Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe
August 31 – September 5, 2022
To make a pilgrimage is to go on a journey to a holy place and experience new graces and spiritual renewal. To visit “La Virgen Morena” during our synodal journey is to build bridges of friendship across our continents, heal together and make miracles happen.
At the end of August, 2022, Discerning Deacons and leaders of the Women and Ministeriality Thematic Core Group of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon-CEAMA joined together to organize an intercontinental pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
We are humbled to share the fruits of these profound days of prayers in this synthesis, first presented on December 12th, 2022, for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some Highlights from the Pilgrimage
Gigliane Gomes Leite – opening mass DD pilgrimage, August 31, 2022 Mexico City
Claire Hitchins & Allison Beyer lead us in a rendition of “Santa Maria del Camino” for the opening of our 2022 St. Phoebe Day Celebration on September 3rd, 2022
Fr. Brendan Busse, SJ, Pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, California, shares his testimony during our St. Phoebe Celebration on September 3rd, 2022 in Mexico City
Links to additional videos and remarks by participants
Read the letter by Archbishop Roque Paloschi of Porto Velho, Brazil
Welcome video from the president of the Episcopal Conference of Latin America (CELAM)
His conference day remarks were based on his article about how Our Lady of Guadalupe summons indigenous theology and Christianity to be in dialogue and to build a new reality
Testimony: Experiences of the Special Synod of Bishops for Amazonia 2018 to 2019. Prophetic, synodal, ecclesial paths of the Amazonian Church and integral ecology.
- Rosa Bonilla – The roots of my diaconal ministry in LA are in El Salvador
- Sr. Laura Vicuña Pereira Manso – My service to the Church is in defense of life, land, and rights
- Philomène Péan – Haitian-American minister: “Here I am Lord, send me”
- Anne Attea – The diaconate for women is a path for Church renewal
- Maria de Fatima da Fonseca – Co-responsible for the teachings of Jesus in Brazil
- Sr. Ciria Mees – Sharing sacramental life with Bolivian faith communities
The pilgrimage and our synthesis aim to develop the themes raised in sections 101 thru 104 from the Final Document of the Amazon Synod