International Congress at the Shrine
The Philippine Redemptorists of the Province of Cebu and the Vice Province of Manila will hold an International Pilgrimage-Congress at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Paranaque on April 24 – 27, 2017. This is celebration of the 150th Jubilee of the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH). In 1866, Blessed Pope Pius IX entrusted the icon to the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer with the commission to make her known throughout the world.
Invoking the theme “Icon of Compassion: Our Mother of Perpetual Help in the 21st Century”, the international event welcomes hundreds of pilgrim-participants from all over the world to a four-day series of discussion and sharing that will highlight the devotions and the missions inspired by Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
The international congress is a golden opportunity to renew the mandate given by Pope Piux IX more than 150 years ago. How can this jubilee lead to renewal of our commitment to “making her known” today? The call of the Jubilee for us is how to (re)make her known in the realities of the 21st century. The greater appreciation of icon spirituality can help us to respond to this call.
The continuous challenge of the Jubilee is a fresh dynamism in mission and evangelization for the Redemptorists and devotees of Our Mother of Perpetual Help by creatively and courageously going to the most abandoned and preaching God’s perpetual Help with Mary our Hodegetria – she who shows the way.
We shall follow the congress here. I shall post some live updates during the actual Congress. So watch out for this blog.