Next destination - Orthodox Church in Riverside

Our next destination was St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church in Riverside, where another Akathist service was prayed September 3. Processing into the church with the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa while the Akathist was sung with more than 160 in attendance, including several young families, brought such joy!

Welcoming the Black Madonna at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim, CA

Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, a large and beautiful church established in 1969 in Anaheim, California, started as a mission parish that combined St. Mary’s in Van Nuys and St. Nicholas of Fontana. Evident today is a parish embracing a strong liturgical life and vibrant religious education programs for adults and children.

Leaving the San Diego area

On last stop before leaving the San Diego area was the Missionaries of Charity in National City. We gathered at the convent to preach about the icon and give the nuns an opportunity for veneration.

By the end of August, our travels led us to the Diocese of San Bernardino’s St. Adelaide Church in Highland. Flanked by the parish’s Knights of Columbus color guard, we processed into the church.

San Diego in the Orthodox church

On wednesday, August 27 Our Lady of Czestochowa in her pilgrim icon traveled to St. John of Damascus Orthodox Church in Poway in bright and sunny San Diego. Members of the parish arrived to greet Our Lady. As with most Orthodox churches, the best way to honor Our Lady is by celebrating an Akathist hymn which praises the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God.

The Black Madonna Inspires Religious in their Vocations

Ever since the From Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life began in the Summer of 2012 in Vladivostok, Russia, the pilgrimage has encouraged the faithful to seek the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and has implored prayers from members of the Church, especially consecrated religious.

Feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa

On the feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa, August 26, we brought her to the Missionaries of Charity Contemplative Sisters in Los Angeles. Our evening destination was St. Rose of Lima Church in Simi Valley, a popular tourist destination because of the adjacent Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Reagan, one of the world leaders most responsible for the defeat of communism, worked alongside Saint John Paul II, a firm devotee of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Coincidences? Series of Marian Events Point to Divine Providence in Abortion Mill Closure

Some might consider it just a series of coincidences; however, others believe it to be Divine Providence.

When Father Peter West, Vice President of Human Life International, traveled to Sharonville, Ohio this past May, he didn’t travel alone. The Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady Czestochowa accompanied the priest to the city’s Women’s Center clinic for an intense prayer vigil. As has happened now all over North America, the “Black Madonna” joined the pro-life faithful in their prevailing efforts to end abortion at the facility.


The Black Madonna had arrived at the Church of Our Lady of the Bright Mount in Los Angeles, CA in the evening of August 22nd, 2014. The pastor, Father Rafał Dyguła, SChr, is with the Society of Christ, a worldwide apostolate with an emphasis to care for the spiritual needs of Polish immigrants.

The Black Madonna’s Peregrination Continues Through Southern California

With many tales of devotion brought to our attention along the way, we continue the peregrination of the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa to St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa on August 22. Staffed by the Norbertines of Saint Michael’s Order, an order devoted to reverent public chanting of the choir office, the church sent Father Godfrey Bushmaker, O.Praem, to greet us upon our arrival for Eucharistic Adoration and evening Mass.

The Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa never stops

The Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa next traveled to St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo.  Although the Mass was celebrated on a Monday August 18, the church was packed with around 800 people.  St. Kilian Church had recently finished building a new church that was blessed by the Diocese of Orange’s very own Bishop Kevin Vann who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the new bishop of the diocese on September 12, 2012.