Our Lady of Juquila of the Immaculate Conception is a Marian devotion from the town of Santa Catarina Juquila, in the state of Oaxaca, México. The Santuario (Sanctuary) de Juquila houses a 30 cm statue of the Virgen de Juquila, which has been venerated since the 16th century. In 1633, it survived a fire that destroyed the village in which the statue was originally located; the statue remained completely intact. At the beginning of the 18th century, it was moved to its current location where the sanctuary was built for it. Thousands of pilgrims visit this Virgin from across the state of Oaxaca, other parts of Mexico and abroad. On October 8, 2014, Our Lady of Juquila received a canonical coronation from Papal Nuncio Christoph Pierre representing Pope Francis.

St. Mary Parish is home to Familias Unidas (United Families), a parish group dedicated to spreading devotion to Our Lady under the image of la Virgen de Juquila. Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Familias Unidas organizes a big celebration in honor of Our Lady of Juquila. This great celebration brings in over 5,000 families from all over California, some making a day long pilgrimage walk to St. Mary, to join in on a full day of live music, prayer, Oaxacan food, dance, and more. This celebration is open to all the faithful.

See pictures, videos, and more at Familias Unidas’ Facebook page by clicking here: Familias Unidas Facebook Page

Further reading, click here: Our Lady of Juquila History