A mother who does not abandon us

Students from the Washington Pazmino Vargas Fiscal School of the parish of San Jacinto de Bua in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas were present to welcome the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa that travels the world in a pilgrimage, carrying the message that is so much need by the Latin American peoples.

The visit was from Thursday September 7 to Sunday September 10. On Thursday, the Holy Eucharist was concelebrated by Father Leon Juchniewicz, who is the Icon's custodian in

An unexpected visit

From the 2nd to the 7th of September, Our Lady of Czestochowa was present at St. Jacinto Parish in San Jacinto at the Bua.

San Jacinto del Bua is a rural parish in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, located in the northwestern center of Ecuador, 40 minutes from the city of Santo Domingo. It is 284 meters above sea level and has a population of approximately 11.000.

The Icon visits the students of the Nazareth School

Our Lady of Czestochowa in Her Icon visited the Nazareth School and shared two weeks with students, from Saturday August 18 to Sunday September 2. The students had the opportunity to contemplate and pray in front of the Icon in the chapel of the institution.

Diocesan Sanctuary of Black Madonna of Piedemonte and Sabana

The visit to Arauca had a specific purpose, to meet the bishop, Monsignor Jaime Muñoz Pedroza, and the community that is carrying out the construction of a sanctuary in honor of the Queen of Poland.

The sad face of Our Lady marked with a wound creates empathy in the inhabitants of this area,

On the Colombian border with Venezuela

The last stop in Colombia was the Diocese of Arauca. This area is especially dedicated to the Virgin of Czestochowa, as the bishop of the diocese, Monsignor Jaime Muñoz Pedroza, some years ago saw the need to ask Our Lady to help heal the deep wounds left by the conflict between the government and the guerrilla, and there is none better than the Virgin that shows on Her face the pain and the cuts.

Commemorating the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist

The last day of the stay in Bogota of the organizer of the international Icon pilgrimage of Czestochowa, on Tuesday, August 29, was very symbolic. He met with a group of leaders gathered in the Parish of the Oblate Missionary Fathers. María Carolina López and María Madre del Amor Perpetuo responsible for the evening coordinated everything.

Important meetings in Bogota

The beautiful city of Bogota is waiting to receive Pope Francisin in a few days. All their expectations are set on this visit that will surely renew the faith of the Colombian people and will bear fruit in religious vocations. However, Lech Kowalewski, the international coordinator of the Czestochowa Icon pilgrimage had the opportunity to meet with some individuals and groups to discuss the Ocean to Ocean Initiative.

Paving the way for the pilgrimage in Colombia

In Ecuador the Virgin of Czestochowa Icon is in good hands, but for Our Lady it is important to travel next year to Colombia the sister country, It is necessary to make friends with people committed to the defense of life. That is why the international coordinator of this initiative, Lech Kowalewski, traveled to Colombia.

Pending the continuation of the pilgrimage

The Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has been in Ecuador since April. She visited 29 parishes of the diocese of Santo Domingo. Many faithful looked into the eyes of the Black Madonna and have felt the maternal embrace of Her protection.

To be available to all of her children, She even traveled in the back of a pickup car to reach the inaccessible areas of the countryside.

One month long visit in Tandapi

After almost a month in the parish of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy in Tandapi, Our Lady in Her Czestochowa Icon left the inhabitants of the region.

Geographically the town of Tandapi is a part of the Mejía Canton in the province of Pichincha, but for pastoral reasons belongs to the diocese of Santo Domingo.