Our Lady of Luján is the special patroness of our Religious Family and her image accompanies us in all our foreign missions. Her statue is a 26″ terracotta figure of the Immaculate Conception covered in an ornate blue and white dress and crowned as Queen. She also has a halo of twelve stars and the moon at her feet. Behind her, there are rays like the spikes of a wheel on an arch bearing the words: “You are the Virgin of Luján, the First Foundress of this Town” (Es la Virgen de Luján, Primera Fondadora de este Villa). These elements are related to her miracle of predilection for the place beside the River of Luján. Read more about her story.
Mother of Our Vocations
While Fr. Buela, our founder, was still a seminarian he made a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján and prayed to her for an abundance of priestly and religious vocations to the Church. From the beginning of our Religious Family, we have always considered that the gift of our vocations comes from God through her hands.
A sign of our small religious family is also always present in the Basilica of Luján. On March 7, 1984 we fulfilled a vow that we had made to Our Lady of Luján in thanksgiving for the possibility of being able to begin with our experience of religious life. The artist Amado Armas made a beautiful medallion with the profile of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort in white cement with a beige tone on a black marble backing. This image can be found in the first chapel of the right ambulatory next to the camarin of the Virgin in the Basilica of Luján. At the foot of the medallion is engraved the motto of John Paul II taken from The True Devotion of the Blessed Virgin Mary (# 233) written by St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort: TOTUS TUUS.
At the close of 1988 the first group of sisters traveled from San Rafael to the province of Buenos Aires and made a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Luján. There they made their first vows of Marian slavery and consecrated our new institute to the Blessed Virgin.
Our Lady of Luján Around the World
Every year our Religious Family honors Our Lady of Luján on May 8, her feast day, with Novenas, Solemn Masses and the Marian Consecration of our new Novices. Her image has accompanied us to all our foreign mission and can be found in chapels, parishes, and convents around the world. Learn about the Papal honors she has received.
Watch this short video about Our Lady of Luján by H2O news. [English, 3:41 mins]
Through the intercession of Our Lady of Luján may our Religious Family always receive many holy vocations—generous souls who seek only to give glory to God and to work tirelessly for the salvation of souls in every land.
BUELA, Carlos Miguel, Maria de Lujan (1999), Ediciones del Verbo Encarnado, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina (entire Spanish text available in PDF)
CRUZ, Joan Carroll, Miraculous Images of Our Lady: 100 Famous Catholic Portraits and Statues (1993) TAN Books, Rockford, IL, “Chapter 1: Our Lady of Lujan” pp. 1-5.