Walk with Mary

The apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego significantly marked the history of our continent. For centuries the miraculous image of Our Mother has called Catholics back to the faith and moved others to embrace the faith. Today, Our Lady continues to empower our evangelization efforts with her constant proclamation of the Gospel. Most importantly, as the Patroness of the Americas and the Star of the First and New Evangelization, Our Lady calls us to encounter and accompany the stranger in our midst.

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Miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chronology of Events

1525 — The Indian Cuauhtlatoatzin is baptized by a Franciscan priest. He received the Christian name of Juan Diego.
1531 — Year of apparitions to Juan Diego.
1567 — The new church ordered by Archbishop Montúfar is completed.
1666 — A formal inquiry and investigation was conducted by the Church from 18 February to 22 March in order to give authority to the tradition.
1946 — Pope Pius XII declared Our Lady to be the Patroness of the Americas.
1976 — Dedication of the new basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located four miles from central Mexico City.
1988 — The liturgical celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on 12 December was raised to the status of a solemnity in all dioceses in the United States.
1999 — Pope John Paul II, during his third visit to the sanctuary, declared the date of 12 December as a Liturgical Feast for the whole continent.
* Timeline from EWTN

Visiting Tilma

The Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe used during our annual archdiocesan celebration, which was hand-embroidered by the nuns of the Convent of the Perpetual Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament in the City of Morelia in Michoacán, Mexico, is available to visit your parish!

The encased Tilma can remain in your parish for up to two weeks, be displayed in your church and used by the various groups within your parish. This invaluable gift provides an opportunity to engage the faithful in learning about the significance of the image, its historical roots, and Mary’s message to welcome the stranger seeking a home and place of rest in our Church and communities.

For more information or to host the tilma at your parish contact Claudia Bartolini at 301-853-5335 or [email protected]