Day 6 in Tegucigalpa

Sorry we’re a bit behind on our daily updates! Yesterday (Tuesday) we went into town for the day, to the city of Tegucigalpa.

A depiction of the Pieta in the old church of Our Lady of Suyapa.

The first place we visited was the Basilica of Our Lady of Suyapa. This is the popular Marian devotion in Honduras, as Our Lady of Guadalupe is in Mexico. The statue was discovered in the 1700s and is believed to have worked very many miracles since then.  You can read more about the story here. Now there are two churches next to each other dedicated to her; one of them is a giant basilica completed in 2004 after 50 years of construction. We enjoyed and were moved by this taste of the devotion of the Honduran Catholic Church.

We were also able to meet the Archbishop of this diocese, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who has been a bishop for 41 years and is a good friend of Archbishop Hebda (of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis). We sat down with him and had a very nice conversation for about a half hour. He was very generous and encouraged us along in our pursuit of our vocation.

After lunch (Pizza Hut!), we had Mass at Casa de los Angeles, which is a Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos home for the severely handicapped in Tegucigalpa (these people can’t live on the ranch because they need quick access to medical care that is only available in the city). It was beautiful to find Christ in the 15 souls who are served at the ranch and the joyful staff who care for them around the clock. Many of them lit up when they saw us, and were happy just to hold our hands and maybe try to communicate with us. One of the kids even communicated that he wanted to be a seminarian!

From Casa de los Angeles, we picked up some groceries and came back tired but happy after a long day.

This basilica is huge! The statue of Pope St. John Paul II in front commemorates his visit to Tegucigalpa in 1983.
Group photo inside the basilica. L to R: Pepe, Logan, Paul, Charlie, Jonathan, Steven, Alex, Oliver, and Fr. Kuharski
Our photo with the Cardinal (front row, center)


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