For the second year and under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez, 140 faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will begin a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, in Mexico City on Thursday July 5, 2018. 

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe houses the original tilma (or cloak) of Juan Diego, which holds the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that appeared in 1531.

Archbishop Gomez and pilgrims will be joined by Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark for Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region, Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell for San Gabriel Pastoral Region, Fr. Brian Nunes, priest-secretary to Archbishop Gomez, Fr. David Gallardo, pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Fr. Paul Sustayta, pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Pasadena.

“We need this pilgrimage right now. It has been a year of heartaches and sorrows for many of our brothers and sisters,” said Archbishop Gomez. “But we know the joy that comes from being children of God who loves us as his own. So, we go in love and with confidence as one family to present our cares and hopes to the Virgin of Guadalupe. We go to seek her maternal intercession and inspiration as we continue to follow Jesus and spread the good news of his mercy and love.”

During the Mass, Archbishop Gomez will present handwritten prayers for the intercession of Our Lady Guadalupe from faithful across Southern California collected at Masses celebrating the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Memorial and recognizing the contributions of all immigrants in the U.S. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

The Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles is home to the only relic of the tilma outside of Mexico City. In the 1940s, a relic of the tilma was presented to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — from the Archbishop of Mexico City in appreciation and friendship — after Los Angeles Archbishop John J. Cantwell led an important pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City in 1941 during the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico, known as Cristero War.

Full story at Angelus News.