Hagåtña, Guam – Come all ye faithful to a journey through time! The National Museum of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica will wrap up Chamorro Month with a flourish by bringing to light a collection of rare sacred artifacts from the annals of Guam’s unique Catholic history, including vestiges
from the island’s Spanish period.
And now is your chance to help keep such objects on display for all to cherish and appreciate by supporting a wine-tasting fundraiser that coincides with the uncovering of the Church’s heirlooms.
Led by event Co-Chairs Rosario “Charo” C. Calvo and Geraldine “Geri” C.T. Gutierrez, the host committee welcomes all patrons to the Cathedral’s second-floor museum wing overlooking the Plaza de España for Ta Testiguyi i Sagrådu na Fina’pos-ta, “Witnessing Our Sacred Past: A Toast To The Church”.
Attendees will gather at the Cathedral in Hagåtña from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. Admission is $100. Tickets are available at the Cathedral-Basilica Pastoral Center between the church and Academy of Our Lady of Guam High School on Archbishop Felixberto C. Flores Street — and around the corner at the Cathedral-Basilica Gift Shop by the main entrance to the church. Tickets can be purchased from organizers as well, and deliveries can be arranged.
For the first time ever in a curated setting, the museum will unveil the cassock of Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores and the sword that martyred him; a Spanish-era stone water well; a subset of articles that were once under the doting care of Monsignor Oscar Calvo; and the large alloy bell that hung in the Cathedral’s steeple on the day of Guam’s 1941 invasion by Imperial Japanese forces. These and other such bygones will comprise the museum’s main collection. More artifacts will be featured in upcoming museum events.
The pastoral fête will feature live music and the silent auctioning of furniture donated by a local family.
Organizers also welcome the in-kind sponsorship of food, beverages, and technical assistance for the event. For more information about donating, please call the Pastoral Center at (671) 472-6201.
“This unveiling signals an enticing new outreach program for the Archdiocese of Agaña,” Monsignor James Benavente said. “By reconnecting with our island’s true past through recovery, restoration, preservation and exhibition, not only do we demonstrate the Church’s indelible thread running through the fabric of our culture, heritage and history, but we also open a fresh forum to testify to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to call his sheep to the fold.
“This worthwhile endeavor presents an incredible learning avenue for the faithful, for students, and for local and off-island visitors alike. What a treasury of history and faith this will be!” Plans are now under way to develop exhibit labeling in three languages: English, Chamorro and Japanese.