Our Lady of Guadalupe, Anchorage
3900 Wisconsin Street
Anchorage, AK 99517
Pastor: Rev Vincent Blanco
Pastoral Team: Leandra Childs, Patricia Gould
Available for meetings, retreats, dinners, call John Fleming for more information.
On December 12 we celebrate the anniversary of the miracle of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The annual celebration recalls the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Saint Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico in December 1531, when she left her image on his “tilma” or cloak. For 475 years, her image has been a symbol of unity, peace and compassion for people around the world. The theme of this year’s celebration and Mass is “Mother of All Immigrants” in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe as the Patron Saint of the Americas and mother to all who migrate to this great land.
“The Virgin of Guadalupe brought compassion and peace during a time of conflict and turmoil. She continues to unite us as a humble people of God in search for understanding, compassion, peace and human dignity for all.” -Cardinal Roger Mahony.
Many have wondered why this apparition of Our Lady to an Indian in recently conquered Mexico and speaking to him in Nahuatl call herself "of Guadalupe", an apparently Spanish name. One primary belief is that this name is a transliteration into Spanish of the Nahuatl word written in our alphabet as coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced "quatlasupe", which means "who crushes the serpent" (presumably the Aztec serpent-god Quetzalcoatl) and sounds remarkably like the Spanish word Guadalupe.