LATROBE, PA – The Saint Vincent community celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with a procession across campus and a bilingual Mass, followed by a traditional Mexican fiesta in the Community Center Dining Hall.
Students, faculty, staff, community members, seminarians, and monks of the Saint Vincent monastery began the celebration with a rose procession from St. Gregory the Great Chapel to the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Chapel to commemorate Our Lady of Guadalupe, the named bestowed upon the Blessed Virgin Mary following her apparition in Mexico in December 1531. More than 120 participants then celebrated a bilingual vigil Mass (English/Spanish) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception before taking part in the fiesta in the dining hall.
The Saint Vincent celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe was co-sponsored by the offices of Multicultural Student Life, Campus Ministry, Department of Theology, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Saint Vincent Seminary.
During the Virgin Mary’s appearance to Juan Diego in 1531, she requested a shrine built on the site and left an image of herself imprinted on Juan Diego’s cloak. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Juan Diego and declared Our Lady of Guadalupe the patroness of the Americas, while her basilica in Mexico City is visited by an estimated 10 million people annually, making it the most popular shrine in the world. Included in the list of visitors this year will be a group of 26 Saint Vincent students who will be studying abroad in Mexico during the semester break.
Photo 1: Celebrants process through campus, from St. Gregory the Great Chapel to the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel.
Photo 2: Dr. Doreen Blandino, chair of the Saint Vincent Department of Modern and Classical Languages, places a rose on the shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel.
Photo 3: The bilingual vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel.
A full photo gallery of the procession and Mass can be found on the Saint Vincent Flickr page.
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