The Ephesus Foundation Inc. USA

Our Projects

Our Lady of Ephesus Painting

"Our Lady of Ephesus," by JoAnne VonZwehl

This painting is an original commissioned by The Ephesus Foundation, Inc. from New York artist JoAnne VonZwehl. The painting depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary as she lived in Ephesus on Bulbul Dagh mountain.
The original hangs in the Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus in Gower, Missouri on loan from The Ephesus Foundation to The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles.

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The Tomb of St. Luke

Ruins of the once-great church, awaiting restoration.

To protect this ancient church from vandalism and the elements, TEF funded the construction of a new chain-link fence around the site in 2011. The fence will preserve the site until a future consolidation, conservation and partial restoration can commence. The project was done in cooperation with the Austrian non-profit entity Gesellschaft der Freunde von Ephesos, or The Association of the Friends of Ephesus, and the Austrian Archaeological Institute of Vienna.

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Church of St. Mary

The altar of the Church of Mary.

(the Double Church or the Council Church) – in cooperation with The American Society of Ephesus, Inc., TEF has helped to fund the first major cleaning, consolidation, conservation and partial restoration of this important church in many decades. Initial work on the church was performed by The American Society of Ephesus, Inc. (George B. Quatman Foundation) in the 1960-70’s, but much work remains to be done on the ruins of this ancient basilica. The new restoration project began in October 2011 and is projected to take three years to complete. The work is being performed under a grant agreement with The Austrian Archaeological Institute.

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The Diary of Helena Hofmann

Rosalie Put’s tombstone in Lummen Cemetery, etched with the Way of the Cross, as appeared in Ephesus (and on Rosalie’s arm during her stigmata).

In the early 1900’s, a German woman kept a diary of the remarkable life of a Belgian stigmatic woman named Rosalie Put. The author, Helena Hofmann, was the daughter of a prominent physician and inventor from Burgsteinfurt, and a devout Christian. Due to a chance meeting, she came into contact with the remarkable Rosalie Put, who suffered from the wounds of Christ’s crucifixion each Friday, bleeding from her forehead, palms, feet and side. Vatican officials interviewed Ms. Put at her home in Lummen, Belgium and reported to Pope Pius X on her miraculous condition. Moveover, Rosalie Put had visions of the location of the tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the hillside in Ephesus. The diary has been published in German, Dutch and French but never before in English. TEF has obtained the exclusive copyrights to publish the English edition of the Hofmann diary, coupled with other writings from Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich and others about the life of Mary in Ephesus.

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The Cave of St. Paul

Wall painting tells the story of St. Thecla who broke off her engagement to follow St. Paul.

Kavakli Panaya (“Hidden Virgin”)
On a steep slope of Bulbul Dagh Mountain in ancient Ephesus is a hand-carved cave with rare Early Christian frescoes and wall-paintings. The local legend is that St. John hid the Virgin Mary here when they first arrived in Ephesus from Jerusalem. The cave was later used as a chapel for Christians to pray in secret in the Roman city before its conversion. Due to a prominent painting of St. Paul on the left-hand wall, it has more recently been named for St. Paul. Archaeologists have uncovered over 500 graffiti and layers of Christian paintings, including Mary, Jesus and the Apostles. The Ephesus Foundation, Inc. has assisted with financing for the winterization of the cave in 2008.

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Our Lady of Ephesus Chapel

The altar carved with three arches to resemble Mary’s House in Ephesus.

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri – The Ephesus Foundation, Inc. has assisted with funding for artwork for this unique chapel dedicated August 15, 2011 to Our Lady of Ephesus. The altar is carved with three arches to resemble the House of Mary (Panaya Capouli) at Ephesus.

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