Museum to display rare sacred artefacts from Guam’s Catholic history

The National Museum of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica is putting on display a collection of rare sacred artefacts from Guam’s unique Catholic history, including vestiges from the island’s Spanish period

The collection includes:

  • 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 care of Monsignor Oscar Calvo
  • The large alloy bell that hung in the Cathedral’s steeple on the day of Guam’s 1941 invasion by Imperial Japanese forces.

“This unveiling signals an enticing new outreach program for the Archdiocese of Agana,” 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.

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