A relationship with Our Lady of Guadalupe is ever personal and helpful. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were gifted with a lovely photo of Our Lady of Guadalupe found in St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. We asked Fr. Phillip Bogacki to share with us a little information about this particular statue. Here is his response.
“It isn’t a uniquely high-quality art piece. It was in our sacristy for some time. Last year, during the pandemic, I decided to put her out permanently rather than only around December 12. During 2020 we put her directly in front of the ambo. And now, we put her on a shelf in the sanctuary on a permanent basis.
As the patroness of all the Americas, I would often pray to her for protection for our country, for protection from all harm. And I wanted others to be able to do that on a regular basis. So the statue coming out regularly was a means of intercessory prayer for all people at risk, especially due to the pandemic.
I’m sorry I don’t have more history on this statue. I’m so happy she has “traveled” (by photograph) up to you!”