Sunday after Corpus Christi (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

La Conquistadora, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

A 28" statue of the Virgin, richly vested in the old Spanish style, rules over a chapel in St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Tradition holds the statue to be the one Fray Benevides brought to the original mission in 1625. When the Pueblo Indians rebelled in 1680, forcing the settlers to evacuate, a woman carried the statue in her arms all the way to El Paso. In 1693, the Spanish returned to Santa Fe under Don Diego de Vargas, who conducted the Virgin's statue there in an enclosed wagon, vowing to honor her with a procession around the plaza if victorious. Their bloodless return to the provincial capital was termed the reconquista, like the Christian reconquest of Spain from the Moors, and the Virgin dubbed La Conquistadora. Her annual processions are much like the romerías of Spain: the crowd accompanies the statue from the Cathedral on the central plaza to the Rosario Chapel at the edge of town. This used to take place on Corpus Christi, which always falls on a Thursday, but to improve attendance the date has been changed to the Sunday following. The statue remains at Rosario Chapel until the second Sunday after Corpus Christi, when another procession returns it to its place of honor in the heart of old Santa Fe. (Picture from   

Also celebrated this date:

bulletOnze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Zeven-Smarten, Lede, East Flanders, Belgium (Our Lady of Seven Sorrows). Procession, even years only.
bulletMoeder van Vrede, Zuienkerke, West Flanders, Flanders, Belgium (Mother of Peace). Procession with Sacrament and statue of Mary.
bulletNuestra Señora de la Granada (Our Lady of the Pomegranate), patron of Puebla del Río, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora del Carmen Coronada, patron of San Fernando, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly