Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic

Church & Shrine

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish was founded in 1927 by Father Marcelino Ruiz from Mexico. Originally established as an ethnic parish to assist the Mexican-Americans of the area, it now houses many nationalities. In 1931, Father Juan Arana became the first Augustinian pastor, and since then the Augustinian Fathers from Spain have been in charge of the parish. The first church was located at the corner of Houston Avenue and 15th Street, when a framed building was acquired on the 200 block of 16th Street. In 1936, Father Arana built the steel and brick Church at 134 15th Street that served the faithful for 40 years.

In 1966, Father Porfirio Fernandez purchased the land at 61st Street and 9th Avenue. Ten years later, the present Church with a capacity of 600 was built. In October of 1976, the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was carried in procession on the shoulders of the parishioners to the new location. Within the next 10 years, the Rectory, the Parish Hall and the CCD Center were also built.

Pastors who have served the parish

The History of Our Parish

Rev. Marcelino Ruiz

1927


Priests of St. Mary's

1929

 

Rev. Juan Arana

1931


Rev. Basilio Fresno

1945


Rev. Porfirio Fernandez

1951


Rev. Peter Parra

1957


Rev. Porfirio Fernandez

1960


Rev. Enrique Martinez

1977

 

Rev. Jose A. Giganto

1983


Rev. Telesforo Blanco

1990


Rev. Urbano Saenz

2015