OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE GRAND OPENING CEREMONY
Dec 12th, 2015 - With a beautiful heartfelt ceremony presided by Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church opened its doors to the Doral Community this past December 12th. This project became a reality thanks to the efforts of a devoted team of MCM professionals, lead by Ruben Bravo, who poured their heart and sould into finishing this project on time, under a very challenging accelerated schedule. The project was designed by Zyscovich Architects, and includes several art pieces, of which the most visible element is an Italian-made, 26-foot-tall mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Leading up to the church entrance, a procession of the 14 Stations of the Cross greet visitors. Each station is a marble sculpture-relief, recovered and recycled from a now-closed Catholic church in Pennsylvania.
The overall church design is a modern interpretation of the classic basilica layout, with a central raised area flanked by barrel vaults at either side. The curved ceiling, curved adoration and daily chapel spaces, and curved pew arrangement serve to reinforce a feminine reference to Our Lady and her sacred womb, according to Prada. Embedded on the exterior walls, apart from the large mosaic, are subtle design references to the flowers and stars found on Our Lady of Guadalupe’s garment. Those elements will be more or less visible depending on the interplay of daylight and shadows on the building. Finally, the church will feature two large stained glass windows depicting key moments in the life of St. Juan Diego. Thank you Ruben Bravo, Francisco Pividal, Doug Yost, Leslie Livesay and Stephanie Rosario for making this dream for the Catholic Community a reality!