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July 4

Nuestra Señora del Refugio, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Jesuit missionary Juan José Güica brought a painting of Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners from Italy to Mexico in 1720. In a dream, the Virgin told Padre Güica to ask the Franciscans of Zacatecas to use and promote the image; they distributed over 150 copies, making this one of the most widespread Marian devotions in Mexico. In 1793 Franciscan friars came to the new settlement which would become Matamoros, renaming the area "Nuestra Señora del Refugio de los Esteros Hermosos" (Our Lady of the Refuge of the Lovely Marshes). The Cathedral of Our Lady of Refuge, built in 1832, displays an 1886 painting of her. Her fiesta, celebrated in many  Mexican towns, commemorates the coronation of the original "Refugium Peccatori" in the Jesuit church of Frascati, Italy, July 4, 1717. (Picture of painting from Diócesis de Matamoros, www.diocesisdematamoros.org.)  

Also celebrated this date:

Maria Trost, Maria Plain, Bergheim, Salzburg, Austria. Painting crowned, 1751.
Virgen de la Consolación, Portovelo, El Oro, Ecuador. Procession; mining fair.
Notre-Dame du Guet, Bar-le-Duc, Meuse, Lorraine, France. Statue crowned, 1920.
Maria Steinthal, Hammelburg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. Church reconsecrated, 1998, after renovations following a fire. Patronal feast Sept. 8.
Maria Santissima della Stella, Fosciandora, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. Fresco found, 1798.
Refugium Peccatorum, Frascati, Roma, Latium, Italy. Icon crowned, 1717.
Nuestra Señora del Refugio, Matamoros, Coahuila, Mexico
Virgen del Refugio, Acambaro, Guanajuato, Mexico
Onze Lieve Vrouw van den Polder, Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands. Rediscovered painting carried in procession, 1926. Annual procession Aug. 15.
Nuestra Señora del Refugio, Sonabia, Castro Urdiales, Oriente, Cantabria, Spain
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly