Our Lady of Guadalupe is the title given to the first apparition of Mary in the Americas. Fittingly, the is the Americas' Patron. By 1531 the Spanish colonizers had consolidated their control of Mexico after its conquest in 1519. The people of the First Nations of Mexico were largely reduced to serfdom and slavery. Juan Diego, now a saint, was walking home after a visit to a Franciscan mission. Our Lady appeared to him. She would appear again a number of times.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is devoted to the poor, the sick, to families, and to the people of the Americas, and indeed the whole world.
This statue is approximately 12.75 inches tall.