4 Ways to Learn More About the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine During Alumni & Family Weekend

4 Ways to Learn More About the Alumni-Driven Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine Project During Alumni & Family Weekend 2014


Since the class gift in 1997 that began the project to bring a Marian shrine to the University of Dallas, one thing has remained consistent: alumni support. Alumni began, resurrected and sustained the project. In keeping with that tradition, Alumni & Family Weekend offers several opportunities for alumni, families, students and friends to become more involved with the project to build a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe on campus.

1. Join us in prayer. On Oct. 4, alumni, their families and friends are invited to pray a rosary at the site of the shrine with Fr. Rudy Garcia, BA '91, the rector of Dallas' Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe and a member of UD's Shrine Committee.

2. Meet the alumni behind the project. After the rosary, visitors can meet the alumni members of the Shrine Committee in Upstairs Haggar from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

3. View the "relic rock" from the Hill of Tepeyac, where Our Lady first appeared to St. Juan Diego. President Thomas W. Keefe received the ancient stone, a gift to the university, from Msgr. Eduardo Chvez Snchez, director of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies and a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe, during a recent trip to Mexico City. The stone from the Hill of Tepeyac will be on display in Upstairs Haggar from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

4. Meet one of the artists. Accomplished Dallas metal artist Humberto DeGarrio, who will partner with the shrine's designer Jaime Dominguez Montes to fabricate the shrine, will also be present on Saturday in Haggar.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be a special on-campus space devoted to our Blessed Mother Mary. This alumni-driven effort was conceived as a sanctuary for students, alumni, faculty and staff. It will serve as a place to meditate, worship, reflect, breathe and be amid the nation's fourth largest metropolitan area and on one of the highest points in the Metroplex.

While the stone from the Hill of Tepeyac will serve as the shrine's foundation, the shrine will also include a bronze sculpture of Our Lady. Located on the hillside behind Carpenter Hall, the shrine will nestle against the treeline of the Haggerty Art Village woods, incorporating local Texas stone and the iconic mesquite tree.

Can't make it to Alumni & Family Weekend? To learn more about the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, visit udallas.edu/guadalupe.

PHOTO: A partial rendering of the Our Lady of Guadalupe sculpture and cross to be included in the shrine.


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