Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine includes rocks from vision site in Mexico
Our Lady of Guadalupe is an iconic figure of Mexican-American Culture. Parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church built a shrine to commemorate the Virgin Mary’s appearance to Juan Diego with a 17-foot bronze sculpture and a statue of Diego set up on rocks from the apparition site in Mexico. The shrine includes a Rose Chapel.
The faithful leave flowers, prayers and other offerings at the shrine, dedicated June 3, 2000. Miguel Angel Macias, of Mexico City, and Douglas Clark sculpted Mary. The rocks are from Mount Tepeyac in Mexico City, Mexico, where the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego. The Rev. T.R. Blanco, O.S.A., guided the shrine’s building.
The church was established in 1927 at 134 15th Street as a spiritual home for the area’s Mexican-Americans. “Cantamos Con El Corazon,” is the dedication hymn of the shrine: “We Sing This Gift to You.