Mount Angel, Ore. – On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the Mount Angel Seminary community hosted a celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. The main celebrant of the Mass was Fr. Luis Manuel Flores-Alva of the Diocese of Baker, accompanied by several concelebrants from the abbey and seminary community.
During his homily, Fr. Flores-Alva called the day a “memorial of the house of Jesus” referring to Mary, and said that people should not “have a fear of a relationship with Jesus” [translated from the original Spanish]. Following Mass, there was a reception in the Damian Center, which included various ethnic foods, a mariachi band, and traditional dancers. The Mount Angel Seminary Hispanic Community, led by Andres Guerra of the Diocese of Orange, organized the celebration.
Mount Angel Seminary boasts a diverse community of seminarians studying for dioceses in the Western United States, Canada, the Pacific Islands, and Hungary, in addition to seminarians from various religious communities and several lay students as well.
|Incensing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe|
|The recessional at the conclusion of the Mass|
|The mariachi band in the Damian Center|