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Sunday, 08 May 2011 17:06

Missionary image comes to several diocesan parishes

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Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico as the pregnant Mother of God to St. Juan Diego, a Chicemeca Indian on Dec. 9, 10 and 12, 1531.The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be coming to several parishes in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois during May.

The image’s first stop will be at Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry at 331 N. 7th St. in Vandalia. The image will be available from May 8-15. It will be in the OSMM chapel from May 8-12. Additionally, from May 13-15 OSMM will be holding a retreat with Father Mark Baron, MIC, entitled The Virgin Mary and Life in the Spirit, and the image will be displayed at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center (just across the street from OSMM) during that time.

A few days later the image will be at two Springfield churches. It will be at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 524 E. Lawrence on Wednesday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also on May 18, it will be at Blessed Sacrament Church at 1725 S. Walnut St. from 4 to 6 p.m.

Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico as the pregnant Mother of God to St. Juan Diego, a Chicemeca Indian on Dec. 9, 10 and 12, 1531. She left a miraculous image of her appearance on his cactus fiber cloak, or tilma, which still exists today for all to see in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

The missionary images are actual-size (4 feet by 6 feet) replicas of the original image on St. Juan Diego’s tilma. They were blessed at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy to bring conversions, reverence for life, sanctity of the family and solidarity of the church in America.

The images have visited each of the United States in over a thousand parishes and have been venerated by hundreds of thousands of individuals. There have been hundreds of Masses, confessions, hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and rosaries in the presence of the images. Many conversions, healings, reconciliations and graces have been reported.

“We are so happy to have the image coming to Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry,” said Debby Pryor of OSMM. “There have been many miracles associated with it.” For more information on Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry, visit the website at www.osmm.org.