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Sacramento, California: National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

About the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sacramento, California:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Sacramento serves the Spanish-speaking population of Sacramento. As Patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored here in this national Shrine.

 A main point of interest is the tomb of Venerable Alphonse Gallegos:

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Alphonse Gallegos lived most of his childhood in Watts, California.  He had wished to be a priest since childhood, and had a strong devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. He had such poor vision that he could only read text that was two inches away from his eye…..and this was thought to be an obstacle to him ever becoming a priest. Despite this impediment, he was finally called to orders and was ordained in 1958 at the Augustinian Recollect seminary in New York.

Throughout his ministry he focused on ministering to Hispanic communities in California.  Twenty-three years after ordination, he was named auxiliary bishop of Sacramento.  He was an effective advocate for Hispanics, immigration, labor rights, and the unborn. Popular with young people, he saved many kids from involvement with gangs.  He served as Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento from 1981 until his death in 1991, and was known as the “Bishop of the Barrios”.

A miracle attributed to the intercession of Bishop Gallegos:  a boy he saved from a gang at a young age reported miraculous healing from leukemia through the intercession of Venerable Bishop Gallegos.  When the family prayed for his intercession, they said Bishop Gallegos had saved the boy before and they knew he would do it again.

His cause for canonization was opened in 2006 and on was pronounced “Venerable”  on July 8, 2016, by Pope Francis.

Finding the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sacramento, California:

Physical Address:      711 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

Tel: +1  916-442-3211     Fax: +1 916-442-3679

Email:  office@shrinegpe.org

Click here for the official website of Our Lady of Guadalupe National Shrine in Sacramento, California (in Spanish)

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