Local artist Lalo Garcia unveiled his original painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe today, a focal point in the new chapel at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.
Responding to the community, the chapel was dedicated to the patron saint of Mexico, who tradition says appeared to peasant Juan Diego in 1531. The portrait was created in Garcia’s personal and contemporary style and highlights efforts by Providence Holy Cross to honor its heritage and local history in the lobby of its new four-story expansion.
Nearly four years after ground was broken on a four-story expansion of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, the Catholic hospital’s new chapel is open. Reflecting the Mission Hills community’s Mexican heritage, the chapel will be dedicated to Mexico’s patron saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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According to tradition, a vision of a young woman appeared Dec. 9, 1531, in the Mexican desert to Juan Diego. The woman and asked the peasant to build a church on the hill where she stood. Diego relayed the request to the local bishop who asked for proof. Diego returned to the hill and the vision reappeared, directing him to takes roses from a nearby bush to the bishop. When he visited the bishop and opened his cloak to display the roses, an image of the lady in the vision appeared.
Renowned artist Lalo Garcia, a native La Cieneguita, Michoacan, Mexico and resident of the San Fernando Valley since 1965. Garcia’s original portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe will hang in the new chapel at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. His works of art are featured in several hospitals and churches in the United States and Mexico and have been exhibited in museums, galleries and cultural centers in both countries.
Garcia was also chosen to design the vestments of Pope John Paul II for his 1987 visit to Los Angeles. Most recently, he designed the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.