The two works of art were created by Georgina Farías Nicolópulos, a sculptor from Mexico City, where the original hill is located.
Present for the dedication, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City expressed his hopes for project.
“Having Tepeyac here, having the beautiful bronze statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, I think this is going to really be a very significant Marian shrine for this part of the country,” Coakley told EWTN’s Alan Holdren. “So, I’m very, very happy with that.”
The new Tepeyac Hill is a part of the new Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine, which is scheduled to be dedicated on Feb. 17, 2023. The Spanish colonial-style church will be the largest Catholic church in Oklahoma and plans to host diocesan events and help accommodate the growing Hispanic population there.
The shrine’s executive director, Leif Arvidson, stressed the importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe both for himself and for visiting pilgrims.
“It’s very personal for me, just the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe as our mother — our loving mother — and I think it will be very beautiful and very personal for all of the pilgrims who’ve come today, especially the Hispanic community, to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe here in the United States,” he told Holdren. “Sometimes Hispanics come here and they feel that they don’t have a home; they can come here and realize their mother is right here waiting for them.”