On December 12th, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary celebrated its Patronal Feast with great joy and solemnity. The festivities began the evening prior when the Seminarians sang a Serenade in honor of Our Lady from 8pm until midnight. This beloved tradition stems from the days of persecution in Mexico when faithful Catholics would sing to Our Lady through the doors of the churches closed by the Mexican Government.
In the morning the community gathered for a Solemn High Mass said by the Rector Fr. Josef Bisig, which was followed by a procession around the chapel. The procession ended in front of the beautifully decorated image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where the entire Seminary, led by the Rector, made an Act of Consecration to her.
The day’s festivities however, had only begun. In the evening, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary was joined by St. Gregory the Great Seminary for Pontifical Vespers and Benediction, celebrated by His Excellency James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln. Bishop Emeritus Robert Finn was also present in choir. Fireworks and a traditional Mexican party followed.
The priests and seminarians of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary are very grateful to Bishop Conley for celebrating this special feast day with us before taking medical leave of absence. He will be especially in our prayers and intentions until he returns to the Lincoln Diocese.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Pray For Us!