Pilgrimage to Mexico City

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe invite you to The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City for an extraordinary pilgrimage of faith, history and hope!

January 14 to 20, 2025

Joining us as spiritual facilitators on this unique adventure will be Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Rev. Manuel Dorantes, Pastor of Saint Mary of the Lake Parish.

 

The pilgrimage will be conducted in English and Spanish.

An invitation from Cardinal Blase Cupich

Dear Friends,

Last year, I had the honor of celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Archdiocese of Chicago with Cardinal Carlos Aguiar-Retes, Archbishop of Mexico. During his stay with us, he invited me to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a return gesture of hospitality, but more so as part of the renewal process of the entire church. I accepted his gracious invitation in the hope of sharing it with the people of Chicago. Such a journey would provide us an opportunity to learn about the importance of Our Lady’s message given on December 12, 1531, as the Church prepares for the 500th Anniversary of her apparition. We surely need her intercession as we seek to become better disciples of Christ in the 21st century. Therefore, I am opening this opportunity of a Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City from January 14 to 20, 2025 to the faithful of the archdiocese. I am grateful that the Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Rev. Manuel Dorantes, Pastor of St. Mary of the Lake, have agreed to assist me in organizing this trip and providing for the spiritual needs of our pilgrims during this journey. Know of my prayers as you discern to join us as we go to “la casita” (little house) of Our Lady to renew our discipleship and become better ministers of healing and reconciliation in the world. With every good blessing, I remain,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Blase Cardinal Cupich

Archbishop of Chicago 

A Calling to be a Pilgrim

Dear Friends,

On June 10, 2023, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its founding. The celebration was blessed with the presence of Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Primate Archbishop of Mexico City, and Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, who shared a message of hope and fraternal service to God and humanity in preparation for the Great Jubilee of the 500th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego in Mexico in the year 1531.

As part of this vision, Cardinal Aguiar-Retes invited Cardinal Cupich to make a special pilgrimage to the Basilica in Mexico as part of the process of renewal for the Church of Chicago and the world. Cardinal Cupich accepted the offer and is extending a fraternal invitation to the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago to join him on this faith journey that will take place January 14–20, 2025.

The pilgrimage promises to be a deeply spiritual encounter with the Lord and Our Blessed Mother as we travel to the place where the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, an image not painted by human hands, miraculously appeared on St. Juan Diego’s Tilma as he presented it to Bishop Juan de Zumarraga (first bishop of Mexico). Today, 493 years after the apparition, the promise of Our Lady to St. Juan Diego that she would provide “all of the people of this land who confide in me, I will give all of my Love, Help and Protection” is alive for all the people of the Americas.

As your spiritual guides on this journey of transformation and discipleship, we are honored to be able to serve you with Cardinal Cupich on this historic trip. We look forward to sharing with you this time of learning, prayer, mission and celebration.

Long Live Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Meet your spiritual guides

Very. Rev. Esequiel Sanchez

Rector, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Rev. Manuel Dorantes

Pastor, Saint Mary of the Lake Parish

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Depart USA / Arrive Mexico City

We depart from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport this morning en route to Mexico City. In 1325, the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán was built on a man-made island in what was then Lago de Texcoco in the valley of Mexico. Their civilization eventually became the largest and most powerful in pre-Columbian America. In 1521, the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs, and erected a second Mexico City atop the ruins of the capital of the Aztec empire. The Catholic Church had great influence in the city, and religious orders such as the Franciscans, Dominicans and Jesuits established communities and missions throughout Mexico. Altogether, approximately 12,000 churches were built during the three centuries of Spanish rule. Today, more than 80 million Mexicans identify as Catholic. Upon arrival in the afternoon, our guide will meet us at the airport and escort us to our private motor coach for transfer to our hotel. Dinner will be served at our hotel.

Day 2

Mexico City: Holy Family Church, Metropolitan Cathedral and historic center

We begin today with a visit of the tomb of Blessed Miguel Pro: Priest and Martyr and the small museum dedicated him. President Plutarco Elias Calles (1924–1928), hoping to destroy the Church’s influence over the Mexican people, revived old, never enforced anti-clerical laws His action began a religious conflict that resulted in the death of thousands of civilians who took up arms to fight for their religious freedom and spurred mass migrations to the U.S. Blessed Miguel was born on January 13, 1891, and became a Jesuit novice at the age of 20. Exiled by the anti-clerical regime, he traveled to the United States, Spain, Nicaragua and Belgium, where he was ordained in 1925. Due to health concerns, his superiors permitted him to return to Mexico in 1926.Adopting disguises, Fr. Pro ministered to Mexico City’s Catholics during what came to be known as the Cristero War (1926–1929), until he was arrested. He was executed on November 23, 1927. Known for his religious piety and innocence, Fr. Pro was beatified on September 25, 1988, by Pope John Paul II as a Catholic martyr killed in odium fidei (in hatred of the faith). Next, we visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. Consecrated in 1656, it is the largest cathedral in the Americas and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. We will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral and later gather at a local restaurant in the historical center for our included group lunch. After some time on our own in the historical center we transfer back to our hotel for dinner and the rest of the evening on our own.

Day 3

Mexico City: Visit of Tulpetlac and Teotihuacan

After breakfast, we depart to Tulpetlac where Juan Diego’s uncle, Juan Bernardino, was cured. We will celebrate Mass in Santa Maria Tulpetlac Church, officially the church of the fifth Marian apparition. The church was built over the remains of Juan Bernardino’s home. Although a very simple building, it is one of the holiest churches in Mexico City and

was designated as the World Center of Healing by Pope John Paul II. A plaque in the sacristy which states that Pope Pius XII granted a plenary indulgence to those who visit this church. After a visit to Tulpetlac, we proceed to the world-famous Pyramids of Teotihuacan. We enjoy our included lunch together before visiting the pyramids. In the year 600 A.D. ,Teotihuacan was one of the largest cities in the world housing more than 75 temples to Aztec gods. Teotihuacan translated means: “place where gods were made.” We return to our hotel in Mexico City and dinner is on our own.

Day 4

Mexico City: Blessed Conchita and Gardens of
Xochimilco

After breakfast, we travel to the Church of San José del Altillo to see the crypt where Blessed María Concepción Cabrera Arias de Armida, known as Conchita is buried. Conchita Cabrera was a model of holiness as a wife, mother, widow, grandmother and founder. Because of the depth and volume of her writings, Conchita is recognized as a great mystic of the 20th Century. In addition to her writings, Conchita founded several apostolates under the banner of “Works of the Cross.” Pope John Paul II declared her Venerable on December 20, 1999, and Pope Francis confirmed a miracle attributed to Conchita on June 8, 2018. She was beatified in Mexico City on May 4, 2019. We will celebrate Mass at this church. We will continue to the “Floating Gardens” of Xochimilco, a pre-Hispanic marvel situated in the southern part of the city. It is under the protection of UNESCO as a Heritage of Mankind. We will take a boat-ride along the channels on a colorfully decorated “trajinera,” while listening to festive music. An included picnic lunch is served on board. We will return to our hotel where an included dinner will be served.

Day 5

Mexico City: Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe: ISEG Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanos

After breakfast, we transfer to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We will enjoy a presentation at the Institute of Advanced Studies for Our Lady of Guadalupe, where we will learn more of the history and the story known as the “Nican Mopohua” (the things that happened) behind Our Lady’s apparitions to Juan Diego. We will also visit the Museum of the Old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and celebrate Mass in the Old Basilica completed in 1709. We will have the opportunity to view and venerate the image of the Virgin in the New Basilica. Following Mass, we will visit the various points of interest in the Tepeyac area surrounding the Basilica, each associated with the story of the apparitions of Our Lady. We see the original chapel on the exact site of the apparitions to Juan Diego (Capilla del Cerrito) and La Capilla del Pocito (Chapel of the Little Well). We have time for lunch on our own and for private devotions in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Later this afternoon we transfer to our hotel. Tonight, we gather for a very special dinner with Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Primate Archbishop of Mexico City, at “Hacienda de los Morales” restaurant.

Day 6

Mexico City: Visit of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Mass concelebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich and Cardinal Carlos Aguilar Retes

After breakfast, we transfer to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and visit the New Basilica where we will celebrate a noontime Mass concelebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich and Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes. The New Basilica was constructed between 1974 and 1976 near the site of the Old Basilica that had become dangerous due to the sinking of its foundation. The New Basilica is home to the original
image of the Virgin of Guadalupe that can be seen from any point within the building due to its circular floor plan. We will have some time for private prayer and reflection at the Basilica, with lunch on our own. We then return to our hotel for dinner and the rest of the evening.

Day 7

Mexico City: Plaza of Three Cultures and return to USA

This morning, we will have breakfast and check out of our hotel. We board our bus and visit the Plaza of the Three Cultures. The square contains the remains of Aztec temples and is the site of the Catholic church of Santiago de Tlatelolco (built between 1604 and 1610) which contains the baptismal font of Juan Diego. Here we celebrate the closing Mass of our pilgrimage. After Mass, we transfer to the airport to begin our journey home.

Questions? Email Us!

For any questions or inquiries related to the upcoming Pilgrimage, we encourage you to reach out via email to pilgrimage@solg.org. The dedicated team at the Shrine will be happy to assist you.

Visit or Call the Shrine

Alternatively, you are most welcome to visit the Shrine's Main Office in person or give them a call. The friendly staff is available during operating hours to address your Pilgrimage-related queries.

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(847) 294-1806

Email

pilgrimage@solg.org

Address

1170 N. River Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

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