Linda Smith, News Editor
School of Ministry Director of Continuing Education Pía Septién will be giving a talk titled “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Americas.” Septién will focus on the historical background of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, from the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan in 1521 and the subsequent infusion of Catholicism into the lives of the Aztecs to the apparition of Our Lady to the Aztec Juan Diego in 1531 and the staggering number of conversions among Aztec Indians to Catholicism following the apparition.
“Her message showed that people were under her protection,” Septién said. “Her role is in being a mother figure.”
Septién, a native of Mexico, plans to take the history and explain the “important role [Our Lady of Guadalupe has] in our hearts,” as evident in the growth of the New World from that point. She also plans to discuss the thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI on Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“Growing up in Mexico, [devotion to the Blessed Virgin] was embedded in my childhood; I was born with it,” Septién said. “Every church, every child knew about Our Lady.”
The School of Ministry will hold the talk on Dec. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gorman Faculty Lounge.