Saint of the Month

It is in the tradition of the Church of Mexico that on December 9, 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to an Aztec Indian, by the name of Juan Diego at Tepeyac, a hill in the northwest section of Mexico City.

To help convince the bishop of the truth of the appearance of Mary, she told Juan Diego three days later to pick flowers and bring them to the bishop. Before the bishop he presented the roses and, as they cascaded from his tilma there on the coarse tilma was the image of Our Lady, known from that day on as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This image is preserved at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, which is the world’s most visited Marian Shrine. During his second pastoral visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II on April 6, 1990 beatified Juan Diego, the Aztec Indian so honored by Mary’s visitation in 1531.

You are invited to join in the two Special Novenas of Masses and Prayers.