Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, Star of the New Evangelization
Fifteen years ago, Blessed John Paul II intuitively knew that cooperative relationships among the Catholic faithful in Latin American countries, the United States and Canada were a vital part of his efforts to promote right relationship in the Americas.
Felician Sisters, SM Celestine Giertych, minister general, and S Margaret Marie Padilla, general councilor, were among the 250 participants, including cardinals, bishops, priests, consecrated religious and lay people, who participated in the International Congress “Ecclesia in America” December 9 through December 12.
Congress leaders organized work groups to address and strategize about common issues and challenges, such as immigration; violence fueled by drug trafficking networks; increased drugs; attacks on the culture of life; the institution of marriage and family; education of the younger generation; and the vast realities of poverty.
According to Sister Margaret: “This common experience contributed to reflection, discussion and re-thinking of many situations and challenges common throughout the Americas. Together we affirmed a greater need for dialogue, solidarity, peace, equity, and justice in the continent.”
Appropriately, the Congress ended on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is a powerful intercessor, not only for Mexico, but for all of America as well as the universal church.