Fr. Adam Purdy, chaplain of the Third Order of the SSPX in the United States, brought over 200 faithful to venerate Our Lady of Quito in Ecuador on January 24, 2019, for a pilgrimage rich in graces.
The SSPX pilgrimage to visit Our Lady of Buen Suceso of the Purificación in Quito, Ecuador began with 200 pilgrims gathering in the shrine for a 5:00 am pre-dawn candlelight 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 addressed 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, Archbishop Fausto 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 10 years before his assassination at the order of the Freemasons.
Our Lady of Good Success or Maria del Buen Suceso de la Purificacion in Quito is the site of Marian apparitions that occurred in the early 17th century and have been recognized by the Church; the Virgin Mary asked for a statue to be made and pilgrims continue to venerate this statue to this day.
During one of these apparitions, Our Lady predicted a terrible crisis in society and in the Church, saying that during these times, “a prelate would be sent to counterbalance the lukewarmness of consecrated priestly and religious souls.”