Special to the Rio Grande Catholic
Tepeyac Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City April 25.
Approximately 150 pilgrims from the Diocese of El Paso participated in the anniversary celebration.
Bishop Mark J. Seitz presided at the Mass in the basilica.
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The celebration was historic, because Tepeyac Institute was born inside the basilica, said Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas, founding director of Tepeyac Institute.
In a report describing the pilgrimage for members of St. Pius X Parish, Msgr. Bañuelas said, “During a retreat in the basilica after I returned from my studies in Rome, the insight was born to start an institute to form lay leaders to take their rightful role in the life and mission of the church.” When he returned, he said, Bishop Raymundo Peña “approved of the idea and we started working on building an institute”.
The name Tepeyac “comes from the top of the mountain where Our Blessed Mother gave Juan Diego the roses and told him to be the evangellizer in the Americas. Since then Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego have been the patroness and patron of our diocesan Tepeyac Institute,” he explained.
“We returned to Tepeyac 25 years later to give thanks to the Blessed Mother and to ask for continued blessings.”
For the past 25 years, Msgr. Bañuelas noted, “more than 20,000 persons have participated in Tepeyac formation programs. It is still the largest bilingual lay ministry formation center in the United States. The institute has a large national and international faculty from some of the leading Catholic universities in the nation.”
Augustinian Father Bob Dueweke is now the director of the institute.
This year’s Summer Institute, with 30 courses in religious formation, will mark the beginning of the institute’s 26th year.