Saturday, January 13, 2007

Old image, new niche

Tom Heinen reports in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the planned January 21st installation of an image of Our Lady of Altagracia, patroness of the island of Hispaniola, in a niche at St. John's Cathedral.
Millions of the island's inhabitants in the Dominican Republic and Haiti revere this portrayal of the Virgin Mary as much as Mexicans do Our Lady of Guadalupe, said Sister Rosemary Huddleston, a Sinsinawa Dominican who is international mission coordinator for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

A distinction sometimes missed.

The image is a gift from La Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family) Parish in the Dominican Republic, which has a 25 year relationship with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
The parish gave the image to [Milwaukeee Archbishop Timothy] Dolan last fall when he led about 30 people from here to celebrate the 25th anniversary there. It is a reproduction of the original, a 13-by-18-inch painting in the basilica in Higuey.


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