The Association of the Antorcha Guadalupana began at the end of the 20th centuary in the United States thanks to the Association of the Antorhca Guadalupana in New York. The first few years of the Association the running of the torch would begin on the U.S side of the border between Mexico and the United States and ended in the Cathedral of San Patrick in New York City. It was because of the Association of the Antorcha Guadalupana that the running of the torch was able to cross the border between Mexico and the U.S. Since 2002 the Antorcha Guadalupana has been traveling through 9 states in Mexico (the state of Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero, Puebla, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and Tamaulipas) and 14 states in the United States (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, , New Jersey, and New York)
Since then over 8 million people across Mexico and the United States have participated in the Antorcha Guadalupana. Saint Matthias has had the honor of participating in this wonderful event for the past 3 years. Many parishes across both countries have participated. This year, Saint Matthias received the torch from Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Riverdale, Maryland and from Saint Matthias, the torch was taken to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church located in Landover Hills, Maryland.