Conceptionist-Church and Convent, Home of Our Lady of Good Success - whose technical name is Iglesia de La Limpia Concepcion - occupies the whole block on Garcia Moreno, Chile y Benalcazar and includes Mejia. This first monastery in Quito came to life in September of 1575.
Upon entering through the door across from the Presidential Palace on Chile, you will step into my second favorite gem in Quito.
Our Lady of Good Success appeared here in the Conceptionist Convent to Blessed Mariana de Jesus Torres around the same time as the time of the Lily of Quito, the saint. The statue ordered by Our Lady herself predominates as the treasure of the convent in testament to the apparition.
Devotion to Our Lady of Good Success began in Spain and Blessed Mariana de Jesus Torres brought a small Spanish statue of her to Quito.
Blessed Mariana de Jesus Torres prayed fervently, and Our Lady of Good Success appeared to her around the same time as the Lily of Quito, the saint, gave her life to God as a victim soul for Ecuador.
Many prophecies were revealed to Blessed Mariana, the most significant of which was the future presidency of Gabriel Garcia Moreno who would be martyred.
The statue was made to Our Lady's direct specifications and predominates as the treasure of the convent, reigning there when she's not shared with the public.
A grand procession of thousands from all around the globe predominated in honor of her 400th anniversary in 2011. She receives intense devotion from the nuns who so lovingly wait on her.
Every year on the feast of her purification, February 2, at 5:00 AM, the procession in her honor begins from here. Petitions with requests from the faithful are collected up until that day of her anniversary, placed at her feet, there to remain until February 2 of the following year.
If you attend this yearly pre-lenten pilgrimage, you get to participate and witness the fervor of the faith it elicits in the people of Quito, and people from all over the world.
Blessed Mariana de Jesus (Torres) lived and died in this Conceptionist convent. She, too, voluntarily practiced austere penances with joy out of her intense love of God, as did Third Order Franciscan, St. Mariana de Jesus, the Lily (Azucena) of Quito.
Her account of her visions have been kept intact for centuries at her request. The website with the same name as Our Lady of Good Success pours out all the details.
The Conceptionist-Church and Convent safeguards Our Lady of Good Success as well as the Divine Child of the Holy Cross, sculpted in accordance with one of the visions of this nun, who adamantly shunned publicity.
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