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
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
|Virgen de la Consolación, Portovelo, El Oro, Ecuador. Procession;
|Notre-Dame du Guet, Bar-le-Duc, Meuse, Lorraine, France. Statue
|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,
|Nuestra Señora del Refugio, Matamoros, Coahuila, Mexico|
Refugio, Acambaro, Guanajuato, Mexico|
|Onze Lieve Vrouw van den Polder, Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands.
Rediscovered painting carried in procession, 1926. Annual procession
|Nuestra Señora del Refugio, Sonabia, Castro Urdiales, Oriente,