Pilgrims immerse in the most visited shrine in the world, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where an estimated 18- 20 million come annually to see the miraculous 500-year-old, cactus-fiber tilma of visionary St. Juan Diego, upon which Our Blessed Mother imprinted her image.
Included in this tour is a visit to the renowned Girlstown begun by Fr. Al Schwartz (now declared venerable) and the Sisters of Mary. Located in Chalco, MX – about an hour outside of Mexico City, it is one of 16 Girls and Boys Town schools established by Fr. Al to serve the poorest of the poor. It serves some 3,500 underprivileged orphan girls, giving them a new hope and perspective on life.
Tom and Glory Sullivan, members of the Jacksonville Chapter, have made 30 trips to Mexico. “It’s inspiring and prayerful to see the only painting in the world by God,” Tom said. He also became so taken by visits to Girlstown that he became a board member three years ago. “You are brought to tears of joy on several occasions including the Mass with over 3,000 poor high school girls singing enthusiastically and beautifully in unison,” he said.