Friday, September 27, 2013

Green Bay Hispanic community welcomes revered image of Mary

GREEN BAY — Ss. Peter and Paul Parish hosted the first-time visit of the image of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos Sept. 12-15. An evening procession Sept. 12 welcomed the statue, the second most popular devotion and image of Mary in Mexico after Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Green Bay.

The statue is small in stature and is associated with healings of those gravely ill and those with addictions. The Mexican people have a strong devotion for this image of the Blessed Mother. It was accompanied to Green Bay by a priest from the shrine in Jalisco, Mexico, where the statue is housed.

The theme for the visit to Green Bay was “Mary: Our Example of Faith and the New Evangelization.”

During its four-day visit, daily Mass was celebrated, as well as recitation of the rosary and opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation.

According to Franciscan Fr. Anthony Cirignani, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, the statue’s visit to Green Bay was part of the parish’s Year of Faith events.
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