TEPEYAC HILL, Mexico – An historic meeting of the Madonnas took place on the grounds of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe near Tepeyac Hill this week. The traditional Christian icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, on a worldwide pilgrimage in defense of life and family, visited the holiest of Catholic shrines in Mexico, where Monsignor Pedro Augustín Diaz graciously welcomed the Black Madonna to the Old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
The Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa traveled by plane from the US to Leon, Guanajuato, accompanied by Fr. James Heyd. Fr. Heyd is a fluent Spanish speaker and he firmly believes that "The Mother of San Juan Pablo II, is the one who has wanted to come to Mexico, as a way of life Ecclesia in America".
The arrival of Our Lady of Czestochowa the "Black Madonna" and the Mother of St. John Paul II in Latin America means that millions of families will come to venerate Mary, Mother of God and all men. She brings to Mexico the message of mercy, courage and commitment to build the civilization of love and life. With prayers of petitions and gratitude, the Mother of God, Mediatrix of all graces, joins us in this historic moment.
At the evening Sunday Mass November 30, at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Chicago, the faithful gave devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa before she travels to Mexico to greet Our Lady of Guadalupe. The same men who carried her in to the National Shrine of Fr. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown a few days ago, now, lovingly carried her through the Church of Our Lady of Mercy.
On Sunday, November 30th, Our Lady of Czestochowa arrived at the church of the Holy Angels in Bronzeville, Chicago. With great enthusiasm and joy, this noteworthy congregation received the holy icon. This place is famous nationwide for the work of Fr. George Clements who years previous spearheaded the building of a new church and developed an excellent school. Now, Fr. Andrew Smith, a former Chicago police officer, is the pastor.
On Friday, November 28, in Mundelein, Illinois, the Ocean to Ocean pilgrimage team brought our icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa to the National Shrine of Fr. Maximilian Kolbe. A group of faithful men from Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Chicago, Illinois lovingly brought the icon into the Shrine and offered special prayers seeking the intercession
Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame greeted the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa on Thanksgiving Day at the Holy Cross Retirement Center on the campus. Fr. Ted is world renown for his leadership over the course of decades at the university. His personal priestly example and dedication to many causes, especially Civil Rights, was extraordinary.
Along with Fr. Ted is Bro. James Lakofka, C.S.C. both are the most senior members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Bro. James hails from St. Constance Parish on the Northside of Chicago.
The Black Madonna arrived in Chicago for the second time. This is a very special, as the peregrination is a chain of meetings and the rule is not to visit any place twice. Some people even joked that Our Lady loved Chicago so much that She decided to return. The reason for it was that the office of Respect Life of the Archdiocese of Chicago got involved in the next leg of the peregrination to Mexico.
PHOENIX, Arizona – November 3, 2014 –Logging some 50,000 miles across North America in defense of life, the Black Madonna recently concluded a 14-month global prayer pilgrimage in Phoenix, Arizona. An outdoor Mass attended by 1,000 faithful was held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Our Lady of Czestochowa parish in Phoenix, Arizona.
As we set off for Las Vegas with the Black Madonna, the picturesque southwestern desert joining California and Nevada offered a peaceful backdrop of reflection on the journey of the historic Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life. Wherever we travel, the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has strengthened the faithful in their resolutions to defend life and family.