In December 2012, our founder and two members of the Mission visited Costa Rica at the invitation of Monsignor Vittorino Girardi, Bishop of Tilarán, Liberia and the tireless efforts of a Costa Rican citizen who is an active member of the Mission in the United States. His Excellency graciously lodged them at the Bishop's House, listened to their proposals and told them about the programs within his diocese.
John Rick Miller spoke about the importance of the consecration of the country, requesting him to propose it to the President at the time to carry it out. Our founder also interviewed with the Vice President Alfio Piva requesting his support for the consecration of the country. The delegation visited some parishes within the Diocese of Tilarán-Liberia, presenting the Mission and the Home Enthronement Program of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was enthroned in a solemn Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Angels, with the commitment to return in 2013.
Our founder received the sad news of his illness two weeks after his visit to Costa Rica. However, two members of the mission continued talking to Monsignor Girardi who has been a great blessing in all senses. His perseverance, love and sacrifices as well as the support of all the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference, achieved the consecration of the country with the three branches of Government on August 2th, 2013, feast of Our Lady of Angels.
In 2013, the Mission visited the island of Cuba, carrying the message of God's love and requesting authorization from the Church in order to establish on the Island. We met with the Apostolic Nuncio, the Bishops of some dioceses and priests, looking for the best way to introduce the Mission to the faithful under the difficult political conditions which prevail in that country.
Subsequently the Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Cuba, Monsignor José Félix Pérez and the Hon. Bishop of Pinar del Río, Monsignor Jorge Enrique Serpa Pérez attended the 4th International Congress of the Mission in Quito, where they expressed the reality the Catholic Church lives in that country; what they have been able to achieve with faith and trust in God and the intercession of Our Lady of Charity and the hard work of their priests.
We ask you to keep this country in your prayers so that the consecration to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary may become a reality and the projects of the Mission in that country may be carried out if it is the Will of God.
The Mission helped build 8 Marian Shrines in the province of Andhra Pradesh, India, as a way to establish parishes in previously pagan lands through Our Lady, being the first to embrace Her children. The last one, the grotto of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, was inaugurated on April 24th, 2012. People pray regularly in them and they have become a place to pause for some time for the people while they come and go into the village.
In 1998 John Rick Miller retired from his corporate life and co-founded along with Fr. Fred De L’Orme the Apostolate of St. Joseph, a Catholic Society. Located in various parts of the world, its membership honors the role of the family under the patronage of St Joseph and St Monica.He also founded and was the Master of The Guild of Our Lady, at the Marian Sanctuary of London, The National Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden. The Guild, which began ironically on September 11, 2001, is an organization of The Catholic Church whose membership prays daily for the protection and conversion of the City of London. It’s President and Patron is His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor the Tenth Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the then Primate of England.The Mission sent a Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Catholic Melkite Church of St. Barnabas in London to be venerated by the faithful. On Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 it’s parish priest, Fr. Shafiq Abouzayd, had a wonderful celebration to permanently enthrone Her in their church. As Fr. Shafiq said, "may Our Lady of Guadalupe bless them and strengthen their discipleship in Christ to fight against the modern ways of the world which are against God".TESTIMONIES
Since the year 2008 when John rick Miller first visited the country, until 2012 that he was diagnosed with cancer, he tirelessly promoted Consecration and sought the establishment of the Mission giving talks in auditoriums, parishes, seminaries, schools, religious communities, groups of prayer and even in prisons. The cities he visited include: Caracas, Valencia, San Cristóbal, Barquisimeto, Puerto la Cruz, Carora, Merica, Maracay, Isla de Margarita, Maracaibo and Coro.
Thenceforth, consecrations of many parishes have been done in different States; we have begun with the Home Enthronement Program and have enthroned 12 Relic Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe in:
- Mérida: St. Barbara Church
- Ciudad Bolívar: Church of Our Lady of Valle, St. Francis Parish, the Immaculate Conception Parish and the Cathedral
- Valera: St. Peter Apostle Church
- Barquisimeto: St. Dominick of Guzmán Church
- El Carrizal: National Sanctuary
- Isla de Margarita: St. Joseph of Paraguachí Church and St. Charbel
- San Cristóbal: Cathedral
- Carúpano: Cathedral of St. Rosa de Lima
- By the grace of God, the Rosary of the Mission given for these times is prayed in many cities of the country, and the Home Enthronement Kits of Our Lady of Guadalupe are requested more every day in different places, being the members of Isla Margarita the main promoters.
However, we continue looking for faithful who wish to join the Mission to establish it properly in each Diocese where the doors have been opened for us. The bishops are eager to receive us and we to establish ourselves however, we need more people to join us in order to be able to carry out this project of God's love in our brother country.
Since the social and political conditions in this country are very difficult, we ask you to keep our brothers and sisters in your daily prayers so that they may soon enjoy the peace that only Christ can give.
Maria Antonieta Bonilla