Celebrating a Thirteen-Year Legacy of Service to Our Lady's Shrine.
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The Franciscans of the Immaculate were established by Pope John Paul II in 1990 as a diocesan institute. The Institute was erected as a pontifical institute of religious life by His Holiness John Paul II on January 1, 1998, the Solemnity of the Mother of God.
In 2007 the then Archbishop Burke approached the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate to request their direction of pastoral care at the Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The First Friars arrived in July of 2008 and would serve Our Lady and her pilgrims over the next 13 Years.
In August of 2021, it was announced by Father Jacinto Chapin, F.I. that the order would be departing due to an inability to meet the steadily growing spiritual needs of the Shrine that is now welcoming over 80,000 annual pilgrims.
Following Fr. Jacinto's address, Father Paul Check, Executive Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, announced on August 22, 2021, the welcoming of the Canons Regular of Saint Michael's Abbey based in Silverado, California.
In honor of their 13-years of service to the Shrine community, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe held a farewell event on August 22, 2021. The event included Holy Mass and a reception with the Friars. Lunch was catered by Fiesta Mexicana, desserts were donated by members of the Shrine community. Thank you to all who assisted with and participated in the Friar's Farewell event.