On Wednesday, December 12, the Notre Dame community celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 1531, Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the outskirts of Mexico City, calling the Spanish and Aztec people to justice, compassion, and acceptance during a time of severe conflict between the Christians and Aztecs of Mexico. Under the title Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary is hailed as the mother of the Americas.
Notre Dame students and faculty gathered outside in front of the statue of Mary for prayers in Spanish and English, led by Francisco Ferro '20. Spanish and English prayers were also recited as the candles were lit on the Advent wreath. To close the morning celebration, students and faculty prayed the Hail Mary and laid roses at the feet of the statue of Mary, both in the Chapel and in front of the school. Students also enjoyed Mexican food in the cafeteria to celebrate Mexican tradition and culture.