Thousands Attend Guadalupe Festival

Event featured array of international celebrity speakers and entertainers.

The biggest Catholic event of the year in the Phoenix area was held at Arena in Glendale on Aug. 8. A capacity crowd attended an afternoon of celebration, presentations, music and prayer at the Guadalupe Festival. The event was free and open to the public.

Doors opened at 2 p.m. and festivities concluded by 8:30 p.m. The festival was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Diocese of Phoenix, the Archdiocese of Mexico, and the Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanos.

Serving as the conclusion of the First International Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe held from the August 6-8, the Festival commemorated the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531 – a pivotal event in the spread of Christianity in the Americas.  The only piece of St. Juan Diego’s cloak – or tilma – in the United States, will also have a place of honor at the festival.

Among the scheduled speakers and performers were:

- Actor Eduardo Verástegui
- Singer Alexander Acha
- Singer and EU Parliamentarian Dana
- Singer Filippa Giordano
- Author Immaculee Ilibagiza
- Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
- Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix
- Monsignor Eduardo Chávez, Postulator for the Cause of the Canonization of Saint Juan Diego

Mr. Anderson and Msgr. Chávez have recently coauthored a book, Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love, in stores August 4th, which will be available for a donation at the festival.

The Guadalupe Festival concluded with an International Rosary said in multiple languages.