agreeing to this email interview. Since the death of Joey Lomangino in 2014, you have become a point man in the Garabandal apparitions, replacing Joey Lomangino, as it were, as one of the persons Conchita (the principal visionary) will call to announce to the world the date of the Miracle eight days in advance. Like Joey Lomangino, you have become a trusted confidante of Conchita. You worked with Joey Lomangino at the Workers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de Garabandal and you were the one who arranged for him to appear on Mother Angelica Live four times. In addition to working with Joey at the New York Garabandal Center, you were also its Director of Public Relations.

[Older photo of Glenn Hudson with Joey Lomangino]

A problem some have with Garabandal is that Joey was promised by Our Lady of Garabandal that his incurable blindness would be cured and that he would see the Miracle. Since this did not happen, many say Garabandal is not authentic. How would you respond to this issue?

Glenn Hudson: I welcome this opportunity to explain the facts surrounding this promise, as it has been misquoted and misinterpreted. I had several thoughts that came to my mind when Joey passed.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts. (Is. 55: 8-9)

O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways! (Rom. 11:33)

What did Mary say EXACTLY to Conchita to tell Joey?

She said “that you shall see on the very day of the Miracle. MANY PEOPLE HAVE CHANGED THESE WORDS OVER THE YEARS, BUT ALL MARY SAID WAS “YOU SHALL SEE ON THE VERY DAY OF THE MIRACLE,” but he will see the Miracle.

Joey’s Offering.

I asked Conchita directly: “Was it a priest who told you that Joey had offered his eyes up in exchange for something (I had heard this)?”

She told me: “No, it was Joey himself who told her that he never prayed for his sight when offering up his suffering – he offered his sufferings up to be united with Jesus's suffering, and for the Church to accept and recognize Garabandal.” (Phone conversation with Conchita, Nov. 9, 2022)


Most people have never heard about this part of the promise!

Most people did not know that Joey suffered greatly the last two years of his life, and in addition to being blind, he became nearly deaf and was so weak from several heart attacks – he was so weak he could not attend daily Mass. So, did Joey fulfill saying the prayers he was supposed to say each day, to fulfill the prophecy to regain his sight?

Mary said: “Joey, do you want to see again?”


“Then you pray. Say 17 Hail Marys, 7 Acts of Contrition, 5 Our Fathers – 3 times a day.”


On December 6, 1962, Conchita had a 90-minute ecstasy around 5:30 in the afternoon, after which she provided more pieces of information regarding the Miracle: “One day, before the Miracle, something will happen that will cause many people to stop believing in the apparitions of Garabandal.” (From: She Went in Haste to the Mountain, Book 3, page 103)

Jesus's Comments on Belief in Garabandal Before the Miracle

From Conchita's Diary, pg. 204, 1966: He replied... “I want to tell you, Conchita, that before the Miracle occurs, you will suffer much, for few people will believe you. Your own family will believe that you have deceived them. I am the one who wants all this, as I have already told you, for your sanctification and so that the world may comply with the message. I wish to advise you that the remainder of your life will be a continual suffering. Do not be frightened. In your suffering you will find me and also Mary whom you love very much... I will be with whoever suffers for me.”

[More Recent Photo of Glenn Hudson with Conchita]

How many people continued to believe in Christ and His message, after He died?

How many believed Mary when she said (as a virgin) that she conceived a baby from the Holy Spirit?

How many people mocked our Lord as He died on the cross, reminding Him that He said He would rebuild the temple in three days, yet he was nailed to a cross now?

The truth is revealed in God’s time and manner, not our limited human ones for understanding. For God, NOTHING is impossible!

There is some “fluidity” in prophecy also – God can alter prophecy.

Moses was promised and appointed to take his people into the Promised Land, but we read in Numbers (20:1-12) that Moses did not enter the Promised Land because of his sin at the waters of Meribah, which took place during the last year of the Israelites' wandering in the wilderness.

In Genesis 18:20, the Lord said: “The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is multiplied, and their sin is become exceedingly grievous.” (The Lord intends to destroy it.) But Abraham “changes” God’s mind to destroy the faithless people of Sodom for the sake of only ten righteous people.

Remember when God sent his prophet, Jonah, to the city of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria (one of ancient Israel's fiercest enemies)? Jonah's initial message seems to be one of inevitable doom: “Yet forty days, and Ninive shall be destroyed” (Jonah 3:4). Contrary to Jonah's own expectations, however, the Ninevites respond to his preaching by believing in God, proclaiming a fast, and covering themselves with sackcloth and ashes as signs of repentance, and praying to God not to destroy them (3:5-9).

As a result, God changes His mind and does not destroy the city of Nineveh. It is possible here, too, that Joey’s sufferings at the end of his life were so numerous and great that God accepted his offering and granted him his Heavenly reward early, and also to fulfill the prophecy mentioned above – to cause disbelief, as a test of faith.

Nothing can negate the fact that Mary performed hundreds of recorded miracles, with hundreds of eyewitnesses, and photographs and videos, so his passing has no effect on the validity of Mary’s messages.

After Joey's passing, I spoke to Conchita and she, too, had no fears, stating she was happy Joey was in heaven with our Blessed Mother and Padre Pio. I have a strong suspicion we will be amazed at the Miracle (and our questions will be answered).

You can find Glenn Hudson on his Facebook page – “The Message of Garabandal” – at


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