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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Patroness of Ecuador since 1985



* September 13 – Our Lady of Quinche (Ecuador) - Saint John Chrysostom (d.407)   * Patroness of Ecuador since 1985 ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association 

September 13 – Our Lady of Quinche (Ecuador) - Saint John Chrysostom (d.407)  

Patroness of Ecuador since 1985


The mountain village of Quinche is located 30 miles from Quito, Ecuador. Its church has a 25-inch statue of the Virgin Mary dating from the 16th century.

Legend tells us that the natives had an apparition of Our Lady and later saw her face in this statue and gave her the name “The Pequeñita” (The Little One). Another legend informs us that the sculptor himself had an apparition of Our Lady who convinced him to sculpt this statue for the people of Quinche, although they could not afford to pay the agreed price.

In any event, it is a fact that popular devotion in this place has been very great from the start. In 1943, when the statue was crowned, over 3,000 people made their way on foot to Quito.

In 1985, Our Lady of Quinche was declared Patroness of Ecuador, and its shrine, a national shrine. 

The Mary of Nazareth Team