I visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (above) in Mexico City on Saturday, July 14 and celebrated Mass with Fr. Hiep Nguyen, a priest of the Diocese of Cheyenne. We prayed for our Diocese and other special intentions. In December 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego at this place (Tepeyac hill), and the iconic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted on his tilma. This is the most visited Catholic religious site in the world, with approximately 20 million pilgrims annually.
Fr. Hiep and I are studying Spanish in Cuernavaca, an hour south of Mexico City. The study program includes cultural excursions like this so that students learn the culture and history of the people. I am grateful for the gift of a benefactor, which has made this experience possible.