Floridians have been joining the SSPX Third Order Pilgrimage in Quito, organized by Fr. Adam Purdy. Here is some news from our Pilgrims.
The SSPX pilgrimage to visit Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purificación in Quito, Ecuador began yesterday, 24 January 2019, with 200 pilgrims gathering in the shrine for a 5:00 am pre-dawn procession to the church of the Augustinian Missionaries and then to the church of the Sisters of the Annunciation. In the latter church Fr. Gerald Fallarcuna addresses the pilgrims in Spanish, saying “This year is special as a mission for us to the Ecuadorian government, which is considering approving abortion in this very Catholic country. To all of you the nuns and the pilgrims, our first intention is for our own intention and for our sanctification, but also so that the government would stay with its Catholic traditions and not approve abortion.”
Afterwards, the pilgrims returned to the shrine, where several Masses were offered on the many altars with the gracious permission of the local ordinary, Abp. Fausto Travez Travez, O.F.M.
Later in the morning the pilgrims organized into four smaller groups and began their visits to the many churches and museums in the old part of the city. One of the stops was the Archbishop’s Cathedral, home to a beautiful sanctuary as well as the tomb of President Gabriel Garcia Moreno (1821-1875), the conservative Catholic who governed the country for a total of more than ten years before his assassination. The pilgrims continued the tradition of singing a Te Deum at the president’s tomb.
When asked why President Moreno matters today, Garcianist Joe A. of Sanford, FL said, “Garcia Moreno was a gift for the time of the restoration of the Church. At a time when republics will want to return to Catholic Christendom, they will be dealing with a governmental form that’s a republic. They will have no link to a republic, and Garcia Moreno made the perfect blueprint to convert a republic. He made a Catholic constitution, made a concordat with Rome, passed laws to ensure the rights of the Church, and cleaned up the ecclesiastical state of corruption…he also knew education was key, and did away with secular education…this is how he was able to regenerate his country…the more you learn about him, the more admiration you have.”