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Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants

Alyshia Galvez


Every December 12, thousands of Mexican immigrants gather for the mass at New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day. They kiss images of the Virgin, wait for a bishop's blessing—and they also carry signs asking for immigration reform, much like political protestors. It is this juxtaposition of religion and politics that this book investigates in Guadalupe in New York. The Virgin of Guadalupe is a profound symbol for Mexican and Mexican-American Catholics and the patron saint of their country. Her name has been invoked in war and in peace, and her ima ... More

Keywords: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexican immigrants, immigration reform, Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexican Catholics, Mexico, patron saint, Catholicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814732144
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alyshia Galvez, author