Fake visionary Christina Gallagher scares elderly followers off getting Covid jab

“They think they’ll go to hell if they get a vaccine”

Relatives of elderly followers of the controversial House of Prayer have said their parents won’t take the Covid vaccine because of messages fake visionary ­Christina Gallagher claims to have received from Jesus.

Some followers of the House of Prayer have told family members they will not get the vaccine because they believe if they do, they will “receive the mark of the beast” and go to hell.

Gallagher, who founded the House of Prayer on Achill Island, Co Mayo, has persuaded her followers to voluntarily hand over millions of euro since opening the doors to her centre in 1993, as she ­regularly claims to have received messages from the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

Christina Gallagher with Fr Gerard McGinnity.

The Sunday World exposed, years ago, how Gallagher had been living a life of luxury, buying an extensive property portfolio as her followers handed over donations to the organisation which is not affiliated to the Catholic Church.

Since the Covid pandemic hit Gallagher has been ramping up claims that Jesus has been warning her of the coming apocalypse and how supporting the House of Prayer was the only way to salvation.

Christina Gallagher has amassed a massive property portfolio while families are at their wits’ end with worry for relatives.


One distraught family told the Sunday World they are worried their elderly parents who have medical issues could get seriously ill if they get Covid-19 but are adamant they won’t take the vaccine.

One family member said: “They believe they’ll go to hell if they take the vaccine and obviously if elderly people don’t take the vaccine, they could potentially get exposed to Covid and pass away.

“We have presented a lot of medical and scientific evidence to my parents and they refuse to listen as her propaganda once again is brainwashing people who have been conditioned by the Catholic Church.”

The family asked not to be named so as not to cause division with their parents.

Another relative said: “It’s got to the point now that it’s so bad. It’s all this end of the world stuff coming up again where if you buy a picture for €250 it will give you protection. It’s all just nonsense, but with the vaccine, it is going into dangerous category.

Some of the paraphernalia she sells to her devoted followers.

“There was a gathering of some of the followers who met up and it was like an anti-vax discussion bringing up the mark of the beast and all this stuff. I’m double vaccinated and my mother informed me I’ll be gone down [to hell] in two years. It sounds ridiculous but she [Gallagher] has such a hold over people.”

In one message Gallagher described the virus as “a weaponised disease of biological warfare” and asked if it’s spread was “deliberately permitted by certain world powers to allow a stock market and banking collapse with a view to imposing more easily ‘the chip’ so as to usher in a total control of people?”

A popular belief among conspiracy theorists, which has been thoroughly debunked, is that vaccines contains microchips designed to control the population.

Gallagher’s website describes “the chip” as “the mark of the beast” which will lead to “a godless society of suppression and dictatorial control.”

Since then she claims to have received several messages from Jesus in which he warns of a coming apocalypse and attacks vaccines.

Just as the vaccine rollout was due to get underway, Gallagher claimed Jesus spoke to her and said: “Your world has with it the deepest darkness of hell, the antichrist. How so many bow down to his power. Yet even more will do so in a short time. You will all be called into the suppression and dictatorship of antichrist.

“You will be called upon to receive the vaccine that is death, and the mark of the beast will be forced upon you. Those who receive it willingly will die – unto eternal death.”

In an earlier message, which she claimed came directly from Jesus just before the vaccines had been produced, she said: “Fire, pestilence, plague, famine and the third world war will rage upon the earth until two thirds of the world’s population is wiped out. Those who will remain living will envy the dead.

“The man from the east will be evil, cruel and show no mercy to the world’s inhabitants. O the foolishness of man believing that when he has a vaccine, all will return to a normal behaviour – as it was before. How foolish of such ‘man’ who has failed to hear My call because if My words had been taken to heart, you would have the wisdom to understand how you have been deceived by those in union with antichrist.

“It will be the deception of the man-made powers to control and destroy you!”

Many of the messages contain dire warning and the most recent conversation she claimed she had with Jesus was at the end of July, where she claimed he warned recent weather events were caused by sin and will intensify.

“You will see the storms, disasters and weather extremes drawn down upon the world through sin, increase in number and multiply in their intensity, with earthquakes which cause great loss of life.”

Gallagher claims various items which can be bought from the House of Prayer will protect people from harm. A €250 picture of the Virgin Mary with roses has proved so popular that it is currently sold out, but dozens of other items are still for sale.

Elderly devotees are told Jesus wants them to buy €250 picture of ‘Mother’

According to Gallagher, Jesus himself recently encouraged people to buy the picture for protection.

“My Mother’s picture with the roses will bring great protection to the homes where the Rosary is prayed in its presence because I will flow many graces through it,” she claims he told her.

Despite the many controversies over the years, the House of Prayer still has a die-hard following and many keep in touch via a WhatsApp group and have arranged meet-ups where they discuss how the vaccine is the work of the devil.

The Sunday World was the first paper to reveal how the House of Prayer was a ­money-making operation which helped Gallagher build up a multi-million ­property portfolio.

Her purchases included a mansion in the exclusive Abbington estate in Malahide in north Dublin and another mansion with its own lake, indoor swimming pool, snooker room and hot tub in Shropshire in England.

Gallagher has been strongly backed over the years by her right-hand man Fr Gerard McGinnity who has hit out against the media exposés.

As well as the House of Prayer on Achill the group has houses in the US and, at one stage, told followers that a part of Texas, where they set up one of the houses, would be destroyed unless a certain amount of donations were given to the House of Prayer.

Latest accounts filed by the Irish House of Prayer revealed the company has reserves of €1.8m – an increase of more than €300,000 on the previous year.





For more information please check:


  • Here is a very compact and compelling read.


  • Understanding the cult environment my thesis on the MMM.  Chapter 2 on the definition of cultism.


  • Our material on the House of Prayer, including a lot on Friday McGinnity himself which address his role in the cult and his hold over the bishops.


  • This 10-year documentary really brings the issues to a clear conclusion. 


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