The beautiful city of Bogota is waiting to receive Pope Francisin in a few days. All their expectations are set on this visit that will surely renew the faith of the Colombian people and will bear fruit in religious vocations.
In Ecuador the Virgin of Czestochowa Icon is in good hands, but for Our Lady it is important to travel next year to Colombia the sister country, It is necessary to make friends with people committed to the defense of life. That is why the international coordinator of this initiative, Lech Kowalewski, traveled to Colombia.
The Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has been in Ecuador since April. She visited 29 parishes of the diocese of Santo Domingo. Many faithful looked into the eyes of the Black Madonna and have felt the maternal embrace of Her protection.
After almost a month in the parish of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy in Tandapi, Our Lady in Her Czestochowa Icon left the inhabitants of the region.
With great clamor and very excited, the parishioners received the Icon of Our Lady in the Parish of Christ the King and Immaculate Conception. The dean of the place, Fr. Victor Saragosin, accompanied Her every day.
On Sunday, June 11, the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa arrived at the Parish of the Mother of the Good Shepherd, in Nanegal. Here She was received with great joy by the residents who gathered in the Nanegal Educational Center where they began the visitation by crossing the central park, walking two kilometers to the parish church.
The faithful of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Mindo received the Virgin with great joy and devotion. The Icon arrived on Friday, June 9, and stayed until Sunday, 11th. For Fr. Jean Baptiste Fils the parish priest it was a good experience that greatly encouraged the Marian devotion of the parish. "It has been a great experience with our Mother," he said.
The parishioners went to the previous parish to receive the Icon and took Her to their own Church of Saint Michael Archangel in Los Bancos. She stayed here for the weekend. On Monday She was transferred to the St. Barnabas district.
The tour of Our Lady in Her Czestochowa Icon reached the parish of the Our Lady of Cisne, in the village called Celica. It is interesting to know that Celica is also a place in the province of Loja the southernmost part of Ecuador. Group of Lojanos came to this area and settled here.
From May 27 to May 30 the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa visited the Parish of Our Lady of Carmen and the city of Puerto Quito. This city is in the Pichincha province, but belongs to the northwest part of the Diocese of Santo Domingo.