By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations
MANITOWOC, Wis. — The public is welcome to join Silver Lake College for its Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration on Dec. 11 and 12 in the college chapel, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
A rose presentation — featuring more than 200 roses that will be brought to the altar during a procession — will begin at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, followed by a social featuring hot cocoa and tres leches, a Latin American sponge cake soaked in three different kinds of milk.
Father Dave Beaudry will officiate a bilingual English-Spanish Mass starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
“Our Lady of Guadalupe is an important part of my Hispanic culture and the rose presentation is a beautiful tradition that I wanted to share with the Silver Lake College community,” said student Christopher Zaragoza, who introduced the custom to the college last year and whose family donated the roses for both presentations.
Honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe dates back centuries.
The Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to a humble Mexican peasant in 1531 and now is revered around the world as Our Lady of Guadalupe. Roses are associated with Our Lady of Guadalupe because they are said to have miraculously bloomed during winter as a sign of her appearance on Mexico’s Tepeyac Hill.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of Silver Lake College. As an icon of justice to the poor, oppressed and powerless members of society, she reflects the vision, mission and values of Silver Lake College.
PHOTO: Silver Lake College students Brad Fahley, left, and Christopher Zaragoza are shown with hundreds of roses that were ordered for last year’s Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration.