Human Life International Announces Closing Events for Black Madonna’s Historic US Pilgrimage

The worldwide pilgrimage of the traditional Christian icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna, will soon depart the United States for Mexico and the rest of Latin America. The coordinating organization, Human Life International (HLI), announced today the events in Phoenix, Arizona that will culminate in transfer of HLI’s custodianship . . . Read more

Black Madonna’s Peregrination Continues Through Southern California

With many tales of devotion brought to our attention along the way, we continue the peregrination of the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa to St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa on August 22. Staffed by the Norbertines of Saint Michael’s Order, an order devoted to reverent public chanting of the choir . . . Read more

Our Lady of Czestochowa Enters Southern California

Long Beach’s Church of the Holy Innocents was our first stop in Southern California. On August 9, we brought the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, a magnificent replica of the original housed in the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Poland, to Family Planning Associates Medical Group and Planned Parenthood for a prayer vigil . . . Read more

Black Madonna Saved from Fire; Pilgrim Icon Increases Faith and Devotion of Northern California Catholics

The journey of the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (the “Black Madonna”) across North America began in August 2013 as a continuation of the worldwide From Ocean to Ocean Campaign in Defense of Life. This historic pilgrimage began in Vladivostok, Russia in the summer of 2012, and will continue across North America until . . . Read more

Pilgrim Icon Visits Portland’s Grotto for Spiritual Contemplation and Marian Devotion

Reflecting on our historic North American pilgrimage with the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa thus far, I am continually awed by the devotion of pro-life faithful to Our Lady. More than 30 devoted and inspired pro-life pilgrims welcomed the Black Madonna upon our arrival at the Planned Parenthood in Olympia, Washington. This was . . . Read more

The Black Madonna Returns to Washington State

Our return to Washington on July 19 brought many blessings to those engaged in pro-life work and for many was a chance to grow in their devotion to Our Lady. Upon our arrival at St. Brendan Church in Bothell, WA, we were elated to see Human Life International materials in the community room at a . . . Read more

Devoted Canadians Warmly Receive the Black Madonna in Vancouver

Our July 12 arrival at St. Casimir Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, marked our first return to Canada since we left Brampton, Ontario in mid-April. It was a welcome sight to see the Polish Mission Church in Vancouver overflowing with pilgrims who came to greet Our Lady of Czestochowa. Father Slawomir Oblak celebrated Mass and . . . Read more

Pilgrim Icon Strengthens Pro-Life Efforts in Washington State

In Bremerton, a city located on the Kitsap Peninsula near Seattle, a crowd of ardent pro-life supporters greeted the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish. Father Derek Lappe, pastor, is blessed with parishioners actively engaged in faith formation programs and Eucharistic Adoration. On Saturday, July 5, . . . Read more

The Pilgrim Icon Comes to the Big Sky Country of Montana

Montana is the 4th largest State in the United States, and also one of the least densely populated with just over one million residents, almost a quarter of whom identify as Catholic. Nicknamed “Big Sky Country” for its panoramic vistas, Montana became the 41st State in 1889. Our Lady came to Lewistown, Montana, a small . . . Read more

Lincoln, Nebraska Welcomes Our Lady of Czestochowa

by Father Peter West and Chris Morales   — Liveliness best describes the scene of arrival for the pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Lincoln, Nebraska. The state derived its name from the Native Otoe words Ñí Brásge, and homesteaders flocked there during the California Gold Rush era. Nebraska’s capital, then known as the . . . Read more