Our Lady of Guadalupe Plaza
The oval shaped plaza will form the centerpiece of the Saint Kateri Rosary Walk. Rising above it is to be a large adobe wall with a mural depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe, as well as the story of her apparition.
“This was Our Lady of Guadalupe’s territory before it was actually acquired by the United States,” said Bill McCarthy of the Southwest Indian Foundation. “She’s the greatest missionary in the history of the Church,” he added, referencing the conversion en masse of millions of Native American peoples following the 1531 apparitions to St. Juan Diego.
There are also plans to retrieve a boulder from Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City, the site of the Guadalupe apparitions, and walk it up from Mexico City across the Mexican border and to Gallup, to be placed in the middle of the plaza at the shrine.
“We’re hopeful this will be a touchstone to the actual spot.” said McCarthy.