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Santa Marian Kamalen to Make Historic Visit to Naval Base Guam

12/04/20 12:12 PM

SANTA RITA, Guam (Dec. 4, 2020) – The island’s patroness Santa Marian Kamalen, or Our Lady of Camarin, is scheduled to be brought to U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) on Tuesday, Dec. 8 as part of an islandwide visit to Catholic churches and other significant sites.

The 300-year-old Santa Marian Kamalen statue is a revered icon. Every year on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated, and Guam Catholics turn out by the thousands in Hagåtña to honor Santa Marian Kamalen in a procession around the island’s capital. Dec. 8 is a Government of Guam holiday and is also the anniversary of the beginning of World War II Japanese occupation.

Due to COVID-19, the Archdiocese of Agaña announced that instead of the traditional procession, which usually draws thousands, the historic statue will be driven throughout the island.

This will be the first time that Santa Marian Kamalen will visit NBG, and only the second time that an event of this type has been held. The first time was in May in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The small procession of cars will leave the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica at 7:50 a.m., and drive through all the villages pass the churches, and return at 4:30 p.m. A Mass and visitation will be held at 6 p.m. 

The procession will arrive at NBG around 3:30 p.m. and make its way around the base. The route is as follows:

·         Enter Post 2 (behind the Visitor Control Center)

·         Drive pass the Fleet and Family Support Center compound

·         Turn right onto Marine Corps Drive, Route 1

·         Drive pass the NEX/Wendy’s intersection

·         Turn right onto Sumay Drive

·         Drive pass NBG headquarters, Bldg. 3190

·         Drive pass Sumay Cemetery

·         Turn left onto Marine Corps Drive, Route 1

·         Proceed to NBG Chapel

·         Turn right onto NBG Chapel parking lot, loop, and exit out of the parking lot

·         Turn right onto Marine Corps Drive, Route 1

·         Drive pass Blue Jacket Field

·         Turn right onto Seabee Betty Drive (Camp Covington)

·         Turn left at Battalion Drive

·         Turn right onto Camp Covington Chapel parking lot, loop, and exit out of the parking lot

·         Turn right onto Seabee Betty Drive, then right onto Route 1

·         Exit out of the main gate

There will be no stops. The vehicles will drive slowly along the route.         

NBG residents and employees will be able to view the procession along the route to include from the front of NBG headquarters (Bldg. 3190), cemetery, and chapels.

All those who plan to attend must adhere to the following policies and procedures:

  • If you are Sick - Stay Home Those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay at home or otherwise isolate themselves and telephonically contact appropriate medical authority.
  • The use of face coverings is mandatory.
  • While in public spaces, all must adhere to strict social distancing practices and remain at least six feet away from those not in the same household.
  • Do not follow or organize a motorcade.

All those who plan to witness this event are encouraged to monitor NBG social media for updates!

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