Philadelphia: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe OK’d for Street Corner

This is an interesting story in that the Sister, recently deceased, who was behind the project, claimed that an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in place of a photograph she had taken, using an old box camera, of a different mosaic in a prayer garden at Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Catholic news Service: Religious shrines or art in the public places are relatively rare in the United States but quite common in Europe, South America and other areas that have a predominantly Catholic culture.

But if all goes as expected, a shrine honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe is coming to a street corner in South Philadelphia.

Once in place, the shrine will fulfill a dream of Sister Paula Bierschmitt, a member of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who died in September. The shrine will include a bronze image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, as she appeared on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 16th-century Mexico. Read the rest of the story here.