NEWS FOR October 31, 2014


October 31, 2014


Dear Friends,


The South Texas Human Rights Center and friends welcomed The Antorcha to Falfurrias, Texas, yesterday!  The procession of The Antorcha of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a 16 year old tradition in honor of Our Lady.  The Antorcha left the Bascilica in Mexico City on September 21, the International Day of Peace, and will arrive in New York City on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  


The Antorcha consists of a vehicle which carries two large and heavy paintings, one of Our Lady and one of Jesus in the Garden, a torch, a small gift shop, and five people and their travel items.  We met The Antorcha at the outskirts of town and 16 cars formed a parade into Falfurrias.  The group then left their cars and walked behind The Antorcha and took turns carrying the torch for the remaining mile to the Center.

Procession into Falfurrias
Procession into Falfurrias

At the STHRC, Father Matthew of Sacred Heart Catholic Church led us in a ceremony to honor Our Lady and to remember the migrants who have died since last November 1 attempting to cross through Brooks County.  Each participant was able to share in the ceremony and then place a cross in our yard in remembrance.  


The Antorcha crossed the border from Mexico into the United States on October 29.  The date is in proximity to the duo feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day in the Catholic tradition, and to El D�a de Los Muertos in the Mexican tradition.  Thus the appropriateness of remembering and celebrating the lives of persons who have not only crossed the natural border between Mexico and the USA, but have also crossed from this life into eternal life.

Chief Deputy Benny Martinez holding the torch, Father Matthew Stephan, Eddie Canales
Even our escorts from the police and sheriff departments participated.

Lucy (pictured above) is traveling with The Antorcha for the entire journey.
Each cross was placed with love and prayer.

At the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, a spaghetti dinner was served.  Several stayed for the showing of the video Who Is Dayani Cristal and the discussion that followed.


As Juan Diego welcomed The Virgin, let us open our hearts to welcome the migrant, the stranger, the traveler before us.  We have been deeply touched by the visit of The Antorcha.  May their continued travels be safe and blessed.


The STHRC extends a THANK YOU to the many volunteers who made this event possible including:  Dr. Christine Kovic who volunteered for 3 days and was involved in the nitty-gritty of the preparations, Letty and her friends and relatives who cooked a delicious meal, and Father Matthew for being a gracious host at the Parish Center.


Thank you for your support and prayers.

Sr. Pam


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May Our Lady be with the families of the persons who have died crossing the border.  May those who are still missing in the desert be found and returned to their families in their home countries.
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