Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Bogotá, Colombia
|In 1655 a small church was built for the Carmelite nuns in
Bogotá, founded in 1606 by a learned and pious widow, Elvira de Padilla.
The old chapel was for two centuries the center of the city's devotion to
the Virgin of Mt. Carmel. But in 1861 an anticlerical government expelled
the nuns and the military took over their buildings. When the Carmelite
nuns returned in 1874, they settled in a different part of town. In 1890,
a more religious government invited Don Bosco's Salesian missionaries from
Italy to Bogotá and gave them the old Carmelite property, where they
established a college. Meanwhile, devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
remained lively in the city and needed a more adequate seat. In the 1920s,
the director of the Salesian college together with the Archbishop undertook to built a new shrine to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in connection
with college expansion. On November 10, 1927, the papal nuncio solemnly
placed the first stone of the new church at an immense ceremony attended
by the president, cabinet, governor, and many other luminaries national
and local. Designed in red-and-white striped Florentine Gothic style by
Salesian architect Giovanni Buscaglione, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mt.
Carmel was consecrated May 7, 1938, and opened for worship the next day.
With the whole Catholic Church, Bogotá celebrates the Virgin of Mt.
Carmel on July 16. (Information from
"Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen," Arquidiocesis de
and "Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Bogotá)," Wikipedia,
es.wikipedia.org. Picture of mosaic over main altar from "Santuario
Nacional de Nuestra Señora del Carmen," Mantenimiento Locativo
Control de Erosíon, Fachadas Interventoria Obras Civiles, www.moncadamejia.com.)
Also commemorated this date:
|L'Immaculée Conception, Sées, Orne, Lower Normandy, France. Church
|Santa Maria Regina dei Popoli, Preval, Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia,
Italy (St. Mary Queen of the People)|
|Santa Maria della Consolazione, Deliceto, Foggia, Apulia, Italy.
|Virgen de la Laguna, Campeche, Yucatan, Mexico. Painting found, 1649,
|Molchensk Mother of God, Moscow, Russia. Copy of Molchensk icon found in
1600s by blind girl. |
|Nuestra Señora de los Santos, Móstoles, Madrid, Spain (Our Lady of the
Saints). Town patron. Chapel begun, 1602. Fiesta Sept. 12.|
|Nuestra Señora de la Oliva, Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalucia,
Spain. Town patron. Romería. Fiesta Aug. 15.|
|Santissima Virgen de la Soledad, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Statue crowned,
1995. Feast last Sunday in May.|