Our only stop in San Juan Thursday was at the Basilica of our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine. The history of this shrine goes back to the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Spanish missionaries placed a small image of the Immaculate Conception in the church of San Juan de los Largus,Mexico. A miracle of healing happened later at that shrine in 1623, and devotion to Our Lady grew throughout Mexico. In 1942 a priest serving in San Juan, Texas was convinced that fostering a devotion to our Lady of San Juan would benefit the people of the town and draw the community together. The first church/shrine was built in the 1950s, but 16 years later was burned down by a small low-flying airplane. A new church was built in 1976, and it was later designated Our Lady of San Juan del Valle national shrine. In 1999 Pope John Paul named it as a minor basilica. Today the church is one of the most visited shrines in the United States.