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Diocese News 10.6.2023


Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe Attains National Shrine Status

Preserving Dallas' Historical Legacy in the Heart of the City

Dallas, Texas – September 27, 2023 – The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a beloved, eye-catching, and historically significant landmark in the heart of Dallas, Texas, has been granted the prestigious designation of a National Shrine by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. This significant milestone reflects the Cathedral's enduring cultural and religious significance within the community and the broader context of the United States.

The Most Reverend Edward J. Burns, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, expressed his profound gratitude and enthusiasm for this momentous achievement. He stated, "The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe has stood as a beacon of faith and history in Dallas for generations. This elevation to National Shrine status is a testament to our community and parishioners' enduring devotion, the cultural richness the Cathedral embodies, and its role as a place of solace and reflection for all. We are immensely proud of this recognition and what it signifies. This elevation to National Shrine status brings even greater dignity to our sacred space and encourages us to continue to grow and improve not only the physical plant of the Cathedral but also the growth of the entire downtown neighborhood. This is a tremendously positive national spotlight pointed right to our Diocese and our city."

Father Jesús Belmontes, the devoted pastor of the Cathedral Shrine, echoed the sentiment. He shared, "This Cathedral has been a sanctuary for countless souls, a place of worship, and a center for spiritual growth. Its architecture and history serve as an architectural analog of God's grace as it continues the mission to serve the needs of its parishioners, the diocese, and the community at large. We are committed to continuing our service, faith, and community mission, and this recognition will inspire us to do even more for our parishioners and the city."

The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, now known as The National Shrine Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located in the heart of downtown Dallas, has long been a place of pilgrimage for Catholics, especially Catholics from Mexico and Latin America.

The Cathedral’s stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant community make it a standout landmark, not only in Dallas but throughout the nation. The shrine is dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas, and welcomes visitors from all walks of life to experience its beauty and spiritual solace.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast day is celebrated every year on December 12, holds profound significance for Catholics. The Virgin Mary miraculously appeared to Saint Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531, expressing her maternal love and care for all humanity especially for the people of Mexico and the Americas. Her appearance serves as a powerful reminder of faith, unity, and the enduring cultural and spiritual connection between Catholics and the Mother of God. Every year, tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage from all over the world to the Dallas Cathedral between December 4 and 12 in remembrance and celebration of this extraordinary event.

In addition to its regular liturgical services and cultural events, the Cathedral is involved in numerous charitable and community initiatives, making it a pillar of support for those in need. The elevation to National Shrine status solidifies its role as a place of pilgrimage and spiritual growth for people from across the country.

The National Shrine Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s staff and volunteers are grateful for the support and dedication of the parishioners and the entire community including the growing neighboring Arts District.

“We continue to look forward to the future,” explained Bishop Burns. “This means our work continues to preserve and enhance this cherished landmark's historical and spiritual significance.”

About the National Shrine Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

The Cathedral's cornerstone was laid on June 17, 1898. Father Jeffrey A. Hartnett was the pastor at the time. Father Hartnett, a devoted priest and tireless proponent of the Cathedral's construction, did not live to see the Cathedral's completion. He died in sacrificial service to the faithful during the 1899 smallpox epidemic. He contracted the disease while attending to the spiritual needs of patients in the city. On October 26, 1902, the Cathedral was formally dedicated by Bishop Edward Dunne. Constructed out of red brick and limestone and featuring many beautiful stained glass windows, the architect Nicholas J. Clayton is regarded as the greatest Victorian architect Texas has ever known. It has recently attained the designation of a National Shrine, solidifying its role as a place of pilgrimage, worship, and community support.

 

 

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