|"Am I not here, who am your Mother?"|
December 12, 2009. The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
dwells in Mexico City, but her reach goes far beyond
the boundaries of Mexico and the Americas. Stories of her
miraculous intercession appear all over the world, and people from
hundreds of nations cherish a personal devotion to the Mother
whose tender words never fail to touch the heart: “Am
I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you
not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the
source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow
of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do
you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you or
In an effort to help more people develop a
closer relationship with Our Lady, the Pilgrim Queen of
the Family apostolate was founded in early 2005. The program
itself is simple: a triptych image of Our Lady of
Guadalupe circulates among ten families, spending three days with each
family. During the three days that a family hosts the
image, they gather to pray the Rosary in front of
her. After their three days are up, they send the
image on to the next family in their network.
very wide mantle
Since its creation in January of 2005, Pilgrim
Queen of the Family has spread to over 50 countries,
gathering over 18,000 families to host a triptych image of
Our Lady of Guadalupe and pray the Rosary together.
29,600 shrines are currently in circulation among various networks of
families and friends, serving as a reminder of Our Lady’s
presence in their lives.
The Empress of the Americas is
welcomed in families in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, the United States,
Canada, El Salvador, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, the Bahamas, Costa
Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico,
Across the ocean, there are also shrines and families
in Africa (Madagascar and South Africa), a sprinkling in Asia
(China, India, Korea, the Philippines, and Singapore), and a discreet
presence in the Middle East (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israel).
is a shrine in Australia, plus many more in European
countries (Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Monaco, Sweden,
Switzerland, England, and Poland).
Aside from her physical presence in various
countries, the Pilgrim Queen also has an internet presence on
the Pilgrim Queen of the Family web site, which is
full of resources, articles, and testimonies on Our Lady of
Guadalupe and St Juan Diego.
Visit the web site in
English at this link.