National Shrine

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PERPETUAL

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Redemptorist, Baclaran, Philippines

Redemptorists - Stewards of the Shrine

The Redemptorists are the honored stewards of the shrine. The Redemptorist is a religious missionary congregation of brothers and priests dedicated to the proclamation of good news of plentiful redemption in Jesus Christ especially to the poor and the most abandoned. It was founded in 1732 by St. Alphonsus de Ligouri in Naples, Italy.

 

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The Redemptorists arrived in the Philippines almost a hundred years ago in 1906 in Cebu.  When the Redemptorist missionaries arrived in the Philippines in 1906,  they introduced the devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help through their missions and retreats.   The confreres were from Ireland and Australia.  In 1913, the Redemptorists settled in Malate parish in Manila, their first settlement in Luzon.  In 1929, they gave up Malate to the Columbans and transferred to Baclaran.

The early Redemptorists did not plan to build a big shrine on this grassland in a fishing village called Baclaran. As missionaries, the Redemptorist plan was to make this as a mission station for their missions in the Tagalog region.  In fact, when the Redemptorists came to Baclaran in 1932, Fr. Denis Grogan who built the original church and convento made Sta. Teresita the patroness of both the church and the convento.  But when the church was opened, the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the high altar became the focus of popular devotion.

In 2006, the Redemptorists celebrated its 100 years of mission and presence in the Philippines. And in 2007, they celebrated the 75th year in Baclaran. Both events, was a time of renewal, rejoicing and remembering of the many blessings we have received from the Lord and the Filipino people.

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