Friday, January 15, 2016

STU Panel Discusses the History and Popular Devotion of Our Lady of Charity

Replica of Our Lady of Charity, which arrived from the Guanabo Parish from the Archdiocese of Havana to Miami in 1961. Photo credit: The Voice.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, experts will gather at St. Thomas University (STU) to talk about the history and popular devotion of Cuba’s patron saint, Our Lady of Charity (La Virgen de la Caridad). During the “La Virgen de la Caridad: Historia y Devoción Popular” panel discussion, speakers will present the history of the beloved Cuban Marian image from its origins in the 17th Century to its significant role in Cuban culture and Catholic religion within the island and abroad to the present.

This event is part of “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” project, a national initiative sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Speakers include:
  • Emilio Cueto, Cuban attorney, author, actor, and avid collector of Cuban memorabilia. He is also the author of “La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre: En el alma del pueblo Cubano" ("Our Lady of Charity: The Heart of the Cuban People)
  • Olga Portuondo Zúñiga, Cuban Historian, and author of “La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre: Simbolo De Cubania”
  • Father Jorge Catasús, Cuban musician and composer
Both Olga Portuondo Zúñiga and Father Jorge Catasús will be travelling from Cuba to this event.
The event will be held in Spanish, and begins at 1 p.m. in STU's Convocation Hall.
Please RSVP to Dr. Maria D. Espino at

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