Our Lady of Refuge,
In 1843, five years before the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo gave Alta
California to the United States and Baja California to Mexico, Bishop
Garcia Diego, at Mission Santa Clara (near San José) proclaimed Nuestra
Señora del Refugio patroness of all California. With the rest of
Mexico, Baja California celebrates her feast on July 4, but in Alta
California, the feast moved to July 5 to avoid conflict with U.S.
Independence Day. (Picture of the bronze statue outside Our Lady of Refuge
Church in Long Beach, CA, from its site, www.ourladyofrefuge.org.)
Also celebrated this date:
|Queen of Families, Trakeli, Voranava, Grodno, Belarus. Icon crowned,
2009. Pilgrimage 1st Sun.|
|Economissa Icon of the Most Holy
Theotokos, Great Lavra, Mt. Athos, Macedonia, Greece|
|Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse, Côteaux, Sud, Haiti. Statue
installed at locution-inspired shrine of 500 steps, 2003. National
Sanctuary. Pilgrimage nearest weekend in odd years.|
|Madonna di Campoè, Caglio, Como, Lombardy, Italy. Fresco crowned,
2009. Festa 1st Sun.|
|Beata Vergine di Loreto, Chiavenna, Sondrio, Lombardy, Italy. Church
|Maria Santissima del Ruscello, Vallerano, Viterbo, Latium, Italy.
Fresco bled, 1604.|
|Madre della Santa Speranza, Marigliano, Napoli, Campania, Italy.
Painting crowned, 1936.|
|Beata Vergine Immacolata, Naples, Italy. Church inaugurated, 1964.|
|Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van het Heilig Hart, Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands
(Our Lady of the Sacred Heart). Church consecrated, 1879.|
|Virgen de las Manitas, Lima, Peru (Virgin of the Little Hands).
Miracle, 1708; fiesta.|
|Matka Boże, Ostrozany, Drohiczyn, Siemiatycze, Podlaskie, Poland.
Icon crowned, 1987.||