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Community “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe”
420 Auburn Rd
Avondale, PA 19311

Avondale, Pennsylvania

Our Patroness | Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady appeared to an indigenous peasant, St. Juan Diego, in what is now Mexico City. After appealing the the archbishop to build a shrine in that spot, Juan Diego was asked by the archbishop for a sign proving the Lady’s identity.

Juan Diego returned to the hill and encountered Our Lady again. Though it was winter, the Virgin told him to climb to the top of the hill and pick some flowers to present to the Archbishop. The Virgin bundled the flowers into Juan’s cloak, known as a tilma. When Juan Diego presented the tilma of flowers to Zumárraga, the flowers fell out and he recognised them as Castilian roses, which are not found in Mexico. Further, the tilma now miraculously bore the image of the Virgin herself.

“Let not your heart be disturbed… Am I not here, who am your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.” (Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego, 1531)