Our Lady of Montserrat

Our Lady of Montserrat

ID# 1997.0097.0721

Based on lore and church documents, this figure recounts the Miracle of Hormigueros. In 1599, Our Lady of Montserrat appeared to Gerardo González, a farmer, near Hormigueros, in southwestern Puerto Rico. Attacked by a bull, González invoked the name of the Virgin. Immediately, the beast fell, its legs broken and its forehead touching the ground as if in prayer. In gratitude, González built and dedicated a church to Our Lady of Montserrat. This figure dates from the turn of the 19th century.