Francisco Villareal was just a young student trying to get ahead, when he read in a local newspaper that the government was offering scholarships to learn art in Poland. Without knowing the language and only with the notion that it was a communist country, he undertook the trip. It was a challenge that he was not going to let go. Francisco, a native of Tulcán (north of Ecuador), fell in love there and brought his wife to live in Quito. He was professor - founder of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito where he worked for 30 years. He is the link between Father León Juchniewicz, custodian of the Pilgrim Icon of the Virgin of Czestochowa in Ecuador, and Mrs. Nelly Peralta Viera, a native of Ambato (center of Ecuador) and restorer.
Birth of the twin bells "Voice of the Unborn" for Ecuador and UkraineBirth of the twin bells "Voice of the Unborn" for Ecuador and Ukraine. Thanks to the use of Internet connections, representatives of Ecuador also participated in it. The entire live broadcast on YouTube was translated into Spanish and Polish by Fr. Leon Juchniewicz, a Polish missionary who has been working in Ecuador for over 30 years and patronizing pro-life movements. He is also the custodian in South America of the Częstochowa Icon on the pilgrimage "From Ocean to Ocean" in defense of the civilization of life and family.
Testimony of Yolanda Poveda Burgos and her husband Evandro de Oliveira: As a background, I had already gone through two pregnancies, but unfortunately between 9 and 12 weeks of gestation the babies died.
I went to confession with Fr. Raniero Marincioni, pastor of María Reina parish. On that day, August 10, 2019, it was 9 weeks into the gestation of our third baby. I felt so anguished and with so much sadness in my heart without knowing if this baby would live, since being completely asymptomatic cases, it would not be possible to know until medical examination.
It was high time to save from degradation the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa peregrinating "From Ocean to Ocean" in defense of life. Hundreds of thousands of people touched Her, but it was the hot and humid equatorial climate that hurt Her the most.
May is approaching, a month dedicated to the Mother of God. It's time to take a moment to look at Mary's journey through the world in Her copy of the Czestochowa Icon for the protection of the civilization of life.
Benedictine sisters in Santo Domingo de los Colorados. open on December 10 this year the first window of life in Ecuador. Here it will be called "Cradle of Life" (Cuna de Vida).
In Ecuador, abandonments of newborns and infants occur quite often, especially by poor, very young mothers. No official statistics on this are kept, so it is not known how many cases there are. However, information about the child's abandonment is constantly appearing in the media. Some children have some luck and survive, others die. There are shocking reports, for example, on September 2, a mother left a three-day old girl, in an abandoned box on a busy street.
From September 25 to 27, the Czestochowa Pilgrim Icon reached the Virgin of Lourdes Parish where the parish priest is Fr. Carlos Muñoz. She was received by ladies from the Blessed Sacrament Prayer Group, who helped place Her next to the altar and adorned the Icon with rose petals.
From October 21 to 25 the Virgin of Czestochowa visited the Parish of San Alejo. On the first day She was welcomed with the Holy Rosary and the Holy Mass, after that a parish group called Sons de Mary, shared chocolate and bread with all the attendees.
On Sunday the Rosary was recited and the Holy Eucharist was offered with participation of young people who are preparing for confirmation.