Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos

VIRGEN-SJDL-11_SMALLDaily Schedule for the visit of the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos

Monday August 29, 30 and 31
Visits starting at 10: 00am
Rosario Spanish 12:00pm, 3:00pm and 6:00pm
Healing Mass Wednesday 7:00pm
Confessions (Spanish) available all 3 days

Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos is a statue and a popular focus for pilgrims. It is located in the state of Jalisco, in central Mexico. The statue is venerated both in Mexico and the United States. The small town of San Juan de los Lagos is one of the top 3 most visited pilgrimage shrines in Mexico.

The sanctuary’s history begins in 1542 when Father Miguel de Bologna, a Spanish priest, brought a statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception to the village. The town was then called San Juan Mezquititlan Baptist but its name was changed to San Juan de Los Lagos in 1623. According to local legends, that year the daughter of some local Indian peasants fell ill, her parents prayed for her health, and the young girl recovered. Following this miracle, the statue began to be venerated by an increasing number of pilgrims including Indians, Spanish and mestizos. During this period the statue acquired its own local identity as Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos. Between the early 17th century and the middle of the 19th century a pilgrimage fair was held each year on November 30 to celebrate the original installation of the statue in the shrine.