Letter from Father Andrew
October 18, 2020
Dear Guadalupanos and adorers of Our Lady of the Angels adoration chapel,
After having consulted with the Archdiocese and my leadership team, I have decided to move the Our Lady of the Angels adoration chapel to the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Despite the disappointment of Saint Michael’s ceasing of operations in November of 2016 and its subsequent merge into Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2019, I count it a privilege to have served at Saint Michael and to have received both the corporation and the living stones into Our Lady of Guadalupe. We are grateful for the adoration that has been going on at the Saint Michael’s site over the past twenty-five years and I would be delighted to see it continue in a new home at Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Lord Jesus is renewing the parish-shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and we would be honored if you and the many adorers of Saint Michael could join in this crucial effort of growing in the interior life through adoration. Three primary considerations have motived my decision to move the Our Lady of the Angels chapel to the new site. The first is that since the chapel falls in the new parish boundaries of Our Lady of Guadalupe it, therefore, means that the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe is responsible for the upkeep of the chapel and the care of the sacred species. And since I no longer live at the Saint Michael campus, I doubt that I could attend to the chapel properly. The second is that there is no more parish to feed parishioners into the pool of adorers, and eventually I fear we would face the difficulty of not being able to cover the hours of the chapel. Third and finally, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe has started perpetual adoration in the past year and we could use your help in covering hours in the new site of Our Lady of the Angels. We have already been using the old monstrance from Saint Michael and I would hope to move other sacred objects to the new site. I also propose that as we approach the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December that we have a procession from the old site to the new site as a way of marking this sad and hopeful moment in the life of the Our Lady of the Angels adoration. I will wait until I hear from you before communicating this to the broader community.
May God bless you,
-Father Andrew R. Brinkman
Pastor of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe