Franciscan Sisters’ Memories of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Novice Sister Cecilia Joy shares some memories of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2018.

“Buenos días, Paloma Blanca, hoy te vengo a saludar. Saludando tu belleza, en tu trono celestial.” These lyrics began our morning as Sister Concepción and I (Sister Cecilia Joy) joined Sister Francis, Sister Marie Kolbe, and Yazmin in singing during morning prayer on the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. Who knew they were also going to be some of the closing words we would sing in Mass at the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Illinois later that day!

Sister Concepción and I joined Sister Elaine and Sister Julie Ann on this blessed pilgrimage. We arrived just in time to see the Shrine almost completely adorned with roses and candles. More pilgrims were walking along with us on the fenced paths to present their candles and flowers as well. It was truly a sight to behold. I never knew it was possible to see so many flowers in one place. Celebration of our Lady was in the smiles of joyful people, the flickering candles, and even in the movement of dancers in the square.

After spending some time at the Shrine, we proceeded to St. Joseph Chapel where a Spanish Mass was going to be held. This chapel was truly unique as it used to be a gym and was recently remodeled. Roses created an impressive border around the altar space. Musicians were practicing as we knelt to offer a few prayers. Mass was truly the climax of the day. Sister Concepción and I both agreed it was one of our favorite Spanish masses. The homily was inspiring, the songs were uplifting, and we enjoyed being a part of such a special celebration.

If you would like us to meet you at a Spanish mass in your area, please feel free to contact Sister Julie Ann through our website.

St. Juan Diego and Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

As we anticipate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share a cherished image of a young Juan Diego painted for Sister Mary Ann Spanjers in gratitude for her ministry at Universidod M. Champagnat, Lima, Peru.

Juan Diego was a native of Mexico. In 2002, St. John Paul II canonized him as the first Roman Catholic indigenous saint from the Americas.He was granted an apparition of the Virgin Mary on four separate occasions in December 1531 at the hill of Tepeyac in Mexico City. Our own Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, is dedicated to the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

We remember your intentions as we anticipate our pilgrimage on December 12, 2018, to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Des Plaines, Illinois. Say hello if you see us there.  “Día bendito y viajes seguros.”


Franciscan Sisters Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are preparing to make a pilgrimage with many others to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Des Plaines, Illinois. As we anticipate this moment of grace, we pray the words of St. John Paul II in 2002 on the canonization of St. Juan Diego in our prayer today. We share them with you.  If you see us on December 12, say hello – “Día bendito y viajes seguros.” (Photo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Midland, Texas)

Blessed Juan Diego, a good, Christian Indian, whom simple people have always considered a saint! We ask you to accompany the Church on her pilgrimage in Mexico, so that she may be more evangelizing and more missionary each day. Encourage the Bishops, support the priests, inspire new and holy vocations, help all those who give their lives to the cause of Christ and the spread of his Kingdom.

Happy Juan Diego, true and faithful man! We entrust to you our lay brothers and sisters so that, feeling the call to holiness, they may imbue every area of social life with the spirit of the Gospel. Bless families, strengthen spouses in their marriage, sustain the efforts of parents to give their children a Christian upbringing. Look with favour upon the pain of those who are suffering in body or in spirit, on those afflicted by poverty, loneliness, marginalization or ignorance. May all people, civic leaders and ordinary citizens, always act in accordance with the demands of justice and with respect for the dignity of each person, so that in this way peace may be reinforced. Click here to read more.

Facebook link to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Des Plaines, Illinois.