Details: “The Shrine is a place of pilgrimage. It recalls the appearances of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 and proclaims once again her message of God’s mercy and love. In the preparation of the Great Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II confirmed the importance of shrines and pilgrimages to shrines for our spiritual life. In my ministry as Bishop of La Crosse and now as Archbishop of St. Louis, I have noted the wholehearted response of the faithful during pilgrimages over the past several years. It has been my desire to provide a place of authentic devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, to which the faithful may go on pilgrimage. In response to my request, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II gave his Apostolic Blessing to the work of establishing such a place of pilgrimage, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.”
— Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Dedication Message, July 31, 2008
When Archbishop Raymond L. Burke invited me to do the devotional art work for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and act as artistic director for the other artists there, I realized that we had indeed turned a corner in reforming and restoring its relationship between the artist and the Church. His personal call to the vocational artist can be taken as nothing less than a renaissance moment. This is not because of any particular style of art or architecture as the Church has no “official style”. But it was renascent in that it was a call to return to beauty, beauty in the service of God.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
5250 Justin Road, La Crosse, WI 54601
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