LOS ANGELES, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S. Newswire)–May 19, 2003–Thousands are expected to turn out in cities around the country as The Tilma of Tepeyac Tour brings a small piece of St. Juan Diego’s tilma – the cloth that holds the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe – to nearly 20 dioceses. The tour is being organized by the Apostolate for Holy Relics (AHR).
The tour is being cosponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Family Rosary is providing rosaries for each occasion.
The tour will open in Denver’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral on May 30, and will end at New York City’s Cathedral of St. Patrick on Dec. 7. Other stops include the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, and Cathedrals and parishes nationwide. The final itinerary is available on the AHR Web site http://www.relictour.org
The relic — on loan from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and likely the only one in the US — is a small piece of the tilma that was detached and sent to the Archbishop of Los Angeles by the Archbishop Luis Maria Martinez of Mexico City in 1941.
The faithful believe that the Virgin Mary miraculously left an image of herself on the tilma in 1531. This image continues to baffle scientists and is the most recognizable religious symbol in Mexico.
Juan Diego was canonized by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002, in front of over 5 million people. Up to 20 million people visit the Basilica in Mexico City — the most visited Catholic shrine in the world.
“The tour will promote devotion to the Mother of God, especially through devotion to the Rosary in this year proclaimed by the Pope to be the Year of the Rosary,” said National Tour Coordinator Andrew Walther.
“We also hope that people will take the faith and devotion of St. Juan Diego as a model for their own lives,” he said.
“This will be a wonderful historical and cultural event bringing together the curious and the faithful,” added AHR President Thomas Serafin.
The AHR is a non-profit, tax exempt, public benefit corporation in Los Angeles, Calif. It is dedicated to educating the public about the saints, sponsoring devotion to and veneration of the saints, and preserving important pieces of Catholic heritage.
Apostolate for Holy Relics
Andrew Walther, 818-522-2005