Guadalupe: The Miracle and The Message is based on the New York Times Bestseller Our Lady of Guadalupe Mother of the Civilization of Love by Carl Anderson and Msgr. Eduardo Chávez. The book traces the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the sixteenth century to the present and details how her message continues to be an important catalyst for religious and cultural transformation.
Carl A. Anderson is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest organization of Catholic laymen with more than 1.9 million members.
Before becoming supreme knight and vice president of the John Paul II Institute, Anderson served in various positions of the Executive Office of the President of the United States and as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for nearly a decade. Anderson holds degrees in philosophy from Seattle University and in law from the University of Denver. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Anderson was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family (2007) and as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (2006). He also serves as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2003) and member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity (2002) and the Pontifical Academy for Life (1998).
The Knights of Columbus held the First International Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe in Phoenix in August of 2009, drawing a crowd of 20,000.
Subsequently, in August of 2012, the Knights, together with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalpanos, hosted the Guadalupe Celebration at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, drawing 50,000 to the biggest Guadalupe event in the Archdiocese in more than a generation. In his address to the crowd at the LA coliseum, Anderson said:
“Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Empress of the Americas. She calls all of us to unity within the Gospel message of her son… We must see the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, not as something distant [but] as a present reality in our lives – a reality that can transform our lives.”
Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez holds a doctorate in Church history and served as postulator for the cause for the canonization of Juan Diego.
He is co–founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies, and is a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe.
Msgr. Chávez was born in Mexico City on Dec. 31, 1956. He entered Mexico’s Conciliar Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology in the Institute for Ecclesiastical Studies (Instituto Superior de Estudios Eclesiásticos). He was ordained on Aug. 15, 1981, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico. He holds a diploma in philosophy from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, a doctorate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University, with the thesis: La Iglesia en México hacia el Concilio Plenario Latinoamericano (1896–1899) (The Church in Mexico during the Latin American Plenary Council).
On May 17, 2001, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico, appointed him postulator for the cause of Juan Diego. St. Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002. Msgr. Chávez was also general secretary for the visit of Pope John Paul II in Mexico.
Through his work as postulator and beyond, Msgr. Chávez has made many contributions to the study of the Guadalupan event, addressing major academic institutions internationally and publishing more than 28 books and articles.
Msgr. Chávez was named canon of the National Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2005. He was named the first rector of the Catholic University Lumen Gentium of the Archdiocese of Mexico, where he has served since 2002, and in 2003 he became a founding member and rector of the Institute of Guadalupan Studies.